~ Mark Sisson demonstrates the rendering of beef tallow from suet via two different methods. I'm gonna have to give it a try.
~ Dr. Eades takes you through the ins & outs of evaluating your cholesterol numbers after eating low-carb for some time. "This study, published in the prestigious American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, demonstrates that subjects following the low-carb diet experience a decrease in triglyceride levels and an increase in HDL-cholesterol (HDL) levels; and that these changes are accompanied by a minor increase in LDL-cholesterol (LDL), which prompts the authors to issue a caveat." For the most part, my view is to greet the former with welcome and disregard the latter.
~ Karen De Coster takes you step by step through an urban workout in downtown Detroit. Lots of cool pics.
~ You're gonna hear a lot more about fatty livers in the coming years, as even kids are being diagnosed with them, now. Too much fructose. Another thing that cases a fatty liver is excessive alcohol consumption. They make a distinction between the two, but based only on the cause. Clinically, I'm not sure there's much, if any difference. At any rate, Stephan has now racked up two fatty liver reversals in his readers. The first, "Sam," had enzymes signaling a fatty liver for nine years, and it was confirmed by biopsy. Per Stephan's suggestion, he got off vegetable oils, reduced sugar in his diet, and supplemented with fish oil. Punchline: Sam reversed his fatty liver in about a month. And now, "Steve" has also reversed his fatty liver.
~ Free the Animal has yet another MD reader and comment contributor, Dr. Kurt G. Harris, MD. Here's what he said in his recent email to me: "My food epiphany came almost 2 years ago when I heard Gary Taubes on NPR while sitting in my pickup truck. I changed my diet that night before I even read his book. I later gave away over 30 hardcover copies to friends and other physicians. Started treating patients with my own paleo diet for free shortly thereafter – One month ago I started my own blog so just so I wouldn't have to repeat myself so much. I've got at least 200 people (that i know of) on the "PaNu" diet." I encourage you to check out his blog, paleonu.com. I'll be adding it to the roll.
~ From Ode Magazine, via my friend Kathleen in email, Fat is where it's at. "Jenny Matthau stands in front of hundreds of students at the Natural Gourmet School and speaks heresy. The New York City culinary program specializes in "health-supportive, whole-foods cuisine" with a "plant-based curriculum." Beef and pork aren’t on the syllabus, to say nothing of veal—and the school’s alumni run kitchens at health spas and work in restaurants with names like Organic Planet. So when Matthau, who’s president of the school and teaches the core nutrition class, delivers her lecture in praise of fat, students are often surprised."