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Life Without Bread: How a Low-Carbohydrate Diet Can Save Your Life Paperback – July 1, 2000
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Christian B. Allan, PhD, has performed research on the chemistry of minerals, biochemistry, and nutrition at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories, the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and the National Institutes of Health. He currently works for a biotechnology company in Maryland.
Wolfgang Lutz, MD, has studied low-carbohydrate nutrition on thousands of patients in his clinical practice. He has had great success in alleviating their ailments and building a comprehensive theory to explain why low-carbohydrate diets improve human health.
- Publisher : McGraw-Hill Education; 1st edition (July 1, 2000)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0658001701
- ISBN-13 : 978-0658001703
- Item Weight : 12.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 7.4 x 0.74 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #391,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In my humble opinion "Life Without Bread" ("Leben Ohne Brot") is a must read for any IBD and Crohn's patient! He provided real data and statistical results from his private practice and years of personally conducted clinical research. As far as I know it is the ONLY published research to date on using the high-fat, low-carb diet in this context and it is great shame that Life Without Bread took so long to be translated into English. He explains autoimmune disease very simply and gives one hope of remaining in remission by eating less than 72 carbs a day.
This should be required reading for folks with other autoimmune diseases including MS, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma and diabetes. The greatest tragedy of WWII was that all the magnificent research done by the German doctors was forgotten or debased. At the same time, the Americans took over the field and erroneously promoted low-fat, high-carb diets, the use of Poly Unsaturated Fatty Acids and high fructose corn syrups, while often receiving financial benefits from it while our population becomes increasingly obese and suffers from cancer, heart disease and a variety of other ills.
Also, the chapter on heart disease effectively debunks the phony widely held notion that saturated fats and cholesterol from animal foods cause this condition. The authors explain the physiological benefits of saturates and simultaneously point out the flawed reasoning behind the Lipid Hypothesis. Buy this book today, as it will save your health and your life.
PS As of November, 2011 I gave up eating all wheat products and went off of Lialda in March, 2012. I have only had one minor flare-up during the summer and that was because I started eating too much sugar. I cut that out and feel really fine again. I believe that UC sufferers must abstain from all wheat products which is not something that Dr. Lutz really discusses.
I have been a good patient for that whole time, taking what was prescribed, with never any improvement, just deterioration.
Thankfully through an online support group I heard about this book. I had already begun some diet modification using SCD diet principles but it was not quite enough of a modification for me. Removing all carbohydrates from my diet was extremely difficult, in fact the authors of this book recommend eating more than I do currently, but after 6 weeks and incredible improvement I can say without question that carbohydrates are the root of my illness.
I have often wondered why my grandparents, country people, could eat eggs, butter, bacon, ham etc and live long lives. Their son, my father just died, after many years of ill health at an earlier age.
This country is in deep trouble with rampant obesity, diabetes and multitudes of ailments. If only this information was made standard knowledge we could solve our health care crisis. These are real doctors with real scientific background for their principles. Why has none of my doctors ever told me to at least try this diet?
Perhaps it is better for them that I remain their patient year after year. It certainly suits the pharmaceutical companies, my Rx costs a LOT.
I have never been so positive about a book and how it can improve a person's life without drugs. Buy this book. It's not easy for a non-scientist (like me) to read but I got the basic idea. Cut out carbohydrates and get healthier.
But we are not doctors, and the media has spread so much misinformation about low carb that people are afraid. Dr. Atkins was a Cornell-educated cardiologist, and Drs. Michael and Mary Dan Eades are physicians who have been treating people for obesity for many years. But they have written diet books -- excellent diet books, with very useful information -- but diet books nonetheless, and to much of the population all diet books are suspect, a part of the "diet industry."
Dr. Wolfgang Lutz has written Life Without Bread solely from the perspective of a doctor who has been treating patients for over forty years by carbohydrate-restricted nutrition. He is not a "diet doctor," but a doctor who uses diet. This is not a book touted to make you lose weight, but a serious exploration of the dramatic health benefits of a low carbohydrate diet. Because of that very difference, it will be taken more seriously by many.
And it should be. The studies demonstrating not only the safety but superiority of a low carbohydrate diet over a low fat diet continue to stack up, and will continue to stack up. But so long as people see low carb only as "that fad weight loss diet," they will be vulnerable to the misinformed nonsense the media spews.
Have you been scared away from a low carbohydrate diet by that misinformation? Please, read Life Without Bread.
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Limit your carbohydrate intake is becoming more and more "normal" to hear because it is helpful advice that actually works on many different levels...
What isn't "normal" advice is the reality of carbohydrate as a food group. All carbohydrate is seen and processed by the body as sugar including the "5 a day" healthy fruit and vegetable advice...
Also what isn't normal advice is the reality that you can eat anything and become better and weight loss is normally a side effect of better principles around eating behaviour.
72 grammes per day is the cut off point before carbohydrate becomes a problem for the body and it begins to store the excess as fat.
Fat = fat seems simple and is wrong...
We use grains to "fatten" animals and yet most people cannot make the connection in their own life. Maybe this is due in part to unhelpful official advice, ongoing food company marketing and maybe even due to the "addictiveness" of genetically modified wheat... And to be honest, the average person just needs some helpful advice and doesn't want to believe that such a "staple food" such as bread has become so problematic...
And that most pre-packaged food contain carbohydrate - take out the fat for so-called health reasons and replace with... Sugar aka carbohydrate...
There is more sugar in your "healthy jacket potato" than in a mars bar...
"Give us today our daily bread".... And limit my intake to 72 grammes or less...
This book would benefit from a different title as life without bread is actually about "life limiting bread" rather than "cutting it out completely" and it has really helpful advice scattered throughout the book.
If you are currently struggling with health issues of any kind then I would set aside 3 or 4 hours and see if you can devour this book in one session. Buy it as a reference book and use a highlighter pen and this will definitely help you on your wellness journey because it has so many reasons "why" 72 grammes is helpful - and 72 rather than 62 or 82 is where we come unstuck - just pretend 72 is the magic number and see what happens... (This number isn't a guess - it's based on clinical results from measuring the blood glucose curves in patients who were insulin resistant.)
PS. I bought this book because of a skin complaint my 14 year old has - Wheat Belly is another book I have bought - and limiting my son's carb intake has helped when I was told that nothing would help... It's hormonal... It's his age... The medication may take a while to kick in... Maybe we need a different medication... Bullcrap... It's really as simple as certain people's body find our current diet more toxic than others... My son's skin complaint is already 90% better and this is part of an ongoing learning curve...
Indeed, when you are lowering your carbohydrates, you will get some results. But what exactly it's happening in the physiology of the body? We do know that carbohydrates = glucose = sugar = more inflammation. Therefore, when you lower the number of carbohydrates, clearly you are lowering the inflammation, and you will feel better! But is this healthy long-term?
I encourage the authors and readers to research more, and have a look at the following documentaries:
"Forks over Knives", and "What the Health". These are just 2 of them, but there are many out there.
Also, The China Study is the greatest study out there on nutrition! I highly encourage everyone to have a look at it! It's amazing what they've discovered!
When you have a carcinogenic substance in the body such as aflatoxin, for a tumor to grow you would only need 20% of the casein protein from the cow's milk. It's like turning gas on the fire!
Also, they've discovered that people who are consuming the most dairy products and animal products have the highest rate of osteoporosis.
Animal protein is dangerous folks, especially in high quantities! It is acidic, it is too much in quantity, and creates acidity in the body among many other things. The body needs to balance this acidic environment, and guess what? It's going after the calcium (actually the phosphate, from calcium phosphate) from your bones, teeth, spine, etc.
Another thing is that this animal protein which you are getting into your food is second-hand! Think about it - where do those animals get their proteins? From plants, exactly! Why not going yourself as well straight to the main source of proteins like legumes, cereals, nuts, and seeds?
Also, there is no fiber in meat. That's why almost everyone is constipated when eating animal products! No fibers in them at all. Your body needs fiber, your gut bacteria need fiber to produce Short Chain Fatty Acids and whatnot.
Anyway, there are a lot of things to say, but I will stop here! Please, people, watch "Forks over knives, What The Health Documentaries", read "The China Study". You will discover the amazing healing properties that are in plants! And, of course, you cannot go the next day vegan or vegetarian if you've been eating animal products all your life!
Give it a try, introduce slowly more plant-based foods into your diet, while slowly taking out things like pork, beef, and so on. And this is not medical advice! Be safe out there!