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Diabetes Part II

October 5th, 2011

by Alex Boersma

In part I of this series, I identified Type II diabetes as the most pernicious and calamitous disease of the 21st Century, responsible for destroying the health of millions of Canadians and bankrupting our health care system.  I established that this destructive epidemic is characterized primarily by the inability to regulate blood sugar and is precipitated by a metabolic dysfunction called insulin resistance. 
It is clear that if we expect to mitigate the consequences – both personal and social – of this 21st century epidemic called DIABETES, we must begin with a thorough understanding of all that is known about insulin resistance.  Despite a profusion of misconceptions, the research on insulin resistance is fairly consistent in it’s conclusions.
Sorry, high blood sugar and/or insulin are not up there!  Read the rest of this entry »

China Study Revisited

September 2nd, 2011

About 10 months ago I wrote an article entitled The China Study – How Not to do Science.  I wrote it with the express intention of  having a resource to which I could direct people who questioned me about the value of Colin Campbell’s ode to veganism.  Unfortunately, my design to make things easier on myself hasn’t worked out quite the way I had expected.  Instead of having to explain myself less, I find myself continually entangled in lengthy disourses supporting my position.  It seems I have decidedly underestimated the emotional and intellectual investment most people have already made in Campbell’s hyperbole by the time they ask me about the book.  Either that or I’m just wrong about all this! Read the rest of this entry »

More Justifaction of Statins

May 21st, 2011

by Alex Boersma

JUPITER: Best CVD event reduction in patients with very low LDL-cholesterol levels

Heartwire – April 15, 2011

The JUPITER study:  Justification for the Use of Statins in Primary Prevention.  The name says it all.  This study was designed to justify the use of statins for people who do not have heart disease.  In other words:

We think lots of people should take statins, regardless of whether or not they have heart disease.  Let’s design a study which will justify millions of new clients for our expensive new drug!



Purveyors of pharmaceutical grade justification  Read the rest of this entry »

Diabetes – Part I

April 10th, 2011

by Alex Boersma

From the Canadian Diabetes Association:

Today, more than 9 million Canadians live with diabetes or prediabetes – a condition that, if left unchecked, puts you at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.  This means that nearly 1 in 4 Canadians either has diabetes or prediabetes.  More than 20 people are diagnosed with the disease every hour of every day.

The serious complications
Diabetes can lead to serious complications and premature death:

  • 80% of Canadians with diabetes die from a heart attack or a stroke;
  • 42% of new kidney dialysis patients in 2004 had diabetes.
  • Diabetes is the single leading cause of blindness in Canada;
  • 7 of 10 non-traumatic limb amputations are the result of diabetes complications;
  • 25% of people with diabetes suffer from depression;
  • The life expectancy for people with type 1 diabetes may be shortened by as much as 15 years; and
  • The life expectancy for people with type 2 diabetes may be shortened by 5 to 10 years.

The cost of diabetes in Canada
Not only is diabetes a personal crisis for people with the disease, it is also a tremendous financial burden for the Canadian healthcare system and society as a whole.  The cost of diabetes for 2010 is approximately $12.2 billion, which is nearly double its level in 2000.  The cost of the disease is expected to rise to $16.9 billion by 2020. Now the country is doing the best possible to allow the use of  CBD UK oils to treat diabetes, it has shown a highly improvement regarding appetite, energy balance and insulin sensitive among others, plus CBD oils can be easier to afford than other treatments.    

Type II Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) is unquestionably the most pernicious and calamitous disease of the 21st century.  The underlying dysregulation of blood sugar is devastating to both our health and our health care system.  If we are unable to control blood sugar, we will remain impotent in the battle against obesity, heart disease, or probably even cancer.  Oh, and don’t forget blindness, kidney disease, fatty liver disease and depression!  The cost to our vitality as we age will be monumental.  To our health care system, it will be disastrous.

How best to control this emerging epidemic is the subject of considerable debate.  On the one hand, national health institutions such as the Canadian Diabetes Association contend that this is a disease governed by abnormal fat regulation.  These institutions declare that a change in dietary fat consumption is the key to regulating blood sugar, and that carbohydrate consumption is only a minor part of the problem.  On the other hand, there are numerous established clinicians like Drs.  Mary Vernon and Richard Bernstein, who have had great success in controlling and even reversing diabetes by rigorously curtailing carbohydrate consumption and enthusiastically endorsing a high fat diet. Read the rest of this entry »


April 4th, 2011

By Alex Boersma

For the better part of 2008, I carried around what would become to me the slowest yet most important read of a lifetime.  From the outside, Gary Taubes’ groundbreaking “Good Calories Bad Calories”  did not appear particularly intimidating.  Sure it was almost 500 pages long.  Sure it was written in the finest print legible to the human eye.  Sure it had about 50 pages of references…also in that barely legible fine print.  But it was just another book about health and nutrition.  I already knew a lot about health and nutrition!  Didn’t I?

As it turns out, there was so much controversial research exposed in this book that, between checking references and trying to figure out how all this new information would fit into my own theoretical paradigms, I was only able to read about 3 pages per day.  My 8 year old boy, who’s reading skills at the time were less than exemplary, was managing to read entire books in the time it took me to read a dozen pages.  In his new book, Taubes admits that “the book (GCBC) demands that the reader devote considerable time and attention to following the evidence and the arguments”  Understatement of the year?

When I was finally able to retire my dog-eared copy, I had only one regret.  I could not fathom how ever to recommend this bible of nutritional irreverence to anybody who didn’t have both a sound understanding of basic nutritional science and a pathological interest in the nitty gritty details. 

Apparently I wasn’t the only one.


This book is only 225 pages long.

And you don’t need a magnifying glass to read the print!

 The new book, “Why We Get Fat…And What To Do About It”  is by no means as comprehensive as GCBC.  Gone are the scintillating historical conspiracies illustrating the rocky scientific foundations upon which our misinformed nutritional consciousness has been formulated.  Gone are the detailed trails of evidence refuting much of what we believe to be true about health and nutrition.   Gone are the withering critiques of the individuals and institutions responsible for leading us down this garden path of deception. Read the rest of this entry »

This is scary

March 8th, 2011

by Alex Boersma


In 2010, the American Heart Association (AHA) set out fresh new goals for improving the cardiovascular fitness of the American population.  The document they produced is called the 2020 Impact Goal.  The broad guideline of the Impact Goal is:

By 2020, to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20% while reducing deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20% Read the rest of this entry »

Why saturated fat gets a bad rap.

March 8th, 2011

by Alex Boersma

The long awaited 2010 USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans have finally been released.  I am not going to do a full expose of the poor science supporting USDA conclusions, since I have the same issues with the new U.S. Guidelines as I have with the Canada Food Guide.  If you happen to be interested in a detailed criticism of the USDA research base, Denise Minger does a better job than I could ever hope to do here .  I highly recommend this read if you are still clinging to the illusion that the medical establishment is giving you the best advice based on the strongest scientific evidence.

As expected, the new Guidelines are full of the same old, same old…conventional wisdom imploring us to reduce saturated fat consumption while increasing our intake of whole grains and vegetable oils.  As most of you know, I am not a big fan of grains or vegetable oils and I don’t think there is anything wrong with saturated fat.  In fact, I am fairly confident that it is the myopic obsession with saturated fat which prevents researchers from recognizing the possible drawbacks of a diet high in grains and their oils.

Why the obsession with saturated fat?  I believe the 2010 Guidelines unwittingly provide us with a few clues.  If you want to follow along and get better views of some of the information I am about to convey, you can find the new Guidelines hereRead the rest of this entry »

China Study – How Not to do Science

February 19th, 2011

by Alex boersma

The scientific method demands that researchers ask salient questions, develop applicable hypothesis, perform thorough experimentation and draw valid conclusions.  Unfortunately, human nature does not lend itself well to the scientific method.  More often than not, our environment and experience provide us with preconceived conclusions which our egos vigorously and single mindedly defend. 

We like to think that scientific institutions rise above human nature, follow the scientific method, and avoid the dissemination of misinformation.  We like to think that scientists and researchers  are more open minded and less biased than the rest of us.  We like to think that the upper echelon of academia would be particularly rigorous in their search for the truth. 

Dr. Colin Cambell, the primary author and researcher behind the “bible” of vegetarianism entitled The China Study most definitely belongs to the upper echelon of academia.  A Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University, Dr. Cambell has been studying various aspects of nutrition for longer than I’ve been alive.  He received his master’s degree and Ph.D. from Cornell, served as a Research Associate at MIT and  spent 10 years on the faculty of Virginia Tech’s Department of Biochemistry and Nutrition.  That was before he started doing serious research.  He has since “conducted original research both in laboratory experiments and in large-scale human studies; has received more than 70 grant-years of peer-reviewed research funding, mostly from the National Institute of Health, and has served on several grant review panels of multiple funding agencies, lectured extensively, and has authored more than 300 research papers.” (from

Surely he would know about the scientific method. Read the rest of this entry »

does eating red meat increase risk of stroke

January 23rd, 2011

by Alex Boersma

Red-meat consumption linked to increased stroke risk

December 30, 2010 | Medscape

Eating lots of red meat ups women’s stroke risk

Dr. Oz website headline

Eating Lots of Red Meat Increases Women’s Stroke Risk



Alex, you told me it was OK to eat red meat!  Now look what you’ve done!  I think I’m having a stroke!”

Just kidding, actually.  Most of the friends and clients who I give nutritional advice to are a little more media savvy than those for whom these kinds of headlines are designed.  Besides, they rarely follow my “crazy” advice anyway.  Still, it gets under my craw.  I can’t figure out who’s worse;  the journalists who are spreading this nonsense or the scientists who are providing it. Read the rest of this entry »

against the grain

January 15th, 2011
by Alex Boersma
The Canada Food Guide says that you should eat 8 servings of grains per day, with half of those servings coming from whole grains.  What does that look like?  A bowl of cheerios for breakfast.  A bran muffin for a snack with your coffee.  2 slices of bread for your sandwich at lunch.  And a cup of pasta at dinner time.  If you do this every day, you should then be well protected from the ravages of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and anything else associated with carrying around a bowel full of hardened feces.  So they say!

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