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Neurosurgeon, obese, rectifies through diet... no not that one...

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 14, 2012 at 1:18 AM

No, I'm not talking about Quilt. :-)

This gentleman is a professor at the main college in my neck of the woods, and he presents a very Taubes-like discussion during USF's version of a professor "Meet and Greet". For some reason, my years of success with eating lower-carb paleo never convinced my mom, yet this guy did. Maybe it's because she's a nurse and he's got a Ph.D (even though her commentary on Doctors is usually less than favorable).

Anyway, what do you guys think of Dr. Diamond's presentation?

Bonus Question: Anyone know if there is a specific reason why Neurosurgeons "get it" and gen-pracs and actual dietary researchers are still totally flipping clueless?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vr-c8GeT34

My thoughts: If you have already seen Taubes' presentation or read Good Calories, Bad Calories you'll get the gist of the message.

Unlike Taubes, this study outright accuses the Pharmaceutical companies for taking Ancel Key's ball and running with it.

"Doctor David Diamond" sounds like a porn name.

Stoked this guy is a local, and I plan on reaching out to him to show him my fairly strict statistical data detailing activity, food, and weight as well as other biomarkers (resting pulse, waist and neck measurements), and the results in weightloss that I've had.

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I had a similar experience with my mom! No matter how much I raved to her about how much weight she would lose, she wouldn't adopt paleo. It was only after playing her a bunch of podcasts that addressed her particular conditions that she's given in! Unfortunately, she's not 100% adherence. She won't give up her pre-dinner snack of corn chips and a martini, but I suppose things could be worse!

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My mom is kicking my butt too paleo style. Books, rambling, etc., didn't seem to sell it, but blogs and podcasts seemed to get her attention more, maybe less like homework/nagging more like tv/websurfing? I try not to "cheat" too much, but now that she really knows what I'm supposed to and not supposed to eat and why....I'm gonna have to burn any evidence of the occasional pizza consumption immediately.

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on March 14, 2012
at 03:49 AM

I thought this was a great lecture, especially the part where he discussed the financial interests of the panel that recommended the cholesterol levels where statins should be administered. I think all but one of the members accepted drug money, and one of them even owned stock in companies that made statins. Outrageous!

Thanks for posting. I plan to go through it again.

BTW, with my own mother, I found that my own raving about paleo/primal living didn't have much of an obvious impact, but after playing her lots of podcasts (captive audience in the car), it must have sunk in. Now she's more successfully applied herself to this lifestyle than I have, and she's had great physical and mood improvements to show for it. (At 73, she has the figure of a supermodel, and more energy than her students in their 20s and 30s). So I think it just has something to do with it being hard for parents to hear any wisdom from their children. Perhaps it implies too much role reversal?

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on March 14, 2012
at 10:41 AM

My mom is kicking my butt too paleo style. Books, rambling, etc., didn't seem to sell it, but blogs and podcasts seemed to get her attention more, maybe less like homework/nagging more like tv/websurfing? I try not to "cheat" too much, but now that she really knows what I'm supposed to and not supposed to eat and why....I'm gonna have to burn any evidence of the occasional pizza consumption immediately.

01eb62476756ea980bf8fc048179d4bc

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on June 08, 2012
at 11:03 PM

I had a similar experience with my mom! No matter how much I raved to her about how much weight she would lose, she wouldn't adopt paleo. It was only after playing her a bunch of podcasts that addressed her particular conditions that she's given in! Unfortunately, she's not 100% adherence. She won't give up her pre-dinner snack of corn chips and a martini, but I suppose things could be worse!

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on June 08, 2012
at 11:07 PM

This is a total guess, but maybe it has something to do with the brain being largely made up of fat. Perhaps neurosurgeons recognize the important role that fats play in the health of our brain more than other types of docs. On the other hands, cardiologists (like dr. oz) are constantly exposed to disease-ridden fatty hearts and maybe this reinforces, for them, the idea that fat is the devil.

I know that dietary fat is totally different from the fat in your brain and in and around your other organs, but the association seems to make sense.

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on March 14, 2012
at 03:39 AM

Neurosurgeons are a crazy bunch. Fearless, dealing with all sorts of dreadful cases. It makes you think about things. I'll update the rest of my answer when I hear more.

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