Dangerous low-carb fad diets; defended by Johns Hopkins

Just when you think that health advice from the medical community can’t get any worse…this kind of story shatters that dream

J. Morris Hicks, the "big picture guy"

Recently I blogged about a Dr. Oz telecast in which he was essentially promoting a new low-carb, weight-loss diet. There was only one voice of integrity on that telecast — the voice of my friend Dr. Joel Fuhrman, who scored the diet a “1” on a scale of 1 to 10, saying that he would’ve scored it lower if it had been permitted. (Click here for that blog post)

Now just last week, we have a prominent school of medicine, Johns Hopkins, in the news on the same topic. Like Dr. Oz, they too are presenting evidence that supports low-carb diets for obese people wanting to lose weight. This is very disturbing although not very surprising. (See link to complete article below my signature.) And guess who paid for all of this wonderful new information? You did! It was from a study funded mostly by the National Institutes of Health (N.I.H.) From the article:

Released: 5/27/2011 4:40 PM EDT
Source:Johns Hopkins Medicine

Newswise — Overweight and obese people looking to drop some pounds and considering one of the popular low-carbohydrate diets, along with moderate exercise, need not worry that the higher proportion of fat in such a program compared to a low-fat, high-carb diet may harm their arteries, suggests a pair of new studies by heart and vascular researchers at Johns Hopkins.

“Overweight and obese people appear to really have options when choosing a weight-loss program, including a low-carb diet, and even if it means eating more fat,” says the studies’ lead investigator exercise physiologist Kerry Stewart, Ed.D.

My good friend Susan Benigas of St. Louis who forwarded me the article for today's post.

To me, this simply lacks integrity and should be an embarrassment to any medical doctor who has ever received a degree from Johns Hopkins. With overwhelming scientific and clinical evidence supporting a healthy whole foods, plant-based diet for reversing heart disease, promoting effortless weight-loss and so much more — this news release is simply irresponsible and potentially very damaging to the health of millions of people who will heed their dangerous advice.

“Our study should help allay the concerns that many people who need to lose weight have about choosing a low-carb diet instead of a low-fat one, and provide re-assurance that both types of diet are effective at weight loss and that a low-carb approach does not seem to pose any immediate risk to vascular health,” says Stewart. “More people should be considering a low-carb diet as a good option,” he adds.

Sadly, they make ZERO mention of what happens to those patients next year and beyond. Like over 95% of dieters to lose weight, these people will more than likely regain all the weight and suffer serious long-term health issues. Just another example of how our government (the NIH) is spending our money…

Funding for the study was provided by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), with additional assistance from the Johns Hopkins Bayview Institute for Clinical Translational Research, also funded by the NIH. Besides Stewart, other Johns Hopkins researchers who took part in the studies were Sameer Chaudri, M.D.; Devon Dobrosielski, Ph.D.; Harry Silber, M.D., Ph.D.; Sammy Zakaria, M.D., M.P.H.; Edward Shapiro, M.D.; and Pamela Ouyang, M.B.B.S.

The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell of Cornell -- documenting the "blinding flash of the obvious" regarding what we should be eating; whole plant-based foods.

I wonder how many of these esteemed MD’s and PhD’s have any idea what a truly health-promoting diet-style looks like, are eating that way themselves, have read The China Study or have even heard of Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Caldwell Esseslstyn or Dr. Dean Ornish — the three great men who influenced Bill Clinton to start helping his heart heal itself.

And, by the way, the diet-style (high carb diet from whole plants) they all recommended is about the polar opposite of what the Johns Hopkins folks are recommending here. I have no doubt that all of these three men will agree with what I have written here. We’re all on the same page on just about everything AND they have all agreed to write endorsements for our upcoming book.

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—J. Morris Hicks…blogging daily at HealthyEatingHealthyWorld.com

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Low-Carb, Higher-Fat Diets Add No Arterial Health Risks to Obese People Seeking to Lose Weight.

About J. Morris Hicks

A former strategic management consultant and senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, J. Morris Hicks has always focused on the "big picture" when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about our "optimal diet," he began a study of what we eat from a global perspective ---- discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority---exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural plant-based diet for our species.
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6 Responses to Dangerous low-carb fad diets; defended by Johns Hopkins

  1. Kim S. says:

    I am a diabetic who floundered for years on the “healthy” plant-based diet. I was a vegetarian and then a vegan for years and could not control my weight or my blood sugar. I finally gave in to my doctor’s pleas to give up the carbs and eat a more balanced, higher fat, adequate protein diet. Once I gave up whole grains, processed carbs, starches and sugar and started eating a low-carb diet, I lost weight and stabilized my blood sugar. For the first time in years my blood sugar is in the healthy range all day long. No more crazy highs and dizzy lows. I am the healthiest I have ever been. My cholesterol is perfect, my triglycerides are perfect and I’m off blood pressure medicine and half of the diabetes drugs I used to take. I really struggled with the idea of giving up a plant based diet, but it never worked for me. Once I let go of the idea that there is only one way to be healthy, I was able to become healthy. I think it is a disservice to tell people that there is only one way to eat and be healthy.
    Kim S.
    University Park, MD

    • jmorrishicks says:

      Hi Kim,

      Thanks for taking the time to comment on my blog. As you may have noticed on our site; we’re not necessarily advocating a vegetarian diet, as it is not necessarily healthy. Our 4-Leaf Program focuses on maximizing the healthiest of foods for humans — whole plants, still in nature’s package. Take a look and let me know what you think. Also, I hope that you will buy our book which debuts in 63 days. Best, Jim

      • Kim S. says:

        For right now low carb, higher-fat, adequate protein is working extremely well for me and I’m enjoying good health for the first time in years. But, I’ll definitely take a look at your program and at your new book. I believe in gathering as much information as I can.


  2. rick says:

    Without a long term plan to eat healthy and maintain a healthy weight, what hope do those people have? They certainly are not going to be creating any healthy habits on a low carb diet.

    With the ecoli outbreak in Europe, I have been reading that organic gardening practices may be the culprit. While the articles have mentioned that ecoli comes from animals, they seem to lay the blame on organic farming practices. Maybe banning organic farming and eating no fruits and vegetables is the solution! Do you know if there is a difference in quantity and virulence of ecoli found in factory farm raised beef and organic grass fed beef?

  3. MJ says:

    Why do you have an advertisement for the South Beach Diet below the blog that is about how poor this
    diet is? To me, this lacks integrity and should be an embarrassment to you. I like what you have to say and I have pre-ordered your book, but is this any different than Dr Oz? What do you really stand for?

    • jmorrishicks says:

      Thanks for pointing that out; this is indeed an embarrassment.

      The ad you mentioned is out of my control and I do not benefit from it. My site is hosted by WordPress, which is a free site and they have to make money somehow.

      You are the second person that brought this to my attention and I thank you for it. I am going to add a comment below my signature in each blog mentioning that any ad that follows this blog was “automatically” generated by WordPress based on key words in the title of the blog.

      Be well, Jim

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