Since 1998, I have supported low-carb nutritional protocols for the treatment of multiple health problems, and for the management of obesity.
I was trained by and worked for the United States Air Force for 12 years. In 1998 I was stationed in Panama, at Howard Air Force Base. There was a male nurse that worked in my unit. He told me about his father. His father was the classic "apple" type body shape--all his obesity was abdominal (he was all gut with skinny arms and legs). He was in his 60s 5' 3" and 271 pounds. He had so far suffered one heart attack, he had high triglycerides, a low HDL (high-denisity lipid) in his cholesterol reading. The nurse in my unit told me that his father was prescribed a low-carb diet, and that his father had undergone a complete transformation. He lost 100lbs and all indices of good health--blood pressure, cholesterol, triglyceride levels improved dramatically.
Interested, I began researching the idea of Metabolic X Syndrome or insulin resistance and I was persuaded that refined carbohydrates, particularly grains, are the source of many of our Western health problems. I also began to cease thinking of certain pathologies as diseases but as adaptive traits that turn against the human body in the presence of prosperity; what once enable a robust survival in the context of hardship, now can work against us amidst abundance. At the time the book I first read was by the Doctors Eades, Protein Power, which you can find in the book column at the last. I actually began buying dozens of his books and handing them out to patients.