Are Low Carb Diets Like Atkins and the Ketogenic Diet Safe in the Long Term?

Listen to Dr. Neal address this topic on Episode 160 of the podcast Optimal Health Daily.

In a nutshell, lower-carbohydrate diets appear to be safe for most people in the long-term. And, if you’ve read or listened to me before, you know there’s a “but” in there somewhere… and you’d be right. Notice I … Read the rest

Sports and Exercise Supplements and their Effectiveness on Performance and Muscle Growth

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Listen to Dr. Neal address this topic on Episode 155 of the podcast Optimal Health Daily.

Before getting into pre-workout and post-workout supplementation and its effectiveness on performance and muscle growth, I’ll start by saying that I am not sponsored by any food or supplement manufacturer. My goal as always is to tell you … Read the rest

Should I Take a Daily Vitamin & Supplements? The Straight Answer

Listen to Dr. Neal address this topic on Episode 150 of the podcast Optimal Health Daily.

There seems to be so much conflicting data with regards to taking vitamins or supplements. It seems like scientists, doctors, and dietitians or nutritionists cannot come to a decision on whether taking them will help at all. Plus, … Read the rest

Reducing Statins for Heart Attacks: Lowering Cholesterol and Getting Off Heart Attack Medications

Listen to Dr. Neal address this topic on Episode 145 of the podcast Optimal Health Daily.

This past week, my mom suffered a heart attack. Here’s how it played out: after experiencing two days of worsening chest pain, she finally went to urgent care (at the insistence of my sister, a Medical Doctor). They … Read the rest

Magnesium Deficiency and Supplements: Should You Take a Magnesium Supplement?

Listen to Dr. Neal address this topic on Episode 140 of the podcast Optimal Health Daily.

Magnesium is an important nutrient. It is actually a mineral and serves many important functions in the body. It’s been estimated that magnesium is involved in over 300 metabolic processes in the body, ranging from:

  • helping us build
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What is a Ketogenic Diet and are Ketones Good For You?

Listen to Dr. Neal address this topic on Episode 135 of the podcast Optimal Health Daily.

Imagine it’s 2012. Picture me walking around a busy downtown street stopping people at random and asking them if they have ever heard of the Ketogenic diet. I would guess that fewer than 10 people would have responded … Read the rest

The Thirty-Year-Old College Student

This is a guest post by George Stonecipher, who submitted the following essay as an assignment in Dr. Chris Patti’s course at Appalachian State University.

This essay has been featured on the Optimal Living Daily podcast – Episode 400.


I graduated high school in 2004 and went to a small community college in Central … Read the rest

Is the Supplement CLA – Conjugated Linoleic Acid – Good For You?

Listen to Dr. Neal address this topic on Episode 130 of the podcast Optimal Health Daily.

Recently, I have received a lot of questions about supplementing with CLA. For those that may be unaware, CLA stands for “conjugated linoleic acid.”

What Is Conjugated Linoleic Acid?

Basically, it’s a type of fat. For example, if … Read the rest

Is Breakfast the Most Important Meal of the Day or Should I Fast?

Listen to Dr. Neal address this topic on Episode 125 of the podcast Optimal Health Daily.

Before talking about skipping breakfast and fasting vs. breakfast being the most important meal of the day, I must address something else that is just as important: the “placebo effect.” This effect is very real and far too … Read the rest

What’s the Difference Between Table Salt vs. Kosher Salt vs. Sea Salt vs. Himalayan Salt and Which is Healthier?

Listen to Dr. Neal address this topic on Episode 115 of the podcast Optimal Health Daily.

What is Salt?

I should start by mentioning that all salt is technically sea salt. This is because those underground salt mines, at one point, were under water.

Salt is basically made up of two components: sodium and … Read the rest