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Why Cholesterol Levels Have No Effect on Cardiovascular Disease (And Things to Think about Instead)

Dr. Malcolm Kendrick is a medical doctor, author, speaker, and sceptic living in Cheshire, England. His evidence-based arguments refute the lipid hypothesis and other ideas related to chronic illness that has resulted in a pervasive culture of fear and misinformation. His popular blog features an ongoing series of posts on the real causes of heart disease, pointing to endothelial damage as a causal factor and nitric oxide as vital for preserving health. Dr. Kendrick is with us to share...


Rethinking Positive Thinking

Psychologist, researcher and author Gabriele Oettingen, PhD. has been studying human behaviour for over 30 years, with a focus on goal setting and turning positive fantasies into reality. She has written over 150 scientific articles and book chapters relating to social and personality psychology, developmental and educational psychology, and health and clinical psychology on the topics of thinking about the future and the control of cognition, emotion, and behaviour. During the course of...


How to Use Wearable Technology to Track Training and Recovery

Don Moxley is an exercise physiologist and the Sports Scientist for the Ohio State University Wrestling Team. With a passion for teaching and coaching, he specializes in fitness and athletic assessment, training, and performance optimization. Under his guidance, the OSU team won their first-ever National Championship in 2015, and individuals on the team have gone on to win national titles and Olympic medals. His strategy involves analyzing Heart Rate Variability (HRV) and other biomarkers...


The Dog as the Ultimate Health Upgrade (an Introduction for Pre-Contemplators)

Of all the things I’ve done to improve my own health, getting a dog has been one of the most important. Today’s podcast is really an informal conversation with my good friend, FDN practitioner and health coach, Toréa Rodriguez. Toréa has been on the podcast several times, and today we’re focusing on the many benefits of having a dog, which truly spans far beyond companionship. We discuss making the leap from contemplating dog ownership to actually making the commitment, as well as dog...


How to Drop Your Cholesterol

Dave Feldman is a software engineer who discovered for himself the benefits of a ketogenic diet in April 2015, experiencing what he describes as “seven blissful months” - until getting some labs back that included a 300+ total cholesterol. He learned he was a “hyper-responder,” which inspired him to learn all he could about cholesterol and the lipid system. For the last 2.5 years he’s been using self-experimentation methods to meticulously adjust dietary macronutrient ratios in order to...


How Not to Die of Cardiovascular Disease

Ivor Cummins is a Biochemical Engineer who in 2012 was disturbed by a set of his own abnormal blood test results. Consultation with multiple doctors yielded little insight into the cause of his elevated cholesterol, ferritin and GGT so he turned to his analytical roots to study the problem. In the process, he evaluated hundreds of scientific papers, ultimately concluding that that flawed hypotheses and a breach of the scientific method have resulted in the current “diabesity”...


How to Optimise Nutrition for Pregnancy

Lily Nichols, RDN, CDE, CLT is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist and author, and she’s back on the podcast today to talk about her latest book, Real Food for Pregnancy. Her aim is to impact the health of the next generation by getting better nutrition information into the hands of expecting moms. She believes that all pregnant women stand to benefit from a nutritionally-complete diet based on whole, unprocessed foods, and notes that the standard U.S. prenatal dietary guidelines are...


Optimal Diet and Movement for Healthspan, Amplified Intelligence and More with Ken Ford

Dr. Kenneth Ford is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC), a research institute that is home to world-class scientists and engineers focused on building technology that extends human cognition, perception, locomotion and resilience. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Tulane University and is the author of hundreds of scientific papers and six books, with interests in an array of areas including artificial intelligence,...


How to Measure Readiness to Train

Val Nasedkin is the Co-Founder & Vice President of Business Development for Omegawave, a company that merges the fields of neurology, cardiology, and exercise physiology with mobile computer technology. Using EKG, HRV, and DC potential measurements, Omegawave devices offer sports-specific outputs on readiness to train and guidance for achieving specific physiological adaptations. Their technology has been used by multiple Olympic Federations; premier soccer teams such as FC Barcelona;...


Why We Self-Sabotage (And What to Do Instead)

Author, educator, and psychologist Simon Marshall, PhD, is back on the podcast today to discuss the profound impact of mindset on athletic performance. He describes the driving forces behind self-sabotage and exercise addiction and actually sheds light on some of my own cognitive barriers to winning. Simon’s brilliance truly lies in his ability to identify unseen barriers to performance and harness the power of the mind to maximize athletic potential. I’m thrilled to announce that Simon...


The Epidemic We Don’t Talk About

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that for the second year in a row the life expectancy in the US has declined - a change that is largely influenced by an increase in drug overdose among young people. Everyone in every community has been affected by addiction in one form or another - an alcoholic parent, a teen in rehab, or maybe a spouse addicted to pornography. Erik Kerr, the Co-Founder of Clear Health Technologies is here to talk about the massive...


Machine Learning for Blood Chemistry Interpretation

We’ve switched things up for this episode, with Dr. Bryan Walsh asking the questions and me on the other side of the microphone. We’re talking about our new Blood Chemistry Calculator – the product of lab data from tens of thousands of people and a machine learning algorithm called XGBoost. The calculator analyzes a simple, inexpensive set of blood markers for patterns and immediately forecasts the probability that you’ve got any of a long list of deficiencies, overloads, and even...


How to Manage Testosterone and Estrogen in Athletes

Dr. Ben House, PhD. is a Nutritionist (CN), Functional Diagnostic Nutrition (FDN) practitioner, and Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner (CFMP), as well as a strength coach and the owner of Functional Medicine Costa Rica. He has a passion for researching, writing, and teaching, and hosts professional and wellness retreats in the Jungle of Uvita, Costa Rica. Today Ben is talking with Dr. Tommy Wood, MD, PhD, about his pragmatic approach to health coaching and training. They discuss...


Brain Training for the Primal Keto Endurance Athlete

Writer and researcher Lindsay Shaw Taylor, PhD, joined the Primal Blueprint team in 2015, collaborating with Mark Sisson of Mark’s Daily Apple to deliver content on the topics of health, science, and primal living. Lindsay earned her doctorate in 2008 in Social and Personality Psychology with a focus on self-evaluation and goal pursuit. Her education and personal experience with Primal living is applied daily as she moderates the new and thriving Keto Reset Facebook group, offering...


Health Outcome-Based Optimal Reference Ranges for Cholesterol

To interpret lab results your typical doctor will use standard reference ranges that are based on averages from a random sample of people. Your labs are compared to these ranges to evaluate your health status and to guide potential treatment. If reference ranges have such an important role, wouldn’t it make sense to have them reflect optimal health rather than typical health? We’re looking at some recent and large-scale studies today that suggest your cholesterol numbers don’t mean what...


Risk Assessment in the Genomic Era: Are We Missing the Low-Hanging Fruit?

Doctor Bryan Walsh is back with us today, discussing the diagnostic benefits of a simple blood chemistry. He says the results of common and inexpensive lab panels can be mined for meaningful health information, potentially saving patients a lot of time and money on testing – that is, if you know what these blood markers actually mean (and your average doctor probably doesn’t). Fortunately for us, Bryan knows and loves to teach. In this podcast, he shares a bit about his own journey - what...


Machine Learning for Arrhythmia Detection

Dr. Gari Clifford, DPhil has been studying artificial intelligence (AI) and its utility in healthcare for two decades. He holds several prestigious positions in academia and is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Emory University and an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. We met him at the San Francisco Data Institute Conference in October where he chaired sessions on Machine Learning and Health. Gari recently held a...


Everything You Wanted to Know about Detoxification

Doctor and educator Bryan Walsh is back with us to discuss his latest area of focus: detoxification. Our environment is awash in pollutants and toxic compounds resulting largely from modern industrial and agricultural practices and products. These are known to interrupt normal biological functioning, commonly acting as carcinogens and endocrine disruptors. Short of escaping the grid and hunkering down on a mountain somewhere, how should we best deal with this toxic onslaught? Many...


How to Gratitude Journal

UJ Ramdas is the Co-founder of Intelligent Change, Co-Creator of the Five Minute Journal - a simple and effective tool to help you get reliably happier. He cares deeply about the intersection of behaviour and business and loves reading, coffee and meditation. Perform better, have a better day, and sleep better. UJ is with us today to discuss how you can experience these benefits and more using tools he created with his company, Intelligent Change. UJ has a background in behavioural...


Kale vs Cow: The Case for Better Meat

Diana Rogers, RD, LDN, NTP, is a “real food” nutritionist, international speaker, and writer who lives on a working organic farm in Carlisle, Massachusetts. She is also a consultant to some of the most influential people in the ancestral health world and the host of the Sustainable Dish Podcast. We met her in September when she presented at the annual conference of the Icelandic Health Symposium hosted by Dr. Tommy Wood, MD, PhD. In this interview with Tommy, she discusses her current...


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