377: The Big Vitamin D Mistake, How Ben Reads A Book A Day, Cold Therapy vs. Cryotherapy vs. Cold Thermogenesis & Much More!

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Jan 4, 2017 Podcast: 377 – Cold Therapy vs. Cryotherapy vs. Cold Thermogenesis, What To Do About Liver Issues & High GGT, How To Deal With Self-Healing Overwhelm, and Fit Teens On A Budget.

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Listener Q&A: [36:55]

As compiled, deciphered, edited and sometimes read by Brock Armstrong, the Podcast Sidekick.

Cold Therapy vs. Cryotherapy vs. Cold Thermogenesis

Ashleigh says: Can I get some (or most) of the benefits of real cold therapy by just going outside on my balcony in -20 degrees celsius, in slippers and not much else… or will I just get cold? I have done cold water immersion (at an XPT event in Montach) and am convinced of the benefits but am looking for a more practical way of doing that in my condo.

What To Do About Liver Issues & High GGT

Beau says: I have had lab tests done over the past three years and my GGT is consistently elevated (around 110-111). Besides glutathione supplementation, what are some other supplements that lower GGT? What else can I do aside from cutting out alcohol and increasing antioxidants? I am concerned about this since GGT has been linked to more than just liver disease. (Another caller asked what you, Ben, are doing about your liver issues that were found when you visited the Human Garage?)

How To Deal With Self-Healing Overwhelm

Kathy says: I need some help with mindset and overwhelm. I was diagnosed with Lyme and am feeling overwhelmed with all the things that are out of whack with me and all the things that need addressing. How can I handle this feeling of overwhelm?

Fit Teens On A Budget

Kyle says: If you and a partner had 40 minutes a day, for 30 weeks, to improve the nutrition and exercise habits of low socioeconomic teens (11-18 years old) what would your curriculum look like? Especially if your budget was $500-$1000 or less.

In my response, I recommend:
-Book: The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest
-Growing/Finding/Eating/Foraging Whole Foods
-Reading Nutrition Labels
-Importance Of Environment
-Fasting
-Exercise As Play/Habit, Not “Gym”
-Breathwork
-Nature Immersion
-Family/Love/Relationships

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19 thoughts on “377: The Big Vitamin D Mistake, How Ben Reads A Book A Day, Cold Therapy vs. Cryotherapy vs. Cold Thermogenesis & Much More!

  1. Chris says:

    Ben, Do you mind sharing the psoas routine you mentioned in this podcast? I’ve been struggling with back pain for a while and I believe it’s due to my psoas. I currently have a routine but I feel I have reached a plateau in progress. Thank you

      1. Chris says:

        Thanks a lot

      2. Chris says:

        I appriciate the help

  2. Bill Montgomery says:

    Did I miss something? No comments about vitamin D? That was a shocker article.

    Well I am going to boost my daily to at least 8000 IU with some K2.

  3. Jared says:

    The statements found below extracted from Examine.com fueled my original question as to whether or not you were concerned that some of your liver issues might be founded in the Testosterone Booster. Of course, you said that you weren’t taking the booster at the time of your testing at the Human Garage. Nonetheless, the below concerns have caused me to shy away from the supplement despite it’s proven efficacy. Did you have opposing thoughts to my concerns?

    “4.1 Liver

    One toxicology study in rats found that oral ingestion of 25, 50, and 100mg/kg bodyweight was able to alter liver enzymes and induce histological changes that are known to be adverse.[8] The adverse effects on liver enzymes increased dose-dependently and over time.

    4.2. Kidneys

    After ingestion of 25, 50, and 100mg/kg bodyweight Bulbine Natalensis in otherwise healthy rats, histological examination of the kidney’s tubules (both proximal and convoluted) noted distortions in the architecture which may be indicative of some toxic effects.[8]

    Currently, the histopathological changes that have been noted in rats have not been sufficiently addressed in humans. While 650mg bulbine does not appear highly damaging according to preliminary evidence, a toxic effect cannot be ruled out.”

    1. That is a TON of bulbine. For example, for me that would be 8000mg of bulbine!

      1. Jared says:

        I hear what you’re saying and your math makes total sense. I get it.

        But, then, I don’t understand Examine.com’s comments below:

        “Rat studies investigating how bulbine natalensis interacts with testosterone note that 50mg/kg (of a 10:1 extraction) appear to be the optimal dosage, and based on Body Surface Area Conversions,[1] this correlates into an estimated human dose of 8mg/kg or:

        550mg for a 150lb person

        730mg for a 200lb person

        900mg for a 250lb person

        These doses are currently only estimates, but they are within the range seen in the only industry funded trial on bulbine natalensis at this moment in time (which used 650mg). [2] Doses would be 10-fold higher if the raw plant is used without any particular extraction.”

        The above comments seem to imply that the amounts given to the rats, which produced damaging effects to major organs, correlate to amounts currently being administered to humans that could, in theory, produce similar deleterious effects. I haven’t looked into the mathematics associated with Body Surface Area Conversions however and have no idea how they work. If you don’t have time to address it hear, maybe you wouldn’t mind addressing it in a podcast?

        1. I will try to address this in future podcast!

      2. Jared says:

        Interpretation of Animal Dose and Human Equivalent

        Dose for Drug Development

        Jang-Woo Shin, In-Chan Seol, Chang-Gue Son*

        Liver and Immunology Research Center, Institute of Traditional Medicine and Bioscience of Daejeon University,

        22-5, Daeheung-dong, Jung-gu, Daejeon, 301-724, Republic of Korea.

        “The animal dose should not be extrapolated to humans by a simple conversion method based only on

        body weight, because many studies suggest the normalization method is based mainly on body surface area (BSA).

        In general, the body surface area seems to have good correlation among species with several parameters including

        oxygen utilization, caloric expenditure, basal metabolism, blood volume and circulating plasma protein.”

      3. Jared says:

        I guess scientists are basically dividing body surface area of a rat by weight in kilograms for a rat resulting in a certain ratio for rats and then comparing that with the ratio in humans calculated in the same way (dividing human body surface area by human weight in kilograms). This is supposedly a more accurate predictor of dosage when extrapolating from animals to humans and would seem to place humans in the danger zone for organ damage when supplementing with bulbine natalensis at 7 or 8 times the amount rats were given.

  4. Tyson Brown says:

    Glad to hear about the alcohol part. I still abstain from alcohol

  5. I. Madill says:

    Dear Ben,

    Thank you for your hard work and podcasts, sharing your information with us. The way you do groin talk? TMI. It’s not adding anything. Your an intelligent man Ben, and can do better.

    Sorry it took this complaint for me to write. I do admire your intelligence, the depth of research you do, and your questions. Cutting edge. Things I love.

    Thanks!

    Rene

    1. Thanks for the feedback! I'm always trying to improve and this helps!

  6. Jared says:

    Do you think Mike Mahler’s Aggressive Testosterone Booster (bulbine natalensis) could be to blame for some of your liver issues?

    1. Definitely not. I actually wasn't taking it at the time I was tested anyways…

      1. Jared says:

        Why so definitively a reply of “definitely not” if the Examine.com analysis reveals changes to liver modules, etc (besides the fact that you weren’t taking it at the time you were tested)? I’m asking, to be honest, because I so much want to use the supplement but the potential liver damage scares me to death. And I can’t find anything in my research as yet to counter these negative findings.

        1. Which Examine.com analysis?

          1. Jared says:

            The Examine.com comments on bulbine natalensis.

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