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Blog and Podcast Update

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I just wanted to give you all a quick update on the blog and podcast. As you’ve no doubt noticed, I haven’t been writing or publishing new episodes as regularly as I usually do. If you’ve guessed that has something to do with the recent birth of my daughter Sylvie, you’d be right. 🙂

I feel like I’m just now getting back in the saddle. The plan is to return to a more regular schedule for the podcast and blog. Starting next Tuesday, a new episode of the podcast will be published every other week. Blog articles will be published – for the most part – every other week on either Thursdays or Fridays.

Since I’ve retired The Healthy Skeptic name here on the blog, Danny and I are also planning to rename the podcast. We haven’t settled on a name yet (if you have any ideas, leave them in the comments section.) This won’t affect the feed or your subscription to it. One day you’ll just notice that it has a different graphic and name.

I’ve also got a couple of exciting projects in the works. It’s too early to say much about them, but I can give you a little hint. One is related to weight loss for those who’ve tried everything without success and the other is related to creating your own customized Paleo-type diet – rather than following a canned approach. I’ll keep you posted as they develop!

Happy Fall!

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  1. I frequently listen to The Joe Rogan Experience, where I first heard you walk through many of the health benefits we are missing out on (be that lack of knowledge or by choice). I would like to spend time volunteering to help promote some of the ideas you have discussed. I currently live in St. Louis, would you be able to recommend any organizations within my area that I should volunteer my time at? Thanks!

  2. Not quite on topic but….my wife has her BSN and would like to become a health coach. Do you have recommendations for her future training whether it be a certification or a degree program?

    Thank you for any help you can provide.

  3. I have gout like symptom in my right foot under the big toe, doctor said stay away from organ meats (which I love and enjoy) but Chris recommends it in the thirty day reset, so should eat it or should I not?

  4. hey guys I have a close friend with high blood pressure he is 27 years old and currently takes 1 pill of karvea 75mg I’ve got him on a paleo diet following Chris kresser’s protocol for blood pressure but am very interested in using your Fasting on him I’ve had him doing time ristricted eating giving him a fast of 14 hours each day and was thinking to start adding a 24 hour fast at end of week would you recommend this as he is on medication and have read you should lower the dose of medication when fasting but I gather that’s only in prolonged fasts 24 hours and up interested to hear back from you as his doctor laughed at him when he mentioned implementing a fasting protocol…any other recommendations or products or possibly online course to help me get my friend back to optimal health would be great thanks

  5. Hi Chris,

    I’m from Atlanta Georgia and was hoping if you could recommend a functional medicine doctor in my area..

    Thank you.

  6. Hi Chris, I am from Australia and have been healing myself thanks to you and other new aged medical practitioners especially from the USA, I have been dealing with gut issues, i am still not perfect but i have been making progress. I have decided when i feel better to use ALL the information and knowledge that i have accumulated due to my sickness in helping others that have similar gut issues like histamine intolerance. Would you know what paths may be open to me, do you have practitioner courses available? or any ideas what path to take. I am 46 years old IT Consultant and feel that this is my calling and its not too late to embark on a career change. Thank you

  7. Hello, my name is Michael McIsaac, Kinesiologist with East Coast Kinetics. I wanted to know if I could place a link under the Resources Section of eastcoastkinetics.com so that my clients, and other like-minded professionals, could access your work? I make no profits off of this; I simply want informed consumers to have access to good people that can provide meaningful help and insight. Please let me know your thoughts, and thank you in advance

  8. Just listened to the presentation on You Tube called the connection between SIBO and Methane. I have been tested and I have methane-producing SIBO. I also work in the field of gastroenterology and I know that fecal transplants are being used for people with Crohn’s disease who have chronic C Diff infections, with great success. Some practioners believe fecal transplant may be an effective treatment for other conditions as well. I’d like to know if any research has been done on the application of this treatment for SIBO.

  9. I have a very elevated level of B12 in my blood. Ten months ago it was 1078 and now it is 1485. Could this be caused by a methylation problem?

  10. I was diagnosed with celiac a year ago, consequently I was just diagnosed with SIBO and am in the middle of my Xifaxin course.

    My question is should I start a probiotic once I finish the Xifaxin?

    If so which one, as most research says to stay away from some of them…..HELP

  11. I am turning to you because I am just about at the end of my rope. (I know I will always make new rope, it just feels like I am)
    I have a leaky gut and I am doing as much as I can, but I can not find a truly knowledgeable health care professional to help me. I was wondering if there is someone in my area that you could confidently recommend. I live in Bloomington, IL. Any help that you could give would be appreciated more than I can say.

    Thank you,
    Margaret

  12. Hi Chris. I am male, 43 yo, hyperuricemic, have had low serum insulin since forever and now have my early-morning FBG levels in the 80s and 90s…no family history of diabetes. Late-morning/weekend FBG levels are always lower. My FBG had climbed passed 100 a couple of months ago but now have lowered it through moderate low to carbs. Even took it to 77 on a day….trying to figure out what I ate the previous day. Have lost 24lbs in 3 months. Need your help with low-carb vs moderate-carb vs paleo for low insulin levels and hyperuricemia.

    Thanks a million

  13. Good day,

    My name is Alexander

    My left and partial of the right Thyroid was removed about 5 years ago due to inflammation and n nodule.

    My thyroid is underactive and I am skinny, I have no body fat and have lost my appetite. I can go weeks without eating.

    When I do have an appetite I can eat so much yet my body does not absorb any food intake or medication

    Ever since I have been to specialist and were admitted to Hospital numeral times fore severe infection and we can’t find the corporate, my body has to try and fight infection every 2de day, I have lost so much weight due to not having an appetite and wake up every night wet and have to change the sheets and my clothing.

    Worst part is the Dr only treats my Thyroid and I am using 2.5 mg Eltroxin and my levels still are alleviated in the 30 mIU/1

    My body does not absorb the eltroxin or convert it.

    I have no libido at all, I am tiered all the time these days I have eye problem

    I Went last week for a PET scan and they found flued in my appendix and my spleen is bulky, FDG uptake is noted involving the ascending colon.
    Lymph nodes in head and neck do not seem to be cancer and only to be reactive.

    FDG uptake is noted involving the right Thyroid lobe diffusely (SUV MAX = 2.39)

    My bladder is with in normal limits

    Ultra sound
    The right Thyroid measure +- 5.1 x 2.9 x 2.4

    I am not Dr yet everything pin points to autoimmune disease, I don’t know why the Dr can’t see this.
    The treatment on the thyroid only is not helping as the medicine is not working, at this stage I am about to give up my body is so swore and tiered, my mind is strong it’s only my body just don’t want to recuperate.

    I don’t even know how a normal person should feel.

    There is something we are missing and we cant find anything in blood test.

    Kind Regards
    Alex

  14. Thank you so much for the eBooks and information about a personalized, alternative approach to optimal health.
    My interest is pursuing a certification or degree in functional nutrition. Because I do not hold a degree in any medical field, I am unable to enroll in your institute. Can you recommend another education path to learn more about functional diagnostic nutrition? Located in Virginia, for the past 20 years, I have owned a fitness studio, instructing and training clients to embrace a healthy lifestyle. All help appreciated!

  15. Hello. I have a general question / comment that I hope somebody might be able to respond to regarding intestinal permeability (leaky gut). After connecting the dots following a number of different signs over the past several months(particularly a very intense episode with a powerful viral infection that may have been a contributing environmental trigger), I have a rather strong suspicion that my child has intestinal permeability / leaky gut.
    However, in addition to adjusting her diet appropriately, I also feel it is important to know if there is indeed, currently, some sort of intestinal infection (bacterial / fungus / yeast / parasite, etc.) going on so I can make sure to address this in order for the change in her diet to actually help with the leaky gut.
    In sum, my QUESTION is the following: – WHAT test (stool sample, urine, blood, etc.) would be best to check for an infection of some sort in the intestine and WHO (type of doctor) should I see to perform such a test???
    Any help / guidance would be greatly appreciated indeed!

  16. Just received an email recommending 14FOUR. Sounds like a perfect kick-start program but before I buy it can anyone tell me if it would be UNsuitable for someone with a mild neurological problem.
    I’ve been looking at the Wahls protocol (tho I don’t have MS)

    Thank you

    Anna

  17. I am gluten, fructose and lactose. I have been following diet. I have continuous issues with stomach. I have lost pounds from 269 to 213. I continue to experience bloating and allergic reactions. However some better. Take Stockton aloe. Colbert fermented powder. vitamin c 5000 d and e. I am 65 yrs. old and trying to heal my stomach. Also take berberine. Can you recommend protocol to follow as I am tired and frustrated. Weight loss also is result of using dry heat sauna.

  18. Hi there,

    I have a quick question regarding stomach pain and napping. I wake up from naps with uncomfortable pain in my stomach along with a bloated and full feeling. It usually doesn’t go away until the next day. It is definitely worse if I eat before napping, but the symptoms are also there if I don’t eat right before a nap.

    I would appreciate any comments regarding this.

    Thank you!

    • I would also like to add that I was diagnosed with Hashimotos and Hypothyroidism about 3 years ago. I’m not sure if this is at all related, but I thought it might be relevant.

      Thank you!

  19. Hi Chris ‘n friends,

    since nearly a year I am now on a Paleo diet. My skin problems did disappear and most of food reactions are gone. So far I am happy. However, for over 9 months now I am suffering lower back pain which no doctor could help me with. It is one sided only, quite persistent but coming and going, it does not worsen with any activity (even gardening). Anyhow, since I never had this before, I would also like to be free of this pain again. I sometimes wonder, if the diet has to do with it …? I am really eating at least five times more meat than before …

    Thank you soo much!

  20. I read with great interest your article about UTI’s and the possibility that biofilms might be the cause of frequent recurrences. Your recommendation for the use of biofilm disruptors “Interfase Plus” and “Biofilm Defense” left me asking how much to take and how long it takes to destroy the biofilm.

  21. Hi Chris, I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism in the year 2011 by an endo. He didn’t explain anything to me about the disease & simply put me on Thyrox (25mg) stating that I’ll have to take the medications for the rest of my life. My dose has now increased to 50mg & I’ve a lot of body weight which doesn’t go away whatever I do. After my delivery in Dec 2012 I was diagnosed with Tennis Elbow & Ankylosing Spondylitis for which I was given NSAIDs & pain killers which didn’t gave me any relief & I sought alternate treatments for my problems. I browsed the net & bumped into a website called Mind Body Green through which I came to know that wheat, corn & soy cause inflammation in the body which causes various lifestyle diseases such as Hypothyroid, Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis & lot more. So I started my journey of self medication through diet & lifestyle changes by reading & implementing Dr. William Davis, Dr. Perlmutter & now Dr. Chris Kresser. I’ve reaped the benefits in the form of weight loss, reduced pain in joints & backache & tailbone etc. & most importantly I am not taking any of the pain killers & NSAIDs although I am still taking my medication for Hypothyroid. The main issue that I am facing till now is that I am religiously vegetarian (I am a Jain) & cannot eat meat even if my life depended on it which means I need to find a substitute for meat in vegetarian food items. I also need to find out which Hypothyroid I am affected with, Hashimoto’s or graves or if it’s an Iodine deficient Hypothyroid? Can you please help me out Chris?

  22. Hi sorry I don’t know where else to ask this and it’s very important. I have been taking relatively large doses of selenium and it has been helping with my fatigue. I notice the effect within a few hours.

    I am guessing the effects would either be from helping T4 turn to T3 or from raising glutathione.

    Could you please tell me which of these is more likely or if you think it may be due to some other effect. Thanks so much.

    • Unfortunately the wait list is full. There will be more opportunities to become a patient in the near future. Thanks for your patience!

  23. Chris, I just learned my mother has Demintia, first stage. Do you know or have you heard of reversing or controlling this with a paleo approach? She is 80. Was sharp until she got sick and they gave her antibiotics. She has a heart problem and is on Coumadin. They said that the antibiotics with the Coumadin advanced this.

  24. I bought the healthy baby code about two and a half years ago and now can’t see how to access it with my pass code?? Please advise!

  25. Just read an article on http://www.medscape.com. It’s about an article in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Here’s the first paragraph. The message – bad food is good for America!

    Processed Food Is Vital in US Diet, Nutrition Society States
    Marlene Busko
    August 05, 2014
    Processed foods are an important part of the US food supply and ensure that Americans have food to eat (food security) and food that meets nutritional guideline requirements (nutrition security), according to a controversial scientific statement issued by the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) and published in the June issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

  26. I am a Holistic Health Coach (Trained at IIN) and have been Paleo for two years. My question is regarding my stepdaughter, whose mother is a labor and delivery nurse. As such, I think she is skeptical that I have any knowledge in this area because she has the degree and I do not.

    My step-daughter is 8 years old and lives with us half the week. She eats Paleo with us. When she is with her mom, she eats more of a standard American diet (boxed/packaged/processed foods and drinks with artificial ingredients, etc.) Shortly after birth, our daughter developed digestive issues. She would withhold pooping for days and when she did poop it was often accompanied by screaming and bloody tearing. She was put on Miralax for several years until this situation cleared up.

    She has also suffered from the bumpy chicken-skin on her upper arms for as long as I can remember. She has been diagnosed with eczema, which recently became impetigo. She will develop small patchy itchy spots around her mouth or her eyes. I can’t remember a time in this child’s life where she has not had one or all of these symptoms, requiring ointments and steroidal creams.

    Often, when I pick her up after she has been with her mom, she has had a snack such as crackers or a granola bar and then usually falls asleep on the 30 minute drive from her mom’s to our house (our other kids don’t). I’ve been keeping track, and this child is also sick more often than the other two.

    Here’s the problem. I believe this child is developing or has leaky gut, has SIBO, or at the very least has some food sensitivities that are causing all of her symptoms. This scares the hell out of me, because I believe that if this is true and we do nothing to eliminate the likely culprits, this child will develop long term illnesses.

    Help! Are there specific papers, articles, podcasts which you would recommend to her mom that would help me convince her that food is the problem? I have many collected as part of my own library, but I’m looking for a couple of really specific ones that would help a skeptical RN see there might be something we can do other than medicate with creams.

    If I cannot convince her to try elimination, are there things I could do 3 days a week to help offset the damage being done the rest of the week?

    Unfortunately, the pediatrician did the basic allergy tests and the dermatologist said that the issues is just that our child has “fair skin” and this is just the way it is…no link to food. These medical professionals, along with the medical professional MOM, seem to trump what I instinctively know to be true: it’s in the food!

  27. Can you please tell me if you did go ahead with the tetanus jab for Sylvie? I have a completely unvaccinated 2 year old who loves gardening, digging in soil and horses so I am considering a single tetanus jab for her. What do you think?

  28. My husband and I are planning on trying to get pregnant in the next month or so. We have been doing Hot Yoga for about 4 months now, and I really enjoy it. It is also the first thing I have been able to do 4+ times a week consistently . One of the teachers at our studio said she did Hot Yoga all through her pregnancy and said it was great and saw no reason for concern, but most websites we look at say it is not safe, but they do not really say why.

    I was hoping you might have an opinion on this.

  29. Hi Chris
    I got your contact details from Robb Wolf. I have a question to do with thyroid. I am following the paleo lifestyle and feel great. 20 years ago i had radio active treatment to kill off my thyroid, i have recently had my 12 monthly blood work and my levels are all great. All the articles i read have to do with still having an existing thyroid gland, what do you suggest to include in my daily food intake for not having a gland at all? Also in 2008 i had a total hysterectomy due to ESS cancer (low grade). Because it was total i have no ovaries at all. I refuse to take the hormones the doctors want me to take to keep any further cancer at bay, the receptors of the cancer were insensitive to both female hormones. To be truthfull i have never been more healthy as i focus on staying well and keeping my emotions and mind under controll, meaning i don’t let them run out of control.

    I would reallly appreciate if you can suggest anything i can add into my daily eating plan that would support my due to the above lack.

    Be blessed and thanks heaps.

    Cheryl

  30. Hi Chris,
    Hoping to have another talk about thyroid…I realize it is a subject you’ve spoken and written about time and time again but I am still at a loss of where I should go for help. For changes in thyroid (doubling of TSH to a value >4 and lowering of free T4 (0.8) along with increased body fat despite rigorous diet and exercise modifications, I am looking for help. My OBGYN did not want to address the changes in lab values because they were still ‘in range’. I am devastated by the increased body fat, as I was comfortably sitting at 8-10% body fat for over a year when all of the sudden things started changing. I have religiously tracked other markers over the past year, including female sex hormones, cortisol (4 point), DHEA, blood glucose). Natural ways to address this issue or try to find a medical practitioner who will ‘treat’ it with….armour thyroid? Any thoughts or further talks would be so appreciated. LOVE the wealth of information you provide…thanks!

  31. Chris

    Can you point me to any sources of information concerning elevated CRP and fibrinogen? From what I’ve learned so far, these are more reliable predictors of heart disease, but can’t find anything about correcting them.

    Thanks,
    Bryan

  32. Hi Chris. On Sean’s show earlier this year you made a statement that we should not worry about Mercury in fish. You stated that most fish are high enough in Selenium to offset the negative effects of the mercury. Two quick questions: I can’t seem to support your comments that most fish are high in selenium. Can you support that with studies? Can you please provide or point me in the right direction for research that supports your comments that Selenium will protect us against the harmful effects of the mercury? Including pregnant women? Thanks for you time. Steve

  33. > Chris,
    > I don’t do Facebook very well, or else I would have messaged you
    > there. I just have a quick question. First off, you are a frigging
    > genius. Your content is amazing and thank you for your work. I am a
    > physical therapist and refer any of my patients that have questions
    > about health and nutrition to your site.
    > Your evaluation of research is second to none. I need to get better at
    > critically evaluating research and was wondering if you could suggest
    > any books, articles, or other places that would help me learn this
    > skill. I took a research course in my graduate work, but the book
    > sucked. Can you help me? Thanks for your time in advance, and keep up
    > the amazing work you do. You will never fully appreciate the impact
    > you have on the world, but just know that you are making a difference.

    • Travis: probably the best bet would be to take a research methodology course at your local community college, or try to find one online. It’s much easier to learn that way than from a book.

  34. Hi Chris,
    I’m a HUGE fan of your work and have been about 80% paleo for about 8 months now. I’ve lost about 30 lbs and am a crossfitter (about 4x a week). I seem to have reached a stalling point in my journey to a healthier me, I can’t loose the extra fat! I’m hovering around 24% (and have been here for about 4 months) but have a goal to be sub 20% by the end of the year (I currently weigh about 153 and am 5’7.5″). I’m wondering if maybe I should take a closer look into investigative medicine. I’m generally pretty symptom free but do seem to wake up for about an hour or so around 3 am, I get occasional skin rashes/hives. I’ve never had ANY type of blood test done and am curious to know if you can recommend a Dr. in the Santa Barbara area. I’d also be interested in a consultation from you.

    Thanks so much for all you do and looking forward to hearing back from you! Check out my blog http://www.sheshredss.wordpress.com 🙂

    Live to Thrive,
    Lauren

  35. Hallo Chris,
    maybe you could write about your experience with your patients with Iodine and Hashimoto? I would really looking forward :). Do you or your wife take Iodine?
    Greetings 🙂

  36. The Health Detective might work for the podcast, although it suggests you would be trying to solve hard cases. That is a big part of what you do, but you don’t do that on the podcast (although I suppose you could–that would be interesting.

  37. Hi Chris,

    I’m a big fan of the blog and podcast. You have definitely opened up my eyes to some issues with lowcarb eating. Thanks to you and PHD I’ve adjusted my diet (safe starches, real fish rather than capsules, etc). After a month my uric acid levels have plummeted. Hopefully this addresses this issue with kidney stones that I have encountered since going low carb now paleo several years ago…

    I’m a big fan of Ken Wilber and his Integral philosophy, stating his integral approach he says that we should, “exercise body, mind, and spirit in self, nature, and culture”. I find your approach to be similar, so one recommendation for your blog/podcast would be “Integral Health”?? Rational Health? Best of luck with your endeavors.

  38. So far Health Detective wins by far. Staying with the theme, how about “Investigative Health” or “Decoding Health” podcast?

  39. What’s good for baby is good for Daddy.. and Uncle Danny 🙂
    So I like “Healthy Human Code” or “Health Decoded”. I would stay away from paleo/primal/ancestral labels, as you never know how your info will evolve.
    Love you guys
    deb

  40. PS. I just wanted to add that I think if you get too cerebral or clever with the name that the average Joe looking for health advice, i.e. myself, will just pass over it and open something like Jillian Micheals. So keep it simple. Peace!!!!

  41. I thought Kris Kresser “health detective” as well, I think it will draw attention without anyone being confused about content. I don’t think it’s corny either, just accurate. Good luck and I’m looking forward to whatever is upcoming.

  42. Chris, I can’t wait for your thoughts on how to lose that stubborn weight. I’ve been agonizing about it for a few years now. I lost 75 pounds in 2000 on Protein Power, gained back 45 over the years. Low-carb will not work like it did before. Grrrr… I’ve been scouring the web trying to learn why. Several theories seem reasonable but not very helpful. I’ve tried reducing my low-carb/high-fat/adequate protein calories but then just get hungry and eat what I shouldn’t. My weight won’t budge. I’m so frustrated!

  43. How about “beyond dogma” (funny little dog graphic), and if you’re not afraid of a little cheese, the tagline could be “sniffing out the deeper truths about health and nutrition”.

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