Chris Masterjohn Ask Me Anything About Nutrition February 1 2019 CMJ Masterpass

Chris Masterjohn Ask Me Anything About Nutrition February 1 2019 CMJ Masterpass

Here’s the recording of the February 1 Ask Me Anything!

30 CMJ Masterpass subscribers sat in on a Zoom session with me last Friday and asked me whatever they wanted about nutrition.

We talk about bone meal for calcium, K2 and heart palpitations, low white blood cell counts, lowering anxiety at night and getting better deep sleep, probiotic cycling, fat intake and familial hypercholesterolemia, negative consequences of taking baking soda too much for too long and what to do instead, the lymphatic system and fat metabolism, intolerances to food and supplements, electrolytes after sauna use, heart rate variability, SIBO, H. pylori, protein on keto, hair mineral analysis, SpectraCell, and more.

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Ask Me Anything Show Notes

13:20 Alternative bone meal powders to Whole Bone Calcium from Traditional Foods Market

15:54 Nutritional causes of low white blood cell count and possible solutions

18:09 Supplements that may lower anxiety at night and improve heart rate variability during sleep

24:40 Brands, forms, and dosage recommendations for nicotinamide riboside and nicotinamide mononucleotide

27:08 Dosage recommendations for berberine

27:50 Supplements that may increase deep sleep

31:18 Brands and dosage recommendations for CBD oil

31:31 Probiotics brand and cycling recommendations

33:19 Is Theracurmin as effective as Meriva Curcumin for arthritis?

39:19 Best clinical way to monitor COMT function if you have already tested for SNPs

43:10 How would you address normal TSH but low T4?

47:38 Should you be more concerned about overall fat intake or saturated fat intake with familial hypercholesterolemia?

50:59 Concerns about long-term bicarbonate supplementation and other suggestions for raising pH

58:08 Could magnesium hydroxide be absorbed via skin and cause hypermagnesemia?

58:40 The relationship between Lp(a) and cardiovascular disease

01:00:23 The role of the lymphatic system in fat metabolism

01:01:41 If your cholesterol is high, how do you avoid having a large burden of oxidized LDL?

01:08:16 Bovine colostrum for those with dairy sensitivities, and what to do about food sensitivities in general

01:17:24 Heart palpitations as a result of vitamin K2 supplementation and whether increasing calcium intake could help

01:21:10 Best formula and dosage of no-carb electrolytes to take at night to optimize sleep, especially after sauna use

01:22:35 Can a low-carb diet cause waking up in the middle of the night?

01:30:24 Why would a male have low blood levels of calcium?

01:32:21 What to do about low cortisol

01:33:19 What supplements would you recommend for a ketogenic diet?

01:35:09 Recommended brands of resveratrol and whether or not you should take resveratrol

01:38:55 Recommendations for treating SIBO and H. Pylori

01:44:26 What do you think about taking clomid to boost testosterone?

01:44:38 How do you determine if you’re getting enough protein?

01:48:14 Avmacol and sulforaphane

01:50:22 How to address edema

01:55:07 What do you think of alternative testing like hair mineral analysis or SpectraCell?

01:57:49 How to lower your calcium score

02:01:45 Recommendations on magnesium supplements and dosage

02:04:09 How to improve LDL receptor activity

02:05:48 Is milk thistle beneficial?

02:06:16 Do you have any concerns with taking 400 milligrams of phosphatidylserine supplements before bed to lower cortisol?

02:06:33 What would cause low platelet count, and how would you fix it?

02:06:53 Recommendations for peripheral neuropathy

02:08:22 What are your top three non-nutrient factors that prevent beta-oxidation or ketogenesis?

Nutrition in Neuroscience Related Links

The Best Way to Supplement With Calcium:

Sleep Recommendations:

Start Here for Methylation:

Mastering Nutrition Episode 11: Paleo f(x) Grab Bag: Carbs, Sex Hormones, Type 1 Diabetes, and More:  

Mastering Nutrition Episode 16: Dietary Management of Heterozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia (HeFH):  

How Measuring My Urine pH Got Me to Love Working Out Again:  

Interview with Chris Kresser covering cholesterol levels of ancestral populations:  

Does Cholesterol Cause Heart Disease? (covers oxidized LDL and Lp(a)):  

The 5 Best Ways to Lower Cholesterol Naturally (short-form):  

What to Do About High Cholesterol (long form):  

The Antioxidant System:

Your Best Weapon Against Food Allergies and Food Intolerances:  

Good Fats, Bad Fats (covers arachidonic acid and food intolerances):  

The DUTCH Test:

Bearers of the Cross: Crucifers in the Context of Traditional Diets and Modern Science:

What to Do About Menstrual Weight Gain:

Hormonal and volume dysregulation in women with premenstrual syndrome (scientific study):  

What Makes a Good Marker of Nutritional Status?  

Testing Nutritional Status: The Ultimate Cheat Sheet (use the code MASTERINGNUTRITION for $5 off):  




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  1. Evidence seems pretty clear that non-native EMF’s like microwave radiation from cell phones and Wi-Fi can directly impact voltage gated calcium channels causing irregular cellular calcium signalling. It’s possible that abnormal cellular calcium influx could affect the SA node and cause heart palpitations.

  2. A little bit of potentially interesting anecdotal evidence regarding K2 and heart palpitations:

    For the past year or so, I’ve been taking 120mcg mk7 about 5 days a week. Here and there, I’ve had some mild heart palpitations/fluttering/skipping a beat.

    This past month, I’ve been doing an experiment with no dairy for reasons related to allergies. I haven’t been replacing that loss of calcium with any extra calcium foods or supplements, and I’ve still been taking the K2 mk7. My palpitations increased during this time. I hadn’t thought about that connection until listening to this podcast about a week ago. Since then, I’ve cut back on the K2 and have taken 350mg of calcium citrate a day. So far, palpitations have been better!

    I’ve read that the mk7 form stays around in the blood for longer. I’m wondering if I’ve just had too much K2 in my blood for too long, driving a constant movement of calcium into bones and keeping my serum calcium low. Not sure. Hope this is somewhat helpful!

  3. THANK YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUU thank you thank you for taking the time out to answer all these questions. random googlers like myself really appreciate it

  4. Thanks a lot for mentioning that zinc is needed to get rid of acidity. I have other symptoms pointing to low zinc so I checked whether acidosis was contributing to my fatigue, and it was. Now I’m more sure I need more zinc and also more motivated to fix the problem, so I’m increasing my intake.
    Where is all that acid coming from anyway? I’m not in ketosis and I’ve been too tired for strenuous activity and I haven’t been suffocating. Even if it doesn’t change what I should do, I’m still curious about the sources of acidity in the body.

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