Jul 09

Doubters, Haters, Colleagues, and Friends

One of my favorite quotes of all time happens to be from Mahatma Ghandi:

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

I’ve certainly felt the first and second of these stages, and I now believe I’m entering into the third. But don’t confuse my motivation from the above quotes as originating from hate or anger — I genuinely want to change the minds of even my biggest detractors.

No matter how strong or compelling my data is, it will take much more to open minds to it. I need to put in the effort to communicate to the biggest doubters out there. And yes, I know the vast majority won’t change their minds. But a few will, and in the end, I believe it will be worth it.

And with that, I’ll close with another favorite from Ghandi:

Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love.

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Bill Robinson


Here is what it looks like when they fight you:


And follow the link in that article to this:


This is meant to severely curtail PTs from talking
about a LCHF/Keto way of eating. Even if the
information comes from published studies and
the PT uses documented evidence, the APTA
will take that PT to task a la Noakes, Fettke and
such. Even if you could fight the “trial” without
the support Noakes and Fettke have, it would be
a hollow victory as APTA and such organizations
have unlimited ability/budgets to take on anyone
who dares counter their dogma.
Other organizations will follow suit in due time.

Bill Robinson

I meant to say a “pyrrhic victory”


Welcome to my world Dave….at least on the first three (ignore, laugh & fight)…..I think though on the last, in today’s world, winning is a potential outcome but I also see that they co-opt and steal and then try to emulate your work as if it is their idea…..witness how many internet Paleo gurus are now Keto gurus….keep up the great work!


I go through the same nonsense as everyone else. I feel it’s my duty morally to alert people of the danger in the low fat diet. We must persevere, it’s our American way of life at stake. There is no bigger threat from our out of whack health care system. We must right the ship. Keep on hanging in there. Visit my website http://www.carbwatchersutah.com


I think Dave has the psycho militant vegans after him now. Some of the current questioners are known vegan trolls who are not pleased with any possible benefits of eating meat.

Kimberly dean

I back you up Dave Feldman!! Keep it up!!! You inspire me to learn more, grow deeper knowledge and take charge of my health. To ask ” why” to so many misinformed doctors. Your encouraging words have inspired me to want to help others . THANK YOU!!! Kimberly:)

Tim Noakes has a great talk on YouTube where he speaks about when an observation rises to the level where you can talk about causation instead of correlation. One case described was scrotal cancer in chimney sweeps, where the appearance was so tightly correlated you basically could not explain it in anyway except as causal. [paraphrasing]. He also mentioned black swans; if they appear you also are able to change the way you analyze what just happened. It seems to me you have produced black swans, by showing that all the cholesterol values are basically just a reflection of one… Read more »
Hi Dave. Have a piece of data you may find interesting (or not). I have been tracking FBG (fasting blood glucose) for about 4 years now on LCHF with occasional carb vacations. I find insulin load (IL = Carbs – Fiber +.56 * Protein, all in grams) is my best gauge of FBG, ie it predicts it best and correlates best with it. I am a numbers geek and I track everything I eat. I use the FBG to see if it is deteriorating (I generate blocks of regression equations so I can feed in the exact same IL to… Read more »

Hi Dave.

Sorry there is a typo in my previous comment.
I typed epinephrine when I meant norepinephrine.
Up to you but you don’t need to publish this comment.



Keith Rathbone
Hi Dave FANTASTIC RESULTS, I suggest this for 2 reasons. Firstly they demonstrate how dramatic the changes in cholesterol CAN BE for a 3 day change in diet (9 people had 20% plus reduction in LDL). Secondly it clearly demonstrates that PATIENTS ARE INDIVIDUALS and have INDIVIDUAL REACTIONS to diet (obviously including CHOLESTEROL LEVELS). Your results make a mockery of the so called ‘Healthy Eating Guidelines’ in both US and UK which suggests that a ‘LOW FAT DIET’ is best for EVERYONE, and IMPROVES CHOLESTEROL LEVELS. I have to admit that the US LOW FAT dietary guidelines has also produced… Read more »
Joy Norman

Hi Dave. I just found your website and am very interested. Where do you talk about your actual daily eating habits, besides just the ratio of fats, carbs, and proteins? You are such a dedicated researcher that I would guess that you have done some specific study on the specifics of an optimally healthy diet. Thank you! Joy