Dr. Roy Walford dies
- Dr. Roy Walford, one of the great pioneers of life extension and
antiaging medicine, died on April 27, 2004. He died of complications
of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (commonly known as ALS, or Lou
Gehrig's Disease). He was 79. (He would have been 80 on June 29.)
I just found out about it in a newsletter of the American Academy of
Antiaging Medicine. There's more information at
Nobody knows what causes amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Some
scientists have suspected that is it caused by a virus similar
to the virus that causes polio, but nobody really knows.
(May he rest in peace. I use Dr. Walford's Diet Planner very often,
and I agree with his slogan "Given the same amount of nutrients, fewer
calories are better than more calories." In other words: nutrient
dense calories are better than empty calories.
However, Dr. Walford did not make any distinction between carbohydrates
and protein, since one gram of each is 4 calories. So he would
avoid FAT, but his recipes show that he did not avoid carbohydrates.
There are MANY foods that Dr. Walford did not avoid because they do not
contain FAT, but which I advise you should avoid, including rice, bread,
corn, potatoes, whole wheat bread, and cereals. I also advise that
you have to limit fruits. In fact, some fruits (APPLES) are close to
being "empty calories" too, especially if you compare the nutrients in
FRUITS to nutrients in VEGETABLES. (vegetables win by a large margin)
This is a big omission, or a big mistake, in my opinion.
I followed Dr. Walford's advice myself for many years. Using the
glucose meter, I learned that carbohydrates are not created equal with
protein because they shoot up MY glucose levels. Even foods that I
had been thoroughly programmed to believe were very good for me, such
as a large glass of ORANGE JUICE turned out to be terrible for me
because they shoot up my glucose levels sky high.
So I agree with Dr. Walford's advice in general, but I modified it
in detail... "Given the same amount of nutrients, fewer calories are
better than more calories, and lower blood glucose levels are better
than higher blood glucose levels" (Note: 90 mg/dl is the point where
my blood glucose levels will settle, as measured on a Roche AccuCheck
Sensor, if I do not eat for several hours. 70 mg/dl. is the least it
should ever drop.)