Archive for August, 2009


Eat fat, not carbs

August 19, 2009

I was excited today to find the Gastroparesis & Dysmotilities Associations pamhplet on Small Bowel Bacterial Overgrowth & Digestive Motility Diseases. It looks to have been published in 2006 but its the first I’ve seen of it. I linked it to the yahoo group because I think its a very thorough document in an easy-to-understand format. The pamphlet really touches on some of the major points that are usually left to the more scientific literature, as well as on some of the less mentioned ones. I even learned something new; I had no idea that patients on TPN (total perenteral nutrition) have an increased risk of SIBO.

I’m especially pleased to see the dietary advice given in the pamphlet. Although vague, its clear and concise. On treating SIBO (or SBBO as GDPA refers to it) they have this to say:

“Initial treatment, for less severe cases of SBBO, can be attempted by altering the diet. This approach will not be for everyone since it requires restricting dietary carbohydrates and increasing fats. To have success the diet should be rigidly adhered to every day.”

They’re not kidding about rigid adherance. I’m the loudest, proudest member of the one-meal-isn’t-a-dealbreaker club, but all the same, sometimes it only takes one meal, or a few days of meals to derail good progress, or just leave you feeling lousy.


Baby we don’t love you baby we don’t love you yeah…

August 18, 2009

Um…I know all the blogs are all afire with the news of PETA’s new ad campaign, but having given up my vegetarianism while keeping this blog, albeit with little fanfare, I think I deserve in on this one.  Never mind that no one takes PETA seriously anymore, and they’ve long become pretty antithetical to the substantive animal rights movement.

I’m only going to give myself a few moments to bang out my complaint; as the whole thing just isn’t worth any more than that. Its just that with an eating-disordered population out there the size of my beloved city (that’s 8 million people,) and 7/8 of them being female, i think that PETA is incomprehensibly cruel to not just target overweight women, but then offer them empty, false promises of easy weight loss with vegetarianism.  Hey, fatty! Order our veg starter kit which literally promises that you can eat all the high carb crap you want and lose weight! Last I checked, floor-crashing HDL and deadly gas-passing did not make one beach-ready. Not that all veggies have insanely low HDL or pass horrid gas (OK they all do – I know because I used to hang out with them exclusively) but hey, obviously all women who eat meat are fatties too so whatever…Never mind the scientific evidence about dairy and weight loss, for starters.

Anyway, my 5-6 minutes are up. I haven’t bothered asking any of my vegan/veg friends what they think of the ad because last I checked none of them are 15 and I’m fairly sure that’s the only demographic left over which PETA has any “cool” sway…I’ll get back to SIBO in the next post, I promise.