Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Melissa McEwen Says Women Need a "Manly Diet" the Most

by Chris Masterjohn

I've always found it ironic that young women are the most likely to avoid red meat or to tend towards vegetarianism while men are much more likely to stick to a "macho" diet rich in red meat, when in fact it is young women who are losing iron every month and need iron-rich foods like red meat the most.  Melissa McEwen makes the same point and adds that women are more likely than men to have problems converting the carotenes in plant foods to vitamin A that could otherwise be obtained in its final form from animal foods.  Here's her recent interview with Jimmy Moore:

The Livin La Vida Low-Carb Show: Mellisa McEwen Paleo Blogger From Hunt.Gather.Love

There's nothing intrinsically manly or macho about listening to your body and providing what it needs.  That's manly for a man and womanly for a woman.  It's the human thing to do.

Read more about the author, Chris Masterjohn, PhD, here.

Is Butter High in AGEs?

by Chris Masterjohn

A butter-loving reader posed the following question to me:
Thanks for all the work you do. Any chance you could post something on the AGE content of butter? Does it make a difference if AGEs are endogenously or exogenously produced? Thank in advance.
Suffice it to say he liked my answer.  I'll repeat it here, with a little more detail. 

Sunday, October 17, 2010

High-Fructose Corn Syrup is Sweet Poison, Honey Is Yummy -- Against "Pulling a Campbell"

I'm sure you've seen the commercials.  A spiffy salesman walks on screen, smiles, and says "Hi, I'm from the Corn Refiners Association, and I'm here to sell you the new American Dream.  You can have all the degenerative diseases of modern civilization in a package deal so cheap it's practically free.  All you have to pay for is the plastic bottle and the health care bill."

Well, they don't go quite like that.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Fermentation Does Not Neutrailize the Goitrogenic Effect of Soy -- It Makes It Worse!

by Chris Masterjohn

Sarah Pope of The Healthy Home Economist alerted me to the fact that Dr. Mercola has been spreading the myth that fermentation destroys the goitrogens in soy.  Nothing could be further from the truth. 

The isoflavones of soy, predominantly genistein and daidzein, are the estrogenic and goitrogenic toxins we are concerned about, and they exist in the unprocessed soybean attached to sugars.  We can only absorb the sugar-free form, and there is very little sugar-cutting activity in our intestines able to render these nasties absorbable.  Traditional fermentation, however, successfully frees many of these substances from their attached sugars and renders them more absorbable. 

Fermentation does lots of good things too, like break down the phytate and produce vitamin K2.  Excess iodine appears to protect against the goitrogenic effect of soy, but exactly how protective it is and at what range of soy intakes is still left to the unknown.  Therefore, soy should be consumed in moderation as well as with plenty of iodine.

Here is Sarah's blog post on the matter:

Mercola Confusion: Fermented Soy IS Goitrogenic

Here's the link to my Special Report, the most pertinent information from which Sara nicely summarized:

Thyroid Toxins: The Double-Edged Swords of the Kingdom Plantae

Honey post is coming.  Sorry for the delay!

Read more about the author, Chris Masterjohn, PhD, here.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Fatty Liver -- Behind Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome?

by Chris Masterjohn

Naturopath Dr. Bryan Walsh appeared on Sean Croxton's Underground Wellness show yesterday to talk about polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).  You can listen to the interview here.  He states that in his and his wife's experience PCOS is extremely common, and many women who would not be diagnosed with PCOS have "functional PCOS." 

He also stated that one of the main causes seems to be a liver that isn't working properly, and that many women begin to recover on liver support.  I don't know if there is any published research to back up a connection between liver function and PCOS, but it makes you wonder: could the epidemic of fatty liver disease that affects some 40 to 100 million Americans have something to do with the increasing incidence of PCOS?

Keep that vegetable oil off your salad and that high-fructose corn syrup-laden ketchup off your burger! 

Honey post coming soon.

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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Does Your Liver Look Like an Eskimo's Dinner? Fatty Liver is a Silent Epidemic

by Chris Masterjohn

Does your liver look like this?

All those white bubbles are fat droplets. 

I'm busier than a bumblebee right now, so unfortunately the high-fructose corn syrup post is going to have to wait till Tuesday.  Today I'll make a quick post about fatty liver disease. 

Friday, October 8, 2010

John Meadows Gets Jacked with Liver, Whole Eggs, and Red Palm Oil, and Wins "Mr. Ohio"

by Chris Masterjohn

The first article I ever wrote about nutrition was an article for the Fall, 2004 issue of Wise Traditions called "Vitamin A: The Forgotten Bodybuilding Nutrient," in which I argued that bodybuilders should eat nutrient-dense foods rich in vitamin A such as liver and cod liver oil in order to boost protein utilization and testosterone production.

John Meadows agrees, and he's more jacked than I'll ever be. 

Here's what he looks like with his shirt on:

Meadows is a "retired" bodybuilder who has won almost twenty state, regional, and national titles over the course of his career.  Just recently, he decided on a whim to get back in the game and compete in the Mr. Ohio championship.

Meadows got pumped up and shredded down with beef liver, raw and cooked whole eggs, red palm oil, and other great foods, with a few handy bodybuilding supplements thrown in.  He won Mr. Ohio in his weight class, and took second in the overall competition.

Here he is on the stage:

To reward himself, he splurged on ice cream and milk shakes for a few weeks after the show and gained at least a percent or two in body fat.  Yet when he went to Ohio State to have his body fat determined, he measured in at 4% using calipers and 6% under water.  They routinely measure the body composition of elite athletes but told him that he had the distinction of being the leanest guy they'd measured yet.

Meadows has for some time now been a big fan of the fat-soluble vitamins.  "If people only understood the unbelievable value of things like beef liver and red palm oil!" he wrote to me.  Indeed!

John runs the site MountainDogDiet.Com

I'm happy to have unearthed a few studies back in 2004 suggesting these foods might help a bro get pumped.  But compared to John I'm very fat and very skinny, so if you want any help making the beef liver and palm oil work its magic, I'd hit up his site and shoot him a message.

Read more about the author, Chris Masterjohn, PhD, here.

Precious Yet Perilous -- Understanding the Essential Fatty Acids

by Chris Masterjohn

My new article in the current Fall Wise Traditions is already up online, unexpectedly soon, and you can read it here:

Precious Yet Perilous -- Understanding the Essential Fatty Acids

It's jam-packed full of important information but is lighter, shorter, and easier to read than my PUFA Report Part I, is updated with a little bit of what is forthcoming in the long-awaited and to my enormous discredit very very late PUFA Report Part II, and is fun to read if you like histories and mysteries.


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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Sugar: The Bitter Truth -- A Must-See Lecture by Dr. Robert Lustig

by Chris Masterjohn

I'm a late-comer to this video so many of you may have already seen it, but if you haven't, check it out!  It's long, but once you start watching it, you won't want to stop. 

In Sugar: The Bitter Truth, Dr. Robert Lustig explains how fructose, at the high doses found in table sugar and high-fructose corn syrup, is metabolized just like alcohol, causes liver toxicity, and is likely the primary contributor to today's obesity epidemic.  Of course, the fact that sugar and high-fructose corn syrup are bad for you is nothing new, but trust me, this video excellent and is definitely a must-see.

I first found this lecture after listening to Dr. Lustig's interview with Jimmy Moore on the Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Show, a great show I've been on before.  Sean Croxton also interviewed him on his Underground Wellness show, which I've also been on in the past.  Dr. Lustig goes into greater detail on these shows about his research showing that pharmacologically blocking excess insulin in survivors of brain tumors caused them to spontaneously start eating less and exercising more, studies that launched his interest in fructose, insulin resistance, and obesity. 

Sean and Jimmy have a whole boatload of other great interviews too.


Read more about the author, Chris Masterjohn, PhD, here.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Vote for Your Ten Favorite Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Podcasts -- Mine Included!

by Chris Masterjohn

Hey all!

Jimmy Moore, the host of the Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Show is now taking nominations for the "Best Of" interviews of the past year.  You can nominate up to ten shows by sending your list to  Jimmy would love it if you'd send him not only your list of favorites but also a handful of specific questions you'd like him to ask these guests during "Encore Week."

Episodes 301-407 are eligible.  These include not only my own interview with Jimmy, but many other fantastic interviews including his brand new interview with Denise Minger, a great interview with Stephan Guyenet of Whole Health Source Blog, and a whole host of other great interviews.  You can find the archives here

If my interview was one of your top ten, I'd appreciate your vote, but even if not, vote anyway!  Jimmy's show is a great resource to an ever-growing audience and deserves our enthusiastic support.


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