Dear Mother: December 2008-January 2009

Letters from our readers on Good Calories, Bad Calories; education vs. legislation; population; and more.

| December 2008/January 2009

  • good food v. bad food
    Gary Taubes argues that it is carbohydrates such as desserts that make us fat, and meat, fish and leafy greens that are the healthier choices.
    KERI ROSEBRAUGH
  • cows
    From garden plots to even a cow, readers wrote in to tell of their adventures in homesteading.
    ISTOCKPHOTO/GORDON DIXON
  • moth on flower
    Given the opportunity, tomato hornworms transform into beautiful five-spotted hawkmoths.
    JOSEPH CONNERS
  • crusty pizza
    Genie’s recipe for “Crusty Frying-pan Pizza” was a hit!
    GENIE DICKERSON

  • good food v. bad food
  • cows
  • moth on flower
  • crusty pizza

Back to Basics

As a Type 2 diabetic who has worked hard to bring the disease under control (it’s not gone away) and having read widely in that pursuit, I must applaud Gary Taubes’ common sense, back-to-basics article, Good Calories, Bad Calories: What Really Makes Us Fat.

I see that there’s a whole lot of dogma which pervades the majority of the comments with the article online. That’s fine by me, as we all have our own self-interests to push.

I’m for Taubes and thank Mother Earth News for publishing the article. If more adult diabetics had understood this before they were diabetic, they would have been better off. Even now, this kind of realistic advice can help them. It makes a lot of sense to me and how I manage my diabetic food plan.

Walter Adamson
Melbourne, Australia

Learned the Hard Way

I loved Taubes’ article! Such huge sums of money ride on the low fat/no fat diet that it’s really swimming upstream to suggest something different, although I think the “facts” regarding low/no fat are merely theory.



I discovered the hard way that carbs in excess are really, really bad when I got hit with heart failure. A friend who is also a doctor told me to read the book Protein Power by Michael Eades, M.D. and Mary Dan Eades, M.D. I followed their recommendations, and now tests show the pumping ability of my heart is almost normal again!

Robert Atkins originally put together his famous diet for his heart patients, not for a weight loss program. Of course, eating this way will cause weight loss — a lovely “side effect!” The Eades’ book gives the science behind limiting carbs, which is over 100 years old. I wonder how long it will take mainstream medicine to admit that low/no fat is simply wrong.






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