1. [5:19] Thyroid Tumor
2. [9:46] Omega-3s from Seaweed
3. [13:35] Digestion Back-Up
4. [18:59] Staying Paleo with Cyclic Stress
5. [28:06] Parent Essential Oil
6. [32:36] Paleo & Schizophrenia
7. [38:32] White Rice
8. [44:32] Paleo & Kidney Disease
1. Thyroid Tumor
Darren Says: Hi Robb, I am a 36 year old male with a benign thyroid tumour and a beard. I have been eating paleo for almost a year now, and while I felt as though the tumour was diminishing, sometimes it feels aggravated and sore. The beard I am totally capable of getting rid of, but this tumour is still around. Since learning of it almost 2 years ago, I am tired of the bloody thing, and want it gone, naturally if at all possible.
Since switching to paleo, my diet and energy levels have improved greatly. I have good body composition, and a healthy workout schedule: Olympic lifting 4Xs a week, Kettlebell once a week, aikido 3Xs a week, with a little balance work sprinkled in here and there.
I have read your book 3Xs, listened to every podcast and am attending your workshop at the end of the month in Toronto. I have recommended your work to everyone I know, and they have all received great benefits, from rheumatoid arthritis, Crones, and type 2 diabetes. While I am totally amped things have been working out for my friends, why the heck isn’t it working for me? Is it the beard? Or better yet, what can I do better to get better, and move on with my life.
I just found out I am going to be a father, and I want to make sure that I am around for as long as possible.
It is sad to say, but I was vegetarian and vegan (on and off) for a few years, similar to you, and felt as though things were pretty dialed in; little did I know. Both my grandmothers had their thyroids removed, but after reading your work, I feel as though this shouldn’t determine my fate, and there is something more I can do.
Please, any information you can offer is greatly appreciated. Thanks for all that you do.
2. Omega-3s from Seaweed
Jeremy Says: Since fish get their Omega 3’s from consuming algae and sea veggies, can I boost the Omega 3 content of a dish by adding in some ground up seaweed and bypassing the fish? (I’m thinking about adding it to shrimp coconut curries.) Or are the fish actually converting something into the Omega 3’s, and the human body is either incapable of or inefficient at that same conversion? Compared to wild-caught fish, seaweed is so inexpensive at Asian markets that this seems like an economical alternative to buying wild-caught fish.
3. Digestion Back-Up
Maui Says: Hi there. I am just going into my fourth week and feel completely different and almost all for the good! I have dropped almost 8 pounds, no tummy bloat, my skin has improved, my energy is constant and I have no ups and downs. Generally I feel fantastic! Prior to starting the Paleo diet, I had diarrhea every day for about 1-2 years – it became the norm. It took about a week to get that turned around and the second week was “normal.” Now, however, for the last 2 weeks or so I only “move” once every 3-4 days. So I end up feeling full and heavy all the time – despite not being bloated. So….what can I do to make things more regular? I’m drinking a lot of water, started working out and walking the second week which I know are things to help digestion etc. I had my gallbladder removed about 10 years ago, if that helps in the responses. Hoping to hear some good suggestions! Thanks for your time.
4. Staying Paleo with Cyclic Stress
Justin Says: Hi Robb, I work as a consultant and I have noticed that when deadlines role around and work gets stressful my ability to keep my food choices paleo becomes more challenging. The morning starts out alright with my normal breakfast of ground meat and greens but my ability to resist the free food that makes its way into the office diminishes as the day goes on and stress level goes up. Over the holidays I had multiple deadlines and developed a severe case of the fuck-its. I ate worse than I have for over a year and picking up the pieces since then has been a struggle. My question is what suggestions do you have for dealing with this cyclic stress levels?
This question my seem stupid with the default answer of stop being a pussy and stick to what you know works. Based on the reading I have done so far stress seems related to the types of food that people crave. You also talked about how writing the book and other stresses have impacted you over the last year in a recent post so I thought I would ask the question.
Here is a little background and what I have been trying over the last couple of weeks.
~5’11”, 175lbs, reasonably lean, work to much
-I have shifted my training to be strength based with short conditioning workouts twice per week.
-Lower carb paleo during the week, more carbs on the weekends, normally sweet potatoes, squash, apples, etc.
-Taking Super Enzymes, alpha lipioc acid, acetyl L-Carnitine, fish oil, and some herbal adaptagens.
-Freezer full of grass fed beef and eat a ton of grassfed butter.
-Unfortunately I don’t have any immediate reactions to gluten or other known inflammatory foods people have problems with.
Any supplements or food tweeks I can make to help with the stress and fight off the fuck-its?
5. Parent Essential Oil
Whats the deal with This Parent Essential Oil discussion. The guy pushing this stuff says that there are only TWO essential fatty acids and they are LA n6 and ALA n3. He’s says that fish oil is killing us. His name is Brian Peskin and his website is http://peskinprotocol.com/. I’m SO CONFUSED. I should just go back to eating Burger King and slugging back Michelob.
6. Paleo & Schizophrenia
Hi Robb, My brother is schizophrenic. He is currently taking medication but is looking for ways to improve his symptoms without more meds. He recently noticed his worst delusions occurred after he ate nothing but Doritos and Mountain Dew for several days, which I would think would give anyone delusions, but 20 year old boys will eat anything. He’s cleaned up his diet and is eating eggs for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch, and meat and veggies for dinner. I’m pushing him towards Paleo, one meal at a time. Like a good little brother, he’s been pretty receptive so far. Are there any foods or supplements that he should be taking or avoiding besides standard Paleo fare? On a lighter note, I love the podcast and nerd out to it on my way to work every week.
7. White Rice
My name is Tiago, and I’m emailing from Brazil. I’m a radiologist doctor and have been on paleo for about a year now. As a medicine doctor I used to think I was well informed about health … despite de fact that I was weighting 92 kg and about 28% body fat… After a year on paleo diet and resistance exercise I am now 80 kg and about 16%. Thank you enormously for educating me and thousands of others… I can say I am trying my best to spread the good news here in Brazil, but I find myself really lonely as I know of no online paleo resources in portuguese.
My journey has been almost easy, as brazilians love their grass feed meat… The major problem is that brazilians also love their bread, beans and white rice… and that brings to my question:
Dr. Harris of Panu recently has posted that he is nowadays consuming white rice as a form of safe starch. What are your thoughts onto the safety of white rice? Do you think it can be consumed moderately as a part of post workout nutrition, in adition to meat? That would turn more easily accepted the concept of paleo diet among brazilians, especially my wife. Thanks for all
8. Paleo & Kidney Disease
Lawrence Says: Robb and Greg, What is your opinion on applying the Paleo diet to people with kidney disease? Is it an advisable thing to do, given that the Paleo diet is higher in protein than conventional dietary recommendations? The reason why I ask is that type II diabetics can greatly benefit from following Paleo dietary guidelines, due to it being restrictive on carbohydrates, but since a good portion of diabetics also have kidney disease, would the ingestion of higher levels of protein be deleterious to their remaining kidney function?
Is there a way to modify the Paleo lifestyle to allow people with renal dysfunction to use it? My father recently passed away from kidney failure, resulting from diabetes, and I was just curious if other diabetics with kidney disease could alleviate their diabetic symptoms and control their diabetes without jeopardizing their already diminished kidney function? Thanks.