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Tether and Bitfinex Introduction

August 8th, 2021


Tether and Bitfinex are two of the most important companies in the cryptocurrency ecosystem. Tether is the largest stablecoin, and the primary driver …

51: Nutrient Partitioning Effect

June 15th, 2018


In this episode, inspired by Dr. William Lagakos' book "The poor, misunderstood calorie" I decide to take a deep dive into the science behind nutrient partitioning and simple things we can do to help maximize the effect.

50: Thoughts on 50 Episodes

June 14th, 2018


This episode is not normal, and you may want to skip. I give my thoughts on the first 50 episodes and some things I have learned. Unscripted and unedited, it is much less produced than many of my episodes.

49: Trans Fats and Rage

June 4th, 2018


This is a fun episode about a potential link between Trans fats and aggression. There was an interesting study done that suggested greater consumption of trans fats increased the aggression in people.


48: Saturated Fats

May 15th, 2018


In this episode I take on the dietary recommendation agencies who have made it their mission to unfairly demonize saturated fats, which are at best very weakly linked to mortality.

46: Open Journals, Open Data, Open Review

May 11th, 2018


In this episode I rant about how I think open journals and open data are important for science to progress.

45: Magnesium

May 10th, 2018


In this episode, another request, I analyzed the health effects of magnesium. It may be useful for depression, anxiety, insulin sensitivity, glycemic …

44: Arginine Precursors, Macrophages, and Recovery

May 8th, 2018


This episode is heavy on the science. I got a question about whether or not arginine precursors may contribute to muscular recovery through …

43: Nicotine

May 4th, 2018



But nicotine may be a useful treatment for Parkinson's disease, may help with …

42: Football and Heart Disease

May 3rd, 2018


I love the sport of football. I played for 10 years and coached for 7. It is a sport that helped make me who I am today. However, there is increasing evidence, especially for linemen, linking it to higher rates of heart …

41: Creatine

May 2nd, 2018


Creatine is a popular supplement among athletes, bodybuilders, powerlifters, and weightlifters. It has pretty significant evidence suggesting that it …

40: Reproducibility Crisis

May 1st, 2018


The reproducibility crisis is the biggest threat facing medicine right now in my opinion. A huge number of studies are failing to replicate and that is a terrifying thing, because decisions are being based on studies …

39: Resveratrol

April 30th, 2018


This episode is a bit longer than most, but the last several minutes are optional bonus content. I wanted to finally discuss my favorite polyphenol …

38: Tequila and Weight Loss (Science Reporting Sucks)

April 26th, 2018


This is an episode about a study that I have seen circulating again that certain outlets claim suggests that tequila can help with weight loss. This …

37: Nocebo Effect

April 25th, 2018


The nocebo effect is the opposite of the placebo effect we covered in episode 36, it is when bad things happen when you take a sugar pill because you expect bad things to happen. This is actually surprisingly common and …

36: Placebo Effect

April 24th, 2018


While most people do know what the placebo effect is they often fail to realize just how large the effect can be. The brain can respond in the same way to antidepressants and placebos. Placebos can actually induce …

35: Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

April 23rd, 2018


In this we look at the science of monosodium glutamate (MSG) a common food additive that many people claim to be sensitive to. It appears that it …

34: Saunas

April 20th, 2018


Inspired by profiles in Tim Ferriss' book Tools of Titans I decided to try to determine the health effects of saunas on athletic performance. I feel …

33: Magnetized Water

April 19th, 2018


This episode is dedicated to confronting the stupidity of magnetized water, which is apparently a thing that people are marketing now. It's dumb. Do not buy it. They are trying to scam you. Or they got scammed and …

32: Low Carb Diets, Glycogen, and the Week 1 Effect

April 18th, 2018


This is quick episode in which I rant about online communities that treat unsustainable weight loss as sustainable, or about communities that treat water weight loss as fat loss. Both of these are pet peeves of mine, …

31: Blue Blockers

April 17th, 2018


Inspired by Calories Proper and Dr. Lagakos I take a look at the science behind blue blockers and whether or not they can help with sleep.

30: Cordyceps Mushroom

April 16th, 2018


As we dive back into medicinal mushrooms we look at what is in my opinion one of the most fascinating, with kidney and liver protection, pain relief, anti-inflammatory effects, and it may even make you smarter.

29: Calorie Restriction and Longevity

April 13th, 2018


This is my longest and probably my most in depth episode so far. In it we dive deep into trying to figure out whether there is a convincing link between calorie restriction and longevity, and what mechanisms may support …

28: Garcinia Cambogia is a Scam

April 12th, 2018


Garcinia Cambogia, commonly marketed as a weight loss supplement does not work, and you should not purchase it. I get incredibly frustrated with …

27: Nitrates

April 11th, 2018


We are back in myth busting mode today, and I look at the especially pernicious one that nitrates cause cancer. They do not, and people who promote that narrative are probably making money off of you.

26: Chaga Mushrooms

April 10th, 2018


This episode is all about the incredible health effects of chaga mushrooms. They are a potent antioxidant, anti-cancer agent, and may even help with a wide variety of other ailments.

25: Glycolysis

April 9th, 2018


This episode is an instruction episode, where I teach you some of the basic features of glycolysis. It is not directly applicable, but is interesting …

24: Lion's Mane Mushrooms

April 6th, 2018


Lion's mane mushrooms are a potent nootropic, potential antibiotic and anti-cancer agent, powerful antioxidant, and an immunostimulant. One of the …

23: Coffee

April 5th, 2018


This episode addresses the health risks and benefits of coffee consumption. Coffee is a widely used, and quite potent health compound, with numerous benefits.

22: Good Studies and Bad Studies

April 4th, 2018


In this episode I discuss five rules to help you distinguish good studies from bad studies, which is important when you are reading different studies.

21: Reishi Mushrooms

March 22nd, 2018


Normally I am immensely skeptical of alternative medications, but there is some interesting science behind these reishi mushrooms. There is some …

20: Go for a Walk, Even if It's Just 1 Minute and 40 Seconds

March 21st, 2018


This episode is all about the incredible health benefits of walking, even for just small amounts of time. Seriously, I'm shocked at how huge these health effects are. Hat tip to Dr. William Lagakos Ph. D who started me …

19: Caffeine

March 20th, 2018


This piece is all about one of my favorite drugs: caffeine. A nootroopic, performance enhancing drug, that has helped me write a book and stay awake …

18: Fraud in Science

March 19th, 2018


This episode is meant to discuss the prevalence of fraud in science, and briefly part of the reason this is such an endemic problem. Unfortunately I …

17: Dietary Fiber, Gut Bacteria, And Type 2 Diabetes

March 16th, 2018


This episode is all about a brand new study in science that posits a mechanistic link between fiber consumption, gut bacteria, and alleviation of Type 2 Diabetes.

16: On Stephen Hawking

March 15th, 2018


Stephen Hawking was a great and gentle man who gave us a better understanding of both the nature of the cosmos, and the beauty of humanity. He is one …

15: Omega 3's, Something Fishy

March 14th, 2018


This episode is all about a new meta-analysis that just came out challenging many people's assumptions about Omega 3 fatty acids.

14: Raw Water and the Ways it Will Kill you

March 13th, 2018


Warning: This episode contains significant vulgarity

Raw water is mostly just a few people on the west coast, but I still want to address this before …

13: Weight Loss and the Whoosh

March 12th, 2018


This episode is about why you sometimes wake up and see your weight loss has just accelerated and jumped down several pounds.

12: Beans and Heart Disease and Cancer and P Hacking

March 9th, 2018


This episode is about the entire reason this podcast, my website, and everything else I do exists. Basically most nutritional science is awful. This …

11: What is DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness)?

March 8th, 2018


In this episode we discuss some of the current theories about what delayed onset muscle soreness is and how it develops, and also some ideas about how to help manage it.

9: Hack Your Cardio with High Intensity Interval Training

March 6th, 2018


In this episode I discuss one of the most interesting ways to increase your return on investment in cardiovascular with high intensity interval …

8: The Effects of Alcohol on Health both Good and Bad

March 4th, 2018


In this episode I discuss the health effects of alcohol both positive and negative

4: Trend Line Dieting

February 28th, 2018


Today we discuss a way to master the cruelty of the scale, and gain control of your weight using a technique from John Walker, the founder of Autodesk

3: How to Gain Weight with Only a Little Fat

February 27th, 2018


In this episode we help out another friend of mine to gain weight. This time though he doesn't need it to be quick, so we can try to minimize fat gain.

2: How to Gain Weight Quickly

February 26th, 2018


In this episode I discuss five simple rules to remember if you want to gain weight safely. Remember to never start a diet without medical supervision

1: Obesity as a Disease of Addiction

February 25th, 2018


In this brief episode I discuss a couple of paradigm shifts in my thoughts on obesity after listening to Tim Ferries’ podcast with Dr. Mate

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