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General Discussion / Re: Possible new rawpaleo guru since Aajonus?
« on: May 10, 2016, 05:18:00 am »
I've been pondering setting up a YouTube channel. It's on my list of projects for this summer. We'll see what comes of it.

General Discussion / Re: Possible new rawpaleo guru since Aajonus?
« on: May 10, 2016, 04:09:33 am »
Good Lord, David Wolfe was a total bastard, it seems... Almost all these diet gurus seem to like being the one and only diet guru around for their followers and rarely mention previous influences.

Anyone keep up with Daniel Vitalis' Rewild Yourself Podcast? It used to be really great, very philosophical. Season two started earlier this year, and now he's much more of a salesman. One of his most recent podcasts was a blatant commercial where he 'interviewed' a sales rep from a company that sells the $10,000+ bed that DV now swears by. So much for 'transcending domestication'!

General Discussion / Re: Possible new rawpaleo guru since Aajonus?
« on: May 10, 2016, 04:06:02 am »
I've had email correspondence with Melissa too. I bought her book, and she definitely gives due credit to AV and other raw food gurus like GCB within it, although the book itself is not very well done and doesn't provide much useful information beyond generalities. I don't think she's trying to steal info from anyone, just trying to make sure she doesn't give others' too much credit. She is trying to run a business after all, and make a name for herself. Whether she'll succeed at either remains to be seen.

I also train in CrossFit, and am surrounded by women who are perfectly capable of lifting heavy weight and have phenomenal physiques. I was sad to read in the article about how Brando attempts to comfort women by saying that lifting heavy won't bulk them up. What's wrong with a women having a powerful physique? I'm so sick of all the gender-based double standards people have.

Off Topic / Re: Blog posts that relate to cold exposure and Wim Hof
« on: April 19, 2016, 07:29:09 am »
I'm also interested in becoming more comfortable in colder temperatures, but more in length of time than in intensity of cold, if you catch my drift. Have you noticed improvement in that matter? Like being rather comfortable without as many layers of clothes as before?

Yes, I definitely have. Despite living in northern Vermont (USA) where the temperatures can fall far below zero (Celcius) in the winter for extended periods, I no longer own or require a coat or gloves anymore. I do still own a little wool cap though, as while my ears are far more resistant to cold than they used to be they can still get cold enough to be uncomfortable.

Off Topic / Blog posts that relate to cold exposure and Wim Hof
« on: April 19, 2016, 03:46:12 am »
For those who are interested, over the past couple months I've posted twice on my blog about my experiences taking Wim Hof's online class on using cold exposure to reset the body's hormonal and immune systems. The two relevant posts are Embracing the Chill and The Art of Pushing Beyond. I will probably post about raw paleo topics too, although my time is consumed by other projects right now.

Info / News Items / Announcements / Re: Vice article featuring Me
« on: April 19, 2016, 03:41:46 am »
And, for what it's worth, I hope you listen to a few other similar podcasts that these folks produce to make sure they aren't setting you up to be made a fool of on the air. It would really suck if friends/relatives tuned in only to hear a wackjob podcast jockey humiliating you.

Off Topic / Re: Cruel and Unusual Punishment
« on: March 02, 2016, 02:48:19 am »
I imagine you'll be buckling your seat belt from here on...

General Discussion / Re: Have I caught something from eating raw meat?
« on: February 29, 2016, 06:42:09 am »
With mammals (and all animals), the mineral content of tissue varies from one tissue to the next. With large mammals like cattle, it's uncommon to eat a selection of all tissues in one sitting, especially if one must buy their food from a store where some tissues can't be sold. The common way to eat these animals, then, is to eat single tissues, like muscle. The problem with this is that if we eat a single tissue over and over again, we will end up with imbalances of minerals and other nutrients.

Another benefit of eating insects is that when we eat them, we eat the whole organism. This prevents imbalances of minerals and other nutrients, assuming they weren't suffering from malnutrition or were somehow diseased.

General Discussion / Re: Have I caught something from eating raw meat?
« on: February 28, 2016, 07:06:58 am »
I would expect shellfish from the ocean to be far more polluted than terrestrial insects.

General Discussion / Re: Have I caught something from eating raw meat?
« on: February 28, 2016, 12:00:51 am »
I also think that eating insects would help with minerals. Shellfish are arthropods, like insects.

Raw Weston Price / Re: Green Pastures FCLO could be sham
« on: February 11, 2016, 02:12:10 am »
I mentioned WAPF's troubles and FCLO in a blog post last fall: Reflections on the First P3 Foundation Conference. Might be an interesting read for some, and includes a few links related to WAPF troubles that folks may want to follow up on.

Hot Topics / Re: FFS
« on: January 24, 2016, 02:43:06 am »
Great video Derek. As I said though, while these particular farmers might be doing an exceptional job with their grazing operations they should not be considered the norm. The vast majority of grass farms operating in the Americas, Europe and elsewhere around the world are environmentally damaging operations. It will take a huge culture change within animal agriculture for grass farming to have the positive benefit that people attribute to those precious few operations that do it well.

Hot Topics / Re: FFS
« on: January 19, 2016, 09:59:48 am »
Actually, as someone who does LCAs for a living and works with a lot with grass farmers (in the US northeast), the claims made in the article seem quite reasonable.

The carbon footprint of building and maintaining an aircraft is large, but that total footprint is spread across thousands of individual flights so when you're looking at a single flight the carbon footprint ends up quite small, most likely negligible.

Also, while in an ideal grass farming enterprise the grass does sequester carbon, I suspect that for the average grass-based enterprise this isn't true. The average grass farm, whether here in the US or across the pond in Europe, is poorly run and pastures most likely overgrazed. These farms probably don't sequester much carbon, and could very well be a net source of C to the atmosphere from the soil. And if you graze animals that have for generations been heavily grain fed, their genetics and microbiomes are not well suited to a diet of 100 percent grass so they do fart more methane.

While I think it's always useful to carry a healthy degree of skepticism when reading articles like the one RF linked to, I also think it's important not to dismiss then out of hand when they disagree with our closely held beliefs. Sometimes our beliefs aren't based on reality.

This organization advocates a Mediterranean Diet. They are definitely NOT vegan. You can see the food pyramid they advocate for at this link.

General Discussion / Re: Frequency of food borne illness
« on: December 14, 2015, 10:14:31 pm »
I've been eating raw meat regularly since 2003.

I cannot conclusively blame any illness I have had on eating raw meat. I once got sick after eating raw chicken, but the symptoms passed after about a day. Salmonella, the illness most commonly associated with eating undercooked chicken, usually lasts several days and its symptoms are generally far more severe than those I experienced. The stomach flu was also going around at the time.

Personals / Re: Project Raw Paleo Footage
« on: November 28, 2015, 06:49:50 am »
Err, I would personally prefer to die suddenly than , er, "savour the experience of my death"

You might, given your prejudices regarding what the process of death feels like and what happens next. I've looked in the eyes of a decent number of non-human animals and one human while they died, and I would never wish a sudden death on anyone. Obviously it is unfortunate when animals (including humans) suffer extreme pain during the dying process, but this isn't always the case. Not sure if you've ever suffered a severe cut from a sharp knife, but it actually doesn't hurt all that much. I got a cut on my leg years ago that required 20+ stitches, and I didn't notice it until I felt my pants getting wet from blood. It's quite common for deer hunters to shoot an animal with an arrow and it doesn't even notice. The arrow goes all the way through and the deer looks around as if confused, then 60 seconds later it lies down and is asleep by 90 seconds.

I am sure that hunters might get a thrill from watching an animal die slowly, but the animal.....?

I'm sure there are some hunters that revel in the power they feel when they kill. Same with some military personnel and police officers. That represents a pathology, and is not the norm. I certainly do not receive a thrill from watching animals die.

Hot Topics / First Annual Paleo-Primal-Price Foundation Conference
« on: November 28, 2015, 05:16:35 am »
I attended the first annual Paleo-Primal-Price Foundation Conference this past weekend. I was pleasantly surprised by some of the discussions of eating raw animal foods that came up, both during Q & A with speakers and privately. For those interested in the conference scene, I invite you to keep this new foundation on your radar. I wrote a reflection on the conference and posted it on my blog.

Personals / Re: Project Raw Paleo Footage
« on: November 26, 2015, 12:09:40 am »
I agree with Derek, I think killing via knife (or arrow) is actually the most humane way to kill an animal. I co-taught a class on hunting earlier this fall for a group of women, and we slaughtered a goat via this same method. After the slaughter we talked about the process, and we mutually agreed that the gradual (60-90 seconds) process of dying that an animal goes through when its throat is slit allows it to relax into to the process of dying. A sudden gunshot robs the animal of that transition, and seemed excessively violent.

Anyone who posts here regularly have a blog they regularly post to? I just started one (, and while I do plan to talk about food and nutrition these topics will be among many I talk about.

Off Topic / Re: Crowdfunding a raw, palaeolithic diet study?
« on: November 04, 2015, 01:09:46 am »
What are your goals with this?

I ask because most people don't make their decisions regarding food choices based on research presented in scientific studies. I know several people who've read the recent WHO report on processed meats and cancer, for instance, and have said that they just don't care. All a study would do is subject some number of people to a very invasive research process, which might end up backfiring if the third party you hire to do the study ends up not being as unbiased as you'd hoped. The whole research thing sounds risky, to me.

If your goal is to motivate people to eat more raw, unprocessed foods and less cooked, processed foods, then I suspect you'll get better results by inviting people to tell their story via YouTube. Perhaps creating a format that people can use to help them organize their video, and tips on how to film themselves so they come across as intelligent, articulate and thoughtful.

Off Topic / Re: What are you currently reading, watching, learning?
« on: October 04, 2015, 06:38:27 am »
Currently re-reading the book Against the Grain: How Agriculture Hijacked Civilization, and reading Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence for the first time. Recently finished the book Against His-Story, Against Leviathan. The author of this last book is very detail oriented (it's essentially a historical treatise of why civilizations started), which makes the book a little hard to read at times because it gets quite dry. Lots of gems for those interested in critiques of civilization and patriarchy.

Raw Weston Price / Re: Green Pastures FCLO could be sham
« on: September 13, 2015, 06:44:26 am »
I haven't used Green Pasture products on years. I tried the FCLO/BO blend, and I can't say it did anything useful for me. I've had much better results with respect to healing cavities by oil pulling with coconut oil with a drop of antiseptic essential oil in it. While I acknowledge that some claim to enjoy benefits from Green Pasture products, I personally don't think they're worth the money.

Raw Weston Price / Re: Green Pastures FCLO could be sham
« on: September 13, 2015, 06:15:24 am »
I just  read online that you are a WAPF chapter leader. I do hope you are not being targetted right now for any past so-called "transgressions"?

If the foundation closes down my chapter because of any so-called "transgressions" I won't lose any sleep over it. I don't gain anything by being a chapter leader, and I've received plenty of gratitude from those on my email list for providing both sides of the FCLO story.

Raw Weston Price / Re: Green Pastures FCLO could be sham
« on: September 13, 2015, 04:50:45 am »
The reason Ron Schmid was prevented from speaking and selling at the conference was because he wrote an article where he blamed his heart problems on his consumption of Green Pasture's Fermented Cod Liver Oil. The article was called Too Much of a Not So Good Thing. This violated the WAPF policy for exhibitors and speakers that they are not allowed to say anything bad about any products that are sold by conference exhibitors or that are produced by companies that donate funds to the foundation.

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