ARTICLE | Andrew Kim

null | Preserving Brain Function: Principles, Pitfalls, and Practical Conclusions

INTRODUCTION I recently had the opportunity to attend a physician-only-lecture at a hospital about the use of ketogenic diets for the treatment of epilepsy in children. If you at least casually follow the discourse on this dietary approach on the interwebz, especially with regard to the interest of effecting cures, you’d probably think that not only should all children with epilepsy be placed


ARTICLE | Andrew Kim

null | Food Intolerances, Allergies, and Stress: An Overview

Of all the stimuli that we’re constantly adapting to, whether well or not so well, food is without question the most significant. Think about it: There’s nothing that we’re exposed to as frequently, as intimately, as long as, or as much as in shear bulk as food. What’s more, food, namely natural food, is highly complex chemically. As such, food, like any other potential stressor, can elicit


ARTICLE | Andrew Kim

null | Diet Dogma Rears Ugly Head Again: Become a Fat Burner, Eat Your Own Crap, and Live Longer

Holding my dog up against my chest moments before he had peacefully taken his last few breaths this past Saturday evening, I thought about how cold his hands and feet were; how slow his heart beat and breathing were; and just how much he had shrunk and atrophied. Of course, these are all the consequences of aging, a topic that I try to avoid thinking about as all get out because thinking about


ARTICLE | Andrew Kim

null | PUFA, lipid peroxidation processes, and the implications for atherosclerosis and diet

I recently read on the interwebz that fish oil lowers triglyceride levels in the blood by depositing them in the arteries. I have known about this triglyceride lowering effect, and whether I should be taking fish oil as a supplement as is recommended by major health organizations, alternative health practitioners, and my mom. As a whole, I think the clinical trial evidence for fish oil for


ARTICLE | Andrew Kim

null | Formulate Your Own Supplements

Generally, I don’t take supplements. But when I do, I buy them in their pure, powdered form and encapsulate them myself. A supplement company does the same thing, only on a larger scale. It acquires pure, powdered supplements from one of the few supplement manufacturers and packages them into dosage units (e.g. capsules or tablets). Then, it bottles those dosage units into containers that


ARTICLE | Andrew Kim

null | What I learned from the red meat-carnitine study (plus what I ate today)

The red meat-carnitine study1 has made the rounds on the interwebz and many a blogger has had an opportunity to thoroughly deconstruct it, and, as usual, the data presented in the study did not, in any way, warrant the sensationalism and conclusion—that the consumption of red meat could lead to heart disease on the basis of its carnitine content—drawn by the press and media. (Though, the


ARTICLE | Andrew Kim

null | My Guest Post for 180 Degree Health Newsletter

Dear reader, My guest post for Matt Stone’s January newsletter has just gone live. You can get to it from here. One of my main purposes for writing about physical attractiveness was to create awareness, generate interest, and initiate a dialogue on the topic – a topic that I think most people have at least thought about, but rarely in an organized or practical way. By no means is the


WELIGHT | Stephan Guyenet

null | Bad sugar or bad journalism? An expert review of “The Case Against Sugar”.


Taubes implies that sugar was unjustly given GRAS status by the FDA due to food industry influence, but this reveals a lack of understanding of the GRAS designation (he repeated this claim in a recent article; 2). The purpose of the FDA is not to be a nanny that prevents us from eating food that has long-term health consequences, and consequently GRAS status doesn’t imply that a substance supports leanness or health when consumed regularly. You can eat your way to obesity and heart disease on an all-GRAS diet: Everything in pizza, white bread, French fries, soda, ice cream, potato chips, and bacon is GRAS. By all logic, sugar should be GRAS, but that doesn’t make it healthy.

Jan 26, 2017

WELIGHT | peot

null | القصيدة العمرية - ويكيبيديا، الموسوعة الحرة


ا جادت غواديها مزقت منه أديما حشوه همم **** في ذمة الله عاليها وماضيها طعنت خاصرة الفاروق منتقما **** من الحنيفة في أعلى مجاليها فأصبحت دولة الإسلام حائرة **** تشكو الوجيعة لما مات آسيها مضى وخلـّفها كالطود راسخة **** وزان بالعدل والتقوى مغانيها تنبو المعاول عنها وهي قائمة **** والهادمون كثير في نواحيها حتى إذا ما تولاها مهدمها **** صاح الزوال بها فاندك عاليها واها على دولة بالأمس قد م

Jan 24, 2017

WELIGHT | Amaya Lopez-Pascual

null | Frontiers | Living at a Geographically Higher Elevation Is Associated with Lower Risk of Metabolic Syndrome: Prospective Analysis of the SUN Cohort | Exercise Physiology


The higher concentration of oxygen (O2) that can be found in the earth corresponds to sea level (21%). At this altitude level the O2 partial pressure (pO2) is around 160 mmHg. Every 300 m reduces the pO2 1% (McElroy et al., 2000; West, 2002). Our study suggests a potential preventive effect of living at moderately geographical altitude where the participants are exposed to lower pO2, pressure, humidity and temperature.

Feb 01, 2017

WELIGHT | Dennis Argall

null | "Chronic Fatigue Syndome" - a fresh approach


Buteyko was able to lay down the theoretical foundation for this idea - hyperventilation causes a depletion of carbon dioxide; low levels of carbon dioxide in the organism cause blood vessels to spasm and also cause oxygen starvation of the tissues. This results in a whole range of "defence mechanisms" that have been previously misunderstood and labelled as diseases. It was not difficult to surmise that vessel spasming occurring in hypertension could occur also with other types of diseases, for example: stenocardia (angina pectoris) with the resultant myocardial infarction (heart attack): end arteritis (inflammation of the innermost coat of an artery, usually occurring in legs) or ulcerative stomach disease.36

Jan 23, 2017


null | This Former Techie Owes His Fortune to Electronic Devices. Now He Thinks They're Dangerous. | Mother Jones


He subsequently found that a 30-minute catnap in his office left him more replenished than a whole night's sleep at home, so he began napping there regularly. One day when he felt like the EMFs in his home were really messing with him, he drove up to a hiking trail in the Los Altos hills and slept in the parking lot.

Jan 28, 2017