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Research of the Week
You often hear that “fire made us human” by introducing a broader range of (cooked) foods to our diets, increasing our calorie intake, making those calories easier to digest, and paving the way for larger brains, but fire also changed how our brains work. By sitting around a campfire at night – every night – we became master storytellers and consumers of those stories.
Amidst the furor over a cure for Alzheimer’s, a group of ten Alzheimer’s patients have just seen remarkable improvements by minimizing carbs and grains, utilizing coconut oil and short fasts, reducing stress through yoga and meditation, getting optimal sleep, improving mitochondrial function, and taking a few supplements like turmeric, resveratrol, vitamin D, and vitamin K2. Now why does that sound so familiar?
It’s just a case report of a single patient, but cool nonetheless: after going on a paleolithic ketogenic diet, a 19 year-old type 1 diabetic patient was able to discontinue insulin therapy, showing normal blood glucose and evidence of restored insulin production (PDF).
Delayed feeding of gluten doesn’t change the rate of celiac in kids with family history of the disease, but it does delay the onset.
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Canadian researchers are calling for a shift in how we determine heart healthy diets – away from focusing on specific nutrients (like individual saturated fatty acids) and toward considering the effects of whole foods.
Mark Sisson is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and lifestyle movement, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, where he discusses how he combines the keto diet with a Primal lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is the author of numerous other books as well, including The Primal Blueprint, which was credited with turbocharging the growth of the primal/paleo movement back in 2009. After spending three decades researching and educating folks on why food is the key component to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness, Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a real-food company that creates Primal/paleo, keto, and Whole30-friendly kitchen staples.