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Peak Human is a curated audio series taking an unbiased look at health & nutrition. With so much conflicting information available, filmmaker and health coach Brian Sanders sifts through the dogma and provides a framework that unifies all nutrition and dietary habits that lead to optimum health.

World renowned doctors, researchers, and journalists are interviewed to find out what is the true human dietary framework that we should all be eating to live well and free of chronic disease. It is based around principles of nutrient density and uses a combination of ancestral health and modern science.

It is produced ad-free to support the documentary 'Food Lies' (FoodLies.org)

Peak Human - Unbiased Nutrition Info for Optimum Health, Fitness & Living Brian Sanders - Filmmaker of Food Lies & Health Coach

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Peak Human is a curated audio series taking an unbiased look at health & nutrition. With so much conflicting information available, filmmaker and health coach Brian Sanders sifts through the dogma and provides a framework that unifies all nutrition and dietary habits that lead to optimum health.

World renowned doctors, researchers, and journalists are interviewed to find out what is the true human dietary framework that we should all be eating to live well and free of chronic disease. It is based around principles of nutrient density and uses a combination of ancestral health and modern science.

It is produced ad-free to support the documentary 'Food Lies' (FoodLies.org)

    Part 65 - Mike Mutzel, MS Proves the Safety & Effectiveness of Ketogenic Carnivore Diets, Fasting, Metabolism, Autophagy & More

    Part 65 - Mike Mutzel, MS Proves the Safety & Effectiveness of Ketogenic Carnivore Diets, Fasting, Metabolism, Autophagy & More

    Welcome Back! I'm about to takeoff to Hawaii to work on the Food Lies film with the amazing Director, Jay. I got to do this podcast in person with the very awesome Mike Mutzel AKA Metabolic Mike. We ran outside to feed his backyard chickens and pigs and then got the mics going.

     

    Mike Mutzel has an MS in clinical nutrition and currently focuses his efforts on communicating the science behind longevity, fasting, ketosis, exercise and all things pertaining to improving our metabolic health
     
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    SHOW NOTES
    Mike Mutzel has an MS in clinical nutrition and currently focuses his efforts on communicating the science behind longevity, fasting, ketosis, exercise and all things pertaining to improving our metabolic health He raises his own pigs, chickens, and turkeys in his backyard  He thinks it’s important for his daughter to eat real food and see where it comes from  Raising animals has improved his mental well-being  Mike started his health journey just simply removing the buns from his burgers Measuring objective biomarkers motivates people to stick to lifestyle changes because they can see the benefits Mike was exposed to drugs and alcohol at a very young age and used diet and exercise to improve his life Soy protein made him depressed and gave him GI issues  Mike got into keto because of his interest in heart rate variability  The ketogenic diet is not stressful on the body Mike runs blood labs twice a year to know he is on the right track  Donates blood twice a year now that he is eating more meat His wife follows OMAD and has seen amazing benefits  Him and his wife got full body MRIs and DEXA scans to show that their lifestyle is benefiting them Pros and cons to testing biomarkers  GrimAge test to test your biological age against your chronological age Ancel Keys and the Minnesota Starvation Experiment  The Game Changers nuances Mike’s experience losing a lot of weight and muscle with veganism  Time-restricted feeding, alternate day fasting, and early time restricted feeding Circadian biology and feeding times Mike isn’t concerned with coffee during his morning fast Fasting will lower glucose and insulin and increase glucagon and ketosis  Reducing glycemic variability has some benefits for reducing oxidative stress Mike does a 24-hour fast every Monday  Fasting is a stoich practice and teaches discipline Fasting is not just about restricting calories  You wouldn’t do the same workout every single day, and variability of energy intake works the same: restricting food intake (fasting) and feeding (maybe some days you are in a surplus)  Fasting causes you to deal with how you use food to fill voids in your life (emotional eating)  Fasting is a very safe practice People who claim fasting is a stressor need to understand that eating is stressful on the body Your body can anticipate the intake of food How long do we need to fast to induce autophagy? Mike thinks on a bare minimum everyone should be fasting for at least 12 hours a day Autophagy declines as you age Mike’s thoughts on One Meal A Day (OMAD)  People are scared that protein is going to stimulate mTOR but they should be more concerned with mTOR over-expression The importance of sleep Chronic calorie restriction vs periodic fasting Kids who eat the proper foods are so much more well-behaved  
    Where to find Mike Mutzel: 
    www.highintensityhealth.com
    https://www.instagram.com/metabolic_mike
    https://www.youtube.com/highintensityhealth
     

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    Part 64 - Did James Wilks Get Anything Right Against Chris Kresser? With Paul Saladino MD

    Part 64 - Did James Wilks Get Anything Right Against Chris Kresser? With Paul Saladino MD

    Alright everyone, I’m fired up about this one! Dr. Paul Saladino was up in LA yesterday and we recorded some gold here. We spent the weekend digging through studies to give the much needed rebuttal to the “debate” between James Wilks and Chris Kresser on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast. For those not familiar with this, it was a huge deal. Joe Rogan has the most popular podcast in the world (by far I believe) with many millions of worldwide listeners and viewers on youtube as well - per episode. James Wilks is one of the producers of the Game Changers - the most recent installment of vegan propaganda films.
    Listeners will know we already put out a feature-length film debunking his film on YouTube, aptly named Game Changers DEBUNKED. We just posted a document at sapien.org/gamechangers with 156 studies and 57 resources listed to go along with the film. We put many of the studies on screen, but due to limited time couldn’t reference each one.
    So here’s a bit more context: Chris Kresser went on the Joe Rogan podcast and debunked the Game Changers. He did a great job and we included some of that footage in our film with his permission. James Wilks then went on to defend himself, but instead, attacked Chris personally and used many tactics to avoid answering the simple question of “why do you think red meat is bad?”
    He did catch Kresser on some things, I think. But for many points, he actually didn’t if you look more into it. James just caught Chris off guard and cited studies Chris wasn’t familiar with. Paul and I looked into those and found out James was actually wrong, was completely overstating what the study said, or made false claims about the dates of references that were central to his criticism of Chris.
    I’ll leave it at that for now and get on to the show. I’ll skip any ads for this one and will just encourage people to go to Sapien.org for more information about my film Food Lies which will be the ultimate answer to vegan propaganda films, to support me on Patreon so I can keep doing stuff like this, and to share this episode with someone.
    I’d really recommend watching the YouTube video version of this one. We show all the studies we mention on screen and all the graphics and tables as well. That will be posted on the Food Lies youtube channel on Tuesday. The site where all the studies can be found is http://sapien.org/debate This will be an extensive page with timestamps, notes, and links to all studies mentioned.
    Lastly, I think it would be valuable for Joe Rogan to be aware of this. I hope people share the video with him. I think it would be great for Joe to have James bring his “science advisor” back on the podcast and Paul and I could come on and have a debate without all the ad hominem attacks. We can share studies beforehand and break this all down once and for all. It would be filmmaker and science advisor against filmmaker and science advisor. Although, as you’ll see in this episode, Paul will be doing most of the talking.
     
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    SHOW NOTES
     
    FULL SHOW NOTES: http://sapien.org/debate
    [12:20] Wilks complains how the meat industry research is largely funded by interest groups, but this is the case with all industries
    [14:40] Dairy products and cancer association 
    [18:45] James Wilks completely misinterpreted the Dairy Product Consumption and Prostate Cancer RIsk in the United States 
    [16:20] The issue with epidemiological studies 
    [20:19] Does dairy cause inflammation?
    [24:50] Dairy has actually been proven to have health promoting components
    [26:25] Wilks falsely claims that Richard Wrangham, British primatologist and Harvard Anthropologist, believes that ancestors were primarily plant eaters throu

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    Part 63 - Gabe Brown on the Little Known Truth About Cows, Crops, the Environment, and Our Future

    Part 63 - Gabe Brown on the Little Known Truth About Cows, Crops, the Environment, and Our Future

    Hello, hello good people, I hope you all had a joyous Thanksgiving. I certainly did with some friends up in Seattle for a SAPIEN style dinner, finishing the Game Changers DEBUNKED film, having the awesome Meat-Up and film viewing, hanging with everyone’s favorite Dr. Ted Naiman, and then going to Mike Mutzel’s house and backyard farm for a podcast.
    A bit more info on each. Mike Mutzel is known as metabolic Mike and has a longstanding podcast called High Intensity Health - go check him out, he’s a great guy. Everyone should be familiar with the Game Changers DEBUNKED film by now. There’s 2 versions out on youtube as of late - one with the “deleted scenes” and one with just the info and none of the gags. When we started this on Halloween, Shawn Baker, Chris Kruger, and I had the idea to do some skits and have some fun with this. I appreciate the fact that not everyone is looking for that so we have both options!
    Lastly, a SAPIEN way of eating, for anyone unfamiliar, is how a growing number of people are characterizing how they eat and live. It encompasses many dietary strategies from pescatarian all the way to keto and carnivore. It has a sweet spot (where I like to be) with over 90% of calories coming from animal foods. This makes it high fat, low carb, and mainly has you running on fat. It is nose to tail. It embraces smaller feeding windows of one meal per day to 2 meals in 8 hours (which I like). It is based on all whole foods. It’s also not based on any dogma. Humans have evolved to eat many things over millions of years, and even in the last 10,000 years. It also focuses on the other lifestyle factors as like getting quality sleep, exercise, sun, etc. You can learn more at http://Sapien.org/diet
    You can also learn about the grass finished meat at http://NoseToTail.org that’s shipped to the 48 states. It is all grown ethically, organically, and sustainably. We have unique and nutrient dense foods such as Primal ground beef that includes liver, heart, kidney, and spleen. We also have high omega 3 pork and chicken that blows away conventional and even organically grown animals. I’m proud to offer these products delivered to your home, but also encourage people to find local farmers and source from them.
    Now onto a food producer I’d also love to endorse who’s meat you can get if you’re in the North Dakota area, Mr. Gabe Brown. I saw a TEDx talk of his 2 years ago and had a long call with him soon after. I wanted to include him in the film but it didn’t quite work out. I’m glad we finally reconnected and found some time to record a talk.
    Gabe Brown is a farmer and leader in the movement towards regenerative agriculture. He is the owner of Brown’s Ranch, just east of Bismarck, ND. He believes in and practices Holistic Management, a part of which is farming and ranching in nature's image. At his ranch improving soil health is a priority and no-till farming has been practiced since 1993. His ranch has eliminated the use of synthetic fertilizers, fungicides, and pesticides. He does not use any GMOs or glyphosate. His ever evolving grazing strategy allows most of his pastures a recovery period of over 360 days. All of these practices have led to the health of the soil, mineral and water cycles to greatly improve and of course the quality of the agriculture and livestock he produces as well. 
    Make sure to listen to the end. There’s some great info all the way through. He has solutions to some huge worldwide problems with simple and proven practices.
    Last quick things - Food Lies is going strong. We have a new and awesome graphics guy that is really savvy with all this info and is eager to help the cause. Please support this podcast by giving it a review on itunes or the podcast app. And also support our endeavors on Patreon at http://patreon.com/peakhuman We’re doing the extended show notes

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Part 62 - Dr. Jaime Seeman on Body Composition, Hormones, Thyroid, Women’s Health, and Meat

    Part 62 - Dr. Jaime Seeman on Body Composition, Hormones, Thyroid, Women’s Health, and Meat

    Hey, hey, we’re back. Let’s get straight to it. I gotta get back to working on the Game Changers DEBUNKED film. Please support that on http://Indiegogo.com/projects/gamechangers-debunked or click through the show notes. Just to make sure, I want to let people know this a scientific and factual debunking film with researchers and doctors addressing the science. Yes, we have a bit of fun here and there to keep it interesting, but it’s all about the truth, and exposing their cherry picking and misrepresenting science to fit their agenda.
    Dr. Jaime Seeman AKA Dr. Fit and Fabulous is a board certified Obstetrician-Gynecologist with a background in Nutrition, Exercise and Health Science. She is also a current Fellow in Integrative Medicine and a Board Certified Ketogenic Nutrition Specialist. She did her undergraduate training at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she was a collegiate athlete for the Cornhuskers receiving many awards and honors. She then continued her education at the University of Nebraska School of Medicine where she received her Doctor of Medicine degree. She is a wife and mom to three little girls. 
    This was an awesome one - so many topics my guests haven’t covered yet. I wish we recorded some more updated stuff about the blood spinning tests she’s doing for the Game Changers DEBUNKED mini-doc. She ate 5 eggs and 3 pieces of bacon and spun her blood in a centrifuge and it was - guess what - clear. The Game Changers mockumentary tried to say animal foods caused cloudy blood plasma. They did a little “experiment” in the film and showed it was cloudy after a beef burrito and clear after a bean burrito. They are outright liars and cheaters I tell ya! They are deceiving the world with false information. Two engineers in Seattle also debunked this by eating huge amounts of lamb and milk fat and producing clear blood plasma as well.
    Dr. Jaime is going to do a 2nd experiment tomorrow and match the amount of fat and calories of a beef and cheese burrito with a vegan burrito and see if it produces cloudy blood. What’s likely going on here is that eating a high carb AND high fat meal creates more triglycerides in the blood for a longer time. There’s more to this that will all be explained in the mini-doc.
    So please support that on Indiegogo in the last few days of the campaign. There’s a lot of overtime going into this with editors, graphics people, sound people, etc. Food Lies is looking great - I just was going over some of it with the separate editing team. NoseToTail.org is firing on all cylinders and it’s hard for us to keep that good meat in stock. Learn more about all this at http://sapien.org And give this podcast a review on Apple!
    Thanks so much! I can’t wait to air this mini-doc on November 27th on YouTube. We’ll have a Meat-Up and viewing party in Seattle - Sunday Dec 1st and another one in LA on thursday Dec 5th. Now here’s Dr. Fit and Fabulous - Jaime Seeman.
     
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    SHOW NOTES
    [10:05] She had three kids in 60 months failed glucose testing in pregnancy and this led to her becoming pre-diabetic/gestational diabetic. She had also suffered hypothyroidism after her 3 pregnancies. [11:30] She tried whole 30, paleo, ketogenic and carnivore. [14:40] Is carnivore safe for pregnancy?  [17:06] The carnivore diet helps a lot of people but it wont work for everyone.  [18:50] Her main takeaway - let's eat a diet of whole, unprocessed foods that are natural and with no ingredient list. [20:00] The issue of the keto/low carb community making these extravagant sweets and treats. [21:08] Woman, pregnancy and the underlying issue of insulin resistance.  [22:27] The issue of our health system and the way it screens for preg

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Part 61 - Dr. Joan Ifland on How to Conquer Food Addiction, and the Behavioral, Emotional, and Mental Component of Eating

    Part 61 - Dr. Joan Ifland on How to Conquer Food Addiction, and the Behavioral, Emotional, and Mental Component of Eating

    Hello everyone, welcome back to the time of week where I get to share another fantastic guest with you. I try to get all kinds of thought leaders and experts covering a wide variety of topics that pertain to your health, fitness, longevity, and even environmental health. They're all connected - who would have thought.
    If you’re new to this show, I’m Brian Sanders and I’m creating the feature-length documentary Food Lies that seems to be taking forever to come out. But that’s just because it’s going to be that good. Please be patient. We’re actually learning more each day and more and more things are happening in the world that either are going to make this film better or that we need to address. It’s turning out to be a good thing, in a way, that we didn’t rush this thing out. We have more resources, better experts, and more opportunities that are too many to name. Learn more at http://FoodLies.org
    In the meantime I’m creating the Game Changers DEBUNKED film which is almost in a rough cut somehow even though we just started it! It’s been a whirlwind and we’re moving at lightning speed. It also is opening doors and benefitting the Food Lies film. Look out for it on YouTube on November 27th - be sure to subscribe to the Food Lies channel. We’ll also try to get it on another platform. Thanks for supporting its creation on Indiegogo. You still can help out and even get a producer credit - just search for Game Changers DEBUNKED on http://Indiegogo.com/projects/gamechangers-debunked or click through the show notes.
    I also work with patients at Evolve Healthcare in Los Angeles. We have a medical clinic where Dr. Gary Shlifer and I treat the root cause of disease with diet and lifestyle. This is part of our company SAPIEN and the Sapien diet. Find out more at http://Sapien.org
    I also have a company similar to Butcher Box called Nose to Tail. The difference is we raise our animals in the US and we use the entire animal. We have the organ meats mixed into ground beef, buffalo, and pork and also sell the bones and bone broth. It’s all grass fed and finished and raised sustainably and ethically. You can even get a thanksgiving turkey with ultra high omega-3s due to our special diet we feed them. Get it delivered to you at http://NosetoTail.org
    Now onto today’s guest. Dr. Joan Ifland who has been creating breakthroughs in recovery from food addiction starting in 1999. She is currently at work on evidence-based trainings for health professionals.  Dr. Ifland is a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition. She earned her PhD in addictive nutrition at Union Institute and University and her MBA at Stanford Business School 
    She was selected by the Oprah Winfrey Network as the food addiction specialist on the Book of John Gray. Dr. Ifland is the lead author of the first scholarly publication describing refined food addiction and the definition of addictive foods. She’s doing great things in this space including giving talks and creating support groups to continue to help people with problems around food. I think she has very valuable additions to the health conversation that go beyond what has been covered in the past 60 episodes of this podcast and most other podcasts and lectures I’ve heard.
    And if you want to get the super valuable extended show notes and support the show please go to Patreon and search for Peak Human or http://patreon.com/peakhuman The other way to support the show is to simply give it a 1-5 star rating on the Apple podcast app or iTunes and give it a review. Thanks so much, I really appreciate everyone. I love all the messages I receive and am glad people are finding this podcast valuable! Here’s Dr. Joan Ifland.
     
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    • 1 hr 24 min
    Part 60 - Dr. Ted Naiman on Weight Loss, Health, and Fitness SOLVED: The P:E Diet

    Part 60 - Dr. Ted Naiman on Weight Loss, Health, and Fitness SOLVED: The P:E Diet

    Hello, hello beautiful people, how great is it to be alive and well in 2019? I’m Brian Sanders and this is Peak Human where I talk to the leading experts around the world about all things health, food, exercise, food production, and being your best self. 
    Today I’m talking with one of my favorite humans ever, you’ll probably get the gist of this as we continually talk about how much we respect each other’s work. Dr. Ted Naiman was the first person I got ahold of 2 years ago when I started making the Food Lies film and has been a great help and inspiration ever since. He was my first guest which has always been a fan favorite episode. I’m glad to have him come back on and talk about a ton of new stuff. Blows the old one away. Who needs it after this one. He’s spent years working on his magnum opus which is the book The P:E Diet which he wrote with William Shewfelt. I felt bad because we didn’t bring up William in this episode. I’ll be interviewing him on the new SAPIEN podcast tomorrow actually, so we’ll get a chance to hear from him soon!
    A recap on Dr. Ted - he’s a board-certified Family Medicine physician practicing in the Seattle area. He’s seen about 100,000 patients over the past 20 years and has drawn a lot of conclusions from his observations as well as from the scientific literature. He’s spoken at major health conferences around the world and is basically a genius. Maybe I just feel this because we think the same way - either way, let’s get a few updates out of the way.
    The Game Changers DEBUNKED film is moving along at lightning speed. We had a great shoot last week and I’m going to San Diego Wednesday to film with Dr. Paul Saladino, Tim Shieff (the Vegan Prince who dropped out of the Game Changers film), and ex-vegan celeb Alyse Parker. This will premiere on November 27th so please help us finish it by supporting the project at http://indiegogo.com/projects/gamechangers-debunked
    Food Lies is also in full force. Meeting up with that editing team thursday to work through some of this beautiful footage. That’s also on Indiegogo - please learn more at http://FoodLies.org
    And we’re shipping out a lot of grass fed and grass finished meat lately. You can get your own at http://NoseToTail.org We do all the organs and bones and everything is raised ethically and sustainably. It’s beyond organic. And our chicken and pork is fed a special feed that makes them very high in Omega 3. We also do this for our turkey which is a new product just in time for Thanksgiving. Nothing like this is sold in stores. They have an unprecedented 2:1 omega 6 to omega 3 ratio. Check them out and all the other delicious meats at http://NoseToTail.org
    Lastly please support me on http://Patreon.com/peakhuman and get the extended show notes. This way I don’t have to take on any outside sponsors which I’ve been turning down. These show notes are super valuable and go into depth on everything mentioned. If you can’t afford any of these things, please give the podcast a review! Just tapping the 5 stars icon on the Apple podcast app or itunes is giving us a boost.
    Alright, I really, really appreciate everyone and let’s get onto the show!
     
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    SHOW NOTES
    Dr. Ted Naiman is a board-certified Family Medicine physician in the department of Primary Care at a leading major medical center in Seattle. His personal research and medical practice are focused on the practical implementation of diet and exercise for health optimization He has a new book out called “The P:E Diet: Leverage Your Biology To Achieve Optimal Health” go check out his website for more information at thePEdiet.com  Ted explains how nutrition unfortunately doesn't have any fi

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