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Don Gorske Big Mac Prediction

Truth be told, I’m a little bit of a Don Gorske groupie. In November, on a trip to visit Aurora’s extended family in Wisconsin, I did go so far as to have a Big Mac in Gorske’s home of Fond Du Lac. I looked for the Mac Daddy, did not see him unfortunately, but took great comedic pleasure in enjoying my first Big Mac in about a year at a location in which perhaps the most...

Ancel Keys and The Biology of Human Starvation

What a read. It’s finally over. Returned to the local library and being sent back from whence it came. As most of you know, I’ve been working hard to get through this 2-volume, 1300 page opus peering into the physiological aspects of human starvation. I did so for two primary reasons:The first reason is that during starvation the basal body temperature drops, and a long list of...

Mattaroni and Cheeseslave

Ann Marie Michaels of the very popular http://www.cheeseslave.com/ blog interviewed me last week and the podcast is now up and awaiting to be heard.  My voice is kinda muffled and the thing went on for about a day and a half, but overall was quite an excellent interview.  I hope you enjoyz it.  Plenty in the podcast about the latest topics – like dieting worsening body...

Big Fat Lies In Britain Too, the Mouse Version

A recent article that’s gotten a lot of press and been made fun of by me exhaustively (which has confused many of you who got the impression that eating a low-fat diet starting in the 80’s caused the obesity epidemic), was an article entitled ?Big Fat Lies About Britain’s Obesity Epidemic.  This was the photo used for the article (not my random selection). This was a spin...

Omega 6 Content of Common Foods

By Matt Stone I’ve created quite a fuss lately about reducing the amount of omega 6 fatty acid in our diets. When I first came across information about increased tissue concentration of omega 6 fatty acids I had my doubts that it was really ‘so simple. As I’ve learned with other systems of the body, it’s rarely a simple matter of ?put x into the tank? and ?y happens....

Sarah Braun Vs. Rocky Balboa

I recently received an e-mail from a young woman who has been through the diet ringer as so many who have gravitated to 180DegreeHealth have.  From raw-foodie to low-carb Paleo, Sarah went through it all and got repeatedly punched in the face.  Just reading her story felt like I was on the receiving end of Mike Tyson or Rocky Balboa’s boxing gloves.  Extreme diets can...

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 more. 

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 the...

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!

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

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...

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?

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 a...

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,...