Hi. My name is Joey Lott. I’m the bestselling author of numerous books, and No Nonsense Health is one of my creations.
With No Nonsense Health, my aim is to share with you information that you’re unlikely to receive elsewhere.
Not because the information is untrue or fringe.
Rather, because today’s media are saturated with extreme views on health.
I should know, because I’ve been a consumer of those extreme views on health for decades, much to the detriment of my own health and well-being.
Low fat, vegan, paleo, raw food, low carb, anti-inflammatory paleo, gluten free, dairy free, raw milk diet, low glycemic index, low oxalates, Weston A Price, Ray Peat, Matt Stone, epi-paleo, primal, and on and on. I’ve tried them all with zeal and obsessive dedication.
Again, to my detriment.
But neither have I thrown out the baby with the bathwater. I’ve learned something from everything.
Each new extreme I tried opened my mind to things I hadn’t been aware of previously.
However, until 2013, I didn’t take an open-minded-yet-skeptical look at many of the claims.
In 2013 I began to look more deeply at these matters. I wanted to sift through all the information that I’d accumulated – all the beliefs and myths and restrictions – and find out what was truly valuable so I could begin to discard the rest and live a lighter, freer, happier, healthier life.
I should mention that I’ve struggled with some fairly significant health challenges over the years. Most notably, in 2010 I became sick with Lyme disease, and for several years my health declined so significantly that for 6 months in 2012 I genuinely believed on a daily basis that I might die.
I have made major recoveries since that time, in no small part due to unloading a lot of mental baggage and anxiety and restrictions associated with the health beliefs that I had accumulated – beliefs that are very common among internet users these days.
In 2013 I began publishing the fruits of my research and inquiries. The result has been numerous bestselling books, including Food Myths, Natural Deception, and In Defense of Sugar, among others.
I’ve been featured on popular blogs and podcasts, and I’ve become a go-to resource for thousands of people looking to discover how to navigate the murky waters of health claims.
In a nutshell, my research and my own experience has led me to the following views:
- When it comes to food, adequate nutrition, including (but not limited to) adequate calories, carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, and minerals is often far more important than restricting categories of food. This flies in the face of popular fads in health and nutrition, but the vast majority of our ancestors accepted this as common sense and the overwhelming majority of science supports the importance of adequate nutrition.
- Prioritizing sleep is very important. Too many people shortchange themselves on sleep and suffer the consequences. On the other hand, there’s no need to stress about sleep. Take an easy attitude toward it.
- Fasting, purging, and restriction – all of which are popular these days – actually have biological effects that run 180 degrees counter to the claims. There may be a time and place for these things, but they are way over-prescribed and misrepresented. Fasting, purging, and restriction actually inhibit the body’s natural detoxification processes.
- Most of us don’t need exotic superfoods, herbs, or supplements. These things can sometimes be useful. But they aren’t a substitute for taking care of the basics like eating enough of a variety of foods to supply all the needed nutrition on a daily basis. In other words, beef and vegetable soup – though it may not be as sexy as spirulina or goji berries – provide more needed nutrition.
- Complicated protocols, diets, and lifestyles are not necessarily better than attending to the unsexy basics.
- Loving your life and living a life you love are overlooked factors that play an important role in health. Do things and be with people and in places that nourish you.
- Many dietary supplements – particularly synthetic vitamins and minerals compounded with various chelates or whatever the case – may have unintended consequences and create imbalances. Though I have recommended some supplemental nutrients at times – and though I still take some supplemental nutrients – I have greatly reduced my supplemental nutrient intake and favored real foods.
- Learning how to handle stress in a healthy and positive way can have a HUGE positive impact on health. I am a proponent of my own style of inquiry for this purpose, though I am sure there are other forms of inquiry, meditation, and mindfulness that can be useful. But don’t overlook the importance of this. I attribute the overwhelming majority of my health recovery to this factor coupled with eating enough.
Thank you for stopping by. And I hope you find some relief and health through the offerings on this site.