I eat tons of cooked broccoli and brussels sprouts. My TSH has been climbing. I do not use salt from the salt shaker so I guess I am low in iodine. Also eat the other leafy goitrogens. I wonder if taking half a teaspoon of dulse would help?
How do you gauge health? My daughter's inlaws are 76 and 80. They are attractive, interesting, active people. They travel with a shoebox full of pills. They frequently visit their doctors. If we lived in a country which only had the medical resources of some traditional societies, how healthy would we be in old age? While we are imagining we would also have to imagine a society in which injury or infection did not carry people away. But all things being equal, the question might not be how long someone lives or even how well they seem to be, but what is keeping them alive and active?
Just about everyone I know is content and happy to have access to doctors and meds for chronic illnesses and wouldn't think of changing exercise, eating, drinking and sometimes smoking habits.
We do know that studies have been done of the SAD eating Pimas of Arizona and their genetic cousins the tarahumara of mexico who are very healthy on their traditional diets. I do not know about longevity but I do know that they are free of heart disease and diabetes and are not fat. Of course their more primitive lifestyle and location requires lots of exercise.
I do know that Asians on the rice diets are healthy and long lived and that the amount of fish and soy eaten on the traditional diets are very low. No one said they were vegans.
I do know that even if those traditional diets are not as healthy as is claimed, that those people do seem to be slimmer and mostly free of heart disease an diabetes. And we do know that asian, indian, american indian and oceanic people get these illnesses at a much lower weight than other ethnic and racial groups. So if their traditional diets were keeping them slim they were ahead of the game. Today, with western food becoming more and more popular you see the rise of obesity and diabetes in these cultures. So the traditional diets, for whatever reason must have been keeping them thin and disease at bay.
The traditional fish and fish fat eating First Nation People of Alert Bay, Canada might have been thinner and healthier on their original diet but they may also have become genetically adapted to this diet after millenia in the far north.
It isn't only how long you live but how well and pain and illness free you live. I have a meat eating cousin who just died from spinal cancer at the age of 88. Actually, we think his immediate cause of death was from the chemo and radiation therapy they persuaded him he needed. Before entering the hospital he was spry and lively. After three days he died. So why did he live to mostly a healthy old age eating what I ate formerly and not gain weight or have diabetes or heart disease. Who knows?
It turns out dr. Wortman himself is a member of the first nation people and thus he and those in his study are quite possibly genetically adapted to the traditional diet of fish, shellfish and the oil made from small fish which spawn in the Alert Bay area yearly.
He says in the video that people should follow traditional diets. However, in his interview with Eenfeldt when he sings the praises of low carb dieting, he does not say that this is a good diet just for the natives of the alert bay area. If everyone followed a traditional diet then he logically should approve of the rice diet of two billion asians, the potato diet of the Andes, the corn diet of mexico and central america and the wheat diet of the middle east. To be consistent and logical.
There is a video in which the Diet Doctor, Eenfeldt interviews a dr. Wartman who is t2 diabetic and has been very low carbing for 11 years. He has done a study with First Nation people in western canada who regained their health after switching to something close their ancestral diet--lots of animal protein. Of course before they were eating mostly store bought highly refined and processed carbs, soda pop and lots of fried bread. I believe you can also find a video of the study which was shown on canadian tv.
All the pundits spend so much time on fat that I wish more would address the salt question. I even read one article a while ago that said that it was salt, not fat that caused artery blockages. It is unlikely that those eating lots of fat are on a very low salt diet too.
Here is a link to a talk by McDougall. If you start it at about 28 minutes you will see slides with journal references. He discusses the work of Himsworth of 1927 and Sweeney in the thirties. Also Kempner from 1939. And others including one in seventy one.
The book, the Pritikin Program for Diet and Exercise, has in the appendix, discussions of various studies with references starting on page 353.
There are the studies of Ornish and Esselstyn. And Barnard. And earlier, Anderson in Kentucky. Many of these studies showed that diabetics do better on a diet without fat. Sugar seems to improve insulin resistance.
Now I will ask for someone to show me a studies using patients who have just had an MI or by pass surgery or stents or who have been having angina attacks who were put on a low carb diet and either halted progression of their disease or reversed it and had no further events or needed no more invasive procedures.
I am not saying it is impossible. I just want to see it. If I saw better results with this type of diet for heart and artery patients believe me when I tell you I would switch.
I do not doubt that there are people out there who eat the SAD or high fat or high animal protein who live to a ripe old age with all their faculties and in pretty spry good health. It does not sound like these people have ever been heart patients. Nor do we know if eating a high carb, low fat would have a positive or negative affect on them.
I once read of a community of eastern european Jews who ate a diet of fatty rich animal protein food and were healthy as horses. But no one ever wrote if they were that healthy because of their diet or despite their diet. Did they have genes the rest of us would kill for so that any diet would result in long life? Or not?
I would also refer you to Jimmy Moore who wrote about his great weight loss success on the atkins diet. He now earns his living with his low carb pulpit. Then Jimmy gained the weight back. (he is not worried about his 345 total cholesterol number or his 245 LDL number.) Did he not stick to his diet? Why did he regain the weight? He decided it was because he ate too much protein and not enough fat and has gone on a much higher fat diet and I believe has lost a lot , if not most of, the weight. Let's keep our eyes on Jimmy.