Interstitial Cystitis – Episode 142
- [3:53] Interstitial Cystitis
- [10:39] Keratosis Pilaris and Fordyce Spots
- [16:44] Strength Level To Begin The Olympic Lifts
- [22:26] Hot Dogs
- [31:03] Cleanliness Of Pork and Animal Fats
- [36:41] Dropping Weight For Sprinting
- [43:58] Crappy Food As A Hormetic Stressor
- [47:02] Alkaptonuria
- [50:47] Protein Intake and Sleep
1. Wife has Interstitial Cystitis
Hey Robb and Greg,
I’ve been on the paleo diet for over a year, never felt or looked better, yada yada yada. I’m writing to you guys because my wife was recently diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis. From what I understand this condition deals with inflammation of the bladder and makes urination and sex (!!!) painful. She’s been taking the medication she was given and tried to follow the “IC Diet” her doctor told her about with little improvement. This diet places a great deal of focus on grains, sugars, and dairy and as such she only gets protein when I cook supper. I’ve been trying to get her to try a paleo diet but she’d rather listen to people with medical and science backgrounds so she keeps having toast with vegetable oil spread and milk for breakfast.
I’ve been doing some research on my own and I’ve found some stuff suggesting a correlation between Interstitial Cystitis and gluten intolerance. One online survey showed 12% of participants suffered from both Interstitial Cystitis and Celiac Disase. However, I’ve seen almost nothing about this condition mentioned in the paleo community. I was hoping you had some thoughts on Interstitial Cystitis and how, biochemically, a paleo diet might alleviate her symptoms. I’m desperate guys, one of my wife’s friends with IC is telling her to go vegan!
2. Keratosis Pilaris & Fordyce Spots
Hey Robb and Greg. I was wondering if you knew anything about Keratosis Pilaris & Fordyce Spots? (I have KP on my arms and possibly on my legs and I have FS on my lips)
I’ve been searching for a connection between either a food intolerance or maybe a nutrient deficiency that causes either of these. Though they are different conditions and seemingly just cosmetic I think they might have some crossover. I thought that gluten might be an issue, but I have been gluten free now for 7 months and there has not been any change at all in either.
Unfortunately, I don’t have enough knowledge in any area of science to be able to make the right connections to figure this out. KP supposedly affects something like 40-80% of the population and even though it is cosmetic it is annoying and something I think may show a lack in health. As it seems most skin issues are a reflection of gut issues. I would appreciate any suggestions for cures or any ideas for further research.
Here are a couple links if you are unfamiliar with these conditions.
3. Strength gaining before olympic lifting?
Hey, guys! I love the podcast, you’ve already answered most of my questions, but I had one that I haven’t been able to find an answer to.
My husband and I were both crossfitters for a few years (he was for 4, I was for 2). We started transitioning away from it because of the price, but soon realized we were better off without it, anyway. Right now we’re just doing strength training (deads, squats, presses, etc), but I want to find a gym that has bumper plates to work on my olympic lifting. My husband says I should just stick with the stuff we’re doing now until I get my numbers up, and then work on oly lifts.
I admit, I’m pretty weak. I’m 5’3″ 125lbs, with a 155lb DL, 145lb BS, 75lb SP. But does it matter what my starting strength is if I want to do olympic lifts? Thanks for the help!
4. What’s the deal with wieners???!!
Hey guys- I hope this title was catchy enough to catch Squatchy’s attention (Heyyyy Squatchy!!!).
Ok, so, my question is about the demonizing of Hot Dogs. So my husband was about to indulge in a hot dog and Doritos tonight (he’s not Paleo) and I was about to nag him about what is in a hot dog when I started to really think about that. A quick Google search revealed organs and ground bones. I force myself to choke down beef liver and try to drink bone broth daily. Hmmmmm… So I Googled why hot dogs are bad for you:
1. Saturated Fat: Booooo. Weak reason. Not even going to waste my time.
2. Sodium: Hot Dogs have 20% of SAD’s RDA, but I would think for those eating a pretty clean Paelo diet won’t be bother by the additional salt and may even benefit.
3. Nitrates: OK, so they are not good, but not impressed because there are nitrate free versions available.
4. General Spitefulness: One study stated hot dogs were as bad as cigarettes. Ok, I feel like someone should go punch some drama queen researchers.
I’m not advocating getting a pack of Ballpark Franks and eating them cut up in some Mac and Cheese (although I used to dominate that back in my collegiate days), but I think sensible hot dog consumption is not any worse than having occasional deli meat. For example, we get organic, nitrate free, grass fed all beef hot dogs from our CSA. Looking at the ingredients, I feel like I might just be justified to indulge.
Thank you guys so much for all you do! I’m hoping you will agree with my non-scientific analysis. And if not, please don’t WolfSlap me too bad…. It’s my first attempt at applied science. :)
5. Oink oink
Yo Robb + Greg,
Had a quick question about eating pork and animal fat in general. A family member of mine follows the “makers diet,” and harasses me constantly about eating pork. The idea is that toxins are stored in fat and that the pig as a scavenger will eat lots of nasty-ness which enters the pig fat and then is eaten by humans. Pigs in her eyes arent, “clean” animals. There was also something about pigs having shorter digestive tracts and can’t de-tox as efficiently as other animals. Should I cut the pork out of the diet? Is this stuff somewhat true? A quick internet didn’t leave me satisfied with an answer from a reputable source. Also, if all animals store toxins in their fat, should the majority of my fats come from oils and nuts?
6. Sprinter Got Too Big, Help… & Paleo Poop 2.0
Hey Robb & Greg,
I’m a 31 year old 100m sprinter who over the past couple of years has put on a little too much bulk, particularly in the upper body.
Ever since going Paleo I have found I stack on muscle pretty quickly, no doubt due to the higher intake of protein. Combine this with a couple ZorgFit wods a week and Olympic Lifts in general, and it all adds up to me being too heavy to maximise my sprinting.
I am weighing in at 87kg (191 pounds). Ideally I need to be around 80kg (176 pounds). My question is, what’s the best method for dropping the weight without losing strength and power? I’m hovering around 5 – 9% body fat (or so my scales say). I don’t exactly have much fat to lose.
I know spot-reduction doesn’t really work, but is there an ideal practice in dropping overall weight while keeping power in the legs? Should I just focus on the legs in the gym and drop the volume on the upper body? What bout diet? Anything I can do to drop weight without losing much muscle?
Oh and sorry to bring this up with no apparent segway…. But….. what’s with Paleo Poop? Is it normal to go 3 – 4 times a day and is it meant to be sloppy? I honestly have not had a ‘hard poop’ in over a year. I recall you saying that on Paleo people ‘poop like a Goose’. I guess you could say mine’s Goose-like!
So it’s normal? I was only concerned because I thought perhaps I may be having mal-absorption issues. My diet is pretty much 100% paleo these days, with cyclic heavy carb loading as per your past advice to fix my calf cramps – which by the way fixed my problems, so thank you very much
Many thanks in advance, keep up the awesome work.
7. A little elaboration on a question I asked you on Twitter
The podcast is awesome, oh yes…
Here’s a question: Can any kind of ‘crappy’ food, or foods that we tend to avoid, ever be considered a hormetic stressor? If so, which and why?
8. Metabolic Inborn Error Alkaptonuria – Compatible With Paleo?
Is Paleo suitable for those with the metabolic inborn error called Alkaptonuria? I want to eat optimally despite tyrosine processing issues due to a missing enzyme in my liver. To the extent I can, I want to minimize the degenerative effects that the buildup of
homogentisic acid will cause in my joints. I am already experiencing some degeneration in my lower back.
That said, I’ve lost over 80 pounds so far on meat, vegetables, and fruit and plan to lose the last 40 or so the same way. That said, I worry that I might be eating protein too liberally for this medical condition.
9. Protein Intake & Sleep
Hi Robb, I’ve been paleo for 2 years now. A little over a year ago I started having a problem with protein intake making me wake up at night frequently to pee. Sometimes up to 5 or 6 times a night. Anything over 80 grams or so seems to be a problem. I only drink water when thirsty and first thing in the morning. I’ve noticed Digestive Enzymes help the problem to some extent, and IF (although I rarely do it) helps.
I generally wake up about 2 or 3 times a night and I notice a big difference on the rare occasions I don’t wake up. 25 years old male, surf, stretch, lift. Low stress job, but recently studying for actuarial examinations.
Thanks for all the help you’ve given in your podcast and book.