Stephen Brand, CPT, SFN, SSF
The world of health, fitness and nutrition science is continually changing as new studies are conducted and as old ones are reexamined. Conventional wisdom is routinely challenged as new information becomes available and people begin to question not only why the health of our nation has been in a downward spiral for several decades now but also why their health and the health of their friends and neighbors is so poor. The internet has fundamentally changed not only the way information is disseminated but also the speed with which new discoveries are made available to the public. These discoveries will change the way you think about health, fitness and nutrition. While there are literally thousands of books, podcasts, DVDs and videos avaliable, many of which have shaped my current understanding, on this page I have provided what I think are the cream of the crop - the most important, useful, current, and correct.
Before you go anywhere or look at anything else, watch this video. This explains what I'm trying to do and why. It is a video of Tom Naughton, producer of the documentary, "Fathead", speaking at a conference of the Office of Research Integrity in Washington, DC on why more and more people are ignoring doctors, nutritionists and government health agencies and turning to blogs and social media for health and nutrition advice. It's 20 minutes long and worth every minute!
The American Diabetes Association has endorsed the use of low-carbohydrate diets for weight loss, breaking ranks with the American Heart Association, the Food and Drug Administration, the United States Department of Agriculture and the American Dietetics Association. Eventually, they too will follow suit. At some point I think they will also acknowledge the tremendous health benefits of a low-carbohydrate lifestyle.
Top 11 Low carb myths: Most people have heard something on the news or something from someone they trust, or read something in a magazine, book or on the internet about how carbohydrate-restricted diets are unhealthy. This is simply not true and reflects the misinformation out there. Look here to see how the top ten carbohydrate-restricted diet myths are refuted and follow the links to see the studies and clinical trials that prove otherwise.
Wise Traditions: Heart Disease Issue (Under "Get Started" on the right hand side, click on "Order Materials", then in the new window scroll down to near the end)
Fat Head, Big Fat Fiasco and Science for Smart People I highly recommend watching Fat Head as soon as possible. You can watch it for free at Hulu HERE.
Unlocking the Mystery of Wheat and Gluten Intolerance by Tom O'Bryan
There are many health/fitness/nutrition podcasts out there, but the granddaddy of them all is Livin' La Vida Low Carb!, hosted by the man affectionately referred to by his thousands of fans as "The Podfather". Here, with over 500 interviews, you will find one with just about anybody on any health and fitness topic you want to hear. You can subscribe with iTunes or just download the interview you want to hear and listen on your computer.
How Bad Science and Big Business Created the Obesity Epidemic. David Diamond, Ph.D., of the University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences shares his personal story about his battle with obesity. Follow along as he digs into the research and is shocked when he discovers the real reason for heart disease and the obesity epidemic. You can view the video and download the slides that go with the video. I highly recommend viewing the slides as you listen. This video is an hour long and worth every minute of your time. So, grab a cup of coffee or green tea, relax and enjoy. Warning: This might make you really mad - nobody likes to be fooled!