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Off Topic / Re: Raw diet for cats
« on: February 04, 2013, 06:57:18 am »
Hello Suoaei,

If your cat was consistently eating much liver, it may have a Vitamin A or mineral overdose (copper/iron/cadmium). I was frequently eating liver in high amounts and got too much of a good thing; the overdose symptoms hit suddenly and painfully, I avoided liver for months afterwards.

Vitamin D helps against Vitamin A toxicity, so more oily fish and avoiding liver may help.

In regards to constipation, offering the whole animal including sinewy and gritty substances like connective tissue, tendons, cartilage and fish scales my help out.

I hope you cat gets better soon :).

General Discussion / Re: Eating fruit seeds and pips good for you
« on: September 25, 2012, 11:31:27 am »
I was eating prickly pears, filtering the seeds was annoying, so I decided to eat them like an animal would in nature seeds and all. Doing so was liberating, it made the prickly pears a joy to eat and they became tastier somehow.

The seeds passed through gently, which was good because I was concerned about the possible effects of eating so many seeds.

General Discussion / Re: Our first 'cooked' food was bark, not meat?!?!?
« on: September 25, 2012, 10:57:20 am »
Hello Polyvore,

Thank you for sharing your idea. I had an epiphany concerning prebiotic fiber, it may be an"X factor" under-emphasized in the Paleo paradigm. Soluble fiber has fantastic benefits, maybe tree bark is a good source.

The fiber ingestion of traditional people is likely overestimated, traditional people usually discard the fibrous parts of plants, such parts are composed of insoluble fiber, only gel-like soluble fiber is salubrious.

Keep up your inquisitive spirit buddy :)

General Discussion / Re: Vitamin A Toxicity
« on: May 07, 2012, 12:22:44 pm »
Hi Zym,

Vitamin A overdose is possible.

Liver was a relished staple in my diet. One pound of liver a week was my average, sometimes more. After about a year I began experiencing headaches after eating liver. During a fateful feast of a massive serving of mature beef liver, WAM! I was hit with instant and painful flu-like symptoms.

I experienced pounding headaches, insomnia, joint pain, and nausea (especially when thinking about liver); my symptoms matched those of vitamin A overdose. Fortunately the symptoms are said to subside once the consumption of the offending substance (liver) is discontinued. It took about 3 days to recover. I continued to eat foods with vitamin A, only liver was excluded. Although it was a struggle, it was good to know that my vitamin A stores are full.

Keep eating as much Vitamin A as you like, and if you begin to get headaches especially after eating liver, you are probably reaching your maximum storage limit and can reduce consumption.

All the best.

General Discussion / Re: Fantastic Health Benefits of Butyrate
« on: April 03, 2012, 12:33:25 pm »
It's good to look at the big picture concerning prebiotics. Eating plenty of raw fruits and vegetables will keep you in good condition. Special root vegetables such as Chicory root, Jerusalem artichoke and Jicama have extremely high amounts of prebiotics, especially inulin. These roots are so rich they can be used in small amounts as supplements. However, they are very tasty (I've only had J.artichokes so far) and I enjoy them like regular food.

Regarding raw starch, I think that most of it ends up as food for the gut bacteria i.e. raw starch is resistant starch. A good source can be winter squashes which are technically fruits and probably safer than raw potatoes.

On a side note, prebiotics improve calcium absorption, maybe paleo people had good calcium levels in the absence of dairy because they had plenty of good gut bacteria. Roots and flowers are great sources of prebiotics, and were probably consumed frequently.

General Discussion / Re: Fantastic Health Benefits of Butyrate
« on: April 02, 2012, 04:31:32 am »
Your research is extensive.

Insoluble fiber is the fiber which the general public is familiar with, it forms the indigestible mass which has value in the process of elimination, but has low fermentation and health potential. The beneficial fiber we are after is soluble fiber, which forms a gel and provides metabolic and health benefits. The public is largely unaware of this fiber distinction. So, when fiber intake is calculated, only the soluble fiber should be considered.

Consumption of plant material should be well managed, even wild animals intentionally select plants with the lowest anti-nutrient content. I feel that the root vegetables I am consuming for soluble fiber are low in anti-nutrients and relatively easy to digest.

General Discussion / Re: Fantastic Health Benefits of Butyrate
« on: April 02, 2012, 04:07:19 am »
My past experiences with VLC diets reduced my gut bacteria levels. My vivaciousness never seemed to be fully restored even though I began eating lots of organs, fatty fish, and carbohydrates to rectify the issue. Fortunately, last week things began to change.

My current gut health regime of natural prebiotics and probiotics made me feel better than ever. The restoration of gut bacteria was the missing key in my wellness strategy.

Perhaps a VLC diet low in overall sugar, but high enough in prebiotics and probiotics to ensure excellent gut health, could be a highly successful diet.

General Discussion / Re: Fantastic Health Benefits of Butyrate
« on: April 01, 2012, 09:50:12 am »
Hello PaleoPhil,

Thank you for driving me to do more empirical research.

Through calculations based on a research paper (linked below) I estimated the following:

1. 100g of Jerusalem artichokes (my current soluble fiber source) provides 18g of inulin.
2. Lets assume that 50% of the soluble fiber becomes short chain fatty acids.
3. Butyric acid makes up 35% of inulin generated fatty acids, therefor 18g of inulin makes 3.1g of butyric acid.

So if these calculation are correct, then 100g of tasty Jerusalem artichokes at 73kcal, will provide as much butyrate as 100g or 700kcal of butter!

If I include the rest of the prebiotic fiber and starch I eat, the amount of butyric acid production will be higher. The other short chain fatty acids can also be included bringing the net amount of beneficial short chain fatty acids even higher.

But wait, there's more.

The same paper showed that butyric acid production increased exponentially in rats as they adapted and build up their gut flora.  After two weeks of eating raw potato starch, waste analysis revealed 6% butyric acid, and by four weeks it had risen to 19% indicating ramped up production of butyric acid due to micro-flora adaptation.

The link to the pdf paper is


General Discussion / Re: Fantastic Health Benefits of Butyrate
« on: April 01, 2012, 08:19:51 am »

It is day four of my prebiotic experiment an the results are positive and promising. I've experienced improved energy, digestion, and well being since I increased my prebiotic intake. I also increased my probiotic intake via cultured yogurt and spontaneously began eating a single meal per day.

Symptoms of fiber ingestion have been pleasantly mild, I expect such symptoms to further subside as I become more fiber adapted ;D. I'll update my progress as this experiment continues.

General Discussion / Re: Fantastic Health Benefits of Butyrate
« on: March 27, 2012, 11:29:00 am »
Hi Wattlebird,
When I was feeding farm animals they would look at the food, sniff it, and then decide if they wanted to eat it; this is the instinctive process which you described. It will be fun to shop instincto style, if there's an ostrich egg it will be consumed with gusto in your honor .

Hello PaleoPhil,
Meat sources of butyric acid would be awesome, however my research revealed only limited amounts in dairy products. Perhaps there is a creature which concentrates short chain fatty acids in its tissues, I'll have to keep searching.

The capacity for humans to ferment fibers varies individually and is less than herbivorous creatures. However, the benefit of short chain fatty acids are their healing properties rather than being a primary energy source.

Hey GoodSamaritan,
Learning about nutrient dense animal foods, and then raw foods were two positive paradigm shifts for me. Learning about the importance of gut microbes is like a whole new field of dietary adventure. Perhaps the missing key to vigorous health and wellness in modern society is gut microbe and flora health.

I am devising a plan to improve my gut health with prebiotics which include soluble fiber, oligosaccharides, and resistant starch. Practical sources for the following substances are as follows:

Soluble fiber
Carrots, parsnips, and bananas.

Jicama and Yacón have huge amounts of inulin and soluble fiber, they are also edible raw and said to be mildly sweet and crisp, I'll probably make them into raw fries. Jicama and Yacón are one of the richest and most practical sources of prebiotic material. Onions and leeks are also an excellent sources of inulin oligosaccharides and go well with salads.

Resistant starch
Bananas are my go to guys for resistant starch, I also intend to experiment with small amounts of raw winter squashes, sweet potatoes, and edible tubers.

It may also be beneficial to take probiotics in the form of cultured dairy or fermented foods to help the process. A good mixed salad and various fruits will round off the prebiotic intake.

It will take time to adapt to a higher intake of raw plant matter, but once the gut is colonized by good bacteria it will be smooth sailing form there.

General Discussion / Re: Fantastic Health Benefits of Butyrate
« on: March 27, 2012, 04:11:07 am »
Note: The fibers which convert to short chain fatty acids and provides health benefits are soluble fibers. Soluble fiber is more like starch and becomes a gel rather than a solid mass in the large intestine.

General Discussion / Fantastic Health Benefits of Butyrate
« on: March 27, 2012, 01:54:40 am »
Beautiful Butyrate

Butyric acid has amazing benefits for your health. Butyric acid is a short chain fatty acid which dramatically improves insulin sensitivity, metabolism, blood lipids, body composition, and reduces stress and inflammation.

Butyric acid is made by the fermentation of fiber in the large intestine. The lower digestibility of raw vegetables may be a blessing in disguise. Feeding the large intestine more undigested plant matter will increase butyric acid production. Butyric acid also occurs in dairy products.

This has been a great discovery, it challenged my previous paradigm: raw plants are indigestible and provide virtually no starch, sugar, or nutrients. Now I realize that short chain fatty acids made from fiber have fantastic health benefits. In what appeared to be raw indigestible fiber, nature was providing sustenance for us all along.

Iguana emphasizes that you should trust in nature, eat foods which agree with you, and have peace of mind, his style is wise indeed.

Further Readings:
This link has a good overview about the benefits of butyric acid.

This link has information on resistant starch which ferments into butyric acid.

This link is about captive gorillas that switched to a natural whole foods diet and lost weight and improved their health. The indigestible fiber they ate increased their production of short chain fatty acids.

This is exciting new information; eating more raw vegetables, roots, and tubers may bring great health and wellness benefits via short chain fatty acids. Please share your ideas about this subject.

Hot Topics / Re: TOO MUCH protein bad for kidneys?
« on: March 24, 2012, 05:57:14 am »
Thank you Joy,

Your questions are important to us, keep on asking! Providing evidence and support keeps us thinking critically and raises our collective intelligence.  ;)

Hot Topics / Re: TOO MUCH protein bad for kidneys?
« on: March 23, 2012, 08:11:06 am »
Joy, following are the links which you requested.

Protein and kidney health
This link is by researchers who reviewed the scientific literature concerning protein intake and renal function.
The researchers conclude that a high protein intake (>1.5g/kg) is fine for people with healthy kidneys.

Low protein and deficiency symptoms

The following link concerns body composition changes during overfeeding. The subjects who ate a hyper caloric- low protein diet (42-50g), gained fat but actually lost lean body mass.
This shows that even with surplus calories protein deficiency symptoms occur. Loss of lean body mass is not as dangerous as kwashiorkor syndrome, but it is still a protein deficiency symptom.

Hot Topics / Re: TOO MUCH protein bad for kidneys?
« on: March 22, 2012, 08:06:38 am »
Protein requirements should be measured in grams rather than arbitrary ratios. The average person needs about .8-1 gram of protein per kilogram of body weight. Athletes and manual laborers need around 1.4-2 grams of protein per kilogram.

Many bodybuilders inhale unholy amounts of protein, and from what I know they don't suffer higher rates of kidney or liver disease. However, people taking low amounts of protein usually develop deficiency problems. High amounts of carbohydrates exert a protein sparing effect on people eating low amounts of protein.

PaleoPhil, I have ancestors from Eire myself. Thus you compel my Irishness to respond to your question, with a question of my own :D.

Low-carb is optimal for humans in what way? Advocates of low-carb diets have to define which aspect of human life is enhanced by adopting a low-carb diet e.g. health, fitness, my grocery bill, etc. The specific aspect can then be investigated to evaluate the validity of low-carb optimality claims.

In response to your original question, my opinion is that LC proponents believe the following logic:

If humankind's natural diet is optimal,
and a low-carb diet is humankind's natural diet,
therefore a low-carb diet is optimal.

PaleoPhil, thank you for the logical post.

Virtually all mammalian carnivores consume some carbohydrates via blood, organs, or mother’s milk. Black bears are in the order Carnivora, yet up to 85% of the black bear's diet consists of vegetation. Creatures may be classified as carnivores if meat comprises between 30-70% of their diet, the rest of the food may come from the plant kingdom

When exogenous carbohydrates are scarce the body will make its own out of protein, this indicates the importance of carbohydrates.

Hot Topics / Re: Raw Vegan Annette Larkins at 70 looks like 30.
« on: March 11, 2012, 05:00:57 am »
I have never met an astute woman then....Or you are so young that you do not understand women.
Joy, your accurate insight made me smile. On such superficial subjects I tend to be blunt and offer my female friends rational solutions, indeed what my friends are really seeking is emotional support.

Hot Topics / Re: Raw Vegan Annette Larkins at 70 looks like 30.
« on: March 09, 2012, 03:02:34 pm »
When a woman lies about her age, she tends to deflate her age, not inflate. I doubt any woman would claim an age that is older than her actual age for any reason.  ;)

You would be astute to claim an older age; people will comment on how young and healthy you look for your age.  ;)

Exercise / Bodybuilding / Re: Upper Body Exercises
« on: March 09, 2012, 02:48:49 pm »
I meant pull-ups :D. Chin-ups are great as well, I find them easier to do.

For both variations I've recently lowered my reps and focused on form. The results have been fantastic, strength and endurance have improved rapidly.

Carnivorous / Zero Carb Approach / Re: Raw Egg Eating Animals
« on: March 09, 2012, 12:01:12 pm »
Hi PaleoPhil,
Perhaps animals prefer the tastiest portions when there is a food surplus; those monkeys are probably well fed by tourists. When food is scarce  it makes sense to utilize everything available.

Thank you for the avant-garde information on phosvitin, even wikipedia needs an article about it. There are some benefits such as anti-oxidant actions, however it does bind with important minerals.

Is the mineral binding effect of material consequence, and if so how do you mitigate it?

Carnivorous / Zero Carb Approach / Re: Raw Egg Eating Animals
« on: March 07, 2012, 04:01:44 pm »
Hi Wattlebird,

You are correct; the yolk is a golden delight to those feasting monkeys. It would be blissfully fun for us humans to eat a giant ostrich egg in a like manner. Wattlebird you are invited to an ostrich egg breakfast with me anytime  ;).

Hello aLptHW4k4y,

I thought that the biotin and protein inhibitors were all in the egg white, which anti-nutrients are contained within the yolk?

Exercise / Bodybuilding / Re: Upper Body Exercises
« on: March 07, 2012, 01:34:35 pm »
Hello Zeno,

Two effective upper body exercises are dips and chins, as pushing and pulling exercises they will engage most of your upper body muscles. Dips and chins can be heavy and thus build considerable mass and strength. I find dips to be particularly relaxing, productive, and enjoyable.

Regarding the pushup, it tends to increase the blood pressure in the head when you lean down, this may be why it is difficult to relax during the exercise.

Carnivorous / Zero Carb Approach / Re: Raw Egg Eating Animals
« on: March 07, 2012, 01:25:25 pm »
In the first monkey clip a large portion of the egg white was discarded. The second clip showed the monkey going after the yolk. Do monkeys naturally prefer the yolk, perhaps because its tasty and free of anti-nutrients.

General Discussion / Re: 3 week into raw diet!!
« on: March 01, 2012, 07:02:47 am »
A great technique is cutting up the meat into very small cubes. This disrupts the connective tissue network and makes the meat easy to chew, raw meat eating becomes a pleasure.

Mixing the meat with diced onion, tomato, and lettuce makes a delicious and easy to prepare meal, it also looks fancy and appetizing.

These two tips result in a fantastic eating experience every time and leave you yearning for more.

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