I had one helluva whirlwind trip to London. I don’t have time to discuss it in detail, so here’s the short version… (1) Nick Mailer tweeted about an upcoming event in London I didn’t know about just a week and a half ago. (2) After seeing the people who’d be there, I decided to jump on a plane at the last minute to attend. (3) I got to get in a couple meal chats with two key people I’ve never met in person before, Dr. Aseem Malhotra and Dr. Malcolm Kendrick. Both are well known in the low carb community, but don’t often attend or speak at conferences in “The States”.
On top of that, I got to connect with many of my favs like Ivor Cummins, Dr. Zoe Harcombe, and of course, Gary Taubes. As a final surprise, they invited me to join the panel discussion on the final Sunday.
Social & Comments Growth
Yes, I know I have a big backlog of comments to respond to. Yes, I know I haven’t been as responsive on Twitter as I “normally” am. But please note:
- I just got back from the trip to London (above) and always have a number of post-conference connections I have to work through afterward.
- And more importantly, I’m now getting way, way more comments here and on social media than even a couple months ago — much less a year ago!
Meanwhile, my twitter following had crossed the 10k last week and is already up another 300. Are you kidding me? At the beginning of last year, I didn’t even have 1000.
I don’t say this to brag — quite the contrary — I’m telling you this in order to explain why I haven’t been able to get to everyone’s comments like I once could.
Bill Murray illustrates the feeling I have at times in the movie Lost in Translation…
Even More Shawn Baker
It’s been less than a week since my original post on this and the internet has been on fire over the numbers. Many like The Woo expressed grave concern in her very wry prose while others like Peter of Hyperlipid were breaking down the deeper biochem pathways involved (something he’s exceptionally good at).
I got some criticism lobbed my way as though my prior post was an endorsement of ignoring higher glucose and A1c. To be honest, I found that kind of amusing. But perhaps it will be helpful to really hammer home what my current position is on both the general and specific.
- If you have a Fasting Glucose of 126 mg/dL, an A1c of 6.3, and an unknown insulin — you likely have a high fasting insulin and are at risk for diabetic complications.
- If you have a Fasting Glucose of 126 mg/dL, an A1c of 6.3, and a high insulin level — you likely are at risk for diabetic complications.
- If you have a Fasting Glucose of 126 mg/dL, an A1c of 6.3, and a low insulin level — …I have no idea what you are at risk for.
I spent about two hours looking for any studies with a focus on heightened glucose with low insulin that includes no genetic abnormalities – and (…prepare to be shocked…) I came up empty. Yes, this is an extremely unusual circumstance around an unusual individual. Would you believe Shawn Baker at 50+ setting athletic records while only eating meat would be a corner case?
So to get this on the record with extra emphasis: I have no worldly idea of what the long-term health ramifications are for Shawn Baker. But I haven’t heard a compelling case in either direction to sway me yet. It’s just a lot of unknowns… and that’s okay!
Maybe I’m the odd one out here, but I expect lots of uncertainty and appreciate the opportunity to tackle it.