Eskimo Low Carb Diet Is Deadly – Dr. McDougall



Dr. McDougall DESTROYS the myth that the low-carb, high meat Eskimo diet is healthy. Promoters of low-carb, ketogenic diets point to Eskimos as an example of healthy, long-lived people eating a lot of animals. But it’s just the opposite. The full one-hour talk available on DVD at: http://store.vegsource.com/products/healthy-now-dvd-red-white-stripe-set-13-hours

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46 Replies to “Eskimo Low Carb Diet Is Deadly – Dr. McDougall”

  1. mae roby

    Some historical observations write that eskimos gave the meat to their team of dogs and ate the blubber and other 'sweet meat' organs for their low carbs. (I think this is a propagandizing article folks to keep americans sick on carbs.)

  2. Greynerd

    The Eskimos of Lapland, Siberia, Alaska, Canada and Greenland have lived on this diet for thousands of years. The consumption of cholesterol and saturated fat was the only diet prior to Neolithic man. But that was only for 2 million years! How do the Eskimo get glucose in their diet? Gluconeogenesis. As for the Starch Solution, the potato is indigenous to the Andes and was brought to Europe by the Spanish in the 1600's. How could people in Europe and Africa have been eating potatoes for thousands of years? Rice originated in Ancient China and was introduced to the Americas by the European colonizers about 500 years ago. Again, how can man have been eating it for thousands of years.  An 'inconvenient truth' for Dr. John to defend?

  3. ipikture

    So the French and Norwegian are unhealthy also? Way to much personal and scientific evidence say this is wrong. Did high carb, whole grain foods and fruits and have been fighting type 2 diabetes for 7 years at 58 lifelong athlete. 3 months on Ketogenic and everything drastically changed with a 18 pound weight loss with out trying. Ate very well during all this also. Ketosis is not keto-acidosis.

  4. e g

    The whole video centers around debunking eating the way our homosapien brothers ate for thousands of years before modern day agriculture. I choose to believe what our bodies learned though evolution. You can have high fat without large amounts of protein, wake the hell up. It is a medical fact the sugar and carbs cause inflammation to our bodies, stop selling these ideas to sell your products.

  5. Logical Vegan Atheist

    We have the most accomplished, distinguished and life saving doctors on our side: Dean Ornish, Caldwell Esselstyn, T. Colin Campbell, John McDougall, Joel Fuhrman, Michael Greger, among many others. These animal product based diets are based on books written by completely unqualified people, who, if they have phd's are in completely unrelated fields if they have one at all. These paleo diet gurus sell books, supplements, memberships and use completely outrageous and debunked pseudoscience to support their book selling. All the plant based diet heroes are constantly giving their information and help for free or donating to charities and science. They are trying to help people reverse their deadly diseases while these paleo or whatever new fad diet people are trying to make millions by telling people good things about their bad habits. People love to hear that their morning bacon and eggs is healthy. These paleo and other animal products based diet pushers sure don't look healthy to me.

  6. Rebecca Cantrell

    When are you people going to realize that people can live and thrive on a variety of different diets. Like bears, we can also eat different things at different times of the year. The Inuit were relatively healthy until they adopted white sugar and white flour. But there are still some people who are sensitive to carbohydrates who do better on a low carb diet. That doesn't mean that some don't do better on a grain or vegetable based diet. There is no one answer and it does a disservice to everyone to keep claiming that there is. I've tried low fat diets all my life and dieted my way up to 300 pounds. If it weren't for low carb diets, my only option would be surgery now. My own sister has told me that the surgery doesn't work and that she now just gets hungry 6 times a day instead of 3. She has stretched her stomach completely back out. A low carb diet can be quite healthy if you include veggies and leafy greens with every meal. This isn't hard to do. Spinach with your eggs in the morning, watercress with your salad for lunch and cauliflower with your soup for dinner. If you still aren't getting enough vitamins you can supplement with seaweed as the Inuit also did. You guys have your egos WAY too involved in this.

  7. Nicole N

    Do not call them Eskimos, Inuit is the proper term. Also their natural diet is healthy for them. In the arctic farming is also impossible because of the permafrost under the ground. Also for heart disease and stroke, low lifespans etc. for modern day indigenous people, it's definitely also due to other variables. The snide remark at the end definitely is unnecessary and rude. And concerning the "pollution" problem he even admitted it only became a problem in the 70's. It's obviously a variable that is caused by modern day disturbances unrelated to them.

  8. mikeymike rankin

    this guys slick think he was originally a lawyer fact is the eskimos diet is high fat and lower protein is not an issue as long as there is sufficient fat wow he gets major stars for lawyering

  9. yesbrth

    This Dr has a very narrow view:  he speaks about ketosis as something bad, , , , he is like the doctors who still believe that fasting is something bad.  Hahaha :-))Look at the ketogenic diet of Dr Mercola: one can be in GREAT health with a lot of animal fats!

  10. saintquinn007

    Some good info but not entirely accurate…
    The Eskimos NO LONGER follow the Eskimo diet….
    They are now zit faces eating processed junk food….
    Loren Cordain mentioned this in one of his books…

  11. Alex Olvera

    Mr. McDougall, the brain does not "only run on sugar"….. In the absence of carbs, the brain easily adapts to using ketone bodies as fuel and seems to run better and create less "pollution" (ROS) while increasing IDE (insulin degrading enzyme) which is only present in the absence of insulin which is only possible when carb intake is minimized (say less than 20 grams of carbs per day)…… You should know this….

  12. toavm

    McDougall is really missing the point, has done so for a long time, artherioeschlerosis, heart attacks, cancer are not prevented by a plant based diet or by eating meat or fat. Facts are facts: vegans, omnivores die the same, are affected by these diseases of our time just the same. He's missing the point, the real culprit of the alarming incidence of such affections is inflamation, processed carbohydrates, processed oils and all those external factors that affects us in our modern world.
    Just remember, Jay Dinshah died of a heart attack age 67. Who was he? He was the President and founder of the American Vegan Society.

  13. Health Without Doctors

    It's all about your tubes ! You have to keep them flowing to maintain a good level of health. All diseases are the same , it just depends where the inflammation is most pronounced , as to what name it is given, ie, Heart Attack or Stroke etc.

    I have found that Intermittent fasting and High Intensity Workouts have a great benefit to the body, where your food intake is in a minimal window , say eating between 2pm and 6 pm, or any other combination.
    Keto is great for initial fat loss , or vegan for best carbs, but I would not say one is better than the other as everyone is different and people have many goals.

    It is important, however, to understand that most things done in isolation do have a negative cumulative effect on the body at some stage. Certainly as we age these effects are more obvious to us.

    Furthermore, as some have commented about excretion ( I hate the word poop !! )…..One good dump a day is fine and two is even better, just as long as you are not straining to expel it !!

  14. FrothingFanboy

    All of you who are defending the Paleo or the McDougall Diet: you are both not understanding that both are healing diets, not intended to be consumed strictly forever, though their proponents will never say so. After some time – varies with the individual – you have to broaden your diet or bear the consequences. Matthew Cardinal's story here is an example. But he is lurching from one extreme to the other in an attempt to balance himself.

    Eating lowfat forever is ghastly, and so is eating tons of meat and avoiding starches equally crazy.

    Also, diet is not everything.

  15. John Samson

    Yes they can and do thrive and they're not Eskimo's, they're Inuit. Eskimo is a racist term. So up yours McDummass.Try mapping 1000's of miles of constantly changing coastline miles from memory or building a house made out of ice in a snow storm. The diet of the Inuit is very healthy for Inuit people. Vegetables aren't for them. Plus what these vegans don't want to admit is that the average vegan is less enviro-friendly than the average Inuit. I know because I have lived with the Inuit. Your lumping together the entire culture of meat eaters and using a conflated argument to frame the Inuit culture as limping . If I was religious I would believe that Inuit are put in this world so vegans don't take themselves too seriously. As a vegan I can honestly say that this is the moment when Veganism stops being a world-saving proposition and starts to be a religion. The consequence of Veganism as a religion in terms of a philosophical abstraction is the death of the planet by overpopulation.

  16. John Samson

    Yes they can and do thrive and they're not Eskimo's, they're Inuit. Eskimo is a racist term. So up yours McDummass.Try mapping 1000's of miles of constantly changing coastline miles from memory or building a house made out of ice in a snow storm. The diet of the Inuit is very healthy for Inuit people. Vegetables aren't for them. Plus what these vegans don't want to admit is that the average vegan is less enviro-friendly than the average Inuit. I know because I have lived with the Inuit. Your lumping together the entire culture of meat eaters and using a conflated argument to frame the Inuit culture as limping . If I was religious I would believe that Inuit are put in this world so vegans don't take themselves too seriously. As a vegan I can honestly say that this is the moment when Veganism stops being a world-saving proposition and starts to be a religion. The consequence of Veganism as a religion in terms of a philosophical abstraction is the death of the planet by overpopulation.

  17. Alex Olvera

    Mcdougall forgot to mention the other ancient people who thrive with a high fat diet like…. The Maasai of Africa, the Pima (and several other Indian tribes of pre civil war era) of North America,  The Mauri of new Zealand, the aborigines of Australia…..   The only civilizations that rely heavily on starch or carbs are those whose populations outgrew their natural food supply….. like China or India or the Middle East. they all now lead the way in diabetes and other metabolic diseases!!!!

  18. Alex Olvera

    COMPLETE RUBBISH!!!  Where do I even begin??!!  If any of this non sense was even remotely true, the Inuit would have never lasted more than a few generations much less the FIVETHOUSAND YEARS so far verified by anthropologists!!! And they did stay in a state of ketosis! you cant get enough glycogen from muscle tissue to fuel the brain!!! And they ate fat predominantly while saving the leanest meat for the dogs!!!  And, the studies he cites are modern and AFTER  the introduction of supplementation of sugar and flour to the indigenous diet!!  And if everyone were dropping dead of heart attacks, where are the thousands upon thousands of bodies frozen in the ice???!!!  Mcdougall even forgot there there have been several European and Western explorers who have well documented journals of there YEARS of eating a high fat diet and not only being healthy, but becoming ROBUST!!  Look up Swattka or Steffanson….. I guess that we will just completely ignore the fact that Nasa is now using a ketogenic diet for astronauts and the Navy is also using it for our elite Navy Seals…… The simple fact of the matter is that humans have evolved to be healthy and robust eating plants (green) or animals.  Carbohydrates and pufas are what is causing all our ailments generally…….

  19. golden child

    I do a combo of Paleo/Mediterranean. I feel better when I don't eat bread or grains and I haven't felt this good in a long time, plenty of energy and i feel more alert. I make sure to have some type of veggie with every meal. This is similar to what Dr. Terry Wahls has done with her diet. There is another book called 'The Paleo Manifesto' if you get a chance, very interesting book.

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