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Amazing Wellness - - HEALING KITCHEN -

THE SCIENCE IS IN: LARGE DI­ETARY STUD­IES, such as Stan­ford’s A to Z study and the Swedish Coun­cil on Health and Tech­nol­ogy’s As­sess­ment re­view of 16,000 di­etary stud­ies, show low-carb di­ets pro­mote both weight loss and health. Last year, Swe­den de­clared “LCHF” (Low Carb High Fat) as its of­fi­cial diet. Nor­way fol­lowed. The USDA won’t “go there” just yet, but it did strike choles­terol from its list of things to avoid for the frst time since 1980. Car­di­ol­o­gists are apol­o­giz­ing about be­ing wrong for 40 years. Time mag­a­zine put a pat of but­ter on its cover and re­ported that fat-pho­bia was based on … um … fawed science.

What’s next, you say? Are they go­ing to tell us lard is healthy? Well … yeah. Lard re­cently won out over com­mon “healthy” oils for pro­mot­ing the most longevity in calo­rie-re­stricted ro­dents. VLCDs (Very Low-Carb Di­ets) are be­ing used to treat

AF­TER some can­cers. Will this “crazi­ness” stop? I hope not. This type of diet lit­er­ally saved my life 25 years ago, and it keeps me healthy to­day.

If this is shock­ing to you, I un­der­stand. I, too, once clung to the low-fat the­ory of weight loss and health. Or maybe you’re hip and have al­ready adopted some in­car­na­tion of a low-carb diet such as a lowg­lycemic, grain­less, or Pa­leo eat­ing style. If so, you’ve prob­a­bly reaped many re­wards. But what if you could feel even bet­ter? Af­ter years of strug­gling with an eat­ing dis­or­der and mul­ti­ple health prob­lems, I was trans­formed by a diet that I de­vised my­self af­ter much re­search. I lost so much weight and looked so much bet­ter, I be­came un­rec­og­niz­able even to highschool friends stand­ing two feet in front of

BE­FORE me. It’s the diet plan that I teach to clients to­day. It in­volves no calo­rie count­ing or por­tion con­trol. No “white knuck­ling it” around for­merly tempt­ing foods. A low-carb, high-fat diet healed my food-ad­dicted brain, poor di­ges­tion, and fail­ing liver af­ter 12 years of binge eat­ing. Af­ter two years on this plan, I’d lost 10 dress sizes, my no­to­ri­ous pear shape, and ev­ery headto-toe health com­plaint—in­clud­ing the canker sores; blad­der in­fec­tions; leaky gut; snif­fling and al­ler­gies; blurry vi­sion; ooz­ing, fak­ing eye and chin rashes; and dizzi­ness upon stand­ing—with­out strug­gle. Fam­ily and col­leagues as­sumed it was willpower. It wasn’t. I had de­vel­oped a pro­found bio­chem­i­cal peace. It was 1994, four years af­ter I’d har­nessed lep­tin’s power un­wit­tingly, that this For 43 years, since the age of 7, singer Mark Paul en­dured an av­er­age of three hor­rific seizures each night of his life. He did not know what sleep­ing through the night was like. “I came to ac­cept be­ing jolted out of my sleep,” he said. “But I never got used to it. My wife has awak­ened with me each night for the 18 years we’ve been to­gether.” Hav­ing heard about ke­to­genic di­ets help­ing seizures, he started my reg­i­men, and im­me­di­ately his seizures were cut down to one per night. This was a first for him. His weight soon dropped from 215 to 187. Energy was the “best ever,” he said. He was thrilled. But based on the ex­pe­ri­ence of other epilep­tics I’d worked with, I was con­vinced that Mark didn’t have to have any seizures at all. We worked to­gether to trou­bleshoot, and weeded out some hid­den sug­ars in­clud­ing ve­gan milks, beets, and too many nuts and cooked veg­eta­bles.

Within two days of elim­i­nat­ing these foods, Mark’s seizures stopped cold for the first time in 43 years. “I’m sleep­ing through the night for the first time in my adult life,” he says. “I’m cur­rently at seven months seizure-free. There is no de­sire to stray. I prob­a­bly have the best built-in mo­ti­va­tion of any­one, since I know the seizures will re­turn if I eat the wrong thing.”

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