Glycine and Insulin Resistance

glycine and insulin resistance
By Joel Brind For many of us, the downside of the holidays is the dread of adding a few pounds of abdominal fat that will take more than a New Year’s resolution to work off. Even worse, we all also know that it’s the extra abdominal fat that causes insulin resistance and eventually—or maybe already—type 2 diabetes. But more recent research tells a more precise—and cheerful—story...

Good Proteins, Bad Proteins: The Amino Acids in Health and Disease

scallops glycine
Good Proteins, Bad Proteins… 1. Preface: Not All Protein Is Created Equal A few months ago, an interesting Danish study was published, showing that a “high-fat/high-sugar” diet would cause obesity to mice consuming chicken, cod, or crab as their main protein source. However, the group of mice eating scallop protein didn’t develop these problems at all. The researchers...

New Free Health Books

The Mother of Antioxidants
It’s time for more crazy Joey Lott shenanigans. Five new free health books. His books are so spot on though. I feel like, in a way, he’s carrying the torch here for the general 180D parade. These are some great, short, FREE reads for the next few days. It will keep you busy until I come out with MY new book next Friday. Yeah, I said it. Get excited. I’m releasing it for free as...

After the Re-Feed: How to Eat After Eating Disorder Recovery

After refeeding
The question I’m asked more than any other (excluding what my favorite 80’s movie is), is “Okay, my temps are up and I feel great again. Now what?” This topic is often the greatest source of confusion as well. Most of the negative reviews on my book Eat for Heat are by those that think I’m recommending to drink Coke instead of water and eat cheeseburgers instead of...

Glutathione: Is More Better?

Glutathione
By Joel Brind, Ph.D. The subject of glutathione (GSH) came up in my last post on diet and inflammation, some of the comments reflecting the popularity of GSH as some sort of miracle molecule among alternative health purveyors and practitioners. Among the commenters, Sarah said: “Is this total BS? Is glutathione really the miracle substance some alternative med doctors say that it...

Lose Weight Without Dieting

Danelle cover
I’m quite pleased that my friend DaNelle Wolford, my guest on the most recent episode of the 180DegreeHealth podcast, is on the cover of this month’s issue of Woman’s World, one of the most prominently-displayed magazines in the entire country. On the cover it says “Cheat your way slim and fit into a size 6! DaNelle lost 35 lbs eating fat-melting cake, brownies, potatoes,...

Glycine and Cancer

Gelatin glycine
Comment from Martin Tornberg: “One thing that gives me pause with respect to consuming too much glycine is the study on http://www.sciencemag.org/content/336/6084/1040.abstract that “identified glycine consumption and expression of the mitochondrial glycine biosynthetic pathway as strongly correlated with rates of proliferation across cancer cells” and noted that “Antagonizing glycine...

Diet and Inflammation Part 4

collagen
By Joel Brind, Ph.D. My last post focused on the propagation of the inflammatory signal, and how nutrients such as omega-6 PUFAs and the lack of salicylic acid results in amplification of that signal, thus contributing to the overall increase in inflammation-related disease we currently experience. But what about the initiation of the inflammatory signal in the first place? That often turns out...

Oatmeal and Egg Whites: The Breakfast of Twerps

Nacho_Libre
I don’t know about you, but I could listen to Scott Abel rant for days at a time. When I go through to edit my audio files before publishing them, I usually breeze through and look for breaks and pauses and other strange squiggles in the audio file. With both of Scott’s so far, once I push play, forget about it. An hour goes by in a flash, and I’m powerless to stop it....

Are All PUFA Bad?

omega 3 bad
A Scandinavian 180D reader recently wrote in with a series of questions. I thought I would take the time to publicly answer those questions so that it would satisfy everyone’s curiosities as to my responses. Please excuse the errors. English isn’t her first language… Hi! I wich you would write something more about whole grain and legumes, regarding linoleic acid. Are really...

MSM: The Dangerous Miracle Supplement

MSM
Dr. Garrett Smith and a small group of his entrusted guinea pigs recently embarked on an experiment involving ingesting fairly large quantities of MSM on a daily basis. Their initial results were all astounding, with many positive signs of increased metabolic rate with several ancillary benefits noticed as well, such as better vision and enhanced exercise performance. Well, that was the first...

Diet Psychology and the Case of “Delicate Debra”

Diet Psychology
By Scott Abel In terms of knowing, accepting and understanding that diet-psychology is ALWAYS going to be more important than “nutrition knowledge and information” -> Take a real client of mine, Debra for instance: Her story follows. And I offer it because it is a common story for ladies, although there may be subtle variations for each individual of course. Debra’s first memories of being...

Intuitive Eating–Getting Past the Initial Hurdles

intuitive eating
The idea of intuitive eating is becoming more widely accepted, and more and more when I speak to people it is where they are aiming to be. The basic premise is to become in tune with your body so that you eat what it’s telling you it needs. Rather than eating with your intellect or eating what you ‘believe’ is healthy, you listen to your body. It is an idea that is at the heart of 180D, and it...

Diet and Inflammation Part 3

salicylates
In my last post—Part 2 of this diet and inflammation series—I discussed the cells—called macrophages—which actually affect the inflammatory response, and how the amino acid glycine is crucial in regulating the activation of the macrophages at the level of the cell surface membrane. In the present installment, I’ll be discussing the propagation and amplification of the inflammatory...

Scott Abel

Scott Abel
Scott Abel. Seriously, Scott Abel. You may not have heard of him before, but he is the gentle giant and genius behind the curtain of the fitness industry. I am beyond thankful to have had the chance to speak with him in a conversation I could listen to a dozen times without getting sick of it. Listen...

Calorie Restriction – Fact from Fiction

calorie restriction
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

Marc David
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

weight loss theories
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

Pac man
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 MamaNatural

Mama Natural
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...