Monthly Archives: August 2014

Do your nutritional supplement suppliers understand the products they sell?

fruit sugarsA couple of weeks ago I had a conversation with a guy who sells a very well known brand of dietary supplements.  He isn’t a nutritionist, a nutritional therapist or a dietician. He is one of an army of people making a (very nice as it happens) living selling supplements to friends, family, and associates within a ‘network marketing’ business model. He is completely reliant on the sales messages fed to him by the company marketing the products.

The conversation went a little bit like this…

Him: “Oh great, you’re a nutritional therapist.  What do you think of [name withheld] products – you could recommend them to your clients?

Me: “Well, I don’t know everything about your full range of products, but I suspect there will be some I’ll think are OK and others that I won’t think are OK.”

Him: “So what sort of things do you think are not OK in products like ours.”

Me: “Sugar. Lots of shakes like the ones you sell contain far too much sugar.”

Him (waving an orange at me): “Ah yes – but we’ve got that covered.  The sugar in our products is exactly what’s in here.  It’s all natural fruit sugars.

Me: “You mean fructose?

Him: “Is that what’s in fruit?

Me: “Yes.”

Him: “So that’s good yes?

Me: “Not necessarily.  Are you familiar with the recent research about the dangers of consuming too much fructose?

Him: “What, you mean the sugar in fruit isn’t good for you?

Me: “Take a look at what Robert Lustig is saying about fructose – you’ll find lots about it if you Google him.”

Him:”I can’t believe our stuff isn’t good for you.  Bloody hell, I use it all the time. Am I using something I shouldn’t?

So here is what Robert Lustig had to say in the Guardian this weekend…click here.

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Sensible advice for diabetics?

Did you catch the Radio 4 programme about diabetes on Thursday?  It covered 2 ways to reverse diabetes – an uber-low – 600ish – calorie diet, or bariatric surgery.  The problem with the programme was that it covered ONLY these two interventions.

OK, let me start by applauding the scientists that have enabled us to know there is a way to reverse diabetes.  For so long patients have been doomed by doctors and diabetes nurses to a lifelong illness – giving people no hope that anything could be done to change their fate.  I remember 2 well-meaning Diabetes Specialist Nurses explaining to me that once someone is diagnosed with diabetes they will tread an inevitable path to worsening health: to heart disease, reliance on statins as well as diabetic medications; neuropathy, pain, loss of sensation; to amputations; to blindness.

Well thank goodness we now ALL know those nurses were wrong!  And all credit to the scientists that are giving back hope.  Thank you.

BUT…

Always a but!  Is the choice really as stark as an unsustainable starvation diet or radical surgery?

I would venture not!!  Recently other scientists have made the logical common sense link between eating carbohydrates and diabetes.  This has always been the logical common sense basis underpinning RebalanceDiabetes.  But more applause please for the scientists who have now concluded that restricting carbs should be the primary method of dealing with diabetes!

How much difference can straightforward common sense interventions make compared with the novel, but extreme measures discussed on Radio 4 last week? Let John Rendall explain:

Yey for the middle way!