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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 98 - Mary Ruddick, CNC Part 2 - Gut Microbiome, Finding a Healing Diet, Mental Illness, Plant vs. Animal Foods, Holobiome, and More!

    Part 98 - Mary Ruddick, CNC Part 2 - Gut Microbiome, Finding a Healing Diet, Mental Illness, Plant vs. Animal Foods, Holobiome, and More!

    Wow what a response to the first part with Mary! I’m so glad everyone enjoyed her as much as I did. So much more great stuff in our part 2. Stick around until the end - everything she has to say is valuable.
     
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    [4:00] The truth of what a blue zone’s diet looks like.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3051199/  [10:00] Don’t eat any processed foods and eat very seasonally. [15:50] Plant toxins in nightshades. [21:50] Intuitive eating. [27:10] Autoimmunity from non nutrientive amino acids from plant foods. [28:00] Infertility for lions in zoos.  [31:00] Mental illness usually has a physical cause as well. [34:10] Ovaries have thousands of insulin receptors on them. [37:50] Losing your cycle from estrogen dominance and being undernourished, especially in a vegan diet. [39:50] Ways to help with low testosterone.  [44:15] How to choose a diet that works for her patients. [50:20] The microbiome is always the first thing she looks into. [1:03:10] Lifestyle activity shifts the microbiome as much as the diet. [1:04:30] Weston A Price and how it affected her research. [1:08:50] What a diet that most people would do well on looks like.  [1:12:30] Eating low variety foods and keeping it seasonally. [1:16:10] The best ratio for plant and animal foods in a diet.  [1:21:30] Salt and spices in ancient civilizations. [1:25:40] PUFAs. [1:29:30] The importance of having a healthy microbiome on the skin. GET THE FREE SAPIEN FOOD GUIDE! http://Sapien.org
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    • 1 hr 34 min
    Part 97 - Mary Ruddick, CNC (Sherlock Holmes of Health) on Reversing Disease, Debunking Blue Zones, Lifelong Health, and Ancestral Eating

    Part 97 - Mary Ruddick, CNC (Sherlock Holmes of Health) on Reversing Disease, Debunking Blue Zones, Lifelong Health, and Ancestral Eating

    We’re back for season 8 of the podcast. I took an unannounced break to work on the Food Lies film and make sure I’m getting top quality episodes and guests. I really don’t want to just crank these out each week just for the sake of having an episode to release. I am constantly reading books, watching lectures, reading scientific papers, and previously going to conferences to seek out the best guests the world has to offer. Our guest today, Mary Ruddick, is just that.
    She is a nutritionist, teacher, and author of books and online educational programs. People come to Mary to resolve their otherwise impossible health conditions. She teaches them tools they can implement to rebuild their own immune systems, nervous systems, holobiome, and microbiome and once again take control of their health. 
    Mary specializes in rebalancing the microbiome by addressing nutritional and epigenetic aspects that underlie various physical and mental health disorders. She is a specialist in the fields of autoimmunity, histamine intolerance (MCAD), mental disorders, and nervous system disorders that include dysautonomia, seizure disorders, and autism. 
    She’s been a nutrition professor, she’s travelled the world living with and observing other cultures and native-living tribes, she’s worked for big organizations teaching them about diet and lifestyles for disease prevention, she’s miraculously cured her own ailments that had her bed-bound for years and years, and so much more. I’ve been talking to her for months and am ready to call her the Sherlock Holmes of Health. She’s the real deal so I really hope you listen to this episode in entirety. We even have a part 2 coming out next week.
    So I hope everyone got a chance to catch up on the back catalogue of episodes during this little break. I’m so happy to hear all the great life transformations taking place, especially when people go back to listen from episode 1. 
    Alright, so another reason I don’t need to crank out episodes each week is I don’t have any sponsors. So far I’ve turned them all down so I can remain independent from any outside interests. I have my own beneficial products and services we offer at Http://Sapien.org and http://nosetotail.org to support the show, the film, myself, and my great team. I make a lot less money this way, but it’s a lot more satisfying to not have to rely on anyone else or promote any other products.
    However, it only works if people support Sapien and Nose to Tail. Luckily we have amazing things to offer. Sapien is the health platform I’ve built with my business partner Dr. Gary. We have a practice in Woodland Hills, CA as well as an online program anyone in the world can join if they’re serious about weight loss and disease reversal using diet and lifestyle. You can find out more about the program at http://Sapien.org You can also get the free Sapien Food guide there. 
    Another thing we’ve got going is the Sapien Tribe. We have a growing community of people who are living this lifestyle and dominating life. I know that sounds pretty bro-ey, but it’s what is happening. People have gone from a life of mediocrity or even ill-health to being in top shape, reversing their chronic disease, having great body composition, and not getting sick anymore! Tribe members also get all the extras like the bonus episodes of this podcast, the extended show notes, the private members area, and special access and live Zoom calls with Dr. Gary and me. You can find that at http://sapien.org as well.
    You can also get the Nose to Tail meats at http://nosetotail.org where we ship grass finished, ethically and sustainably raised beef, buffalo, pork, and chicken to your door. It’s all raised in Texas and ships out each week to the 48 contiguous states. Our specialty products include ground beef with liver, heart, kidney, and spleen mixed in. I

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Part 96 - Dr. Paul Saladino on PUFAs, Insulin Resistance, Visceral Fat, and Longevity

    Part 96 - Dr. Paul Saladino on PUFAs, Insulin Resistance, Visceral Fat, and Longevity

    Hey hey everybody, hope you're ready for another information dense episode. We have Dr. Paul Saladino back on to dive deep on how insulin resistance develops. This is a perfect follow up to Dr. Ben Bikman on the last episode explaining to us how insulin resistance and other problems with insulin are the root cause to almost all chronic disease. It’s also a great follow up to the many guests who have been talking about the dangers of industrial seed oils, euphemistically known as vegetable oils, and high levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids also known as PUFAs in our diet.
    I was thinking about this after we finished recording and thought I could have made a few more points and perhaps made this analogy. Maybe the disease process is like a hammer and a nail. You need both to create something. Either on their own might not be enough. Refined sugars and refined grains would be the hammer and the high PUFAs are the nail. Either one doesn't cause insulin resistance on its own. There’s examples of populations eating high carb but not getting insulin resistance (although most of this is whole food carbs). But these people aren’t getting a ton of seed oils (possibly zero) in their diet. And there also are examples of people potentially consuming a high amount of PUFAs (like one of the Blue Zones here in the Los Angeles area, Loma Linda) where they avoid a lot of animal products and presumably use vegetable oils as the guidelines dictate.
    These people have many other great lifestyle factors and remain thin over their life and they tend to have a disproportionate amount of centenarians. They do all the healthy behaviors to remain thin like avoiding sugars, processed foods, alcohol, and staying active. So basically these people never overstuff their fat cells and start the process of insulin resistance that maybe the high PUFAs would have then been there to cause the real damage. If you have all the other bases covered maybe you can get away with more PUFAs in your diet. There’s some epidemiology that suggests this as well.
    I’m not saying this is ideal at all, and likely it’s best to reduce seed oils as much as possible. I also am just theororizing here. It’s interesting to think about the many factors that play into this complex process nobody has definitively solved because there always seems to be some counter-evidence to every theory and I want to take it all into consideration and not just blame things on a single villain.
    Please listen to this episode and let me know what you think. I’m on all major social media platforms if you search “food lies” and try to message everyone I can back.
    Before we jump in I’ll do my new thing of mentioning my conflicts of interest. I believe I have none because I take no outside funding or advertising dollars for any products. I do have a company called Nose to Tail that you can find at http://NoseToTail.org where we deliver grass fed and grass finished beef and buffalo and high omega 3 and low omega 6 chicken and pork to your door. This is all raised here in America and not brought in from Australia or New Zealand like some other companies. 
    I also am partnered with doctor Gary here in Los Angeles where we have a program to reverse and treat chronic disease and obesity. We see patients in clinic at Evolve Healthcare and online as well. You can find out more at http://Sapien.org or http://sapienprogram.com
    For those who are a little further down the healing road and want to connect with other like minded individuals and thrive instead of just survive, we have the Sapien Tribe. There’s a bunch of extra features you get there like the exclusive videos, extended show notes, Zoom calls with Dr. Gary and I where you can get your health questions answered, the private feed area, and more. You can check some of it out for free at http://tribe.sapien.org We are running out o

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Part 95 - Dr. Ben Bikman on The Root Cause of Chronic Disease and What to Do About It

    Part 95 - Dr. Ben Bikman on The Root Cause of Chronic Disease and What to Do About It

    Hello everyone! Welcome back. Today we have everyone’s favorite Dr. Ben Bikman for another engaging discussion. My name is Brian Sanders and I’m creating the Food Lies film which we’re actively working on daily. I’ve been doing social media, youtube videos, and podcasts over the last 3 years as we’ve produced the film. I’m on a mission to spread health knowledge since I lost both of my parents about 6 years ago.
    Now I’ll act like I’m giving a presentation at a scientific conference and give my disclosures - I take no money from any company, organization, or industry. I support myself with my business partner Dr. Gary treating patients with diet and lifestyle and getting them off of medications with the Sapien Program.
    Also with my company http://NoseToTail.org I started after finding out the true health of animal foods that are grass fed and finished, organic, ethically and sustainably raised. We sell grass fed and finished meat from our farm in Texas to the 48 contiguous US states. That’s at http://NoseToTail.org
    With the Peak Human patreon where people throw in a few bucks to support the content production and keep me from taking on advertisers. And the Sapien Tribe where members get extra content, materials, and interaction with myself, health Coach Becker, and Dr. Gary. THe program and Tribe can be found at http://sapien.org
    And also with Grass Fed nose to tail products that we’ll be releasing soon. Follow Food Lies on social media or join our newsletter on Sapien.org to get notified when these amazing whole food products go live. You can also follow sapien.store on instagram. We’re even doing grass fed beef tallow all natural body care products. I’m excited to announce all of these soon!
    So instead of taking a dime from any product or advertiser or worse, I’ve developed my own products I am creating in small batches with the highest quality ingredients. Products that I believe in and across the board benefit people’s life and health.
    If you choose to buy these, then great. If not, that’s completely ok and I hope you’ll find local farmers and artisans to purchase quality goods from.
    About this episode today. Ben Bikman has a Ph.D in Bioenergetics and a Masters in Exercise Physiology. He is currently an Associate Professor of Physiology and Developmental Biology at BYU. His lab research (Laboratory of Obesity and Metabolism) focuses on what molecular mechanisms mediate and cause metabolic disorders such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, and dementia. He is especially well versed in how insulin and ketones work as key drivers of metabolic function. He regularly publishes his research in peer-review journals and presents at international science meetings. 
    His new book is called Why We Get Sick and I’d recommend it to everyone. It gets at the root of almost all modern chronic disease - insulin resistance and hyperinsulinemia. We talk today about this at great length.
    He can speak on so many other things as well, which he did in the my first episode with him Peak Human #57. I highly recommend people going back and starting with that one, it’s one of the most popular episodes of all time. While you’re at it you might as well listen to all the other episodes starting from the beginning. This is how people are changing their life just by walking around listening to free info I’ve carefully curated.
    Anyway, please enjoy this episode with Dr. Ben Bikman and join the Spaien Tribe at http://Sapien.org to get the exclusive bonus part of this episode where we discuss the ultimate longevity diet. So happy to get the great Doc Bikman to weigh in on this.
     
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    SHOW NOTES

    [13:40] Overlooking insulin resistance and only looking at glucose.  [20:50] Why glucose

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Part 94 - Rob Tuncks on Plant Foods Causing More Deaths, Why Are We Told to Eat 80% Plant Foods, and Is It Possible to Feed the World?

    Part 94 - Rob Tuncks on Plant Foods Causing More Deaths, Why Are We Told to Eat 80% Plant Foods, and Is It Possible to Feed the World?

    Food/population graph mentioned in the episode: https://www.dropbox.com/s/kqqlf9jjqrwjnie/food_population.jpg?dl=0
    Hello my friends, we’re back at it with another super interesting episode. I’m Brian Sanders and I’m creating the much anticipated Food Lies film. You can follow along with the progress as well as get daily valuable content on the latest health info, pertinent studies, nutrition news, and my diagrams and graphics making sense of the complicated and conflicting world of nutrition. You can find me on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook and join the now 100K people who are staying tuned into the latest and greatest info. Just search any of those platforms for “Food Lies” and you’ll find me.
    Today I’m talking to Rob Tuncks who’s an Australian farmer and former telecommunication company owner. He sold his business, retired at 30, and now produces grass fed lamb as well as other plant and animal food products. He has very insightful experiences with food systems and the morals we have placed upon them because he has experience growing both plant and animal foods he is acutely aware of the vast amount of deaths required to grow the staple crops so much of the world relies on. He also studies food systems on a world scale to investigate the enormous caloric need to feed 7.7 billion people and how we can accomplish that.
    We’ve been talking for many months about some of these issues and I think there’s so many challenging and important questions that need to be answered here. Some of his views are a bit hard to swallow. Some are necessary to acknowledge and address. Some make our broken food system make much more sense. He also could very well be wrong about some of these things. I think there’s some great solutions using holistic farming methods using plants and animals together. Humans are pretty intelligent and adaptable when we have to be.
    Instead of my usual announcements, I’m just going to encourage people to go to http://sapien.org to discover all the great things we have going on. No matter where you are on your health journey, we have resources and free things to help you on your way. We also have a link there for the Nose to Tail grass fed and finished meat. This is my company, I’m not promoting someone else’s service. Everything we’re doing at Sapien and Nose to Tail is created by us and for the specific purpose of getting humans healthier. We have the Tribe there with the special features, the Sapien Program, and more info about the Food Lies film as well. Just go to http://sapien.org and get everything there. 
    I want to thank the community for being great and pushing this all forward. I love hearing your stories of success, so keep sending them in. Keep sharing this podcast and writing the reviews. And keep up your healthy living. Let’s grow old together. Enough out of me, please enjoy this interesting interview with my Australian pal, Rob Tuncks.
     
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    SHOW NOTES
    [13:15] Animal death from monocrops. https://www.anthropocenemagazine.org/2018/07/how-many-animals-killed-in-agriculture/ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK208754/ [17:25] Increased biodiversity when rotational grazing increased animal life, soil health, etc.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5574735/ https://www.researchgate.net/publication/285796177_Grazing_as_a_tool_to_maintain_biodiversity_of_grassland_-_a_review https://www.researchgate.net/publication/314261725_A_biodiversity-friendly_rotational_grazing_system_enhancing_flower-visiting_insect_assemblages_while_maintaining_animal_and_grassland_productivity [25:15] Debunking antibiotics and the negative stigma on feedlots. [33:25] Difference between ruminant animals and pigs/chickens when it comes to

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Part 93 - Dr. Mindy Pelz on the Ultimate Superpower: Immune Health and How to Increase it w/ Food, Fasting, and the Gut Microbiome

    Part 93 - Dr. Mindy Pelz on the Ultimate Superpower: Immune Health and How to Increase it w/ Food, Fasting, and the Gut Microbiome

    Hey everyone, welcome back. I have a great one this week. Dr. Mindy and I had a really fun discussion while she also dispensed a lot of useful info. We covered the science and benefits of fasting in great detail along with all kinds of tips and tricks for pulling short and long fasts off successfully. We also talk about how healthy periods of time spent not eating are. This should not be considered fasting - it should just be normal. What’s not normal is eating from when you wake up until you go to sleep. We covered a lot on the gut microbiome and immune health as well. You’re going to love her.
    Dr. Mindy Pelz is empowering people all over the world to believe in their body’s own healing abilities through fasting, diet variation, removing chemicals from the body, and so much more. Dr. Mindy is a recognized leader in the alternative health world and is the founder of Family Life Wellness, her local clinic that is made to speed up healing and maximize performance. She is also the founder of the Reset Academy, a private group where she and her team help people implement the principals of fasting, keto, and diet variation into their daily lives. She is the host of one of the leading science podcasts, The Resetter Podcast, and the author of three best-selling books, The Menopause Reset, The Reset Factor, and The Reset Kitchen. She also has a great youtube channel.
    Alright, so the announcements for this week are simple. We have the Sapien Tribe lifetime memberships available for a bit longer at the deeply discounted rate. This community is all about building relationships with likeminded people who are going to help you with your diet & lifestyle practices. I know it’s not alway easy to live like a homo sapien in this modern world so we have a virtual community of people and resources to help you do so. We also have the bonus episodes of this podcast, extended show notes, Zoom calls with Dr. Gary and I, and more. Check it out at http://sapien.org
    If you're serious about losing a significant amount of weight or fixing health programs you can join our Sapien Program. We have some special rates for that as well as we get it going. You can find out more at http://sapien.org and also get the free Sapien Food Guide there. It breaks down the Sapien diet principles and provides a super easy to use visual meal guide and shopping guide. Get that for free at http://sapien.org
    Get your grass fed and finished meat delivered to you from http://nosetotail.org We have a ranch in Texas sending out top quality nose to tail meat, organs, and even marrow and broth bones. Please share this podcast with a friend and give it a review in the podcast app or iTunes. Make sure to start back at episode 1 if you haven't been listening from the beginning, people have been calling this a free college course on nutrition. I’d have to agree - I’ve had over 90 of the world’s top nutrition, human evolution, and environmental doctors and scientists on the show and can’t tell you how much valuable information is in these episodes.
    Please enjoy another great one with Dr. Mindy!
     
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    SHOW NOTES
    [6:40] Feast famine cycling.  [8:00] What she recommends for new/first time fasters. [10:40] The various stages of fasting and how it affects your body.  https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1934590918301632 https://www.sciencealert.com/fasting-for-just-24-hours-boosts-the-regeneration-of-stem-cells-study-finds-intestine-longevity http://news.mit.edu/2019/ketones-stem-cell-intestine-0822 [30:00] Her experimentation with the carnivore diet.  [34:10] A weekly fasting routine she recommends (5:1:1).  [39:40] How to implement a 3-5 day water fast. [42:00] How our immune system and microbiome is so important ag

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Favorite podcast

I check every few hours when it’s time for the next episode to come out because I’m excited for the next one. The guests are experts on their subjects and the studies used are well done studies. I’ve learned so much!!

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Better than my college courses

I’ve been listening to this podcast since the beginning of summer, and I really feel like I’m getting a free summer course on nutrition. I’ve learned so much and have been introduced to so many doctors and researchers that I otherwise would never have known of. Keep up the great work!

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Best podcast for health and a regenerative future

This podcast is fantastic. Thank you Brian for all your work and focus. I have learned a ton and look forward to hearing all these interviews with very intelligent, creative people.

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