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Access to health information used to be scarce. Today, we have the opposite problem.  We have thousands of diets and studies that contradict one another. 90% of people think they eat healthy yet almost 70% are overweight. Half of heart attacks happen in people with supposedly “normal” cholesterol levels. What would you do if you knew conventional health wisdom was mostly wrong?

 

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Why calorie counting isn’t necessary

  • “Are you insane?” 

    That might’ve been the first thing that popped into your head after reading the headline of this topic or it might be us asking you a question. Let’s find out. :-)

    First, let’s review one popular definition of insanity attributed to Albert Einstein: “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

    So, before you call us crazy, ask yourself: “how many times have I tried counting calories, tried a ‘cleanse’, starved myself, ate like a rabbit, subjected myself to diet food, tried the latest fad diet, tried the latest appetite suppressant or killed myself in the gym?”

    How many times did that work in the long run? If you lost weight, did it all eventually come back, plus perhaps a little more?

    The problem is that none of those approaches are going to work for very long because they are miserable to do and flawed from a science perspective.

    Instead, I’d like to ask you to try something different: let’s focus on the long term from the beginning.

    Let’s eat great tasting food that happens to be made healthy. Let’s commit to making a lifestyle change in a step by step manner, with little changes over time that build upon themselves. Let’s get you back in touch with the food you eat by spending a little more time in the kitchen with our recipes. Let’s invest time into your education with Knowledge from pioneers in the health field who provide compelling evidence in different ways that everything we’ve learned about health and food might be wrong. Let’s slowly start to make progress with a System that has a daily, weekly, monthly and annual focus designed to keep you on track while providing a way to get back on the horse when you fall off. Let’s take advantage of all the Tools that Confydo has ready for you to reclaim your health, this time for real!

    When you take the Confydo approach to eating and balance your good carbs, good fats & good protein (like our recipes do), it’s remarkable how you’ll feel full and satisfied, cravings disappear, weight & inches fall off in a sustainable way, and your Silent 7 numbers improve.

    If you give your body that chance, it will let you know when its hungry. There is no need to count calories. We’re certainly not saying that the quantity of calories can be unlimited, we’re saying that as you eat better quality food everything takes care of itself.

    Critically, to throw new science behind why calorie counting doesn’t work, please take a few minutes to watch this video by Dr. Robert Lustig, a world renowned author and pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California, San Francisco.

    While this video is fantastic, one thing that could be covered better is what drives increased insulin in our body. Dr. Lustig describes it as our “Industrial Global Diet”. What he really means is sugar and fast digesting carbs that quickly turn to sugar in the body (i.e., bad carbs) are the primary culprits driving this insulin response and, in turn, fat accumulation and weight gain.

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Why sugar makes you fat

  • Even if you can’t explain exactly how, many people understand sugar isn’t good for the body.

    Fewer people understand how and why sugar (and fast digesting carbs that quickly turn to sugar in the body, like the refined starches used in gluten-free baked goods in stores) makes you fat.

    Dr. Jonny Bowden is a nationally known expert on weight loss, nutrition and health.

    In this short video segment, he describes how sugar and other bad carbs make you fat (and contribute to heart disease).

    It’s important to keep in mind while watching this that the Confydo Game Plan is not anti-carb or about being low carb.

    We want a balance between good carbs (including lots of fiber), fats and protein.

    Pick one of our recipes (must be logged in) and let it be your guide to get you started. 

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Why eat less & exercise more doesn’t work

  • The average person weighs 25 pounds more than they did 25 years ago. Is the simple answer that we just eat too much and exercise too little? If that is the case, how do we explain the epidemic of obese 6-month-old infants around the world?

    Dr. Robert Lustig, a world renowned author and pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California, San Francisco, takes an in-depth and comprehensive look at this issue in the below video.

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How to make a diabetic worse

  • One of the biggest problems with conventional medicine is that it focuses on treating symptoms instead of root causes of chronic diseases.

    Many doctors mistakenly believe that treating the symptoms of chronic diseases somehow makes things better. What if that perspective is wrong?

    For example, if someone’s blood sugar is high, is taking insulin to lower it the best approach for a Type II diabetic (which is 90% of diabetes and mostly a self inflicted wound from how their body responds to the Western Diet)?

    Or, would a better question or approach be figuring out how and why their blood sugar is high and doing something about that?

    If the underlying cause of the elevated blood sugar remains while you take your blood sugar lowering medication, what if you are actually making things worse?

    Dr. Mark Hyman, an internationally renowned functional medicine specialist, drills down on this topic in this great video segment.

    When you consider that the main cause of Type II diabetes is how we eat, wouldn’t it make sense that changing how you eat might also be the cure? Give our eating approach a try and judge for yourself.

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What if cholesterol was actually good for you?

  • Dr. Donald Miller, Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Washington School of Medicine, presents a treasure chest of information on many aspects of nutrition in this video.

    At the same time, this doesn’t mean this video is our bible or that we agree with everything in it.

    A lot of “health” experts agree on 80% or more of what they preach. However, they choose to argue over what they disagree on instead of taking the approach that different things work for different people. Just because something works for you doesn’t make everyone else wrong.

    Just to be clear: the Confydo Game Plan is not about low-carb, low-fiber or overloading you with animal saturated fats. Our approach to eating takes a balanced approach between good carbs, good fats and good protein.

    While we are neutral on animal saturated fats, the Confydo Game Plan is a very strong proponent of saturated fats from coconut oil (high in lauric acid) and full fat dark cacao powder (high in stearic acid).

    So, while you watch the video, focus on expanding your knowledge base and getting an alternative point of view versus picking at anything you might disagree with.

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What would cure many chronic diseases?

  • As discussed in this video by Dr. Mark Hyman, an internationally renowned functional medicine specialist, many of our best and brightest doctors would disagree that food is medicine because they weren’t taught that in medical school.

    Instead, medical school focuses too much on treating symptoms, rather than root causes, of chronic diseases.

    This is a very profitable business model for the hospital and pharmaceutical industries because it guarantees a customer for life since the root cause is rarely addressed.

    Instead, what if we could address the root cause and reverse many of these conditions?  

    When you consider chronic conditions account for 75% of the almost $3 trillion per year that is spent in the United States on “health care", or perhaps “disease care” is more accurate, this is a cash cow and provides a huge incentive to treat the symptoms rather than preventing (or reversing) these conditions.

    Consistent with our wealth theme, we lose sight of just how much a trillion dollars really is.

    When you have a disease care system where you get paid to perform procedures or make money by selling more pills, you have no incentive to prevent those conditions from happening in the first place.

    We love doctors and they are some of our finest citizens, they aren’t the bad guy. They’re just caught up in a bad system and when it comes to treating chronic diseases, have been mistaught in some respects.

    Also, doctors don’t have time to proactively keep tabs on hundreds or thousands of patients. Their days are jam-packed seeing sick patients and working in the immediacy of the moment.

    Confydo was created to provide you the knowledge, system and tools to prevent and reverse many chronic diseases (so you can get off all those medications) and significantly minimize having to go to see the doctor in the first place.

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Is today's wheat bad for us?

  • Wheat is a topic that generates a lot of controversy.

    We ask you to keep an open mind as you get educated on how wheat has changed over the last 40 years or so.

    Bad is a subjective term, so instead of black and white labels, let’s investigate this topic together and you then come to your own conclusions.

    This short video segment by Dr. William Davis, author of the New York Times best seller Wheat Belly, whets your appetite on the wheat topic for a longer presentation on wheat in the next video.

    Keep in mind that the Confydo Game Plan isn’t about saying you can’t eat this or that.

    Also, eliminating wheat/gluten by itself won’t accomplish much if you still load up on sugar and starches like many do with gluten-free baked/packaged goods found in stores.

    It’s remarkable, though, how stomach issues and many seemingly unrelated conditions disappear when you eliminate wheat and most dairy (lactose and casein specifically; some of our recipes use real cheese and high quality whey protein).

    Even if you have no perceived issues with wheat/gluten, we and others have found that eliminating wheat has made cravings disappear. It sure makes things easier when you’re not having to constantly fight cravings.

    Rest assured, if the thought of eliminating wheat is too daunting, it’s not a requirement.

    No one is saying you can’t be healthy if you eat wheat.

    We just suggest that, similar to most dairy, you might try eliminating it for 30 days to see how you feel.

    When you eliminate wheat it automatically eliminates most processed food because almost all processed food contains wheat, even Campbell's Tomato Soup! If you’re asking yourself why it would be in Campbell’s Tomato Soup they’d probably tell you it’s used as a thickening agent. You’d never hear out of their mouth that it also is a great appetite stimulant. If you try going wheat-free for awhile, you be the judge.

    Our recipes make it easy to minimize/eliminate wheat on a trial basis because they’re all wheat/gluten-free (yet very high in fiber and taste great). They are easy to prepare, provide you with great variety and keep you very satisfied with what you’re eating!

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Is there something worse than GMOs?

  • What if today's wheat isn't wheat?

    As you learn about what has happened to wheat in the last 40 years, you first realize its DNA was altered with good intentions: to increase crop yield and feed the hungry.

    However, scientists always assumed that their creation was still just wheat, but what if it isn’t?

    Dr. William Davis explains in his New York Times best seller Wheat Belly, how hybridization predated genetic modification.

    In simple terms, hybridization of wheat involves creating a new strain by cross breeding different strains of wheat and grasses, including breeding offspring strains back with their parents. It got more complex as scientists better understood things such as how gene dominance played a role in desired outcomes.

    Conventional science and regulatory wisdom says that cross breeding wheat is still just wheat, so no animal or safety testing is required like it is with genetically modified food (though there is diverse debate about the safety of GMO food).

    Here are a few things to consider if you agree with that conventional wisdom.

    Wheat used to be four feet tall, with a thin husk and could survive on its own in the wild. Today’s wheat is two feet tall, with a thick husk and cannot survive on its own.

    Additionally, Dr. Davis outlines how in one wheat hybridization experiment, the offspring wheat contained 14 different types of gluten protein not found in either parent.

    This dramatically altered DNA was from just one hybridization. Today’s wheat has had tens of thousands of hybridizations.

    Food scientists never seem to have considered that by cross breeding wheat so many times over, they may have dramatically altered how our body reacts to it.

    The royal families of centuries ago figured out that cross breeding among family members didn’t produce a very good outcome for their offspring :-).

    This video by Dr. Davis does a great job going over the evolution of wheat and how today’s wheat is radically different in makeup to the wheat of just 30-40 years ago.

    Once you understand how much wheat has changed, you’ll gain a greater appreciation for why today’s wheat really is nothing like the wheat that prior generations ate.

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Why diet soda makes you fat

  • This video by Dr. Oz provides great insight as to why all calories aren’t equal, even for food and beverages with zero calories.

    If something has zero calories, how could it possibly make you fat or screw up your metabolism?

    Perhaps because the quality of what you eat and drink has vastly different effects on how your body works.

    When you read the New York Times bestseller Salt, Sugar, Fat you’ll have a better appreciation for how the food industry intentionally designs food to hijack your taste buds so you can’t stop eating.

    Our recipes are designed to taste great and to change your taste buds in a positive way such that you see that real food can actually taste great.

    Make sure to continue on with Part 2 of this video after Part 1 finishes (it’ll happen automatically if you just let the video continue).

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What if diabetes and prediabetes were preventable and reversible?

  • Almost 50% of Americans are either diabetic or prediabetic and many aren’t even aware.

    If these conditions were preventable and reversible for many, this would take a lot of money out of the pharmaceutical industry’s pockets since the industry would no longer be able to sell as many insulin and other diabetes medications.

    It should come as no surprise then that the focus is on treating the symptom instead of the root cause of diabetes.

    Since what we eat is the main contributing factor to Type 2 diabetes (which represents 90% of all diabetes cases) and prediabetes, wouldn’t it make sense that changing what you eat may address the root cause of the problem?

    Dr. Mark Hyman, an internationally renowned functional medicine specialist, covers this and other important topics in the great video below.

    When you look at how the American Diabetes Association says to eat (high in carbs, some protein and low in fat), it looks to us to be a great way to keep someone diabetic and have a patient for life.

    The Confydo Game Plan takes an opposite approach by balancing good carbs, fats & protein.

    Let the combination of your Silent 7 and how your body feels be the judge about which approach to eating works best.

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The problem with dairy

  • Dairy is a sensitive topic that elicits passionate debate.

    Our approach is this: instead of having absolutes about not eating this or that, we prefer to share information on topics and let you decide for yourself what works or not.

    On the dairy topic, much of that food is highly processed. More and more people are finding they have food allergies/sensitivities to dairy and, in particular, lactose and casein. You won’t find lactose in our recipes and only a few expose you to casein (via cheese). We also have a couple recipes that use whey protein, which many people tolerate a lot better than lactose and casein.

    What we suggest, especially if you have any kind of stomach issues or rashes, is to try and remove wheat and dairy from your diet for 30 days and see how you feel.

    Many people tolerate dairy just fine and many have sensitivities to it that they weren’t aware of.

    We know there’s a growing interest in raw milk and related cheeses as a more natural and healthy form of dairy. Dr. Mark Hyman, an internationally renowned functional medicine specialist, makes a couple points on raw milk in this video that you don’t hear mentioned very often.

    For those who love cheese and are discouraged when they find they have an allergy or sensitivity to it, goat’s cheese is sometimes an alternative that the body can handle just fine.

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The great cholesterol myth

  • When you consider that half of all heart attacks happen in people with so-called normal cholesterol levels, you start to wonder if the experts have it all wrong.

    When you do your homework and discover the landmark study 50 years ago that associated increased fat intake with increased risk of heart disease was not only fatally flawed but arguably fraudulent, it makes you wonder even more.

    When you discover that life insurance companies, the ones that have to pay out huge sums of money if they are wrong about someone’s risk of death, actually don’t focus on your level of “bad” LDL cholesterol--instead they look at your ratio of total cholesterol to your ‘good’ HDL cholesterol, even if you have high ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol--you start to come to the realization that many experts, while well intentioned, may have learned bad science.

    We could go on about how the pharmaceutical industry makes a killing selling their cholesterol lowering pills as they perpetuate this fallacy.

    We could go even deeper and look at the incentives, motives and livelihoods of hospitals as you reflect on what hospital executives admit off the record: they’d go out of business if they couldn’t perform all the stent and heart bypass surgeries. Yet, a leading cholesterol expert, Thomas Dayspring (a.k.a. “Dr. Lipid”), indicates that unless a person is having a cardiac event, stents may be completely unnecessary and haven’t been shown to reduce future cardiac events.

    We won’t go there though, because after watching this great video by Dr. Jonny Bowden, co-author of the New York Times best-selling book The Great Cholesterol Myth, along with the other videos here, we think you’ll get the point that perhaps it’s time to start over and try a different approach.

    Once you give the Confydo Game Plan a shot, you’ll be able to judge for yourself as you evaluate how much better you look and feel and how much better your Silent 7 numbers have improved.

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Do statins do more harm than good?

  • The American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology recently came out with new guidelines as to who should be prescribed a statin.

    Some found the new guidelines confusing and complicated. Interestingly, the National Lipid Association didn't adopt the guidelines and instead came up with their own.

    The net effect of these new guidelines are that twice as many people will likely be prescribed a statin.

    Maybe it’s just a coincidence that, as many of these high priced drugs have expiring patents which force them to compete against generic drugs at much lower prices, the drug companies are getting a wonderful influx of new 'customers' with these new guidelines so they can sell a lot more pills.

    We’ll leave it to the experts to debate, as some argue, that the only group of people that benefit from statins are middle aged men who have already had a heart attack. This happens to be a very small minority of current and future statin users.

    Dr. Jonny Bowden, co-author of the New York Times best-selling book The Great Cholesterol Myth, outlines more on this important topic in this great video segment.

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A better way to treat depression

  • A recurring theme we want to ingrain in your head is how conventional medicine focuses on treating symptoms instead of root causes of many of our leading chronic diseases.

    Depression is something that directly and indirectly affects many millions of people.

    When you gather the courage to go to the doctor to have a conversation about this mental illness, which is hard enough, you can look forward to filling out a questionnaire, being prescribed different medications to treat the symptoms and perhaps a suggestion to go to counseling.

    Not only does this approach not treat the root cause of the depression, these medications often carry harsh side effects, including weight gain, which might make you more depressed.

    In this video, see how Dr. Mark Hyman, an internationally renowned functional medicine specialist, addresses depression. Then, decide for yourself as to which approach you think might be more effective.

    The Confydo Game Plan focuses on overall lifestyle changes that, in many cases, address specific root causes of chronic conditions.

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The problem with vegetable oils

  • When it comes to fats, there are good fats and bad fats. Most people accept that trans-fats are bad.

    Things get murkier after that.

    One of the areas getting more attention is Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. Our typical diet these days are loaded in Omega 6 fats and very light on Omega 3 fats. In a nutshell, Omega 3’s are anti-inflammatory and Omega 6’s are inflammatory. It is believed our ancestors had a ratio of about 1:1 between each which would counterbalance each other.

    Fast forward to today and the typical American diet has a ratio of between 14-25 times more Omega 6’s to Omega 3’s. Ratios this far out of balance lead to inflammation in the body, which we are finding is a root cause of many of our deadliest conditions.

    Canola, grapeseed and vegetable oils are high in Omega 6 fats and are are often found in many processed foods (including salad dressings, crackers and just about anything in a can or box). Also, since they are mostly unsaturated fat, they aren’t as stable at higher temperatures in comparison to something like coconut oil, which is mostly saturated fat.

    We aren’t saying you can’t have canola, grapeseed and vegetable oils. We just want to give you alternatives to think about and draw your attention to reducing Omega 6 fats and increasing Omega 3 fats to get them back in balance as nature intended.

    Two quick, easy ways to reduce your Omega 6’s are to cook with coconut oil and reduce the amount of processed food you eat. These actually go hand in hand with trying out some of our recipes which is the easiest way to see quick results.

    Dr. Jonny Bowden, co-author of the New York Times best-selling book The Great Cholesterol Myth, discusses this topic more in the aforementioned video segment.

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The connection between stress and heart disease

  • One of the contributing factors in Confydo's founder losing his 34-year-old brother to a heart attack was stress. However, he didn’t walk around stressed out like one might picture. As a partner in a prominent law firm, he loved pressure and thrived on stressful situations.

    Unfortunately, this takes a heavy toll on the body over time. If you are short on sleep and work long hours, elevated adrenaline levels are keeping you going a lot of the time. When this becomes a chronic occurrence, arteries can harden over time.

    There is no denying that most of our lives are filled with stress. That is not going to go away. But, that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything we can do about it.

    A great perspective to embrace is as follows: “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it”. That is something we can control and work on.

    The Confydo Game Plan knows you’re short on time, and our activity plan is built around quick 10 minute sessions. Even just a few minutes a day of stretching/yoga/meditation while letting go of the daily madness can make a big difference.

    Dr. Jonny Bowden, co-author of the New York Times best-selling book The Great Cholesterol Myth, covers some other aspects of stress and heart disease in this video segment.

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Is there a connection between teenage dieting and osteoporosis at age 40?

  • Dr. David Katz, a board-certified specialist in Preventive Medicine/Public Health, clinical instructor in medicine at the Yale School of Medicine and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Childhood Obesity (among many other things as his impressive bio illustrates), was kind enough to be interviewed by a teenager for a homework project (likely shot in his backyard with a mobile phone camera) so please make sure to have your volume up because the sound quality isn’t the greatest...but the topic Dr. Katz hits on is rarely talked about or known.

    Research suggests that a staggering 68% of teenage girls are on a diet and, just by looking at today’s classrooms, it's clear many of our kids are overweight.

    If diets are a bad idea, the question turns to what is the best way to get them healthy?

    While the Confydo Game Plan is geared toward adults, the principles apply to everyone.

    Kids love our recipes and also love to go to the grocery store, get in the kitchen and cook with you.

    If you have a child who is overweight, the best thing you can do is to just focus on eating high quality (i.e., real) food that tastes great and go enjoy indoor or outdoor activities with them.

    Please stay away from calorie counting or calorie restriction which is going to lead them on the path to yo-yo dieting as well as the future health risks Dr. Katz alludes to in this video.

    When you eat real food and have a better balance of good carbs, good fats and good protein, like in our recipes, your body will tell you when you’re full.

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Do sugar & alcohol damage the body in a very similar way?

  • Dr. Robert Lustig, a world renowned author and pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California, San Francisco, outlines how sugar is processed by the body and how sugar (specifically fructose) and alcohol contribute to very similar diseases in the body.

    The more we learn about sugar (and things that quickly turn to sugar in the body) the more we understand how the severely elevated amounts of it we consume are linked to many chronic diseases.

    Sugar is not the only problem in the rapid deterioration of our health in this country, but it is right there at the top of the list.

    It’s unfortunate that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) still labels sugar “generally considered safe” because, unlike alcohol, it is the chronic amounts we eat over time that are destructive.

    Alcohol, on the other hand, is not considered safe by the FDA because you are immediately impaired when you drink too much of it.

    Don’t underestimate the politics in play on this topic as well.

    With how much sugar has infiltrated almost all the food we eat, as outlined in the must-read, Salt Sugar Fat, imagine the following ramifications: What if all of a sudden the FDA had the guts to label added sugar as toxic? What would happen to our food supply, the food we export to other countries and to the big processed food companies with deep pockets who spend huge amounts lobbying our politicians?

    That would mean acknowledging that most processed food is toxic as well, which would obviously have a negative impact on the bottom line to these companies and create disruptions in our food supply.

    The Confydo Game Plan gives you lots of great recipes to try out as you slowly wean yourself off sugar-laden processed food.

    After your 30 Day Detox, you’ll experience the difference of how getting that stuff out of your system, while enjoying what you eat and being full at the same time, makes your body feel.

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Why do 50% of American adults have fatty liver disease?

  • The liver is an incredibly important organ in the body. It has multiple functions including removing the many toxins we ingest.

    Having a damaged liver leads to severe health complications and, when damaged bad enough, even death.

    It’s estimated that as many as 90 million Americans have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

    In the past, this condition was typically only seen in alcoholics.

    With the low-fat craze of the last couple decades, fat consumption has, if anything, decreased.

    Why then has fatty liver disease become a sudden and silent epidemic? What part of our diet has skyrocketed in recent decades and is also found in most of what we eat?

    Dr. Mark Hyman, an internationally renowned functional medicine specialist, identifies the main culprit in the below video: sugar.

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A surprising cause of many food allergies

  • Leaky Gut, a.k.a. intestinal/gut permeability, is a diagnosis that bridges the gap between conventional and alternative medicine.

    It’s not taught as a diagnosis in medical school and many doctors are either unfamiliar with the condition or are skeptical that it exists.

    When food particles are getting into the bloodstream that haven’t been fully broken down to the amino acid level, the body views those particles as foreign and begins to attack them. Thus, if you are experiencing a growing number of food allergies to foods you used to be able to eat, the issue may be related to leaky gut and not to that specific food.

    Leaky Gut is a condition that may unknowingly affect many millions of people and our understanding of its different causes and effects is just beginning to be developed.

    Coach can personally attest to the infancy of the overall medical community’s knowledge on this issue having worked with multiple doctors and specialists when his three-year-old daughter developed many seemingly unrelated conditions and ultimately was hospitalized over it until finally getting a leaky gut diagnosis and treatment plan.

    This short video covers leaky gut in more detail with good examples of how it works and why "you can't do just one thing" when treating a health condition; the body is a complex system with many downstream effects, depending on the treatment used.

    A written discussion of leaky gut from a more conventional and prominent source, Doctor Oz’s website, can be found here (don’t forget to check out the comments section for additional discussion from real people sharing their personal experiences).

    If any of the above sounds familiar, the recipes as part of the Confydo Game Plan are here to help.

    All of our recipes are wheat, gluten and soy free. Most are dairy free as well. These are the most common sources of stomach issues. If that doesn’t do it, you then could experiment with other foods as a possible cause such as eggs, shellfish, tree nuts, corn, citrus and tomatoes.

    Coach's gastroenterologist had them eliminate all of the above, which they did for months, and over time saw improvement. They've since reintroduced, without apparent setbacks, soy free eggs, tree nuts and tomatoes.

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Our knowledge of cholesterol continues to evolve

  • A couple generations ago, cholesterol was measured with just one score.

    Years later, the score was broken down into the three components, found in a standard lipid profile, that most are familiar with today: LDL, HDL, and triglycerides.

    More recently, science has discovered that there are as many as four different types of LDL and five different types of HDL.

    There is considerable debate among these experts as to which subcomponent of LDL, the supposedly “bad” cholesterol, is most predictive of your risk for cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death worldwide.

    What many doctors don’t realize is that a growing group of specialists agree that relying on the traditional LDL score (LDL-C) is flawed and is not necessarily the best predictor of your risk for cardiovascular disease.

    This is supported by the fact that half of heart attacks happen in people with so-called normal LDL-C cholesterol levels and further supported by the fact that life insurance companies focus on other cholesterol metrics instead of LDL-C.

    There are two competing perspectives among cholesterol experts as to which component of LDL is the best predictor of cardiovascular risk.

    Part 1 is presented by Dr. Jonny Bowden, co-author of the New York Times best-selling book The Great Cholesterol Myth.

    The Confydo Game Plan’s recipes and approach to eating (having more of a balance between good carbs, good fats and good protein) were designed to quickly and significantly restructure the most common numbers that matter. Let your Silent 7 results be the judge after giving our approach a try for a handful of months.

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Why LDL is a poor predictor of heart attack and stroke risk

  • While technical in nature (medical professionals may want to watch the whole video), this segment of a presentation by Dr. Peter Attia (who in our opinion is doing future Nobel Prize winning type research at NuSi) presents a thorough analysis of the debate in the medical community among cardiologists and experts in cholesterol as to whether LDL particle size or particle number is the best risk predictor for cardiovascular disease.

    As we mentioned yesterday, many doctors don’t realize that more and more of our leading experts agree on one thing: relying on the traditional LDL score, (LDL-C), is not a great predictor of your risk for cardiovascular disease. We’d like to point out again that this is supported by the fact that half of heart attacks happen in people with so-called normal LDL-C cholesterol levels and further supported by the fact that life insurance companies focus on other cholesterol metrics instead of LDL-C.

    Accordingly, LDL-C is not a component of our Silent 7 and while the experts work it out among themselves as to what the best detailed metric is, we think knowing both your particle size breakdown and particle number (LDL-P) numbers are great if you have the access and budget to get them evaluated.

    If you want to become an expert on cholesterol, Dr. Attia has written a nine-part series on the topic that is more comprehensive than what’s taught in medical school. The comments section of each piece also have fantastic details.

    Finally, to keep things really simple, the best way to see progress on the scale and with your blood work is to try out some of our recipes and keep in mind our approach to eating as much as you can with your own meals (home and on the road).

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