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About the Author

My name is Eric Marcotte and I’m a Family Doctor in a small Midwestern farm town.   I am passionate about healthy living and the choices we all make everyday.  I learned in medical school that 80% of the chronic health problems people have are self-inflicted — caused by food, inactivity, alcohol, smoking, stress, etc.  The longer I practice, the more true this seems to me.

Because I am convinced of the power people have over their health, I can get a little excited over how well or how poorly people care for themselves.  Eighty-year-old patients can expect high-fives when they bring their blood pressure or cholesterol down.  Teenagers hear about acanthosis nigricans (a skin condition that often reveals pre-diabetes) in gruesome detail and may end up being dragged to the Diabetic Nutritionist by their mother for maximum impact.

If we don’t take care of our amazing bodies we will get the poor health we deserve!

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  1. Hi there! Thanks for stopping by Fashionably Fit. Sorry it took me so long to approve your comment; I don’t blog as much as I’d like these days.

    It’s great to see a medical professional promoting moderate, healthy living. I actually had a doctor recommend I look into Adipex to lose the last few pounds. I was (actually, still am) appalled.

  2. good luck with your book. Are you on Facebook at all?

    • Thanks, Dr. Bock, I appreciate the well-wishing. Food Truths, Food Lies is on Facebook, I’m still struggling with the professional-personal balance and haven’t got a page for myself yet. In reference to your second message/question (which I refused, not knowing whether you wanted contact info out there), my book has been growing by grassroots and word-of-mouth. I’ve gotten great feedback one person at a time and know the simple but steady approach I advocate works. I have gratis review copies to send to colleagues if you’re interested. My only request is some good press if you like it! Let me know…

  3. I read your post on KevinMD.com. I was curious to learn more about you so I visited your blog and read and skimmed most of the posts. I note that you are aware of the added sugars and trans fat hazards. But I get the impression you are not familiar with the saturated fat controversy or the omega-6 hazard. I suggest you research these issues. Here are some phrases you can Google to get started: The Great Saturated Fat Debate, What has the government done to our health?, America: A Big Fat Stupid Nation, 24 Reasons the 2010 Dietary Guidelines are wrong, A Cardiac Surgeon on the Glory of Saturated Fat, ‘Bad’ cholesterol not as bad as people think, Dairy consumption does not elevate heart-attack risk, Li-Or Saturated Fat, Controversial saturated fat, The Kitava Study, Origins of the Anti-Saturated Fat Campaign.

    I’ve been studying the saturated fat controversy for more than three decades and have never been able to find evidence of a connection between saturated fat intake and clogged arteries. In fact, I’d say saturated fats are benign over a wide range of intakes as long as they are consumed in the context of adequate supportive nutrition.

  4. Hi–found my way here through an article on KevinMD. Like your approach, but I’m concerned that you don’t ever reference (that I saw in my skimming) a registered dietitian. The two nutrition blogs you have on your favorites list, while they may be interesting and helpful, do not have credentials that qualify them to give nutritional advice. I think that’s really important because people will assume that what they say is true because you recommended them and you are a doctor. While their advice may not harm the general “healthy” public, patients with multiple comorbidities might get information that is wrong for them and potentially harmful. Patients need to know that a Dietitian is a nutritionist, but a nutritionist is not necessarily a Dietitian, and not necessarily qualified to give out advice. Just a suggestion.
    Like the blog and enjoyed reading your story on Kevin MD.
    Jana

  5. @ Jana,

    Nutrition advice dispensed by dietitians is based on the government’s dietary guidelines. Unfortunately, those guidelines contain some serious mistakes, the result of collusion between the food manufacturing sector and government agencies. Suggest you Google “What has the government done to our health?” and “Healthy Nation Coalition” and “24 reasons the 2010 Dietary Guidelines are Wrong” and “The Great Saturated Fat Debate” to learn why the dietetics profession is desperately in need of reform.

    Our oldest daughter works for a group of registered dietitians at Massachusetts General Hospital. She says younger dietitians are not happy with the American Dietetic Association’s recommendations regarding cholesterol and saturated fat consumption.

  6. […] This is a guest blog post by Dr. Eric Marcotte, MD […]

  7. […] This is a guest blog post by Dr. Eric Marcotte, MD […]

  8. There are so many health foods to choose from these days. i always choose health foods that are rich in vitamin-C. *

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