It was an honour, and a privilege, to present at the Low Carb Down Under Gold Coast event last October.
There were so many inspiring speakers over the weekend's program but my favourites (besides Gary's "Is fruit good or bad for you", of course) were Nina Teicholz - talking about the Vested Interests and corrupted research around the health benefits of vegetable oils, Caryn Zinn - discussing the new book 'What the Fast' that she and Grant Schofield have co-authored, Marty Kendall - with his Optimising Nutrition project, and the incredible Dave Feldman - who just continues to blow my mind with his cholesterol hacking.
So sad to have missed Feng-Yuan Liu's presentation. This young dietitian is a real Thought-Leader in the Low Carb space.
I start the presentation with my Declaration of Interest #isupportgary and finish with a song I made up about being a vegetarian.
In between, I share some of my research from the last few years. Information that I never expected to uncover as I started looking for Vested Interests that may have played a role in Gary's investigation by the Tasmanian AHPRA medical board, after he was reported by a dietitian in 2014.
2 1/2 years of 'star chamber' investigations concluded with Gary being 'Silenced' by the medical board from ever talking to his patients, or the wider community, about reducing sugar and Low Carbohydrate Healthy Fat principles. ”In particular, that you do not provide specific advice or recommendations on the subject of nutrition and how it relates to the management of diabetes or the treatment and/or prevention of cancer.”
In fact, the ruling stated that "even if LCHF becomes best accepted practice, you can never talk about it" ...
Gary is still fighting the life-long, non appellable ban by AHPRA for recommending that his patients with obesity, weight-related joint issues, inflammation and complications of Type 2 diabetes, reduce their sugar intake and consider Low Carbohydrate Healthy Fat principles in the management of their condition.
I had 20 minutes to present 3 years of research. This is definitely an overview. If you would like more information please take a look at Gary's talk at the Crossfit Games in August 2017.
I am not anti-religion, nor am I anti the Seventh-day Adventist church. My research has led me to some incredible Adventists who have done extraordinary missionary work and no doubt, saved many lives.
The issue is in Australia, the processed breakfast cereal company, Sanitarium (which is wholly owned by the Adventist church) sponsors and partners with Associations (including the Dietitians Association of Australia, the Heart Foundation, the Cancer Council and Diabetes Australia).
The 'grains are good, meat is bad' message is fiercely protected.
I want to clear Gary's name, and allow other health professionals to be able to safely recommend Low Carb Healthy Fat principles to people without the fear of regulation. When LCHF is included in the guidelines as an option, along with any version of vegetarianism they want, I will be quiet.