Monday, January 15, 2018

Avoiding Heart Attacks and Evolving Your Perspective About Healthy Eating

Attached photo is my friend and Primal Endurance success story Peter Coffey's recent blood test result, from which his doctor recommended he take a statin due to his LDL levels outside the desired range. Oh man, this innocent screen shot got my blood boiling today! Read on to see how you can minimize your heart disease risk and sort through the misinformation that still pervades health and medicine. As you can read in detail in The Primal Blueprint and The Keto Reset Diet, Dr. Cate Shanahan and other ancestral health leaders believe that one's triglycerides-to-HDL ratio is the most important marker for heart disease risk. Getting better than 3.5-to-1 is essential to get out of high risk zone, and getting to 1-to-1 or better is ideal. As you can see, Coffey's results are outstanding--HDL is well above triglycerides. 

This favorable ratio strongly suggests that the LDL cholesterol in his blood is mostly the large, fluffy variety (typically harmless), rather than the small, dense variety. Small, dense LDL (you need to ask doctor for a special test to determine LDL particle size--the breakdown of small to large in the total number--as they usually just run a total) is typically blamed as the instigator of heart disease, because these molecules are small and dense enough to lodge in the walls of your arteries and become oxidized by passing blood, stimulate an immune response of macrophages (white blood cells) coming to the area, which then become inflamed to the extent that blockage occurs on the artery wall and causes a heart attack. 

Your physician may or may not be informed about matters such as the triglyceride-to-HDL ratio being vastly more important that LDL values, or even the importance of testing particle size before dispensing a prescription. Your physician has not necessarily been exposed to science or education related to healthy eating in his or her medical training and careers. Ditto for your hair stylist or auto repair person. However, to be clear, your cardiologist is a great choice for heart surgery, as is your hair stylist for the occasion of your daughter's wedding, as is your car person for a needed repair. 

Unfortunately, conventional medical wisdom still looks at LDL cholesterol levels as the end-all risk factor, with values over 200 triggering a statin prescription. Statin's have assorted serious side effects, including depleting cells of the critical energy producing co-factor, CoQ10. The depleting effect of statins can contribute to fatigue and muscle weakness. So you exercise less and experience a decline in health once you start popping pills. Numerous studies show that statins have minimal effect at preventing heart disease to all populations except people who have already had a heart attack, and that dietary modification can have a vastly greater impact on reducing mortality risk that statins. 

Evolved doctors like Dr. Ronesh Sinha, who looks after large employee groups in Silicon Valley and wrote The South Asian Health Solution, cites respected research refuting this flawed and dated approach to heart disease prevention. Sinha cites a UCLA metastudy (a study of hundreds of other studies) where ~80 percent of heart attack victims had LDL cholesterol levels considered in the "safe" range! Whoops. Sinha metioned that the likely reaction to this news is to lower the "safe" threshold rather than re-examine the flawed initial premise that LDL values correlate with heart disease risk. The Framingham Study, Nurses Health Study (these are among the largest and longest health studies, involving decades of tracking populations and hundreds of thousands of individuals) refute that any direct correlation exists. You may recall a bit of alarm and reflection when TV personality Tim Russert died of a heart attack at 58, as his total cholesterol (statin-suppressed of course) was only 106! 

Stories and studies like these mentioned have buoyed those in the ancestral health community, but will take a disturbingly long time to be recognized and validated by mainstream authorities, who are strongly wedded (reputation, funding, etc.) to the status quo. As ER doc and leading primal fitness authority Dr. Doug McGuff (author of The Primal Prescription) says, "Mainstream medicine and government policy will indeed come around [to embrace the new research and ancestral-style health principles] but because they are giant bureaucracies, it could take 20 years. I don't know about you, but I don't want to wait that long!"

For now, you don't have to accept this old-time athlete as a health authority, but you might want to educate yourself beyond what you hear at a doctor checkup or in a newspaper headline. If you are sciency, stubborn, and need proof to alter some of your long-standing beliefs about diet, fat, cholesterol and so forth, check out Why We Get Fat by the esteemed science journalist Gary Taubes. Extensive references are provided in this story that will help you embrace a new paradigm, where stuff we have been told our whole lives can be discarded and an evolved picture can be embraced. 

Quick takeaway - if you want to do something to save your life, eliminate the big-three worst offenders in the modern diet: 
  • Grains (wheat, rice, corn, pasta, cereal, and all the processed foods made from grains): We've been told that whole grains should form the foundation of a healthy diet, but even whole grains are eventually converted into glucose upon ingestion, and add to the disastrously excessive total carb intake in the modern diet. Whole grains also contain objectionable agents such as gluten and lectin, which are known to contribute to the now popular health topic of leaky gut syndrome. Yes, gut health is the cutting edge and about to explode in awareness. No less than the great South African physician Dr. Timothy Noakes (arguably the most prominent exercise physiologist on the planet) said, "leaky gut and insulin resistance are the future of medicine." Our new book by Australian journalist Kale Brock called The Gut Healing Protocol will give you an excellent education and dietary protocol to improve gut health.
  • Sugars: The assorted forms of sweetened beverages being the worst because they don't fill you up, but blast you with high doses of sugar. Also ditch sweets, treats, and deceptive forms of high sugar such as healthy-sounding energy bars and processed snacks and condiments containing sugar. Dr. Robert Lustig is a leader of the campaign against sugar. Check out The Real Truth About Sugarand Gary Taubes' The Case Against Sugar. Sugar will slowly kill you, and the 8-year-olds you serve it to at your kid's birthday party. Sorry to be a party pooper, but it's time to wake up, realize this stuff is truly physically addictive, and transition over to delicious, high fat treats (like highest quality dark chocolate). Sure it's important to enjoy life, but how about making sugar a special treat instead of a daily staple? Yah athletes, I'm talking to you too especially, due to your massive consumption of gels, bars, drinks and extra dietary calories of all forms. Check out Primal Endurance Mastery Course to help you ditch carb dependency and become a fat burning beast. 
  • Refined high-polyunsaturated vegetable oils: Immediately eliminate all bottles oils such as canola, corn, soybean, safflower, buttery spreads and sprays made with these oils, and all the packaged, processed, frozen, fried stuff made with these offensive agents. This stuff, because it has become oxidized (contains free radicals!) during high temperature extraction/processing methods, inflicts immediate damage to your cellular DNA to the extent that Dr. Cate cites research that they are in many ways worse then smoking a cigarette, and exclaims that, "they are, literally, like eating radiation." Unfortunately, an estimated 40 percent of all the calories in restaurant food are from vegetable oils (cited by Dr. Shanahan; due to entrees being cooked in this cheap sludge at everywhere from fast food joints to the finest establishments), and an estimated 20 percent of all calories in the Standard American Diet come from soybean oil alone (Dr. Andrew Weil). Check out Dr. Cate and her husband Luke and I talking about the dangers of vegetable oils. Luke's a nice guy but he will freak you out and scare you away from oils with this frank discussion of how oils mess with your brain and body. 
Thanks for your interest and consideration!!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

New Book: The Keto Reset Diet

Hi Friends, this year I've been deeply immersed in writing an exciting new book called The Keto Reset Diet with my primal sidekick Mark Sisson. It's about the recently popular ketogenic diet, which represents the highest sophistication of the primal/paleo/low-carb eating strategy. The essence of “keto” is to become free from dependency on regular high carbohydrate meals as your main source of energy, and improve your ability to burn internal sources of energy—namely stored body fat as well as ketones. Ketones are made in the liver to burn in place of glucose when you restrict dietary carbohydrates. Going keto helps you easily remove excess body fat, improve cognitive function, minimize disease risk, and improve both athletic performance for both endurance and strength endeavors.

The benefits of keto are like that of fasting, where your body becomes more efficient with energy production and cellular repair, and you improve overall health, immune function, cognitive function and longevity. Keto allows you to eat satisfying meals that are high in nutritious fats and low in carbohydrates--minimizing insulin production and stabilizing appetite and energy levels. This honors our hunter-gatherer ancestral diet of meat, fish, fowl, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds. 

In contrast, the Standard American Diet (SAD) is wildly excessive in refined carbohydrates (bread, rice, cereal, pasta, sugars, sweetened beverages). This causes excess insulin production and free radical production in the body, inhibits you from burning stored body fat, and sets the stage for disease patterns like Type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart diease, and cancer. 

If you’re interested in healthy eating, reducing excess body fat, and escaping the epidemic of diet-related disease in modern life, you might appreciate this read that takes you from start to finish for how to clean up your diet and start enjoying the benefits of what we call metabolic flexibility. 

Right now the book is shooting up the charts and is in the top 50 overall on amazon, even before the official release date of October 3. We announced a special pre-order bonus of 4 digital—details about the offer here. 

More details about the book and the digital bonus items at this post on, the #1 ranked health resource website in the primal/paleo realm. 

We also have a Keto Reset Facebook group to join if you wanna get connected with other keto enthusiasts. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Speedgolf World Championships 2016 Report

Greetings, I just returned from the 2016 championships in Chicago where I placed 19th in the elite/professional field. I shot 90 in 50 minutes the first day and 85 in 50 minutes the second day. This result is on the heels of my 20th in 2015 and 20th in 2014. I was hoping for a higher finish but I did my best. I hit the ball very well and putted very poorly. It's tough to settle down and hit a good putt while racing full speed around the course! I'll work hard to improve for 2017. Here are the results

More Speedgolf
Here is my viral YouTube sensation: Introduction to Speedgolf

Speedgolf revolutionizes the traditional sport by introducing the element of speed, endurance, quick reaction, and shot creativity into the slowest-paced of all sports. In Speedgolf, your score is comprised of the number of minutes spent on the course plus the number of strokes taken (similar to the winter olympic sport of biathlon - shooting and xc skiing).

History of Speedgolf
My first exposure to Speedgolf was when Olympic middle distance runner and recreational golfer Steve Scott set a Guinness World Record for playing a round of golf in 27 minutes, shooting 103 back in the early 80s. In 1985, my mother bet me $50 that I couldn't finish 9 holes in under 30 minutes. I finished the nine in 17 minutes and change and was flabbergasted to notice that I played as good or better than normal golf when I was running full speed through the course--in the zone!

Years later, endurance sports publishing guru Bob Babbitt organized a circuit of Southern California tournaments where we raced thru the course, and had caddies in golf carts providing all of our clubs on demand. I placed 8th in the 1996 World Extreme Golf Championships in San Diego, shooting 80 in 40 minutes for a 120. The sport had Red Bull sponsorship and coverage on ESPN as an attempt to become the next cool extreme sport but it kind of fizzled out.

Forwarding to 2012 or so and a group based in Oregon (Speed Golf International) brought the sport back big time! Oh man this was exciting for me because I was just returning to golf in 2013 after a 10-year run dominating youth athletes while coaching them in soccer, basketball and track (then they grew up and I was forced into the stands to cheer). I read about and watched great athletes like Christopher Smith and Rob Hogan, and practiced hard for a full year to join the elite players at the 2014 championships in Bandon Dunes. Speedgolf is a great sport because it doesn't take much time to play. I visit courses in the final hour before darkness when there are no other players out there, and zip around 9 holes in 30 or 45 minutes, then return home for dinner!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Thoughts on Phelps and Lochte....

Recently I was chatting with a group of old friends on email about the Olympics. Of course Ryan Lochte's name came up as did Michael Phelps. There was a compare and contrast the decorated Phelps with the disgraced Lochte. The all-time sports fan JB said he was disappointed in Lochte and that character means so much for who he elevates to hero status as an athlete. Here's how I went off in response:

Deep down very few people care about higher ideals when it comes to sports. We collectively worship athletes so they have a distorted view of real life and are free to misbehave without much consequence. We get outraged at Lance Armstrong or Barry Bonds when they get caught, but no one is outraged when watching the rider ascend the mountain or hit the ball into the San Francisco Bay.

Alumni boosters call for the college football coach to be fired when he's 8-4, very likely these days because he refuses to cheat as aggressively as his cohorts. Perhaps he is great at developing 'character' in young men (just like the alumni benefitted so much from mentors during their college years), but fell a little short on the field. But we want his head on the block.

Michael Phelps leaves Brazil as the all-time Olympic hero, but we should reflect upon how his past transgressions were far more impactful than Lochte's folly. Statistics cited by MADD suggest that each DUI arrest represents ~88 occasions of drunk driving (obviously, since you have to first weave noticeably and second be seen in the act by a cop. What are the odds! well, 88-1 I guess). So Phelps put others' lives at risk literally hundreds of times with his entitled mentality and his substance abuse problem that he waited a decade to get help for. (Phelps DUI's were in '04 and '14), a waiting period that was surely enabled by his ability to perform for fans and sponsors in Olympics and other elite events.

As a public figure and default role model, Phelps did severe damage with his behavior. His first DUI punishment sentence was community service - talk to high school kids about drinking and driving. Knowing the particulars of the disease, it's virtually certain that he was still drinking and driving while talking to kids about not drinking and driving. Perhaps he was telling them to choose bong hits instead, as that was his 2009 landmark.

By comparison, Lochte did some shit that happens every single day with high profile athletes on college campuses. They get in a bind and break something, lie a bit to try and assuage, and sometimes get busted. It's not a big story. Furthermore, speaking of "overexaggeration", you could suggest that NBC did this with his story for the purpose of a salacious ratings grab.

The 30-minutes plus of prime-time coverage could have been pointed at high character athletes doing good things in real life, but we don't care enough as viewers. Oh, Lochte, hurt his young teammates who got yanked off the plane to take the rap in person and get popped for $11,000 before they could leave Brazil, that's for sure. But don't forget Brazil Olympic committee spokesperson himself instructed the world to give Lochte a break and move on.

I must admit that Phelps has redeemed himself wonderfully at this Olympics by speaking to the camera, for the first time ever in his career, with a bigger perspective than himself, by being lauded as an inspirational team captain, and by seemingly, for the first time ever in his career, getting his shit together in personal life. Prior to recent years he was self-absorbed, immature, and engaging in some of the most dangerous criminal behavior imaginable (long-term drunk driving).

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Reflections with Gordo

There is nothing better on the internet than Gordo Byrn's reflections on Family, Fitness, and Finances - his major areas of interest in life. Gordo is a former world champion professional triathlete at the ultradistance specialty. Before that, he was a high finance whiz kid who had an exceptional and brief career before jumping ship around age 30 and going full bore into ultra triathlon. he's pushed his body to a training volume matched by few humans in history. Yes, there are many laborers who work extremely hard, but (as Andrew MacNaughton reminds us) if you define work as mass x force, guys like Gordo or Andrew or Pete Kain (going on his 30th straight competitive triathlon season at elite pro or amateur level) have worked harder than most any human who has ever lived.

Here is a reprint of one of Gordo's blog postings. Subscribe to his blog and get a regular dose (not an overdose he promises) of insightful commentary at a perfect word length for your busy life. Following his post are my comments back to him. See what you think....

My Silver Year

by Gordo Byrn
2015-12-27 13.50.08It was my 47th birthday last week.
Borrowing from the late Oliver Sachs, I decided to look up 47 on the periodic table. I was happy to discover it's the element Silver (47Ag). So the next 12 months will represent my Silver Year.
When I'm going through a tough patch, I tell myself to live-every-phase.
I have two tendencies that distract from a goal of living every phase of my life.
The first is wishing backwards - mourning the loss of peak physical power.
The second is wishing forwards - feeling like I am trapped in a perpetual holding pattern with my preschoolers. Wishing for freedom that, I believe, will come later.
The above thinking is not useful.
A useful antidote is to reflect on the advantages of my Silver Year.
My life is straightforward, surrounded by wonderful people, close to nature and simple.
While I'm past my athletic sell-by date, nearly all my physical changes so far have been positive.
Staying healthy is easier, and requires much less time, than I expected. As a former ultra-endurance athlete, the toughest part has been changing my belief system to reflect what I've seen with my body.
With that in mind, I'll offer this observation about my younger self.
  • If you have the capacity to convince yourself that total focus towards your goal is "necessary"
  • If you have the capacity to commit significant, sustained attention towards a narrow field of interest
  • If you have the capacity to recover from high workloads
  • then you have what it takes to succeed.
You also have the capacity for sustained, extremely poor judgement.
Success in a narrow niche is about getting a lot of work done, shedding non-core and motivating others to help you achieve.
As we age, we're likely to value connection more than success.
...and connection is about being good enough across a wide-network of relationships.
...and my relationships benefit from what I don't do, don't say, don't indulge
Now, at this stage of my life, there is a growing realization that the people around me don't care about my personal productivity. They want to see me happy and serene.
However, I notice that time is passing and the window for getting-stuff-done is closing.
But what stuff will "I" value having gotten done if I arrive at my Golden Year (79Au)?!
I deal with this tension by pausing and paying attention whenever I feel happy, content and serene.
The motto "live every day" always makes me feel like I should be enjoying myself.
For my Silver Year, I prefer "live every phase" -- giving myself permission to experience my difficulties as they come and vowing to keep moving forward despite knowing how the story will end.
Brilliant's a couple things:

1. Preschoolers - yes, maximum energy and attention and battery drain. My perspective now with kids 18 and 16 is that every phase was beautiful and perfect. I shudder at the idea of having pre-schoolers right now, and I was exhausted during that time period going all in. Other parents tried to intimidate me about the teenage years and while there was plenty of truth expressed (they get difficult/moody/rebellious, they don't need you any more blah blah), even the battles are a beautiful phase. Think of the alternative of an 18-year-old man clinging to my side like a preschooler. no thanks. Right when i was about to crack many times, my kids entered a new phase, bringing relief and also new challenges.

2. Training - reflecting now, I think its possible that if we only  trying to win, decisions would have been different. Lighter work load, more self care and self respect and moderated competitive intensity. Instead, I think many in our game were compelled to suffer, as a (possibly healthy psychologically) rite of passage in a world that's too safe and easy. Leaving your best performances in workouts sucks in many ways (poor judgement as you say) but it delivered a payoff on the spot, eh?

I have an idea for a new book - it's about transitioning from Type A to Type B...Letting go of attributes that no longer serve me or bring happiness. I think it could be of interest to many. Why does society value the excess competitive intensity too much? Maybe the parking attendants of the world have more to offer than the overblown lifestyle gurus that populate the social media. I spoke in Spanish to a parking lot attendant a few months back, lamenting my struggle to speak better Spanish. He said don't worry about it, the most important thing is the esfuerza - making the effort. What a profound statement!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Cancer, glucose, and ketogenic eating

The message below pasted from my friend Mike DiLandro's excellent monthly newsletter. There is some big interest lately in the idea that a ketogenic diet can fight cancer, because cancer cells are known to feed off of glucose. Ketogenic diets have also been found to help cognitive disorders like ADHD, autism, and Alzheimers, and they have been used with great success to elicit rapid fat loss. A ketogenic diet is where you restrict carbohydrates to an extremely low level, thereby teaching your body to burn ketones (energy rich by products of fat metabolism in the liver when carb intake is extremely low) as an alternative source of fuel to glucose. It's the ultimate expression of the primal/paleo concept where you escape from dependency on regularly timed high carbohydrate as your primary energy source, and instead become expert at burning internal fuel sources. 

These abilities (we call it 'fat adapted' or 'primal adapted) are hard-wired into our genes through 2 million years of selection pressure to survive with very unreliable food sources--until the advent of civilization from the cultivation of grains (a reliable source of food that transitioned us out of hunter-gatherer existence). Today, with our obsessive overfeedings of high carbohydrate meals, we have shut off our genetic abilities to survive and thrive on high fat and irregular eating patterns and are utterly reliant on regular doses of carbs (ever get cranky, foggy and loopy after skipping even a single meal? Then you are carb-dependent!

Right now I am 22 days into an experiment with a ketogenic diet, where my daily carb intake is 50 grams per day or less. Practically, this means I am eating ample servings of vegetables and snacking on nuts and nut butters, but consuming no other carbs to speak of. No grains, no sugars, no sweetened beverages, not even fruit or my lovely 85% dark chocolate! What I can report so far is more regulated daily energy levels and never feeling hungry. Fooling around with ketogenic eating is not advised until you have built some excellent momentum from low carb, primal aligned eating. I have been off grains and sugars for 8 years now in my primal journey, so I am simply dialing back my carbs even further to see what happens. For those interested and inclined, the health benefits are outstanding. Dr.'s Phinney and Volek detail the potent anti-inflammatory effects of ketogenic eating in their book, The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living. 

Okay now let's read about the origin of chemotherapy, the role of glucose in cancer progression, and how ketogenic eating might help. From Mike DiLandro:


Tripping Over the Truth” is a chronological history of the fight to cure cancer.  For those of you old enough to remember President Richard Nixon declaring war on cancer, it is sad that almost 50 years later we have still not been able to eradicate this family of devastating diseases.  Some of you may have also recently listened to the documentary series “The Truth About Cancer” ( ).  If you did, you truly begin to question the approach we take in battling cancer: surgery to cut out as much as possible, followed by radiation and chemotherapy treatments.

In “Tripping Over the Truth”, Christofferson describes how chemotherapy was invented.  At the end of World War II, Germany bombed a fleet of US ships that were stationed in Italy.  One of those ships that was destroyed was secretly carrying nitrogen mustard gas.  Sailors that were blown from their ships into the water were exposed to the mustard gas and killed.  What doctors who autopsied the sailors who perished learned, was the mustard gas all but ceased the division of certain types of cells that were prone to divide fast.  The doctors then formulated that nitrogen mustard gas could be injected in humans to try and kill cancerous cells.  70 years later we are still using a variety of chemotherapy drugs, but their downside is that they don’t just target the cancer.  Chemotherapy is analogous to dropping Napalm on a jungle.  You are going the burn more than just the bad guys.

The key message I got out of “Tripping Over the Truth”, is that we have been looking in the wrong place for the cause of cancer up until very recently.  Dating back to the early 20th century, there were two schools of thought on cancer’s cause: genetic or metabolic.  Over time the great majority of scientists believed that cancer was caused by genetic reasons and thus based their attacks on cancer down this path.  Unfortunately, recent developments from the Human Genome Project and subsequent related gene mapping programs have proven that cancer cannot be caused genetically.  Basically, we have been looking at the problem all wrong for almost 100 years for how to cure cancer.

To understand the metabolic cause theory of cancer we need to look back to German Scientist Otto Warburg, who was born in 1883, and his Warburg effect.  According to Wikipedia (with some notes from me in parentheses), “In oncology (the branch of medicine that deals with cancer), the Warburg effect is the observation that most cancer cells predominantly produce energy by a high rate of glycolysis (the splitting of glucose molecules to form Adenosine Triphosphate [ATP] energy) followed by lactic acid fermentation, rather than by a comparatively low rate of glycolysis followed by oxidation of pyruvate (an end product of glycolysis) in mitochondria (the cell’s power houses that create ATP) as in most normal cells.  Malignant, rapidly growing tumor cells typically have glycolytic rates up to 200 times higher than those of their normal tissues of origin.  Otto Warburg postulated this change in metabolism is the fundamental cause of cancer.”

To clarify, food is digested and supplied to cells mainly in the form of glucose.  Glucose is broken down further to make ATP by two pathways.  One is via anaerobic (without oxygen) metabolism occurring in cells, also known as glycolysis.  The major physiological significance of glycolysis lies in making ATP quickly, but in a minuscule amount. The breakdown process continues in the mitochondria, which is more efficient for ATP production.  Cancer cells seem to be well adjusted to glycolysis.  In the 1920s, Otto Warburg first proposed that cancer cells show increased levels of glucose consumption and lactate fermentation even in the presence of ample oxygen (known as “Warburg Effect”).  Based on this theory, the switch to glycolysis promotes the proliferation of cancer cells.  Many studies have demonstrated glycolysis as the main metabolic pathway in cancer cells.

More recently in March 2008, Dr. Lewis C. Cantley and his colleagues announced that the tumor M2-PK, a form of the pyruvate kinase enzyme, gives rise to the Warburg effect.  Tumor M2-PK is produced in all rapidly dividing cells, and is responsible for enabling cancer cells to consume glucose at an accelerated rate.  Forcing the cells to switch to pyruvate kinase's alternative form by inhibiting the production of tumor M2-PK, led to their growth being curbed.  The researchers acknowledged the fact that the exact chemistry of glucose metabolism was likely to vary across different forms of cancer, but M2-PK was identified in all of the cancer cells they had tested.

So what are some potential remedies suggested in “Tripping Over the Truth”?  Well, since cancer consumes glucose at an accelerated rate, starving the body of glucose is strongly advised.  Christofferson talks about using a ketogenic diet, which involves eating mostly fats and thus keeps your body in ketosis.  We are not talking about just your run of the mill, low carb Paleo diet either.  Christofferson’s ketogenic recommendations are to keep your daily carbs limited to 12 grams and your daily protein to 1 gram for every kilogram (kg) of body weight.  As an example, if you weigh 194 pounds, that equates to 88 kgs or 88 grams of protein.  Since both carbs and protein are 4 calories per kg, you would only get 400 calories per day from carbs and protein (12 + 88 = 100 grams X 4 calories/gram = 400 calories).  All of the other calories you intake will need to come from fat.  This fat could come from the fat in meats, eggs, avocados, coconut oil, nuts, seeds, olives, etc.  You just need to account for the carbs and protein in whatever you eat and stay below the daily limits.

In addition to a ketogenic diet, Christofferson explains how using a hyperbaric chamber can also be used to fight cancer.  Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized room or tube.  Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a well-established treatment for decompression sickness, a hazard of scuba diving.  In a hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber, the air pressure is increased to three times higher than normal air pressure.  Under these conditions, your lungs can gather more oxygen than would be possible breathing pure oxygen at normal air pressure.  Your blood carries this oxygen throughout your body.  This helps fight bacteria and stimulate the release of substances called growth factors and stem cells, which promote healing.  The argument runs that using a hyperbaric chamber will overcome one of the main influences of cancer, namely that cancer exists in a low-oxygen environment and plentiful oxygen can kill it off.
The dismissal of the Warburg effect, which Otto Warburg discovered 100 years ago, not only has caused cancer researchers to attack the cure for cancer incorrectly, but has also put countless patients through the standard, extremely grueling cancer treatment protocol of invasive surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.  Imagine instead, just changing to a ketogenic diet and using hyperbaric oxygen therapy, if you learn of a positive cancer diagnosis.  Not only would your body not be ravaged, but the cost savings would be phenomenal.  Some chemotherapy treatments can cost upwards of $500,000.00.  Dietary changes cost almost nothing and hyperbaric therapy is very inexpensive.

I highly encourage anyone, whether you have a cancer diagnosis or not, to read “Tripping Over the Truth”.  I also recommend checking out the documentary series “The Truth About Cancer”.


Mike DiLandro (

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Primal Endurance Promo on KCRA Channel 3 Sacramento

Check out this 5-minute segment about Primal Endurance and primal eating with Dierdre Fitzpatrick on KCRA Channel 3 Sacramento morning show. I had to bring a bunch of food props to the studio to display primal meals and snacks and contrast the typical high carb food choices.