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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 127 - Dr. Pran Yoganathan on Gut Health & Chronic Disease, Human Gut Evolution, and Plant vs. Animal Food

    Part 127 - Dr. Pran Yoganathan on Gut Health & Chronic Disease, Human Gut Evolution, and Plant vs. Animal Food

    Hello, everyone! Thanks for sharing this podcast and giving it a review on the podcast app or itunes. I’m Brian Sanders and I’ll encourage you to also work your way back and listen to all these episodes of Peak Human or start back at episode 1. I’d additionally encourage you to check out http://NoseToTail.org to check out our grass finished meats, tallow-based body care products, and more.
    YouTube version: https://youtu.be/jM1u5Mtnh8o
    Today I’m talking to Dr. Pran Yoganathan who is a Gastroenterologist and Gastrointestinal endoscopist based in Sydney. He aims to empower his patients to embark on a journey of self-healing using the philosophy of “let food be thy medicine”.
    Dr. Pran has a special interest in conditions such as Gastro-oesophageal Reflux (GORD), Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and abdominal bloating. He takes a very thorough approach to resolve these issues using dietary manipulation In conjunction with an accredited highly qualified dietician rather than resorting to long-term medications.
    We talk about many of the main chronic diseases we face today on the worldwide scale and how gut health and your diet contribute to these. Anyone with a stomach and/or who eats food should find interest in this episode. Hopefully both. We talk about animal vs. plant based diets, meat and cancer, how the human gut evolved, the necessity (or lack thereof) of fiber, protein amount, meal timing, GERD and heartburn, gout, personal fat threshold, height of populations in relation to their diet, and much more.
    You’ll like this episode if you’re a fan of meat. You’ll also like the aforementioned http://NoseToTail.org if you like meat and hopefully you enjoyed this silky smooth transition into some brief words about my company. This is how I have turned down all advertisers to this podcast. I’d rather steer clear of even the possibility of “strings attached” as they say. The one foundational belief I have in health and nutrition is around the ethical and sustainable production of animal foods and the inclusion of these in your diet. I work with many great producers here in the United States to produce and ship top quality food and body care products straight to you with no middle man. You can find all of our offerings at http://NoseToTail.org I’ll make a deal with you so I don’t bore listeners who already know about them. I’ll get straight to the episode if you promise to just check out the site for 2 minutes. You will? OK thanks, just hit the pause button and we’ll get straight into this episode with Dr. Pran Yoganathan.
     
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    SHOW NOTES:
     
    [2:50] His experience and background. 
    [7:35] The correlation between gut health and chronic disease. 
    [11:15] Triggers for gut intestinal permeability. 
    [13:50] Best ways of eating to have a healthy gut. 
    [17:35] Some issues that may occur to the gut from a plant based diet. 
    [19:50] Animal based diets to heal the gut. 
    [24:20] Does meat cause cancer?
    [29:20] How the gut evolved through the years to favor more animal based food sources. 
    [37:35] What is the optimal fuel source for our gut and body?
    [43:20] Is fiber necessary in high amounts?
    [49:10] How important is animal protein in your diet?
    [52:30] Timing and consistency of meals.
    [56:30] Resistance training to improve metabolic health. 
    [58:20] Personal fat threshold in differences in nationalities and ethnicities. 
    [1:04:20] The correlation of height and protein consumption in different nationalities. 
    [1:12:00] Gerd and Gout.
     
     
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    Part 126 - Dr. Ben Bikman & Dr. Ted Naiman Discuss Competing Ideas on All Things Health (AKA Ben & Ted’s Excellent Adventure)

    Part 126 - Dr. Ben Bikman & Dr. Ted Naiman Discuss Competing Ideas on All Things Health (AKA Ben & Ted’s Excellent Adventure)

    Welcome back, friends! I’m Brian Sanders and this is the Peak Human podcast. I’m also the owner of NoseToTail.org where you can get all kinds of properly raised meats and the creator of the Food Lies film. We continue to work on the film daily and are just as desperate to finish it and get out to the world as you are. I know it’s taking longer than expected, but we are making something truly special and there are a lot of factors we’re dealing with. It will be worth it, trust me.
    This episode today is very special and a long time in the making. I got the top 2 audience favorites on one podcast. This nutrition stuff is so complex, it’s never enough to get one side of the story so I thought I could at least get 2. I try to stay out of giving my opinions in this one. Perhaps 3 would be a crowd. We talk about so many interesting topics such as the carbohydrate-insulin model of obesity, the alternatives to this. The personal fat threshold, the insulin model of disease which is separate from how one becomes overweight. Satiety and how it fits into this. The processing of foods and how it plays in. Basal insulin vs. bolus. THe satiety vs. calorie theory. 
    Also the big PUFA debate - are they as bad as they’re made out to be? I think they are, but these 2 don’t seem to think there’s anything uniquely problematic with them other than they supply empty calories and we eat way too much of them. So they do think you should cut them out. I try to not interject much. I’m not trying to insert myself too much into these discussions. I have all kinds of guests on with differing opinions to expose people to all the angles of this complex nutrition world. I think something particularly with these guys and PUFAs, especially omega 6, is that they haven’t spent the time to really dig into these details enough. They have busy lives and are focused on other areas of health. Just an idea.
    Really we’re looking at the mystery of what goes on with food we eat and it's role in disease and/or obesity (which are independent of each other). Everyone should be interested in this to some extent. Maybe not to the level of a 90 minute podcast into some of the small details, but these are important questions that need to be answered. 
    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 research and medical practice are focused on the practical implementation of diet and exercise for health optimization. He has an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering and utilizes engineering principles when dealing with complex systems such as human health and nutrition.
    Dr. Ben Bikman is a researcher and professor specializing in metabolic function, insulin resistance, and the drivers of metabolic disorders. He has a PhD in bioenergetics, he did a postdoctoral fellowship with the Duke National University of Singapore in metabolic disorders, and he’s currently exploring the contrasting roles of insulin and ketones as key drivers of metabolic function.
     
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    SHOW NOTES
    [1:00] The 4 steps of insulin resistance.  [3:00] A deep dive into how insulin resistance spreads throughout the body.  [8:00] Hypertrophy and Hyperplasia of fat cells. [14:00] Carbohydrate insulin model. [27:00] How refined food plays a role in obesity. [31:45] How processing, cooking, and pulverizing our food can lead to different hormonal reactions. [42:20] Differences between basal and postprandial insulin.  [46:00] Obesity is a function of insulin and excessive energy intake  [56:00] Are PUFAs truly as bad as they are portrayed to be? Soybean Oil Is More Obesogenic and Diabetogenic than Coconut Oil and Fructose in Mouse: Potential Role for the Liver [1:09:40] How refined fats and car

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    Part 125 - Stephan Van Vliet on the Cutting Edge Science Proving Meat is a Health Food

    Part 125 - Stephan Van Vliet on the Cutting Edge Science Proving Meat is a Health Food

    Hello everyone! Welcome back to the Peak HUman podcast, I’m Brian Sanders and I hope everyone is doing well and eating a Sapien diet and living that Sapien lifestyle. I guess I’ll clarify what that is. Many people are already doing it without realizing it - I’m just trying to give it a name. It’s really just what seems to be the natural human diet. It’s a framework and isn’t the same for everyone and changes based on many factors such as where you live to where you are in your life or health journey. It’s based on whole foods, ancestral principles and food preparation techniques. It focuses on the best, most bioavailable, nutrient dense nutrition which is from animal foods. It incorporates the least toxic plant foods. It’s not carnivore, keto, paleo, or Whole 30 but has elements of these. I hate to have labels but none of the other dietary labels fit what I believe is a pretty basic framework for human nutrition. The lifestyle component is big as well and includes all the natural ways humans have always stayed healhty like getting outdoors and adequate sun, sleep, a form of movement, and so on. 
    This is such a cool episode because Dr. Van Vliet’s research is a brilliant intersection of 2 topics that should be near and dear to the hearts of everyone listening - how animals are raised affects the nutrient profile of the meat and how this in turn affects human health. He uses cutting edge science to go beyond the 3 macros, or 13 vitamins & minerals listed on nutrition labels, to up to 70,000 secondary compounds found in food. He also is working on a much-anticipated study (maybe only to me and those listening) which is randomized controlled and looks at red meat in the context of a healthy diet! How cool is that! This is what we’ve all wanted for so long. Compare eating red meat in the context of a whole foods diet compared to eating it with a bunch of processed foods that would be thought of as a Standard American Diet.
    Get ready to meet your new best friend in the nutrition research field. I’m so glad Dr. Van Vliet is doing this research and that he spent a solid 90 minutes with me exploring much of it. Get ready for a good one!
    Dr. Stephan van Vliet is a human nutrition scientist at the Duke School of Medicine. Dr. van Vliet earned his PhD in Kinesiology and Community Health as an ESPEN Fellow from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received post-doctoral training at the Center for Human Nutrition in the Washington University in St Louis School of Medicine. Dr. van Vliet also holds a Masters in Nutrition Science.
     
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    SHOW NOTES:
    [5:15] His background and education.  [8:50] Research into Metabolomics. [17:00] A deep dive into the metabolomics of faux meat and real meat. [23:50] Why the quality of your calories matter.  [28:30] The importance of having a healthy dietary pattern. Cohort Profile: The 45 and Up Study  Nurses Health Study: Healthful and unhealthful plant-based diets and the risk of coronary heart disease in US adults  The Oxford Vegetarian Study: an overview Vegetarian Dietary Patterns and Mortality in Adventist Health Study 2 | Cardiology | JAMA Internal Medicine Lifestyle and reduced mortality among active California Mormons, 1980–2004  [40:30] His work with animal instincts and how they eat. [42:30] How the health of soil, crops and livestock are all intertwined.  [51:10] Animal instincts on what they need to eat to be healthy.  [58:10] Animal’s special ability to eat and digest what we can not. [1:05:00] The importance of biodiversity on a rotational grazing pasture.  [1:13:50] Is there such a thing as “the best diet”? [1:17:30] Combining plant and animal foods to offset some of the negatives of the other.  [1:27:10] Why is it better to eat nose to tail?

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    Part 124 - Brad Marshall on Why We Store Fat & What To Do About It

    Part 124 - Brad Marshall on Why We Store Fat & What To Do About It

    Welcome back, friends! I’m Brian Sanders and this is the Peak Human podcast where I talk to the world’s leading health experts, doctors, researchers, and regenerative agriculture experts about how to live your best life. Please start back at episode one or at least try to work your way backwards - each episode is a valuable piece of the puzzle. Please also give this podcast a review on the Apple podcast app so we can reach more people.
    Today I had the pleasure of speaking with Brad Marshall who’s a great guy who raises low PUFA hogs and has a lot to say about PUFAs vs. saturated fat. Brad adds to the great lineup of guests talking about the dangers of these unstable polyunsaturated fatty acids. He’ll get deep into the science on why they are bad for humans and why they are what’s to blame for many (or most!) health problems and chronic disease. You won’t want to miss this one!
    Brad’s work is based on his understanding of molecular biology, his love of food history and cooking and his experience in agriculture. To that end he has a genetics degree from Cornell University and a Culinary Certificate from The French Culinary Institute. After college he did cancer research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering and did bioinformatics for The Berkeley Drosophila Genome Project before leaving professional science. For the previous 15 years he has raised rotationally grazed hogs and run a retail butcher shop and USDA inspected meat processing plant.
    Brad has written extensively about meat processing and meat science including Disastrous Trends In American Bacon. He is also a student of culinary history and historical diets.
    He goes deep down a rabbit hole in the middle of the episode on the electron transport chain and goes into some pretty esoteric stuff. I hope we don’t lose anyone for these 12-14 minutes. Some people may really appreciate learning how the body produces energy down to this level, but if that’s not you, then feel free to skip ahead. There’s a lot of valuable info we cover after this part so make sure you finish off the episode.
    At my company Nose to Tail we also raise low PUFA, high omega 3 ratio pigs. We do chicken as well. Check that out at http://nosetotail.org
    We also have the primal beef which is by far our best seller. It has liver, heart, kidney, and spleen mixed into the grass finished ground beef and tastes spectacular. I keep getting reports of how people’s kids love it maybe even more than they do themselves. 
    Our seasonings are available with your custom box. I use them every meal actually. I always put the ranch in yogurt as a sauce but I’ll also use the fresh catch on smoked oysters, the primal on any and all meats, and a new thing I did was put the thai seasoning on baked sweet potatoes. That was something special. They are fresh ground and have no fillers or funny stuff. 
    I just got my new batch of biltong and droewors in. Biltong makes beef jerky a thing of the past. It’s air dried so it’s softer, uses no sugars or preservatives, has extra grass fed healthy fat on it, and of course tastes amazing. We have 5 flavors to try so try them out today at http://nosetotail.org 
    We also just added a custom cutting board with the Nose to Tail logo etched in. Use it as your plate or just chop up our fine meats on it. All of our boxes have free shipping options whether for the fresh meat or the other products. 
    For everything else we’re doing check out http://sapien.org Join the newsletter there for our weekly roundup of the best content from around the web including our own original articles and videos. That’s all at http://sapien.org
    Now please enjoy this episode with my pal Brad Marshall.
     
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    SHOW NOTES:
    [5:50] His education and background.
    [6:50] His mission to make high q

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    Part 123 - Keith Littlewood on Fixing Thyroid Problems, Raising Your Body Temperature, Having a Higher Metabolism, Putting back on Weight, and Sleeping Better

    Part 123 - Keith Littlewood on Fixing Thyroid Problems, Raising Your Body Temperature, Having a Higher Metabolism, Putting back on Weight, and Sleeping Better

    Hello everyone! I’m Brian Sanders and welcome back to the Peak Human podcast. Don’t forget to start back at episode 1. This is that kind of podcast. It’s not something I do each week with random people to create content so I can advertise people’s products. It’s a health journey I’ve been on for years where I talk to the best and brightest from around the world. The only products or services I talk about to support the show are my own that I have created with the best people I can find to provide great value to you and your friends & family as well as my own. Those are at http://NoseToTail.org
    But onto my guest today. This may be a hard one for some people to handle who are triggered easily by differing opinions. I talk with Keith today about adding carbs back into your diet. Many people have found so much success removing them from their diet, this may sound counterintuitive. However, some people may be having problems after going too low carb for too long. If you’re not one of these people, then feel free to skip this episode. But if you have cold hands or feet, low body temperature (which I had and didn’t really know), wake up in the night, are a female who has lost their period, don’t sleep well, or have some other problems, you may have low thyroid problems. One way people have cleared up some of these issues is eating more whole food carbs, honey, fruit, sweet potatoes, etc. 
    He is in a different dietary camp that does agree that PUFAs and seed oils are the enemy, saturated fat is fine, and eating nose to tail including things like liver and oysters is great. BUt they also believe carbs are good for the thyroid and do question fasting and extended keto diets. 
    Really don’t want to be dogmatic about diets so I wanted to have Keith on to talk about this strategy. I’ve seen it work for some people in the carnivore world that went a bit overboard, for example. I have been raising my body temperature and presumably my thyroid function by eating more carbs at night after my brief, intense workout. 
    Keith Littlewood has been involved in the health, fitness and wellbeing industry for over 20 years and after working for a variety of organisations delivering training and rehabilitation strategies around the world. He is passionate about delivering services that resolve pain, energy, digestion, sleep, mood and other hormone related issues to get people functioning at their best. 
    He has a masters of science degree in endocrinology with distinction, researching the accuracy of thyroid stimulating hormone in the face of mounting pollution, stress and nutrition factors and is currently getting his PhD.
     
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    SHOW NOTES
    [5:50] His background and emphasis on the thyroid function. [9:55] Criticisms of functional medicine. [12:50] Thyroid protocols and tests.  [19:20] How temperature can indicate healthy thyroid function or not. [29:00] His thoughts on sugar consumption. [42:20] How environmental pollution can affect the thyroid.   [45:10] How to protect yourself from environmental pollutants.  [49:10] How calorie restriction and keto diets can affect the function of the thyroid.  [59:30] Glucose monitors and spikes/dips in blood sugar levels. [1:01:50] Possibility of omega-3s causing damage to the brain? [1:11:00] Heart rate and thyroid function. [1:17:40] Vitamin A and thyroid function.  [1:20:15] Carrots, cruciferous vegetables, dairy, and caffeine. [1:23:50] Do you need to have a fast metabolism?    
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    Part 122 - Nicolette Hahn Niman on Defending Beef - Uncovering Why it’s Blamed for Health & Environmental Problems

    Part 122 - Nicolette Hahn Niman on Defending Beef - Uncovering Why it’s Blamed for Health & Environmental Problems

    Welcome back everyone! So sorry for the little break in the action. I’m doing a lot of things these days - some might say too many. We got back from filming on the east coast and an amazing event with Dr. Bill Schindler at his food lab. You can catch the presentation by Dr. Cate Shanahan on the Food Lies youtube channel. For new listeners I’m Brian Sanders and this was for my documentary Food Lies and this film tour should be our last. We still don’t have a release date for the film, but we’re in post-production and working on it daily.
    My guest today is the great Nicolette Hahn Niman who is a California rancher, lawyer, and writer. She has authored two books about sustainable livestock farming: Righteous Porkchop: Finding a Life and Good Food Beyond Factory Farms, and Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Meat Production. I read her book years ago, but she’s just releasing a new and improved version that I got a pre-release copy of. It is available July 13th but you can pre-order it on https://www.chelseagreen.com/product/defending-beef/ (find the link in the show notes)
    She’s a really interesting person who is a great voice sticking up for beef and sustainable ag. She also has an interesting story about her own relationship with beef that we cover at the end! It’s cool to hear her take coming from her background as an environmental lawyer. All of her peers are definitely on the other side of this issue! But guess what, they happen to be wrong! And she’s a beef producer herself, so she knows the full story. 
    I also happen to be somewhat of a beef producer with my company Nose to Tail. Years after learning of the superior nutrition of red meat and other animal foods I decided to partner with some great ranchers and get quality products out to the united states. You can find us at http://NoseToTail.org Our most popular product which is in very high demand is the primal ground beef with liver, heart, kidney, and spleen mixed in. Such an easy and delicious way to get the extra nutrition from the organ meats in your diet. Hopefully we’re not sold out when you check us out. 
    We also added a liver stick to our product line which is under the biltong tab. Biltong is a traditional South African way of curing meat without any preservatives or sugar. The stick version of this is called droewors. We just ran a 2nd batch of this with liver mixed in. It’s way better than our first test batch. It tastes really good and has a nice texture. It’s almost impossible for me to come up with a healthier product you can eat on the go. This is another limited run so get it while you can at http://NoseToTail.org
    Check out the superb body care products made from beef tallow there as well along with our freshly ground seasonings to go with the meat!
    In other news, the Cows 4 Kids campaign is ending soon. Go to http://Cows4Kids.com to pitch in some money for us all to buy some cows for some of the villages in Africa we visited. Mary talked to the director of the Maasai school and he was ecstatic to hear about the funds we are raising. He is going to make a whole event of it and is contacting some media outlets. 
    There’s also http://sapien.org for everything else. We have the program for people ready to change their life with diet & lifestyle, the Sapien Tribe, and more information on the Sapien diet. I’ll stop talking about it - just go to Sapien.org to check it all out. You can link to everything there including the Food Lies film website. Now onto the show!
     
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    SHOW NOTES
    [0:45] Her book “Defending Beef” and what it is all about. [2:45] Her background and how she got into her line of work. [7:10] How cattle started to get a bad name in most households.  [10:00] Profit in the ‘processing’ of food. [17:40] How re

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