I’ll begin by stating I am a health professional. A registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator (31 years experience) specializing in metabolic syndrome, pre diabetes, type 2 diabetes, obesity. I have a private practice (physican referral) in medical nutrition therapy. I am a person with type 2 diabetes. I am a New York Times Bestselling author of The Metabolism Miracle and The Diabetes Miracle…programs that require a temporary period of low carb dieting BEFORE movement to a balanced maintenance diet.
Dr. Paulsen seems to take great offense to a low carb diet regimen. Perhaps he is unaware that close to 60% of people who struggle with weight, have midline adiposity and visceral fat, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, the propensity to type 2 diabetes, and the following cancers: melanoma, breast, pancreas, prostate, ovarian, colon….have insulin imbalance. So…over 100 million people in the US alone (those with pre diabetes and type 2 diabetes) AND the millions with metabolic syndrome are earmarked for multiple medical maladies, including cancers (colon among them) if they don’t get their insulin imbalance, insulin resistance, and glucose abnormalities under control.
The macronutrient that involves insulin production/release is carbohydrate. Those with insulin imbalance will always have to respect their carbohydrate intake in order to maintain their health.
Because their condition is progressive (metabolic syndrome–>pre diabetes–>type 2 diabetes), they must go through a temporary phase in which carbs are decreased and the pancreas/liver can rest and rehabilitate. Then, carbohydrate has to be methodically reintroduced by amount, glycemic index/load, and timing. Then, they can live with a BALANCED DIET….33% carb/protein/fat….not the carb heavy pyramid or healthy plate.
What makes Dr. Paulsen think a lower carb diet has to involve large quantities of red meat? With that said, if a person eliminates red meat and is consuming poultry, eggs, dairy that has been fed pesticides, growth hormone, and large doses of antibiotics, they, too will subject themselves to an increased chance of colon cancer…this is not unique to red meat!
So….let’s not focus on avoiding red meat, let’s not denounce a low carb diet for the millions who REQUIRE it to be healthy, and let’s not forget that it is the unfortunate case that our meat, poultry, and fish/seafood has been exposed to toxins, hormones, chemicals, and antibiotics. Let’s put the focus where it belongs……at the source…and raise our cattle, poultry, fish in clean, healthy conditions.