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Jan 23, 2014

Jan 22, 2014 Podcast: How To Understand Your Genotype, Are Multivitamins A Waste of Money, Should You Use Orthotics, How To Rebuild Nerves, How To Use Fermented Foods, and Substitutes For Foam Rolling.

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Listener Q&A:

As compiled, edited and sometimes read by Brock, the Ben Greenfield Fitness Podcast "sidekick".

How To Understand Your Genotype

Allie asks:Her brother has the ApoE 3,4 genotype and high cholesterol. This genotype indicates that he is more likely respond to dietary changes in fat. They say that he should be eating a low-fat diet but they don't explain what that means. Do you have any advice what kinds of fat he should eat/avoid OR if a low fat diet is actually good for that genotype.

In my response I recommend: -23andme genetic testing -The APO E Gene Diet book -Sterling’s App at or Genetic Genie’s Methylation Analysis and Detox Profile.

Are Multivitamins A Waste of Money?

Jason asks: He read about the "Are multivitamins a waste of money?" article on referencing a paper in the Annals of Internal Medicine which says that "using supplements and multivitamins to prevent chronic conditions is a waste of money". What is your take on that?


Should You Use Orthotics?

Amy asks:She has just returned to running from some time off due to a foot injury. She hasn't been back long and she is already having foot issues again. Where would you recommend going to get some good advice and diagnostics done on her feet or running gait. She feels like her podiatrist is just a glorified orthotic salesman.

In my response I recommend: -Correct Toes

How To Rebuild Nerves

Katie asks:Her father was just released from hospital/rehab after 42 days from Guillain-Barré syndrome as a result of a flu shot. He is currently in a wheel chair and cannot walk. Do you know any supplements or foods that will help rebuild his nerves and speed his healing?

In my response I recommend: -The Flu and Flu Vaccines: What's Coming Through That Needle? -Autoimmune Paleo Diet -Listening to podcast 235 in which I introduce nerve pain fixes and: -A whole food antioxidant that includes vitamin B, D, E and wild plant derivatives, such as LifeShotz. High omega 3 fatty acids and GLA intake, including borage oil, Natural painkillers from something like phenocane, High magnesium intake, a zinc supplement, and glutathione.

How To Use Fermented Foods

Kelly asks: She listened to your podcast "Top 5 Reason Athletes Get Fat" and you recommend eating a variety of fermented foods. She makes her Kombucha and drinks it every day. Is that bad? Should she be seeking out different sources instead of getting all her bacteria from one place?

In my response I recommend: -Caprobiotics -

Substitutes For Foam Rolling

Hugo asks: He knows that you love the Rumble Rollerbut real foam rollers can be expensive. Is there any reason why he couldn't use a PVC pipe instead? Do you have any other suggestions of cheap, easy to find things that he could use for rolling?

In my response I recommend: -Kelly Starrett's "Becoming A Supple Leopard" -Homemade foam roller -Kettlebells, dumbbells, lacrosse balls, tennis balls, door frames, barbells, broomsticks, trees.


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