Sleep Meditation & High-Fat Diets – Frank Lipman, MD

Episode #140: Sleep, Meditation & High-Fat Diets – Frank Lipman, MD

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06:43 Dr. Lipman’s High Fat Diet Journey: He was afraid to eat fat, like everyone else. He felt that he was eating a healthy diet, but he became pre-diabetic. His hemoglobin A1C was high and that was when he began to understand that the low fat/fat free concept was nonsense.

08:41 South Africa: In the 1950s and 60s, people in South Africa got their food ate local meats, vegetables and fruits. A famous sports doctor used to preach a high carb diet, until he became diabetic and shifted to preaching a low carb diet. He started a huge low carb movement in South Africa.

10:35 Stress Reduction as a Therapeutic Tool: Dr. Lipman studied eastern medicine. As a result, he saw the human body in different way and with a different philosophy. It is about how to improve function and create balance. He rethought everything he had learned in western medicine. He got into stress reduction through yoga, meditation and Buddhism.

12:12 Ancient Herb Berberine: Dr. Lipman likes berberine because it is an anti-microbial, killing bugs in the gut. He recommends berberine and also uses it as a key anti-microbial in his cleanse formula. It also helps to balance sugar levels. Gut flora imbalance and sugar imbalance are the two main issues that Dr. Lipman sees. Berberine helps with both issues.

13:19 Start with the Gut: Clinically, he always starts with the gut. His Chinese medicine instructors told him that if you don’t know what to do, you should treat the gut. It is the center. He bases his treatments on what he sees and not the studies. He is disillusioned with the scientific method as it is practiced today. He is also not convinced as to the accuracy of testing.

18:14 The Presentation of Yeast vs Bacteria: When Dr. Lipman sees patients with SIBO, they often have yeast infections. Yeast is difficult to test; however, clinically there is usually a telling history. To treat yeast, he may use nystatin, Diflucan, or Iitraconazole for a few weeks at a time. There is less collateral damage using herbs.

20:37 Treating Hormones: Dr. Lipman starts with diet change and stress reduction. They affect your insulin and cortisol. If you can get your insulin and cortisol under control, the other hormones of then fall into place. Thyroid sometimes needs to be boosted. He uses adaptogens, if needed. It is a personal choice to do bioidentical hormones, but that is not Dr. Lipman’s recommendation.

25:02 Gaining Optimal Function as We Age: Older people think that they are losing their, memory, have aches and pains, are gaining weight and cannot function as well as they used to. They attribute this loss of function to old age. Ageing need not be a journey toward illness. It can be a journey toward health when we work to improve the function of our muscular skeletal system, nervous system and digestive system. When these are improved, we will feel vital again. With perhaps a few exceptions and adjustments, we can remain high functioning. Drugs won’t do it.

27:49 The Importance of Sleep: Sleep is when your body repairs itself. While we sleep, the glympathic system clears the brain of toxins and the byproducts of what is being used in the day. If the toxins and byproducts are not removed at night during quality sleep, they build up. If you are not sleeping properly, it affects cortisol, leptin, and ghrelin, the hormones involved in hunger and satiety. Therefore it affects what you eat and how you eat. Seventy percent of the people that Dr. Lipman sees do not sleep well. People who sleep well tend to be healthier. Those of us who do not sleep well, put on weight. Going to bed at the same time each night and waking up at the same time in the morning is important.

32:05 Electronic Sundown: TV, phone, computer and all electronics should be turned off at least an hour before you go to bed. Have a transition period and then go to sleep in a completely dark room.

33:09 Meditation to Help with Sleep: Dr. Lipman meditates in bed and tries to teach his patients to do the same as an option. A popular app that he recommends is the Head Space. It may not be traditional, but it is helpful. Learning to relax, breathe and get out of your head and into your body is a great entry point, as is yoga.


25 thoughts on “Sleep Meditation & High-Fat Diets – Frank Lipman, MD

  1. Some problems in society are never solved for the sake of keeping industries and jobs going however inneficient they may be. Some problems are created to create industries and jobs. The one thing that needs to change is the idea of work and money.

  2. You have some great stuff but gotta admit I just don't have the time or patience for these hour long interviews. Got to 14 minutes and asked myself "What have I learned so far?" and couldn't really say.

  3. ketogenic diets worked short term for me then it caused me problems later on and carb cravings grew incrediblly strong. it turns out you need plenty of vitad3, a, k and good gut bacteria (fromwhat I have read) to handle glucose properly, I am starting to believe it since I have taking vitad3 for a while now and my sugars and appetite normalized quite a bit  , I stopped have  hypoglycemia episodes especially at night. but, and there is always a but, sleep quality was still poor, I think i couldnt breath properly, my sinus were always clogging bla bla you get the point, when I added vita a I was surpirsed how my sinus stayed open better I am starting to sleep better too,(longer between awakings) but it is still early in the treatment (about 2 weeks so far) I keep it around 20 or 30 thousand per day (seperate doses) to try and keep some of it in th eblood long enough to do what it is supposed to do instead of getting stored in adipose tissue (and liver too)

  4. This is without a doubt the HARDEST aspect of biohacking. You can do the diet, the exercise… but living in the west, it is impossible to shut off as it gets dark. When it gets dark at 5pm… I could not imagine spending hours in the dark, no tv, no computer, no phone – That's why my life goal is to live somewhere warm and exotic by the beach. When on holiday I don't want anything to do with technology… I just want to be outside all the time!

  5. What an awesome interview! Dr. Lipman has such practical but well thought out advice. I felt so calm and interested while listening. Something in his voice. I heard his compassion and love for healing others. Thank you Mike and Dr. Lipman 🙂

  6. I've seen tons of podcasts so far and this is definitely one of the top podcasts I've seen! Thanks a lot for the great work you do!

    People, especially those who read a ton of blogs and watch a lot of podcasts and alike, should really get reminded more often that there is no single diet, no single food, no single routine, no single whatever, that fits everyone! Everybody is different, has a different daily schedule, different weather/seasons, different intolerances/allergies, different amounts of stress and deals differently with stress, has different goals and so on and so forth, therefore it's simply impossible that a certain food, diet,… will work for everybody. Also, which was hard for me, is to know when and to accept that, medication and symptom treatment is important in some cases or at some point.

    Maybe you read this Mike, I'd really love if you'd get Paul Chek for an Interview. He has been THE biggest influence for me in terms of my knowledge around health, nutrition, spirituality and so on, he has a TON of knowledge and experience and has studied hundreds, if not thousands of books.

    All the best,
    stay strong,

  7. I enjoy your channel! I would enjoy if you could interview Stephen Phinney and Jeff S. Volek, who are advocates of nutritional keotosis. I practice daily fasting, LOW carbs, moderate proteins, and high fats. I also strength training and study martial arts. After the adaptation phase, my body is leaner, stronger, and I recover faster at 46! Keepup the good work!

  8. When I went into menopause I tried every hormone out there , from Premarin to bioidentical hormones.All estrogens made me feel inflamed and so much worse. I realized that on the days I ate low carb I felt so much better . So I went low carb ,ditched the estrogen, and did yoga every day and my menopausal symptoms went away. One doctor was very angry at me and told me I was going to fall apart and get osteoporosis . A different doctor fired me when I asked for a fasting insulin test.

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