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"Science For Smart People" by Tom Naughton

'Science For Smart People' is an educational and hilarious talk, by Tom Naughton, from Jimmy Moore’s Low-Carb Cruise.

Is There an Entrenched Conflict of Interest in Medicine?

"The most entrenched conflict of interest in medicine is a disinclination to reverse a previous opinion." - Written by three senior academics in an editorial piece in "The Lancet"

(Note: The Lancet is a weekly peer-reviewed general medical journal. It is one of the world's best known, oldest, and most respected general medical journals.)

Recommended Reading - "Life Without Bread"

Diabetics are often told to eat exactly what they shouldn't - carbohydrates. In his book, "Life Without Bread", Dr. Parker describes the diet that keeps blood sugar under control.

Many health experts recommend giving up bread and grains, such as corn, for weight loss. However, this book also covers the beneficial effects not consuming bread on a number of disease conditions and most importantly, the scientific and clinical data to back up the claims.

One of The Best Things I Have Done For Better Health

Giving up grains is one of the best things I've ever done regarding my health.

I used to have trouble sleeping at night. I would get a stuffy nose and have trouble breathing. I usually had to get up several times throughout the night and use my 'snot medicine', even when I didn't have a cold and felt fine during the day.

To lose some weight, I gave up the wheat and grains, including corn (it's a grain, not a vegetable). I made this decision after reading books by Dr. Michael Eades, Mark Sisson and watching the documentary, Fat Head.

Not only did I lose weight, but I also noticed I was no longer having trouble breathing at night. On top of that, I feel so much better and have a lot more energy.

I'll never go back to eating anything related to wheat again.

Sugar in Your Bloodstream

"The amount of blood sugar in your bloodstream, if you have normal blood sugar, is a little less than one teaspoon. Three hundred grams of carbohydrates (The FDA's suggested daily intake) converts to a cup and a half of sugar." - Dr. Michael Eades, M.D.

The Biggest Losers Lose More Than Weight

According to a recent study, the participants on The Biggest Loser who are starving themselves and exercising all day may be damaging their metabolism.
In an abstract presented at the most recent Obesity Society Annual Scientific Assembly, Darcy Johannsen and friends reported that by week 6 participants had lost 13% of their body weight and by week 30, 39%. More interestingly they reported that by week 6 participants metabolisms had slowed by 244 more calories per day than would have been expected by their weight loss and by week 30, by 504 more calories.And you wonder why the standard advice for losing weight usually doesn't work? As the doctor who wrote a blog article about the study put it:

That's basically a meal's worth of calories a day that Biggest Loser contestants no longer burn as a consequence of their involvement. Effectively that means they’re eating an extra meal a day. How do you think you’d do at maintaining your weight if you ate an extra meal a day?

My Wife Was 'Stuck On A Truck'

Here in Conway, Arkansas is a popular, annual spring festival called Toad Suck Daze. And one of the main events is 'Stuck On A Truck', a contest to see who can keep their hands on a Ford F-150 and claim the big prize.

This year's winner is Anna Johnson, who stayed on the truck an amazing one hundred and thirty-five hours and fifty-two minutes, shattering the previous record of ninety-nine hours.

My wife decided she wanted to participate in this year's event. The following is a summary she wrote about her 'Stuck On A Truck' experience:

Well, I didn't win anything, but I did accomplish something. If anyone ever asks me, "What's the craziest thing you've ever done?" I can tell them, "I was stuck on a truck for 62.5 hours!"

I went into the competition prepared to win. Along with my shorts and 'Stuck on a Truck' t-shirt, I wore compression socks (much to my husband's chagrin) . I bought a back brace, though I never h…