Fat for Fuel

Fat for Fuel

A Revolutionary Diet to Combat Cancer, Boost Brain Power, and Increase your Energy

Book - 2017
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For over a century, we've accepted the scientific consensus that cancer results from genetic disease due to chromosomal damage in cell nuclei. But what if scientists are chasing a flawed paradigm? What if cancer isn't a disease of damaged DNA, but rather of defective metabolism as a result of mitochondrial dysfunction? What if that startling truth could revolutionize our understanding of other diseases too-and show us a radical new path to optimal health?
In this groundbreaking guide, the first of its kind, New York Times best-selling author and leading natural-health practitioner Dr. Joseph Mercola explains how nearly all disease is caused by defective metabolic processes. Then he reveals what's causing your metabolism to go haywire: damage and dysfunction in the mitochondria, thousands of which are at work in nearly every cell in your body, generating energy you need to stay alive and well. When mitochondria are damaged in large numbers, it is impossible to stay healthy.
Dr. Mercola shows that you can take control of your health simply by giving your body the proper fuel-and it's not what you've been led to believe. A ketogenic diet, very low in carbohydrates and high in healthy fats, is the way to optimize the biochemical pathways that suppress disease and support healing. And the benefits can be astonishing-not only in treating or preventing serious illness, but in boosting your brainpower, increasing your energy, helping you lose weight and keep it off, and much more.
As you read this book, you'll learn in clear, rational terms how your body works at a molecular level. You'll finally understand the type of fuel it's designed to burn in the most efficient way possible. You'll find detailed guidelines for starting a ketogenic eating plan. And you won't have to wait decades for metabolic mitochondrial therapy to make its way into the mainstream. You can build a healthier body and brain starting right now.

Publisher: Carlsbad, California : Hay House, 2017.
Edition: 1st edition.
ISBN: 9781401953775
1401953778
Branch Call Number: 613.25 Mer
Characteristics: xxiii, 339 pages

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StephanPinBC
Dec 09, 2017

This book is great if... BIG SARCASTIC "IF"... your goal is just to feel good about the dietary choices you are likely already making and you would like help ignoring the nagging inner-voice reminding you that deep down you know a high fat diet is not the best choice for you.... (and believe me as a foodie I would LOVE for the premise of this book to be correct.) Remember the adage "if it sounds too good to be true...?"

Do yourself a favour and take the time to read the comment that was made by Nick Arrizza. My comment would essentially be redundant to his, but I would like to add this. I am someone trained in a field of scientific research, so the source of an author's information is extremely important to the credibility of that author's claims. With this in mind, I can say that I can vouch for the accuracy of each of his recommendations of whole foods plant based related books.

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sandra80
Dec 09, 2017

Dr. Mercola is one of the best natural doctors out there. Well researched, he gives solid information/solutions to many modern illnesses, including obesity. Great information in this book. If you are overweight, Type 2 Diabetic, have food addictions, etc., I highly recommend you read this book.

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gaetanlion
Nov 24, 2017

Very interesting book on health and nutrition. Mercola has done excellent research. And, there is a convergence of evidence from numerous sources and studies (PURE study, etc.) that a low-carb, high-fat diet is good for you. Mercola is very closely aligned with Gundry (“The Plant Paradox”) except that Gundry adds another nutritional filter with lectins rendering many plant foods not good for you. Mercola misses out on the lectin filter. Otherwise, Mercola’s MMT (Metabolic Mitochondria Therapy) is very much aligned with Gundry’s diet guidelines. If you look at their respective list of recommended foods there is a very large overlap between the two.
While Gundry is focused on repairing one’s leaky gut, Mercola is focused on the health of your mitochondria. And, if you eat in order to restore the health of one (let’s say mitochondria), you will also restore the health of the other (no more leaky gut). The way both doctors plan to restore your health entails:
1) Consume a majority of your calories from healthy fats (plant and nut based);
2) Cut all carbs as much as possible;
3) Limit your animal protein intake (Mercola has a chapter called “The Protein Paradox”); and
4) Intermittently fast over 12 hours and up to 16 to 18 hours a day.

Mercola wants you to measure daily very precisely the number of calories you consume from each type of macronutrients and measure the impact it has on your blood serum levels of glucose, insulin, and other metrics. He makes you behave like you are diabetic by measuring your blood glucose up to three times a day. He also wants you to measure frequently whether you have reached a ketosis state with another set of blood tests that you also conduct on your own.
Mercola refers to an extensive list of scientific papers supporting his arguments. I read a couple of them that were very interesting. He also introduces his readers to the cronometer. This is a website that generates an ingredient label on any food you want such as a single banana, or egg, or avocado. The results are informative.
As a result of those low-carb & high-fat diet, you will eat many eggs, avocados, nuts, olive and olive oil. Keep in mind that health related government agencies, and various medical associations (American Heart Association, etc.) still provide guidelines that are way outdated and have contributed to an epidemic of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases.
Based on the current science, we have to be grateful to the Mercola and Gundry of the world to inform us on what is good for us way ahead before such information is accepted by the government establishment. And, they support their arguments very well based on existing science.

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nickarrizza
Jul 24, 2017

This book is built on a false/erroneous premise that the low fat diet initiated by the USDA in the 1960's based on the results of Ancel Keys (that saturated fat intake was directly correlated with heart disease risk), was a "miserable failure" according to the author. What he (doesn't tell you and) calls the "low fat diet" actually turns out to be the Standard American Diet which consists of daily fat calories between 30-70%. We all know that this "diet" largely based on animal proteins, fats, oils and processed carbohydrates is responsible for the epidemic of obesity, heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and many of the other chronic diseases known on this planet. The author then goes on to promote a high fat diet on anecdotal research studies that lack in scientific credibility.

The only true low fat diet (natural experiment) which is never mentioned by the author is that employed by Seven Day Adventists (Seven Day Adventist Study-2) in Loma Linda, California, rural Chinese as researched in The China Study by T. Colin Campbell PhD and in the Blue Zones Research highlighted by Dan Buettner (in his book of the same name where he found the healthiest and longest lived civilizations on the planet) who subsist on essentially a whole plant based diet where daily fat calories of 10-15%. In these populations many of the chronic western diseases are rare to nonexistent.

Much better and truthful reads are: The Starch Solution, Whole, The Food Revolution, The Cheese Trap, The Healthiest Diet on The Planet, The China Study, Prevent And Reverse Heart Disease; all promoting the amazing power of a whole plant based diets to halt and even reverse many current chronic diseases as well as make our food supply one that will no longer brutally mistreat and slaughter innocent animals as well as help reverse climate change.

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