HELP! I need somebody…..not just anybody.

No, I am not plagiarizing famous music although this was one of my favorites from the Beatles.  What I need is support and advice from my Keto friends in dealing with medical doctors, those same doctors who are lettered in the law of the American Medical Association, the USDA, the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, big Pharma, insurance providers, and the giants of the food industry.

If I were a rich man (hmmm, yet another of my favorite tunes from the past) I would blast those doctors who are in my insurance network with a piece of my mind and find a doctor who understands nutrition and especially a doctor who is Keto friendly.

I can hear you all saying, “Yeah, Larry, good luck with that idea.”

Adding insult to injury is the fact that I have two doctors to whom I must suck up – my Medicare doctor and my VA doctor.  Both of them toe the necessary establishment line promoting the same 60 years of medical malpractice which has led us into unprecedented epidemics of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease.  If I were less rational and level-headed, I would say it has been a conspiracy to line the pockets of the insurance, pharmaceutical, sugar and farming industries…..hell yes, I will take the plunge and call it a conspiratorial plan to make a few people rich at the expense of millions of unwitting consumers.

Ahhhh, I am feeling much better already.  But HELP!  Won’t you please help me?  My last lipid profile in November was amazing.  Since starting keto in late June of this year, I have dropped 30 pounds (most of it belly fat and love handles), I am no longer pre-diabetic, I lowered my trigs by 50%,  and raised my HDL by 20%.

Did my doctor say, “Congratulations, Larry, you have done a great job?”

No, instead a verbal assault about my LDL which had climbed from 150 to 200.  “You are going to have a heart attack or stroke.  Are you taking the statin I prescribed?”

End of conversation.  He ended with the N word – non-compliance.

“But, Doc, let’s talk about diet and nutrition.  Let’s discuss new research which is proving that LDL and total cholesterol are not the bad boys you think they are.  “Let’s give peace a chance”.….hmmmm, too many songs from the 60s in my head. 😁

My friend, David, a doctor of oriental medicine and acupuncturist, understands my dilemma.  But, my insurance will not pay his bills.  Here’s my question to you, my readers.  How do I get the medical service, Medicare and VA, to which I am entitled with providers who are living in the year 2019 with all its newest research and nutritional information?  The 1960s were great years for music, but the medical profession….I fear they bought a bill of goods supplied by corporate greed.

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my KETO journey – the beginning

I AM NOT A DOCTOR NOR A NUTRITIONIST.  WHAT I AM SHARING ON THIS POST IS SIMPLY MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE.

Yes, it has been several months since last posting on this site.  Transitional doesn’t adequately define this time period.  Perhaps transcending, revealing, inspiring would be better descriptions.

In 2003 I experienced a ‘cardiac event’ which resulted in angioplasty and a stent put in place.  I truly regret allowing that to happen.  Since then, a succession of doctors has insisted on a statin regimen and an approved ‘heart healthy’ diet consisting of volumes of whole grains, fruits & vegetables, reduced proteins, and virtually no natural fats.  Encouraged were refined seed oil fats along with polyunsaturated fats.  The BAD BOYS became butter, whole dairy, and any saturated fats.  Also on the bad boy list was refined sugar (yeah, honey, and supposedly ‘natural’ sugars were fine).  The goal was to improve my lipid profile by reducing total cholesterol to less than 200 and also lowering my LDL and triglycerides while raising my HDL.  I was repeatedly warned that a heart attack or stroke would be my demise if I did not obey doctors’ orders.  The statins did work, but not without side effects.  I exercised to the point of exhaustion, I starved myself of the whole foods on which this farm boy was raised, and instead substituted the AMA, FDA approved heart-healthy nonsensical way of eating.  I also tried to lose the belly fat.  Finally I realized, “Hey, I feel like crap and I will not spend the last years of my life living this way.”

Enter keto-genic.  I watched a few YouTube videos by Dr. Ken Berry, read books by Dr. James Dinicolantonio and Dr. Joseph Mercola and I was off and running pursuing an alternative (but familiar from meals on the farm) dietary plan and lifestyle.  That happened on June 23, 2019.  The results have been nothing short of amazing.

Most difficult to transition were the sugary snacks and night-time, TV viewing, refrigerator foraging.  But as I followed my new lifestyle as closely as I could, the cravings did indeed disappear as the doctors said, and I left the dinner table satiated.  No longer a continually hungry man in search of a sugar fix, I was able to implement a 16-18 hour fast between supper and breakfast and I was completely satisfied with 2 meals a day incorporating the foods recommended by the doctors.  It was immensely more successful than the other diets I had tried – BLOOD TYPE, ATKINS, ZONE – and it was not a scenario of nail-biting, daunting deprivation.

I was advised that the initial weight loss would be about 8-10 pounds of water weight.  I assume that to be true.  And that was accomplished on a renewed effort with the ZONE diet prior to keto.  However, since beginning keto, I have lost an additional 12 pounds of belly fat and I feel great.

Two weeks ago I reviewed with my Medicare doctor the latest lab results.  He stormed into the treatment room and informed me that he was increasing my statin dosage to lower my LDL and total cholesterol and warned that if I did not comply I would probably die of a stroke or heart attack.  Truly, as predicted by the keto advocates, my total cholesterol and LDL had increased albeit not significantly.  After I allowed the doctor’s rant, I pointed out to him that my HDL had risen by 20%, my triglycerides had decreased by 40%, my glucose had dropped from 109 to 81, and I had dropped about 20 pounds of weight since the last visit.  After years of being termed pre-diabetic fighting off the doctors who wanted me on Metformin, I was no longer pre-diabetic.  He was momentarily speechless and we then began a meaningful dialog about my health care.

Assuming responsibility for my own health is not easy.  Rebuking doctors who are following 50 years of prescribed ‘heart-healthy’ diets is not easy.  But the proof is in the pudding.  After 50 years of listening to what the food and pharmaceutical industries are pumping into the heads of medical practitioners, Western culture is now in the midst of epidemics of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, dementia and numerous other conditions manifested by the unhealthy foods which we are encouraged to eat.

Not surprisingly, the food industries which promote packaged pseudo-foods loaded with sugar and non-food ingredients, the pharmaceutical industry which realizes billions of dollars in profits through sales of statins and Metformin, and the medical profession which caves to pressure from the insurance and drug companies have made preventive health care a jungle for those of us who refuse to accept the status quo.

Today, I feel healthier than ever and I feel liberated.  Now, excuse me while I go to prepare my fast-breaking meal of bacon, eggs, kale, broccoli and blueberries.

BON APPETIT

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