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I'm interviewing Gary Taubes for Dailyburn Life - What do you want me to ask him?

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Created May 06, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Hey everyone,

I am interviewing science journalism Gary Taubes for DailyBurn's blog DailyBurn Life http://life.dailyburn.com next week. Gary wrote "Good Calories, Bad Calories", and "Why We Get Fat". He believes that carbs and insulin are the cause of the obesity epidemic, and therefore advocates a paleo type diet in a sense.

Do you have any questions that you want me to ask him?

Thanks!

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on September 17, 2011
at 06:14 AM

I'd still like to hear his take if someone happens to be in an elevator with him, but I did just find a link that connects with my reality on the subject http://drbganimalpharm.blogspot.com/2011/06/ancestral-allele-apoe4-super-brain.html

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on September 16, 2011
at 01:21 AM

D'oh! I got so excited I forgot to look at the date.

93ae9f2d376e5426e891a9b58d8302fa

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on September 16, 2011
at 12:57 AM

Look at the days stamps on these messages. The thread is from may 6th, then you revived it by mistake apparently, then Happy Now followed your lead, then we're back to May 6th for Thomas Seay. This software is flaky.

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on September 16, 2011
at 12:19 AM

+1 "Something just isn't adding up between the research and reality" I feel that way a lot these days.

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on September 15, 2011
at 09:51 PM

That's a good question; low insulin levels don't inhibit excessive dietary fat from being deposited in adipocytes or from FFAs liberated from adipocytes being redeposited in adipocytes if a person is inactive.

34d0dfe6cb1a477bd2b5f984c2af29a9

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on May 06, 2011
at 09:22 PM

Don't know if you heard him on Robb Wolf's podcast, but he said insulin, basically. He had some weird argument, though, that involved his inability to understand some of today's nutritional science. Probably just self-deprecation, but yeah, he said insulin.

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on May 06, 2011
at 08:40 PM

He is a freelancer, so he does not work in the NYTimes office - so probably never runs into her.

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667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on May 06, 2011
at 04:16 PM

Ask him what he thinks about so many people misunderstanding his point when they extrapolate that:

his assertion that insulin controls fat gain and fat loss means that calories cease to matter.

In other words, so many people think that his assertions are mutually exclusive with the general idea that calories do indeed matter.

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on September 15, 2011
at 09:51 PM

That's a good question; low insulin levels don't inhibit excessive dietary fat from being deposited in adipocytes or from FFAs liberated from adipocytes being redeposited in adipocytes if a person is inactive.

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6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on September 15, 2011
at 09:35 PM

I would like to hear him address ApoE4 more. I keep running into people who otherwise advocate paleo or LC, but suddenly backtrack in the face of ApoE4 because of the fear of hypercholesterolemia. I have that particular allele, and whenever docs see that in my records they seem to think I am hurting myself and should not be able to thrive on my current diet of 65% fat, 25% protein, 10% carbohydrate. I followed the Berkeley Heart Labs "ApoE4 diet" of 10% fat and the results were terrifyingly bad, I was suicidal after 8 weeks.

The low fat recommendation doesn't make any sense to me, especially since the people who have this allele most likely have ancestors that lived closer to the poles (Dr. K mentions that it is primarily for vitamin D synthesis), and the further one's ancestors were from the equator the more likely it is that they would have gotten the bulk of their calories from animal fat.

Something just isn't adding up between the research and reality, and I would like to know what he makes of it.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on September 16, 2011
at 12:19 AM

+1 "Something just isn't adding up between the research and reality" I feel that way a lot these days.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on September 17, 2011
at 06:14 AM

I'd still like to hear his take if someone happens to be in an elevator with him, but I did just find a link that connects with my reality on the subject http://drbganimalpharm.blogspot.com/2011/06/ancestral-allele-apoe4-super-brain.html

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on September 15, 2011
at 09:10 PM

Ask him a 2-part question along these lines:

"Could you specify where you agree and disagree with Stephan Guyenet's 'Food Reward' theory? First, please succinctly summarize Guyenet's theory as you understand it."

This comes in the wake of the Taubes-Guyenet contretemps at Ancestral Health Symposium. I wasn't there, for one thing. Second, I don't have a dog in the fight. I respect aspects of both men's work, and I suspect both of them would say at this point that their exchange didn't find either of them at their best. (How easily the amygdala can get activated.) In fact, Guyenet later blogged a response to what happened at the conference, then he pulled it down, saying in effect he didn't think what he wrote would advance the right conversation.

Anyhow, I'd like to see Taubes speak to the concerns he seemed to be trying to raise at AHS.

93ae9f2d376e5426e891a9b58d8302fa

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on September 16, 2011
at 12:57 AM

Look at the days stamps on these messages. The thread is from may 6th, then you revived it by mistake apparently, then Happy Now followed your lead, then we're back to May 6th for Thomas Seay. This software is flaky.

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06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

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on May 06, 2011
at 07:49 PM

Which is more important, leptin or insulin, in the role of fat deposition in the body?

34d0dfe6cb1a477bd2b5f984c2af29a9

(493)

on May 06, 2011
at 09:22 PM

Don't know if you heard him on Robb Wolf's podcast, but he said insulin, basically. He had some weird argument, though, that involved his inability to understand some of today's nutritional science. Probably just self-deprecation, but yeah, he said insulin.

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93ae9f2d376e5426e891a9b58d8302fa

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on September 16, 2011
at 12:59 AM

People, people! This thread is from May 6th! See my response to KeithT.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on September 16, 2011
at 01:21 AM

D'oh! I got so excited I forgot to look at the date.

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on September 16, 2011
at 12:57 AM

I really want to know why his book has a deckled edge. It's horrible and so distracting - I can't bear to touch it - but I really want to finish reading it!

But I don't think that's the type of question you're after...

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 06, 2011
at 04:01 PM

Ask him if he ever runs into Jane Brody at NY Times and, if so, what is the tenor of their conversations? I am serious. I am really curious about this.

2136b52b19f46b00db6098b1fde06014

on May 06, 2011
at 08:40 PM

He is a freelancer, so he does not work in the NYTimes office - so probably never runs into her.

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