The Healthy Skeptic Podcast – Episode 3 (we’re back!)

February 15, 2011 in Podcasts | 19 comments

ths podcast logoThe podcast is back! After a long hiatus, I’ve decided to start it up again and continue on a regular (bi-weekly, for now) basis with my new co-host, Danny Roddy.

It will be a Q&A format, so make sure to send us your burning questions. We’ll also have special guests on occasionally. Stephan Guyenet, Kurt Harris and Paul Jaminet are already lined up. If you’ve got ideas for people you’d like us to have on the show, let us know.

In this episode we cover:

  • The Blood Type Diet
  • Anemia, ferritin & supplemental iron
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) & pregnancy
  • Statins & cardiovascular disease
  • Vitamin A toxicity (or lack thereof)
  • Side-effects when cutting carbs


jean February 15, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Dr Art Ayres, Cooling Inflammation blog.

Anonymous April 1, 2011 at 4:19 am

I second Dr Art Ayres, Cooling Inflammation blog.

Jessica February 15, 2011 at 6:36 pm

Thank you for all the great info! I will surely look forward to the Growing a Healthy Baby DVD:)

Keep up the good work…Jessica

P. Winter February 15, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Dear Chris,

I think that the studies on vitamin A toxicity use the synthetic form, natural A is safe for details see the Weston A. Price Foundation.

Paul Winter.

Barbara February 15, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Hi Chris,
So you have debunked the blood type diet. I did not think that it was any good either but I have been thinking recently that it is great that we eat paleo diet but there must be more to it. Some people need more protein, some more carbs and some more fat than other people in order to thrive. Each person is different. And then what about our genetic predisposition to certain foods like for example oriental people cannot drink milk. How do I know what is optimal for me? Are there any resources to find that out? I think that the science that deals with it is called nutrigenetics. I did try to find something on people from certain parts of the world what they can and cannot eat but I was not able to find anything interesting yet. I have found the following: What do you think about it? I am not sure if ancestry is part of the questionnaire though. It looks like quite comprehensive questionnaire which could help someone to figure out what is the best diet. The questionnaire is for cancer patients but can work for healthy people as well.

Just to finish Marla’s question on liver: Are there any benefits to eating it raw?

Thank you
Barbara from Toronto, Ontario

Joe February 16, 2011 at 5:51 am

I enjoyed the podcast and the casual conversational style. I think you’d get a larger audience with a video than audio-only, and get to the point quickly (ie, 4 minutes is too long for an intro). Also it would be helpful to limit it to a shorter timeframe and indicate how long the podcast is so the viewer can allot enough time to listen. At least with my player, I hit play but can’t see how long the podcast is going to be. I’m interested in your topics and hope to hear others in the near future. I’d like to hear commentary on raw milk and raw milk cheeses, and on grass-fed beef and pastured chicken and eggs. Another topic of interest is green juices. Maybe interview Nina Planck?

john February 16, 2011 at 8:07 am

Peter Dobromylskyj

rebecca February 16, 2011 at 9:59 am

Thank you for the podcasts. I was wondering if you had investigated the german new medicine information. It looks interesting, esp. for cancer patients. The website is

Jimmy Moore February 16, 2011 at 10:33 am

Hey guys,

GREAT JOB with the podcast! And it’s cool I have Danny on my show on February 17, 2011 and then Chris on April 14, 2011. Best wishes to you guys from one health podcaster to another.

Chris Kresser February 16, 2011 at 11:18 am

Jimmy! You’re an inspiration!

Diane @ Balanced Bites February 16, 2011 at 11:51 am

Yay! I’m excited for this podcast to be back up and running. Fun stuff for the geeky types out there like me.

Danny February 16, 2011 at 6:34 pm

Seriously Jimmy, you’re amazing.

Johnny W. February 17, 2011 at 5:54 am

Peter Dobromylskyj, High Fat nutrition.
Dr Art Ayres, Cooling Inflammation blog.

I would LOVE to hear these two. They are really unique, Art with his gut flora approach and Peter with Optimal diet (although the new PaNu is quite close).

As for topic questions, I would love to hear more about fecal transplant either from your or Art.

Anonymous April 1, 2011 at 4:20 am

I second Peter Dobromiylskyj and I’ve already made this comment below about Dr Art Ayres, Cooling Inflammation blog.

Marcia T. February 17, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Wow. You made my day! Someone recommended the Blood Type Diet to me 3 years ago and I…feel…like…an…idiot. I’ve only been reading your blog for a few weeks, so thanks for debunking myths I’ve had in my head for quite some time.

Also, while listening to the podcast I was writing an email to my dad. We’re in the throes of an argument about red meat. He’s on a vegetarian diet (Gerson Diet with lots of sweets), and I’m on the Paleo Diet. And you’re both right…I’m just stressing myself out. I’ve already sent him so much that he’s not reading or listening to. Suffice to say, I rewrote the email telling him to be happy.

Andrew February 18, 2011 at 4:20 am

Hi Chris,
thanks for all your work.
My parents both have diabetes and are on statins. Diabetes is a strong risk factor for heart disease so their doctors have convinced them to take statins. I’m having trouble determining whether I’m endangering them or helping them by sending them anti-statin information, such as yours.

They already have a disease but it’s not heart disease so are the statins actually useful in that situation or not?


Chris Kresser February 18, 2011 at 10:42 am

The best approach would be to manage blood sugar with diet and metformin if necessary, and forget about the statins. But I cannot provide medical advice. Just education.

Jenny February 22, 2011 at 9:46 am


I follow your blog and podcasts from London and find them very informative and useful. The podcast would be great if I could dip in and out of the topics I want to hear – I waited through 27 minutes of blood type diet to hear what you had to say about PCOS. It was interesting, but you were preaching to the converted already!

Many thanks,

John Wells March 8, 2011 at 10:01 pm

On the ferritin issue,hve you considered Hemachromatosis,Thallassemia,or Cyckle Cell?

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