Just a little over a year ago I wrote a blog entitled "The Big Fat Surprise", in response to a book of the same title that basically said eating fatty products--bacon and such--was not so bad for you afterall (i.e., the Adkins diet). It seemed to be well documented. I shouted HURRAH!  I also read Wheat Belly, which wants us to stop eating grains, whole or not. Another decision.

Alas, woe is me--confused and distraught. Upon reading Dr. Michael Greger's new book, How Not To Die, everything the "eat fat" book said is wrong, wrong, wrong. Really? I'm supp[osed to eliminate meat, even "good" fish, like wild salmon (heavily contaminated with chemical pollutants like hexachlorobenzene). I'm to cut out, at least down, dairy products. Eggs? Yes? No? Yes? No?  IIIIEEEEE!!

I have to admit, Dr. Greger makes a strong case: there are 113 pages of footnotes! His basic premise is eat more veggies, beans, fruit, nuts, and spices, any one of which might save you from certain diseases or maladies, including cancer. These foods are preventive and well as healing. They can lower your blood pressure and cholesterol. I'm for that.

Hence, the dilemma. Who to believe? What to do? I think I'll try the most recent "fad". My next blood test is in 10 months. Broccoli, flax, tea, walnuts, tumeric, blueberries, etc., etc., here I come! We'll see.

PS: One thing both "diets" agree on is NO SUGAR OR SALT!

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Comment by Michael Penn on February 27, 2016 at 12:43pm

I do not have cirrhosis but was diagnosed with a fatty liver supposedly from drinking. Once I found out that coffee and the liver love each other, I started drinking much more coffee and I'm getting better. I can feel it and also tell it in other ways. I no longer believe the bad BS about coffee.

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 27, 2016 at 10:42am

Catching up here... coffee's significant reduction in liver cirrhosis risk was also observed with decaf coffee. (I read that decaf has something like 5% of the caffeine of regular coffee; some people are extremely sensitive to even such small amounts.)

Comment by GNJ on February 27, 2016 at 7:45am

I've eliminated most sugar from my diet in that I don't drink soda anymore and I don't eat fast food at all.  I cook most of my meals using a lot of fresh ingredients and whole foods.  I feel better and have more energy.  I think that there is no one way to be healthy since we are on our own personal trajectories but it does seem as though cutting out processed food seems to be the way to go.

Comment by Michael Penn on February 10, 2016 at 7:47am

Actually, coffee and dark chocolate are good for you. My liver doctor wanted to know what I eat and drink, and if I drink coffee. My answer was hardly any coffee these days.

Then I looked on the Internet and read repeatedly how coffee is really good for the liver. Yes, your liver loves coffee. Now I drink coffee again every day.

Comment by Randall Smith on February 10, 2016 at 7:28am

True, there's hardly a food that hasn't been scrutinized--given the red light, then green, back to red, etc. I'm just happy coffee and especially dark chocolate are green light "foods"!

Comment by Donald L. Engel on February 9, 2016 at 7:58pm

Good one, Mike!!

Comment by Michael Penn on February 9, 2016 at 4:09pm

I'm diabetic and people often tell me "you can't eat that, you're diabetic." OK, hide and watch me. I take my medicine. They keep telling me that's not how it works. Also, I eat a 3 egg omelet every morning that has chopped onions and is fried in olive oil.

But I do have news! I now have proof of life after death. Yes, it is true. There is life after death. It does not apply if you happen to be the deceased.

Comment by Donald L. Engel on February 9, 2016 at 12:05pm

Randall, most of the people on Atheist Nexus seem to be in their 60s,70s, and 80's, so we all remember all the books that have come out telling us what was good, or bad for us.  And it always changes.  Remember when butter was bad for us?  And then they said butter is okay, but not margarine because it is artificial, and never spoils. (They didn't tell us that honey doesn't spoil either, and it is a natural product.) Of course we all went to margarine for 30 years, and according to statistics we are living longer than ever,.The most important thing is to keep your cholesterol down.  That is what causes heart attacks and strokes.

Bon appetite!

Comment by Randall Smith on February 9, 2016 at 7:37am
Donald, that's what most people think (genes). But, evidence refutes that except in a few examples--at least, according to the book I read. Twin studies have disproven the gene theory. It's like smokers who live to 100--statistically rare. We have to look at the whole picture, using many studies and people and time. In any case, it doesn't hurt to think positive!
Joan, good for you, trying to install correct food habits in your family, as well as yourself!
Comment by Donald L. Engel on February 9, 2016 at 2:41am

I think genes have a lot to do with all of it. Everyone on my mother's side of the family has lived into their 90s. Mom lived to 96, and hated vegetables. When she was in her 80s, my sister suggested that she walk the mall for exercise. Mom said she didn't want to buy anything, why should she go to the mall? When my sister explained that a lot of people just go to the mall to walk for exercise, Mom said, "That's crazy!". Her sister is 96 now, and sharp as a tack. She eats what she wants, and also doesn't exercise. Her brother lived to 92 and never did anything strenous except to go deer hunting when he was younger. He did like a well-balanced meal as long as it included meat.

My dad died at 78 of sclerosis of the liver because he was an alcoholic. But his dad was in his high 80s when he died. His mother died of a stroke at 63.

On both sides they were all meat and potato lovers. I had a heart attack 20 years ago at the age of 58, so I started drinking about 3 glasses of wine every night. My cholesterol level was at 374. I didn't change my eating habits, and I love a good balanced meal once a day in the evening. No breakfast, and a very small lunch, but after a good balanced dinner, I snack on goodies all evening. I take a few medicines, but not many.

It's genes. Who was that jogging guru that died at 59. He ate what is considered good, or at least what was considered good at the time, and he exercised to the point of ridiculous, and he still died very young.

It's the genes.

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