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Episode 12 – Decoding Cholesterol with Dave Feldman

Short summary: I talk to engineer Dave Feldman about what his dietary self-experiments taught him cholesterol in human physiology. His “N = 1” experimentation is not only very interesting and rigorous but most importantly, it cannot be explained by current mainstream notions in lipidology. We also discuss the implications that this may have for cardiovascular disease. Show notes: Dave Feldman is known as the Christian Bale of nutrition for his extreme self-experiments where he ate 5,000 kcals per day, or

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Episode 11 – Obesity: a bird’s eye view

Short summary: In episode 11 Gabor selects 2 papers on the physiology of migrating birds that fatten up for their voyage and we discuss what this can tell us about human obesity. The first paper is from 2002 by Bairlein and is called “How to get fat: nutritional mechanisms of seasonal fat accumulation in migratory songbirds” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12008967. The second is called “Adipose energy stores, physical work, and the metabolic syndrome: lessons from hummingbirds” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16351726 and is by Hargrove et al.

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What is the keto flu or low carb flu and what to do about it?

Keto flu symptoms, mitigation and getting over excess carbohydrates Any major dietary or lifestyle change has the potential to cause discomfort or lets face it, even mess you up for a bit. This is sometimes referred to as a ‘flu’. It’s the most common time during which people will quit their dietary or lifestyle shift as many simply feel they are unable to function without significant carbohydrates and snacking throughout day. Here we’ll discuss the major downside to starting a

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Episode 10 – Medical uses of ketogenic and low carb diets with Ellen Davis

Short summary: With guest Ellen Davis we discuss the many medical applications of ketogenic and low carb diets, all of which is explored in depth in her 3 books “Fighting Cancer with a Ketogenic Diet”, “The Ketogenic Diet for Type 1 Diabetes” and “Conquering Type 2 Diabetes with a Ketogenic Diet”. Show notes: • Ellen’s books “Fighting Cancer with a Ketogenic Diet”, “The Ketogenic Diet for Type 1 Diabetes” and “Conquering Type 2 Diabetes with a Ketogenic Diet” • Who

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Kickstart your basic keto diet

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What’s a basic keto diet? A basic keto diet is considerably higher in fat and lower in carbs than is typical of modern diets with pasta, bread and potatoes as their staples. Your protein intake will remain pretty much the same, although if in doubt, it may be wise to eat a little more considering many older Americans don’t get enough [x]. Plainly stated, this means most of your calories will come from fat, about a quarter from protein and

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Episode 9 – Amy Berger’s new book “The Alzheimer’s Antidote”, gluconeogenesis and exogenous ketones

Short summary: In her new book “The Alzheimer’s Antidote”, Amy Berger explains how improving one’s metabolism through a well-formulated low-carb high-fat diet is a worthwhile strategy to manage the disease. We then discuss how ‘excess protein’ is an overblown concern when it comes keeping adequately low blood sugar by not excessively stimulating gluconeogenesis. Lastly, we discuss the right and wrong reasons to sell and use exogenous ketones. Show notes: We first discuss Amy Berger’s background as a registered dietician, her

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Episode 8 – starch digestibility and limitations of the glycemic response

In episode 8 of the Break Nutrition show we discuss 2 papers which explore the glycemic, insulin and incretin responses and how the digestibility of starch as well as the apportioning of endogenous vs exogenous glucose comes into play. The paper from 2012 is “Slowly and rapidly digestible starchy foods can elicit a similar glycemic response because of differential tissue glucose uptake in healthy men” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22990033. The paper from 2015 is “Plasma glucose kinetics and response of insulin and GIP

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3 ways to measures ketones: which is best?

3 ways to measures ketones- which is best?

Intro: the age of Do-It-Yourself at-home medical technology The medico-technological age we’re in goes by many names, such as biohacking, self-experimentation or the quantified self. A lot of it is about tracking biochemical markers and performance metrics that can tell you something about your past and present state, usually in an attempt to predict or change it in the future. Ketones are one such biochemical marker of metabolism that can be measured in blood, breath and urine (see our What’s

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How ketogenesis and ketones Treat Inflammation

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Intro Inflammation is a biological mechanism our bodies use to deal with internal and external events, such as combatting infections, repairing tissues or mitigating the immediate consequences of a fractured bone. However, it often carries a negative connotation since many diseases provoke symptoms through the process of inflammation. So although it is absolutely necessary for keeping the human body functioning properly, like so many things in biology, too much or too little is the problem. Inflammation can be managed with

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Episode 7 – How processed starches affect metabolic responses

The first paper discussed is from 1989 and is called “Insulin and glycemic responses in healthy humans to native starches processed in different ways: correlation with in vitro alpha-amylase hydrolysis” Link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2667315 18 subjects eat 35g of starch that is either raw, gelled (boiled & cooled) or made into a paste (via mechanical extrusion). In vitro α-hydrolysis with α-amylase of differently processed starches correlate strongly (r2 = 0.95, p < 0.0001) with the glycemic and insulin responses of 18 human subjects

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