Diet is always a hot topic in the Paleo and ancestral health community. There are diehard advocates on every side. Today I talk with Robb Wolf about his new book Wired to Eat. We explore how his approach to diet has evolved beyond just choosing the right mix of carbs, fats and protein and why a personalized approach is the key to understanding weight loss.
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Why is it that both low-carb and low-fat diets can produce weight loss? Why is it so hard to avoid foods that taste good? Is it really about willpower? Today I discuss the brain’s influence on food intake with neuroscientist Dr. Stephan Guyenet. Learn why our brain is hardwired to seek out calorie-dense foods and discover four strategies for “tricking” the brain and achieving sustained weight loss.
Methylation has been a popular topic in the alternative health world for quite some time. The ease of access to genetic testing and the ability to look at things like the MTHFR gene have led many people to be concerned about their methylation status, or their body’s ability to detoxify. However—as with many things in functional medicine—genes don’t tell the full story. Today I talk with methylation expert Dr. Kara Fitzgerald about the impact of diet and lifestyle on methylation and why supplementation can sometimes be harmful.
The message that “cholesterol is bad and if you have high cholesterol you should take a statin to lower it” is out of date and not in sync with the most recent scientific evidence. Unfortunately, the latest findings have not trickled down to the average primary care doctor—or even the average cardiologist. Today I discuss the six underlying causes of high cholesterol and how addressing those issues can often alleviate the need to take statins.
One of the questions I get asked most frequently is how can someone become a functional medicine practitioner. It’s an important question because I truly believe that functional medicine is the future of healthcare. The good news is there is an incredibly wide range of roles and backgrounds that lend themselves to a career in functional medicine. Whether you come from a background of a doctor, nurse, chiropractor, or dietician, there are real opportunities for you to make a significant impact on the health of your community.
When discussing health and healing, it’s easy to focus on things like diet and exercise. But we aren’t just physical beings—we are spiritual and emotional beings as well. In today’s podcast, I discuss how our emotions can affect our health and why focusing on emotional well-being may be a key part of the healing process.