The Diabetes.co.uk saga just won’t go away. There is a group there, posting on the low-carb forum, who are engaged in a battle of epic proportions (in their minds) with their arch-nemesis, Eddie, who runs his own counter-blog at http://thelowcarbdiabetic.blogspot.com/. If you have read my earlier posts on the subject you are familiar with this situation. There is obviously a long history of discord there and a lot of sniping back and forth pretty much on a daily basis, from what I can tell. Based on my experiences, which I have already detailed here, my sympathies lie with Eddie and his cohort of true low-carbers. Their main beef with the others appears to be that they pay lip service to a low-carb diet but, in practice, appear not to be doing a true low-carb/high-fat diet and are openly critical of those who do. People often display HbA1c values that are much too high, even when they are taking meds while claiming to be doing low-carb at the same time. In addition, some of the claims in terms of what people are actually eating are preposterous. For instance, some argue that low-carb and low-fat is a sustainable diet when they are weight stable. This is an impossibility, of course, unless you are getting significant calories from alcohol, perhaps. Given the state of mind reflected in some of these posts, one does wonder about that. When the scientific realities are pointed out, defensive comments appear claiming that “everybody is different” as if the rules of nutritional science don’t apply to them and nobody should be forced to do anything they don’t want to do, etc. etc. ad nauseum. Now that I have become mixed up in this, and since Eddie has been posting flattering things about me on his blog, I have started to notice people trying to transport their troublesome nonsense here.
Here is a classic example that just arrived from “carbophile”:
It’s a pity you don’t feel offended by any of Eddie’s posts…but then you are hardly one of his targets are you?
Whilst I have sympathy for your experiences in DCUK, I find it surprising that an MD would suggest any treatment plan without first finding out histories of those he’s trying to treat.
I have nothing against a LCHF diet, but the perception that it is a panacea for diabetes denies our individuality.
OK – I could engage “carbophile” in a debate to explain why those are unsupportable statements but I am not going to allow this kind of rancourousness to infect my blog. If you want to argue with Eddie, do it on his blog. If you have anything to say about my posts on DCUK, reply there. I have zero interest in the childish back and forth nonsense that has made DCUK an inhospitable place for people who have genuine expertise to share and for people with diabetes who should be benefiting but who are put off by a hostile environment.
I am happy to have a civil debate with anyone who has a position different from mine, but, be advised that I will not be allowing posts like this here. If that appears unclear, please give it some further thought as you take a long walk on a short pier!