Where the heck did these crazy nutritional guidelines come from, anyway? Revisionist history with Gary Fettke, MD

Dr Gary Fettke is an Orthopaedic Surgeon practising in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.

He has a major interest in the preventative medicine and encourages his patients to lose weight before undergoing surgery. Although his speciality is surgery, Gary believes it is much better to help people avoid surgery by taking preventative measures, which often involves primarily altering the diet. He is an advocate of a Low Carbohydrate Healthy Fat (LCHF) lifestyle for the health benefits.

He was “a fat kid” and has experienced ‘too many’ other health issues until changing his diet and lifestyle. He has concerns that as we get older the health systems will be under significant stress from financial and health burden aspects. It is simply unsustainable – a train crash in evolution.

In recent years Gary has focussed on the role of diet in the development of diabetes, obesity and cancer. He has been speaking out internationally on the combined role of sugar, fructose, refined carbohydrates and polyunsaturated oils linking together to be behind inflammation and modern disease.

Gary remains committed to understanding the central role of nutrition in everything ranging from our health issues to its role in influencing education, the environmental impact, economics, politics and belief systems.

He has incurred the wrath of regulatory bodies for his stand on public health, but he and his wife, Belinda, remain active defending the benefits of low carb healthy fat living. Their ongoing work has uncovered the vested interests and ideologies shaping nutritional guidelines at an international level.

Time stamps:

8:56 Gary’s story.

15:17 Cereal industry “conspiracy”

22:32 Being told that he was unable to give nutritional advice.

25:40 What were the complaints saying?

28:09 Tim Noakes’ similar situation.

30:45 Banting diet

32:17 Why is sugar toxic 

38:07 Grains and cereals (polyol pathway)

40:32 Non-evolutionarily consistent food 

43:02 Our own “Brave New World”

44:37 Belinda Fetke’s work.

47:37 The role of the Seventh Day Adventists church.

52:22 Kellogg’s cereal involvement.

54:35 Who influenced Ancel Keys?

57:37 Article on Seventh Day Adventist role in nutritional guidelines in Journal of Religion.

1:01:42 Religious ideology and the U.S. food guidelines.

1:03:55 Seventh Day Adventists and the soy and alternative meat industry.

1:06:27 Seventh Day Adventists and medical education.

1:11:54 Coca-Cola and the Seventh Day Adventist.

1:15:44 Cereal and fibre.

1:19:37 Grassroots Low Carb movement.

1:22:47 Medical schools and the “Garden of Eden Diet”.

1:29:01 Where you can find Gary.

1:30:23 The most radical thing Gary did recently!