Ancestral Health Symposium ‘18 Recap

Aug. 29, 2018

Last month the NBT team had a rare live meet-up at the Ancestral Health Symposium in Bozeman, Montana. While there, we had a chance to see many of our previous podcasts guests in person presenting their latest work. For this podcast, we passed the microphone around and shared our impressions of some of the talks we’d seen.

Along the way, we covered all kind of topics, ranging from the performance benefits of caffeine to setting up an ice bath at home. Dr. Tommy Wood shared highlights from his AHS presentation, “The Athlete’s Gut,” explaining why 70% of endurance athletes have a gut problem. We also caught up with friends from Virta Health, who are on a mission to reverse Type 2 Diabetes in 100 Million People.  

Here’s the outline of this conversation with Tommy, Megan, Clay, Zach, Josh, and Doug:

[00:00:08] Ancestral Health Symposium 2018.

[00:00:24] Swiss Water Decaf.

[00:01:34] Association of coffee drinking with all-cause mortality; Studies: Loftfield, Erikka, et al. "Association of Coffee Drinking With Mortality by Genetic Variation in Caffeine Metabolism: Findings From the UK Biobank." JAMA internal medicine 178.8 (2018): 1086-1097.

[00:02:55] Caffeine for improved performance; Studies: Astorino, Todd A., and Daniel W. Roberson. "Efficacy of acute caffeine ingestion for short-term high-intensity exercise performance: a systematic review." The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research 24.1 (2010): 257-265; and Ganio, Matthew S., et al. "Effect of caffeine on sport-specific endurance performance: a systematic review." The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research 23.1 (2009): 315-324.

[00:03:09] Effect of CYP1A2 gene + caffeine; Studies: Guest, Nanci, et al. "Caffeine, CYP1A2 Genotype, and Endurance Performance in Athletes." Medicine and science in sports and exercise 50.8 (2018): 1570-1578; and Rahimi, Rahman. "The effect of CYP1A2 genotype on the ergogenic properties of caffeine during resistance exercise: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover study." Irish Journal of Medical Science (1971-) (2018): 1-9.

[00:03:39] Caffeine gene: CYP1A2; marker (SNP): rs762551; Click here to check your 23andMe results. AA: faster metabolizer of caffeine; AC: medium metabolizer; CC: slower metabolizer.

[00:03:56] Podcast: How to Drop Your Cholesterol, with Dave Feldman.

[00:04:23] Lean Mass Hyper-responders.

[00:05:35] Podcast: Why Cholesterol Levels Have No Effect on Cardiovascular Disease (And Things to Think about Instead), with Dr. Malcolm Kendrick.

[00:08:06] Inversion pattern.

[00:10:56] Podcast: How Not to Die of Cardiovascular Disease, with Ivor Cummins.

[00:11:14] Book:  Eat Rich, Live Long: Mastering the Low-Carb & Keto Spectrum for Weight Loss and Great Health, by Ivor Cummins.

[00:11:19] Podcast: The True Root Causes of Cardiovascular Disease, with Dr. Jeffry Gerber.

[00:11:42] Peter Attia.

[00:12:05] Dr. Tim Gerstmar Podcasts: How to Test and Predict Blood, Urine and Stool for Health, Longevity and Performance and Methylation and Environmental Pollutants.

[00:12:15] AHS 2014 Talk: Methylation: How 1 Carbon Affects Your Brain, Your DNA and Everything - Tim Gerstmar, N.D.

[00:13:06] Book: Antifragile; Nassim Taleb’s Lindy Effect.

[00:14:22] Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) diet

[00:17:48] Podcast: Optimal Diet and Movement for Healthspan, Amplified Intelligence and More, with Dr. Ken Ford.

[00:17:55] Study: Fain, Elizabeth, and Cara Weatherford. "Comparative study of millennials' (age 20-34 years) grip and lateral pinch with the norms." Journal of Hand Therapy 29.4 (2016): 483-488.

[00:19:01] Lucy Mailing.

[00:19:54] Lactobacillus reuteri.

[00:21:24] Age-related macular degeneration.

[00:23:06] Podcast: How to Avoid Kidney Stones with Dr Lynda Frassetto.

[00:15:30] Podcast: How to Have a Healthy Gut, with Dr. Michael Ruscio.

[00:24:47] Podcast: Getting Stronger, with Todd Becker; hormesis.

[00:25:36] Getting Stronger blog.

[00:25:51] XPT Life.

[00:27:18] Setting up a chest freezer cold bath.

[00:29:07] Laird Hamilton and Gabby Reece.

[00:31:12] Podcast: NBT People: Clay Higgins.

[00:31:23] Podcast: How Oxidative Stress Impacts Performance and Healthspan.

[00:31:46] Dr. Josh Turknett, Ancestral Health Symposium 2014 talk: Migraine as the Hypothalamic Distress Signal.


[00:36:54] Strategy for avoiding migraines.

[00:40:37] Book: The Migraine Miracle;; Facebook group; The Miracle Moment Podcast, membership community.

[00:41:54] Keto Blast.

[00:42:49] Tommy's AHS 2018 talk: The Athlete's Gut.

[00:45:47] Hadza studies: 1. Raichlen, David A., et al. "Physical activity patterns and biomarkers of cardiovascular disease risk in hunter‐gatherers." American Journal of Human Biology 29.2 (2017): e22919; 2. Pontzer, Herman, et al. "Energy expenditure and activity among Hadza hunter‐gatherers." American Journal of Human Biology 27.5 (2015): 628-637.

[00:48:31] Effect of intense exercise on the gut; Study: van Wijck, Kim, et al. "Physiology and pathophysiology of splanchnic hypoperfusion and intestinal injury during exercise: strategies for evaluation and prevention." American journal of physiology-gastrointestinal and liver physiology 303.2 (2012): G155-G168.

[00:49:32] Paula Radcliffe.

[0:49:59] Fueling for endurance events.

[00:51:15] Protein intake after workouts; Study: Aragon, Alan Albert, and Brad Jon Schoenfeld. "Nutrient timing revisited: is there a post-exercise anabolic window?." Journal of the international society of sports nutrition 10.1 (2013): 5.

[00:54:13] Exercise for health and longevity.

[00:55:12] Polarized training; MAF pace, sprints.

[00:56:53] Undereating; ancestral athletes.

[00:59:30] Adding carbs back in.

[01:01:09] Gut dysbiosis and pathogens.

[01:02:02] Parasites on lettuce: Chierico, Del. "Detection and prevalence of protozoan parasites in ready-to-eat packaged salads on sale in Italy." Food microbiology (2017).

[01:02:13] Sebastian Winter.

[01:05:36] Gut microbiota of cyclists; Study: Petersen, Lauren M., et al. "Community characteristics of the gut microbiomes of competitive cyclists." Microbiome 5.1 (2017): 98.

[01:05:48] Lauren Petersen Podcasts: The Athlete Microbiome Project: The Search for the Golden Microbiome and An Update on The Athlete Microbiome Project.

[01:05:52] Methane dominant SIBO; Methanobrevibacter smithii.

[01:07:02] Book: The Brave Athlete: Calm the F*ck Down and Rise to the Occasion, by Simon Marshall and Lesley Paterson (audible version here).

[01:07:56] Podcast: How Busy Realtors Can Avoid Anxiety and Depression Without Prescriptions or the Help of a Doctor, with Doug Hilbert.

[01:08:01] Podcast: How to Reverse Insulin Resistant Type Two Diabetes in 100 Million People in Less Than 10 Years with Jim McCarter.

[01:10:11] Virta Health.

[1:20:04] Pain as motivation to change.

[01:24:00] Apply to Virta Health.

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