Obesity, Insulin, and Inflammation (Part 2)

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Yesterday, Childhood Obesity News looked at some of the controversial theories of Dave Asprey relating to obesity, insulin, and inflammation. One of his theories is not so controversial, and is in fact now pretty well-accepted — that foods can be addictive. There are several mentions of the concept throughout his website. Asprey mentions cortisol addiction, caused by food allergies or sugar, a prevalent cause of non-optimal health and spirits. He talks about how common it is for a person to be both allergic to yeast and also addicted to it.

In answering a reader’s question, he writes:

This is not well known but most people who have a problem with yeast actually are attracted to bread even more. And what’s going on there is you’re getting a little squirt of adrenaline when you eat that thing you’re allergic to, which is bread… You give me one piece of bread then the next day, I think I’ll just have two. And the next day, I just need three. And pretty soon, like I’m bloated, my skin’s bad and my brain is foggy and I’m cranky all the time. So what you’re looking for is Methadone essentially.

Milk, he says, is another common allergen, as well as being fattening and addictive because of the protein casein, which for a lot of people metabolizes into caseomorphin, which resembles opium in its effects. Another page illustrates what Asprey calls the “Bulletproof Diet,” and includes the reasons why various foods are proscribed.

Cereal grains, he says, contain opioids and are therefore addicting. If insulin resistance is a problem — and it is — that problem is worsened by a deficiency of magnesium. Greater insulin sensitivity can be restrained by eliminating legumes, grains, and processed dairy products. Insulin resistance is another of his interests, because of the diabetes connection. Check out the slide show, which says:

Fungus is proven to negatively impact sex hormones, thyroid levels, pancreatic function.

The pancreas is the gland that produces insulin, and here we are, back to diabetes again. Slide 29 lists the 15 rules that a dedicated mycotoxin avoider must follow, and other slides outline the amazingly complicated process of freeing one’s life and body from mycotoxin bondage.

In the Asprey worldview, the field of fungal bionics is enormously relevant, yet he finds that biochemists don’t read the studies on mycotoxins. Interviewer Joe Rogan said, “You sound so convincing, but I’m too stupid to know if you’re right.” He phrases the argument thus:

A tiny little capsule of penicillin, which is just mold extract, has this profound effect on your body, right? Well, there’s other stuff out there that has a profound effect on your body at a parts-per-million level…

Part of the “stuff” is the mold that is inadvertently and probably unavoidably fed to farm animals in their corn. They eat it, and then we eat them, inheriting the spores. And then there is the mold intentionally implanted in beef cattle in the form of synthetic estrogen, in the service of “feed efficiency.”

In other words, it is given to animals to make them gain more weight from what they eat, and then we eat them, and the molecules accumulate in our body fat, and just possibly work their “feed efficiency” magic on us and make us gain more weight from what we eat.

Weird things can happen to our hormones and, as Asprey says:

If your hormones are jacked, you’re not gonna lose weight.

Your responses and feedback are welcome!

Source: “Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) shows what to do about inflammation that harms your performance,” The Bulletproof Executive, 10/24/12
Source: “USDA MyFoodPlate.gov scam vs. The Bulletproof Diet,” The Bulletproof Executive, 06/08/11
Source: “The Complete Illustrated One Page Bulletproof Diet,” The Bulletproof Executive, 01/07/11
Source: “How to Live Longer and Better by Avoiding Mycotoxins,” Asprey.net, 2010
Source: “Joe Rogan Experience Transcript,” The Bulletproof Executive, 10/15/12
Image by Dave Asprey.

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Dr. Pretlow’s invited presentation at the American Society of Animal Science 2020 Conference
What’s Causing Obesity in Companion Animals and What Can We Do About It

Dr. Pretlow’s invited presentation at the World Obesity Federation 2019 Conference:
Food/Eating Addiction and the Displacement Mechanism

Dr. Pretlow’s Multi-Center Clinical Trial Kick-off Speech 2018:
Obesity: Tackling the Root Cause

Dr. Pretlow’s 2017 Workshop on
Treatment of Obesity Using the Addiction Model

Dr. Pretlow’s invited presentation for
TEC and UNC 2016

Dr. Pretlow’s invited presentation at the 2015 Obesity Summit in London, UK.

Dr. Pretlow’s invited keynote at the 2014 European Childhood Obesity Group Congress in Salzburg, Austria.

Dr. Pretlow’s presentation at the 2013 European Congress on Obesity in Liverpool, UK.

Dr. Pretlow’s presentation at the 2011 International Conference on Childhood Obesity in Lisbon, Portugal.

Dr. Pretlow’s presentation at the 2010 Uniting Against Childhood Obesity Conference in Houston, TX.

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