More Research On Fish Oil

This is just going to be a quickie, but I need to get to it before I lose it: New research out of the Harvard School of Public Health finds that,

Older adults who have higher blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids—found almost exclusively in fatty fish and seafood—may be able to lower their overall mortality risk by as much as 27% and their mortality risk from heart disease by about 35%, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the University of Washington. (HSPH News)

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Welcome ISS Vistors!

Noticed this while looking at the site analytics… Do they eat Keto on the International Space Station?

Photograph of Google Analytics showing traffic from the International Space Station
Google Analytics Reveals Visitors To Ketopia From The International Space Station

Yeah, I’m guessing Google is having fun with us on April 1st…. But it made me laugh, so I’m sharing…


Robert Lustig on The Colbert Report

Let’s round out the week with a little levity, shall we? Robert Lustig sure does make the rounds, and last night he was the guest on The Colbert Report to report his new book, Fat Chance.

There’s really not much new here. It’s entertaining, but most of all, it warms my heart to see Lustig make such inroads into popular culture. Something good may come of this…


How The Foods You Eat Are Making You Sick – Michael Rothman, MD

There’s a certain endearing quality to Dr. Rothman that I can’t quite put my finger on. I don’t agree with everything he says (I found myself responding instead of listening to some of his Fish Oil discussion…so I need to go back to that), but the premis of his talk seems right on target:

  • Our food choices are responsible for many/most of our chronic diseases
  • The medical establishment mostly treats the symptoms of these diseases without trying to resolve the cause of them
  • Sugar, vegetable oils, and refined carbohydrates should be considered toxic and removed from diet
  • Cholesterol is not the hobgoblin of ill health it has been made out to be
  • Be weary of statins (and take CoQ10 if you’re on them)

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My Blood Glucose After 19 Months Eating Low Carb

Not a huge post here…I just wanted to follow up after Karin’s fantastic look at physological insulin resistance, and some questions about my experience in the comments, I figured I’d just follow up with my blood glucose readings… (since Karin referred to them).

This is after 19 months on a low carb, ketogenic diet…

Hourly blood glucose reading after 19 months on a low carb ketogenic diet.
Hourly blood glucose reading after 19 months on a low carb ketogenic diet.

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A Quick Update on Mat Lalonde’s Research on Nutrient Density

Well, I posted a video of Mat Lalonde’s presentation on Nutrient Density (AHS 12) just the other day. I originally intended to follow up with a copy of his research (with permission). When I asked for the data, however, Mat surprised me with this response:

I put the data through a stress test and found some inconsistencies. It turns out that there was too much variance in the data to use a standardization method. As such, I completely revamped my approach and divided the nutrient data by the RDA in order to make the values unitless and bring them within similar orders of magnitude. I’m now working on getting the data published and cannot share the spreadsheet until this is done.
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Nutrient Density: Sticking To The Essentials – Mathieu Lalonde (AHS12)

I’ve been a big fan of Mathieu Lalonde ever since I saw his Science of Nutrition lecture. Seriously, if you can buy a copy or attend one of these all day affairs, you’re going to come out with a lot of knowledge you didn’t have when you walked in.

So it was with great anticipation that I’ve been awaiting his Ancestral Health Symposium (AHS) 2012 presentation: Nutrient Density: Sticking to the Essentials. Well, it’s finally out, and as with most things Matt Lalonde, it’s well worth watching.
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Natures Way Premium Liquid Coconut Oil

A photograph of Nature's Way premium liquid coconut oil
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Someone made mention of this new high-MCT coconut oil today in one of the forums or another, and it seemed topical to an N=1 experiment that my friends April and John over at LivingKeto.info are doing in regards to supplementing with MCT oil. (They haven’t written about it yet, so I hope I’m not giving anything away by making reference to it.) At any rate, they are using one of the standard MCT Oils available. I’ve heard negative feedback regarding the taste with the standard oils, so this new Nature’s Way product might be an appealing alternative to those pursuing MCT oil supplementation.

If you aren’t familiar with MCT oil and why people use it, Phinney and Volek offer the following explanation of what it does in The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance:
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