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#330 – Brain Maker

Dr. David Perlmutter

Guest: Dr. David Perlmutter, MD

Dr. David Perlmutter — author of Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain for Life — returns to the podcast to reveal shocking research on the role of gut bacteria in depression, ADHD, Alzheimer’s, and autism.

Here are my notes!

2:27 – A disaster for medicine? The big problem with looking at the body as different, separate parts and thinking of bacteria as a problem.

6:36 – It all starts in the gut. The set-point of inflammation, the long list of diseases associated with it and why treatments for them don’t always work.

12:35 – What does an optimal microbiome even look like?

14:54 – The power of dirt and how our obsession with “dangerous” germs could be doing us more harm than good.

17:47 – The importance of diversity in the gut and a few things you can do to help your gut help your body.

22:05 – The 3 important brain chemicals your gut makes to keep you healthy. Plus, more evidence for the gut-brain axis and how you can use it as a powerful approach for treating some major disorders.

29:46 – What’s really behind depression and anxiety? The link between gut health and mental health.

34:46 – The biggest problems with feeding out microbiome the standard american diet and what you can do to fix it. (Put down that diet soda.)

39:11 – Some awesome studies about more ways our gut impacts our lives…and can even change your perception of the world around you!

42:31 – Is gut trouble the root cause of ADHD and Autism? How treating the smoke and ignoring the fire is getting us into trouble and some new ideas from science about curing these conditions.

53:17 – Will we ever see widespread support for probiotics and nutritional supplements? Dr. Perlmutter gives us his take.

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#329 – The Dorito Effect

Mark Schatzker

Guest: Mark Schatzker

Mark Schatzker, award-winning food journalist and author of The Dorito Effect, reveals the surprising truth about food and flavor. Topics include why artificial flavoring may be a missing piece of the obesity puzzle, the satiating benefits of natural food toxins, and why you may have no idea what a real chicken tastes like.

Here are my notes!

3:31 – The most important word in our food world and how a family vacation changed the world of flavor, allowing us to make food taste anyway we it want it to.

6:39 – Why do we use so much flavor? The technology of food and the reason most strawberries taste like cardboard.

8:14 – How a simple “Chicken of Tomorrow Contest” got us moving in the wrong direction of cheaper, faster, diluted chickens and vegetables.

16:27 – Food crisis or flavor disorder? A new look at obesity and why we’re eating more than we ever have before.

20:06 – The fascinating way one company is using your feelings as flavors in order to get you to eat their foods (and get us into overeating trouble.)

22:11 – Why does food even have flavor in the first place? What your DNA has to do with flavor and nutrition and how your body knows what’s in food before you even eat it.

24:12 – The realities of flavor, cravings and food addiction: how fake flavor sells us a promise it can’t deliver.

25:56 – The joke of “natural” flavor, the antioxidant that might actually be making your real food taste good, and why you should always take a look at that ingredient list —even if it’s a “health” food.

33:12 – What the amazing nutritional wisdom of animals and humans can teach us about eating food that gives us what we need and what goes wrong when you throw fake flavorings into the mix (plus what you can do to fix it)!

44:58 – Is there enough real food to go around? The tradeoff between quality and quantity in our food supply.

47:22 – Are toxins in our food really that big of a deal? Mark’s take on chemicals and toxins in foods we are consuming and why we can so easily overeat refined processed foods.

52:06 – The best evidence that we’re getting the obesity problem wrong and how you can use bitter foods to increase satiety.

57:31 – Some helpful info for finding real chickens.

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#328 – The Stubborn Fat Fix.

Dr. Jade Teta

Guest: Dr. Jade Teta, ND

Dr. Jade Teta — co-author of Lose Weight Here — returns to the podcast to reveal how you can stop the metabolism-dirsupting effects of eating less and exercising more. Plus, find out how to target stubborn areas like lower body fat and arms in women and male belly fat.

Here are my notes!

2:47 – We’ve been going about it all wrong! Why the traditional “fat loss formula” doesn’t work in the long-term and how we should be doing it instead.

6:55 – Keep your HEC in check! The three most important ways to monitor your metabolism, and how to know when there might be more going on with your body than you think.

8:50 – Why just chasing the mechanism and pushing anything to the extreme probably won’t do a body good.

12:02 – How to balancing energy output to “starve the fat” and the more natural way you can create a calorie deficit.

17:20 – Pay attention! Dr. Teta reveals the “one and only rule of nutrition”.

21:19 – The 4 metabolic toggles that we are all constantly pulling on. Plus, how you can use them to create the metabolism and body you want.

32:48 – The Law of Metabolic Multi-Tasking: becoming a metabolic detective that works WITH your metabolism instead of against it.

39:35 – Why is stubborn fat so stubborn in the first place? And a few tricks to balance uneven fat loss.

44:25 – For the ladies: how to take advantage of your menstrual cycle or menopause to maximize fat loss.

49:13 – How do you know if you’re getting at stubborn fat? Hint: you still don’t need that scale.

51:56 – Dr. Teta’s best advice for jiggly arms and belly fat, plus a bonus tip on cravings, cocoa and brain chemistry!

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#327 – Ex-Pharma Sales Rep Tells All.

UW Radio #327

Guest: Gerald Roliz, CNC

Gerald Roliz — author of The Pharmaceutical Myth — pulls back the curtain on the pharmaceutical sales industry, revealing how he was trained to use fear, pressure, and gifts to “buy out” doctors who would prescribe the medications he represented. Plus, what made him walk away from it all to help people heal naturally.

Here are my notes:

2:00 – How dreams of becoming a doctor led Gerald to a company car and unlimited expense account as a pharma rep.

6:30 – Selling pharmaceuticals: how the industry teaches drug reps to spin side effects for better sales.

15:04 – How doctors are being bought out and why the pharma industry gets away with calling bribes “gifts.” Plus, the one “gift” that makes Gerald want to throw up on UW Radio!

17:55 – Have you seen a Pharma rep in your doc’s office? What this could mean and why you should start asking questions about it!

22:59 – More marketing tools and tricks used by the Pharma industry to keep close contact with doctors…and why there isn’t much your doc can do about it.

26:16 – Doctor-induced diseases or drug side-effects? What the difference is and how patients can reduce prescription drug use to avoid both.

32:22 – Gerald’s personal experience with “biochemical weapons” as treatment that powers his current passion for health.

38:20 – The $600 dinner that changed Gerald’s mind about pharmaceutical sales and how he finally forced him to plan his exit from the industry.

44:54 – The 3 major risks of medications and the best ways to support yourself or loved ones to become drug-free.

49:43 – The impact of our health habits on generations to come and what we can do to move closer to experiencing optimal health.

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#326 – How to Make New Habits Stick!

Gretchen Rubin

Guest: Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin, bestselling author of The Happiness Project and Better than Before, reveals 8 effective strategies for creating new habits and how to exploit your own personality type to make your habits stick.

Here are my notes:

2:21 – Why do we do what we do, why are we the way that we are? How Gretchen got into the business of happiness and habits.

4:05 – The puzzle of habits: Why sometimes we can change and sometimes we can’t – even if we want to.

6:05 – When it comes to habits and expectations, there are only four types of people. Which type are you?

8:40 – Can people change? How to bust through the limitations of your habit tendencies to live more consistently with your nature.

12:04 – The 4 foundational things you need to get a handle on to master your good habits and eliminate the need for willpower.

14:42 – The importance of getting control over (or getting rid of!) the “stuff” in your life.

17:58 – Should you be monitoring your habits? The benefit of knowing where you are at all times and who this strategy might work for.

24:34 – Why going public with your goals could be good for you – and why some people should keep it secret.

25:58 – The danger of YOLO and the vicious start/stop cycle and how you can reframe habit stops and backslides for major success.

29:29 – The all-powerful lightning bolt: how people and habits really CAN change overnight!

32:54 – Abstainers vs. moderators. Why some people need it to be “all or nothing” and how it out could make all your cravings disappear.

39:33 – Are rewards and values undermining your habits? How to set up rewards to make your habits stronger…and when it’s OK to admit that you don’t even want to try.

46:37 – The real reason we want new habits and how they can make your life “Better Than Before.”

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#325 – Natural Tips for Beating Brain Fog

UW RADIO #325-2

Guest: Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo, CS

This week on the podcast, Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo — founder of the Institute of Nutritional Endocrinology — shares her best tips for beating brain fog.

Here are my notes:

4:56 – How Dr. Ritamarie turned her health around after living life in the fast lane and being prescribed medications for conditions she didn’t even have!

16:55 – Brain fog: Is it normal or just common? What the difference is and how to know if you have a problem.

19:03 – Fat is your friend: what you brain really needs for nourishment and the best places can get it.

23:46 – Too much stress? How it could be affecting you memory and what you can use to ease stress-induced damage and keep your brain cells firing fast enough.

29:21 – Keeping your brain (and blood sugar levels!) healthy. JERF!

33:33 – How vegans can get the nutrients they need and why you might need to supplement … no matter what you’re eating.

35:20 – The Cortisol Connection: how your thyroid and adrenals might be affecting your brain.

38:20 – Brain fog after breakfast? Why it’s happening and what you should be eating to avoid a mid-day crash.

40:33 – How to lift your brain fog with one breath in one minute!

44:26 – Even MORE reasons to get off the gluten.

46:48 – The brain fog tips roundup and the best place to start to clear up your brain fog.

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#324 – The Obesity Paradox

chip lavie

Guest: Dr. Chip Lavie, MD

Dr. Chip Lavie, author of The Obesity Paradox, reveals why thinner can mean sicker and heavier can mean healthier. Find out why being oveweight or obese on the BMI scale can protect those with heart disease, diabetes, HIV, arthritis, cancer, and more. You’ll also learn what REALLY matter when it comes to longevity. And why endurance training can actually shorten your lifespan.

Here are my notes:

2:26 – How Dr. Lavie discovered The Obesity Paradox almost by mistake. Do overweight, obese or people of normal weight have the better prognosis?

8:29 – Death by weight: What a huge study of 2.9 million people showed us about weight and mild obesity.

10:42 – Are the obese doing really well or is everyone else just really bad? The connection between your BMI, body fat percentage and muscle mass.

16:24 – Some surprising stats bust through common myths about weight and disease and what it means to be “metabolically healthy” regardless of how much you weigh.

19:32 – Calories in vs. calories out: a different take from Dr. Lavie and where/when he thinks we’ve gone wrong.

24:00 – What fitness really means when it comes to the obesity paradox and why a little extra weight does not equal doomsday.

27:27 – Does it matter where your fat is? How some of your fat could be protecting you (thank your thighs!)

32:15 – FIT vs. FAT. Which one always wins the fight for your health and why.

35:39 – “Fit” isn’t as hard as it sounds: the best ways to move (and eat) to maximize long-term benefits.

42:33 – The future of fat: Will we ever be able to accept it?

44:46 – The obesity overlap and why it is so hard to prove whether or not it is a disease or just guilty by association.