Posts Tagged: Metabolism

The Concentration Camp Diet

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I have a few thoughts about the good old low-calorie diet for weight loss if you haven’t noticed. In fact, I’ve gotten plenty of heat (no pun intended) for making allusions between what is recommended as a typical “healthy diet,” and the fare that was provided to residents at Nazi concentration camps (please don’t be offended, it is just simply a fact). This came to a head on the New York Times Health Well blog recently as they released an article about “main course salads,” each of which contained about 200 calories. I went off, saying that a person would have to eat about 7 of those salads per day to get the number of calories fed to concentration camp victims. I even plugged the recipe for one salad into… Read more »

Response to NY Times Article: What is Your Temperature? Rethinking 98.6

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Recently, an article with typical stupifying conclusions that only the New York Times could fumble to such a degree, was commented on by one Matt Stone.  No dickweeds, it is not okay that body temperatures are falling across the nation, that they typically fall as we age, and that it is “normal” to be low.  If I’ve learned anything about being an American citizen, the last thing you want to be is “normal” when it comes to diagnostic tests.  Anyway, here’s my response to the article: Ladies and gentlemen, what you’re talking about here is the epidemic of modern man. There is scarcely a single health problem that cannot be traced to a hypometabolic state. Just because body temperatures are low, and they typically fall with age, doesn’t mean that… Read more »

Secret Revealed – I am Stephen Colbert!

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Ha, ha, ha! Yes! Gina Kolata has appeared on the Colbert Report. It also appears that Colbert and I have the same sense of humor – alluding to Pat Robertson’s holy weight loss products and singing, “Do you like Gina Kolata?” Man that is weird. http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/86212/may-02-2007/gina-kolata For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about -sign up for the free membership at http://www.180degreehealth.com/ and read my eZine for October on Gina Kolata.

Summer Recap Part I

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My summer has been a flippin’ whirlwind. Apologies for the many highly-engaged followers who had many a question fall on deaf Matt ears. I’m back though. Full-throttle. I thought it would be interesting to give some highlights to what I’ve personally been doing and thinking about over the course of the summer – and how my health has been affected by my actions. This, of course, is not to be interpreted as any kind of incontrovertible proof – no different from my infamous FUMP experience. My personal adventures in diet and lifestyle certainly have an impact on my thinking. How could they not? Anyway, here’s what I’ve been up to. To make some extra bucks, and take a little reprieve from the computer screen, I took up another summer of… Read more »

Final Episode Follow-up

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Here are some comments that I received from last post from someone who contributed a “Low-Carb War Story.” Hi Matt,Thanks so much for commenting on my Carb War Story. It was the first one in the last series that you commented on. I have to say, your comments were not only helpful but hilarious. I especially love the one about my protein goal. As of right now things are starting to balance out. I was seriously bumming about all the weight I was gaining, but my ever so logical boyfriend reminded me of the big picture. I so appreciate you men folk for just this. You help us women folk put things into much needed perspective at times when the emotions get a little too out of control. Anyway, I… Read more »

Carb Wars: Episode II

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Here’s a compelling low-carb/paleo adventure from a 180 Member and frequent blog participant (my responses in red): Hi Matt, My low-carb story starts a long time ago. Knowing what I know now from reading the research of McCarrison and Pottenger on multi-generation metabolic decline I know it started at least with my grandmother and potentially before. My grandmother was raised on margarine and jam on white bread, vegetables cooked to a mush and ice cream by the pint. She lived that way all her life and raised my Mom that way. My Mom tried better with me, but there was still a lot of baked goods at home and I was “the fat kid” by age 3. Good insights. I agree completely. I’ve come across lots of overweight people who… Read more »

Appetite for Destruction

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As sort of a follow-up to the last post, an update on some general conclusions that have been ascertained over the years of research and blogging, is this puppy – “Appetite for Destruction.” First off, it pleases me tremendously to title something after an album that debuted at the exact same moment that high levels of testosterone debuted in my gonads as a young lad. The timing was perfect, and only the Metallica “One” video conjures up greater symbolism of manhood at that time in my life, after years of eagerly playing with He-Man dolls in anticipation of my impending man juice. Anyway, here are what I’m attempting to call “The 4 Pillars of Metabolic Ruin.” 1. The first pillar of metabolic ruin is nutritional deficiency. As one of the… Read more »