Healthy Aging Through Dietary Means

This evolving website is currently focused on ways and means of strengthening healthy aging through a class of diets called Carbohydrate Concentration (CC) diets. In these diets, the dieter concentrates his or her consumption of carbohydrates in one meal, eating one or more subsidiary meals with a minimum of carbohydrates.

The creator of the website fell into this pattern, in May 2009, when he began skipping dinners to lose weight and found himself skipping breakfast as well—hence eating only one large meal a day (lunch) plus an occasional snack in the evening.

His weight dropped quickly (by 25 pounds) and his health improved substantially (viz., sense of smell, immune system, allergies, brain functioning). He realized that he was mimicking a kind of caloric restriction—the intermittent fasting form in which mice were fed only every other day. They were experienced about 36 hours of low insulin every two days, but so was he. He learned about autophagy and hormesis and wondered if he were benefitting from them as well.

In the end, he wrote the paper you can read at this link.

After consulting with Dr. Bert W. Herring, M.D., of the Fast-5 diet on an earlier form of this diet, he had come to realize that Carbohydrate Concentration was a generalization of a diet that has previously sold 5 million copies: “The Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet” by Dr. Rachael F. Heller and Dr. Richard F. Heller. This confirmed the practicality of the diet.

He also learned that two medical doctors, James B. Johnson and Donald R. Laub, Sr., had written a splendid book, “The Alternate Day Diet,” advocating a human form of alternate-day dieting with a limited number of calories on the off day.

Believing that Carbohydrate Concentration diets might be the most practical and flexible way to induce citizens to improve their health and, in particular, deal with the epidemic of obesity, the health budget crisis, and the epidemic of degenerative disease, he decided to try to bring this dietary approach to public attention.

His career having been spent in catalyzing peace diplomacy, he decided to employ these same techniques of entrepreneurial activism to see if this diet could be confirmed and spread.

With this in mind, he began working with a mentor, Dr. Ben Treadwell, former associate professor of medicine at Harvard University, and with a talented specialist in nutrition and the biochemistry of healthy aging, Mark McCarty to design a web-based experiment the results of which might impress the medical community and other observers and, in so doing, help institutionalize popular adoption of such diets. This experiment, described in adjoining material will obtain data on humans by permitting persons adopting a CC diet to post biomarkers of aging arising from annual blood tests so that progress of the persons adopting the diet can be followed.

This web site features a lengthy article discussing the ins and outs of carb concentration and other related diets, written by Mr. McCarty. Other papers may be commissioned on various relevant aspects and we hope the web site will become an important place to stay in touch with issues of healthy aging through dietary means.

Comments are welcome and they should be sent to Jeremy Stone.