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General Discussion / I'm going to be in California
« on: September 22, 2016, 12:38:09 am »
I'm flying to and from LA on 7th and 10th Oct respectively.
If any fellow RPDers or primal dieters would like to meet up give me a shout.
If anybody could provide details of where I can buy good quality meat there I'd appreciate it.

General Discussion / South America and yellow fever
« on: June 02, 2016, 12:06:18 am »
I will be going to Brazil, Peru and Ecuador in a few months. I do not want to be vaccinated against anything. Does anybody here amongst us RPDers have any reason to believe I should be concerned about yellow fever, or any other disease for that matter?

General Discussion / Thyroid gland?
« on: March 02, 2014, 10:14:19 am »
Can anyone confirm whether or not these are thyroid glands? They are from sheep/lamb, by the way. Included are photos of both sides.

Personals / Adelaide, Australia
« on: November 01, 2013, 12:11:55 am »
I will be travelling to Adelaide in about 2 and a half weeks. Does anybody know of any places in Adelaide where I can buy 100% grass-fed or wild meats? I won't be able to buy online or purchase in bulk, because I'll be staying in a hostel.

Info / News Items / Announcements / RPD & Lifestyle ebook
« on: October 12, 2013, 04:27:31 pm »
Hey guys,

for those interested, I've published an ebook about the Raw Paleo Diet & lifestyle. Due to the time and effort involved in writing it (more than 560 scientific references, many of which were not accessible for free), not to mention the formatting, I have decided to put a price on it, although I believe about the first 20 percent of the book can be read for free. It's available through smashwords ( ) and amazon kdp.

I hope someone finds it useful, or at least interesting!

Journals / Haai - Journal
« on: January 22, 2013, 11:28:49 pm »
Got some blood test results from blood taken beginning of January this year (2013):

Ferritin: 332 ug/l

Thyroid secreting hormone: 1.00 mU/l

Serum Vit B12: 1560 ng/l

Haemoglobin: 14.2 g/dl

HbA1c: 40 mmol/mol
Fasting glucose: 4.9 mmol/l

Red blood cell count: 4.98 x 10*12/l
Red blood cell distribution width: 13.9%
Mean corpuscular volume: 85.5 fl
Platelets: 239 x 10*9/l

White blood cell total count: 6.4 x 10*9/l
Neutrophils: 2.1 x 10*9/l
Lymphocytes: 1.8 x 10*9/l
Monocytes: 0.57 x 10*9/l
Eosinophils: 1.7 x 10*9/l
Basophils: 0.0

Cholesterol: 4.3 mmol/l
HDL: 1.7 mmol/l
LDL: 2.0 mmol/l
Triglycerides: 1.4 mmol/l
Total cholesterol HDL ratio: 2.5

I have been on a raw paleo diet for 33 months.

I'm not an expert on blood analyses, but with a few quick google searches it seems that my ferritin and vit b12 levels are very high. Not sure if this is causing or could cause any health problems.

My HbA1c level is slightly higher than I would like, but I think this is due to a binge on honey that lasted a few days prior to having the blood taken. My fasting blood glucose seemed fine at 4.9 mmol/l.

My eosinophil count seems way higher than normal. Apparently this could indicate the presence of parasites in the body. Alternatively it could be due to allergies. Most of my allergy symptoms have gone since starting RPD, however I was staying at my parents place, which is full of allergens, for almost 2 weeks prior to having my blood taken.

Our paleo ancestors surely would not have had access to fish living in the open ocean, such as tuna and swordfish? So should we be eating them (regularly or at all)? Perhaps we are not fully adapted or have not evolved to assimilate these animals optimally. Maybe they even have some harmful properties?

Fish like salmon on the other hand I can imagine were eaten in very large quantities at certain times of the year, when they migrated from the seas and in to the rivers to breed. Brown bears continue to exploit this today.

General Discussion / Orkos meat
« on: December 09, 2011, 06:18:28 am »
I'll probably be living in northern France within a couple of months for a few months. I'm probably going to have to rely on meat from Orkos. However all I see on their website and in their brochure is fruit. Anyone know where I can see a price list of the meats they have to offer? Do they sell fat?


General Discussion / Best natural source of astaxanthin
« on: October 30, 2011, 09:47:08 pm »
Which food contains a higher concentration of astaxanthin? Krill or wild salmon? And Krill pacifica or superba?

If anyone can put a figure on it that would be great. I've tried googling it without success.

Wild salmon is already a major part of my diet, but I also know that krill is a good source of astaxanthin. After finding a source of whole krill (from fishfood shop lol) I'm interested to know whether this might be a better source of astax.

General Discussion / Allergic to animal products
« on: January 29, 2011, 05:24:41 pm »
I get allergic reactions from eggs, sea food and recently discovered a fish allergy.

I'd been eating fish very frequently for like almost a year. I have also been suffering from eczema for the past few years, but it goes away in summer after extensive sunbathing. Anyway, last week I ate some mackeral. Normally I had no reason to suspect a fish allergy, but this time my lips swelled up. This made me think, perhaps it's been the fish that has been preventing my eczema from getting better all this time. So I cut it out and my skin got better and felt better within days. The only thing I was eating was fruit.

On Wednesday I received an order of grass-fed beef. I ate some on wed evening and thursday morning. By thursday evening I was itching like mad all over and my eczema came back. So basically, eggs, fish, seafood and 100% grass-fed beef give me eczema. My girlfriend has told me for ages now that she reckoned the beef was causing it, but I just didn't want to and couldn't believe that. Afterall we are supposed to be evolved to thrive on meat!

I am reluctant to go fruitarian, but if that is what makes me feel best then that's what I will do I guess.

I would be interested to know if anyone else here has problems with meat eg. allergy. If so what do they do about it? Is it species-specific or is it all meat, or like all redmeat?

My plan is to just eat fruit for now until the eczema subsides, then try wild game meat like dear and see if my body reacts to that. If that causes an outbreak of eczema I will wait till it subsides again and then try another species, maybe wild boar. If that's just as bad I'll move on to wild poultry, until hopefully I find some sort of meat thats actually good for me.

Hot Topics / Shea butter - edible?
« on: December 09, 2010, 09:08:24 am »
Is raw shea butter edible and if so is it good for you? Maybe it's a good source of fats?

Omnivorous Raw Paleo Diet / How much meat and how much fruit?
« on: September 12, 2010, 10:36:40 am »
Over the past few months i have been eating various different proportions of meat and fruit.
My question for all the omnivores here is, within a single day, how much meat and how much fruit do you find to be the best? I know this will largely depend on the individual, but I'm interested to know. Also, what is your eating regime like? Meat and fruit at the same meal, at separate meals, fruit for breakfast and meat in the evening or vice versa? Or just random?

I myself am thinking that I will start eating a large meat meal with animal fat for breakfast, perhaps with 2 or 3 teaspoons of honey (I experimented with unheated honey and as far as I know had no negative effects). And in the late afternoon/evening I will have a second meal consisting of only fruit. I want to try and stick to paleo fruits, like berries.

In between orders of grass-fed beef (including fat) when I don't have access to fatty meat or fat I eat lean meat such as wild salmon. In this scenario I get hungrier quicker, I think due to the drop in fat intake. So the following eating regime is probably better at these times: Lean meat (fish) for breakfast. Fruit meal around midday. Lean meat (fish) in evening. So three meals.

Btw, can anyone think of any fruit other than berries that are considered paleo? And what's your view on combining avocado (fatty fruit) with berries etc (usually quite sweet fruit)? Helpful or a hindrance?

General Discussion / Tularaemia
« on: September 09, 2010, 11:12:56 pm »
Any need to worry about this disease? Apparently many hares and rabbits are infected with it and it can be quite serious for humans.

General Discussion / Shellfish
« on: September 02, 2010, 07:44:27 pm »
I decided I would eat some mussels today because I know shellfish are a rich source of many minerals. I thought if i'm short of a mineral then eating some shellfish will top me up. However I'm pretty sure now that I am allergic to them.
So my question it really necessary to eat shellfish? Can you get all the benefits of eating shellfish from somewhere else, for example beef? Is eating wild salt water fish just as good as eating shellfish or is the latter a superior source of minerals etc.?

Exercise / Bodybuilding / Ab wheel
« on: August 22, 2010, 05:46:36 am »
I'm thinking of purchasing an ab wheel, but first I thought I would check here to see if anyone here uses an ab wheel and what their thoughts are about it (useless or great?).
I'm looking for exercises that work multiple muscle groups instead of using exercises that target specific muscles. I would think the ab wheel (despite the name) exercises more than just the abs after seeing how the exercise is carried out. Other exercises I'm thinking of using that I think would meet the criterium of working multiple muscle groups at the same time are squats, dead lifts, presses, pull ups, rows, dips and power cleans.

General Discussion / Freezing and thawing multiple times
« on: August 21, 2010, 02:38:31 am »
I received a frozen cow liver today. As most of you are probably aware, they are quite large.
I've found that it requires a lot of effort to cut a chunk off of it to put in the fridge to thaw. Is it ok to thaw the whole liver a little to make this easier and then to put the rest back in the freezer? Would it be perfectly fine to do this on multiple occasions?
What do other people do, do you just thaw the whole liver and leave it thawed out in the fridge for days?

Another question:
Are the bacteria on one's hands a problem if you eat your meat etc with your hands? Especially if you get full before finishing everything so you put it back in the fridge for the next day so any bacteria that went from your hands to the meat can multiply? I know the bacteria that naturally occurs in raw meat is no problem.

Btw, I tried bone marrow today for the first time....absolutely gorgeous!

General Discussion / Piscivorous diet
« on: July 31, 2010, 09:13:39 am »
I've been eating a largely piscivorous diet recently; consisting mainly of wild salmon fillets and now and again a tuna steak.
Is this healthy?
I have also been eating a watermelon each day recently for hydration. Unfortunately due to a tight budget the watermelons are non-organic.
I have suddenly started to itch quite a bit (had bad eczema in recent past). Does anyone agree with me that the watermelon is the likely culprit for the itching? I'm thinking of replacing it with a meal of 2 or 3 avocados & 1 or 2 organic oranges each day.
So, daily diet plan would be as follows:

Breakfast: approx 6 wild salmon fillets
Lunch: 2 or 3 avos and 1 or 2 organic oranges
Evening: 6 wild salmon fillets

I've even been considering a week or so of zero carb, ie. just the salmon and the odd bit of tuna.
Any thoughts?

In a couple of weeks time I'll be ordering some grass-fed beef, but right now it isn't an option (stayin with the gf's fam atm and they aint got any room in the freezer/fridge for a decent/economically viable sized order and they are clueless that i eat rpd)

General Discussion / Barbary Duck
« on: July 15, 2010, 03:37:03 pm »
I went to the butchers and bought some duck breast. I asked if it was wild and the butcher said yes.
So I bought it, but on the packet it says "Barbary Duck, Grade A". This makes me a bit suspicious. If it was wild duck then surely "grade A" wouldnt be written on it?
I really don't want to eat duck that has been raised on a farm and fed grain and soya beans and that has been pumped full of hormones and antibiotics.
Would anyone else be suspicious in this case or am i just being too paranoid?

Primal Diet / What meat is right for you?
« on: May 28, 2010, 08:13:46 pm »
In AV's first book, under appendix P, he goes on about how different meats (red or white) are right for different people.
Who here believes in this idea?
The reason I'm asking is because I had been eating a lot of fish (mainly tuna and some swordfish) and chicken for a while. This was just by chance, i didn't avoid red meat on purpose. Anyway, during this time my symptoms of eczema and itching reduced greatly, however I quit eating eggs at the beginning of this period too, because I suspected eggs were causing the eczema. However, the past two days I have eaten lamb (allowed to graze on pastures whenever it wanted) and the itching and eczema and inflammation of the skin has returned (which I find extremely annoying and disappointing, coz i thought it was finally going away!) and on top of that I woke up in the middle of the night feeling very sick and I puked up a load of lamb!. I still havn't eaten eggs, so it can't be that.
So i guess the lamb has been causing it all along. So i'm thinking that maybe red meat is not suitable for me.
Another point...AV gives a description of what sort of ppl should eat which type of meat...well I reckon i fit the description for ppl that should eat red meat (or maybe both red and white).

Anyway, what do u guys think about the subject?

Assuming there's no nuclear waste or wotever dumped into it, is it safe to drink water from a lake/river/stream etc?
I was always told that in order to make it safe it had to be boiled or iodine tablets had to be added to kill bacteria and parasites etc, but now that I know that the germ theory is probably a load of bs I began to wonder...

Primal Diet / Raw, unpasteurised apple cider vinegar
« on: May 04, 2010, 06:10:18 am »
Aajonus mentions apple cider vinegar in his first book (don't know about the second, havnt read it), especially in the remedy section.
Does anyone here incorporate cider vinegar into their regular diet and have you noticed any benefits (or negative side effects)?

Primal Diet / Cold-pressed honey = raw unheated honey?
« on: April 19, 2010, 09:14:10 pm »
I havn't seen a jar of honey anywhere which states that the honey in it is unheated. But I saw a jar of cold-pressed honey...anyone know if this is the same thing as raw/unheated honey?
Am I also right in thinking that unheated honey will greatly increase the population of candida in the body, just as (I assume) heated honey would?


Omnivorous Raw Paleo Diet / Increasing fat/oil intake
« on: April 17, 2010, 12:39:51 am »
I want to increase my raw fat/oil intake to combat dry skin after reading that fats and oils are the answer, not an increased water intake.
Is it a good idea to pour oils such as avocado, flax and olive oil onto my raw meat/fish before eating them to increase fat/oil intake? I'm not completely sure because maybe it slows digestion or maybe it's bad to mix plant-based oils with animal-based fats/oils?

Health / Eczema and diet
« on: April 14, 2010, 07:51:30 am »
Hi there,
I have a query, but first of all, just a little bit of back ground info about me. I'll try and keep it short.
I had childhood eczema (E), until I found out I had wheat and milk allergies. So I stopped eating wheat (and anything containing gluten) and dairy and the E went away. But then I got hooked on alcohol around age 18 and started smoking. My E soon came back when I was around 19. I'm now 21, almost 22 and I've quit smoking and alcohol for about 9 months and 6 months respectively and I've still got pretty bad E. I've been on a completely raw, omnivorous diet for about 3 months now. I also did an intestinal cleanse and liver detox last month. At the end of the detox my skin appeared to be slightly better. But after the detox I started eating again and the E got slightly worse again and is still there: so now I'm thinking what am I doing wrong?
The raw beef I have available to me is fed partially with grain, but also on grass. Any other meat or fish I eat is organic or at least free-range. I drink at least a litre of 'green smoothie' a day. This contains green leaves such as spinach, and fruits. I also eat raw ginger daily, aswell as raw garlic every other day and recently started putting ground turmeric and flaxseeds in the smoothies and sometimes olive oil (as many anti-inflammatory things as I can). I eat a couple of avocados every other day. The only thing I drink is bottled water (with the lowest amount of chlorine in i can find)
I was thinking that maybe what I'm doing wrong is eating too much sweet fruit, because I was eating up to a dozen bananas in a single day, which I guess could have too high a glycemic load to be good for the skin. So I cut out bananas 5 days ago, still no improvement, but maybe 5 days isn't long enough. Anyway, do you guys think that it's the sweet fruits that's the problem? And is it true that olive oil could be worsening the problem? (I read recently that it causes drying of the skin longterm).
Thanks in advance,
sorry for the long post.

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