Since my interesting experience at diabetes.co.uk a few weeks back, it appears that things have changed for the better over there. You may recall that I started posting on their low-carb forum and quickly found myself in a protracted argument with the forum moderator and a group of his supporters. The problems stemmed from the fact that the moderator et al were claiming to be eating a sustainable diet that was very low in carbs and also low in fat. As you may know, this is possible while one is burning off stored body fat, but once weight has stabilized, those stored calories need to be replaced with dietary calories, preferably from fat. I had patiently laid out the argument with examples of daily menus which showed that the claims of the low-fat/low-carb folks were unsupportable. I persisted because it appeared to me that this important low-carb venue was leading people astray on the benefits of low-carb/high-fat. Many of the posters there were proud of their HbA1c’s on their version of low-carb but were also taking meds. And, not all of them were achieving normal HbA1c levels, even when combining “low-carb” and meds.
When the moderator was not able to refute my arguments he began to delete my posts and eventually labeled me a troll and permanently banned me from the forum. I was then contacted by another fellow who, as it turned out, was one of the original moderators of that forum and a proponent of low-carb/high-fat who had met a similar fate. I found myself caught up in a struggle that had been going on for some time and in which the current moderator and his preposterous dietary claims had, until now, prevailed.
Things got more interesting when I alerted Jimmy Moore to what was happening across the pond. Jimmy contacted the former moderator and interviewed him on his widely read blog, www.livinlavidalowcarb.com. Things began to change quickly after that. I soon received a sincere apology from one of the administrators of diabetes.co.uk and the moderator and his side-kick were suspended. My “permanent ban” was lifted and I was, once more, allowed to post on that forum. There was a slight hiccup when a new moderator took over (someone proud of a HbA1c of 9.7!), who again banned me. The reason was not given but I suspect it was for “promoting a low-carb diet” for which I had been admonished after suggesting that once you have type 2 diabetes you have two choices: very low-carb and no meds or recommended diet and meds. Interesting that one can be banned for “promoting a low-carb diet” on a low-carb diet forum. Once again, however, when he was alerted to the situation, the administrator apologized and re-instated me.
I have been observing and making the occasional post over the past few days and I have to admit that the atmosphere seems to have improved. The original moderators are nowhere to be found; clearly a good thing. Also, their band of sycophants and supporters seem to be much more muted in their non-sensical ranting. I am hopeful that this forum has, once again, become a place where diabetics can benefit from accurate advice on low-carb/high-fat dieting.
Seems like that old saying is true: the best disinfectant is sunshine.