Food Lies Update

video Dec 16, 2020

Here's the latest update about the Food Lies film from Brian Sanders and the film's producer Jay Hanamura.

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The COVID-19 Episode

sapien podcast Dec 14, 2020

A Doctor’s Experiences and Frustrations with COVID

A message from Dr. Gary:

We recorded this episode to share some of our thoughts about the current pandemic.

Please do not take any of this as medical advice.

These are the opinions of Dr. Gary Shlifer and Mr. Brian Sanders.

These opinions are current to the date of the recording of this podcast 11/5/2020.

We share ideas about how we can do better and what experiences we have already had during the pandemic.

Thank you for listening and let us know what you think.

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 Dr. Gary Shlifer owns and operates Evolve Healthcare in Woodland Hills, CA.

Brian Sanders is the maker of the Food Lies film and founder of Nose to Tail.

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Dr. Gary Rants

sapien podcast Dec 07, 2020

This is our first "in-between" episode where Dr. Gary decompresses from the crazy world of the modern medical system.


It's always hard to help patients who have their minds made up about plant-based diets. They don't seem to realize their "magical" diet is what's causing all their health problems. This is one of the few times Dr. Gary got through to someone and the results are amazing.

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 Dr. Gary Shlifer owns and operates Evolve Healthcare in Woodland Hills, CA.

Brian Sanders is the maker of the Food Lies film and founder of Nose to Tail.

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10 Best Plant Foods to Add to A Carnivore Diet

nose to tail Dec 04, 2020

Carnivore is all the rage lately and for pretty good reason. It helps people rapidly lose weight and/or heal from a variety of chronic diseases and ailments. You can read through a plethora of personal stories on (see stories by category from the list in the right column).

What is happening here? To people following mainstream nutrition advice, it’s the exact opposite of what they’ve heard. The message has been to eat less meat (especially red meat) and fat for decades. Yet these people are feeling better than ever eating ONLY these things.

I did my own carnivore experiment a few times over the years and didn’t see any benefits overeating a Sapien Diet. My version of Sapien is about 90% of calories coming from animal foods. I eat most of the 10 plant foods listed below (except for squash) as side dishes. They all don’t provide many calories other than avocado (because of all the fat), so I’m getting the bulk of my nutrition...

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The Great Fiber Con

nose to tail Nov 26, 2020

Fiber Fiction

Conventional wisdom has it that dietary fiber is essential and beneficial for our health. Whole foods like fruits and vegetables are rich in fiber, so it must be healthy, right?

Well, it’s not that simple.

Here’s an idea that flips the script; fiber is a proxy for eating less processed food. When people replace refined foods with whole foods, they almost always see improvements in their health. Naturally, they’ll be eating more fiber since fruits and vegetables are higher in fiber than processed foods. But we can’t necessarily attribute these improvements in health outcomes to the increase in fiber consumption.

Let’s look into this further with another somewhat controversial statement; there’s nothing inherently healthy or nutritious about fiber. Think about it for a second. Why would the equivalent of eating toilet paper be something healthy for humans? Fiber is a non-nutritive substance we can’t digest.

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How to Eat Like a Human - Dr. Bill & Christina Schindler

sapien podcast Nov 25, 2020

We’re back in our new studio for episode number 2 with Dr. Bill Schinlder and his wife Christina Schindler on video conference from Maryland. Make sure you subscribe to the Sapien podcast on your podcast app of choice to get the new season.

Dr. Bill Schindler is the director of the Eastern Shore Food Lab at Washington College where he is also an associate professor of archaeology and anthropology. Two years ago he co-hosted the National Geographic show The Great Human Race. He spent the last year abroad continuing his hands-on research and professional development by immersing himself and his family with indigenous and traditional groups around the world to learn about their food and diets.

As an experimental archaeologist and primitive technologist, his specialties are in recreating technologies of the past to better interpret our ancestral diets. His current focus is learning how to translate the outcomes of that research into something meaningful for modern-day diet and...

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Sapien Podcast Returns - Secrets to Live Well in a Backwards Word

sapien podcast Nov 20, 2020
Hey everyone, so glad to be back! We’re in our brand new studio and bringing you high-def 4 camera shoots with live guests this season to the Food Lies YouTube channel and the Sapien podcast on all podcast apps including Spotify.

Here's the video version:

What you’ll get from this episode:
  • Learn simple diet & lifestyle practices to lose weight and achieve lifelong health
  • How to combat the many detrimental sides of modern society
  • Why is eating and nutrition so confusing?
  • What are the commonalities of all healthy diets?
  • What is the Sapien Diet?
  • What are other lifestyle factors you can do for free to live better?
  • How do you thrive instead of just survive? 

Dr. Gary Shlifer owns and operates Evolve Healthcare in Woodland Hills, CA. 
Brian Sanders is the maker of the Food Lies film and founder of Nose to Tail
  • If you are already living the Sapien lifestyle, be sure to join the Sapien Tribe
  • If you need help losing weight and improving...
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Be the 12%

j. gulinello May 16, 2020

In a recent analysis of the NHANES data from 2009-2016 encompassing over 8,700 adults in the United States, a pertinent question was asked by researchers. What percentage of the American population is metabolically healthy?

Now there are many ways to define metabolic heath. In this case waist circumference, HDL, triglycerides, fasting glucose and blood pressure were used. I would have loved to have seen fasting insulin added to the mix if available from the dataset but this isn’t an often used marker and quite frankly if included would have likely made a bad situation look even worse. The results…12.2% or 1 in 8 Americans are in a state of metabolic health!(1)

I don’t think those statistic can be overstated. With all of our medical technology and dietary guidelines roughly 88% of the US population is experiencing metabolic dysfunction.

Given the current global health climate as I write these words I cannot begin to imagine how different things would look if...

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Saturated Vs Unsaturated Fat For Cooking

richard laursen May 16, 2020

Saturated fats have largely been demonized in the media and scientific community. Often they’re mentioned in studies as being linked to various disease risk factors. One big caveat of many of these studies is that they don’t control the ‘saturated fat’ directly.

I’m not saying that unsaturated fats are unhealthy, I’m just saying that saturated fats aren’t necessarily unhealthy and there’s a good argument for why we should eat more saturated fat and less of the unsaturated fat which is present in the vegetable oils most people cook with. 

Isn't Saturated Fat Unhealthy?

Many studies looking at saturated fat with often correlate saturated fat with increased biomarkers for disease risk. There’s plenty out there suggesting we should be reducing our intake of saturated fat. And perhaps we should, if it’s coming from fast food which has been deep fried in vegetable oil.

However, what many of these studies lack is proper...

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Why The Sapien Framework Makes Sense

richard laursen May 05, 2020

There are lots of different ideas and philosophies about how humans should be eating. Many of these ideas evolve so that they become restrictive diets, but the problem with diets is exactly that. They are restricting.

The approach taken at is rather than following a set diet, we should follow a set framework to achieve optimal health and use that as guidance rather than using a diet and sticking to it religiously.

Within the Sapien Framework you can be keto, carnivore, paleo, or even vegetarian. It's all about being flexible. You can have a piece of cheesecake, you can have the occasional indulgence, but the idea is as long as you generally adhere to the Sapien Framework when trying to figure out what foods to eat, you will be achieving great results from your diet.

Instead of being a diet of any sort, the Sapien Framework encourages eating more whole, natural, nutrient-dense foods with an emphasis on animal products. However, that doesn't mean you can't be vegetarian and...

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