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“High-Fiber Diet Might”, a translation

In this month’s JAMA Network Open we have an opinion piece [1] that struck a chord with me — a discordant, grating, and tuneless chord. I thought I’d share with you what I heard, when I read it, just to do my part in spreading the pain.Italics for the author’s word, bold for my translation, […]

Who is a Carnivore? problems of names, identity, community

Who gets to decide what the Carnivore Diet means? Let me start by contrasting the relatively easy question of how to define a diet, with a deeply difficult question. In my early twenties, I was studying Judaism. I was preparing to convert before marrying my Jewish then-boyfriend. There was no pressure from my boyfriend or […]

Not the Collagen, but the Carnitine?

Note that I’m using the tradition Zooko and I developed on Ketotic.org of end-to-end citations, so check the references for supporting statements, not merely links. In trying to understand why meat cures scurvy, and why long term carnivores don’t develop it, I’ve previously written about how I discovered that the USDA database misleadingly lists beef […]

Misaligned Virtue

On eating your vegetables, non-compliers, and food reward. I have always loved food. I was encouraged to love food, and vegetables especially. It was a point of pride to eat them, and more than that, to like them. Why? Because they are presumed good for you, and while doing something good for you is virtuous, […]

Thirteen days of near-carnivory fails to impress

Alan Levinovitz is an author and scholar of religious studies who has written about diet and science. He recently wrote an article criticising the carnivore diet: The Carnivore Diet Is the Latest Fad to Ignore That Food Does More Than Just Feed Us. It is this article that got me talking with Alan on Twitter […]

An Open Dialogue with Alan Levinovitz on Miracle Cures

Introduction for outside readers Twitter can be a wonderful way to learn from others, but as a medium for in-depth, multifaceted discussion it is painfully difficult. Recently I attempted to start a sincere dicussion with Alan Levinovitz, an author and journalist with expertise in religious studies, who has also written extensively about diet and science. […]

Did CHOs make us human? I doubt it

“I like to start with an evolutionary perspective” — Jennie Brand-Miller Today at the Food for Thought Conference, Jennie Brand-Miller argued that dependence on exogenous glucose played a critical role in our evolution. I and others disagree for several reasons. Let’s look at the main arguments Brand-Miller put forward in support of exogenous glucose. The […]

Ketosis Without Starvation: the human advantage

I recently had the honour to speak at Low Carb Breckenridge 2018. You can find the video here. Below are my slides, notes, and references. On a high carb diet, you might need to fast to attain an enlightened brain state. On a ketogenic diet, as a human, that doesn’t appear to be necessary. The […]