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February 25, 2016
Something wonderful is happening in Iceland, and it has nothing to do with geysers, volcanoes or even Björk. A group of medical doctors led by Dr. Guðmundur Jóhannsson are actively engaging in a discussion of the utility of high-fat, low-carb, moderate-protein diets for treating some of the chronic health complaints they see in practice. Imagine for a moment you’re a doctor working in emergency care. How frustrating must it be only to see the end stages of the diseases caused by insulin resistance? You’d be just like a mechanic working on the damage done to an engine caused by failure to change the oil. Not only is the situation potentially preventable, it’s also expensive enough to bring down the entire national health service. My question is why Iceland? Is it the manageable size? Dr. Jóhannsson has been able to bring around 200 doctors to the discussion on a Facebook group. Doesn’t sound like a lot, but that’s a significant proportion of all the doctors on the island. Is it because they have nationalised…