The Paleo Solution – Episode 114
1. [3:32] Seborrheic Dermatitis
2. [9:51] Rice/Carbs, Salt, Etc.
3. [19:55] Can Paleo Shrink Fibroids
4. [24:23] One Kidney and Protein Intake
5. [29:07] Protein and Protein/CHO Intake Effect on Testosterone
6. [32:53] Physical State and Heart Rate Variability
1. Sebborheic Dermatitis
Hej Robb and Gregg and greetings from the Nordics!
Many thanks for your great work educating the masses in an ever-so entertaining way!
I would be very interested in hearing your views on seborrheic dermatitis. This subject has been touched upon in previous podcasts, but I and probably a bunch of other people with similar conditions would be grateful if you could dedicate some of your brainpower fully to the topic.
I have had dandruff (and/or seborrheic dermatitis) on my scalp since the age 8-10 (I am today 27) and developed, what I believe is seborrheic dermatitis, on my face over the last 2-3 years. Eliminating gluten did not improve the symptoms at all but I noticed an improvement if completely staying away from sugar. I found some articles linking probiotics to reducing of dandruff (see links below) and I was wondering if you have any additional suggestions on how to deal with this.
At the moment, I am using anti-fungal dandruff shampoos on my face with pretty good results but would like to eliminate the symptoms completely.
I’m a 27 years old male – following a paleo+butter-diet pretty strictly (perhaps some ice-cream once or twice a month) – otherwise feeling great.
Kind regards and many thanks for your help guys!
2. Salty Balls (Meaning: Please Read Me)
Salty Balls says:
Hey there, Robb and Mark. Just kidding, Greg,
Now that I’ve got your attention, I’d like to stroke your egos a bit and say what a huge fan I am of you both. I’ve got such a huge man crush on you guys that, if I could combine you both into a single person (preferably a woman), I’d actually contemplate leaving my wife – who, i might add, is ridiculously hot. That being said, if I had the ability to combine two people, I’m not sure what would stop me from adding my wife into the mix…ya know, theoretically speaking. Anyway, enough borderline homoerotic subtext, let’s get down biz!
I’ve been living in Japan for about a decade now, but only started paleo and cross fit recently. After finishing the proverbial 30 day trial (of paleo, that is), I felt absolutely and quite literally fucktastic, and was thus immediately sold on the whole deal. However, living with a family of Japanese rice farmers, i often find myself being offered and partaking in the no-holds-barred white rice debauchery that surrounds me. Thanks to your podcast, I realize many Paleo peeps are incorporating carb-rich foods like sweet potatoes and white rice after working out to replenish glucose and glycogen levels, so my first question (bear with me, gents, there’s only two) is this: assuming I’m only doing 3 workouts a week mixed with seasonally sporadic but sometimes quite labor-intensive farming along with the postprandial dog walk, how much rice munching can I get away with? And is it better eat carbs in the morning than at night?
Body stats: I’m 6’3″ and 210 lbs, with some minor gut fat (which will no doubt soon be solid steel – mark my words). Age: 35. Blood type: A – which I mention here merely as a joke. I don’t know why, but the Japanese seem to think everything boils down to blood type and how many siblings you have. Seriously. But I digress…
My next question has to do with a difference i spied between you and Cordain. In his book The Paleo Diet, Dr. Cordain basically recommends avoiding all salt, like it’s the plague or something. However, on your podcast you’ve recommended supplementing with salt to various people for various reasons. I’m particularly curious about this matter because, here in Japan, we consume John Welbourn-sized portions of salt and its crackhead equivalent, soy sauce, on a daily basis. Thus my second and final question: Where is one to draw the line with sodium? What is too much, and how would one know? Is soy sauce going to asplode my heart (no, that was not a typo), give me stomach cancer, cause a stroke or otherwise fuck the shit out of my health? (You’ll have to excuse my language. I’ve been living in a country where it’s perfectly acceptable to cuss in public…assuming you do it in English.)
WHILST I’m at it, I should probably mention that I have severe rhinitis, which seems to be doing a lot better on the Paleo diet. Although I’m not cured yet by any means, I’ve been able to reduce my medications by over 50%.
Really appreciate all you guys do. Let me know if you wanna come to Japan and open a gym. I need an exit strategy from this rice farming gig…
PS: In Japanese, the word for testicles is the compound kanji 金玉, which reads “keen-tama,” or GOLDEN-BALLS. I just thought you should know that.
3. Can Paleo diet shrink fibroids?
Hi Robb and Greg,
My boyfriend recently decided to start eating Paleo. Even though I was a vegan, in the interests of keeping mealtimes simple I am giving it a go as well. I’m still not eating meat, although I have added in eggs and fish. As much as I hate to admit it, I’m feeling terrific and have lost ten pounds. I’m not strictly following the rules – I’m still eating tempeh and occasionally tofu. I have gotten rid of all grains, but hope eventually I can add back in quinoa or amaranth.
I’m scheduled to have a fibroid embolization at the end of the year. I’m wondering if you think it’s possible that a paleo approach could shrink the fibroids. They are quite painful, but I would be willing to hold off on the procedure if it was a possibility. I’m guessing I would have to follow the autoimmune protocol.
Here’s some background. 47 years old, endometriosis, hypothyroid, Raynaud’s, rosacea and, of course, the fibroids. In the past I have struggled with anxiety, although it is much improved since the change in diet. 5’8″, 150 pounds. i’m taking primrose oil, omega 3 and vitamin D supplements.
I would appreciate hearing your thoughts.
Many thanks for all you do – I love the podcast
4. One Kidney and Protein levels
My boss works out, is a slave to chronic cardio and a personal trainer, however she hasn’t been losing any weight. I tell her that she needs to give paleo a try and she refuses, stating that she needs to eat carbs because she can’t eat a lot of protein as she only has one good kidney. I think that is a bullshit answer attributed to years of bad advice from conventional wisdom. Is there any truth to this and if so where can find literature to support the fact she’s been misinformed and I can get her on the right path?
On a side note, I’ve been able to give up tobacco, but not ice cream, wtf?
5. Protein intake,Protein/CH ratio and testosterone
Thanks for the great podcast! I would be interested if you have some some thoughts concerning the fact that many studies have found correlation between high protein intake and low/lower testosterone and the ratio of higher protein/lower carb intake and low testosterone.
Diet-hormone interactions: protein/carbohydrate ratio alters reciprocally the plasma levels of testosterone and cortisol and their respective binding globulins in man.
Testosterone and cortisol in relationship to dietary nutrients and resistance exercise.
Thanks in advance!
6. Assessing an athlete’s physical state with Heart-Rate Variability
Robb and Greg,
The knowledge and insights you both drop on this podcast and your respective websites is greatly appreciate. Please keep it coming.
I’ll keep this brief. Lately, I’ve been coming across the concept of measuring heart-rate variability in order to assess sympathetic vs. parasympathetic dominance and therefore an athlete’s readiness to train/compete. Now that the technology is relatively affordable, it appears to be a legitimate way to keep an eye on one’s stress levels and therefore more effectively prescribe training loads.
Have either of you come across this and looked into it much? Any thoughts on the technology and how you may go about implementing this in the training of an athlete? I do tend to geek out on this stuff.
Thanks in advance,