Science Doesn’t Always Know Best

In the 1600s, little was known about how the human body worked or reproduced. They DID know that sperm and egg met together and somehow a human being was produced from that.

Some people hypothesized that there were super teeny tiny little human bodies in the heads of each sperm that eventually just got bigger and became babies. These super teeny tiny little humans were called homunculus. Not a bad theory if you have no idea what’s going on at the cellular level. This theory was called “preformation”.

Then something interesting happened. When some of the early microscopists studying this subject (who just happened to be “preformationists”) looked at the sex cells under the microscope for the first time, you know what they reported seeing?

Yup. Teeny tiny little humans…to confirm their theory. But are there teeny tiny little humans inside of sperm or egg? Of course not.

Did scientists see what they WANTED to see to support a theory? You betcha. And that hasn’t changed some 400 years later.

Another story — penicillin was discovered in 1928 but wasn’t widely used until right after World War II. It was made synthetically in the late 50s. And boy, has it done some great stuff. With penicillin in our arsenal, humans stopped dying from strep, staph infections, pneumonia and other bacterial infections.

It was the miracle drug and was made in a lab by people in lab coats. Awesome. I have benefitted from penicillin. My kids are safer with it in the world.

But just because penicillin, which is made in a lab by people with lab coats, is an incredibly powerful thing that has changed the world and solved problems — doesn’t mean that EVERYTHING MADE IN A LAB BY PEOPLE IN LAB COATS is going to solve all of our problems.

Unfortunately, that’s where the conventional wisdom went after penicillin. You have a problem? Great, ole Lab Coat here will find something to fix it. (I am not saying anything negative about anyone who wears a lab coat for a living — just the idea that all the world’s problems can be fixed by chemical means).

Along came margarine and hydrogenated oils and GMOs and processed foods and food coloring and preservatives and pharmaceuticals. And it’s pretty easy to see what’s happened to our health.

Not getting enough exercise? No worries. We can fix that. Don’t want to eat healthy foods? We have a fix for that, too. Can’t sleep at night? Here, take this. Joint pain? Try two of these on an empty stomach and call me in the morning.

We’ve got it all wrong.

We have eradicated infectious diseases but have replaced those diseases with ones of degeneration and sickness. In an epoch that should be known as the time all humans were at their absolute healthiest — we are at our sickest.

Here’s a newsflash: science and chemicals can’t fix everything. Science hasn’t figured it all out. But guess what? We don’t need to understand something to have it work for us.

I guarantee you many babies have been produced by men and women who had absolutely no idea as to how pregnancy works at the cellular level. They just did what their instincts told them to do and viola! A baby!

Some things are unexplainable. There are medical miracles. The human body is an amazing thing that adapts to its surroundings and strives to live. Sometimes fallopian tubes that are surgically cut grow new vessels and find their way back to each other to continue the life process (ever had a friend get their tubes tied and then get pregnant?)

Some animals can regrow fully developed body parts. The placebo effect is still largely mysterious.

So let’s wrap back around and learn something from those two stories:

A) don’t believe everything you read in the latest “scientific studies” because science is prone to see what it wants to see…and science has gotten away from what science really is: change in light of new discoveries and data. It’s kind of gotten stuck on some stuff thanks to politics and money and public opinion and the media.

B) are you going to do things and eat things that have been around for 60 years or are you going to do things and eat things that have been around for the entirety of human existence?

If I was going to be stranded on a desert island and could have one thing with me, I’m going to choose the wheel over an iPhone, the knife over a spiralizer, a bow and arrow over a microphone. See where I’m going with this?

Here’s a quiz: What practice has been around the longest and is more robust?

Walking or Elliptical trainers?

Herbs or Pills?

Animal fat or Margarine?

Going to bed when the sun goes down or staying up until 2 AM watching TV?

Science has done GREAT THINGS! My son is alive today because of breakthroughs in science and medicine. But lets keep the penicillin and reattachment surgeries in the “anomaly” category but in our normal, everyday lives keep doing things that humans have done ever since humans have been around.

We’ll all be better off for it.

To follow more of Mark’s amazing work, visit his blog, Simply Human Lifestyle, listen to his Podcastand be sure to follow him on Facebook!

Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness Podcast, Episode 102

Podcast PicSarah and I are back with Episode 102 of the Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness Podcast!

Click here to listen or find us on iTunes. Please submit your questions to paleopodcast@gmail.com and if you have a spare minute, please be sure to leave us a review on iTunes!!  Thank you very much and enjoy!

 

 

Today we are joined by Nina Teicholz, author of The Big Fat Surprise.  I can honestly say that Nina’s book is one of the most important books of our time.  You can find more of Nina on her website here, on Facebook here, and on Twitter here.

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The JassaFit discount code for 75% off your first month:  THAIOHMY

Sweet and Sour Stir-Fry from Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine, Jassa Courses, and 20 Free Fat Loss Tips!

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So, yes. I’ve been a bit quiet on the blog for a multitude of reasons. Reason #1 – Sanity. I’ve been recovering from the last year of my life and doing so by enjoying my boys, being home, (except for a quick weekend trip to London for the Savory Institute Conference which was very inspiring and life-changing to say the least) and working at our gym, JS Strength and Conditioning. There’s something very therapeutic that happens for me while in the gym with our clients. Real people making real changes. Faces I can see. People that I can hug and connect with. New found health for folks that happens right in front of my eyes. My greatest wish is to share with YOU what I know in order to help you live your best life possible and everyday I wish I could bring you all into my gym and work with each and everyone of you. However, I can’t physically do that so reason #2 things have been a bit quiet here at EP is that Jason Seib and I have been working on bringing you more content that will help you create sustainable change in your life.

If you haven’t yet check out our Jassa Compass Courses, you must do so. The feedback has been phenomenal and the results are that this stuff really works. If you are struggling to get started with this lifestyle or have a hard time sticking to what you know works – you NEED these courses.

Check them out for yourself by clicking here.

Finally, before I share a recipe with you from Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine, don’t miss out on your chance to receive 20 Free Fat Loss Tips, compliments of our very own Jason Seib! All you have to do is sign up for the Everyday Paleo Newsletter down at the bottom right hand side of the home screen no later than Thursday August 14th at midnight PST and on Friday morning you’ll receive these invaluable tips in your first newsletter!! All current subscribers will also receive the fat loss tips so look for those arriving in your inbox on Friday August 15th!!!

Ok, now on to the food. Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine has taken the world by storm and people everywhere are cooking up a Thai storm of goodness but if you haven’t yet picked up your copy, I thought I would share a recipe with you to convince you that this is a book that must make it on your shelves!

You can order your copy here on Amazon or pick up a copy at a Costco store near you!!

As always, enjoy!

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Sweet and Sour Stir-Fry

Pad Priew Wan

Like several Thai dishes, pad priew wan is influenced by Chinese food— but thanks to the kick from the chili paste, this is not your typical sweet and sour dish. It’s not too spicy, though, and you can omit the spice altogether to make this a family-friendly favorite.

Prep time: 35 minutes

Cook time: 7 minutes

Serves: 2 to 3

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1/2 pound chicken breast, beef, or pork, chopped

1/2 cup diced red bell pepper

1/2 cup diced green bell pepper

1/2 cup diced white onion

1/2 cup chopped pineapple

1/4 cup chopped cucumber

2 teaspoons coconut aminos

2 teaspoons raw organic honey

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 tablespoon coconut vinegar or white vinegar

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1 1/2 teaspoons Nam Prik Pao (Thai Chili Paste, found at most Asian markets and recipe available in Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine)

Sea salt

Heat the oil in a wok over medium-high heat. Add the meat and stir-fry for 3 to 4 minutes.

Add the bell peppers, onion, pineapple, and cucumber and stir- fry for another minute.

Add the coconut aminos, honey, black pepper, vinegar, tomato paste, and chili paste.

Mix together and let cook for a minute, until bubbling. Add salt to taste, adjust the other seasonings as desired, and serve.

My Kid’s Sick — Now What?

Nobody likes for their kids to be sick. It’s horrible. You wish you could be sick instead of them. But life is life and kids are going to get sick.

Two of my kids suffered from a case of the ole fever virus this week. No symptoms other than a stupid high fever.

The conventional wisdom when we’re sick (at least the wisdom that I was taught) is to give kids crackers, chicken noodle soup, popsicles, Gatorade and ice cream. But eating nutrient-less, inflammatory foods when you’re sick is the absolute worst thing a sick person can do.

Foods that are stripped of nutritional value and loaded with processed carbohydrate really only do 2 things…1) they make the sick person say “yummy” and 2) they give a body already dealing with lots of mucus production even more stuff to make mucus out of leading to an enormous large supply of mucus that will get stuck in nasal passages, ears and rip up the backs of throats as it makes it’s way down into the lungs and stomach causing more problems there.

I guess a third thing is that it causes an already inflamed system to become even more inflamed. No bueno.

So what are some good things to feed sick kids? Or sick people for that matter?

Think “nutrient-dense” and “anti-inflammatory”, which rules out crackers and Chef Boyardee and popsicles and Gatorade (aka colored sugar water). Here’s a list of the things my girls ate this week:

  • Tennessee whiskey — jokes, people. C’mon.
  • Buttery White Rice (see recipes tab) — they ate a lot of this, great, clean source of energy which the body needs to fight off a virus
  • frozen berries
  • probiotics (they take these every day, but it’s even more important during sickness)
  • bananas (with cinnamon and honey)
  • honey (for cough suppressant)
  • Nuun tablets (an electrolyte tablet that dissolves in water — much better than Gatorade or Pedialite)
  • carrots
  • olives
  • eggs
  • bone broth (aka homemade soup stock)
  • nuts
  • lots and lots of water

and AVOID

  • crackers
  • Gatorade
  • popsicles
  • ice cream
  • soda — for goodness sakes avoid soda. Sprite is not a remedy for colds and flus. There is no benefit for carbonated sugar water. Somehow that got added to the list of things to consume when your’re sick because some doctor liked the taste of it and was like “oh yea, drink Sprite to make you well!”
  • cereal
  • juice
  • jello
  • chicken noodle soup from a can — really anything from a can
  • candy (all candy even if it’s not called “candy”)

Also keep in mind that kids with fever sometimes aren’t very hungry and that’s OK. Let them be the judge of when they should eat. If they’re eating nutrient-dense foods, they may not have to eat very much.

And as far as using Ibuprofen goes — our philosophy is that a fever is there for a reason and should be allowed to do its job for the most part. We’ll give a dose at night if they are too uncomfortable to sleep, but if they can fall asleep and are peaceful, we monitor them throughout the night but let the fever do what it’s supposed to do — which is fight off whatever is causing the problem.

Is it easier to just give fever reducing meds and go to sleep? Sure. But what’s easier isn’t always the best path.

Of course there are exceptions like if your kid has a fever that reaches 105 or 106. But for just your run of the mill cold or what I call a fever virus — try to leave it alone.

*disclaimer — I’m not a doctor but I have a friend who has a PhD.

Same goes for coughing. If your body is coughing, it’s coughing for a reason. Reaching for a cough suppressant after your very first cough (IN MOST CASES) is just going to extend your calamity. At night for sleep, that’s a different story in my opinion because getting good sleep outweighs the benefits of what the coughing is working towards.

So — kids are going to get sick. When they do, give their little bodies nutrition that can actually help them get better and not stuff that’s just going to prolong their illness or make them worse.

Introducing Jassa Compass Courses!!!

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Jason Seib and I have been hard at work developing a new program to help YOU. Thanks to the popularity of our podcast and workshops, we have come to understand the importance of offering you a hands on approach to a healthier lifestyle. Knowing that we can’t come to visit and sit with each and everyone of you, creating a digital guide seemed like the next best thing so that’s exactly what we did!

Without further ado, we are thrilled to give you Jassa Compass Courses!

What is Jassa Compass? It’s our teamwork combined to give you a tried and true method via digital guides to a lifestyle that promotes health, vitality, and the body you want. We have created three comprehensive courses for you that include:

Beating Grains

Escaping Sugar 

Sprint for Your Life

To find out exactly what Jassa Compass is and what the courses have to offer, follow this link!

Thank you as always for your continued support and I hope you enjoy Jassa Compass!!

Everyday Paleo Workshop Coming to Santa Rosa, CA and Clackamas, OR!!!

Our next Everyday Paleo Workshop is just around the corner!! On August 23rd, Jason Seib and I will be in beautiful Santa Rosa, CA for a full day workshop at Crossfit Force and on September 20th we will be in Clackamas, OR at Jason’s gym, CPC Fitness and Fat Loss!! To register for our next event, follow this link and we can’t wait to see you all soon!

Here’s a bit more about what we offer at our workshops:

Join Sarah Fragoso and Jason Seib for a full day of learning, sharing, and growing together during their highly acclaimed Everyday Paleo Workshop. Why should you spend a day with us? Here’s what others are saying about their Everyday Paleo Workshop experience:

“Thank you so much for this seminar. I’ve been paleo for several months but this seminar was full of information that opened my eyes and blew my mind!! You both have such a wonderful perspective on this amazing lifestyle – I have changed my lens!!” Meghan

“Excellent, enthusiastic presenters! Relevant, humorous, believable! Can’t believe I paid attention for 6 hours!!” Julie

“Glad that you were very casual, real, and laid back! It’s always refreshing when professionals will speak real truth, self anecdotal, with facts to back it, who are truly passionate and understand but will NOT excuse the psychological barriers their students face.” Mathew F.

“I have been trying to eat Paleo since May 2012 and was extremely strict for the first 30 days. I have days where I fall off the wagon, and your seminar was extremely helpful in letting me find my motivation again.” Anna V.

Our full day workshop is all about YOU! If you are a beginner, seasoned professional, athlete, trainer, or curious about achieving peak health no matter what your situation might be, you will leave with a better understanding about how our bodies are intended to be treated as we cover everything from the nutritional input, fitness philosophy, family perspective, and the psychological components necessary to live your best life possible.

Together, Sarah and Jason own and operate the incredibly successful online fitness and nutrition site, Everyday Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness as well as partner together at the recipe and advice blog, Everyday Paleo. Both are authors of best selling books, strength and conditioning coaches, and lifestyle experts.

The Dark Side of Fat Loss

I must have said it 1,000 times as I read, “Why did it take me so long to finally read this book?”  Sean Croxton‘s The Dark Side of Fat Loss is the book everyone needs to read before they go down the yo-yo dieting, over exercising route of insanity that is the norm for so many people with fat loss goals.  Oh, the the time and tears that could be saved!

I’ve known Sean for a little while now, but I’ve followed his work from nearly the beginning.  Sean was the first guy that I ever knew of who posted regular YouTube videos with nutrition/health/lifestyle information.  He is one of the first guys I would call a leader in this paleo, primal, ancestral, or whatever movement that has taken the world by storm.

Sean didn’t ask me to write this review.  After seeing him a few months ago at Paleo FX, I realized, much to my own embarrassment, that I hadn’t read The Dark Side of Fat Loss.  My email to him a few weeks ago began with an apology for coming around so late, but Sean graciously sent me a copy and I dug in.

What a gem of a book this is!  Sean begins by dispelling the myths that are so ingrained into our society.  You know the ones: calories are the only thing that will ever matter, cardio and starvation is how you lose weight.  I sometimes wonder if we will ever really win this battle in my lifetime, but it’s great to know that there are guys like Sean Croxton out there in the trenches fighting this battle in the name of health and sustainable fat loss.

When you are done reading the first 3 chapters of this book, you will have an excellent understanding of why we gain unwanted fat and how a healthy body should work.  This information can set you free.  When you know what’s going on from a physiological and biochemical perspective, you can make smart decisions about how to get healthy instead of making silly decisions that lead to temporary weight loss and deleterious effects on your metabolism, among other things.

From there, Sean walks us through his guide to JERF (Just Eat Real Food), telling us how to make healthy food choices instead of eating according to the demands of your food scale.  I love how thorough he is in this section, starting all the way down at the soil in which our food and our food’s food grows.  He also gives us some basic guidelines to recognizing real food, he touches on the idea that real food is too expensive, and then he covers every category of food you might ask about when making major dietary changes.

Then he almost lost me.  Chapter 5 is Sean’s 30 day JERF challenge, and it’s probably no mystery to those of you who follow my work that I don’t love challenges.  But I have to admit that Sean has done a great job with his challenge by making it feel sort of like an exploration of what will work for you in the long run.  Most impressive indeed is his Body Language Log which we are encouraged to use as a way to track what we eat during the challenge, not so we can become neurotic about food, but so that we can make note of how we feel when we eat various foods.  Nutrition will never be a one-size-fits-all subject and the Body Language Log is a fantastic tool for getting to the bottom of what works for us as individuals.  To be perfectly honest, I wish I would have thought of it.

The remaining chapters delve into the other essential components of a healthy lifestyle and Sean has you well covered.  His chapter on stress is phenomenal, he breaks down sleep so that it can no longer be taken with a grain of salt, and his chapters on gut health and toxins are extremely informative.  However, as awesome as those chapter are, I am thoroughly impressed with Sean for including his Do It chapter and delving into a bit of the psychology behind making lifestyle changes in the name of improved health.  It frustrates me to know end that my industry is largely driven by people who are only giving the fitness and nutrition consumer a list of rules to follow without ever considering the psychological obstacles that cause most to fail.  However accurate our information may be if, it will all be irrelevant to most people if they can’t actually make the necessary changes.  Sean understands the importance of this stuff that sometimes sounds a little crazy.  He knows very well that major change attempts without the right perspective will usually end in failure.  I commend him for sharing his wisdom with you and not leaving this subject out.

If I haven’t convinced you that this book is well worth reading, just do me one favor.  Go to the book’s website and watch Sean’s video at the top of the page.  You will see his passion for what he does and I believe you will feel the need to learn more from him.  I’m anything but new to this stuff and even I learned plenty as I read this book.  If I’m wrong, come back to this post and give me a ration of what I deserve in the comments.  I think you will be happy that you took my advice.

Go forth and be awesome.