By Samantha Chang
The low-carb ketogenic diet accelerates weight loss, and prevents and manages disease, said obesity expert Dr. Tim Noakes, a physician and professor at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.
“The more sick you are, the more ketogenic you need to be,” Noakes told BizNews. “If you just want to lose some weight, or run better, your diet doesn’t have to be ketogenic.”
You don’t have to follow a ketogenic diet, said Dr. Noakes, but reducing carb intake and eating more unprocessed fat is the best chance we have to prevent and manage obesity, diabetes, heart disease, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s and cancer.
Renowned cancer scientist Dr. Thomas Seyfried recently told me the ketogenic diet can replace chemotherapy for most cancers.
Dr. Seyfried’s bold, in-your-face statements have ignited a firestorm of controversy in the blogosphere. Prof. Seyfried did not say the ketogenic diet cures cancer, but effectively manages it in a non-toxic, less expensive manner than the current standard of care.
Like Seyfried, Professor Noakes believes it’s time for the medical community to investigate metabolic therapy as an alternative to toxic chemotherapy and radiation.
“We invested billions of dollars into drugs to kill cancer cells,” said Noakes. “The research is driven by scientists who got it wrong, but won’t admit it. They just keep plodding along, trying to cure cancer according to a model that clearly doesn’t work.”
Noakes, author of the Challenging Beliefs, has made headlines in his native South Africa for his no-holds-barred stance against the consumption of refined carbs. It is not saturated fat that’s making us fat and sick, he said. It’s our consumption of a high-carb diet, especially one high in sugar.
Noakes has weathered his share of criticism for trumpeting his LCHF health message, but said scientific evidence is on his side.
It is what top medical scientific minds internationally have been saying for years: Saturated fats are not the healthy bogey we’ve been led to believe they are. They are not behind skyrocketing rates of heart disease and obesity after all.”
Noakes is encouraged that after four decades, mainstream media is finally reversing its position on unprocessed saturated fat. Two weeks ago, Time magazine announced that the 40-year demonization of saturated fat as the cause of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease was based on flawed data, citing a March 2014 Cambridge University study.
Noakes pointed out that no one has ever proven that saturated fat causes heart disease, even though this is a widely held belief.
“It’s a completely unproven hypothesis,” he said. “In fact, no one has ever proven that cholesterol in the blood causes heart disease. It’s an assumption based on epidemiology, and is destroyed in [Nina Teicholz’s book] The Big Fat Surprise.”
According to Teicholz, eating too much refined carbs and not enough unprocessed fat is what has led to the tsunami of overweight, diabetic, sick Americans.
Teicholz echoed the sentiments of science journalist Gary Taubes, who has long argued that dietary fat has been wrongly blamed for causing obesity and other diseases. Taubes detailed his research in his No. 1 bestseller, Why We Get Fat.
According to obesity experts, a high-carb diet promotes disease and weight gain by causing pro-inflammatory spikes in blood glucose and blood insulin. By limiting those surges in blood sugar, we dramatically reduce inflammation, which is what fuels disease, they say.
Obesity Experts: Eat Fat and Get Skinny
Dr. Jeff Volek, author of The Art and Science of Low-Carbohydrate Living, told me the LCHF ketogenic diet is beneficial both for elite endurance athletes and the average sedentary individual.
“There are very few people that a ketogenic diet could not help,” said Volek, who has followed the ketogenic diet for the past 20 years.
Research shows LCHF diets like the Atkins and ketogenic diets reduce inflammation and curb depression and bipolar disorder. A ketogenic diet has already proven effective for managing epilepsy-induced seizures, and has been shown to reverse type 2 diabetes.
Dr. Westman, director of the Duke University Obesity Clinic, has helped hundreds of morbidly obese individuals lose thousands of pounds on the ketogenic and Atkins diets. He, too, is pleased that mainstream media is finally debunking the myth that eating fat makes you fat and sick. To the contrary, he said: Eating fat makes you skinny and healthy.
“I tell my patients not to fear the fat,” said Dr. Westman, co-author of A New Atkins for a New You. “Eat lots of fat. There’s no problem with fat. In fact, saturated fat — the fat that we’ve been taught not to eat — raises your good cholesterol best of all the foods you can eat.”