Paleo f(x) Austin 2014

Ask the Paleo Experts Mastermind

Panel: Dr. Terry Wahls, Kirk Parsley, M.D., Chris Kresser, Dallas Hartwig, Nora Gedgaudas, Sean Croxton (Moderator)


Paleo Experts


  • Nightshades, dairy and eggs tend to be more problematic than nuts and seed
  • There is a 98% connection between gluten and auto-immune diseases
  • Gut fat is most likely caused by cortisol and if this doesn’t shift then we would look at adrenal issues and relaxation. In men, testosterone levels drop. Permeability of gut is associated with the accumulation of visceral fat. Screening for pathogens, candida etc. may be needed
  • High intensity interval training (HIIT) and intermittent fasting (IF) improve insulin sensitivity, but need to be avoided if you suffer from adrenal fatigue
  • Strength and interval training improves testosterone levels
  • Although a 3 month reaction to gluten is rare, the brain is more vulnerable and can sustain inflammation for long periods without apparent symptoms. The more symptomatic with gluten you are, the more you need to be careful
  • Asthma is an auto-immune condition. Vitamin C breaks down histamine and there is a correlation between SIBO and asthma. Supplement with pre and pro-biotics and also avoid high histamine foods (see here)
  • 80% of teenagers do not get enough sleep. The school system does not fit with the circadian rhythm of teenagers
  • It is easy to drop out of ketosis when cortisol levels are high due to illness and stress
  • IF is not suitable for many of those who are adrenally fatigued, but this is not always the case. You need to experiment
  • The idea that eating protein within 30 minutes of rising is nonsense!
  • Fermented foods can cause irritation and the extent that people react to pre or pro-biotics is indicative of how messed up the gut is. Taking probiotics when you have SIBO can irritate the gut but if so, stick to soil-based probiotics
  • Craving food that you are intolerant to – this does happen. The stress response leads to the production of endorphins to mitigate, therefore the food ‘feels good’
  • Yeast potentially cross-reacts with gluten

Healing guts involves

  1. The removal of offensive foods
  2. The elimination of inflammation
  3. Healing gut and the eventual reintroduction of certain foods
  • The cleaner your body is, the more you notice anything that compromises it. If you notice a sudden jump in body fat, this could be inflammation and cortisol response, not necessarily fat
  • Once Omega-3 is taken out of fish, there is a higher risk of oxidisation. Try to get your Omega-3 from fish. Pickled herring is especially good
  • Favour slow, wet cooking methods over dry, hot and fast
  • Drink bone broth on a daily basis for healing the gut
  • Cyrex 2 only detects intestinal permeability that has auto-immune origins so it is not 100%. You need to watch symptoms to detect it
  • Camel milk has the closest composition to human milk!
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