Sunday, February 26, 2012

My Interview With "Ask Bryan" Davis on his "Doc Fermento Discovers the World" Podcast is Now Up!

by Chris Masterjohn

Last Friday I recorded a podcast interview with "Ask Bryan" Davis, and it's now available for listening.  We talked mostly about cholesterol and fat-soluble vitamins, but also about my experience with vegetarianism, my encounter with T. Colin Campbell, the harms of micromanaging your diet, surviving in an academic environment, and the philosophy of science.  Below I've included a table of contents to help you navigate.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

My "Cholesterol 101" Q&A Podcast on "Ask the Low-Carb Experts" Is Now Available for Listening

by Chris Masterjohn

On Thursday evening I appeared live on Jimmy Moore's new "Ask the Low-Carb Experts" series to talk about "all things lipids" for an edition Jimmy has dubbed "Cholesterol 101."  There isn't much new material here, but there's a lot of application of the theories I've discussed to listeners' questions and anecdotes.  The recording is now available for downloading, and below I briefly discuss what I consider the most interesting case study we talked about and provide a table of contents for easy navigation.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

My Third Cholesterol Podcast with Chris Kresser Is Now Up: What to Do, If Anything, About High Cholesterol

by Chris Masterjohn

My latest podcast interview with Chris Kresser is now up.  We discuss therein what I consider the most likely reasons why someone switching to an ancestral diet would develop cholesterol levels outside the range of non-industrialized populations eating traditional diets rich in saturated fat and low in polyunsaturated fat, the upper range of which I consider to be about 220-250 for total cholesterol, with increases being of concern primarily when they are either greatly elevated above this range or when they are more moderate but constituted primarily by an increase of non-HDL-cholesterol so that the total-to-HDL-cholesterol ratio increases substantially.  

We discuss these not as causes of heart disease, but as metabolic markers.  For that reason, we discuss "good" reasons why this might happen transiently (such as correcting obesity or fatty liver) and "bad" reasons why it might happen more permanently, the latter of which require corrective action.  These "bad" reasons mainly include hypothyroidism secondary either to an elevated ratio of plant goitrogens to iodine (which I discussed in great detail in my Thyroid Toxins Special Report) or to excessive carbohydrate restriction.

This is new material, so I recommend listening to the whole show, but if you follow the link you will find a useful table of contents that will help you navigate to the part of the podcast that most interests you if you so choose.  There's even a full transcript for those inclined to read rather than listen.  I had a little cold when we recorded, so please excuse my voice if it sounds just a little bit nasal.  Here it is:


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