- [7:05] Child With Down Syndrome
- [11:30] Stevens Johnson Syndrome
- [16:35] Going From Measured to Unmeasured Diet
- [19:34] Setting Personal Fitness Goals
- [26:04] Working Out Or Resting When Tired And Fatigued
- [32:39] Balancing Diet, Weight, Etc. For A MMA Fighter
- [43:20] Water Purification
- [48:12] Astaxanthin
- [54:18] Herbal Tea Over-Consumption
1. Maximising development for child with Down’s syndrome
Hi Robb and Greg (2 Gs)
I’ve been following your podcast for a long time and was lucky enough to have a question of mine answered back in episode 91. I’m pleased to see you still going strong another 91 episodes later! (well, another 93 at the time of writing).
My question back then was concerned with my wife and I preparing for the birth of our first child. Well we had a lovely, happy baby boy called Aidan who is now 18 months old and doing very well.
Not everything’s perfect though as he has Down’s syndrome. The first concern when a child is born with Down’s is that they are more susceptible to certain health conditions such as heart, thyroid and hearing issues. After that, and as they grow up, the challenge is concerned with slower mental and physical development.
Happily Aidan is so far free of any underlying health problems. Nevertheless his general development is noticeably slower than his peers, though the full impact of his Down’s will not be known for quite a while yet.
My question is quite straightforward. Apart from following a standard Paleo diet and lifestyle, are there any other things you think we could be doing or tweaks to be made to the diet in order to increase the chances of Aidan continuing to be free of the underlying issues and to maximise both his mental and physical development as he grows up?
Aidan was breastfed for his first 12 months and since has eaten mainly veggies, red meat, some white fish, banana and full fat greek yoghurt (which he loves). Very occasionally he’ll have a small amount of white rice or potato mixed in with some of the above.
Many thanks for any thoughts you may have and thanks to the both of you for continuing to provide such a fantastic resource of both information and fun!
2. Steven Johnsons Syndrome
Hello, My name is Tony. I read your book last year and it changed my life. I felt great! Better than I ever have. Last September I had pneumonia and was prescribed Biaxin (Clarithromycin). Several days later I had sores in my mouth and extremely red eyes. Finally, my wife made me go to the hospital. I was admitted and diagnosed with Steven Johnsons Syndrome. Shortly after my hospital visit (as soon as I could tolerate anything except for ice cream) I resumed Paleo. I had a few “Flare ups” since the original outbreak but not as severe. This even happened with anti-viral medication (Valtrex and Acyclovir). I have been reading as much as I can about SJS. Unfortunately, there is a myriad of things that can cause it. The doctors have branded me with a Sulpha allergy. Which is odd because I don’t think Biaxin is Sulpha based antibiotic. What I have noticed is sometimes I become “blotchy” when I eat foods with Sulfites. I have been logging what I eat to try and nail down what is causing it. It is not real a big deal. I don’t experience dis comfort, only weird looks when it happens.
My question is: Do you think my switch to the diet may have exacerbated a latent allergy? Although I doubt this is the case: Do you think my diet may have caused SJS or could have been a contributing factor? I know SJS is somewhat rare, but is there any information you can provide to help me out? I am active duty Navy and very concerned this may mess with my career. I really enjoyed your book and I am a huge fan. The doctors at Balboa can be cryptic and reluctant to provide advice or information. Having said that, I promise I will not try to leverage your response with any legal action. I also understand if this falls outside your expertise. I know you are very busy. So I understand if I have to wait a long time to hear back from you. Thank you so much taking the time to read this. I know it is wordy and probably riddled with grammar and spelling errors. Very Respectfully, Tony
3. Converting from weighted to unweighted diet
I am currently doing a weight and measured diet around paleo food principals and found it helps keep me losing weight by keeping my mind on portion sizing and calorie intake. I’m unhappy with doing this but I have no idea how to limit my food intake without a kitchen scale. How do keep myself from eating too much food on paleo without weighing everything out? I’ve been eating this way for the past 7 months and I’ve lost 115 lbs and I’m happy with my new body, just not the inflexibility of having to weigh my food.
I’m 6’4″, male 202lbs, 28 years old. Eating around 2600calories/day. Moderately active.
4. setting fitness goals
Dear Robb and Greg,
What advice do you have for determining fitness goals? I have vague goals like “Stay mobile as I age” and “Be able to carry heavy things” and “Don’t injure myself at the Y in an embarrassing manner,” but more specific ones could help with self-motivation.
How do I figure out what realistic but challenging goals are good for me, personally?
I’m a 42-year-old woman. I’m 5′ 10″ and 150 lbs and healthy, but I’d like a stronger core (to ward off neck and hip problems I have to see a PT for occasionally) and to be trimmer around the middle (out of vanity).
5. Fatigued – Train light or rest?
Listener #8. Insert standard flattery here. 43 year old male, Taurus, paleo plus dairy for a little over two years, and feeling great all things considered. We have a two year old that wakes up in the middle of the night several times a week, which keeps me in a chronic state of fatigue. The good thing is she clearly is going to be a jock, which motivates me in the gym.
I feel like I’ve done a good job of finding my exercise limitations – I walk a total of about two miles a day to/from the parking deck at work, use a stand up desk, and lift for one hour, twice or sometimes three times a week. I’m focused on strength (working sets of five or less), and I primarily stick to compound movements – bench press, squats, weighted pullups, etc. Despite the lack of volume I’ve made really good progress – a couple of weeks ago I benched 225 at 5’7″ and 137 pounds.
I’ve tried increasing my volume a couple of times, and it didn’t go well. Aside from the scheduling difficulties, I just can’t get enough sleep right now to recover. My question is this. I need to get in my workouts when I can, but sometimes the windows is on a day when I’m pretty knackered. Usually I’ll workout anyway, but take it easier – i.e. lower intensity / volume, maybe some accessory movements. Am I better off doing this, or just resting? Should I keep the intensity up and do fewer sets? My worry is that if I only workout when I feel fresh, I’ll never get in the gym.
6. Bulletproof coffee, MMA, Diet & Weight
Ian Peters says:
Long question, so I’ll skip the praise and comment about loving listening to all the post casts.
I’m an MMA fighter from the UK and have over the past year or so switch to the Bulletproof diet, (paleo like) and am enjoying the energy and health benefits. I’m currently doing IF (intermittent fasting) 6 days a week from a bedtime of 9-10pm until first food around 12pm (olives, mackerel or sardines and an avocado). I train hard around 6:30am for an hour and take BCAAs (6g) before and (6g) after. Now I’ve heard you mention this is a bad idea, which I agree with, ‘but’ I have a 700kcal Bulletproof Coffee around 1 hour before training. This ‘obviously’ keeps me in Ketosis for fat loss/weight control and gives me more than enough energy to train hard. It contains around 30-40g of grass-fed butter and 30ml of MCT oil. Does this in your opinion change anything on athletes training during IF and not refuelling for around 4hrs after? I’m finding I have loads of energy during my AM session and cardio/strength increases are good. AM session are the hard ones, with classes and more technical work in the PM.
Also as I compete in a weight category sport, I need to watch my weight carefully to avoid difficult weight-cuts (only like to cut 10lb and don’t like losing too much weight during camp when I’m training hard). So I spend a lot of time either calorie restricted, or close to neutral, as obviously when I eat too much (weekly rest/refeed day), my body is happy to hang on to the extra, leaving me back at slight calories restriction while using Bulletproof Coffee IF and a heavy training load.
MMA seems nearly impossible to get right. I need to be a lot lighter than is natural (170lb is too high, guys are massive), I need to be able to go hard for 15mins with little rest, need to be strong enough to pick another human up with speed & power and do it over and over. Not to forget getting hit in the face and taking damaged during the process. Not sure where to balance everything that’s needed to be done. I think I’m on the right track, but everybody will say a least one thing I’m doing wrong generally. As you train a MMA guy I thought you might be able to give some insight and keep me on the right track.
On a side note, I have a keyhole surgery coming up, with a 4-6 week recovery time. Any advice on how to eat and train during this time. Thinking about just completely relaxing and enjoying some extra food and rest. But at 40+ I’m worried if I let go too much, or at all, I’ll struggle to get back to my current level of fitness, which is critical due to it being a combat sport (mistakes hurt). I hope to continue to compete until the wheels fall off, I would have said knocked out, but that’s already happened.
Hoping to make it on to the podcast as I’m listening to the podcast from the beginning at work and from the end at home. Getting through 3 or 4-a-day. Really enjoying the info, thanks.
See my last fight here (www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuVDsxbQZ6U). Didn’t go so well, but that’s the game, enjoy
Facts for Info
Weight: 155lb (fight), 165lb (camp), 175-180lb (between fights)
Bodyfat: 6% (fight, 8* (camp), 10% (now)
Training: 1hr in the morning (sprints, pads, circuits, bag work, kettlebells, weights (deadliest, squats, weighted chins))
1-2hrs in the evening (BJJ, MMA, Wrestling, Boxing etc)
5 days = 2 a days
1 day = 1 a day
1 day = Rest & Refeed day.
Deadlift = 345lb
squat = 280lb
hang clean = 175lb
Diet: 60% fat, 30% protein, 20% carbs roughly
2,500kcal, 200g fat, 110g protein, 70g carbs daily
One refeed day a week, with more carbs
Currently in-between fights awaiting keyhole surgery on my knee cartilege, so around 179lb and training every morning with a few evening session here and there.
7. Water purification
Do you guys purify your tap water? Would you recommend that people take it a step further than a brita filter and buy a heavy metal removing, bacteria and virus killing, fluoride removing purifier?
What systems would you recommend if any?
P.S. Greg, Can you do us a solid and drop any hints on the American Weightlifting documentary?
8. astaxanthin, sunburns, and showers
I was reading Dr. Mercola’s web site and saw him praising astaxanthin. Checked reviews on Amazon, sure enough, miracles reported, especially for eyesight and chronic joint pain.
Mercola says the stuff is utterly safe, but I’m a bit concerned because most vitamins and antioxidants that seem too good to be true usually do have a safety limit. When consumed from whole foods there’s usually some kind of co-factor that mitigates the damage. Is astaxanthin really so great? Is it really that safe? What whole foods (if any) contain significant amounts? What co-factors might food sources contain if we’re looking to stack them in pill form?
Also, Mercola suggests not bathing for 48 hours post sun exposure to maximize vitamin D effect. It seems the vitamin is formed in skin oil and needs time to soak in. Actually he says to use soap only on your pits and groin, and just wash gently in plain water everywhere else. This is precisely what I’ve been doing anyway because it helps keep my skin from breaking out. But is it really that helpful for vitamin D?
To connect these subjects: Mercola says astaxanthin reduces the damage from sunburn and possibly the risk of skin cancer. Know anything about that?
I’m neither a Mercola devotee nor a hater. Just getting a second opinion before I add another damn pill to my daily routine. I’m already trying small amounts of sunbathing after hearing you talk about it. Came across Mercola’s site while trying to figure out safe sun exposure time limits.
— Charlie, formerly from Oklahoma, now in Colorado
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9. Herbal Tea & Biology
Robb & Greg,
Thanks for all the great work you do. I’m a long-time fan of the podcast, blog, and book. Two quick questions:
1) Is there any concern with high consumption of herbal teas? I know I’ve read about chamomile being problematic with certain individuals, but what about mint, roibois, etc.? I’m sure the poison is in the dose, but would it be healthy and safe, for example, for an average male to consume 8-10 cups or more of peppermint tea per day?
2) I come from a history background but have recently wanted to pursue a self-study of science, specifically biology, to give me a better foundation for understand ancestral health and fitness. Any recommendations on a basic biology text or are they all pretty similar in content?
Thanks for continuing to be awesome (in that your brilliance fills me with awe),