Outside of the Box
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
– Mark Twain
Why should we limit ourselves to thinking outside the box. Can’t we just get rid of the box?
People were burned at the stake because they refused to believe the Earth was not the center of the universe. They were beheaded because they had a sneaking suspicion that the world was not flat.
The challenge with the current thought model on the cause of obesity is that it does not account for metabolic syndrome. In the practice of medicine over the last 15 years, an interesting pattern has emerged. I noticed that there was a spike in fasting and postprandial insulin levels 5-10 years prior to the first abnormal fasting and postprandial blood sugars. These patients were exercising regularly and eating a diet low in fat. But they saw continued weight gain and progressed down the path of metabolic syndrome. 10-15 years later, they fall into the classification of type II diabetes.
The only thing that seems to halt this process in these patients is carbohydrate restriction. Fasting insulin levels return to normal, weight falls off, and the diseases of civilizations disappear as insidiously as they arose.
So you tell me, is the world flat? Is the Earth the center of the universe?