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The ENCORE study: or how not to design a lifestyle-blood pressure lowering trial if your goal is to be useful to actual patients and clinicians

Reading Time: 3 minutes The ENCORE trial, a 4-month lifestyle intervention published in 2010, showed reduction in BP similar to that achievable by drugs. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3633078/ Subjects were assigned to three groups: usual diet (UC),…

The data do not support the idea that the low-fat dietary guidelines caused the obesity epidemic. (A reply to Dr. Ludwig–Part 1 in the macronutrient trend series.)

Reading Time: 10 minutes (Originally posted January 10, 2018 on Medium: https://medium.com/@kevinnbass/the-data-do-not-support-the-idea-that-the-low-fat-dietary-guidelines-caused-the-obesity-epidemic-687e382894ed. Copied in full to Patreon September 21, 2018, with sporadic additional commentary as noted in the text.) According to Dr. David Ludwig…

When pursuing health, you should choose modern science over popular myths about your ancestors–some arguments (and facts) against so-called Paleo diets

Reading Time: 3 minutes “Eat like your ancestors. Go Paleo like your caveman forebears. Eat in an evolutionary way. Cut gluten—our ancestors didn’t eat wheat—and gain your health back. Intermittent fasting—like hunters who haven’t…

Is fruit specially engineered to be more calorie- and carbohydrate-dense–and thus fattening–than at any other time in history? Maybe, but that’s not the whole story. Meat and hypercaloricization.

Reading Time: 3 minutes A common meme in alternative health circles is that fruit has been engineered to be more calorie-dense, thus more carbohydrate-rich, thus more fattening–than at any previous point in history. Therefore,…