Anti-Inflammatory Diet

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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Podcast on Jimmy Moore's Low Carb Show

Jimmy Moore
Jimmy Moore invited me to speak on his Livin' La Vida Low Carb show.  So I recorded a conversation with him about low carb diets, inflammation and disease.  It was great fun to talk about fixing gut flora and the benefits of an anti-inflammatory diet that is based on low carbs and high saturated fats.

Here is the link for show # 476, June 12, 2011.


Anonymous said...

Nice show !

I just had two questions

1. what are your views on AGEs being present in meat and dary products more so than in vegetarian sources?

2. your views on Zero Carbohydrate Diet?


Dr. Art Ayers said...

I don't think that it makes any difference if there are more or less AGES (Advanced Glycation End products, the result of the chemical linkage of sugars, e.g. glucose or especially fructose with lysines of proteins).

It seems to me that it is more important for most people to avoid polyunsaturated fats in vegetable oils and starch/sugar/HFCS, than to worry about meat vs. vegetables.

In general, I would say that fatty meats/fish/eggs are healthier than just vegetables and from my reading of the literature, vegetarians tend to have more deficiency diseases.

I don't see any advantage to zero carbs and it seems to be too inconvenient for most people. To me, the major advantage of avoiding lots of starch/sugar, is to avoid large swings in blood sugar and the need for insulin spikes. It is much easier and healthier to use saturated fats for the majority of calories instead of carbs.

I do, however, recommend lots of vegetables as a source of soluble fiber and bacteria to supplement gut flora.

Thanks for your questions.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your answers, very informative, i have a few followup questions.

1.When you say avoid sugar, what are you referring to - glucose/fructose/sucrose/natural/artificial?

2.I understand lowering carbs would be stressful for the body initially and sugar helps counteract stress hormones (from Dr. Ray Peat) then wouldn't continuing some form of sugar be good while lowering carbs to avoid stress reactions e.g. hair loss?

3. does biomedical literature confirm that wheat damages the intestinal villi?

4. Your point on importance on gut flora is well taken, i would assume stomach acid or lack of it would also be something to watch out for especially with adrenal fatigue, is there someway to test and if required help increase stomach acid via diet or supplements to improve overall digestion while simultaneously recruiting new bacteria?

5. Some toxicologists caution use of dairy products like cheese, ghee due to concentration of pesticides in the fat. What's your take on this?

6. I know this isn't something you're supposed to bother with but would you know some tasty/safe sources of saturated fat for vegetarians? I love my pizza but point no. 5 bothers me.


Anonymous said...

Two more questions popped up in my mind

7. is the advise of eating meat equally applicable in climates which are cooler viz a viz those that are predominantly hot?

8. Dr. Ray peat on his website has used substantial bio medical literature to prove harms of fish oil. I wonder if you see two views on fish oil in the biomedical literature and your views on it will be appreciated.



Gavin said...

Listened to this post this morning

Also read this in our (UK's) national news:

"Diets that are higher in carbohydrates and lower in protein are "generally associated with lower risk", Dr Weichselbaum says. "High-protein" can mean "high-fat", she points out, if people eat fatty meats."

There's still a huge discrepancy between what the experts are saying and what the experts (from centralised media) are saying

Krissie said...

How cool to hear a voice to match the words! I love listening to the podcast, and I have some comments/questions, but I am dying to ask this:
Did you say you have created your own micro-organism in the lab?!
thanks, Kriss

Karen said...

Hi there

I am interested in inulin and prebiotics in general, but read (on a random web source, not verified) that prebiotics also feed some harmful bacteria, and are not as selective as marketers claim. Is there any substance to this? I don't have a lot of journal access at the moment so it is hard for me to dig through the evidence myself. Appreciate your posts :-)

Karen said...

Secondly, another commenter here mentions stomach acidity. How does this fit into the whole picture? A lot of naturopaths are advising people to supplement their stomach acid - why would people have low stomach acidity in the first place? is this remedied on an anti-inflammatory diet?

Dr. N said...


Excellent podcast, your views dovetail nicely with mine (I'm an Internist). I use C-Reactive Protein (CRP) to monitor systemic inflammation, what are the strengths and weaknesses of using this test and do you recommend any other tests such as Fibrinogen, etc as a monitoring tool? I know you mentioned low Vit D as a surrogate marker for inflammation, how might this stand up against CRP?

Anonymous said...

There is also the question of mycotoxins besides stomach acid and gut flora to complete the picture.

Tanya said...

While trying to find out what enzyme was used in this study (which I never did find out), I came across this article

quote: Doctor Donald Jump at Oregon State University eliminated diet-induced diabetes - or type two diabetes - in lab mice.

"We saw that certain enzymes were being repressed by the high-fat diet," said Donald Jump, Ph.D., department of nutrition and exercise sciences.

The enzyme he's talking about is called fatty acid elongase-five. The more fat we eat, the less of the enzyme we produce. So, when researchers boosted the production of the enzyme in mice livers, they were cured of their diabetes in five days.

"The animals' hyperglycemia disappeared, and their fatty liver disappeared, and their insulin resistance disappeared. We were very dazzled by this outcome," Dr. Jump added.

This lab's focus now turns to what's called mechanism: why did this work?
end quote

Since I believe your theories over theirs, what is your explanation, because I know that high fat diet is a GOOD THING! ;-)

Jill said...

Dr. Ayers,
Grateful for all the knowledge and information. Need some help sorting through - pretty desperate. Woman, mid 50's, significant joint pain and fluid leakage around worst joints, overweight, rosacea (last few years with redness and significant facial swelling/edema one side of face, tendon issues (carpal tunnel, knee, dequervain), lot of hair loss, hypothryroid (on thyroid med from compounding pharmacy). Steps to health for my husband and myself? AI Diet, Vit D, Probiotics, Vit C. But will the fish oils be counter productive? How to take down swelling in face? Just start the AI Diet or is there something else to do first. Living in pain and overwhelmed as to how to proceed. Thank you for your input.

Dr. Art Ayers said...

I think that you should be optimistic. All of the problems that you list should be reversible and you are still relatively young.

The AI diet that I recommend should help a lot and a very low carb diet is the easiest way to lose weight. Weight loss should reverse a lot of the chronic inflammatory symptoms. I provide lots of quick fixes for pain, e.g. menthol, capsaicin.

Your big problem is your gut flora. Probiotics and fermented foods are good quick fixes, but you need to replace the dozens of bacterial species that you are missing. That means fresh, modestly cleaned vegetables to supply both soluble fiber and new bacteria. Food intolerances are signs that you are lacking the bacteria to process the problem foods. This is very seldom a genetic or immune/allergy issue. You need to persistently try new combinations of vegetables and clinging bacteria until you have changed your gut flora enough to tolerate the problem foods.

Let me know how you do.

Jill said...

Thanks for your response. On the AI diet and adding more D3 and Vitamin C and probiotics. Question for you, any suggestions for the facial edema of rosacea? All part of the general inflammation I assume going on. Also, you referenced food intolerances - what makes you say that, particular symptoms I mentioned? And what are clinging bacteria?
thanks again for your time and heart. Jill

Bernhard said...

Dear Dr. Ayers.

Patient with epilepsy over 35 years. 11 months ago put on ketogenic diet, no seizures out of consciousness (out of sleep nonetheless). Further evidence that removing foods clearly (gluten, lactose, histamin,...) is helpful.
Digestion poor. Pro Biotics only do help a little. Tried fecal transplant home made months ago over some time, success not lasting, things changing but not lasting (though in this time severe skin damage was healing!).
The attempt Dr. Borody has, antibiotics, is out of consideration - triggering seizures for sure. Same might happen if we "cleanse" the colon too intensely, to get a thorough, lasting success with transplant.
Need information how polyethylenglykol is used properly. Would you talk to us about this matter?

Kind regards,
Bernhard Rohrbeck