New at DietDoctor.com

I have been a huge fan of Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt and DietDoctor.com for years.  I have read every post on the English site and most of the comments as well.  He consistently produces some of the best content on nutrition and health available on the internet.

Dr. Eenfeldt is a Swedish family physician who writes one of the most popular blogs about health, nutrition and diet.  I have been lucky enough to meet him, and he is one of the most gracious, thoughtful people I know.

Starting yesterday, Andreas has launched a new subscription service at the incredibly low price of $9/ month for added content, interviews, courses and even a chance to ask questions.  This subscription allows him to produce content that is free of the unwanted influence of sponsorship that I have written about previously.  The insidious corruption of corporate sponsorship allows free content, but we all pay a much, much higher price.  A price measured in diabetes, obesity and cancer.

I am always a little flabbergasted that people will spend $9 to buy a Meal Combo at McDonalds and complain about spending $9 to potentially revolutionize their health.  But, that is their own choice.  My own advice is to take control of your own health, and there is a new tool to help you.

Find out more at www.dietdoctor.com.

2017-10-19T14:40:36+00:0032 Comments

About the Author:

Dr. Fung is a Toronto based kidney specialist, having graduated from the University of Toronto and finishing his medical specialty at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2001. He is the author of the bestsellers ‘The Obesity Code’ and ‘The Complete Guide to Fasting’. He has pioneered the use of therapeutic fasting for weight loss and type 2 diabetes reversal in his IDM clinic.

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Barb

Thru his new membership site, I was introduced to you! I am fascinated by your idea of diabetes being more of an insulin driven condition than a blood glucose driven condition. Do you think it is possible that a person can quite literally be born insulin resistant? if so, do you have any thoughts as to why this may occur?

kfacwpup
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Yes. I think that fetuses can be exposed to high insulin in utero and start the process towards insulin resistance.

Christoph Dollis
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“Yes. I think that fetuses can be exposed to high insulin in utero and start the process towards insulin resistance.”

That makes sense.

In addition to that, do you think human biological diversity between populations or individuals is significant, or just a very minor part?

Ryan
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Ryan

Dr. Fung my wife has type 2 and her pancreas does not work. Will this treatment still work for her? How can I get her into this program?

webgrrrrl
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webgrrrrl

Indeed Barb, I think it’s common now for infants to be born insulin resistant. For example, Dr. Robert Lustig often notes that nowadays even 6 month old infants are frequently technically obese. How can that be? They aren’t eating doughnuts or drinking Pepsi yet. It’s because their moms are totally pre-diabetic, compeletely skinny-fat, and then during pregnancy they creep into gestational diabetes, which is often poorly monitored in the USA. So mom just sneaks over that diabetic line & the babies are born insulin-resistant. Then they are fed soy or milk formula, both of which have added sugars, and then… Read more »

Sabine
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Sabine

I can understand both sides of the argument. There are people out there, who have to live on less than $9 per day, everything included (meals, clothes, toiletries, transportation and more). I also support the idea of education without commercial sponsorship.

Andreas Eenfeldt
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Thanks Jason!

I only found your great work this year – even though many readers had told me about you before – but I instantly became a huge fan.

I agree with your sentiments above, of course, and would only add that it’s possible to try out the Diet Doctor membership site for free for a month. And all content that used to be free on Diet Doctor stay free, forever. In fact we’ll add more.

I would not spend the money saved on McDonald’s though.

Roytaylorjasonfunglover
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Roytaylorjasonfunglover

Norwegian fan here, and I have already seen your interview on the swedish version of the site, it was very informative. I liked the part where you talked about your colleagues and how they have reacted to your thoughts and methods. Openminded curious people, when get to know the reasoning behind methods, and then see the extremely sucessful results, they are bound to follow suit. Too bad doctors that do not know you are more sceptical. I also liked the interview you with BMJ, these interviews are very useful because the all contain nuggets of information that give a more… Read more »

kfacwpup
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I think it is entirely possible to eat a Kitavan style diet and lose weight. Dr John MacDougall wrote a book about eating a high starch diet to lose weight. However, refined grains and sugars are still forbidden. I believe his diet to be a low insulin diet, and therefore successful. I would also guess compliance to be low.

Lindsay
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Lindsay

How does one create a original post on this site? Sorry for hijacking this one…..What is the impact of prescription medications on insulin/ fasting (I take with water, not food)? Meds include Lexapro, Allegra, Minocyclin. Id hate to do all this hard work fasting if the meds have an adverse impact on my efforts! Thanks for the input.

Christoph Dollis
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“Dr John MacDougall wrote a book about eating a high starch diet to lose weight. However, refined grains and sugars are still forbidden.”

No, they’re not.

• white rice
• white bread
• sugar

kfacwpup
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Hi Christoph – I must confess that I did not read his book, but only listened to an interview he gave about it. I’m a little surprised it would work at all, if it allows sugar.

Christoph Dollis
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I meant to list Dean Ornish once, and not Neil Barnard twice. lol Well anyway, they all recommend very similar plans, except for Michael Greger (my previous spelling of his name was a typo!) who places more emphasis on including nuts and seeds.

Christoph Dollis
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As an aside, if you’re interested in keeping abreast of what they’re doing with plant-based diets as an attempt at diabetes prevention and management, here is one more short video and one article you may find of interest. McGreger, who I think is the most reasonable of the well-known doctors recommending a more or less vegan approach (in fact, he also has a video showing that being flexitarian improves outcomes, and that any benefits occur on a scale, so he isn’t a diehard ideologue like some), advocates a vegan diet that consists of whole beans, grains, root vegetables, other vegetables,… Read more »

Christoph Dollis
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I don’t have a strong opinion which is right. They both make sense to me conceptually. Research will tell the tale.

It should be possible to do more intervention studies with either model.

Christoph Dollis
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Basically, you’re focused on insulin developing a tolerance. They’re focused on intracellular signalling being hampered by too much fat in the muscles and other organs, and on reducing that.

They point out that many cultures eat lots of carbs, even white rice prior to the introduction of western fatty foods, without developing diabetes. And they eat the rice frquently.

Or taro or yam or what have you.

kfacwpup
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You are correct. I am not convinced that fat leads to intramyocellular fat, or intrahepatic fat. It doesn’t make sense to me. The video only cites a single study. There are certainly lots of cultures (Asians) that eat lots of carbs, but the key was the extremely low level of sugar consumption in my view.

Christoph Dollis
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He prefers whole grains to white, and believes sugar is best used in moderation if at all.

But the whole model he and other doctors advocating a plant-based, and thus carbohydrate-based, model are using for insulin sensitivity is that it is mainly caused by intramyocellular lipid, specifically, saturated fat.

So they would predict blood glucose would rise on such a diet, but would fall over time as the organs become less fatty. So carbohydrate, even simple, wouldn’t cause inulin resistance over the long term.

I’m curious what your thoughts are about that model?

ron
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ron

I visit Diet Doctors site often but I would not pay for info that’s pretty much available from other sources for free if you do a wee bit of searching. That being said, I do appreciate the work he does and he does offer free basic content still.

Christoph Dollis
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And I’m sure he wouldn’t expect everyone to pay which is why he’s happy to provide much information for free. But I can see for someone who, if nothing else, wanted to support what they consider to be important, life-changing and -saving work might want to contribute in that way, if they were able, and also to have a bit more access to information in a concise, central location along with more feedback and possibly encouragement.

But you’re right. Information itself is everywhere if one has the time to search sift.

Arlene Radasky
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I have subscribed to Dr Andreas Eenfeldt at DietDoctor.com I am tired of the ads that contantly are displayed on other sites and this is the way he can support his work and I can support him, without being exposed to merchandisers. I found Jason Fung through him.

Shiva Das
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Shiva Das

Glad i found your site from stigma nutrition podcast.You are doing great. Ryan how is your wife now?, is she still onto these programs

Pat
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Pat

I was a committed vegan for 2 years in order to reverse T2D. It did not work.

Christoph Dollis
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Well, veganism itself wouldn’t work, even according to the vegan doctors who say it should. It’s a certain type of vegan diet. Generally a whole-food vegan diet with little if any processed food or saturated fat (found in coconut, olive oil, etc.). Some recommended a diet low in nuts and seeds as well.

What did yours look like, in practice?

webgrrrrl
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webgrrrrl

Ornish & McDougall etc. all stress it has to be a low-fat vegan diet of between 1000-1200 calories a day, less than 25% fat, of which less than 5% should be saturated. They both clearly and unambiguously state that saturated fat consumption AND ONLY SATURATED FAT CONSUMPTION is the true cause of diabetes. MacDougall is very clear that carbohydrates DO NOT CONTRIBUTE AT ALL to diabetes. He unambiguously states diabetics should eat at least 65% carbohydrates from whole foods, such as whole wheat bread, potatoes, sweet potatoes, barley, quinoa, beans, soy. Of course, this will require an increase in insulin… Read more »

kfacwpup
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Yes. I think they are wrong.

Lisa Rutter
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I am a Gerson therapist – we guide patients on a diet usually used to reverse cancer, but since T2DM along with hypertension are common comorbidities, we often see patients with one or both of these along with cancer. The Gerson Therapy is a largely vegan diet (with some exceptions) so, high veg intake (raw & cooked), many raw veg juices and about two tablespoons of flaxseed oil daily. We see T2DM reverse very well on this diet, however I am interested in low-carb diets and completely accept all the evidence I’ve seen that this is a highly effective diet… Read more »

Dr. Sergio Castorena
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Dr. Sergio Castorena

Christoph: If you´ve been reading Dr. Fung´s posts from “calories I”, he has explained that since 1977 Dietary Guidelines, we as doctors have been following these advice to the T (low fat, high carb = plant based foods, whole grains), that means we gave people advice about stop eating animal fats, and they heard us, they were eating even fat free! However how on earth did Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes skyrocketed??? Also, a lot of are people following a Low carb (which obviously includes plant based foods), and high fat (even with coconut oil, saturated fat yeah!)….. how is… Read more »

Bekky Weir
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Bekky Weir

Dr.fung you are totally right. I weaned myself off insuline and pills and took berberine and now my blood sugar is normal. But I couldn’t figure out why I still have diabetic problems.
Now I know. I have neuropathy and retinal bleeding. How do I get your fasting plan. I am on low carb. I will come to Toronto. Thanks

Barb
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Barb

Dr. Fung…you are sooo right ! My endocrinologist suggested raw vegan which I followed absolutely to the letter for nine months but it simply was not sustainable. Once again it is a diet of deprivation and though my sugars normalized…I could not do it for a lifetime. With LCHF and frequent fasting I have gone from 172 units of Lantus a day and 2000mg of metformin…to nothing ! After only a few weeks I was medicine free…feeling fantastic and NEVER hungry. I added the fasting after watching your interview with Andreas and even my Crohn’s disease and Barrets esophagus with… Read more »

Barb
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Barb

Oops…NEVER hungry !

Bet
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Bet

love everything about the LCHF plan — meal plans are easy to follow, recipes easy to make & satiating – absolutely love everything about the program… I am type2 diabetic having struggled to keep my levels in the lower range of the double digits for a couple of years and can successfully say that within a week of being on this plan, I have reduced my blood sugars onto the acceptable range!! I started tracking ketosis levels three weeks ago, and here again, I am into ketosis every day!! it is now six weeks that I have been following this… Read more »