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Journals / Re: Lex's Journal
« on: December 26, 2009, 03:33:26 am »
With HbA1c being a measure of BG over a couple of months and if we accept an elevated level being an indicator of probability of death, then are we talking strictly cardiac problems or are there other diseases that A1c indicates?

Dr. William Davis at The Heart Scan Blog talks extensively about the dangers of too many small dense LDL particles in the blood...a predictor of heart disease.  in this post Dr Davis talks about
using measurements of BG as being a rough way to determine the particle count of small dense LDL in the blood.  Higher BG correlates to higher levels of small dense LDL particles which is a marker for a cardiac event.....a direct at home inexpensive method to evaluate one's diet and can assist in determining the affect of any specific food on BG and therefore small dense LDL particles.
Whereas, A1c levels usually are much more expensive and may not provide any more information than BG testing. And direct testing of LDL particle size by NMR, VAP is also expensive.

Does A1c provide us any useful information other than satisfy curiosity of each of our readings....that the reading falls within the acceptable
reference ranges of the mainstream medical establishment?

And with your average BG readings hovering around 100 all the time because you don't consume any carbs, why worry about A1c?  And by extention your
small dense LDL should be less than 10% of total LDL.  The remainder are all large, fluffy non irritating particles.

Journals / Re: Lex's Journal
« on: November 25, 2009, 09:37:25 am » has a $40 blood spot mail in test.  To get the $40 test, have to sign up to have 8 done over 4 years...every six months.  If your copay is close to the $40...might be worth it.  Mail in the spot of blood and get the results online.  And it is the D3 test...the correct one.

Journals / Re: Lex's Journal
« on: November 23, 2009, 03:12:12 am »

Journals / Re: Lex's Journal
« on: November 20, 2009, 05:40:20 am »
Since starting my journey to heath fitness, I have been drinking half my pounds of body weight in ounces.  I got that rule of thumb somewhere...I don't remember where.  It seems to work for me. 

Journals / Re: Lex's Journal
« on: November 14, 2009, 01:08:16 pm »
Dr T  (Nephrologist) has some good kidney stone information at

Read the entries in reverse order...oldest to newest.

You may be able to lick that one remaining stone.

Journals / Re: Lex's Journal
« on: November 10, 2009, 09:34:56 am »
In reading about your recent kidney stone problem, I did a search on for kidney stones and among the many pages I read, lack of water intake and consumption of meat beyond the needs of the body keeps popping up.  There is just tons of information about stones.

Nowhere did I read anything about zero carbs or high fat being implicated...

Your experience certainly has opened my eyes to the need to hydrate adequately.  I also have noticed since
starting paleo eating that my thirst level has diminished.  Going to rectify that...even if I do have to make
the numerous nightly trips to the bathroom.....that we both have been avoiding.

The content of the stones seem to dictate the treatment.

Thanks for being a laboratory of one.

Journals / Re: Lex's Journal
« on: September 04, 2009, 12:22:23 pm »
Ever since I disclosed that my urine pH was consistently running around 5.0 to 5.5, (acidic), I've been warned by many concerned do-gooder's that this is a sure sign that my blood is also very acidic and that my body is certainly sacrificing massive amounts of minerals from my bones to neutralize the acidity. It won't be long, they warn, before my bones crumble to dust and I’ll be a formless quivering mass of protoplasm.    

Add Professor Loren Cordain to those who would say your bones are mineralized by your acidic diet.

Bone health is substantially dependent on dietary acid/base balance.  All foods upon digestion ultimately must report to the kidney as either acid or base.  When the diet yields a net acid load (such as low-carb fad diets that restrict consumption of fruits and vegetables), the acid must be buffered by the alkaline stores of base in the body.  Calcium salts in the bones represent the largest store of alkaline base in the body and are depleted and eliminated in the urine when the diet produces a net acid load.  The highest acid-producing foods are hard cheeses, cereal grains, salted foods, meats, and legumes, whereas the only alkaline, base-producing foods are fruits and vegetables.  Because the average American diet is overloaded with grains, cheeses, salted processed foods, and fatty meats at the expense of fruits and vegetables, it produces a net acid load and promotes bone mineralization.  By replacing hard cheeses, cereal grains, and processed foods with plenty of green vegetables and fruits, the body comes back into acid/base balance which brings us also back into calcium balance.  The goal is to avoid a net acid load on your kidneys.

Your Dexa scan must be bogus.  The experts know that you must maintain your urine at 7.2 ph so you will be in calcium balance to prevent osteoporosis.
I am also looking forward to your next DEXA scan in a couple of years to see if the good Professor is proven correct!

Journals / Re: Lex's Journal
« on: August 26, 2009, 12:26:23 pm »
A nice posting by an MD regarding making glucose from fat in ZC.   
Not Raw Paleo but a validation of ZC/VLC from one member of the medical community who found the light after hearing a Taubes interview on his car radio.

General Discussion / Re: palatable and safe raw food
« on: August 21, 2009, 10:33:55 am »

I was browsing Slanker's site and clicked on Eggs, too icon and there I found a reference to Christopher Eggs

Each egg contains 660 mg of Omega-3 fatty acids.  For me a nice addition to my diet to combine with my liquid Green Pastures cod liver oil supplement.

The one beef I have with Christophereggs is the following quote on the FATS link
It is well known that saturated fats are bad for us. Found in many foods including meat, dairy products, and some tropical oils, saturated fat increases the risk of coronary artery disease, diabetes and obesity.

For a company that has a good product, I find that statement ludicrous.

Journals / Re: Lex's Journal
« on: August 20, 2009, 06:46:53 pm »
Paleo Phil

Mark Sisson, writer of Primal Blueprint, has Mark's Daily Apple website. He has written a pretty good article for hard gainers.

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