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General Discussion / Re: Bleh.
« on: April 24, 2010, 08:47:10 am »
To the "sleep" thing. Sleep occurs when your saline-water solution secreted by your tear ducts are doing their job. Sleep is a mixture of saline-water and dirt that has traveled to the tear duct of your eye so that later, maybe you'll rub your eyes and get rid of it. There is no connection between sleep and kidney stones.

Health / Re: Searching for an Eczema cure.
« on: April 20, 2010, 05:53:57 pm »
I would also suggest looking for raw honey and virgin coconut oil to use on your skin instead of commercial cleansers, which are full of chemicals. That worked wonders for my acne!  ;)

Journals / Re: Megan: Ex-vegan, Ex-sheep
« on: April 20, 2010, 05:51:47 am »
I eat grass fed meat from local farms from around here. I still have some cooked food in my diet, however, due to my mother cooking dinner every other day or so. I think thats partially why I still have some acne here and there, but it's not too much.

MrBBQ, I've also been researching ways to wash my hair naturally. When I was Vegan I tried no-poo, which is basically where you was your hair with baking soda and rinse with vinegar, but it always turned me into a greasy mess, even well after the detox period of 2 months. I've been thinking of using diluted honey and tropical oils to see if this works better. I may begin to slowly wean myself off of regular shampoos.

Journals / Megan: Ex-vegan, Ex-sheep
« on: April 20, 2010, 03:25:13 am »
I'm starting this journal to document my habits so I can keep track of what works for me. I not only try to eat paleo, but I've also been trying to make my own paleo skin products. All those years of commercial acne creams, body soaps, and shampoos has left my skin dry and scarred, and my hair brittle.

My journal is less about my diet and more about my experiments with my own skin. Foods will still be somewhat discussed, however, because good skin starts on the inside as well as the outside.

So, for now, lets rewind. What was my skin like a few years ago, when I was Vegan? A mess. I had dry patches and bumps all over my face, and my acne pretty much covered everything except my legs. I was trying everything by not drinking milk, staying away from meat and using harsh chemicals to fight the symptoms of my malnutrition and oily skin.

After being vegan for two years, I was finally and very abruptly hospitalized for anemia and vitamin B-12 deficiency. My hair had been falling out in patches, I had patches of skin with no pigment, Cheilitis (cracking of the corners of the mouth), and shooting pains in my arms and legs. The doctor told me to stop being vegan, and for fear of dying, I did as I was told.

The road to recovery was long, especially since I was now on a SAD diet. My hair eventually did stop falling out, and my skin improved little, but I still wanted to be healthier. I as tired of being sick all the time and feeling fatigued by just getting up and walking around. I wanted energy, I wanted to live and take life by the horns, so to speak. So I began researching and I found information on RPD. I immediately began adding raw foods into my diet, and miraculously, my recovery took a more rapid pace. Soon I was able to run again, soon I was able to do the things I used to do.

With the addition of raw meat into my diet, something else also happened; my skin started clearing up. Unlike on the vegan diet, which had promised clearer skin, RPD seemed to actually be living up to all of its hype. I continued to get better till where I am today.

But the real focus of this journal happened about two weeks ago. I was reaching into the cupboard above the bathroom sink for my acne cleanser and I thought to myself "Paleo man had no access to salycilic acid, so is it really that good for me?". So I did what I always do when a questions comes to me, I boldly went to the internet!

I started researching natural cures for skin ailments and stumbled upon coconut oil, the first addition into my quest for clear skin. I slowly weaned myself off of my commercial cleanser and immediately saw an improvement.

So here I am today, playing around with natural cures for acne, scars, and other skin maladies.

Note: I probably wont update this on a regular basis, so don't get your hopes up! =]

Off Topic / Re: Amusing article
« on: April 20, 2010, 03:19:05 am »
Now that is just plain SAD. (Pun intended!)

Hot Topics / Re: Useful advice
« on: April 18, 2010, 11:22:14 pm »
... I'm pretty sure my mother loves me and realizes that I'm not a drunk, pot-smoking juvenile delinquent. She even wants to move to Ohio with me when I go to college so I don't have to live in a dorm or buy an apartment.  -\

Health / Re: Quick way to identify prasites
« on: April 14, 2010, 06:19:56 pm »
Hmm, I mean, I can believe that the whites of your eyes might be able to tell you a lot, particularly how well your liver and kidneys function, or if there are toxins in your blood, but your iris being a whole map to your body's organs and functions? I'm a little unsure.  -\

More than likely. It really wouldn't surprise me if grains made people more prone to Cheilitis. =/

Children can get cheilitis, even if they're not B vitamin deficient. It usually happens when their lips get really chapped or they get bad windburn, or when they wont stop licking their lips. So its not always a sign of B vitamin deficiency, Gep. =]

General Discussion / Re: Chicken Gizzard?
« on: April 11, 2010, 12:29:31 pm »
I buy chicken gizzards at a local farmer's market here. They taste like a tougher, fattier version of chicken. They're incredibly tasty. I've never had heart, though. I've looked and looked, but I can't find any.  :(

   What's cheilitis?  

    I had clumps of hair clogging my shower every day and white spots developing on my skin too.  I also had shooting pains.  

    To each his own.

Cheilitis, or angular cheilitis, is where the corners of your mouth become chapped and bleed. It's usually a sign of B vitamin deficiency.

When I was a vegan for around two years (my stores of vitamins didn't last very long), I was always a very angry, emotional person and I got angry over the smallest things. Looking back on it, I now realize that I was incredibly deficient in B vitamins. I even had clumps of hair falling out, cheilitis, and patches of melanin-lacking skin.

Eventually it all progressed to the point of me having to be hospitalized. By that point I was having hallucinations, delusions, and shooting pains stretching from my hips to feet and shoulder to arms (a hallmark of B-vitamin deficiency). I was also severely anemic.

When I talk to another vegan, I find them getting very angry about many things, whether or not they're important or not. I always just write it off as B-vitamin deficiency, or some other vitamin they may be lacking.

General Discussion / Re: What about roots and root vegetables?
« on: March 01, 2010, 07:48:30 pm »
raw meat man, I have a feeling that eating only oil probably isn't the most natural thing to do.

Hot Topics / Re: GMO's?
« on: February 23, 2010, 06:42:45 am »
My fear about GMO's is that they may release and accidental "super crop" where the crop can grow in most any condition and is immune to all plant diseases and parasites. There would be no way to get rid of it. It would be here to stay and it would screw up the cycle of things. Insects would die because this crop would begin to take over, and then insectivores would die off, and herbivores, and eventually carnivores.

Of course, this is one of those end of the world scenarios that often runs through my head, so who knows, maybe its impossible.  ;)

Off Topic / Re: Is English a second language for a lot of you?
« on: February 22, 2010, 07:25:07 pm »
Spoken and written, my first language is English.
Spoken and written, my second language is Spanish

Off Topic / Re: forced to eat grains- help?
« on: February 21, 2010, 06:22:10 am »
I have a pretty good feeling they wouldn't set there for more than an hour or two. Knowing me all I would do is set there a smile really big at them till they gave up. But I really like PaleoPhil's idea. Challenging them may be a fair idea.

Off Topic / Re: Being a tyrant on my birthday =D
« on: February 21, 2010, 06:19:01 am »
Envious. Very, very envious.  ;D

The fruitarian looks like she's lacking in fat. If you notice, her hair is frizzy as well and makes me question whether her skin is able to produce the oils it needs.

Off Topic / Re: Salamanders anyone?
« on: February 07, 2010, 11:45:19 am »
Yeah, its a crevice salamander.  :P

Omnivorous Raw Paleo Diet / Re: Giant Bananas!
« on: February 07, 2010, 06:05:18 am »
An interesting find! They're probably more natural hense them not tasting too great.

All of your children are so beautiful, GoodSamaritin.  :)

Off Topic / Re: Salamanders anyone?
« on: February 07, 2010, 05:29:26 am »
Well I had researched the animals in my area before I drew my conclusions. Its the red ones here that are poisonous.

General Discussion / Re: What are you eating right now?
« on: February 07, 2010, 05:13:28 am »

Off Topic / Salamanders anyone?
« on: February 07, 2010, 05:09:54 am »
I was outside foraging through the woods when I lifted up a log and found dozens of salamanders. I quickly grabbed them up and put them in a jar and thought that I could maybe eat them.

When I got home I rinsed the soil off of them and popped one in my mouth. It was surprisingly good. It was smooth, a bit tangy and tasted nothing like anything before! I recommend putting pepper on the little things.  ;D

Health / Re: Rabies?
« on: February 07, 2010, 01:25:43 am »
Hmm, rabbits, birds, squirrels, other small game and eventually I plan on moving up to deer.

Health / Re: Rabies?
« on: February 05, 2010, 06:35:16 am »
Ah, so I guess its not too much to worry about then. I'll just pay attention to the animal before shooting it and try not to get saliva in any wounds I might have. Easy enough.

But I'm definitely not throwing away the brains or other organs. Its one of the reasons why I'm hunting, I can't buy brains.  :P

Thanks guys!

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