Andrew Kim Blog: Diet Dogma Rears Ugly Head Again: Become a Fat Burner, Eat Your Own Crap, and Live Longer
Whether we like it or not,
autophagy will occur in all of our cells.
It is a primitive form of protection that allows cells to dispose of misfolded
proteins, misassembled protein complexes, damaged mitochondria, and so
forth. There is absolutely no need or
reason to force it to occur artificially with special diets – especially so if
you’re already healthy. Undue misery is sure to follow from this
self-imposed deprivation. Interestingly,
all the conditions that bring about autophagy are at odds with the conditions
that maximize our potential as organisms, and this entails the thyroid hormone
and oxidation of glucose for fuel. I
think it’s time for us to toss the idea of diet-induced autophagy into
with the other worthless dogmas that have done little more than leave
the landscape of diet and nutrition understanding in disarray.