Peak Human - Unbiased Nutrition Info for Optimum Health, Fitness & Living
Peak Human - Unbiased Nutrition Info for Optimum Health, Fitness & Living
Brian Sanders - Filmmaker of Food Lies & Health Coach
Peak Human is a curated audio series taking an unbiased look at health & nutrition. With so much conflicting information available, filmmaker and health coach Brian Sanders sifts through the dogma and provides a framework that unifies all nutrition and dietary habits that lead to optimum health. World renowned doctors, researchers, and journalists are interviewed to find out what is the true human dietary framework that we should all be eating to live well and free of chronic disease. It is based around principles of nutrient density and uses a combination of ancestral health and modern science. It is produced ad-free to support the documentary 'Food Lies' (
Part 210 - Nora Gedgaudas on Animal-Based Diets & Eating Off the Ground For Health
Nora Gedgaudas is a renowned nutritionist and author, recognized for her expertise in the Paleo diet and ancestral health. She advocates for a nutrient-dense diet, emphasizing the importance of whole foods, healthy fats, and proteins for optimal health and well-being. Nora's work blends modern nutritional science with evolutionary biology, offering a unique perspective on diet and wellness. She is a sought-after speaker and consultant, inspiring individuals to adopt lifestyle changes for long-term health benefits. Discover more about her philosophy and access a wealth of resources at her website:
Dec 6, 2023
1 hr 9 min
Part 209 - Ana Rosa, MD, PhD on The Hidden Fat That’s Killing You
Ana Rosa, MD, PhD is a physician, Radiologist, Body fellowship trained, alumni of the University of Minnesota, medical doctor at the VA healthcare system, and assistant professor at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Rosa has done two radiology residencies, one in Brazil, and one in the United States, obtained a doctorate degree, had done a body imaging fellowship, and also has published in medical journals and helped writing Imaging books in Brazil with 25 years of practice in the Imaging field as a Radiologist. Dr. Rosa shares with us her imaging knowledge of visceral fat, the importance of its detection and description in the reports, guiding the patients and the ordering providers by the findings on cross-section imaging such as MRI scans.  The podcast intention is to bring awareness on how to detect a simple and easy biomarker such as visceral fat on MRI scans making it easier for patients to advocate for health and follow up for results. Dr. Rosa shares with us how to create quality of care in service for education and interaction between patients, providers and Radiologists in sharing her own story on how to heal from inside out by literally “seeing” a “silent” metabolic active killer that visceral fat represents and taking action to change the presence status quo And move towards optimizing health.     SHOW NOTES (06:37) In medical school, healthcare professionals are trained to describe diseases while overlooking how visceral fat and metabolic health contributes to them. (15:52) Visceral fat is a major culprit when it comes to various metabolic issues. (28:04) The first step to prevent disease is to look for signs of inflammation. (31:17) While it’s possible to request your MRI scan from your doctor, most providers won’t know how to make use of it. (44:02) Health is not limited to staying alive. Health is also appearance and performance. (53:58) For doctors, another benefit of learning to deal with patients carrying high amounts of visceral fat is potentially minimizing burnout.
Nov 22, 2023
1 hr 2 min
Part 208 - Mary Ruddick Debunks the Blue Zones and Explains Worldwide Health Decline
Mary Ruddick is an internationally acclaimed nutritionist currently based in Europe and Africa.  She has personally trained professional nutritionists around the globe. Dubbed the "Sherlock Holmes of Health" for her unique ability to expeditiously assess and remediate rare neuromuscular conditions that others have deemed impossible, Mary Ruddick is a seasoned researcher, educator, medical nutritionist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. Her writing has been published in medical journals and her own inspirational healing story can be found in several publications.   BUY THE MEAT Preorder the film here:   SHOW NOTES (10:38) The Maasai people who live the most traditional lifestyles are living what us moderns would consider a “utopia”. (22:32) The mental health crisis came as a result of being unhealthy in general. (28:12) When you eat organ meat, you take in a lot of serine. (34:34) Another practice within these indigenous cultures is that there is no trading of food, meaning everything eaten is native. Their food is also traditionally processed. (45:25) You don’t need to completely remove plants from your diet, but gravitate towards those that you enjoy eating and have been properly prepared to minimize toxicity. (53:12) When optimizing your nutrition, don’t focus on achieving balance. Focus on avoiding deficiencies. (1:08:42) There are different levels of nutritional knowledge. (1:21:17) The concept of “Blue Zones” as presented in the mainstream is largely misrepresented.     BUY THE MEAT Preorder the film here:   Film site: YouTube:   Follow along:
Nov 1, 2023
1 hr 34 min
Part 207 - Veronica Max, APRN, FNP on Your Complete Health Makeover
Veronica Max is a nurse practitioner and the CEO of UltraPersonal Healthcare. Bringing more than eleven years of family and functional medicine experience to the table, Veronica founded UltraPersonal Healthcare with the aim of creating a quality of care, service and experience that she found missing in the modern healthcare system. Just tell her Brian sent you!   BUY THE MEAT Preorder the film here:     SHOW NOTES (12:24) Find a healthcare practitioner that focuses on preventing disease rather than treating disease. (16:14) Terrain theory takes into account the human body and the health of the organism. (23:31) Exposure to the sun and the elements is vital to a healthy body with normal levels of sex and thyroid hormone. (36:40) A healthy diet involves meat, fish, and seasonal fruits and vegetables. (41:44) There’s ancient wisdom in the fact that all the major religions incorporate fasting. (47:21) Hashimoto’s is autoimmune hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid). (55:57) Calorie restriction is a form of stress. (1:02:02) Movement is important. But if you overlook food and light, you won’t meet your goals. (1:08:30) It’s no coincidence that the thyroid is in the throat. (1:11:29) There’s no right or wrong place for a woman to have her baby. It’s important to know your options. (1:14:32) When it comes to your child’s immunization schedule, it’s important to educate yourself and to listen to your intuition as a parent.     BUY THE MEAT Preorder the film here:   Film site: YouTube:   Follow along:
Oct 24, 2023
1 hr 19 min
Part 206 - Chris Kruger on How to Lose Fat the Easy Way
Chris Kruger is a fitness coach and a promoter of the high-testosterone lifestyle. At 40 years old, he has already dedicated two full decades to assisting men worldwide in achieving their peak potential – in appearance, well-being, and overall performance – all without the need for pills, powders, prescriptions, or PEDs/TRT. Just DM him you want to do the SAPIEN program   BUY THE MEAT Preorder the film here:   SHOW NOTES: (06:19) Natural hormone optimization applies to men just as much as it applies to women. (07:20) A calorie deficit for weight loss purposes is only effective in the short-term. (16:15) Instead of restricting yourself nutritionally while trying to improve or maintain performance, go for naturally optimizing your hormones. (26:55) Don’t think “energy balance”. Think “energy metabolism”. (37:28) True health or fitness is about living like a human should to the fullest. (53:04) Testosterone can be produced from saturated fat. (1:01:52) Your health and fitness is a reflection of the relationship you have with yourself. (1:22:46) Outside of sleep, the biggest lever you can pull is getting enough protein.     BUY THE MEAT Preorder the film here:   Film site: YouTube:   Follow along:
Oct 19, 2023
1 hr 32 min
Part 205 - Dave Feldman on The Amazing Study of Fit People w/ High LDL Cholesterol
Dave Feldman is an independent researcher and software engineer who has gained notoriety for his work on cholesterol and lipid metabolism, particularly in the context of low-carbohydrate and ketogenic diets. Coming from a background in software engineering, Feldman took a systems engineering approach to understanding cholesterol, creating what he calls the "lipid energy model." He has presented his findings at various medical conferences and is a frequent guest on health and wellness podcasts. Although not a credentialed medical professional, Feldman's citizen science has challenged traditional views on cholesterol, encouraging more nuanced discussions around its role in health. His work has captivated a large following of both laypeople and experts interested in the complexities of lipidology.   BUY THE MEAT Preorder the film here:     SHOW NOTES:   (4:18) A study on the Lipid Energy Model (LEM) ( may explain why cholesterol increases in those who decide to consume fat for energy over carbs. (12:46) The status of your metabolic health influences how a particular diet affects your health, no matter the diet. (20:42) HDL at 50 or higher and triglycerides at 100 or lower are good benchmarks to strive for. (36:19) Multiple studies demonstrate that, if you take 100 random people in the same demographic with 0 risk factors, 60 male and 40 female, a little more than half of them would have 0 CAC. (44:07) Dave’s ongoing companion study (follow updates at running parallel to the main study features a control group with more relaxed criteria. (52:03) If we had more data on healthy populations, a clearer path towards a healthy way of life will be achieved (59:40) Visit ( which is both a blood testing service and a hub to participate in citizen science.     BUY THE MEAT Preorder the film here:   Film site: YouTube:   Follow along:
Oct 3, 2023
56 min
Part 204 - Gabor Erdosi on The Root Cause of Diabetes, Disease, and Obesity
Gabor is a food scientist with a master's in molecular biology. He lives in Hungary and is one of these engineers/scientists who I love talking to who look at nutrition differently. He has a very unique perspective because he worked for big food manufacturers. He spends almost all of his free time researching this stuff to help people understand how bad these processed foods actually are. He has a large community on Facebook where he shares and discusses this information. He also has some great presentations he’s done you can find online.   BUY THE MEAT Preorder the film here:   SHOW NOTES (12:29) To determine whether a study is biased, refer first to potential conflicts of interest. (14:56) Adipose tissue is a question of function over mass. (23:53) We are adaptive organisms. (31:04) Accelerated Appearance and Absorption (AAA) takes place when your small intestinal tract is filled too quickly with ultra-processed foods (refined carbs and/or added fats). (41:03) Processed proteins are nowhere near as unhealthy as processed carbs. (55:40) Overeating doesn’t necessarily equal gaining weight, and vice versa. (58:36) Adipogenesis is the generation of more fat mainly through the addition of new fat cells. (1:09:19) In general, metabolic health is a good marker of future health outcomes. (1:17:58) A diet rich in refined carbohydrates and added fats leads to the production of endotoxins that are easily absorbed. (1:27:46) Visceral fat is a protective mechanism.     BUY THE MEAT Preorder the film here:   Film site: YouTube:   Follow along:
Sep 27, 2023
1 hr 28 min
Part 203 - Dr. Joel Kahn Thinks You Should Go Vegan
Dr. Joel Kahn is a cardiologist, integrative medicine practitioner and promoter of plant-based nutrition. Having practiced traditional cardiology since 1983, it was only after his own commitment to a plant based vegan diet that he truly began to delve into the realm of non-traditional diagnostic tools, prevention tactics and nutrition-based recovery protocols. These ideologies led him to change his approach and focus on being a holistic cardiologist.   GET THE MEAT Preorder the film here:   SHOW NOTES (16:52) According to Dr. Khan, if you suffer from heart disease, consider a plant-based diet based on science. (20:38) We start to develop atherosclerosis in our 20s and 30s. (31:00) We have more than enough data that a human can live through their reproductive years on a huge variety of diets. (47:08) To assess whether or not you’re on the right path, assess your own cardiovascular status. (59:54) 30-40% of heart attacks, strokes, and early deaths are due to genetic factors, completely regardless of nutrition and lifestyle. (1:09:50) Examine whether or not your lifestyle is working for you. Don’t just assume it is.   BUY THE MEAT Preorder the film here:   Film site: YouTube:   Follow along:
Sep 19, 2023
1 hr 13 min
Part 202 - Stephan Guyenet, PhD on Why Do Humans Overeat?
Stephan J. Guyenet, Ph.D. is an obesity researcher and health writer whose work ties together neuroscience, physiology, evolutionary biology, and nutrition to offer explanations and solutions for our global weight problem. He received a B.S. in biochemistry at the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. in neurobiology at the University of Washington. He is the author of the popular health website, Whole Health Source, and is a frequent speaker on topics of obesity, metabolism, and nutrition.   BUY THE MEAT Preorder the film here:   SHOW NOTES: (11:16) Our brains determine our food intake and regulate our energy expenditure, in a way that works best in our ancestral environment, but not in our modern environment. (24:33) We consume calories for many reasons, hunger being just one of them. Likewise, satiety is just one of many reasons we stop eating. (34:40) As a rule of thumb, eat a diet of omnivorous whole foods that are lower in calorie density. (49:56) Fiber is not an essential nutrient. (58:35) Nutrient-to-energy is important to health, but once you have adequate intake, there’s not much benefit in taking in more. (1:04:46) Most people in the US are more susceptible to obesity than others. Whether or not they actually become obese comes down to the environment they choose. (1:15:31) Blood pressure, on a genetic level, doesn’t typically change as one gets older.   BUY THE MEAT Preorder the film here:   Film site: YouTube:   Follow along:
Sep 12, 2023
1 hr 26 min
Part 201 - Brad Kearns on Finding the Holy Grail of Diet & Lifestyle
Brad Kearns, 58, is a New York Times bestselling author, Guinness World Record setting professional Speedgolfer, #1 USA-ranked Masters age 55-59 track & field high jumper in 2020, and former national champion and #3 world-ranked professional triathlete. He has written twenty books on diet, health, peak performance, and ancestral living, and is a popular speaker, retreat host, and face of the Primal Blueprint online multimedia educational courses. In 2017, The Keto Reset Diet became a New York Times bestseller, and briefly ranked as the #1 overall bestselling book on Brad also hosts the B.rad podcast   BUY THE MEAT Preorder the film here:   SHOW NOTES: (09:56) We know what’s possible. Now let’s shoot for optimal. (21:22) Processed foods disrupt our appetite and satiety hormones, prompting us to overeat. (33:02) Injuries are a sign of overdoing it. (40:56) Homo sapiens are built for near-constant everyday movement. (47:38) Always ask “what’s optimal” instead of just “what’s possible”. (59:54) Raw forms of high-toxin natural plant foods is a potentially problematic category of nutrition. (1:08:26) Our main nutritional challenge is energy toxicity.   BUY THE MEAT Preorder the film here:   Film site: YouTube:   Follow along:
Aug 31, 2023
1 hr 24 min
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