I'm often quoted as saying 'Once you see something, you can't unsee it.' And I've seen the health benefits of changing diet and nutrition for myself and I've seen it for my family and I've seen it for my patients.
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Dr. Gary Fettke is an Australian orthopedic surgeon and a hero of the health and nutrition world. He was silenced for helping his patients with nutritional advice. He was persecuted but he stood strong knowing he was doing what was right, and eventually he was exonerated. But before taking on the establishment with his message emphasizing the importance of real food, he had to heal himself of prediabetes, high blood pressure, inflammatory joint disease, psoriasis, and more.
[2:50] “I’m often quoted as saying ‘Once you see something, you can’t unsee it.’ And I’ve seen the health benefits of changing diet and nutrition for myself and I’ve seen it for my family and I’ve seen it for my patients.”
[4:20] Dr. Fettke shares his “fresh, local, and seasonal whole food” message. He explains that we should reduce processed food and added sugar. This often leads to a low-carbohydrate, Paleo, and/or ketogenic style of diet.
[7:30] What is Gary’s health background? He was an overweight kid and even had joint aches as a kid. He had a pituitary gland tumor at age 38. He had high blood pressure, skin conditions, and other ailments (metabolic syndrome). He had this type of health while eating a diet largely based on the food pyramid.
[10:50] A lightbulb went off for Gary when he realized his tumor showed up on PET scan based on glucose metabolism. It was growing and thriving on sugar. Since then, he often reflects on the Krebs cycle and how our bodies create ATP for energy.
[14:10] Gary started out by cutting out sugars. Then he cut out polyunsaturated oils. Then he cut out other carbohydrates.
[15:15] In 2013 and 2014, Gary came up with a nutritional model of inflammation. The idea is that the combination of refined carbohydrates, polyunsaturated oils, and fructose cause a highly-inflammatory state in the body. This inflammation sits behind basically every disease and ailment we face.
[17:30] Initially, Gary lost about 8 kilos (approximately 20 pounds) without exercise by cutting out sugar. He was inspired by David Gillepsie’s book Sweet Poison.
[18:50] Gary, a surgeon, performed many amputations of diabetic limbs and digits. His patients were coming in with their limbs rotting off and it bothered him because he now sees it is preventable.
[22:25] “I’m infinitely healthier now than I was ten years ago.” Gary shares how he came off ten medications.
[23:45] Dr. Fettke discusses the problem of the lack of informed consent for lifelong medications which have massive side effects.
[25:30] Gary mentions that information about Tracey Brown, the CEO of the American Diabetes Association, improving her diabetes significantly by limiting carbs has been taken offline.
[31:05] Gary, paraphrasing his wife Belinda: “You guys are talking about the science. Nobody’s listening. Who’s blocking that?”
[32:00] Gary talks about the importance of SAM: support, accountability, and motivation.
[38:10] Gary talks about how eating healthfully allows his patients to take back some level of control over their lives.
[39:50] Gary shares a story of a patient: 70-year-old who had horrible arthritic pain and was down to bare bones on X-rays. Gary talked to her about low carb. 3 months later she came back to his office down 12 kilograms (approximately 25 pounds), felt better, and no longer needed surgery. “It’s just fascinating for me that someone with bare-bone arthritis can turn around their pain before they lose weight.”
[41:40] “If you reduce your sugar and carbs, you reduce your insulin production, you reduce your inflammation. It happens within days or weeks successfully, before weight loss.”
[42:25] Are some of Gary’s patients who come in on a reconstructive surgery consult able to avoid the need for surgery altogether? By changing their diet? Spoiler alert: yes.
[42:50] Gary shares the major improvement in a 75-year-old patient who had been low carb for 6 weeks: all of her back pain was gone.
[43:55] “I’m not saying this cures everyone, I’m not saying that it’s the answer for everything. But gee, it’s bloody close to it.”
[44:20] How has real-food, low-carb, healthy-fat diet impacted surgery patients’ recovery?
[45:30] Gary compares ketosis to the “Safe Mode” of a computer.
[45:50] Gary, thinking of his grandchildren, talks a bit about diet and pregnancy.
[47:20] Gary works with an elite soldier who spends time in ketosis. Gary asked him how he feels when in ketosis: “cunning”
[49:50] “Virtually all of us are carrying around a super-tanker of fuel on our bodies.” (Body fat)
[50:45] “We’ve got more potential to take back our health than we’ve been told. Than we’ve been led to believe.”
[52:30] Gary found it odd to learn that his textbooks and professors had been all wrong; he talks about how much is hiding in plain sight.
[53:30] “Our medical education was corrupted in 1910 with the Flexner Report which was commissioned by Andrew Carnegie of steel and John Rockefeller of oil.”
[53:50] “Our nutrition education was manipulated since 1917 and made up by the cereal industry. And our medical education came from Rockefeller and Carnegie, which was really the birth of the pharmaceutical industry.”
[54:30] “It’s a massive turnaround to admit that we got it wrong.”
[55:50] Does Gary consider himself cured of his conditions?
[57:50] Now that he’s improved his health, what’s one thing Gary enjoys doing that he couldn’t do before?
[59:30] Where can the listener learn more from Dr. Fettke?
[1:00:55] “The enemy’s not food. The enemy is the people telling us what food to eat.”
[1:04:40] Gary shares a closing thought that he used in his book Inversion: One Man’s Answer for World Peace and Global Health: “Only dead fish swim with the current. You’ll know you’re truly alive when you’re swimming against it.”