Today, we found out that Al Roker has prostate cancer. No one wants the Cancer diagnosis and I wish Al Roker the very best. It breaks my heart and it makes me very angry to see another person suffer from a disease that could have been prevented.
Over a year ago, I wrote about Al Roker promoting the Keto diet. Today, I want to warn others about the Keto diet and how it affects one’s health. The truth is that most cancer is a result of lifestyle and that means a big factor is diet. (Only 5–10% of all cancer cases can be attributed to genetic defects, whereas the remaining 90–95% have their roots in the environment and lifestyle. The lifestyle factors include cigarette smoking, diet (fried foods, red meat), alcohol, sun exposure, environmental pollutants, infections, stress, obesity, and physical inactivity.”
Given what we know about diet-related disease and sickness, the question that we must start asking and keep asking is not does Keto help me lose weight but how does Keto or any diet affect my body’s ability to prevent, treat and reverse diet-related disease and sickness, including cancer.
Most American’s lifestyles and diets are so bad that it’s not if they will get sick but when will they get sick and how bad will it be. Currently, 88% of Americans have some form of diet-related disease and sickness, 75% of Americans are overweight or obese and it looks like it’s going to get worse.
There is reliable research on Keto and cancer done by Dr Collins Campbell. His organization is Nutrition Studies. It is a non profit organization that publishes research on nutrition that is not only trustworthy but desperately needed to guide us out of the “diet” mindset and reductionist philosophy that have helped to sabotage and prime us for deadly diseases and sickness. Dr Collins Campbell and his staff have published many articles on the Keto diet including the following “Can the Ketogenic Diet Cure Cancer? What Does the Science Say?”
Like many, I don’t believe in all “science” but I do know that we have a real issue when your next door neighbor or celebrity can easily sell you a supplement, shake, or promote a diet that has absolutely no long term or short term scientific studies but we refuse to listen to reputable doctors like Dr Collins Campbell, who are fighting the government and corporations for nutritional truth to guide policies and education for the public.
Even if you don’t believe the science, then step back and look at the results of what we’ve been doing over the past 40 and 50 years. What have you done? Have you gotten sicker? Have our kids gotten sicker? Has our world suffered? What are the results of how we’ve been eating and living? The results are so obvious. We have suffered long enough and we have lost too many friends and family members to heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and cancer.
It’s time to wake up and stop ranting about politics and start looking at our own selves. How do you expect the country to be “healthy” if you are not healthy, your family is not healthy, your friends are not healthy, your church members and coworkers are not healthy, and your communities are full of fast food and your schools are full of junk.
The truth is that we have been Fed A Lie about many things, including who we are and how we are naturally designed to be healthy, holy, whole and human. Stop listening to the diet and fitness industry. They are selling a formula that primes us for disease and sickness.
There is no such thing as moderately eating and drinking pure CRAP because there is no such thing as a moderate case of cancer, stroke, losing a limb, losing the ability to have sex, walk and see or suffering from a mild heart attack. It is time to stop being extremely sick and start doing everything in our power to be extremely full of nutrients.
There’s never been a better time than today to look at what we are doing and not doing to love ourselves well. We have everything we need to be healthy and to give our bodies everything they need to prevent, treat and reverse diet-related disease and sickness, physical breakdown, anxiety and depression,
The following is my post on AL Roker written in January 2019.
A few months ago on GMA, Al Roker took on Jillian Michaels and gave his whole hearted approval to the Keto diet. What continues to amaze me is the massive amount of misinformation and bad advice that is given on a daily basis by people who have not arrived at their own pinnacle of health but they are still given a platform and they are still given the title of expert. Likewise, they are allowed to speak as an expert even though they are not supported by any real research, science or long term experience.
Because of Al Roker’s position on NBC as weatherman, he now has the platform to inform millions of people about a diet that has not proven to work for him (let’s remember any caloric deficiency can help you lose weight but until someone keeps the weight off long term (say at least 5 to 10 years) and the diet has not negatively affected one’s overall health, then let’s wait on giving anyone a new magic weightloss formula).
I am not trying to pick on Al Roker because it’s not just him. There is serious problem on the morning shows, on social media and in our communities when anyone can just decide to open a shop, do a diet, get a certification and start selling a product and giving all kinds of health instruction.
What’s more disturbing to me than some random person selling some ultra processed protein shake or diet supplement is that Al Rocker isn’t just representing the Keto diet, but he is continuing to support and promote a trillion dollar diet formula to millions. If you take a step back and look at Mr. Roker’s latest diet recommendations and at Mr Roker’s life, then you will see a man who has dieted for most of his life. When the diet formula failed him or he failed at the diet formula, he choose to have a gastric bypass in 2003. It is public knowledge that even after the surgery, Al continued to struggle with weight gain and now some 16 years later Al is still “dieting.”
I imagine Mr. Roker’s personal journey has been made even more difficult by working on a show that is built on the misuse of food from one extreme to the other. Don’t believe me, just watch and you will see that the latest diet segment is followed by a gluttonous recipe created to make all your mouth dreams come true.
Knowing that the only reason the entertainment industry and mass media continues to promote the latest trendy diet is to make money, I would like to know why someone who has the personal experience of a diet formula failing him time and time again, while also knowing that it has failed 70% of Americans, is still promoting a diet formula.
Does mass media have or anyone have responsibility to stop promoting a broken formula? Do we? My Facebook feed is full of “dieting” advice, recipes and opinions from lots of people that I know and don’t know. I try to reconcile how we are suffering from epidemics of diet-related disease in every area of America, when there are so many self-proclaimed dieting experts.
While we cannot ask an industry to change nor can I have a conversation with every person who is promoting a broken diet formula, spreading misinformation and selling repackaged dieting advice, I do think we can take some simple steps to stop participating. The following is a simple filter to use as we attempt to mitigate a culture built to sabotage our health.
First things first, before we give advice or take advice from a celebrity, friend or family member, maybe we should first try to find out more about that person. Sure they may be a nice person but that doesn’t mean you need to follow their advice. Try to take the same logic that we follow in every other area in our lives and apply it to food and dieting. I don’t think any of us would give all our money to a complete stranger to invest, if we knew this person had repeatedly lost all their money and was still financially struggling. Nor do I think, we would we get in a car and take driving lessons from someone who has crashed multiple times and is still learning how to drive?
So, knowing that we would never put our lives or our money in the hands of someone who does not have some real success and trustworthiness, then I must ask why in the world are we handing our health over to anyone who 1) is not healthy 2) is still doing really bizarre and extreme things to lose weight 3) is not being more honest about their deeper struggle with food.
Here’s the thing, deep down we all know that food is not our savior, deliverer or best friend. We also know that something that sounds too good to be true is 99.9% of the time not true. There is no research that shows good long term results for extreme “diets.” If anything, research shows that “diets” have helped cause the obesity epidemic in America. Yes, we have all taken dieting advice from people who have sold their allegiance to the diet industry and then made lots of money selling it to us. If we should have learned anything over the last few decades of dieting, then it is knowing that we should never take health advice from the people on TV, professional dieters, anyone giving you a new diet or anyone who tells you that you can transform your health from the outside-in.
Health transformation will never result from a diet. Health is not a number on a scale but a daily practice of nourishing our whole person with more than food. The healthiest people I know do not use food or exercise as a means to end. Truth is they don’t even really talk about food. Instead, they give and receive food as a gift and it is just one of many gifts that daily nourishes their spirits, hearts, minds, bodies and relationships.
It is time that we stop putting our health in the dieting industry formula and remember that our health is not just in our hands but in our spirits, hearts, minds and relationships. To be healthy is to be whole and it is the daily choice to give up diets and remember who we are and how we are naturally designed to be healthy, whole, holy and human.
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