CRITICAL information if you take statins (or never want to)

Understanding of HEART DISEASE, CVD, cholesterol, saturated fat has moved on A LOT since “The lipid hypothesis” (which even today is still called a hypothesis for good reason… it was never proven, and it won’t be because it’s not true).

For example, from the video below… “normalizing insulin can help the thyroid function normally, which improves cholesterol metabolism.”

I am shocked and horrified by the continued use of statins, given where we are now in our knowledge of heart disease. Regularly eating fish has been shown to have a greater effect than statins. That’s just ONE lifestyle factor!

We need to get into HOLISTIC prevention and management, the body functions as a synergistic WHOLE. And as the graph below shows, cholesterol is not even correlated with heart disease…  Continue reading

Is meat carcinogenic?

Mino asks…

“A doctor who leads a cancer research foundation, Prof. Veronesi, says that meat contains carcinogens, and so should limited in consumption, or even avoided. Do you agree?”

© Alpha

There’s a lot of talk at the moment about this subject, and it’s a very big subject, because of a recent study.

However, the ancestral health community has pretty much unanimously trashed the study conclusions, e.g. here, herehere and here.

A study is never just a study, there are different types, and as always with health, there are so many interacting factors that separating cause and effect is notoriously difficult.

Most often, observational or epidemiological studies are used to show a correlation that is then hyped by the media, as they like to do. Correlation is interesting but it doesn’t prove causation, in the same way that BMW owners correlating to heart attacks doesn’t mean we should stop driving BMWs.

We use nature as one of our key guiding principles… humans have ALWAYS been hunter-gatherers, that is our natural diet, it’s what made us human. And hunter-gatherers existing today are known to be free of modern lifestyle diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes etc. So, any data that suggests a practice that is inherent in our 2.5 million year homo genus history is damaging, raises an eyebrow.  Continue reading

Is saturated fat bad for you?

Many long-held beliefs about nutrition are crumbling… most shocking of which is the idea that saturated fat is bad. An in-depth review of data in 2009 concluded…

“…there is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease.”

A similar robust review in 2014 came to the same conclusion…

“Current evidence does not clearly support cardiovascular guidelines that encourage high consumption of polyunsaturated fatty acids and low consumption of total saturated fats.”

SHOCK HORROR, and frankly annoying that YET AGAIN, the advice doled out for decades has been hurting people, not helping. Why has is taken 50 years before anybody bothered to see if the “lipid hypothesis” was true? And why tell people to avoid healthy fats based on weak evidence and mere theory?

Many cutting-edge health research geniuses have delved, and discovered that the whole idea was built on shaky foundations, including a shocking revelation that Ancel Keys fudged some data to show an association between saturated fat and heart disease, where none existed.  Continue reading

We recommend you give up grains and dairy

The Happy Guide position on grains and dairy is “anyone with illness should quit grains and dairy” (see page 48 of the book).

In fact, I would encourage everyone to quit these foods. The Happy Guide diet does allow rice which is considered safe, and quinoa/millet which are not actually grains but seeds.

Here’s more from Kelly Brogan about a new study

“Both celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity can result in autoimmune conditions including diabetes, arthritis, thyroiditis, and neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis and gluten ataxia. This study aimed to elucidate the mechanisms underlying the neurologic manifestations of potentially undiagnosed sensitivity.

I’ve previously discussed the literature supporting gluten-brain clinical significance and highly recommend that anyone suffering from psychiatric or neurologic symptoms consider a month-long (at least) elimination of these two categories of foods, gluten and dairy.”

Grains and dairy are not natural human foods at all. For two and a half million years, since “homo” genus began, we did not have them in our diets, so it’s no wonder they cause so many problems. Quit, quit, quit!

Best wishes,
Michael Kinnaird

The best diet tip ever

What can I have for dinner?

This is such a common problem for everyone and especially moms or dads preparing food for the whole family.

You get home from work, you’re tired, the kids are screaming for food and all you want to do is relax…

You look in the fridge and find a limp piece of celery and an out-of-date chicken leg. This all-too-common scenario is a perfect recipe for a hunt for the take-out menu… Continue reading

Does Eckhart Tolle eat meat?

Eckhart Tolle
Eckhart Tolle

Yes he does, according to his partner Kim Eng.

It’s such a curious question isn’t it: “Are spiritual people, truly enlightened people, vegetarians?” And the answer is clearly “not necessarily.”

If you look at the great spiritual masters, there’s no common theme with regards to meat eating. Buddha wasn’t rigid about it and said it was okay if you were offered it, the Dalai Lama follows this path and is vegetarian at home but will eat meat if away.

Jesus fed the 5000 fish and loaves which he magically produced. Jesus said “What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.” Matthew 15:11. And “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.” Luke 12:22

And enlightened master Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, of “I AM THAT” fame, had no issue with meat eating or even smoking. Here’s an excerpt from I AM THAT…

Q: My body influences me deeply. In more than one way my body is my destiny. My character, my moods, the nature of my reactions, my desires and fears — inborn or acquired — they are all based on the body. A little alcohol, some drug or other and all changes. Until the drug wears off I become another man. Continue reading

Human food

© Woodleywonderworks

This post about human food is one of the most important. I hope you can find the time to read it and really take it to heart.

There’s no two ways about it, we’re all genetically different. Different races and even individuals vary in how they react genetically to the environment.

This really matters because some people just cannot eat certain foods and are much more susceptible to chronic illness like diabetes…

Genetic differences

There are lucky people like the Sardinians who seem to be able to be far more relaxed with their lifestyles because they’re protected by genetic factors thought to be caused by past inbreeding.

On the other extreme are the unfortunate Glaswegians in Scotland, who due to the industrial revolution have a genetic make-up molded by crowded conditions, causing a high rate of childhood disease. This caused fast selection for “over-active” immune systems, making certain chronic illnesses much more likely in later life. In fact, the life expectancy for Glaswegians is very low indeed due to this factor… Continue reading

Is it better to eat fruit before or after a meal?

Louise asks…

“In Happy Guide, you suggest a piece of fruit before lunch and dinner. Is it important to have it before, rather than after? Personally I would prefer it after but I won’t if there’s a reason. Many thanks!”

© Pink Sherbet

Well, fruit eaten on its own will exit the stomach in about 30 minutes or so, so that’s how long it would naturally be there. When you eat fruit after a meal, it’s held back because meat for example, may be in the stomach for hours.

Eating fruit after a meal will definitely produce a less dramatic insulin response and some people argue this is good.

I don’t hold this view though… insulin gets sugar out of the blood and into cells, it’s a perfectly natural process. What is problematic is metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, and over-production of insulin as a result…

This is something I want to do in-depth study of in future, but I may not get much further, because there’s just no science on it. There’s only one study of “food combining” and that was just about whether it improved weight loss. Continue reading

Chronic fatigue syndrome diet

I suffered the hell of chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) for 13 years. After years on the medical merry-go-round, I finally realized I was on my own — I had to heal myself. You can read the overview of what worked for me here…

How to overcome ME/CFS

I think the BIGGEST thing for me that turned things around was getting the diet right. A very simple diet of human food only made a massive difference… Continue reading

How to balance omega-6 and omega-3

Salmon is high in omega-3
Salmon is high in omega-3

Here’s some tips to balance your omega-6 and omega-3…

  • Avoid the “industrial vegetable oils” high in omega-6 like the plague — sunflower, safflower, corn, soy, cottonseed, peanut, canola. Good oils/fats low in omega-6 are butter/ghee, coconut oil, olive, avocado, macadamia, beef tallow, duck fat. Please click here if you’re worried about saturated fat.
  • Don’t overdose on nuts, a handful a day is fine, macadamia nuts are lowest in omega 6 at 0.5 g per ¼ cup so it’s best to have macadamia nuts mostly, next are hazelnuts and cashews at around 2.5 g per ¼ cup, but I also like almonds for their good vitamin E content (4.36 g) and pistachios are okay at 4.1 g. I usually soak a handful of nuts overnight to get rid of enzyme inhibitors, give them a good rinse in the morning and have with breakfast.
  • Eat about 5-6 oz fish high in omega-3 three times a week. e.g. salmon, sardines, mackerel.
  • Don’t overdose on chicken, but balance with ruminant meats — beef, lamb and seafood.

Optimizing your omegas is incredibly important so as to prevent chronic inflammation, which is at the roots of so many modern lifestyle diseases.

The ideal ratio is thought to be 2.3:1 omega-6 to -3, and these tips will get you in that ballpark.

Best wishes,
Michael Kinnaird