Keto Wars 2019 Affiliates beware of fasting and keto programs, the chop is coming

Last Update: January 09, 2019

2019 has kicked off in the health niche with a war on keto, and the keto proponents some of whose protein powders and books you see in this image seem to be amping up the volume in retaliation but don't be fooled by the loud noise they are making at the moment nor by the lucrative commissions on offer eg by David Jockers in his Fasting summit with the HTO platform because the health niche is divided with many doctors and researchers and patient testimonies coming out against keto now, many people have died or wrecked their metabolism and health.

David Jockers | irresponsible doctorpreneur?

David Jockers spent all last summit year saying how little his wife ate during pregnancy and after it to get in shape, her fasting lifestyle being suggested to other women 'to get in shape', and even here at WA we had Sandy attest to the death of a postpartum woman on keto. You think that is a coincidence that woman tried to eat like David Jocker's wife? Hell no, and don't get sucked into it as an affiliate marketer or health blogger when they eventually shut that guy up you do not want to be silenced alongside him.

It's only digital marketing has people like David Jockers and keto so prominent at the moment - but a huge lashback is building like a tsunami out there.

I've also noticed and called on him in the summits to reference his sources properly, it's plagiarism when you quote the work of others to make it look like your own - that is why people think he is good, they don't know when he is quoting someone else, and then he slips in some fad of his own and people are swallowing it whole. THAT is also how some of these guys have bloated out the size of their sites...his results won't be measured in monetary terms ulitmately but the fear of food, destruction and death out there caused by his positioning.

Saying No to Keto

The cover picture for my blog here was released this week by Chris Wark, as in Chris Beat Cancer - I'm no propenent of Chris, I'm not a vegan and I'm not religious the way he is, but he came out with an expose on keto from 'the research'. And by the end of 2018 the health niche was beginning to explode with angry practitioners and doctors against keto, at that time they were the minority voice being heard but in the wake of so much destruction out there that voice will be heard clearly in 2019, keto is going to get its assed kicked, you don't want yours kicked with it!

The Truth About The Truth About!

Disappointing to see the buddies and inner circles close ranks this week with Ty & Charlene of TTAC the truth about cancer affiliate program take sides with Josh Axe who has invested huge money in his own keto line of supplements - but that is the bottom line, he is a multimillion dollar doctorpreneur with millions invested in his new keto range and Ty boasts about being the highest paying affliate program out there paying out several millions each year - you think any of this is about 'truth'? To make it worse these guys never stop quoting either 'the research' or 'the scripture'! But 'Health Experts Academy', with a surprisingly similar sounding name to Brendon Burchards 'Experts Academy' named Josh Axe as a top multimillion dollar earner along with Dr. Eric Zielinksi as it enticed other doctors to become 'doctorpreneurs' with their training!

And how sad that good people with a good message are getting sucked into all this, you with your blogs, others in natural healing and practitioners and doctors with good protocols for cancer, but listen out to the protests:

- The Truth About Food is a book being written by David Katz exposing fads like keto, he is also hitting out at bloggers for not writing accurate content!

-The entire iThrive affiliate docuseries exposed keto

- my previous blog on keto listed a number of other voices deconstructing keto and fasting fads eg Dr Alan Christianson, Naveen Jain, Joel Furhman, add to that many others eg Joel Kahn https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/mozmary/blog/why-im-not-prom...

... many many things happening and coming along in 2019 to shake the dominant marketing position that keto held in 2018, get ahead of the game.

Will the health summits go down with keto?

    Well we are all fed up with doctorpreneurs, there's a brilliant article by Evan Alden in the Elephant Journal about how much she got messed around by all the summit speakers when she took them on as pracitioners in her own health journey. The summit model was invented by Brendon Burchard style marketing, they offer you $29.50 to say what they want you to say, they take your traffic, the doctors get so rich they launch their own line of supplements - you can't even make commissions on anything now!

    The Future of Summit Affiliate Programs

    1. If you were promoting them without being able to comment on the contents, and they sort of encourage that with their 'swipe copy' and humongous email lists all shooting the same fish in the same barrel, then that was never the model encouraged at WA and when they go down you'll be left with nothing.
    2. If you know how to engage the content and criticize it then you can work them to your advantage, if you know your niche and are not dependent on them. But if you have a conscience you will show your audience the fads and fallacies and the nuggets that sometimes are buried in there.

    Up till now I had been happy to share nuggets and guide people away from the dangers, but the thing has tipped in favor of too many bad things vs anything worthwhile, the doctorpreneurs have amped up their greed. We are all fed up with the same speakers saying the same contradictory things over and over.

    Why is it the same speakers at every summit no matter what the topic?

    Bottom line, digital marketing- belonging to the same mastermind group - Brendon Burchard and deviations from that initial model. The doctorpreneurs unfortunately are at a point of doing a lot of harm, I'd encourage you to resist the commissions and never copy or promote content you don't understand, don't use 'swipe copy' ie don't be told what to say for a fee, you are capable of better things.

    Interesting times ahead in the health niche. Let's hope for a better and safer audience centered 2019, ie good content ;)

    Mary

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    WaynePro Premium
    Wow, Mary, quite a fascinating post. Sorry for the delay. I am just getting back after being gone for a while recovering from some prostate cancer surgery. Before my surgery, I was on the intermittent fasting program for over a year and I really felt more healthy and alert than ever before. I am just getting back to the plan now that I have recovered from my surgery.

    All the best.

    Wayner
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    MozMary Premium
    it didn't prevent your need for the surgery though, whereas there are cancer nutritional programs out there

    Ocean Robbins spilled the beans on Josh Axe asking for $103 million dollars investment - Ty Bollinger jumped in and announced to us 'god had confirmed it was the right move' and now TTAC the 'truth' about cancer pushes keto whereas it never did before, in fact Max Gerson would turn in his grave and his therapy is core

    so be careful out there, you'd need to be taking functional lab tests and be monitored on that, often it's not the diet it's what you are not eating that makes you feel good, I keep getting injured people thanking me for speaking up
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    WaynePro Premium
    Thank you, Mary, for the excellent information. I will definitely take your advice.

    Wayne
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    Jimmyk16 Premium
    Great topic Mary

    It has taken me a hour to go through all of the posts listed so far, very interesting comments. Good to see people are interested in their health.

    There are some very good ketogenic speakers like Jimmy Moore and Steve Phinney, but they are not on the list of speakers. You can find them on the net or YouTube.

    As you know I am a type 2 diabetic and I have reduced my fasting glucose and A1c to the normal range. I also lost 35 lbs and 4 inches off of my waist. My diabetes is now in remission.

    That was going on almost 3 years ago and I am off of medication, metformin.

    Metformin/Glucophage use to make my stomach very queasy and I hated taking it and although it reduced blood sugar levels, the side effect are the result of metformin preventing nutrient absorption in the GI tract, which by itself can cause a whole host of symptoms. Not very good and probably doing a number on your liver and whatever else, like your kidneys.

    Type 2 diabetes is a dietary disease and can be controlled by diet. Junk in equals junk out.

    I have researched and experimented with Ketogenic, low carb and caloric reduction diets. I am now using the method that works for me and would work for the majority of insulin resistant and type 2 diabetics.

    With a bit of tweaking it could easily be perfected for anyone and it is not Ketogenic.

    The secret or no secret to doing so is to stop eating sugar and eating whole unprocessed natural food.

    Of course lets add in some exercise, stress reduction and 7 to 8 hours of sleep and you are good to go. I believe in fasting and do it everyday to keep my insulin in check.


    Cheers.

    Jimmy.
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    MozMary Premium
    Hi Jimmy, glad to hear you are getting good results with the whole foods.I see the old timers used to reverse diabetes with whole unprocessed food and no 'sugar' though the modern people expanded that to include a wide range of foods now. The old timers had a distinction between the foods for the healing phase and those for the maintenance phase having recovered. The modern docs don't really see a 'healing' phase, just one big drawn out management, at best.

    Dr Christopher used specific herbs to help the pancreas recover and people were able to get off even injecting insulin because they restored pancreatic function - something the docs aren't interested in unless it comes from some weird expensive research out there, afterall the berry involved can be got in people's back yard for free.

    As for fasting, well too open to interpretation - and too individual, not everyone does well on it for a bunch of reasons.

    Yes, some amazing comments here, worth the read!
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    trymetoday Premium
    Very enlightening post into keto, its affiliate products and doctorpreneors the latter a new term in my vocabulary, thank you for bringing this to our attention, the health and wellness industry in the UK was worth over 26 billion last year. Its a massive market if its one your in or interested in just be aware of checking the product carefully before taking the plunge. Best wishes if you do.
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    MozMary Premium
    Thanks Paul, wow 26 billion in the UK last year! Add that to the US and global markets, because they'll probably way outshadow even that!!!
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    Pastordna Premium
    Hi Mary,
    Though I'll admit that some of us knew little or nothing about keto but am happy that many of us in this Community are keen to know where things has gone OR about to go wrong and sound an arlerm on time. Thanks for your courage and insight. All of us may not have the same lens BUT I think you've done a nice job. Cheers!
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    MozMary Premium
    thanks for the encouraging words David! :)
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    sgregcrx Premium
    Keto fan here!

    Why? Because it works.

    It may not be the most healthy weight loss plan out there but it is incredibly effective while trying to shift pounds.

    I do not promote it at all, (travel Niche) even in friend groups and circles, but I am a proponent of the method personally and use it to lose the bulk of my winter weight, ready for race season (Triathlon) It's been used for decades by elite level sportsmen

    I respond very poorly to traditional dieting techniques, to the point of going to bed with hunger pains and headaches and have zero energy to train, and STILL not losing weight.

    With Keto, it FALLS off, and does so consistently allowing me to hit weights I can't even dream of without.

    If your goal is health and happiness, then steer clear from Keto, but if your one and only goal is weight loss, as is my case as being light pays incredible dividends with my sporting performance, then Keto is unbeatable.

    Of course, if your main point of this post is a warning against the Marketing of Keto then I agree, I don't think its a great thing to promote as I am unsure of the harm it is doing me on a deep Keto Cycle, I am willing to take the risk personally but would not suggest to others, especially not for financial gain when the liability would ramp up!
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    MozMary Premium
    there are monitors and tests you could be taking, many sports people take risks for the short term gains and glory, some triathletes are using it - obviously a healthy strong population to begin with - but the celebrity doctors and speakers and health niche gurus doing it run extensive tests on themselves regularly and yes they just tell everyone to do it without any checks in place, except the one they are bringing to the bank

    I found with natural medicine and proper detox i could eat a ton of food, it falls off, sometimes there could be one little thing standing in the way of that, a tweak somewhere...
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    sgregcrx Premium
    You are probably right, for me, it's an easy fix, and to be honest while it does work, in the short term, I always end up back where I started and have to go through the whole process again. It would be much easier to find a longer-term solution that keeps the weight off long term...

    Really that would have to involve giving up drinking long term, which is the real devil in my situation...
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    MozMary Premium
    at least you are honest about it - yes, we've had a number of people comment that those doing keto have something else they want to keep doing that is hard to give up.

    there are some people in the health world manage to still hang onto their wine, you might find a way to moderate drinking, even switching over to healthier versions of it eg organic, though really drinking sounds like more of a treat than a lifestyle and only after everything else is running smoothly

    Maybe as someone really into tough challenges you could conquer this challenge to achieve long lasting results, and health boosting in 2019 :)
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    TommyVTE Premium
    I am in the health niche and training my whole life and already 40 + years with weights. I did write a blog related to the pro and cons of a Keto diet and like you said to get rid of some weight nothing wrong with Keto, but I would not advice it for long term use.
    Have a great day
    Tommy
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    ExpatMark Premium
    As a licensed Personal Trainer and Nutritionist. I am also a Specialist in Exercise for Chronic diseases. I agree with you and Mary has some great points about people trying to make money off a good thing. Keto salts and similar products are unnatural and not good for the body over the long haul.
    Keto is NOT for everyone, and some of the products being pedaled by doctorpreneurs are not needed to get into Ketosis.
    Keto is the best diet for fast weight loss, but it is NOT a cure all. I could write a dozen books on people who have been clients of mine who threw away their statins, blood pressure meds, and seen remarkable progress with diabetics and people with chonic diseases.
    I eat Keto 6 days a week, then eat what I want on Sundays. Been doing it for 10 years. I am 57, my girlfriend 29. I just won an IronMan competition against people half my age, doing 167 miles in 5 days!

    Stress, sugar, and carbs are the real killers.

    Mark
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    sgregcrx Premium
    Erm an Ironman competition covers 140.6 miles and lasts 17 hours ....if you won it that would be closer to 7 hours ...
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    ExpatMark Premium
    It was Planet Fitness, or as I like to call them Planet Fatness. They do things a little differently. Like tootsie roll jar at check=in, pizza day, bagel day, lol. It was split into arc trainers and biking. No running. I don't do the running thing.

    Mark
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    sgregcrx Premium
    Yeah sorry you just picked the wrong guy to claim you had done an ironman too ...my profile pic is me on the finish chute of Ironman Copenhagen after 2.4mile swim 112mile bike and a 26.2mile marathon! All in a little over 11 hours none stop. I didn't win though ...

    But i do know what im talking about with diet, training and nutrition.

    But dont take anything I say to heart, I try very hard not to take training too seriously
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    ExpatMark Premium
    Is that your niche? Yeah, I may be just a bit old to do the 2.4 miles swim. Copenhagen on my to do list!

    MARK
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    sgregcrx Premium
    No, i do have a ironman website but dont activly post on it. I didn't really enjoy it much, I will resurrect it but not just yet. I am in the travel niche atm
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    MozMary Premium
    oh I'm not saying keto is a good thing sold wrong, the percentages of people doing well are small compared to those not doing well, too many deaths and damage and that includes Dr Michael Murray who was one of the fortunate ones to be able to measure himself from the beginning and not let things get too far You are lucky to be able to come off it for a day and have your body still functioning, I'm meeting experienced health peeps who couldn't come off it even for a day or their blood sugar went scary - they were healthy, not even ill people. And it took them months to fix their metabolism back to being able to metabolise food again - notice you are on it for years, could you achieve those results without it, as you don't really know what the long term result will be, keto is new. Vegans and vegetarians sometimes go 20 years before seeing longterm damage, then some don't have damage and are just lucky with it - but these summit speakers and doctorpreneurs definitely want to get everyone doing it.

    I know men your age doing iron man who don't do keto, they do them back to back and compete internationally, I think it suits older men actually

    You are right about the sugar and stress - I have seen people get all those results getting off meds and reversing illness without keto in fact just getting the sugar out and stress down they'll get a long way there - low hanging fruit!

    But carbs is a major food group, they aren't evil. I've reversed an 'incurable' illness while doing a full food and juice therapy that includes carbs, and some of these therapies are successful for reversing chronic diseases for over 100 years eg Gerson Therapy and Master Herbalism - and now the docs are saying 'the latest research' shows potatoes to be resistant starch and with such a long list of benefits they are considered a cure all - the population of Ireland doubled living on nothing but potatoes, the only health probs came with the new food industry and american foods
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    LouiseBT Premium
    Hi Mary

    Thank you for this interesting article. I am not planning any affiliate work in this sector at all but do have an interest in keto. It seems to me that the concept and successes of keto are being ruined by the high protein and supplements aspect. In South Africa we have Professor Tim Noakes who wrote the book The Real Meal Revolution and he has The Noakes Foundation.

    He has been taken to court and has won his case because his advice is sound, based on many years of scientific research. As you will notice from the name of the book, he supports eating real food, he goes as far to say "don't eat anything your grandmother wouldn't recognize" and he describes anything that is not real food as a "chemical sh!t storm".

    He does support getting the body into a state of ketosis (naturally) as research has proven this to be the best fat burning state for your body, it has assisted with reversing and / or controlling diabetes and improved the performance of athletes. As I said, he is a professor, he is also an athlete and diabetic himself.

    This is how Wiki describes him: "Timothy David Noakes is a South African scientist, and an emeritus professor in the Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine at the University of Cape Town. He is also a member of the National Research Foundation of South Africa, who list him as one of their highest-rated members"

    I am not in a state of ketosis, just don't have the will power to eat that way. The reason I am sharing this rather lengthy comment is for people who are in the market with their online businesses and may be looking for a healthy way to promote keto. Have a look at The Real Meal Revolution and Dr Tim Noakes - will be worth your while. I don't know if he has an affiliate program going though.

    All the best

    Blessings
    Louise
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    MozMary Premium
    No, there are others also promoting various forms of keto and I'm not impressed at all, Joe Mercola for one. He likes to take a ton of wheatgrass, and keeps his protein to 20g a day - he'll quote the latest research on mTOR pathways and you'll get another sports expert coming along promoting keto and the same research and preaching 30g of protein per meal - neither is correct and what a whale of a difference between 20g of protein per day and 90g of protein!

    I'm not impressed with academic titles, I'm from the academic world myself...

    And you've fallen into the trap of using the words 'fat burning state', these are very deceptive words designed to trick people into using keto for weightloss - take a look at LeonardGo's comment here where he very succinctly tells it as it is - you are changing the natural human metabolism over to burning fat instead of food carbs and sugars like it was designed to do, creating hell of a fear of real food in the process, and though the Mercolas and Noakes of this world may eat some real food for the most part they are very careful counting every restricted morsel they allow people to take...they have to, or they'll die.

    Keto is the body's survival mechanism for starvation, how many NFL players take the risk of Alzheimer's due to repeated concussions over the course of their career...all of them, they know what's coming. Same with pain killers and performing with injury. The sports worls are notorious for short term gains.

    Keto was initially for epilepsy as Sandy/Dragonfly10 has pointed out in my previous blog, but we have the ALS group now rejecting keto in favor of our natural metabolism and stabilising the most dangerous illness in the world by rejecting the current fad for 'brain health', on that note I've seen better results for reversing cognitive decline without keto though unfortunately the digital marketing peeps are promoting it for that strongly at the moment.

    As for diabetes, people have been reversing that with food and herbs for hundreds of years, even restoring pancreatic function and getting people off insulin, keto is new and unnecessary, healing existed before it - people don't know that. And people with agendas will continue to try and keep that knowledge down.
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    Marley2016 Premium
    Mary,
    Not a fan of the Keto stuff - I believe if you are going to
    diet do it the right way and not with all this fad stuff
    going on - eat right and exercise - people have been
    doing it for years the right way and they do not die from
    it - just most never reach their goals :)
    Susan
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    MozMary Premium
    well said Susan, people have been doing it right for years and don't die from doing it the right way - and just like in here with the training, most people never reach their goals, though the training works ;)
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    ChadTrader Premium
    Very interesting post! After reading all the very detailed comments; it just goes to show you, that any type of program that affects people's diets will work different for each individual.

    Last year a close friend lost 45 pounds on the Keto diet. That got me to thinking about it going on a Keto diet, but after researching it, the risk was too great to try it.

    After being diagnosis with Type 2 diabetes, had to make some drastic changes to my diet; I am not talking about something temporary, but finding something that I can live with for the long term.

    Glad to run across this post, it definitely made me stop and think more about the Keto diet and in general, the effects that can come from people being told incorrect information.

    Your health is not something to be careless with, and I think many people are changing the way they approach addressing their health issues, this is a good sign.
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    MozMary Premium
    glad you weighed up the risk, you see one diabetic member here was one day away from being comatose - it most certainly is a risk for everyone, but they hype out there is phenomenal and pressuring people and practitioners into doing it and promoting it

    there are some tried and tested natural food ways to manage and reverse diabetes without extremes and risks
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    Kookahroo Premium
    I love seeing this. I was curious about the keto diet, I had someone tell me years ago about putting our body in "ketosis." I began attending college to pursue medical science research. After taking our anatomy classes and scientific nutrition I couldn't believe how DANGEROUS a diet like this would be for someone like me. I already high blood pressure and until about six months ago, I had really dangerously high cholesterol and triglycerides. I see people jumping on this and nothing will stop them. All they see is "lose weight fast" and it's so scary.
    I feel the same way about the American Diabetes Association. When I looked at the recommended foods, there are SO many that would actually cause other major internal issues.
    Anyways loved your blog today!
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    MozMary Premium
    Thanks Christina! I'm sure you could write a fantastic piece on precisely why it's so dangerous!

    Yes the pushers of this diet like David Jockers and Robb Wolf deliberately confuse people with words like 'fat burning', 'get fat adapted' - not quite explaining they are changing our entire way to metabolise food over to fats and it's not quite about burning off the calories at all!

    It's interesting you mention blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides because they usually put people on these diets without ever asking any questions on other health issues, in fact it's only now years later and much damage done that they are beginning to talk about precautions - only just beginning - yet look how many years it's been pushed on people!

    Great the way you also cut through the American Diabetes Association too ;)
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    Kookahroo Premium
    You're absolutely right! I can admit that I was personally surprised by how dangerous these are for you. Even the ADA, who you would think would only list the most healthy options for those with diabetes would be there.

    I'm not a vegan, but it really is one of the best options out there for your health. If we continue to eat meat (which, I still animal protein three or four times per week not including eggs), we need to be vigilant in choosing the types of meat we consume, not just the fat content, but all of it. How it was cared for while it was alive, health policies for these different companies, and what protocols they follow.

    I am the only one in my family without diabetes, which is kind of a miracle considering all of my other health issues I've faced, plus being overweight and LOVING my carbs. So I get so nervous when I see this stuff, and they are stubborn, but at least they will be open to listening to me. I love them too much not to help them understand what they're doing, but like I said, people only hear "fast weight loss," and the dangerous risks to their health do not even register.
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    Kookahroo Premium
    Also to say about eating meat since July of last year I completely cut out red meat (except for five times in the span of six weeks while traveling) and reduced general animal protein intake and have lost 38 pounds without adding exercise to my routine. I've seen people get on the Keto diet and fail or "win" and then gained it all back over Christmas.

    People can't believe that all it takes is small changes to make the differences, but these dangerous diets worry me! Sorry to be so sorry, I get that way when I'm passionate about stuff.
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    MozMary Premium
    Sources of food is very important, you are so right about that - I always get organic. I notice my strength and muscle much better when I eat meat and we had Patrick Holford this year state he is a 'smoked salmon vegan' because he just could not get all his nutrients on a vegan diet - quite an admission because he heads up the Optimum Nutrition Center in the UK and was high public profile with that bit of a U turn!

    Portions are likely key and culture and where you live - I've heard of a vegetarian who went to live in Russia and couldn't deal with the cold till he 'ate like the natives' and ate meat.

    I don't have any issue with carbs, they are a major food group, and I do well on them. I once lost 2 dress sizes though by cutting out ice cream and going for a walk every day - so many people need to look at that sort of thing! The body does fine on real food.

    Glad to see you are so passionate about all this and congrats on keeping your genes happy to stay clear of the diabetes - yes Fuhrman tends to use veganism for that or 'nutritarianism' but unduly anti meat imo...
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    SondraM Premium
    Very interesting post. Lots of people are very passionate about the subject.

    After reading some people's posts via site comment feature, I've discovered that apparently I fast regularly, even though it was never intentional. Apparently, some weeks I gravitate towards a keto diet. Other weeks, I could be accused of being a vegetarian.

    Regardless, I've been able to stay healthy. My diet is more or less balanced over time. Just not every day or every week. Yet, I listen to my cravings. I also stop eating when I am full. It works for me.

    Overall, I don't trust the research. There have been too many flip flops about what is good and bad for people over the years. Big industry has too much influence on what is being researched and discussed.

    After reading about other people's challenges, I would be terrified of health supplement niches for fear of causing someone to get sick or die because they were not a good candidate for what I was suggesting. Thanks for the warnings.
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    MozMary Premium
    research is certainly bought at times and at other times thumped and interpreted as wildly as 'the bible' by a new wave of preachers!

    stay healthy! :)
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    GShaw Premium
    Thank you Mary for all this valuable information!

    Like anything online, you have to be careful what to believe. I do believe some of the people you've mentioned add value to our health but to what extent that is the question.

    I have no question that a lot of it is just about making money like the big pharma companies. There is nothing which frustrates me more then watching a video about a supposed solution to a health problem only to find at the end of it, it will cost $xxx amount of dollars.

    My next question is, are you really trying to help people or is it just about you getting rich? On one hand they're going on about Big Pharma not caring and just wanting your money, which I strongly support, but on the other hand, they're doing their own version of the same thing.

    My niche is in the health but to do this I want to provide my readers with opportunities that aren't just about me wanting their money. I want them to be able to trust what I provide and that I am not always looking for their money. I am here to offer them legit opportunities!

    That is why I have on my website introduced a 'free 21 day mind/body program' that I used for chronic back pain that has changed my life. People all over the world are suffering with chronic pain and relying on prescriptions or pain pills to help. The truth is, this crap is actually doing more harm to their health. I am confident this program can actually help people with their pain and other aspects of their lives.

    As for 'diets' I really do not believe in diets period. Yes certain diets can help, but to follow a specific diet really isn't the way to go. To start, you want to loose weight and be healthier, then eliminate as much as possible 'sugar' out of your life.

    Sugar is no good for us period! It has proven to cause many different health problems including obesity and cancer.

    Health equals lifestyle, exercise and our mind, combined with eating healthier foods. There are also a lot of good quality things we can introduce like hemp seeds, chia seeds and flax seeds.

    Plus, if you do your research I strongly believe there are some really good quality supplements available that do help make a difference in health.

    I actually support one that really is helping with health.
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    MozMary Premium
    'doing their own version of big pharma' so true!!

    - and yes getting to the end of an advertised video or podcast that was going to give us 'the answer' to candida or whatever only to be told we actually need to pay the doc for her 'doctor approved own brand supplements and protocol' which actually is based on the old free ones like the School of Natural Healing lol

    - and oh, 'how lucky you are to only have to pay $97 because I'm charging $8000 an hour now'...Brendon Burchard taught that sort of thing in his online entrepreneur course, so many docs pursuing that so they can work at home - on how many levels it's wrong the mind boggles!!! And then the comments invariably have people saying 'I did it and it went away for a couple of weeks and came back worse'...because the MD didn't actually do her homework, just making a quick buck out of an old protocol she didn't understand...

    Nice to see you care for your audience. Yes pain pills are crazy and it's a big industry, your peeps are getting good value with a free alternative there. I also connect people with free resources in pain and no smoking.

    Yes some good supplements if you know where to look. I came up the natural route and would use herbs and wild foods moreso, also I meet a lot of people who can't afford supplements. But certainly people on meds can't much take herbs so always good to have lots in the toolbox!
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    LeonardGo Premium
    Sugar is my online friend..the main need for our cells. All sugars are not the same. There is a big difference between a simple sugar and a complex sugar. The fruit has fructose, which
    is a simple sugar.

    Fructose does not require insulin or extensive digestive enzymes.
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    MozMary Premium
    fruit has a ton of fiber and water though, unless someone has a health issue it's usually fine - white sugar has been processed and stripped of all its nutrients, when it goes into the body it then is primed to deplete compared to sugars that are still loaded with their nutrients, as well as an overly fast acting 'hit' because of no fiber
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    Valentina28 Premium
    Hi. I'm really glad I saw this post. I'm not a big proponent of any fad weight loss diets but from what little I knew about this one, keto looked terrible to me.

    The main problem I have always found in diets for weight loss is that they aren't really sustainable unless you plan to eat that way for the rest of your life. Not all but most people use these diets as a replacement for exercise or other necessary lifestyle changes.

    I am starting a health and food blog myself and had a good number of people suggest I start catering to the keto crowd. Since I'm adamantly against fad weight loss diets, I just couldn't bring myself to in good conscience promote this. I'm really glad now I listen to myself on this one.

    Thanks again for sharing this!
    Tina
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    GShaw Premium
    Good luck with your blog!

    I would be interested to read what you write.

    Greg
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    MozMary Premium
    Wow Tina, glad you are standing your ground and following your instincts there! Shame on those peeps following the money on keto with no regard for the big picture!
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    Valentina28 Premium
    Hey Thanks GShaw!

    I've got around 35 posts so far so it's not much but it's a start.

    I noticed you are doing a health blog yourself? I'd be interested in what you've got as well. If you'd like to, PM me and we can exchange website addresses.

    Tina
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    Valentina28 Premium
    Thanks! I'm really glad to see that I'm not alone in this.

    It's really sad that another diet is hurting people.
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    GShaw Premium
    Hi Tina,

    It would be my pleasure to connect with you.

    At this moment I am in the process of making a decision as to my theme. Once I have picked my theme then I will start working on my finished product. I am really looking forward to reaching out to others for their input regarding my website.

    Some of the focuses of my first website are:

    1) Main focus - provide more healthy and natural options to ever day health challenges - one simple one .... chronic pain
    2) In many cases I would like to provide a lot of free options because I find so much of what we find online is about making money.
    3) I would also love to be able to provide free educational online opportunities for anyone looking to education themselves.This is an opportunity to also gain more education for myself.
    4) It is an opportunity to promote a home based business I am currently involved with in the health field.

    I do though really appreciate the information Mary has provide and helping people understand more about 'Keto Diet'. She has definitely provided some great information and helped open the eyes of others on WA.

    Greg
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    RoseAnn1234 Premium
    I feel very passionate about this topic and couldn't resist putting in my 2cents worth.
    I follow a diet that is a cross between Keto and Atkins, and have done for nearly 18 months. High protein, plenty of fats and moderate salad and veg. Only strawberries & Blueberries for fruit. I am not on a weight loss kick, as I eat too much. I eat when I am hungry, or someone puts food in front of me. I do not fast and I do not exercise much, I stand a lot for work and walk occasionally.

    The biggest difference to me is that I have lost some body fat, my mind is much more alert, I am less forgetful (though not entirely), I sleep better most nights and I am no longer adding a couple of kilos each year to my overall weight. I no longer gorge food.

    The biggest problems with Keto is that people exercise heavily to lose weight - and they eat too much false sugar. They don't follow the simple meat and veg or meat and salad. They have to have cheese based pizza and aspartame-laced biscuits. Fat Bombs instead of ordinary food.

    Just my opinion. I am not a medical expert. Just a believer in lower carb. For breakfast this morning I had 2 eggs, 1 sausage, 1/2 a tomato, one avocado and bacon. Not exactly small meal. If my husband hadn't cooked it, then I would have had nothing and not thought about food until lunch when I would have had cold meat and salad. Now that I have had breakfast, I probably won't eat till the evening meal, except for perhaps a cheese snack midday and a handful of nuts.

    Yes I have high blood pressure which I take medication for, and have done for a few years but my last results were perfect. Doc says I have a 2% chance of heart attack. Very low risk.

    The biggest problem with fad diets, is that people take a historical diet from somewhere around the world and everyone changes it to suit modern day expectations. Meat & veg or Meat & salad never hurt anyone - we just want everything else and use chemicals to make it happen.

    Again, just my opinion. But one minute the experts say low fat, then a diet comes out and later the experts blame the diet for causing issues because people don't get their fat soluble vitamins and everything else the body needs. Next they say you only need this type of fat, or that or something else.

    Next it is red meat only 3 days a week. What if you hate fish and are not fussed with white meats - do you starve so that you only have 3 meals of red meat!

    I just wish that would do their research properly, thoroughly and accurately, before they release their findings. Again, just my opinion.
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    MozMary Premium
    well certainly they are not doing their research and they are hitting people with a lot of confusing stuff, on the other hand we can look into what has worked in the past, across different cultures and times and in particular at the old schools of healing used to getting results with difficult cases

    In some ways we can't cross cultures any more than saying wear a bikini in Siberia, people have to adapt to climate. But then we have to look at whether someone is healthy or not, the healthy vs the healing diet. Anyone who is ill needs to do things slightly differently and go more towards a healing diet.

    As for meat and salad or meat and veg well a) it can harm certain groups if they are ill and need a healing diet, and b) it can harm those in the healthy group too because they are now missing a major food group - carbs, and as you pointed out some micronutrients as well as it is so restricted - eg two types of berries for fruit.

    Sounds like you have something that is keeping you happy for the moment but you could probably make things work better for you to bring down inflammation. Fat can take the edge off hunger but regular meals work well for most people in the long run

    - keto itself must be carefully monitored with keto sticks to make sure you are in keto - some proponents like Mercola won't do high meat at all, he is way too low on protein imo.

    Dr Michael Murray is a good example of someone who did keto 'right' and it went badly for him. He also waited 60 years to add white potatoes to his diet because 'the research on them is so new' - lol - the latest research is they are immune boosting, cancer fighting, you-name-it cure-all resistant starch - but looking at history the Irish doubled their population eating only spuds and Gerson cancer therapy has people eating baked white potatoes twice a day for the last 100 years - always best to look at what succeeded out there and not wait for 'the research' or 'science' or latest health kick sometimes...
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    CherylK Premium
    I, too, have lost weight with Keto and am off my blood pressure meds, finally. It has been a godsend and I'm grateful for how much healthier I am. More energy is the biggest plus. I just feel so good.

    If it's properly followed, it's perfectly fine. I don't buy any prepared Keto products, at all. I cook everything from scratch. And I count everything...fats, protein, carbs.

    Just my experience. I know that one size doesn't fit all so this definitely isn't for everyone.
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    MozMary Premium
    Dr Michael Murray properly followed it and had to pull the plug on keto when he saw he was losing muscle and his biomarkers were going the wrong way - there is a bit of a myth out there that 'if it's done properly' but that is a bit of backpaddling on behalf of the marketers wiggling to get out of the fact people doing it properly are still getting into trouble

    Some people can get away with anything, you may be one that can - but people need to be measuring and testing themselves with advanced functional testing and keto monitors as a lifestyle - that is what all those people preaching keto are doing themselves - it's not just about cooking from scratch, I do that myself as has most of the world till the modern era, natural foods though, the full range.
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    Vickic3 Premium
    Hi Mary

    just a quick mention here as a friend a very long time said to me.
    Write the diet like this - die t

    Quite serious when you look at the word like this and there are so many diets and this is another attempt at money making
    We need to eat properly and exercise and that's it pretty much

    Enjoy today
    Vicki
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    MozMary Premium
    lol, I may deliberately write it with an inbuilt 'typo' going forward! ;)
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    dragonfly10 Premium
    Mary thank you for writing this. I have written my thought on the Keto diet. This diet is no more than the rebirth of Dr. Stillman protein water diet of the late 1960s. If you need to lose weight, you do not need the latest fad diet to come along, or the newest supplements to waste your hard earned money on. Talk to your Doctor before start any weight lost program. He will glad you did if you NEED to lose weight. The incidence of Anorexia Nervosa has increased by 30% plus in our country. Once a young women syndrome, males now equal women.
    The way to lose weight is simple. Eat more lean proteins and fewer carbohydrates. BUT EAT. Fasting may work temporarily. But it also tells your body to go into survival mode. At which point you gain weight and not lose it. I don't want to enter any dieting wars. I just wanted to back Mary up, and suggest using common sense.
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    MozMary Premium
    Thanks Sandy! That's interesting that men now equal women in the anorexia stats!! These keto peeps have made people so afraid to eat any carbs that I tend to remind people carbs are healthy - just not in the proportions modern society tends to market them to us these days...the Japanese with their white rice up to 3 times a day staying lean and healthy and so many other cultures too...same with white potatoes, the Irish were never obese eating them every day till modern food industry sold us some pseudo-foods in large proportions...
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    dragonfly10 Premium
    Every word you say is correct. If you want to eat like a cave dweller and have stunted growth and rotten teeth will then go for it.
    Healthy nutritious fresh food equal, good health and long happy life, and don't forget to get up off the couch and take a walk around the block.
    Sandy 😊
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    Jimmyk16 Premium
    Amen.
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    dragonfly10 Premium
    thank you,, my friend,
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    LOConnor1 Premium
    Yes, it's sad that they have ruined two things: keto diet as well as fasting. Hypocrites said if you couldn't cure a disease by fasting that it was incurable in his opinion. I was in nursing school and even wrote a book about it so I know it's way better than the diet they tout now. This is part of what I have done to get income too, but this is what I found about the programs. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07B78ZRQY
    Great article though and relevant images.
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    MozMary Premium
    I've heard Hippocrates quoted on 'let food be thy medicine' that seems to be interpreted as 'let lack of food be' these days. Dr John R Christopher came out with an Incurables program but fasting was juice fasting, worked for me, they told me it was game over 14 years back after medical error, so I like his 3 day juice fasts, but I also did Gerson therapy, another incurables program and it was loaded with juicing and food and that got me walking inside 4 months..the secret sauce was the digestive enzymes took the digestive burden off the body, there were no inflammatory foods in there or junk, so the body had both the nutrients and the energy to heal...today the hype would put me on keto, I know I wouldn't have made it so the sooner the smoke clears on the latest fads the better, the old stuff works even generations later...
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    Jimmyk16 Premium
    I will add this to my list of books to read.

    Cheers.

    Jimmy.
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    chender684 Premium
    Interesting post. I have been on Keto to do a fitness challenge with my wife. Unfortunately, the Bootcamp facility's management did not do a good job of informing us of the potential dangers.
    I am type 2 diabetic and one of the medications I am on has a warning in fine print that basically says you cannot do Keto.
    I did not know that.
    I lost 7 pounds on Keto and then was rushed to the hospital because I could not breath. Turned out to be Ketoacidosis due to Keto and the med I was on.
    They told me one more day and I would have been in a Coma.

    So all I want to say is, make sure you know the risks of any diet, whether it works or not.

    I recommend eating a healthy balanced diet and getting consistent exercise all the time. No fad diets for me.
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    MozMary Premium
    So glad you are still alive, too close a call that!!!

    Yes, they are all backpaddling now with their precautions and blaming people for not doing it right so I tend to remind them of the top names in the health niche who did it right and ran into trouble, then what you said about not doing a good job of informing you of the potential dangers - they are only getting around to this late 2018/2019, and that's at the very source of the keto programs

    closing the stable door after it has bolted...your fitness bootcamp aren't the only ones and they should really be called out for it, playing with people's lives! Bad thing is all people will get tarred with the same brush, the FDA or someone will sweep in and not allow any of us talk because of these extremists

    Best wishes for 2019!
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    Jimmyk16 Premium
    Wow, ketoacidosis!

    What kind of symptoms did you have?

    Which medication(s) are you taking?

    I am curious as I am a type 2 diabetic also.
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    chender684 Premium
    Symptoms were that I could not take two steps without running out of breath. I basically could not move and had zero energy.

    The medication is Jardiance. Don't take it and do Keto. Very dangerous.
    The fine print on Jardiance does say it may cause Ketoacidosis but no one reads that and my doctor nor my Pharmacists warned me.

    Moral of my story:

    All type 2 diabetes have to be careful with fad diets.
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    EOPolini Premium
    Thanks for the update, and happy 2019!
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    MozMary Premium
    Thank you Edwin, best wishes for 2019! :)
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    EOPolini Premium
    CHEERS!
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    sdawson Premium
    Interesting post. I personally have tried keto and intermittent fasting both and they help my blood sugar (I'm a type 2 diabetic). But it is hard to stay on both - just as soon as I start, there is a party or my dh wants to have certain food -he won't eat keto or fast at all. I'm personally on a "salad" thing right now and have an affiliate blog about salads.
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    MozMary Premium
    That's quite a swing from keto to salads! Well salads will never go out of fashion, you are making me hungry! :)
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    chender684 Premium
    It also helped my blood normalize, right before I spent the night in the hospital with an IV in my arm.
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    MozMary Premium
    and those are the quotes people need to hear ;)
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    Bald Eagle Premium
    What an interesting post because I am seeing both sides of the coin from here.

    From my own experience I will never get into the health market.
    Well never say never as I do have a reasonable good story to tell - nothing as dramatic as some I have heard though.

    Having been diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis a long time ago I was on a range of medications including methotrexate and diclofenac. The latter caused my BP to go shooting through the roof - I was a stroke waiting to happen (and that is just part of the story). As a result I decided to do my own research and landed up changing my lifestyle to a "whole food plant based with no oil" one. Threw my medication away and the rest is history.

    I don't take any medication now at age 63 and my Blood pressure is down from its all time high to 135/83 (not ideal but it is a work in progress and a huge change from 186/135)

    My flatmate is a 39 year old female who is, in my opinion morbidly obese, and on Keto!

    She won't listen to me - despite the fact that she sees what fresh, natural and healthy food goes into my mouth compared to her greasy and highly processed gunk. I feel sorry for her but she won't have a bar of what I suggest and so I watch with interest as she posts "everything" that she puts into her mouth on Instagram. And I know she does not post about the chocolates and rich desserts that she consumes daily.

    It is really sad that people buy into this, doctors, who should know better fall for it (some even make money from it).

    And yes there must be affiliates who are lured into programs for the sake of commission without thinking of what harm they may be doing to an individuals which in turn has a ripple effect and impacts hugely on family and communities.

    So because I know from my own experience that diet plays the major role in good health I would be very uncomfortable promoting anything other than lettuce - and there ain't much commission in lettuce last time I looked. :)

    I enjoyed your post and I sincerely hope that Keto and all unhealthy diets come crashing down. If greedy affiliates go tumbling too then they only have themselves to blame.

    Lawrence
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    MozMary Premium
    wow Lawrence, big congrats on turning around that condition - it's an amazing story and a niche in the waiting in itself

    - autoimmunity is one of the hottest topics in the health niche at the moment, would be great to hear your story in full sometime

    ...and there are docs out there with 'wholefood plant based diets' with affiliate programs, and some organic veg shops and veg growing and education programs too :)

    That's incredible about your flatmate!!

    Good luck with the bp!
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    GShaw Premium
    Great Story for sure Lawrence!

    Keep doing what you're doing! Your story alone is something to celebrate.

    Thank you for sharing it with us.

    Greg
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    FKelso Premium
    It's good that you brought this matter to light, and to our attention. Thanks, Mary.
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    MozMary Premium
    Thanks Fran! :)
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    laparra1 Premium
    Good evening Mary,

    It is not easy to separate the corn from the chaff.

    Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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    MozMary Premium
    yes Taetske, we are in a place where people will be tempted to set the whole lot ablaze! If I didn't know about the good stuff I burn it all myself as they are just going too far now...
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    Sui_generis Premium
    I have friends that have lost a LOT of weight on KETO and promote it, however, I always thought any diet that limits your food options can't be good for the long haul. Aside from lacking some nutrients, what happens to your body when you go off and how someone sustain something like this for years?

    I still say (and you many not agree) that if you're going to be on a Plan, Weight Watchers is the best. It allows you to eat whatever you want but you have to be accountable. It teaches you how to make the right choices. After all, isn't it all about eating properly and moderation on "junk"? Just my thought.

    ~Debbi
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    MozMary Premium
    Sounds wise Debbie, showing people how to make the right choices - freedom, no fear of food there, variety too which is essential for nutrients and macronutrients - and so true about not coming off...I've met some people who can't even cycle off a few days they are so messed up...really scared them
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    dragonfly10 Premium
    great plan and it works and is healthy
    Sandy
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    Kyle Premium
    Keto works, is it healthy? That is another argument and many things point to it being unsustainble for your health.

    It reminds me of the Acai berry scams out there, there is a lot of validity to it, but you can simply eat keto without having to join a Keto MLM or auto ship program. That is where the vultures have come in and made a mess of this industry, like they typically do with others

    As for fasting, I have been doing it for 8 years now, 5 days per week. It helps me maintain my weight, and this is based on the concepts of how our ancestors ate. Like Keto, this has been overcome with companies that are turning something that you can simply do, to building MLM and other schemes around the very concept.

    Very interesting post here and a ton of valid points you have been made. Like the Acai Berry scams, I think many Keto ones are going to follow the same demise. I see a lot this taking place within another valid niche, CBD...and others, like water.
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    MozMary Premium
    Did you see Dr Michael Murray saying he had to pull the plug on keto, he began to lose muscle and his biomarkers all went the wrong direction he couldn't even get to the end of his first trial. He was lucky to be in a position to measure his biomarkers with advanced functional medicine lab testing. Most others can't.

    Because I speak openly against it I get a lot of testimonies, those people for whom it works are in the minority, those for whom it doesn't work risk death but also by the admission of Elle Russ and David Jockers - who are among its biggest proponents:

    - it can screw your thyroid
    - many people have an undiagnosed thyroid condition in the first place
    - it can alter hormones, give heart problems, for some the fat has caused serious issues on a number of levels, for others the blood sugar messed them up real bad, others like Naveen Jain of Viome are attesting to the endothelial lining damage, others like Dr Alan Christianson and Dr Joel Fuhrman are attesting to the immune boosting foods not allowed on keto

    So 'works' is a whole relative concept

    As for ancestors - well I've heard the social anthropology reconstructions and never been convinced, it's a bit like the days when people argue for or against evolution as a fact...gets too fabricated and misquoted regarding cultures in existance today too

    Older fasting protocols involved a few days with high intensity nutrition and organ cleansing eg the Master Herbalist tradition in the west extending back to the Native Americans with versions of this in the east in the other traditions, modern versions of this exist outside of keto

    - I'd hope you are getting those advanced tests from labs like Genova diagnostis, even then, there are alternative ways to achieve what you are doing with less risk. Today we are hearing stories from vegans and vegetarians who went 20 years before they noticed any damage...yet for some people it will work. We recently had Patrick Holford of Optimum Nutrition in the UK say he had to go onto salmon to get the nutrients he needs, and he was heading a vegan lifestyle, also now attesting to vegan infant deaths...these diets can never be launched on everyone, even if marketed correctly
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    MozMary Premium
    ps bear in mind that fasting is tied to keto the way it's being sold here

    'fasting' and 'ancestors'...phew...too much interpretation there though
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    dragonfly10 Premium
    Mary, you have done your homework.
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    dragonfly10 Premium
    Sorry, Kyle, this is a poor way to control your weight. This will, in the end, cause diabetes. Then again it all depends on what you call fasting. Fasting with just water and juices is not good for you. If drinking protein power and vegetables this will not hurt you.
    Sandy
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    Calh60 Premium
    Interesting read Mary and some good advice.

    Thanks,

    Cal
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    MozMary Premium
    Thanks Cal, confusing times for any new peeps out there in the health niche.
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