Monday, December 6, 2021
Mitochondrial Health

Dr. Gary Fettke – 'Carbohydrate: The Dose Is The Poison!'



Dr. Gary Fettke is an Orthopaedic Surgeon practising in Launceston, Tasmania. Along with his wife Belinda, Gary opened the ‘Nutrition for Life – Diabetes and Health Research Centre’ based in Launceston which provides nutritional care around Tasmania and Australia.

Gary has a longstanding interest in the preventative aspects of health outcomes, particularly before operating on his patients. Recently an AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) investigation into Gary’s qualifications to give nutritional advice has concluded. This investigation (which lasted for more than two years) has resulted in Gary being issued a ‘caution’.

The Medical Board of Tasmania, under the umbrella of the Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Authority, have advised him; ”In particular, that he does not provide specific advice or recommendations on the subject of nutrition and how it relates to the management of diabetes or the treatment and/or prevention of cancer.” Gary was later cleared of all charges and issued a formal apology from AHPRA.

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28 thoughts on “Dr. Gary Fettke – 'Carbohydrate: The Dose Is The Poison!'
  1. My concerns at this point in my life is for the sake of the little ones. The choices parents are making are horrendous; sugar laden snacks with a sugary drink! It’s sad to observe this behavior.

  2. Hunter gatherers 10000 years ago were healthier than people today. Really Dr? Where’s your evidence? And were farmers 100 years ago, who ate in moderation, used no chemicals on their crops, and ate everything from meat to whole raw milk, eggs, vegetables AND corn wheat and potatoes dying from obesity and diabetes? You are sounding almost as silly as T Collin Campbell and his China Study. Carbs can be dangerous and should be limited. But they are not poison, if eaten in unrefined form and occasionally.

  3. Harmful my foot! By the way there was a guy, a physician-scientist, Kempner he began treating malignant hypertension patients with a radical diet consisting of only white rice and fruit, with strikingly favorable results: a rapid reduction in blood pressure, rapid improvement in kidney failure, eye pressure, heart failure and other manifestations of this previously fatal illness. Anything more to say about carbohydrate being harmful?

  4. I've been back on keto for a month and I'm already feeling better. My mind is sharper, im less anxious, my pmdd has more or less vanished, no flatulence and no cravings. Life changing imo. 👌

  5. As for the last comments on fruit… look what we've done to fruit! It's nothing like it was. Packed with huge seeds, bitter, no flesh…
    We'd never consume the old fruits like we do the new.

  6. Thanks Dr Gary Fettke, great talk. I hope you don't mind, I've taken a 10 minute edit of parts of this talk to show at ASTRO SA for October 2021 and providing the link to this full, fantastic presentation. 👍

  7. Thanks for the detailed information and a much needed reminder. I've lost track and eat and great deal of carbohydrate junk, but I'm back from now. Had 3,2 grams of carbs for lunch..

  8. just a friendly FYI…very little is known for sure of anything at all regarding humans pre 10k years ago. To throw out there as fact that "we" did this or ate that before 10k years is pure speculation…same reasoning used to promote modern health paradigms of low fat/food pyramid diet. It could very well have true elements but is far from being known facts. The fact is…just about all trace of humans disappears before 10k years. There are quantum leaps of reasoning needed to bridge the gaps and it should be stated as such

  9. Logical fallacy from the start. No requirement? I think not, your own slides state a required blood glucose concentration of 5 mM. It's a delivery rate that causes the problem, not the presence of glucose. Ever heard of glycemic load? No sane diet excludes carbs, ask the Okinawans.

  10. I used to try to convince my mother to go on a ketogenic diet. She would not. One day she began to suffer dementia. Truth be known, what I saw was not the beginning of dementia, but the worsening of a neurologic problem she had had for many years. When she finally agreed to go on the ketogenic diet, she was normal. She could remember some of the deranged behavior, and told me that she didn't believe me about the danger of high carbs until this happened. I tell her that I don't think anyone can eat the high levels of carbs that most eat without suffering dementia, young or old. I see middle aged people every day who are neurologically impaired from carbs. Sometimes even children. The dose is poison, as you said.

  11. There's a difference between "essential" and "optimal". While exogenous carbohydrates are not essential to stay alive, because your liver will make all the glucose you need though gluconeogenesis, many find they need an appropriate level of dietary carbohydrate for optimal health and performance. This can include electrolyte balance, hormone balance, sleep, and thyroid health.

    And his teaspoon of sugar warning is just a scare tactic. A metabolically healthy person can clear glucose rather easily. You could use the same scare tactics about fatty acids. He could have said that triglycerides are so deadly, because fat and water don't mix, that your body must package them in lipoproteins to protect you from harm. Sounds scary!

    And I say all this as a fan and practitioner of a low carb diet for many years. Buy this blurring of the lines between the insulin resistant and the metabolically healthy and the difference between athletes and sedentary folks drives perfectly healthy people, who may need some carbs for optimal health, to needlessly fear them in any form and at any level.

  12. Reversing Type II Diabetes easy to do on any diet that reduces simple carbs and processed foods. Reversing heart disease impossible to do on these high fat, high animal protein diets. Also can not reduce risk of cancer or return of cancer on these diets. FYI: there is NO such thing as a keto diet. You are welcome. Plant exclusive, SOS free and lower protein/low fat are the way to great personal health and environmental health.

  13. What is the evidence of deteriorating health from, say, 10000 to 5000 years ago. It’s obvious in our times, but I would like to see evidence from ancient times. Thanks

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