1. [1:54] Electronics in the Bedroom
2. [5:29] Creatine & Creatinine Levels
3. [9:59] Low Back Pain & Inflammation
4. [20:47] Osteoarthritis in the Wrist
5. [23:14] Hang Power Clean
6. [31:10] Bulking on Low Carb
7. [36:25] Cutting Weight for Low Carb Weightlifters
8. [45:14] Hyperhydrosis
1. Electronics in the Bedroom
Tom Says: Hi! I’m new to the Paleo lifestyle and as a polysomnography tech I’m very pleased to see the emphasis on sleep in a dark room w/ avoidance of TV and computers before bed. I’ve been hearing some rumblings about EM radiation and sleep disturbances, but there’s not much in my discipline’s literature yet. What’s your opinion on eliminating unneeded electronic devices such as clocks, cordless phones, and electric blankets from the bedroom?
2. Creatine & Creatinine Levels
Nate Says: Hey guys I got a quick question for you. I have noticed in some lab tests from my doctor that when I am supplementing with creatine, about 3-5 grams a day, my creatinine levels increase. Nothing super high, just slightly above normal. I have experimented with this and removed the creatine from my diet, had another lab test, and the levels went back to normal. Should I be concerned about this? Should I stop taking creatine as a result? Thanks for the help.
3. Low Back Pain & Inflammation
Dan Says: Rob, I am finishing up your “Solution” book. Very informative. I have read two other Paleo Diet books, and enjoyed yours the most. I appreciate your insight on inflammation. My question relates to my situation. I have a 7mm, L5 (I think lower back pain radiates down left leg) disc herniation. I was doing crossfit at the time of the injury (I’ve had the injury for a about 10 years, but it became painful again during a workout). So far the only way to control the pain is with rest, ibuprofen, and I just recently had a epidural injection into the inflamed area. The medicines work very well, but I am afraid of the long term affects. I would also like to be able to crossfit again soon, but my Dr. recommended I quit it for good. As it was the cause of my flare up. Is there any foods or recommendations on exercise you can recommend? I plan on taking a month off from Crossfit, and doing yoga to strengthen my core and improve flexibility. Thanks for time.
4. Osteoarthritis in the Wrist
David Says: What are the best remedies for osteoarthritis? I am a 39 yo “convert” feeling the effects of silly past weightlifting habits. I am currently taking glucosamine chondroitin and generally eating a paleo diet. Not as strict as I could be. I also practice IF regularly (16-18 hours of fast/day). Any advice you could give would be appreciated.
5. Where Did the Hang Power Clean Come From?
Nick Says: This question is directed towards Greg (not that Rob doesn’t know his ish).
Greg, I was practicing hang power cleans on one of the two oly platforms at my local globo-gym (I know, right? Bumpers and all. Oh, but don’t drop the weight from above waist high.). One of the guys who I see there frequently, a seemingly intelligent lifter, collegiate wrestler, with more than adequate form from what I can tell, questioned why I was shorting the squat in my hang clean. I explained that I was practicing hang power cleans, and with a puzzled look on his face, he presented to me the two variations of the cleans he was aware of: the hang clean (with full squat from the hang position), and the power clean (from the floor, no squat after the catch). While I know I’m not crazy, that the hang power clean has been taught to others (Mike Burgener’s videos come to mind), I had no good explanation of why we might practice the HPC, what it benefits over the other two movements (hang clean and power clean). It’s never been explained to me, although it’s been prescribed. I made a guess and said it was helping me practice that specific pulling motion from the dip without taxing myself in a full squat. But, being a person who doesn’t like to talk about something he really doesn’t understand, I qualified that with, “honestly, dude, I have no idea…”
So, can you help me understand why one would prescribe the HPC movement to an athlete/trainee? What are it’s pros/cons vs. the other two targeted movements (hang clean, power clean). Would love your input.
6. Bulking on Low Carb
Rolan Says: Dear Robb and Greg, How are you? I am fine.
I know that many people merely can’t eat enough to grow without all that carbage, but is muscle growth actually more efficient with a higher carb percentage?
Have a bitchin’ summer!
7. Cutting Weight for Low Carb Weightlifters
Renee Says: Hey Robb and Greg! I’m a reformed CrossFitter, recently turned weightlifter and have been a little stymied by the process of cutting weight for meets. Considering the standard recommendation is “pull out carbs,” it doesn’t seem like it would be very effective for people that are already pretty low carb. I tried to drop weight for my 2nd meet back on May 1st and started 2kg over a month out, but failed pretty epically. (I was 3kg over 3 days before the meet and didn’t want to go crazy with saunas, etc). Are there any other non-extreme methods that would be more effective for the Paleo folks?
25/f, currently walking around at 78-79kg, shooting to compete as a 75. 27ish%bf? Always struggled to lose weight, though. I was 109kg at my heaviest, when I was an untrained slob. Been in the high 70s for a year and a half or so.
I’m eating 1g pro/lb of bw, calories usually work out to 1900-2100
usually half a sweet potato in the morning and green veggies throughout the day (asparagus, brussels sprouts) are my carb sources. Plantains deep fried in coconut oil are a recent addition and obsession.
No major autoimmune problems. currently legume, nut, grain free. dairy sneaks into the mix in the form of grassfed butter.
Thoughts? Thanks guys!:P
8. Hyperhydrosis (I’m So Wet)
Dan Says: Hi Robb / Greg, Please excuse the subject line… I just heard Greg say that it helps to have something that stands out. Hopefully that did the trick.
Quick question for you… I’ve always “suffered” from hyperhydrosis of the hands and feet. Any pseudo scientific thoughts on this condition and possible remedies? I know paleo isn’t a cure-all, but it’s really the only biological aspect that I haven’t seen any improvement in while adhering very strictly to the paleo approach for the past 13 or 14 months. No other medical conditions to speak of.
The book was awesome and the podcast is great! I’m grateful for all that you do.