Ancestral Health and A Life-Saving Diet

Busy times here, including the writing of two presentations for my fast-looming USA trip, including the Ancestral Health Symposium in Boston.  If I get the chance, I’ll post an overview of my AHS talk prior to departure.  Somehow I’ve managed to get a speaking slot between this guy

… and this guy

One of these things will not look like the others… I think I am going to try and live in the gym for the next 17 days.

Anyway… until I can post something more substantive, enjoy this video on “a life-saving diet“.

Watch A Life-Saving Diet? on PBS. See more from Science Bytes.

8 thoughts on “Ancestral Health and A Life-Saving Diet

  1. Rob Lawrence

    So they have found that a ketogenic diet allows kidneys that have failed due to diabetes to recover in mice. Wonderful!! This is very easily tested in humans, if you have a few people undergoing dialysis who are willing to change what they eat.

    However what worries me is when they state ” we do not want to put people on a ketonegic diet” , ” we want to replicate its effects with a drug”. This shows who is paying the bills, Labs and Doctors are expensive, so that is a given. But in pursuing a drug they are only telling half the truth, as usual :(



    1. thatpaleoguy Post author

      Absolutely. I laughed and rolled my eyes at that comment. As you say, someone has to pay the bills. But I’m happy to take their research and run with the diet.

      1. Claudia Gilbert

        Everything seems to come down to the dollar now. Have a great trip, can’t wait to hear all about it! :)

  2. melcurry

    Always great to see medicine/science making some progress minus the comment about the dangerous high fat diet and replication of ketogenic diets using drugs!!!!

  3. js290

    So according to the one guy in the video, a ketogenic diet is both therapeutic (save your kidneys) and not therapeutic (cause other health problems) at the same time. This is basic logical fallacy. Something can’t be A and ~A at the same time. As part of integrated system, a diet that’s good for the kidneys cannot be bad for the rest of the body. This is how ridiculous the state of diet and nutrition is. None of the convention wisdom in diet and nutrition stands up to simple reason, mathematics, or science. The purveyors conventional wisdom are religiously tied to their misinformation.

  4. petern

    I was at your talk at AHS12–fantastic stuff! I had a few questions, though, and was unable to catch you in time to ask them. My first was that your thoughts on training for endurance athletes are interesting, but being a hockey player, I was interested on where you thought mixed sports lied on the spectrum, since shifts can last up to a minute of longer, but the intensity of the shift can vary throughout, ie you’re not going 100% at all times during the shift.

    Secondly, I was curious about your recommendations for definite non-endurance sports, like weightlifting. I read a few tweets by Mat Lalonde saying that low carb is beneficial for lifting, but I fail to see why this might be the case. The majority of training in endurance sports, as you said, should be low-intensity and in a glycogen-depleted state. You also said 10 to 15 percent of training should be short bouts of high-intensity exercise. Would this training be best done in a glycogen-depleted state (are you still looking for adaptation), or would you carb load for this? Similarly, since weightlifting is mostly short bouts of high intensity work, would you carb load for this or stick to LC as Mat suggests?

    Lastly, I was also curious as to your opinion on post-workout nutrition. I have been drilled over the years to consume carbs after a workout to induce an insulin rush, which will shuttle any protein you take in into the muscles, thereby building new muscle. Several speakers at AHS, however, seemed to disagree, specifically Nora Gedgaudas. I was unclear as to her justification of this and the actual mechanism at work, and was wondering if you could shed some light on this.

    Sorry for the novel, and thanks for taking the time to read it.


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