Be Deliberate with your Carbohydrate Consumption – PART 2

The intent of scientific exploration is to systematically study the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment. Through scientific exploration humanity has made huge advancements. We have discovered how to talk to one another over thousands of miles of land. We have discovered how to breath underwater. We have discovered how to take a heart from a dead body and place it in a living person to replace their sick heart. We have even discovered how to fly.

 

This is truly an amazing time to be alive.

 

Living in a time in which we are benefiting from all these wonderful advancements can distort our view of scientific knowledge. There are always boundaries to what is scientifically understood and it is not always clear where the boundaries are. Often humanity fills in their knowledge gaps with speculation. Pieces of knowledge are glued together into an understanding. As more knowledge is discovered and validated it is sometimes revealed that the speculation was correct, while it is sometimes revealed that the speculation was wrong. Unfortunately, when the speculation is wrong, it can be very difficult to establish a new understanding. 

 

 

Bloodletting is an example of a medical practice that proved to be based on a mistaken scientific understanding. Bloodletting was a standard medical practice that was used to treat a wide range of diseases. It involved withdrawing blood from patients. A patient’s artery would be punctured in order to bleed a small quantity of blood. [1]

 

Today it is well established that bloodletting is not an effective treatment for most disease and that the historic use of bloodletting was harmful to patients. It weakened patients and facilitated infections. In fact in many cases the practice of bleeding directly led to the death of patients. In 1799, George Washington, the 1st president of the United States, developed a throat infection and he was aggressively bled. Almost 4 pounds of blood was withdrawn prior to his death from this throat infection.[2]

 

Bloodletting was the most common medical practice performed for almost 2000 years. Serious questioning of the benefits of bloodletting began in the second half of the 1800s, however, it was still recommended in some Medical textbooks into the 20th century. [3]

 

The practice of bloodletting parallels the weight loss dietary recommendations made by the medical community today. In the 1890s, scientists created a theory to explain why people gaining excess weight based on the first law of thermodynamics. They speculated that people gained weight as a result of their body expending of less energy than they consumed and concluded that to lose weight a person needs to consume less energy and/or expend more energy. This understanding is scientifically based and it appears to work. People seek help for problems with weight. They are advised to expend more energy through exercise and lower their energy consumption by lowering their caloric intake. Those that follow the advice lose weight, which gives the appearance that the recommendations were effective. Likewise, bloodletting was based on speculation and maintained as a medical practice because it appeared to be effective. People came to doctors seeking medical care, they received medical care (bloodletting) and the majority got better.  Humanity needs to move beyond the calorie control understanding, because the science behind these dietary recommendation was incomplete.

 

Our bodies carefully regulate the amount fat in our fat tissue. Fat is continuously flowing out of our fat cells and circulating around the body to be used for fuel and, if it’s not used for fuel, returned to the fat cells. Over the course of a day, a significant portion of the fuel yours cells burn will be provided from your fat cells. Thus, fat tissue is more like a wallet than a savings or retirement account. Fat accumulation is caused by a diet the consistently raises blood glucose level beyond the level the body was setup to handle. This causes excess insulin secretion and results in fat accumulation.[4]

 

Checkout this Video: Why You Got Fat

 

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~ by happydeviant on November 20, 2011.

5 Responses to “Be Deliberate with your Carbohydrate Consumption – PART 2”

  1. Great blog……again. Dad

  2. Great blog Laura!

  3. Good video. It’s important to understand how insulin works in our body. Today people are eating too many carbs and sugar and it is leading to type 2 diabetes and obesity. I always thought people who were overweight ate too much. I came as a surprise to realize that it isn’t so much how much we eat, but what we eat.

  4. Are there any articles on gluten?

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