Prurigo Pigmentosa Literature Review Part 2 – A Segmental Appearance


Segmental PP

Prurigo Pigmentosa Literature Review Part 2 – A Segmental Appearance

The next installment of my literature review of the keto-rash, prurigo pigmentosa.

Here is the previous post:

This next article is also hot off the presses, published July/August 2014 in Pediatric Dermatology.

Segmental Prurigo Pigmentosa

This was simply a case report about a 13 year old girl (pictured above) who developed the rash.  Unfortunately they do not discuss what they think caused it.

They thought this was worthy of report primarily because of the distribution of the rash which they call “segmental,” describing how it appears almost as a band on the left side of her chest.… Read More

Prurigo Pigmentosa Literature Review Part 1

PP Middle East

I haven’t written much about the keto-rash, prurigo pigmentosa lately despite promising that I would (shame on me) so I’ve decided to do a more in depth review of some of the literature that is available.

This article is hot off the presses, just published in the American Journal of Dermatology on July 30, 2014.

Prurigo Pigmentosa:  A Clinicopathologic Study of 4 Cases from the Middle East

This was the first case series from the Middle East, out of the American University of Beirut Medical Center, Lebanon.… Read More

Coach Sommer on Barbell Shrugged Podcast


Just wanted to highlight another podcast Coach Sommer was a guest on, since I really like what he has to say (as you can tell).

Thanks to Mario on Facebook for bringing sharing this with me.

Listen to the full Barbell Shrugged podcast here.

As a quick update, I still haven’t picked up the Gymnastics Bodies foundations course since I’ve been on the road quite a bit lately.  Once things in my schedule stabilize I’ll make the commitment.

Needless to say… the travel has also been rough on my eating!… Read More

Can Lipoic Acid Restore Circadian Rhythms?

Basis Thursday

Can Lipoic Acid Restore Circadian Rhythms?

  • For people who have been following me for a while, you know that I work a graveyard shift, so trying to improve my sleep and minimize disruption to my circadian rhythm is something I’ve been trying to tinker with (hence the sleep trackers)… so when I came across this headline, my interest was piqued.
  • This was also interesting to me because Alpha Lipoic Acid is one of the supplements Tim Ferriss recommends as part of the PAGG stack in his 4 Hour Body book.
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Ketogenic Diet with Dr. Dominic D’Agostino on the Fitness Nerds Podcast



Fitness Nerds Podcast with Dr. Dominic D’Agostino

  • Dr. D’Agostino was also recently on Kiefer’s Body IO podcast
  • It was interesting to hear that he is slowly being swayed by vegans around him and his pretty much cut out all meat from his diet except fish and insect protein
  • He also quoted a study that found that ketogenic diets can actually have a beneficial effect on the gut biome… which is not what Kiefer and Dave Asprey have been saying recently.  Hopefully more will come out about this
  • In response to people who are concerned with the effect a ketogenic diet on thyroid hormone like myself and Ben Greenfield (whom D’Agostino actually referenced), D’Agostino felt that thyroid issues only arise because people are eating too hypocaloric AND/OR are over-training
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Lebron James Going Low Carb


Lebron James Going Low Carb

  • Couple of stories out about how Lebron has recently lost a noticeable amount of weight after switching to a low carb diet.
  • Looks like he might be joining Dwight Howard on his diet journey
  • Here is the link to an ESPN article:

    Blatt saw a thinner James at their meeting. James has been focused on cutting his weight by reducing his carb intake since the end of the NBA Finals, and he has lost more than 10 pounds. James’ thinner frame was noticeable in some photos he posted on his Instagram account earlier this week.

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More Carb Nite and Carb Back-Loading Tips Part 3

CBL and CNSMore Carb Nite and Carb Back-Loading Tips Part 3

Again, trying to do my best to stay up to date with all of Kiefer’s prolific work, here is the next series of notes I’ve taken.  I’ve noticed that at some points I started doing more actual transcription than note taking, so some of these are longer than they’ve been in the past… let me know what you think and if it’s more helpful when it’s longer or shorter.  It’s interesting, with all the interviews and podcasts that he’s done, I feel like we have enough information to write a biography on him if we were so inclined… especially with his recent interviews with Dean Dwyer and Kyle Davies…

Here is my standard Kiefer spiel:

Again some of these are from his own site, and some from when he appears as a guest on other podcasts. … Read More

Gymnastic Bodies with Coach Christopher Sommer

Gymnastic BodiesGymnastic Bodies with Coach Christopher Sommer

Every once in awhile you’ll come across someone that will completely reshape the way you think about things, and you’ll walk away feeling amazed and wondering why you never saw things in this light before.  I’ve felt this when I’ve encountered the works of folks like Tim Ferriss, Mark Sisson, Robb Wolf, John Kiefer, Dave Asprey, and Jimmy Moore.

The most recent guy I’m adding to this list is Coach Christopher Sommer, who is a coach for the US gymnastics team, and appeared on a couple of Robb Wolf’s podcasts (Episode 213 and Episode 230). … Read More

Carb Back-Loading Results After 14 Weeks

CBLCarb Back-Loading Results After 14 Weeks

I’ve concluded my Carb Back-Loading experiment after doing my best to stick with it for 14 weeks.  If you want to see what I wrote from weeks 1 through 11, you can find them here:


Carb Back-Loading (CBL) is John Kiefer’s variation on a targeted ketogenic diet in which a large load of carbs are only eaten after heavy resistance training (optimally in the afternoon). … Read More

Thank You Tim Ferriss


Thank You Tim Ferriss

A few months ago I was interviewed by Carol Salva on the Fat2FitHQ podcast and recently I appeared as a guest on the Health Nuts Anonymous podcast (the episode hasn’t been released yet), and in both of those appearances I was asked to describe how I got to where I currently am.

One of the major inflection points in my life was when I first encountered the work of Tim Ferriss.  His book, The 4 Hour Body was what first exposed me to the concept of bio-hacking and the quantified self, which was the inspiration for a lot of what I’m doing now. … Read More

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