Importance of the Basal Metabolism

Here’s a follow-up podcast on the topic of the week – the basal body temperature and its importance in preventing everything from bacterial infection to degenerative diseases, healing wounds, improving the health and strength of hair, skin, and nails, improving white blood cell counts, lowering cholesterol, lowering triglycerides, burning fat more efficiently, and...

Checking Basal Body Temperature

In the last post on the decline in body temperature, we talked about the significance of having a warm basal body temperature. What is considered the ideal range and what is the official technique for assurance that your temperature reading is accurate? Broda Barnes is still the Godfather of what is still considered the optimal range for the axillary (armpit) temperature, as he routinely used...

Body Temperature in Decline

There is really no question that average human body temperature is in decline. Even the New York Times recently wrote an article on the subject, being, as clueless as ever, about the real significance of such a thing. For well over a year now, there has been much focus on the basal body temperature at 180DegreeHealth. This came, in part, as a result of reading all of the books of Broda Barnes,...

Paleo for Population Control!

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Attention everyone! There is a massive and urgent problem that humanity faces.  It’s called “overpopulation.” That’s right, with the dawn of agriculture came a huge rise in global population.  It seems that neolithic foods, particularly grain and milk, were such healthy foods that they offered mankind with simply too much of an ecological advantage.  As soon as the fields...

Barry Sears and The Perfect Nutritional Storm

Barry Sears calls high insulin levels paired with a diet with excessive omega 6 the “perfect nutritional storm.”  There is no doubt in my mind that the American diet, which is known to be very proficient at inducing insulin resistance while supplying the largest quantity of dietary omega 6 Linoleic Acid in the world, is the perfect recipe for inflammation-related...

Cut Calories to Gain Fat

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If you’re looking for a way to gain body fat in proportion to lean body mass, let it be known that the most efficient means of achieving that lofty goal has been known since 1950.  Cut calories. In 1950, an experiment was performed by Ancel Keys on a group of 32 young men in relatively healthy condition.  The idea behind the experiment was to study what happens under situations of famine. ...

Still Rethinking Hypothyroidism

Last week’s podcast introduced a new concept – the concept of leptin resistance being the predominant hormonal cause of having a low body temperature. This of course, is not the only cause. Having low levels of leptin like that of an anorexic will certainly manifest in the form of low body temperature just as high leptin levels in someone with low leptin sensitivity will. If your thyroid gland...

Love and Hate for 180

Wow, what a weekend.I received a thorough tongue-lashing by Richard Nikoley of http://www.freetheanimal.com/ for suggesting that he is hypothyroid (which he is, and was diagnosed with that disorder many years ago), was ridiculed by Dr. Kurt Harris at the Panu blog for making a “Straw Man” argument and being unoriginal (yes, EVERYBODY is recommending overfeeding on high-glycemic...

Fat Head Gets a 180 Infection

“Don’t call it a comeback, I’ve been here for years, rockin’ my peers, puttin’ suckaz in fear.  Making the jam, rain down like a Mon-soon, listen to the bass go boom. Explosions! Ova-powerin’, over the competition I’m towerin’!” No I didn’t have to look those lyrics up sadly.  Had a car a few years ago that only had a tape...

The Count the Obese Starch-Eater Game

Recently I got into a jovial, light-hearted back and forth on Twitter about obesity, carbohydrates, yada, yada.  Some heavy artillery was slung my way, a recent article that, several days later Tom Naughton of Fat Head dedicated an entire blog post to.  The premise of the article was that the whole obesity thing was a Big Fat Lie!  Well, I agree.  But the author concluded...

Rethinking Hypothyroidism Podcast

There will be a follow-up post to the ideas presented in the podcast here, but this is an interesting concept to bring up, especially when there is a huge movement out there of treating a low body temperature with medication (Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome) or desiccated thyroid hormones.  As we’re seeing at 180degreehealth, many people are having no problem bringing up...

Is a Low-Carb Diet Counterproductive?

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I was asked to shed some light this morning on why I think low-carb diets are counterproductive for healing the metabolism.   Thought I would share an elaborated version of my response… Several things make me very leery of going low-carb, or at least make me feel that it is counterproductive: 1) Several authors, such as Diana Schwarzbein and Barry Sears talk about cortisol being raised on...

180 Massaman Wins X Games Gold

Molly, a friend, and top Thai cooking student of mine has a whole brood of professional athlete offspring.  The kids were all coming into town to compete in the X games, and Molly REALLY wanted to make them some Massaman curry – 180-style. I made her a monster batch of Massaman curry paste, gave her the remainder of my case of Chaokoh coconut milk (180-Approved loot), gave her some...

Omega 6, Cytokines, and the Cortisol Loop

As we continue to explore the potential role that omega 6 fatty acid overload plays in the creation of the most major modern disease epidemics – such as asthma, allergies, autoimmune disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes, it’s an appropriate time to closely examine one of Russ Farris’s Cortisol Schematics. Farris has been led to believe that the hormone cortisol,...

Dr. Colbert on Obesity

More on the hot topic of omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids later, as the review of Brian Peskin’s video series on the topic has the wheels in my brains spinning.  For now, thanks to Darya Pino of Summer Tomato where I found this truly fine assessment of obesity in America…...

Omega 6 and Inflammation Podcast

This week’s podcast is a little diddy on omega 6 fatty acids – continuing our conversation from yesterday’s post on the subject. It reinforces why accumulating a lot of omega 6 in our tissues may be a really, really big deal with all kinds of negative repurcussions. Complete with brief impersonation of Dr. Barry Sears for your entertainment....

How to Reduce Omega 6 Tissue Concentration

Recently I posted a letter written by nutrition researcher David Brown to his local newspaper. The topic was reducing the total quantity of omega 6 polyunsaturated fat in the diet to reduce tissue and blood concentration of this type of fatty acid – which has a lot of negative associations, such as triggering excess inflammation and other key properties. Although I think as long as vegetable oil...

2009 Reading List

It’s a little overdue, but every year I post the list of books I’ve read over the past year. Books of particular relevance, integrity, and interest are highlighted in RED. Not as long as I had hoped the list would be, but considering I only had 7 months to read (had to work beyond full-time over the summer for some extra green), I feel pretty good about it. View the 2007...

Knife Skills Video

I’ve watched many kitchen knife skills videos in my day on Youtube and elsewhere, but I’ve produced what I believe is the best 8 minute presentation on the subject to be found on the internet. Check out my post at http://www.180kitchen.wordpress.com/ – complete  with instructions on how to buy the right knife and why learning proper knife skills is such...

David Brown on Omega 6 Fats

One nutrition researcher who claims to have been “studying nutritional controversies” for decades is David Brown of Kalispell, MT. David contacted me nearly two years ago, and we’ve kept in close contact ever since. In our health travels, we’ve both come to similar conclusions on the two greatest dietary evils – omega 6 fat and refined fructose. With...
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