The Science Behind The Addictocarb Diet [Interview][Transcript]

Dr_Bruce_Roseman_addictocarb_diet_neuroscienceGuest: Dr. Bruce Roseman
Presenter: Neal Howard
Guest Bio: Dr. Bruce Roseman has been a Family Doctor in private practice in Manhattan for 30 years, and is affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital where he holds joint appointments in the departments of Family Medicine and Ob/Gyn. He has served as medical editor for several food/health-related books and magazines and as a medical columnist. He is the author of A Kid Just Like Me (Penguin/Putnam, 2001), which details a popular method he invented to teach children with learning disabilities to read, and also The Addictocarb Diet.

Segment overview: Dr. Bruce Roseman discusses why his Addictocarb Diet works as opposed to Weight Watchers.


Health Professional Radio – The Addictocarb Diet

Neal Howard: Hello and welcome to Health Professional Radio. Thank you so much for joining us today. Our guest in studio today is Dr. Bruce Roseman, a New York based Physician and Author of the Addictocarb Diet. He is here with us today because well he doesn’t believe that weight gain is related to portion control. And he is here to talk about why his diet, the Addictocarb Diet, works as opposed to any other diet. He is passionate about it. How are you doing today Dr. Roseman?

Dr. Bruce Roseman: I’m doing terrific, thank you. Thank you for having me.

N: Thanks for returning to talk with us. In other segments when you were here we talked about the Addictocarb Diet and the neuroscience, how it’s just as addictive some of these carbs as certain hard drugs. For some of our listeners who may have not heard this other segments, could you talk about some of these carbs? How they are as addictive as maybe heroin or cocaine?

R: Well pure and simple, if you do MRI scans on patients who are on heroin and you compare it to MRI scans of patients who are eating these addictive substances, they look exactly the same. Not similar, they look exactly the same. It’s clear that it stimulates the same area of the brain. So there is a pleasure center in the brain and this is a very, very difficult thing to overcome with these foods, you’re gonna want to eat more. Pure and simple, you stop eating then you won’t.

N: Now you contend that we all have some type of food addiction.

R: Yes.

N: And may know it or if somehow we’ve come upon the fact that we do have a food addiction, we just don’t admit it and keep on eating. That’s the same as any other drug addict, right?

R: Absolutely. Look the bottom line is, in the United States 70% of the population is overweight, okay?

N: Seventy percent of the population?

R: Seventy percent is overweight. 100 Million People in the United States either have diabetes or pre-diabetes, okay. It is the greatest health crisis confronting America today and probably the world. By the year 2050, 50% of the American population will have diabetes. Diabetes is the number cause of blindness, of non-traumatic amputations, of heart disease, of a whole host of things … Something has to be done, now you can’t do everything but you can do some things. My belief is and I’ve seen it happen in patients is that if you have people give up things like bread and potatoes and a couple of other Addictocarbs, you are going to see the diabetes literally cured. Now at the age of 52 I was on insulin, I was on injectable Exenatide, I was on Prandin, I was on a host of hypoglycemics, nothing could control my blood sugar. I went on this diet, I am now no longer on insulin, I am no longer on any injectable medications for the diabetes, I no longer take prostate medication, I no longer take on medication, pure and simple – I know that this works.

N: Since the age of 52 and how long have you been doing the?

R: Fourteen years. I’m 66 years old.

N: Okay. So I was gonna ask why did you write the Addictocarb Diet, but you’re a living testimony as to why you need to get the word out about this.

R: Well I’ll tell you why. I was 52 years old I went to the endocrinologist, I had diabetes type 2, but it was bad, I mean and I didn’t have like borderline diabetes. My hemoglobin A1c was 9.7 which by anybody’s definition is flow diabetes, okay. It wasn’t pre-diabetes, I had diabetes okay I could not get my blood sugar under control. I was seeing an endocrinologist and finally the guy said that’s it, it’s over now you just have to take insulin. Now 52 was an interesting age for me, my father died at 52 okay. I had two young children, I did not want to leave them. I needed to make up my mind to do something about it and I was not gonna just go on a diet just to gain it back again because I’ve already done that already. I already had 1 cardiac cauterization, I knew that I had heart disease. I needed to do something that would see the disease retreat. And now all those diseases have retreated, I’m 66 years olds right now I can tell you there’s nothing that I can do now that I could do when I was 25 years old.

N: Now what type of reception have you received from other healthcare professionals when you present this Addictocarb Diet to them and say “Hey why don’t you tell some of your patients who maybe struggling with weight and or diabetes to check out this diet?”

R: Well I mean I’m at Mount Sinai hospital here in New York and certainly the reception there amongst my colleagues has been very good, I mean I spoke with the cardiologist, I spoke to the … But I mean doctor’s, I mean outside of that I can’t say that I’m into sell this book and to that I can go by what I see for instance on the website, when I see their response that I get on Facebook, the response that I get from patients. The other thing is that my medical practice is a very high percentage of doctors and doctors’ families. So certainly they have receive it quite well. Look, the book has receive well, people like the book, people go on a diet, people lose, I had one patient that we went to a thing to my son’s school it was a fund raiser, I sat next to a patient of mine who had a kid in the school also, and when she sat down … and I said I can’t’ believe that you look like, and she said to me “Nine months ago I went to see you, and you told me about your diet, which I thought you we’re a little crazy,” She said “But now since I’ve lost 48lbs I feel very differently.” And that’s the response that I get from people and doctors in general which is one. And that is that the diet works, I have patients come in all the time they have diabetes that go on a diet they comeback a month later, the diabetes gone. Now obviously the underlying disease is not gone, but you can treat it so you can bring the hemoglobin A1c back down into the normal range. And I think people come with hemoglobin A1c or 7 or 8 and come back to a normal range. My hemoglobin A1c was 9.7, my hemoglobin A1c my last one was 5.9.

N: Now let’s talk a bit about childhood obesity.

R: Ah, I know.

N: Does your Addictocarb Diet address the kids as well?

R: Absolutely. This is the most painful for me. When I went into medical practice which wherever it was 35, I hate to think of how many years ago it has been, while well very long time ago when I went to medical practice, there was type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes and that was it, okay. There was not anything else okay. And type 1 diabetes you got it when you were young or rather young, and type 2 diabetes you got it when you’re relatively old okay. That has totally blurred now. I have kids who is 16, 17, 18 years old who have type 2 diabetes. I have 25, 30 year old people with type 2 diabetes, people in their 30’s with type 2 diabetes. Now that’s… from getting type 2 diabetes are the same no matter where you get it. You’re going to be amputations, you are going to go blind, there are things you will gonna have to pay the price, you’re going to have heart disease, you’re goanna have heart attacks okay. You never used to see it, I’m seeing all these kids now that has type 2 diabetes and what’s the reason? The reason is because they’re overweight. And the reason that they’re overweight is because they eated addictocarbs, if they start cutting addictocarbs then they don’t get it. Now I start young, I’m a family practitioner so I see newborns and my oldest patient is a 106. So I run the gamut, that’s what I see, I start early and I explain to parents to keep the bread and the potatoes away from the kids. Now there are alternative that you can try too, you can have sweet potatos, you can have regular potatos, you can eat all sweet potatoes as long as you want, you can take the kids to McDonalds if you want to take the kids to McDonalds. I don’t know why you would want to, but if you would want to take the kids to McDonalds, fine … If you walk into Burger King and you ask them, for the burger without the bun they will say “Oh you mean the low carb meal?” You say yes, they will serve you a burger king hamburger, serve in swap of lettuce, so it’s just like a sandwich and you could eat it just like you’re eating a Burger King sandwich pure and simple and there is no problem, and you’re not goanna get fat, pure and simple you’re not gonna get fat, you’re not gonna get diabetes. What kills you and it’s a whole section of my book…I’m not kidding myself, this is America Fast Food is everywhere if you cannot stay on this diet, and still less fast food into the diet nobody is gonna stick to it, yes you can eat a fast food yes, bun less and breadless, you don’t have to eat the bun you don’t need to eat the bread? Yes, can you go to a Mexican place? Yes you just don’t eat the tortilla, you just have…

N: So we’re talking all types of bread.

R: Yes. You cannot have bread, bread’s bad. It stimulates the brain center, eat bread you’re goanna end up getting fat again.

N: Was there any addiction, sometimes you relapse?

R: Of course, no problem.

N: I have confessions for the person that says “Hey I’ve been doing this diet, it’s great but I had a slip are they back in full blown carb addiction?” Or can they get back on the wagon?

R: Yes, perfect question. The bottom line is everybody is gonna fall off the wagon. There is no such thing as an addict, but there is fall off the wagon. I mean I’ve been practicing medicine for 35 years, everybody falls off the wagon. The point is that when you fall off the wagon on this diet, you need to look at it to the lens of addiction, okay. For instance this whole thing with weight watchers, it’s all over the news this thing with Oprah. Listen Oprah I love you, but really bread? She goes on TV and says to everybody “Oh bread is great. I eat bread every day I’ve lost 26lbs.” Well if there isn’t one perfect example of an addict, it’s Oprah. She’s gained weight, she’s lost weight, she’s gain weight, she’d lost weight, she’s gain weight, she’d lost weight – that’s not healthy. It’s just pure and simple it’s not healthy. So if you fall of the diet I have a words to dealing with it in the book of course you’re gonna fall off the diet, I got to…blood was looking, will going out for a really fancy dinner, you got to have the choco flake, it’s fine have it. But understand what to do before you go out, when you come back in the next morning. Before you go out, you have a shake okay or a bowl of food okay for instance okay. You go out eat whatever you have to, but you do not have bread and potatoes. It’s not that hard, you can go out eat a very fancy dinner, you do not have to have bread and potatoes okay. And then when you get home even though you’ve just eaten, you have another shake, okay. You get up in the morning, you have a shake again. The point is to look at the lens of addiction, so understand that you’ve fallen off the wagon. What do you do if you’re an alcohol and you have a drink, let’s say you go out…well first thing you do is you don’t say you don’t get up the next one, and so let’s have another drink, no you understand that you fell off the wagon, okay you’re gonna get back on the wagon. And go to a meeting or in this case you don’t have to go to a meeting, you can have a shake okay. Talk to people about it that you realize the next morning, okay “I fell off the wagon yesterday, but that’s’ it now I’m getting back on the wagon.: The same thing was true with this diet it’s not that big deal of the fall off the wagon, the important thing is to get back on again.

N: And I’m going to tell our listeners that your book is available wherever books are sold and is it available at your website as well?

R: Well my website if you want, it will take you to Amazon and to Barnes and Nobles I mean I don’t personally sell it, but Amazon has it and Barnes and Nobles has it on. But yes, if you go to the website and you click on purchase the book it will take you to amazon or whatever, I don’t know what the different places, but they all have it.

N: Great. You’ve been listening to Health Professional Radio, I’m your host Neal Howard. It’s been a pleasure talking this afternoon in studio with Dr. Bruce Roseman, he’s been in practice in Manhattan for 30 years and more and is affiliated with Mount Sanai hospital where he holds joint appointments at the department of Family Medicine and Ob/Gyn. He is also the Author of the Addictocarb Diet, which is based on the latest in neuroscience research as it applies to appetite, it contends that weight gain is not related to portion control nor is weight loss. It’s been great having you here with us today.

R: Thank you.

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