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Histamine Intolerance: Understanding Its Cause and Symptoms
If you find yourself struggling with allergy-like symptoms, popping antihistamines like Tic Tacs, or just think there's the possibility you might be getting a reaction but can't quite pinpoint it, then this blog is for you. Let’s start with understanding what histamine is and how it works in the human body. What is Histamine Histamine is a natural compound in the body that can also be found in a certain food. It is released by cells in the body for many important functions. It triggers the release of gastric acid in the stomach to regulate the digestive system. It acts as a neurotransmitter which is very important in the brain function and nervous system. It is the body defense mechanism that signals the immune cells to fight foreign invaders. It also plays a key role in our alertness. So when people take an antihistamine such as Benadryl, Zyrtec, Claritin, and any other Loratrodine derivatives, they often feel drowsy because these antihistamine molecules are blocking the histamine that allows us to be alert. Histamine intolerance: Understanding Its Cause and Symptoms Histamine intolerance is not an allergy to histamine itself, but a sign that the body has too much histamine. As described above, Histamine is very important in our body but most people think of it as a problem. What they don’t realize is that histamine only becomes a problem when the body has too much of it, an overload. Your body has two enzymes that keep levels in check, naturally allowing it to process and metabolize excess histamine build-up. Diamine oxidase (DAO) is one of the enzymes that help break down excess histamine in our body. It is released when eating food that is rich in histamine. For some people with DAO deficiency, their body may not be able to produce enough DAO to break down excess histamine. When the body accumulates too much histamine, you will have a buildup of histamine that develops to Histamine Intolerance which is commonly associated with food allergies. Histamine N-methyltransferase (HNMT) is the second histamine-metabolizing enzyme expressed in the central nervous system. This plays an important role in degrading histamine and in regulating the airway response to histamine. Symptoms of Histamine Intolerance? Symptoms of histamine intolerance may look like an allergic reaction but the only way to be sure is to have a medical test. You may experience sneezing, hives on the skin, itch, flushed skin, red eyes but most alarming is when histamine contributes to anaphylaxis, a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction… Histamine intolerance is something you may be living with, but you don't have to! To address the symptoms, people usually go to drug stores for antihistamine. This is a huge mistake, not just masking the symptom of the bigger underlying problem but also putting your long term health at risk. Antihistamines will reduce your body’s response to higher levels of histamine, but they will also inhibit your alertness, cognition and in some cases can cause permanent memory loss. It can help but they also can inhibit the function of the enzymes which metabolize histamines. It could be that you're reducing the amount of DAO in your body that's actually able to metabolize the build-up of histamine in your body. Instead of treating the symptom, you should be looking at the root cause, solving the source of the problem, not just addressing the symptoms and putting Band-Aids on the broken situation. Understanding its root cause and how to treat it is a valuable step toward greater vitality and lowering this response in your body. In this case, histamine intolerance is typically something you can actually work on through your diet. There are a lot of foods that are higher in histamine. If you suspect that you have histamine intolerance then adjusting your diet to minimize your consumption of the histamine rich foods is one of the best steps to treat this. You don’t have to completely stop eating these (although once you experience lower histamine and how you feel you may realize they’re not worth it) but be careful and limit your consumption of the foods that could trigger the build-up of your histamine. Rich-histamine Foods and Beverages Eggplant, Avocado, Spinach, Tomatoes, Beans Aged Fruits (Pineapple, Bananas, Most Citrus fruits, Nuts) Dried fruits like apricots, prunes, dates, figs, raisins Some fish (mackerel, anchovies, sardines, tuna..etc) Pork, Sausages, Bone broth All Fermented foods (sauerkraut, vinegar, soy sauce, kefir, yogurt, kombucha) Eggs, Cheese Green Tea Alcohol Vinegar and vinegar containing foods like olives and pickles Sour foods like sour cream, buttermilk, sourdough bread Leftovers Chocolate Cured or Smoked Meats *Take note I’ve bolded many popular Carnivore Diet items which can still be exceptionally high in histamine. One should be careful with how to consume and prepare these items, and in some cases consider eliminating, especially if you’re sensitive and experiencing high histamine symptoms. In general, aged, preserved, and fermented foods have much higher histamine while fresh meat, fresh fruits, and vegetables have much lower histamine. The other thing is to consider adding in something that can fuel your kidneys to help them produce more DAO. You can supplement the kidney. If I know I’m personally going to be consuming a higher histamine diet I will proactively add in kidney supplements with those foods. Consider ancestral supplements kidney. The main takeaways here are: histamine intolerance is something to be treated at the source, not masked. Histamine plays key functions in our alertness, immune function, and overall vitality. The primary causes are foods and environment (allergens). We have great control to reduce several of these variables and by avoiding these things, our bodies will naturally heal and thrive without the side effects and long term consequences of consuming antihistamines.
How I Tripled My Testosterone Level in 3 Weeks
Testosterone is a hormone produced by the human body that is an anabolic steroid.. Although it is a hormone men are more focused on females also need and produce a small amount of testosterone. It is often associated with our sex drives and it plays an important roles in several other key health functions. The normal range of testosterone may vary depending on your age and if you’re male or female. For males, healthy ranges are usually between 300 - 1000 ng/dL while for females, it is 20 - 80 ng/dL. Testosterone levels decrease naturally as you age, however there are things that you can do to boost or maintain the amount of testosterone levels in your body. I’ve checked my testosterone levels several times since going on the Carnivore Diet.. Testosterone levels in the human body fluctuate depending on the time of day. Normally, levels peak hour early in the day. Testing it around 2 hours after you wake up could be a lot higher than testing it later in the afternoon. To get more accurate results, I was consistently taking a lab test around 3-4 hours post wake up. 6 months before I started the carnivore diet my total testosterone level was 687.5 ng/dL. After being on a carnivore diet for about 5 months, it went down to 315 which is on the low side. Generally, healthy levels are above 500 for someone of my body fat and age, and ideally north of 600 a few hours post wake. After I had my results, I decided to make a few adjustments to optimize my testosterone levels and I was successful. I was able to raise it from 315 to 911 in just a few weeks. Here's How Tripled My Testosterone Level in 3 Weeks 1. Increased my calories I was on OMAD (One Meal A Day) for about 6-8 weeks leading to my fasted blood draw when I did my first test being on a Carnivore Diet. I was doing 22 hours fast and eating around 1800 - 2000 calories a day and saw my bloodwork result with a lower testosterone level of 315 ng/dL. After tracking and looking at my macros, I found that my actual daily target for calories at 155 lbs of weight is 2600-2700 calories a day. So I was around 20-30% lower than the actual energy consumption I needed. Eating at a deficit led me to think that my body was less interested in building and more interested in conserving. .I decided to open my eating window to increase my calories at a higher level. I still do a fast but only for 12-16 hours instead of doing a 22 hour. Caloric restriction can be great for longevity. Doing OMAD can be awesome for certain things like cancer prevention, disease and cleaning up the body for repair, but too much restriction could also affect your hormones, reduce your fertility, and weaken your energy levels. It can be beneficial in a short period of time but if you’re looking to have optimized testosterone for libido, recovery for strength and for building muscle mass, you’ll want to avoid being in a deficit. 2. Increased my Fat intake I was eating a lot of steak and red meat when I discovered that the actual fat macro percentage in my diet and the amount of calories I was getting from fat was only around 50%. I decided to up my fat intake 70-80% of my calories to see if this would improve my hormones. To do this I started adding in egg yolks. I also discovered suet and beef fat prior. Before, I was eating Tallow which was rendered melted processed fat and I found that my gut would get uneasy and feel discomfort when I eat too much liquid fat. I believe that when you’re eating fat that has been liquified or melted down and processed, it releases more bile salts from your gallbladder and hits your small intestine quicker and triggers your gut and your body isn’t adapted to handle fat in that way. But if it’s raw and not melted, I can eat 100g of suet, 900 calories of fat in one serving without having any problem with gut issues. After I added egg yolks, suet and fat trimming into my diet, my fat macro increased from 50% to 70-80% and I started noticing more energy. Having 20-30% of protein and 70-80% of fat is more ketogenic than having 50% of protein and 50% fat. 3. Optimized my Sleep Sleep is one of the most important things to hormone health. Getting to bed between 9 and 10 at night is the most optimal approach because it allows you to hit the 10pm to 2am window when your hormones and your recovery sleep are most optimized. Going to bed earlier certainly can be the best way to get the best quality of sleep, but in my experience it's also the fastest to create anxiety and destroy a social life and just limit your opportunity to hang out with people and socialize. It’s a challenge because if you’re trying to optimize your sleep, it’s important to have a consistent sleep schedule and you have a deep sleep regimen but you don’t want to feel anxiety of not being able to socialize. In this case I really focused on getting 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. I tried to keep it more consistent. I also wore bluelight blocking glasses to respect my melatonin production. I use RaOptics or Uvex safety goggles once the sun is down and you’re exposed to artificial blue light. The idea here is that when the sun goes down, the eye in the human body is not supposed to be seeing blue lights from exposures to screens, computers, laptops, TVs and cell phones. When your eyes are exposed to bluelight it prevents your body from realizing that it’s time to produce hormones that allow you to recover and get deeper sleep, producing more testosterone. I recommend wearing blue blockers during the evening hours, a few hours prior to sleep to help your body realize that it’s time for you to produce the right hormones and get the right amount of sleep to optimize your testosterone production. Going out wearing blue blocking glasses could be a lot better than going out with no protection and just experiencing all the bluelight directly in your eyes. Without it, you’re just signalling to your body to stay up and mess up your hormone production that needs to produce testosterone. Sleep is definitely one of the main things your body uses to clean out your brain and recover your body. And the majority of testosterone is produced while you’re sleeping. When you deprive yourself of sleep studies [..]show that you’re actually reducing your testosterone. There are so many reasons to focus on sleep. I actually wrote a book titled Sound Sleep that dives deep into sleep optimization, insomnia and the benefits in our body. Ultimately quality sleep is critical to achieve optimal health. Those are the three main things I did that tripled my testosterone levels in just 3 weeks. I was retested around 3-4 months after and was over 700. I’m fairly confident if you implement these adjustments you’ll notice improvements for yourself. Other things you can do to boost testosterone Get foods Rich in Zinc and Magnesium Zinc - is an essential mineral that is present in our body which supports your immune system. It has a lot of benefits in our body such as fighting off infections, producing cells and increasing your testosterone levels. Zinc deficiency causes delayed sexual maturation, impotence and hypogonadism in males. Zinc is rich in the Carnivore Diet. You can start eating foods that are rich in zinc such as oysters, red meat and poultry. Don’t be fooled by the misleading low bioavailability of high zinc levels in plant foods. Many of these foods also have phytic acid when consumed which binds to this critical mineral. Get Saturated Fat Saturated fat has been demonized by epidemiologists for decades. They’ve been linking it to a cardiovascular disease for decades. But the evidence on the health effects of saturated fat intake is far from conclusive. In fact, it plays a lot of vital roles in our body chemistry such as improving the immune system, protecting us against free radical damage and increasing the testosterone productions. Here are some of the healthy food where you can get high saturated fat: Get Sunlight We already know that sunlight triggers the production of Vitamin D which regulates the absorption of calcium. UVB from sun exposure on your skin is the biggest source of Vitamin D3. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin but it’s not just a vitamin, it is a prohormone. It’s actually a precursor of all hormones. It operates like a leader in the hormones in the body. It is critical in your immune system and your testosterone levels. You can get Vitamin D from a small number of foods but the majority of it comes from sunlight. Forget about your skin doctor who only concerns themself with protecting your skin, the overall benefits of sun exposure far outweigh the small risks of skin exposure. Limit Alcohol Alcohol is one of the worst things you can consume if you’re looking to optimize your testosterone levels. Consider minimizing consumption. It disrupts your body’s natural hormones, it disrupts sleep, it is toxic in your body and it’s high in histamine. It can be fun and create social bonding but if you’re dealing with testosterone issues, considering cutting back on alcohol. Cut Out Refined Carbs & Sugar Refined carbohydrates and seed oils destroy human health and have been shown to reduce testosterone levels. People who reduce these often see improvements in testosterone levels as well. Not to mention a whole slew of other health benefits beyond just improved T. And that covers a LOT of the major variables to naturally raising your testosterone levels. If you do these things, not only will see increases in T, but you’ll also see improvements in several other areas, energy, recovery and libido. If you found this helpful, please share it, subscribe to our newsletter, Youtube channel and follow me on IG to keep up with the lastest things I’m testing. @KarnivoreKurt
Carnivore Diet Result: 12 Months Bloodwork
It was over a year ago when I started the Carnivore Diet and I think it is a tremendously powerful tool for a lot of individuals who are suffering from anxiety, gut issues, and autoimmune disease. I myself was suffering from gut issues and anxiety and I really didn’t know what to do until I learned how to get optimized through the Carnivore Diet. What is the Carnivore Diet? The Carnivore Diet is the elimination of most common foods such as fruits and vegetables. It is a diet constructed purely of animal foods. Yes, you read that right. Carnivore Diet means eating only meat and other animal-derived foods such as fish, dairy and eggs. Many individuals who are interested in this diet may have concerns that it is unhealthy and incomplete. For those concerned, I've pulled my bloodwork to show you how it affects my body and how the biomarkers have evolved after being carnivore for over a year. If you are as skeptical as I was of the Carnivore diet and the risks of removing fruits and vegetables in order to get complete nutrition then this article may help by sharing more specifics, my lab results and their interpretation with Dr. Paul Saladino (CarnivoreMD) Carnivore Diet Result: 12 Months Bloodworks Before digging into my lab results, let’s first dive into understanding some of the most common markers you may want to check. High-sensitivity C-Reactive Protein (hs-CRP) It is used to detect an increase in protein in the blood. High CRP is a non-specific inflammatory marker that the liver produces in response to inflammation the body is reacting to. hs-CRP Reference Range:
Optimal: less than 1.0 mg/L
Moderate: 1.0 to 3.0 mg/L
High: above 3.0 mg/L I did a lab test back in June 2019 and my CRP was higher. It was borderline 2.9. At the time I was likely training too often and my sleep was not well regulated. After a few months making these adjustments, it went down to <0.3 in my labs in October 2019. This is a valuable test as inflammation is likely a large culprit to many of the modern health issues we see in people today. Lab test October 2019 Lab test June 2019 Lipids are referred to as fats and oil. These are molecules that make up the building blocks of the structure and functions of living cells. A standard lipid panel includes total cholesterol, LDL-C, HDL-C, and TG. Cholesterol is a type of lipid that is considered by many to be harmful at higher levels but it actually plays an important function in our body. It is a fat-like substance made by your liver and also comes from foods you intake. It is a molecule for building hormones, making vitamin D3, and making a substance that helps you digest food called bile. In addition, the brain requires a large amount of cholesterol it makes locally in order to thrive. There are two types of Cholesterol: HDL (High-density lipoprotein) = referred to as Good cholesterol LDL (Low-density lipoprotein) = referred to as Bad cholesterol HDL cholesterol is also referred to as the "good" cholesterol because it returns excess cholesterol to your liver which helps remove other forms of cholesterol from your bloodstream thus it may lower your risk of heart attack, stroke, and other health problems. Because the Carnivore diet is exclusively animal foods, there are more fats. For decades epidemiologists have demonized saturated fats. Seeing individuals who have higher levels of health issues also have higher levels of cholesterol. The ”bad” cholesterol #s and on a traditional higher carb diet would see elevated levels of lipids when their bodies were stress. With the influx and success of high-fat diets in more recent years, many recent studies have challenged the idea of linking that cholesterol is the cause of heart disease. The evidence supporting the link between higher lipid #'s and a higher risk of heart disease is extremely shaky. In fact, new research is coming out showing the opposite. Based on my research, doctors have focused myopically on these #’s and thrown the baby out with the bath water. Diets higher in fats require more lipids because fats cannot travel in blood on their own, they are like oil in water and require cholesterol to be properly moved around the human body. Fat molecules bind to these lipoproteins that function as transport vehicles carrying different types of fats such as cholesterol, triglycerides, and phospholipids. It only means that cholesterol is just only one of the many components of lipoproteins to consider. Triglycerides are another type of lipids. These are likely energy boats of extra calories. Triglycerides are released between meals to produce energy into your bloodstream. Individuals with higher fasted triglycerides may have metabolic dysfunction, it is a strong indicator of metabolic dysfunction and CVD.  When a healthy individual completes a fasted blood draw there should be lower levels of fat molecules circulating around transporting energy. The energy is supposed to be stored efficiently but is not when triglycerides are elevated. When you see people with metabolic syndrome, prediabetic, their fasted triglycerides are often elevated. They have higher levels of triglycerides circulating in their body and it's a sign that their body isn’t as efficient at utilizing and storing energy. Now we look into my lab result in the image below (Lab test October 2019), my total cholesterol is above the range at 303 however this is no uncommon on an animal-based diet with higher levels of fats. My LDL is 209 and my HDL is 77 and the fasted triglycerides shows 61. Somewhat valuable is the triglyceride to HDL ratio. My lab showed my TG/HDL-C of 0.8. The ideal TG/HDL-C ratio is below 2.0 while above 3 indicates a significant risk of heart attack and stroke. For me, I’m less concerned with this ratio, but I am concerned with fasted tri’s and do believe high levels of HDL are protective[..] TG/HDL-C ratio may be a strong marker to see the risk for the development of coronary disease. [..] Given that my TG/HDL-C is quite low, having LDL off the range is not a pattern of metabolic dysfunction. It is a pattern of a ketogenic diet. Looking at my labs below from June 2019, we see my results. Lab test October 2019 Lab test June 2019 Some lipid researchers feel strongly total lipids are less important than the specific particles and their specific sizes. I tend to agree with their hypotheses. That said, there just isn’t enough strong evidence to support what causes CVD and lipids are unlikely the cause. Moving to the Metabolic results. Glucose is another name of sugar that gives energy in our bodies in the form of carbohydrates.Foods high in glucose include fruits, veggies, and grains. Protein can also be used for energy, but the first job is to help with making hormones, muscle, and other proteins.Glucose is important but too much glucose can also cause problems. High level of glucose increased the risk of many diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure My blood sugar is within range. I'm eating a fat heavy diet but my liver is still creating glucose and providing a supply. Insulin is a hormone that is responsible for allowing glucose to enter cells throughout your body. Insulin and glucose blood levels must be in balance. Another highlighted number in my bloodwork result below is the TMAO (Trimethylamine N-oxide). TMAO (Trimethylamine N-oxide) has more recently come out as a demonized molecule that is being considered a risk factor of cardiovascular disease. People like to link it to eating red meat but there the data is limited. Generally, it is produced by gut bacteria and can be found in meat, eggs, and fish and we know that fish consumption has been linked with positive outcomes of CVD.. Homocysteine is an amino acid present in your body which can be found from meat, fish, cheese and other dairy products. Insufficient level of vitamins B6, B12, and folate will elevate Homocysteine. Glycine from collagen and connective tissue can also help normalize levels. High level of Homocysteine may be linked to a higher risk cardiovascular and metabolic disease risk. Coenzyme Q10(CoQ10) is an antioxidant in the human cell that provides protection and support for mitochondria. It plays an important role in the production of energy. High sources of dietary coenzyme Q10 include Organ meats: Heart, liver and kidney, some muscle meats: Pork, beef and chicken, Fatty fish: Trout, herring, mackerel and sardines. Vit B12 (Cobolamin) is a water-soluble vitamin that supports the normal function of your nerve cells and red blood cell formation, cell metabolism, and DNA synthesis. Our body cannot produce Vit B12. Naturally, it is found in animal products, including fish, meat, poultry, and dairy products. Animals not consuming other animals get it from soil and the feces and manure in the ground. In some cases species will even it their own waste to source it. Vitamin D is responsible for the absorption of calcium. It also has a role in your nervous, muscle, and immune systems. Our body produces Vitamin D in response to sun exposure. It can also be found in a small number of foods. My homocysteine, Co-Q10, vitamin D, and B12 were robust, especially Co-Q10. I typically see levels higher of other carnivores. Meat is a great source of Co-Q10, especially heart. My fatty acids results are all within healthy reference ranges as well. The rest of the Non-Cardiometabolic results are fairly consistent with references Another number to look at is my Ferritin. It was 417 which is quite high and this is likely due to increased consumption of heme animal form iron my body is hanging on to.. Ferritin measures the amount of stored iron in your body but it can also be a measure of inflammation and other factors. For Carnivores, especially males who may have a propensity to hold on to ferritin I would consider testing your levels and donating blood if you find them climbing. For Carnivores, especially males who may have a propensity to hold on to ferritin I would consider testing your levels and donating blood if you find them climbing. A side note to this is that I carry a genetic polymorphism for hemochromatosis which probably steers me to hold on to even more iron levels. One thing I want to highlight here is my Testosterone. I was over 600 when I pulled it 6 months before I became a carnivore and after doing carnivore for 7.5 months it went down to 315 and that's a substantial decrease. My fat consumption was only 50%, it wasn't 70-80% and I was doing one meal a day fairly calorie-restricted to around 2,000 calories leading up to this panel. So I had an assumption that higher calories and fat intake would improve my Testosterone and I pulled my blood again later in July and you can see in the image below that it went up to over 900 and then again in October and it was over 700. Lab test June 2019 Lab test July 2019 Lab test October 2019 The rest of the results were normal. If you want to see my full review of this bloodwork video, you can check out my YouTube video below.
ChiliPAD vs OOLER Sleep System Review
I believe we all want optimized, efficient, deeply restorative sleep setting us up to be our very best mentally and physically. As you all know this website is all about ways to optimize ancestrally. Sleep is one of the biggest levers to do this. Having a unique sleep system that can warm you up, cool you down or do both at the same time would be a great help to have a restorative sleep. In the last couple of years I've grown to realize how valuable sleep is and how much of an impact it had on my overall mental health, entrepreneurial performance as well as physical performance. Top performers like Lebron James, Roger Federer, these guys sleep for 10-12 hours per night during extreme competitions.
For me I've learned to realize that going to bed early certainly can be the best way to get the best quality of sleep, but in my experience it's also the fastest to create anxiety and destroy a social life and just limit your opportunity to hang out with people and socialize. The idea here is that ancestrally, we were sleeping in a less controlled temperature environment. If you think about it, light and temperature are huge players in the way your body clock works. If you can control both the light and temperature in a way where you can simulate outdoor light and temperature, you're going give your body the most ancestrally consistent environment to produce and recover in sleep. Red light hues from fire would have been consistent with the colors we saw prior to bed. The other thing we would have seen is a temperature drop throughout the night until just before dawn. In our homes we have thermostats to control room temperatures. We can control the temperature and lots of people want to live in a very warm cozy environment and that's comfortable but it’s not consistent.
What chiliPAD does is it allows you to cool down the surface temperature of your bed. I’ve purchased 3-4 gel toppers over the past 12 months testing this. None of them really worked to keep the surface cool, they're just there if you have a crappy bed and you're not dealing with a high quality material.
In general the best way to get the best quality cooling effect is going to be looking at something like a chiliPAD. There are other products on the market but chiliPAD has been the Gold standard from what I have learned and studied. ChiliPAD is much more effective. Since June 2019, I've been sleeping on a ChiliPad and switching back and forth between the ChiliPAD and OOLER Sleep Systems. The idea here is that these systems are cooling the underlined portion of your bed. They're running a water-cooled element through the mattress topper that they've created with pumps that circulate the water and take away the heat from your body. In this post, I will break down the differences between the two of them, why you might want to use them and what my personal experience has been along with my overall recommendation on which is better. ChiliPAD vs OOLER The ChiliPAD has been around for years and has been admired by top performers for improving sleep quality. This sleep system from chili technology was invented by the couple Todd and Tara way back 2007. It heats and cools your bed through the use of water. OOLER on the other hand, is their latest sleep system. According to the chili technology's website, this is the most advanced and most luxurious sleep system. ChiliPAD and OOLER are very similar, the device shares the same core technology. Both units are comprised of a hydro-powered mattress pad with a thermal range that operates from 55-115°F (13-46°C)* helping encourage quality, restorative sleep. Here's the difference... The chili cube comes with a remote control to update temperature. It's very simple and straightforward. It's a taller unit, it makes a little bit more noise. The OOLER cube, on the other hand can be integrated with bluetooth. Their OOLER app allows for sleep schedules, UV water cleaning and noise control with 3 speed settings. It runs from silent mode to regular mode to boost mode for times when you need to quickly change the temperature. When it comes to the cube, I like the OOLER because of its greater control of temperatures and lower ambient noise. You don't have an app with the ChiliPad unit so you just don't get the freedom to adjust the temperature throughout the night while you're sleeping. Overall the OOLER is going to have much better features and the unit itself looks much better. In terms of the mattress Pad, the chiliPAD topper felt cooler and chiller. It didn't feel quite as comfortable and cozy because the OOLER gel topper has a soft felt fabric and it seems thinner but it seems like it may have less tubes and less elements. Both pads can be connected to all other cubes so I tried running the chili cube to the OOLER topper and vice versa I didn't notice a difference in cooling performance from either cube. Meaning the cube itself, the actual unit doesn't seem to be affecting the coolness. In my opinion if you already have a chiliPAD I don't think there's a lot of reasons to upgrade to the OOLER system topper. The units of the OOLER are great, it's quieter, it has different modes and it has app integration so you can schedule in. If you are just comparing it side by side, I think the chiliPAD system is better value and it performs better. The Pad itself of the chiliPAD is the real x-factor as it feels noticeably cooler and seems to do a better job cooling its surface. But the OOLER cubes are quieter and have more features. My overall recommendation is to get the ChiliPad sleep system in its entirety. Down the line, consider upgrading just the cubes. You can reach out to their support after you’ve received your order and exchange the Chili cubes for the Ooler cubes. That’s exactly what I did and I’m extremely happy with my overall setup. Until next time, sleep well friends. If you want to watch the full review, you can check it out below.
Can Carbs Give Us Superpowers On A Ketogenic Diet?
I’ve always been interested in peak athletic performance. And while physical health certainly includes reclaiming core foundational health, it goes far beyond that. Peak performance also includes optimizing energy levels and the physique. It’s incredibly beneficial to have consistent strength throughout the day and a body that looks good and increases your confidence levels. In my pursuit of peak performance, I’ve spent the past few years trying to optimize my diet. Because I didn’t know any better, I grew up eating a good old fashioned American diet, which included lots of carbohydrates. My energy levels used to be all over the place. I would totally crash after meals, feeling extremely mentally drained and very lethargic. I assumed that falling energy levels were just a natural part of eating. After all, the body needs to digest food and that requires energy. As I began implementing the Keto diet, and then the Carnivore diet, I started to see drastic changes. My energy levels actually began increasing after meals. Eating large portions of meat would lead to a tremendous surge in energy! But after eating a strict Carnivore Keto for around 24 months, I began to notice a few things that gave me pause. Around the holidays, I would eat “cheat” foods that had more carbs in them. These foods would provide me with a distinct energy boost during heavy lifting days or when I was playing soccer with my brothers. I started doing research to figure out what role, if any, carbs should play in my diet. In the ketogenic community, there’s definitely a stigma around eating carbs. And, to be fair, carbs have become a primary macronutrient in the American diet, which has caused all kinds of health problems for people. But when used very specifically and strategically, carbs can provide some key benefits. Carbs For High Performance The keto diet is extremely effective for a number of key things. It can be really helpful in reversing metabolic dysfunction. It’s also a very effective way of reducing body fat. If you have excess body fat (15-20% for men and 20-25% for women), adopting a keto diet can help you slim down. The keto diet also provides steady, stable, clear energy that supports low-to-medium physical activities and intense cognitive tasks. But what about those times when you need higher energy levels so that you can perform more demanding activities? What about those times when you’re engaging in intense workouts for the purpose of building your physique? When you’re not just targeting a body fat percentage or weight but are actively seeking physical growth? What should you do then? It turns out that you can still remain in ketosis while adding targeted carbs to your diet. In fact, adding these carbs can actually help you achieve your overall health goals. Once you’re metabolically healthy, training intensity is the name of the game when it comes to getting tangible results from your workouts. Carbs can help you reach the necessary intensity levels. Specifically, carbs can help you build more muscle and even burn fat without compromising your overall metabolic health. In order to understand exactly how this works, you need to understand the energy delivery systems of your body. Energy Delivery Systems Now, this is going to get a bit technical but stick with me. Essentially, your body has three energy systems that it uses to supply you with energy. First, there is the ATP-CP system, which is sometimes called the “immediate energy system”. It accesses glycogen that is stored locally in your muscles whenever you initiate any muscle movement. It uses creatine phosphate to resynthesize ATP and only functions for a very short period of time (the first 10-15 seconds of movement). Next, there is the glycolytic system. This system kicks in during short-duration, high-intensity exercises, like when you’re lifting heavy weights for a few minutes. It utilizes the short term supply of glucose that you have stored in your body and transforms it into energy. Even if you’re in keto, your body still makes glucose and stores it in your liver and muscles. It does this through a process called gluconeogenesis. Finally, there is the oxidative system, which provides energy to your body indefinitely. The oxidative system is what allows you to perform endurance activities like running for long periods of time. It converts fat reserves into energy and then parcels out that energy to your body. Carbs and Energy Now, what do your energy delivery systems have to do with achieving peak performance? If you’re going to be doing high-intensity workouts longer than around 20 minutes, it can be very beneficial to consume some carbs so that your glycolytic system has more glucose available, which it can quickly transform into energy. Giving your body this extra “fuel” can help you workout more effectively and achieve better physical results. So, for example, I weigh about 160 pounds. On workout days, I’ll typically consume around 20 grams of carbs about 30 minutes before the workout (a tablespoon of honey). Then, right before the workout, I’ll consume another 20-25 more grams of carbs. This keeps my blood sugar from crashing and provides me with the energy I need to work out intensely for an hour or so. Will I be in ketosis during the workout? Probably not. But because I don’t consume carbs in large amounts after the workout, I’ll be back in it pretty quickly. Now, you may be wondering if adding in targeted carbs before workouts will affect your ability to lose fat. In fact, the opposite is true. In his book The New Rules of Keto, Dr. Jordan Joy writes: In our work, the strict keto group and the targeted keto group (group eating carbs, but maintaining ketosis – monitored by blood BHB concentrations) lost about the same amount of weight. In fact, adding the 20g of carbs pre-exercise helped them lose about 1.2% more fat mass for a total loss of 3.0 kilograms of pure fat vs. just 2.7 kilograms in the strict keto group. For reference, the carbohydrate diet control groups (one supplementing 20g carbs pre-exercise as well, one not) lost an average of just 1.5 kilograms of fat. Clearly, eating the right amount of carbs, at the right time, in the correct form, and otherwise maintaining a low-carb or keto lifestyle is helping, not hurting, fat loss! The bottom line? If you want to achieve peak performance, consider adding in targeted carbs just prior to your workouts. You’ll get better results both during and after. Want to dive even deeper into this subject? Check out this video I made on using carbs to improve performance. If you want to further explore the science of the relationship between carbs and keto, I highly recommend Dr. Jordan Joy’s free ebook The New Rules of Keto.
3 Power Carnivore Diet Weight Loss Tips
I know what you’re thinking… “I want to lose weight, but there are so many trending Diets. Before it was Atkins, then Keto, and now we even have the Carnivore Diet. But do I REALLY have to be a strict carnivore... Or can I take some principles from the diet and achieve the same results?” Good question! And to make an honest assessment we need to give some background on how and why this way of eating is so effective. As a bonus, we’ll have 3 Powerful Weight-Loss Tips to apply from the Carnivore Diet. So let's jump into what I think three powerful carnivore diet weight loss tips are heading into 2020. If you’re having weight, gut, skin, and even skin issues. This is really something to consider because there's so many anecdotal stories, feedback, and evidence from the Carnivore community supporting the recovery of Health. So here's some the reasons why the carnivore diet specifically can give you some power and really give you an edge when you're doing this weight loss thing: It's low inflammatory - whenever you're inflamed you're going to look and feel more bloated and puffy. So weight Loss is kind of a two-part pronged approach. One is like you want to lean down and manage your weight but the other aspect is you want to look good and healthy. So when you remove foods and do an Elimination Diet like the carnivore diet, that's very nutrient-dense animal food focused. You're eliminating plant toxins. Plant triggers a lot of the molecules in today's market and you're also taking a lot of food off the table that could be refined processed and triggering inflammation or high histamine load. So if you're not bloated if you're not inflamed, if you're not dealing with some sort of autoimmune or inflammation, you're going to look leaner you're going to feel better and it's going to feel you in a good way. Now. Here's the other point with the carnivore diet that I really want to emphasize before we jump into these three powerful tips and reasons. The diet itself is super nutrient dense and that is a huge aspect to hunger and satiety to your feeling of feeling full, that your body is naturally going to be triggered on if you're eating carb -heavy potato chips that are processed. There's not a lot of nutrition in there, but there's a lot of calories and so you're constantly bombarding your body with food and calories,but you're not giving your body the nutrients, the vitamins, the minerals, the full complete essential amino acids from protein that your body wants. And so your body doesn't feel full when you snack on foods like that. It's delicious, it can be great for the soul. But it's not something you want to be consuming on a regular basis. Certainly not, if you're looking to lose weight and you're dealing with health issues. So let's talk about three specific powerful tips for the weight loss. 1. Keep it low carb In my last blog, I said keep it keto, and low carb and keto aren't necessarily the same thing. The difference between low carb and keto is really fat intake. Fat on ketogenic diets needs to be probably over 70%. Low-carb just means keep your carbohydrate count probably below 20 grams of carbs a day. Weight loss is really about your hormones. Probably the most important thing is your hormones. 2. Tracking Your Intake In a More Loose Way I don't want you to feel like you have to learn how to track macros religiously or use it in a very specific way where you have to do a food calculator and way out all your food, but you need to journal. You need to create some sort of tracking method. Peter Drucker, is a famous business executive and one of his famous quotes is that "which we don't measure we cannot improve". If you're not measuring, what you don't track, the mind is going to lie to you. You're going to tell yourself stories. You're going to easily forget what you're eating. Keeping a journal every day. You can go back at the end of the week and you can do a reflection for for a few minutes and you can say oh man, I ate so many peanuts today and that just loaded me up with inflammation and it triggered me and it gave me an extra thousand calories. And yeah, I didn't get satiated on that. So track your stuff. You can go without tracking every single gram if you don’t want to be hardcore. Now if you want to go macro track. I've done a full video about "Carnivore Diet Macro Tracking" and you can absolutely jump into that and get really deep into macro tracking. I encourage people who want to get into it, to do it because it can be a very valuable way to get a good sense of what you're eating and what you're getting in your diet and how many calories you're actually doing. When you can consciously become aware of it, you can start to then make adjustments Drop inflammation and basically lose weight without really having to try to fight an uphill battle. You're going to see lower hunger levels and so lastly let’s get light uva/uvb spectrum light from the sun. 3. Light and Sleep. We are meant to experience sunlight. As our ancestors would wander the earth, they would benefit from the sunlight hitting their bare skin. In the same way we’re meant to experience the full spectrum of natural light. 30 minutes of natural outdoor light is a bare minimum. If a tanning bed has a 10 -15 minute Max, do 20% of that but try to give yourself two to three minutes two to three times a week of exposure to ultraviolet A and UltraViolet B radiation. That light is going to help the body stimulate the prohormone vitamin D3 that is going to be a signal for your body to produce more hormones and to actually up regulate those hormones and give you better quality sleep and better overall hormones for anabolic building blocks for burning fat. SUMMARY RECAP Again, just to recap the three powerful tips one. Keep it low carb, track your intake and do what I do with macro tracking and optimize your light and sleep. It's going to give you a lot of what you need to optimize your hormones when you get ultraviolet A. To Provide you with a resource with the exact cheatsheet and roadmap how to do the Carnivore Diet, we’ve created a Foolproof Roadmap on how to do the Carnivore Diet and we can email it to you. So I hope that was helpful if you made it this far thank you. Somebody who's maybe struggling with the weight loss or wants to know more about weight loss and if you're interested more in the Carnivore diet. I wrote an entire book The Carnivore Diet |An Ancestral RESET to Optimal Human Health
The Key To Optimal Sleep
Optimal sleep is arguably THE SINGLE BIGGEST LEVER of peak human performance. So why would one ever not take the time to master this area we spend a ⅓ of our lives experiencing? Scientists and researchers today are just now beginning to understand the complexity of sleep. As such an important aspect of human health and physical optimization, I’ve devoted my entire life to researching and mastering the topic to better understanding it. One of the factors that affects your sleep optimization is "light". It plays a huge role in providing you the best sleep you will ever have. LIGHT IN BEDROOM This nutrient, yes that's right I said it, "nutrient," is so important, I wrote an entire book on the topic. Did you know your skin cells have light receptors on them? Artificial light hitting your skin can impact the circadian rhythm and the body's ability to produce hormones and entirely drop into sleep. Weight gain and disease are also being shown with light exposure during sleep. You don't want your body exposed to light while sleeping. Concerning sleep, you must make the room dark to the point that your low light adjusted eyes cannot see your hands in front of your face. The amount of light generated from street lights, buildings, and artificial light sources in a house can be substantially more intense than the moon and stars hundreds of thousands of miles away. Artificial blue light has barely been around for 150 years. Before that, humankind mostly experienced fire and some form of red hues for 100s of thousands of years. Depending on who you talk with, anthropologists say fire was discovered between 1.2M - 200,000 years ago. In either case, that's a massive discrepancy in comparison to artificial light. How long we've had to evolve to adapt to this new light biologically is non-existent, and it's making a significant impact on societies sleep hygiene. Consider blue blocker glasses at night after sunset and consider changing out blue bulbs for red. I found blackout blinds from Bed Bath and Beyond that work exceptionally well and are relatively inexpensive (shopped around Amazon, Google Shopping), $200-$300 to completely blackout my loft. Get a reliable handyman who can install a dowel (think of how your closet hangers sit) across the top of your window/wall and get that area blacked out. There's something powerful about sleeping in total darkness that our bodies experience that allows them to feel safe and drift even deeper into sleep. EVENING LIGHTING As the sun sets, spectrums shift more towards red and away from ultraviolet, violet, and green. Humans discovered fire anywhere from 200,000 years to 1.7M years ago. Removing blue and green spectrums of light. I utilize smart bulbs where I can control the color and change my lighting to match hues of the outside, ultimately post-sunset only red hues close to color from fire. Blue blockers are a valuable tool to implement this further as we're often limited in controlling lighting on our screens (TVs, laptops, iPads, phones) or in restaurants and other establishments. Full disclosure: I'm a big fan of RaOptics Founder Matt Maruca has done an excellent job making lenses that specifically block these frequencies of light while sitting in stylish frames you can wear out. Use code "karnivore" at checkout for 10% off if you decide to pick up a pair. Either way, make an effort to limit blue and red spectrums from hitting your retina and suprachiasmatic nucleus. By limiting exposure to blue and green light spectrums after sunset, you will be avoiding the confusing signal being sent to the human that the sun is still up. Our bodies did not evolve to experience the volume and intensity of artificial blue/green light we now have in society late into our evenings. Remember, we evolved with the stars and fire over the last several hundreds of thousands of years. Thomas Edison invented the light bulb 150 years ago. These spectrums confuse our biology and suppress its ability to produce sleep onset signals and sleep much deeper naturally. DUSK LIGHTING Recently heading into spring and summer, I've been experimenting with using very dim red lights and altogether avoiding large screens TVs, Laptops after sunset. The sun is setting around 8, and I don't turn any lights on after dusk. (Except a 10-watt red bulb in the master bathroom when making final preparations right before sleep to see) Depending on your home's window situation, this may not be practical. But I have noticed a significant increase in sleep pressure, quality, and ability to easily fall asleep quickly when doing this compared with watching TV or staring at a computer screen and having even moderate amounts of red lights on post dusk. When I do this, I am yawning quite strongly around 90 mins post-sunset. During that time activities, I have found quite rewarding that can still be done include: Listening to an audiobook/podcast Streaming show at minimal brightness off my iPhone (smaller screen) Stretching, foam rolling, opening my body up. In cases where you MUST be on your computer or larger screen, I will turn the brightness settings down - I'll also dial in the f.lux setting to a very red hue, night mode to contrast text as white against darker backgrounds and make sure I am wearing a pair of blue blocker glasses. Additionally, below is my video on "How to Optimize this Nutrient for Energy and Sleep!"
Keto vs Carnivore – Which Diet Wins?
Why Carnivore Diet is better than Keto? There’s quite a few reasons, in my opinion, why the diet is actually better. So if you’re familiar, we’re going to dive further with the differences between a Carnivore Diet and a Ketogenic Diet and really break them down. But on this section, I wanted to jump right into the meat of what you’re looking for. Why is the Carnivore Diet better than Keto? For one, they’re both actually ketogenic diets. So when you think about Carnivore and Ketogenic Diet, the Carnivore Diet is Keto because 70% plus of the actual macro, meaning the fat, protein and carbohydrate, 70% of the diet is fat. It’s really focused on actually getting you that fat. And both of these diets are very effective because you’re using fat as the primary source. It’s more metabolically efficient from what we understand, and it’s also less metabolically damaging. It lessens the oxidative stress on the body when you’re operating on fat ketones, which is what both these guys are doing. But the Carnivore Diet is really superior to the Ketogenic Diet because it eliminates a lot of products and potential triggers for a lot of people. When you shift, one of the biggest components of this is you’re getting rid of the fat that is messing your gut up when you were on a Ketogenic Diet. A lot of that was popularized by Tim Ferriss and Dave Asprey and I have a lot respect for both those individuals, but the Ketogenic Diet itself has become this commercialized sort of diet where there are a million companies out there that sell products and make different things. When you’re on a Keto Diet, there are so many things you can eat that you cannot have on a Carnivore Diet for very good reason and that’s what make it a superior diet. Superior itself is kind of a relative term. When you say one is better than the other, are you saying it’s better because you get to eat tasty treats and you get to have more freedom? Well, in that sense the Ketogenic diet is obviously better, but if we’re talking about optimized vitality, mental performance, energy levels and just overall health, then it’s absolutely without question – the carnivore diet is going to be superior. When the Ketogenic diet came into the mainstream about five, six years ago, it was really popularized and ever since then companies have been jumping on to make products that people can buy to eat that are ketogenic. It’s a good thing, but it’s also a bad thing. A lot of these products come with sugar alcohols like Erythritol, they also come with fiber added into them like Chicory Root, MCT oils and a lot of these things which for myself personally, are super triggering. They affect your gut, they don’t feel well and they can build up in your system. I remember being back in London on a travel trip with my girlfriend at the time and I was eating Quest Bars and it was my go to snack. I got so sick from eating it because of the sugar alcohols they put in their ingredients to add the sweetness without bumping up the carbohydrate content. I was like in one of the sickest place I’ve ever been in a long, long time, and I loved the bars, they were delicious, but they were obviously like the macros were great, but they just weren’t working well for me. For a lot of other people, that’s fine. You can eat those Bulletproof bars, you can consume that MCT oil or add that brain octane, but I think for a huge percentage of the population, you’re going to find that your gut is going to get triggered by these things and you need to watch out for that. So Carnivore diet is more restrictive because you can only eat animal foods. You have to get rid of these processed things so you’re not consuming these sugar alcohols and the MCTs. You’re just eating raw fat, egg yolks, animal protein and animal foods. Source: Dave Asprey Bullet Proof Bars It’s fantastic because of elimination, again, a lot of these things can be triggering and maybe you’re only sensitive to the MCT oil, but you’re okay with the Erythritol. In that case, it’s fine to eat the sugar alcohol, but as soon as you add the MCT oil, you feel your gut just get wracked and it just puts you in a bad place and you won’t know that if you are taking both of these items in. So by eliminating them and then slowly reintroducing them, that’s the power of the Carnivore diet. It’s a total elimination diet. You can ensure that you’re eliminating all the main things that would happen and it’s benefiting you that way. So let’s take a step back and define Ketogenic and Carnivore diet so we can finally come in full circle and we’ll recap on why these diets and why one is superior to the other. Ketogenic diet, it’s a diet that was made popular back in the 1920s and 30s. It was used to treat people with epilepsy, they were having seizures and weren’t responding to the medication. What they found was that the ketone bodies were linked to inhibitory neurotransmitter function and by shifting body’s entire metabolism from running on glucose to ketones, which is what the ketogenic diet really is. People were able to really reduce the amount of seizures they experienced and eliminate them. It was a profound but very effective way of getting people to handle the epilepsy that they were experiencing. Fast forward, about five years ago, the Ketogenic diet became mainstream where people like Tim Ferriss and Dave Asprey were talking about it on Bulletproof. In his book The 4-Hour Work Week and in his blog, we were talking about things like biohacking and how to get the most optimal cognitive performance that you possibly can. What we found out is that the people that go on a ketogenic diet have to cut the carbs essentially out of their diet and shift the majority of their calories to fat about 70 to 80% or even higher and their body now is using the liver to produce ketones. These ketone bodies are much more metabolically efficient. They’re not taxing your beta cell function in their pancreas to produce insulin. They’re not storing fat in their body the way it was when they’re still eating glucose because they’re not necessarily needed to. Overall it’s just allowing people who have weight to lose get much more efficient and for for me it’s very much more metabolically efficient. So in terms of cognitive function, you won’t have as much of depleted energy levels. You’re mentally clear and your body can operate at the most optimal level. When I was on the Ketogenic diet, I ate a lot of Bacon, Guacamole, I had MCT brain octane oil from Bulletproof. I was eating other MCT oils, butter, cheese and things like that. And these were certainly bumping up my fat macros, but at the same time I didn’t realize how badly they were affecting my gut in my overall like it’s having inflammation. I was getting heavy dose of dairy because of the cheeses. I was eating almonds, and the nuts for me were a bit triggering and high in Omega 6 and frankly I don’t think human beings are meant to eat nuts in very high quantities given how difficult it is to actually find them and process them at high volume. It doesn’t make a lot of sense. The other thing is the Avocados and Bacon which I think are probably triggering some histamine. And then the FODMAP food of Avocados, the fiber content was probably contributing to maybe some small intestinal bacteria overgrowth. It was uncomfortable, it was very much painful. I experienced indigestion and dysbiosis in my body and it triggered some anxiety. On top of that I was putting coffee in my system, which was adding caffeine and some acidity to the gut and probably some things that I didn’t want in my system from the mold toxins of the coffee as well. Long story short, I found it’s benefits – I was able to maintain a physique and be very trim, but I had skin problems and did have the gut issues that I wanted handled. And fast forward to the Carnivore diet. 12 months ago now we’re talking October, late September of 2018, Joe Rogan andJordan Peterson were doing an interview and in that conversation, Jordan Peterson talked about his daughter McKayla and how she had really benefited from the Carnivores died. If you haven’t watched that video, I highly encourage you to go check it out. You can go to YouTube and just type in Jordan Peterson and Joe Rogan Carnivore diet, you’ll see it’s about 30 minutes. It talks about Jordan Peterson explaining his diet and how the majority of the symptoms that McKayla Peterson his daughter experienced, like crippling, debilitating rheumatoid arthritis, anxiety, depression had basically gone away. And how Jordan Peterson himself manage to subside his depression and anxiety. This all hinged on the idea that they had gone to a diet where they had completely eliminated plants. The Carnivore diet, as you know if you’ve watched my YouTube channel and many of my other videos. It is all about removing plant molecules that can be triggering to you and the idea that plants coevolve with animals but develop their own mechanism to survive through developing their natural pesticides and toxicity that allows them to exist without being just totally consumed as this perfect food. We see things like phytonutrients, phytic acid, oxalates, lectins, glutens, polyphenols, curcumin, tumeric, resveratrol, a lot of these molecules where the community selling them has really touted all the benefits and we’ve looked at some slightly myopic studies. My opinion is that where we’re not looking at full picture of what these molecules are doing. They can damage DNA, can affect the thyroid, can inhibit or be intergenic and they can limit your anabolic hormones in your body which may not be the right trade off. Now everybody’s different and there are some variation in people, but for the most part the Carnivore diet has been tremendously powerful for a lot of people because it eliminated these plant molecules and when done form nose to tail and getting all the nutritional profile, not just muscle meat but also organs like kidney, liver, pancreas, sweet bread. We’re getting the same nutritional profile that we biochemically are composed of without the actual plant stressors that you find in a diet where you might include those. And for a lot of people that can be really overwhelming because immediately after a few weeks time they have completely eliminated all these stressors but still give their body the structure. The building blocks it really needs are the full essential amino acids, fatty acid, the oils, the Omega 3s, EPA, DHA and B12 that you don’t to get from a purely plant-based diet. So, full circle. Kenogenic diet – it’s all about getting the fat macros up, but it doesn’t really have the limitations and can really open you up to a lot of foods that might be triggering. The Carnivore diet – really restricts it down, tightens it up. Is it better? It’s certainly gonna be better for probably avoiding triggers like foods that can really mess with your gut and body overall. Whenever you’re messing with the gut, you’re ultimately going to affect a lot of the body. So the Carnivore diet I really strips it down, gets it really tight and it’s still ketogenic, so it’s still giving you that really nice, clean, steady energy source that’s metabolically advantaged for the most part. And then why they’re different? Why the Carnivore diet is better? Again, you’re getting rid of these components so that you can be as optimal as possible. And so if you can do it right, when you are able to find the right food sources which I’ve talked about on my other videos in the channel. If you can really just dial it in, do your macros, you’re going to find that you feel tremendous, that you have great clarity and most importantly, you’re just gonna feel good and amazing. And you can always add implants if you really want to. But for the most part, for a lot of people, I think you’re going to find that when you do it, you’ll quickly notice there’s just a lot of stuff out there that won’t feel that good. And certainly the keto products that are processed with sugar alcohols, with MCT oils, nut flours like almond flour, you’re gonna find that you just feel much cleaner, lighter, better and healthier without them. Hope you enjoyed this transcribed version of the Youtube video…we wanted to put it out to the blog and podcast because obviously not everyone is a Youtube junkie! If you like the content feel free to check out the other articles, the podcast on the homepage, or sign up for the newsletter, subscribe to the channel, or pre-order the upcoming book!
2 Toxic Lies About the Carnivore Diet
What is going on everyone? Hope you are all doing well. Today we’re going to talk about two lies – what I think are two of some of the largest misconceptions when it comes to people who are against the carnivore diet or just eating animal foods in general. So let’s jump right into it. The first one is eating animal foods destroys the planet. And the second one that we’re going to cover later on is that eating animal foods is just plain cruel and evil to the animals. So the first one, and I want to preface this, by saying that I don’t think anyone who understands factory farming -would support it. For the most part, everyone in the community around the carnivore diet, or those eating healthy grass fed/finished animal foods is already going to support sustainable ruminant agriculture. We’re not looking to support mass production, factory farming, grain fed animals. We know that the quality of nutrients in those foods as well as just the whole overall experience and the impact on the environment – all that is a negative. So I want to preface it with that. And obviously I think for a lot of people that are proponents of eating more of a plant based diet because of how damaging the environment animal foods can be…. I get that, if you’re coming from that perspective. But if you open up the whole perspective there and you look at it from ruminant agriculture? Then the picture becomes a lot more gray. And I think that animal foods are actually probably really, really great for the environment. And you’re going to see here in these points that I go through that the science is showing that that can be the case. So for one, greenhouse gases, we look at carbon dioxide being released in the atmosphere. Yes, agriculture for animal foods is accounting, according to the EPA, to be about 4% of the greenhouse gases, but if you take that same agency and you look at what they account for, for plant foods, it’s actually 5% with plant agriculture. So plant agriculture actually produces more greenhouse gases than animal agriculture from the EPA studies. Second thing is NASA did a study and they looked at the methane gas, which is arguably even more toxic and unstable in the environment and is often attributed to cow’s and their flatulence. But in a sense what NASA did was they looked at the studies and they found that the top two contributors of methane gas in the atmosphere were fossil fuel burning. And believe it or not, almost as much was rice paddies, rice farming!! So when we look at this and we look at ruminant agriculture, not factory farming, we see that there’s actually a cycle going on where the plants that are eaten by the animals, in our case grass fed cows (or goats, pigs, etc), who are grazing in the soil and eating sort of the insects in the environment. The carbon that is getting released in the atmosphere is actually captured by the plants. So the plants are capturing the carbon through sunlight and through their exposure in the actual environment. The animals are eating that and then releasing it through methane and carbon dioxide. Just like when we expel carbon dioxide when we’re breathing as humans! The methane in the atmosphere is converted back to CO2 after about 12 years in the atmosphere. This cycle is repeated and you can kind of see how this works with fossil fuel burning. For example, we see that we’re drilling into the earth and pulling out carbon from the deposits of oil and hydrocarbons we find in the earth that were created over millions or tens of thousands of years, often hundreds of thousands of years, and so we’re actually not really doing a natural cycle here at the same rate I should say, because the hydrocarbons we’re pulling out and then burning and then releasing the atmosphere are much less a part of a cycle that’s being captured by these plants that are getting eaten compared to the other cycle we talked about. There have been some recent studies that have shown that big pharma pharmaceutical companies, pharmaceutical drug production actually accounts for more greenhouse gas than carbon and the automotive industry. And that’s kind of crazy to think about it, but it brings us back to the point that there are a lot of people reversing chronic disease, autoimmune inflammation through eating high quality nose to tail animal foods. And pharmaceuticals are one of the biggest contributors to these greenhouse gases in destroying the planet that we know. So one industry produces highly nutrient rich foods. Another one produces chemicals that treat symptoms of people who are probably missing out on high nutrient foods. On top of that, ruminant agriculture can actually produce a net negative impact on the actual cycle and the environment one study produced by White Oak Pastures that you can see here showed that their ruminant farming practices actually had the animals sequestering more carbon in the soil. Then when it was left alone, this showed that the animals actually had a net negative impact on the actual environment in the carbon emissions. So it kind of begs the question, are we really looking at this picture in the whole context and looking at how we can create the most nutritionally dense, high quality animals in a natural process or we comparing apples to oranges and looking at factory farming and just these massive methods of unsustainable unhealthy practices. I went through a lot of studies. I tried to find other arguments in and really try to look at them from an unbiased perspective, which is difficult for me, but what I found was a lot of the papers out there were citing that animal foods first off aren’t nutritious for us that they actually can be damaging to our health, which we know now is very much misled in, in very inaccurate in terms of what we’re seeing. On top of that, they were saying in referring to these farming methods in terms of how they were mass producing and comparing how the environment was getting damaged. So all in all, I think it’s really safe to assume that if you are buying and supporting sustainable ruminant agriculture, grass fed food animals in a humanely raised way, then you are doing your part to help the planet. And on top of that you’re probably doing your part as a human being to give yourself the best option of being the most healthy person you can be to avoid supplying the pharmaceutical industry and some of these larger industries that are polluting the earth with a supply of of customers, if you will, who can buy their products. This brings us to our second argument, which is all about the cruelty aspect of eating animals. And it’s really been a challenge for me to sort of absorb both sides of this argument because all animals die…and for thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of years we have had predation and we’ve had a cycle of hunting and eating animals to survive. In fact, we will die as humans and I don’t think it’s cruel to expect death. I think the methods and the way that you could kill an animal could be cruel. And in that respect, I also think that there are some, some real big concerns around that with factory farming. Again, where I’m not a proponent, I think it’s very much something we should tackle from the ground up as a grassroots effort to support farms that don’t do that. To go out there to our local farmer’s markets and buy direct from our farmers, go see their farms, go meet with the farmers, pay the premium for the foods that are higher quality, more nutrient dense that are going to support your health and really support their methods. But coming back to this idea that eating animals is cruel. There is this concept that sentiment beings, meaning beings on the earth, that experience a level of consciousness where they can experience suffering. Is, is sort of the line that has been drawn in the sand for the vegan community. And again, I have nothing against vegans. I, I don’t agree with their methods in terms of eating. I think it’s not the most healthy lifestyle but as far as it being a more healthy approach to living, then say the standard American diet. I think they’ve done tremendous work for that. And I think their intentions are really, really well, well geared. I think ultimately for most of us, we don’t want to create more pain in the world. We don’t want to destroy the planet. We want to create a better life for people and we want the quality of life for everyone to go up. And so I think we have the same goals, but there’s so much misinformation and so much misunderstanding that has been filtered into this community around diet and nutrition and how animals are raised that there’s a really valid perspective when you look at the community in the vegan space. But I look at plants more as a pet. I have plants all throughout my, my apartment. I have about a dozen plants right now. I have named some of them, some are a dragon ferns peace lilies. I’ve tried to keep English Ivy. I even don’t necessarily oppose the idea of eating some plants. But overall, I think, again, this comes down to the idea, what were we really designed to eat and what’s biochemically been the best for our bodies? And in my perspective, I think if WE’RE the healthiest we can be, we’re the most cognitively prepared in the most vital…. We’re going to get the best message out there for other people. We’re going to help the communities the most. We’re gonna basically help people become the best version of themselves. And if we can do that in a sustainable way. Great. So back to this idea that it’s cruel to be a carnivore or to eat animal foods and it’s not cruel to, to eat plant based diet. Well, for one, I don’t think this argument is fair. Even if you hold the arguments perspective of protecting sentiment beings. If you look at farming agriculture versus a ruminant sort of animal-based farming method, you’re going to till the soil and when you, till the soil, you basically destroy everything in that soil. You’re literally rotor tilling the soil, you’re running grinders through it, destroying all the insects, all the animals that would have been in that environment to, to basically break up the soil and prepare it for planting. You’re then going to plant in mass bulk and you’re going to spray pesticides because there’s just no way, or you’re gonna use very genetically modified crops to actually grow your produce. And so when you look at that and you’re spraying these pesticides, you’re killing off dozens, if not hundreds of, of, of more animals than you would when you’re talking about ruminant agriculture. On top of that, a lot of these farms are shooting onsite rodents. Other animals that would have consciousness would feel emotions when they’re being shot or killed if they decide to go try to eat these plants. So one environment is not natural. Your completely engineering, the soil, your spraying chemicals that are killing everything. And then you’re shooting off predators and the other environment. You’re allowing an animal to live in a completely natural environment, roam around, live a life and then you’re, you’re basically killing it too to provide the most nutrient dense food you possibly can for what arguably is the best thing we could possibly eat. I don’t know about you, but I feel like the argument isn’t really valid to say that plant agriculture is less cruel than ruminant agriculture. Again, with this, this side of the equation with with eating animals being more cruel, I tried to look at arguments that supported the plant based community and their thoughts around why animals why this will be the case. And a lot of them hinged on the idea that we were factory farming only… In that we’re eating 50- 55 billion animals a year, not counting fish. And that this was just a gruesome act of pure violence. They weren’t taking into account all the death that goes into plant agriculture. And on top of that, there is a huge amount of understanding now around how much healthier and how much more better for the environment animal foods can be. I want to wrap this up and I want to say that I think when you look at the environmental impact in terms of animal foods versus plant foods, and you look at ruminant agriculture versus factory farming, you’re going to see that when you look at that whole picture, there is some real evidence to support that ruminant, which is really kind of how things were going for tens of thousands of years until we sort of became these factory crazy farmers is a sustainable, very healthy way for the planet and arguably better way for the planet in the longterm. It’s also much better for human beings to eat animal foods. We know that there are certain nutritional vitamins and nutrients that you just will not get from plants that you can absolutely get and will get from a nose to tail approach to an animal diet. From a cruelty perspective, again, we’re not destroying nearly as much of the environment. We’re not tilling the soil. We’re not spraying pesticides, we’re not killing off predators. We’re just focusing on providing an environment for an animal that we would have naturally been a predator for. And we’re doing it in a way where it’s more sustainable and we don’t have to go off and hunt every season to basically sustain that cycle. So that was a lot of information. I as always tried to break it down and keep it as concise as possible if you’re near the channel. I really appreciate you. Thank. Thank you so much. I’d love to hear your comments on arguments post articles here in the comment section. 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13 Reasons Why The Game Changers Film Lies
Hey, what’s going on guys and gals? Thanks for tuning in. We featured this content as the first episode of the Karnivore Kurt podcast, so we also wanted to transcribe and make it available as a blog post if you prefer that type of medium! Super excited to have you all here. We’ve been creating and producing content on YouTube for about three months and it’s been a journey. It’s been a lot of fun learning about all the content. We thought for this episode we would go over the recent very popular film that’s out on Netflix called The Game Changers. It was produced by James Cameron and his wife, and it’s got some pretty big names behind the production of it. Jackie Chan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, just to name a few. And in the video on YouTube, the podcast – and now blog post, we basically break down 13 pretty big lies that are in the film. And yeah, I think it’s going to be a really good way for you to sort of dive in and just get some more information.So without further ado… Welcome to 13 reasons why The Game Changers film LIES. We’re going to jump through 13 reasons here. I think there’s clearly some evidence that can be stated around why this film is really probably misleading… So number one, James and Susie Cameron – these are the producers of the film. James Cameron is actually a heavy investor in Verdient Foods, which is an organic pea protein creator. He set a public goal to make it the largest pea protein company in North America. So right off the bat we know that the producer of the film is a vegan and he’s also made a major investment in a vegan company. This kind of leads us down this rabbit hole. So the film was pretty entertaining, but I would say that’s probably all it is. So the second reason why this is a lie is James Wilkes, who’s a UFC fighter, takes us on a journey throughout the film. In one of the beginning sort of anecdotes, he talks about the gladiators and how the gladiators were these warriors, the greatest warriors of all time, and they primarily ate a plant based diet. It’s kind of funny because I don’t think anyone’s debating that humans for our ancestry of of roughly 20 years, we took in some plants from time to time and that we did evolve from the apes and the primates and they were clearly herbivores. But it’s kind of funny because he uses this anecdote of gladiators and says, Hey, these guys ate a lot of plants. We must be vegan. There’s no reason for us to eat meat. They were clearly the best warriors in the world, so we should be warriors. Then he goes on to mention this compound, this molecule called strontium, which is very similar to calcium. And what’s actually kind of mortifying is that this compound has been has been approved in Europe to treat women with osteoporosis. What they found and what the American Bone Health Organization has has seen in studies is that the individuals given strontium had a significant increase in both heart attack and blood clotting compared to the the control group that did not get strontium. So to say that strontium is this like miracle chemical is just crazy. And when it doesn’t take much, you can literally just Google it and ask if it’s safe and you’ll find results and you’ll be able to research this yourself. So to open a movie, talking about gladiators and how this compound strontium is like so much better for people – it’s whack! Reason number three is partly kind of embedded throughout the movie, but towards, I’d say about two thirds in there are anthropologists and sort of biologists talking about the human body. And this is where I kind of really sort of start to question the validity of what they’re saying. But the idea here is that our biology supports us being animals that do not eat meat(crazy!). So they claim that vitamin C, which we cannot get from anything except for plants and our longer intestinal tracks three, four or five times longer than typical carnivores indicate to them (as well as our teeth..our molars, being not as incisive in terms of ripping and cutting and shredding meat) being that we don’t, we’re not intended to eat meat. The argument here though is that I don’t think that humans necessarily can’t eat plants, but we thrive with animal foods and they’re trying to stay that we don’t eat animal foods and we shouldn’t eat animal foods and they’re not healthy for us, which is crazy. First of all, from a biological perspective, and I’m going to do spoiler alert, a video on this probably next, the next video about our ancestry and why I think we’re largely carnivorous. We evolved about 20 million years ago and it was about 2.6 million years ago when we had the last ice age. We’re just now coming out of during ice ages. And what we saw historically, the amount of plants on the ground that we were able to access were limited because of the weather and the change in the, this sort of environment. And we really became these sort of scavengers. This is what the anthropological evidence suggests that we became scavengers. We created tools and we were able to crack into carcasses and really dig into the brains. And the marrow of the bones left from predators weren’t big enough and strong enough to really chase down or hunt these big animals early in our evolution. But what we see from a biological perspective is that the humans became these upright creatures that were no longer spending the majority of their time hanging from trees. Our guts are our, basically our colons, shrunk down, which is a primary area in our large intestine where you can ferment fiber to produce fat and actually process it. Our colons shrunk to about a quarter of the size of what they are in apes, our ancestors, and our brains quadrupled in size to what they have. What’s interesting also is our guts, the acidity or guts went from what you see pretty much across the board with herbivores of a seven to eight pH on the scale down to a high, high acidity of below a two where typical carnivores are two to three. And so from a biological perspective, we develop these guts that seems consistent as a highly acidic gut that would destroy the bacteria and pathogens from the scavenged morsels of meat animal foods. We were eating at that time as homo habilis. Now there’s obviously speculation in Game Changers. They interviewed anthropologists. One of the guys was like the director of anthropology from Harvard, which was just blowing my mind because if you look and you read all this research and you and you kind of do some of your own digging and you look at the biology, it just doesn’t make sense that our biology would evolve. Why on earth would nature have made our guts this acidic? No herbivore has this level of acidity in their gut and yet the the evidence and what we see, we develop these tools where we could break open bones, we could get into the skulls and our brains exploded in size. Our guts shrunk down in terms of the length of our digestive tract and then our acidity went way, way up. Like all of this is consistent with the idea that we moved from a primarily herbivore ancestry to a much more carnivore ancestry. And most people will say we’re omnivores. I would say we’re probably facultative carnivores, meaning we primarily ate animal foods because of the ice age and the forcing of how we evolved and, and how beneficial and how bioavailable the nutrients are when you look at the scale. But then we essentially moved to where we could handle plants, but we, we didn’t look at them as the primary fuel source. So we’re very intelligently designed. We can eat plants, but we don’t use them as our primary fuel source. So there’s a scene, and this is the fourth reason why the film is a lie, where they take three football players, I think they’re all from the Miami Dolphins, and they give them a meal. The first meal they give them is animal protein. The second meal is all plant protein. They basically take their blood after these meals, postprandial, which means basically the, the hour or two after you eat a meal. It’s not a fasted state. Instead it’s a fed state and your body’s probably circulating the nutrients in the blood and things like that. And they looked at the blood and what they found was that the subjects when they had the animal meal and they looked at their, their tubes, I assume what they were, were sort of showing in this, this doctor was, was outlining is that the triglycerides, the amount of sort of cholesterol and fat molecules in their bloodstream was elevated and it was much higher when they’re in the animal food diet versus the plant food diet. Now, people have done this before and I personally have done my labs on an entirely animal-based diet where I’ve pulled my fast to triglycerides and we know postprandial. It can be very variable. It depends on how much calories you take in, what the macro content is, what’s in the food. It’s just crazy to think that you would, you would pull something two hours after you eat it and expect to get kind of the metabolic picture of what your overall health is because there is so much going on there. But for the purpose of this experiment, the other thing the football players mentioned was they ate Popeye’s chicken. Well, if you know anything about Popeye’s chicken, it’s fried chicken in vegetable oils, canola. I looked this up, it’s canola and I think it was like GrapeSEED oil. Basically very inflammatory oils is what they’re eating. And so to come here and showcase, Oh, you eat this as an animal burrito and then this happens to your blood. But Oh by the way, you might’ve had some fried food and some vegetable oils that are very inflammatory and things that we know are probably contributing to unhealthy lifestyles, but we’re not going to take that in consideration and we’re going to pull this postprandial and just compare. So it’s just not good science and it’s very much skewed and looked at. And going like, what? Like why are you, first of all, if you want to be convincing, you have to at least come off somewhat like you’re not biased. And in this film you’re just going down this hole of like, okay, this is a make sense. This doesn’t make sense, this doesn’t make sense. So reason number five is around this whole picture where like one of the guys shows a picture of an artery at the New York fire department and he’s like, this is what your, your endothelial function will look like if you eat animal foods and this is what it’ll look like when you don’t. And then he goes on throughout the movie and shows guys how they lowered their cholesterol. And I gotta be honest, like after doing my own research, looking at the Cholesterol Code, Dave Feldman, Carnivore, MD, Frank Tofano, you know, all these people are really intelligent to me live a lifestyle that is very healthy and have done a lot more research than your average doctor and are looking at the real science that’s going on right now. Cholesterol is not the enemy. Maybe the indicator at the scene, but for most of us, you need cholesterol in your body and having high cholesterol, especially if you’re on a ketogenic diet or a carnivore diet, is not going to be an issue. This is something where you need to look further, and I can even testify to this because if you go back and look at my blood results and you look at the endothelial function in my blood results, six months of animal foods only, you’re going to see that my endothelial function is very good. It’s very healthy. We see typically very low inflammation markers for people on a carnivore diet and in the community we see a lot of reduction in inflammation and autoimmune because of that reduction. So this fifth reason is just a flat out lie. There’s just not a lot of evidence there and there’s really not a lot of things that we can look at to say this is an issue. So the 6th sort of reason why this film was a lie in my opinion is, is there’s this point where they show how Nate Diaz, who is apparently training with a vegan diet, gets set to fight Conor McGregor, who’s the defending featherweight champion of UFC and now stepping into the lightweight class and going for that championship, and I believe he had won the championship at the time and was now defending the championship. But the point is Connor is all about steaks, all about eating his meat and Nate is all about his vegan diet and all that. And I don’t even know if Nate’s really that big of a proponent of the diet, but they basically go on to explain how Nate won the fight because he was on a vegan diet and Connor lost the fight because he was on a meat diet. And a couple of things right off the bat, right? This is one data point. There is very little evidence to support that the diet itself was the main factor in winning. But more importantly, Connor was stepping up an entire weight class from what he traditionally fought at – for anybody in fighting at any level that is insanely hard to do. And he did it. And probably the hardest sort of element UFC where he basically went from featherweight to fighting people that were much bigger his size. Nate Diaz is substantially bigger person than Conor McGregor. And he fought him well, he didn’t obviously win, but he did a good job of at least showing up. So to me it’s kind of a lie because they take this picture of a famous incidents and they go, all right, well clearly this must be what’s going on. And the real reason for this is because of the plant protein. So number seven reason is, is really just crazy. Wilkes is talking about how cows milk can be estrogenic and reduce your testosterone. And he’s referring to a pediatric journal study where they had 18 adults drinking pregnant cow milk and I believe it was seven men in that study had temporarily reduced their testosterone. Wilkes stated this as like it was the gold standard as if this was actually what’s going on, like come on man. Like you got to at least be honest with your audience. So again, this is just crazy. Another study, this is the 8th point, is that that Wilkes cited how postprandial, so after you eat a meal, avocados were reducing the inflammation and improving markers of endothelial function. Basically the inside of the veins and arteries, it was improving the markers that those were healthier. If people had an avocado with their burger, with I think with their steak, whatever. It was basically proving it. What’s funny, and this is true even for the meat world in the carnival community, obviously there are studies funded by meat organizations, but in this study it was actually done by the Haas avocado organization. So again, and it’s like you’re pulling a study from the organization that’s actually funding it. We know especially in the pharmaceutical industry, a lot of the studies, the trials are done clinically are funded by those pharmaceutical companies and the results are heavily skewed to favor the affects of the actual pharmaceuticals. When in reality, when they’re unbiased, the research, oftentimes these studies are completely bullshit. They’re not real, they’re not accurate, and they are actually misleading and dangerous. So in Point 9, they argue about protein quality and they say that animal advocates have basically stated that you must eat animal foods because you cannot get the essential amino acids in a complete protein, which would include all that. I would say that that’s pretty valid. What they say in the argument is that the actual, that’s not true, that you can actually get all the essential amino acids from plants if you eat a combination of plants. There’s also some truth that if you eat soy, which has a whole slew of other health concerns for a lot of people around estrogen and what it can do for your hormones, you would get a complete stack of essential amino acids. But what’s crazy is that the most bioavailable forms of complete essential amino acids in the amounts that your body readily accepts that you need as a human being, you’re going to get those from animal foods. Whey protein, beef are some of the highest forms of that. If you look at plants – there’s an actual actual categorization that was created. It’s the PDCAAS which means the “Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score”. The top foods on there are animal based without question. One of the other ones, surprise is pea protein. So if you look at it, it’s like whey protein at a score of 1.0 which is perfect. Casein, which is like a 1.0 beef is like 0.92 and then pea protein is like 0.86 but all the other plants are like way down the list. Soy is a little bit up there, but then it’s like the next closest thing is like 0.56 so in order to really get the complete protein stack of all the essential amino acids, your body actually needs to build muscle and is the key building block for you? You have to eat animal foods. It’s, it’s just there’s no way around them. So they’re going into like ancient discussions here on point 10 and they’re now bringing up stuff that has been debunked for probably at least five years, if not 10 years. This idea of colon cancer and red meat causing it. So there were some studies done and what we found was that colon cancer did increase with the ingestion of processed and cured meats. But what’s funny is your overall all cause chance of getting colon cancer is about 5%. These studies they did showed that your increase of getting the colon cancer went up on that actual risk factor 17% when you extrapolate out the relative risk, the actual risk change that you get when you eat processed meats, it’s only a 1% difference. It’s like you could eat bacon, salami, pastrami, and your chance of actually dying from colon cancer went from 5% to 6%. So the film just explodes this out and says, Hey, this is like a major issue. Like watch out. This could really cause a big thing. They leave these facts and these these information points in a way where it’s super misleading and it’s dangerous to people. It’s really not smart and it’s concerning. Another example of this where they just blow facts out of the water is the 11th reason or lie – they try to say you could get more antioxidants in a wedge of iceberg lettuce than you would in salmon. It was like salmon or eggs. And it’s like, okay, so if we’re looking at at exactly that, if we’re looking at just the antioxidant content, maybe that exists, but what about the DHA, the acid that your brain absolutely needs to function, that you get from salmon and you don’t get that at all from the lettuce or the choline you get in the eggs, which is critical for your brain health and your gallbladder and your production of bile, salts and all these other important metabolic functions. It’s like you’re comparing apples to oranges. It’s just a stupid claim. It has no basis in nutrition and it’s just, it makes me laugh. So the 12th point, the 12th reason why I think Game Changers film is a lie… Is this heart disease idea, that animal foods, animal protein in particular is a risk factor if you’re eating a lot of that for heart disease andAncel Keys came out in the seventies and eighties and really scared the shit out of everybody and said that, Hey, don’t eat saturated fat. Red meat will kill you…. And we know that that’s not true. We’ve done numerous studies now showing that that is not true. It is fiction. It is not accurate. What we do think might be the case is the particle size of cholesterol, certain higher density particles in your body,like chunks of cholesterol can correlate with this. But again, it’s still getting figured out in the research that we’re looking at. It’s really still up in the air. We do know for sure though it is not because of animal protein and earlier on in my point, we actually need animal protein for the most part because we need the complete essential amino acids. The last point I want to mention, which is just a cherry on top of this whole already cherry-picked studies and statements and blown out of proportion things is this idea that our body needs glucose. And I can tell you right now, I have been living without ingesting glucose for almost a year now on the carnivore diet in a ketogenic fashion, and I’ve done my blood work four times now. I will see my results, the fourth blood work and be putting out on the channel very soon. But in all three of those other cases, I have not died. I have energy. I can think clearly. I can read, I have mental cognition. I don’t think the creators of this film were that familiar with ketone bodies because they completely forgot to mention that yes, you can actually run on ketones. So that was a lot of information. I as always tried to break it down and keep it as concise as possible. I’d love to hear your comments. 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