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Episode 128: Tommy Wood talks about high-fat diets and the metabolic flexibility of the human gut


In today’s episode, Dr. Tommy Wood returns for his fifth appearance on STEM-Talk. Tommy is a UK-trained physician and an assistant research professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington. He also is a visiting research scientist and a valued colleague of ours here at IHMC. Today’s interview focuses on a new paper that Tommy just had published by the American Society for Microbiology. It’s titled, “Reframing Nutritional Microbiota Studies To Reflect an Inherent Metabolic Flexibility of the Human Gut: A Narrative Review Focusing on High-Fat Diets.” We discuss the paper and follow up on some research Tommy has done since his last appearance on STEM-Talk, a two-part interview that took place a little more than a year ago. In that two-part interview, episodes 110 and 111, we touched on Tommy’s research into the importance of metabolic health and how only one in eight Americans is considered metabolically healthy. We also talk to Tommy about a new grant he just received to examine the effects of azithromycin on premature brain injury in a ferret model. As part of this grant, Tommy will be collaborating with his wife, Dr. Elizabeth Nance, who also is an assistant professor at the University of Washington and was our guest on episode 71 of STEM-Talk. Show notes: [00:03:15] Dawn opens the interview mentioning Tommy’s new paper published by the American Society for Microbiology titled “Reframing Nutritional Microbiota Studies to Reflect an Inherent Metabolic Flexibility of the Human Gut: A Narrative Review Focusing on High-Fat Diets.” Dawn mentions that in our last interview with Tommy, he talked about the importance of insulin sensitivity and metabolic health, yet as Tommy has pointed out, more than 80 percent of Americans have some kind of metabolic disease or dysfunction. Given that, Dawn asks Tommy to revisit key points regarding insulin resistance; the importance of metabolic health; and why so many Americans struggle with this issue. [00:06:18] Ken points out that the common view held in much of the nutritional-microbiota research is that high-fat diets are harmful to human health, at least in part through their modulation of the gut microbiota. Ken goes on to say that there are a number of studies that support the inherent flexibility of the human gut and our microbiota’s ability to adapt to a variety of food sources, suggesting a more nuanced picture than the commonly held view. Ken asks Tommy to give an overview of the gut microbiome and how research in the past decade has explored the effects of the gut microbiome on our metabolism, immune systems, our sleep, and our moods and cognition. [00:09:50] Dawn asks Tommy to explain the history of how fat, and high-fat diets, became public enemy number one in many circles, including gut microbiome research. [00:12:46] Ken mentions that there are many limitations when it comes to preclinical nutritional research, with many studies on the role of fat in the diet being based on animal models, particularly rat models, which presents several problems since the natural diet of a mouse is low in fat and high in carbohydrates. [00:15:50] Ken asks Tommy about the need for a more nuanced view of fat and our microbiota’s ability to adapt to different food sources. [00:17:33] Ken points out that while people might throw around the term “healthy gut microbiota,” the research into the gut microbiota is so new that we don’t yet know for sure what a healthy gut microbiota should look like. [00:21:22] Ken asks Tommy how we should go about reframing the debate about fat and high-fat diets to better reflect the overall evidence. [00:23:48] Dawn mentions that in the past decade, researchers have significantly improved our understanding of the gut microbiome. She asks about Tommy’s belief that there is a need to understand the gut microbiome in an evolutionary context as well. [00:25:18] Tommy gives an overview of the gut-barrier function and its role in health and disease. [00:25:31] Dawn asks Tommy to talk about the significance of the study by Duke University’s David Lawrence that Tommy cited in his aforementioned paper, which highlights how quickly and reliably the human gut microbiota adapts to dietary changes. [00:30:42] Dawn mentions that there is a lot of research supporting the therapeutic effects of a ketogenic diet on overall health in the context of epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. She asks if there is any such research that focuses on the gut. [00:34:01] Dawn asks about the assertion in Tommy’s aforementioned paper that while butyrate production may be reduced on a ketogenic diet, other molecules can potentially take butyrate’s place to maintain the gut barrier function, an assertion that challenges many assumptions about normal metabolic pathways in the gut. [00:36:21] Ken asks if there have been any studies that Tommy knows of that have assessed the effects of ketones, or a ketogenic diet, on the gut barrier function. [00:39:50] Dawn asks about the mouse models and preclinical studies that show that ketogenic diets or ketones are cancer suppressive. [00:40:52] Ken mentions that Tommy addresses three objections concerning the effects of fat and protein on our gut microbiota in his paper, asking Tommy to briefly go over these objections and his responses to them. [00:45:42] Dawn asks Tommy what he believes are the questions that need to be asked or answered when it comes to nutritional microbiota research. [00:46:36] Dawn mentions Tommy’s 2020 IHMC evening lecture about nourishing the human brain titled “Brain Health Across the Lifespan.” Dawn asks about the grant Tommy just received to examine the effects of azithromycin on premature brain injury in a ferret model. [00:48:35] Dawn asks Tommy what it is about azithromycin that he finds particularly exciting as a potential neuroprotective agent. [00:50:52] Ken mentions that Tommy will be collaborating on the grant with his wife, Dr. Elizabeth Nance, a faculty member of the University of Washington who was our guest on episode 71 of STEM-Talk. Ken asks Tommy how he and his wife’s work on this project will intersect. [00:53:42] Dawn asks Tommy how Elizabeth is doing. [00:54:26] Ken asks how Tommy’s findings on neuroprotection in babies might be transferable to adults looking to optimize their neural health. [00:59:02] Dawn closes the interview asking Tommy about his dogs and his most important goal in life. Links: Learn more about IHMC STEM-Talk homepage Ken Ford bio Ken Ford Wikipedia page Dawn Kernagis bio Tommy Wood bio Tommy Wood talk on brain health

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23 Sep 2021

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Back to Basics Life Optimization Insights Inspired by Dr. Tommy Wood (Breather Episode with Brad)

The B.rad Podcast

Today’s episode centers around essential but simple, actionable insights we can all easily integrate into our busy, everyday lives in order to optimize our life and state of health.One primary focus in this show is highlighting the importance of cultivating (and improving) our morning and evening rituals and habits to optimize all aspects of our health, especially sleep. You’ll learn about how seasonal changes alter the amount of sleep your body needs per night, the science behind why keeping your bedroom clean, sparse, and uncluttered actually leads to better sleep, and why 60 - 68 degrees Fahrenheit is the ideal temperature for your sleeping environment.You’ll also learn why it’s important to still go outside even on cloudy, overcast days, the adverse health consequences that come with prolonged periods of sitting/stillness, and the reason why our brains actually require downtime for optimal function.TIMESTAMPS:Getting the optimal hours of sleep is the basis of everything else in a healthy lifestyle. Have a slow-down ritual to prepare for bedtime. [02:26]The consumption of food is best in the daytime and your sleep environment should be dark and cool. [08:20]After a good night’s sleep, we are ready for a high energy morning, up with the sun. [10:30]Move more. Avoid long periods of sitting. [14:56]Reduce stress by meditating, doing yoga, taking a nap, and spending time outdoors. Learning to quiet the mind is a challenge in today’s world. [19:33]It is important to socialize. Put your phone down and talk to people. [24:15]Eat real food. Eliminate refined sugars, grains, and industrial seed oils. [25:55]LINKS:Brad Kearns.comBrad’s Shopping PageLights Out, Sleep, Sugar, and SurvivalThe Sleep RevolutionDr. Jack Kruse podcast (Part 1, Part 2)Brad’s Morning Exercise RoutineDave Rossi podcastThe Talent CodeWired to EatThe Hungry BrainGood Calories, Bad CaloriesThe Hacking of the American MindDr. Tommy Wood podcast episodes (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)Join Brad for more fun on: Instagram: @bradkearns1Facebook: @bradkearnsjumphighTwitter: @bradleykearnsYouTube: @BradKearnsWe appreciate all feedback, and questions for Q&A shows, emailed to getoveryourselfpodcast@gmail.com. If you have a moment, please share an episode you like with a quick text message, or leave a review on your podcast app. Thank you!Check out each of these companies because they are absolutely awesome or they wouldn’t occupy this revered space. Seriously, Brad won’t sell out to anyone if he doesn’t love the product. Ask anyone.Brad’s Macadamia Masterpiece: Mind-blowing, life-changing nut butter blendMale Optimization Formula with Organs (MOFO): Optimize testosterone naturally with 100% grassfed animal organ supplementChili Sleep Systems: Temperature controlled mattress systems for optimizing evening sleepDry Farm Wines: Clean, keto-friendly, chemical free wines like no otherPrimal Blueprint 21-Day Primal Reset: Online multimedia Mastery Course to get healthy and drop fat the right wayDonations!This free podcast offering is a team effort from Brad, Daniel, Siena, Gail, TJ, Vuk, RedCircle, our awesome guests, and our incredibly cool advertising partners. We are now poised and proud to double dip by both soliciting a donation and having you listen to ads! If you wanna cough up a few bucks to salute the show, we really appreciate it and will use the funds wisely for continued excellence. Go big (whatever that means to you…) and we’ll send you a free jar of Brad’s Macadamia Masterpiece as a thank you! Email to alert us! Choose to donate now, later, or never. Either way, we thank you for choosing from the first two options! :]Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-get-over-yourself-podcast/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


10 Sep 2021

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Episode 26 - CGMs and Fragility Narratives with Dr. Tommy Wood

Bro Research Radio

If you like this kind of content sign-up for the Bro Research courses and you can catch up on way too many hours of Dr. Tommy Wood and Dr. Ben House trying to sell critical thinking and nuance over fear and myopic bollocks. Food Fear has an objective price and we need to start controlling for it in our research designs and analyses. Main Open-Access Paper Reviewed: Faerch K, Alssema M, Mela DJ, Borg R, Vistisen D. Relative contributions of preprandial and postprandial glucose exposures, glycemic variability, and non-glycemic factors to HbA 1c in individuals with and without diabetes. Nutr Diabetes. 2018;8(1):38Other Citations Discussed:Park C, Pagnini F, Langer E. Glucose metabolism responds to perceived sugar intake more than actual sugar intake. Sci Rep. 2020;10(1):15633.Ehrhardt N, Al Zaghal E. Behavior Modification in Prediabetes and Diabetes: Potential Use of Real-Time Continuous Glucose Monitoring. J Diabetes Sci Technol. 2019;13(2):271-275.Bailey KJ, Little JP, Jung ME. Self-Monitoring Using Continuous Glucose Monitors with Real-Time Feedback Improves Exercise Adherence in Individuals with Impaired Blood Glucose: A Pilot Study. Diabetes Technol Ther. 2016;18(3):185-193.Yost O, DeJonckheere M, Stonebraker S, et al. Continuous Glucose Monitoring With Low-Carbohydrate Diet Coaching in Adults With Prediabetes: Mixed Methods Pilot Study. JMIR Diabetes. 2020;5(4):e21551.Ehrhardt N, Al Zaghal E. Continuous Glucose Monitoring As a Behavior Modification Tool. Clin Diabetes. 2020;38(2):126-131.Vistisen D, Kivimaki M, Perreault L, et al. Reversion from prediabetes to normoglycaemia and risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality: the Whitehall II cohort study. Diabetologia. 2019;62(8):1385-1390.


13 Jul 2021

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Dr Tommy Wood


Tommy Wood is part of the research faculty at the University of Washington (UW) in the Department of Pediatrics. His research focuses on ways to increase resilience of, and treat injury of, the developing brain. He has a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from the University of Cambridge, a medical degree from the University of Oxford, and a PhD in physiology and neuroscience from the University of Oslo. In addition to his role as a faculty at UW, he serves as President of Physicians for Ancestral Health, and is on the scientific advisory board of Hintsa Performance. Alongside his career in medicine and research, he has invested time in developing easily-accessible methods with which to track human health, performance, and longevity. He has published and spoken on multiple topics surrounding functional and ancestral approaches to health, including examining the root causes of multiple sclerosis and insulin resistance. He uses his experiences in coaching and competing in rowing, CrossFit, powerlifting, and ultra-endurance racing to inform his day-to-day interaction with clients looking to achieve long-term health and performance.Tommy can be found at https://www.drragnar.com/IG: @drtommywoodStudiesSweden, linoleic acid and CVD: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4334131/Swedish study SAT v PUFA and muffins: https://diabetes.diabetesjournals.org/content/63/7/2356Brisk walking and hippocampal volume: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4425252/

1hr 7mins

27 Apr 2021

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111 - Tommy Wood [RUST, WORLD'S GRASP]

Scoped Exposure Podcast

On today's podcast, we talk with Tommy of RUST and WORLD'S GRASP! We chat Peach Tea, adaptability, favourite dinosaurs, ghost writing, reptile ownership, new RUST material, and much more! Check out what Tommy is up to: https://www.instagram.com/intommywerust/ https://rusthxc.bandcamp.com/ https://worldsgrasp.bandcamp.com/ https://realitydenied.bandcamp.com/ Season 2 Podcast Song Written by Tommy Wood Mix and Mastered by Matt Andrews Check out the main Scoped Exposure channel: www.youtube.com/scopedexposure

1hr 27mins

6 Apr 2021

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Tommy Wood of World's Grasp, RUST, and Reality Denied

Bandecdotes with Phill Paxton

This week I sit down with Tommy Wood who is a writer, producer, content creator, and a multi-instrumentalist. He currently does vocals for the hardcore band RUST, he plays guitar in the beatdown band Reality Denied, and is also the sole man behind World's Grasp. Listen as we talk about weird venues, Pokemon, and sudden breakups on this week Bandecdotes.SUPPORT THE BANDS HEREWORLD’S GRASP:https://worldsgrasp.bandcamp.comRUST:https://rusthxc.bandcamp.comREALITY DENIED:https://realitydenied.bandcamp.com/album/welcome-to-realityIf you're in an active heavy band such as hardcore, screamo, metal or punk and don't see your name on this playlist, contact me at bandecdotes@gmail.comOntario Underground Heavy Acts Spotify Playlist:https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0Tru5tPU2TrFpoiJRKwyDL


31 Mar 2021

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#167 The Truth About Fitness and Keeping Your Brain Healthy with Dr Tommy Wood

Feel Better, Live More with Dr Rangan Chatterjee

This week's guest is someone who I really respect - Dr. Tommy Wood has a biochemistry degree from the University of Cambridge, a medical degree from the University of Oxford and a PhD in physiology and neuroscience from the University of Oslo. He's currently a research assistant professor at the University of Washington, and he conducts research focusing on ways to increase resilience and treat injury in the developing brain. What I love about Tommy is that not only is his knowledge and education second to none, he's also got an incredible range of experience across a variety of different disciplines, which gives him a really broad perspective and an ability to see the big picture. Alongside his career in medicine and research, Tommy has invested a lot of time in developing easily accessible methods with which to track human health, performance and longevity. He’s published multiple scientific papers and lectured all over the world about the root causes of multiple sclerosis and insulin resistance.Tommy's goal, much like my own is to cut through the mixed health messages that we’re given in the media, by healthcare professionals, and even from scientific studies. His objective is to shine a light on the best way for people to approach these conflicting issues, and to help find ways to practically implement them in our daily lives. In this conversation, we cover a variety of fascinating different topics.We start off talking about fitness and endurance sports and how being fit might not be as healthy as you think. Tommy shares his own health journey through low self-esteem and orthorexia and we discuss how the language we use when talking about health is so important.We also cover the value of failure and how vital it is to keep challenging our brains as adults. Tommy explains the latest thinking on the various factors that can influence our brain health, from sleep and stress to movement and food.Finally, we touch on the crucial role that emotional health and human connection plays in brain health and the powerful idea that your brain needs a reason to be alive. I think one of the most empowering things to come out of this conversation is that the changes you need to make to improve your health and well-being are much smaller than you'd think. I hope you find this conversation inspiring.Show notes available at https://drchatterjee.com/167Follow me on instagram.com/drchatterjee/Follow me on facebook.com/DrChatterjee/Follow me on twitter.com/drchatterjeeukDISCLAIMER: The content in the podcast and on this webpage is not intended to constitute or be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have heard on the podcast or on my website. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 45mins

24 Mar 2021

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S2_EP35_The Process of the Science of Body Composition w Dr Tommy Wood and Dr Ben House

Flex Diet Podcast

Listen in  as the docs discussLies, Dam Lies, and StatisticsHow to read a study beyond just the abstractWho should even post about scienceThe new study on lifers doing a ketogenic dietDid the subject really add lean body mass in the form of muscle?How much protein do you need to change your body composition?And much moreCheck out The Bro Research Center at https://broresearch.com/Dr Ben House at https://broresearch.com/staff/ and on IG at  https://www.instagram.com/drbenhouse/?hl=enDr Tommy Wood at https://www.instagram.com/drtommywood/

1hr 43mins

15 Feb 2021

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Dr. Tommy Wood - Ancestral Health, Resilience, Sleep, Nutrition, Social Connections

The Greg Bennett Show

In this episode, we discuss Ancestral Health, the benefits of stress, physiologic headroom aka resilience, sleep and circadian rhythm, Nutrition, and Social connections.Dr. Wood shares his thoughts on DNA and genetics, you may be surprised with where he thinks we're at. Plus so much more in this one.A quick recap of Dr. Wood’s background - He received his bachelor's degree in biochemistry from the University of Cambridge, a medical degree from the University f Oxford, and a Ph.D. in physiology and neuroscience from the University of Oslo. He’s worked with the world’s greatest athletes from Formula 1 motorsport to the world’s best endurance athletes. He’s currently on Research faculty at the University of Washington in the Department of Pediatrics. His research focusing on ways to increase resilience, and treat the injury of, the developing brain.His depth of knowledge and ability to communicate detailed scientific literature for the rest of us is truly outstanding and very much appreciated.

1hr 39mins

4 Jan 2021

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Uncovering Truth: Where Are We in Genetics, Cannabis, and Traumatic Brain Injury with Tommy Wood

Decoding Superhuman

Not one to shy away from controversy, Dr. Tommy Wood has worked with some of the highest performing athletes in the world. From Formula One to Ironmans, what are some of the key takeaways Tommy had on behavior change from that experience? You would be surprised at how little free time these people have. I also get the chance to pick Tommy's brain on the problems with nutritional epidemiology, genetics, and how to evaluate nascent supplements and compounds where little research may exist. Who is Tommy Wood? Tommy Wood is a Research Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the University of Washington Division of Neonatology. The majority of his academic work has focused on developing therapies for brain injury in newborn infants, but also includes adult neurodegenerative and metabolic diseases, as well as nutritional approaches to sports performance.Tommy received an undergraduate degree in biochemistry from the University of Cambridge before obtaining his medical degree from the University of Oxford. After working as a doctor in central London, he moved to Norway for his PhD work, and then to the University of Washington as a postdoc. Alongside his academic training, Tommy has coached athletes in a dozen sports, from weekend warriors to Olympians and world champions. He is the outgoing President of the Physicians for Ancestral Health society, a director of the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine, and sits on the scientific advisory board of Hintsa Performance, which includes researching performance optimization strategies for F1 drivers.Tommy’s current research interests include the physiological and metabolic responses to brain injury and their long-term effects on brain health, as well as developing easily-accessible methods with which to track human health, performance, and longevity. He and his wife Elizabeth share their home with two energetic (and goofy) boxers, and in his spare time, Tommy can usually be found cooking, hiking, reading, or lifting something heavy. Highlights[7:21] Bad science and nutritional epidemiology[12:03] Are direct to consumer genetic tests a joke?[32:05] How can we improve the research on cannabis?[40:10] Behavior change in Formula One drivers[47:55] Sacrificing longevity for short term performance[51:30] Traumatic brain injury[1:00:08] Is there hope for exogenous ketones? ResourcesCHEMEX CoffeemakerAeroPress Coffee and Espresso MakerHigh Protein Intake Is Associated with Lower Risk of All-Cause Mortality in Community23andmeWhen Brains Collide by Michael LewisBehave by Robert SapolskySponsorsBLUblox What brands of blue light blockers do I recommend? BluBlox is definitely a go-to.  The CEO Andy Mant on the show before where we got into a really deep dive on blue light. If you get any amount of blue light in your glasses, no matter if it’s 3%, 10%, it disrupts melatonin production. So Andy has created blue light blockers that hold up to the highest standards. And in fact, you can see he’s tested it versus other brands and that they always come out on top.Quality matters. If you head over to blublox.com and plug in the code “DS15”, you’re going to get 15% off your order.TroscriptionsOne of my favorite tools for cognitive enhancement, especially after long plan rides, is Blue Cannatine. The delivery mechanism is unique (buccle troche). It is especially effective for me on improving short-term memory, focus, and verbal fluency.It’s the closest thing that I found to NZT and I think you guys should try it out. Get yours at troscriptions.com. Plug in the code BOOMER for 10% OFF your “Limitless” experience.Full disclosure: I am involved with the company (I like the product that much).Continue Your High Performance Journey with Dr. Tommy WoodWebsite https://www.drragnar.com/Twitter https://twitter.com/drragnarInstagram https://www.instagram.com/drtommywood/Disclaimer This information is being provided to you for educational and informational purposes only. This is being provided as a self-help tool to help you understand your genetics, biodata and other information to enhance your performance. It is not medical or psychological advice. Virtuosity LLC, or Decoding Superhuman, is not a doctor. Virtuosity LLC is not treating, preventing, healing, or diagnosing disease. This information is to be used at your own risk based on your own judgment. For the full Disclaimer, please go to (Decodingsuperhuman.com/disclaimer). See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 20mins

24 Nov 2020