Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Meet "Space Doc"

I stumbled on a very interesting website today. Created by Duane Graveline, MD, MPH, Former USAF Flight Surgeon, Former NASA Astronaut, and Retired Family Doctor, it documents his disastrous experience with statins along with his take on low carbohydrate diets.

"No more than 40-50% of our daily caloric intake should be from carbohydrates and it should be from the complex variety and for fats we must return to the natural fats that were the foundation of the American diet five decades ago.

We also should remember that our strongest antagonists in what I chose to call "back to basics" diet will be the food industry for there is relatively little profit in basic foods. I fondly remember the words of Doctor Paul Dudley White, cardiologist to the presidents back in the mid-fifties. When pressed to support the politically motivated "prudent" diet of fat and cholesterol restriction replied, "See here, I began my practice as a cardiologist in 1921 and never saw a myocardial infarction patient until 1928. Back in the MI-free days before 1920, the fats were butter, whole milk and lard, and I think we would all benefit from the kind of diet that we had when no one had ever heard of corn oil."

Today most people have forgotten all about Dr. Dudley White and his prophetic words of advice. If Dudley White had been in control of our dietary destiny then, cardiovascular disease would probably not be the immense problem it is today."

When you get a chance stop by this interesting and informative website.


Vikki said...

too cool. I don't remember before corn oil, but I do remember back far enough before the low fat craze to remember all the women cutting out bread, pasta, rice and potatoes when they wanted to lose weight.. and well of course sugar.

I don't know why people do not believe that we were healthier back then?
thanks for sharing, I will be sure and use the link to check out the site too.

Wifezilla said...

I think people mix in their minds the infectious diseases that used to be rampant with the chronic diseases we have now. We took care of most of the infectious stuff but got heart disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes in return. Looks like the baby was thrown out with the bath water.