Cool Fact Dave Asprey: Today’s cool fact of the day is about blushing.

You can thank your sympathetic nervous system for that rosy red hue that hits your cheeks when you trip in public or say something silly on your first date. Whenever you’re embarrassed, adrenaline in your body automatically speeds up your breathing and your heart rate and sends more blood than normal to your face which is why you get that blush. But there’s an upside to it. Recent studies that we’ve come across show that blushing actually helps strengthen your social bonds and increases empathy from others meaning that people may actually judge your embarrassed response less harshly if they see you blush. So blushing is basically good for you. Overview Dave Asprey: You are listening to episode thirteen of Bulletproof Executive Radio. Today we have an awesome interview with Dr. Mary T. Newport. If you haven’t heard of her yet, you will know her name soon. She cured her husband’s Alzheimer’s using coconut oil and ketones, which are basically the fat molecules that your body makes in response to coconut oil and your body can burn ketones for fuel. After she struggled to find a way to help her ailing husband, Dr. Newport stumbled upon evidence that ketones and ketogenic diets, like portions of the bulletproof diet, could be an effective treatment for degenerative diseases even beyond Alzheimer’s. She began testing her hypothesis on her husband and got amazing results almost right away. After some more research, she realized that ketones have a host of other health improving effects, and if you want to improve your health or become more resilient to disease or just increase your cognitive abilities, you’ll definitely want to hear what she has to say on our show today.

Dr. Newport did her training at the University of Cincinnati and spends her days practicing with extremely young infants, which is kind of interesting because as you will hear in the show that was her first time she had heard MCT oil was first used on babies.

We also have an awesome listener Q&A where we discussion dietary recommendations for autoimmune disease, healing extreme injuries, how you can improve you digestion, what I actually eat, the problems with steel cut oat and other kinds of oats, mycotoxins in grains, ways to prevent and reverse prostate cancer, and using brain hacking techniques like TDCS to reduce cortisol. We’ll talk about MCT oil and some more about the actual statistics behind flu vaccines.

As always, we are going to close with our biohacker report where you are going to hear a brief summary of three new pieces of research that caught our attention this week. You’ll

hear about how to stay awake, how to stay lean and productive using protein, how to improve your brain function using meditation, and how to insure optimal health using the right vitamins and supplements.

Dave Asprey: We also have a few announcements today. I’m really, really stoked to tell you that the Bulletproof forum is now live. We’ve had requests for months for people to have an area where they can discuss bulletproof techniques on the Bulletproof Executive blog, so if you would like to get more in depth answers and ask longer questions, like the kind of questions you hear on the podcast, head on over to or you can just click on the link that is now on top of our site. Every member of the bulletproof exec team will be actively moderating the forum and responding to your questions. We’ll also pull questions from there in order to answer them on the podcast. On top of that, we are now offering the Bulletproof Toolbox for people who join our email list. If you join, you get free guides and videos and other resources including a free copy of the bulletproof diet. We’re building new content for that regularly. You can sign up at

Alright, co-host. What have you been working on this week? Which biohacks are at the top of your list? Co-host: The biohack I have been working on is actually an accidental biohack. I use MCT oil to fry my eggs often at low temperatures. I have a special method I have for cooking eggs that I actually wrote a post about which we’ll be publishing sometime in the future, and what I always do is I use a spoon and spoon some MCT oil onto a pan. Because I often use coconut oil for skin health, I figured MCT oil would be pretty similar so I rubbed the extra oil on my arm. I’ve had a scar on my arm for a long time. I burned my arm cooking and it’s just a small one but after awhile I realized the same spot where that scar is, is where I was rubbing the MCT oil from my cooking on my arm. Lo and behold, after a few weeks of doing this, the scar is almost completely gone, so by accident I found that our MCT oil actually has some scar healing properties as well. Dave Asprey: That’s pretty cool. I’ve never tried it specifically on a scar but I will tell you I’ve used MCT oil as a skin moisturizer hundreds and hundreds of times. Your skin just loves capric and caprylic triglycerides and the MCT oil that we use has an unusually high concentration of those for MCT oil. You skin just loves it. Co-host: What have you been working on Dave? Dave Asprey: It’s been a pretty interesting week. I have a bunch of exciting stuff but probably top of my list is I just got a replacement whole body vibration unit. During my two year exercise fast, which I’ve now officially ended, one where I’ve should have weighed 619 pounds when I was done but I didn’t gain any weight on 4000 plus calories a day. I haven’t been doing much of the whole body vibration thing but I’m a huge fan and I’ve used a variety of these machines. You stand on them and they vibrate pretty fast and your whole body shakes. It sounds kind of ridiculous when you do it but as little as ten minutes a day of standing on one of these gives you more circulation of your intercellular fluid and your lymphatic system than walking around all day and a lot of these other

I’m just stoked. Newport stumbled upon evidence that ketones and ketogenic diets could be an effective for degenerative diseases. Mary Newport: Thank you very much. Dave Asprey: Tell us how you got interested in treating Alzheimer’s disease and how did this affect your husband? Mary Newport: I am an neonatologist so I take care of sick and premature newborns so this seems like it is out of my area. she realized that ketones had a host of other health improving effects. Co-host: Cool.practices that are based on moving but not burning calories. Newport. Mary T. become more resilient to disease. Now we are going to have our exclusive interview with Dr. Interview Dave Asprey: Dr. In fact. After struggling to find a way to help her ailing husband. I’ve been standing on it for ten minutes a day and the differences in body composition that have happened in three sessions of it are almost unbelievable. By 2008. I feel leaner and tighter and muscles all over my body are getting bigger. who did her training at the University of Cincinnati. Newport about coconut oil and ketones. I realized he was unable to fix meals for . and increase your cognitive abilities you’ll want to listen to our interview with Dr. if you want to improve your health. has early onset Alzheimer’s disease and he’s going to be 62 this coming February but he was having symptoms when he was about 51. welcome to the show. but my husband. I just got a new one because the one I had used before was broken and I had been intentionally not doing that during my experiment to see what would happen. Steve. Dr. He was also depressed at that time so initially it was thought that his memory problems might be related to depression. But as time went on. Thank you for inviting me. She began testing her hypothesis on her husband and got amazing results and after some more research. Dr. he was actually doing very poorly. Newport. He’s been on those drugs for quite a long time. he gradually loss all of that and around 2004 he was officially diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and started on Aricept at that time and about a year later he was started on Namenda. Newport cured her husband’s Alzheimer’s disease with coconut oil and ketones. He had lost ten pounds over three weeks. Mary T. even though he was using them every day. He had an MRI that showed that there was quite a bit of atrophy of the brain and specifically in the areas that are consistent with Alzheimer’s disease as well as the rest of the cerebrum with shrinking a nd he was losing weight. He was an accountant that worked for my practice and started having problems with making payroll errors and procrastinating on getting tax returns done and then when he started having trouble remembering that he had been to the bank and the post office we knew something serious was going on. he continued to get worse and his accounting skills. This is basicall y a whole day’s worth of moving in ten minutes with skeletal and muscle and growth hormone effects.

Dr.himself when I was working even though he said he had and thought he had eaten. We set him up for screening at the University of South Florida. I set him up for screening two days in a row for these two drugs and the thing that happened was the night before the first screening I started thinking what if he gets accepted into both studies? You can only be in one and we’re going to have to choose. I got on the internet again and tried to find out more about AC1202 and happened upon their patent application and it was a very lengthy application and I learned a lot about Alzheimer’s while I was reading this. The whole point of the vaccine was to clear the beta amyloid plaques from the brain. He had been evaluated there before and we went for the screening and there was a test called the Mini Mental Status Exam (MMSE). George Cahill and his lab in the northeast learned that the brain can use ketones as an alternative fuel and that’s what happens when we’re starving. there’s a problem with the insulin receptors and cells required insulin to get glucose into the cells. there was a center called the Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute there. We switch over to using ketones after we use our . insulin resistance. so effectively the brain becomes diabetic and it’s even been called Type III diabetes or diabetes of the brain. so I decided to get on the internet and look up the risks and benefits and learn as much as I could about these two drugs and I happened upon a press release for a third treatment. You never hear that with Alzheimer’s medications. Back in the 1960’s they discovered that the brain can use ketones. he hadn’t eaten and things were getting kind of bleak. The whole point of AC1202 was to address this problem of diabetes of the brain and what happens is that when you have diabetes. I was always on the outlook for clinical trials and in May of 2008. This was first published around 2005 so it’s relatively new information in 2008 and I hadn’t heard too much about it before. It didn’t say what it was but it was called AC1202 and it said that in their studies that improved the memory of half the people who took this treatment and I thought that was very interesting because none of the other Alzheimer’s drugs made that claim. but another really important feature of Alzheimer’s is that their brain develops insulin deficiency. there was a new drug that was becoming available and it was a vaccine. In the meantime there was another drug study that became available and it was an oral medication instead of an IV medication to help remove beta amyloid plaques from the brain. People are familiar with plaques and tangles that know about Alzheimer’s. If you don’t have enough insulin then you’re going to have trouble getting glucose into the cells and basically glucose or sugar is the primary fuel for the brain and the other organs of the body most of the time unless you’re starving or on a ketogenic diet. It’s a 30 point test and he needed to get a score of at least16 to qualify for the study and he qualified in every other respect except that he only got a 12 out of 30 points and needed 16 to qualify for the study. so we were disappointed but we were told to come back a couple weeks later and try again.

Coconut oil is solid at room temperature so it needed something to melt it and I put that into his oatmeal and he ate that and his screening was scheduled for 1 pm and we drove down and I tried to prep him on the way down to remind him what the date and the day of the week and the season and he really wasn’t remembering any of it on the way down so I was pretty discouraged. in fact. It was about 1 am as this point when I was reading all of this and his screening was scheduled at 9 am so I didn’t have time to run out and buy coconut oil but we went down to the screening and again we were disappointed that he had only scored 14 this time out of the 16 that he needed so he did not qualify for the study and the doctor there said “Let’s have him draw a clock. Also in the late 1960’s it was discovered if you consumed oils that contain medium chain triglycerides or if you consume medium chain triglyceride oil also called MCT oil that your liver will convert this to ketones and that these are taken up very quickly by the brain and can be used by the brain for fuel. I didn’t know up until that time was that MCT oil was derived from coconut oil and we all know coconut oil is out there on the shelf. I had to remind myself what medium chain triglycerides were and I got a fatty acid composition of coconut oil from a government website and figured out which were the medium chain fatty acids and what percentage of coconut oil was medium chain fatty acids and it was about 60 percent. The reason being is because we added it to the feedings of premature newborns back in the early 70’s and through the early 80’s until they started adding it to infant formulas and it’s actually a component of every infant formula if you look at the ingredients. I was familiar with MCT oil. it did not really looked anything like a clock and the doctor told me that he was bordering on severe Alzheimer’s at that point which was a shock in a way. So he drew a clock and you can see it on my website. Just randomly. When I got home I started researching more about coconut oil. He was worse than I thought. One thing that.” It’s a very specific test for Alzheimer’s. people improved or at least stabilized and it was nearly half of the people that improved. The people that were developing AC1202 were basically studying MCT oil and what they found was that when people with Alzheimer’s or mild cognitive impairments were given AC1202 or MCT oil. Then they did a longer study with 152 people showing that over a period of 45 days and 90 days and even six months. I was really surprised by how poorly he could draw that so on the way home I thought what have we got to lose so I swung by the health food store where I had seen coconut oil and bought some. Looking at the patent application they had given people 20 grams of MCT oil as the dosage so that equated to about 35 grams or a little over two tablespoons of coconut oil. The health food stores and grocery stores are carrying it. I have pictures of his clocks on there and I have an article you can print out that tells about all this but basically he drew a bunch of little circles. as I was reading through this patent application. The next morning I pulled out the jar of coconut oil and I made some oatmeal. Because I am a neonatologist.source of glucose and ketones can fuel our brain and other cells and other organs of the body. but several little circles and a few numbers. not even one big circle. you’ll see that. I . even with the first dose half of the people had an improvement in their cognitive scores and testing.

In the morning I’ll do 30 grams of MCT oil and I used to weigh 300 pounds. When you said the lights went on. I weigh about 200 pounds now after more than a decade but MCT oil is a major part of it but it’s interesting how it’ll blend into hot liquid and you actually get a foam on it when you do that with coconut oil so you might try that. in butter 13 percent of the fatty acids are medium chain fatty acids and the short chains are also ketogenic so butter is much preferable to margarine if you eat one or the other. . it was about four hours after he had eaten. and they took him away to another room and they did the MMSE test and he came back. So I decided to continue it. Mary Newport: Interestingly. What’s happening and how did he do?” and she said he got an 18 on the study so he got two points higher than he needed to get into this clinical trial and he qualified in every other respect also so they were basically going forward with the rest of the testing for the clinical trial. Do you want to hear that? Dave Asprey: Yeah. or any of the studies on memory and butter toss those in too because we talk about those on the blog. Really what we found was almost right away he was much more alert.thought that he probably wasn’t going to do any better than he did yesterday but after we had gotten down there. On one of the most popular things on my blog is called Bulletproof coffee and it’s a low toxin form of coffee that is blended with MCT oil and grass fed butter instead of milk or cream. Dave Asprey: I wanted to share something with you at this point a way of getting coconut oil or MCT oil in the morning. Mary Newport: That actually sounds like a good idea. I’d love to do some type of study to see if people who drink whole milk and eat butter as oppose to skim milk and margarine. not very talkative. let’s talk about that and if you have any comments along the way about grass fed butter. MCT. He said can we do something else with this? He actually will take it straight sometimes because we started mixing MCT oil and coconut oil. Obviously we were elated and I didn’t know at that point if it was really the coconut oil or if it was good luck or a lot of prayer or all of the above. when you have a little caffeine and MCT oil helps the caffeine get into the brain it’s not a bad morning. There a little bit of a story to that too. Butter is quite good for you and I often wonder. if one group is more likely to develop dementia as they age. He didn’t think he had done very well and a nurse came in and checked his blood pressure and talked about drawing blood and I said “Wait a minute. or coconut oil. I got coconut oil cookbooks and I started giving him a measured amount for breakfast every day. Oatmeal works for sure. We kind of abandoned the oatmeal after about a year. Now he would come out of the bedroom alert and talkative and joking and could find his utensils and it was like the light bulb came back on and that was exactly how he described it. at least over two tablespoons and then started cooking with it at other times of the day. He had been very sluggish in the morning. We were actually trying to get to a lower carb diet which he’s been on for quite some time and he actually got tired of oatmeal. He said it was like the light switch came back on the day he started coconut oil. he’d have trouble finding utensils and getting water from the fridge and that kind of thing.

We’ve really gotten into coconut. I brought enough to get us through the whole trip but I also had to keep extra doses on my person because of the duration of the airplane trip and I . I noticed that I felt I was able to read a lot more. that has some medium chain and human breast milk has a considerable amount of medium chain fatty acids and goat milk is fairly equivalent to human breast milk in that regard and the infant formulas have MCT and coconut oil to try to mimic human breast milk. and think better when she’s taking this. when she’d come she thought do I really need this or not. I’m 59 at this point but I started eating coconut oil right alongside Steve when we did this. I advise people to avoid those things. say that you noticed that effect too is really cool. The whole point of the Bulletproof Executive is how to be more resilient and perform better and I recently gave a talk about how I hacked myself to deal with information overload and one of the things I mentioned was MCT oil. I love hearing that. to stay on task better and retain information better since I started using coconut oil. I was really nervous because we were going to be gone for 10 days and what if I couldn’t get coconut oil or MCT oil in Greece so I put it into my suitcase and brought a lot of little bottles that I had made of the mixture of the MCT and coconut oil. I’m really glad that you mentioned that. Dave Asprey: So I don’t have Alzheimer’s and I don’t think it runs in my family. I put a couple ounces of MCT oil in my little baggie you can carry through the X-ray machine at the airport. And she’s young. There’s a reason why medium chains are a part of our diet or should be a part of our diet. write better. although some dementia has happened usually later in life and probably related to blood pressure lowering medications. She noticed a difference when she restarted it again. Hearing you. She can focus much better.Dave Asprey: I think the biochemistry is pretty predictive there. I have a history of Alzheimer’s on both sides of my family but I don’t feel like I have memory problems at least not yet. He takes about twice as much as I do in a day but I have the equivalent of four or five tablespoons a day either as coconut oil. grated coconut. Actually. I thought was pretty interesting and she has a daughter who’s in her twenties and she is a teacher and she still says she can get through her lesson plans and focusing on that much better. She would then start taking it again and she would realize that she does much better. coconut milk. Dave Asprey: Thanks for saying that. I would like to see a study prove from a biochemistry perspective. like in the little shampoo bottle. Mary Newport: Yeah. We’ll drink goat milk. Mary Newport: That’s what we do too. I got to give a talk on this at the Alzheimer’s Disease International Conference in Greece about a year and a half ago and we brought Steve and our younger daughter who is now 25. but are there other benefits that people without Alzheimer’s you’ve seen just in the work with MCT? Does it make people who are already healthy perform better? Mary Newport: I think so. one of my sisters had a similar response and she noticed that if she went on vacation and didn’t bring any with her for five or six days. I remember every now and then I would have a subtle memory issue and then I thought it was because of my age but now I don’t feel that anymore. I’ve had exactly the same experience. Mary Newport: The hydrogenated oils and margarine are not good for us. as a medical professional. Dave Asprey: I travel internationally a lot and there’s something I will not travel without if all possible. I have an infographic on things to eat and things not to eat and those are on the “don’t eat” them because there is pretty good evidence that you don’t want to do that.

” I’m hearing this from college students. Mary Newport: It is. Dave Asprey: Excellent. Most of these people maintain normal cognition but they become weaker and weaker until finally they can’t eat and breathe. We didn’t have a problem with it which was great. I just wrote on the labels and I put a copy of my article in the bag with it just in case they wanted to know what it was. It’s so important. . The liver converts the MCT and the brain takes it up. It’s very quick. A lot of the people who read the blog or listen to the podcasts often times are sort of saying the same thing like “I really don’t want to go without it because once I get use to feeling like this I really like it. and of course for them getting more MCT means better breast milk. He watched a YouTube interview that I have and he got himself up to nine tablespoons a day and he contacted me after a year and he had actually stabilized overtime. He has not gotten worse and his muscle mass has continued to increase in his legs. He’s trying to do a little social-clinical trial with it. Their energy comes back faster. He could feel that leg again after several months and his doctors decided that he can’t have ALS. She thought that that was the normal screen and the screen became pink. And they’re also feeling better. where she was having an earlier stage of ALS but she stabilized also and her doctor told her that they had the wrong diagnosis. So you’re having the same experience. Mary Newport: Yeah. I’ve had a lady with glaucoma and you might think how could that be related? The eyes are an extension of the brain and neurons are involved in diseases like glaucoma and macular degeneration and this lady who has glaucoma she said she took MCT oil and she happened to be sitting at her computer and she thought that the screen was shades of grey.did put it in the little shampoo bottles. same thing. mothers who have young children. she hasn’t gotten worse. Dave Asprey: The effect is noticeable within a half hour. I’d just put little stickers on it that said it was MCT oil for Alzheimer’s. It’s almost kind of ridiculous that medium chain triglyceride oil has this profound effect but you’ve seen if for Alzheimer’s. I thought that was pretty interesting and she’s kept in touch with me too. and to me that’s the worst. I had another lady. She thought it was rather odd so she repeated the experiment several days in a row and every time she’d take the MCT oil about a half an hour later her screen would come in in color. You get worse but he actually increased the muscle mass in his legs and now he’s almost two years out and he’s still stable. the ones that hold up to three ounces and could put a couple doses in each bottle for Steve. Lou Gehrig’s disease. you’ve seen it for some other things as well. about a year and a half now her glaucoma’s been stabled. It’s a horrible disease but this man had contacted me after he had been using coconut oil for about a year. That worked really well. They told him that he can’t have ALS because he would be getting worse. and this is a disease that you do digress or a year. He said one of his legs felt like it was dead to him and the life came back to it. So it’s very interesting. She started seeing color on the screen and it was news to her that it was even in color. There’s a man with ALS. I’ve had several people lately with ALS contact me and I refer them to him because of his experience with it. I’ve had people with Parkinson’s.

people develop problems with blindness and neuthropy which is the kidney damage from diabetes. type I and II diabetes. Let’s say they do glucose PET scans. Autism. The extra chromosome that they have has some of the genes that are involved in Alzheimer’s so they develop it prematurely and they all will develop Alzheimer’s if they live into their 30’s and 40’s. I have heard from about some children who seem to respond. So that could explain why even with relatively low levels of ketones. and it’s just a handful of people from each but I think part of the problem is just getting it out there to the right people. It does cross the blood-brain barrier although studies haven’t been done to absolutely prove that it’s taken up by brain mitochondria but it might also be another alternative fuel for the brain. you having this kind of effect that the medium chains are also acting as a fuel. My husband had Alzheimer’s and he responded so that was basically the people I was targeting right away. the brain has difficultly using glucose for a period of time after an acute brain injury but could use ketones so that could be benefited. ketogenic dieting. the medium chain fatty acids themselves can act as a fuel and there are studies showing that it’s taken up by muscle and it’s oxidized by the mitochondrial muscle and acts directly as fuel. just the medium chain fatty acids. or MCT oil supplementation? Mary Newport: I’ve heard from people with Parkinson’s disease. They will find certain parts of the brain or spinal cord that don’t take up glucose normally and these are people who might benefit by having ketones available as a source of energy. Co-host: We’ve talked a little bit about Alzheimer’s and Lou Gehrig’s disease. Are there any particular studies that pop out to you . Various people with different conditions have tried this and they benefited. As the organs because insulin resistant. There was actually a paper showing in mice that had diabetic neuthropy or kidney disease that ketones were able to completely reverse it over a period of six weeks which is very interesting so other organs besides the brain can benefit in people how have type I or II diabetes by taking medium chain fatty acids. Are there any other neurological conditions or diseases in general that can be treated with ketones. some forms of autism. The thing that’s common to all of these diseases is that there is some part of the brain or nervous system that has trouble with picking up glucose into cells. Of course. MS. Theoretically Duchenne muscular dystrophy might respond to this but I have not heard from anyone with that yet. some of their symptoms improved. I’ve heard from people who were in early stages of Huntington’s that feel that they have stabilized. all of the cells except the liver can use ketones.In addition to the ketones. Acute brain injury. Those two things are very common. Many listeners of our podcasts and readers of our blog are very critical thinkers and love to look up studies like we all do about these kinds of things. People with Down’s syndrome will develop Alzheimer’s when they get into middle age. Co-host: That’s an excellent segway since you mentioned the study.

VanItallie is a very thorough. I could email back the complete article for most of the things that I have on the references there. I actually told him that maybe going slower would be smart but that wasn’t his goal. He did what he was going to do and it worked out very well. having their brain work with food. How much MCT oil would you recommend that they start with and progress too? Mary Newport: One of the main adverse effects of taking MCT oil is diarrhea. But what is the normal dosing protocol? Let’s say someone who is 40 or under who’s interested in feeling better. I don’t have all of the PDFs of the papers available but if someone were to email me with a specific reference in mind. getting a little more energy. Lauren Constantini. The one by Dr. Theodore VanItallie. I have the PDFs there. We’ll make sure in our show notes to have links to your site. That’s a good place to start. I believe I have a bibliography. so if you try to take too much. too fast you are going to have this rather sudden explosive diarrhea. The use is a little different but I have a guy who I’m coaching who lost 75 pounds in 75 days using MCT oil on a daily basis. If you look under “scientific references” you can find a list of some of the articles that cover the basics and then there are articles by Samuel Henderson. then increase that amount every couple of days. you can put weight on. a lot of people don’t. The other thing you want to do is also substitute it in for other fat in the diet because if you just add it to what you’re eating you could potentially gain weight even with MCT oil. The thing about MCT is that it is used right . You can actually print them out. I’m pretty sure that some of the members of the Smart Life Forum or the Silicon Health Institute may have reached out to you in the past because we have been passing those papers around. I take 30 grams of MCT oil in the morning in my coffee and I recommend different dosing protocols for people as a biohacker. Richard Veech and Dr. I usually tell people to start with one teaspoon. Basically as you’re adding the MCT you may want to subtract some other fats from the diet possibly and/or reduce carbohydrate intake to compensate for some of the calories. My website is www. which means I work in computer security and I basically hacked my metabolism and a bunch of other things to raise my IQ and just change my performance profile pretty dramatically. It is used as energy but if you get too many calories in a day. Dave Asprey: That is an amazing offer and thank you for being so willing to share your knowledge with people.coconutketones. They are the ones who developed AC1202 so there are references on there. well written discussion and overview of how this would work and what types of diseases might respond to this. and we’ll make sure that people can find you and find these papers because that’s really important stuff. It’s over 150 references that you can print out a copy of the references. In fact we’ll have a transcript for this entire session so people can search it and what not. If they tolerate that. two or three times a day.that really just highlight to you how effective this kind of treatment is or any studies that support what you’re talking about that you can name off the top of your head that people can look up after the interview? Mary Newport: On my website I have some hypothesis papers from Dr. I have another question along those lines. Even though my husband tolerated over two tablespoons of coconut oil.

there’s no food in canola oil as far as I can tell. There are other methods where they actually dry the coconut and it’s stored for awhile then shipped somewhere else and in that process it can acquire mold. one is maybe more of a comment. I haven’t tried it and I’m not sure if I would want to try it but you haven’t heard about that either? Mary Newport: No. You would get fresher coconut that’s less likely to have mold attached to it. I believe it’s to canola oil as a source. What it seems like is that there are some secondary things like mycotoxins.away as energy. that’s new to me but I’m always learning new things about this. For the first half of my life I was 300 pounds. It’s very highly purified but if you’re eating raw coconut oil. It’s a micro-expeller process where they use fresh coconuts and extract the coconut oil from them immediately. A lot of people deliberately take canola oil because they’ve been told it’s a healthy fat but it’s really not. The MCTs. Mary Newport: I’m jealous. These are the toxins that come from molds that are found in the environment and our food supply. There are different ways of processing coconut oil. Dave Asprey: In fact. I haven’t. Have you come across any research in what you’re doing with coconut oil and MCTs about mycotoxin content of coconut oil? I’ve found some brands have large amounts of mycotoxins and some manufacturers test for it. I have stretch marks. These mycotoxins are linked to most of the degenerative diseases that you’ve mentioned in one or another study as well as to obesity. I have been learning more and more about that but you’ll find refined versus unrefined coconut oils and there’s a process called DME. somewhere along those lines. Dave Asprey: I have a history of obesity. I mean they would have to. I hadn’t thought too much about the MCT actually containing mold but I imagine that would be possible depending on where it’s taken from. as MCT or coconut oil. The MCT oil I use is a pharmaceutical grade. genetically modified bacterial things. Then in the process they use chemicals to bleach it and process it so it’s probably best to stay away from refined coconut oil and look for micro-expeller pressed coconut oil. That’s probably the best method to avoid getting contaminants from molds and that type of thing. it’s not stored as fat. There are no medium chains in canola oil so they would have to do something to the fatty acids themselves to shorten the length of the fatty acids. Mary Newport: I know and it’s touted as a healthy oil. It’s very heavy in . Dave Asprey: I have two questions that arise from that. Dave Asprey: There’s also a new source of MCT that’s coming from non-coconut. I would say to tr y to get up to between three to five tablespoons a day. is this a concern for you and have you noticed a difference between brands? Mary Newport: Yeah. I’m kind of concerned about it. I was concerned when I started using MCT about the higher fat and this was years and years ago. but for the last two years I ran a self experiment where I’ve been eating between 4000 and 4500 calories a day and at least five tablespoons from all sources of MCTs and I’ve actually gained muscle and stayed lean like with a six pack without exercise.

people who are at risk for Alzheimer’s that they have an energy deficit in the brain of about 5 to 10 percent even in younger adulthood. for example. It’ s called the 20 Under 20 and I just gave a lecture to them as well and I’m sort of thinking what is the impact going to be even before your 20 once you start cutting the bad stuff from your diet. You lose the omega-3 from soybean oil when you hydrogenate it and you lose some of the omega-6 as well but it also creates a molecule that is bent in the wrong direction. These fats don’t fit normally into cell membranes and the cell membrane is important as far as what gets in and out of the cell. the polyunsaturated fats in it. healthier fats kind of program just for the entire duration of your adult life. I think there are a lot of things like that in our diet like hydrogenated fats and trans fats that can contribute. Omega-3 is also a polyunsaturated fatty acid and it also could pick up free radicals but we do need a certain amount of omega-3. It’s not particularly good. They are going to maintain their cognitive and energy levels. You don’t need to have those in your diet. It’s a very interesting paper. When you hydrogenate it. By taking MCT oil you could make up that deficit by providing ketones to the brain. It just so happens that. for so many years. Dave Asprey: That’s going to be really interesting to dig into. if soybean oil is hydrogenated. it makes them stiffer and the cell doesn’t live as long and it affects what gets in and out of the cell. Again I have copies of it on my computer that I can send if anyone wants a copy of it. They have sites on the fatty acid that are available to pick up free radicals that can damage mitochondria and damage the cells. Most PET scans use glucose but this was a ketone PET scan and they found that the amount of energy used by the brain as ketones is directly proportional to what your plasma levels are. touted as lowering cholesterol but they actually pick up free radicals. Dave Asprey: Do you think that contributes to degenerative disease including or excluding Alzheimer’s? Mary Newport: I think it and soybean oil is too. people under 20 who are backed by the Peter Thiel Foundation. you start adding MCT oil. they’re going to be out there competing against 40 year olds. I do think that those kinds of fats can contribute to neurodegenerative diseases over time and it’s just best to avoid them. and you go on a lower toxin. For example. which is what you get after taking a dose of MCT oil such as the 30 mL you were talking about. but they did ketone PET scans which is interesting. There’s a study by Cunnane. You sort of see that same effect if you put on your futuristic hat and making medical claims that doctors aren’t allowed to make? Mary Newport: I do. He discusses a little bit about using MCT as a strategy for prevention and by keeping a level of 0. Omega-3 means that’s a site that’s not occupied by hydrogen.5 millimoles. that you could potentially provide 5 or 10 percent of the energy to the brain as ketones. I definitely want to check . I am suspecting that it is going to make just huge differences in performance for someone in their 20’s but also when they’re 60. it’s just that the average person in the United States tends to have too much omega-6 and not enough omega-3 in the diet. that’s why it’s called a trans fat instead of a cis fat. Polyunsaturated fats were. Dave Asprey: I feel really fortunate that I just started mentoring a group of very high potential young people. Omega-3 is the first to go when hydrogens are added to fatty acids. When you start inserting trans fats into the cell membrane. I do think that this could be a great preventative tool to prevent diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. he’s Canadian and the main author. the tiny amount of omega-3 that is in is eliminated. those sites are filled with hydrogen. People can definitely get too much omega-6 fatty acids particularly if they use canola oil and soybean oil and don’t get enough omega-3.

There have been several different microbes that have been implicated as possible causes of Alzheimer’s. It’s shown to kill certain viruses in the herpes family and HIV by dissolving the lipid capsule around the virus. Mary Newport: I put MCT oil on salad and I just put a little of another salad dressing. for example lauric acid. The nerves that come out there to the mouth originate to the brain and happen to be very close to where Alzheimer’s originates. It’s active against things like candida. Mary Newport: The interesting thing we found out about it right away is that it seems to enhance the flavors for foods. E4. The reason why I do the same thing is MCT oil is mostly capric and capylic but coconut oil is roughly 7 and 8 percent of those two substances so 15 percent of C8 and C10. whatever is left over. Are some of those lengths better than others in your experience? Mary Newport: The shorter the chain is the more that will be converted to ketones. it’s about half of coconut oil and there’s not very much of it in MCT oil but it’s very antimicrobial and somewhat antiviral. It’s interesting. MCT oil does really bring out the flavor. at least for some people. and a big squirt of MCT oil in my morning coffee to blend and get a nice head of foam like a latte and it tastes like a religious experience. I know people from Japan who really know their sushi who’ve tried this and their eyes get big. You could just put the MCT oil on it and I’d be perfectly happy with it. Dave Asprey: It sounds like you’ve discovered all the little things about MCT oil that I’ve . Here’s one more final question that’s a little bit geeky but I just have to ask it. it’s a C12 (12 carbon) chain. even Chlamydia. That’s kind of the generality but then again the body appears to be able to use the medium chains. have a very high association with fever blisters with having that genetic type. about 90% of these plaques contain the DNA of the herpes simplex virus. apparently that’s the most active antimicrobial and it’s a medium chain fatty acid. There are four lengths of medium chain oils that are considered medium chain. so I basically put a hunk of butter. Dave Asprey: It is and in fact if you’ve never tried this try straight MCT oil on sushi with a little bit of rice on it. It’s antifungal. As far as other effects. You just have to try it. It can be type II but it’s usually type I. That’s the type when you have fever blisters on your mouth. Dave Asprey: That seems like a good recommendation to use some MCT and some coconut oil. I wasn’t just going to eat a handful of lettuce. It’s caused by a herpes virus type I usually. As you go from C12 which is lauric acid to the C10. It’s hard to explain. but they have shown that if you infect mice with herpes simplex virus they will develop plaques and tangles just as Alzheimer’s patients have.that paper out just for my own biohacking principles. there are still antimicrobial effects but it’s not as strong as with the lauric acid so that’s one of the reasons why I mix the MCT oil with coconut oil for Steve. they’re referring to lauric acid in the breast milk. which my husband is. People who are a certain genotype apolipoproteins E. It’s antibacterial and a number of bacteria are killed by it and antiprotozoal. unless it had salad dressing of some kind on it. It will make sushi the most satisfying tasty thing. but it’s amazing. They feel very strongly th at. In the past. I feel really good. herpes simplex virus might be the cause of Alzheimer’s disease. When they say breast milk is anti infective for a newborn. There’s a group in England and several other groups that have been studying this but they have been able to show that in the beta amyloid plaques in the brain. They contain other things too like heavy metals. That’s one of the reasons why I keep the coconut oil because it’s anti-herpes simplex virus. one of them being herpes simplex virus type I. Of the medium chain fatty acids. a little hunk of coconut oil.

Mary Newport: You’re very welcome. etc. I take a bunch of supplements. I would ditch it. You say you’re eating some raw milk and culturing your own probiotic kefir. Thank you for all the work you’ve done. In terms of supplements. Tim Ferriss recommended in his book and . Having a ton of this main amino acid. If you have an autoimmune disease whether it’s rheumatoid arthritis or ulcerative colitis like Andy then I think your best bet is to eat meat and vegetables for awhile. fat. surprisingly. Our first question comes from Andy. what do you think? Dave Asprey: In terms of supplements. That would include eliminating all grains including grain like compounds like kenwa and oats. I would definitely suggest cutting out nightshades for awhile and even eggs can have some problematic properties for some people. lots of raw egg yolks. which works awesomely well. Listener Q&A Dave Asprey: Now we’ll start with the Upgraded Self Listener Q&A.stumbled upon and a lot of things I didn’t know about particularly the things you just mentioned about Alzheimer’s. Bulletproof coffee every day. low wheat. It’s been very fascinating and you are one of the leaders in helping educate people about how healthy MCT can be for them. What do you think?” Co-host: The first thing I would suggest is following the same protocol that Matt Lalonde and others like Robb Wolf recommend which is a pretty strict elimination diet. I have actually found the higher saturated fat. I live in Japan and follow a fairly Bulletproof diet. not just if they have Alzheimer’s but even whether they’re prenatal babies or all the way through to when they’re older. I personally appreciate it. This is something that. I think Dave probably knows more about that than I do so Dave. One thing I haven’t yet tried is removing nightshades from my diet. We’re talking somewhere in the neighborhood of 80 grams per day maybe even more. and vegetables for awhile and then maybe introduce some things back into your diet. all the research. can do profound things for gut healing. if you have any egg yolks. Thank you for making those comments. He asks “What are your recommendations for someone with an autoimmune disease – specifically ulcerative colitis? I’m looking for both general ideas and in terms of the Bulletproof diet? Currently I follow the LEF foundation’s protocol vitamin wise. I’d like to thank you for being on our podcast. contrary to what the experts would tell you! I also culture my own raw milk. You should also be eating all pastured eggs yolks. lower carb diet to be great for my symptoms. I think you need to go zero dairy for awhile even maybe not eating grass fed butter for awhile if you have something like an autoimmune disease which is extremely serious. organic probiotic enhanced kefir. and I would suggest that all your meat and seafood be wild caught or grass fed or fed a natural diet. the number one would be L-glutamine. I would be eating pretty much meat. and all the energy you’ve put into helping people learn about the benefits of this. the most common one in your body.

It’s not an unpleasant flavor whatsoever. nothing you’re allergic to is on the Bulletproof diet and eggs are a common allergen especially well cooked eggs. even in hospitals. The problem there is that you really need to look at following a rotation diet. The problem here though is if you got an autoimmune disease of the gut and you got even a little bit of wheat. “Do you have experience with healing extreme injuries like bone fractures (broken bones)? Diets similar to yours will manage inflammation. but dollar for dollar. L-glutamine can be an absolute godsend. Branched chain amino acids are also really effective for maintaining muscle mass while you’re recovering. They actually pasteurize them in commercial things because they’re using low quality eggs but if you make your own. I’m going to get salmonella. people who do not necessarily know they have food allergies. It doesn’t feel like it’s doing damage even though it is. you should do them raw which is exactly what you’re doing. an egg yolk and a smoothie. in terms of foods. It can also help your immune function. you’re probably really causing some big problems there. The next question is from Sean. It was that approach that actually led me years ago to conclude that I was having cognitive problems that were caused by eating wheat two days before I had the cognitive problem. This is something we’ll blog about some more but a huge number of people who are listening to this podcast. We’ll cover that during the show but in terms of being gross. it makes it taste like ice cream.” You’re probably not going to get salmonella. There are also. you like ice cream. . In fact if you’re not going to be exercising or you are going to be fasting. Things like that are likely playing a role here and like we just mentioned. taking a little bit of that every day helps a lot. You can take about 5 grams a day. it actually feels energizing. If you have that amino acid which you take as a powder and mix it in water or you can take is as capsules but you need a lot of it. There’s lots of them out there and they say about the same thing which is group foods into categories where they are related and then eliminate them for a little while and see how you feel when you add them back is well known. If you’re doing the eggs. This is a pretty specific question and the Bulletproof diet has more than a thousand references that I built in from the book that’s getting published from Wiley and I built them into that single infographic in order to help make those decisions on what to eat and what not to eat. it really helps. raw egg yolks are profoundly healing for the body and I know a lot of people who are listening to this might think “That’s gross. actually do have food allergies and the symptoms are kind of strange because if you eat something you’re allergic to everyday. Certainly the idea of following an elimination diet is a really good idea and I’ve done that myself. L-glutamine is just about unmatched. which supplements and/or foods have you found to be most valuable in healing?” Dave Asprey: It’s kind of funny to say the same thing twice but for healing. This is one of those things where you can buy a book on rotation diets. Co-host: Sounds good. eliminating eggs even though eggs are on the Bulletproof diet. that L-glutamine speeds gut healing. you like raw egg yolks because that’s what good ice cream is made with. not just an elimination diet. I recommend that to anyone on the Bulletproof diet especially if you’re getting any kind of cravings or headaches. don’t you? If you like ice cream.

I feel weird. so if you want to be able to heal right. Just because you’re resilient enough to tolerate a low fat diet. Those guys are using far-infrared lasers. However the best and fastest way of getting your glutathione levels up. It’s very hard to supplement but the lipoceutical form surrounds it in a fat molecule that goes right through your GI tract. you probably don’t need more calcium. It’s also shown in a study to increase bone density by as much at 15 percent if memory serves right. Do you have any ideas that can help with this?” Dave Asprey: You’re probably dealing with a sluggish liver or some sort of bile problem. you might want to try N-acetyl-cysteine and vitamin C for awhile which will help you build your levels of glutathione. I know some people who tolerate carbs and tolerate a low fat diet better than others but when those people go on a higher. but every time I do it. So how do I approach this to get results? I have tried to stick for 2-3 weeks. spacey. is to take lipoceutical glutathione. People often think collagen is for skin and hair. On top of that. silica. which is a complex molecule that gets destroyed in your gut. The other thing that really makes a difference is taking collagen. I would look at using laser therapy to speed healing. K is centergistic with D and if you’re not getting enough K. There are bone specific things here that I guess I’m not covering. particularly magnesium. Most people get too much calcium but getting magnesium and phosphorus may be really important for you. In this case. healthy fat diet like the Bulletproof diet. they probably won’t heal as well as they should. There’s another couple things that belong on this list. .Co-host: What other supplements would you recommend like boron or some of these other things you recommended when my dad broke his femur? Dave Asprey: That’s a good point. and surprisingly. There’s boron. un-grounded etc. You know. Co-host: The next question comes from Sasho. The obvious one would be vitamin D. which is kind of outside the scope of your question which is really about supplements and foods. which we write about extensively on the blog. I have one on my desk sitting in front of me. It’s glutathione. all of the vitamins and all of the nutrients that are going to be important for building the scaffolding and mineralizing the bone. the low blood/brain sugar symptoms. unless you’re testing low on a blood test. hoping to adapt and start converting fat for energy. doesn’t mean that’s the right choice for you. There’s a lot of muscle stuff that goes around it. That isn’t the case in my experience. There are some people out there that believe there are protein types and carb types based on your blood type and things like that. as well as vitamin K too. but predigested collagen like the stuff that we recommend on the blog is really effective for growing the scaffolding for the bones so I take that stuff every day and I have for quite awhile because it helps with flexibility and helps with skin and hair. My body just doesn’t seem to like processing fat. This is one of those things I recommended in the recent piece on what to do if you’re going to go out and have a few drinks on Thanksgiving. It’s actually a method of delivery for advance drugs but here we’re using it for a vitamin. Lipoceutical glutathione is a pretty amazing substance. glutathione being that master antioxidant detoxer in the liver. which a lot of people haven’t heard of. if you’re dealing with liver issues. “I am trying the bulletproof diet and I have tried a high-fat diet in the past. their performance generally improves and they feel better than they normally do. It’s pretty amazing. Low level laser therapy can speed healing to the point that you have NFL quarterbacks who have knee surgery and are playing professionally two weeks later.

it’s time to look as some lab tests. I would definitely stop eating steel cut oats. you take betaine HCL. but can you give me an idea of what and when you eat on a daily basis? Right now I eat on average every 2. In fact anyone who has had their gallbladder taken out and a surprising number of people have. In order to help your body during the adjustment period. After that. You forgot how to do it because you’ve been eating sticks and twigs for too long. and there’s no nutrient value in them anyway. and lectins. You can also take the fat digesting enzyme lipase. It’s been going on for hundreds of years and it involves grapefruit juice and olive oil and it’s relatively unpleasant for about 24 hours but the impact on your liver function and your metabolism and how you feel and your skin is kind of unmatched. phytic acid. but saying that is like saying carbs aren’t good for you. they are often processed on the same manufacturing facilities as the other gluten containing grains so they often are contaminated with small amounts of gluten. I eats steel cut oats now. so get your liver running. you’re basically not going to live very long if you don’t take ox bile when you eat fat. is the something you recommend I stop eating?” Co-host: First of all. Also.Glutathione in this form is what lets your liver detox the fastest. Co-host: Ox bile extract might help too. If it’s a gallbladder issue then Ox bile is recommended. Dave Asprey: Certainly. They are probably doing a lot of damage to your body. which is hydrochloric acid. I see the food charts and the number of recommended servings per day. There’s nothing healthy about them. You can also take several pills per meal as long as it doesn’t give you strong indigestion. That’s how you know you’ve hit too much. I think Mark Sisson has said something like fiber is not technically good for you. They also have horrible problems with mycotoxins. There’s just no point in eating them. Our next question is from Mike. Your body absolutely should like proces sing fat unless you have something wrong with your gallbladder or your liver or something else with your digestion. If it’s still not working there’s something called a liver flush you can do. We’ll put some links to some of that here. Most people who go on the diet for a couple weeks and have a hard time like you. betaine HCL. aren’t processing enough fat because their pancreas hasn’t learned how to digest fat yet. It’s something I’ve done probably 20 times in the last dozen years and it always makes me feel better. It’s really important.5 – 3hrs. is a really good supplement to take with fat. There are some carbs that are good for you and . so there are basically a cheap source of refined carbs. It’s an old herbalist trick. “I am interested in starting the Bulletproof Diet. While most oats are gluten free.

The fiber from things like broccoli and sweet potatoes is good for you and there are also health promoting effects like butyrate formation. Dave Asprey: I pretty much try to eat the green side of the Bulletproof diet and a lot of people say “How do you make stuff out of that?” The core dishes are meat and meat can be prepared lots of ways. I will steam the vegetables. Those are the most common things and for breakfast I usually have Bulletproof coffee and that’s plenty of fat to make me feel really full and good all morning long. more often than not. is bad for you. infrared light convection oven that sits on your counter about the size of a crockpot. You blend it and you can have creamed broccoli or creamed spinach or whatever you like. if I have carbs. There’s actually some evidence that that can be damaging to your liver just because you’re overstressing it by putting nutrients into it all the time. which I try to do most of the time. and every now and then I’ll make some kind of weird stuff and fat. If I’m going to eat breakfast. My favorite way of making it is in one of those things you’ll see on late night. I have no idea why. What you’re doing is making the equivalent of mashed potatoes except it’s not a potato or a starchy carb. I will. If I’m going to have vegetables with a meal. It doesn’t use microwaves. it puffs up and it’s chewy and crunchy and reminds you . I eat pretty boring foods: meat. and there are even more benefits to Bulletproof fasting. It’ll cook a frozen piece of steak or hamburger to perfectly medium rare in about 20 minutes or less. It’s called the Flavorwave. There is no vegetable on earth that doesn’t taste really good when you mix it with butter and salt and maybe a couple drops of vinegar. Sharper Image infomercials. It’s cauliflower or broccoli. toss them into a blender with a big hunk (several tablespoons) of butter and MCT oil. just like the carbs from grains. so that’s what I would try. It’s a white rice that has been pounded into a flat brick. In terms of vegetables. The other thing I noticed is that you’re eating two and half to three hours a day. In terms of what I eat on a daily basis. I toss it in there and it’s done. it’s usually eggs and pastured or low mycotoxin bacon.some carbs that are bad for you. When you toss it in the oven. autophagy. It just uses radiant heat combined with a little fan. my favorite Saturday-morning-with-the-kids meal is something called mochi. You can buy it at whole foods. For most people they are still bad and toxic unlike saturated fat and MCT oil. There are a lot of benefits to intermittent fasting such as reduced oxidative damage. vegetables. maybe some spices. So the fiber from grains. There’s no benefit to doing that. It’s basically a halogen based. Sometimes with the eggs. It’s very energy efficient too so that lets me take something that would take a lon g time to prepare. sometimes I just have meat because I’m in a hurry.

you’re getting gluten from the wheat. The difference there was the prevalence of mycotoxins in Europe. I noticed when I was still eating wheat that I didn’t do well on wheat in the U. People are not going to like hearing this but saccharomyces. but I might eat it once a week. That’s an example but even then that’s not the only source of mycotoxins because almost all wheat that you eat is made with yeast and yeast is a mold. Fiber in wheat is actually damaging. Again. If you want that traditional breakfast feeling. Mycotoxins in grain are a major issue and different parts of the world have different types and amounts of mycotoxins in their grain. It’s a huge. the standards are better there but also the ones that grow there are different than the ones that grow in the U. you prepare them in different ways. that’s what you can do but overall meat. “There is a lot of epidemiological evidence that wheat products aren’t that great for health. it’s kind of like bacteria. maybe a decade ago. I know now from blood tests and from paying attention to these things that fusarium is particularly damaging for me. first of all. the mold that grew on the wheat as it was in the field. It’s just not a good food for people. which is the name for the type of brewer’s and baker’s yeast that we use all the time is well linked to cancer and cardiovascular disease. That’s a mold that grows on corn very commonly found in the U. When I went to Europe. very broad subject of compounds. I have extensive research in my upcoming book on the effects of wheat on pregnancy and on your baby and it’s not positive. . When I was first troubleshooting this. In fact I have references to a few cardiovascular ties to mold in the lecture video that I have on the website.S. but the research of paleo-types usually focus on gluten.S. is fiber. as it was processed. Co-host: The next question comes from D Almeida. It’s not just gluten. their palates get deformed. though research on that has been less than conclusive. It also grows on grains but far less common in Europe. you add different spices. and maybe a little phytic acid thrown in to boot. We know exactly what happens to about 70% of the population when they try to digest wheat. I could eat a croissant and have no symptoms whatsoever and it would just drive me nuts. People get shorter. you do salads with avocado and MCT oil based dressings and life is good. as we talked about. Have you ever considered that the mold/mycotoxins from wheat could be what everyone should be focusing on?” Dave Asprey: I think. We look at historical evidence at what happens when wheat is introduced to a society.S.just like eating a good piece of toast. Co-host: I would totally agree with everything you said. The other problem. There is also the lectin issue and there are many kinds of lectins. There are all sorts of problems with it. They don’t thrive on it for sure. that the research on gluten is really conclusive. vegetables. If you’re eating wheat you’re getting all of the defense mechanisms that the yeast in your bread has.

not ones that come from some amassed store because often times the ones that are relatively cheap were also the ones that were end of season and moldy. They’re a food of last resort. but the clinical evidence is even worse. They’re actually one of the highest so you might want to tilt your intake more towards raw almonds and away from walnuts.” Dave Asprey: It’s kind of a long list of foods there but the ones that stand out as being proinflammatory and potentially problematic for prostate cancer would be some of your grain choices. some beans. and a host of other problems. inflammation. Walnuts are also a very high omega-6 nut. Beans. “I’m curious if any of your readers had success with your diet for prostate cancer. If you’re eating nuts that are not fresh. a little pasteurized grass fed butter. but straight almonds are probably going to be okay for you. You say your blood test numbers are good. We’re not sure which blood test you’re talking about and I think you should definitely do the citrus pectin. coconut oil. In terms of other risky things for prostate cancer. amaranth. My grains are brown rice. quite often prostate irritation can happen from molds that grow on berries. My blood test numbers are really good. cashews have been having a ton of problems. Mycotoxins are a part of it but there’s no reason you should try to limit it to just mycotoxins or just gluten. mostly almonds and walnuts. you will want to soak them for a long time and probably ferment them for awhile and even then you’re getting a lot of starch that just isn’t necessary. (wild salmon-sardines mostly) grass-fed meat only on occasions. Not afraid of fats but I do not want to overdo it. and nuts. macrobiotic diet. I do eat little fish. not ones that have sat around for a week at the store and you need to eat high end frozen berries. you are going to get oxidized oils and you’re probably getting mycotoxins. It’s just bad for you so there’s no reason to eat it. nuts surprisingly.You also mentioned the epidemiological evidence isn’t great. The only supplement I take vitamineral greens. You want to eat fresh. decreased growth. particularly lately. There’s tons of evidence showing that wheat causes tremendous gut damage. interferes with vitamin D synthesis and mineral absorption. Brown rice is inferior to white rice. With the berries you’re eating. The next question comes from Mike. You might also want to add . The epidemiological evidence is horrible as Dave just mentioned about shorter height. and citrus pectin plus vitamin D in water. The fats I consume are avocados. quinoa. Beans are pretty irritating and they really are not a health food. If you’re having real concerns with prostate cancer. I have low grade prostate cancer and eat kind of like an Americanized. The rest is plenty veggies. This is a major problem with frozen berries or fresh berries. technically you should soak and/or sprout the almonds to get maximum health there. yams and root vegetables. same things. That’s why they’re cheap. Period. some fruits. You’re right. frozen berries. If you’re going to eat beans. and amaranth and quinoa are grains and probably have mycotoxins. and certainly not as good for you as yams and root vegetables would be so you’d want to minimize those. even organ shrinkage. (mostly berries).

the odds of prostate cancer causing you to die are very low because it’s low grade. “What do you think of the recent hype around tDCS. would be the way I would approach almost any cancer should I come down with it. I think that’s helpful for almost anyone who’s dealing with any type of cancer. I built that in the Bulletproof diet to the point where I don’t think about it as much as I should. Dave Asprey: That’s a good point. Co-host: You should definitely read that post. questionably effective chemotherapy agents with insulin so that the cancer cells open up and take in more of the chemotherapy agents than the other cells so you don’t need as much of it and you don’t get as sick. There’s a lot of similarities between those two and I’ll walk through those real quick for readers who are interested in real biohacking using electronics to upgrade your head. a lot of people over treat it and if they over treat it with surgery and radiation. I think there were six or seven different reasons. What it sounds like he’s eating is an “Americanized. if you want to have cancer. which sounds to me like really high carb diet. if I was dealing with cancer and I went down the chemotherapy route. It sounds like you’re eating probably 60-70 percent of your diet from carbs which. over age 60. . That actually.” Dave Asprey: I got quoted recently in a big piece. which is what I used on stage when I gave that talk in Sweden about how to upgrade your brain. and coconut oil every now and then. is a great idea. Given that you have low grade prostate cancer. macrobiotic diet”. One other thing we should definitely mention is a post that went out on the Bulletproof Executive about a week ago about Steve Job’s diet. Even more importantly than just low carb was getting rid of grain based carbs and all sorts of possible food toxins. Obviously I would want to make sure that the cancer had insulin receptors. He says he eats a little fish. Co-host: The next question is from Andy. we don’t know your age but a lot of time people with prostate cancer. the equivalent of Science magazine. Cancer cells have 28 times more insulin receptors than healthy cells in your body. Have you tried it? Would you recommend it? It would seem to be a rather cheap. you can keep you blood sugars lows and are not giving the cancer all that sugar it wants in order to help it grow. This is one of those areas where proceeding cautiously for most prostate cancers seems like what the people I talk to in my anti-aging group do. Co-host: Agreed. only on occasions. safe and effective means of lowering cortisol and boosting concentration for a number of hours. you could end up in a diaper and not having sex again. The whole article was about a very good study recently showing that low carb diets could be extremely effective for treating any kind of cancer for numerous reasons. So unless it’s a very aggressive form. I think Dave should mention a little more about that since he has even more experience with it. It’s there a lot of the time but is doesn’t do anything.activated charcoal for additional toxin binding over time. Dave Asprey: Well said. basically Italy’s version of the American publication and they talked about tDCS and it’s something that I’m pretty eager to try but the comparisons between CES or cerebral electro stimulation. By eating a Bulletproof diet. There’s actually a form of chemotherapy with far less side effects called Insulin Potentiated Therapy (IPT) and what they do there is they mix the administration of these really potent. some grass fed meat.

Someone out there will probably start selling home tDCS units at some point and I’ll probably buy it and play with it but I’m convinced for the average person who’s not really into playing around with their brain. With tDCS. $350. Say that you would like to have some stress relief and ask if they can write up a script for one of these. and they just let the current flow through your brain. They actually can be kind of expensive. CES is simpler because the placement of electrodes is much less important and the difference between CES and tDCS is that tDCS has current flowing in one direction only and with CES. Dave Asprey: That’s a totally fair point. I love it. There’s lots of research. Getting your doctor to write a prescription. what I use. Sleep hacking and mental performance. plus-minus and the polarity shifts and the current goes back and forth. we’re talking about really small amounts. So the bottom line is the recent hype around tDCS. one of them is positive. and it goes plus-minus. the other negative. where you put the electrodes matters enormously so it’s very focused. tDCS will be harder to administer because you’ll put the electrodes in the wrong place. much more on CES than tDCS going back to the Russian space program in the 50’s when they invented this so astronauts could get less sleep without having physical or mental degeneration. It’s cheap. one on each ear or one on each temple if you’re doing it more frontally. there are no convulsions and you might feel a little tingling but there’s no pain and there’s not meant to be pain. I don’t think you’re likely to do a lot of damage to yourself with tDCS. Co-host: Since it is the Christmas season. This isn’t like electrotherapy. you need to work with your doctor. Getting a CES. A lot of the ones out there are more than $1000 so I did a bunch of research and found one that was reasonably priced and relatively accessible. With CES you get the same sustained concentration the whole front of you brain basically gets more alpha and it’s sustained for hours and hours and that’s been confirmed using EEG studies and I believe even some FMRI studies. we alternate the current going back and forth. If you live in the U. . The effects of doing this are pretty neat. When I say the current. However. So I have two electrodes. we just ship them directly and this is one of those things where it’s about $300 and the benefits you get for sleep and stress control are so large that I’ve been doing this for more than a decade and I do it regularly. nothing says “I love you” like a CES unit.This transcranial direct current stimulation is relatively new and what they’re doing there is they’re sticking two electrodes on your head. Co-host: It’s like one of those Mastercard commercials. If you live anywhere else in the world. much less than a nine volt battery. Most people aren’t very good at putting electrodes on their own head and knowing exactly where to put it for your own head is a bit of an art. priceless. takes five minutes.S. One part of the brain can be stimulated more than another part of the brain and it is very effective at lowering cortisol and boosting concentration depending on where you put the electrodes and that’s the problem. We do have those on the site.

I have prioritized health wellness and performance in my spending because it’s an investment that pays you back way more than putting something in the bank. That’s part of it. there’s a better technique and it involves vitamin D. I love the idea of going out and getting a shot and saying “There. It’s more there because I want to make sure I have access to this MCT oil personally and I want my family to have access to it. they’re not. take the supplements we . so we’re helping it grow.S. essentially in a tablespoon of our MCT oil. It’s not even coconut oil. Co-host: The next and last question is from Zingbo. far inferior to adequate vitamin D supplementation. no. The next question comes from Shane. believe it or not. ours would be lower priced and it would be much higher margined than it is. I don’t like wasting money either. That’s why if you were to do a comparison of our MCT oil versus coconut oil. Co-host: Right. It’s an old industry and basically nutritional technology has far exceed the effectiveness of flu vaccines so don’t waste your time and don’t take the risk of taking whatever else is in that needle. you’re basically getting a much higher concentration of two of those types of oils – capric and caprylic triglycerides – the ones that are having the most effect.Dave Asprey: I love it and it’s totally right. When you’re getting ours. Co-host: Think of it as upgraded coconut oil. so don’t stick needles in yourself unless there’s a good reason. That’s one of the reasons I use it. I will tell you flat out there is no reason for you to take the risks that come from artificially simulating your immune system to a specific type of flu versus just turning up your immune system with vitamin D so that your whole body functions better. coconut oil is only 7 and 8 percent capric and caprylic triglycerides whereas our MCT oil is predominantly those things. The numbers don’t lie here but the financial numbers give large incentive to flu vaccine manufacturing companies to fudge the numbers but if you look at outcomes. It’s really that much more effective. You’re getting. I do think it’s priceless and throughout my entire adult life. Is there anything special about the MCT oil on Upgraded Self. “Since we’re entering sniffle season and I seem to be the only person in my office healthy enough to not be bedridden right now. “There are a lot of different companies that sell MCT oil. follow the Bulletproof diet. you’re getting a substantially larger amount of these oils than you would get from 12 tablespoons of coconut oil to get the same amount of capric and caprylic. there is no data that says flu shots are Bulletproof and half of the time you’re getting the flu shot for a flu that doesn’t end up emerging anyway because they’re trying to predict which flu is going to happen based on what birds are pooping in Asia six months before flu season. The other part is how you filter your oil matters enormously because it turns out there’s four links of medium chain triglyceride oils and ours has extremely high percentages of the two middle oils. There is actually MCT oil on the market today that comes from heavily modified canola oil. We have a long history of contaminated flu shots in the U. and I’m trying to figure out what the difference is.” The problem is if you look at results from flu shots they are far. Co-host: If you want to avoid the flu. In this case. Now I’m invincible to the flu. Dave Asprey: I love it. much higher than typical MCT oil so as long as you got those four links of oils you can say this is medium chain and you’re technically correct. It’s actually one of the products we sell where we don’t even do very well on it. No. I have a question for you guys: are flu shots bulletproof?” Dave Asprey: I’m going to anger some substantial portion of listeners right now. The data is out there about it. or is it all pretty much the same?” Dave Asprey: If it was all pretty much the same stuff.

It’s not the idea that they bounce off of you because things that are invincible eventually sort of break. whether you’re looking for the supplements or articles we mentioned. the biohacker report.recommend. you should go over and leave your questions there. The second study we came across talked about dietary supplements and the illusion of invincibility. but what invincibility or bulletproofness actually means to me is actually more about resilience that says things are going to happen and it’s how you deal with them and how you recover from them that actually makes you bulletproof. If you have questions for the podcast. What this study showed was that protein activates what are responsible for keeping us awake and active and basically in a high performance state. Facebook at facebook. not sugar. This is the Bulletproof Executive. or by leaving a comment to the show notes for this episode. stimulates cells that keep us thin and awake. Having excess amounts of protein is bad but having high amounts of healthy fat is going to be centergistic with this type of treatment. The old oak tree versus the . eating a high protein meal (not a high carb meal) is best for getting through energy drops. Researchers at the University of Cambridge monitored mouse brains with fluorescence imaging and found that animal protein caused the highest output of orexin. even though they didn’t test it in the study. The reason it works is that protein activates orexin cells which secrete orexin in the brain and reducing output of this chemical orexin is linked to narcolepsy and to weight gain. Biohacker Report Dave Asprey: It’s time for one of my favorite parts of the show. I’m all over invincibility. you can contact us on Twitter @bulletproofexec. at least in mice. The show notes will be displayed at the bulletproofexec. This is where we bring you some of the latest research that caught our attention this along with links to everything we talked about today. Having high amounts of protein is good. The first study talks about how protein. Also since this is the first episode where the Bulletproof forum is now live. Now. you can actually deal with excess ammonia in the that a high healthy fat diet will go very well with the protein and that if you get too much protein in the diet. get good sleep whether you’re hacking it or not and you’ll probably live a long time and never get the flu. That will all be displayed on the page. What the studies showed that. I would also add.

measurable. when I did 40 years of Zen meditation in seven days. researchers in Taiwan found that people who take multivitamins are more likely to choose a buffet meal over smaller meals. you don’t like being stressed and you don’t like schizophrenia. In this case. researchers from Yale University looked at experienced meditators and found that they actually switch off areas of the brain that are associated with wandering thoughts or anxiety or even some psychiatric disorders like schizophrenia. a student. . you may choose to unconsciously do something else that’s not good for it. The idea here is that if you’re doing something for you health. Here. I was able to achieve the same brain state of someone who’s been meditating for at least up to 21 or 40 years doing Zen meditation. The idea that you drank a diet coke so now you can eat a Snicker’s bar where in reality. They used FMRI scans to determine how the brains of meditators differed from the brains of people who weren’t meditating and they could color code parts of the brain that had decreased activity in the brains of meditators. I’ll say it really straight up if you want to be bulletproof or just want to be an effective human being having some practice like this is going to help your brain. It was kind of gratifying that the Yale researchers found that people who are meditating. You might not go backwards but you might not get the advantages you thought you were going to get so this comes down to cognitive and psychological awareness of what you’re actually doing versus what you should be doing. This is one of those classic things that says if you have car insurance you’ll probably drive more recklessly and this is a psychological phenomenon that everyone has and I have it as well. not that I actually compressed time but using an $11 million dollar EEG set up. It’s terribly important whether you’re an executive. In this research. I’ve not had those wandering thoughts. This is pretty cool too because a lot of people still believe that mediation is a form of prayer and something that you should be wearing a purple robe and have a topknot on your head and basically be in an ashram somewhere. an entrepreneur. that having any form of meditative practice that you do regularly is going to train your brain to work better. your net benefit will be zero. What this is showing. I can’t say I’ve ever had schizophrenia before or at least not that I’m aware of but I can say that ever since I went through that as well as ever since I’ve taken up breath work including the most effective and cost effective emWave. even without the benefits of using an EEG machine in order to help them guide their meditation into the most effective types. a parent. The next study was about tuning out and how our brains benefit from mediation. if you don’t like wandering thoughts. What you can do is use nutrition and vitamins and even pharmaceutical things to help yourself to recover faster or perform better but if you’re using them to patch over something that you’re doing that is unhealthy. supplements are useful but you also need to have a healthy diet and you cannot use multivitamins to counteract a bad lifestyle. You just get more out of every day if you spend a few minutes meditating. I learned how to turn off those parts of my brain that were causing anxiety and wandering thoughts and psychiatric disorders. but people who just do the practice with no equipment are still having noticeable. real changes in the brain. From personal experience. both of those are bad for you.willow sort of story. All of those things are gone and there’s just blissful silence when I’m not using my brain and that’s one of the reasons I believe that I’ve been substantially higher performing in my career. they’re more likely to smoke more cigarettes and eat lower quality food.

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