It’s Your Turn!


Your turn. We are game for anything. Just leave a comment. For instance:

“Hunter-gatherers ate bugs. Are there some important nutrients available only to insectivores? “

“Why aren’t we better at metabolizing carbs? Many animals live on carbs alone. Humming birds live on sugar alone, and live 25 years.”

“Aren’t our closest ape cousins herbivores?”

“Why does smoking take 10 years of life off of most people, yet some are not effected at all?”

“You say that Adult Onset Diabetes and Heart Disease are reversible, but cancer is not. Why is that? What is so special about cancer?”

“Is there some part of the brain regulating our body processes, or do they just trundle along on auto-pilot?

PS As you will have guessed this is Charlie’s idea and the questions are his.

  11 comments for “It’s Your Turn!

  1. February 1, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Since hunter-gatherers had to walk in order to find home and food, I thought walking was good, healthy exercise. However, you talk about explosive, intense concentric exercise as being best for humans. What is explosive, intense concentric exercise, and why is it healthier than safe, sensible walking?

  2. February 2, 2015 at 12:38 am

    Women’s health age related(menopause .)

  3. February 4, 2015 at 5:31 am

    Awaiting your exercise related posts.

    I have the following questions…

    1) What kind of diet and exercise routine would help a person suffering from Underactive Thyroid, is medication absolutely essential for that condition or could it be cured by lifestyle modification and diet

    2) Can you pls. explain about Fasting and its merits/demirits

    3) What kind of Nutrition/Exercise plan would you suggest for kids aged 7-10

    Thanks a lot for the opportunity doc,.

  4. February 4, 2015 at 6:08 am

    Thanks for the opportunity.
    Are there any benefits or risks associated with exercise timing? By timing I mean early AM (5-7am) versus PM (12-3pm) or evening (7-9pm) for instance.
    Another question I have is related to meal size / frequency. I recognize that ideal weight maintenance (not just absolute weight but also body composition) is not as simple as CICO. However, I wonder about what I call the “bolus effect”. By this I mean amount of food at one sitting. If I partition my daily consumption across say 3 larger meals instead of 6 will the body partition much differently. Of course this assumes eating whole micronutrient dens food – not crap.

  5. February 4, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Hello to both Srii and jgeeone. Srii, specifically about fasting: I have a blog on that specific issue on this site. Underactive thyroid is a common and very real problem: I found that many, not all, can boost the thyroid by adopting more metabolically demanding exercise: the body will often give you the right answer if you ask it to do the right thing. The second part of turning on the thyroid is getting plenty of iodine rich foods: seafood, seaweed, meat, full-fat dairy including yogurt. If metabolically demanding exercise and nutrient rich foods do not do the trick it may be time to supplement thyroid. jgeeone the absolute best time to exercise, fewer injuries and a better metabolic effect, is the early afternoon.

    For both of you I have in the pipeline very specific recommendations about meal timing, quantity, and eating frequency. I will also address exercise selection, sequencing and timing too. Thank you, Dr. Mike

  6. Sri
    February 5, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    Thanks a lot Dr, Mike
    It would also be very helpful if you could recommend a Diet/Exercise Lifestyle to follow for the elderly


  7. February 6, 2015 at 8:32 am

    As I mentioned in my other post in answer to your question about the annual exam we will be getting into more detail on this and related topics soon. For now I will tell you the basic outline of my approach has been successfully used in many in their 80’s and even 90’s. Adapting it to each individual depends on precise measurement of exercise tolerance, joint integrity and heart rate response to activities. The message remains: quantify it! Do not look at capacity or potential in chronological terms: the number of your years is not as important as your biological age which you can determine through measurement. Again, Sri, thank you for your question, Dr. Mike

  8. Sri
    February 9, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    Thanks again Doc,

  9. BMY
    March 4, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    How is it possible to get an Advanced Lipid Profile without a doctors orders?

    April 19, 2015 at 12:48 am

    20 Million Americans supposedly have Chronic Kidney disease-undetected/untreated..many won’t know until Stage 3. I am one. If a LCHF diet helps reverse Diabetes – also kidney related..can it help CKD Stage 3-5 to keep kidney function and eGFR from dropping? I can find no research on high fat-LOWER protein-low carb diets to keep people from dialysis. Apparently money ins’t spent screening a condition that is not reversible..but good diet should at least slow it, and people need to know. Help…Urologists, Nephs & dietitians all push the USDA high carb healthy plate!!!

    • April 19, 2015 at 9:31 pm

      The only caution I offer is remember how misguided the old advice about severely protein restricted diets being best proved to be; clearly no longer true. Still, I have used my diet approach for more than 15 years and everyone has maintained or improved GFR/creatinine. 15 years is not a bad run. So fats are a likely base and add in an intensely nutrient dense vegetable component with a rotating array of good proteins is a good place to start. In my original data set of about 200 we had full CT’s on everyone and as needed ultrasound for further follow up to separate out polycystic kidney disease as a primary cause so the incidence was fairly well assessed. The last thing an ailing kidney needs is unneeded glycation; starch and sugar have no place in CKD in my opinion. Dr. Mike

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