about high-fat/low-carb diets
you would like more information, I will be happy to provide you with it.
I can also send you a book, Homo Optimus, which is an English
translation of the original book in Polish "Dieta Optymalna".
today I have visited one of my friends in Brisbane who after 3 cardiac
infarcts has almost totally recovered (within 11 months on diet and
without any pharmacological intervention) his cardiac function. Over the
last three days I was able to observe a 48 y.o. male, with what was
diagnosed as Parkinson's disease, but looks more like a ALS, who after
not even a week on the optimal diet has improved markedly his posture
and has regained much of the strength in his hands. I could
go on, but it is pointless, since the likely hood of you believing
in whatever I say is close to nil. Funny thing is that just a
jump over the water, you could see some of it for yourself. If you
are interested the place to visit would be Jastrzebia Gora, near Gdynia.
-It is a pity that JK won't publish his results in peer-reviewed journals. Certainly, it is true that his papers may be rejected by most of them but you have to be persistent. I know from my own experience. My main research since more than 25 years has been devoted to the association between glomerulonephritis and hydrocarbon exposure (a popular-scientific review is available on www.ravnskov.nu/index.htm). The association has not yet been accepted by the nephrologic community but certainly by many specialists in occupational medicine. And although each of my papers were rejected on average by 4-5 journal editors I have eventually published more than twenty papers in that area, many of them in major medical journals. (You will find a list of the publications by clicking on "About the author" from the mentioned site).
many thousands of people claim that they have invented miracle cures for
everything. However, it is not a good argument that you have seen many
patients being cured by the miracle treatment because most diseases heal
by themselves without the help of physicians or other health care
providers, and many diseases may disappear spontaneously to come back at
a later time (MS is a typical example). There is only one way to
convince the rest of the world: the controlled clinical trial. Tell him
-Perhaps I should have started my first massage with a proper introduction. You see, apart from having gained a doctorate in pharmacology and a postgraduate diploma in OH&S (with a major emphasis on epidemiology of an occupational disease), I happen to work for TGA (kind of an FDA equivalent in Australia) as an evaluator of pre-clinical and lately clinical studies. Therefore, I am well aware of the value of well designed and executed clinical study. I am also aware of many problems associated with a conduct of such studies. It is well known that a large portion of published clinical studies are poorly constructed and are full of biases. On top of that as many as 50% of them (according to a visiting FDA fraud investigator) are simply fraudulent - many without any results. This is particularly the case in clinical studies, not so much in pre-clinical ones.
back to JK miraculous diet.
recently I have never seen a person recover from Type I diabetes nor
have there been any such cases in clinical studies ever published. Similarly,
I've never met a person whose heart has markedly decreased in
size (cardiomyopathic hypertrophy) and cardiac performance has returned
to normal after a total withdrawal of medication. Also I
do not recall a single case of permanent remission of MS ever published
in a clinical study. Yet the cases like these and similar have been
happening for the last 30 or so years, initially in Poland and now in
other countries. I know the first two described cases personally,
they both live in Sydney. The MS patient is himself a medic with a PhD
who lives and treats patients with the optimal diet in Katowice. If you
wish I can get his phone number so you can check this claim yourself.
is it not obvious to you that in order to conduct a clinical study, one
has to obtain approvals from certain governmental bodies, cooperation of
other ones, help from colleagues, and finally funding from somewhere.
And who, may I ask, will fund this type of study. As I have said
before, a single clinical study was completed using 60 males with
atherosclerotic heart disease in the late 80's. It was funded by the
government and supervised by a group of eminent professors. The
results, although very positive, were never published and a further, properly controlled study was never allowed to
happen. There are currently some steps taken to publish these results - we may
what we have now are thousands of single cases of treated and in most
cases cured individuals. These of course can be constructed into a
kind of a cohort and reported as a kind of a prospective study, but knowing the peer-review system such an attempt would be
attacked by all experts, and never allowed to be published. These
are the realities of today's so called science.
to illustrate with a good example, you may want to go to www.pslgroup.com/dg/10786A.htm
and see for yourself the report of a similar dietary approach in the US
in a treatment of diabetes Type II. Apart from that media release
from ENDO 99 conference, the results of this prospective study have
never been published. I do have Dr Hays's e-mail if you wish to
contact him about that study.
what about the recent reports of digitalis anticancer activity by
J. Haux from Norway and a group from Sweden. Apparently, this
information was available to us for taking a long time ago, but was
always treated as unbelievable and not worthy a trial. Americans
have screened digitalis and found no activity! Thus, it
looks like Scandinavia is the only region were this type of expose is
allowed to happen these days.
that note, I hope you realise that there is something more to J.K's
approach than just some inflated claim. You are clearly, judging
by your stand on diet and other issues, a person with an open and very
acute mind. That is why I decided to approach you. Should
you wish to expand your knowledge in the area of dietary treatment of
diseases I will be happy to assist you. If not, I thank you for
if a high-fat diet can cure type I diabetes, Jk has a great
responsibility to give this message to the medical community. I am
absolutely confident that a well- written paper, reporting completely
recovery from proven type I diabetes on a high-fat diet in say
five or ten patients, will be accepted by most medical journals, at
least non-American. To publish such a paper, based on meticulous
records of his own patients, needs no approval from any university or
any group of professors. Neither is it necessary to include a control
group because I have never heard about patients with type I diabetes who
have recovered. This is simply an observation of Nobel Prize class.
regards MS this disease is most irregular, coming and disappearing with
intervals up to decades. A controlled trial is therefore necessary and I
realize that it will not be easy to perform such a study outside a
university. But again, tell him to start with diabetes type I only (and
ask him to remain quiet about his claims about other diseases - anyone
who claims that he has invented a cure for almost all diseases is seen
as highly suspect by the scientific community). If his results with this
disease can be reproduced by others he will have no problems with
funding or university support ever.
didn´t he publish his study about atheroscclerosis?
By the way, there is a doctor in Poland, Jan Kwasniewski, who treats heart disease very successfully with a diet that is 70% fat (as saturated as possible), 20% protein (mostly eggs) and 10% carbohydrate - by weight. He has a big following throughout the world among Polish-speaking expatriates. He is also successful with many other diseases such as stopping the progression of multiple sclerosis, and reversing it if it has not progressed too far. He doesn't speak English, unfortunately, although his son Tomasz does. Tomasz's e-mail address email@example.com. They have a website in Polish at http://www.optymalni.com/. Despite the limitations of his only speaking Polish, Jan could be a useful addition to this group. There is a very strong 'Optimal Nutrition' group in Australia. I know one of this group well. He is Bogdan Sikorski PhD, a toxicologist working for the Australian government in Canberra. He too could make a useful contribution. Bogdan's e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. Would you like me to contact them?
Dear skeptics, The information on the Polish doctor is very interesting, and I hope that some of his experiences may be related in a more widely spoken language (unfortunately, my grandfather's name does not mean that I speak the language). There is another doctor whom you might have heard about who has been using more or less the same approach for 40 years or so and who has had great success not only with heart disease, but also with a number of auto-immune diseases such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn's. His name is Wolfgang Lutz, the book title Leben ohne Brot, and an English edition can be found atwww.amazon.com. I use his book as recommended reading in a new nutrition course at a small college in Northern Norway (Harstad).
debate is very interesting. Some of you may know about the late Dr. Hans
A Nieper, who treated more than 1000 MS patients with considerable
success (Klenner did the same thing decades before him), others of the
experiment on an all-meat diet in 1928-9 by Vilhjalmur Stefansson, with
many publications demonstrating that this diet is quite feasible. Dr.
Lutz (Leben ohne Brot) reportet a 93% cure rate for ulcerative colitis
and over 80% of Morbus Crohn with a high-fat, high-protein diet, also
used successfully against a host of other diseases including CVD and MS
(36 cases, published in Wien. Klin. Wochenschr. 1961; 43). As known, the
Inuit seldom or ever experienced any of the mentioned diseases eating
75-80% fat, 20%+ protein and less than 5% carbs. Some of you may also be
familiar with dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution, in which he explains
how one may effectively reduce the insulin need for type I (but not 100%
down, himself having achieved an 80% reduction). A complete cure for
type I would be sensational, even if only a handful could be shown.
This debate is very interesting. Some of you may know about the late Dr. Hans A Nieper, who treated more than 1000 MS patients with considerable success (Klenner did the same thing decades before him), others of the experiment on an all-meat diet in 1928-9 by Vilhjalmur Stefansson, with many publications demonstrating that this diet is quite feasible. Dr. Lutz (Leben ohne Brot) reportet a 93% cure rate for ulcerative colitis and over 80% of Morbus Crohn with a high-fat, high-protein diet, also used successfully against a host of other diseases including CVD and MS (36 cases, published in Wien. Klin. Wochenschr. 1961; 43). As known, the Inuit seldom or ever experienced any of the mentioned diseases eating 75-80% fat, 20%+ protein and less than 5% carbs. Some of you may also be familiar with dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution, in which he explains how one may effectively reduce the insulin need for type I (but not 100% down, himself having achieved an 80% reduction). A complete cure for type I would be sensational, even if only a handful could be shown.
If references are of interest, let me know. Most of them can be found in the book by Lutz.
Dear All: I am the coauthor of the English version of "Life Without Bread" with Dr Lutz. In this book we present data on Dr. Lutz's clinical studies, but also explore many recent studies published worldwide. Every attempt was made to clearly show that fat is indeed a healthy food and that carbohydrates are the major dietary factor for poor health. We also focused on discussing many myths that exist (at least in the USA) regarding high-fat diets. In chapter one I attempted to reference as many books as I could that stress the benefit of low-carbohydrate high-fat diets. Some of the authors are part of this network (Uffe and Barry, for example). Unfortunately, many of the American writers tend to self-promote and not formally recognize others in the field. I tried desperately to avoid this, but I missed a couple of books.
What is most frustrating to me is that the people who control information actually have the audacity to repeatedly state that there is no evidence for a health benefit for low-carbohydrate diets. A quick and simple literature search with most web-based medical search engines shows an unlimited number of papers and studies supporting low-carbohydrate nutrition. It seems there is still a long way to go, but progress is made daily.
I do want to say that Dr. Lutz did an amazing job in his years as a researcher and physician. His studies are incredibly powerful, and they were a large part of my "crossover" from low-fat to low-carbohydrate. Once one experiences the myriad of health benefits individually, then any doubt that remained is washed away.
Uffe, Thanks for including that discussion with Bogdan Sikorski. Some of the work on type II diabetes has also been confirmed by a study on the Atkins diet (high fat, low carbs etc.) I thought that generally you were pretty restrained in your scepticism. Treating type I diabetes seems pretty far-fetched. My only thought was that, perhaps these were type II diabetics whose condition meant that they needed to use insulin (somewhat different from early manifestation type I).
As for MS - who knows. If Gluten can cause coeliac disease - basically a chronic immunological condition - removal of grain substances from the diet could lead to reduced inflammatory episodes in MS - in some way. Maybe people with MS are allergic to some type of cereal crop. Any suggestions? MS is more common in Northern Europe than Southern Europe. Do Scandinavians eat lots of oats? I know they do in Scotland (porridge oats, oatcakes, haggis etc.)
Dear Uffe and Skeptics I see that you (Uffe) know of Jan Kwasniewski and Bogdan Sikorski. I too am skeptical of people who claim to have panaceas. But, in this case, I am prepared to believe because all the diseases JK claims to be able to help are diseases of civilisation: diseases that are not contagious, were relatively rare until the beginning of the 20th-century and which rose dramatically during that century. We know that obesity, type 2 diabetes, ischaemia and some cancers have a similar aetiology in a diet too rich in carbohydrates. These are easily treated by a diet in which carbohydrates are replaced with fats. So it makes sense to me that diseases such as multiple sclerosis, another previously rare, if not unheard of, disease which appears to have a dietary fat dimension, may also be treated by dietary means.
Dag Viljen makes a number of relevant points about previous treatments of several diseases with a high-fat diet. I too have much experience in treating obesity along similar lines, hence my book with the title "Eat Fat, Get Thin!". I introduced Wolfgang Lutz to Jan Kwasniewski a couple of years ago. Wolfgang met him in Vienna last year and was so impressed with Jan that he has adopted Jan's dietary regime himself. Wolfgang is in Austria at present but I will see him in London in about three weeks' time and we will discuss this.
I see no problem with a 100% 'cure' for type 1 diabetes. If the patient does not eat foods that require insulin for their metabolism, surely, while that cannot really cure his diabetes, nevertheless, it effectively ends his problem and he can lead a normal life without need for drugs - which is indistinguishable from a cure.
the way, I am still curious - why wasn't the paper about the 60 men
Uffe,I think I already mentioned why the results of that study were not
But I can elaborate further. The study was fully paid by the ministry of
health and was conducted by soecially selected group of professors under
the direction of prof. Rafalski.
Below is his report as published in the book Homo Optimus