Health Risks

    Explore "Health Risks" with insightful episodes like "How to Remove Toxins from our Foods, Products, and Bodies", "#414 Why You Can’t Stop Eating Ultra-Processed Foods: Dr Chris Van Tulleken", "#274 - Performance-enhancing drugs and hormones: risks, rewards, and broader implications for the public | Derek: More Plates, More Dates", "Xenobiotics" and "HIBT Lab! UNLESS Collective: Eric Liedtke" from podcasts like ""The Doctor's Farmacy with Mark Hyman, M.D.", "Feel Better, Live More with Dr Rangan Chatterjee", "The Peter Attia Drive", "Stuff You Should Know" and "How I Built This with Guy Raz"" and more!

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    How to Remove Toxins from our Foods, Products, and Bodies

    How to Remove Toxins from our Foods, Products, and Bodies

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    In today’s episode, I talk with Ken Cook, Dr. Elizabeth Boham, and Maggie Ward about toxin exposures all around us and how to remove toxins from our bodies.

    Ken Cook is the president and co-founder of the Environmental Working Group (EWG). He is widely recognized as one of the environmental community’s most prominent and influential critics of industrial agriculture and the nation’s broken approach to protecting families and children from toxic substances. Under Cook’s leadership, the EWG has pioneered the use of digital technologies to empower American families with easy-to-use, science-driven tools to help reduce their exposure to potentially harmful ingredients in food, drinking water, cosmetics, and other household products. Capitol Hill’s closely read newspaper The Hill regularly lists Cook in its annual roster of Washington’s top lobbyists, writing that Cook’s “influence spans the country” and calling EWG “the tip of the green movement’s spear.”

    Dr. Elizabeth Boham is a physician and nutritionist who practices Functional Medicine at The UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Through her practice and lecturing she has helped thousands of people achieve their goals of optimum health and wellness. She witnesses the power of nutrition every day in her practice and is committed to training other physicians to utilize nutrition in healing.

    Maggie Ward, MS, RD, LDN, is the Nutrition Director at The UltraWellness Center. Maggie holds a master’s degree in Nutrition from Bastyr University which focuses on using whole foods for holistic Nutrition Therapy. In addition, she completed her requirements to become a registered dietitian at Westchester Medical Center in NY. Prior to joining The UltraWellness Center team in 2008, Maggie worked at The Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York providing nutrition counseling to children and families dealing with HIV. She also taught at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan and other sites throughout New York City, teaching nutritionally focused cooking classes for children and adults. Much of her focus is on food allergies, digestive disorders, inflammatory conditions, pediatrics, and sports nutrition.

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    #414 Why You Can’t Stop Eating Ultra-Processed Foods: Dr Chris Van Tulleken

    #414 Why You Can’t Stop Eating Ultra-Processed Foods: Dr Chris Van Tulleken

    Why do we all eat stuff that isn’t food and why can’t we stop? In this episode, Dr Chris van Tulleken, author of Ultra-Processed People explains all. As well as being one of the UK’s leading science broadcasters, Chris is a practising infectious diseases doctor in the NHS. He gained his medical degree at Oxford University and his PhD in molecular virology from University College London, where he is an associate professor. He works closely with the World Health Organization and UNICEF, and his research looks at how corporations affect human health.


    In this episode, Chris explores what may be the biggest public health crisis of our time: ultra-processed food, or UPF, for short. Many people these days, certainly most regular listeners to this podcast, will be aware of UPFs. But there’s still a lot of confusion around what they really are. For Chris, it’s simple: if it’s wrapped in plastic and has at least one ingredient you wouldn’t find in a home kitchen, it’s a UPF. If it makes a health claim on the packet? Ironically, it’s even more likely!


    A UPF is any food that’s processed industrially and created for big-business profit, rather than to provide nutrients. And here in the UK, UPF makes up 60 percent of the average diet. The trouble is, says Chris, UPFs have been shown to be the leading cause of early death in the world, ahead of tobacco. Even if you remain at what is considered a healthy weight, consuming UPFs still leaves you vulnerable to things like Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, dementia, anxiety, depression, inflammatory bowel disease, cancer and eating disorders.


    In this conversation, Chris provides a clear definition of the difference between processing and ultra-processing, and explains how our toxic food environment is designed to be addictive. We also discuss a whole range of different topics such as the need to see obesity as a condition and not an identity and the seemingly revolutionary idea that re-prioritising food shopping and cooking as a vital, enjoyable part of our day, could be a first step towards the societal change that’s urgently needed.


    This podcast episode is not about shame or blame - it’s about education and empowerment. Chris is a brilliant communicator who insists the prevalence and appeal of UPFs is not our fault. I thoroughly enjoyed my conversation with him - I hope you enjoy listening.

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    #274 - Performance-enhancing drugs and hormones: risks, rewards, and broader implications for the public | Derek: More Plates, More Dates

    #274 - Performance-enhancing drugs and hormones: risks, rewards, and broader implications for the public | Derek: More Plates, More Dates

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    We discuss:

    • Derek’s interest in weightlifting and experimentation with anabolic steroids at a young age [3:15];
    • Derek’s experience acquiring steroids from underground labs and the potential long-term fertility concerns early in his bodybuilding career [12:00];
    • The backstory on More Plates, More Dates and Derek’s unique ability to blend scientific knowledge with personal observation [17:00];
    • Growth hormone – from extreme use-cases to the more typical – and the misconception that it’s the “elixir of life” [21:30];
    • Growth hormone 101: definition, where it comes from, and the challenges of measuring it [28:45];
    • Does exogenous growth hormone compromise one’s ability to make endogenous growth hormone? [40:00];
    • The use of growth hormone in restoration of tissue during periods of healing [42:00];
    • Growth hormone-releasing peptides to increase endogenous GH: various peptides, risks, benefits, and comparison to exogenous growth hormone [48:45];
    • The role of growth hormone in building muscle and burning fat, as well as its effects on sleep and daytime lethargy [1:02:30];
    • The evolution of drug use in the sport of bodybuilding [1:10:30];
    • What explains the protruding abdomens on some bodybuilders and athletes? [1:20:30];
    • Death of bodybuilders [1:26:00];
    • The complex interplay of hormones, and the conversion of testosterone into metabolites like DHT and estrogen [1:33:45];
    • Post-finasteride syndrome and how Derek successfully treated his hair loss [1:43:15];
    • Testosterone replacement therapy: compelling use-cases, side effects, and optimal dosing schedules [1:57:15];
    • Aromatase inhibitors to suppress estrogen, and the misconceptions around estrogen in men [2:16:00];
    • Other hormones beyond testosterone for male sex hormone replacement [2:21:00];
    • The history of anabolic compounds, and the differing effects of various anabolic testosterone derivatives and related drugs [2:24:30];
    • Use of SARMs by bodybuilders [2:29:45];
    • Anabolic steroid and testosterone regimens of professional bodybuilders and the downstream consequences [2:36:15];
    • The challenge of accurate hormone testing in the presence of anabolic steroids and supplements [2:44:45];
    • The use of Clomid, hCG, and enclomiphene [2:47:15];
    • Concerns about fertility: comparing the use of testosterone and hCG [3:00:30];
    • The use of BPC-157 peptide for healing injuries [3:12:00]; and
    • More.

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    HIBT Lab! UNLESS Collective: Eric Liedtke

    HIBT Lab! UNLESS Collective: Eric Liedtke

    Eric Liedtke spent 26 years at Adidas, working his way up from an entry level position to Executive Board Member and Global Brand President. During that time, he helped revitalize the Adidas brand through high profile partnerships with celebrities like Kanye West and Beyonce. But he was also known for his focus on sustainability. It was Eric who pushed Adidas to commit to using only 100% recycled polyester in its clothing by 2024. 

    This week on How I Built This Lab, Eric joins Guy to talk about the environmental impact of the fashion industry. Eric shares why he left Adidas and started his own apparel brand, UNLESS Collective, which makes 100% plant-based, biodegradable clothing.

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