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About the Author

Dr. Robert K. Su was born in Taipei, Taiwan in 1942. He graduated from School of Pharmacy, former Taipei Medical College in 1965, and received his Bachelor Degree in Pharmacy. He graduated from Nagasaki University School of Medicine in 1971, and received his Medical Doctor degree. He briefly interned at the Department of Surgery, Nagasaki City Hospital, after his graduation from medical school. He completed his internship at Episcopal Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1972. He finished his residency in anesthesiology at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia in 1974. He has been in private practice in anesthesiology and pain management since 1974. He continued to practice pain management full time until 2006. He continues to practice pain management, part-time, with acupuncture.

Dr. Su loves to share his experiences with his patients, friends and colleagues like you, and family members. He continues to give presentations on a variety of topics, especially on diet and health. His goal is to prevent the loss of lives from illnesses and violence through public awareness and education.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 412 pages
  • Publisher: Two Harbors Press (April 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935097083
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935097082
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #851,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Man TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 1, 2009
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One of the things that is most frustrating for people dealing with weight and health issues is that they don't feel like their primary care physician truly understands their problem. If only doctors and other medical professionals could go through all the experiences of trying to lose weight, deal with declining health, and attempt to eat as healthy as they want us to, then maybe people would feel more confident and inspired to do those things for themselves. That's exactly what Dr. Robert K. Su has done.

After years of toiling with high-carb, low-fat diets and struggling to figure out why his patients weren't losing weight and getting healthier eating that way, Dr. Su went on his own personal low-carb journey that led him to shed the pounds, greatly improve his health, and have an epiphany about why so many of his patients had such a difficult time with these issues over the years. His research showed him it was the carbohydrates they were eating that were quite literally KILLING them.

While most people erroneously think that your body somehow needs carbs to function, Dr. Su outlines brilliantly in his book that this is a bald face lie. The body actually needs fat and some protein, but there is absolutely no dietary requirement for the body to consume carbs. CARBOHYDRATES CAN KILL is an eye-opening book for anyone who is still caught up in decades-old thinking that fat is the enemy and carbs are your friend. Flip those two around and you'll see what Dr. Su sees--low-carb will work for you, too!
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By J. Elwell on August 9, 2009
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This is an unusual book in several ways. It is the only one I know of written by a medical doctor who improved his own health by eating low carb. It ranges from extremely technical in Chapter 1 to pretty casual in Chapter 7. It goes into great depth about all the bad things that come from eating carbohydrates, but its dietary advice consists of a list of fourteen items on less than two pages.

Here are some of the things I really liked about the book:

1. Chapter 1 is a very in-depth discussion of the biochemistry of food, metabolism and nutrition. If you have a scientific bent, you will enjoy this. It includes numerous charts and drawings to help illustrate the various concepts. If you aren't so inclined, I think you could skip it, and just refer to the glossary starting on page 14 as necessary.

(One thing I learned reading the glossary: the term "diabetes mellitus" refers to the most common form of diabetes we all know about. There is another kind of diabetes, "diabetes insipidus" which creates similar symptoms, but is quite a different ailment.)

2. The Physicians Personal Experience (Chapter 5) is quite interesting. You can see very clearly the scientific mind working as Dr. Su experiments on himself with diet and exercise changes, keeping careful records along the way.

3. The list of published research papers in the book is very useful, due to his categorization and summary of the contents. His categories are things like: obesity, diabetes, vision, arthritis, etc., all in relationship to carbohydrate intake. An excellent reference to have.

4. His web site lists some 1,163 scientific papers, sorted in the same categories as the book, supporting the superiority of low-carb diets. Another useful reference.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By L. Cagnassola on July 15, 2009
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When Dr. Su discovered the effects of carbohydrates on his own body, it changed his world. The change was so dramatic he wants to change yours too! Carbohydrates Can Kill is a manifestation of Dr. Su's passion to improve your health in ways you may not have dreamed possible.

Follow this physician through his journey of health transformation and discover the detailed daily regime of a man who has radically improved the quality of his life by following a true science that most of us do not know exists. The first half of the book is a documentation of one physician's experience and the second half of the book contains fascinating information that should be required learning for everyone who eats!
Dr. Su uncovers the science behind carbohydrate restriction and it's effects on health by clearly and concisely explaining it in a way that is easy to digest.
The information contained in the myriad of scientific journals is over whelming and many times incomprehensible for those of us without an MD or PhD. Dr. Su explains much of the literature for us in a way that makes sense while also providing the reader with the reference information to access the research directly. The abundance or research on the benefits of carbohydrate restriction Dr. Su points out may shock you!
If you want to know the truth about nutritional health, get this book to point the way, read the research, and then as the doctor suggests, try it for yourself!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Autumn Rose on August 7, 2010
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Anyone who is serious about achieving or maintaining good health must read this book. Dr. Su has provided information you can not find elsewhere, with charts, fact, figures, and illustrations to backup his research. Along with a friendly writing style, the author shares his personal health journey that is sure to inspire you. Don't believe all the misinformation that is so rampant regarding what we should eat! Get a copy of Carbohydrates Can Kill and see for yourself how to control blood sugar (whether you have diabetes or not) for better health and a longer life.
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