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The True Root Causes of Cardiovascular Disease

Dr Jeffry N. Gerber, MD, FAAFP is a board-certified family physician and owner of South Suburban Family Medicine in Littleton, Colorado, where he is known as “Denver’s Diet Doctor”. He has been providing personalized healthcare to the local community since 1993 and continues that tradition with an emphasis on longevity, wellness and prevention. In this interview, Dr Gerber describes the major root causes of cardiovascular disease, the most important of which is insulin-resistant Type 2...

Duration: 00:46:42

How to Understand Glucose Regulation

Bryan Walsh, our favourite doctor, teacher and critical thinker is back on the podcast to talk about perhaps one of the most import of health topics: blood glucose regulation. Why care about blood glucose? Didn’t I test that already? Isn’t it time to move on and start thinking about something a bit sexier? In this interview, Bryan argues no, and that the low hanging fruit remains whilst many practitioners move onto the harder to reach or less important interventions. I’m looking at you,...

Duration: 01:00:35

The D-BHB Ketone Monoester Is Here

This episode brought to you by Rock Lobster Cycles, beautiful bicycles handbuilt in Santa Cruz, California. In our last interview, scientist and world champion rower Dr Brianna Stubbs had recently successfully defended her PhD in Biochemical Physiology and reached a juncture in her career. Ten months later, Brianna has retired from professional rowing but continues her passion for biochemistry with San Francisco based nootropics company HMVN where she is working to commercialise the D-BHB...

Duration: 01:07:57

A Ketogenic Diet Extends Longevity and Healthspan in Adult Mice

Our Scientific Director Megan Hall (née Roberts) recently had some of the work from her Master’s degree published in the journal Cell Metabolism, which is seriously impressive. The paper appeared on Science Daily, and generally caused a bit of a stir in the low carb community. As we have direct access to the horse’s mouth, I’ve asked Megan to join me in this episode of the podcast to summarise the findings and give some thoughts on how it might relate to human health. Here’s the outline...

Duration: 00:56:09

Ketones, Insulin and the Physiology of Fat Cells

Dr. Ben Bikman is an Associate Professor of Physiology & Developmental Biology at Brigham Young University. He has a PhD in Bioenergetics and did his postdoctoral work in Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases such as obesity. In this interview with Dr. Tommy Wood, MD, PhD, Ben talks about his recent tenureship and research on the metabolic effects of insulin and ketones on fat cells. Also discussed are two schools of thought in obesity research and how both groups may be right about...

Duration: 00:45:43

The High-Performance Athlete with Drs Tommy Wood and Andy Galpin

Andy is a tenured Professor in the Center for Sport Performance at California State University Fullerton, and Director of the Biochemistry and Molecular Exercise Physiology Laboratory. Having previously been a competitive football player, weightlifter, and martial artist, Andy now uses what he learns in his research to help amateur and elite or Olympic athletes in multiple sports, from UFC to the NFL. Andy recently co-authored a book with Brian MacKenzie and Phil White called Unplugged....

Duration: 00:57:50

How to Fuel for Your Sport (with Obstacle Course Racing as an Example)

In this special episode, NBT client Ryan Baxter takes over the mic to ask Dr Tommy Wood, MD, PhD, some excellent questions around fuelling for Obstacle Course Racing (OCR). Whilst Tommy’s answers are somewhat specific to OCR, all athlete may find some helpful tips here. Below are the questions that Ryan asked, and a summary of Tommy’s response. Q: Diet can be like politics or religion, how do you effectively communicate your ideas about how athletes should fuel? Q: What is the most...

Duration: 00:50:22

Recap: Icelandic Health Symposium 2017

This interview with Dr Tommy Wood, MD, PhD was recorded in person, September 2017 the day after the Icelandic Health Symposium conference on longevity. The conference speakers were Rangan Chatterjee, Lilja Kjalarsdóttir, Satchidananda Panda, Ben Greenfield, Bryan Walsh, Doug McGuff, and Diana Rogers. You could listen to this podcast for a recap and commentary on the conference and the practitioner workshop that took place the day after the presentations. Here’s the outline of this...

Duration: 01:18:10

How to Create Behaviour Change

Simon Marshall, PhD, trains the brains of endurance athletes and fitness enthusiasts to become happier and more mentally tough. He is former Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego and Professor of Exercise Science at San Diego State University where he was Director of the Graduate Program in Sport & Exercise Psychology. He has published over 100 scientific articles on the psychology of exercise and has been cited in the scientific literature...

Duration: 01:09:48

How to Reverse Insulin Resistant Type Two Diabetes in 100 Million People in Less Than 10 Years

For decades we’ve heard that diabetes prevention is simple—lose weight, eat less, and exercise more. But something is wrong with the conventional wisdom. Nearly 115 million people live with either diabetes or prediabetes in the United States, and that number is growing. It is time to reverse this trend. Virta was founded in 2014 with the goal of reversing diabetes in 100 million people by 2025. They have made this possible through advancements in the science of nutritional biochemistry...

Duration: 01:02:47

National Cyclocross Champion Katie Compton on Ketosis and MTHFR

When a 13-time National Champion reaches out to say that she’s been enjoying your podcast, there’s only one thing you can do: invite her onto the show. I love to spend time talking to elite athletes to find out what makes them tick, and one trait I’ve seen consistently in cyclists is they spend a lot more time maintaining the engine than they do worrying about equipment. Frequently, and like me, the athlete is forced to be their own health detective. Never was this truer than for Katie,...

Duration: 00:50:49

The Most Reliable Way to Lose Weight with Dr Tommy Wood

Solving a problem requires understanding what caused it, and rarely is it good enough to move straight to remediation. The same applies to weight (fat) loss, and in this podcast, Dr Tommy Wood, MD, PhD and me discuss the underlying causes of over fatness and draw on three specific examples that represent common patterns we’ve seen in the 1,000 athletes we’ve worked with over the past three or four years. Here’s the outline of this interview with Dr Tommy Wood: [00:00:13] Podcast: Mind...

Duration: 01:02:27

How to Avoid the Cognitive Middle Gear

James Hewitt is Head of Science & Innovation at Hintsa Performance. His work includes consulting with Formula 1 drivers and teams, work in elite sport and with global corporations, a wide-range of written articles, presentations, keynotes and workshops in Europe, the United States and Asia. In this interview with Dr Tommy Wood, James discusses a polarised approach to cognitive performance, arguing that time spent in the middle gear is time wasted. James also explains why smartphones are...

Duration: 00:55:29

How to Move Well and Feel Good with Aaron Alexander

Aaron Alexander has been professionally working with clients of all ages seeking a variety of goals from pain relief to improved athletic performance for over 10 years. He is currently seeing clients at his office, Align Therapy, inside of Crossfit LA, Santa Monica. Aaron began the journey as a nationally certified personal trainer specializing in corrective exercise and nutrition consultation. During that time Aaron studied psychology at the University of Hawaii. Soon after, he evolved...

Duration: 01:17:22

Radical Candor™ with Dr Tommy Wood

Radical Candor™ is the ability to Challenge Directly and show you Care Personally at the same time. Radical Candor will help you and all the people you work with do the best work of your lives and build the best relationships of your career. Two nearly universal experiences make Radical Candor unnatural. One, most people have been told since they learned to talk some version of “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” When they become a boss, the very thing they have...

Duration: 00:46:40

Mind Pump Simulcast

Last weekend Tommy flew from Seattle to San Jose to record with me in person for the Mind Pump podcast, and since it went so well, I thought I’d air the discussion on my show too. If you’re new to Mind Pump, I’d highly recommend you give it a listen. Sal, Justin and Adam record in a purpose-built studio and educate on all things health and fitness with an emphasis on strength, conditioning and critical thinking. In this episode, Sal asks Tommy some great questions on food quality versus...

Duration: 01:54:23

How to Knock 3.5 Hours off Your IRONMAN Time

Kristian Manietta is a husband, dad, coach, coeliac, life athlete, entrepreneur and host of the Fat Black podcast. Over the past 11 years, Kristian has helped hundreds of triathletes achieve and even greatly surpass their goals using methods both traditional and unconventional… with the balance more skewed to unconventional. I wanted to get Kristian on to talk about his incredible journey from pro snowboarder to average triathlete to sub 9-hour IRONMAN finisher. Like me and many other of...

Duration: 00:59:30

Off Road Triathlon World Champion Lesley Paterson on FMT and Solving Mental Conundrums

Three times XTERRA World Champion Lesley Paterson is the “little Scottish lassie who packs a mean punch.” In this interview, Lesley talks briefly about her early triathlon days and later success in the offroad world. I wanted to get Lesley on for two reasons, first, because I knew she’d been working with Chris Kresser and the Taymount Clinic to resolve longstanding gut and Lyme issues. Secondly, I wanted Lesley to talk about her new book, The Brave Athlete: Calm the F*ck Down and Rise to...

Duration: 00:50:33

Abel James on the Use and Abuse of Marketing in Health and Fitness

After completing high school and college in just six years, Abel James graduated as a Senior Fellow with Honors at Dartmouth College with a concentration in Psychological and Brain Sciences. Despite some early successes in his life, in his early 20’s, Abel James found himself facing failure. Financially stressed, over-trained, over-worked, 30 lbs overweight and suffering a devastating loss due to an apartment fire, his health came crashing down and he found himself at rock bottom. As a...

Duration: 00:55:56

Creating Change in Public Health

Sam Feltham has been in the health and fitness industry for over a decade. He started out as a party coordinator at a sports centre and worked his way up to study at the European Institute of Fitness and qualified as a Master Personal Trainer. After 5 years of running a fitness boot camp business and a successful podcast called Smash The Fat, Sam decided to move away from that business in order to fully focus on improving public health by setting up and directing the Public Health...

Duration: 00:46:37

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