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Nov 16, 2018

[libsyn_podcast id=7321355] : Episode 1176 - Reserve Lt. Colonel Dr. Mark Cucuzzella, M.D., joins Vinnie this Friday for a second appearance on the podcast and the two talk the new sponsor, F-Bomb, healthy running, some running greats, and how to get into barefoot running safely.




  • A lot of the people in the South, including West Virginia, are obese with diabetes
  • His true passion is trying to reverse diabetes
    • Developed pre-diabetes while running marathons - was eating low fat, etc.
      • Realized there was something he wasn't taught in med school
        • Learned about different particles, different numbers
        • Found LCHF and got much better
      • Ate like crap before learning about the issues of carbs and the benefits with fat
  • When he anecdotally asked on military bases who lost lots of weight and kept it off, it was people who ate low carb who found success
  • Struggled with the ADA who still wanted people to eat LOTS of carbs
    • Against ADA guidelines to prescribe low carb
      • Easier for independent doctors, like Dr. Mark
      • They're backing out of the room slowly, but not fast enough because people are still dying from their guidelines


  • Dr. Mark teaches people how to run without hurting themselves in a way that makes them feel better / be healthier
  • If you're a runner and need to talk to a doctor, you can do that online with Dr. Cucuzzella!
  • Vinnie tried his 5-Fingers shoes and was sore the next day
    • This is because he was utilizing parts of his foot he hadn't been with these shoes
    • Good to work into it to avoid this slight strain
    • Not injury, just need to get into it, maybe a bit more slowly next tim
  • Dr. Mark started running barefoot doing it little by little
    • It felt good
    • He could run farther
    • Super slow is the way to start
  • Working out is a great way to clear the brain
    • If you're stressed, running is a really good way to alleviate stress, get some fresh air if you can do it outside
  • Having a lot of pressure on you to run well is dangerous!
    • Zola Budd, for example
    • She coaches now in the US
    • Runs barefoot sometimes, still
  • We don't have any redundancy - we're supposed to use all of our muscles, they all serve a purpose, etc.
    • Barefoot running utilizes more of these muscles 
  • People often wear shoes that are too small for them