Not Much Has Changed


Ed and I met the founder of Bubs naturals. Sean Lake is a Navy Seal who was roommates with Glen “Bubs” Doherty…you’ll know that name from our CF Hero WOD “Glen“. Sean was instrumental in getting that Hero WOD created.

Sam and Ed here again. Ending day one, on to day two.

Not much has changed in four years…maybe an emphasis on genetic testing, epigenetics and stem cell therapy…but the basics are still the same:

  • Eat whole, unprocessed food avoiding highly processed, highly palatable and therefore addictive carbohydrates and combinations of carbohydrates, fats, and chemicals. => maintain gut health
  • Move.  Lift heavy, sprint, do some long-slow cardio.
  • Sleep well.
  • Maintain quality social relationships.
  • Manage stress (meditate, journal, enjoy life).
  • Get quality light exposure during the day (circadium rhythms and vitamin D)
  • Experience new things; have novel experiences

…basically, lead a balanced, healthy, fulfilled life – that’s 80% of the battle.

We hit a good Biohacking Panel, but again, with the premise that biohacking occurs (or should occur) after your “house is in order” (see 7 bullets above). The panelists felt that the biggest mistake being made “out there” was there was that people don’t want to fix the basics to form a solid foundation, and were trying to hack themselves healthy eating donuts, being sedentary and overly stressed out. Sort of what we say with weight loss: 80% of it is in the kitchen…put athletes will still say “how many calories did I burn in today’s workout” – such a mainstream rookie thing to look at – or “what exercise can I do to get a six pack…or get the fat off my triceps?”.  It just doesn’t work that way. Clean up your life and you may not even want to experiment with biohacking!

Supplements weren’t a high focus which was a relief. In fact, at one point Chris Kresser asked the audience how many people took up to 5  supplements a day – the masses raised their hands. Then he asked how many took up to 10…again…a sea of hands. He bowed and shook his head and said: “…and you think is a good thing…that’s what’s so disappointing”. He’s a huge advocate of cleaning up the basics and letting things settle in before supplementing/biohacking.

Paleo remains a logical framework from which to BEGIN. As we continue to believe, everyone should do this as an elimination diet for 30 days and then gradually add back, one at a time, the foods you miss and wish to reintroduce.  You’ll know immediately if you “react” poorly to ingesting them. From here you can make your own decisions as to what your individualized diet should be made up of.

Tomorrow’s tracks (written on Friday night, so Saturday’s tracks) include the following:

State of the Paleo Union Mastermind Panel with Sarah Ballantyne, MD, Robb Wolf, Joseph Mercola, MD, Chris Kresser, MD and Mark Sisson (all linked yesterday).  This panel is about where we’ve been and where we’re headed.  The wins, the losses and where the heavy lifting remains. 

Dealing with Cortisol Dysfunction in the Gym with Emily Schromm. [We’ll have to cut out of the Mastermind Panel to hit this so it’s a maybe]. This lecture focuses on how hyper or hypo cortisol can impact your ability to recover, see results and how to understand adrenal patterns for optimal health. How “adrenal fatigue” is a bit of a junk term and how the problem is truly HPA Axis Dysregulation and how to tell if you’re being properly diagnosed. 

Leveraging Lifestyle Choices for Brain Health with David Perlmutter, MD. This lecture is about neurodegenerative conditions including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease and how they have an ever-increasing impact on society. Despite the recent emergency of novel and effective interventional protocols, by and large, attention dedicated to utilization leading-edge research in the development of preventative programs remains virtually absent from medical discourse.  This presentation will explore how lifestyle choices that emulate those of our ancestors play a powerful and highly validated role in determining the destiny of the brain. Specific emphasis will be placed on favorably influencing the balance between inflammation and neurogenesis. In addition to exploring the direct effects of lifestyle interventions such as nutrition, this program will evaluate these factors as they are seen through the lens of the gut microbiome.

The Pitfalls of Keto + Exactly How To Do It Right with Dr. Will Cole (linked yesterday). This lecture will explore how to do the brain-boosting, fat-burning, hormone-healing, energizing benefits of a ketogenic diet without falling prey to the top keto pitfalls.

The Ketogenic Diet for Health, Performance, And Vibrancy Mastermind Panel with Nora Gedgaudas, Robb Wolf, Luis Villasenor, and Allie Miller, RD. (others linked yesterday). This panel will discuss keto as another variant of the Paleo diet. But what makes the ketogenic approach so effective? What are the dos, don’ts and pitfalls? And how do we the keto approach to address common concerns like adrenal fatigue and hormonal dysregulation?

How to End Chronic Disease with Chris Kresser, MD.  This talk is about being in the midst of an epidemic of chronic disease, unlike anything human beings have ever experienced. It’s destroying our quality of life, undermining the health of future generations, threatening to bankrupt our economy, and driving physicians away from medicine. Unfortunately, our current model of “disease management” has not only failed to address the problem, it has contributed to it. In this presentation, a new paradigm of healthcare—and health—with the potential to prevent and reverse chronic disease and create personally and financially rewarding practices for healthcare professionals will be outlined. This approach combines functional medicine, an evolutionary perspective on diet and lifestyle, and a collaborative micro practice model to revolutionize patient care and restore the vibrant health that is our birthright.

5 Mythis about Dietary Protein for Body Composition with Mike T Nelson. This lecture discusses how protein seems to stir up lots of controversy from the amount that you need to support muscle growth or changes in body composition to health (kidney damage, it rots your bones, etc). We’ll find out how much you really need based on the current research.

Care and Feeding of a Healthy Gut Microbiome Mastermind Panel with Chris Kresser, MD, Sarah Ballantyne, MD, David Perlmutter, MD, and Vincent Pedre, MD. . This panel will discuss what makes for a healthy gut microbiome? And why is it so vitally important to understand and care for it? How do I know if my gut microbiome is happy and healthy? We’ll discuss that — and a whole lot more — in this panel.

Check out our Day 1 agenda if you missed it yesterday.

Today’s tracks were good, but some of the feedback we’d heard from past speakers and attendees who weren’t attending this year is starting to make sense. The true experts are being watered down with the “I had [insert disease here] and cured it with [check one: keto, paleo, IF]”…bloggers sharing their n=1 stories, versus credentialled medical and nutritional experts ruling the stages.  This was the most disappointing part of the day – two panels had “odd fits” in them where when the oddly inserted guest spoke, everyone in the room looked around like “where’d this guy come from”.

For the most part, however, our choices were solid.  We’ll sum it all up once we get back 😉



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