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General Discussion / Re: Disappeared members and mods...
« on: April 24, 2017, 03:23:03 am »
As regards deleting topics, it would have to be all or nothing. Making purely arbitrary, obviously-biased decisions as to which forums to delete would be against the 1st amendment. Of course, if all the forums got deleted and then renewed, there would be a genuine refreshing/new blood, without any obvious inbuilt biases being kept.

I'm not clear why you're worried about the 1st Amendment. This is an international forum that isn't bound by US Constitutional Law.

Regarding deleting all forums and starting fresh, as I think about it more I have to admit that idea is growing on me. Especially if we change the topic areas. Maybe have sections for specific types of foods (fruit, vegetables, meat, etc.), sections on various health problems (heart disease, cancer, autoimmunity, etc.), a section for people's personal stories and/or testimonials, and another for food preparation tips. Get rid of the 'off topic' and 'hot topics' sections to cut down on posts that might reflect poorly on folks who post here. We could make some of the sections public and others private, making it clear that to see everything you need to sign up with a valid email address. Then we could do birthday emails, reach out when folks haven't posted in a while, and other such things.

On payment, there are benefits and drawbacks. If this were a thriving forum that members clearly valued, charging a nominal fee could raise enough revenue to offset the costs of the hosting service, and perhaps provide moderators with a stipend. This forum is far from thriving. Indeed it's just about dead. If you instituted a fee now I suspect you'd get a handful of people who paid the fee, and post frequency would decline accordingly.

I'm part of a Meetup group that, two years ago, had over 500 members. The group's owner instituted an annual fee of $5 so he didn't have to pay the cost of the group (about $150 per year) out of pocket. Membership quickly fell to about 25 people, and has hovered there ever since.

General Discussion / Re: Disappeared members and mods...
« on: April 23, 2017, 11:29:49 pm »
We could rejuvenate the RPF board by wiping out all(or most) previous posts and starting all over...

I don't think I'd want to do this for the entire forum, but I can definitely see value in wiping some areas clean and consolidating others. I don't see much value in giving different diets their own sections anymore. The people who promoted most of those diets are either dead now, or at the very least they're not remotely as popular as they once were. There's certainly no reason to list people as moderators here who rarely visit. They can't exactly fulfill their duties if they don't spend time here.

General Discussion / Re: Disappeared membres and mods...
« on: April 23, 2017, 07:15:55 pm »
I know there's at least one raw paleo FB group. I was a member at one point and might still be (would have to check). If I'm still on it, there are few posts there. Much of what I remember seeing was largely pro-AV, and the administrator was very abrasive.

I'd be open to starting a new FB group, if folks thought it would be a worthwhile endeavor. I rarely come here anymore. Most of the new posts are either political ranting, which I'm not interested in, or random news stories. And Edwin's claims of trees on mars.

Off Topic / Re: The Truth About Vaccines
« on: April 20, 2017, 12:53:15 am »
Just finished episode 7. A great series! I bought the series on DVD and via digital download. I look forward to watching it again and sharing it with others. Nice to see someone willing to invest the time to do a well researched, intelligently crafted documentary on an unnecessarily controversial topic.

Off Topic / Re: The Truth About Vaccines
« on: April 15, 2017, 07:41:37 pm »
Almost finished watching Episode 3. This is an amazing series. I think I will buy the series so I can watch it again and share it with others.

Off Topic / Re: The Truth About Vaccines
« on: April 14, 2017, 08:02:16 pm »
I'm watching this series too. It's very well done. I recommend it!

Off Topic / Re: Foraging
« on: March 15, 2017, 05:06:42 am »
I'm gearing up for the start of the foraging season here in the US North East too. Really looking forward to some fresh bitter wild greens.

Off Topic / Re: The end of the world as we know it
« on: March 15, 2017, 01:42:32 am »
And to build on what I just said, the details of the world are constantly changing so, to a degree, every day is the end of the world as we knew it. That's all symantics, though.

Off Topic / Re: The end of the world as we know it
« on: March 15, 2017, 01:40:35 am »
Without watching all of the linked videos, my main complaint of Guy McPherson is that he cherry picks the worst of the worst articles to create his dystopian worldview. While the future does indeed look bleak for some people in some places, I don't see it as being bleak for everyone everywhere.

Great article! I've long been fascinated by the idea that human civilization is much older than mainstream scientists believe.

General Discussion / Re: Garden Tips
« on: February 25, 2017, 12:10:43 am »
High Mowing Organic Seeds is also a great source. They have a lot of different varieties. I might be biased though; I know the owner and a few of the employees.

Just finished watching the episode. The best pro-raw food episode I've ever seen.

Someone mentioned something about Russia in an earlier post, so I thought it was the Russian episode. Anyway, here's a link to the No Cooking Required episode. It's recent enough that those of us in the US have to pay to watch it on YouTube. It's only $1.99 though.

Bizarre Foods: No Cooking Required

This is a fascinating conversation. Makes me very grateful to live in Vermont, USA, where high quality food is fairly accessible.

Hamster cannibalism aside, here's another link to the same vid which is accessible by those of us in the USA.
Bizarre Foods: St. Petersburg Russia

Nobody tells the animals what to eat, or how much to eat or at what time of day to eat and yet they have developed an instinctive ability to not poison themselves and maintain their health so long as the environment is capable of supporting their basic needs.....though it should be obvious that the malnourished Indian children who Overdosed on raw unripe fruit, were far from the instinctive ideal. Likely lentil and rice gruel consumers who where near starvation and never developed an instinctive stop mechanism.

Sometimes this is true, but not always. Take, for instance, the plant belladonna. It's very toxic, but tastes sweet and has coevolved to use birds as a seed dispersal agent. The birds eat the sweet berries, which kill them after a short period. The birds fall dead, and the seeds sprout from amidst their decomposing bodies and use the fertile soil around the carcass to nourish themselves. The plant specifically uses birds' instinct to propagate itself, killing the birds in the process.

General Discussion / Re: Confused about High meat.
« on: January 22, 2017, 10:33:10 pm »
I'm not aware of any research that has studied high meat and can name the bacteria present or articulate the nutrition added, but my personal experience of using it versus other forms of fermented meats leads me to believe that high meat is a superior medicinal food, while fermented meats, while at times tasty, aren't really medicinal. High meat is completely different from the salted meats discussed in the article you referenced. The lactic acid fermentation process preserves some of the nutrition in the meat while the salt partially dries it, but I don't think the bacterial assemblage really adds much of value. The bacteria that work on meat in the high meat production process add something to it.

Health / Re: Fecal Microbiota Transplant - need stool donor
« on: January 21, 2017, 02:20:09 am »
I read through the questionnaire. I suspect I would be considered 'healthy'. You are acting like an ass though, and treating people who are quite knowledgable about this poorly, so you will have to look elsewhere for your donor.

Health / Re: Fecal Microbiota Transplant - need stool donor
« on: January 20, 2017, 04:08:32 am »
Although there are folks on these boards who do suffer from various maladies, not everyone's like that. I consider myself a healthy person, though not sure what the medical criteria are for becoming a fecal donor. It also seems to me that you should really be looking for someone locally. I assume that the outpatient facility where the transplant will occur will probably want the receive the fecal donation without it being shipped across country?

General Discussion / Re: Pancreatic insuffiency
« on: January 05, 2017, 10:40:51 pm »
I second the idea of a water fast. When my digestion isn't working as well as I'd like, the best antidote I've found is to take 3-5 days -- or more if I think it's needed -- off of eating to let my GI tract rest. Once I've rested for a period, I gradually break the fast with easily digested foods like raw organ meats from herbivores, raw ocean fish, raw oysters, raw shellfish or insects, small amounts of fermented vegetables to introduce pre-digested fiber, and perhaps olive oil if I can find some that's of very high quality.

I don't attempt to eat 2,000 kcals the day I break a fast. I've found it best to eat 500 or so kcals that first day, then ramp up gradually to a more normal intake over a few days to ease my GI tract back into its normal level of function.

Off Topic / Re: More on non-dietary paths to health
« on: January 04, 2017, 01:42:34 am »
Amen to this. I've been quite intrigued by the idea of applying Total Load Theory to human health, as been done by Beth Lambert of the Documenting Hope Project. Those who are interested can watch Beth's most recent talk at the Nourish Vermont Traditional Food and Health Gathering, which took place this past June (link takes you to YouTube video):

Nourish Vermont 2016 Beth Lambert

TLT states that, at any one time, there are many stressors operating on the human body, and many factors operating to reduce the negative impact of those stressors. Diet can be both a stressor, or a force helping to reduce stress. A lot of other factors can help reduce stress too, though.

General Discussion / Re: Engaging the Scientific Establishment
« on: December 28, 2016, 10:14:46 pm »
As someone who works in the academic realm, I wish you the best of luck Derek but it's a tough nut to crack. Research is largely driven by the potential to commercialize a patentable therapy or drug. A researcher can't very well patent some aspect of a raw diet, or even commercialize it. Without the promise of a profitable product down the road, it's hard to get a company (or a government) to invest in research trials, and they are quite expensive. Even relatively simple trials with a few research subjects might cost a quarter million dollars.

Have you ever considered doing a podcast, either an audio podcast hosted by iTunes or a video podcast on YouTube? Seems to me that would be the best platform to talk about your lifestyle, uninhibited. I'm gearing up to start my own podcast come early 2017, though it won't focus exclusively on diet.

Off Topic / Re: Optimizing IQ and EQ through nutrient intake
« on: December 26, 2016, 07:38:03 am »
Geoff, did you even read the article you just quoted from? The section you pasted seems to support my statement more than it refutes it, especially regarding the last paragraph.

Off Topic / Re: Optimizing IQ and EQ through nutrient intake
« on: December 26, 2016, 12:13:56 am »
It doesn't surprise me at all that IQ varies as described. It is measured in a way that privileges people of European and Asian descent, due to the way schools in these regions teach.

Off Topic / Re: Model wore real raw meat dress unlike lady gaga
« on: October 13, 2016, 04:20:58 am »
It makes no sense to me that the meat would start to smell that quickly, unless it was starting to rot before they made the dress and she put it on.

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