180degreehealth sneak peek — Dr. Fatkins

Unedited excerpt from 180-Degree Health: Understanding and Reversing the Decline of Human Health, due for release in January 2009 …one need look much further than the end result of most people “livin’ la vida low carb.” Everyone knows that going on a practically no carb diet has serious drawbacks. For one, most people get mean constipation. If not, your body odor and breath start stinking...

Malabsorption

First off, apologies to my long-time followers for always being so preoccupied with Weston A. Price and others that witnessed the sudden dramatic decline of health at the dawn of modern food. But the shift of human health really dominates my thinking. From the beginning I’ve really been perplexed and driven to understand how and what, specifically, brought about this shift. As a very brief recap...

The Crypt Keepers

The first book on the topic of health and nutrition that I ever read was The Food Revolution by John Robbins. For those not familiar with ole’ Johnny boy, he is the son of the co-founder of Baskin-Robbins. He was inspired to write his first book, Diet for a New America, an edgy wad of ethical, environmental, and health reasons to go vegetarian, by growing up on a steady diet of ice cream and...

The Dynamic Duo

Batman and Robin, Kobe and Shaq, Starsky and Hutch, Mary Kate and Ashley – the world is full of tag team duos. Now of course these duos couldn’t have become what they are without some support. Batman has that like, smart butler guy, Kobe and Shaq had a bunch of other big dudes on the team, Starsky and Hutch had police scanners and guns, and we all know that Mary Kate and Ashley wouldn’t be...

Tight Like a Tiger

Now I’m no Tim Ferriss, but I’ve had some pretty good real life experiences on altering my body composition. After a trek in the Himalayas I was scrawny and emaciated. One time, for a couple of weeks, I had a body like Bruce Lee while on the Wind River Diet. And as a kid, I was straight up chubby, but it was all good. The Fat Boys were in their prime, and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to rap...

Fruc Fructose

Fructose is a kind of sugar. There are many kinds of sugars: sucrose, lactose, galactose, maltose, dextrose, raffinose, glucose, and bunches more. Fructose is just one type. Fructose is famous for being the type of sugar found in fruit. Because of this association with fruit, considered to be a very nutritious and overall healthy food to be included in the daily diet of every man, woman, and...

Hungry, Hungry Hippos

The question I promised to answer in last week’s self-starvation experiment saga was “why are we so hungry if we’re eating more than ever before?” This is one of the biggest questions of the 21st century, and the correct answer may hold the key to unlocking the entire degenerative process that began at the dawn of carbohydrate refining. Most people agree that the cause of the Diabesity epidemic...

The Wind River Diet

Louis Cahill Photography
By Matt Stone “The constant desire to go deeper into the Wilderness is shared by almost any backpacker. There is a relentless urge to travel further into the heart of pristine nature – to become more united with the vastness of it.” “It’s been over two years since I walked out of Wyoming’s Wind River Range, exhausted, depleted, and confused. The Winds, a set of three immense Wilderness...

Devitalized Food

Modern, mainstream nutritional dogma tells us that eating a lot of fats, a lot of calories, and not exercising are the primary causes of the degenerative process leading to heart disease, Diabetes, obesity, and perhaps Cancer. People unaligned with mainstream thought on the subject of human health say that those claims are full-blown BS. Gary Taubes, who researched the subject for half a decade...

Robert McCarrison: Straight Nutrition Gangsta

The integrity and insight of the old nutrition classics never ceases to amaze me when I manage to track them down. The work of Weston A. Price is groundbreaking. Francis Pottenger, Jr. had some legendary insights into human health and nutrition. Stefansson looked into human health from a much wiser and broader perspective than the authors on the shelves at your local, intellectually-crippling...

Binge and Repent

An insurmountable hurdle for many people is overcoming the repeated failures of prior attempts to get healthier. We all know the story here. We look at ourselves in the mirror or see some fierce-looking person on tv and we feel that burning desire to become gods and goddesses in our own right. In our minds we envision this superhuman chiseled version of ourselves, and vow to workout 12 hours a...

Psychological Health

It’s shocking that this topic wasn’t addressed until the 53rd installment. It’s shocking because it is one of the most important aspects of having good physical health and because I find it to be one of the most intriguing of all topics. The very name “Sacred Self” stemmed from the following concepts. In previous editions the discussion has leaned towards diet and lifestyle factors...

Digestive Cleanse

Cleanses of all kinds exist in the far reaches of alternative nutrition, made well-known to the public by people like the Braggs and Kevin Trudeau. Some of the first nutritional experiments I ever tried could be defined as cleanses, and I can’t argue to the apparent health boost that I received from them. The subject of cleansing is a tough one. It’s something that I go back and forth on for...

Glycemic, more like Stupidemic…Right?

The Glycemic index is a shared table of figures that shows how specific foods affect blood sugar levels. To level the playing field between foods, the glycemic index uses 50 grams of carbohydrates from a particular food substance, and then monitors the subsequent rise in blood sugar. The baseline comparative figure is the effect of good ole’ white bread, which is assigned the number 100....

Stability Foods

In the most recent posts, we discussed elevated insulin levels and the therapeutic benefit of following a specific diet to bring insulin levels under control. Bringing the insulin levels back to normal, but not going too far by eliminating carbohydrates, can allow metabolic healing over time. Degenerative diseases, obesity, and chronic departure from homeostasis are really just metabolic...

Insulin Bin Laden

Insulin is a fantastic biochemical adaptation of the human body. To speak of it as if it’s an enemy, to declare war upon it, is foolish. But as discussed in the most recent post, you can have too much of a good thing. Too much insulin, which is bad, has been confused with insulin itself, which is essential and beneficial. Thus, many people, seeking to identify one enemy and eradicate it, have...

Got Hyperinsulinism?

Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas that is secreted to manage proper blood sugar levels. Blood sugar levels are extremely important. Too much sugar or too little sugar circulating through our bloodstream has an incredibly powerful – and harmful effect. Sugar balance is therefore of the utmost importance. Insulin is a storage hormone, meaning that it triggers the storage of sugar into...

Pleomorphism n’ Stuff

Some Logic…Instinct – the most sophisticated mechanism for achieving harmonious existence; the sum of evolution and adaptation manifested as a behavior, action, or tendency. Humans come into the world, before we learn much or develop our ability to reason, acting purely on instinct – like that of a wild animal. Our instincts have developed over the millennia to give us the best possibility of...

Research Quotes 2007

“The single greatest factor in the acquisition and maintenance of good health is perfectly constituted food.”–Sir Robert McCarrison; Nutrition and Health (1936) “The truth will always be in the minority. Always, always, always… You will never find it in the hallways of conventional institutions. You will find it in pockets, in clusters, individually. And it will not be...

2007 Reading List

* Denotes work of particular significance and/or exceptional integrity(Chronological order as they were read)… The Maker’s DietJordan Rubin *Nourishing TraditionsSally Fallon Cholesterol MythsUffe Ravnskov Enzyme NutritionEdward Howell *Nutrition and Physical DegenerationWeston Price Pottenger’s CatsFrancis Pottenger Caffeine BluesStephen Cherniske Eat Fat Lose FatSally Fallon Waking the...
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