Emulating Tribes for mental health.

In his book ‘Tribe’, Sebastian Junger observes that many of the causes of our modern mental illnesses may stem from our departure from Tribal Practices. The very comfort that technological progress has brought is what makes us miserable. I thought it would be worth listing ways that we can recreate the elements of Tribal living mentioned in the book, while not necessarily heading back into … Continue reading Emulating Tribes for mental health.

Vitamins and Supplements for Male Fertility

  Consensus: High quality fish Oil (DHA, EPA) . Zinc, and Vitamin C not consensus but more widely cited. Articles = 3 Research papers = 6   Mark Sisson Supplement strategically. Studies of male infertility have shown that zinc and vitamin C levels correlated with sperm count and quality. Additionally, L-carnitine and L-acetyl-carnitine have been useful supplements for enhancing sperm motility and quality. Chris Kresser … Continue reading Vitamins and Supplements for Male Fertility

Which Supplement Company should I use?

TLDR; – No real consensus I’m afraid. Labdoor, may be the best option on this topic. In order to establish this I looked for two main criteria. Endorsements from the usual trustworthy authors referenced on this site. No commercial connection from the endorsers to the companies that I could find. Correct me if there are.   7 REFERENCE AUTHORS: Dr Rhonda Patrick – Jarrow, Thorne Endorses Jarrow on one of … Continue reading Which Supplement Company should I use?

Intermittent Fasting is probably healthy.

Articles: 13 Studies: 20+ Conclusion: Although Probably Healthy, Chris Kresser has important caveats here. Introduction Intermittent Fasting (IF) is an umbrella term for various diets that cycle between a period of fasting and non-fasting. I have compiled some comments and links from the best known, research-focused IF practitioners and included some research papers at the bottom. Let me know what I have missed. Sources Brad Pilon “Fasting is the simplest method our … Continue reading Intermittent Fasting is probably healthy.

Bjj Overtraining, Cortisol & Sleep

Articles/Studies Referenced: 20+ Read time: 5 mins You don’t have to look far to find discussions around the impact of intense BJJ training on sleep. Having bounced between forums here, here and here, and finding no well-referenced article, I decided to pull together my own short summary of why I think it happens to me, and what has helped.  TLDR; Carbs, Vitamin C, Cold /Heat Therapy, Magnesium. … Continue reading Bjj Overtraining, Cortisol & Sleep

13 observations after 5 months and 200+ sessions of Wim Hof Breathing Method

UPDATE  April 2017- Tinnitus seems to be a widespread problem. See point 11 and comments at bottom for discussion. Disclaimer: I haven’t officially subscribed to any course. I just pieced together the practice from online studies, videos, articles and podcasts. I’m also not a doctor this isn’t medical advice. After 215 breathing sessions ranging from 10 to 120 minutes I have concluded the following points: … Continue reading 13 observations after 5 months and 200+ sessions of Wim Hof Breathing Method

Whole Greek Yogurt

Consensus Probably healthy 8 Articles 20+ study references Mark Sisson – Is all yogurt created equally? “strained yogurt is yogurt with most of the liquid whey removed. This creates an ultra-thick, high-protein, high-fat, creamy yogurt” Read more: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/is-all-yogurt-created-equal/#ixzz3yuEjSZFf Peter Attia – What I actually eat. Dinner: Leftover ground beef sautéed from previous night, salad with homemade cream dressing (whole fat Greek yogurt, olive oil, basil, … Continue reading Whole Greek Yogurt


  Consensus Probably healthy – preferably wild. 8 Articles 10+ study references   Peter Attia – What I actually eat. On feeding his daughter …”when she eats fruit, it’s usually lower fructose fruits (e.g., raspberries, blueberries, strawberries) rather than higher fructose fruits (e.g., watermelon, banana).”       Gary Taubes – Intervention land of Dr Oz “If I eat fruit, other than maybe a handful … Continue reading Blueberries


There is a surprising lack of research from some of the Authors referenced for this blog. I have included some notes on relevant studies as an alternative. Mark Sisson Local co-ops, farmers’ markets and CSAs are all great places to look for reasonably priced pastured and/or organic chicken. PaleoLeap.com Some references in this article highlight the importance of Organinc or Free Range meat, due to … Continue reading Chicken


Marks Daily Apple   But why should you be eating them? Almonds are a good source of supplementary protein, providing 7.62 grams of protein per quarter cup serving, compared to just 5.5 grams for the average egg. In addition, they are an excellent source of manganese, potassium, copper and vitamin E and also provide a hefty dose of heart healthy monounsaturated fats. In fact, ounce … Continue reading Almonds