Latest in Paleo
About the Show
Latest in Paleo is a health news program, with commentary and analysis that aims for the intersection of the scientific evidence and evolutionary clues. Media headlines and reporting on health topics can be superficial and plain wrong...let's take a closer look.
Episode 176: Living Longer
December 14th, 2016
59 mins 1 sec
archaeology, health goals, laura carstensen, life expectancy, life extension, longevity, neil degrasse tyson, optimism, paleo diet
This episode's News & Views includes the latest stories and research about America's declining life expectancy data, how optimism may extend life, and the latest archaeological clues about the Paleolithic Diet. The Moment of Paleo segment offers ideas about how to think about longevity in the context of your own health goals. And the After the Bell segment offers more longevity food-for-thought from Neil deGrasse Tyson and Laura Carstensen.
Episode 175: Walk Like an Hadza
December 5th, 2016
52 mins 14 secs
creativity, exercise, hadza, hunter-gatherers, nature, overthinking, physical activity, stephen hawking
On this week's episode we start with a message from Stephen Hawking. Then, it's News & Views featuring new research about exercise's affects on the brain; details about physical activity levels within the Hadza hunter-gatherer tribe; and how being in nature benefits human beings. The Moment of Paleo segment offers food for thought about overthinking, and After the Bell features a neuroscientist's insights on exercise and creativity. Enjoy the show!
Episode 174: Energy and Reason
November 30th, 2016
47 mins 24 secs
alcohol, energy drinks, gut bacteria, microbiome, rebecca newberger goldstein, research, steven pinker, stroke, weigh regain, yo-yo dieting
This week's episode of Latest in Paleo features News & Views on the latest energy drink research and an energy drink case that may have put one man in the hospital; new research suggests alcohol consumption may help prevent strokes; and why researchers believe yo-yo dieting and weight regain could be related to alterations in the gut microbiome. The Moment of Paleo segment offers food for thought about how measurements color our perceptions. And the After the Bell segment features a Socratic dialog about reason and morality.
Episode 173: Balloon Belly
November 22nd, 2016
57 mins 50 secs
feasts, food restriction, gut bacteria, holidays, krispy kreme, microbiome, sarah susanka, weight loss, whole milk
On this week's holiday episode our News & Views segment starts at Krispy Kreme to see if we can extract any good take-aways from the recent class-action lawsuit filed against the chain. Then, it's on to a recent study about what happens when you don't feed your gut bacteria...what do they eat instead? The segment is rounded out with coverage of recent research on whole milk for kids and a new—somewhat strange–non-pharmaceutical weight-loss pill. The Moment of Paleo segment offers thoughts on restriction and upcoming holiday feasts. And After the Bell features a talk about life's invisible feast. Enjoy the show!
Episode 172: Catch-22
November 16th, 2016
49 mins 58 secs
alan watts, celebrex, cholesterol, double bind, hdl, ibuprofen, naproxen, nsaid
On this week's News & Views we cover: NSAIDs like Ibuprofen, Celebrex, and Naproxen; new research that suggests high HDL is not heart protective; and how worrying about health can actually affect your health. The food for thought continues in the Moment of Paleo segment, which explores the things we cannot do when we must do them. After the Bell features a talk by Alan Watts on the topic of Double Binds.
Episode 171: Discipline vs. Will Power
November 9th, 2016
55 mins 59 secs
discipline, election, health, impulsivity, instant gratification, long hours, sleep, stress, will power, work
On this week's News & Views segment we discuss how long work hours can affect health, the importance of sleep and how it affects food choices, and how various levels of impulsivity are related to fast food consumption. This leads to examining the difference between will power and discipline in the Moment of Paleo segment. And the After the Bell segment features a talk that delves into what our desire for instant gratification may predict about us. Notably, our discussions may also be useful for some in dealing with post-election stress.
Episode 170: Complete Guide to Fasting
November 1st, 2016
1 hr 43 mins
diabetes, fasting, fasting for women, insulin levels, jason fung, jimmy moore, longevity, the complete guide to fasting, weight loss
On today's show, we are joined by Dr. Jason Fung and Jimmy Moore, co-authors of The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-day, and Extended Fasting. We discuss Jimmy Moore’s current 21-day fast attempt, whether fasting is safe, fasting's track record, the benefits of fasting with regards to weight loss, diabetes, insulin levels, and longevity. Other topics include fasting for women, issues people may experience when fasting, and various methods of fasting. You'll also learn how Dr. Fung and Jimmy Moore implement fasting in their own lives. Then, we have have more food-for-thought dessert in our Moment of Paleo and After the Bell segments. Enjoy the show!
Episode 169: Whole in the Wall
October 23rd, 2016
58 mins 57 secs
calcium, heart health, isaac lidsky, salt, soda, supplements
On this week's show, we discuss some of the latest research and findings in our News & Views segment. Our stories are about how the soda industry plays politics to advance its agenda, whether salt is good or bad in the human diet, and whether calcium supplements pose a heart-health risk. The Moment of Paleo segment offers ideas about how we can think about areas of our lives, by analogy, based on what we know about whole foods vs. processed foods and supplements. In the After the Bell segment a truly thought-provoking talk about how we create ourselves with our thoughts.
Episode 168: Dr. Loren Cordain—The Paleo Diet
October 18th, 2016
1 hr 38 mins
aging, antinutrients, blue zones, calorie restriction, hunter-gatherers, legumes, longevity, loren cordain, oil, paleo diet, plant foods, potatoes, protein, staffan lindberg
Loren Cordain, Ph.D. joins us on today's show. Dr. Cordain is widely regarded as the father of the modern Paleo approach to diet. We discuss everything from whether the diet should be standardized, the high-protein component of Paleo, how data about hunter-gatherer dietary patterns were collected and analyzed, why the Paleo Diet restricts legumes and potatoes, the role of plant foods, anti-nutrients, the consumption of oils, aging and longevity, calorie restriction, the Blue Zones, and much more. He is the author of The Paleo Diet, The Paleo Diet for Athletes, The Paleo Answer, The Real Paleo Diet Cookbook, many other books, and several research papers. Whether or not you've previously heard Cordain speak or lecture, you'll come away from today's show with new information. There is also a Moment of Paleo and a talk by Staffan Lindberg After the Bell.
Episode 167: Dr. Joel Fuhrman
October 11th, 2016
1 hr 27 mins
eat to live, fat, joel fuhrman, longevity, nutrient density, nuts, protein, seeds, starch, the end of dieting, whole food
Joel Fuhrman, M.D. is our guest on today's show. We talk about fat, protein, longevity, what foods should be eaten daily, why nuts and seeds are important, why he doesn't recommend eating too much starch, and so much more. He's written several best sellers, including Eat to Live and most recently The End of Dieting. He's also appeared on several PBS specials, published research, and was once the number 3 pairs figure skater in the world. He calls his diet Nutritarian, with immense focus on nutrient density from whole foods. He doesn't fit neatly into any of the popular diet camps. This episode is information-dense, as Dr. Fuhrman answers my many questions with great detail. Enjoy the show!
Episode 166: Fat Genes Skinny Jeans
October 3rd, 2016
1 hr 29 mins
anxiety, carrie forrest, crispr, genetics, jennifer douden, latest research, liam bowler, metabolic disorder, narratives, thrifty gene hypothesis, weight loss
Liam Bowler and Carrie Forrest join us to discuss News & Views. We start with three very interesting stories centering around genetics: anxiety's link to metabolic disorder; the 'fat gene' and weight loss; and the latest research on the 'thrifty gene hypothesis.' The Moment of Paleo segment furthers some of the themes discussed during the news segment and revolves around boxing ourselves into various narratives. After the Bell features Jennifer Douden, one of the inventors of CRISPR, a genome editing tool.
Episode 165: Outsourcing Your Motivation
September 27th, 2016
2 hrs 2 mins
blue zones, dan ariely, decision making, gut bacteria, italy, meredith rhodes, microbiome, obesity, roland denzel, stress, wearable fitness trackers, wearables
Meredith Rhodes and Roland Denzel join us to discuss News & Views. Stories include: the effectiveness of wearable fitness and diet trackers, what the gut microbiomes of obese kids tell us, whether stress erases the benefits of a healthy diet, and what we can learn from a new Blue Zone identified in southern Italy. The Moment of Paleo segment throws around ideas about working to get ahead. After the Bell features Dan Ariely, professor of economics, discussing whether we are really in control of our own decisions.
Episode 164: Sweetening the Research
September 20th, 2016
2 hrs 2 mins
alcohol, bmi, cancer, cannabis, david agus, david katz, evelyn kocur, exercise, media, meredith rhodes, research, sugar, sugar industry, trust
Evelyn Kocur and Meredith Rhodes join me, Angelo Coppola, in the News & Views segment. Stories include: the sugar industry's influence on research, David Katz on the Paleo Diet, alcohol and exercise, and how daily cannabis use might affect BMI. The Moment of Paleo segment covers trust in the media. After the Bell features Dr. David Agus' new strategy in the war on cancer.
Episode 163: Sedation by iPad
September 9th, 2016
2 hrs 17 mins
calories, children, darryl edwards, evolution, glenn whitney, heart disease, kids, motivation, obesity, risk, screens, stephan guyenet, technology
Glenn Whitney and Darryl Edwards join your host, Angelo Coppola, to discuss News & Views. Stories include: how screens act as sedatives for children; the latest trends in obesity in the US; a recent study about Paleo and heart disease; and the evolution of risk in dogs and wolves. The Moment of Paleo segment offers ideas about the folly of seeking chronic motivation. After the Bell features a recent presentation by Stephan Guyenet about the relevance of calorie intake.
Episode 162: Dr. John McDougall
August 7th, 2016
1 hr 32 mins
cancer, john mcdougall, medical screenings, peter gøtzsche, screenings, vegan
On this episode, Dr. John McDougall takes us on a near-50-year journey as a doctor, educator, and even a 15-year stretch as a radio talk show host. He explains his dietary positions, and why he believes the human diet should be based on starch. While Dr. McDougall doesn’t consider himself a vegan, he recommends no meat in the diet and explains why (his answer may surprise you). Dr. McDougall also holds strong opinions with regard to medical screenings, and he discusses these views as well. Listen in for an audio experience I hope you’ll enjoy.