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2017-03-02 06:00 by Karl Denninger
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I can cut approximately 25% off Medicare right now without jailing one person, without breaking one monopoly, without doing one single thing to the actual health providers -- although all of those things should and in fact must happen.

In the private sector I can have a similar, but smaller (percentage-wise) impact.  Ditto for Medicaid.  The budget impact of this change would be roughly -$400 billion annually, which is wildly better than any projected "growth" addition (it would add to more than $4 trillion over 10 years.)

You simply have to allow me to make the following policy change with regards to one disease -- Diabetes:

  • For those with Type II diabetes we will provide unlimited metformin (cheap, off-patent generic medicine that costs pennies a day) to anyone with the disease.

  • We will provide no other care of any sort for Type II.  You want or "need" it, pay cash or die.  Period.

  • We will also make changes to how we deal with Type I diabetics' insulin requirements, as detailed below, that will cut said requirements dramatically.

Now before you scream in horror that I'm a monster, listen up.

Instead of medicine and, inexorably, amputations, dialysis, hospitalization and death we're going to prescribe a lifestyle of eating no more than 50g of carbs a day, all in green vegetables high in vitamin C (e.g. broccoli, brussels sprouts, etc.)

Caloric intake is to otherwise be 70% saturated (animal) fat and 20% protein.  Sugars, grains and starches, including but not limited to "white" foods (pasta, potatoes, breads, etc) are all prohibited.  Zero-calorie / zero-carb spices and condiments are unrestricted, of course.

In short you eat (and don't eat) what's described in this post, less the fruits (since they are all fairly high-glycemic and the vitamin C requirement is taken care of.)

For most Type II diabetics eating this way will reduce their need for other drugs, including insulin, to a literal zero and since their blood sugar will normalize their need for many-times-a-day testing will also disappear, getting rid of both the pain of sticking one's finger repeatedly and the cost.

For those who it doesn't the metformin is there to help.

We will also accommodate all actual, documented exceptions -- that is, those people for whom this lifestyle change legitimately doesn't work.

Those who claim "it doesn't work" will be locked in an isolation ward where they will be fed that diet for two weeks (with no access of any sort to any other source of sustenance) and be able to prove that for them, individually, it doesn't work.  If they're right then they will get whatever medication or other intervention is necessary provided they keep to the lifestyle change.  But if that empirical test shows that it does work (and it will for virtually everyone) then their ass will be discharged, the fact that they refuse to change what they eat will be noted in their chart and further complaints of "impossibility" will be ignored.

Type I diabetics will find their insulin requirement cut to a tiny fraction of what it is now and again those who claim "it doesn't work" will be subjected to the same empirical, isolation ward test -- with the allocated and paid for insulin amount (and/or other intervention measures) set by the results of said test.

If you are insulin-compromised but choose not to eat this way -- if you cheat, if you want those Doritos, potatoes, pasta, breads, cereals, sugars and similar, then have at it -- but you will get no medical care paid for by any insurance, by Medicare, Medicaid or otherwise.  You may buy whatever you want with your own money but there will be zero further support from the government or anyone else.

When diabetes causes gangrene in your feet you can use your own chainsaw to cut them off and your belt can be used as a tourniquet until you can sew the gaping flesh shut with your own hands.  When it causes blindness you cannot collect disability because you intentionally caused your own disabled state.  When it causes kidney failure you can pay for the dialysis yourself or die.  When the complications from all of the above kill you, tough crap.

If you're Type I your reimbursable amount of insulin under Medicaid, Medicare or private insurance will be limited to that which is required by a 50g/day carb load comprised of all low-glycemic green vegetables -- and not one unit more.  If you want to eat carbs or load up with excess protein (which gets turned into glucose in the body!) you pay for both the carbs and/or protein and the insulin.  Again, if you argue that the provision for what your coverage provides is too low or it's "unsafe" for your personal metabolic situation you get to do two weeks in said isolation ward and prove it. The results will go in your chart as irrefutable and individual evidence as to your actual requirements.

Not everyone is the same -- but the exceptions must be proved empirically, not just by what you claim.

It's simple, really: If you consume no carbohydrates of note and no fast carbs at all, along with little or no excess protein you need very little insulin.  If you have damaged your endocrine system so badly that you actually need injected insulin as a Type II diabetic then you will need a tiny fraction of what you use now and you can pay cash for it.

If you haven't, and most Type II diabetics haven't you will need no "advanced" medication at all and most Type II diabetics will need no medication of any sort as their blood glucose will immediately return to the normal range.

At the same time you will lose the extra weight if you have it, your blood pressure (if it's high) will probably come down and the odds of you needing any other sort of medical intervention -- all of which are a consequence of something bad going wrong with you such as a heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure and similar -- will go through the floor.

If you're Type II over time your endocrine system might heal.  Or it might not.

But whether it does or doesn't isn't the point, nor is it the goal.

The point is that we're blowing over $200 billion a year in Medicare alone because people who are diabetic will not stop eating ****ing bread, pasta and potatoes while demanding that we pay for their pig-headed, self-destructive behavior!

That's not a disease it's a choice and by God we have to stop doing that crap right damn now.

Will Price and Trump mandate this?

You know good and ******n well neither will mandate any such change so **** them both.

Our current medical scam "system" is nothing more than feeding addicts -- sugar and carb addicts -- and then providing support for continuing addiction despite the fact that we know it is killing those who are addicted and have already had that addiction do severe harm to their bodies while stealing roughly four hundred billion dollars a year from everyone in the country.

We are, effectively, feeding crack addicts government-sponsored crack and forcing the public to pay for both the crack and the harm to the body that it does.

It's time to cut that crap out and indict, try and hang those who demand that it continue.

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Brilliant.
My T1D boy uses very little insulin and maintains a "normal" (high side) A1C living this way.

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I can tell you have had it. You know better than anyone, though, the companies (and big bucks) which you would be up against.

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Those who claim "it doesn't work" will be locked in an isolation ward
Ooooo ... a great business opportunity. Kind of like those self-storage REITs which gained popularity 15 or so years ago so people would have a place to store all of their stuff. Maybe someone should go on Shark Tank and see if Mr. Wonderful will invest ... or maybe The Donald himself.

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Meanwhile...
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-02....
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The Next Ponzi: $4.6BN Long-Term-Care Insurer To Liquidate In Pa; Biggest Healthcare Failure Ever

After eight full years of legal battles between state regulators, investors, and policyholders, Pennsylvania Court Judge Hannah Leavitt signed off on a plan Wednesday to liquidate Penn Treaty Network America Insurance and its affiliate, American Network Insurance, the largest such health insurance liquidation in history. The decision leaves solvent insurers, their owners, and customers to pick up the cost for more than 70% of the up to $4.6 billion in projected long-term-care claims expected for 76,000 aging Penn Treaty customers nationwide.

The little people get screwed again, nobody goes to jail or their assets seized to pay...

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Here's a case study, which I'd say supports your premise, where a healthy cohort of HF / HC eaters went on a carbohydrate rich diet to the detriment of their health:

Changes have seen the intake of venison and river fish cut by half, he said. 'Over the past few years the diet has changed considerably, and people living in the tundra started eating so-called chemically processed products.' Researcher Dr Andrey Lobanov says nomadic herders nowadays often buy instant noodles in villages on their pasture routes and this has led to 'dramatic changes to the rations of the people living in the tundra'.

'This food is easy to transport, easy to make,' he said, while also saying the nomadic groups - from the Nenets and Khanty ethnic groups - have added sugar, pastry, pasta, and bread to their diets.

'The problem is that carbohydrates do not contain the necessary micro elements, which help survival in Arctic conditions,' he said. 'The seasonal diet has also changed - the periods when they do not eat traditional food and replace it with carbohydrates has become longer.'


Whole article here:
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RE Previous post should read:

Here's a case study, which I'd say supports your premise, where a healthy cohort of HF / HP eaters went on a carbohydrate rich diet to the detriment of their health...


My bad ! Typo.

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Ooooo ... a great business opportunity.


Hmmm

There's plenty of dryout clinics for addictions to other substances.
A mix of AA , Jenny Craig and Sandals resorts ?

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You are - of course - 100% correct on this. I fell off the wagon a bit over the holidays, but am back on now and weight is again slowly coming off. Not that much to loose, but enough that I want if off.

But as GFB notes above, to do this will entail taking on Big Food (the companies that supply ALL the crap to the center aisles of the grocery store), Big Pharma, Big Health Care, the American 'Do what we say and you'll get' Diabetes Association, and Big Farming (corn, wheat, potatoes, rice, etc.) - just to name a few. Some seriously big Oxen to Gore!

That's not to say that it shouldn't - and can't be done. But doing as you say will threaten the incomes of folks with deeeeep pockets. . . .

Would absolutely LOVE to see this happen though!
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Yep. You're talking about slaying a $322 billion PER YEAR cash cow.

And I don't know for sure, but I'd bet if we could follow the money that's funding flawed studies that produce confusing "scientific data" on this subject we'd find that it's originating from the medical/pharma industry...

Sugar industry invests millions into flawed studies that confuse the subject of it's effects and demonizes artificial sweeteners.. A tiny investment compared to the profits they reap - Taubes new book documents a lot of this.

You can bet your ass big medicine loves this disease and doesn't want it to go away and are making similar "investments".

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Analog,

Sending people to Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, or the other similar companies is like sending them to crack paradise. These companies continually push the myth of fat makes you fat and the foods they endorse are carbohydrate intense. Go look in your grocer's freezer section.

Karl's thinking shouldn't apply to diabetics but to any disease that can be managed by diet or is under the patient's control w/o drugs or procedures. I know for a fact the current trend in Type II is that many of these people think they can eat what they want and then let the insulin fix the issues.

My dad died at 52 due heart complications and diabetes. Like his mother before him he was on insulin but refused to regulate his carbohydrate intake. But the medical establishment also tried to starve him of animal fats, eggs, and other things he enjoyed. My dad was not seriously overweight btw.

Personally I think many people are purposefully trying to commit slow suicide and their revenge is to financially ruin the society that is footing the bill to keep them alive. Others don't simply care who they hurt as it is all about 'me' and my 'entitlement'. How many use their condition as a source of attention to play upon the Munchausen syndrome like sympathies? Yes they have a metabolic condition. But the condition can be regulated to stop the 'disease'. All these people talk about in conversations is their health problems.

It makes no sense to invest resources into a person to keep them alive and functioning if that person is always trying to find to ways to kill or incapacitate themselves. As one professor I used to work with would often say... "it's all poison. You just need it in the right amount to get the job done."

Of course there is option 3 .... staple the pie hole shut. smiley I'm sure the secondary benefits would soon be more forthcoming.

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PLUS, you have to fight the .gov with their Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval Food Pyramid, where carbs are by far the most recommended for consumption.

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There's plenty of dryout clinics for addictions to other substances.
A mix of AA , Jenny Craig and Sandals resorts ?
What we do is lobby to get carb addiction as a disability/disease per DSM IV, then (ironically) insurance will pay for the treatment. HAHAHA

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Eh, eliminating carbs is just a fad diet... so says my last patient who is suffering all the morbidity of a high carb/bad fat diet his whole life.

The food pyramid is a fad; the western diet over the last 50 years is a fad; but, good luck trying to get through to people. This isn't really a new concept: I'm browsing a book from the 30's, about what happens to indigenous populations when introduced to a diet of processed foods, grains, sugar, etc. "Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by W. Price DDS.

Everybody assumes what is happening to us is natural, when the reality is quite the opposite and insidious.
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I tried low carb to help pass an insurance physical. I was worried because my fasting blood sugar was 112 and I was easily 25 pounds overweight. After a few months I lost 25 pounds and fasting blood sugar went down to 82. A1c was 5.6. I did have two problems, both my fault. The lack of fiber gave me a hellish case of constipation, so I started eating ground flaxseed for breakfast every day.

The second problem came after I passed the physical and got a " healthy discount" I went nuts and ate a lot of pizza. Gained 5 pounds seemingly overnight.

Avoid my mistakes :-)
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For those of you who wonder about using whey protein powder as part of your diet, you might consider the following. I lift weights 4 days a week and push myself when exercising. For 3 months I ate whey powder at supper as my main source of protein (20 g of protein mixed with almond milk or Half & Half). I had intended to check my glucose levels regularly (once a week was the plan) during that 3 months, but life got in the way and I forgot several times.

A typical day's meal was nothing for breakfast or maybe some yoghurt, a couple hard boiled eggs for lunch and a big bowl of veggies with butter or coconut oil and the protein shake. Sometimes I had nuts for a snake.

At the end of 3 months, my glucose was:
Meal Before After
Breakfast 107 102
Lunch 103 96
Supper 92 96

A1c was 5.1.

It isn't unusual for my glucose to spike first thing in the morning, but 107 is high and it didn't come down until late in the day and didn't drop as much as I usually do. Two months back on meat and I'm back to the 80s.

Here is what I think happened: Your body can only use a limited amount of protein per hour to repair muscles. Any protein in excess of that gets converted to glucose. Whey protein is a "fast" protein and is immediately available. Meat, especially with fat, is digested more slowly. I haven't yet found any papers that fully support that idea but a few suggest that I'm not wildly off base.

If you want to use whey protein, check your glucose levels for several weeks before starting the protein so you get a baseline. Don't drink it all at one shot, space it out over a couple of hours. (Personally, I find that difficult to do.) Don't eat it every day for weeks on end.

Note: I'm not a doc, I didn't sleep in a Holiday Inn and you may not experience the same reaction that I did.

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Anyone watching the diet stocks lately? They are on fire for some reason. Are people waking up to the fact that they are putting on weight faster because they are getting older. I just saw this article on colon cancer in young people:

http://www.latimes.com/science/scienceno....
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Diet companies are a scam.

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good observation Vernonb
it deserves a long essay.
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Personally I think many people are purposefully trying to commit slow suicide ..... Others don't simply care who they hurt as it is all about 'me' and my 'entitlement'. How many use their condition as a source of attention to play upon the Munchausen syndrome like sympathies? Yes they have a metabolic condition. But the condition can be regulated to stop the 'disease'. All these people talk about in conversations is their health problems.


Goes beyond the subject at hand.

They present self pity as 'respectable' in order to attract votes
look what they've started !


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Yeah.....

I got a guy who registered and sent a long PM to me about how "Type 1" has to be an exception -- because he, allegedly, is.

He then described how he eats and if you didn't read it carefully you might think he's doing basically what I've talked about here in these pages. But when you read it carefully you find out that (1) there's a lot of excess protein in there on a ratio basis (a crazy amount, in fact) and (2) he's wildly under metabolic requirements on total calories.

If I had been sent nothing other than his diet -- nothing on his metabolic conditions, etc -- my immediate reaction would be "Are you trying to commit suicide?" Why? Because excess protein turns into glucose in the body and worse, if you are ALSO calorically restrictive (under base metabolic demand) you will find out the hard way what the Lewis and Clark folks found out when they tried that exact path by eating mostly rabbits, which have a lot of protein and damn near zero fat. Those folks got REAL sick because their body basically ate itself and the excess protein made it worse. Either is bad enough but both caloric restriction AND high protein is a good recipe to really screw yourself HARD.

Of course the truth can't be that he's eating 600 kcal/day on a sustained, years-long basis. He'd have been dead of starvation (probably heart failure-induced from the consumption of his own muscle tissue) long ago. This means that his claim of what he eats is a lie since the rough base metabolic demand for an adult is ~1200 kcal/day -- or double what he claims to be eating.

Oh, and whatever he's actually doing hasn't worked out for him -- at all. It looked like it was, sort of, for a good long while and then it all went to ****, but if you read his screed carefully you'll discern that he had plenty of warning and ignored it. And this of course leads him to scream that "Type 1 is different you jackass!" Well, no, you haven't proved that. You haven't even proved you have a unique metabolic requirement. All you proved is that you had a bad outcome from YOUR specific, personal set of choices which even today you won't admit to honestly but you haven't established why it didn't work out -- and of course this same guy IGNORES the fact that my proposal has a perfect allowance for the "one in a million" guy who REALLY IS different metabolically but requires anyone who makes that claim to prove it under objective test while eating LCHFMP with sufficient total calories to meet metabolic demand.

This, of course, is too much of an ask for him and two cut off legs later, which is a blatant attempt to get sympathy for his terrible personal tribulation, forms the basis for a demand to spend $200 billion+ a year to assuage a personal poor outcome which might be due to bad personal CHOICES.

The truth is that such a story does not lead to any such thing. In fact such an raw attempt to play to emotion deserves a ban hammer and, one can argue, A PRISON SENTENCE because it really isn't much more than a thinly-veiled attempt at EXTORTION.

Trump just ran this same ****, by the way, in his speech with his "example" of the dude who "found" a way to treat a crazy-rare disease. WHAT HE LEFT OUT WAS THE COST AND WHO IS GOING TO PAY IT.

On purpose, of course, which is why I say **** TRUMP, **** PENCE, and **** everyone else who tries to run that same ****.

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Diet companies are a scam.


Short, accurate, and to the point.

One problem I see with HFLC is that it is too simple and easy. There's got to be more to it than that says just about everyone. Well, everyone who doesn't say that you're killing yourself on that diet, you need the 'good carbs'.

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Yeah, funny how the objective evidence stacks up. You can start with the first reply to my post. That's one. There's more ON BOTH SIDES (success and not) in my personal circle of acquaintances -- including some Type I folks.

ALL of the "success" examples over decades-long periods of time are, as far as I can tell, hard-core LCHFMP eaters. The visible "not success" stories in my circle of acquaintances may not be missing legs, sight and similar (yet) but the marked deterioration in body mass and similar metrics is very visible to casual observation and the path they're on leads to very high-probability, and very bad (and expensive) outcomes.

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Trump just ran this same ****, by the way, in his speech with his "example" of the dude who "found" a way to treat a crazy-rare disease. WHAT HE LEFT OUT WAS THE COST AND WHO IS GOING TO PAY IT.

My EXACT thoughts as he was saying it.

I had been holding out hope that he might ACUTALLY be different. But have slowly come around to the conclusion that there won't actually be much real change - and in fact - there may well be a doubling down on some of the worst aspects of both the Bush AND Obama admins.

Gen has been out ahead of this and called it all along. I in no way ignored Gen's warnings on the flip-flops - as I could see them myself as well. I was just hoping that Trump was 'playing politics' and trolling the opposition (Dems, lefties, RINOs, Progs) on some of the issues so as to come along later to actually implement the real needed changes. You know, ask for 1,000 when all you really want or need is 350 . . . .

But as the weeks wind on, it is becoming very apparent that this is not likely to happen. I was dismayed during his SotU speech with his rah rahing, waving the flag, making grandiose pledges - but providing no real path forward. More of the same. Spend Spend, Borrow Borrow, Spend some More! Rah Rah!!!!

One thing that really disturbed me during the speech was his 'Mussoliniesque' upward nose sniffs after making one of his applause lines and then scanning the gallery waiting for the clapping to subside. It really turned me off . . . Apparently I'm not the only one who picked up on it :
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(yeah, the pic is not from the SotU, but makes the point, as it is a habit of his when speaking)

And no, I'm not calling Trump a dictator or equating his politics, policies or admin to Mussolini's. There are the same memes about Obama out there also:
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It was just a visual thing that really irked me. . . . especially since Obama did it quite often as well.

Am I glad that Illary is not the one who made the SotU speech??? Sure. Absolutely. Would I have preferred any of the other gaggle of Rs vying for the nomination during the primaries? No - not really. Some, REALLY not.

But where does that leave us / me? Don't know. Very disappointed at least. I don't feel deceived - as I knew things could (would ?) change after he got into office. Do I hope things might get better? Yeah. Do I expect him to do the RIGHT / CORRECT things to really turn the country around? Not anymore . . . . Not after he has spent the last month proving otherwise. Do I regret voting for him? Absolutely not. It could have been MUCH worse with the alternative . . .

Just gonna keep my head down, try to enjoy my off hours as much as I can. Maybe do some longer motorcycle trips to see more of what was once a truly great country (avoiding the liberal bastions on the SW and NE coasts . . .)

Apologies for the rant. It just started flowing out.
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In addition to this, take the $10B+ being spent by the government on Corn and Wheat subsidies, and plow this into Green Vegetables and Pork/Beef/Chicken/Fish.

Isn't it ironic how our taxes are being directed towards to very damn food substances that are causing obesity and disease, so that even MORE of our taxes get directed to healthcare/medicare/medicaid, etc...
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Thumbs up, Leng.

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"Diet companies are a scam."

Indeed. A few years ago my doctor sent me to TWO different hospital weight loss programs in succession.
One offer a complex diet for which many of the ingredients were used for one meal and then wasted since you could not buy them in small quantities. They would go bad before the cycle of meals repeated. Besides being expensive and wasteful it emphasized lots or "Healthy Whole Grain".
The other program offered a powder to mix with skimmed milk that was horrible, left you starved feeling and gave you terminal flatulence.

The really nasty part was that if you followed their program EXACTLY and didn't lose any weight these over paid jackasses would sneer at you, look down their noses at you and call you a liar by declaring - "If you follow the program, you WILL lose weight."
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Diet companies are a scam.


Yep, don't need WW, Nutrisystem, Fatburners, etc etc etc. People really don't get it, they still think I'm "sick" from the weight loss. I feel great...

I dropped about 55 lbs last year and my weight is staying within a pound or so (170) on HFLCMP lifestyle. My last A1c late last year was 5.1

Will be doing another A1c here shortly, but I don't expect it to be much different.

Thanks again Karl, for all your tickers, I do appreciate them.

I have also come to the conclusion that Trump is just another blow-hard. Just enjoying the time we do have left as much as possible.
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