A few things I've learned lately

Nassim Taleb, PH.D, M.B.A

The power of randomness.  Ancestrally we did not have access to a protein, carb and fat every day.  It was random and this randomness creates a hormetic stressor.  This stressor is what helps us to adapt to the ebb and flow of our environment.  Without this stressor we are more apt to fail at handling all the nuances life throws at us.  The take away: if in good health practice randomness in our diet, our life and environment so that you are stronger and more capable of handling every kind of stress.  

Geoffrey Miller, Ph.D

If you lose your sense of humor it could indicate a mental health problem such as depression, anxiety or sleep deprivation.  You have to be smart in order to witty, right!?   

Dr. Will Lassek

When a women gets pregnant LPL enzymes on the fat cells grab on to more fat circulating through the body and store it as fat in the butt and thighs.  The reason for this is for when you nurse the body will draw on these fat stores for a very important nutrient needed for the little ones brain development, DHA.  A fatty acid critical to brain development.  Also it takes 3-4 years to rebuild your nutrient stores.  Take away: Don't exercise that fat off, it's super important for your baby's brain and development and space out your pregnancies.   

Chris Kresser L.Ac

The Old Friends Hypothesis states that way back when we use to have harmless bugs that lived inside of us, inside our micro biome or gut.  Our systems were so use to having these bugs inside of us that our immune system used them to help fight off other infections.  It was with the introduction of the agricultural revolution that these bugs started to become eradicated.  Now we live in sterile environments, not allowing for any bugs to "help" us out.  The hypothesis goes that with more harmless bugs in our micro biome the less modern disease we would have.  There is some correlation with very sterile micro biomes and an increase of autoimmunity, diabetes and obesity.  The take away: play in the dirt, eat fermented foods and use a little less hand sanitizer.  

Dr. Anastasia Boulais

Eating foods rich in antioxidant like brightly colored vegetables and foods low in toxins can help your body fight off the damage caused by sun rays.  Also if your shadow is longer then the height of your body it means your vitamin D absorption rate is lowered.  Science is not sure if the bad sun ray is UVA or UVB or the combination of both. The theory is that since UVA rays can penetrate deep into our system and UVB is more superficial that it is the UVA ray that is more damaging.  And in our modern environment we block the UVB rays but not the UVA rays when we are sitting in front of a window where light is coming through, when we wear sun screen, when we go out in the sun at the wrong time of the day and with the poor quality of foods we eat.  Take away: Get some sun, but at the right time of day and don't get burned.  

Dr. Kevin Boyd 

Moving away from traditional eating has created a nutrient deficient body.  We then get pregnant with these nutrient deficiencies creating a nutrient deficient child.  It is thought that these deficiencies play a role in how the jaw is formed of these children  (most traditional cultures have wide teeth, noses and big almond eyes) .  Dr Boyd then theorized that these jaw malformations cause the throat to be constricted causing sleep apnea, which creates sleep deprivation, which causes behavioral issues like ADD, ADHD and anger issues.   He also believes that by breastfeeding for at least the first year helps to create a wide set palate.  This palate then opens up the jaw and creates space.  Take away:  Eat a traditional diet before getting pregnant and during pregnancy ( see Everything Baby), breast feed for at least a year and avoid thumb sucking, bottles and pacifiers if at all possible.  Also kids really need sleep!

0-2 month olds need 12-18 hours of sleep
3-12 month olds need 14-15 hours of sleep
1 year - 3 year olds need 12-14 hours of sleep
3-5 year olds need 11-13 hours of sleep
5-10 year olds need 10-11 hours of sleep
10-17 year old need 8.5-9.5 hours of sleep
Adults need 8+ hours of sleep
Look into these to help your baby wean from breastfeeding to food as naturally as possible: Baby led Weaning and Baby Led Breastfeeding.

Dr. William Davis

When humans began eating grains about 10,000 years ago tooth decay began.  Gliadin found in grains degrades into an opiate substance, which increases appetite.  Your fingers and wrists are the most commonly affected joints when eating wheat.  The take away: Avoid Grains! 

Robb Wolf and Diana Rodgers

Liberate ourselves from the conventional food model by: using CSA's and local farms that support monoculture, heritage breads of animals, using local products and offer healthy work conditions. Fuel the planet by: eating from these local farmers. Take away: support your local farmer!

Dr. Tim Gerstmar

When detoxifying you have to eat protein to support rebuilding.  Being vegan or even vegetarian while detoxifying is hard on the body because you do not provide all the necessary nutrients to detox the toxins and support function for every system.   When you detoxify the bile that is released with toxins, 95% of it (bile and toxins) is reabsorbed.  Take away: Increase nutrients (try the Eat Well Program), increase bile secretion by eating healthy fat and psyllium husk (they increase bile excretion by 5-20%) and support with detoxifying supplements.  

Dr. Allison Siebecker

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth is present in 84% of people with IBS.  The cause is slow motility, obstruction or draining problems.  50% of SIBO patients have symptoms after a bout of gastrointestinal distress like food poisoning.  Following a SIBO specific diet along with natural or Rx antibiotics is key to recovery.  Take away: Visit SIBOinfo.com for information and contact me for the All About the Gut Program

Dan Pardi, M.S., Ph.D.

The effects of sleep loss accumulates.  Light is the key to keeping your sleep wake cycles normal.  Getting light first thing in the a.m. and no light WHATSOEVER before bed. Short sleep cycles are associated with a 50% increase in obesity.  Your hungry and satisfied hormones are turned on and off inappropriately making you eat more. When you are sleep deprived the part of your brain that deals with will power and reward system is heightened making that donut completely irresistible.  Take away: Sleep, sleep in the dark and sleep for 8+ hours. 

Paul Jaminet, Ph.D. 

Those that have joint issues need to address circadian rhythms.  Circadian rhythms are the systems within our body that regulate sleep, wake. It is when we have balance of these rhythms that we have a coordinated body, functioning properly.  You can stimulate circadian rhythms by light, temperature, meal timing, exercise and micro nutrients.  Take away: Eat a nutrient dense diet (Eat Well Program), eat only when it's light out, keep the temperature warm during the day and cool at night, get some light in the morning and no light at before and during sleep.