878: Dr. Aaron Blaisdell Researches The Mental Health Impact Of Junk Food

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Biological anthropologist, professor of psychology, and brain health researcher Dr. Aaron Blaisdell is our interview guest today in Episode 878 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.”

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When Gary Taubes released his seminal nutritional health book Good Calories Bad Calories in 2007, no doubt he couldn’t have imagined at the time just how many people from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds would be influenced by his work. One such person who was influenced by Taubes is an associate professor of psychology at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and a participating member of the UCLA Brain Research Institute named Dr. Aaron Blaisdell. You may recognize his name as one of the two co-founders (with Brent Pottenger) of the annual Ancestral Health Symposium Paleo conference and he’s been conducting some pretty fascinating research with lab rats in recent years, including this fascinating April 2014 study published in Physiology & Behavior looking at the role a low-fat, junk food diet plays on obesity and cognitive function. In fact, Dr. Blaisdell gave a lecture about his research at the 2014 Ancestral Health Symposium (#AHS14) entitled Functional Frivolity: Human Brain Evolution and Play (watch the lecture below).

DR. AARON BLAISDELL’S #AHS14 LECTURE

Functional Frivolity: Human Brain Evolution and Play

Listen in as Dr. Blaisdell and I share about how Taubes was a major influence on his interest in nutrition and health, his research using lab mice to examine the mental and brain health impact that diet plays, how the late Seth Roberts got him interested in ancestral health, the variety of venues that have been used for the Ancestral Health Symposium, why modern schooling isn’t serving children well to make them into productive adults, how technology is changing the way our mind and environment operate from our hunter-gatherer ancestors, the reason why he thinks “ancestral” is a more complete term to use to describe the healthy lifestyle currently promoted as “Paleo,” the ketosis vs. pro-carbohydrates rift happening in the ancestral health community, where he see the ancestral health message going in the coming years, full details on the results of his latest rat experiments, the development of a new website dedicated to crowd sourcing n=1 experiments all in one place, and so much more! It’s a fabulous conversation between two of the leading voices in the ancestral health community.

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– April 2014 study published in Physiology & Behavior: Food quality and motivation: A refined low-fat diet induces obesity and impairs performance on a progressive ratio schedule of instrumental lever pressing in rats
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877: Dr. Deborah Penner Shifts From Recommending Grains To Ketogenic Diets

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Chiropractor and real foods-based nutrition practitioner Dr. Deborah Penner is our interview guest today in Episode 877 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.”

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There are so many amazing voices out there trumpeting the cause of real food in helping people improve their health in ways they never thought would be possible without the medications and procedures that modern medicine has said is the inevitable path. And today’s interview guest knows this a bit more than most having been raised on a large Mennonite farm with honeybees, oranges, cattle, pigs, sheep and fresh fruits and vegetables from their homemade garden. She is a Chico, CA-based chiropractor and nutritional wellness practitioner named Dr. Deborah Penner from Whole Food Medicine and Chico Creek Wellness And Chiropractic. Jimmy met her in person a couple of months back at the Ancestral Health Symposium in Berkeley, California where she shared her passion for teaching, preaching, and sharing as much information about a whole foods, low-carb, ketogenic diet with fantastic results. Recently, she has been conducting keto-adaptation food groups with fantastic results, including producing weight loss when people got stuck, resolution of migraine headaches, and diabetics who were taking insulin no longer having to do that anymore.

Listen in as Jimmy and Dr. Penner talk about how she was able to find robust health in her mid-50’s, why Whole Foods is in a dispute with her over her new name, how she evolved from recommending whole grains to no grains to high-protein and now ketosis, why all of her patients are given a blood glucose meter and ketone testing sticks to check their progress at home, how quickly changes begin to happen in her patients, some important aspects to getting keto-adapted that nobody talks about, how she helps people with a compromised biliary tract or no gallbladder get into ketosis, why shifting macronutrients alone may or may not be enough, her focus on nutrient-dense, high-fat foods to produce therapeutic ketones, her detox program that helps make adapting to the ketogenic diet easier, and so much more! Dr. Penner is one of the champions of low-carb, high-fat, ketogenic living working on the front lines of changing lives one patient at a time.

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876: Brenda Watson Says Out Of Balance Gut Bacteria At The Heart Of Obesity

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Certified Nutrition Consultant, gut health expert, and New York Times bestselling author Brenda Watson is our interview guest today in Episode 876 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.”

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When your work is lauded and endorsed by two such highly respected giants in the health community like Dr. William Davis, author of Wheat Belly, and Dr. David Perlmutter, author of Grain Brain, then you must be doing something right. For today’s podcast interview guest Brenda Watson, that must mean she’s doing something VERY right. She has dedicated her career for over 20 years to helping people achieve vibrant, lasting health through improved digestive function. You may have even seen her on several PBS specials educating the public through enthusiastic lectures as she has established herself as one of the foremost authorities in America on optimum nutrition, digestion, and natural detoxification methods. Brenda has written a total of eight previous books related to gut health and will be releasing her latest on October 7, 2014 entitled The Skinny Gut Diet: Balance Your Digestive System for Permanent Weight Loss.

Listen in as Jimmy and Brenda discuss the details of what she shares in her new book on one of the hottest topics in the health community, some of the latest research related to the connection between the microbiome and obesity, why the gut bacteria of lean people and overweight people are so radically different, the intricate role that carbohydrates play in the body turning into sugar ad disrupting the balance gut bacteria, her reaction to the rise in interest in resistant starch and whether she thinks it’s an effective way to feed the gut flora, how people can safely shift the foods they eat to improve the bacterial composition, and so much more. Everyone is keenly interested in this subject of gut health nowadays and Brenda Watson has been at this for nearly two decades researching it and finding what works for her clients. Listen and soak in her wisdom!

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875: Simone Miller Wants To Inspire People To Cook Again With The Zenbelly Cookbook

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Self-taught chef, gluten-free Paleo food catering business owner, and author Simone Miller is our interview guest today in Episode 875 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.”

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Over the past few years we have seen a huge influx of brand new Paleo cookbooks hitting the market from mostly enthusiastic bloggers and social media darlings who know how to whip up recipes that are delicious, pleasing to the eyes, and fit within a healthy lifestyle. But today’s podcast interview guest brings a little more experience to the table than just posting a photo with some ingredients and directions. She’s a San Francisco, CA-based professional chef named Simone Miller from “Zenbelly” who has been working in the culinary world for almost 20 years and she’s watched how the food trends have come and gone over the years. And when Paleo made a bona fide difference in her life, she committed to starting a 100% gluten-free catering company that would specialize in Paleo cuisine. Simone sees her role in the Paleo community as an ambassador for bringing real food back to the kitchen and dinner table again where she thinks any home cook could produce a quality dish that is elegant, delicious and artfully prepared just like you’d find in a fine restaurant. When you focus on using fresh ingredients like what is available when you eat Paleo, that’s not difficult to do as Simone explains in today’s show.

Listen in as Jimmy and Simone dig deeply into what she wrote about in her brand new 2014 release The Zenbelly Cookbook: An Epicurean’s Guide to Paleo Cuisine, why she values creating meals that are quick and easy to make at home, how the focus of her blog has been to show people how simple and beautiful eating healthy can look like, why she doesn’t think people should view Paleo as a restrictive diet in any way, her concerns about the word “Paleo” to describe this way of eating, the reality that people need to learn to get in the kitchen and cook more than they probably already are doing, why she vary rarely spends hours in the kitchen cooking dinner and yet still produces a great meal, her hope and desire that her book inspires people to get excited and have fun about cooking at home again, and why she’s no fan of Paleo perfectionists. What a fabulous conversation with someone who knows a trick or two in the kitchen to pass along to you. ENJOY!

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874: Dr. Josh Turknett Identifies How Low-Carb Ketogenic Diets Treat Migraines

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Ancestral-based board certified neurologist and migraine headache specialist Dr. Josh Turknett, MD is our interview guest today in Episode 874 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.”

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Migraine headaches can be incredibly debilitating and disrupt the life of seemingly anyone at anytime. But what if there were a nutritional component behind why these headaches happen? That’s exactly what a neurologist and founder of the Atlanta Center for Headache Relief named Dr. Josh Turknett has been about since conducting research on migraines and neurodegenerative diseases. In fact, he’s written a book about it entitled The Migraine Miracle: A Sugar-Free, Gluten-Free, Ancestral Diet to Reduce Inflammation and Relieve Your Headaches for Good sharing the kind of diet changes he uses with patients with great success in ridding them of headache pain.

Listen in as Jimmy and Dr. Turknett talk about his book and why he wrote it, why modern high-carb diets are leading directly to migraines, the association between Vitamin D, sunshine, and headaches, how processed foods like Dorito’s can trigger an immediate headache, how he approaches his patients to teach them about proper nutrition, how a low-carb ketogenic diet can improve headaches, what his fellow neurologists think about his dietary approach to treating his patients, his personal experience using ancestral health principles with patients that has revolutionized the way he practices medicine, what he learned from being involved in pharmaceutical research, his unique view of obesity from a neurologist’s perspective and so much more. Ironically, I had one of the worst headaches I’ve ever had in the midst of doing this interview, so it was especially relevant to him that day. Listen and enjoy!

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