This week we have guest Dr. Ron Rosedale. Dr. Rosedale is the author of “The Rosedale Diet“, and an internationally known expert in nutritional and metabolic medicine who has done groundbreaking work with diabetics. Listen in as we talk about the current state of medicine and doctor’s education, insulin, leptin, the causes and solutions to some modern diseases like diabetes, and more.
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Guest: Dr. Ron Rosedale
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While I agree with many points that the doctor made, his war on carbs goes too far. If you’re obese and diabetic because you’ve been pounding hyperpalatable food for years, you’re sedentary and stressed out of your mind because modern life blows then yes it seems eating low carb/high fat seems to do wonders for those in that situation. Once that person is leaner and the their body can properly manage blood glucose, increasing carbohydrate intake is more than okay for the vast majority of people. Humans have thrived on high carb diets for thousands of years and the blue zones aren’t even low carb. I think the doctor has been too close to sick obese people for too long.
About 80% of all folks have insulin resistance at this point. I’m one of them. I also have always been very active, managed stress well, and eaten a locally grown, whole foods, non-processed diet my whole life (my mom was Type 1 diabetic, so we avoided processed foods like the plague). You can imagine the shock I felt when I discovered I was prediabetic. Just wanted to add to the conversation as there is so much blame-the-victim mentality out there. It’s complicated. And I encourage everyone not to assume that the folks whose bodies don’t have well-functioning mitochondria are simply eating a lot of palatable foods, getting too stressed out, and/or not exercising enough. Anyway, thanks for listening–I just wanted to share my experience. And, I would have blamed obese and diabetic people for their illness had I not had this experience with being a super healthy person and becoming ill anyway. Food for thought!!!
Marc, if you seem to think that all these conditions must be met to break a person metabolically, hyperpalatable food, sedentary life, stress:
>> If you’re obese and diabetic because you’ve been pounding hyperpalatable food for years, you’re sedentary and stressed out of your mind because modern life blows then […]<<
I esp. like the "hyperpalatable food" one, it's probably the key.
How naive folks like Dr Rosedale or Gary Taubes must be believing that just eating enough processed carbs/sugar for long enough would do the trick.
Yes diet isn’t the only thing that will break you metabolically. I’ve known several people that were pre-diabetic at a young age and were not even close to fat. It perplexed me forever as to why. They didn’t eat well but they didn’t overeat either and they were lean. Later I realized both people were single parents, worked, and went to school and rarely slept. The stress was crushing them metabolically. I don’t understand how low carb zealots become zealots when the evidence that refutes their claim is staring them in the face. Low-carb is a tool in the toolbox and that’s it.
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This was a very informative podcast and I really enjoyed it. I would like to hear Ron come back on the show to discuss more about leptin resistance and mitochondrial health. While I really liked hearing about his conclusions there were not really any actionable take-ways for the listeners. What do we do to correct hormonal resistances? What do we do to correct mitochondrial dysfunctions? What do we do to increase longevity and healthy cell function? Particularly as women, long-term low carbohydrate diets are not the answer. Dare I say that low carbohydrate diets are not the answer to everything for everyone. I do think lower carbohydrate diets compared to a SAD diet carbohydrate intake is helpful for most people.
Robb Wolf says
Hi Rob, during the podcast I heard a mention of a new book from Dr Rosedale. Do you know when this is due to be published?
Unfortunately we’re not sure when it is being released.