Sundog –noun 1. parhelion. 2. a small or incomplete rainbow.

Robb Wolf

As some of you already know, I’m a big fan of Robb Wolf.

He’s a very smart guy who knows TONS about eating paleo, making it your lifestyle, and it often seems just about everything else. The blurb on his site says this about him:

“Robb Wolf is a former research biochemist specializing in lipid metabolism. His CV includes research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and graduate work with Prof. Loren Cordain of Colorado State University, author of The Paleo Diet and The Paleo Diet for Athletes. Robb is a co-founder of the CrossFit NorCal (the 4th CrossFit Affiliate), a review editor for the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism, and a co-founder of The Performance Menu.”

A few months ago I ran across his blog and the weekly podcast he had recently begun. I was quickly a fan and tuned in each week to hear him answer 5-8 questions from listeners. The questions seem to vary considerably, but its about a 50/50 split between stuff on reaching fitness goals and things involving chronic health problems.

The information in his podcast could easily fill a book and I have learned a tremendous amount from him. Its impressive how passionate he is about helping people and it shows in the detail he gives each question. Nobody is paying him for this, he willingly shares his knowledge for free – something not many people would do.

A few weeks ago I finally figured out a few questions of my own and posted them on his site. This week he answered them! Here is the link to the podcast:
The Paleolithic Solution Episode 29

And below are the questions I asked. He answers mine first in the podcast so just start at the beginning. The previous podcasts can be downloaded still and are very much worth the time to listen to if you have chronic health concerns, are interested in gym performance, or would like to know more about paleo eating. I hope you all enjoy!

“Hello Robb!
Long time listener, first time caller. 🙂 Nine years ago, mine and my partner’s health plummeted after some prolonged solvent exposure coming over from the neighboring apartment and compounded by a black mold infestation in our apartment. Our health steadily declined for the first several years but in the last three we seem to have leveled off at about 25% functional capacity. It has left us nearly fully housebound, bedridden about 8-10 of our waking hours a day and completely knackered. In my never ending search to find a way back to health for us, we swapped to a strict Paleo lifestyle just over three months ago and have seen a small improvement. We are in our early 30’s, have been diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, and Fibromyalgia. Our allergies are crazy bad to most chemicals which has left us homeless in a tent for the last eight years.

I had a couple of questions about leaky gut, supplement inactive ingredients, and the Now Super Enzymes.

1. I have no doubt our gut is leaky as a sieve and we have been taking aloe, slippery elm, and marshmallow for six months to try and aid this. We use lots of organic coconut oil with our cooking and about a month ago started taking copious amounts of Kirkland fish oil (13.5g/day, we both weigh ~170 and are working up the amount). Two weeks ago we removed all eggs and nuts, have been dairy free since going Paleo. We haven’t been able to afford grass fed meat yet, but do buy hormone and antibiotic free. Any ideals on how long a bad leaky gut problem can take to heal and/or experience greatly reduced inflammation? Anything else that you know of which we could try to do to help speed this up?

2. We have been taking Source Natural’s Pancreatin 8x enzymes for six months and I recently picked up a bottle of the Now Super Enzymes to give them a whirl as they have the HCl the other ones lack. At 2 caps per meal I had a bit of a bad aftertaste which I suspect was the HCl as it reminded me much of smells from chem lab years ago, but no heat. Tried 3 caps for two meals but though there was no heat, it produced a surprising amount of burping, a general sour feeling in my stomach and later my gut, and even more of a bad aftertaste. Any thoughts? Too little, too much?

3. Lastly, our doctor has us on many, many supplements to help with the lack of nutrients our body had been absorbing from our very poor diet. I’m a bit concerned the added ‘inert’ ingredients in the capsules might be tossing a wrench in us trying to remedy the leaky gut. Are there some non-obvious things I should watch out for on the ingredient list?

Thank you very much for all the time and effort both you and Andy put into these podcasts. I have learned an incredible amount of information and feel very strongly that you have already helped my partner and I make healing progress we might otherwise have been much slower to achieve. Also, I attended Butte College for couple years at one point in my travels so hearing you and Andy chatting about Chico always feels like a little piece of home.

Have a beautiful day, Lisa/Sundog :)”

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2 responses

  1. good questions – what were the answers from Robb Wolf?

    May 31, 2010 at 12:31 pm

  2. hmm, I don’t remember specifics at the moment. In general though:

    Leaky gut just takes the time it takes to heal. Weeks, months.

    Super Enzymes – he’s had to go as high as 6 at a meal to get the warm feeling so just slowly add them in over time until feeling the heat. We’ve been adding one to most meals and seem to be doing alright with it, so after a couple more days will add more. Oh, he also said to take it a little ways into the meal, but not at the end with it sitting on top of the food. Just get a few bites in first before taking it.

    Added stuff to supps – That packages saying gluten or wheat free are safer because the cellulose in many things can come from gluten containing sources if it doesn’t state otherwise.

    You can download and listen to his more detailed answer at http://robbwolf.com/2010/05/25/the-paleolithic-solution-episode-29/ I’m not sure when I’ll have the energy to do it again myself and make notes. 🙂

    Thanks for asking Swan! hugs, Lisa 🙂

    May 31, 2010 at 2:12 pm

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