About Me

Raphael Sirtoli

Raphael Sirtoli

Msc in Molecular Biologist

I co-founded Breaknutrition.com in 2017 to break down health and nutrition myths whilst building an interdisciplinary scientific hub for medical professionals, dietitians, research scientists and the public to continuously learn from one another. I’m responsible for all the scientific content up on Breaknutrition.com.

I’m Raphi Sirt on Facebook, @raphaels7 on Twitter and raphaels711 on Instagram.

Some of my favorite subjects and questions revolve around

  • Cancer
  • Paleolithic diets
  • Mitochondria (and metabolism more broadly)
  • Cold thermogenesis
  • The emergence of life on earth
  • Psychedelic medicines
  • Theories of consciousness

I approach medical and thus nutrition questions with the most powerful idea in biology, namely Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection. As powerful as this framework is, it’s not enough by itself, so I do my best to also apply this +400-year old method of figuring out the world called science, which “seeks to objectively explain the events of nature in a reproducible way”.

Most days that not, I practice what I preach. Here’s a bird’s eye of it.

Food: I don’t eat industrial seed oils, flours, refined sugars and do eat mostly meat and seafood, with a little fruit, dairy products, vegetables and nuts. It’s a low-carb or ketogenic diet.

Movement: I walk and hike every chance I get, follow principles from the Gymnastic Bodies program (hat tip to Robb Wolf), Crossfit, Olympic lifts, trail-run and play football/soccer every so often.

Sleep: I try to get to bed between 10pm and 11pm so that I don’t have to wake up with an alarm. I wear blue-light blocking glasses (as much as socially feasible!) and get as much sunlight I can first thing after waking up.

Community: I’ve learned to value human contact, whether that’s a smile, a hug or sex. I’m lucky to have found but also made an effort to surround myself with people who reciprocate love, have a sense of humor, who I can look up to and who make honesty.

I roll my eyes at motivational Instagram quotes but I will share this one excerpted from Theodosius Dobzhansky’s essay.

“Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution”

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