Fibromyalgia: A Disease of Low Metabolism

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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 begins after a...

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...

The Truth About Uric Acid

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Let me tell you how it all began – my strange interest in something called uric acid, that is. I awoke in the middle of the night with a dull pain in the back. I got up, thinking maybe I had to pee or maybe it was just one of those weird things that happens and disappears with a little movement. But nothing seemed to relieve the pain. And as the minutes and then hours went by, the pain...

Minding Your Brain Waves

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Oh, by the way, welcome to the resurrected blog. Or, if this is your first encounter with me writing blog posts, welcome in general. It seems 700 blog posts just wasn’t enough for me. I needed to write more, lol. Nah, not really. I just thought the newsletter format was too much to swallow all in one visit. So I’m breaking things up in lil’ chunks for you. I hope you like it....

Dissolving Stress with the Higher Mind

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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...

Become a Successful Writer in 4 Simple Steps

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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...

Gain Weight, Look Better?

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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...

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

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“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...

Are White Flour and White Sugar bad for you?

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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...
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