My Journey to The Low Carb Cardiologist Podcast
Sometimes change is hard, and sometimes it just feels right.
Changing my podcast from The Boundless Health Podcast to The Low Carb Cardiologist Podcast was a little of both.
To be fair, this wasn’t exactly the biggest, most impactful decision I have made lately. The perspective is not lost on me. It’s a podcast name, not heart surgery.
But it was meaningful for me personally, and it exemplifies the current atmosphere of health and nutrition, and that is why it is worth exploring with you.
I still remember when I started my podcast. I was so afraid that I wouldn’t get any guests, that I was simply happy anyone would agree to come on the show and talk to me! As soon as the interview started, I was so grateful they were there, I just wanted to support them and thank them for their time.
But that doesn’t do much for challenging them, or digging deep to determine fact from fiction, or deciphering reasonable recommendations from those that are…..well…..let’s just say not as reasonable. Luckily, my friend HD from HormonesDemystified.com was there to set me straight.
HD helped me focus on my relationship with my listeners, and helped me realize that my listeners were my primary responsibility. My job wasn’t to give my guests the best experience. My job was to give my listeners the best experience, and to give them the best information I could.
With a clearer mission, I set out to refine my role and my niche.
That is where nutritional and health science started to look more like religion to me.
When I interviewed a vegan, I got push back from my low carb supporters wondering how I could support his views. When I interviewed a meat proponent, those who appreciated my vegan interview were up in arms about my hypocrisy. They felt as if I had misled them.
What I failed to get across was that my interviews were not about me! These interviews were supposed to tease out the nuances of my guests’ viewpoints, to help determine what is backed by science, what is backed by emotion, and what can we learn from it. Yet many listeners equated my guests’ opinions with my own, and thus were upset at me for supporting both a vegan and a meat advocate. They were left wondering what I stand for.
I understand this does not encapsulate everyone. But it does highlight the world in which we live. Far too many people hold so strongly to their nutritional and health beliefs that they cannot bear to listen to the “other side” or even consider an opposing view point. The importance of detail, nuance, and scientific integrity is far too easily lost in the emotion and vigor of belief. And that is a sad reality for the world of reason, debate and scientific “truth.”
Which brings me back to the name of my podcast. What do I stand for? Which side of the aisle do I sit?
I believe some people can be healthy as vegans. I believe some people can do well restricting their fat intake and focusing on calories.
I also believe that the vast majority of people cannot achieve their health goals limiting fat and counting calories.
The most generalizable and most effective intervention that I have seen in the past 20 years is without out a doubt the low-carb lifestyle. Thus, the change to The Low Carb Cardiologist Podcast. No confusion there. My guests and my listeners know where I stand.
But that doesn’t mean I am going to stop looking at differing views, or trying to find the common ground between healthy vegans, healthy carnivores, and everyone in between. I will continue to tease out the nuances behind endurance athletes, crossfitters, and power walkers.
We all need a reminder to look outside our field of view (me included!), to go outside our comfort zone, and to explore the “other side,” even if it is simply to help us feel stronger in our convictions. The exploration is part of the process.
My promise is that I will continue to explore health from any and every angle that I think will help you, my listener, improve your health for a lifetime of Your Best Health Ever!
The name has changed, but the mission remains the same.
How can I help you on your health journey? Please visit me at www.LowCarbCardiologist.com and let me know how I can best help you achieve your health goals, or feel free to provide feedback about what you would like to see from The Low Carb cardiologist in the future.
Thanks for reading!
Bret Scher, MD FACC
Founder, Boundless Health
3 thoughts on “My Journey to The Low Carb Cardiologist Podcast”
I think your clarifying name change is a good one. There's no reason for it to preclude you from continuing to show respect for other points of view and to invite those with thoughtful arguments that challenge your current understanding of the evidence. It IS nice to know where you stand fundamentally.
Bret, congratulations on finding your voice and refining your mission! I'm tickled that I had anything to do with you finding greater clarity in your work. Of course, you realize that I will now have to give you all manner of grief for proclaiming your membership in the low-carb cult – er – I mean, community. When you pick a side, your message becomes more compelling, but also provokes more attacks (trust me, I've been there). Let me be one of the first to lob an artillery shell your way!
As always, I love what you're doing, and I will continue to be a faithful listener and occasional participant in your podcast. Keep the tough questions coming!