Fat for Fuel

Fat for Fuel

A Revolutionary Diet to Combat Cancer, Boost Brain Power, and Increase your Energy

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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For over a century, we've accepted the scientific consensus that cancer results from genetic disease due to chromosomal damage in cell nuclei. But what if scientists are chasing a flawed paradigm? What if cancer isn't a disease of damaged DNA, but rather of defective metabolism as a result of mitochondrial dysfunction? What if that startling truth could revolutionize our understanding of other diseases too-and show us a radical new path to optimal health?
In this groundbreaking guide, the first of its kind, New York Times best-selling author and leading natural-health practitioner Dr. Joseph Mercola explains how nearly all disease is caused by defective metabolic processes. Then he reveals what's causing your metabolism to go haywire: damage and dysfunction in the mitochondria, thousands of which are at work in nearly every cell in your body, generating energy you need to stay alive and well. When mitochondria are damaged in large numbers, it is impossible to stay healthy.
Dr. Mercola shows that you can take control of your health simply by giving your body the proper fuel-and it's not what you've been led to believe. A ketogenic diet, very low in carbohydrates and high in healthy fats, is the way to optimize the biochemical pathways that suppress disease and support healing. And the benefits can be astonishing-not only in treating or preventing serious illness, but in boosting your brainpower, increasing your energy, helping you lose weight and keep it off, and much more.
As you read this book, you'll learn in clear, rational terms how your body works at a molecular level. You'll finally understand the type of fuel it's designed to burn in the most efficient way possible. You'll find detailed guidelines for starting a ketogenic eating plan. And you won't have to wait decades for metabolic mitochondrial therapy to make its way into the mainstream. You can build a healthier body and brain starting right now.

Publisher: Carlsbad, California : Hay House, Inc., 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781401953775
Branch Call Number: 613.25 Mer
Characteristics: xxiii, 339 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Cynthia_N May 30, 2018

Interesting read! The popularity of (and seeming success of) the ketogenic diet has caught my eye and this answered quite a few of the questions I had as well as a bunch I didn't know I had. I just might jump on the bandwagon but I will make sure I add fruits and veggies!!

Feb 06, 2018

The book was good in that it contained deeper, scientific content than most diet books. He did a good job describing some metabolic and biochemical processes in a pretty accurate way. He did a great job at emphasizing the importance of the quality of foods, not just that any source of fat would be good for you (obviously I think most people know, deep down, that there is a difference in quality of nutrients between bacon and avocados--though they are both high in fat). I also like that he is honest about how, in the past, he has been wrong about certain recommendations he's made and notes that he may learn something new in the future which will change his viewpoint on fat for fuel. Since science continues to offer new knowledge, being receptive to new scientific findings is imperative. But, I think he inaccurately drew "confident" conclusions that just can't be drawn confidently just yet--what happens in a lab dish or in a rodent study does not always pan out when studied in humans. He acknowledged that --but then still made recommendations pretty adamantly and confidently. I think it's definitely worth reading--but keep your big picture, critical thinking skills intact. Most studies show that plants protect against disease and if one is going to limit CHO to the degree he recommends, there's not much room for adequate intake of even the lowest CHO veggies and certainly not room for beans, legumes and sources of resistant starch. With the emerging knowledge of the role of gut microbiome in health and disease, how can anyone overlook the importance of eating some foods, simply for the purpose of feeding the gut? Supplements never turn out to be as good as real food so, no, I don't think his recommendation for taking psyllium will be an adequate replacement.

Dec 09, 2017

This book is great if... BIG SARCASTIC "IF"... your goal is just to feel good about the dietary choices you are likely already making and you would like help ignoring the nagging inner-voice reminding you that deep down you know a high fat diet is not the best choice for you.... (and believe me as a foodie I would LOVE for the premise of this book to be correct.) Remember the adage "if it sounds too good to be true...?"

Do yourself a favour and take the time to read the comment that was made by Nick Arrizza. My comment would essentially be redundant to his, but I would like to add this. I am someone trained in a field of scientific research, so the source of an author's information is extremely important to the credibility of that author's claims. With this in mind, I can say that I can vouch for the accuracy of each of his recommendations of whole foods plant based related books.

Dec 09, 2017

Dr. Mercola is one of the best natural doctors out there. Well researched, he gives solid information/solutions to many modern illnesses, including obesity. Great information in this book. If you are overweight, Type 2 Diabetic, have food addictions, etc., I highly recommend you read this book.

Nov 24, 2017

Very interesting book on health and nutrition. Mercola has done excellent research. And, there is a convergence of evidence from numerous sources and studies (PURE study, etc.) that a low-carb, high-fat diet is good for you. Mercola is very closely aligned with Gundry (“The Plant Paradox”) except that Gundry adds another nutritional filter with lectins rendering many plant foods not good for you. Mercola misses out on the lectin filter. Otherwise, Mercola’s MMT (Metabolic Mitochondria Therapy) is very much aligned with Gundry’s diet guidelines. If you look at their respective list of recommended foods there is a very large overlap between the two.
While Gundry is focused on repairing one’s leaky gut, Mercola is focused on the health of your mitochondria. And, if you eat in order to restore the health of one (let’s say mitochondria), you will also restore the health of the other (no more leaky gut). The way both doctors plan to restore your health entails:
1) Consume a majority of your calories from healthy fats (plant and nut based);
2) Cut all carbs as much as possible;
3) Limit your animal protein intake (Mercola has a chapter called “The Protein Paradox”); and
4) Intermittently fast over 12 hours and up to 16 to 18 hours a day.

Mercola wants you to measure daily very precisely the number of calories you consume from each type of macronutrients and measure the impact it has on your blood serum levels of glucose, insulin, and other metrics. He makes you behave like you are diabetic by measuring your blood glucose up to three times a day. He also wants you to measure frequently whether you have reached a ketosis state with another set of blood tests that you also conduct on your own.
Mercola refers to an extensive list of scientific papers supporting his arguments. I read a couple of them that were very interesting. He also introduces his readers to the cronometer. This is a website that generates an ingredient label on any food you want such as a single banana, or egg, or avocado. The results are informative.
As a result of those low-carb & high-fat diet, you will eat many eggs, avocados, nuts, olive and olive oil. Keep in mind that health related government agencies, and various medical associations (American Heart Association, etc.) still provide guidelines that are way outdated and have contributed to an epidemic of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases.
Based on the current science, we have to be grateful to the Mercola and Gundry of the world to inform us on what is good for us way ahead before such information is accepted by the government establishment. And, they support their arguments very well based on existing science.

Jul 24, 2017

This book is built on a false/erroneous premise that the low fat diet initiated by the USDA in the 1960's based on the results of Ancel Keys (that saturated fat intake was directly correlated with heart disease risk), was a "miserable failure" according to the author. What he (doesn't tell you and) calls the "low fat diet" actually turns out to be the Standard American Diet which consists of daily fat calories between 30-70%. We all know that this "diet" largely based on animal proteins, fats, oils and processed carbohydrates is responsible for the epidemic of obesity, heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and many of the other chronic diseases known on this planet. The author then goes on to promote a high fat diet on anecdotal research studies that lack in scientific credibility.

The only true low fat diet (natural experiment) which is never mentioned by the author is that employed by Seven Day Adventists (Seven Day Adventist Study-2) in Loma Linda, California, rural Chinese as researched in The China Study by T. Colin Campbell PhD and in the Blue Zones Research highlighted by Dan Buettner (in his book of the same name where he found the healthiest and longest lived civilizations on the planet) who subsist on essentially a whole plant based diet where daily fat calories of 10-15%. In these populations many of the chronic western diseases are rare to nonexistent.

Much better and truthful reads are: The Starch Solution, Whole, The Food Revolution, The Cheese Trap, The Healthiest Diet on The Planet, The China Study, Prevent And Reverse Heart Disease; all promoting the amazing power of a whole plant based diets to halt and even reverse many current chronic diseases as well as make our food supply one that will no longer brutally mistreat and slaughter innocent animals as well as help reverse climate change.

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