I am a family physician with a general practice in Chatham, Ontario. I spend about half my clinical time covering shifts in our local emergency room and I have come to believe that obesity, diabetes and smoking contribute substantially to the health problems facing my community.
Try as I did to promote a lower calorie “Canada’s Food Guide” and increased exercise approach to healthy weight counselling in my office practice, I found my patients had little success recovering from metabolic sickness. Then, I met Dr. Atkins through his 1972 publication of “The Atkins Diet Revolution”.
Inspired by Dr. Atkins and guided by the published ideas of Gary Taubs and research of Tim Noaks, Eric Westman, Stephen Phinny, Jeff Volek, Jason Fung, Andreas Eenfeldt and Jay Wartman, the MetabolicHealth Program is my effort to translate scientific knowledge into clinically important patient outcomes.
For good reason, the MetabolicHealth Program counselling contradicts many aspects of conventional “healthy” dietary advice. For example, one MUST eat more salt and fat than is typically encourage while following a low carb dietary pattern. I am deeply grateful to my patients, colleagues and family for their support as I have departed from the safety of conventional dietary guidelines and attempted to expose the gap in our understanding and treatment of metabolic sickness.
My core belief is that the over-consumption of fructose, simple sugars and refined carbohydrates has led to a state of insulin resistance in a large subset of our Canadian population.
Through teaching my patients to decrease fructose, simple sugar and total daily carbohydrate intake, I have seen a critical mass of patients work toward recovery from the diseases of insulin resistance including type 2 diabetes and obesity. As one dietician said, “These are not the guidelines but it is hard to argue with the results.”
One can easily learn to eat low carb while unlocking nutrition and enjoyment from an abundance of delicious dishes while at home or out and about. Fundamentally, low carb, high fat lifestyles are learning to build meals out of ‘Meat (or protein alterative) and low carb veg’. But practically speaking, it’s also about translating the 'protein and veg’ formula into delicious dishes. Check out our recipes, learn about low carb ‘instead ofs’ (low carb substitutes for old higher carb favourites) and discover great new meal ideas!
The information offered through MetabolicHealth.ca does NOT stand alone. Your indiviual health situation and medications MUST be considered. Please be sure to work with your healthcare provider if you are considering following a low carb dietary pattern.
I have had the privilage of presenting to healthcare professionals on the low carb, high fat dietary prescription since 2015. I have honed 5 presentations, any remix of which may help you and your colleagues precribe low carb with more confidence.
This first presentation I delivered at the Family Medicine Forum in the Fall of 2017 in Montreal. It was well attended by about 130 of our family physician colleagues. Much effort was made to introduce nutritional ketosis as a therapy to a naive audience and dispel myths about ketosis.
The following is a link to that same presentation recorded at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance for Grand Rounds on March 24th, 2017. Effectively Obtain Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Through Diet: Dr. Dax Biondi
I have a Patient Video Series of 10 videos that form part of the knowledge foundation I give to my patients as part of the "prescription". It is 2.5 hours of content, any section of which may be suitable for a 1 hour presentation.
Learn about my approach to prescribing a low carb dietary pattern "in a busy primary care setting". I have also developed a "quick chat tool" ideal for an emergency room or after-hours clinic patient.
I've developed a series of tools including: a handbook, youtube videos, and patient self assessment questionnaires, which may leave your audience feeling empowered to prescribe low carb themselves.
Building on the presentation I gave at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance grand rounds in 2017, I presented again on May 24th, 2019, the results of my practice based quality improvement study. I make arguments for why low carb should be the first line intervention for diabetes and how we need to be moving away from a medical model and toward a mental health/addictions model to treat obesity and diabetes. “Glucose Intolerance”: A Better Term than “Type 2 Diabetes” For A Reversible Disease Process?
This is likely the next frontier in our effort to curb the obesity and diabetes endemic. This presentation is currently under development.
In the meantime, please consider reading Dr. Vera Tarman's Food Junkies
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- The content on MetabolicHealth.ca is for your information only, should not be taken as a medical prescription and does not replace the individualized care and direction provided by your doctor or nurse practitioner.
- Please consult your healthcare provider prior to making any significant lifestyle changes, especially if you are on medications that may be affected by a change in your dietary pattern like those that lower blood pressure or blood sugar.