Thomas Seyfried PhD, a brain cancer researcher with over 25 years of experience in the field, gave a groundbreaking presentation about cancer at the Ancestral Health Symposium held at Harvard Law School this past August. The three main take-home points of his talk (spoiler alert!): 1.  Cancer is not caused by genetic mutations 2.  Cancer is a mitochondrial disease 3. [...]
Nightshades have a reputation as bad actors in a variety of chronic conditions, such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, and IBS. But what do we really know about how these foods affect our health?         Meet the Nightshade (Solanaceae) Family:  Tomatoes Eggplant Potatoes Goji Berries Tobacco Peppers (bell peppers, chili peppers, paprika, tamales, tomatillos, pimentos, cayenne, etc)  At first glance, [...]
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, affects about 4% of children and about 2% of adults. ADHD is a complex condition and poorly named, because it is not really an attention deficit—but rather an inability to regulate attention. People with ADHD have trouble directing attention to what’s most important, and sustaining that attention for as long as required. This can cause [...]
Gout, once called “the ailment of kings”, because it mainly afflicted those who could afford a “rich” diet, now affects more than 8 million nonroyal Americans. To what do we owe this dubious honor?  Is it because we are eating more meat than ever before?       What is gout?  Gout is a special type of arthritis in which [...]
Public health officials and nutrition experts love to sing the praises of the virtuous cruciferous vegetable family.  We are told that these pungent plants can fight off cancer, strengthen our immune system, and leap tall buildings in a single bound. But could crucifers have a dark side?   The cruciferous veggies (the Brassica family) dominate the produce aisle; many people may [...]
Can food stabilize mood?  Is there a diet out there that could prevent mania, mood swings, deep depressions, and uncomfortably anxious and agitated states? Sound far-fetched?  Maybe not. Dietary changes can have very powerful effects on brain chemistry.  Low carbohydrate diets, in particular, are fascinating.       KETOGENIC DIETS AND EPILEPSY When most people think of low-carbohydrate diets, they [...]
Most people think of acne as “hormonal”—a normal part of adolescence that often lingers long into adulthood.  However, while it is true that acne is hormonal, it is not normal and it is not inevitable.   We know this because people who eat a “Paleolithic” whole foods diet do not get acne.     Cultures as different from each other as [...]
Constipation / IBS-C are real problems which can cause significant inconvenience, discomfort, and even disability for some individuals.  For most people, these are likely to be food sensitivity problems, as opposed to irreversible pathological diseases. Chronic constipation is not an inevitable consequence of aging; it can usually be alleviated by knowing which foods are gumming up the works.     [...]
Meat-phobia is sweeping the country, and for good reason.  Alarming headlines proclaiming that meat, especially red meat, was put on this planet specifically to kill us, surely deserve our attention.  After all, how could all of those big studies conducted by intelligent scientists at prestigious institutions steer us wrong?     Even if the research weren’t so compelling, it stands [...]
Is your diet working against your thyroid gland?  Find out which foods interfere with healthy thyroid function and how to minimize your risk.     My apologies for the delay in posting this month–the end of the academic year is always quite busy, but now that summer is approaching, I hope to return to my usual 2 to 4 posts [...]
Hold on to your hats — this is going to be a wild ride…             This post is a detailed critique of the following study: Koeth RA et al.  Intestinal microbiota metabolism of L-carnitine, a nutrient in red meat, promotes atherosclerosis. Nature Medicine April 7 2013 [e-pub ahead of print]. The Hullabaloo over Hazen and Koeth’s [...]
We are taught that meat is an unhealthy, artery-clogging, fattening, cholesterol-raising, heart-attack inducing, constipating, tumor-producing food that should be avoided like the plague, and that a plant-based diet is the holy grail of health.     To the best of my knowledge, the world has yet to produce a civilization which has eaten a vegan diet from childhood through death, [...]
I’m happy with this experiment so far… Other than an Easter blip, this was a pretty good week. To read about week 1, click here. Day 8 (Thursday Mar 28) (day 2 of hormonal cycle) Weight:  152.7 lbs Body fat percentage (Tanita home scale):  35.5% Morning glucose:  81 Morning blood ketones:  0.8 Morning urine ketones:  small Morning blood pressure:  96/60 [...]
So far, so good…               Having attempted Prof Seyfried’s ketogenic diet recommendations for cancer patients and found them personally unsustainable, I took a 3-week break from ketone strips and blood glucose strips and scales and protein/fat/carb/calorie counting and, and, and…gained 10 pounds. I honestly couldn’t care less:)  Psychologically (and perhaps even biologically) I needed [...]
When it comes to food, age discrimination is a very good thing.             I am grateful to Dr. Judy Tsafrir for calling my attention to this important aspect of food sensitivities.  I recently wrote a series of blog posts documenting in (some would say horrifying) detail my personal attempt at an extreme ketogenic diet. Given [...]