Mar 2Liked by Brian Cates

Excellent article!!!

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Autophagy is important, but fasting isn’t necessary to achieve it. For those who prefer not to fast, autophagy can be initiated by exercising, a keto diet, cold exposure, polyphenol rich foods, sleep and proper hydration. It is also important to keep in mind that with age, autophagy becomes progressively more difficult to initiate. Fortunately, rapimyacin can initiate autophagy at any age so frail elderly people don’t need to fast. Rapamycin can also work with pets to make them live longer. https://dogagingproject.org/ Dr Alan Green prescribes Rapamycin for the prevention and treatment of age related diseases. https://rapamycintherapy.com/.

Humans can and will use either fats, proteins, and carbohydrates for fuel. In lower intensity exercise, fats are primarily used for fuel. In high intensity exercise, carbohydrates and amino acids predominate. That said, carbs are generally the preferred fuel while proteins and fats are structural materials.

Let’s look at the Okinawans, some of the longest living and highest people on earth. Their diet is plant based and emphasizes vegetables, grains, soy foods and sweet potatoes. These are unrefined, low glycemic index, high nutritional value carbohydrates. They do not eat beef and some pork. They eat fish and seafood. Consequently, they eat almost no saturated fat. They are not overweight as they only eat until they are 80% full and are physically active. The bottom line is that humans can eat and survive on a wide variety of diets although some are much healthier than others.

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There’s a lot of great info in this piece. It is fascinating that fat people can lose weight by temporarily stopping their carb intake, forcing the liver to effectively burn up excess fat to compensate.

But here’s the question you are not answering – bearing in mind you are recommending an all animal fat diet in your previous pieces in this series: WHAT IF YOU ARE NOT FAT?

If you are not carrying significant excess fat, and you go to your advised all animal fat diet, without wholegrains, what does your liver now do to replace the carbs, etc? Do you not think you might actually get rather ill as your liver begins to feed on otherwise essential tissues. In your previous piece you told us about your weight loss in the past 8 months, but you didn’t give context. The implication, by omission, was that your weight loss was ascribable to simply removing wholegrains from your diet, and eating an all animal fat diet.

Now you have given more context – you are eating less, more regularly – and regularly fasting. Great. Good ideas. That change alone can explain your weight loss – it COULD be that if you had also abandoned animal fat from your diet you would have lost far more excess fat.

Equally – you dismiss wholegrains as basically unnecessary carbohydrates, as though this is the only nutritional value of eating them. What about the range of micronutrients that wholegrains provide – remembering that wholegrains also provide FIBRE, FAT and PROTEIN? Here’s a non-comprehensive start: manganese, selenium, niacin (B3), phosphorus, magnesium, thiamin (B1), vitamin B6, copper, iron, riboflavin, zinc, folate…

There is much of value in what you are presenting, here and elsewhere, regarding diet – but it is very limited, and skewed towards your own direct personal context – and it is very dangerous indeed to universalise advice from narrow particulars. I haven’t personally consumed animal fat in getting on three decades (rather more experimentally valid than 8 months). I am not fat. I do not have diabetes. I do not have cancer. I am closer to 60 every day, and I do not universalise my personal experience to everyone else. By all means reduce carbs to lose weight if it works – but recommending your personal diet as a universal panacea is question-begging, and outright dangerous.

It is as well to remember that gorillas – who are very closely genetically (physically) related to us, are basically vegan, and could easily pull us to pieces if prompted. The notion that we cannot physically get sufficient nutrition without consuming animal fat is demonstrable nonsense. Add to that what we have to do to feed ourselves, as a planetary, industrial species, with processed animals – processed sentient lifeforms - if that is what we freely choose – and your position on this, basically, cannot go unchallenged, to put it mildly and kindly.

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Brian will you put out another article discussing what specific foods or food groups would be ideal for us in order to change our eating habits?

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This is SO good!

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