Why is the ketogenic diet shunned upon by mainstream health authorities and how come people simply don’t get keto? Mainstream health authorities are a major cause of the fear and misleading information keeping the ketogenic diet from helping millions of people.
I am often asked, if Keto works so well then why doesn’t everyone do it?
That’s a loaded question. If HIIT works so well then why doesn’t everyone do it?
If making money online is so easy then why doesn’t everyone do it?
We won’t get into all that just yet but what we need to understand is that society in general doesn’t accept the keto diet as a reliable and credible way to live healthy because of the negative signals we receive from so-called health & wellness authorities.
Because most Americans believe what the authorities tell us, sometimes government sanctioned authorities, we fight an uphill battle revealing simple truth sometimes.
Here are some direct quotes from some of these agencies right from their public websites.
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American Medical Association (AMA)
The AMA is a highly respected organization dedicated to educating those involved in the medical profession about the latest health information and standard of care. What do they have to say about ketosis? It is characterized as an “abnormal” state brought on by a “deficiency or the inefficient use of carbohydrates.”
Source: American Medical Association Concise Medical Encyclopedia (2006)
American Heart Association (AHA)
they discourage the consumption of a low-carb, high-fat, ketogenic diet, stating that it is “high in protein,” which brings on “a condition called ketosis” that “may cause nausea.”
The Mayo Clinic
The Mayo Clinic, one of the country’s premier medical practices and research groups, acknowledges that the body does burn fat for fuel. But they claim that burning fat without consuming large quantities of carbohydrates creates “by-products” of ketone bodies that “build up in your bloodstream.” They admit ketones will suppress your appetite, but warn that being in ketosis will “cause fatigue and nausea.”
Source: The Mayo Clinic website
They say that when you don’t consume enough carbohydrates in your diet to produce blood sugar, your body is “forced” to begin using blood sugar that is stored in the liver and muscles before eventually switching over to using ketones and fatty acids for fuel. Although they acknowledge ketosis can bring about weight loss (though they state that the weight lost is “mostly water”), WebMD gives a stern warning that this has some “serious” consequences, including “irritability, headaches, and enhanced kidney work” as well as “heart palpitations and . . . cardiac arrest.”
Medical News Today (MNT)
MNT is a popular online health news aggregator website, and they describe ketosis as “a potentially serious condition if ketone levels go too high.” They seem to be referring to diabetic ketoacidosis, but they go on to say that while ketosis lowers hunger, societies around the world are dependent on carbohydrates (not ketones and fat) for energy. If “insulin levels are too low,” the website says, stored body fat needs to be broken down and “toxic” levels of ketones are produced, making the blood more acidic and causing damage to your kidneys and liver.
Dr. McDougall’s Health and Medical Center
Dr. McDougall, a well-known advocate of vegan, believes that carbohydrates is the “body’s primary fuel” and that the production of “acidic substances called ketones” will zap your appetite, resulting in a decrease in calorie consumption, nausea and fatigue, and lowered blood pressure. He says this is the same thing that happens to someone during starvation, which is why he describes ketosis as “the make-yourself-sick diet.”
American Diabetes Association (ADA)
They describe ketones as “a chemical produced when there is a shortage of insulin in the blood and the body breaks down body fat for energy.” That’s a true statement. But then they note that “high levels of ketones” can lead to “diabetic ketoacidosis and coma.” They leave out the most important factor: that high levels of ketones alone can’t result in ketoacidosis; it only occurs when very high blood sugar and very high levels of ketones happen simultaneously.
This kind of statement can only cause fear and panic about getting into a state of ketosis. In fact, in their definition of ketosis, the ADA describes it as “a ketone buildup in the body that may lead to diabetic ketoacidosis,” with warning signs of “nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain.” Worse, the ADA’s recommended treatment for diabetes is to eat carbs and just cover up their effects with insulin. There’s nothing wrong with taking insulin if it’s truly needed, of course, but even diabetics will experience all the problems that come from eating carbs that everyone else does (with far worse effects than those experienced by nondiabetics). And the ADA makes no mention of the therapeutic use of ketogenic diets in controlling blood sugar and improving health—including for the millions of people with type 2 diabetes who stand to benefit from a ketogenic diet It’s all just gloom and doom. Given that their audience is composed of the people most at risk for ketoacidosis, the ADA’s concern is understandable. But as long as their blood sugar stays low, diabetics have nothing to fear from ketosis—and since research shows that it can be hugely beneficial in controlling diabetes they may actually have a lot to gain.
As you can see these major health organizations have a united front against the ketogenic diet which makes it so unfortunate for all those that could benefit from this way of eating.
Re-education can be a long hard road.