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Chris Kresser explains the keys to a healthy diet and why Western medicine is failing us

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Heart disease, stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes and obesity are plaguing the country. Nearly half of all adults in the United States have one such health condition, while 25% have two or more of these chronic illnesses. And as of now, we are spending close to 20% of our nation’s GDP on disease management. But here’s the thing – chronic diseases are also among the most preventable of all health problems.

In this episode of the Tony Robbins Podcast, we sit down with Chris Kresser – a globally recognized leader in the fields of ancestral health, Paleo nutrition, and functional and integrative medicine. Chris has been studying, practicing, and teaching alternative medicine for more than fifteen years. He has trained with world-renowned healers and educators in a variety of disciplines throughout the U.S., Thailand, and Indonesia. His website, is one of the top 25 natural health sites in the world, and his book, Your Personal Paleo Code, was a New York Times best seller.

Chris helps us explore the practice of functional medicine and how environment and behavior can have serious implications when it comes to some of the most chronic health issues. He delves into gut bacteria, diet myths, sugar, and carbs. And he discusses just why the current system of health care is focused on treating symptoms, when the focus should really be on addressing the underlying causes of the problem. There is a profound connection between diet and disease, and Chris helps shed light on what we can do to and the changes we can start making right now to achieve a better sense of health and well-being.


[01:20] Episode introduction
[03:10] Welcome Chris
[03:30] The best starting point to find trustworthy information
[05:00] Check your sources – evidence is key
[06:10] What are their motivations?
[06:40] Sifting through the vast amounts of information
[07:00] Filter #1: Is it consistent with scientific data?
[07:40] Filter #2: Is it consistent with evolutionary data?
[08:10] Filter #3: Is it consistent with personal data?
[09:00] There is no “one right answer”
[09:20] The fundamental laws underlying all health issues
[10:10] How do you find what works best for your biochemical makeup?
[11:00] Basic rules we all share when it comes to health
[11:55] The universal laws of a healthy diet
[12:35] Customizing based on individual circumstances
[13:00] Start with the “reset diet” for 30 days
[13:40] An athlete vs. a sedentary individual
[14:30] The matter of calories during the reset period
[15:00] How the brain regulates protein intake
[15:40] What’s the deal with carbohydrates?
[16:30] The real paleo diet and its origination
[18:10] Types of carbohydrates
[19:10] Refined and processed carbs vs. whole foods carbs
[21:00] Debunking the most popular diet myths
[22:20] Saturated fat and heart disease and stroke
[23:10] Good sources of saturated fat
[24:00] Full fat dairy
[25:40] The prominence of autoimmune disease and obesity
[27:50] The truth about sugar
[28:50] The carb and fat tradeoff
[29:10] Sugar compels you to consume more sugar
[29:50] Changes to our gut bacteria
[30:20] Sugar feeds unhealthy gut bacteria
[31:05] Historical roots in finding sugar
[33:00] The problem is that sugar is in almost everything we eat
[33:30] The smart choices for sugar
[35:50] Natural, non-caloric sweeteners vs. artificial sweeteners
[37:10] Probiotics and prebiotics
[37:50] The good bacteria that colonizes in our gut
[38:50] When we start destroying the gut flora (antibiotics, stress)
[40:20] Fermented foods help to rebuild the bacteria
[41:20] Prebiotics are the food for the bacteria
[42:00] Prebiotics supplements
[42:40] Chris’s inspiration to write “Unconventional Medicine”
[43:20] His experience in Indonesia
[44:30] The birth of western medicine
[45:10] The vast majority of illnesses we are facing are chronic diseases
[45:50] The education given isn’t addressing chronic disease
[46:30] The obstacles of moving past western medicine
[47:10] We have a medical model that is not matched with our current circumstances
[47:50] Taking a new approach to medical practice
[49:50] The new pioneers and leaders in functional medicine
[51:20] Dr. Mark Hyman’s new facility for wellness
[53:50] Working together with insurance companies to achieve health and wellness
[54:50] It’s not genetics, it’s environment and behavior
[55:20] The future of medicine
[57:50] To learn more about Chris…


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