How to Make Yourself Sick (in 7 easy steps)

How to Make Yourself Sick (Slowly But Surely)

The following is adapted from an article by one of my favorite healers, Dr. David Williams. Dr. Williams’ print newsletter, Alternatives, is highly recommended.

If you want to clog your arteries with plaque, forget the cholesterol in your diet.

It won’t make any difference.

Here’s the quick and easy way to achieve that heart attack or stroke:

  1. Have at least one can of soda or fruit juice every day. One will do the job, but more is better. If it’s sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup, it’s even more effective.
  2. Eat lots of grains, particularly wheat products such as “heart healthy” cereals every morning like they advertise on television.
  3. Eat a really low-fat diet. Eat the no-fat and low-fat foods that are high in carbohydrates instead.
  4. Don’t support your thyroid with iodine or supplements.
  5. Take only the recommended dosage of Vitamin D, 600 IU daily.
  6. Park yourself in front of the television instead of exercising.
  7. Don’t take a multi-vitamin/ mineral supplement.

(You can use these exact same recommendations to develop diabetes. And simply by taking diuretic or beta-blocker drug for your blood pressure, you can improve your odds of developing diabetes by a whopping 30%!)

Carbohydrates are the key factor associated with cardiovascular disease (and diabetes)—not cholesterol, and not fat! If you understand this and take the appropriate action, you can avoid the number-one killer in this country.

Excess carbohydrates are converted into triglycerides by the liver. Triglycerides don’t directly cause heart disease, but are a component in the creation of LDL cholesterol and VLDL cholesterol. Triglycerides also disrupt the structure and reduce the level of HDL, or beneficial form of cholesterol.

The quickest way to lower your triglycerides and your risk of cardiovascular disease is to decrease your carb intake, eliminate high-fructose corn syrup, cut out wheat from your diet, and start taking high doses of fish oil.

In this case it can take 5-6 grams of DHA/ EPA a day, so if your fish oil productgives you 750mg, you would need to take seven or eight a day. (It’s a good thing even a high-quality fish oil is relatively inexpensive.) You may already be getting some DHA and EPA from your multivitamin, and, of course if you’re consuming chia orflaxseed regularly that will reduce your need for additional fish oil capsules.

Dr. Jonny comments: I love this article because Dr. Williams really nails the real cause of obesity and diabetes—diets high in processed carbs and sugar. I also love that he takes a swipe at the ridiculously conservative recommendation of 600 IU of vitamin D a day (really!) and calls attention to the incredible value of fish oil in an overall program to reduce weight and lower triglycerides.

And of course I love the fact that Dr. Williams agrees that cholesterol in the diet is virtually meaningless and that carbohydrates are the key factor associated with cardiovascular disease.

Remember, the Diet Boot Camp program is a controlled carb eating plan that eliminates most of the dietary villains that Dr. Williams talks about. The Summer Diet Boot Camp Challenge begins July 5. To find out more, click here.

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  • MATT

    After reading this post I visited Dr. Williams’s website and clicked on the About Dr. Williams link. Under the category of Top Health Breakthroughs, the earliest one from 1985 says “Low-fat diet protects the heart. Reported on the benefits of a low-fat diet long before the American Heart Association endorsed it.” Does Dr. Williams still believe this? It would seem to contradict things he said in this article, such as his third tip for making yourself sick “3. Eat a really low-fat diet. Eat the no-fat and low-fat foods that are high in carbohydrates instead.” and his statement that “Carbohydrates are the key factor associated with cardiovascular disease (and diabetes)—not cholesterol, and no


    What multi vitamin would you recommend?

  • MARY

    I would not start out with 5-6 grams of fish oil unless you really want to spend the day on the toilet.

    Start with a max of 1 gm until you see how your bowels react. Then gradually increase the dosage, depending on how your own body reacts to each increase.

    I could not agree more than 600 IU of Vitamin D-3 is way too low.

    I am in Mexico and brought a small supply of 2000 IU soft gels with me.

    All the separate D I have found here is D-2. Some of the multiples do have D-3 but only 200 IUs.

    This is also the first time I have seen dl-alpha Vitamin E, the synthetic form. I wound up dumping them. Not sure it was necessary to do that. I just did not trust them.


    Great article Dr. Jonny,

    Its a shame that the majority of medical specialists only prescribe the research suggested 2.7g of omega-3 daily, (arthritis australia).
    For those with higher levels of inflammation, obviously more omega-3 is needed and combined with your other recommendations.

    Keep up the great work!


    Great article. It’s good to see more and more of the medical community coming through with sound advice.

    I have a question about the wheat comment. I keep my grains and carb intake low. When I eat bread, I use one of the whole grain double fiber types. These are typically made with whole wheat and contain 5 or 6 grams of fiber per slice. Is this a practice you recommend, or would you eliminate all breads?


    great article. one question though – what is dietary fat turned into? i would assume triglycerides – is this wrong? just trying to understand why lowering carbs (aside from the insulin roller coaster) lowers blood triglyceride… perhaps its bec/ the dietary fat enters the blood stream at slower/more manageable rate?



    You forgot the probably most dangerous aspect to your health:

    Sarcasticly: As far as multivitamins, is this web site sponsored by producers of vitamins?

    Generally, with a good healthy food intake, consisting of about a maximum of 30% fat, 10-15% proteins(meat) and 55% carbohydrates of slow absorbing type (ie a lot of fresh vegetables) , multivitamins generally should not be needed. This type of food will contain enough vitamins anyway.

    A maximum of 10% of your daily food (calory) intake, should contain fast absorbing carbohydrates (for instance Coke, orange juice, sugar, sweetened food etc) .
    One (1) glass of milk, orange juice or Coke/Fanta etc will each contain an equivalence of 6 sugar bites/glass=2 deciliters=1/5 of a US quart), now that is a lot!

    Forget french fries, grilled (fat) meat and pizza all together more than once a week, instead eat a higher percentage of low-fat meat, like moose, deer, sheep etc.
    Instead, eat more (boiled) fish and vegetables.
    WOK-ing food is generally helathier than frying in a frying pan.
    If you fry your food, use small amounts of olive oil.

    I am Swedish, so forgive me any language faults.

    Bernt Ersson
    Med dr


    To Dave….Triglycerides are the end product of refined carbohydrates, NOT fats.
    Also wish the article had differentiated beween beneficial fats and the chemically extracted grain oils (i.e. corn, soy and canola) that are suc a lare part of most diets.

  • MARY

    P.S. Dr. Jones, a Canadian scientist who was on the panel who came out with the new dosage recommendations for D, has developed an analog vitamin D (synthetic form) that is going the rounds for approval in Canada for use primarily on those needing dialysis @ 50,000 IUs.

    Dr. Jones downplayed the importance of D in the diet on one short video I saw about the time the ruling came out.

    If it is so unimportant, why is he working so hard to get his version approved as a drug in Canada?

    My personal opinion is to go for a minimum of 2,000 IUs of D-3 unless you have some personal reason to go higher.

    My own doctor thought a blood reading of 25 was high enough. My goal and that of the Vitamin D Council is a minimum of 50.

    Even taking 2,000 IU’s a day, I had dropped from about 51 to the high 40’s. I don’t have the test with me so am not sure of the exact readings.

    Living in the San Francisco Bay Area it is frequently foggy and cold so I got VERY little natural D from sunshine even in the summer.

    I probably get more sun living in Mexico now even though I don’t spend a lot of time in the intense sun @ more than 6,000 feet here.
    At lease my arms are uncovered so they are getting a bit brown.

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