Thursday, May 30, 2013

Talking to the Forage Folks

After watching the video of my presentation at the 2012 Ancestral Health Symposium, Nancy remarked that it seemed like I was more nervous talking about the forage agronomy topics than I am when I deliver purely dietary presentations. I agree. It may be that I hadn't been studying the forage material for a while, so I was conscious of being certain that I actually said what I wanted to say. It could have been, too, that I was expecting that audience to be a challenging one. I was very pleased with the response, however. And I'll be giving another presentation this August in Atlanta at the 2013 Ancestral Health Symposium! 

I see my role, in part, as standing between the low carb/Primal/Paleo communities and the livestock agriculture communities. It's my hope that they can begin speaking to each other and learning from each other. I've had the opportunity to present counter-establishment dietary information at the 2012 and 2013 annual meetings of the American Forage and Grassland Council (AFGC) in Louisville and Covington, Kentucky, respectively. The presentation in Louisville was entitled “Saturated Fat and Cholesterol: Health Hazards or Vital Nutrients?” I was pleased with the response to this message and I was encouraged to submit a proposal for a symposium for 2013. While attending a joint meeting of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians and the Nutrition and Metabolism Society in Seattle in 2010, I met Ms. Adele Hite, director of the Healthy Nation Coalition. She agreed to participate in the symposium and at her suggestion, I invited Dr. James Bailes, MD. Dr. Bailes is a pediatrician from West Virginia. He uses a restricted carbohydrate dietary approach in treating childhood obesity.

Videos from this symposium are posted on Our session, “Animal Products from Forage: The REAL Health Food,” was immediately after a break, so I took the opportunity to administer a “mind-set check.” It was an animated PowerPoint slide set that was projected on the screen while people drifted in. You can see it here. Once we got started, I gave a short introduction. Adele Hite spoke next, explaining that “Policy ≠ Science.” Dr. Bailes batted clean-up, demonstrating in his presentation “Childhood Obesity” the impressive and heart-warming results he’s had in more than a decade of treating children – literally changing their lives!
Once again, I was very pleased with the reception. And once again, I was asked to organize a symposium/workshop for the next AFGC annual meeting in Memphis, Tennessee. I’m very excited that Dr. Susan Duckett from Clemson University has agreed to participate, and Adele will re-join us, too! The working title is “Grass-Finished: What Do We Really Know and What Does It Really Mean?” Dr. Duckett will discuss quantitative and qualitative differences between grass-finished and concentrate-finished beef. Ms. Hite will discuss the likely impacts of these differences on human health. I will, once again, moderate and add a few comments. Kind of a thorn-among-the-roses …

Monday, March 18, 2013

Beef: The REAL Health Food

Update - Sten made me aware that the timing between the slides and the audio fails at the 31 minute mark. I am preparing a corrected version. I'll upload it as soon as I can, and re-post the link.

Update 2 - Corrected versions are posted to Vimeo and YouTube

I was invited to participate in the joint Maryland Cattle Industry Convention and Hay & Pasture Conference. My visit to Hagerstown was quite enjoyable. I met a number of folks and I learned a great deal.

I gave two presentations: “Optimizing Forage-Based Animal Nutrition” and “Beef: The REAL Health Food!” I meant to record both of them, but I forgot to turn on my Zoom H2 for the animal nutrition presentation. [slaps forehead]
I’ve produced a “video” of the Beef presentation. It’s a combination of an audio recording with the PowerPoint slide set.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Ruminant Reality

The video of my presentation at the Ancestral Health Symposium 2012 has bee posted on YouTube.

I titled the talk "The Reality of Ruminants and Liebeg's Barrel: Examining the New 'Conventional Wisdom.'" (links are to previous posts) They say that whenever you give a talk you actually give three: There's the talk you plan to give; there's the one you give; and there's the one you think you should have given. The talk I think I should have given isn't too different from the one captured by this video.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Make Believe?

Imagine you’ve got a group of men who’ve survived a heart attack. They agree to participate in a four-year-long experiment where they’re placed onto one of two diets: Diet One is a “Mediterranean Diet” high in fruits, vegetables, legumes, fish, and poultry, along with cholesterol-rich read meat and full-fat dairy products; Diet Two is the “Prudent Diet” recommended by the American Heart Association (and, not coincidently, by most physicians), focusing on restricting saturated fat intake. What result might you expect?

Turns out that the men restricting their cholesterol and saturated fat intake had a greater than 50 percent higher rate of fatal heart attacks and 70 percent more cardiac events! And the total cholesterol, LDL, and HDL levels of both groups were almost identical.

Perhaps even more interesting is that despite the fact that this research was published in Circulation * (the American Heart Association journal, no less!) over a decade ago, we’re still being told to restrict our intake of dietary cholesterol and saturated fat!
* Michel de Lorgeril, et al., “Mediterranean Diet,Traditional Risk Factors, and the Rate of Cardiovascular Complications afterMyocardial Infarction: Final Report of the Lyon Diet Heart Study.”