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Carbohydrates, Fertility and One-Arm Pullups

May 10th, 2011

About ten years ago, I set the goal for myself to perform a one-arm pullup.

Working diligently and using a variety of training techniques, I got very close to that goal.  Agonizingly close.  Despite years of effort, the feat eluded me.  Yet I never gave up.

Finally, I got the idea to radically restrict my carbohydrate intake, lose the belly I was developing and thereby increase my strength-to-weight ratio.  I cut out sugar, grain and other starchy foods.  Fifteen pounds came right off, and I was able to get my chin over the bar using one hand.  This makes me very happy.

You might ask, Ari, what the heck does this have to do with anything that the Ruth Institute stands for?  Are you just writing this to brag?

Why, yes.  I certainly am bragging (Give me a break.  I worked on this for ten years, remember…)

Anyway, this whole low-carb thing does have something relevant to Ruth’s mission of traditional family values.

While listening to Jimmy Moore’s “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb” podcast, I found an interview with OB/GYN Dr. Michael Fox.  He discusses his methods of treating infertility.  Instead of using some bag of tricks out of Dr. Franketstein’s laboratory, his treatment methods involve carbohydrate restriction.   Not being a doctor, I cannot vouch for the absolute medical truth of what he says.  But his reasoning certainly sounds plausible.  That said, seeing how much better I feel (and look) after restricting my own carbohydrate intake, I can only imagine that the side effects of this treatment are entirely more pleasant than the side effects of the Dr. Frankenstein drugs used in other types of fertility treatment.

Hey, it’s worth a listen.

Besides, Dr. Fox throws in a few decidedly politically incorrect thoughts into the interview.  So it has that going for it.

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  1. Mont D. Law
    May 10th, 2011 at 13:24 | #1

    It doesn’t bother you that this Doctor works for a clinic that sells a traditional plan with or without donor eggs? Or that the clinic offers refunds as follows:

    [Egg Donor IVF Refund Plan
    Many couples seek more guarantees and a set initial cost for their IVF treatment. In this plan four (4) fresh cycles with use of egg donor are offered at a reduced, fixed cost. If the plan does not result in a live birth with a child taken home from the hospital, 100% of the cost will be refunded.]

    I’m surprised you don’t consider this [bag of tricks out of Dr. Franketstein’s laboratory].

  2. Ari
    May 10th, 2011 at 13:52 | #2

    Mont,
    I didn’t look at the guy’s site.

    Frankly, it doesn’t matter to me that much. The point is that there may be alternatives to “Dr. Frankenstein’s bag of tricks.” I’m not saying anything about the guy’s practice other than his nutritional approach, which does sound a lot more pleasant than any of the other possible treatments.

  3. Marty
    May 11th, 2011 at 14:17 | #3

    Dr. Atkins is doing somersaults (and one-arm pull-ups) in his grave.

  4. Betsy
    May 11th, 2011 at 14:27 | #4

    LOL, Marty!

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