for 30 years, dr. david harper, taught medical students that a low-fat, high-carb diet was the way to eat to prevent chronic disease.
today, he admits, “i got it wrong.”
“we now have 20 years of scientific evidence that a well-formulated ketogenic diet reduces chronic disease.”
a keto diet is high in fats, low in carbs.
but harper, the co-author of the biodiet: the scientifically proven, ketogenic way to lose weight and improve health and a cancer expert, stresses, “a ketogenic diet is not a cure for cancer. rather, it is an effective adjunct therapy along with a standard of care.”
until recently harper was a visiting scientist in the b.c. cancer research centre’s terry fox laboratory.
his research indicates a ketogenic diet has multiple health benefits in cardiovascular disease, diabetes
and weight reduction.
“the axis of illness”, according to harper are, “insulin resistance, obesity
and inflammation, all of which are fuelled by carbohydrates, leading to chronic disease.”
a keto diet coupled with exercise is an effective way to diminish weight, inflammation and reduce insulin resistance, he says.
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