Mastering Nutrition

Hi, I'm Chris Masterjohn and I have a PhD in Nutritional Sciences. I am an entrepreneur in all things fitness, health, and nutrition. In this show I combine my scientific expertise with my out-of-the-box thinking to translate complex science into new, practical ideas that you can use to help yourself on your journey to vibrant health. This show will allow you to master the science of nutrition and apply it to your own life like a pro.
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Jan 26, 2017

In this special interlude, I lay down the framework of the five core principles that make a good marker of nutritional status. This is to lay down the framework for a series of podcasts in the future about managing nutritional status for specific vitamins and minerals.

Since these core principles will be referred back to as a general reference in so many other episodes, this one has a special place outside of the sequence and you can reach it at any time with the easy-to-remember URL

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In this episode, you will find all of the following and more: 37:23 Cliff Notes
09:25 Purpose of this podcast and its place in the upcoming series on managing nutritional status; 11:54 What are the five core principles? 12:05 Principle #1:
We understand its biochemistry and physiology; 15:04 Principle #2: It has been validated against changes in nutritional status; 17:17 Principle #3: Sensitivity; 17:52 Principle #4 Specificity; 19:45 Principle #5: It must be interpreted in the overall context of other markers and the clinical and health history, current signs and symptoms, and diet and lifestyle analysis; 23:20 Example of principle #1: Spectracell vs dp-ucMGP as tests of vitamin K2 status; 27:20 Example of principle #2: 25(OH)D vs. calcitriol; 29:20 Example of principle #3: transferrin saturation vs. ferritin
31:08 Example of principle #4: specificity of 25(OH)D and contexts where its specificity fails; 32:50 Example of principle #5: distinguishing between calcium and vitamin D deficiencies as causes of 25(OH)D by testing PTH, calcitriol, and analyzing the diet and lifestyle; 37:50 Shotgun approaches to nutritional testing; 40:30 Whether to act on leads from shotgun approaches should depend on the risks and other costs of the actions.