Friday, November 02, 2007

Miscellaneous Low-Carb Audio And Images

You know the old saying, "A picture is worth a thousand words." Well, I've got five pictures, videos, and even an audio today that will interest those of us who are livin' la vida low-carb much more than those thousand words. These run the spectrum from weight loss to science to health. Watch, listen, read and ENJOY!


Earlier this year I blogged about a new weight loss movie by an independent filmmaker named Steve Yu. The documentary film is called INSPIRED: The Movie and is set to release in 2008. Anyone looking to be motivated and inspired in their weight loss efforts needs to see this movie! What I really enjoy about the premise of this project is that it doesn't focus on any one specific plan for losing the weight. Everything is on the table and Steve encourages people to find what works for them. I couldn't agree more! Watch this inspiring new trailer for the movie which includes some footage from the interview I did with them several months back.


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You gotta love go-against-the-flow comic strip writer Scott Adams, the creator of the uber-popular "Dilbert." Through his unique talents and skills, Adams made a statement about the current state of populist science that pervades our culture nowadays (much of what Gary Taubes exposes in his new book).

Although one of his interests is "vegetarian food," you can't help but love this "Dilbert" strip earlier this week where he smacks the flim-flam practices of some people in the research community right upside the head. Get ready to stand up and cheer this one because it's 100% spot on.


I've got a real treat for you today, especially those of you who have either NEVER heard the late great Dr. Robert C. Atkins or if you knew him well. One of his strongest critics while he was alive was Dr. John McDougall, a known vegan advocate and decidedly anti-low-carb. Yet in this interview with Dr. Atkins he conducted, I found it fascinating that Dr. McDougall was amazed that people could find health and weight results by following two dietary approaches that are diametrical opposites. Because I never knew Dr. Atkins when he was alive, this was fantastic to hear and recharged me to keep on livin' la vida low-carb that much more. The spirit of Dr. Atkins is still alive and well in 2007 and you'll feel it all over again after listening to this interview.


Let me just say up front that I tee-totally despise about 99.9% of what television political talk show host Bill Maher has to say about anything. But when I saw this rant from him about the abundance of pills for everything while we continue our poor health habits. It's sprinkled with irreverent humor, but there's quite a bit of truth in what he said. If you take ANY kind of prescription drug, then you REALLY need to hear what Maher has to say.

By the way, he mentions fried Coke which is sadly a reality at a fair near you. My favorite part of the segment was when Maher shares that diet and exercise does work and says "ask your doctor if getting off your ass is right for you." HA! You go boy!


One of my longtime readers Dan said he saw that picture above in the November 2007 issue of Reader's Digest and thought it was pretty darn close to being a spittin' image of yours truly. It's a caricature by the C.F. Payne Gallery and shows a man stooping over looking inside his refrigerator. I suppose the big ear, the hair style (although mine isn't receding quite that much yet!), the thin face, and other little nuances are eerily similar to me. Even my wife Christine had to laugh when she saw this. But obviously it's NOT me because that refrigerator has milk, juice, and leftover spaghetti in it! LOL! THANKS for thinking about me, though, Dan!

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Blogger CJ said...

Hi Jimmy,
Inspired looks like avery sweet film. I look forward to seeing it.

Btw, Gary Taubes was interviewed on PBS's Talk of the Nation Science Friday today... folks should be able to get it via their local PBS affiliate archives. Or national site too


CJ Hunt

11/02/2007 5:08 PM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

THANKS CJ! I think INSPIRED will be the perfect COMPLEMENT to YOUR film which will be more about the science behind a healthy lifestyle. Steve's film is more about the emotional and psychological issues concerning obesity and health.

I appreciate the note about Gary Taubes being on PBS. He was also on NPR today which I will highlight in my next Taubes update coming soon.

GREAT to hear from you as always!

11/02/2007 5:21 PM  
Blogger Paul Kelly - 95.1 WAYV said...

Hi Jimmy,

We'll have to agree to disagree on Bill Maher's humor and politics. I'm in agreement with most of what he says (except his views on religion) - but you and I are in 100% agreement that his take on the health crisis in America is right on!

You should forward that clip to Dr. Davis, I'm sure he'd appreciate what Bill has to say about how there's no money to be made by the healthcare or pharmaceutical industries from healthy people...or dead people. Just SICK people. That's one of the reasons the work that you and Dr. Davis is do is so important!


11/02/2007 9:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Loved the audio of Dr. Atkins. It's the only interview with him I'd ever seen or heard. If you ever come across any others (I know Larry King interviewed him a few times), I'd love to see/hear them!

I was surprised at how conciliatory Dr. A was, considering how much I'd heard that he was supposedly so abrasive and standoffish. Even when contronted by a guy who's entire philosophy was his polar opposite, he showed a great deal more constraint than I ever would have!

11/03/2007 12:35 PM  
Blogger JD said...

Dr. McDougall was extremely defensive and vitriolic in his attack on Dr. Atkins. You could hear the fear in his voice. For god's sake McDougall ease up. Dr. Atkins indicated his diet was for those with a specific disorder. He didn't say the entire planet should be on Atkins.

11/03/2007 9:57 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

Dr. Michael Eades is currently putting forth the theory that Dr. Atkins alienated the health establishment because he was too arrogant. While there may be a grain of truth in this, I think it also may be a misreading of the fact that Dr. Atkins was furiously indignant at the willful blindness of a health institution that preferred to sacrifice the health of a nation rather than accept the truth.

Dr. Atkins may have been angry, but I say he was righteously and justifiably so. If he alienated, it was because he refused to sugar-coat the truth, and because he saw that it would take pummeling with clubs, rather than soothing words, to break through the pathologic denial of the entrenched authorities. If he failed, it was not his fault, but theirs. Let's not make excuses or put the blame on the only person who ever stood up for the truth. Jesus was called "arrogant", too.

11/05/2007 11:25 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

The NPR interview and the PBS interview are one and the same. The "opposing expert" doctor in the interview is actually featured in Taubes' book for doing key research on de-bunking the cholesterol myths. However, despite agreeing generally with Taubes' conclusions about carbs being the real cause of weight gain and heart disease, at the end of the interview this Dr. Barnes says he does not think a study would receive public approval because there would be "no demonstrated public health benefit". He actually speaks the old warn saw of "why do a study when no one can stay on a diet anyway?" Taubes tries to counter with the tobacco argument (should we tell people to keep smoking because it is easier and more pleasant?) but on this point, this otherwise rational researcher is utterly obtuse. This is a prime example, on tape and national broadcast, of the pathological blindness and irresponsibility of the research system. Taubes had limited time (of course), but he had to have left that interview shaking his head in incredulity, as did I. Hopefully a few listeners did also. It may be time for a letter to Science Friday.

11/06/2007 1:28 AM  
Blogger Kevin said...

The McDougall interview, like too many such interviews, is a series of rapid-fire, machine-gun attacks which do not allow the interviewee any proper time to respond or go into depth. And the questions are misleading and loaded. These type of interviews are almost a waste of time.

Dr. A did not really get McDougall to slow down and pay attention until he got angry. In response to the question of why does your diet not agree with studies cited by the AMA and AHA, including the Harvard Nurses Study, Atkins said "do you know how to spell CROOKED?" The researchers failed to mention known opposing evidence. Dr. A pulled no punches about these biased agencies and their finessed studies.

But both mcdougall and Atkins were respectful in the end and said they admired each others work. Atkins admitted that McDougall got opposite results. Mcdougall seemed to enjoy the honest debate. He sounded like he might actually be convinced by the right evidence and and said he would love to have Dr. A back on. I don't know if McDougall is still operating in California.

11/08/2007 1:13 AM  
Blogger Anne said...

Heh, I'm a little late to the party on this entry but it brings warmth to my heart that there is something you and Bill Maher agree on :)

My atheist self has been known to stop on the 700 Club while channel surfing to listen to Pat Robertson rant about aspertame or nutrition or government "nannying".

It's good that government stupidity can bring us all together :D

11/13/2007 10:11 PM  

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