Podcast (on Youtube) with Aaron Olson

Aaron Olson of PaleoRunner interviewed me recently, discussing nutrition for athletic performance, and put it up on Youtube. Enjoy:

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  1. I had a question on specific supplements for depression/neurological issues. I have some memory problems and “foggy” thinking, for lack of a better term. I’m also irritable and don’t feel like I’m totally present or enjoy life. I’ve been doing some research and came across your blog and have recently read about thiamine deficiency. I could be deficient since I likely have leaky gut. Some of the symptoms seem similar to mine, but I’d never heard of Wernicke’s Encephalopathy before. Do you think supplementing with thiamine and other B’s is a good idea? Should I check to see if I’m deficient?
    By the way, this blog seems like the missing piece for me. I’m planning on getting your book and am already transitoning to the PHD.
    Do you answer e-mails? I’d like to ask you more in detail about my nuerological issues.

    • Hi Catie,

      We recommend supplementing thiamin once per week. I think it is a good idea for anyone with any of the deficiency symptoms.

      You can send an email if you want to say something private, but in general I prefer that discussions happen on the blog so others can benefit from them.

      Best, Paul

  2. Hi Paul, great podcast! I’m not a runner and most of it was very interesting even for non-atheletes.

    Also, all your news at the end was exciting! Looking forward to your next projects.

  3. Hi Paul,

    Thank you SO much for all your work on nutrition! I just finished reading your book, and I’ve started implementing the diet. I’m a 25 year old woman with a history of yo-yo dieting, and last year I discovered I have a major gluten insensitivity (I had had this mysterious intermittent lower leg pain when walking more than about 1/4 mile, and it suddenly stopped when I tried the Atkins diet). Since then I’ve been researching nutrition and trying to pinpoint what’s the best way to eat. I’d like to lose a little weight, but my main goal is health. I definitely agree that fat is not the enemy, and I personally feel a lot better when I eat a higher-saturated-fat diet. One thing I do wonder about, though, is the fact that I had my gallbladder removed several years ago. Do you think there are any differences I should keep in mind because of that? I didn’t stick with Atkins very long, but I did notice that my whole digestive system felt really good on a high-fat diet. I found this somewhat surprising, given that I don’t have a gallbladder acting as a storage pouch providing the perfect amount of bile any time I have fat. Do you think there’s anything I should keep in mind, in terms of how much fat to eat and/or whether intermittent fasting is appropriate? Thanks so much!

  4. Thank you so much i have been low carb for so long that i may have done more harm than good. I have developed a case of ringworm that will just not go away, due to my high coconut milk consumption. This site has been a blessing.

  5. How do you unsubscribe so I no longer get e-mails follow up comments from this site?

    • Subscriptions are on a per page basis. Find the page you are subscribed to (eg, Q&A), and then go down to the very bottom and find the link that says manage subscriptions. Click on it and end your subscription.

  6. Hi Paul,

    Great article. I really enjoyed seeing how you implement the PHD in your daily lives.

    I’m stuck in a position where I’m going to be on the night shift (9pm-5am) for a few years, and while I realize that the best advice for working the night shift is “get off the night shift”, is there any advice you can give for “fooling” my body into an adjusted circadian rhythm? I’m pretty strict PHD for the most part, I avoid all light sources before bed, and it seems to help if I take supplements before sleep. I’ve been reading about red light and it seems like something I should try, where did you get the red light bulbs shown in the article? Thanks so much.

    • Hi Alan,

      Someone asked this in the Q and A thread a while back, here’s what I responded:

      Paul answered this exact question — how to manage circadian rhythms for people on a night shift or a third shift — at great length in a recent podcast. It was the one at not just paleo, I think:

      The basic and oversimplified answer was that on those days you should pretend your nights are you days and your days are you nights. You do all your normal daytime activities at night, including eating, socializing, and exercising. It’s a good podcast. I sent a link to my sister who is a nightshift nurse.

      Also Michelle at Nom Nom Paleo is a night shift worker and she details her strategy at this link:


  7. I would like to know has anyone treated fungal skin infections with food? Which foods are suitable for this issue? Its ringworm btw, but it’s spreading despite tea tree oil topical treatment.

    • Hi v,

      I treated a fungal skin infection by following The Perect Health Diet. Make sure you get adequate carbohydrates in your diet by eating safe starches, limit alcohol and eat lots of vegetables.

      Good luck

    • Also, applying magnesium oil on the infected area helped a lot as well.

  8. Hi Paul,

    What do you think about supplementing with phytoceramides? They say women in Japan have seen great results in their skin with these supplements and now the FDA has approved them in the U.S.

  9. I just heard about a woman whose 12yr son has Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. From Wikipedia – “CRPS has the unfortunate honour of being described as the most painful long term condition (of those that have been tested), scoring 42 out of a possible 50 on the McGill pain scale, above such events as amputation and childbirth.”
    They are undergoing therapy that is designed to let him have some normal activities, but the the technique is basically to coach/coax them to fight through and ignore (!)the pain. I wonder if you would venture an opinion whether CRPS is likely to respond to nutrition aka PHD ?

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