Monday, October 22, 2007

'Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Show' Episode 95: Exclusive Interview With Low-Fat Diet Guru Dr. Dean Ornish Part One

For the first time ever, audio from my interview with Dean Ornish

It was about one year ago that I was given the opportunity to interview someone who many in the low-carb community consider public enemy #1: Dr. Dean Ornish. Over the years, Dr. Ornish has made a career out of being the king of the low-fat diet and has become quite an established guru among his peers. He is arguably the most famous low-fat diet proponent in the world today and it was truly an honor to have had the opportunity to interview him despite our obvious differences.

In Episode 95 of "The Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore," you will get to hear for the very first time ever the first part this exclusive interview I conducted with Dr. Ornish with all of his answers to the questions I had for him. If you're expecting a debate between him and I, then I'm sorry to disappoint you. The purpose of this interview was to simply listen to what the man had to say to see what he believes--straight from the horse's mouth!

Click on the "LISTEN NOW" link below or download it to your iPod (I apologize for the poor audio quality of this recording--this was before I had my own podcast show and I was using primitive digital equipment that sounded like we were talking into cardboard boxes. Do your best to listen and read the transcripts linked below to follow along):

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Many of my longtime readers will recall seeing the 4-part transcript of my interview with Dr. Ornish last year and you can see the relevant parts of today's podcast for yourself here and here. I think what was most shocking about his comments in this podcast had to be his assertion that he doesn't really advocate a low-fat diet except for those who are trying to reverse heart disease (which I still find VERY hard to believe since that's his biggest claim to fame) and that he believes HDL "good" cholesterol is like "garbage trucks" for the body (getting rid of the fat which he thinks is the "garbage" in your body--something the always-lucid Dr. Mike Eades more than adequately responded to). I really had to bite my tongue throughout this interview with Dr. Ornish.

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What did you think about what Dr. Ornish had to share in this portion of my interview with him? Did he say anything that you would agree with or do you think he was simply on his talking points the entire time? Talk about what you think and respond to anything you disagreed with. I can't imagine that anyone reading this would challenge a single word Dr. Ornish said...LOL!

Come back on Thursday for part two of my interview with Dr. Dean Ornish heard exclusively on "The Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore." THANK YOU for listening and for helping to spread the positive message of the healthy low-carb lifestyle with everyone you know.

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Blogger Science4u1959 said...

HDL is GARBAGE trucks? What kind of totally unfounded, unscientific tripe is that? Cholesterol is a completely natural, extremely beneficial substance that actually plays a very important role in cardiovascular health. How the heck can anyone make the connection with garbage trucks?

As for his heart health ideas: the fact remains that there currently does not exist any scientific evidence to show that Ornish's Lifestyle program can actually save even a single life. In contrast, trials involving subjects following omnivorous diets who were instructed to exercise, take fish oil supplements, or consume more fish and/or fruits and vegetables, have produced marked reductions in cardiac and overall mortality. The Lyon Diet Heart Study, for example, found that a Mediterranean-style diet featuring increased omega-3 intake (from both fish and plant sources) and increased fruit and vegetable intake produced a whopping 81% reduction in coronary mortality and a 60% decrease in overall mortality. The participants of the Lyon study were followed for an average of 2.25 years.
In the Diet and Reinfarction Trial, which ran for only two years, men who were instructed to eat more fish slashed their risk of CHD and overall mortality by a third. The results of projects such as the Lyon Diet Heart Study and DART trial should be kept firmly in mind when assessing the exuberant but unfounded claims of outspoken vegetarian advocates like Ornish.

In short: the man is (still) ludicrous and (still) completely delusional...

10/23/2007 10:08 AM  

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