Calorie Restriction – Fact from Fiction

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Here’s the story. Some wonks in a lab starved some yeast and found that the yeast seemed to live longer than well-fed yeast. “Hey!,” they said, “That must mean that if we starve mice, monkeys, and humans, they’ll live longer, too!” Fast forward a few years and some other scientists tested the hypothesis in mice and rats and got…mixed results. Some rodents just wouldn’t live longer...

The Psychology of Eating with Marc David

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Just an amazing and insightful conversation with Marc David, the founder of The Institute for the Psychology of Eating, in today’s episode of the 180DegreeHealth podcast. Marc and I share our stories of self-starvation out in the Wyoming wilderness, and the truly treacherous predicaments we found ourselves in once we had run out of food, and explore the psychological roots of the extreme...

Weight Loss Theories

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I’ve been thinking about this lately, and I’m pretty sure that nearly all of the various weight loss theories, diets, fads, and beliefs fall under four primary categories: The Calorieists The calorieists believe that body fat is regulated purely by surpluses and deficits of energy. If you take in more than you burn off, then you gain fat. If you take in less than you burn off, then...

Diet and Inflammation Part 2

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My last post—part 1 of Diet and Inflammation—left off with my conclusion that the answer to the widespread prevalence of chronic inflammation was a nutritional imbalance incurred by the typical Western diet, specifically deficiencies or imbalances in 3 key nutrients: omega-3 (v. omega 6) fatty acids, salicylic acid and glycine (v. methionine). What exactly happens in inflammation? Inflammation...

Natural Birth and Motherhood with Genevieve Pazdan

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Yeah! I love me some Mama Natty. She’s funny, creative, and super passionate about being a natural, healthy mama. I mean, she even posts herself giving birth on YouTube in all its awkward glory, where five or so million people have enjoyed her grunts and groans. Someone I’ve actually met and hung out with in real life, me n’ Mama Natty have always gotten along quite well. We’re close man. I’ve...

Katy Bowman

Katy Bowman
I got me a big ol’ marlin on the line this time! A couple years ago the 180DegreeHealth comments were overtaken by talk of this woman that I just “had to” get to know. And that’s Katy Bowman. The commenters felt that she was this beacon of awesomeness similar to the Great One but with all of her focus primarily on the biomechanical and postural origins of illness. They...

Mineral Interactions

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This month, me n’ Doc G talk about mineral ratios and the significance Garrett is finding them to have with real live patients in his personal practice. We discuss interesting interactions between sodium and potassium, calcium and phosphorous, calcium and potassium, calcium and magnesium, zinc and copper, copper and iron, and others. With targeted supplementation and periodic monitoring of...

Joey Lott Books

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For the next few days you can get 180D site author Joey Lott’s full collection of books (almost, 20 of 22), for 99 cents each. You can see two pages of discounted books from his Amazon author page HERE. Warning, some of the books may not be on sale in some countries. Silly Amazon. I’ve narrated several of Joey’s books personally, with more on the way. Sign up for a trial of...

Fibromyalgia: A Disease of Low Metabolism

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1. Preface Fibromyalgia is a syndrome characterized by pain, fatigue, depression, sleep disturbances, anxiety and many other problematic symptoms. According to statistics, it afflicts approximately 2-5 percent of the human population and is more common in women than men. The Medical community seems to see the syndrome in a somewhat narrow way. They usually recognize that the syndrome often...

Diet and Inflammation Part I

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There’s no shortage of info out there about inflammation’s being the root cause of most of what makes people sick and die these days–from arthritis to diabetes to cardiovascular disease to cancer—and what to eat and not eat to put your body into an “anti-inflammatory” state. But there is a shortage of real knowledge about inflammation itself: What its proper role is...

Stephan Guyenet

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Yeah, we talked. It really happened. Matt Stone. Stephan Guyenet. I challenge anyone to find a more interesting and intelligent recorded conversation about  bodyfat regulation, obesity, leptin resistance, and so on anywhere. Listen to it...

The Eating Psychology Summit

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Hey, it’s time for another summit hosted by Marc David–The Eating Psychology Summit. For those around in January, you’ll remember my appearance in the event as one of my strongest ever, and I think my talk with Marc in this event came out better than the last. I did quite a bit of storytelling, and Marc and I had such a good time that we plan to continue the conversation over...

Enough with the “Addiction” Fetish in Health and Nutrition!

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(Hear Ari speak in the upcoming Fit Solution Summit: Register HERE) According to the latest research published in the journal Cell, those of us who want to be healthy have a new reason to hate the sun (you know, besides the fact that the sun’s rays are deadly cancer causing poisons): Sunlight is addicting and stimulates the pleasure center of your brain–the same part of your brain that...

Athletes Must Eat Carbs!

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I’ve written about it in the past in plain, black and white terms in this article. Activity at a high heart rate requires a lot of carbohydrates for optimal performance. The longer the duration of that activity, the more carbohydrates you need to maintain peak performance. In fact, some research even shows that time to exhaustion doing various activities is perfectly proportional to the...

Should Kids Lift Weights?

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Should kids lift weights? Well not by themselves. I think we can go ahead and say that’s a bad idea. Even at 12 I was still going for that last repetition and finding myself in situations like THIS. Not a good time. But don’t you remember years ago that everyone thought you’d be a midget if you so much as looked at a barbell before puberty? Is it true? Like many cultural...

Thyroid, Inflammation, and Metabolic Syndrome: The Surprising Power of Context

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1. Preface It’s about five years since I started actively reading health literature. During these years, I’ve read dozens of health books, thousands of scientific articles and I’ve followed more than 200 different health blogs to gather as many good ideas as possible. There have been many interesting approaches to optimal health, but it has always been difficult to understand which opinion is...

To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate

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I got a chance the other day to converse with Sarah Pope, popular blogger and author also known as “The Healthy Home Economist.” Sarah is a cool lady that I’ve known about for a long time. She has written 67 articles exposing both the overstated effectiveness as well as the underreported dangers of various types of vaccinations–an accumulation of research that dates all...

Carnorexia

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This is the first in a series of 7 slideshare presentations based on one of the most popular 180DegreeHealth posts of all time–The New Eating Disorders, which can be read in its entirety by clicking on the button in the final slide. Today we discuss carnorexia, the irrational fear and avoidance of all animal products with a long list of other side effects and behavioral abnormalities....

Vitamin D Side Effects

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Haven’t had my mind blown like this in a while, but Dr. Garrett Smith delivered the goods on this simply remarkable episode of the 180DegreeHealth podcast. Many people are making a big mistake by supplementing with vitamin D, not just if, but ESPECIALLY if blood levels of vitamin D are low. Dr. Smith explains why, and talks about the many downsides of trying to force blood levels of...
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