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Introducing Dr Peter Attia

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Let me introduce you to Doctor Peter Attia.  I recently listened to a Podcast of the Tim Ferris Show that involved an interview with Peter on their visit to Easter Island. Peter is another Doctor who through researching the causes of heart disease, has been able to understand the impact of diet and real cause of coronary disease.

This is an extract from his blog. Take 5 minutes to read this extract and then I urge you to go to his page and view the slides in which he takes you step by step through how inflammation occurs.

The extract starts here:

When I’m at a dinner party and someone starts lecturing the table about the perils of saturated fat (or red meat, or eggs, or fill-in-the-blank), I’m at the point – after years of being kicked under the table by my wife – of just asking the “authority” at the table one question:  Why do you believe this is true?

I figure, put the burden of proof on them, right?  This week, and I apologize for how long overdue this post is, I’m going to get into the details of  how this country (and many others who followed our lead) came to believe one of the most pervasive myths in the entire field of nutrition.

Ok, I have to jump in here.  This is truly amazing.  The myth that Dr Attia is alluding to is the flawed research of Ancel Benjamin Keys (January 26, 1904 – November 20, 2004). Keys was an American scientist who studied the influence of diet on health. In particular, he hypothesized that saturated fat in the diet is unhealthy and should be avoided.  That is all that it was, a hypothesis!  Today, more and more research is proving this to be wrong. Ok, back to Dr Attia’s post:

To write it all out would require a tome.  In fact, such a tome already exists.  It’s called Good Calories, Bad Calories. But for most people, especially the “authorities” who already “know” the answer, it’s a complex and lengthy book.  Furthermore, it’s not exactly something you can just whip out at a dinner party.

A few weeks ago I gave a talk at the UCSD medical school.  I was asked to give a talk about “ethics.”  While I have no professional training as an ethicist, I still think I have a good idea about what is and is not ethical.  As I’ve learned more and more about this topic, it appears to me that the state of our current nutritional environment, with food policies based on just about everything but rigorous, experimental science, couldn’t make much ethical sense.  I’m pretty sure if Plato, Aristotle, and Nietzsche were still around they’d be disgusted with how we got here.  So, I was happy to take this opportunity to speak with a group of thought leaders on this important topic.

Below is a video combining the audio of my talk with my slide presentation.  It’s about an hour long. But as Bastiat essentially said, if you want to overturn half-truths, you can’t do it with bumper stickers. Hopefully you’ll find this talk informative and useful for your dinner party discussions.

This is a comprehensive explanation of how narrowing of the arteries actually occurs. The truth behind heart disease is inflammation and saturated fat in the diet is not the issue!

Enjoy this informative talk:

http://eatingacademy.com/nutrition/how-did-we-come-to-believe-saturated-fat-and-cholesterol-are-bad-for-us 

 

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