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Off Topic / Re: Study proves benefits of Alternate Day Fasting
« on: October 07, 2014, 07:25:45 pm »

I could not get a full view of the documentary on You Tube.  The above is an interesting interview of the two principal scientists and Michael Mosley which covers a lot of the same ground.

Off Topic / Re: Study proves benefits of Alternate Day Fasting
« on: October 07, 2014, 03:21:57 am »
I'd postulate that one would get the same benefit by consistently eating raw and moderate.   That means not overeating even one meal.   But eating just to satisfy the body's needs at that time.  Another way of describing this, is the saying,,  leave the table a bit hungry.    My experience is that any overeating is toxic.   And the notion of the yoyo, overeating, and undereating the next day is another method the mind will adopt to try to stay in 'control'.    We like methods.   We like fixes.  We like thinking. 
I think possibly you are underestimating the physical processes which take place when you fast The body does things when you fast which it does not do when you eat regularly and do not experience hunger.

Off Topic / Re: Study proves benefits of Alternate Day Fasting
« on: October 07, 2014, 03:16:03 am »

David Brownstein's book "Salt your way to health" might be of interest with regard to this. In his book on "Iodine" 4th edition he says,"...unrefined salt helps to rid the body of the toxic halide bromine. .... I suggest taking approximately 1-1 and a half teaspoons per day of unrefined salt."

Hot Topics / Re: Zero Carb and VLC/Ketogenic - A Lethal Recipe for Disaster
« on: February 17, 2014, 04:07:51 am »

I don't think I am confusing them. I have Richard K Bernstein's book in front of me and he does not mention iodine in the index; I have read parts of his book, not all the parts relating to type 1 diabetes and the practical issues relating to it. I'm not sure what you mean. My ;point was even if there were a good reason for taking iodine for FBG, which I know nothing about, there are other excellent reasons for continuing taking it for reasons not directly related to FBG.

Hot Topics / Re: Zero Carb and VLC/Ketogenic - A Lethal Recipe for Disaster
« on: February 17, 2014, 02:04:48 am »
 I have just checked Brownstein's book on iodine and he does not mention FBG or anything related.

I have taken Lugol's iodine for about two years now, beginning after taking an iodine loading test which showed that I was  deficient. What was, and is important to me is iodine's recognized protection value against prostate and breast cancers. I think that it is a bit misguided to take a high dose of iodine and expect it to do anything much about your FBG  and then abandon iodine supplementation when it fails to improve your FBG.

Health / Re: raw meat and gas pains?
« on: January 08, 2014, 10:58:46 pm »

I had a similar problem which triggered attacks of my pre-existing atrial fibrillation.  I took gel caps containing simeticone which reduces the size of the trapped air bubbles so allowing them to escape: relief.

General Discussion / Re: Meat safety
« on: October 31, 2013, 11:03:43 pm »
That is a very helpful set of pictures.  It is an example I will try to emulate.

Many thanks.


Journals / Re: Lex's Journal
« on: August 30, 2013, 06:52:05 pm »


Zinc is unlikely to be a problem unless you have some undiagnosed  rare condition. Your diet is rich in zinc.

Your diet is low in calcium and  potassium but your numbers for these two are consistently okay in the  long term, all based on RDA standards. In your case it would seem that your body balances the minerals that people on a high carb diet do not.  If you test for magnesium I predict that your level will be discovered to be okay.

Personally I have to keep my minerals  in balance to stop further deterioration in my atrial fibrillation.


Journals / Re: Lex's Journal
« on: August 25, 2013, 02:16:24 am »
When my dad had prostate problems he chose to be castrated, as reducing testosterone production helps slow the disease.
The opposite view is now held; testosterone protects against prostate cancer. Low testosterone is the danger. See "Testosterone for life" by Abraham Morgentaler, associate professor of urology at Harvard Medical School. McGraw Hill 2009. At the age of almost 70 I don't personally have a prostate problem or any significant enlargement but I do take extra testosterone after suffering a severe decline in testosterone after suffering from fibromyalgia. So please be careful before going down the road of deliberately lowering your testosterone levels. There are several good reasons to maintain a normal testosterone level apart from the obvious one.

Coyotes will eat our apples but they never digest. We always find undigested apples in coyote poop.

both explain this issue thoroughly with citations.
I have not noted any undigested apples in the poop of my dogs, nor any other vegetable matter. I do  not feed my two dogs anything cooked and only the occasional fruit. They do get salad to finish up from our left-overs pretty regularly but not instead of their meat and bone diet.
They are healthier than  my previous dogs who were mainly on a cooked diet.

Cramps are rarely a calcium shortage.  If anything, it's the opposite, you need to reduce calcium, and get more magnesium.
This is not my  personal experience. At the moment my consumption of calcium is minimal while I have been supplementing magnesium and potassium for years. My average intake of magnesium per day is between 200 and 300% RDA, my average intake of calcium is below 50% a day, and my intake of potassium is about 80% RDA a day. I avoid dairy.  I find it difficult to get more magnesium and potassium from food sources than I actually do, about 50% RDA in each case. I over supplement magnesium because it helps control my atrial fibrillation.I do not place all that much importance on RDA as the values established were based on populations eating refined carbohydrates which cause the wasting of magnesium and potassium and the retention of sodium. The leg cramps appeared after I switched to eating below 50g of carbohydrates a day. If the leg cramps do not improve I think I will have to increase my carbs and potassium rich carbohydrates in particular.

One problem was striking for the 1st 2 yrs straight on RPD and that was muscle cramps.
Did you have any thoughts about what caused your muscle cramps and what made them better? Lex Rooker had some muscle cramps on his ZC RPD and thought that adding sea salt was helping  him. I have begun getting muscle cramps in my legs and I am wondering if it is shortage of calcium. I don't do dairy.

General Discussion / Re: Potassium
« on: June 12, 2013, 03:35:55 am »
Swiss chard and spinach are both good for potassium and they won't send you blood sugar up; they also supply a lot of magnesium as well which works very well.  Spinach is also a good non dairy provider of calcium. Popeye knew a thing or two.

General Discussion / Re: Mega dosing iodine
« on: May 18, 2013, 12:15:51 am »
Hi DaBoss88

I have done a bit of checking the facts and they show that the US and UK market are much closer than appearances would suggest.

Two drops of the UK sourced 15% Lugols has a combined Lugols content of 15.24mg while the US sourced 5% solution has a claimed content of 12.5mg according to Lex Rooker reply 1635: “Had my...., and 4 drops of 5% Lugol's solution (25mg iodine).”
 The UK 15% Lugols is equivalent, If slightly stronger. Lex Rooker’s “5  iodine” is the same as that given by Brownstein (from “Iodine Why You Need It” 4th Edition page 55):
“Dr Lugol began using a solution termed “Lugol’s Iodine” that was a mixture of 5% iodine and 10% potassium iodide in water (...) Two drops of Lugol’s solution (0.1ml) contains 5mg of iodine and 7.5mg of iodide.”

Confusingly it seems that the UK 15% is so named by adding the proportions of elemental and potassium iodide versions together, 5% and !0% respectively.

The US 5% solution is based on the 5% elemental iodine only and ignores in the naming the 10% potassium iodide.

Brownstein reports that he uses salt to help with the removal of bromide in conjunction with the iodine. One patient he prescribed 50mg iodine, 10 000mg Vit. C and 10g Celtic sea salt. He also prescribed magnesium both as an oral supplement and as epsom salts for transdermal absorption. The salt and magnesium helped with the detox reactions.

General Discussion / Re: Mega dosing iodine
« on: May 16, 2013, 01:25:20 pm »
I don't take calcium. It is not good for atrial fibrillation, I'm afraid I don't really understand why. Apparently it increases the aldosterone which makes an AF sufferer more prone to have an episode. I'm hoping that a  high fat ketogenic  diet which is also dairy free will still protect me from real calcium deficiency. Lex Rooker managed it when he had a  satisfactory DEXA scan after several years of a meat only diet.  I was a bit surprised when he began to include butter in his diet three years after the scan.

Health / Re: Magnesium is curing me
« on: May 16, 2013, 12:48:45 pm »
From what little I know optimum potassium status is very helpful in building up your magnesium position. I would also think that replenishing salt would be important. I drink a mixture of magnesium, potassium and salt in five equal doses pretty equally spaced throughout the day, the first dose on waking up, the last dose last thing at night. Each of these five doses give me180mg of magnesium, 750mg sodium and 320mg potassium. In practice that means for me 1.1g magnesium citrate powder, 2g potassium gluconate powder and 2g sea salt crystals dissolved in water. The unrefined sea salt should also help in replacing  a whole range of trace minerals. This combination may not suit you especially if you are high carb. If you perspire extra then you need to replenish in response to that.
 I am afraid that I don't agree that the magnesium is curing you, it is part of a work in progress.

Off Topic / Re: diet and muscle cramps
« on: May 14, 2013, 02:56:31 am »
Try to build up your magnesium store first, if you have low magnesium your body will lose its potassium and in a causal chain the body then reduces sodium to keep the sodium/potassium balance therefore working against any attempt to increase either. I have been supplementing with magnesium because it is too difficult for me to do it by diet alone. In my case it was years of SAD which finally had serious consequences for me.

 I  take magnesium citrate powder, 1.1g 5 times a day (giving me a total of 0.9g of magnesium) together with potassium and salt, but it might be  quicker for you to initially to just start with the magnesium for a month.  Start low and increase slowly till you get a bit loose and cut back a bit from that to establish your dose.

Some people recommend slow release magnesium pills which I myself have not used.

 If you then concentrate on getting enough sodium and potassium and continue the magnesium you should get rid of the cramps. But do not increase your sodium unless you are low carb.

What you call "sugar sensitivity issues" may well be that the potassium, salt and magnesium imbalance has gradually got worse over the years and finally got to the point of breakdown. I stay away from sugar and that includes honey of any kind. I regard it as a cause of my problem.

General Discussion / Re: Mega dosing iodine
« on: May 13, 2013, 07:31:42 pm »
That's a lot of salt.  Are you sure you're balancing that with potassium?
I take just over 1000mg potassium as gluconate powder per day in conjunction with the salt. 1.74 g of potassium gluconate yields 270mg potassium. I also take 0.9g of magnesium per day as citrate powder. 1.1g magnesium citrate yields 180mg magnesium.  I divide that into 5 equal doses per day. I have arrived at this protocol with my own background of atrial fibrillation which is very sensitive to an imbalance of the body's electrolytes.
On top of that the majority of my carb intake is in the form of dark green salads. I understand that the body is very efficient at balancing the salt and potassium as long as you limit your carbs and you have enough of magnesium, potassium and salt. Keeping your magnesium status optimum is crucial in keeping up your potassium levels.

Off Topic / Re: dog food brain storming
« on: May 13, 2013, 06:51:33 pm »
I feed my two medium sized dogs a raw vlc ketogenic diet, brisket ( which is cheap and high fat), 30 g each per day of raw beef liver, kidney and heart. They each get one brisket bone per week. Occasionally they get a rib bone as a greater challenge. They get dark green salad leaves of a many kinds as I can think of, sometimes a piece of raw carrot. During the summer months we grow the salad leaves ourselves.
I would not give them bone meal, chewing and gnawing are desirable (perhaps necessary).
They are both 9, very slim and healthy with excellent teeth.
Our main differences then are you favour chicken bones, bonemeal, sea vegetables but not land salads.
I favour harder bones. Dogs are descended from wolves who hunted larger game than chickens. They got a lot of land vegetation partially digested from their prey. So I would not feel sea vegetables to be very paleo for dogs. It is true that wolves have been observed hunting mice and picking blueberries but they are not major diet items.
Carrots are not terribly paleo but my dogs enjoy crunching them occasionally. I limit the size of carrot I give them to about three inches.
I think your dogs would do very well on the things you are giving them as long as you limit the amount of carbs to ketogenic levels which you probably are. Their teeth would be my only concern, but I am sure you must have already satisfied yourself about that.
Other bits of the animal are desirable if you can get them.

General Discussion / Re: Mega dosing iodine
« on: May 12, 2013, 05:04:42 pm »

Johan, I thought there was only a 5%, 2%, 1% and a discontinued 10% (in the U.S.).

What recommended cofactors did you buy? I'm currently using a small amount of high quality sea salt.

The 15% Lugol's solution is available from Amazon uk, I have just re-checked that.

The supplement recommended was ATP Cofactors, which we used. Each tablet contains Riboflavin 100mg and Niacin 500mg. The recommended dose is 1 - 3 tablets a day. If your diet includes liver and kidney regularly you should have no problem getting enough of these vitamins to complement and boost the iodine.

 I now take about 10g sea salt a day but that is not relevant to giving me enough of these two vitamins. As I have recently adopted a ketogenic, vlc regime this quantity of salt is desirable. If I were to include more than 50mg carbs a day I would eat far less salt. Neither my wife nor I experienced detox when starting iodine. In the past when I made a big change in diet or went on a fast I experienced what I thought was detox, and that included when I used the sauna. Now I believe that what I experienced was a disruption in the balance of sodium and potassium.

General Discussion / Re: Mega dosing iodine
« on: May 11, 2013, 06:13:38 pm »
I feel this deserves a post of its own. Who here mega doses iodine? What other things do they do to increase its effectiveness? What kind do you use? Etc.

My wife and I take Lugol's 15%, she has 2 drops and I have 1 every morning with breakfast.

We have been doing that for a year or so. I have not noticed any effect on me, I was only marginally short. My wife was much more depleted than me and had an enlarged thyroid. This has improved but has not entirely receded to normal. The main reason for taking it in both our cases is that we see it as a cancer protection against breast and prostate cancer. The rates of these cancers in Japan are very low, but when the Japanese go to live in a Western country their rates of these cancers rise to match ours.
We took an expensive test for our iodine status but it is much better just to try it and bear in mind the protection it can bring. We were warned by scaremongers about the dangers of iodine, as far as we are concerned we did not experience anything remotely negative. I did buy recommended cofactors but did not notice any difference so dropped it. Lugols is cheap and as your body gets rid of what it does not need a more concentrated form is probably a better bet initially at least.

Info / News Items / Announcements / Re: Is the Paleo Diet Healthy?
« on: April 28, 2013, 11:26:50 pm »
I didn’t say exactly that there’s no evidence against legumes, I wrote: “We haven't found that they trigger any problem” — unlike with dairy, wheat, corn, and to a lesser extend with other cereal grains. That has been during 45 years of instinctive raw paleo nutrition experience with several hundred people and a lot of meticulous experimentations on animals which clearly showed the troubles induced by wheat and dairy, decades before Cordain wrote about it.

Perhaps legumes should be eaten in larger quantities than the occasional small amount we eat to trigger noticeable troubles? Does Cordain base his evidence on theoretical considerations or on some practical experiments? If he experimented, did he make sure the seeds were raw, not hot dried?

As a matter of fact I didn’t eat any for at least a couple of years, except peanuts.

Many of the 65 academic articles reported on mainline experimentation. Of course I cannot answer you about what they did any more than I can judge the validity of the studies that your movement has conducted. However I see no reason to believe that a significant portion of these academic studies are misleading.

As far as quantity or volume of consumption is concerned I am sure that the occasional peanut or bean meal is unlikely  to be noteworthy either way. Personally I am concerned to know about the effect of foods that I mainly eat. I would not make any legume an habitual part of my diet, but I would not refuse to eat them if invited out to dinner.

Info / News Items / Announcements / Re: Is the Paleo Diet Healthy?
« on: April 28, 2013, 03:52:42 am »
When I sprouted lentils I would soak them overnight then drain them and rinse them thoroughly. I would then put them in a dark cupboard and subsequently rinse and drain them twice a day. I found them very easy and quick to sprout. In a hot climate it would perhaps be best to rinse the sprouts  more often until they are ready. They become tough if allowed to sprout too long; the tails should not be allowed to grow longer than the sprout itself. Rinsing not only assists growth with irrigation but helps to remove some of the harmful phytate.

However I have stopped using any legumes. The amount of academic papers, forty or more, that Professor Cordain lists in his book "The Paleo Answer"  and his evidence for the harmful nature of legumes, including peanuts, fully persuaded me to stop eating them sprouted or cooked. I can't understand Iguana writing that there is no evidence against them without explaining his reasons for treating the evidence that is out there as non-existent.

Health / Re: elevated cholesterol
« on: October 20, 2012, 06:21:53 pm »
It is difficult to know if the total cholesterol is bad news or not. What you really need to know are your numbers for HDL and triglycerides, your HDL needs to go up and your triglycerides down. The trouble is that the total cholesterol figure does not give you an analysis of what type of LDL is pushing up the total figure. LDL from fat is good, LDL from refined carbs, including sugar and sucrose is bad. If you have cut down on refined carbs but eaten a lot of fat I would not worry. I also have elevated total cholesterol but as I do not eat much in the way of harmful carbs but I do eat a lot of fat I do not worry about the total figure. If you are worried have a test for triglycerides and HDL.

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