Latest in Paleo

Health news viewed through an evolutionary lens.

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.


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Episodes

  • Episode 160: PaleoFX

    April 30th, 2016  |  1 hr 10 mins
    michelle norris, paleo fx, rhonda patrick

    On today’s show, the CEO of PaleoFX, Michelle Norris, joins us. You'll learn how and why she got started with Paleo (kicking and screaming the whole way). What the PaleoFX conference is and what attendees can expect from the upcoming event in Austin, Texas. She also fields questions about the future of Paleo and any risks or challenges for the community that she sees coming down the road. Also in this episode, experience a somewhat different format and discover the future lineup of guests, including Dr. John McDougall, next time on Episode 161. In the After the Bell segment, we have a PaleoFX presentation by Dr. Rhonda Patrick.

  • Episode 159: Real Food for Plants, Animals, and Humans

    April 18th, 2016  |  1 hr 19 mins
    david suzuki, junk food, mark bittman, processed food, real food, sugar, ultraprocessed food, whole foods

    In this episode's News & Views segment, we cover recent research that reveals ultra-processed foods make up more than 50% of the American diet, while whole foods and minimally processed foods combined make up only 30 percent. We also talk about how sugar plays into the processed-food diet. Then, we consider what happens when animals and plants are raised on "junk food diets." The Moment of Paleo segment is about the real-food movement. Also covered: Canada's 30 x 30 Nature Challenge, a new book recommendation, and Mark Bittman in the After the Bell segment delivering a talk called What's Wrong with What we Eat?

  • Episode 158: The Potato Hack, Weight Loss Simplified

    April 3rd, 2016  |  57 mins 52 secs
    antinutrients, michael pollan, potato diet, potato hack, resistant starch, satiety, tim steele, weight loss

    On today’s show, guest Tim Steele tells us how a short-term, all-potato diet can be used as a successful weight loss tool. In addition, you'll learn about potato history, antinutrients, satiety, resistant starch, and more. Tim recently published a book, The Potato Diet: Weight Loss Simplified and it is available on Amazon in print and kindle formats. There is also a Michael Pollan documentary recommendation (one you may have missed) and in the After the Bell segment, we’ll hear more about all-potato diets.

  • Episode 157: Fasting

    March 25th, 2016  |  1 hr 56 mins
    fasting, intermittent fasting, jason fung, longevity

    On this episode, I discuss my recent 5-day fast: how it went, what I learned, and whether I'll be doing it again. In the News & Views segment, we discuss a CNN article about fasting and longevity as well as a NY Times article that indicates intermittent fasting is becoming more widely accepted. You'll learn about a 450-lb man who did not eat food for over a year and reduced his body to a normal size. In the Moment of Paleo, I offer some ideas about when less is more. And After the Bell features a Dr. Jason Fung presentation about fasting as an important health tool. Enjoy the show!

  • Episode 156: In the Woods

    March 10th, 2016  |  1 hr 14 mins
    cancer, colon cancer, david kallin, packaging, screenings, ultra hiking, waiting, whole foods

    A review of cancer data has Canada changing its guidelines on colon cancer screenings, while in other cancer news a study has the medical community asking whether living with cancer can be better for patients than curing it. Also in the News & Views segment, Whole Foods changes it's mind about replacing nature's packaging for oranges. Also, a new study looks at how mimicking a Paleolithic lifestyle—in the woods with no shelter—might affect metabolic health. In the Moment of Paleo the topic is waiting...is it really so bad? Today's documentary & book recommendations and After the Bell segment are each about ultra hikes along mega trails. Enjoy the show!

  • Episode 155: Sound the False Alarm!

    February 29th, 2016  |  1 hr 23 mins
    acellular carbs, ancestral health symposium, cdc, cellular carbs, high fat, ian spreadburry, newcastle diabetes research, paleo diet, sleep, weight loss, whole food

    A recent study on low carb, high fat (LCHF) diets led to a prominent researcher issuing warnings about the Paleo diet, calling it dangerous, and this rippled out in the media. On this episode, we take a look at that study and show why it is so misleading and why some researchers are calling for a retraction. In other news, a new study shows major health benefits from just a little weight loss, and the CDC tells us 83 million American adults don't get enough sleep. There is also a recap of the Newcastle research, which every diabetic should be aware of.

    The Moment of Paleo furthers the theme of small changes, big impact. There are new book and documentary recommendations. The After the Bell segment features Dr. Ian Spreadburry's excellent talk for the New Zealand Ancestral Health Symposium further strengthening the proposition that whole food delivers good health—if you don't know the difference between acellular and cellular carbs, you will after this talk, and you'll be glad you do. Enjoy the show!

  • Episode 154: Fiber the New Protein?

    February 22nd, 2016  |  1 hr 46 mins
    appetite, brain health, cochrane collaboration, exercise, fiber, gut bacteria, microbiome, pharma, protein, satiety, the overview effect

    On this episode of Latest in Paleo, we look at recent research regarding dietary fiber, indicating benefits to health and appetite control. One study suggests the lack of gut microbiome diversity seen in people who don't eat much fiber may be passed down to future generations. And finally, is the fiber hype entering fad territory or is it legit? We also take a look at claims a Cochrane Collaboration co-founder has leveled against the pharmaceutical industry; he says they fit the definition for organized crime. This is really a must-listen segment.

    Also this week, we feature a Human Movement Update after the News & Views, and we look at which exercises might be most effective for the brain. The Documentary Recommendation, Moment of Paleo, and After the Bell segments all relate to The Overview Effect; how seeing things from a higher level can drastically change our thinking. Enjoy the show!

  • Episode 153: Convinced You Should Wear Deodorant?

    February 14th, 2016  |  1 hr 45 mins
    average, calories, deodorant, john wooden, michael pollan, microbiome, ponytail paul, shinrin yoku

    Today's show starts with recommendations for Michael Pollan's latest documentary and a new audiobook. In the News & Views segment: the broken calorie; underarm deodorant, the skin microbiome, and how we were convinced that we smell bad in the first place; also, the top 20 perils facing America...100 years ago. In the Shinrin-yoku Update, the Every Kid in a Park program is explained. The Moment of Paleo segment explores why you aren't—and shouldn't expect to be—the average. After the Bell we have two great pieces: Trail Angel Ponytail Paul followed by a talk by 91-year old legendary coach John Wooden.

  • Episode 152: Reverse Diabetes

    January 31st, 2016  |  1 hr 41 mins
    beards, diabetes, dietary guidelines, inner dialog, introversion., nature therapy, self talk, shinrin yoku

    Today's show begins with new documentary and book recommendations. The News & Views segment features stories about the new USDA guidelines, beating diabetes vs. managing the disease, and why beards are good for your health. In the Shinrin-Yoku segment, thoughts on nature therapy "going mainstream." In the Moment of Paleo segment, we explore tweaking self-talk and inner dialogs. After the Bell we feature a talk about introversion.

  • Episode 151: Should Be

    January 11th, 2016  |  1 hr 36 mins
    cancer, fast mimicking diet, fmd, labeling, longevity, nature, robert waldinger, shinrin yoku, stress

    Today’s show starts with a special announcement along with documentary and book recommendations. In the News & Views segment, we cover the latest in food labeling news and the Fast Mimicking Diet (FMD), which is designed to slow aging and reduce cancer risk. In the Shinrin-yoku Update, we talk about nature as medicine. In the Moment of Paleo, we explore how our ‘shoulds’ could lead to stress. After the Bell, we hear a presentation about what really makes for a good life.

  • Episode 150: Katy Bowman on Movement as Nutrition

    December 22nd, 2015  |  1 hr 13 mins
    erwin le corre, katy bowman, movement, nasa

    This episode features guest Katy Bowman. We discuss movement as nutrition, integrating vs. compartmentalizing what is important in our lives, finding ways to move, doing what works for you and then looking for (and adding) what's missing, the meaning of 'you are how you move,' and much more. After the Bell, it's Erwan Le Corre talking zoo humans at NASA.

  • Episode 149: No really, celebrate!

    December 13th, 2015  |  1 hr 11 mins
    awa, gut bacteria, hunter-gatherers, indulging, microbiome, portion sizes, robert sapolsky, stress, victorian diet

    In the News & Views segment: The Victorian Era Diet; study sheds light on portion sizes; gut bacteria tell us when we’re full. In the Hunter-gatherer segment: the Awa. The Moment of Paleo explores ideas around indulging on holidays. And After the Bell features a talk about making stress work for you. This talk complements the National Geographic documentary recommendation at the beginning of the show featuring Robert Sapolsky. Enjoy the show!

  • Episode 148: Derailing Evolution

    November 29th, 2015  |  1 hr 22 mins
    calmness, evolution, nature, shinrin yoku, stress, thankfulness

    Today's show opens with documentary and book recommendations. Then, in the News & Views segment: Study suggests healthy diets must be individualized; how the Western diet is derailing evolution. In the Shinrin-Yoku Update: How access to nature affects communities; disturbing losses in the Amazon. We have a Moment of Paleo segment on risk and thankfulness. To close things up, the After the Bell segment is about how to staying calm and make better decisions when we know a stressful situation is coming up.

  • Episode 147: Face to Face

    November 12th, 2015  |  1 hr 35 mins
    andrew solomon, junk food, longevity, mortality rates, nature, shinrin yoku, sugar, superhuman

    In this episode's News & Views, we look at a study that says junk food's not so bad; another study that says sugar is toxic; and a disturbing report that shows mortality rates are on the rise for middle-aged white Americans. In the Shinrin-yoku segment, we look at stats about how much time kids are spending in nature. Our Moment of Paleo is about expectations. After the Bell features writer Andrew Solomon. Plus, a "superhuman" documentary and a book recommendation, too.

  • Episode 146: Red Meat, Cancer, and WHO?

    October 31st, 2015  |  1 hr 50 mins
    cancer, carcinogens, eternal summer, gordon hempton, processed meat, shinrin yoku, silence

    On today’s show, we take a good look at the recent WHO evaluation of red and processed meats, which resulted in them being classified as carcinogens by the IARC. What exactly did they say? What do the classifications mean? Did the media get it right? What are the takeaways? All that, plus “Eternal Summer” in the Shinrin-yoku segment, “More than you think” in the Moment of Paleo, and compelling "Thoughts About Silence" in the After the Bell segment.

  • Episode 145: Denise Minger's Low-fat History Lesson

    October 18th, 2015  |  2 hrs 4 mins
    ancel keys, caldwell esselstyn, carbosis, denise minger, dietary guidelines, kempner rice diet, lester morrison, low fat, nathan pritikin, roy swank, vandana shiva, whole foods

    Special guest Denise Minger joins me to discuss her latest, epic blog post titled, IN DEFENSE OF LOW FAT: A CALL FOR SOME EVOLUTION OF THOUGHT. Topics include: the history of the low-fat diet, the Kempner Rice Diet, Lester Morrison, Roy Swank, Nathan Pritikin, Ancel Keys, whole foods diet vs. low-fat, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn's cardiovascular disease studies, the reversal of heart disease, the dietary guidelines, holism vs. reductionism, "carbosis," as well as Denise's new consulting offering. There are Moment of Paleo and After the Bell segments, too.