Official diet advice is terminally ill, say global low-carb, high-fat experts

The first international low-carb, high-fat summit in Cape Town, co-hosted by sports scientist Prof Tim Noakes, brought together top medical doctors, scientists and researchers speaking on optimum nutrition for solutions to the obesity and diabetes epidemics from around the globe. The summit’s consensus statement focuses on the role official dietary guidelines have played in contributing to those epidemics. – MS

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Official dietary guidelines are not based on science, say global low-carb, high-fat experts

Following the completion of the four-day Old Mutual Health Summit held recently in Cape Town from 19th-22nd February 2015, we the Faculty unanimously agree to the publication and distribution of the following statement:

The mainstream dietary advice that we are currently giving to the world has simply not worked. Instead it is the opinion of all 15 speakers at the Old Mutual Health Summit that this incorrect nutritional advice is the immediate cause of the global obesity and diabetes epidemics. (One summit speaker, US science writer Gary Taubes had to leave the summit before conclusion.)

This advice has failed because it completely ignores the history of why and how human nutrition has developed over the past three million years. More importantly, it refuses to acknowledge the presence of insulin resistance (carbohydrate intolerance) as the single most prevalent biological state in modern humans eating according to those current dietary guidelines which promote low-fat and high-carbohydrate intakes.

Persons with insulin resistance are at an increased risk of developing a wide range of chronic medical conditions if they ingest high carbohydrate diets for any length of time (decades).


  • Dr Ann Childers (USA) – a child and adult psychiatric physician, and a member of the Nutrition and Metabolism Society, the American Society of Bariatric Physicians and the Weston A Price Foundation, who is dedicated to helping patients improve their mental and physical health through nutrition and sleep.
  • Christine Cronau (Australia) – a nutritionist, best-selling author and speaker, who has studied nutritional medicine and has qualified as a government accredited clinical nutritionist.
  • Dr Robert Cywes (USA) – a surgeon who specialises in paediatric and adult bariatric surgery, with a Ph D in liver transplant immunology and the effect of glucose metabolism. He is a member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and a member of its Childhood Obesity Committee, and  has earned a Centres of Excellence designation by the Surgical Review Corporation and is a proctor for the Lap-Band system, training other surgeons to perform the operation.
  • Dr Michael Eades (USA) – a medical doctor and family physician who specialises in bariatric, nutritional and metabolic medicine. He is an expert in the science of low-carb nutrition, and has co-authored 14 books on health, nutrition and exercise. He founded Medi-Stat Medical Clinics a chain of ambulatory outpatient family-care clinics in central Arkansas.
  • Dr Andreas Eenfeldt (Sweden) – a medical doctor specialising in family medicine and well known for running Sweden’s most popular health blog, Diet Doctor. He is an expert on low-carb, high-fat eating and has been influential in changing government policy on dietary recommendations.
  • Dr Gary Fettke (Australia) – an orthopaedic surgeon with a special interest in people suffering complications of diabetes and obesity, and senior lecturer of the University of Tasmania. He does ongoing research into the role of diet in diabetes, obesity and cancer.
  • Dr Jason Fung (Canada) – an internal medicine and nephrologist who has developed the Intensive dietary Management Programme to treat metabolic syndrome. His book, The Obesity Code, will be published by Greystone books in 2015.
  • Dr Jeffry Gerber (USA) – a family physician, known as Denver’s Diet Doctor, he has a special interest  in nutrition, its effects on health, and prevention and treatment programmes using low-carb, high-fat, ancestral, paleo and primal diets.received the honorary Degree of Fellow, FAAFP from the AAFP for his commitment to family medicine and contribution to the community.
  • Zoe Harcombe (UK) – a Cambridge University graduate, obesity researcher,  qualified nutritionist with a diploma in diet and nutrition, and a diploma in clinical weight management, and author of six books on diet and nutrition. She is in her final year of a PhD on “An examination of the evidence base for the introduction of dietary fat recommendations.”
  • Dr Aseem Malhotra (UK) – an interventional cardiologist, Consultant Clinical Associate to the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, Science Director of the campaign group, Action on Sugar, and honorary Consultant Cardiologist at Frimley Park Hospital.
  • Jimmy Moore (USA) – founder of the Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb blog, and top-ranked iTunes health podcasts, the Living’ La Vida Low-Carb Show, he changed his diet in 2004 to lose the weight that was literally killing him.
  • Professor Tim Noakes (South Africa) – Professor Emeritus of the University of Cape Town, co-founder of the Sports Science Institute of South Africa, medical doctor, nutrition specialist and an A1-rated scientist by the National Research Foundation.
  • Dr Stephen Phinney (USA) – a physician scientist who received his MD from Stanford, a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry from MIT, and post-doctoral research at Harvard, and an internationally recognised expert in overstay, carbohydrate-restricted diets, diet and performance, and essential fatty acid metabolism.
  • Dr Eric Westman (USA) – Associate Professor of Medicine at Duke Health Enterprise,  Director of the Duke Lifestyle Medicine Clinic,  president of the American Society of Bariatric Surgeons, a member of the Society of General Internal Medicine, the North American Association for the Study of Obesity, the Society for Nicotine and Smoking cessation Research, the Obesity Society. He also serves on the editorial board of Nutrition & Metabolism.
  • Dr Jay Wortman (Canada) – a family medicine physician and clinical assistant professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia and a recognised authority on low-carb, ketogenic diets for treatment of obesity, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes, and recipient of the National Aboriginal Achievement Award in Medicine, and the American Nutrition and Metabolism Award for Excellence.