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2018-02-04 08:44 by Karl Denninger
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I want you to go read this column again including the link it references.

It describes how to take 25% off Medicare spending, a similar amount off Medicaid, nearly eliminate last year's deficit overnight and reduce government spending permanently by that amount, without screwing one single person out of one single thing.

The President of the United States and Congress are literally forcing the waste of more than $400 billion a year in government spending by not doing this.

I know what the argument will be in reply -- "it doesn't work" or something similar.

Well, let me tell you this right now: You'll full of crap.

I've had several people follow the above prescription with dramatic results, one very recently.  He's someone I've known for a while on a somewhat-decent basis, and about a month back went to the doctor for the first time in a while.

He scored over 300 on a random glucose test.

That's wildly out-of-control Type II diabetes folks.  Walking amputations, blindness, dialysis and death -- probably in that order, with a half-million dollar medical bill to go with it.

Needless to say the doc freaked out and so did he.  He was sent home with a meter and prescriptions, along with the usual bull**** "advice" from the ADA (eat carbs, chase it with drugs, etc.)  Knowing what I've written in the past he called me with the bad news and asked for the links to my previous articles on this.  I gave them to him.

Literally a couple days later he texted me back and said he had a 170 glucose reading.  That's a hell of a lot better than 300, but still way too high.

Two more days and he texted me a picture of his meter.  It read 95.  That's up-the-middle normal.

A later read showed 120 -- mildly elevated.

So let's cut the crap, eh?

Here's a guy who went from raging, massively out-of-control Type II diabetes to normal or nearly-normal blood glucose within a week by getting the ****ing carbs out of his pie hole.

This is not an unusual response; in fact it's what most people have happen that are Type II diabetic and stop eating that crap.

One week folks.

One.

Not six months, not a year, not two, nope.  Nearly immediate.

Now granted, if he starts eating carbs against he's still screwed.  He might regain insulin sensitivity over a space of years.  Then again he might not; there's no way to know in advance and that, if it happens, will take a good long time.

But with blood glucose under control all of the bad things that happen with elevated blood glucose won't happen.  He won't get his feet chopped off, he won't go blind, his kidneys won't fail requiring dialysis which is inevitably terminal if you do not get a transplant and he won't die.  The risk of all those horribly bad, painful and expensive things started dropping at the same time his glucose level did.

And neither will all the money be spent -- likely $500,000 or more -- that would otherwise be spent on what is a reversible condition by changing what you eat.

There are myriad people who have taken this path and reported it in the comments on my system although most have had more-mild instances.  To have someone go from a 300 glucose level to under 100 in a week simply by changing what goes down the pie hole is dramatic; it is a literal remission on an almost-instant basis.

What that individual had happen is not rare and while one person is an anecdote and the plural of anecdote is not "data" the fact remains that this is the expected outcome for someone who has compromised glucose metabolism and adopts a very-low-carb, moderate-protein, high-fat eating paradigm if you don't cheat.

There is exactly zero reason for the government to spend one penny on medical treatment and drugs for someone who is told how to effectively stop a medical condition without the expenditure of one penny yet refuses to do so.

The government and medical system is robbing the taxpayer of over $400 billion a year on this one condition alone while telling people to eat pizza instead of meatballs and bacon, never mind the robbery in the private sector health insurance schemes for the same condition.  Every penny of that money is being stolen and every one of the beneficiaries who has not first proved, for each individual sufferer, that this change in what one eats doesn't work for them, on an individual basis, is guilty of grand theft to the tune of over a billion dollars a day in aggregate.

Every single one of the so-called "medical" industry people and everyone in the government who refuses to impose this standard should be indicted, tried and sentenced to death by hanging in the public square as their crimes are not merely financial; they are also profiting directly from the literal death of their so-called "patients."

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I replied in The Bar to your post about this fellow. Insulin resistance is a huge problem in this country, but the resistance to anything other than allopathic treatment or dietary recommendations from the medical establishment is a bigger problem. Most people just want a pill or an injection that will allow them to keep blithely following their unhealthy and ultimately deadly lifestyles. That would be fine if they paid their own medical bills, but instead these costs are forced on the rest of us as you've repeatedly written. A way to shift these costs back where they belong, as per your blog post yesterday, is to tax sugar and all the other food-like products causing our epidemics of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
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have no doubt that a low carb diet would have saved my mother-in-laws life. she followed the doctors diet plan to a t and had glucose readings all over the map. i commented that the carbs that she was eating should be counted as sugar, but i am not a doctor. she walked 5 miles a day and followed the doctors orders and died.
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I hate to say it but I must agree. We need to tell people you have a choice, eat what is really healthy or die. Either way you and the medical profession get no money from us.

The American Diabetes Association reminds me of the captured regulator. They say they are about helping people with diabetes yet their advice is the exact opposite of what you should do.

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Most people just want a pill or an injection that will allow them to keep blithely following their unhealthy and ultimately deadly lifestyles.
That describes the modern American mindset. I want it, I want it now, and I don't want to have to work for it. The unhealthy eating, the huge levels of debt, all of it.

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she walked 5 miles a day and followed the doctors orders and died
I've got a friend with diabetes that I'm trying to get thru to but its not working. He's following the ADA diet and taking his metformin and telling me how great it is. He's a good friend so I'm not giving up but its an uphill battle.

Personally, I'm down 36 pounds since March. Not a whole lot I know but it damn sure is progress. I eat Keto everyday and I think I've been out of ketosis once since March due to a meal at a restaurant having way more carbs than I thought. One reason I'm not losing faster is that I'm modifying my eating behavior to what I think is the correct sustainable amount so that I can keep the same behavior for life. If that means it takes me two years to reach my desired weight that is fine, once I hit it I'll be able to just stay there with no modifications.

It is time for another blood test since I've not had one in a few years. Could someone please remind me of what I need to make sure is included in the test? I know I need A1C but what else?

Thanks,

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A1c is the biggie as it tells you AVERAGE glucose level, which is a good measure of overall control. Note that you can buy a two-pack of home-usable A1c tests at WallyWorld for a reasonable price and nobody gets the results but you that way. On the other hand if you're going in to see the doc and he's going to run a standard metabolic array that ought to be in the mix (if it's not you damn well ought to ask why not!)

The one that won't be on a standard metabolic panel is high-sensitive cRP. That's a good indicator for low-level systemic inflammation; the standard low-sensitivity number is worthless for that (it will only register out-of-range for an active infection.) Systemic inflammation, if you're eating low-carb and NOT eating PUFAs, should be very low. If it's not you need to find out why not. If your insurance won't pay for this test (and it probably won't) then I would probably not pay for it out-of-pocket absent a reason to believe something is wrong if you're eating LCHFMP, although it CAN catch a problem you otherwise don't know about. (Then again this is true for most tests -- the problem is probability of a legitimate "catch" .vs. cost....)

The standard three-panel cholesterol test (which they WILL run) is useless as LDL is computed from Triglycerides and HDL, not measured and that computation is not only invalid outside of a specific range for the other two values it's of dubious accuracy even then. The only way to get an accurate count including the specific "dangerous" type of LDL is a NMR count, which is quite expensive. Frankly, I wouldn't spend the money on it unless, once again, I had a reason to be concerned. The problem is that the standard 3-panel test will wind up in your chart no matter what you do and it's GROSSLY misleading in many if not most cases.

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Thanks for the reply Karl. I have not had a test in five or so years now. I think I may go in and let them do the standard tests just in case something pops up. I feel great so I will just be using it as a chance that it helps me catch something early.

The Keto Diet has worked well for me in terms of "wife's happiness". She see me losing weight and that is making her happy. At first she was resistant to my high-fat diet because it went against everything she's heard her whole life. Once she saw me losing weight though she started changing not only her attitude toward the diet but has greatly altered how she cooks for the family. She now will look for the Keto versions of recipes that we like.

Happy wife, happy life. It is amazing how much more peaceful and serene everyone's life is when the wife is happy.

Speaking of recipes someone on *book suggested the Headbanger's Kitchen channel on YouTube. It really looks like the guy knows what he's doing. I recommend it to all you Keto folks out there. https://www.youtube.com/user/Headbangers....

Thanks again,

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Flap wrote..
It is time for another blood test since I've not had one in a few years. Could someone please remind me of what I need to make sure is included in the test? I know I need A1C but what else?


I get my blood tested yearly through Life Extension. Their prices are reasonable and the results are private. LEF offers a 25% discount once per year on blood tests starting in March or April. Here's a link to the male panel I have done every year. Other tests are available if you have interest or concerns in other areas.

http://www.lifeextension.com/Vitamins-Su....
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Can you recommend a book that has 7-30 days or more worth of menus for this? I know there are many books out there, but I would be more interested in a book that you had seen and could personally recommend. Many thanks!
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I hadn't been to the doctor in a couple years. And I really didn't have any major complaints, but I wanted the usual blood tests to include the test for A1C. The doctor told me that insurance companies are clamping down and will not pay to test the A1C unless the fasting glucose was extremely high. WTF! (my fasting glucose was normal at 89).
So I finally found a home A1C to purchase, but results were higher than I thought they should be (5.9 & 5.8 on two consecutive months). How accurate are these home tests?
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The error band on an A1c test (in-home or lab) is +/- 0.2 or thereabouts. The home tests are accurate IF and ONLY IF the instructions are followed EXACTLY. Specifically, that pipette that you draw the blood into must be filled all the way, but NOT overfilled. If the quantity is off so will be the test, since as with all such assays it's done through chemical reactant products, and if the sample amount is off so will the reaction products.

5.8-5.9 is high-normal. It implies you have modest, but not clinical, glucose tolerance issues.

See my post here for an at-home means to determine, with a decent degree of specificity, what your tolerance level looks like: https://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=....

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Can you recommend a book that has 7-30 days or more worth of menus for this? I know there are many books out there, but I would be more interested in a book that you had seen and could personally recommend. Many thanks!


Riverbarrow I do not know of a cookbook like that. I am pretty sure that they are out there but I did not use one.

I went a totally different route. I simply identified the recipes that I liked that were Keto and used them as a foundation. After that I searched for recipes that looked like they would be tasty (to me) and added them. One point to note is that after some time, and it was not that long for me, your tastes change. You will no longer be thinking of those carby sensations from potatoes, rice, noodles, cake, etc. What you will be thinking of instead is the fullness of taste that you get from fats.

Riced Cauliflower makes a great rice substitute if you cook anything with a gravy. You can cook a variety of pot roast recipes that are low carb and put the gravy over the riced cauliflower and you'll forget you are eating cauliflower. The key to riced cauliflower is to slightly brown it in a frying pan with some oil. The browning greatly improves the texture.

If you are thinking of going Keto here are what I consider to be the Three Pillars of the lifestyle.

1. Eat the right foods meaning Keto foods.
2. Weight loss is greatly accelerated with 18/6 intermittent fasting.
3. There are no cheat days.


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S&P 500 at 320, DOW at 2200, Gold $300/oz, and Corn $2/bu.
No sign that housing, equities, or farmland are in a bubble- Yellen 11/14/13
Trying to leave the Rat Race to the rats...
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Let me add something to that: Alcohol makes it MUCH harder to not cheat.

Ethanol is a carb, but it is preferentially metabolized. That is, it is consumed FIRST. The problem is that SINCE IT IS A CARBOHYDRATE it will stimulate carb cravings, and if you eat *ordinary* carbs while metabolizing alcohol you now get hammered twice -- first by the glucose, second by the fat storage since your carbohydrate intake is well in excess of metabolic demand at that moment in time.

So IF you consume alcohol in any amount then it is very important that you either (1) not eat at all while consuming it and within a couple of hours on either side of consuming it, which is very bad in terms of how drunk you will get since absorption is greatly enhanced on an empty stomach or (2) not consume ANY carbohydrate before, while or after consuming it. The latter is difficult but NOT impossible -- it means reaching for the little smoky sausages INSTEAD OF the chips and dip or cookies. In addition it is virtually impossible to remain in a keto state consuming more than one beer, although you can bounce back into it quickly after two. Three or more, however, is another matter -- there are simply too many carbs in the beer itself beyond the alcohol.

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Karl, I am a long time reader and cannot remember if I ever posted. I am 53 years old and went to my family doctor for the first time in 5 years on August 25, 2017. I suspected I might be suffering from diabetes. I let me diet and weight go and was suffering some symptoms. I am 5'10 and weighed 244lbs. The doctor suggested a blood test and the results came back positive for type II. I had a fasting glucose level of 290 and and A1c of 10.6. The Doctor asked if I wanted insulin and I said no. I was put on a 500mg dose of metaformin 2x daily. I knew I need to do a lifestyle change. I cut carbs to a minimum and started walking 30 minutes once in the morning and once in the evening. In two weeks I had a follow up visit and lost 10 pounds and my average glucose reading was in the 130s. I told my doctor that I knew my diet was crap and she agreed to keep me just on the metaformin. I went back for a visit this January 10th [4 and a half months later]. I now weigh 206lbs, my average glucose levels were in the 112 range and my A1c was 5.4. All of that simply from changing my diet. I am still not the greatest eater, I am very picky, but I am content eating the few things I do like. I've come to enjoy broccoli and have eaten more vegetable in these past 4 months than I have in my entire life. I still enjoy potatoes but I simply slice them into fries, mix them with olive oil and paprika and bake them in the oven. I do not spike from. I found the Schmidt 647 breads [6 net carbs, 7 grams of fiber and 40 calories] good for sandwiches. I eat bacon and eggs every morning after my walk. My goal is to get back down to my college weight of 180lbs. A bit of a challenge as I live in the North and cold weather and snow sometimes make walking a challenge every day, but as the weather improves I will continue with my routine. I just feel better after getting some exercise in the day. My waist size has gone down from a size 40 to a size 35. I found dress pants from 15 years ago in a suitcase in my basement. Has saved me rebuying a whole new wardrobe until I get to my desired weight, even if they are a bit out of style. The best part was buying a new belt.
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I've posted this before, but for the sake of all the pre-diabetic chubbies nay-saying these posts:

I started HFLCMP in April '16. My A1C was high normal, but my glucose numbers were horrid. I had a 36" waistline and hated any forms of sudden locomotion-- exercise. I followed the 'customary and usual' diet of the food pyramid, ate organic from my garden, and did everything a guy was supposed to do. I was a sloth.

Diabetes is the preferred method of death in my family. So I had to make changes.

At first it was hard. After a month it got easier. Two years on my body seems to be insulin resistant no longer: my blood numbers are great. Best of all, I have a 32" waist, am never hungry, and as for exercise, I'm now doing BJJ and MMA 7 hours/week. It's hard on a 50 y/o body, but I've haven't felt this young in a very long time.

Low carb isn't a fad. Once you break the cycle of sugar addiction an entire new world becomes open to you.
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I am under the understanding that a person's arrogance can be a direct cause of their stupidity. So, I propose that by law all "City Halls" constructed after Jan. 21 2020, be constructed of wood, not concrete or steel, and that dousing an exterior wall with 3 gallons of kerosene (on the up-wind side) be a formal monthly ritual.

Trump never had to ask for funding for a wall, he can simply deploy soldiers to that line in the sand.




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Six months after cutting the carbs, Ms truthseeker is 5 pounds BELOW her collegiate champion gymnastics weight, and I'm ONE pound higher than my high school wrestling weight. We're in our mid-sixties. Easy-peasy.

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I would like to add another success story.
I'd read Karl's words on the keto diet but never thought of doing it.
I was slowly but surely putting on weight, over 2 years I had gone from 86kg to 100kg, I'm 6 foot tall.
Exercise did nothing for losing weight. I started growing man boobs and that was the final straw.
I then researched everything about keto. I found the Dr Berg youtubes helpful and they backed up what Karl had been saying.

I like beer but I stopped drinking alcohol for 6 months and went full keto and I talked my wife into it as she had a belly that needed to go.

Within 6 months I dropped 22kg (48lbs) and my waist is now the same as when I was 20, (I'm 45). During this time I didn't exercise outside of my normal routine so exercise had zero contribution to my weight loss.

The only side effects has been the skin on the back of my hand getting wrinkled and some hair loss.

I've found I need to drink a magnesium supplement and if I have more than 2 beers even low carb ones then I pay big time in crawling skin for the next 2 days while my body gets back into ketosis.

I usually skip breakfast and have my first meal around 1pm and dinner around 7pm and I have a decent sized dinner.

I've now maintained 78kg for 6 months and my body is happy there.

I don't drink milk anymore I use dollop cream in my morning coffee, I don't eat bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, etc.

My wife has lost 7kg and needs to lose about 5kg more but has stabilised at 65kg (5'6"), I guess it's harder for woman to lose weight.
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Women cheat more...

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@Riverbarrow--look for Dr. Atkins Diet Cook Book by Fran Gare and Helen Monica. You might be able to find it at B&N or Spamazon, but it's also available as a 14-day loaner at https://archive.org/details/dratkinsdiet...., if you have an account there or don't mind creating one. (It's amazing how often I run across one in a used book store, too, usually for about one dollar.)

I used the hardback, which I still own (somewhere), in 1978 when I started the Atkins life-style in a hardcore way. The recipes aren't all great, but some are; in fact, I'm still using quite a few of them 40 years later, with changes to flavorings/spices and the like I have come to enjoy.

There are quite a few follow-on cook books in the Atkins-ketogenic family, but this was the first. As always, read product labels, know what to ban from your intake, and don't spare the spices and extracts.

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Sorry if this has already been addressed somewhere, but how about yogurt? (Plain, unsweetened)
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I think you might be right. I find the odd chocy bar wrapper in the bin.
She also complains of feeling off some days blaming the diet.
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I'm certain I'm right :)

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That HeadBanger channel is*****, bookmarked it. An indian dude, cooking keto, who spices it with hardcore. What the **** is not to like?
https://www.youtube.com/user/Headbangers....

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I lost 25 pounds starting early last year, though still ~20lbs overweight. Then I fell off about 6 months ago and haven't gotten back on.

Only regained 5 of it though, because some parts of the diet I prefer to any alternative... though I'm definitely not headed in the right direction anymore.

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Keto diet with intermittent fasting is a great combo. For blood sugars and triglycerides it will generally work wonders. For cholesterol and HDL/LDL it can go either way and is not a guaranteed positive result.
I am not argueing whether or not these numbers are important. I am just saying that blood tests may show some negative progress or increase in cholesterol.

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