Some of my friends on the Keto-Diet claim that, if many of their bio-markers appear to improve, then how can it be unhealthy?

Dr. McDougall mentioned that the same positive bio-marker effects are also achieved when doctors place their patients on CHEMOTHERAPY. Does that suggest that obese people ought to jump into CHEMOTHERAPY to loose weight?  Of course not.

Remember, anyone and anything can be or look great for a few minutes. But what of the longer-term?

Doctors would agree that if you put less food into your body, your body organs have less to work with and respond accordingly. TEMPORARILY!

Cholesterol markers, for example, will drop. Why?  No food entering the system so less need to make high levels of cholesterol. That also suggests, when normal food is consumed again, those markers will return to pre-Keto-Diet and pre-fasting levels. It’s never just about a few bio-markers or a few organs, or about a few minutes, or even a few days of observance. It’s always about the overall impact to the INTERNAL ORGANS of the body over the LONGER PERIOD.

There are so MANY STUDIES of large populations and even in the laboratory that have PROVEN the damage to long-term, optimal health, by AVOIDING healthy, nutritious, COMPLEX CARBOHYDRATES , (with fiber). Yet, animal-diets remain popular because, to paraphrase Dr. McDougall, when he said that people like to hear that bad things are good.

When bad things are made to sound good, multi-billion dollar industries often spring up. People readily accept those-bad-things-are-good sales pitches with the mistaken belief that there are enough regulations in place that, if something was truly bad for us, it would never make it to market, we’d never hear of it.  But such wishful protectionist thinking is far from today’s reality.

People want to hear that it is okay to eat foods that are tasty and easy to prepare. So a multi-million dollar industry is at the ready and is serving up plenty of partial science, to meet that need.

Besides, given permission to freely enjoy plenty of animal proteins and animal fats is a ticket to tastebud Nirvana.

Preparing meals based around fats and animal proteins turns even the least-skilled cook into a near-gourmet. It’s easy to carmelize fats. Carmelized fats, cooked fats, makes animal proteins taste delicious. It is simple to do, convenient, and delicious. The threshold to good cooking using animal proteins and fats is very, very low.

When you eat, are you merely chasing taste, or do you wish to eat something that tastes great but will nourish your body. properly, for longevity?

In an earlier Nugget, I mentioned that there is an easy, inexpensive way to settle the debate  about healthy and non-healthy food consumption:  the BART TEST.  [See:  World’s Best Diet? Do  a BART Test….]

In easy-to-understand terminology, this test measures the health of one’s circulatory system upon eating animal proteins and fatty foods.

If animal proteins and fatty foods were healthy, then we’d expect our circulatory system to show signs of improvement or at least to show no signs of being harmed. Guess what you’ll record after a high-protein, high-fat meal? The BART test, when used under test circumstances PROVED circulation was hampered following high-animal protein, fat-laden meals.

There are so many instant experts on this or that money-making diet that it quickly gets confusing. Here’s one simple question you can ask of authors or you neighbourhood diet expert.  “Does it pass the BART test?”

If it doesn’t, as I expect we’d learn with the Keto-Diet, one wonders how long one can starve arteries, veins, and organs of healthy blood flow before the body’s natural systems implode from being starved of the nutrients they desperately need for proper, continuous, long-term functioning.

Okay, so you jumped into the Keto-Diet, and discovered that, after a period of time, you just could not stick to it;  or you got fed up, pardon the pun, because you either are taking so long in the washroom that you fall asleep, or that you have to spend so much on laxatives that you wish your family bought common shares in those companies;  or, in the more concerning instances, that your blood markers are now out of wack.

How do you fix the damage from a wrong diet?  Adopt the right diet, if there still is time to fix your body.

First, have a serious discussion with your doctor and follow any medication or therapy programs your doctor may recommend. You may need some serious medications to keep you from experiencing a near-term health crisis. Your doctor is trained to handle an ACUTE medical urgency.

Then, and with your doctor’s permission, if you have some “breathing room”, get onto the healthiest diet in the world: whole food, plant-based,[WFPB], with no oils.  That means:

  • no packaged food, fresh only
  • 100% vegetables, legumes, and fruits
  • no ANIMAL PRODUCTS or PRODUCTS FROM ANIMALS: no cheese, no beef, no poultry, no fish, no dairy, (no eggs, no butter)
  • no sugar, no sugar substitutes, no artificial sweeteners
  • reduce or eliminate salt
  • NO OILS, no margarine, no butter, no liquid fats whatsoever
  • NO FAKE MEATS!!!  Especially: no textured vegetable proteins

Some people call this a VEGAN diet, but it is more than that. Notice: no fake meats, no oils, no margarine.

The WFPB, no oils, diet will be a great challenge to even a gourmet chef.

When all animal fats and especially all oils, are removed,  your favourite gourmet chef will likely keel over from shock. It’s not easy to prepare great-tasting meals, given the above restrictions. Your favorite expert on cooking will also be challenged to do so. Yet, many are rising to the challenge.

Anyone can put together an animal-protein-based, high-fat plate, especially if cooked or topped with oils and cheeses, but some talented gourmet chefs will struggle when faced with the WFPB, (no oils), protocol.


“Proof that the Atkins Diet Works Like Chemotherapy By Sickness-Induced Starvation”, By Dr. John  McDougall, The McDougall Newsletter. Sept. 2003, Vol.2, No 9.