Georgia Hunter said...
I usually stay away from threads like this, but there is a mountain of evidence behind plant based eating. I'm not saying keto won't help some people because it will. If you are overloaded with yeast and gram negative anaerobes, it will help. That is not what is best for long term survival, but it will help.
As I think you know, based on our exchanges on this forum and over e-mail, I try to maintain an
open mind about
most things -- including diet. It was while following a Primal/Paleo/Low-Carb diet that I started reading information from Joel Fuhrman, Pam Popper, Caldwell Esselstyn, T. Colin Campbell, Jeff Novick, Alan Goldhamer, Michael Klaper, etc. My concern was getting too blinded by one dogma and missing contradictory information. The more I looked, though, it seemed that contradictory information was all I found.
Between the "animal-based" and "plant-based" camps, I've listened to thousands (literally) of podcasts, watched many hundreds of videos, read hundreds of articles, and listened to quite a few audio books. I've had one-on-one consultations, e-mail exchanges, and telephone calls with some of the popular doctors who are authors, speakers, and whom appear in popular health-related movies. This has been over the past ten years. Even after all of that, I have no idea who is right.
Like you, all the people in those two aforementioned groups are well-educated and highly-intelligent -- far more than I am, for sure. If even they
can't agree, then I have no hope. So, all I can do is apply different strategies and see what happens. In some cases, what helps is opposite of what some "expert" or "study" says. So, at that point, I have to decide how to proceed: Do I want to listen to my body or listen to my mind? Many times, I've ignored my body's feedback and followed what I've been told is best -- with worsening results.
During a written exchange with one of the popular and famous plant-based doctors, I posed the question: "What should one do, when what's 'supposed' to work doesn't actually work?"
Further, I asked the same person: "What conclusion should one draw, when following the opposite advice leads to symptom resolution, improved biomarkers, better sleep, less digestive distress, more energy, etc.?"
Finally, I asked: "At what point will such 'anecdotal' evidence be considered valid? One year? Ten years? Twenty years? How long is long enough?"
At that point, the person went silent and no longer responded.
I'm not an author, lecturer, or film star, like some of the aforementioned people, so I have no financial stake in advocating one agenda over another. All I care about
is feeling better.
Whereas I previously felt comfortable offering folks some general dietary advice, I now do my best to avoid doing so, because I'm not so sure there are many things that are irrefutable and apply to everyone all the time. Perhaps the best I could offer is: Drink some water each day. Even then, I can't advise what type or how much.
Feel free to comment and/or correct, as appropriate. I acknowledge that I'm not the smartest person in the conversation and my views are simply opinions based on my own experience.