Counter Culture Health

Where the pursuit of health transcends societal norms

Recent Research

Concise summaries of health research with links to studies

Does Animal Protein Cause Kidney Stones?

Many plant based doctors recommend a low animal protein diet to prevent kidney stones. We all know water is essential to prevent kidney stones. Researchers had two groups. One on a lower protein (84g) low animal protein (1 oz per day only), lower water (~84 oz per day) vs a higher protein (104g) higher water (~105 oz) diet. 12/50 got kidney stones in the lower protein lower water group while only 2/50 got kidney stones in the other. This suggests that the water, not the animal protein is the problem. If animal protein is a problem, it seems to be able to be negated with increased water intake.


Ever wonder why native cultures and even today's centarians can smoke daily without incurring COPD or lung cancer? We learn that diet, specifically healthy saturated fats found in animals, butter, coconut and palm oils, are the building blocks to healthy alveoli. Alveoli malformation is synonymous with lung damage and is the cause of COPD. Allowing our body to rebuild our saturated fat based alveoli, can improve symptoms and avoid damage.

Diet and Dental Caries/Cavities

Everyone knows sugar causes cavities, but why? We learn that the ph of the mouth, impacted by sugar, creates a breeding ground for bacteria that cause cavities. Additionally and more significantly, we learn that vitamin deficiencies, specifically A and D, can cause dental caries. Once cavities occur, our body has mechanisms to "block off" the cavity from causing more damage, but needs Vitamin C and a diet low in sugar/carbohydrate to do so.

Blood Lipids and Cerebral Small Vessel Disease

In modern academia, we often hear that LDL is the bad cholesteral and HDL is the good cholesteral. In this paper, we learn that high HDL was associated with an 0.82 times lower risk of small vessel stroke, but had a 1.64 higher risk of intracerebral hemorhage. Small vessel stroke is caused by blockage. Intracerebral hemorhage is caused by oxygen deprevation to the brain caused by hypertension, malformations, or head trauma. In short, the truth is, our basic story is likely incorrect, and the true story is more complicated

Sauna and All-Cause Mortality

Ah, the holy words, "all-cause mortality". Aka, risk of death from any source. In this paper, researchers looked at sudden cardiac death (SCD), fatal coronary heart disease (CHD), fatal cardiovascular disease (CVD) and "all-cause mortality". We learn that the length and frequency of sauna use makes a major difference. Sauna use of >19min had a 52% risk reduction while 11-19 minutes only had 7%. 4-7 times per week saw a 40% risk reduction while 2-3 times per week only saw a 24% lower risk.

Sauna vs Stroke

Sauna reduces the risk of stroke

The troubles with Vegetable Fats

Vegetable Fats cause Hypothyroid and ketoacidosis