Open Future HealthRichard D. Feinman - Biochemist

Dr Feinman, is Professor of Cell Biology (Biochemistry) at the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Feinman's original area of research was in protein chemistry and enzyme mechanism, particularly in blood coagulation and related processes.

Richard David Feinman

Professor WWW LinkRichard David Feinman, is well qualified biochemist, who has studied the application of thermodynamics to nutrition, so he's interested in metabolism, in how the body creates energy from food.

On Diabetes:
Prof. Feinman's book WWW LinkThe world Turned Upside Down: The second Low-Carbohydrate Revolution; was the second book I read in this topic. Although the cover image depicts a light hearted approach, what the book talks about is no laughing matter. On the topic of diabetes, Diabetes New Zealand in line with the USA, recommends a balanced diet, "a rainbow of foods". WWW LinkNew Zealand registered dietitian Alison Pask, explains why a low carbohydrate diet is not recommended for diabetes patients. Prof. Feinman says; "Scientifically, the burden of proof is on anybody who would say that it is a good idea for people with diabetes to have any significant amount of carbohydrate." ... and "If you have diabetes or metabolic syndrome, carbohydrate restriction is the default approach, that is the one to try first."

In this 53 min video Prof. Feinman explains why dietitians keep insisting that their non-scientific "knowledge" is the "gold standard" for human diet. (Threat of expulsion from the dietician's profession, in some countries, is the price of supporting a LCHF diet.) Prof. Feinman explains why their "knowledge" is not valid, for general health, for weight loss, nor for diabetes. The science tells us that hormones control most of the "automatic" responses in the body, including how we produce energy and how we control our weight. If you can understand how insulin behaves in the body, you'll soon learn how to control your weight. "Nutrition is applied biochemistry."

"Every time you see a low-fat item in the supermarket you are looking at an artifact of one of the most bizarre stories in the history of science." ... "The most difficult part of writing this book is understanding or, again at least describing — I don't think it's possible to understand — how the whole field of medical nutrition could be so wrong."

WWW LinkThe metabolic pathways in the body are involved in the digestion and absorption of the carbohydrates, proteins and fats we eat, and are critical in the maintenance of our health and well being. All the food you eat is broken down into constituent parts unlike the food you ate. There are essential fatty acids and essential proteins, but there is no such thing as an essential carbohydrate. WWW LinkYou do not need to eat grains or any carbohydrate at all, to have a healthy diet as explained here. The 2005 version of the Dietary Reference, most professional dietitians use, says that "The lower limit of dietary carbohydrate compatible with life apparently is zero, provided that adequate amounts of protein and fat are consumed."

If you prefer to watch another 54 minute video navhere Prof. Feinman is discussing the science with Sam Feltham, owner of Smash the Fat Fitness Centers (UK).

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