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Episode 204: Dr. Mark Mattson

In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Dr. Mark Mattson of Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Mattson is currently an adjunct professor of Neuroscience and is the previous chief of the Laboratory of Neurosciences at the National Institute on Aging.

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Dr. Mark Mattson is well known in the intermittent fasting community for his articles: Flipping the Metabolic Switch and the 2019 New England Journal of Medicine article, Effects of Intermittent Fasting on Health, Aging, and Disease.

Dr. Mattson has been intermittent fasting since 1980, before it had a name. While working on his PhD, he rode his bike to class. Noticing he experienced reflux after his ride, he began to skip breakfast. He immediately felt better, was more alert, and had more energy.

Dr. Mattson’s 1990s research on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s led him to intermittent fasting. He found that rats and mice lived longer by eating every other day, as compared to those who ate daily. He dug deeper into why, which led to a discovery that during a fast, there are major changes in brain cells. Dr. Mattson shares: “Nerve cells increase their production of antioxidant enzymes that get rid of free radicals, and cells repair damaged DNA.” IF powerfully slows the aging process and prevents disease.

Dr. Mattson’s latest book The Intermittent Fasting Revolution may be found where books are sold.

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