Can Coffee Raise LDL?

Can coffee raise LDL

I was listening to the podcast of Ben Greenfield (author of Beyond Training) and was finding everything somewhat interesting until I came across a specific segment where he links coffee to high LDL!  This was something I had never heard before.

You can listen to the podcast here.

And read the transcript here.

It all happens around the 38:10 mark.  The theory goes something like this:

Coffee contains ‘cafestol’ and ‘kahweol’ which are compounds called diterpenes.  These are found specifically in the oils of coffee beans.… Read More

The BJJ Caveman’s Random Reading: December 14, 2014

Random Readings December 14, 2014

One of the beautifully ornate gates at the Wurzburg Residence in Southern Germany at the start of our drive along the Romantic Road.  It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site!

  1. When the BJJ Cavewife and I visited Antarctica and kayaked in the open ocean between towering icebergs we felt like we were pretty extreme.  We never imagined there were people crazy enough to do something like this!
  2. Sometimes Journals and the scientific articles they publish are complete jokes… but this one takes the cake.
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Carb Nite Redux: Week 2

Carb Night Redux Week 2


These are the logs from the second week of my latest attempt with Carb Nite.



What I’ve been tracking:

  • Weight
  • Abdominal Circumference
  • AM Blood Ketones
  • AM Blood Glucose
  • PM Blood Ketones
  • PM Blood Ketones
  • Food eaten

Supplements and Tools

You can read about all of my favorite tools and primary supplement stack on my favorite tools page.

List of the supplements I’ve added to my current regimen.… Read More

Apo-E, Alcohol, and LDL Cholesterol – The Framingham Offspring Study

Framingham offspring

I first came across this study when I read about Steve Kirsch’s experience with drinking alcohol to lower his LDL cholesterol after finding out he has an Apo E2 allele.  I figured that it’d be a good idea for me to look at the actual study he referred to and was pleasantly surprised to discover that it was free to the public.

In the introduction the authors summarize what is currently known about the ApoE gene and how it relates to LDL cholesterol:

  • Apo E3/E3 constitutes the majority of the population. 
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More Carb Nite and Carb Back-Loading Tips Part 5

More Carb Night and Carb Backloading Tips Part 5a

In an effort to stay up to date with all of Kiefer’s prolific work, here is the next series of notes I’ve taken. This is the fourth edition of my Kiefer notes.  Again some of these are from his own site, and some from when he appears as a guest on other podcasts.

For those that don’t know, Kiefer is the author of both The Carb Nite Solution and Carb Back-Loading, both ways of eating that I’ve been playing around with recently.  Here is the official link to all of his guest appearances.

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The BJJ Caveman’s Random Reading: December 7, 2014

Random Reading December 7 2014

Sunset picture off the shores of Lake Michigan near the town of Frankfort.

  1. Recent post on Chris Kresser’s site stating that it’s actually ok to cook with olive oil, and that it isn’t subject to the common paleo notion (which I previously subscribed to) that heat will induce oxidation of olive oill.  The trick is to make sure you get extra virgin olive oil without any additives and store it correctly.  Here’s a quote that specifically caught my eye: “Being able to heat olive oil opens up cooking options, especially for those who are very sensitive to the effects of saturated fat on their cholesterol levels.
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