Right off the bat, I think I’m going to vomit my last meat and high animal-fat meal the next time I see a "health" article that features fruit & vegetable photos — not that there’s anything wrong with that… But why always highlight the inessential? Perhaps fruits and vegetables are good; great even, but how about some meat? It’s like zeroing in on the biceps of a Playboy centerfold. Totally unnecessary, distracting, and misses the whole point.
The implication, of course, is that MEAT = BAD. And why? Because you’re a sinner! You need to repent and atone! Your lust for flesh will be your downfall! Your craving for juicy meat is your weakness! You are weak! Be strong; choke down piles of fibrous vegetables — and don’t you dare put any FAT on them! Butter? Don’t even think about it, you worthless lump of depravity!
"Repent, sayeth the Oz!"
One of the most painful experiences for a physician is to tell patients they brought their medical problems upon themselves.
Yep, it’s your fault — not that of The Alphabets, Pharmboys, Grant Whores and MDeez — and the doc is only here to help. And just look around you to see how well it’s been working (or, just look at Oprah). So let’s examine that advice, OK?
Don’t skip meals. A morning meal rich in fiber or protein slows the passage of food through the small intestine. As a result, you feel satisfied longer and don’t start foraging for candy or soda a few hours later. Not surprisingly, those who have successfully lost weight and kept it off report consistently eating breakfast. But don’t take this as carte blanche to gorge on junk food. Doughnuts or syrupy pancakes are definitely worse than nothing at all.
And what else is worse than nothing at all? How about eating when you’re not hungry? Here’s a damn novel idea I’m sure you’ve never heard of before: 1. When hungry, eat Real Food. 2. When full, stop eating. 3. Wait until you’re hungry again; repeat indefinitely. What’s real food? Meat, eggs, animal fat, vegetables, fruits & nuts. Make sense? Bagels aren’t real food. If you must, toss the bagel and eat the full fat cream cheese.
Ditch extreme diets. People almost always fail to lose weight because they try diets that are too radical to stick with. For a lifestyle change to succeed, it must be sustainable. So instead of eliminating all foods that fit into a certain category or counting every calorie, try making changes that are less noticeable but no less significant. If you can eliminate just 100 calories from your daily intake, for example, you will lose about a pound per month. How hard is that?
Only in an upside-down world would nonsense like stuffing one’s self with fruit and other fiber all year round, never skipping meals, eating manufactured food, and tracking daily calories to an accuracy of within 100 be normal; while eating real food only, when hungry, modeling our animal heritage with a water-only fast now and then, and limiting carbohydrates to a natural low or moderate amount in accordance with our evolution be "extreme." And don’t even get me started on "juice fasts." Besides, Dr. Mike Eades already lambasted Oz for that bit of lunacy. In short, giving your kid a big glass of fruit juice is about equivalent to giving him or her a beer. In terms of impact on the liver, it could even be worse. Don’t believe me? Then believe Dr. Robert Lustig, who says that "fructose is alcohol without the buzz."
Let me be clear: anyone who claims that intermittent fasting — as nature imposes upon virtually all omnivorous wild creatures, including wild humans — is detrimental to health is either ignorant of the wealth of research as to the extreme benefits of fasting or just plain clueless. Which one fits Dr. Oz? I would go so far as to say that this obsession with never skipping meals has played a large role in America’s obesity problem. …That, and juice and other sugary drinks. Fruit juice is poison, plain and simple, almost the worst thing you can ingest. Go take a look at that chart and realize: that amount of fructose is going straight to your liver and in the quantities people are consuming, causing fatty buildup in the liver just like in alcoholics — and it’s happening to kids.
Savor every bite. So many of us agonize over what to eat, then don’t spend any time actually enjoying our meal. We wolf it down so quickly that our stomach doesn’t have a chance to tell us it’s full. In fact, new research shows that eating a meal quickly stops the release of hormones that induce feelings of fullness. So eat with awareness. Turn off the TV and put the computer to sleep. Sit down across from a friend or your spouse, have a leisurely chat, and chew at least 20 times before swallowing. Not only will you savor and appreciate each bite, but you’ll also eat a lot less.
Dumb, dumber, and dumbest. And inessential, irrelevant and beside the point. Ever seen a wild animal chow down? And they better, before it gets taken by someone bigger. And are they getting obese, diabetes, heart disease, cancer? No? And why not? Uh, maybe it’s because they’re eating the simple foods the natural environment has provided for them, and not fruit juice, cookies, candy, cake, Hot Pockets? Maybe they have to go hungry sometimes, and rather than doing what the morons suggest — developing slowed metabolisms and lethargy — they are energized enough to actually go and expend tremendous energy, all in, to hunt and obtain food. Oh my, what would we ever do without our "experts" creating the perfect storm of metabolic havoc through their complex pronouncements, as though human beings are unique, not subject to all the basic principles observed in animals in the wild — like we just dropped out of the sky somewhere.
The stupidity and Modern Ignorance is mind numbing.
The rest of the advice is basically ok. I could nit-pick at it, but the real point is that all the rest of the advice — good as it may be — is totally and completely worthless, save perhaps taking vitamin D, which everyone absolutely must do. But the other stuff: walking, weights, sleep, avoiding stress — they’re all BS advice if you don’t have a sound foundation and a proper diet, and Oz does not ever recommend a proper diet.
And why should he? I’ll tell you why. He wants to be "America’s Top Doctor." He wants to be an expert, and to be an "expert," you’ve gotta really make it sound hard. I mean, diet and health consequences are just so damn hard. Worms have their diet and health nailed. But us humans? No, no; we’re different — dumber than worms? — and we have to have "experts" to guide us through the complex maze of getting our 5-6 "servings" of hearthealthywholegrains and legumes each day, and to — by God in heaven — keep that lustful meat eating to minimum, and most above all: banish Satan and his artercloggingsaturatedfats. Certainly, by no means is it as simple as taking a look around you, observing how animals behave in the wild, and copying them.
My God! You’d end up eating real food only — like meat, fish, fowl, prized animal fats, roots, tubers, leafy vegetables, berries, tree nuts… You’d have to "skip some meals," and your body might actually "detox" at a cellular level (Hey Oz: Google autophagy).
Worst of all, you might find that you don’t need "experts."