Christopher James Clark, B.B.A.

About Christopher James Clark, B.B.A.

Christopher James Clark, B.B.A. is an award-winning writer, consultant, and chef with specialized knowledge in nutritional science and healing cuisine. He has a Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan and formerly worked as a revenue management analyst for a Fortune 100 company. For the past decade-plus, he has been designing menus, recipes, and food concepts for restaurants and spas, coaching private clients, teaching cooking workshops worldwide, and managing the kitchen for a renowned Greek yoga resort. Clark is the author of the critically acclaimed, award-winning book, Nutritional Grail.

Saturated Fat and Omega-6: Should One Replace the Other? Part I

For over a decade now, a debate has been raging within the nutrition science community. One side views saturated fat as generally unhealthy; they recommend replacing these fats, at least to some degree, with omega-6 polyunsaturated fats. The other side views saturated fat as health-supportive, or at least health-neutral; likewise, they regard omega-6 as somewhat unhealthy and typically recommend decreasing its consumption. So, who has it right? The truth seems to be grey and somewhere in between.   The Modern Diet Americans have largely followed the US government’s dietary advice for the past 40 years. For example, following official dietary

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Can the Paleo Diet Diminish Alzheimer’s Disease Risk?

According to Max Planck, the legendary, Nobel Prize winning physicist, “a new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.”[1] Could Planck’s Principal apply to Alzheimer’s disease (AD) research and treatment? This would be remarkable, but certainly not unprecedented. Within the realms of nutrition and physiology, we’ve seen many instances of Planck’s Principal over the years. For example, despite evidence to the contrary, sugar was once thought to be benign. Similarly, saturated fat and dietary

Posted in Featured, Inflammation, Sugar

The Gluten-Free Trend and its Implications for Paleo?

A study recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine highlights two related trends in celiac disease and gluten-free diets. First, the prevalence of celiac disease has remained fairly flat during the past five years, while second, the percentage of people without celiac disease adhering to gluten-free diets has more than tripled.1 Is this foolish, beneficial, or a little of both? In this article, we’ll examine what these trends do and don’t tell us, and what it all means with respect to the Paleo diet. Let’s face it. There’s a lot of money to be made by selling various foods containing gluten.

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Five Practical Tips for Getting Your B Vitamins

Despite it’s overwhelming success, the Paleo Diet still gets attacked for “eliminating entire food groups,” which, according to Paleo critics, puts Paleo adherents at risk for certain deficiencies, including B vitamin deficiencies. While concentrating on the Paleo diet’s exclusion of cereals and legumes, some of which provide healthy amounts of B vitamins, they glaze over the many Paleo-compliant foods that are rich in B vitamins. As we’ll see in this article, the Paleo diet, when done correctly, supplies all your B vitamin needs and more. Before presenting our practical B vitamin tips, let’s briefly recap why B vitamins are so

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B Vitamins, Homocysteine, and Cognitive Decline: Setting the Record Straight

A common fear among people approaching old age is the fear of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or another form of dementia. This fear creates considerable stress, anxiety, and even despair. According to a UK government poll, for example, 62% of respondents would consider a dementia diagnosis as the effective end of their life.1 It’s difficult to estimate the prevalence of all forms of dementia, but the most common form, Alzheimer’s disease, afflicts 11% of those over 65 years of age and nearly one-third of those over 85.2 Perhaps one reason why people view dementia so catastrophically is because

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The Ketogenic Diet. Is it Paleo?

Part One in Our Ketogenic Diet Series. The Paleo and ketogenic diets are not the same, but does that mean there isn’t a place for the ketogenic diet within the Paleo template? They do have considerable overlap. Additionally, there is strong evidence that ketogenic diets are highly beneficial for a wide range of chronic health conditions. During the past decade, low-carb diets, such as the Paleo diet, have become increasingly popular, while a cloud of suspicion has formed over government-advocated, low-fat, grain-centric diets. The reasons for this are simple. Reducing carb intake promotes both improved blood glucose levels and reduced

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The Preventable, Silent Disease Afflicting 30 Percent of Adults

It afflicts an estimated 20 to 30% of people in Western countries, yet most people have never heard about nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), nor have they heard about nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), an advanced form of NAFLD, which afflicts around 17% of the population.1,2,3 Pharmaceutical companies, however, are rushing to develop drugs for these lifestyle-related diseases. Within the next 5 years, the market for such drugs is expected to swell to $8 billion.4 What are these diseases and why are they so unknown? In this article, we’ll answer those questions, while also examining why the Paleo diet can play a

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Calcium: A Team Sports View of Nutrition

Every four years, the world comes together to celebrate the Olympic games. Olympic sports are broadly classified as either team- or individually-based. Soccer and volleyball, for example, are team sports, whereas boxing and tennis are more individual. With individual sports, coaches, trainers, and physical therapists play supporting roles to the individual who gets the spotlight. With team sports, winning usually requires strong team dynamics and success stories are almost always collaborative efforts. Nutrition is the same way. We often focus on certain key nutrients without understanding the importance of nutrient interactions, ratios, and synergies. Calcium is an excellent example. Most

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Archeological Breakthrough Indicates Hominin Predecessors Were Sophisticated Hunters

Recently archaeologists in northeast Jordan have discovered the oldest known tools with identifiable protein residues—the residual remains of butchered animals.1 Between 2013 and 2015, a team of archeologists excavated 7,000 tools used by hominins around 250,000 years ago. These tools provide significant insights into the hunting sophistication of early proto-humans. More importantly, the study further discredits the myth that early hominins were predominantly vegetarians. First, let’s examine what this new archeological evidence reveals about ancient hominins from present-day Jordan. The specific location is the Azraq Basin of Jordan’s Eastern Desert, a hominin habitat for the past 300,000 years. Its first

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How the Paleo Lifestyle Promotes Antioxidant/Free Radical Balance

It seems that almost daily we’re bombarded with food and marketing that claims “superior” anti-oxidant health benefits. But in the process of reading about all these super-foods, have you ever questioned what exactly antioxidants do? To understanding their importance we first need to dig a little deeper and gain some basic knowledge about anti-oxidants’ counterpart – free radicals. Antioxidants are generally cast as nutritional heroes, whereas free radicals are viewed as villains, but in reality, both are essential to health. Neither is inherently good or bad. Our diet and lifestyle choices, however, are critically important because those choices maintain the

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