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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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    • 4.8 • 738 Ratings

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 148 - Dr. Chris Palmer on Incredible Cases of Diet & Lifestyle Reversing Depression, Bipolar, and Schizophrenia

    Part 148 - Dr. Chris Palmer on Incredible Cases of Diet & Lifestyle Reversing Depression, Bipolar, and Schizophrenia

    In this episode, I had a wonderful conversation with Dr. Chris Palmer who uses diet and lifestyle changes to improve the lives of people suffering from mental and metabolic illness. As you'll learn in the show, there is a metabolic component of many mental health conditions.

     

    Dr. Palmer has been exploring dietary changes, like the ketogenic diet, as treatment for conditions such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression. He shares some amazing and inspiring stories that need to be shared with the world if we want to see meaningful changes to our medical system!

     

    Dr. Palmer has been involved in psychiatric research for over 23 years. He received his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine. He did his internship and psychiatry residency at McLean Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Harvard Medical School. He is currently the Director of the Department of Postgraduate and Continuing Education at McLean Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

     

    He has been pioneering the use of the ketogenic diet as a treatment for psychiatric disorders. This is an evidence-based treatment for epilepsy, and epilepsy treatments are commonly used in psychiatry. Additionally, the ketogenic diet has profound effects on brain metabolism that may correct some of the metabolic abnormalities often found in people with mental disorders. He is working with researchers from around the world to assess the effectiveness of this treatment in real people and better understand its mechanisms of action.

     

    Check out his website! - https://www.chrispalmermd.com

     

    DISCLAIMER: The opinions and information provided here by Dr. Chris Palmer and Brian Sanders are not to be taken as medical advice.
     
     
    SHOW NOTES
    [3:30] The ketogenic diet and alcoholism
    [10:30] The ketogenic diet is an evidence-based treatment for epilepsy
    [13:40] Dr. Chris Palmer’s background and personal story
    [21:40] Why diet works when other treatments fail
    [26:40] Long-standing psychiatric symptoms resolving with Keto
    [33:10] Metabolic flexibility and mental health
    [37:00] Why there’s no one-size-fits-all diet
    [40:40] What happens when patients return to their old habits?
    [46:00] Treating epilepsy and bipolar disorder with keto
    [53:40] Mental disorders are metabolic disorders of the brain
    [57:40] Regular exercise is important, but not enough
    [1:01:40] Why isn't exercise enough for some people?
    [1:07:40] Depression is skyrocketing – can diet sometimes help?
    [1:13:00] Depression and comfort foods
    [1:15:40] Dr. Chris Palmer is working on a book!


     
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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Part 147 - An Insider’s Look at Public Health Guidelines and the Medical System - Dr. Chris Dan and Dr. Gary Shlifer

    Part 147 - An Insider’s Look at Public Health Guidelines and the Medical System - Dr. Chris Dan and Dr. Gary Shlifer

    In this episode, I sat down with Dr. Chris Dan and Dr. Gary Shlifer to talk about the shortcomings of the medical system and current public health guidelines. Both of them have experienced frustration with the modern medical system, especially as it relates to the pandemic and the prevention of chronic disease.

     

    We discuss the chaotic and confusing public health guidelines over the past 2 years as well as the importance of metabolic health on our immune health. Dr. Chris Dan exposes some of the biggest problems with the healthcare system and explains why he left the hospital.

     

    Dr. Chris Dan is currently a family medicine board certified physician who worked as a full time Hospitalist in Los Angeles County for the past four years. He completed his undergraduate degree at UCI and studied medicine at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona. During his time as an inpatient physician, he saw the shortcomings of the current medical system in prevention of chronic disease and will be moving on to work outpatient with a focus on returning people to metabolic health.

     

    Dr. Gary Shlifer is a board-certified internal medicine physician specializing in preventative care, nutrition/metabolism and anti-aging medicine. Dr. Gary brings his robust experienced with hospital inpatient medicine to his outpatient primary care practice in order to help prevent and cure disease in his patients. He is the founder of Evolve Healthcare in Los Angeles, a multi-specialty integrative medicine clinic focused on disease prevention and lifestyle optimization.
     
     
    SHOW NOTES
    [7:20] Dr. Chris Dan’s background
    [10:50] The problems with inpatient medicine
    [17:10] Why the medical system is a numbers game
    [23:10] Chaotic & confusing pandemic guidelines
    [27:10] Why generic drugs are discouraged
    [32:40] How COVID affected healthcare workers
    [39:40] The corporate & bureaucratic structure of healthcare
    [44:10 Healthcare doesn’t make money on healthy people
    [49:40] The “diabetes diet” in hospitals
    [54:30] Why Dr. Chris Dan left the hospital
    [59:50] What’s the biggest problem in healthcare?
    [1:03:10] What you should do if you don’t want to burden the healthcare system
     
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Part 146 - How a Norwegian Farmer Changed the Mind of the World’s Most Powerful Anti-Meat Activist

    Part 146 - How a Norwegian Farmer Changed the Mind of the World’s Most Powerful Anti-Meat Activist

    Today's episode features a farmer from Norway named Raymund. Raymund is truly a hero because he hosted Dr. Gunhild A. Stordalen at his farm where he educated her on the benefits that animal agriculture can have on our ecosystem. Dr. Gunhild A. Stordalen is a very well known environmental activist and the founder of EAT which recommends a mere 14 grams of red meat per day as part of a "Planetary Health Diet."
     

    As you’ll learn in this episode, Raymund convinced her that meat and animal agriculture are a sustainable and essential part of our food system. Throughout this episode, we discuss many of the problems with our modern food system. In fact, Raymund runs a decentralized food system in Norway called REKO which connects farmers directly to customers. We are hoping to bring something similar to Texas and eventually all over the United States.

     

    Learn more at https://www.sovereignhumans.org
     
     
    SHOW NOTES:
    [6:15] How Raymund knows Gunhild Stordalen of EAT Lancet
    [10:30] Meat is required for a healthy diet and planet
    [15:00] What Raymund told Gunhild Stordalen
    [20:35] Problems with the Planetary Diet
    [26:40] How consumerism is wasteful
    [30:20] Why big corporations hate a decentralized food system
    [37:00] Our changing food & spending habits
    [40:00] The industrial farming of salmon
    [43:50] Why raising pigs is so difficult
    [47:00] How Raymond built a sustainable farm
    [53:30] Why you should spend more on food and less elsewhere
    [56:30] Everyone needs their own farmer, not their own doctor
    [1:01:20] How cities destroyed our food system
    [1:06:30] Our modern food system is a failed experiment
    [1:12:45] Vote with your dollar by eating local
     
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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Part 145 - Dr. Bill Schindler on How to Eat Like a Human, How to Detoxify Plant Foods, and Why Eat Nose to Tail

    Part 145 - Dr. Bill Schindler on How to Eat Like a Human, How to Detoxify Plant Foods, and Why Eat Nose to Tail

    Dr. Bill Schindler is back for another great episode! This is his third appearance on the podcast, so be sure to listen to our previous episodes. After 10 years of hard work, he is excited to announce the release of his new book: Eat Like A Human. He was trained as an anthropologist and more recently as a chef. His work focuses on extracting the most nutrition possible from food, so we cover a wide range of fascinating topics and stories.
    Dr. Bill Schindler is an internationally known archaeologist, primitive technologist, and chef. He founded and directs the Eastern Shore Food Lab with a mission to preserve and revive ancestral dietary approaches to create a nourishing, ethical, and sustainable food system and is an adjunct associate professor of archaeology at University College Dublin. His work is currently the focus of Wired magazine’s YouTube series, Basic Instincts and Food Science, and he co‑starred in the National Geographic Channel series The Great Human Race, which aired in 2016 in 171 countries.
    Dr. Schindler has also been featured on CNN, Maryland Public Television, NPR’s Weekend Edition and Here and Now, as well as on such podcasts as Milk Street Radio, Peak Human, and The Academic Minute. Dr. Schindler’s work has appeared in the Washington Post, The Atlantic, and the London Times, among other publications.
    Visit his website! - https://eatlikeahuman.com
     
    SHOW NOTES
    [4:20] His background, travels, and new book: Eat Like A Human [9:00] How an animal-based diet made us human [12:30] Why humans are omnivores [19:40] The healthiest, most nourishing diet possible [22:40] Humans eat nose to tail, not just meat [26:00] How hunting fueled our massive body & brain growth [30:00] Why we should be wary of plant foods [36:30] Brian and Bill’s shocking oxalate stories [44:30] How do we detoxify different plant foods? [49:00] The most and least toxic parts of a plant [54:50] Modern convenience disregards tradition & detoxification [1:00:30] The most rewarding part of hunting [1:05:00] Learn more! - https://modernstoneagekitchen.com  
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Part 144 - Mark Schatzker on How to Conquer Your Cravings and What Makes Us Overeat

    Part 144 - Mark Schatzker on How to Conquer Your Cravings and What Makes Us Overeat

    Today’s episode features Mark Schatzker who just released his new book: The End of Craving. Back on episode 69, we discussed another one of his amazing books: The Dorito Effect. While many people are arguing about the calories or macronutrients in diets, Mark focuses on the experience of eating – the enjoyment and flavor of food. This episode is packed with mind-blowing bits of information on obesity, cravings, weight loss, brain science, and the history of our food system.

     

    Mark Schatzker is the author of three books: Steak, The Dorito Effect, and The End of Craving. A former feature writer for Conde Nast Traveler, his work has been published in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Best American Travel Writing and Annual Review of Psychology. He is the writer in residence at the Modern Diet and Physiology Research Center, which is based at Yale University. He lives in Toronto.

     

    Visit his website! - https://www.markschatzker.com
     
    SHOW NOTES
    [03:30] A recap of The Dorito Effect
    [6:50] Mark’s new book: The End of Craving
    [11:50] The pellagra epidemic
    [18:50] The brain’s starring role in weight loss
    [21:35] The science behind craving
    [24:50] The truth about dopamine & food
    [29:20] What causes us to WANT more food?
    [33:20] Is sweetness an arbitrary sensation?
    [36:10] How uncertainty affects our brain
    [40:50] Does food insecurity cause us to eat more?
    [43:50] How we’ve overlooked the experience of eating
    [44:30] Is arguing about macronutrients a waste of time?
    [51:50] Changing the conversation on diet
    [57:50] Deliciousness isn’t the enemy
    [1:00:20] What we can learn from animals & scurvy
    [1:02:50] Did enrichment & fortification make obesity worse?
    [1:06:50] How we can learn from fattening livestock
    [1:10:00] Why companies are incentivized to fortify food
    [1:12:50] The recipe for everlasting hunger – eating light
     
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Part 143 - Dr. Gary Shlifer on Immune Health & Public Policy - A Doctor's Controversial Take

    Part 143 - Dr. Gary Shlifer on Immune Health & Public Policy - A Doctor's Controversial Take

    Today's guest is my good friend Dr. Gary Shlifer who has a clinic in Los Angeles and is not afraid to speak his mind on the current public policy on immune health and other controversial topics. He previously made an appearance on episode 48.

     

    In this episode, we reflect on the mainstream narrative on immune health over the past 2 years. We primarily discuss how the media and government tend to ignore some of the most important factors for staying healthy and building a strong immune system – diet and lifestyle. Dr. Gary is a co-founder of Sapien where we promote a more ancestral diet and lifestyle and host the Sapien Podcast together.

     

    DISCLAIMER: The opinions and information provided here by Dr. Gary Shlifer and Brian Sanders are not to be taken as medical advice.


     

    Dr. Gary Shlifer is a board-certified internal medicine physician specializing in preventative care, nutrition/metabolism and anti-aging medicine. Dr. Gary brings his robust experienced with hospital inpatient medicine to his outpatient primary care practice in order to help prevent and cure disease in his patients.

     

    He is the founder of Evolve Healthcare in Los Angeles, a multi-specialty integrative medicine clinic focused on disease prevention and lifestyle optimization. After Immigrating to from Russia with his family at age 3, Dr. Gary grew up in the San Fernando Valley where he returned after his medical training to build his practice. Through his companies and community outreach, he works to promote his message of healthy living, eating and lifestyle practices while developing into a leader in his community.

     

    Learn more about his practice! - https://evolvehealthcare.com
     
    SHOW NOTES
    [6:55] How big industry destroys our health
    [12:55] Physicians and individuals need independence
    [17:55] Is science being treated as a religion?
    [21:55] Most risk factors are modifiable
    [25:25] Our new culture of fear
    [30:55] Does industry control mainstream health advice?
    [33:55] Brian’s pothole analogy
    [37:25] The political domination of our health
    [41:55] Why your vitamin D level is so important
    [44:55] Dr. Gary’s mandate story
    [50:55] Why are so many people quitting their jobs?
    [55:55] Dr. Gary’s parents’ generation
    [1:00:25] How the government and media overplayed their hand
    [1:04:25] Eating clean and feeling good go hand-in-hand
     
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    • 1 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
738 Ratings

738 Ratings

Blondy55466 ,

Favorite podcast!

Brian is a terrific interviewer and gets the best guests. Can’t wait for the movie!!

LisaIsHereForIt ,

Truly incredible insights

Peak Human has quickly become a favorite in my feed! I'm consistently impressed by the engaging conversations, insightful content, and actionable ideas. I truly learn something every time I listen!

Julia Fae ,

Steadfast & Flexible

I love that your journey is always steadfast in energy and open to change. The flexibility you show is inspiring. People so often get on one train of thought with nutrition and only find data that backs their philosophy up. But your evolution over the years as you learn more, and we learn with you, is exactly the example we all need. Thank you for all of this information and for sharing your personal experience so authentically!

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