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.
January 14th, 2015 | 2 hrs 27 mins
diet debate, exercise, frank lipman, joel kahn, mark hyman, michael greger, paleo diet, whole grains
On this episode, we dig into a popular recent study that tells us eating whole grains increases life expectancy; we look at whether there is validity to a claim that the Paleo diet erases the benefits of exercise, as explained by Dr. Michael Greger; I recap my 4 1/2 years of eating Paleo, offer a critique of the current direction of Paleo, and I answer a listener's questions about my current Paleo eating framework. After the Bell, it's a diet debate between three doctors: low-carb/high-fat, plant-based whole food, and Vegan.
December 24th, 2014 | 1 hr 39 mins
archaeology, bulletproof diet, denise minger, paleo diet, paleo tv, vegan, weight gain
On this week's show we cover some contentious topics including the recently released Bulletproof Diet; the archaeological view of Paleo diets; and weight gain. We discuss the continuing evolution of my diet as my weight drops into the 160s. Also, we take a brief look at a new Paleo TV show in Australia. The Moment of Paleo is my best sales pitch juxtaposed against high octane brains and upgraded marketing. After the Bell, it's Denise Minger who says Paleo can learn from the Vegans.
December 8th, 2014 | 1 hr 18 mins
campfires, fire, flu, food industry, kirk parsley, longevity, mediterranean diet, raw milk, sleep
On this episode of Latest in Paleo, we discuss a new study indicating that the Mediterranean Diet leads to a longer life, a couple of new food industry products, a raw milk study, flu season, and a new study about campfires. The Moment of Paleo segment is about taking a "sensitive" approach to food. And After the Bell features a TEDx talk about sleep.
November 22nd, 2014 | 1 hr 15 mins
alzheimer's, low carb, maasai, memory, paleo, pegan, positive thinking, psychology, richard feynman, shawn achor, supplements, vegan
On today’s show: Healthy low-carb diets: fact or fiction? What is the Paleo-Vegan diet? Can supplements assist with memory improvement and Alzheimer’s prevention? Why are the Maasai being handed an eviction slip? We also talk a bit about the late physicist Richard Feynman. In the Moment of Paleo segment, does nudging the world in a better direction matter? And After the Bell, we close with a TED talk about the psychology of positive thinking.
November 9th, 2014 | 1 hr 8 mins
bpa, brain games, cognition, donnie vincent, ebola, gut bacteria, hand sanitizer, hunting, microbiome, pharma
On Episode 124 we cover the latest research on brain games and how working irregular shifts affects cognitive ability. Also, what exactly is a healthy gut microbiome? What happens when you use hand sanitizer and then handle cash register receipts? Plus, we discuss why the WHO is blaming pharmaceutical companies for the latest ebola outbreak. Then, in the Moment of Paleo segment, we further the discussion on mismatches. And, in the After the Bell segment, Donnie Vincent talks about what hunting means to him.
October 26th, 2014 | 1 hr 29 mins
aging, babies, dr. oz, green coffee, hunter-gatherers, longevity, michael pollan, self-sufficiency, sleep, soda, teenagers
This week’s news stories: Soda linked to rapid aging; Green coffee study made famous by Dr. Oz has been retracted; we’ll talk about sleep for teenagers, camping, and hunter-gatherers; a new study suggests hunter-gatherers were smarter than we previously thought. Also: self-sufficiency, Babies, what we might learn from one airline disaster, and Michael Pollan After the Bell.
October 15th, 2014 | 1 hr 30 mins
animism, artificial sweeteners, cooking, dan gilbert, gut bacteria, happiness, mark bittman, microbiome, paleo diet, rewilding
On today's show we have a rewilding update; we discuss recent media coverage of the Paleo lifestyle (pro and con); a study indicates that artificial sweeteners can disrupt the microbiome and lead to metabolic disorders; we cover Mark Bittman's thoughts on home cooking; and also an interesting idea about how fire has made us who we are...and it's not just cooking. The Moment of Paleo segment is titled Animism and Generalities. And After the Bell, it's a TED talk called The Surprising Science of Happiness.
October 2nd, 2014 | 1 hr 20 mins
brain, nature, self-talk, stress, trevor herriot, urban cities, walking
On today's show we discuss the topic of stress and how living in urban cities appears to affect our brains. A recent study shows that people who were raised in cities versus rural areas process stress differently. Another study examines the mental benefits of walking in nature. We talk about how our self-talk and tendency to over-generalize can cause us mental distress. And, a recent report by the World Wildlife Fund indicates that animal populations around the globe are also under stress...and dying at a fast rate. The Moment of Paleo segment is called "Becoming You." And, the After the Bell segment features a TEDx Talk, "Nature as Source Code."
September 19th, 2014 | 1 hr 25 mins
alan watts, anxiety, depression, det wars, diet, fruit, hunger-gatherers, longevity, low carb, low fat, paleo diet, vegetables
On today’s show: The Diet Wars — National Geographic’s coverage of hunter-gatherer diets and how they may be unlike The Paleo Diet; Low-carb vs. Low-fat studies; fruit and vegetable intake and longevity; and a study that tells us about a potential treatment for anxiety and depression with no known side-effects. The Moment of Paleo is titled, “Hurray for Our Side!” and the After the Bell segment features Alan Watts.
September 3rd, 2014 | 1 hr 5 mins
allergies, cravings, gut bacteria, hadza, microbiome, rewilding, sylvia earle
On this week’s show we dive into the micro and consider the implications for the macro. We look at the current state of gut research via the ABC’s Catalyst program ‘Gut Reaction’ in which the Hadza play a big role. Plus, two additional gut flora studies: one dealing with a potential cure for food allergies and the other dealing with food cravings. There’s a Moment of Paleo with some thoughts on biomes and rewilding. After the Bell it’s Dr. Sylvia Earle.
August 21st, 2014 | 1 hr 18 mins
claire dunn, george monbiot, kalahari, my year without matches, rewilding
On this week's show, we feature a conversation with guest, Claire Dunn. She is the author of "My Year Without Matches," which she wrote after spending a year living simply in an Australian forest. She tells us about the experience and how it has affected her. Plus, you'll hear wise words from an indigenous Kalahari leader and also from George Monbiot who talks about rewilding our world.
August 11th, 2014 | 1 hr 41 mins
dietary guidelines, jimmy moore, keto clarity, ketosis, low carb
Jimmy Moore and I discuss the ketogenic diet described in his new book, Keto Clarity. Jimmy tells the story of his public testimony regarding the American Dietary Guidelines, and he addresses some of my reservations regarding long-term ketosis.
July 31st, 2014 | 1 hr 25 mins
antioxidants, endurance, exercise, heart, james o'keefe, narratives, supplements, walking
On this week's show we talk about some very important information about antioxidants and supplementation along with some interesting news about exercise and endurance fitness. Lots of conventional assumptions are challenged. In the Moment of Paleo, we throw around some ideas about stories and narratives. And After the Bell, there are 2 segments: a cardiologist on endurance training + several doctors talk about the benefits of walking.
July 21st, 2014 | 1 hr 6 mins
alan watts, artificial food, cafeteria man, exercise, fitness, milk, stress, taco bell
On today's show, we start off with a trailer to a pretty cool looking food documentary; we talk about further 'advances' in the artificial food industry...this time, it's man-made cow's milk; Taco Bell is jumping on the protein bandwagon and being associated with the Paleo diet; we discuss the connection between food and stress; and finally, we take a look at the latest findings regarding youth fitness levels. The Moment of Paleo segment is called 'Stressing Over Food'; and it's Alan Watts After the Bell.
July 9th, 2014 | 1 hr 17 mins
aloneness, christopher columbus, grilling, longevity, meat, native americans, pain, protein, sunshine, weight loss
On today’s show: A grilling tip for healthier meat; a look at research that suggests people prefer pain to being alone with their thoughts; a recent study about how protein may help us lose weight; we talk about findings that suggest people who avoid the sun have higher mortality rates. The topic of the Moment of Paleo is remaining ourselves. And, in the After the Bell segment, we’ll hear an excerpt from the National Geographic documentary, America Before Columbus.
June 24th, 2014 | 1 hr 26 mins
dietary fat, dr. oz, exercise, fasting, fat, gut bacteria, michelle obama, microbiome, wade davis
On this week's show, I have an excellent documentary recommendation; we discuss the TIME Magazine article about dietary fat (and point out the elephant in the room that they virtually ignore); we talk about Dr. Oz's appearance before Congress and their idea of creating a Master Brand List to help with weight loss; Michelle Obama says her Ivy League education did not prepare her to make food choices for her children, and I suggest why that is irrelevant; then, we discuss a new study about the benefits of a 72-hour fast; also, we cover a story about how exercise might improve the condition of our gut microbiomes. In the Moment of Paleo we discuss the Possible and the Impossible. And, After the Bell, we'll hear a presentation about why we should preserve the indigenous populations around the world.