6. Dr. Tommy Wood – Orthorexia, Autoimmunity & The Paleo Lifestyle

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Dr. Tommy Wood is a medical doctor with a previous degree in biochemistry. He is currently finishing his Ph.D. in physiology and neuroprotection and is published in multiple scientific journals. Tommy has coached and competed in rowing, CrossFit, powerlifting, and (ultra) endurance racing. He runs the blog, co-hosts the ‘Eat Better’ podcast, and is a featured coach for Breaking Muscle. He is Chief Scientific Officer of Physicians for Ancestral Health, and the Chief Medical Officer of Nourish Balance Thrive, a company that specialises in optimising the biochemistry and performance of athletes.


Show Notes:

Biohacker Summit Finland 

Christopher Kelly’s Keto Summit

Nourish Balance Thrive Podcast – Iron Overload Episode

Fitter Food

Dr. Loren Cordain

Robb Wolf

Mark Sisson

Ricky Sharpe

Dr. Richard Bernstein

Richard D. Feinman II

Richard Feynman I (Awesome Youtube Video)

Dr. David Minkoff

Ben Greenfield Podcast Episode with Dr, David Minkoff

Dr. Jack Kruse

Dominic D’Agostino

Andrew Scarborough

Bad Science – Ben Goldacre

Bad Pharma – Ben Goldacre

Ken Robinson – Do Schools Kill Creativity? (TED Talk)


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  • Hi Jamie,

    During the podcast you talked about discovering that you had iron overload. Did you do genetic testing for haemochromatosis or how did you verify that you had iron overload? Also I would be interested in hearing about your approach to tackle this. Did you alter diet or go down the phlebotomy route. Thanks as always for the great podcast and useful information. Keep up the great work.

    1. Hi Aaron, I took blood tests. My genetic test didn’t show I was predisposed to storing iron and in this case, is this largely useless. Genova do a good functional blood chemistry test that includes Iron/Ferritin/TIBC etc.

      Back then I was eating a lot of meat as I was training so intensely. Now, I consume probably only one serving of meat a day and this is primarily fish. However, I now just give blood reguarly and test my iron levels every now and then to check I am not over donating!

      1. Perfect. Exactly the response I had hoped for. I had genetic testing done about 3 years ago and it came back negative. Even when I asked my GP at the time if I could still have iron overload her response was No. My blood test results had iron values that were way off the normal upper range. I did start donating blood after going with my gut feeling about the high iron levels. I have not donated in about 2 years so I am probably above the normal upper limit again. Getting some more blood tests done this week so I will check again. Did you have many symptoms of iron overload?

        1. Iron overload got picked up when I had run myself into the ground with overtraining. So at that time my sex hormones were non existent… was that the iron overload? Probably not. So, hard to point the finger at it for me. It’s something I’ll definitely always keep an eye on though but I won’t obsess of it. Nourish Balance Thrive had a podcast episode that is worth listening to. Chris Kelly told me that most of their clients have high iron levels (males, in their 40s).

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