Saturday, August 30, 2014

Upcoming Blog Posts

Just wanted to give quick a lead-in to Monday's blog, "Probiotics and Antibiotics."

I have some antibiotic posts that are set to pop up every Monday morning for the next 10 weeks.  I figured it was way too much for one blog, but 10 seemed to fit.  I've been interested in this whole 'antibiotic resistance' thing for a long time and did quite a bit of research on it.  I hope you get something out of it.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Vinegar Magic

Yesterday I got an out-of-the-blue email from one of my old lurker buddies asking about 'wild fruit vinegars.' Christine, aka, WildCucumber, told me she's been making vinegar in her kitchen from fruit she gets around her home in Quebec.  This made me remember a paper I had recently bookmarked about the health properties of vinegar, but hadn't gotten around to reading. 

I clicked on the vinegar paper and scrolled down, wow.  Vinegar is amazing stuff! 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Thanks for the Feedback!

Well, that was just what I needed to hear!  I'm new to this blogging business and was completely unsure if people were actually reading or not.

Now I know.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Your Turn

Hi, Everyone!

I started this blog as a place to keep my story straight.  I see from the traffic report that about 700 people a day are now reading and a hundred or so have signed up for the email alerts.  I'm amazed.  I'm just not sure how many of these 'hits' are real people and how many are just spam-bots or web-crawlers searching for my bank account numbers or trying to get personal information for marketers.  I have a feeling the real number is around 100-150 people a day looking, but even that number amazes me.  I would like to ask that every 'real person' reading this leave a comment, even if it is just to say 'hi'. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Does RS Cause Colon Cancer? YES!!! But that's OK...


This is the last installment of about 75 articles on resistant starch and potato starch that were spawned from my incessant pimping of a beautiful white powder.  I hope that if you've been following along you have come to the realization that potato starch as an RS supplement is here to stay.  Tomorrow, I will put up a blog for you guys to tell me what you want to read about, with comments on.  Thanks for your interest!

Here's a great blog from Mark Sisson.  A study recently came out that's making headlines like, "Low Carb Diet Prevents Colon Cancer!" The trouble is, there is a major caveat to the story...I'll let Mark explain.  - Tim

4 Aug

Dear Mark: Does Resistant Starch Cause Colon Cancer?

greenbananasFor today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’m handling just one question. I originally planned to answer more reader questions, but it turned into a complex answer that really made me dig deeper into something – butyric acid – I’d assumed was completely benign. I still do, mind you, for the most part. The position has just become more nuanced. Anyway, the question is from a reader who’s just seen a study that seems to implicate butyric acid, the primary short chain fatty acid that resistant starch-eating gut bacteria produce, in colon cancer. Was my ringing endorsement of resistant starch a mistake after all?
Let’s go:

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Potato Starch Dream Video

Here's the video I told ya'all about...if the last month's worth of RS articles didn't make you want to try, this should! -- Tim

And another I just found!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Tiger Nuts vs. Potato Starch! Love this.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

PS is 'Perfectly Paleo"

Almost done!  Only a couple more to go... -Tim

Today's piece is from: Perfectly Paleo

Bob’s Red Mill Potato Starch 680g

Bob’s Red Mill Potato Starch 680gPerfectly Paleo - Bobs Red Mill Potato Starch Unmodified

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Dr. Amy Nett Discusses RS on Chris Kresser's blog!

I was so surprised to see this!  A really well-written piece on RS, all of the facts were right and she even mentioned me.  Of course I just had to jump in and help with the comments.  I hope I didn't steal their thunder, but I tried to leave the hard, medical questions to the experts.  Some very good comments, go check them out.  I think what amazed me more was the depth of the discussion.  This shows me that people are taking gut health serious and looking at RS as a tool to achieve gut health and exploring the alternatives.

Also some great comments by my partners in crime:  Duck Dodgers, PaleoPhil, and Gemma!


How Resistant Starch Will Help to Make You Healthier and Thinner

I asked Dr. Amy Nett, MD, to contribute this guest post. She recently joined my private practice and will be working with me in the clinic.  Amy initially completed her medical training in radiology at Stanford University Hospital, but wanted to work more directly with patients, helping them to prevent and reverse chronic disease and truly transform their health.  Combined with her passion for nutrition she decided to pursue a career in functional medicine, and is excited to have the opportunity to work more closely with patients in achieving their goals and realizing their best potential.  You’ll be hearing more from Amy in the future!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

My Guts, by Me!

Here is a guest-blog I did at FTA on my American Gut results.  I just love the American Gut Project and I think they are breaking new ground.  Sure, there are problems, but I think everyone should spend the $99 for a test.  Just last week, I sent in a follow-up American Gut test kit and also a UBiome test on the exact same piece of dookie...will be fun to compare them side-by-side.  -Tim

Resistant Starch: American Gut Project Real Results And Comparison (Very Big News)

To catch up, perhaps a dozen or more posts, thousands of comments from hundreds of people around the world self experimenting. No, you do not have to "wait for the 'science,'" because self experimentation is science. And it's arguably the best because since it's self, that means it applies to you and only you. You get to do this and see for yourself.
OK, today, a rather sizable and meaty post . It's a guest post by "Tatertot Tim"; and as everyone knows, the prime mover in the whole resistant starch awareness finally making its way into Paleo, Primal, Perfect Health Diet, and low carb circles. This is what we have all been waiting for. How does the gut flora of a habitual resistant starch consumer compare to that of a SAD eater, or, even an LC eater?
To review the problem for low carbers: Sorry low carbers, your microbiome is just not that into you, by Jeff Leach, prime mover at The American Gut Project.

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Rebooted Body on RS

Resistant Starch: The Most Helpful Carbohydrate?

Hands holding dirty harvested potatoes

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Primal Psychologist loves my RS!

Psychologists understand the Brain-Gut Connection!  -Tim


The importance of resistant starch

I have read about the many benefits of including resistant starch in the diet from The Perfect Health Diet which I have posted about before. Resistant starch is starch that is actually not absorbed or digested by our body.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Ray Peat Fan comments on RS!

Interesting take on RS!  -Tim

Against The Grain

My Journey Back to Health

Resistant Starch and Oranges

There’s been a lot of discussion about Resistant Starch (RS) in the Paleo world lately, most of which has taken place over at Free the Animal. I haven’t read all of the posts, threads, and comments relating to this topic, but I’ve read enough to pique my interest. RS is basically the isolated starch from potatoes and other foods that is resistant to digestion in the body – it behaves in the body like a fiber rather than a typical starch.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Bulletproof Forum on RS Use

Dave Asprey's people discussing RS and potato starch!  -Tim

Bulletproof Exec Forum

    Hi all,

    I've just ordered all of my supplements to try the Bulletproof Rapid Fat Loss Protocol: http://www.bulletpro...-loss-protocol/

    I've been supplementing resistant starch using 4 TBSP of Bob's Red Mill potato starch daily for about 1-2 months now and I really love the effects I've been getting with it (better sleep, better moods, etc), If you're not familiar with resistant starch, you can read about it here:
    What I want to know is would it be safe to continue supplementing resistant starch during the RFLP? Would it interfere with any of the processes that are contributing to the weight loss in any way? I wouldn't think that it would, as it isn't digested by "you," just your gut flora.

    Thursday, August 14, 2014

    Phoenix Helix on RS...A Thursday Two-fer!

      So here is a really nice blog on RS and a great forum.  Go check them out, great stuff!  -Tim

    Phoenix Helix Blog on RS

    And, the Forum  93 pages!

    Here's the great blog in it's entirety, sans comments..but they are good, too, so go check them out at the link above if you like.  Seems to be a very popular post, but who doesn't love talking about RS?

    The Great Starch Experiment

    Posted on May 25, 2014
    photo collage of different starchy foods

    Where I Started

    Before doing the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (AIP), I spent 6 months on the GAPS Diet. It’s very similar to regular paleo with one major difference: it eliminates high starch vegetables, based on the belief that they are difficult to digest and end up feeding harmful bacteria in the large intestine. 

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

    Mixed Bites of RS

    Nice blog...short and sweet!  -Tim

    Mixed Bites Blog

    May 092014
    I’ve been reading about the benefits of resistant starch from several sources, here, here, and here. It’s been credited with helping improve gut flora, improving insulin sensitivity, reducing triglycerides, and reducing the risk of colon cancer. Increased butyrate production is the scientific explanation (description here, for those interested in knowing the “why”)> These are good things.

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

    Paul's Health Blog on RS

    I think this must be the most-posted gut vid in existence!  -Tim


    What Is Resistant Starch?

    Resistant starch is a starch that isn’t broken down and absorbed during the digestion process. Instead it's turned into short-chain fatty acids by intestinal bacteria, feeding the friendly bacteria in the gut.

    Monday, August 11, 2014

    Human Breast Milk and RS

    Here's another guest-post I did at FTA...again, lots of comments at the link. -Tim

    The Importance of Human Breast Milk for Gut Microbiome Development

    Here's a little guest post from Tim "Tatertot" Steele.
    When you start looking at RS and gut bugs, here's a connection I recently came across that I will be exploring further for merit.
    In human breast milk, there are hundreds of compounds called Humans Milk Oligosaccharides (HMOS). There are also hundreds of bacterial strains present in breast milk, presumably through the entero-mammary pathway. This combination of pre and probiotics results in rapid structure of the newborn's gut to favor almost exclusively probiotic strains of bifidobacteria and lactic acid bacterias.

    Sunday, August 10, 2014

    Cutting Edge Solutions with RS

    Ruh-roh Shaggy!  Somebody don't like potato starch!  Whaaaaat?  Read on!  -Tim  


    Unmodified Potato Starch May Cause Inflammation

    My experience with resistant starches

    My experience with resistant starch in general started about a year ago when I was researching tools to increase insulin sensitivity.

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

    Wellness Mama Digs Her Some RS!

    This is such a well-written, concise article I just love it!  Wellness Mama always has great advice, check her out!  - Tim

    Resistant Starch: Gut Superfood

    resistant starch superfood gut wellness mama main Resistant Starch: Gut Superfood
    We often hear about the importance of probiotics, and rightfully so. They can help improve our digestion, elimination, immune system, and even the look of our skin!
    Probiotics are live bacteria and/or yeast that live inside our body. We bring them into our systems via foods, supplements, and soil. This is the good gut flora that everyone is after. But like any living organism, probiotics need to be nourished and supported, which is where prebiotics come in.

    Friday, August 8, 2014

    Chris the Kiwi likes RS A LOT!

    RS has taken the world 'down under' by storm, too, apparently.  Good on ya mate!  -Tim

    A New Superfood? The Truth About Resistant Starch

    Green Plantains – a great source of resistant starch photo credit: Robert Valencia

    Hey mate,
    I hope this finds you better than ever.
    Resistant starch is all the rage on the nutritional front line at the moment.

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

    Nancy's Poor, Poor, Gut!

    I really enjoyed writing this piece, I think it helped a lot of people! 233 Comments if you care to go and read... -Tim

    The American Food Project Rings in For a Commenter and Not Good (Why Resistant Starch Doesn’t Work for Some)

    Tatertot Tim put this together for us, in collaboration with Dr. BG (Grace)

    What's Lurking in your Guts? Potato Starch as Litmus Test for Gut Health

    Earlier this week I was copied on an email from frequent FTA commenter Nancy, who had some important news. Her American Food Project results were in and she was a bit concerned:

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

    Pill Scout Scouts Out RS

    One of the many, many random articles on RS you will find searching around the internets!  - Tim

    An introdution to resistant starches

    Resistant starches are probably one of the most overlooked and misunderstood nutrients of our time, next to Iodine and Vitamin D. Two weeks prior to this post, I had no clue what they were myself.
    It’s very likely that you aren’t getting very many resistant starches in your diet. The “Standard American Diet” has almost none due to processing and refinement of certain foods. Even paleo dieters may overlook these, as it’s easier to remember “meat = good, seeds = bad”

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

    I Eat Meat Green Plantains RS part 6

    Last of the 6 part series... I love green plantain chips, but I make mine a bit differently.  I cut them in long, thick slabs. -Tim

    Green Plantains Resistant Starch Food

    green plantains are a great resistant starch food
    Green plantains are a cheap resistant starch food and dehydrating them as chips is really easy. I’m sure many people in the paleo and low carb communities have been hearing about resistant starch. It has been causing a lot of rumbling in the blogs and colons of many folks.

    Monday, August 4, 2014

    I Eat Meat Part 5 Beans RS

    This is definitely worth reading, and doing.  Do it!  -Tim



    Properly Prepare Black Beans for Resistant Starch

    properly prepared black beans for resistant starch to reduce gas
    Properly preparing black beans for resistant starch and to ease digestion is very simple. It just requires a bit of planning ahead. I’ve found soaked black beans are tolerated by my body very well. I had been avoiding all legumes for the past four years because they irritated my gut and made my joints hurt. A 24 to 48 hour soak eliminates those problems.

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

    I Eat Meat Plantain Chips RS Part 4

    Back to the 6-parter!  Enjoy... -Tim


    Dehydrated Plantain Chips

    dehydrated plantain chips are simple to make
    Dehydrated plantain chips are a simple to prepare resistant starch food. They are portable and pair well with many other foods. I enjoy them plain or mixed in yogurt.

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

    Mark Sisson on RS and Gluten-free Diets

    I love Mark, he is always spot-on when it comes to RS and diet advice.  Lots of my ideas in this section of the article!  Love seeing them.  -Tim

    The “Dangers” of Going Gluten-Free

    “Gluten-free diets decrease levels of good gut bacteria and increase levels of bad gut bacteria.”

    A while back, this study made the rounds. Anyone who wanted to ridicule people on elective gluten-free diets could now do it with a study under their belt. Never mind the fact that they rarely actually read the full study. Never mind the fact that they didn’t understand the significance of a shift in gut microbiota composition. They just knew that it was “bad”, that it was proof we gluten-abstainers were foolish and wrong. But the actual study paints a slightly different picture. Actually, a phrase embedded in the quote in the abstract says it all. Healthy gut bacteria decreased and unhealthy bacteria increased parallel to reductions in the intake of polysaccharides after following the GFD.

    Friday, August 1, 2014

    I Eat Meat RS Rice Part 3

    Resistant Starch in Parboiled Rice

    increase resistant starch in parboiled rice6
    Parboiled Rice is a good source of resistant starch (RS) and your preparation method can increase the content. I have been trying to increase resistant starch foods in my diet while still supplementing with Bob’s Red Mill Potato Starch. I really am grateful for Richard and Tim sharing all the information about resistant starch via Free the Animal. I really believe this was the the missing element in my paleo style diet, not just a safe carb, but an essential carbohydrate. Essential in the maintenance of a healthy gut, feeding those bacteria that digest your food and provide much of your immune system.