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RE: [IPk] extreme low carb diet

Oops, I forgot to add Nanette, that my eldest sister - a retired nurse and
lifelong vegetarian - after being on statins developed mega food allergies
which caused anaphylactic shock episodes from which she nearly died on
several occasions.  It has been determined that foods containing naturally
occurring acetaminophen (aspirin) triggers reactions in a certain number of
people.  For several years she was prescribed a basic food supplement
devised by NASA to give early astronauts all the basic food elements but
without waste products!  While this maintained her life, she lost nearly a
third of her body weight including incredible muscle wastage.  Given that
she has severe MS this was a major problem.  They've now altered the
formulation and she can no longer use it.

After a lot of research, she has started on a program where small worm eggs
are applied on a plaster to her arm and after a few weeks they make their
way via the skin, blood, lungs etc to her gut where they reside and help
reduce the autoimmune over-reaction to certain foods.  She is now able to
eat very small amounts occasionally of a few foods.

This is similar to work being done and reported by Michael on the use of
worms for Type 1 recently.  The US have banned it for food allergies but it
is continuing in Australia where my sister gets her supply of "friends"!

There is widespread scientific research on the use of these critters in
various parts of the world including in Scotland.

I'm sharing this, Nanette, just to give a heads up as to possible long-term
consequences of missing out on essential micronutrients, as well as fibre


-----Original Message-----
From: email @ redacted [mailto:email @ redacted] On Behalf
Of Nanette Freedman
Sent: 19 February 2014 09:53
To: ip-uk
Subject: Re: [IPk] extreme low carb diet

I don't want to do this - for all the reasons that you state, and a
few more besides (like chocolate and other carbs that I enjoy eating).
I myself have tried lowish carb diet with benefit to my BG's, but alas
so far have never succeeded in sticking to them for long.
But I have a brother who is drawn to extreme lifestyle options. And
one of those that he has adopted over the last several years is a very
low carb diet (probably not lower than Bernstein now - he told me that
he's modified his original version somewhat!), combined with an
assortment of large amounts (probably never properly tried and tested)
of various herbs and spices recommended by an alternative medicine
practitioner which may well alter absorption of nutrients.
My brother's wife is worried about him, and I'm worried about him too
- and since surpisingly enough he sometimes still listens to his older
sister, I'm trying to see what I can do to persuade him to make at
least minor changes for the better (can't hope for more than that).
So I am grateful for all input.

On 19 February 2014 11:19, Joel Milner <email @ redacted> wrote:
>>>>Does anyone know anything about potential adverse effects of a very
> extreme low carb diet (more extreme than Bernstein)?
>  IIRC the Bernstein diet is pretty low carb as it is (??? <30 g per
> Most plant-derived foods contain some carbs, even something as apparently
 > innocuous as lettuce or broccoli has a few carbs, so if you are going to
> less than Bernstein, you are going to have to cut back all plant-derived
> foodstuffs, running the risk of deficiencies in micronutrients, vitamins
> Also, there's not much fibre in a skinless chicken fillet.
> Why would you want to do this?
> Joel
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