Thinspiration

thinspiration
By Julia Gumm On April 24th, Penn State student Torri Singer began a petition on Change.org to “restrict use of thinspiration language and hashtags circulating the twittersphere.” If you are blessed enough to not know what thinspiration (also known as “thinspo”) is, let me fill you in. Thinspo is an assortment of tips, tricks, diaries and photos all geared to inspire the reader to forgo...

The Future of 180DegreeHealth

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By Matt Stone As some of you may have noticed, the site she’s a changin’.  Late last year I began inviting more and more guest authors to post on the site, such as Danny Roddy, Julia Gumm, Bella Dodds, and Amber “Go Kaleo” Rogers.  Recently I’ve added a new About 180D page as well as a Site Authors page.  On Wednesday the site header changed and now reads...

Thyroid Deficiency & Common Health Problems

thyroid deficiency
By Matt Stone Danny Roddy, frequent guest author at 180D with articles like THIS, THIS, and THIS – turned me on to a great interview with Dr. Ray Peat from 1996.  It’s always really cool to see that Ray had put so many pieces of the puzzle together so long ago.  Although Ray is difficult to follow along with at times as he doesn’t speak laypersonese (prompted many times to do...

Sex, Lawns and Body Image.

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By Julia Gumm Coming to terms with human nature in the 21st century is no straightforward task. We are equipped with the most primitive of biologies, a physiology that compels us to do two things: Survive and spread our genes. But teetering o’er top that eatin’, sleepin’ and er, copulatin’ machine, there balances an extremely sophisticated control center. It’s complex enough to get us interested...

The Best Way to Feed Your Dog

best diet for dogs
By Matt Stone In the comments on a recent post the topic of dog nutrition surfaced.  Several people mentioned switching their dogs to new diets or even applying my methods of “rest and refeeding” to a sick pet.  TW writes… When I came home from college my dog was really sick and frail with obvious signs of Cushing’s. She had lost a ton of weight, collapsed often, peed in the...

Why Am I Sleepy After I Eat?

drowsy after meals
By Matt Stone There are three quick answers to this common question… Because you’re stressed. Because you didn’t sleep enough. Because you ate enough. Everyone in the health industry thinks that eating a meal should make you perk up and want to instantly break out into the Humpty Dance or other similar variant.  Maybe throw in a high-intensity interval while you’re at...

Stress and Metabolism Webinar

Stress and metabolism webinar
By Matt Stone Lianda Ludwig – some of you who participate on the 180D facebook page might recognize her name, has stuck with some of the basic principles of this site for quite a while.  It was tough going at first.  It’s hard to eat enough food to raise your metabolism and function well when it just sits there like a friggin’ rock.  But eventually her metabolism rose, her...

How Many Carbohydrates Should YOU Eat?

how many carbs should you eat
By Matt Stone “C’mon, fire me up. Pour your sugar on me. Oh, I can’t get enough. I’m hot, sticky sweet. From my head to my feet, yeah.” ~Def Leppard The answer to our question, and just about any health and nutrition question, is “it depends.”  But the following is a level-headed, science-based, as well as experience-based set of guideposts to help you...

Earthing: Medical Discovery or Quack Scam?

Earthing quackery
By Matt Stone “What do you think about that Mr. Blue Duck?  That’s Quacktastic ack ack ack ack.”  ~Billy Madison Earthing as a health idea is the practice of connecting oneself to the ground – via direct contact or a mat or sheets that are grounded (or shoes as I wrote about in THIS POST).  The objective, for lack of a better way to describe it, is to protect oneself from...

Best Female Health and Fitness Books & Articles

Taking Up Space Go Kaleo
By Matt Stone Hey it’s ladies night here at the D.  Here are some things I’ve been reading lately or that I feel pretty confident is good – written by women or about women… The first is Taking Up Space: A Guide to Escaping the Diet Maze by Amber “Go Kaleo” Rogers.  Amber has written for the site in the past with an article on Strength Training for Women.  She...

The Best Natural Birth Control Method

Best Natural Birth Control
By Matt Stone “Back then we didn’t have these fancy birth control methods. Like pulling out!” ~Pops; Dirty Work Everyone has their own criteria for determining what constitutes the BEST birth control method.  For some, that means the method that makes you the least likely to get pregnant.  For others, the best might be one that works very well and doesn’t make you...

Why is it Good to Warm Up Before Exercise?

How to do a proper warm up before exercise
By Matt Stone Sometimes powerful and important reminders come from the most ridiculous and unforeseeable places.  Like what happened to me yesterday for example.  I was in a bad mood while driving, and as I passed by the local dildo shop there was a guy flying a small kite outside in the parking lot.  Right there I was reminded to lighten up, and I immediately stopped brooding over what was...

Men… Don’t Let Your Woman Eat Salad!

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5 Reasons to Take Away Her Salad By Matt Stone Guys, don’t let your wife or girlfriend eat salad.  Or 100-calorie snack bars.  Or even that Special K stuff. Over the last 40 years the dieting mentality has managed to work its way into the DNA of the human female.  It’s hardwired from birth.  Whether this self-starvation programming comes from actual physical strands of genetic material is...

Soylent: Rob Rhinehart’s Childbrain

The movie "Soylent Green", directed by Richard Fleischer, based on the novel 'Make Room! Make Room!' by Harry Harrison.  Seen here, Charlton Heston as Thorn witnessing for the first time the beauty of Earth's past, being projected for Sol.  Initial theatrical release May 9, 1973.  Screen capture. © 1973 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Credit: © 1973 MGM / Flickr / Courtesy Pikturz. Image intended only for use to help promote the film, in an editorial, non-commercial context.
By Matt Stone “What about the one you lobotomized… Did he get a refund?”  ~Arnold, Total Recall I have absolutely no idea whatsoever what that quote has to do with this post.  But it’s worth repeating I know that. Folks, the future has arrived.  We have now ushered in the era of Soylent – the magical, lightly foamy, urine-colored food alternative.  Rob Rhinehart,...

Laughter and Health

laughter best medicine
By Julia Gumm The word “humor” comes from the ancient Greeks. It refers to the practice of “humoral medicine,” a school of thought that proceeded from the notion that the four fluids or “humors” of the body, in balance or not, were responsible for the ups and downs of human health. These four humors and their corresponding organs and elements were black bile (gallbladder, earth), blood (liver,...

Earth Runners Earthing Shoes

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The following, and everything published at 180DegreeHealth is NOT a paid promotion.  By Matt Stone I admit – I have dabbled in the world of peculiar health-oriented footwear – to some degree.  For a couple years I wore a pair of those fugly Vibram 5-Fingers shoes.  They were alright.  I used them mostly for hiking in mountains and desert – hard on the feet but good on the body,...

Hot Water vs. Cold Water Thermogenesis

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There is a growing trend in health circles about cold-water thermogenesis.  Cold water thermogenesis, or the idea behind it, is to submerge yourself in very cold water for a prolonged period – let’s say 20-30 minutes.  The objective is to encourage your body to produce more heat in response to this cold stimulation via increased thyroid output.  It’s theorized to be an...

The Best Way To Minimize Trouble Spots

minimize trouble spots
By Julia Gumm What’s that one part of your body you hate? Oh come on, I know you have one. For me, it’s always been my arms. Sure, I have issues with my tummy, my chin, my eyelashes…but really, the problem is my arms. Not willowy nor cut, these babies are chubby. They were chubby when I lifted weights. They were chubby when I did a ton of cardio. They were chubby when I did a ton of drugs....

Anxiety – A META Medicine Perspective

Anxiety Meta Medicine
By Bella Dodds of Higher Mind Health There have been great posts written on adrenal fatigue so I thought we could expand on this topic and look more closely into the body’s bio-logical purpose and response to stress… which then leads to symptoms like anxiety and adrenal fatigue. But before we jump right into looking for the bio-logical purpose, we first need to address the nebulous...

Low-Intensity Exercise Part III – Lactic Acid and Growth Hormone

growth hormone lactic acid aging diabetes anorexia
There isn’t a whole lot more that I wanted to say about low-intensity exercise other than for some indivuals, particularly those very sensitive to stress, may fare better keeping intensity level very low.  But I did want to get a few words in about lactic acid and growth hormone, as there is a huge blind infatuation with growth hormone these days. Growth hormone is far from being worthy of...
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