Book Review: Carbophobia! The Scary Truth About America’s Low-Carb Craze

 read for free: http://www.veganmd.org/writings.html

 

Everywhere you go these days, it seems, the Atkins “A” can be found. In the first six months of 2004, no fewer than 1864 new “low-carb” products were launched – everything from low-carb pasta to low-carb gummy bears. Yet warnings from medical authorities continue to pour in. How have low-carb diet gurus managed to mislead millions of people onto a diet opposed by so many – including the American Dietetic Association, the American Medical Association, The National Academy of Sciences, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health?”

 
Carbophobia is a very important book to read if you have ever considered or know those around you who are following any version of low-carb diets. In this book, Michael Greger, MD, (known also for his Latest in Clinical Nutrition DVDs which stand out for their emphasis on scientific evidence when discussing diet and natural health) discusses the history and faulty science behind the “low-carb craze” and more importantly, documents the scary short term and long term side effects and dangers of such diets before offering a safer alternative (a wholefoods plant based diet with unrefined “good” carbohydrates, good fats (like nuts) and good sources of protein like beans, nuts, whole grains, fruit and vegetables).

Although only a small book of around 100 pages, Michael Greger once again shows the importance of good science and research, including no fewer than 58 pages of references at the back of the book which one follow for further comprehension.

Even if you are not interested in following a low-carb diet I would still recommend reading this book because it is interesting not only in its diet information but in it’s clear documentation of how large cooperation’s can ‘bend’ the truth, create the illusion of good science and research and, create a deep set (and dangerous) belief amongst great numbers of people that endures over time. It’s important to understand these things because it is not just with the Atkin’s diet that this has happened!

This is especially seen in the last chapter entitled “The Atkin’s Cooperation responds.” The legal department of the Atkins Corporation sent Dr. Greger a letter threatening to sue him for speaking out against the Atkins Diet on his website www.AtkinsFacts.org (now AtkinsExposed.org). claiming that his website “impinges on Atkins’ rights” by making “defamatory” statements that “continue to harm Atkins’ reputation and cause injury to Atkins.” Dr. Greger posted the company’s entire legal threat letter online for all to see, accompanied by a point-by-point rebuttal, and in this chapter covers the major points addressed.

 
Carbophobia can be read for free on Michael Gregers website: http://www.veganmd.org/writings.html

 

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Easy Home Beauty Recipes

Many women spend a lot of money on beauty products for their hair and skin, but sometimes using things that you likely already have at home is not only more cost effective, but but much safer for you as you can be sure your body is not absorbing the preservatives, thickeners and others ingredients that may be hiding in products designed to last on the shelf.

Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Revitaliser 

I’ve been using this one for years. Apple Cider Vinegar will increase body and shine of your hair. Sometimes no matter what shampoo I use my hair just gets a build up and never feels clean, so that when i will give it a treatment of apple cider vinegar and this really helps.

There are a couple of ways you can use it.  Usually it is suggested that you add about 1/2 – 1 tablespoon diluted in water and rinse your hair with this after shampooing and then leave it on your hair. But I don’t like the smell left in my hair so I usually will rinse it a bit.

What I prefer to do is to add a teaspoon in with a bit of shampoo and massage it into my hair. Then sometimes also follow with a apple cider rinse.

If you haven’t already: try it!

If you have essential oils or herbs such as rosemary in the garden (supposedly good for dark hair) you can try adding some of this to the rinse (use hot water and allow to cool before you use it).

Bi-Carb Soda Acne Treatment 

Instead of wasting money on face-masks try this to really dry up and reduce acne fast. Combine a tsp or two of bi-carb soda with warm water to form a paste and apply to your face. Don’t apply too thick because you want it to dry in about 10-15 min and not leave it on longer than this (I find it irritates my skin/dries it out too much if i leave it on too long but everyone will be different). Then wash away with warm water. If you find it too drying apply a small amount of natural moisturiser  You can also try adding a drop of essential oil such as lavender to the bi-carb soda face mask.

Turmeric Face Mask

Making a paste out of turmeric and applying to the skin is known as a beauty weapon to many Indian people, it is good for reducing spots, purifying/cleansing and brightening skin.

You only need a tiny bit of turmeric powder, somewhere between 1/4 tsp and 1 tsp at most. If you are daring you can just mix the powder with a bit of non-dairy milk and apply to the skin, wait till it dried and then wash it off.  It does leave my face yellow but by the morning it has faded.

If your skin is lighter or you are worried about the stain lasting, mix the turmeric with chickpea flour or if you don’t have that any other flour and this will greatly reduce the chances of staining your face while giving the same benefits 🙂