Friday, November 21, 2008

Low Carb Recipes for Christmas

This is the biggest question usually asked on any low carb forum during this time of the year. I don't know about other forums but it never really gets addressed that much in the form of low carb Christmas recipes, usually every body forgets about low carb for the day. One thing I have noticed over the years is that, when fellow lowcarbers go all out on the carby stuff on Christmas day they end up in an all out carb fest which leads to a carby boxing day then the day after that and so on and before you know it, it is News Years Eve, you get the picture. A lot of people tend to get totally derailed with trouble getting back into the swing of things.

Now I don't do low carb completely, I do still treat myself on Christmas day but I try to eat mostly low carb. I find this helps getting straight back into it the next day, particularly because it is usually at my place so there's always plenty of leftovers so the more leftovers that are low carb, the better!

Because of this, I decided that I would have a play with some low carb recipes and thus as promised in a previous post I thought I would share what I have done so far, click on the recipe name to go to the recipe:

Low Carb Buche De Noel (Christmas Yule Log)


Low Carb Pumpkin Cheesecake

And for something savoury:

Low Carb Slow Cooked Roast Lamb with Cranberry Sauce

The last pic doesn't really do it justice, the lamb is really, really yummy:)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Dying to be thin: The diet craze sweeping Britain with a punishing 500-calories-a-day

Remember, Kimmer and the concerns for members following her plan Kimkins, where calories appeared to often fall close to and even below 500 calorie's a day?

Whilst they were eating real food, there was no real plan behind it to ensure members were eating adequate nutrients to meet their most basic needs...

Actually I should rephrase that because not all were eating real food on kimkins, she also had a shake plan and it is to my understanding she also had given out advice for an even low calorie version for faster weight-loss. And these shakes were just protein shakes you buy yourself from your local store which could have been anything...

During this time when everyone was in an uproar, I posted about sudden deaths in the old protein shake diets in my post here: Rabbit Starvation, Sudden Death and Resting Metabolism. It was thought that a lot of the issues with these deaths boiled down to the amount and the type of protein in the liquid diets at that time however, here is an article on a current liquid diet known as Lighter Life. In this article, they discuss the side effects and also the death of one lady whom had been following this diet for 6 months:

A LighterLife slimmer dies

Two years ago, 25-year-old Matilda Callaghan died from heart arrhythmia after spending six months on LighterLife.

The coroner recorded an open verdict, as to what caused the fatal arrhythmic heartbeat, recognising that while - as the company argued - being obese can kill, so too can losing weight quickly.

But leading obesity expert Professor John Garrow was unequivocal: he blamed Matilda's death on her rapid ten-stone weight loss which, he said, reduced the lean tissue in her heart.

Professor Garrow says: 'Studies show semi-starvation diets deplete the protein and muscle of internal organs, resulting in an increase of heart arrhythmias among obese people following them.'

And of course, like many stories I have read by former kimkins followers this articles finished off with a story about a lady whom developed an eating disorder.

Read through this article and remember, this is a diet that is supposedly designed to ensure adequate nutrition. If these are the risks, what about very low calorie diets designed by just your average person trying to make a quick buck with no professional nutritional and medical background or input from people with such qualifications?

No matter what diet you're on, don't let some numbers on the scale cloud your judgment and possibly destroy your health...

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Low Carb Vege Garden

Hey Guys :)

Sorry for being so slack, my forum has been very busy and I have been struggling to keep up with it at times as well as struggling with motivation.

Whilst my last doctors appointment showed I had great cholesterol numbers despite my high fat diet, it was a horrible appointment with her and really took the wind out of me. I have been struggling to get my thyroid/chronic fatigue looked at for over 5 years. Anyway, I have been doing lots of reading on this subject and will post about it soon. The good news is, I have an appointment that I have been waiting for almost 3 months coming up in 2 more weeks, that I hope will start solving this once and for all. Getting very anxious now!

On a better note, I have been looking at starting my first vegetable garden. My partner and I, decided some time back that we want to live in the country and aim towards eventually being self sufficient. We have been renting a place out here since Maya was born to get a feel for it and make sure this is what we want, with plans to buy a property as soon as prices start coming down (they are extremely inflated here at the moment). Anyway, I decided now is a good a time as any to start learning this stuff ready. It is currently spring here and I have been buying wine barrels etc in hopes to learn to grow veggies in pots with an aim on using non-hybrid and mostly organic seeds and growing them in an organic way. If anyone has any tips I would love to see them!
I was in a funk for a while but last week I finally planted a bunch of seeds which are just starting to come up this week. The ones in the photo above are cucumbers.

I have also started playing with some Christmas recipes, I made a low carb yule log which turned out good I will post it soon. Oh and the other month I made some yummy low carb friands that you might be interested in. Friands are like a yuppie type of muffin: Low Carb Dark Chocolate and Strawberry Friands.

Anyway, I just thought I'd update, I will post some more recipes soon and hopefully will be able to show more progress with my veggies, wish me luck as I do not have a green thumb but I am trying! :)

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

My Cholesterol Numbers

Thought I'd share my cholesterol numbers from my blood test last Friday. I should say that last year I went off LC to do an elimination diet for my daughter though my only fat source during that time was butter, eggs and meat, not even any fish or fish oil (amines). I have been back to Atkins style low carb for the last few months and I am still eating mostly lots of butter but I also add in some olive or macadamia oil with the occasional shot of cod liver oil. I started low carb (Atkins) in 2002 and started maintenance in 2003.

When I had my bloods checked in 2003 my triglycerides were 0.5 and my total cholesterol was 5.6, ratio was not checked.

This time my results are:


Total Triglycerides 0.4 (0.3-2.0)
Total Cholesterol 5.6 (<5.5)
HDL Cholesterol 2.0 (1.0-2.2)
LDL Cholesterol 3.3 (<3.7)
Total cholesterol/HDL ratio 2.8 (<5.0)

The numbers in brackets are the desired ranges.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Low Carb Lemon and Garlic, Roast Chicken

One of my favourite chefs as far as recipes go is Jamie Oliver as I find a lot of his recipes suit the tastes of my family and myself very well. Two of our favourites is his Polla Alla Cacciatore and his Lemon and Garlic Roast Chicken with the roast even being fussy eater friendly (tested by my extremely fussy brother last Christmas). This roast is very popular, I do it a lot. There's a couple of minor deviations from Jamies recipe but otherwise it is the same. Please see the original thread for the recipe :)

Friday, August 29, 2008

Low Carb Chocolate and Hazelnut Higgedly Piggedlys

I have made a few new recipes lately which I will share sometime but this one would be my favourite as far as chocolate goes, it is very moorish so consider yourself warned :)

The image button doesn't seem to be working for me at the moment? but you can see what it looks like here: Low Carb Chocolate and Hazelnut Higgedly Piggedlys

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Rethinking Low-Fat Advice and Living in Starvation Mode

I was looking through the forum for some articles on fat for one of our new members whom is a little worried about fat, particularly saturated fat, we have all been there, right?

Anyway, whilst doing so I came across a couple of little nuggets that I posted ages ago which were such a good read. I would link to the original articles but it seems they are no longer online which is such a shame, I am very grateful that I quoted them otherwise I would never have come across them again. I really enjoyed reading these again and wanted to share.

These articles are from 1998 published in the Healthy Weight Journal, yet so applicable today.

Rethinking Low-Fat Advice

Living in Starvation Mode

Enjoy :)

Friday, July 18, 2008

Low Carb Buttery Almond & Coconut Cake

This is a HUGE winner, definitely a keeper that I will be making over and over. It is a recipe by an Australian Author/Chef Belinda Jeffery that I converted to low carb (wasn't hard!), this lady is a genius!

Now if you wish to get the carb count down more I am sure you could simply replace the splenda with one of the various versions of stevia or you could use splenda tablets or the liquid splenda. Also, if your worried about the calories you could simply cut it into more portions or do what I do and have it as a meal rather then a snack. I found it made a yummy breakfast!

One of the ladies uses this recipe for muffins so you could try that too. We have a thread for it here: Low Carb Buttery Almond & Coconut Cake

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Low Carb, Cream Cheese Muffins

Nance, asked in the comments section for the recipe so I thought I'd take a picture of one I made last night and share here. Now this may look very plain and basic but it is actually very yum. Don't be afraid to try it if you don't like baked cheesecakes, as I didn't like them either, until now so you never know you may love these too!

The recipe is from low carb friends, make sure to check that thread for the many variations, it is long but worth the read. I make mine a little different to the original and I also provide metric measurements, you're more then welcome to pop into our thread I made as well: Low Carb Cream Cheese Muffins (Cheesecakes)

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Low Carb Easy Eggs

I thought I'd share my favourite way to eat eggs, I call them Easy Eggs because they are just that, easy but also very yum. If your feeling sick and tired of eggs try this, but remember don't have it every day or it will end up just like every other egg dish!

This is a picture of my eggs that I had last night, they actually look better then that when they first come out of the oven. I did plan on taking a photo whilst they were all puffed up but Maya had other ideas...

Anyway this is how I do mine, you could add other ingredients to it like a slice of tomato or mushroom. You could also line the ramekin with nitrate free bacon or ham, I used to make a similar dish, Ham and Egg thingos but I like these better.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Metabolism Society needs your help, please sign.

I received this in my email today for my website and promptly posted it on my low carb forum but just now realised I should probably chuck it up here too for my readers whom don't frequent the forum:

I just received this in my inbox from Richard Feinman, founder of the Nutrition and Metabolism Society and editor for the journal, Nutrition and Metabolism.

Basically, it is a petition for the goal on bringing more research and acknowledgment into the effectiveness of treatments of Diabetes 2 through low carb diets rather then just intensive drug therapy which seems to be the focus. With two latest studies doing just that, resulting in one of them having to finish their study early due to too many people dropping dead!

I posted about a Management of Diabetes Case Vignette once where doctors from around the world were given some information on a 55 year old woman with diabetes 2 and asked to vote and comment on their treatment from 3 options. None of these include a low carbohydrate diet, just drugs, drugs and more drugs... go read the various comments by doctors, rarely do you see lifestyle mentioned, there was one comment where they recommend diet and exercise but not to treat the diabetes but to treat the side effects of one of the drugs!

Crazy stuff!


The NIH must acknowledge the existing science and fund more research by the experts who have experience with carbohydrate restriction as a means of treatment for diabetes.

June 12, 2008

New England Journal of Medicine published the ACCORD study results. "We investigated whether intensive therapy to target normal glycated hemoglobin levels would reduce cardiovascular events in patients with type 2 diabetes" (intensive therapy meant intensive drug therapy).

"As compared with standard therapy, the use of intensive therapy to target normal glycated hemoglobin levels for 3.5 years increased mortality and did not significantly reduce major cardiovascular events. These findings identify a previously unrecognized harm of intensive glucose lowering in high-risk patients with type 2 diabetes."

An elementary understanding of science lets one recognize that it is likely the treatment (intensive drug therapy) that has the (unrecognized?) harm. A substantial background of studies shows that not reducing glycated hemoglobin is a health risk.
It is the absence of any consideration of dietary carbohydrate restriction, the most safe and effective method of improving glycemic control that is so objectionable.

Scientists are stymied. Fighting with the NIH is not simple, generally not a career builder, and the number of people involved in this trial is in the hundreds. Only the public can help. We need your help in reaching them.

Please ask your readers to contribute by signing this petition.

Thank you.

Richard Feinman
Professor of Biochemistry
Founder, Metabolism Society

Monday, June 16, 2008

Low Carb Flourless Chocolate and Hazelnut Cake

I have been really enjoying the cream cheese muffin recipe from LCF for my breakfasts. I am currently debating between making another batch today or decarbing another yummy looking recipe that's a cross between cheesecake muffins and cake and yes you guessed it, it involves chocolate ;)

But anyway, last week I had something different for breakfast, something chocolaty and something surprisingly not rich despite all the 85% lindt chocolate, yet very satisfying!

But be warned, it is calorie dense and it is not ultra low carb, so do what I do and make it a meal such as breakfast, or save it for a treat. I cut mine into 12 slices, you could cut yours into 16 if you want, I have worked out the counts for both. The original cake is said to store in the fridge for 2 weeks. Do not eat this straight out of the fridge, always bring your peice down to room temperature first, I like to bring mine down to room temp then quickly put it in the oven just long enough to make the ganache all goey (shown in photo). I was thinking for the US visitors that you could probably bring the carb count down some more by using unsweetened bakers chocolate and a little extra sweetener, over here lindt 85% is the lowest you can find. Plus you could experiment with other sweeteners to bring the carb count down. Let me know how you go, we have a thread for it here. This is a de-carbed recipe by Belinda Jeffery and she is my new found favourite chef!

Low Carb Flourless Chocolate and Hazelnut Cake

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Is a scam?

Just wanted to do a quick post in hopes to get the message out there to any fellow Aussies that don't frequent my forum. Basically, we have a few complaints dating back to December from people whom have ordered from this website, had their credit card charged but have no received the goods!

People have tried to contact them with no response and when they call the business behind the shop they are told that they are new owners of said business and that the previous owner still owns that online shop and refuse to give out the contact details for the old owner...

When looking at the website you will find various complaints by customers hoping to warn potential customers through product reviews such as...


DO NOT BUY FROM THIS WEBSITE! Trying to stop someone making the same mistake I did with ordering from this site. This company has taken my money and not supplied me with my goods - has now been over a month and I've sent 3 emails since the order was placed and my money was taken with absolutely no response. If this has happened to you also please email me on *********** as I'm trying desperately to find a way to get my money back and it would be better to have all of us try.

It's true, this site is so unprofessional, no communication, no goods ever get sent, but their happy to charge your credit card!!!

Ordered these too...still haven't received - owner cannot be contacted - he does not reply to his emails - but will take your hard earned cash and give you nothing in return - DO NOT USE THIS WEBSITE - YOU WILL NOT GET YOUR GOODS!

YESSS just as I was pasting some of the reviews here their website was taken down!!!! I and others have been reporting them and trying to get their web hosts to take the website down, looks like they just did!!!

Lets hope it stays down! if only another website was so easy eh? ;)

With that said, considering this has been happening since at least December last year I suspect there's many more out there whom have been ripped off by this company!

If your out there we have a bunch of information of various contacts to help get your money back listed in this thread: Low Carb Nutrition, when I reported them to the ACCC they called me and said they needed more customers to contact them so they can see a trend and do something about it so please contact the ACCC and fair trading!

Good luck!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Sodium Benzoate and DNA damage

I have mentioned before about my reservations towards aspartame and recently there was that aspartame experiment on rats. There is a good list of aspartame side effects and some of the various articles here: Aspartame.

A fellow low carber Cleo shared her experiences recently as well: No More Aspartame For Me.

However one thing I ponder is if some of the reactions people report due to aspartame could also be tied to another additive, sodium benzoate. Sodium benzoate is very common in soft drinks, and other acidic items such as fruit juices, salad dressings, sauces and vinegar as well as cosmetics and mouth wash and has been linked to hyperactivity in children and DNA damage amongst other things as well as being thought to interact with other additives, E211 Revealed: Evidence highlights new fear over drinks additive

With that said, there is some good news that I wanted to share this article and a quote: Diet Coke to drop additive in DNA damage fear:

Coca-Cola is phasing out a controversial additive that has been linked to damage to DNA and hyperactivity in children.

Sodium benzoate, also known as E211, is used to stop fizzy drinks going mouldy.

Coca-Cola said it had begun withdrawing the additive from Diet Coke in January in response to consumer demand for more natural products.

By the end of the year no can or bottle will contain E211.
Lets hope they don't replace it with something equally as bad or worse!

Thursday, May 22, 2008


Okay this is on my local news and I just had to share but be warned as there is nudity!

Make sure to watch the video and see how he paints his paintings ROFL!!!

Pricasso unveils tribute to Adelaide


Saturday, May 17, 2008

Low Carb Chocolate and Pecan Brownies

I went off the elimination diet a while ago now, have toughened up on my carbs and have started playing in the kitchen. I am a chocolate lover and the elimination diet meant no chocolate so what do you think I wanted to play with first?


These are yum so I thought I'd share, these are a low carb version of a Jamie Oliver recipe. Strangely enough, I find these very satisfying. I have another variation that I did the first time which is more chocolaty which you can find in my low carb brownie thread plus another member has posted another recipe which looks good but I haven't tried yet.

Now I will tell you straight off, that my taste buds are well adjusted to low carb, so depending on where you are at, you may find you need a little more splenda. I am thinking these would be even better with a sugar alcohol like erythritol or xylitol for that sugary type mouth feel.

Oh I should say that the picture is from my first batch and this is my second batch but they look exactly the same :)

Low Carb Chocolate and Pecan Brownies

I thought I should add for those interested that we also have a low carb chocolate fudge brownie recipe here: Low Carb Chocolate Fudge Brownie

Friday, May 16, 2008

Oink Oink

To those that liked the spider I thought you might like her pig that she did a while back :)

She turned 3 at the end of April and boy am I starting to regret showing her how to use MS Paint. In some ways it was good because she would go through so much paper in a day it's not funny, she'd do a quick sketch then bang onto the next piece of paper. She got to some of Ryans spare school books and before you know it, each page had been "christened". Sketch books do not last very long... If you left the room she was in, she would start drawing on the walls and tiled floor, she loves to draw LOL

Shes stopped drawing on the walls for now, and even though the novelty of MS Paint is wearing off, she has become quite proficient with the use of computers. It is amazing how fast she picked it up. I had to set her up with her own account, just so she doesn't do any harm when she is on there. I also have to be careful of not leaving my computer logged in. The other day, I opened up one of Garry's cover letters for a job to print out, to find she had opened it up, deleted stuff and replaced with mumbo jumbo and then saved it!

I have created a monster! :eek:

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Look, Spider!

I can't help myself, I have to share with everybody...

My daughter (nearly 3) did this today on Paint without any prompting or help, then turned around and said "Look, Spider!" so cute... :)

Scam Watch: Weight Loss Scams

Here is one for people from Australia and NZ that have been scammed or are concerned about a weight loss scam that they have seen and wish to report it. I reported Kimkins...

It is an Australian government website called Scam Watch and they have a page for weight loss scams.

From their website:

What are weight loss scams?

These scams promise weight loss for little or no effort. The scam may involve an unusual or restrictive diet, ‘revolutionary’ exercise or fat-busting devices, or products such as pills, patches, or creams.

Scammers exploit the fact that people can often be attracted by promises of success with little effort. Many weight loss scams suggest that you can achieve great results without having to do any extra exercise or even modify your diet.

Often, attractive people or celebrities are used to sell the products. These may be people with a different body shape and metabolism to you and who use the product in conjunction with an exercise regime and strict diet.

At best fad diets and products might result in a temporary weight loss in the short term and can be dangerous if followed over a longer period. Unless a person develops and maintains a better diet and physical activity habit, any weight lost (often water or muscle rather than fat) will soon return.

Warning signs

The weight loss scheme or product:

  • lacks scientific evidence or demonstrated links between the result and the effects of the program, food, supplement, gadget or process being promoted
  • is sold outside normal commercial distribution channels. For example, through the internet, by unqualified individuals or mail order advertisements
  • claims effortless, large or fast weight loss such as 'lose 30 kilos in 30 days' or 'lose weight while you sleep'
  • claims that you can achieve weight loss without exercise, or without managing food or energy intake
  • fails to recommend medical supervision, particularly for low-calorie diets
  • claims to reduce fat or cellulite in specific areas of the body
  • uses terms such as 'miraculous breakthrough'

Sound familiar? :)

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Kimmer: Cut Calories and Take Laxatives

Have you guys seen this conversation that was allegedly in private messages from Kimmer?

If true which IMO I am 100% sure it is, this is a good example of the kind of crap that came out of Kimmers mouth in private messages on her forum. Here she is trying to help a lady lose weight faster, a lady averaging somewhere close to a mere 600 calories a day. She tried to go even lower but gets dizzy at 450 cals. Kimmer seems to think the only reason for her dizziness is her 8 or so carbs a day in that shes having too many carbs! :eek:

Basically, shes telling this lady to lower her calories even more, take laxatives and even lower carbs more because they are causing her blood sugar issues and perhaps she has diabetes!

An example of her advice to this lady:

I can only give you my opinion. I don’t think your calories are as low as you think — but that’s only my opinion.

However, let’s say they are. Let’s analyze why would feel faint? There’s no reason. Except for the Mona Vie (2 oz = 8 carbs), you’re not taking in any carbs, right? Carbs are the ONLY thing that affect blood sugar (dizzyness).

If you feel dizzy and eat chicken and feel better, it’s not from the chicken. It has no carbs.

If you need 1500 calories a day, we’ll say to maintain your current weight and only eat 500 (to make my math easier), then your body takes the other 1000 calories from body fat. Again, nothing to be dizzy about.

Somehow I think those super low calories may have something to do with the dizziness!!!

But as an aside to this suggestion in her having diabetes, I wonder if she has seen this study that I have listed up top of my Very Low Calorie Diet Research page:

Starvation diet and very-low-calorie diets may induce insulin resistance and overt diabetes mellitus

We have observed seven initially obese individuals who, during the course of a strenuous weight-reduction program, developed diabetes mellitus: non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus in five cases and insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus in two cases. None had any sign of prior diabetic symptoms. Although weight reduction is encouraged in obesity, crash diets without proper medical surveillance may have deleterious effects. This sequence of induction of diabetes has not previously been reported in the medical literature. The metabolic situation in extremely low-calorie diets may be comparable to that in starvation. An attempt is made to explain our observation concerning the induction of a diabetic state during such diets, on the basis of increased insulin resistance in states of starvation and anorexia nervosa, with a concomitant role in stress hormones.

Koffler M, Kisch ES, Starvation diet and very-low-calorie diets may induce insulin resistance and overt diabetes mellitus. J Diabetes Complications. 1996 Mar-Apr;10(2):109-12.

Its just a small one, but certainly makes you go hmmmm

Anyway go check out these private messages, and keep an eye out for more on Truth's blog: Kimmer: Cut Calories and Take Laxatives

To this lady that had this conversation with Kimmer, please get in touch and let us know that you're okay!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Apparently, consuming one lousy egg a day will kill you...

Well it seems the latest study to make the news every where is this one that demonises egg consumption, but whats new...

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Middle-aged men who ate seven or more eggs a week had a higher risk of earlier death, U.S. researchers reported on Wednesday.

Men with diabetes who ate any eggs at all raised their risk of death during a 20-year period studied, according to the study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Seven or more eggs a week raises risk of death

Surely, you would think there would be an awful lot of low carbers dropping dead by now?

After reading that, I went and tracked down the study (only abstract was available) as well as an editorial, in hopes to find out more about it but alas, I didn't find much:

Egg consumption in relation to cardiovascular disease and mortality: the Physicians' Health Study

Egg consumption in relation to cardiovascular disease and mortality: the story gets more complex

A couple of quotes that I think are important:

Egg consumption was not associated with (heart attack) or stroke

Men who ate the most eggs also were older, fatter, ate more vegetables but less breakfast cereal, and were more likely to drink alcohol, smoke and less likely to exercise -- all factors that can affect the risk of heart attack and death.

Now, I don't know how eating less breakfast cereal is a factor that can negatively affect the risk of heart attack and death... lets ignore that one...

When I read the editorial, I get the impression there really isn't a great deal of data - other then they just happen to have been eating more eggs...

I wonder about these older and fatter men who just so happened to eat more eggs, did they also happen to be more likely to be taking a cocktail of drugs such as blood pressure medications, statins etc? and what about the rest of their diet?

What puzzles me the most is the advice from the editorial:

So, if you are a male physician and are going to eat ≥1 egg/d, why not eat the whites only?

Despite that they found no association between eggs and myocardial infarction or stroke?

Despite from what I can tell, from his statements that the study didn't provide information on LDL and other markers?

Despite his statement questioning the consistency of an association between cholesterol and CVD risk...

He draws the conclusion that it must be the cholesterol in egg yolks and that physicians whom want to eat at least one egg a day should just eat egg whites instead?

Personally I find it a bit hard to believe that one egg a day could be bad. Of course, with all the crap they do to hens these days such as the crap they feed them, the antibiotics, hormones and the fact that most are caged can't be good for the eggs they lay!

If eggs are a problem, thats where I would personally be pointing my finger...

But with that all said, let me leave you with these two studies published back in Ferbruary that I recently found when working on my low carb research page:

Dietary Cholesterol from Eggs Increases Plasma HDL Cholesterol in Overweight Men Consuming a Carbohydrate-Restricted Diet

Carbohydrate-restricted diets (CRD) significantly decrease body weight and independently improve plasma triglycerides (TG) and HDL cholesterol (HDL-C). Increasing intake of dietary cholesterol from eggs in the context of a low-fat diet maintains the LDL cholesterol (LDL-C)/HDL-C for both hyper- and hypo-responders to dietary cholesterol.

In this study, 28 overweight/obese male subjects (BMI = 25–37 kg/m2) aged 40–70 y were recruited to evaluate the contribution of dietary cholesterol from eggs in a CRD. Subjects were counseled to consume a CRD (10–15% energy from carbohydrate) and they were randomly allocated to the EGG group [intake of 3 eggs per day (640 mg/d additional dietary cholesterol)] or SUB group [equivalent amount of egg substitute (0 dietary cholesterol) per day]. Energy intake decreased in both groups from 10,243 ± 4040 to 7968 ± 2401 kJ (P < 0.05) compared with baseline. All subjects irrespective of their assigned group had reduced body weight and waist circumference (P < 0.0001). Similarly, the plasma TG concentration was reduced from 1.34 ± 0.66 to 0.83 ± 0.30 mmol/L after 12 wk (P < 0.001) in all subjects. The plasma LDL-C concentration, as well as the LDL-C:HDL-C ratio, did not change during the intervention. In contrast, plasma HDL-C concentration increased in the EGG group from 1.23 ± 0.39 to 1.47 ± 0.38 mmol/L (P < 0.01), whereas HDL-C did not change in the SUB group. Plasma glucose concentrations in fasting subjects did not change.

Eighteen subjects were classified as having the metabolic syndrome (MetS) at the beginning of the study, whereas 3 subjects had that classification at the end. These results suggest that including eggs in a CRD results in increased HDL-C while decreasing the risk factors associated with MetS.

Abstract: Mutungi et al: Dietary cholesterol from eggs increases plasma HDL cholesterol in overweight men consuming a carbohydrate-restricted diet. J Nutr 2008, 138(2):272-276.


Eggs modulate the inflammatory response to carbohydrate restricted diets in overweight men


Carbohydrate restricted diets (CRD) consistently lower glucose and insulin levels and improve atherogenic dyslipidemia [decreasing triglycerides and increasing HDL cholesterol (HDL-C)]. We have previously shown that male subjects following a CRD experienced significant increases in HDL-C only if they were consuming a higher intake of cholesterol provided by eggs compared to those individuals who were taking lower concentrations of dietary cholesterol. Here, as a follow up of our previous study, we examined the effects of eggs (a source of both dietary cholesterol and lutein) on adiponectin, a marker of insulin sensitivity, and on inflammatory markers in the context of a CRD.


Twenty eight overweight men [body mass index (BMI) 26–37 kg/m2] aged 40–70 y consumed an ad libitum CRD (% energy from CHO:fat:protein = 17:57:26) for 12 wk. Subjects were matched by age and BMI and randomly assigned to consume eggs (EGG, n = 15) (640 mg additional cholesterol/day provided by eggs) or placebo (SUB, n = 13) (no additional dietary cholesterol). Fasting blood samples were drawn before and after the intervention to assess plasma lipids, insulin, adiponectin and markers of inflammation including C-reactive protein (CRP), tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α), interleukin-8 (IL-8), monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1), intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1), and vascular cell adhesion molecule-1(VCAM-1).


Body weight, percent total body fat and trunk fat were reduced for all subjects after 12 wk (P < 0.0001). Increases in adiponectin were also observed (P < 0.01). Subjects in the EGG group had a 21% increase in this adipokine compared to a 7% increase in the SUB group (P < 0.05). Plasma CRP was significantly decreased only in the EGG group (P < 0.05). MCP-1 levels were decreased for the SUB group (P < 0.001), but unchanged in the EGG group. VCAM-1, ICAM-1, TNF-α, and IL-8 were not modified by CRD or eggs.


A CRD with daily intake of eggs decreased plasma CRP and increased plasma adiponectin compared to a CRD without eggs. These findings indicate that eggs make a significant contribution to the anti-inflammatory effects of CRD, possibly due to the presence of cholesterol, which increases HDL-C and to the antioxidant lutein which modulates certain inflammatory responses.

Full Text: Ratliff et al, Eggs modulate the inflammatory response to carbohydrate restricted diets in overweight men. Nutr Metab. 2008 Feb 20;5:6.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Been MIA And Some Interesting Links

Hey Guys!

Sorry I have been so quiet, I have been struggling with what I like to call - considering I am not a writer, "Blogger's Block" :)

When this whole kimkins thing really started to come to my attention early last year, I started to feel a fire under my belly and had lots of ideas to blog. But, then came the trouble with researching them and putting my thoughts into words, which I was really struggling with and I will explain why in a moment. I am still not happy with the kimkins posts I wrote at the time because I feel like I forgot to mention so much that I really wanted to convey in those posts. Then, it seemed people weren't so interested in the health side of it at all but rather the scam itself which I wasn't really into so much myself, so then my desire to blog about it started to slide... plus I was feeling burnt out.

Here's the thing, I am finding it awfully difficult to think of and write up posts, whilst being interrupted by what feels like a constant occurrence. It totally breaks my train of thought, but also distracts me so much, that I come back and find myself working on something entirely different and this will go on, back and forth all day. It seems, I am not a good multitasker at all and I end up with a dozen unfinished projects!

The worst bit is, I am finding it is just getting worse the older Maya gets, I guess shes such a "social" personality that she really needs a playmate but I don't think I want to go there again hehe

I try all sorts of things to give her something fun to do, but it seems the only time she wants to do something on her own is when she wants to draw on the wall with her pencils when I am not looking!

In the afternoons, she starts to quieten down a little sometimes but then that always coincides with Ryan coming home from school whom now wants my attention, then before you know it I have to cook dinner!

Her dad is exactly the same, so once I get her to bed and think "ah now I can go do some reading and actually sink some of it in" there he is vying for my attention as well. By the time hes off happily re-reading his Wheel of Time books or watching an X-File rerun (bought him the collection for Chrissy) I am so dog tired that I can't concentrate on anything (Maya still wakes at night).

Plus, as most of you would know I run an Australian based low carb website as well and ever since the domain hit the two year mark, traffic has been increasing and with new year resolutions and summer just ending over here, we are getting lots of newbies which is also keeping me busy. My days go so fast, I never seem to have enough time, and with all the pulling in different directions sometimes feel I never accomplished anything!

How do other people do it???

Anyway, I have two things I want to blog about, the first one being some articles and the next one which I will work on after this post, stems from a conversation I was having with some friends this morning about maintenance, which I thought would be a good topic to blog about.

I haven't had much time for trying to keep up with everyones blogs but I have been shown lots of interesting articles recently which I want to share, some I am still trying to finish reading myself.

The first one is a blog post by Lyle McDonald, I planned to blog about over the Easter weekend because I found his perspective so similar to how I felt, its a bit late now (sorry!) but interesting all the same. Now I know a lot of my readers are far from bodybuilders but it is his perspective that I think we could all benefit from:

Flexible Dieting

On the low carb front, I had shared a news article on the forum a little while ago and forgot about it until Malcolm posted some really interesting links on it from Regina's blog. Basically, a community of Aborigines in Canada, were put on a low carb diet and followed. The study, has been made into a documentary.

You can read more about it through these links:

West Coast aboriginal community tests low-carb diet

Getting to Know Dr. Jay Wortman

My Big Fat Diet - Aim High, Think Big, Score One More!

Dr J Wortman's blog

Next, was a link that was sent to me by the website owner. They are putting together a database of peoples reviews on their experiences taking various supplements and medications and asked me nicely if I would link to it if I found it of value. I think this could have a lot of promise but on my brief look there was one aspect that bothered me. It seemed that people that wrote reviews were being paid, this must cost the owner a lot of money which brings me to my concern, how does he plan to pay for that? The first thought that comes to mind is advertising by manufacturers of said supplements? This could bring a potential bias?

Who knows, I could be totally way off the mark as I have only had a quick look, but if this isn't an issue then I think this could be a really good tool:

Substance Reviews

Then, there is a blog post that was bought to my attention by Laura and that is a post by PJ which I thought a lot of folk would connect with:

A Dose of Sanity

This one was shared by BG (Bamagal) which I simply have no words for, you will see what I mean:

Alarm as dolls get breast implants in 'Miss Bimbo' game

A couple of interesting articles shared by Nat:

Gluten and rheumatoid arthritis

Research review: Crosstalk between estrogen and leptin signalling in the hypothalamus

Plus a couple of interesting articles on Science Daily:

Can Allergic Reactions To Soy Be Overcome Through Fermentation?

Tendon Complications, Though Rare, Linked To Statins, Study Shows

Link Between Pesticides And Parkinson's Strengthened With Family Study

Teenage Risk-taking: Teenage Brains Really Are Different From Child Or Adult Brains

Plus, if you are interested in the one above, you may be interested in this old one that I found some time back:

Feelings Matter Less To Teenagers, Neuroscientist Says

Oh and that reminds me, another interesting article that Malcolm shared on our forum:

The "Fat-Free Fallacy:" Is It Obesity's Great Enabler?

Oh and last but not least, here's a funny article that popped up on yahoo as I went to check my mail earlier :)

Naked NZ cop nabs would-be car thief

Oh, and how could I forget the latest kimkins video, I haven't had time to watch it yet, but it is supposed to be very good. I am hoping to be linking to the 30minute one so if this is shorter please let me know and I will hunt the link down again!

Headline Legal News: Kimkins Diet Scandal | John E. Tiedt of The Law Office of

There have been heaps of great articles about recently so I have probably forgotten a bunch from the many interruptions just writing this post but I think there is more then enough already :)


Friday, March 14, 2008



As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words...

LC Dave showed me this and straight away I posted it in an aspartame thread we have going then later though I should share it here too. I don't know how legit this is and I never did ask Dave how he came across this. I couldn't see any contact info and when checking their domain they were using domain proxy but, if this is true...

According to this website the rats took aspartame to the human equivalent to less then 1 diet coke a day! :eek:

Read about it yourself here: MY ASPARTAME EXPERIMENT


Thursday, February 21, 2008

Anyone heard of Clinifast?

If you think kimkins has the potential to be very dangerous...

I just came across this today and all I can say is what the...???

One of Clinifast's great products is called Ultra. It is designed for many uses including meal replacement shakes. One serving of Ultra has only 45 calories, 11 grams of protein and only 1 carb!

Correct me if I am wrong but a meal replacement shake is when you replace an entire meal with it, yes? So, what they are suggesting is that you replace say a typical 500 calorie diet meal with one that doesn't even come up to 50 calories and only a measly 11 grams of protein???

This is the blog here called living the low carb life... yeah right, since when were protein shake meal replacements a low carb life??? clinifast

Has anyone done this?

For those new here, considering this diet, I would highly suggest you check out my kimkins posts and the kimkins links to the right as well as check out some of the research into the health risks of very low calorie diets, particularly shake diets.


Treating Epilepsy in Adults with Low Carb

We have all been reminded in the press lately about the benefits of a ketogenic diet in the treatment of children with epilepsy.

Well today I just spotted this new abstract for a study on treating Adults with Epilepsy with a modified Atkins diet, which I thought was good to see as you never see it recommended for adults. I thought I'd share here, as I add it to my low carb research page :)

A Prospective Study of the Modified Atkins Diet for Intractable Epilepsy in Adults

Eric H. Kossoff, Hannah Rowley, Saurabh R. Sinha, and Eileen P. G. Vining

Purpose: The ketogenic diet is not typically offered to adults with epilepsy due to the significant lifestyle alterations needed for its use. The modified Atkins diet has been recently demonstrated to be therapeutic for children without the need for an admission, fasting period, weighing of foods, or fluid, calorie, and protein restriction.

A prospective, open-label study was performed of adults over 18 years of age, having at least weekly seizures and prior use of at least two anticonvulsants. Carbohydrates were initially restricted to 15 g/day, fats were encouraged, and fluids, protein, and calories were allowed ad lib.

Thirty patients, with age ranging from 18 to 53 years, were enrolled. Using an intent-to-treat analysis, 47% had a >50% seizure reduction after 1 and 3 months on the diet; 33% after 6 months. In those with seizure reduction, the median time to improvement was 2 weeks (range: 1–8 weeks). The mean weight loss was 6.8 kg, p < 0.001. Body-mass index (BMI) decrease correlated with efficacy at 3 months, p = 0.03. Ten subjects (30%) discontinued the diet prior to 3 months. Side effects included increased cholesterol (mean 187 to 201 mg/dL), blood urea nitrogen (BUN; 13 to 16 mg/dL), and urine calcium to creatinine ratio (0.14 to 0.19).

Conclusions: A modified Atkins diet appears to demonstrate preliminary efficacy for adults with intractable epilepsy, especially in those who lost weight. Considering the rapid response in those who improved, but somewhat high discontinuation rate, a 2-month trial period may be adequate to assess for efficacy.

Kossoff et al, A Prospective Study of the Modified Atkins Diet for Intractable Epilepsy in Adults. Epilepsia. 2008 Feb;49(2):316-9.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Apology to Australian Aborigines

I wanted to share this with my non Aussie readers. Our new Prime Minister apologised to our Aborigines today for the stolen generations. I have always felt sorry for them since I was a kid because of how we invaded their country and treated them, but only until a few years ago I never knew we were stealing their kids. It's not exactly something they taught you in school history lessons!

What is worse is that, this is pretty recent, Aborigines my age and even younger were stolen from their families up until the mid 70's, I find that all very barbaric and disgusting. There was a touching movie called Rabbit-Proof Fence that I think everyone should see.

Of course, this has been very controversial with our previous Prime Minister refusing to apologise. Frankly, I don't see the big deal, regardless of what this may mean compensation wise, what our previous governments and people involved did was wrong, very, very, wrong and we should say that to them, give them that validation for what happened to them. I know, I sure as heck will never understand why this happened and I am not Aboriginal!

Our opposition leader then did an apology speech and I wish he never spoke, he turned it into a speech about our good intentions back then and how now there are some horrible things such as the raping of young children happening in the Aboriginal communities up north. Yes it is something that desperately needs to be addressed but not today. Today is a day where we apologise for non Aboriginal people committing such crimes.

Here's a few quotes I found on a page showing children's experiences during that time. There is much worse but this is a "G" rated blog:

"Y'know, I can remember we used to just talk lingo. [In the Home] they used to tell us not to talk that language, that it's devil's language. And they'd wash our mouths with soap. We sorta had to sit down with Bible language all the time. So it sorta wiped out all our language that we knew." Confidential evidence 170, South Australia: woman taken from her parents with her 3 sisters when the family, who worked and resided on a pastoral station, came into town to collect stores; placed at Umewarra Mission.

"If we got letters, you'd end up with usually `the weather's fine', `we love you' and `from your loving mother' or whatever. We didn't hear or see what was written in between. And that was one way they kept us away from our families. They'd turn around and say to you, `See, they don't care about you'. Later on, when I left the home, I asked my mother, `How come you didn't write letters?' She said, 'But we did'. I said, `Well, we never got them'. We were all rostered to do work and one of the girls was doing Matron's office, and there was all these letters that the girls had written back to the parents and family - the answers were all in the garbage bin. And they were wondering why we didn't write. That was one way they stopped us keeping in contact with our families. Then they had the hide to turn around and say, `They don't love you. They don't care about you'." Confidential evidence 450, New South Wales: woman removed at 2 years in the 1940s, first to Bomaderry Children's Home, then to Cootamundra Girls' Home; now working to assist former Cootamundra inmates.

"I remember this woman saying to me, `Your mother's dead, you've got no mother now. That's why you're here with us'. Then about two years after that my mother and my mother's sister all came to The Bungalow but they weren't allowed to visit us because they were black. They had to sneak around onto the hills. Each mother was picking out which they think was their children. And this other girl said, `Your mother up there'. And because they told me that she was dead, I said, `No, that's not my mother. I haven't got a black mother'." Confidential evidence 544, Northern Territory: woman removed to The Bungalow, Alice Springs, at 5 years in the 1930s; later spent time at Croker Island Mission.

"They changed our names, they changed our religion, they changed our date of birth, they did all that. That's why today, a lot of them don't know who they are, where they're from. We've got to watch today that brothers aren't marrying sisters; because of the Government. Children were taken from interstate, and they were just put everywhere." Confidential evidence 450, New South Wales.

"I grew up sadly not knowing one Aboriginal person and the view that was given to me was one of fear towards [my] people. I was told not to have anything to do with them as they were dirty, lived in shabby conditions and, of course, drank to excess. Not once was I told that I was of Aboriginal descent. I was told that with my features I was from some Island and they [foster family] knew nothing of my family or the circumstances." Confidential submission 483, South Australia: woman removed to a children's home at 18 months in the 1960s and subsequently fostered by the caretakers.

"When I was 14 years old and going to these foster people, I remember the welfare officer sitting down and they were having a cup of tea and talking about how they was hoping our race would die out. And that I was fair enough, I was a half-caste and I would automatically live with a white person and get married. Because the system would make sure that no-one would marry an Aborigine person anyhow. And then my children would automatically be fairer, quarter-caste, and then the next generation would be white and we would be bred out. I remember when she was discussing this with my foster people, I remember thinking - because I had no concept of what it all meant - I remember thinking, `That's a good idea, because all the Aborigines are poor" Confidential evidence 613, New South Wales: woman removed to Bomaderry Children's Home as a baby in the 1940s; foster placement organised from Cootamundra broke down after 17 months and she was then placed in various work situations.

... the consistent theme for post-removal memories is the lack of love, the strict, often cruel, treatment by adults, the constantly disparaging remarks about Aboriginality - and the fact that the child should be showing more gratitude for having been taken from all that - and of course, the terrible loneliness and longing to return to family and community. Some commented that "I thought I was in a nightmare". "I couldn't work out what I'd done wrong to deserve this". "It was like being in prison". "It was very strict - you weren't allowed to do anything" (submission 20 page 6).

"There was no food, nothing. We was all huddled up in a room ... like a little puppy-dog ... on the floor ... Sometimes at night time we'd cry with hunger, no food ... We had to scrounge in the town dump, eating old bread, smashing tomato sauce bottles, licking them. Half of the time the food we got was from the rubbish dump" Confidential evidence 549, Northern Territory: man removed to Kahlin Compound at 3 years in the 1930s; subsequently placed at The Bungalow.

"I've seen girls naked, strapped to chairs and whipped. We've all been through the locking up period, locked in dark rooms. I had a problem of fainting when I was growing up and I got belted every time I fainted and this is belted, not just on the hands or nothing. I've seen my sister dragged by the hair into those block rooms and belted because she's trying to protect me ... How could this be for my own good? Please tell me." Confidential evidence 8, New South Wales: woman removed to Cootamundra Girls' Home in the 1940s.

Girls were more at risk than boys. For girls in particular the risk of sexual assault in a foster placement was far greater than in any other.

Almost one in ten boys and just over one in ten girls allege they were sexually abused in a children's institution.

"We were totally isolated in the Home. You never knew anything of the outside world. We didn't know if that was right or wrong. Every time I knew she was coming, when matron was going on holidays, I would beg to matron not to go, because I knew she'd be there. She was always there - in my life, in my life in the Home. Her bedroom used to open out onto the dormitory ... I'd hear my name being called ... It was always me ... One night I hid under the bed. I held onto the bed and she pulled me out and flogged me with the strap. She is my biggest memory of that home." Confidential evidence 10, Queensland: NSW woman removed to Cootamundra Girls' Home in the 1940s.

"When I was at Castledare I was badly interfered with by one of those brothers. I still know the room [in the church]. I was taken, selectively taken, and I was interfered with by one of those brothers. And if you didn't respond in a way, then you were hit, you were hit. I never told anyone that." Confidential evidence 679, Western Australia: man removed at birth in the 1940s.

"I ran away because my foster father used to tamper with me and I'd just had enough. I went to the police but they didn't believe me. So she [foster mother] just thought I was a wild child and she put me in one of those hostels and none of them believed me - I was the liar. So I've never talked about it to anyone. I don't go about telling lies, especially big lies like that." Confidential evidence 214, Victoria: woman removed at 7 years in the 1960s.

"I led a very lost, confused, sad, empty childhood, as my foster father molested me. He would masturbate in front of me, touch my private parts, and get me to touch his. I remember once having a bath with my clothes on `cause I was too scared to take them off. I was scared of the dark `cause my foster father would often come at night. I was scared to go to the outside toilet as he would often stop me on the way back from the toilet. So I would often wet the bed `cause I didn't want to get out of bed. I was scared to tell anyone `cause I once attempted to tell the local Priest at the Catholic church and he told me to say ten Hail Mary's for telling lies. So I thought this was how `normal' non-Aboriginal families were. I was taken to various doctors who diagnosed me as `uncontrollable' or `lacking in intelligence'." Confidential submission 788, New South Wales: woman removed at 3 years in 1946; experienced two foster placements and a number of institutional placements.

It has been known for years that these unfortunate people are exploited. Girls of 12, 14 and 15 years of age have been hired out to stations and have become pregnant. Young male aborigines who have been sent to stations receive no payment for their services ... Some are paid as little as sixpence a week pocket money and a small sum is retained on their behalf by the Board. In some instances they have difficulty later in recovering that amount from the Board (quoted in NSW Government submission page 41).

One NSW employer pursued her servant's former employer with rape charges. `In 1940 she arranged for a state ward formerly in her charge to sue her [previous] employer for assault' (Read 1994 page 8). This servant, a Koori girl of only 16 at the time the allegations were made public, had been raped by her previous employer. This was confirmed by two subsequent medical examinations. Nevertheless, the Aborigines Protection Board officials to whom the matter was reported `accused the girl of being a "sexual maniac" who had lived with "dozens of men" ` (Hankins 1982 page 4.6.6). In 1941 this young woman was `committed to Parramatta Mental Hospital where she remained for 21 years until the authorities discharged her as having no reason to remain' (Read 1994 page 8). No charges were ever laid against her attacker.

In WA even the Chief Protector himself recognised the sufferings of many of the children he had placed `in service'.

"A good home with a kindly mistress is heaven to a coloured girl of the right type, yet failures are often due to the attitude of employers and their families. It does not help matters much to have the children in a family refer to their mother's coloured help as a `dirty black nigger' or a `black bitch' - such are amongst the complaints that the girls used to bring to me. One lad told me that when he asked for his wages, the Boss said, `What does a black -- like you want with money, you ought to be shot' ... I must confess that as regards some of the homes I personally visited, I could not blame the employee, indeed I felt like apologising to him for being the means of placing him in such a position" (Neville 1947 page 190).

"We didn't have a clue where we came from. We thought the Sisters were our parents. They didn't tell anybody - any of the kids - where they came from.Babies were coming in nearly every day. Some kids came in at two, three, four days old - not months - but days. They were just placed in the home and it was run by Christian women and all the kids thought it was one big family. We didn't know what it meant by `parents' cause we didn't have parents and we thought those women were our mothers.

When you got to a certain age - like I got to 10 years old ... they just told us we were going on a train trip ... We all lined up with our little ports [school cases] with a bible inside. That's all that was in the ports, see. We really treasured that - we thought it was a good thing that we had something... the old man from La Perouse took us from Sydney - well actually from Bomaderry to Kinchela Boys' Home. That's when our problems really started - you know!

This is where we learned that we weren't white.

First of all they took you in through these iron gates and took our little ports [suitcases] off us. Stick it in the fire with your little bible inside. They took us around to a room and shaved our hair off ... They gave you your clothes and stamped a number on them... They never called you by your name; they called you by your number. That number was stamped on everything.

If we answered an attendant back we were `sent up the line'. Now I don't know if you can imagine, 79 boys punching the hell out of you - just knuckling you. Even your brother, your cousin." Confidential evidence 436, New South Wales.

"They [foster family] started to get very nasty towards me. Every time I would sit down at the table for meals [they] would always have something to say to me: about my manners at the table, how to sit, how to chew, how to eat, when to eat. If I would make a mistake they would pull my hair bending my head until it hurt. I would cry saying sorry. I couldn't understand them. It seemed like I was always in the wrong. I started to feel very uncomfortable. I kept crying and thinking about my family. I wanted to go home. I was sick and tired of this sort of life. I hated it. I was very upset with this family. I couldn't even see anybody to tell them what was happening. A lady from the welfare came to see me. I told her how I was feeling. She just took no notice of me and done her reports saying I was very happy with [them]. I just had to put up with it all. So one day I went to Port Adelaide and stole a pocket knife from one of the stores just so I could get into trouble and leave this family." Confidential evidence 253, South Australia: man removed at 7 years in the 1950s; his second foster family treated him well and assisted his reunion with his natural father.

"I was very fortunate that when I was removed, I was with very loving and caring parents. The love was mutual ... My foster mother used to take me and my sister to town. Mum used to always walk through Victoria Square and say to us, `Let's see if any of these are your uncles'. My sister and I used to get real shamed. I used to go home and cry because I used to get so frightened and could never understand why my mum would do this to us, when it made us upset. Only when I was near 29 did I realise why ... I know my foster parents were the type of people that always understood that I needed to know my roots, who I was, where I was born, who my parents were and my identity ... I remember one day I went home to my foster father and stated that I had heard that my natural father was a drunk. My foster father told me you shouldn't listen to other people: `You judge him for yourself, taking into account the tragedy, that someday you will understand'." Confidential submission 252, South Australia: woman fostered at 4 years in the 1960s.

"The authorities said I was removed from my parents so I could receive an education but the fact is the nuns never gave me that education. I didn't receive an education. I was very neglected." Quoted by WA Aboriginal Legal Service submission 127 on page 49.

"I don't know who decided to educate the Aboriginal people but the standard was low in these mission areas. I started school at the age of eight at grade 1, no pre-school. I attended school for six years, the sixth year we attended grade 4, then after that we left school, probably 14 years old." Confidential submission 129, Queensland: man removed to Cherbourg in the 1940s.

What education was provided generally aimed at completion of their schooling at the level achieved by a ten year old child in the State education system. It emphasised domestic science and manual training, thus preparing the children for a future as menial workers within the government or mission communities or as cheap labour in the wider community (Loos and Osanai 1993 page 20).

"I finished school in fifth grade. I think I was 17. I did alright at school but they wouldn't allow us to go on. They wouldn't allow us to be anything. I would have liked to be a nurse or something but when I finished school they sent me to work as a domestic on stations." Confidential submission 277, Queensland: woman removed at 7 years in 1934 to the dormitory on Palm Island.
Fifth grade here is primary school...

"I wanted to be a nurse, only to be told that I was nothing but an immoral black lubra, and I was only fit to work on cattle and sheep properties ... I strived every year from grade 5 up until grade 8 to get that perfect 100% mark in my exams at the end of each year, which I did succeed in, only to be knocked back by saying that I wasn't fit to do these things ... Our education was really to train us to be domestics and to take orders." Confidential submission 109, Queensland: woman removed at 5 years in 1948 to the dormitory on Palm Island.

"I was the best in the class, I came first in all the subjects. I was 15 when I got into 2nd year and I wanted to ... continue in school, but I wasn't allowed to, because they didn't think I had the brains, so I was taken out of school and that's when I was sent out to farms just to do housework." Woman removed to Cootamundra, NSW, quoted by Hankins 1982 on page 4.2.5.

"They sent me when I was 16 from Parramatta Girls' Home out to M, a property 137 miles from Nyngan. We never had a holiday. We weren't allowed to go into town with them. If you did go in or go anywhere and you saw any Aboriginal people, you weren't allowed to speak to them. So you had to live that isolated life. We never, ever got our wages or anything like that. It was banked for us. And when we were 21 we were supposed to get this money, you see. We never got any of that money ever. And that's what I wonder: where could that money have went? Or why didn't we get it?" Confidential evidence 11, Queensland: NSW woman removed to Cootamundra at 2 or 3 years in the 1940s, spending the ages of 13-16 in Parramatta Girls' Home.

"[Chief Protector] Neville got our money. We were working on a station. Some of them worked six or seven years. And the money come down here to that office here in Wellington St [Perth]. When I finished up, coming back from the Territory, I told who I was and I said, `There's money supposed to be here'. I got 30 shillings - one pound ten - a red, white and blue blanket, and a pass to the Settlement [Moore River]. I said, `Hey, I don't want your pass to the Settlement. I can go to the Settlement. That's my home'."Confidential evidence 333, Western Australia: man removed to Sister Kate's Orphanage in 1933 and probably working during the 1940s.

It has been argued that early loss of a mother or prolonged separation from her before age 11 is conducive to subsequent depression, choice of an inappropriate partner, and difficulties in parenting the next generation. Anti-social activity, violence, depression and suicide have also been suggested as likely results of the severe disruption of affectional bonds (Australian Association of Infant Mental Health submission 699 page 3 citing Bowlby 1988 page 174; supported by Dr Nick Kowalenko, Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Royal North Shore Hospital, NSW, evidence 740).

"I remember when my sister come down and visited me and I was reaching out. There was no-one there. I was just reaching out and I could see her standing there and I couldn't tell her that I'd been raped. And I never told anyone for years and years. And I've had this all inside me for years and years and years. I've been sexually abused, harassed, and then finally raped, y'know, and I've never had anyone to talk to about it ... nobody, no father, no mother, no-one. We had no-one to guide us. I felt so isolated, alienated. And I just had no-one. That's why I hit the booze. None of that family bonding, nurturing - nothing. We had nothing." Confidential evidence 248, South Australia: woman removed as a baby in the 1940s to Colebrook; raped at 15 years in a work placement organised by Colebrook.

"There's still a lot of unresolved issues within me. One of the biggest ones is I cannot really love anyone no more. I'm sick of being hurt. Every time I used to get close to anyone they were just taken away from me. The other fact is, if I did meet someone, I don't want to have children, cos I'm frightened the welfare system would come back and take my children. Confidential evidence 528, New South Wales: man removed at 8 years in the 1970s; suffered sexual abuse in both the orphanage and foster homes organised by the church. It's wrecking our relationship and the thing is that I just don't trust anybody half the time in my life because I don't know whether they're going to be there one minute or gone the next." Confidential evidence 379, South Australia: woman fostered at 9 years in the 1970s.

"When I first met my mother - when I was 14 - she wasn't what they said she was. They made her sound like she was stupid, you know, they made her sound so bad. And when I saw her she was so beautiful. Mum said, `My baby's been crying' and she walked into the room and she stood there and I walked into my - I walked into my mother and we hugged and this hot, hot rush just from the tip of my toes up to my head filled every part of my body - so hot. That was my first feeling of love and it only could come from my mum. I was so happy and that was the last time I got to see her. When my mum passed away I went to her funeral, which is stupid because I'm allowed to go see her at her funeral but I couldn't have that when she requested me. They wouldn't let me have her." Confidential evidence 139, Victoria: removed 1967; witness's mother died two years after their first and only meeting.

And then, you have their families, having your child(ren) ripped away from you, it must have been so devastating, how could you live with something like that.

The interesting thing was that he was such a great provider ... He was a great provider and had a great name and a great reputation. Now, when this intrusion occurred it had a devastating impact upon him and upon all those values that he believed in and that he put in place in his life which included us, and so therefore I think the effect upon Dad was so devastating. And when that destruction occurred, which was the destruction of his own personal private family which included us, it had a very strong devastating effect upon him, so much so that he never ever recovered from the trauma that had occurred ...
Progressively the shattering effect continued in my father's life to the point that he couldn't see the sense in reuniting the family again. He had lost all confidence as a parent and as an adult in having the ability to be able to reunite our family. Confidential evidence 265, Victoria: woman removed with her sisters from their father and grandmother in the 1960s.

Mum was kidnapped. My grandfather was away working at the time, and he came home and found that his kids had been taken away, and he didn't know nothing about it. Four years later he died of a broken heart. He had a breakdown and was sent to Kew [Psychiatric] Hospital. He was buried in a pauper's grave and on his death certificate he died of malnutrition, ulcers and plus he had bedsores. He was 51. Confidential evidence 143, Victoria.

I remember my Aunty, it was her daughter that got taken. She used to carry these letters around with her. They were reference letters from the white fellas in town ... Those letters said she was a good, respectable women ... She judged herself and she felt the community judged her for letting the welfare get her child ... She carried those letters with her, folded up, as proof, until the day she died. Quoted by Link-Up submission 186 on page 21.

Professor Beverley Raphael told the Inquiry,
"Part of the reaction to being traumatised, like suddenly having your child torn away from you, is what we call a high level of arousal ... that heightened arousal can stay on a heightened level with physiological responsiveness for the rest of one's life ... so that people are aroused, alert. And one reason they take alcohol and other substances is often to dampen this down and they don't know its cause" (evidence 658).

"My parents were continually trying to get us back. Eventually they gave up and started drinking. They separated. My father ended up in jail. He died before my mother. On her death bed she called his name and all us kids. She died with a broken heart." Confidential submission 106, New South Wales: woman removed at 11 months in the late 1950s with her three siblings; children fostered in two separate non-Indigenous families.

"It has left me sick, also my son sick too, never to be the same people again that we were before, being separated from one another, it has made our lives to be nothing on this earth. My sons and myself went through a lot of pain and heartbreak. It's a thing that I'll never forget until I die, it will always be in my mind that the Welfare has ruined my thinking and my life. I felt so miserable and sad and very unhappy, that I took to drinking after they took my sons. I thought there was nothing left for me." Confidential submission 338, Victoria.

"I often used to ask my foster mother who she was, this old lady who would come to the gate, and the answer I always got was, `She is some silly old black woman'." Confidential evidence 56, Tasmania: man removed 1930s; his grandmother died before he was able to find her.

"I was there for 16 years and I was brainwashed every day of the week. You never go near Blacks. Your people don't want you anyway. They're just dirty. They don't want anything to do with you ... We were playing in the schoolyard and this old black man came to the fence. I could hear him singing out to me and my sister. I said to [my sister], `Don't go. There's a black man'. And we took off. It was two years ago I found out that was my grandfather. He came looking for us. I don't know when I ever stopped being frightened of Aboriginal people. I don't know when I even realised I was Aboriginal. It's been a long hard fight for me." Confidential evidence 10, Queensland: NSW woman removed 1940s and placed in Cootamundra Girls' Home

On that note I wish to also say I am very sorry to the stolen generations and their families...

Thursday, January 31, 2008

If you have Diabetes 2 you're screwed...

Okay that may seem harsh but after reading this you may not think so.

Granted I am not talking about those whom are using lifestyle changes consisting of diet and exercise, specifically low carbohydrate diets, but after reading this I wonder how many actually do.

I am referring to this diabetes 2 case vignette, I was just reading on The New England Journal of Medicine website where doctors are given a case study for a 51 year old lady seeking advice on managing her diabetes. They are given 3 treatment options and are then asked to vote on and discuss these options.

None of these options are lifestyle changes, not only that, out of all the replies, there's barely a mention, though I did see a couple of doctors question the pharmaceutical influence of these options. Low carb and weight loss through lifestyle changes are mentioned a couple of times but considering the amount of comments by doctors there you're looking at maybe a couple of percent that were for diet and exercise.

What is worse, is that the majority of the doctors don't seem to be very confident in the safety of these drugs besides insulin, yet due to their patients not wanting insulin injections, they are recommending them anyway instead of lifestyle changes or a combination there of that includes diet and exercise.

There was one doctor that not only recommended a plethora of drugs but he also chucked a statin in there as well???

Now, I am no expert on this nor am a a doctor, neither I or anyone in my close family have diabetes, I am simply a fellow low carber with an opinion *wink*

Am I right to be disgusted and horrified by reading that?

For those that haven't read this article yet, this one is really good and shows where I am coming from:

The Cure for Diabetes