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CARBS from HEAVEN CARBS from HELL
Discover the Carbs That Tack On Pounds & Those That Don't
By JAMES D. KRYSTOSIK
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Copyright © 2004
James D. Krystosik
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"Trust Me, I'm a Doctor"
Throughout human history, people have placed their trust and lives in the
hands of doctors. Although this innocent trust may have been okay in the
past, today you had better be more careful. In the twenty-first century, something
terrible has eroded the trust we have enlisted to doctors. Corporate giants are
now manipulating the guardians of our health for profit. Conflict of interest has penetrated
deep inside the medical establishment. When your doctor reads a current
medical journal, chances are corporate giants have spun the recommendations for
prevention and treatment of disease. According to Meryl Nass, M.D., in an article
that appeared in Health News Analyzer, "The Journal of the American Medical Association
reported that a full nine out of ten doctors on committees that develop clinical guidelines
had financial ties to the industry whose product they recommend."
Health is one of our most important assets. Consequently, health care choices
should be made with careful thought. Wise health care consumers must take
charge of their well-being and make informed decisions to protect themselves and
their families from health fraud. No oneshould make a health care decision without
first investigating all of the facts and then getting a second opinion. If you
don't, you could end up on an operating table under the direction of a surgeon
with a hyperactive knife. Or you may end up following the advice of a best-selling
weight-loss author that may put your health in jeopardy. Uninformed decisions
could have serious consequences.
Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Carbs?
People who are trying to lose weight are one of the most vulnerable targets for
health care fraud. Americans are desperate in this battle of the bulge. Consequently,
there are many weight-loss gimmicks and diets up for sale. It's hard to
believe, but at the present time, there are several diet doctors who applaud the
virtues of eating large quantities of artery-clogging saturated-fat foods. Although
over thirty years of research has proven that too much saturated fat is harmful to
our health, many new diet gurus are still convincing millions of Americans to
believe otherwise. These "experts" have capitalized on the insatiable desire of
millions of Americans who want to believe that large quantities of meat and other
foods that are high in saturated fat and cholesterol are good for them. Many low-carb
diet doctors encourage us to fill our plates with bacon, eggs, steak, ham, and
whipped cream-without guilt or fear. Is it any wonder that these authors have
become so popular and are now America's heroes? Although not all low-carb
diets recommend such outrageous amounts of saturated fat, they still insist on
turning down the carrots, potatoes, rice, whole wheat bread, and other innocent
carbs. Why? Because they claim carbs are to blame for the extra weight Americans
are carrying around their waistlines. This new breed of diet doctors has managed
to convince millions of Americans to put carbs in the doghouse.
The truth is, you will lose weight on a low-carb diet-temporarily. But not because
of some magic weight-loss formula that stems from the various types of low-carb
diets. I guarantee you will be surprised when you discover why the weight comes off.
You'll also discover that you can lose more than just weight on this type of diet.
Low-carb diets are not as good as they sound. They come with several short-term
side effects, and there are no long-term studies to prove they are safe. I'm
afraid that this type of diet is not just another craze. This one is a big problem with
some serious long-term health risks. A weight-loss plan that claims you can eat as
much high saturated-fat food as you want, ought to at least make you wonder if it
might be harmful. A diet that restricts the intake of carbs, a food group that
humans have thrived on for over 10,000 years, should at least send up a small red
flag. Think about the following:
Low-carb diets are based on unproven theories.
Proponents of low-carb diets claim that because carbohydrates raise blood sugar levels,
they automatically raise insulin levels to the same degree. They claim elevated
insulin levels trigger the storage of fat-therefore carbohydrates make you fat. As
you will soon see, although there is a grain of truth to this theory, it is only a half-truth
that misleads eager individuals into a false sense of why this diet causes
Low-carb diets contradict science.
Low-carb diets fly in the face of well-researched evidence. There are no long-term
studies to prove low-carb diets are safe, but there is substantial data showing that
they can be harmful. Research provided by the World Health Organization, the
American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, and the American
Dietetic Association warns of the potential long-term risks of a low-carb and/or
Low-carb diet doctors are confused.
Fad diet doctors conveniently ignore the fact that many world populations eat a
high-carb diet, yet they have a low incidence of obesity and chronic disease. These
cultures eat more carbohydrates and less protein than their overweight American
counterparts, who are riddled with disease. Thousands of well-documented studies
demonstrate the benefits of a plant-based, high-carbohydrate, low saturated-fat
diet. In addition, scientists have conducted convincing population studies that
demonstrate the time-proven plant-based diets prevent disease and prolong life.
Unfortunately, low-carb diet doctors by-pass these studies and push their
Right now, America is engaged in a diet war. A band of revolutionary low-carb
diet doctors are battling against the high-carbohydrate, low saturated-fat stance of
the established medical community. Interestingly, a large portion of the alternative
health care community has joined forces with the orthodox medical community on
this particular issue. However, it must be mentioned that the alternative health
care camp's version of a high-carbohydrate, low saturated-fat diet is much different
from the orthodox medical community's version. Unfortunately, many confused,
overweight Americans are trapped in the middle of this battlefield. "Should
I eat a low-carb, high-protein diet, or a high-carb, low-protein diet?" Currently, the
low-carb camp has gained a lot of momentum. Low-carb diet doctors have convinced
millions of desperate and defenseless Americans to join their ranks.
Are carbohydrates bad for you? Do they make you fat? These questions need
answers that are based on scientific evidence. My intention is to defend carbs from
heaven, and prove to you that the right type of carbohydrates can help you lose
weight. I will provide plenty of evidence that proves carbs from hell are the real
culprit in the fight against the fattening of America. My clinical experience reveals
that you can enjoy carbs from heaven without reservation while maintaining a fit
and trim body.
Finally, people need to know that the current low-carb diet craze is not a new
phenomenon. It is merely a recycling of the discredited and dangerous high-protein
diet mania of the 1970s. One must wonder, if it didn't work back then, why
would people fall for it again? History has a way of repeating itself-even with
unsuccessful and dangerous diets.
Your Health Under Siege
Before I unveil the identity of the carbs from heaven and the carbs from hell, I think
you should understand why your doctor has failed to educate you on this important
matter. First of all, doctors don't learn about nutrition in medical school.
According to Dr. D. DiAngelis, editor of The Journal of the American Medical Association,
"Physicians are inadequately trained in nutrition." If your doctor was capable
of teaching you about the subject of nutrition, you wouldn't be caught in the
middle of a low-carb/high-carb diet debate-confused. If your doctor was taught
unbiased science in medical school, you wouldn't have to try and figure out how
to be fit and trim on your own. The truth is, your doctor may be as confused on the
subject as you are.
Health care in America is at a crossroads. Millions of people are now questioning
medical authorities on a variety of issues. The general public has access to more
information on health than at any other time in history. Consequently, many people
are challenging their doctor's recommendations instead of blindly accepting advice
that may lead to a future health problem. Sometimes patients know more about
specific health problems than their doctors-especially when it comes to nutrition.
There is a large body of important health information that is hidden on the
shelves of medical research centers-placed there by the hands of corporate giants. In
the next chapter, I will expose several of these medical cover-ups to help you appreciate
the magnitude of the health care deception we are all faced with. The take-home
message is this: Your doctor is no longer the independent guardian of your health. He
or she has become a part of a corporately managed medical machine.
In the following pages, you will discover "unholy alliances" between corporate
giants and university research facilities, as well as misleading information disseminated
by self-serving interest groups and "health experts." They have misguided
and manipulated you and your doctor to help promote the sale of their goods and
services. They have reduced the distribution of knowledge to a service for profit.
The climate in health care is changing quickly. Innocence and integrity are being
replaced by greed and power. Individuals inside corporations and educational
institutions manipulate, delay, suppress, and even withhold vital health information-for
profit. For many years, consumer advocate groups, and alternative
health care providers have tried to warn the public that our health is being threatened
by self-interest groups. Important issues like the dangers of hydrogenated
oils and artificial sweeteners, the inflammation associated with heart disease, the
benefits of vitamins, and the valuable services rendered by chiropractic health
care physicians have all been suppressed. The hands of orthodox doctors were
tied. They either ignored these issues or told their patients that there was no scientific
evidence to back them up. Things are different now. Conventional medicine
has been forced to admit the truth. This information, however, has been
hidden from the public for so many years, the average person becomes confused
when trying to sort through it all. My goal is to help clear up some of this confusion,
so you can make informed health care choices in the future.
Right now, government health agencies, your doctor, the food industry, and best-selling
authors are all sending mixed messages on the role of carbs in our diet. Whom
should you believe? Can we trust the government? Since "Watergate," public trust in
the government has plummeted. Can you trust your doctor? You will soon discover
that the nutritional advice of most doctors is not necessarily reliable. Most people can
see through the propaganda of the food industry. Distrust and confusion has left the
door wide open for fad diet doctors to come in and promote their unproven ideas.
They have convinced a growing segment of the American population that carbs are
the villain-the cause of expanding waistlines, obesity, heart disease, and even cancer.
What these diet doctors fail to acknowledge is the overwhelming evidence pointing
to the benefits of carbs from heaven in reversing all of these problems.
It is time for a reality check. In addition to saturated fat, carbs from hell are the
biggest threat to your expanding waistline. They tack on extra pounds and, at the
same time, depress your immune system, increasing your risk for heart disease, diabetes,
and other debilitating diseases. On the other hand, carbs from heaven can help
you win the "battle of the bulge," while lowering your risk for a number of diseases.
No one can afford to ignore these issues. The consequences are too costly-your
health is at risk. If your doctor has failed to inform you on these matters of
health, I suggest that you take immediate action to be more proactive in your
health care choices. But please, don't misunderstand me. It is not my intention to
degrade the noble profession of medical doctors. These men and women have
dedicated their lives to the service of the sick and dying, and should be held in
great regard. Unfortunately, most doctors are unaware of the control that industry
and commerce has imposed on their profession-including the results of much
university-based medical research. My hope is that the information in this book
will help inspire many doctors to fight back and let truth win. In the final analysis,
the health of the American people are at risk.
The "Misinformation Age"
Marcia Angell, former editor of the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine,
believes that corporate giants have distorted medical research so much that we
are living in the "misinformation age." Similarly, Drummond Rennie, deputy editor
of The Journal of the American Medical Association, asks the rhetorical question,
"Why should we care about corporations trying to manipulate or suppress studies
by academic scientists?" He goes on to say, "When I go to my doctor, I'm putting
my health and my life in his hands. But how can my doctor know the real
facts, the best evidence, when sponsors of research suppress, twist, and spin the
evidence? Every time a corporate sponsor messes with the data, the sponsor tricks
my doctor. Every time that happens, my treatment and the treatment of everyone
I encourage you to re-read the above quote.
Question your doctor. Read up on any procedure
or medication your doctor recommends.
Do some research. Make informed decisions-your
life depends on it. My primary objective
then, is to alert you and your doctor about this
unfortunate health care predicament each one
of us faces every day. To ignore these issues
would be a grave mistake for those who wish
to protect their health, and the health and well-being
of their family.
To help you better understand the scope of
the fraud that exists in our health care system,
consider the following example. One of the
most far-reaching health frauds of the last century
is the introduction of hydrogenated oils
into our food supply. The untold suffering and
loss of lives because of this artificial "oiling of
America" will never be fully understood. Yet even to this day, people continue to
risk their health and well-being by consuming foods that are laced with these
The deception doesn't end here. The following chapter provides an incredible,
eye-opening look at even more health shams that have infiltrated our society.
A History of Deception
In the midst of any war, an army that is unexpectedly attacked by its enemy has
been "blind sided." This type of sneak attack leaves the ambushed army
defenseless, and results in many casualties. In a similar way, when either you or
your doctor are given false or even distorted health care information, you have
been "blind sided," and your health has been placed in jeopardy. This chapter
presents information on many of the ways the public has been misled.
About Hydrogenated Oil
More than likely, a chronic illness or disease, such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes,
arthritis, or multiple sclerosis, has affected you or someone you know. Yet did you
know that for many years, it was your doctor's advice that may have triggered
some of these health problems?
For at least fifty years, doctors have been advising patients to use margarine or
partially hydrogenated corn or soybean oil instead of butter. But has your doctor
told you that in a recent study reported in The New England Journal of Medicine,
researchers at Harvard Medical School who studied 80,000 nurses, found that
women who ate just four tablespoons of margarine per day had a 50 percent greater
risk of developing heart disease than women who rarely ate margarine? What the
report didn't mention is that scientists knew about this health risk in the 1950s.
Back then, research scientists warned the American Heart Association that
hydrogenated oils in our food supply were one of the primary causes of the
nation's heart disease epidemic. In fact, in 1956, Dr. Ansel Keys, one of the authors
of the American Heart Association's first dietary guidelines, warned the scientific
community that trans fats were a major cause of heart disease. Dr. Keys' warnings
were ignored. Already, the manufacturers of hydrogenated oils had a strong influence
on public health policy. By 1978, a mounting body of scientific evidence
demonstrated that hydrogenated oils were not only a major cause of heart disease, 15
they contributed to neurological diseases, diabetes, and even cancer. Still, this evidence
was quietly withheld from the general public.
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by JAMES D. KRYSTOSIK
Copyright © 2004 by James D. Krystosik.
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