Saturday, April 23, 2016

A Cardiologist Tries Ketosis


"What is it like in ketoland? Well, for one thing I only need 4 hours of sleep.  Asthma, which has plagued me all my life, is now nonexistent. Wrinkles have melted from my face, like wax from a burning candle. I have boundless energy. The best comparison I can come up with is the transformation Jeff Goldblum underwent in David Cronenberg’s (1986) The Fly. Come to think of it, he was probably also on a LCHF diet. Hopefully, I won’t experience his complete transformation."

I think if you're worry about carbs from cauliflower as he does you don't understand this way of eating well enough, and I for sure don't spoon-feed myself coconut oil.  I did at the very beginning, when I was both low-carb and low-fat for a couple of weeks, since I didn't really understand what I was doing, and had cut out linoleic acid as my primary fat but not replaced it with anything.  Boy, was that spoon-full heavenly at the time!

What was really interesting about that experiment was that my body didn't crave linoleic acid in any way.  It was only the healthier fats that I would fantasize about.

And I never noticed any reduction in sleep requirements, but then people are variable.

Friday, April 22, 2016

"Video: Music legend Nile Rodgers talks to Weston students about drug use"

Great story.

Link via The Weston Forum

Thursday, April 21, 2016


Fancy Juice Doesn’t Cleanse the Body of Toxins. “To say that drinking juice detoxifies the body isn’t quite the same as claiming leeches suck out poisons, but it’s fairly close.”

Hey, if you enjoy it, fine.  But be realistic.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Interesting Boston Race Results

Didn't watch the race, so I have no idea how the elites did, but I just came across this article with some notable finishers:
Amby Burfoot, 69, 4:17:48, 1968 Boston Marathon winner and Runner’s World writer at large. 
Scott Jurek, 42, 4:09:27, ultrarunner who set the Appalachian Trail thru-hike speed record last year
Daniel Lieberman, 51, 3:34:21, paleoanthropologist at Harvard University whose work helped inspire the barefoot running movement.
Yep, Dan Lieberman beat Scott Jurek, 9 years his junior, in a race.  And you thought he was just smart.

I don't know what he was wearing on his feet!

P.S. See the comments below, Jurek decided at the last minute to run—how does that work, anyway?  I thought Boston was hard to get into!—so it's probably not fair to point out the Lieberman beat him.

However, Arnulfo Quimare, who beat Jurek in the race that was the climax of Born to Run, also ran Boston this year.  Lieberman beat him, too.

Arnulfo Quimare, 33, 3:38:11, the Tarahumara runner who defeated Scott Jurek in the 2006 race that was featured in the book Born to Run

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Native American Running Events at the Boston Marathon

From Dan Lieberman, this morning.  Please spread the word!

Native American Running: Culture, Health, Sport

Harvard University and the Boston Athletic Association are pleased to co-sponsor Native American Running: Culture, Health, Sport on April 15 and 16.  Coinciding with both the 2016 Boston Marathon and with the 80th anniversary of Ellison Myers “Tarzan” Brown, Sr. (Narragansett) winning the Marathon in 1936, this multi-day event will explore the history and importance of Native American running traditions, present efforts to support and encourage running in Native American communities today, and promote the many benefits of running.

The multi-day event kicks off with a conference on Friday, April 15 1:30 – 5:00 at Harvard's Science Center (Room C) featuring talks by native American runners including Olympian Billy Mills (Oglala Lakota), Oren Lyons (Haudenosaunee), Arnulfo Quimare (Tarahumara), Irma Chavez (Tarahumara), Dustin Martin (Navajo), Chris Sockalexis (Penobscot), Mathew Gilbert (Hopi), Alyssa Mt. Pleasant (Tuscorara), Tleena Ives (Port Gamble S’Klallam) and others.  There will also be talks by David Carrasco, Daniel Lieberman, Chris McDougall, and more.

The conference is free, and no registration is required. See the full schedule at

On Saturday April 16 at the Boston Marathon Expo (Hynes Convention Center), Billy Mills will speak at 11:00, and there will be a panel discussion from 12-1:00 featuring Rob De Castella, Irma Chavez, Dan Lieberman, Dustin Martin, Chris McDougall, Arnuflo Quimare and more.
This event is also free and open to the public

If you've never been to an event with Dan Lieberman and Chris McDougall, make it a priority.  They're both very knowledgeable (although Prof. Lieberman takes the cake!), and very entertaining speakers.  Most highly recommended.