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Posted December 1st, 2013 – Be the first to comment

Issue #1. December 2013 This section features new content from 180 founder Matt Stone. The Elephant in the Room Hello and welcome to the very first edition (sort of, I ran a newsletter for a while back in 2009), of the 180 Newsletter. In this first edition, rather than breach and explore a health topic, I figured it might be better to just talk about the big, hairy mastodon in the room. No, it’s not me jerk face! I’m talking about the disappearance of the old blog format and the ushering in of a completely new content delivery system. Listen, I know those of you who have been part of the 180 community for months and even years found the blog, connected with it, and made it a big part of… Read more »

180 Clearance Sale

Posted November 22nd, 2013 – 13 Comments

complete guide to restoring metabolism

The winds of change are upon us. Starting sometime on Monday, all books and audio will no longer be for sale at 180DegreeHealth. We are going to switch over to selling eBooks on Amazon exclusively. This is your final chance, ever, to purchase the 180DegreeHealth Platinum Collection–a collection of all the books, audio, and video published at 180D over the past five years. The collection includes the 180 Collection (4 eBooks – 180 Metabolism, 180 Digestion, 180 Diabetes, and 180 Kitchen, 12 eZines, and 6 hours of audio), the RBTI Introduction Package (2 eBooks, 8 videos, 9 audios – available only with purchase of the Platinum Collection), and the newest 180DegreeHealth eBooks – Food Ninjas, Diet Recovery, Diet Recovery 2, 12 Paleo Myths, and Eat for Heat.  This is the ultimate collection of 180DegreeHealth materials. … Read more »

Dissolving Stress with the Higher Mind

Posted November 20th, 2013 – 16 Comments

dissolving stress

You have what some behavioral experts refer to as a higher and lower mind, and they function very differently in how they perceive reality. The lower mind is the mental state you may go to when you haven’t had a chance to think things over. We’ve all had experiences where we had an initial negative reaction to something and threw a tantrum. Later, looking at the whole situation from a more reasonable point of view and taking more factors into account, you change how you feel about something you originally perceived as a great catastrophe or annoyance. Maybe you even become very grateful for something you originally perceived as a hardship. This more informed, more enlightened side of your mind is more of what is considered as the Higher Mind. So… Read more »

Become a Successful Writer in 4 Simple Steps

Posted November 18th, 2013 – 48 Comments

success as a writer

Those of you who have communicated with me directly know that I am always eager to engage in a conversation about how people can forge their own unique path in terms of what they do for a living. And now, as my health research has come to an apex of sorts, I find that eagerness growing. It’s been seven years since I signed up to start a mysterious thing called a “blog.” My tech-savvy-ness was pitiful when I began, and I didn’t even really know what a blog was at the time. A co-worker had encouraged me to start one because I had sent him a few of my writings. I had only gotten my first computer with an internet connection a year prior. So I didn’t come into the 180DegreeHealth project as a knowledgeable entrepreneur or computer… Read more »

Gain Weight, Look Better?

Posted November 16th, 2013 – 64 Comments

Weight Increased while body composition improved

Losing weight doesn’t necessarily lead to better looks. Likewise, gaining weight doesn’t necessarily make you look worse. The look of your body is more about changes in the relative proportions of muscle and fat. The number on the scale is almost completely irrelevant in most cases, and many people are making their body composition worse by trying to lose weight. On this basis, the scale is already a poor tool at best. But before we dig our heels into this topic, let’s first talk about what is an even bigger reason to stop hopping on a scale… We are emotional creatures. Most of our choices are not made with our rational brain, although this is how we justify it to ourselves. Instead, our decisions and emotions are determined by our… Read more »

Red Light and Near-Infrared Radiation: Powerful Healing Tools You’ve Never Heard of

Posted November 13th, 2013 – 61 Comments

red light therapy

“Penetrating red light is possibly the fundamental anti-stress factor for all organisms. The chronic deficiency of such light is, I think, the best explanation for the deterioration which occurs with aging.” - Ray Peat 1. Preface During the last summer, I spent quite a lot time reading Ray Peat’s articles. In many of his articles, Peat writes that darkness and blue light can be harmful for health, and red light is healthy. Peat doesn’t give many references to justify those claims, but nevertheless, there exists a tremendous amount of study data supporting his views. Certain wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation directly increase ATP-levels in the tissues, mainly by activating the mitochondrial enzyme cytochrome c oxidase (Cox). The most relevant wavelengths are 600-1000nm–in other words, red light and the penetrating shorter wavelengths of near-infrared radiation (NIR).[1-4]… Read more »

Are White Flour and White Sugar bad for you?

Posted November 11th, 2013 – 129 Comments

white flour white sugar

By Matt Stone The slow trickle of books in an increasing number of formats continues. That latest is the revised version (put out in September) of the original Diet Recovery now in paperback. You can order that on Amazon HERE. It’s also available as an audiobook in case you missed that announcement as well. Click HERE to listen. I originally wrote Diet Recovery with a belief that a diet containing refined foods stripped of their nutrients, namely white flour and sweeteners like white sugar and high-fructose corn syrup even more so, was inherently unhealthy. I thought these substances were the primary cause of health problems in the world, and their removal from the diet absolutely mandatory to improve one’s health. At the same time, my research was leading me towards the… Read more »

Adrenal Fatigue: The Rebound

Posted November 9th, 2013 – 94 Comments

burn out

By Julia Gumm Full disclosure: This article just might suck. Please keep reading, but my usual flair for wit, sensical sentences and my (at least) rudimentary grasp of grammar might be lacking. And there’s a reason for that. The reason is, I am operating under a certain haze of exhaustion. I’ve spent the past few days lying in bed, nursing cravings for gallons of orange juice, dark leafy greens, clams, and ice cream with maple syrup. I have had no caffeine. I have now officially watched every Golden Girls episode ever aired at least four times. Probably more. My skin is a pasty hue, my memory sucks and my thighs are protesting the prospect of a mere flight of stairs. So what the hell happened? Well, looking back it was… Read more »

The Restrictive Eating Disorder Spectrum

Posted November 6th, 2013 – 31 Comments

restrictive eating disorders

By Gwyneth Olwyn Definition A restrictive eating disorder is best described as the misidentification in the brain of food as a threat. It is a chronic condition and has no cure. However, a successful recovery effort can result in a complete and permanent remission. It is currently defined as mental illness within the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Illness (DSM) and psychiatrists are the only health care professionals tasked with the clinical diagnosis that will be accepted by either private or national health insurance providers. Classification The DSM splits out the restrictive eating disorder spectrum into three main classifications: anorexia nervosa, bulimia and avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder [DSM-V]. Binge eating disorder (not a restrictive eating disorder) has been added to the fifth edition of the DSM. I will have… Read more »

Goats and Bo: The Role of Genetics vs. Diet

Posted November 4th, 2013 – 127 Comments

Genetics and nutrition

By Matt Stone I’ve had peculiar longings for a lifestyle overhaul of late. It’s a long story involving goats. And maybe sheep and dogs, too. Don’t ask. Okay, fine I’ll tell you. You are so nosey! I’ve been doing extensive research on breeding animals. My interest in goats in particular stems back to my hardcore mountain man days when I had once had the idea to retreat into the backcountry for long stretches of time with some goats, including both pack goats and dairy goats, to carry my stuff, get me some fresh milk, and offer me an occasional meat feast if I found myself getting too short on calories. A little strange and extreme sure, but hey, that’s just me. I never did it of course. But daydreams like… Read more »

The Best Weight Loss Protein Shake

Posted November 2nd, 2013 – 28 Comments

Does shakeology work

By Billy Craig For too long I’ve mocked the diet shake drink business. I’ve claimed that it’s a multi-level marketing sham. I’ve pointed out irregularities in the product descriptions and marketing propaganda. I’ve asked why anyone would believe that a quick fix is available, and I’ve debated with many distributors who naturally wanted to defend their businesses. Still, I can’t understand why anyone would starve themselves and then fail to realize that the weight/water lost was attributable to avoiding food rather than to a magic potion. Anyway, as the old saying goes, “if you can’t beat them, you might as well join them.” Introducing…. Here at Forever Dead Products (FDP) we own around 85ish% of the world’s toxic byproducts, which we market as natural. This makes us powerful and gives us an unrivalled… Read more »

Gram Negative Bacteria and Obesity

Posted October 30th, 2013 – 124 Comments


By Andrew Kim  Introduction As the research evolves, the matter of diet and nutrition is being forced to be recognized as not only the most poorly understood of all the sciences but also one of the most complex, outranking all the others. Weight loss is a recurrent theme on this site and this should be expected, as obesity is the most common “disease” in the United States.1 But herein lies a wrinkle that adds to the complexity of this matter: What constitutes a healthy weight is not an objective, uniformly agreed upon standard. Suffice it to say here, we know that having excess body fat is strongly linked to cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, diabetes, and hypertension.  It also aggravates arthritis, gout, gallbladder disease, and blood lipid disorders.  And, it appears… Read more »

Everything We Know About Diabetes is Wrong

Posted October 28th, 2013 – 118 Comments

diabetes glycogen storage

By Matt Stone Everything you know about Diabetes is wrong. Or at the very least it’s a half truth, taken out of context, assumed but not proven, or worse. When I say Diabetes I’m referring primarily to the most common form of Type 2 Diabetes (there are several types of diabetes sometimes classified as type 2 that aren’t really type 2, such as LADA). The following are some common myths that have become deeply embedded into the collective psyche of both the average Joe and his doctor. If you are left scratching your head and confused after reading this, that’s good. We humans still have much to learn before we fully understand Diabetes. Those who portray Diabetes as a simple disease while singling out a food item or lifestyle factor as its cause are probably the… Read more »

Being Healthy Is Better Than Looking Healthy

Posted October 26th, 2013 – 28 Comments

red meat dye

  By Julia Gumm How did you get interested in health? I can tell you that for me, it wasn’t on purpose. No, it came about by accident, the by-product of my insatiable need to have reading material present at all times. By the time I was in elementary school, breakfast was just as much about the mental digestion of the nutrition label as it was about the physical digestion of the malted corn puffs themselves. That habit, coupled with my natural curiosity, led me down the rabbit hole. And here I am. Ta-da! I also need reading material on the shitter. Hey, who doesn’t. To me, there are few fates worse than finding myself seated comfortably on the bowl with nary a shampoo bottle in reach. I’ve combed the… Read more »

How to Reduce your Breast Cancer Risk

Posted October 23rd, 2013 – 37 Comments

Washington State v Oregon

By Hannah Ransom In case you hadn’t noticed, October is breast cancer awareness month. Among other things, that means that we are blindsided with pink. There are, of course, good reasons to promote awareness of breast cancer since it is so prevalent and can be deadly (I personally lost an aunt to breast cancer last year). But everyone is “aware” of breast cancer, so what are we really interested in? What I am most interested in is prevention rather than an elusive “cure.”  Prevention is, of course, important because if we do not need to cure the disease we will not have to cope with potential mal-effects of the treatment, nor deal with any pain, discomfort, or medical bills in the interim. So, let’s talk a bit about some of… Read more »

Food Ninjas: How to Raise Kids to Be Lean, Mean, Eating Machines

Posted October 21st, 2013 – 127 Comments

master the art of feeding your kids

The ultimate affront to the barbaric practices of bribing kids to eat vegetables, restricting calories, forbidding certain foods, and otherwise interfering with a child’s instinctual eating cues is here. Everyone has their own ideas about what is and isn’t healthy to eat, how much people should eat and exercise, and so forth. And these ideas are typically imposed upon young children by their parents. Under close scientific scrutiny, interfering with a child’s eating, making a child feel fear or shame for eating foods they enjoy, giving rewards for eating foods they don’t like, making them feel that exercise is a penance for dietary indulgence, or otherwise creating a hullabaloo over the act of eating and exercising yields inferior outcomes. This type of interference causes physical, social, psychological, and emotional damage. And the… Read more »

Everything is Bad for You

Posted October 19th, 2013 – 33 Comments

george carlin bad for you

By Chris Randall After a slow, easy run on a beautiful Sunday morning, I decided that the only thing missing was a fat stack of pancakes. Yes, pancakes. Those succulent, golden, sweet, heavenly cakes spawned from the pan. I couldn’t remember the last time I had pancakes, and I was feeling adventurous so I figured, “Hey, what the heck?” They weren’t anything too special, just your basic flapjacks: some flour, some sugar, sweetened coconut milk, baking soda, and a couple mashed bananas. And of course I topped them off with some good old-fashioned maple syrup and accompanied them with a tall, cold glass of orange juice. Solid. As I was digging into my stack, a thought crossed my mind that made me laugh: the notion of some pretentious, snooty health… Read more »

Simple Hacks to Fix Your Sleep

Posted October 16th, 2013 – 49 Comments

don't sleep near your cell phone

By Garrett Smith This article was written for those of you out there who, despite trying “everything” to help improve your sleep, still find yourself having significant problems with insomnia (aka “sucky sleep”).  I’m here to give you something else to try, something you have likely not tried before, and that I have had quite a bit of success with my patients with. I run into people all the time who have sucky sleep patterns.  Poor health and bad sleep spend a lot of time together, apparently.  If you don’t know why sleep is necessary and important, please consult your nearby Google Machine or the past 180D articles on the topic.  For this article, I’m talking to you if your time in bed looks like any of these: “Shallow” sleep… Read more »