Diabetes.co.uk shared promising results this past weekend at the pioneering Public Health Collaboration (PHC) conference at the Royal College of GPs in London.
The PHC is a charity dedicated to informing healthcare professionals and the public with evidence-based reports on health. This was the third Annual Conference since the PHC’s formation in 2016.
The charity recognises that health is getting worse despite the fact that the public is following guidance to eat less. In fact, the average adult is eating much fewer calories than the guidance suggests we do. A key theme of the conference was that current dietary guidelines are making people less healthy whereas other dietary interventions, such as low carb, are proving to be much more effective.
Leading obesity researcher Zoe Harcombe, PhD, demonstrated in her talk why ‘calories in equalling calories out’ has no scientific basis. After the talk, the audience were left wondering how so many health organisations could get the basic laws of physics so wrong.
Diabetes.co.uk’s Chief Operating Officer and behavioural psychologist, Charlotte Summers, presented a talk on sugar addiction with consultant clinical health psychologist Dr Jen Unwin. The talk explored how sugar has the same addictive properties as hard drugs such as cocaine.
After seeing how sugar addiction can affect so many of us, Ms Summers presented findings from Diabetes.co.uk’s Low Carb Program (LCP) which has demonstrated that following a low carb lifestyle through the program has led to a marked decrease in sugar addiction.
Whereas one in four people acknowledged were addicted to sugar at the start of the program, this dropped to a very optimistic one in twelve after completing the LCP. The result show how powerful and promising the program can be.
The conference did not shy away difficult subjects. Dr Aseem Malhotra, author of The Pioppi Diet, shared his personal experiences of needing an incredibly thick skin to take a stand against misinformation in the media, politics and within healthcare.
Dr Malhotra’s talk shed light on how sugar companies are using the same tactics that tobacco companies have used to deflect away discussion from the known health problems linked with sugar intake.
The biggest reception of the weekend was reserved for Professor Tim Noakes who has been fighting off a legal accusation from South African dietitians that tried to silence him from speaking out on the benefits of a low carb, high fat (LCHF) lifestyle.
Prof. Noakes, whose family came from Liverpool, spoke how his legal team gave their time for free to work on the four-year trial and clear his name. His talk ended to rapturous applause with ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ by the Liverpool Merseybeat band, Gerry and the Pacemakers.

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