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    Quote Originally Posted by Donuthole View Post
    Interesting. This sounds an awful lot like what Vinnie Tortorich (nutritionist to the stars) has been preaching for the last 5 years on Adam Carolla's podcast. I've been meaning to get his book (No Sugar No Grain--NSNG) and now I think I will and i'll add this one too. He also says the liver doesn't distinguish between real sugar and artificial sweeteners, so they create the same insulin spike.
    This guy is not against most whole grains, provided they are eaten in moderation. The fiber and bran work to counteract the carbs. White flour is the worst. All the healthy stuff is gone and it is finely ground so it is absorbed directly into the blood. Just like sugar in terms of insulin response.
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    but there’s no clinical data for this predisposition against artificial sweeteners right? i guess anecdotally it does make me more likely to crave sweet stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by old_gregg View Post
    but there’s no clinical data for this predisposition against artificial sweeteners right? i guess anecdotally it does make me more likely to crave sweet stuff.
    Results are mixed, but most data seem to indicate that they don't produce a large insulin spike. That's how I read it, anyway.

    https://www.livestrong.com/article/5...n-in-the-body/
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    Pillars of the Earth. Who knew a 1000 page book about a cathedral builder could be entertaining?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LiveCoug View Post
    Pillars of the Earth. Who knew a 1000 page book about a cathedral builder could be entertaining?
    I really liked it. Though I have had the second one in my desk for years, and not started it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    I just finished The Obesity Code, by Jason Fung. My doctor son talked me into reading it. This is a potentially life-changing book. I was already aware of much of the stuff he presented, but I still learned a ton. The great thing is that he constantly cites clinical trials and does so in an engaging and interesting fashion. He just keeps hammering away with evidence to support his main claims. Great book.

    A summary:

    1) His main thesis is that obesity has many factors, but far and away the most important factor is insulin resistance. He presents a mountain of evidence to support this. Insulin resistance results from eating sugars and refined carbs and from snacking too much, i.e., overloading your blood with insulin then never giving it a break. Insulin resistance raises your body's set point (fat thermostat) and keeps you fat.

    2) Calorie counting does not work as it is based on a fundamentally flawed assumption - that your body burns calories at a steady rate. Also, it does not address the fundamental problem: insulin resistance.

    3) Exercise has very little impact on weight loss. You should do it to be healthy, but it plays a very minor role in weight loss.

    4) Eat less/move more does not work in the long run, again because it does not address insulin resistance. Study after study shows that it doesn't work.

    5) The anti-fat crusade was a disaster. Fats do not make you fat. They do not produce an insulin response and they trigger satiety hormones. Most people who eat low fat replace the fats with carbs, a recipe for failure.

    6) Proteins stimulate insulin and should be eaten in moderation. This is why atkins diet does not work long-term.

    7) Natural fats (olive oil, avocados, nuts) are extremely healthy and promote weight loss.

    8) The current fad to eat 6 small meals per day (i.e., grazing) is wrong. That keeps your insulin high and promotes resistance.

    9) Avoid high fructose corn syrup like the plague. It can only be metabolized in the liver and causes fatty liver and insulin resistance, moreso than cane sugar.

    10) Not all carbs are bad. Whole fruits are just fine because the fiber, etc. reduces the insulin response.

    11) To reduce insulin resistance, he recommends:

    a) Avoid sugars and refined carbs (white flour especially)
    b) Eat a mediterranean diet
    c) Never ever snack between meals - this gives your body an insulin break
    d) Intermittent fasting. Fast 2x per week (with plenty of fluids). This again gives your body an insulin break and reduces insulin resistance.

    There is far more to it, but you get the idea. I have been doing this for about a month and have lost quite a bit of weight already.
    I agree completely that simple carbs make people fat. There is no doubt in my mind about that — a plant-based diet with a little bit of fat/oil/meat is the way to go.

    And that exercise fallacy is something I hear every single day: “I gained 50 pounds after I hurt my knee because I couldn’t exercise!” That is a completely insane thing to say — there are so many skinny people who don’t exercise much.

    The thing that is discouraging about weight is that people have to constantly improve their diet over the years just to stay at a normal weight. If you’re not improving every year then the same diet that kept you at a BMI or 22 in your 20s will get you easily into a BMI in the 30s by the time you are 50. Constant improvement in habits is required or obesity is pretty much guaranteed these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CardiacCoug View Post
    I agree completely that simple carbs make people fat. There is no doubt in my mind about that — a plant-based diet with a little bit of fat/oil/meat is the way to go.

    And that exercise fallacy is something I hear every single day: “I gained 50 pounds after I hurt my knee because I couldn’t exercise!” That is a completely insane thing to say — there are so many skinny people who don’t exercise much.

    The thing that is discouraging about weight is that people have to constantly improve their diet over the years just to stay at a normal weight. If you’re not improving every year then the same diet that kept you at a BMI or 22 in your 20s will get you easily into a BMI in the 30s by the time you are 50. Constant improvement in habits is required or obesity is pretty much guaranteed these days.
    My activity level has been below normal for about nine months now as I deal with Achilles tendon issues. I'm about the same weight, but my body composition has changed somewhat. I'm a little thicker around the middle with less muscle tone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LiveCoug View Post
    Oh my. It would be funny if it weren’t sad.

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    I just started Chernow's Grant that some of you have already read.

    For some reason the library sent the Large Print version home with Mrs. Happy. It really is a door stop (over 1500 pages) In spite of my advancing age, I really don't need the large print!
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    Reading An Innocent Client by Scott Pratt. First in the Joe Dillard series. Never heard of the author or the series, but it has almost 11,500 reviews on Amazon and 4.5 stars (and its on Kindle Unlimited). Can't be total garbage, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    I just finished The Obesity Code, by Jason Fung. My doctor son talked me into reading it. This is a potentially life-changing book. I was already aware of much of the stuff he presented, but I still learned a ton. The great thing is that he constantly cites clinical trials and does so in an engaging and interesting fashion. He just keeps hammering away with evidence to support his main claims.
    Thanks. Just bought this one.

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    I finished Patrick O'Donnell's look at the men who escorted the Unknown Soldier of WW I back from France, The Unknowns

    My thoughts if anyone is interested

    I also finally typed up my thoughts on The Darkest Hour

    I'm still plowing away on Chernow's bio of Grant.

    There seems to be two basic themes in the narrative - the damage Grant's pre Civil War drinking did to his reputation as he rose to promanence and his accepting people at face value and as a result trusting people he shouldn't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by happyone View Post
    I finished Patrick O'Donnell's look at the men who escorted the Unknown Soldier of WW I back from France, The Unknowns

    My thoughts if anyone is interested

    I also finally typed up my thoughts on The Darkest Hour

    I'm still plowing away on Chernow's bio of Grant.

    There seems to be two basic themes in the narrative - the damage Grant's pre Civil War drinking did to his reputation as he rose to promanence and his accepting people at face value and as a result trusting people he shouldn't.
    I finished Grant a couple of books ago... my takeaway was that he was a much bigger deal than I had ever appreciated.

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    Finished Grant
    Fantastic read - I 5 Starred it on Goodreads. His efforts to secure civil rights for the freed slaves post Civil War and take down the Klan rise him up quite a few notches on the best presidents list in my estimation(somewhere in the middle - not top 10, but not bottom 10 - where he is so often rated - either). It seemed there were two major themes in the book - his innate honesty-goodness/expectation that everyone else was as honest as he was and his struggles with alcohol.

    Through out his life, he never seemed to grasp that people would say one thing to his face and something 180 degrees opposite to other people. In addition that they would ever abuse his trust in them.

    The scenes as he trying to finish his memoirs before he dies so his family will be provided for are especially touching.

    Having just seen "Othello" at the USF, I was struck as just how much an Othello type character he was.

    Military hero who trusted and defended his friends/subordinates in spite of evidence that they were up to no good

    In Grants case it didn't quite destroy him physically (did destroy his reputation and presidency) and there was no sexual overtones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by creekster View Post
    It makes sense (to me) that we are wired for intermittent fasting. The rest of it is pretty intuitively sensible too, it seems. But what is the mechanism of insulin resistance, at a chemical level, that causes weight gain? Is it the same thing that the Atkins people talked about (because the Atkins approach was pretty much the same as what you are talking about excpet, obviously, for the protein consumption).

    Also, can you elaborate on the idea that bodies doesn't burn calories at a steady rate?
    Here is an article that explains it well.

    https://www.vox.com/2016/4/28/115188...-burn-calories

    This is 95% consistent with the Jason Fung/Obesity Code book. Everything but the part at the end about avoiding fats and counting calories. Ignore that nonsense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    Here is an article that explains it well.

    https://www.vox.com/2016/4/28/115188...-burn-calories

    This is 95% consistent with the Jason Fung/Obesity Code book. Everything but the part at the end about avoiding fats and counting calories. Ignore that nonsense.
    Finished the book last week. Talk about beating one over the head with study results. It's pretty convincing. More information here:

    http://www.insuliniq.com/

    This is cofounded by BYU's Benjamin Bikman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by old_gregg View Post
    but there’s no clinical data for this predisposition against artificial sweeteners right? i guess anecdotally it does make me more likely to crave sweet stuff.
    This article addresses the insulin response to artificial sweeteners:

    http://www.insuliniq.com/3-not-so-sw...al-sweeteners/
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    Took a bit of a break from current fiction for a while, filling in some gaps with the classics, and others I've just been meaning to get to over the years:

    The Human Beast, Emile Zola. Inspired by Crime and Punishment, Zola takes a stab at writing a serial killer.

    Tropic of Cancer, Henry Miller. Miller is fascinating in a lot of ways and repugnant in many others. In this novel he moves around Paris making interesting observations about the human condition while sleeping with a Wilt Chamberlain-esque number of women divided equally between whores and respectable folk.

    Tropic of Capricorn, Henry Miller. In this novel he moves around New York making interesting observations about the human condition while sleeping with a Wilt Chamberlain-esque number of women most of whom are his acquaintances, occasionally it’s his own wife. He seems to have possessed some almost magical power to sleep with just about any woman he met. Just ask him. Henry Miller would not have survived 2018.

    Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk. You already know.

    One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. This is one I've looked forward to for so long that it just wasn't ever going to live up to my expectations. I pride myself in being able to keep characters straight without notes etc... But this one challenged me to the extent that I'm sure I was wrong much of the time.

    Zorba the Greek, Nikos Kazantzakis. Good stuff.

    The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Victor Hugo. Wanted to make sure I read this before I went to Paris. Then my wife broke her foot and just the thought of standing in that line precluded us entering the church on this trip. Still a great read. Someday I'll go in.

    Less, Andrew Greer. Pulitzer winner for fiction this year. I'd never heard of it prior to the win. I commented on this one in Piney's review.

    A Tale of Two Cities, Dickens. You're probably sensing a theme. I read a lot of fiction involving Paris.

    The Red and the Black, Stendhal. See above.

    Edit: While in Paris, we visited the Pantheon. In the same crypt are the bodies of Victor Hugo, Alexandre Dumas and Emile Zola. It was cool to realize that though all three have long been dead, I have spent many hours in their collective heads and that they've each affected my own thinking in some way. Strange but I felt like I was visiting the crypt of men I actually knew.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pelagius View Post
    Ok, this is a fun read:

    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/blood...041000909.html

    Looks like Theranos is finally finished. The part I find hard to believe is that all this investment money came in for a company that wasn't really generating any real revenue. Also at their peak they had 800 employees, how do you have 800 people working and not really accomplish something. It's amazing she keep it afloat as long as she did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RC Vikings View Post
    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/blood...041000909.html

    Looks like Theranos is finally finished. The part I find hard to believe is that all this investment money came in for a company that wasn't really generating any real revenue. Also at their peak they had 800 employees, how do you have 800 people working and not really accomplish something. It's amazing she keep it afloat as long as she did.
    This part is the least crazy aspect of Theranos.
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    I finished the Telsa bio - average, but what a fascinating man

    I also read a bio of one of James I favorites/lovers - George Villiers. He came from relative obscurity to gain James' trust and love. The narrative makes it sound like he was James' true love. Any way James raised him to be the Duke of Buckingham ( against the wishes of other noble families). He was present at James final illness and took over his treatment. When James died he was accused of murdering him. Also average, but with some fascinating stories. For example Charles, the Prince of Wales, and Villiers decided to go to Spain to kick start the negotiations for Charles' wedding to the Spanish Infanta, They didn't tell anyone in Spain or France they were coming. They just showed up at the English Embassy on day. It didn't work and the marriage never happened.

    As far as Villiers assassinating James, it's an interesting theory, but I really don't think the author made a particularly good case that it was an assassination and not a medical mistake.

    The King's Assassin

    Currently reading a fascinating look at Victorian Medicine and particularly surgery and how Jonathon Lister changed it. He was the first really advocate of antiseptic procedures in operating theaters.
    I'm about 1/3 of the way through and am really, really glad I don't live in Victorian times!

    There are some really gruesome stories of just what surgery was like (not pretty) and what patients in hospitals went through. Some hospitals had a 90% mortality rate for surgery patients or should it be victims. Also the looks at the changing status of surgeons. At the start of Lister's career they were seen as blue color technicians and the requirement to become one was basically just completing an apprenticeship. They had such a low status that the "Bug Catcher"- the guy who was in charge of keeping the hospital semi clean - at the London College Hospital was actually paid more money that any of the Surgeons working there.

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    National Book Award Longlists are out:

    Fiction:

    Jamel Brinkley, A Lucky Man
    (Graywolf Press)

    Jennifer Clement, Gun Love
    (Hogarth / Penguin Random House)

    Lauren Groff, Florida
    (Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House)

    Daniel Gumbiner, The Boatbuilder
    (McSweeney’s)

    Brandon Hobson, Where the Dead Sit Talking
    (Soho Press)

    Tayari Jones, An American Marriage
    (Algonquin Books / Workman Publishing)

    Rebecca Makkai, The Great Believers
    (Viking Books / Penguin Random House)

    Sigrid Nunez, The Friend
    (Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House)

    Tommy Orange, There There
    (Alfred A. Knopf / Penguin Random House)

    Nafissa Thompson-Spires, Heads of the Colored People
    (Atria Books / 37 INK / Simon & Schuster)


    Nonfiction:

    Carol Anderson, One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy
    (Bloomsbury Publishing)

    Colin G. Calloway, The Indian World of George Washington: The First President, the First Americans, and the Birth of the Nation
    (Oxford University Press)

    Steve Coll, Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan
    (Penguin Press / Penguin Random House)

    Marwan Hisham and Molly Crabapple, Brothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War
    (One World / Penguin Random House)

    Victoria Johnson, American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic
    (Liveright / W. W. Norton & Company)

    David Quammen, The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life
    (Simon & Schuster)

    Sarah Smarsh, Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth
    (Scribner / Simon & Schuster)

    Rebecca Solnit, Call Them by Their True Names: American Crises (and Essays)
    (Haymarket Books)

    Jeffrey C. Stewart, The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke
    (Oxford University Press)

    Adam Winkler, We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights
    (Liveright / W. W. Norton & Company)
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    Haven't heard of a single book on that list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    Haven't heard of a single book on that list.
    I haven't heard of a single author on that list either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    Haven't heard of a single book on that list.
    I've only heard of An American Marriage because Obama had it on his summer reading list. Went to my library's web page to reserve copies this morning and they only had half of them.

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    I agree - I haven't heard of any on them either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteelBlue View Post
    I've only heard of An American Marriage because Obama had it on his summer reading list. Went to my library's web page to reserve copies this morning and they only had half of them.
    I reserved the four that looked interesting to me.
    There There
    Tommy Orange


    The Great Believers
    Rebecca Makkai


    Where the Dead Sit Talking
    Brandon Hobson


    Gun Love
    Jennifer Clement

    American Marriage looks dumb so that did not go on my to read list.

    Without even reading them, I predict that one of the two Native American ones wins this year.

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