Here’s what I have been up to:

Looking forward to hearing all about Paleo f(x) 2015. Can’t wait to see the videos. The talk by Travis Christofferson on the Metabolic Theory of Cancer and Emily Deans’ talk on the Microbiome and Mental Health look very interesting.

Great news! The LCHF conference could be coming to the UK in 2016!

R bought us a Berkey Water Filter to filter out heavy metals and other chemicals and nasty stuff from the tap water. No chemical smells too!

Tracking ketosis

Tracking my ketones with urine strips and wondering whether to get a Ketonix breathalyser. Averaging 1.5 – 4 mmol on the strips over the last month. Feeling good despite stressful time recently.

Reading some helpful Keto websites:

http://www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com/

http://www.ketoisland.com/

http://keto-calculator.ankerl.com/

Reddit Keto site

Keto Q&A – excellent intro to keto

List of keto/low carb related videos

Videos and Podcasts

Entertaining documentary Eat to Live Forever featuring Paleo. A must-watch (for all the wrong reasons).

I have been watching the Low Carb Down Under videos – here. Some great stuff and led me to Tim Noakes’s good-looking Real Meal Revolution website.

Watched the Surviving Terminal Cancer film. Hugely interesting film about combination therapies. Found it after reading this article in the news.

Excellent interview with Professor Thomas Seyfried here. A must-listen!

Reading about the Grazing for Change conference in Chico CA.

Was I the last Paleo person in the world to watch Jay Wortman’s My Big Fat Diet?! Can’t believe I haven’t seen it before. Check it out here. Also check out Jay Wortman’s blog here.

BBC Inside Health: Bowel Bacteria and Faecal Transplants – Interesting article on gut bacteria transplants and the impact on metabolic syndrome and neurological conditions (about 17:30 in). As far back as the 1600’s physicians postulated a link between neurological disorders and the gut…

Listening to some of the SealFit Unbeatable Mind podcasts (I probably don’t conform to their average listener!!). Great episodes Beyond Paleo and Primal Diets with Robb Wolf and Supercharging Your Sleep with Kirk Parsley. Also check out A Personal Ethos with Colonel Bob Schoultz – very interesting guy. He studied philosophy and is very much influenced by Greek thinkers such as the Stoics. Listen to a great anecdote about Aristotle and SEAL training! Philosophy is for all of us and one of the greatest gifts is to bring the lessons of philosophy to people in a clear and simple way (this is a whole other blog post). This is exactly what Socrates achieved. When one reads Plato, we are struck by Socrates’ patient and gentle teaching. This led me over to Colonel Schoultz’s blog and there are some very interesting and thoughtful posts on there. Check it out – particularly the latest post On Hardship and Suffering. I look forward to reading more.

How our microbes make us who we are – excellent Ted Talk by Rob Knight. Also Congratulations to Rob and Team for winning the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science: ‘For groundbreaking research on microbial communities and the development of computational tools that honed the analysis of microbial data.’

Books

Top of the book list:

Swallow This: Serving Up the Food Industry’s Darkest Secrets by Joanna Blythman. Check out my article on Joanna’s recent radio interview here. Can’t wait to read this!

Doctoring Data by Malcolm Kendrick – author of The Great Cholesterol Con. Looks like a great read. Check out Tom Naughton’s review here.

The World Turned Upside Down: The Second Low-Carbohydrate Revolution by Richard D. Feinman. Can’t seem to find this in any other format but Kindle. Was released last year but I’ve only just heard about it.

Re-reading Volek and Phinney books:

The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living

The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance

Looks interesting: Ketone Power: Superfuel for Optimal Mental Health and Ultimate Physical Performance by Cristian Vlad Zot

News

I have been following the Pete Evans controversy. Lots of rubbish has been written including this nonsense from Jason Wilson at the Guardian, which warrants a separate blog post (currently writing).

Paleo elsewhere in the news: Caveman Diet goes mainstream: how to be ‘paleo-ish

Read the latest report from Matthew’s Friends regarding their involvement with the Astro Brain Tumour Fund in connection with the Ketogenic Diet

Ten-year study highlights effectiveness of ketogenic diets

Statins increase risk of diabetes by almost 50 per cent, study finds

Parkinson’s link to statins: Calls to end widespread use of the drug

Brits go nuts for coconut oil

Three to five cups of coffee a day could reduce the risk of heart attack

Johnson & Johnson Bets On Alzheimer’s Vaccine, Disease Prediction, Human ‘Microbiome’ – very interesting!

Fluoride in drinking water may trigger depression and weight gain, warn scientists

Government obesity adviser Susan Jebb took research funding from Coca-Cola – here’s Susan Jebb’s latest article for the BBC a few days ago Why not nanny people about healthy diet?

The U.S. government is poised to withdraw longstanding warnings about cholesterol

Website articles

Cancer Recurrence May Not be What You Think (what it really is and what can be done to prevent it) – excellent article from Single Cause Single Cure Cancer Foundation. ‘When the true nature of recurrence is combined with the evidence that cancer could be a disease caused by dysfunctional mitochondria, the cancer survivor is never taken out of the fight.’

Latest blog post from Dr Malcolm Kendrick on NICE

The Lie That’s Killing Us: Pre-Diabetes

Mental Health: Thinking from the Gut – amazing article!

Diet, Depression, and the Microbiome – from the excellent Emily Deans

To foster complex societies, tell people a god is watching

Kissing your dog could improve your health, scientists say

Savory Institute: Finalist in Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Earth Challenge

Rediscovering my Land and Local Food – lovely article from Slow Food

Recommendation for vitamin D intake was miscalculated, is far too low, experts say

Lack of sleep may increase the risk of obesity and diabetes, study finds

Does a high salt diet combat infections?

Paleofication: Just Because The Label Says Paleo Doesn’t Mean It’s Healthy… – really good article and food for thought

Widely used food additives promotes colitis, obesity and metabolic syndrome, shows study of emulsifiers

Anti-inflammatory mechanism of dieting and fasting revealed

Interesting websites

Soul Nutrition – very interesting website recommended by the awesome Matthew’s Friends. ‘Our current focus is on supporting research into the potential use of ketogenic dietary therapy for brain tumour patients, to be used alongside all existing cancer treatments available on the NHS.’

I Breathe, I’m Hungry – some nice-looking low carb recipes on here!

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