John C. Parkin: F**k It

Alas! I have returneth from the rugged wilderness of West Virginia where the work to reward ratio is probably the highest I’ve ever encountered. I was swarmed by insects, walked through miles of nasty bogs, got completely drenched by hard rain, bushwacked up the nastiest slope of all time ever, and got ripped to shreds by thorns only to see 50 miles of trees, shrubs, and rock. The Rocky...

180 Healthy Eating Guide Part III – Investigation

Of all the components to the 180 Healthy Eating Guide, none is more important than investigation.  And I’m not just saying that because the only books I read as a kid were Encyclopedia Brown. Investigation is by far the biggest gaping hole in Western medicine, as well as many alternative therapies. While you may receive many blood tests and get diagnosed nearly to death, and this can prove...

The 180 Healthy Eating Guide Part II – Information

In the last post we talked about the importance of intuition in choosing the foods that you eat. The bottom line is that if you are having a strong biological craving, you must fulfill it to the best of your ability. For young children intuitive eating is probably the most important guide. In an adult, especially one that spends a great deal of time lingering at food-centric health websites like...

The 180 Healthy Eating Guide Part I – Intuition

It’s time to do a quick summary on what I’ve been thinking lately as it pertains to diet. Remember, this is just the eating component we’re talking about here, not the literally hundreds of other factors that go into achieving and maintaining good health. So don’t get overly wrapped up in it, or in eating in general. If anything, I look at eating as a tool to help combat the other stressors in...

Pineapple

Recently a lot of people have reported to me that adding the good old-fashioned white powder to their diet has made them “feel like a new man (or woman).”  I’m talking about good old cane sugar of course.  Sucrose. We discussed the possibility that sucrose has special properties, with a tendency to increase carbohydrate oxidation more than other carbohydrates, and potentially...

Frank Forencich

Not long ago I received three books in the mail from 180 follower Rob A. Rob and I have communicated closely for going on a couple of years now I think, and the arrival of these books – all of them written by exercise scholar Frank Forencich, was timely. Every time summer rolls around I get the itch to spend a lot of time outdoors doing active things. My earliest dabblings with health came in my...

Dangers of Colorectal Cancer Screening

Last night, it was announced by my brother-in-law during dinner (ALWAYS while we are eating – is my family the only family like this?), that he will be going in for a colonoscopy later this week.  Then, to my horror, other family members chimed in and started talking about their colonoscopies.  I decided to eat in peace, and not get into it. With many things in mainstream medicine, people...

How Fast Should You Lose Weight?

If you are reading this, then consider yourself lucky. I’m about to solve all of the world’s problems with this simple article. World peace. A cure for AIDS. Global warming. Tupac’s whereabouts. Where Bin Laden got his growth hormone injections. It’s all here. Well okay, maybe not. But I do find that sometimes the very simple things that I take for granted often have the strongest impact on 180D...

Sauteed Okra

Okra, a green (and sometimes reddish) vegetable with starchy, slimy seeds on the inside, is one of the most adored and hated of all vegetables in the United States.  It has a true cult following.  Those that love okra really LOVE okra.  When I lived in Colorado, few growers produced it and it was rarely if ever available at supermarkets.  It was a dogfight to get the okra every...

Hypothyroid Face

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The before and after pictures shared by Korg Kcuf in the last post on low-carb hypothyroidism reminded me of the stunning before and after hypothyroid treatment pictures I once came across.  Fortunately, I have found these photos online, and they do show some remarkable changes in facial appearance. By Matt Stone You often hear this swollen facial appearance referred to as “carbo...

Paleo Fail

I have written about the before and after of eating a low-carb Paleo or low-carb non-Paleo diet for going on three years now. While it is extremely common to lose weight without effort, hunger, or cravings – and have amazing energy levels to boot (and temporary alleviation of health problems), that doesn’t make it healthy, sustainable, or permanent. In what I would venture to guess is the...

Medifast Hair Loss

Medifast, a “fast, safe, and effective weight loss program recommended by 20,000 doctors since 1980,” is one of those super low-calorie weight loss programs.  Oh, but the doc oversees your progress so it’s “safe.”  Kind of like chemotherapy. Speaking of which, the inspiration for this post came from my mother, who I’m staying with for a few weeks here in...

The HCG Diet Scam

Hcg-Injections
I tried for nearly six months to get my dietician friend Ariel to write a post about her first-hand experiences working at an HCG diet clinic. But she isn’t really a writing machine, and has been busy. Suffice it to say, she decided to quit working at the clinic even though the money was great – because the people being treated looked and felt ill, and were not seeing lasting results from the...

Starch Lowers Insulin

Can you eat potatoes on the paleo diet
“It is of interest that diets high in fibre-rich cereals and tuberous vegetables tend to result in an improvement in basal blood glucoses.” p. 281 Burkitt, Denis, Hugh Trowell, and Kenneth Heaton.  Dietary Fibre, Fibre-Depleted Foods and Disease.  Academic Press:  London, 1985. It is a common belief that starch, or any type of carbohydrate – particularly high-glycemic starches like...

HYPERchondriac

I came across this term recently and almost fell out of my chair laughing. I think I was in a chair when I read it. Maybe I was laying down. Anyway, when I read the word it struck me. It sums up so many different phases that I’ve been through and countless delusions of low-carbers, vegans, and all kinds of health fanatics on the internet and in the real world. When I saw the word and its meaning...

Simple Fish Stew

You guys know I like food on the gourmet side of things.  In fact, I did several videos making homemade meatballs from scratch and using it for Italian wedding soup, lasagna, and all kinds of stuff that I totally botched and unfortunately will not be able to post :( But I’m no stranger to the absurdly simple, quick, painless, and foolproof – and that’s also typically what most...

Ray Peat – PUFA

It’s time for the Ray Peat finale. Yeah I know, it’s a day late. I moved out of my apartment yesterday and didn’t have enough mojo left to work on it. Anyway, we’ll pick up where we left off in the last Peat article. If you know anything about Peat, know that he has a vendetta against polyunsaturated fat – which could very well be his greatest scientific contribution because of the numerous...

Pets and Western Disease

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I don’t always have the answers, but boy do I love asking questions. And honestly, one of the most fascinating questions we can answer if we hope to understand modern disease is… “Why is “Western Disease” something that only humans and their pets experience?” Below I’ve listed what I think are some of the prime suspects – representing a vast array of health ideologies. Feel free to add to the...

Intuitive Eating

Intuitive eating – which is best described as eating what you want, when you want, because you feel like eating it (with or without a “damnit!”) – is a great concept. Sure, it has limitations. One is that superstimuli such as artificial sweeteners, flavor enhancers, and pornographically-delightful foods like chocolate, cupcakes, Mountain Dew, and potato chips often induce us to eat, not for...

Ray Peat – Cortisol and Diabetes

“Oxidation of sugar is metabolically efficient in many ways, including sparing oxygen consumption. It produces more carbon dioxide than oxidizing fat does, and carbon dioxide has many protective functions, including increasing Krebs cycle activity and inhibiting toxic damage to proteins. The glycation of proteins occurs under stress, when less carbon dioxide is being produced, and the...
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