Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Fat ambulances for super-sized people

Kate Jones, medical reporter
27may06 (Melbourne Herald-Sun)

NEW ambulances for fat patients will be built under a $3 million funding package to be unveiled in next week's state Budget.

The reinforced ambulances will be able to transport patients weighing up to 350kg.
The ambulances will include specialist equipment such as heavy-duty wheelchairs, stretchers and lifters.

Five new ambulances will be built as a direct reaction to Australia's obesity epidemic.

Treasurer John Brumby will announce the funding on Tuesday when he delivers the Bracks Government's sixth Budget.

Of the $3 million, half will be used to fit out Victoria's rural and metropolitan ambulance fleet with bariatric, or obesity, equipment.

The new funding comes as Victoria's obesity crisis worsens, with rising numbers of "morbidly obese" people admitted to hospital.

The epidemic is reportedly taking its toll on paramedics, who face occupational health and safety risks in lifting obese patients.

The $3 million ambulance funding aims to protect paramedics as well as ensuring ambulances can cater for obese patients.

The new obesity ambulances are expected to be on Victorian roads in February next year.

The ambulance package is part of its $25 million anti-obesity funding boost expected to be announced in the budget.

Last week the Herald Sun revealed that about $10 million of the funding would be funnelled into school programs promoting healthy eating, exercise and positive body image.

Schools will also be able to apply for grants of more than $50,000 to set up vegetable gardens and grants of up to $6000 to encourage physical activity and nutrition.

State Government statistics show almost half of all Victorian adults are overweight or obese.

Childhood obesity is particularly worrying for parents and doctors, with children as young as four battling weight problems.

Hospitals are spending thousands of dollars on the installation of bariatric equipment that can care for patients weighing up to 500kg.

Last year the Royal Melbourne Hospital opened a purpose-built room with extra-wide doorways and bathroom, reinforced toilet, arm rails and beds to hold patients from 350kg to 500kg.

Is this the sort of Ambulance we should be getting used to in Melbourne?
I think more people need to read, understand and embrace the Paleolithic lifestyle.


A dietitian is addressing a large audience.

A dietitian is addressing a large audience.

"The material we put into our stomachs is enough to have killed most of us sitting here, years ago."

"Red meat is awful, soft drinks erode your stomach lining, Chinese food is loaded with MSG, vegetables can be disastrous, and none of us realises the long term harm caused by the germs in our drinking water."

"But there is one thing that is the most dangerous of all and we all have, or will, eat it."

"Can anyone here tell me what food it is that causes the most grief and suffering for years after eating it?"

A 75-year-old man in the front row stood up and said, "Wedding cake."


P.S. I'm getting married in September...........

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

The Great Cholesterol Con

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This new book is by "The Omnivore" creator, Anthony Colpo. From "The Omnivore" website:-

1) There has not been a single tightly-controlled clinical trial that has produced any reduction in CHD mortality that can honestly be attributed to saturated fat restriction or cholesterol-lowering?

2) Long-term follow-up studies have shown that those with the lowest cholesterol levels tend to live the shortest lives?

3) So-called heart-healthy polyunsaturated vegetable oils have been linked to cancer and heart disease?

4) Cholesterol-lowering drugs have not been shown to provide any clear longevity benefit to women, the elderly, or men free of existing heart disease?

5) In Japan, where low-fat diets supposedly protect people from cardiovascular disease, it is actually those who eat the most saturated fat that have the lowest rates of stroke?

6) There is no clinical evidence that eating more whole-grains will reduce your risk of heart disease or colon cancer?

7) Vegetarians do not live longer than people eating a typical mixed diet?

8) Low fat diets, rather than boosting health, actually restrict your intake of important fat-soluble vitamins and essential fatty acids?

9) Most of the information disseminated by health authorities today is designed not to protect your health, but to benefit vested financial interests?

Online Nutrition information

Some great sites for Nutrition information:
These are the ones I use for my own knowledge as well as buying and reading books.

Empower. Although I don't support the use of low carb "manufactured goods", (I prefer whole natural foods) they host a great forum with a wonderful, caring, knowledgable and supportive community. Sign up (free) and say hello.

Jimmy Moore has achieved some amazing things Livin' his "La Vida Low-Carb". Have a read of his blog. There are some eye-opening articles here and he has been a great source of information and inspiration to me personally. (Before Livin' La Vida Low Carb and after)

Protein Power.The website that supports the "Protein Power" and "Protein Power Life Plan" books, both available from Amazon. It's The Official Web Site of Drs. Michael and Mary Dan Eades, partners in life and in writing the two books just mentioned. The site also hosts blogs by Dr. Mike and Dr. Mary Dan and also a chat forum as well.

The Omnivore is another excellent site for Paleolithic consumers. It is written by Anthony Colpo and he has just released his 1st book.

Amazon have some good books for Nutritional Information. As well as PP and PPLP I have also bought "The Paleo Diet" by Loren Cordain, "Neanderthin : Eat Like a Caveman to Achieve a Lean, Strong, Healthy Body", by Ray Audette and
The Covenant of the Wild: Why Animals Choose Domestication by Stephen Budiansky.

"The Zone" pyramid

This is a much better nutrition pyramid than any other I have seen to date. The only downfall I see is there is no mention of exercise, sunlight or supplements.

Paleolithic Nutrition

One of my hobbies is Nutrition. Specifically Paleolithic nutrition.

The following is an extract from this website (slightly modified but true to the original intent).

The Paleolithic lasted from about 200 000 years ago to about 12000 years ago and was characterized by a hunting and gathering lifestyle for humans. During this time the food supply consisted almost exclusively of lean wild meats, fish, vegetables and fruits. These provided all the nutrients necessary for a very active lifestyle which involved far more exercise than our current way of living. Most importantly, because humans slowly adapted to this food supply over 2000000 years, the human genome was very compatible with all the various types of proteins, fats, carbohydrates and micro-nutrients found in these foods as well as various anti-nutrients that the plants and animals evolved to discourage their consumption. Thus it is very unlikely that the normal constituents of the food supply (excluding bacteria etc) would have caused any common biochemical malfunctions (i.e. disease) because those not compatible with such foods would have been naturally selected from the gene pool over the hundreds of thousands of years this food supply was consumed. Thus a diet of lean meat, fish, fruits and vegetables is now considered to represent a Paleolithic Diet and such a diet is basically that to which humans are genetically adapted.

With the rapid increase of the human population and a consequent dwindling of the standard foods, humans added new foods to their diet and these included grains (cultivated grass seed) and milk and meat products from domesticated animals. This change to a "grow your own" food supply of the agricultural revolution began about 12000 years ago in the Middle East and slowly spread westward, reaching Scandinavia and the British Isles about 6000 years ago.

There can be little doubt that in the early days of agriculture there must have been a broad spectrum of genetic incompatibilities with these new foods which contained a great variety of new, never-seen-before proteins as well as a much greater abundance of saturated fat than the Paleolithic foods. Such incompatibilities likely varied from very high to minor. Over the last 6000 years most of the genes which were very incompatible with the new foods were probably eliminated from the gene pool because of the biochemical failures (illnesses) which would have hit those with such genes before the age of reproduction. However those with lesser genetic incompatibilities and who were not affected by adverse reactions until after the age of reproduction (~18-30) have passed on such genes to our current generations. Thus most diseases associated with the new foods of dairy, grains and high saturated fat meats do not appear until later in life. These include heart disease, stroke, some cancers (prostate, breast, colon), many autoimmune diseases and a variety of chronic degenerative diseases (e.g. Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s).

Notably a few of these diseases do occur in young people and include juvenile diabetes and arthritis. These "exceptions to the rule" most likely relate to the very recent practice of supplementing babies with the new foods (milk, wheat, soy) in the first year of life. Such a practice will identify another group of individuals with very specific food incompatibilities and who would have probably been fine for a long time if they had not had such an early exposure to the problematic foods.

In summary it only makes sense that if our genes are compatible with a supply of a great variety of chemicals from lean meat, fish, fruits and vegetables that any deviation from this is going to have a negative effect on part of the gene pool. Thus it is not surprising that epidemiological studies have shown that the more dairy, grains and high fat meats a society eats the greater the prevalence of all the various non-infectious, "lifestyle" diseases which were listed above. The fact that the people of the outposts of Newfoundland who eat mainly fish and home grown vegetables have one tenth the amount of multiple sclerosis than do genetically similar Albertans whose diet is dominated by red meats, grains and dairy products is a fine example of the relationship between disease prevalence and dietary habits. If your car was built for diesel, don’t be surprised if you have a variety of malfunctions when you start filling it with high octane petrol!

It can be instructive to compare a Paleolithic diet with a standard Western one to understand where the main problems lie.

PROTEIN-In a Paleolithic diet protein makes up about 25-30% of calories and is derived almost exclusively from lean meats and fish. This contrasts with the Western diet which consists of only 10-15% protein which is derived from high fat meats, grains, dairy products and legumes. Thus both the amount and sources vary greatly between the two dietary practices. Proteins play a major role in autoimmune disease and thus these new sources of proteins (dairy, grains, and legumes) which present the immune system with completely new protein fragments, are very problematic. Celiac disease is a fine example of an autoimmune disease driven by these novel proteins. These newly introduced proteins also play a major role in MS, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s and type 1 diabetes.

CARBOHYDRATES-Paleolithic carbohydrates were gained mainly from fruits and vegetables which have a low glycemic index and which are associated with abundant micro-nutrients and fibre. They made up about 30-35% of the calorie intake. Once again the contrast with the Western diet is huge. In the Western diet carbohydrates are derived mainly from grains and refined sugars with fruits and vegetables being a minor supply. Furthermore carbohydrates make up 50-60% of calories, nearly twice that of the Paleolithic diet. These new sources of carbohydrates have a high glycemic index and this, in combination with the great increase in intake, significantly stresses the glucose-insulin system. This results, in a myriad of diseases most often led by type 2 diabetes. These new carbohydrates also have much less fibre and micro-nutrients which also has a very negative health effect.

FATS-Fats comprise about 35-40% of Paleolithic calories and consisted mainly of mono-saturated and poly-unsaturated fats. In the poly-unsaturated fats substantial amounts of omega 3 EFAs (Essential Fatty Acids)were included such that the omega 6/omega 3 ratio was less than 4. Saturated fats made up less than 40% of fat supply. The main sources of fat were lean wild animals, fish and nuts. Currently the Western diet contains similar amounts of fat (35-40%) but the amounts of the various types of fats are very different. The main fat types eaten today are saturated fat from fatty red meats and dairy products and trans fatty acids from margarines and processed baked goods. Omega 3 fats are almost non existent in the diet and the ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 EFAs exceeds 10. The overabundance of saturated fat, the introduction of an entirely new fat type (trans fatty acids) and a major deficiency in omega 3 EFA have resulted in major health problems including heart disease, stroke, hypertension, cancer and chronic degenerative diseases.

MICRONUTRIENTS-The Paleolithic diet contains many more micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, antioxidants) than does the Western diet. Vitamin consumption was about three times that of today in the Paleolithic due to the high intake of fruits and vegetables. Similarly intake of Zn (Zinc), Ca (Calcium), K (Potassium) and Fe (Iron) was much higher in the Paleolithic. Only sodium (Na) and perhaps iodine (I) are consumed much more today. Sodium consumption is about eight times that of the Paleolithic and this overabundance of Na along with a very low consumption of most minerals and vitamins not surprisingly has serious consequences for health.

In summary our current diet is very different from that consumed in the Paleolithic and with which humans are genetically compatible. These major differences are having a major effect on the health of the Western population and MS is just one of a broad spectrum of lifestyle diseases driven by our radically new dietary habits.

DO NOT buy on ebay from these assholes!

I purchased a 5 piece luggage set from them and paid for it the same day. They sent the incorrect item (a three piece set) in it's place. When I emailed them to point out the error of their ways, they said that I should be grateful because the set I got was worth more then the one I bought!

I needed 5 pieces, so I said that I would need the original set. I had to send the one they erroneously sent out back, at my own expense. I then did not hear from them for a week despite three emails from me. They only responded to me once I left them negative feedback. (Their response was to leave negative for me, despite me paying on the same day as auction end.)

It has taken them three weeks to dispatch the correct item. They also claim that they adhere to the NSW fair trade policy. I can find in that document where it states that if a purchaser is sent the wrong item, he has to pay to get it returned.

These people are scum. I STRONGLY advise you NOT to purchase anything - ever from them. The risk is too great that you will be ripped off and left negative feedback for your trouble.

If you currenty have a bid on anything with them, then I suggest you retract it, cancel it, do whatever you can to avoid dealing with them. By the way, "they" are Auction Depot Australia.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

State of Origin - Game 1

Last night I watched the Rugby League State of Origin game between Qld and NSW. I reckon the Maroons were very sloppy in the first half, but managed to play a lot better in the second half to draw level. They were very unlucky that a NSW last minute field goal snatched the game from them. Better luck next time guys.

While watching, it made me pine for the good old days of AFL State of Origin. Get rid of the rest and just have Vic v SA. This would be a great money spinner for the AFL and a great spectacular for the fans of the game.


Wednesday, May 24, 2006

First entry

G'day guys and gals. This is the first entry for my newly created blog. I'd like to use this to comment on a variety of issues that are important to me. It will probably wander about the place from subject to subject, but I'll try and keep it interesting for you.

The sort of subjects I'll be covering are current news stories, sporting events, car restoration (I'm currently (trying) to restore a 1929 Chevy 4 door sedan), nutrition and movies.

I know that seems to be wide range of subjects, but they're just what tickles my fancy at the time.