Podcast 20: Don’t Go Nuts on Nuts

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In Episode #20 Roger and Dr. Champ Discuss:


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  2. LP Johnson

    Dr. Champ,
    This link is for a radiation oncologist position in Alma, Michigan. There is a private liberal arts college there, an enormous retirement complex for Masons, and a renowned Scottish festival (Highland festival). It is 15 minutes from Mt. Pleasant , which is the home of Central Michigan University (starting a med school in the fall) and Soaring Eagle resort & Casino. Close to Midland, Bay City, Saginaw, & Lansing (museums, theatres, etc.). Mostly rural between Alma & other cities.
    Good luck with the hunt!

    1. cavemandoctor (Post author)

      Thanks LP!

      I am looking at all academic practices. Thanks you so much for thinking about me, I really appreciate it.

      Take care!

  3. Sharon

    Very nice job, guys! I think John McDougall should be next on your hit list. He’s so malicious and mean spirited against Paleo and low carbers that he almost deserves it harsher than Ornish.
    I will make it a point to be mindful about eating nuts. I can really put them away, especially sprouted Almonds from Whole Foods, so I stopped buying them. I only keep Walnuts and Macs in the house because they are not my faves.
    I always thought Walnuts had higher Omega 3, hmm..thanks for the info that they were highest in Omega 6. I may cut back on those too.

    I think coconut butter is much better as a dessert or when you need to feel more filled up. I’ve been using Artisana and love it. The only part I hate is the stirring (big pain in the butt).

    I found some info that may interest you on bacon and nitrates.


    Chris Kresser also did a piece on this too.


    I’m about to order some local bacon from a farmer here and they do use nitrates, but the pigs are fed well.
    I will only do bacon about once a week or longer as I’m still on the fence about processed meats.

    1. cavemandoctor (Post author)

      Thanks Sharon!

      I am still torn on the nitrates. The bacon I like is nitrate free so I don’t see myself changing anytime soon.


  4. jake3_14

    Thanks for addressing the issue of nuts head-on, especially the issue of being a trigger food due to the salty-fatty-carby combo. You left out two points I make when people ask me about this:

    – Protein digestion problems, aka trypsin inhibitors. You have to soak nuts overnight to deactivate them, then dry them out again. Major pain.
    – Phytates in the skin. You can’t use the magnesium in an almond when it’s bound up in phytates.

    1. cavemandoctor (Post author)

      Thanks Jake,

      Great points and I appreciate the comments.

      Take care,

  5. jake3_14

    Regarding Alzheimer’s as Type 3 diabetes, that call is premature. As many commenters noted in the NYT piece, the lone study asserting this was published in a fourth-tier journal, and the columnist didn’t consult a single expert researcher in the Alzheimer’s field for a critical assessment of this idea. As another commenter asked, if Alzheimers were “Type 3 ” diabetes, wouldn’t we see much greater rates and earlier disease in juvenile diabetics as compared to other diabetics?

    Science clearly isn’t Mark Bittman’s strong suit, but it should be Dr. Champ’s.

    1. cavemandoctor (Post author)


      I agree about Bittman. However, more and more data is building up and there are quite a few studies linking excess glucose with cerebral toxicity and damage and Alzheimer’s. He may not have picked the best one, but many exist. It will be interesting to see how this all pans out.

      Take care,

      1. jake3_14

        Hi CC,

        That’s good to know. How would I phrase a pubmed search to find such studies?


        1. cavemandoctor (Post author)

          I would use Google scholar and search alzheimer’s, glucose intolerance, neuron and things like that.

          Good luck

    2. Janet

      Emily Deans, a psychiatrist that follows evolutionary medicine, did a great review of of the research of Alzheimer’s and blood sugar that I think you’d find useful.


      1. cavemandoctor (Post author)

        Thanks Janet. Emily’s sight is great and definitely worth checking out for the readers out there.


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