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General Discussion / Re: Organic apples and ANTIBIOTICS!!
« on: February 04, 2015, 10:52:43 pm »
I guess I don't understand why you're surprised. Organic is a big market globally, as is grass fed. Of course industry will lobby to water down criteria for those labels so they can tap into those markets. What else would you expect them to do?

If you want good food, food that you know how it was grown or raised, you need to be involved in the process. Grow your own, buy or trade for food from neighbors whose farms and land you can visit, or hunt and gather it. Otherwise, you're gambling.

Hot Topics / Re: Digestibility of raw animal skins
« on: January 29, 2015, 09:03:18 am »
I suspect that if your stomach acid production is good, most animal skins are digestible. I get deer hides from a game processor friend each fall, and turn most of them into rawhide to back wooden hunting bows with. I do save some of the scraps to eat though, and to make into broth. It's been my experience that if I slice the hides into small enough pieces to swallow without having to chew (you can't really chew it into small pieces like you can meat), then it seems to digest fine.

General Discussion / Re: Wolfs... Friend or frenemy
« on: January 17, 2015, 05:16:44 am »
There are very, very few records of people being attacked by wolves.

Where do you live? If wolves are in your area, it's more likely they were following you in hopes of scavenging off any kill you made, or feeding on the gut pile you left behind. Hunters commonly leave the organs of their kills and only take the muscle meat, so wolves, coyotes and bears have grown accustomed to following at a safe distance to get their share of the left overs once the humans have taken what they want.

Info / News Items / Announcements / Re: Vice article featuring Me
« on: January 15, 2015, 09:39:24 pm »
I really think that making our own YouTube (or Dailymotion, or Vimeo) videos is the way to go. That way we control how we're portrayed. In a recent online course I taught on Agriculture and Energy, one of the students' assignments involved designing for themselves a diet that they would eat for one day that delivered more edible food energy than it required as fossil fuel energy inputs. I made a YouTube video to explain the assignment (linked below) and noted specifically that eating mostly raw foods would make achieving an 'energy positive' diet easier. In the video I drink a half dozen raw eggs, and talk about other raw foods.

Info / News Items / Announcements / Re: Vice article featuring Me
« on: January 15, 2015, 03:49:01 am »
Derek, Luke Sniewski spoke rather positively about you here... The host, Armi, was critical at first, but Luke really turned him around quickly. That was one of the most effective bits of persuasion I've heard on a podcast.

I haven't listened yet, but interestingly enough Luke is a graduate of Green Mountain College's Masters in Sustainable Food Systems Program. I happen to be one of the instructors in that program, and teach an online graduate-level course in Agriculture and Energy (SFS 6030). Small world...

Off Topic / Plant intelligence
« on: January 05, 2015, 03:04:33 am »
Found a couple really fascinating videos on the intelligence of plants that I thought others might find interesting.

First is called Mind of Plants:

Second is called What Plants Talk About:

Fun stuff!

Health / Re: Epsom salt baths
« on: December 28, 2014, 10:46:07 pm »
I can't say whether Mg is better absorbed with Cl or with SO4, but many people have trouble getting enough sulfur in their diet so I'd rather use MgSO4. Both Mg and S are easily absorbed through the skin, and sulfur is very good for the skin.

I like how the french farmers are dealing with bullshit laws.

They weren't protesting 'bullshit laws'. They were protesting to get more agricultural subsidies. Unless France's unwillingness to shower its farmers with subsidies represents a 'bullshit law' in your eyes.

Hot Topics / Re: Cooking
« on: November 03, 2014, 12:28:24 am »
I don't understand why people make a big deal about the fact that our brains are shrinking. What are the benefits of a larger brain? If having a big brain is so great, why don't blue whales rule the earth? Their brains weigh 15 pounds, much larger than ours.

It's not about how big brains are, but what you do with them and how readily you're able to acquire the food energy needed to adequately power them.

Hot Topics / Re: Cooking
« on: November 02, 2014, 08:41:56 pm »
I think it worthwhile to be a bit more openminded about the value of different foodstuffs. A food, a tuber for instance, doesn't have to be digested in our stomach to be useful. That non-digestible starch in the tuber will travel to our large intestine which, if we're healthy, should host a range of bacteria that can digest the starch that's indigestible by us and turn it into a range of fatty acids that our bodies can use. So human use of starchy tubers doesn't depend on us having learned to cook them. I've seen videos of African bushmen digging up tubers and eating them straight away, no cooking at all.

Obviously some roots and tubers are more valuable than others. Some are relatively free of toxic compounds, and those that remain are of low enough concentration and potency that our livers can effectively render them harmless. Others, like cassava, require extensive processing and cooking to render non-toxic enough to eat, so these are much less valuable without cooking.

There's a continuum here, it's not just black and white.

Off Topic / Re: This guy is awsome! - Wild man Andrew Ucles
« on: October 29, 2014, 12:46:05 am »
Yeah, Laura's pretty cool. We met at the Roots School in Vermont. I took several wilderness skills classes there years ago when she was an instructor there.

Off Topic / Re: This guy is awsome! - Wild man Andrew Ucles
« on: October 28, 2014, 08:10:27 pm »
Despite my earlier skepticism, I currently believe that Ucles is legit.

It so happens that he's close friends with Laura Zerra, of Naked and Afraid fame, and Laura and I are pretty good friends. She's spent some time in Australia helping Andrew film for his YouTube channel, and insists that his catches are legitimate, although his camerawork isn't always ideal. I have zero reason to believe she'd lie to me about this, or anything else for that matter.

Off Topic / Re: Palaeo HGs lived much longer than previously thought
« on: October 15, 2014, 07:22:59 pm »
Excellent article, spot on! I'll be giving a talk on the myths and realities of the paleo diet tomorrow evening at a local health food store, and will try to incorporate some of the arguments the author makes in my presentation.

Off Topic / Energy, diminishing returns and the future of food
« on: October 11, 2014, 01:19:32 am »
I just released a new essay titled Energy, diminishing returns and the future of food for those who are interested. The piece offers details on how energy is used in food systems past and present, and also explores the twin issues of diminishing returns and path dependence.

Feedback is welcome, either directly through email or in the comments section on my website.

Hot Topics / Re: Cooking
« on: October 02, 2014, 04:24:47 am »
I think Wrangham's ideas are built on a lot of assumptions that, as best I can tell, have yet to be investigated quantitatively. Most of the studies he cites were terribly designed, and can't really provide the weight of evidence he claims.

General Discussion / Re: Bone broths best prepared raw, not cooked
« on: October 02, 2014, 04:21:06 am »
It won't taste exactly like cooked bone broth. If you want something that tastes like cooked bone broth, you'll need to make cooked bone broth. The raw version I noted doesn't contain as much dissolved collagen as cooked broth does, nor does it contain the array of aromatic compounds produced by heat. It just won't taste the same.

Interesting discussion. For those who aren't familiar, Jeff Leach is the founder of the Human Food Project, and the American Gut Project. You can find links in a recent blog post where I discuss some of the work he's doing.

I also recently wrote on the bias of science, which seems to be an underlying topic here too. Fancy how that issue keeps cropping up...

Carnivorous / Zero Carb Approach / Re: beef back fat or suet were to buy?
« on: September 26, 2014, 12:16:22 am »
Hard to say. I'd guess suet would be more nutrient dense, but haven't seen much data on this. Good question!

General Discussion / Re: Dr. Mary Enig passed away on September 8
« on: September 24, 2014, 10:02:15 am »
What is the implication of death due to a stroke on the part of a scholar who actively promoted saturated fats?

The implication is that some element of her diet or lifestyle contributed to the cascade of problems that eventually led to her having a stroke at the comparatively old age of 83. The culprit could be any number of things, perhaps something she ate, something she didn't eat, or some other lifestyle choice she made.

She did eat cooked foods. So what? If it weren't for the research she did, it might well be that other pioneers in the ancestral health movement never would have found a reason to doubt the mainstream fat-phobia. So I honor her willingness and determination to speak truth to power, even if her lifestyle was different from mine.

General Discussion / Re: New post on advanced glycation end products
« on: September 24, 2014, 06:35:37 am »
Regarding the chart in the post I started the thread with, realize that most of the meats and even the seafood featured there were farm raised. Farm raised meats will likely have higher AGEs because the animals are fed a high-carb, processed diet that makes their blood sugar higher and increases the reactions in their body that create AGEs. AGEs aren't only created by heat, they are also created naturally when you have high blood sugar. This is one reason why diabetics tend to have high AGEs, they have trouble regulating their blood sugar and it is often far too high.

General Discussion / Re: New post on advanced glycation end products
« on: September 23, 2014, 09:33:32 pm »
Figuring out what's causing the inflammation and not eating that anymore will also take care of your symptoms, and will do it more gently than a fast. Not that fasts aren't useful, they can be, I'm just not sure one would help all that much if you haven't cut the culprit food from your diet first.

General Discussion / Re: Group Fast anyone?
« on: September 23, 2014, 09:31:05 pm »
I think short-term fasts (1-5 days) can have a useful role in health, but they need to be approached while already fairly healthy and with the right intention. Feeding an eating disorder with fasting is not the right intention, in my opinion.

General Discussion / Re: New post on advanced glycation end products
« on: September 21, 2014, 07:16:51 am »
Hi Eve, regarding rice there are many different types of AGEs and most only form at higher temps, or when heat is dry. Rice tends to be cooked by steaming or boiling, methods that tend not to produce AGEs in high quantities.

Just because white rice is low in AGEs doesn't mean it isn't inflammatory. There can be other things in a food that make it inflammatory besides AGEs. That said, it's been my experience that small amounts of cooked white rice eaten occasionally aren't that bad. I wouldn't want to have to live on the stuff though...

General Discussion / Re: Dr. Mary Enig passed away on September 8
« on: September 20, 2014, 03:07:11 am »
I found out that she died of a stroke.

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