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Expert insight on health, performance, longevity, critical thinking, and pursuing excellence. Dr. Peter Attia (Stanford/Hopkins/NIH-trained MD) talks with leaders in their fields.

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Expert insight on health, performance, longevity, critical thinking, and pursuing excellence. Dr. Peter Attia (Stanford/Hopkins/NIH-trained MD) talks with leaders in their fields.

    #94 - Mark Hyman, M.D.: The impact of the food system on our health and the environment

    #94 - Mark Hyman, M.D.: The impact of the food system on our health and the environment

    In this episode, Mark Hyman, M.D., director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine and the author of Food Fix, discusses that if we can fix the food system, we can solve many big problems—namely the chronic disease/obesity epidemic, the rising costs of healthcare, as well as the big problems facing the environment. Mark first briefly lays out the health consequences of processed food with a focus on the gut microbiome. From there, Mark discusses the environmental consequences of industrial farming and lays out how we can affect change on the individual level, through policy and regulations, and perhaps most importantly through regenerative agriculture. Additionally, Mark talks about the potential health risks of consuming GMO foods, herbicides, and other chemicals used in industrial farming as well as the environmental consequences, such as the loss of soil, caused by those same fertilizers and methods of farming.
    We discuss:

    The negative consequences of the existing food environment [3:25];
    What makes processed food so unhealthy? [9:00];
    The gut microbiome: Inflammation from gut permeability and how to measure gut health [18:30];
    Steps to fixing a bad gut—The Five R’s [24:30];
    Some staggering health statistics, and which races might be more genetically susceptible [27:15];
    An argument for government regulations and policies to fight back against a massive food industry with unlimited resources (and what we can learn from the tobacco story) [29:00];
    Industrial farming and climate change: The degradation of soil and use of fertilizer [41:45];
    Regenerative agriculture: Could it be the answer to food waste, our health problems, and the environment? [51:45];
    Comparing the Impossible Burger to regeneratively raised beef [1:06:00];
    GMO and Roundup—The potential health risks of consuming GMO foods sprayed with Roundup (glyphosate) and other herbicides and pesticides [1:08:15];
    How the livelihood of farmers are being affected by big ag companies and the current industrial farming system [1:16:30];
    The loss of biodiversity in our food, and what “organic” really means [1:19:00];
    What can people do on the individual level to protect themselves as well as affect change to the toxic food system? [1:25:00];
    What role does the USDA play in this “toxic” food environment and how do we fix it? [1:30:15];
    The top 3 changes Mark would make if he was “food czar” [1:35:15];
    Mark’s rebuttal against the argument that it’s best for the environment if we stop farming animals and move to a fully plant-based diet (and his argument for “agriculture 2.0") [1:36:30];
    What is Mark’s overall mission with the work that he’s doing? [1:40:30];
    Bread in the US vs. Europe: Why does bread (and wheat products) taste different and potentially cause less health problems in Europe versus the US? [1:42:00]; and
    More.
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    • 1 hr 50 min
    Qualy #116 - Dealing with anger in spots where you know it’s coming

    Qualy #116 - Dealing with anger in spots where you know it’s coming

    Today's episode of The Qualys is from podcast #34 – Sam Harris, Ph.D.: The transformative power of mindfulness.
     
    The Qualys is a subscriber-exclusive podcast, released Tuesday through Friday, and published exclusively on our private, subscriber-only podcast feed. Qualys is short-hand for “qualifying round,” which are typically the fastest laps driven in a race car—done before the race to determine starting position on the grid for race day. The Qualys are short (i.e., “fast”), typically less than ten minutes, and highlight the best questions, topics, and tactics discussed on The Drive.
    Occasionally, we will also release an episode on the main podcast feed for non-subscribers, which is what you are listening to now.
    Learn more: https://peterattiamd.com/podcast/qualys/  
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    • 8 min
    #93 - AMA with Jason Fried: Work-life balance, avoiding burnout, defining success, company culture, and more

    #93 - AMA with Jason Fried: Work-life balance, avoiding burnout, defining success, company culture, and more

    In my first interview with Jason Fried, Jason explained his overall philosophy about work-life balance and how exactly he optimizes for efficiency. For this special follow-up AMA, we've decided to release the full episode to everyone (including non-subscribers), so all can hear Jason answer questions from listeners that dive deeper into topics such as work-life balance, the role of luck versus hard work in success, specifics around Basecamp’s unique process-oriented approach to projects, 4-day work weeks, practical tips for people searching for the right company culture, tips on writing and parenting, and a whole bunch more.
    If Jason had taken his own advice about work-life balance at the start of his career, would he have achieved the same level of success? [2:05];
    What is Jason’s definition of success, and what is he optimizing for? [10:10];
    Basecamp’s policy on email and expectations for a quick response, and why Jason believes in sleeping on big decisions [14:30];
    How Jason implements “true” work-life balance in his life and at Basecamp [19:15];
    Does work and life have to be separated in order to have balance? [32:00];
    How Jason makes time the fixed component to avoid the compulsion to keep pushing forward on a project perpetually [34:15];
    Jason’s tip for physicians who may be facing burnout [45:00];
    Signs of “burnout” if you do the same thing for work and pleasure, and tips to avoid and manage that feeling [49:45];
    Is a 40-hour work week the correct amount? [53:45];
    How to evaluate a company’s culture when looking for a job with the right work environment [59:00];
    Jason’s take on salaries and alternate incentives like equity, profit sharing, etc. [1:06:45];
    What traits does Jason look for when hiring new employees? [1:13:45];
    Does Jason believe in process-oriented work or outcome-driven work, and Basecamp’s unique process for completing projects [1:16:15];
    How does Jason handle a project that results in a failure? [1:20:00];
    Advice for people in situations where they don’t have full control of their time and work demands [1:23:50];
    How much of success should be attributed to skill versus luck? [1:29:30];
    The importance of writing skills, and tip to improve your writing [1:43:15];
    Lessons learned from parenting, and Peter’s top priority when it comes to raising kids [1:52:15];
    An important skill: the ability to say “no” to things [2:01:15]; and
    More.
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    Show notes page for this episode: https://peterattiamd.com/jasonfriedama

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    • 2 hr 7 min
    Qualy #109 - How does one select the right physician as a patient?

    Qualy #109 - How does one select the right physician as a patient?

    Today's episode of The Qualys is from podcast #04 – AMA #1: alcohol, best lab tests, wearables, finding the right doc, racing, and more.
     
    The Qualys is a subscriber-exclusive podcast, released Tuesday through Friday, and published exclusively on our private, subscriber-only podcast feed. Qualys is short-hand for “qualifying round,” which are typically the fastest laps driven in a race car—done before the race to determine starting position on the grid for race day. The Qualys are short (i.e., “fast”), typically less than ten minutes, and highlight the best questions, topics, and tactics discussed on The Drive.
    Occasionally, we will also release an episode on the main podcast feed for non-subscribers, which is what you are listening to now.
    Learn more: https://peterattiamd.com/podcast/qualys/  
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    • 9 min
    92 - AMA #12: Strategies for longevity (which don't require a doctor)

    92 - AMA #12: Strategies for longevity (which don't require a doctor)

    In this “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) episode, Peter explains the various levers one can pull to affect longevity with a specific focus on the strategies and tactics one can implement that do not require the help of a physician. Once again, Bob Kaplan, Peter's head of research, will be asking the questions. If you’re not a subscriber and listening on a podcast player, you’ll only be able to hear a preview of the AMA.

    If you’re a subscriber, you can now listen to this full episode on your private RSS feed or on our website at the AMA #12 show notes page.


    We discuss: The five levers you can pull to affect longevity [1:15];
    Nutritional biochemistry: Framework, 3 nutritional interventions, and how to approach your goals, and what you should be tracking [4:30];
    Exercise for brain health, and the 4 components of exercise [20:45];
    Exercise component—Stability [24:30];
    Exercise component—Strength [29:00];
    What is Peter optimizing for with his exercise? [30:30];
    Exercise components—Zone 2 and zone 5 training [33:15];
    More about DNS, and why we need to be careful with rushing kids through neuromuscular development stages [45:00];
    Sleep: How to improve quantity and quality [48:15]; and
    More.
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    • 15 min
    Qualy #106 - Does LDL cause heart disease?

    Qualy #106 - Does LDL cause heart disease?

    Today's episode of The Qualys is from podcast #03 – Ron Krauss, M.D.: a deep dive into heart disease.
     
    The Qualys is a subscriber-exclusive podcast, released Tuesday through Friday, and published exclusively on our private, subscriber-only podcast feed. Qualys is short-hand for “qualifying round,” which are typically the fastest laps driven in a race car—done before the race to determine starting position on the grid for race day. The Qualys are short (i.e., “fast”), typically less than ten minutes, and highlight the best questions, topics, and tactics discussed on The Drive.
    Occasionally, we will also release an episode on the main podcast feed for non-subscribers, which is what you are listening to now.
    Learn more: https://peterattiamd.com/podcast/qualys/  
    Subscribe to receive access to all episodes of The Qualys (and other exclusive subscriber-only content): https://peterattiamd.com/subscribe/ 
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Usually great but some very questionable guests

I like this podcast and could listen to Peter Attia all day. As a nutrition professional myself, it’s so refreshing to hear a scientifically literate, balanced view of nutrition.

That being said, I’m very confused by some of the guests Peter has on the show. People like Mark Hyman and Jason Fung... pretty much every nutrition expert would agree that these guys are the epitome of pseudoscience and making ridiculous claims for financial gain. It’s so strange to hear Peter, who’s usually so evidence-based and balanced in his views, treat these guests like legitimate experts.

I’m not against having opposed viewpoints, but if you’re going to bring on unreliable guests, you as a host need to push back so that your audience doesn’t leave with the complete wrong information. I mean, we’re talking completely unfounded claims and butchering of the evidence. It’s frustrating and defeats the purpose of your (otherwise great) podcast.

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