Ben Greenfield Fitness
Part 2: How To Identify The Lies That Popular Media Spews About Wellness (& My Reply To “The Most Overhyped Wellness Promises, Debunked”)
Jul 6, 2019 · 1 hr 30 min
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    The popular website Vice published a controversial article last week entitled "" Chock full of skepticism about keto, colonics, charcoal, and more, the article created plenty of buzz—both good and bad—across the internet... ...and in today's podcast, I'm going to address the Vice article in full, including debunking plenty of the BS that was in the article, presenting research-based facts about so-called wellness myths (including a few that will surprise, such as the truth about charcoal toothpaste and sea salt), and set the good folks at Vice right. Enjoy, and be sure to leave your own comments and feedback in the comments section below. You can find Part 1 of this series, where I debunked the first 22 "myths" found in the article . Now, here are my responses to Myths 23-44: -Myth #23: Red yeast rice supplements aren’t that effective at lowering cholesterol...7:08 Contains monacolin K (same thing found in statins) Some forms don't contain doses as high as found in literature Can affect cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure Greater insulin insensitivity Prevented increases in cholesterol levels in rats Decreased tumor levels and cancer cell growth Red yeast rice supplements contain only trace amounts of monacolin K (check label carefully) -Myth #24: You should not eat your placenta...11:30 Nutritional composition: whole host of vitamins, interesting hormonal profile Effective in treating depressive moods, post-partum depression Not much human clinical research verifying the efficacy of eating the placenta -Myth #25: Microwaves are not bad for you...15:38 Dehydrates, hurts the taste of food It may not be bad for your food, but it may be bad for you Non-native EMFs -Myth #26: Crystals do not store healing, stress-relieving energy...18:55 LCD: Liquid Crystal Display Crystals contain quartz (cilica dioxide) Much of modern computing depends on crystals  Pioneer of crystal research No human clinical research on crystal's efficacy on healing and stress relief -Myth #27: You do not need a colonic to power-wash your intestines...24:20 Can be helpful for some people Limited research to show its efficacy Need to repopulate the colon with a probiotic after a colonic hydrotherapy People feel amazing after the therapy; release of bile by the liver May be worth investigating if you have chronic constipation (after other resources have been exhausted) -Myth #28: Don’t drink red wine because you think it’s healthy...28:33 "I could probably do a whole podcast on the health benefits of red wine." --Ben Greenfield Resveratrol claims have been greatly exaggerated Blue zone inhabitants habitually drink red wine Women are at lower risk for many health issues Good effects on cardiovascular system Beneficial for heart cells When wine paired with physical exercise, improve LDL to HDL ratios dramatically Beneficial effect on blood pressure  (Use code: GREENFIELD for 10% off) -Myth #29: Epsom salts don't relieve muscle pain...36:54 Sulfate ions may help in removing toxins and heavy metals from cells Ben uses magnesium sulfate salts, not Epsom salts Weekly bath in Epsom salts can support recovery, relaxation, sleep Vice is correct on the claim on muscle pain -Myth #30: You can’t cure depression by working out...40:30 Exercise can protect against depression, but depression doesn't prevent someone from exercising Weightlifting and running increase blood to the brain Small amounts improve mental health (walking after a meal) Numerous studies contradict the claim from the vice  article -Myth #31: Meditation isn’t always soothing...43:40 Some get hyper-aroused when they meditate; could be because of increase in mindfulness Can be avoided with proper instruction and preparation -Myth #32: Cryotherapy doesn’t help your muscles recover...45:52 Cold-water immersion is superior to whole-body cryotherapy; but cryotherapy is effective in muscle recovery May not see a marked improvement immediately after, but it does help in recovery -Myth #33: Food intolerance tests are based on shoddy science...48:28 Ben agrees with this one! -Myth #34: Eating soy isn't going to give men boobs...50:48 This myth is the result of one individual who claims his man boobs are the result of increased soy intake Eat fermented forms of soy -Myth #35: The birth control pill does not cause breast cancer...53:33 -Myth #36: Hydrogen water isn’t better water...58:20 Hydrogen affects 63 different diseases because of impact on free radicals, cells, etc. H2 safe for stroke patients Parkinson's patients show improvement Protective effect in the brain, specifically hippocampus Anti-inflammatory effects, and anti-oxidative effect Bottom line: Ben doesn't agree... -Myth #37: You don't need to work out on an empty stomach to lose fat...1:03:23 This one is partly true, but you can definitely lose fat while working out on an empty stomach Possible decrease in testosterone Can affect muscle buildup -Myth #38: Vitamin IV drips don’t do anything for healthy people...1:06:24 Ben agrees with this one -Myth #39: The fat-burning effects of high-intensity interval workouts have been exaggerated...1:08:57 Study showed 3x greater fat loss in a HIIT regimen vs. steady state Post-exercise oxygen deficit Increase in metabolic rate that stays longer than steady state exercise HIIT may have appetite suppressing effect Ben agrees that some of the claims have been exaggerated, however HIIT is superior to steady state training -Myth #40: The concept of a “superfood” is misleading...1:12:04 Some "superfoods" have been blown out of proportion; however some foods are clearly more nutritious than others (blueberries vs. Oreos) -Myth #41: There’s no reason for healthy people to avoid nightshades...1:14:40 Paleo auto-immune protocol -Myth #42: Celery juice won’t cure your health problems...1:17:55 Ben agrees Celery isn't bad for you, but its benefits are limited Any benefit is usually from the celery leaf, not the juice -Myth #43: You can lose weight without cutting carbs...1:21:07 -Myth #44: There are no known health risks associated with eating genetically modified foods (GMOs)...1:24:00 Ben disagrees DNA from genetically modified crops have been shown to transfer to humans GMO cord has caused tumors in rats Glyphosate linked to birth defects and many more issues GMO risk assessment based on very little science recommendations Resources mention in this episode: -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   - - - - - -  (Use code: GREENFIELD for 10% off) - - - - - Episode sponsors: -: My personal playground for new supplement formulations, Kion blends ancestral wisdom with modern science. 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