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Setting the record straight once and for all Genocide How Your Doctor's Dietary Ignorance Will Kill You by Dr James E Carlson breaks the chains of ignorance when it comes to dieting and staying healthy Concern for his patients led this medical doctor to unveil common misconceptions regarding carbohydrates fat proteins sugars and cholesterol that are perpetrated and perpetuated by the medical community Regrettably with the advice of doctors millions of Americans are eating themselves into an early grave Now avoiding a priori reasoning readers are able to draw their own conclusions on what lifestyle is best for them and how to initiate the most sensible diet possible Take back your life the fact is that low fat low cholesterol diets are dangerous With humor wit and a good dose of common sense this guide shows readers that a diet with daily sources of fat cholesterol and protein is effective in treating disease


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  1. says:

    Extrapolates limited personal experience to universals Dr Carlson who was once 50 pounds overweight claims that low fat high carbohydrate diets are behind the obesity epidemic in America Like Dr Atkins of “New Diet Revolution” fame Carlson put himself on a mostly fat and protein diet and lost the extra weight He also put some of his patients on the diet with good resultsI have no doubt that some people perhaps many people can lose weight on a diet consisting of little than protein and fat But I don’t believe that such a diet is the natural diet of human beings Carlson makes the argument “When we compare our digestive system with that of a wolf we find it is very similar When we compare our digestive system with a cow there is no similarity whatsoever” p 139 I wish he had taken the comparison further If we compare our digestive system with that of a chimpanzee or a pig the systems really are “very similar” This argument from anatomy is a good one and can help us to a good understanding of our dietary needs if the comparisons are really accurate Our digestive tract is longer than a wolf’s because we are built to include a larger percentage of vegetable foods in our dietThe simple truth is that human being are omnivores like rats pigs bears etc Our digestive systems prove it as well as our habits and appetites Now it is true that the natural diet of human beings honed by our experience as hunter and gatherers in the Pleistocene did not include much in the way of sugars or carbohydrates The fields of amber grain were few and far between and the grain that grew was merger and processing it was time consuming and labor intensive It wasn’t until the rise of agriculture about 10000 years ago that humans began to get a majority of their calories from grain And we paid the price Evacuations of humans buried during the early period of our transformation from hunter gatherers to farmers show that humans got smaller in stature and suffered often from contagious disease than had their ancestorsThe “truth” that Atkins and Carlson is so enthusiastic about is that many people have what has been called “carbohydrate intolerance” It’s a bit like alcoholism in that given a ready supply of cheap carbs some people can’t resist eating them to excess Further mass market agricultural practices have lead to what might be called the forced feeding of America mostly in the form of highly processed carbohydrate rich products potato chips corn chips white bread crackers corn syrup sodas etcAnd it is true that the Inuit people can and have lived for many centuries on a diet consisting almost exclusively of animal fats and proteinsA problem arises however when we try to apply this understanding to all people Human beings can adapt to a great variety of diets The Japanese before WWII ate a diet rich in fish shellfish rice and vegetables and enjoyed relatively long lives and good health The Chinese cuisine contains an enormous variety of foods but the bulk of this diet proven healthy for thousands of years consists of rice and other plant foods Other differences abound most Asians are lactose intolerant which isn’t surprising since they have had historically almost no cultural experience with cow’s milk Some people Pacific Islanders Native Americans and others have trouble dealing with alcohol while the Mediterranean and French practice is to include lots of wine with mealsOne of Carlson’s dicta is “Sugar is sugar is sugar” He writes “carbs are broken down into sugars so whenever one eats carbs the cell will see sugar” Well whatever food one consumes—protein fats alcohol carbs—what the brain cells always receive is glucose that is sugar That’s the way the body works and that is why we have a taste for things that are sweetAnother Carlson dictum is “the calorie is irrelevant” p 72 Because a calorie is defined as so much heat produced in a closed system he claims counting calories doesn’t matter because we don’t burn them we digest them True but consume too many calories and you will gain weight and consume way too few and you may starveAside from not applying to most people the other problem with Dr Carlson’s thesis is the way it is presented I don’t think it’s proper to use the term “genocide” in reference to low fat low cholesterol diets prescribed by many physicians The physicians are NOT committing genocide as Carlson claims “Genocide” is a monstrous deliberate crime in which some people set out to eradicate some other people This is not the way to characterize the rise of type II diabetes and obesity that we are experiencing todayAnother problem is that Carlson’s style is in the form of a rambling rant He repeats himself again and again He goes off on tangents and makes many unsubstantiated claims There are few footnotes no index only a five title bibliography no table of contents and numerous deviations from standard English practice Here’s how he begins Chapter Six on calories “This topic really burns me up Get it burns me upOK sorry I couldn’t resist”A pun can be a useful literary device if not overdone A bad and obvious pun is occasionally excusable but a bad pun that the author calls our attention to and then apologizes for twice is a bit much Unfortunately this sort of “cute” writing is all too common in this bookAnd here’s an example of the kind of unfair claim he tosses off without support“There’s a show out now called Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? For most docs when it comes to understanding math I mean really basic math the overwhelming answer will be no” p 55 Dennis Littrell author of the mystery novel “Teddy and Teri”


  2. says:

    James E Carlson Genocide How Your Doctor's Dietary Ignorance Will Kill You BookSurge 2007I'll admit right up front that the whole reason I grabbed this one for review when it was offered to me is the horribly ungrammatical title Any time than one exclamation point is used in series I know that I'll be reading the book with an eye toward “how much worse can it get”? The answer in this case is that if I found out my doctor had written this book I'd change doctors Whether it's correct to do so or no one of the factors I use in determining a person's intelligence is their mastery of the language in which that person chooses to communicate In this case four exclamation points at the end of the subtitle is only the tip of a very smelly grammatically incorrect iceberg James Carlson may be the smartest person in America I don't know I do know however that this book was in desperate need of a proofreading or two or three before it got anywhere near a publishing house Ah the wonders of vanity publishingThis is the pity because when you look beyond the constant grammatical errors and some of the godawful language use the word “oops” is spelled with only one P and that one will get on your nerves since you'll see it uite often usually with a number of exclamation points blazing along in its wake there's a lot of information here that's well worth reading This is yet another “carbs are bad mmmkay?” book but unlike Atkins and his other visible contemporaries Carlson actually gets into the science behind why low carb diets work something that had Atkins done it thirty five years ago might have made him a blockbuster long before he actually became one His arguments are persuasive and well thought out they're just presented badly And while Carlson doesn't as did Atkins spend three uarters of the book describing the low carb diet he does mention it in passing sixty grams a day unless you're diabetic then lower it to twenty preferring to spend most of his time on the whys rather than the whats This to my way of thinking is exactly the kick in the pants the low carb diet has needed for so long If only it were readableAdd to the spelling and grammar problems and some other basic structural flaws; the man never met a sentence fragment he didn't like from the looks of ita tone that attempts to be conversational but instead often comes out self aggrandizing when addressing his scientific critics or demeaning Not something that's bound to help one's case and something the prospective reader of the book will need to get past in order to soak up the actual information contained thereinI hope there is a second edition of this book some time in the near future one that has been extensively edited and proofread I'm relatively sure that such a beast would be picked up by a non vanity publisher and it might actually become a bestseller Yeah the information in here is that good and that worthwhile Packaging however is everything in the book industry When you're dealing with a culture that's already resistant to reading make it as easy for them as possible and they'll like you This is the antithesis of that sentiment


  3. says:

    This is a life changing book It's a 3 4 hour read that took me in a new direction for dietary habits As I'm sure other reviewers will note it does not even attempt to be grammatically correct and repeats some points ad naseum Regardless the function outweights the form I would like to buy a copy of this book for everyone I know If it was 7 rather than 24 I might have done it As it is I've been recommending it to everyone After less than a month of following its basic dietary premise I have reshaped my build meaningfully at a time when I have been traveling extensively and barely working out I've lost 8 lbs and gained muscle and I was already in pretty decent shape


  4. says:

    Everyone should read this book It contains nutritional info I was already aware of explained in a simple way It just makes sense