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Monday 13 June 2011

In a Swedish Poll 1 in 4 Swedes said they follow a High Fat, Low carb diet.

"In December 2005, Dr. Dahlqvist was reported to a government entity called the National Board of Health and Welfare (similar to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration) by a pair of dietitians who claimed she was putting her patients at “severe risk” by recommending a low-carb, high-fat diet for treating diabetes and obesity. An investigation took place to determine whether Dr. Dahlqvist should be stripped of her medical license or if she would be able to continue to use the LCHF approach with patients. While the investigation was ongoing, her employer informed her she could no longer use her low-carb nutritional plan with patients–so she quit and went into practice for herself while awaiting the result of the charges filed against her.

On January 16, 2008, the National Board of Health and Welfare made their decision after carefully examining all of the evidence presented to them and declared publicly that a low-carb diet is “in accordance with science and well-tried experience for reducing obesity and Type 2 diabetes.” WOW! Sweden is likely the first country in the world to have an official government board admit that low-carb is a suitable treatment for diabetes and obesity. Dr. Dahlqvist was willing to put her entire medical career on the line to defend the low-carb nutritional principles she knew was helping her patients. Although the odds were stacked against her, she was confident in the science and stood strong in the face off immense adversity. In the end, she came out of this intense trial victorious as the Swedish government now recognizes healthy low-carb living, albeit begrudgingly. But this was merely the catalyst for some truly great things to come for the LCHF movement that immediately took off in Sweden."



Anonymous said...

This makes mincemeat of our dietitions and the usual dross they spout. Ally 5555 not only a registered dietition but a Director of the BDA. They are clueless, who’s payroll are they on ! They are back in the stone age.

Dave P said...

Clueless she might be, however she is well paid for pushing the line, As are the Big Pharma for pushing the drugs they say we need. If it wasnt for the dire consequences you would have to think Who is actually on a winner.

Anonymous said...

I use this study in my lectures to demonstrate how the current literature is skewed against low-carb diets. In this study, they made three fundamental mistakes: the excluded people with obvious insulin resistance (they are the ones who benefit most from a low-carb approach vs the usual diet), they restricted salt and encouraged lots of water (since people on low-carb will excrete sodium and can become mildly hyponatremic, this is exactly the wrong prescription) and they advised the low-carb group to increase carbs as the trial progressed (a recipe for failure). As a result, they had a much higher drop-out rate in the low-carb arm. Then they did an intention-to-treat analysis which included everyone whether they were compliant or not. The important point is that even after severe mismanagement of the low-carb diet arm, the low-carbers still did better overall than those who followed the recommended diet. Imagine the results if they had known how to properly administer a low-carb diet!

Jay Wortman MD

Anonymous said...

Some years ago I remember a poster on a well known UK diabetes forum mentioning Dr. Dahlqvist and her success. Of course the poster was subsequently subject to a long and unpleasant outpouring of abuse!


Lowcarb team member said...

Hi Jay

Thank you for your help and advice. Thanks to you and Jimmy Moore, things are on the up here at