EP282: Carbohydrates, Vegetable Oils and the Silencing of Dr. Fettke

In 2014 Dr. Gary Fettke, an orthopedic surgeon in Tasmania, was reported to the medical board for suggesting his diabetic patients reduce their sugar intake despite sound scientific evidence and clinical experience to support his recommendations. 

He was the first doctor ever silenced from talking about nutrition. 

After years of litigation, Dr. Fettke was eventually exonerated but confusion regarding the role of carbohydrates and sugar in human health remains. 

Tune in to this week’s podcast to hear all about Dr. Fettke’s journey, the role of carbohydrates in pain management and human health, the problems with vegetable oils and the many invisible forces driving our mainstream dietary recommendations. 

If you want to make educated decisions regarding your health, you need to hear what Dr. Fettke has learned! Here are some of my favorite takeaways:

  • Why Dr. Fettke got reported to the medical board
  • The true effects of sugar
  • How much sugar our body handles at one time
  • The invisible influences inherent in medical deductions
  • The role of carbohydrates in type 2 diabetes
  • A simple dietary step to reduce pain and inflammation 
  • Where the message that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” originated
  • How vegetable oils were created and why they are problematic
  • The problem with the “Plant-Based” movement
  • Surprising places you’ll find vegetable oils
  • The overlooked truth about the Blue Zones
  • And so much more!

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Dr Gary Fettke is an Australian Orthopaedic Surgeon and vocal proponent of nutrition being a major component of prevention and management of modern disease, particularly arthritis and Type 2 diabetes.

In 2014, he became targeted by the processed food industry for his opinion on the perils of excessive sugar consumption, culminating in a ‘silencing’ by the Medical Board. 2018 saw a clearance of those charges with an apology from the board.

In the process of that investigation, it became apparent that the issues were not just that of sugar reduction, but that of the recommendation of animal-based protein and healthy fats in a balanced diet.

He has a broad understanding of the vested interests shaping dietary guidelines and particularly those around the anti red meat agenda.


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