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Episode 111: Tommy Wood talks about lifestyle approaches to improve health span and lifespan

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Today we have the second of our two-part interview with Dr. Tommy Wood. Ken and Dawn talk to Tommy about his ongoing research into lifestyle approaches that can improve people’s health span, lifespan and physical performance. Tommy also talks about the physiological and metabolic responses to brain injury and how these injuries can have long-term effects on brain health.

In part one of our interview, episode 110, Tommy shared his thoughts on the research he has done on the importance of metabolic health as a way to for people to protect themselves from COVID-19. Tommy also talked about his work on developing accessible methods to track human health and longevity and his research on ways to increase the resilience of developing brains.

Tommy is a UK-trained physician who is also a colleague of ours here at IHMC. In addition to being a research assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington  in the division of neonatology, Tommy occasionally spends time at IHMC as a visiting research assistant. For a more detailed explanation of Tommy’s background, check out the introduction to part one of our interview, episode 110. We also recommend checking out Tommy’s earlier appearances on STEM-Talk, episodes 47 and 48.

Show notes:

[00:02:50] Dawn continues our interview with Tommy asking why some people refer to Alzheimer’s as type-3 diabetes.

[00:05:00] Dawn refers to a chart that Tommy incorporated into his IHMC lecture in February of this year, which was part of a paper that showed how glucose responds with age. Dawn asks Tommy to walk listeners through what the chart details.

[00:06:38] Dawn asks if Tommy agrees with Art De Vany, who in his most recent appearance on STEM-Talk, said that insulin resistance is associated with nearly every major disease that people worry about today.

[00:07:38] Tommy talks about the mean amplitude of glycemic excursions and how this is the best predictor of cognitive functions.

[00:09:31] Dawn asks about the waffle/fast-food study, and what the results of that paper mean for the effect of the modern American diet on health and cognitive ability.

[00:11:00] Dawn asks about the effects of stress on memory and mood.

[00:13:39] Dawn posits that we see many a public-service announcement about the dangers of smoking and alcohol consumption, and asks if the case could be made that we should also have public service announcements about the dangers of high blood sugar, as it is even more of a public-health issue than smoking and alcohol consumption.

[00:15:42] Tommy transitions to talking about the importance of sleep in regards to brain health.

[00:17:01] Ken mentions that in response to the common advice of getting eight hours of sleep, Tommy has made the point that perhaps more important than the number of hours is the quality of those hours of sleep.

[00:20:15] Dawn asks Tommy about the use of Tylenol PM, or Ambien before bed for those people who have difficulty getting to, or staying, asleep.

[00:22:07] Ken asks if it is true that muscle mass and body composition are exceptionally important in regards to brain robusticity.

[00:24:43] Ken asks about Tommy’s favorite paper, “1,026 Experimental Treatments in Acute Stroke,” and why he loves this paper so much.

[00:27:31] Tommy gives an overview of what happens as a result of an acute brain injury across the lifespan.

[00:29:35] Tommy discusses Creatine, which is a compound derived from amino acids that has been shown to be effective in treating brain injuries.

[00:32:56] Dawn asks Tommy what he has learned in terms of the overall therapeutic effects of ketones.

[00:40:20] Dawn asks what would be one question that Tommy wishes health experts contemplated more often, in terms of health span, and what would be his answer to said question.

[00:42:35] Dawn mentions that Tommy has done a lot of work helping individuals overcome chronic health conditions, and has thought about ways to scale these processes using digital means. Tommy gives advice to people seeking to develop scalable solutions designed to engineer sustained health.

[00:45:33] Ken mentions that Tommy espouses an “ancestral” approach to supporting health, referring to the diet and lifestyle of our Paleolithic ancestors, and the influence that geography had on these factors for various populations of ancient people. Ken asks if there is reason to think that genetics influence the relative importance of animal foods and plant foods for brain health.

[00:49:30] Dawn asks if the effects that animal husbandry has on climate change, which can contribute negatively on our health, outweigh the benefits that consuming animal products have for our health.

[00:52:42] Dawn asks if there are any plant foods that support our brain health.

[00:57:05] In regards to pro-longevity pharmaceuticals, which have not been very fruitful, Dawn asks if Tommy thinks that there are other factors regarding diet and lifestyle that can boost the healthspan more, and that people should be paying closer attention to, rather than waiting for a drug to extend their longevity.

[01:00:53] Ken asks if Tommy has changed his thinking with respect to lifestyle determinants of health since his first appearance on STEM-Talk.

[01:02:54] Ken brings up that Tommy often talks about the fact that the brain is capable of repairing itself and even growing as we age, but in order to do this it requires stimulation. Ken asks what are the best ways for people to stimulate their brains.

[01:05:27] Dawn asks Tommy to explain why learning to walk is, cognitively speaking, more difficult than learning biochemistry, and how this relates to the demand-driven decline theory, as well as the grandmother hypothesis.

[01:09:28] Dawn asks if Tommy is on his way to becoming a barbecue master, given his wife’s praises about his cooking.

[01:10:38] Ken asks if Tommy ever craves fish and chips.

[01:11:52] Dawn asks how Elizabeth is doing, now that she and Tommy share a home with two boxers.

[01:14:05] Dawn mentions that a little birdy told us that in Tommy’s medical school yearbook, each person was assigned with a fictional disease, and that Tommy’s was the acronym SHHH. Dawn asks what SHHH stands for and if Tommy has changed at all since then.


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Two new papers by Tommy Wood:

Variability and sex-dependence of hypothermic neuroprotection in a rat model of neonatal hypoxic–ischaemic brain injury

The Future of Shift Work: Circadian Biology Meets Personalised Medicine and Behavioural Science

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Aug 27 2020 · 1hr 16mins
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Episode 110 : Tommy Wood talks about nourishing developing brains and the importance of metabolic health

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Dr. Tommy Wood is a UK-trained physician who is making his third appearance on STEM-Talk. Earlier this year before the COVID-19 outbreak, Tommy gave a well-attended lecture at IHMC about the latest research on building and preserving brain health across people’s lifespans. The lecture was so popular we invited Tommy to join us for another STEM-Talk interview.

Tommy is a research assistant professor of pediatrics in the University of Washington Division of Neonatology. He was our guest on episodes 47 and 48 of STEM-Talk. Tommy received his undergraduate degree in biochemistry from the University of Cambridge and a medical degree from the University of Oxford. In addition to working with newborn infants who have brain injuries, Tommy also develops performance optimization strategies for athletes such as Formula 1 racecar drivers and Olympians.

As in our first STEM-Talk interview with Tommy, our conversation was so long and wide-ranging that we have divided it into two parts. In today’s episode, we talk to Tommy about the importance of metabolic health, especially as a way to protect ourselves from COVID-19. We touch on Tommy’s work at developing accessible methods to track human health and longevity, and also his research an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington where he studies ways to increase the resilience of developing brains.

In part two of our interview, we talk to Tommy about his continuing research into lifestyle approaches to improve health span and lifespan and physical performance. We also have a fascinating discussion about the physiological and metabolic responses to brain injury and their long-term effects on brain health.

Show notes:

 [00:05:15] Dawn asks about an article Tommy and a colleague recently wrote, in which Tommy points out that it is becoming increasingly clear that underlying conditions associated with suboptimal metabolic health appear to be associated with poor outcomes in patients with COVID-19. Considering the nature of these underlying conditions, such as obesity and hypertension, he argues that lifestyle-based approaches to protecting ourselves from COVID-19 are likely to be one of our best tools in addressing this ongoing pandemic as well as future pandemics. Tommy summarizes his key points from the article.

[00:09:38] Dawn mentions that when Tommy was last interviewed on STEM-Talk, he had just become a senior fellow at the University of Washington and was in the process of moving permanently to the U.S. She goes on to mention that when she asked Tommy what brought him to the states, he said “a girl,” who he ended up marrying. The girl turned out to be Elizabeth Nance who was interviewed on episode 71 of STEM-Talk. Dawn asks how Elizabeth is doing.

[00:10:51] Tommy gives an overview of his work as a research assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington in the division of neonatology, where his focus is on ways to increase the resilience of developing brains and also ways to treat neonatal brain injuries.

[00:12:45] Dawn explains that Tommy gives a disclaimer at the beginning of his talks that “many of my best ideas are stolen.” She asks what are his best sources for ideas.

[00:14:42] Dawn mentions that when Elizabeth was on STEM-Talk, she mentioned that Tommy was constantly reading paper after paper, to the point that it is dizzying to look at Tommy’s computer screen. Tommy describes his research methods and how he goes about collecting material.

[00:16:51] Ken mentions that Tommy’s current research interests include the physiological and metabolic responses to brain injury and their long-term effects on brain health. Ken asks about this as well as Tommy’s work to develop easily accessible methods to track human health, performance, and longevity.

[00:18:59] Dawn asks why even as a neonatal neuroscientist, Tommy is still interested in working with football players, Formula 1 drivers, and Alzheimer’s patients. Dawn goes on to say that while most neuroscientists specialize in one of the populations, Tommy prefers to look at the brain from cradle to the grave.

[00:21:44] Tommy explains how he uses Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to explain to people what their brain needs.

[00:23:48] Dawn mentions that Tommy finds recent brain-age studies to be particularly fascinating because they are just now beginning to show how fetal/neonatal exposures effect adult aging.

[00:26:01] Tommy explains the energy demands of the developing brain, and why it takes up 75% of an infant’s metabolic rate.

[00:27:12] Dawn mentions that Tommy published a paper last year about the potential use of exogenous ketones for neonatal neuroprotection, which starts with the idea of ketones being essential for the newborn brains.

[00:28:53] Ken notes that ketone bodies play a major role in the central nervous system during myelination, not only as a source of energy, but a source of carbon for lipid biosynthesis. Tommy explains the significance of this function of ketone bodies.

[00:30:47] Ken asks about unsaturated fats, and their role in brain development.

[00:32:14] Dawn asks about the significance of the mother’s diet during infant development, mentioning the work of the late Sheilla Innis, a researcher and proponent of the nutritional needs of babies, children, and expectant mothers.

[00:34:13] Dawn mention’s that linoleic acid is a polyunsaturated omega 6 acid that is one of two essential fatty acids for humans. She goes on to explain that since the early ‘60s, the amount of linolenic acid in Americans has increased dramatically, and that it has also has increased dramatically in women’s breastmilk. She asks if this is a problem.

[00:36:54] Ken mentions that in the lecture Tommy gave at IHMC, he talked about how people may be suffering from a deluge of processed oils that have become staples of our modern diet. Ken asks Tommy to clarify this and explain the issue with processed oils, and what his advice is on how to deal with that issue.

[00:41:11] Dawn explains that Docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, is a type of omega-3 fat. Since our bodies can only make a small amount of DHA, we need to consume it directly from food or a supplement. There have been studies that have shown women who consume 600 to 800 mg of DHA daily during pregnancy reduced their risk of early preterm birth. Dawn asks about the risks low DHA in an expectant mother and if it raises a mother’s risk for a preterm birth.

[00:43:07] Dawn mentions that reducing preterm birth is critically important because depending on how prematurely a child is born, they have about a 30% to 50% chance of dying or having a severe disability. She asks what recommendations Tommy has for expectant mothers in terms of reducing premature births.

[00:45:30] Dawn asks about something Tommy said in his recent lecture at IHMC, where he quoted Ken as saying, “Humans have, roughly since agriculture, become dumber, weaker, and more frail.”

[00:47:35] Ken asks Tommy, given the rise of Alzheimer’s and dementia, and the prevalence of the modern western lifestyle, how does one prevent the brain from declining over time.

[00:49:48] Tommy gives an overview of the Amyloid-beta precursor protein, which is a large membrane protein that normally plays an essential role in neural growth and repair. Later in life, however, Amyloid-B can become corrupted and can destroy nerve cells, which leads to the loss of thought and memory in people with Alzheimer’s disease.

[00:51:06] Tommy explains why despite the billions spent by the pharmaceutical industry on trials aimed at targeting Amyloid-beta, there have been no promising results.

[00:54:01] Dawn mentions that Tommy and his wife wrote a recent paper where they argued that Amyloid-B is an epiphenomenon of neuronal stress. Dawn asks Tommy to discuss this paper and their conclusions.

[00:55:30] Ken asks about the most common neuronal stressors, including inflammation from sleep deprivation. Tommy gives a list of the common stressors a person needs to pay attention to for optimal brain health.

[00:57:53] Tommy discusses the importance and function of the microglia, better known as the immune system of the brain.

[00:59:26] Dawn mentions that inflammation is associated with almost all neurological disorders. She asks Tommy to discuss this as well as the role of fatty acids in inflammatory signaling.

[01:02:13] Tommy explains the difference between acute and chronic inflammation.

[01:03:41] Tommy talks about his research into how modulating microglia can reduce oxidative stress.

[01:06:18] Ken mentions that the problem with modulating the microglia is that they have long memories. He goes on to ask what the solution is to this problem and how does one reduce microglial activation.

[01:08:50] Dawn mentions our interview with Francisco Gonzalez Lima, where the drug methylene blue was discussed. She goes on to mention that she and Tommy have been discussing the potential use of this drug in preventing cognitive decline in those working at high altitudes. She asks Tommy about the potential use of methylene blue as a protection against acute brain stress or injury.

[01:11:36] Ken ends part one of our interview with Tommy by mentioning everyone agrees that maintaining insulin sensitivity is critically important, but that here in the U.S., we’re not doing a good job of that, with about 82% of Americans having some kind of metabolic disease. Tommy explains why this is such a major health issue.

Aug 04 2020 · 1hr 17mins

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Dr. Tommy Wood - Health, Performance & Longevity in the Real World

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Dr. Tommy Wood blows my mind with his academic prowess.He received his bachelor's degree in biochemistry from the University of Cambridge, a medical degree from the University of Oxford, and a Ph.D. in physiology and neuroscience from the University of Oslo.His passion is human health, performance, and longevity. He’s a Research faculty at the University of Washington (UW) in the Department of Pediatrics. His research focuses on ways to increase resilience and treat the injury of the developing brain.He has enormous experience in coaching and being a competitor in rowing, CrossFit, powerlifting, and ultra-endurance racing.And He has a down to earth approach to optimizing human performance. He’s been a great sounding board for me over the last few years.

Jul 27 2020 · 1hr 39mins
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How Not to Die of Chronic Disease (aka how to avoid insulin resistance), Part 1 of 2 with Tommy Wood, MD/PhD

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The second edition of The Carnivore Code (new cover and index!) is available for pre-order now!  www.Thecarnivorecodebook.com release date is August 4th 2020 in ebook, print, and audiobook formats. 

Tommy Wood MD, PhD is an elite-level professional nerd who has coached world class athletes in a dozen sports.  He has an undergraduate 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. Tommy is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Washington, a Research Scientist at the Institute for Human and Machine cognition, and is on the scientific advisory board of Hintsa Performance. He is also CSO (Chief Snake Officer) at the Costa Rican Center for Bro Research. Tommy lives in Seattle with his wife Elizabeth and their two goofy boxers. In his spare time he can usually be found cooking, reading, or lifting something heavy.

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  • 8:07 Start of Podcast
  • 8:52 The mechanism of caffeine/other compounds found in coffee/tea/chocolate in the human body.
  • 11:27 Paul’s thoughts on coffee. 
  • 15:42 Tommy’s thoughts on coffee.
  • 21:37 Human detoxification of plant toxins. 
  • 24:22 Regional differences in genetics.
  • 26:00 Benefits of  Elimination diet.
  • 27:37 Tommy’s issues with low carb diets.
  • 29:52 Is insulin anabolic? 
  • 36:07 Protein requirements 
  • 37:17 Physiologic insulin resistance. 
  • 51:47 What Causes insulin resistance? 
  • 58:12 Digestion of processed fat and carbohydrate 
  • 59:47 What is the fastest way to fix insulin resistance?
  • 1:01:47 How the processing of food changes your physiology. 
  • 1:04:22 Insulin resistance in asian populations.
  • 1:06:32 The bagel study.
  • 1:08:37 Low-carb-high fat vs. low fat-high carb. 
  • 1:12:07 Electrolyte balance on low carb diet. 
  • 1:17:47 Where to find Tommy online?
  • 1:19:57 The most radical thing Tommy has done recently.


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Jul 20 2020 · 1hr 25mins

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150 - A chat with Dr Tommy Wood

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In this episode we have our favourite Dr on the show and discuss Covid-19 research as well as an insight into Dr Tommy Wood's spell following the carnivore diet and how it affected his training and body composition.
Jul 01 2020 · 1hr 11mins
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S2_EP_4 Insulin and Glucose Myths and More w Dr Tommy Wood

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Dr. Wood talks about his upcoming experiment with the Carnivore Diet.

What is the accepted theory of Insulin and what might be wrong with that.

How insulin actually acts in a normally functioning body.

How more muscle tissue acts as a bigger buffer.

What Dr. Wood thinks about fasting and fasted cardio.

Insulin and normal insulin signaling are very useful to the body.

Insulin resistance doesn't just happen. The cause is much more interesting and important. 

The answer isn't always eat less carbs.

Tests for insulin resistance.

Jun 16 2020 · 37mins
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30/30 Health S01E04 - An Interview with Dr. Tommy Wood

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He has a previous Bachelors degree in Natural Sciences and Biochemistry from Cambridge University. After working as a junior doctor in the UK for two years, he is now working towards a PhD in neonatal brain metabolism at the University of Oslo, Norway.He is also an experienced rowing and strength coach, and has written and lectured on the multiple beneficial effects that optimal movement can have on both health and performance. 

May 19 2020 · 51mins
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Part 70 - Dr. Tommy Wood on How to Maintain a Healthy Brain and Body Into Old Age & Crush Life in the Present

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Holy smokes were coming in strong with season 6. This one with Dr. Tommy Wood is pretty special. We also have the legendary Allan Savory next week. Get ready now by watching his world famous TED talk on YouTube.   Dr. Tommy Wood is a full-time research assistant professor at the University of Washington in the Department of Pediatrics. The majority of his academic work has focused on developing therapies for brain injury in newborn infants. His current research interests include the physiological and metabolic responses to brain injury, as well as developing easily-accessible methods with which to track human health, performance, and longevity. He does this work through academic positions at University of Washington and the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition.   Tommy received a bachelor’s degree in Natural Sciences and Biochemistry from the University of Cambridge before studying medicine at the University of Oxford. He worked as a junior doctor in central London for two years after medical school, and then moved to Norway to complete a PhD in physiology and neuroscience at the University of Oslo.   Tommy is the former President of the Physicians for Ancestral Health society and has also coached and competed in multiple sports including rowing, CrossFit, powerlifting, and ultra-endurance racing.   He’s got a strong foundation in many areas of health and I think his views are really valuable. Some people get hyper-focused on one or two things - which can be super beneficial and can lead to amazing discoveries. But it could also sometimes cause people to only look at things from one viewpoint or miss the forest for the trees. I love looking at all sides of nutrition and keep trying to evolve my views based on the almost 150 people I’ve talked to so far.   It seems some people just take something that a super smart doctor like Paul Saladino says (who’s a good friend of mine, and I mean no disrespect) and take it as the end all, be all. That’s not going to work well in something as complicated as nutrition. I’ll take his well-informed interpretation of the body of evidence and then go listen to another super smart and experienced doctor who believes in more plant-heavy approaches. And then try to make sense of it all. But I don’t have it all figured out either! I’m just confirming my own biases and gravitating towards ideas that fit my views no matter how hard I try not to. The best I’ve come up with through all this is the Sapien diet. It will be ever-evolving as new information comes to light.   Anyway, just listen to this whole episode, even though it’s long. I think it’s really valuable and Tommy is up there on my Mount Rushmore of people who I am totally in line with like Dr. Ted Naiman.   Before we jump in I want to make sure everyone knows about http://NoseToTail.org where we ship 100% grass finished beef and buffalo, and high omega-3 pork and chicken to your door. This is all raised beyond organic in Texas. Our primal ground beef with liver, heart, kidney, and spleen is flying out the door these days. Get while you can, we only process animals every 2 weeks. There’s so many nutrients in this tasty ground beef that are hard to get otherwise. You can make a custom box at http://nosetotail.org and get free shipping if it’s 20lbs or more.   You can also support this podcast and everything else I do at http://patreon.com/peakhuman I’ve been able to scrape by without taking on any advertisers or outside money for any of my ventures so far and really want to keep it that way. The Food Lies film, the Food Lies youtube channel, and all my social media is powered all by the community. I have yet to take a cent from another company. That’s http://patreon.com/peakhuman or click through http://sapien.org where you can find out about all the projects I’m working on including the heath technology. We’re still looking for doctors, healthcare providers, and health coaches to work with us. You can add yourself to the waiting list at http://sapien.org   Thanks for sharing this podcast and reviewing it on iTunes and the Apple podcast app! Really appreciate all of you and all the inspiring messages of positive health journeys! Now let’s hear some more great information from another brilliant mind, Dr. Tommy Wood. BUY THE MEAT NosetoTail.org Support me on Patreon! http://patreon.com/peakhuman Preorder the film here: http://indiegogo.com/projects/food-lies-post


  • [9:13] The Terry Wahls protocol.
  • [14:35] Humans are able to thrive on a wide variety of diets.
  • [19:20] The importance of having metabolic flexibility for your physical and mental health.
  • [28:00] The vast majority of plants are probably close to neutral for your health.
  • [33:08] Processing food leads to dissociate the hormonal/metabolic/satiety response to food from the macronutrient profile.
  • [36:32] If you put your body in the environment it expects and understands, your body will be able to function in its optimal state.
  • [42:00] Tommy Wood’s work with Formula 1 drivers.
  • [45:35] Blood work testing and metabolic health panels.
  • [55:10] The importance of subjective quality of life.
  • [58:55] Dr. Wood’s opinion on DNA testing.
  • [1:03:04] ApoE4 is probably the one single gene that has the largest effect of penetrance on a disease.
  • [1:14:10] Dr. Wood explains his current research.
  • [1:17:25] What causes premature birth?
  • [1:19:30] What can we do to keep our brain healthy?
  • [1:23:25] How movement and exercise is going to be able to keep your brain healthy. 
  • [1:30:38] Can you do a ketogenic diet and perform with full potential?
  • [1:33:25] Is Uric acid bad and how it relates to gout.
  • [1:36:35] Should you be afraid of fructose in your diet?
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Feb 26 2020 · 1hr 41mins
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Dr. Tommy Wood, Part 3: Sensible Lifestyle Priorities Instead of Biohacking Obsession, The Benefits Of Both Carnivore And Plant Based Eating, And Why Enough Testosterone Is Important But More Is Not Better

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I travel to the beautiful University of Washington campus to speak with recently anointed Professor Tommy Wood. This interview was an urgent priority because Tommy is one of the most sensible and reasonable health experts, and things have been getting confusing recently on many diet and health optimization topics.

For example, Tommy recently appeared in debate format on the Minimalist Podcast with carnivore advocate Dr. Paul Saladino and plant-based advocate Rich Roll. If you are wondering how to make sense of the latest health trends, who’s right and who’s wrong, sit back and listen to Tommy explain things in a reasonable manner, while using in-depth scientific reference to support his perspective.

We cover some big-picture topics including how to reconcile the wonderful benefits of fasting and caloric efficiency versus the benefits of good nutrition and adequate fuel for peak performance and recovery. I reference my great success with Dr. Tommy’s 2017 suggestion to eat more total calories, but then extending my free pass all the way to fatty popcorn boy territory. Tommy presents is number-one bestseller book idea to eat things that “Look Like Food.” We hear about his horrifying ordeal with a snake bite in the Costa Rican jungle and recovery from a massive infection. We’ll talk a bit of testosterone, where mean realize that getting serum T above 500 is great goal, that more is not better, and how you might get confused by high readings for sex hormone-binding globulin if you are low carb and insulin sensitive.

We hit the hot topic of the carnivore diet, examining why people are reporting phenomenal results and learning the major insight that “high antioxidant” superstar plant foods like kale and broccoli actually have prooxidant properties that trigger an antioxidant response in the body. Do we need to eat them? Are they potentially bad for us? Tommy leverages his extensive medical training and scientific expertise to answer, “I don’t know.” What’s more important is that we maintain an open mind and not get dissuaded by the flawed logic that is tossed around so frequently in the health space. Few people are able to meld truth and humor (along with a very strong BS meter!) with scientific evidence and research the way Tommy can, so enjoy listening to this extremely informative and fun episode with a true leader in the Ancestral Health movement - you will not forget any of the truth bombs Tommy drops anytime soon!


Choosing the right workout environment to help you thrive [6:33].

Brad talks about how he gained weight and how he successfully got the extra pounds off [14:40].

Tommy explains why muscle mass is so important for longevity [21:50].

Why you have to get metabolically healthy before you do anything else [25:20].

Tommy tells the story of his recovery after getting bitten by a snake in Costa Rica [34:20].

“Change the things that you know you need to change” [44:10].

How much testosterone do you need at your age? What kind of behavior results from high testosterone levels? [49:00].

Tommy shares his thoughts on the carnivore diet [55:40].

Why people experience short-term success on the vegan diet [1:02:25].

Tommy explains how prooxidants in plant food affect the body [1:11:11].

Tommy describes who should, and who should not, incorporate plant food into their diet, and why [1:17:30].

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Dec 03 2019 · 1hr 31mins
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Critically Evaluating Gene Testing in Personalised Medicine with Tommy Wood

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Professor Tommy Wood explains the effects of specific single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) on an individual’s health outcomes. From his analysis of what has been presented in the literature and widely accepted in functional medicine circles, Tommy discusses the relevance of SNP testing and highlights the difference between “relative risk” and “personal risk” whilst expanding on additional factors that should take precedence when treating a patient.

• Professor Tommy Wood discusses his journey into genetic testing and SNPs (06:00)
• Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), gene testing and phenotypes (11:21)
• Fat mass and obesity-associated SNP and obesity risk (14:15)
• FOX03 SNP and lifestyle interventions (18:44)
• SNPs associated with risk of obesity (20:00)
• Melatonin receptor 1B SNP effect on elevated fasting blood sugar (23:17)
• Pre-diabetic risk, SNPs and environmental factors (25:11)
• Catechol-O-methyltransferase SNPs, dopamine and cognitive function (32:39)
• Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase SNPs, homocysteine and folate (38:13)
• The personalized diet and SNPs (45:27)
• The placebo/nocebo effect of genes (50:15)
• Utilising testing outside of genetic testing in clinical practice (56:58)

Nov 21 2019 · 1hr 1min