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Off Topic / how did western politics arrive here?
« on: July 25, 2019, 02:10:28 pm »
This is an amazing overview of how we got here

Omnivorous Raw Paleo Diet / Raw starchy vegetables
« on: April 17, 2018, 03:46:50 pm »
I'm doing really well eating lots of raw starchy and fibre rich vegetables, loving crunching on...
Butternut pumpkin
Heaps of carrots
Cabbage, especially red cabbage
I like eating and is nice to eat something with bulk that is easily digested without bloating and without overloading on protein and fat. These contain lots of resistant starch, my tummy feels very good and it makes for very satisfying toileting.

Off Topic / Things I love starting with S
« on: September 12, 2016, 06:04:59 am »
Seafood sashimi
Steak sashimi

Off Topic / How About Bernie Sanders for President
« on: July 29, 2015, 03:06:58 pm »
I've seen lots of evidence that the Bush, Clinton and Obama families are liars and criminals.
Donald Trump will play for the powerful elite so I'm not so sure he would be very good for your average working American.

I don't know anything about Bernie Sanders, except for a comment on the 'Hillary Clinton Exposed' video suggesting he might be a good option for president.

Although at the end of the day, without changes to the fractional reserve money system which creates money as debt and never creates enough money to pay back the interest, things will always end badly eventually for most of us. All of the political actors know that this is a forbidden subject of discussion, and none are keen to follow Abraham Lincoln and JFK in their sensible path of issuing government debt-free dollars, because they would rather stay alive and stack up their account of 'Federal' Reserve (Bank Cartel) dollars.
Bernie Sanders:
The Invasion of Iraq ~> Sanders: No. Clinton: Yes.
The Bank Bailout ~> Sanders: No. Clinton: Yes.
The TPP ~> Sanders: No. Clinton: Yes.
The Patriot Act ~> Sanders: No. Clinton: Yes.
The War on Drugs ~> Sanders: No. Clinton: Yes.
"No Child Left Behind" ~> Sanders: No. Clinton: Yes.
Charter Schools ~> Sanders: No. Clinton: Yes.
The Keystone XL pipeline ~> Sanders: No. Clinton: Yes.
Walmart Board of Directors member ~ Sanders: No. Clinton: Yes.
Supported NAFTA ~> Sanders: No. Clinton: Yes.
Marched with MLK ~> Sanders: Yes. Clinton: No.
Wall Street Reform ~> Sanders: Yes. Clinton: No.
Student Loan Reform ~> Sanders: Yes. Clinton: No.

Hillary Clinton is an opportunistic center right corporatist 'flip flopper.'

+Bernie Sanders, on the other hand, is 'the most trusted man in politics.'
He's our FDR! And he can win!!"

Off Topic / Hillary Clinton Exposed, Movie She Banned From Theaters
« on: July 29, 2015, 02:52:23 pm »
Hillary Clinton Exposed, Movie She Banned From Theaters - it seems that she is a career liar and con artist who is bribing powerful people to stay in power and keep the money flowing in...

Off Topic / Amazing ability to communicate with animals
« on: February 11, 2015, 05:26:37 pm »
This video shows an extraordinary ability to communicate with animals. In this video Anna Braytenbach helps a black leopard to accept his new home - Diablo has been hiding in his shelter, refusing to venture out when called. After talking with Anna and being assured about his concern for two cubs, the fact he doesn't want people to have any expectations of him, and that he doesn't like his name he is renamed Spirit and begins to explore his enclosure.

Off Topic / New science confirms ancient knoweldge about the Heart
« on: December 09, 2014, 12:19:20 pm »
The Institute of HeartMath Research Center has been investigating how the heart has its own brain and sends more signals to the brain than the brain sends to the heart and the huge influence the heart has on the brain.

In addition they have discovered that the variation in heart beat timing changes depending our state - in our healthy mind state the heat beat interval varies in a smooth sign wave, while when stressed the heat beat variation becomes jagged. The heart beat electrical signals are being modulated with the feeling state of the heart.

They think that the heart creates our bodies strongest electromagnetic field, and they believe that this field can be sensed by other lifeforms up 2 meters away!

This would explain how Aajonus Vonderplanitz sensed the coyotes outside his tent when he was starving in the canyon.

HeartMath research has demonstrated that different patterns of heart activity (which accompany different emotional states) have distinct effects on cognitive and emotional function. During stress and negative emotions, when the heart rhythm pattern is erratic and disordered, the corresponding pattern of neural signals traveling from the heart to the brain inhibits higher cognitive functions. This limits our ability to think clearly, remember, learn, reason, and make effective decisions. (This helps explain why we may often act impulsively and unwisely when we’re under stress.) The heart’s input to the brain during stressful or negative emotions also has a profound effect on the brain’s emotional processes—actually serving to reinforce the emotional experience of stress.

In contrast, the more ordered and stable pattern of the heart’s input to the brain during positive emotional states has the opposite effect – it facilitates cognitive function and reinforces positive feelings and emotional stability. This means that learning to generate increased heart rhythm coherence, by sustaining positive emotions, not only benefits the entire body, but also profoundly affects how we perceive, think, feel, and perform.

The heart at rest was once thought to operate much like a metronome, faithfully beating out a regular, steady rhythm. Scientists and physicians now know, however, that this is far from the case. Rather than being monotonously regular, the rhythm of a healthy heart-even under resting conditions – is actually surprisingly irregular, with the time interval between consecutive heartbeats constantly changing. This naturally occurring beat-to-beat variation in heart rate is called heart rate variability (HRV).

In general, emotional stress – including emotions such as anger, frustration, and anxiety—gives rise to heart rhythm patterns that appear irregular and erratic: the HRV waveform looks like a series of uneven, jagged peaks (an example is shown in the figure below). Scientists call this an incoherent heart rhythm pattern. Physiologically, this pattern indicates that the signals produced by the two branches of the ANS are out of sync with each other. This can be likened to driving a car with one foot on the gas pedal (the sympathetic nervous system) and the other on the brake (the parasympathetic nervous system) at the same time – this creates a jerky ride, burns more gas, and isn’t great for your car, either! Likewise, the incoherent patterns of physiological activity associated with stressful emotions can cause our body to operate inefficiently, deplete our energy, and produce extra wear and tear on our whole system. This is especially true if stress and negative emotions are prolonged or experienced often.

In contrast, positive emotions send a very different signal throughout our body. When we experience uplifting emotions such as appreciation, joy, care, and love; our heart rhythm pattern becomes highly ordered, looking like a smooth, harmonious wave (an example is shown in the figure below). This is called a coherent heart rhythm pattern. When we are generating a coherent heart rhythm, the activity in the two branches of the ANS is synchronized and the body’s systems operate with increased efficiency and harmony. It’s no wonder that positive emotions feel so good – they actually help our body’s systems synchronize and work better.

Heart rhythm patterns during different emotional states. These graphs show examples of real-time heart rate variability patterns (heart rhythms) recorded from individuals experiencing different emotions. The incoherent heart rhythm pattern shown in the top graph, characterized by its irregular, jagged waveform, is typical of stress and negative emotions such as anger, frustration, and anxiety. The bottom graph shows an example of the coherent heart rhythm pattern that is typically observed when an individual is experiencing a sustained positive emotion, such as appreciation, compassion, or love. The coherent pattern is characterized by its regular, sine-wave-like waveform. It is interesting to note that the overall amount of heart rate variability is actually the same in the two recordings shown above; however, the patterns of the HRV waveforms are clearly different.

Coherence: A State of Optimal Function
The Institute of HeartMath’s research has shown that generating sustained positive emotions facilitates a body-wide shift to a specific, scientifically measurable state. This state is termed psychophysiological coherence, because it is characterized by increased order and harmony in both our psychological (mental and emotional) and physiological (bodily) processes. Psychophysiological coherence is state of optimal function. Research shows that when we activate this state, our physiological systems function more efficiently, we experience greater emotional stability, and we also have increased mental clarity and improved cognitive function. Simply stated, our body and brain work better, we feel better, and we perform better...
The Intelligent Heart
Many of the changes in bodily function that occur during the coherence state revolve around changes in the heart’s pattern of activity. While the heart is certainly a remarkable pump, interestingly, it is only relatively recently in the course of human history—around the past three centuries or so—that the heart’s function has been defined (by Western scientific thought) as only that of pumping blood. Historically, in almost every culture of the world, the heart was ascribed a far more multifaceted role in the human system, being regarded as a source of wisdom, spiritual insight, thought, and emotion. Intriguingly, scientific research over the past several decades has begun to provide evidence that many of these long-surviving associations may well be more than simply metaphorical. These developments have led science to once again to revise and expand its understanding of the heart and the role of this amazing organ.
In the new field of neurocardiology, for example, scientists have discovered that the heart possesses its own intrinsic nervous system—a network of nerves so functionally sophisticated as to earn the description of a “heart brain.” Containing over 40,000 neurons, this “little brain” gives the heart the ability to independently sense, process information, make decisions, and even to demonstrate a type of learning and memory. In essence, it appears that the heart is truly an intelligent system. Research has also revealed that the heart is a hormonal gland, manufacturing and secreting numerous hormones and neurotransmitters that profoundly affect brain and body function. Among the hormones the heart produces is oxytocin—well known as the “love” or “bonding hormone.” Science has only begun to understand the effects of the electromagnetic fields produced by the heart, but there is evidence that the information contained in the heart’s powerful field may play a vital synchronizing role in the human body—and that it may affect others around us as well.

Off Topic / I AM documentary - Hollywood directors change of Heart
« on: December 06, 2014, 12:47:37 pm »
Director Tom Shadyac (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Bruce Almighty)
relocated from his posh L.A. home to a modest mobile home community. In this film, we follow the filmmaker as he discusses his life-altering experience while attempting to gain a stronger grasp on the human condition by speaking with such noted thinkers as Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, and Lynne McTaggart.

Health / Is it Blastocystis hominis that's driving you crazy?
« on: December 02, 2014, 02:26:48 pm »
Blastocystis hominis has been found in my stool sample, and looking at some of the possible symptoms shows several of my lifetime challenges: Sweet/starchy food cravings & sensitivities; Thick coating on tongue; diarrhoea/chronic constipation; Nervous and sensory disorders including inability to concentrate, panic attacks, brain fog, sleep disturbances, depression, feelings of doom; Chronic fatigue; Hot sweats...

It seems that there really is no cure and my best hope is management through a low carb easy to digest raw diet, which for me is just RAF and veges eaten separately; maintaining useful thought patterns; exercise; sunshine; love etc

I have been eating a semi-fasting diet, as in eating less food than required to maintain my body weight, typically I drink a liter of water in the morning; eat 4 carrots, a broccoli, or half a cabbage for breakfast; and then later in the day have some raw meat or fish or offal. I have just started to soak the RAF in cider vinegar to help my stomach, since a leaky gut makes it hard to maintain stomach acid levels. I do not feel hungry and have steady energy levels throughout the day without eating, its just the brain fog effects that are hard to deal with. As a next step I will next try spacing my meals further apart until I am really hungry to give more time for my body to cleanse.

I have been eating raw garlic, ginger, and other strong plants to help restore my bowel microbe balance. I am exercising regularly, and practicing gratitude for all the positives in my life.

I was very pleased to find this morning that my tongue is clear and pink for a change.
I now feel I have all the knowledge and determination to become the fully human person nature intended me to be, ETA within 14 days :)

Off Topic / Excellent free legal movies
« on: June 18, 2014, 02:57:03 am »
Spam. Alive, someone has hacked your account


The discussions about the 'ZC' diet have highlighted some rather large problems with the diet categories on this site, which do not match with historical reality of what a paleodiet would have included. In addition more consideration needs to be given to what foods are readily available to our average modern human.

I believe this is important because these arbitrary categories may be channeling users into directions that are unhelpful.

"Omnivorous Raw Paleo Diet
Animal products with some veggies, berries, and non-domesticated, wild fruits added to the mix."
'Omnivorous' - unnecessary since humans are omnivores so practically all paleo diets would be omnivorous.
' some veggies' is ambiguous and denigrates the high value starchy roots, and wet vegetative matter would have had.
'non-domesticated, wild fruits' is totally unrealistic for most of us.
No mention is made of seeds, fungi or seaweed

"Carnivorous / Zero Carb Approach
Not literally zero carb but eating only from the animal kingdom: muscle meats, organs, and fat of sea, sky, and land animals alike -- the raw meat diet for humans."
This is not even a paleo diet - what tribe of humans living on unfrozen land has ever limited themselves to eating just animal food? Therefore this diet title either needs changing or it should be moved to the 'Other Raw-Animal-Food' category.

'Wai Dieters
High in fruit; low in a limited selection of animal foods; raw vegetables and dairy are forbidden.'
Well this is obviously not a paleo diet because once again I bet that there has never been a tribe that randomly decided not to eat roots, shoots, leaves, flowers, sprouts, fungi, seaweed etc. So it to belongs in the 'Other Raw-Animal-Food' category.

It seems others have made similar comments many times before, but there is too much inertia and an unwillingness to change, maybe its too hard to change the setup, or it might alienate existing users, or just can't be bothered.
Another way of looking at this is that ancient humans would have eaten whatever they could find, so the diets would come down to the climate in geographical location of the inhabitants. Following this would give:

Temperate Diet (a low sugar diet)
Animal food, low sugar fruits and berries, vegetation, roots, fungi, seaweed, seeds, nuts

Tropical diet (a high sugar diet)
Animal food, high and low sugar fruits and berries, vegetation, roots, fungi, seaweed, seeds, nuts

Frigid diet (a very low carb diet?)
Animal food, seasonal  berries, vegetation, roots, fungi, seaweed, seeds, nuts

Any other ideas?

Journals / Being Alive
« on: March 05, 2014, 03:51:10 am »
I am grateful to be feeling a lot more alive now :)

Lots of changes have been happening which are making life more and more interesting. Having my oldest child become legal age to babysit means that there is more flexibility in my life to pursue old and new interests. Eating only as hungry  is such a relief, I am now enjoying more of a minimum essential dose diet, mainly of 2 or 3 small servings of GF beef mince (lower quality as it has the higher fat content) and rib eye steak, with cucumber, lamb liver & heart, fish and greens.

PaleoPhil's introduction to resistant starch has been very interesting, especially reports of improved sleep, so I have just started eating a tablespoon of potato starch morning and night.

Goals: Continued lifestyle improvements, better sleep, more socialising, more loving  :D

Suggestion Box / quote font size
« on: September 06, 2013, 09:59:15 am »
The quote text is very small and hard to read - can it be made bigger, even the same size as normal text ?

Carnivorous / Zero Carb Approach / Scheduled high fat diet experiment
« on: August 15, 2013, 02:37:36 pm »
"New research from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem shows that a carefully scheduled high-fat diet can lead to a reduction in body weight and a unique metabolism in which ingested fats are not stored, but rather used for energy at times when no food is available."

It seems that carb digestion cannot be controlled so much, and all carbs have to be rapidly used or stored as body fat. So it would be useful to eat small amounts of carbs often to keep blood sugar stable.

Conversely fat does not need to be absorbed until it is needed, so it can stay in the bowels for long periods of time until it is required.

Off Topic / Democratic school fights government and wins
« on: May 14, 2013, 01:46:13 pm »
Awesome 4 part BBC dramatisation of the true story of Summerhill democratic school fighting the UK government for their right to exist (click to open video):

SUMMERHILL (ep1) on Vimeo
SUMMERHILL (ep2) on Vimeo
SUMMERHILL (ep3) on Vimeo
SUMMERHILL (ep4) on Vimeo

Off Topic / Breast milk feeding babies gut bacteria
« on: February 15, 2013, 12:12:10 pm »
This one's for Thoth :)

Unlike other mammals, the 3rd most abundant compound in human breast milk doesn't feed the baby but instead nourishes the bacteria in the baby's gut. ...

Hot Topics / Starving Cancer: Ketogenic Diet a Key to Recovery
« on: February 10, 2013, 05:43:54 am »
"Your normal cells have the metabolic flexibility to adapt from using glucose to using ketone bodies. But cancer cells lack this metabolic flexibility. So we can exploit that," Dr. D'Agostino explained.



Display Your Culinary Creations / Low carb / high fat packed meal
« on: January 25, 2013, 03:30:28 am »
Today's packed meal with diced beef liver, lambs kidney, lamb chop, fish (warehou), coconut oil (fermentation process), butter (not raw), EV olive oil. It's a warm day today so the coconut oil and butter will melt and make a nice sauce, for a late 'breakfast' once I get hungry. O0 (I need a new emoticon, like this but with beard and no sunglasses, hehe)

I have been hearing a lot of good things here about eggs, so its time to start eating them!
The yolk did taste nice and the white was fine. The beef was drying out in fridge so good to get into it, and the liver came with a 1/4 cup of blood which was tasty.

Hot Topics / Only 1% of our operating system DNA is human
« on: November 25, 2012, 03:56:51 pm »
The human microbiome and what we do to it

Did you know that you and I are only 1% human — we've 90 trillion cells which don't belong to us. Yes we are more bacteria than human.
Have you ever wondered what it means to be human? It turns out that only a tiny percentage of what you and I are made of is actually human — and we need our non-human bits to survive. This part of us now has a name — it's called our microbiome. But we're doing dreadful things to this hidden majority and it's damaging our health as a result. From the Tonic series produced with the assistance of NPS.

Hot Topics / Studies find Western diet may increase risk of mental illness
« on: November 25, 2012, 10:39:03 am »

Research into how people are changing their diets could help treat mental illness and psychological disorders, a Canterbury University lecturer says.

Associate Professor Julia Rucklidge said there was data suggesting that rates of mental disorders could be increasing, with lifestyle factors playing an important role.

"We know a lot of this in terms of [physical] illness, but not a lot of people consider the effects of diet on mental illness. A lot of studies show that eating poorly leads to mental illness," she said.

Rucklidge planned to speak about the issue as part of a seminar on campus yesterday and today to mark 50 years since the first clinical psychology training programme began in New Zealand at Canterbury University.

Rucklidge said international research was finding that the Western diet could increase the risk of developing depression, anxiety and ADHD. A 2006 New Zealand mental health survey found about 47 per cent of New Zealanders would experience a mental illness or addiction at some point in their lives and one in five Kiwis would be affected by mental illness within one year.

Rucklidge has been investigating dietary influences on mental disorders, including conducting trials to determine whether providing additional nutrients could improve the symptoms of common mental disorders.

One project yet to be published saw 80 participants with ADHD take either a placebo or pills containing a mix of 36 minerals, vitamins and amino acids. The research was under review, but previous studies in this area had shown positive results, Rucklidge said.

She is seeking volunteers for a study into the effect of micronutrients on anxiety and stress in Canterbury children aged between 8 and 11. Those interested can find out more at mentalhealth

Monsanto lying, department of agriculture lying, FDA lying, EPA lying, and George W H Bush saying come to him, as he is the de-regulation guy  >:

Controlling Our Food | A Documentary On Genetically Modified Foods GMO's

Controlling Our Food | A Documentary On Genetically Modified Foods GMO's

OA Program of Recovery
Overeaters Anonymous offers a program of recovery from compulsive eating using the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of OA. Worldwide meetings and other tools provide a fellowship of experience, strength and hope where members respect one another’s anonymity. OA charges no dues or fees; it is self-supporting through member contributions.

OA is not just about weight loss, weight gain or maintenance, or obesity or diets. It addresses physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. It is not a religious organization and does not promote any particular diet.

OA members differ in many ways, but we are united by our common disease and the solution we have found in the OA program. We practice unity with diversity, and we welcome everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively. Welcome to Overeaters Anonymous. Welcome home.

Hot Topics / More 'cooking gave us big brains' bullshit
« on: November 04, 2012, 04:54:50 am »
I endured more 'cooked food created big brains' bad science on radio NZ yesterday:

"Why do animals with huge bodies- even primates like gorillas- have far smaller brains than us humans? The key, suggests Professor Suzana Herculano-Houzel and her colleagues at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, is cooking. (7?45?)"

I emailed Suzana pointing out her research mistakes, and she quickly replied as a below (with my email in quotes). I am now trying to find TylerDurden's debunking post to use in my reply (sometimes RPDF can be quite hard to search!). Hopefully every little bit counts in pushing back against this cooked food propaganda!

Dear Mike,

thank you for our email.  I've been getting hate mail from rawfoodists who completely misinterpret our study, so I think it is very important to get some things straight before I answer your questions (below).

In the modern world, where raw foods (including fish and other meats) are readily available in unlimited quantities in grocery stores, it certainly takes much less than 9 hours per day to eat the calories that you need - although it STILL will require many hours of eating (specially if one doesn't cheat by eating nuts, which require roasting, or oils, which are extracted with heat). Eating raw meat requires huge effort and a lot of time (carpaccio is easier because skilled use of the knife does the same that cooking does: breaks down the tissue). Eating raw fish is certainly much easier, but remember that sushi rice is both cooked and packed with added sugar that only becomes available from industries!. When our species appeared, however, there were no plantations in the backyard with bananas readily available, and eating meat required killing animals or hanging out by the waterhole to compete for fish with carnivore predators :o))

Bottomline is, it is certainly possible to survive on an exclusively raw diet in our modern day, but it was most likely impossible to survive on an exclusively raw diet when our species appeared. Eating raw foods, though, yields much fewer calories per time - which is why it is one of the most efficient ways to... lose weight :o)

Here are my answers:

The main problem with this is your research is presented as only considering a raw VEGAN diet, while it is obvious our ancestors ate a raw OMNIVOROUS diet which was very high in raw ANIMAL foods, which contain large amounts of high energy fats to power our large brains.

We did NOT consider or assume a vegan diet; our analysis is based on ACTUAL non-human primate diets, in the wild, and the estimated number of calories they get per hour from it.

Can you please comment on these well known scientific facts:

1. Our ancestors increase in brain size began over 2 million years ago

2. Evidence of the widespread control of fire has only been found going back a hundred thousand years ago

Therefore how can #2 possibly cause #1?

Because #2 is wrong: look up the evidence reviewed in Richard Wrangham's wonderful book, Catching Fire.

3. Analysis of fossilised humanoid fecal deposits shows that our ancestors have been living on a diet largely composed of raw animal foods for over 2 million years

Again, I suggest you read Wrangham's book... I think you'll like it.

4. Comparing us against herbivore gorillas and saying we would have to eat for 8 hours a day if we ate raw food ignores the fact we would only need to eat for 15 minutes a day when consuming raw animal foods, due to the high energy content of fat
Oh, IF you have a grocery store nearby AND choose to, say, drink pure vegetable oil, you will get your 2500 kCal with a single cup of less than 300 ml. It will be gross, though - and will not give you the proteins, carbohydrates, and vitamins you need. See my first paragraph above.

And mind you, great apes can eat meat, and will eat meat - but only if there is nothing else available, probably because of how much effort it requires (you could also argue that they hate the taste... but you'd have to ask them ;P ).

So since our ancestors were 'living off the fat of the land' and consuming a high energy / high fat diet of raw animal foods there is no need to increase the energy extraction from vegetables by cooking them.

Living off the fat of the land??? Who was doing that? What evidence are you based on? Gorillas and orangutans would love to know where all that fat is, because they still have to eat almost 8 hours a day...

Personally I have found a huge increase in energy and mental alertness by consuming raw animal foods - such as fatty meat and offal - with less food intake.

Good for you. Whatever makes you happy AND keeps you healthy. Eating meat is certainly a good way to eat less, because proteins are more satisfying for the brain mechanisms that control food intake. In our modern world, all kinds of food are so readily available that we can afford the luxury of choosing what we want to eat, and even of deciding what NOT to eat - meat, cooked foods, milk, you pick. Since grocery stores weren't around, our ancestors didn't have that luxury, and had to eat what they had - and it is in that context that we argue that cooking could introduce the change required to dramatically increase the energy content of each meal, and allow our ancestors to circumvent the limitation imposed on their brain size by a raw diet.

I hope I addressed all your questions...

Best regards,

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