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General Discussion / Re: First Video on Eating Raw Meat
« on: August 11, 2018, 09:24:29 am »
In the video I eat sushi grade salmon, which means it was frozen for over 2 weeks well below zero F.

General Discussion / First Video on Eating Raw Meat
« on: August 10, 2018, 09:38:06 pm »
Greetings folks. I have alluded to my intentions to start a YouTube Channel, and have finally gotten around to do this. Here is a video where I talk about eating raw wild-caught salmon.

Eric Eats Wild-Caught King Salmon

Comments, feedback, and Patreon support are all welcome. I am particularly interested in folks' thoughts on whether I should put 'raw' in the title of the video, or just leave it as is.

General Discussion / Re: Vegetable Police
« on: July 30, 2018, 10:00:46 pm »
Fun vid, thanks for sharing this.

I most often buy organs. I bought a grass-fed beef heart this morning at the farmers' market for $4.50 per pound. That is probably about $10 per kg, or around 8 or 9 Euro per kg.

You spent over 100 Euro for just over 2 kg of meat? That sounds insanely expensive!

Fiber might well have been a big cause of your gut problems, but that does not mean you should avoid it.

Not all dietary fiber is created equal. The two main groupings are soluble fiber and insoluble fiber. Most gut microbes require soluble fiber, which comes from fruits, nuts, leaves, stems, roots, and tubers. If you eat a lot of this type of fiber, your gut microbiome will probably be quite diverse, which is good, and the 'good' gut bugs will likely outcompete the 'bad' gut bugs for space, helping your gut to heal and helping to properly regulate your immune response and reduce chronic inflammation. They also tend to release short-chain fatty acids as 2ndary metabolites, which is beneficial because these are useful metabolically.

Insoluble fiber comes primarily from cereal grains like wheat, rice, corn, etc. Eating a lot of this fiber leads to a gut microbiome that is much less diverse and that tends to favor types of bacteria that are inflammatory.

So if your diet included a lot of fiber from cereal grains, then it is not surprising that did a number of your gut.

The taste of grass-fed cattle (or sheep, or goats) will depend on what they are eating. I have had 100% grass-fed meat that tasted wonderful, and 100% grass-fed meat that tasted terrible. Fresh grass & herbs versus dry forage (hay) makes a difference, but quality of live forage makes a difference too.

Why are you so devoted to eating carnivore? Although I eat a modest amount of meat (raw), my diet is definitely dominated by plants. Lots of roots and tubers especially, for the fiber that feeds good gut bugs.

General Discussion / Re: Sv3rige Meeting 2018
« on: July 24, 2018, 01:40:20 am »
What is it about posting on this website that would cause others to 'take you down'?

General Discussion / Re: Sv3rige Meeting 2018
« on: July 23, 2018, 11:19:24 pm »
I have never figured out why people want to 'play games' with their online personas. Why not just use your name?

General Discussion / Re: I just reckon
« on: July 22, 2018, 06:38:07 pm »
I am actually very open about how I eat. Not in a confrontational sort of way, but I definitely do not attempt to hide my preferences. I went to a potluck just last night, and brought a raw meat dish (raw wild-caught salmon on cucumber slices topped with a little kimchi), and in the past I have brought raw red meat dishes like tartare or sushi made with venison. I find that once I talk with people about my history with raw meat eating, they often warm to the idea enough that they will try most dishes. I even had a medical student try 8-month old high liver once. He liked it. Probably not enough to make it for himself, but enough that he never felt a need to question my dietary choices. I often wonder how his experience living with me for a month while he was doing his residency changed his thinking about medicine and diet.

General Discussion / Re: sv3rige
« on: July 20, 2018, 08:34:44 pm »
First, why are folks so interested in converting people? When people talk like that, it makes it sound like a raw food diet is some sort of religion. I do not want to be seen as a religious extremist just because I choose to eat unprocessed foods.

Next, as far as convincing people to explore raw foods, I do not think we need famous people. I think we need mentally stable people who do not have sketchy pasts that involve perpetrating violence, abusing people, or goofy conspiracy theories, who are decent looking and articulate, and who are willing to talk about their experiences. Someone like that who starts a YouTube channel would work wonders at legitimizing an unprocessed diet.

General Discussion / Re: sv3rige
« on: July 20, 2018, 04:22:14 am »
For those who are interested, sv3rige's real name is Gatis Lagzdins. Here is a link to another forum where you can read about his history, violent tendencies and conspiracy theorizing in greater detail. Looks like an interesting character.

Probably true. I will still work hard to avoid that tick though. Tick-borne illness is no joke!

General Discussion / Re: Kidney color
« on: July 13, 2018, 06:36:42 am »
I have never seen a kidney as light as the bottom one. Maybe they soaked it in water before freezing/delivering, and that leached out some of the blood and the deep red color. If it tastes fine, I would still eat it.

General Discussion / Re: Jordan Peterson has gone carnivore
« on: July 06, 2018, 08:17:32 pm »
I have been thinking about reaching out to Jordan to come on my podcast.

Science / Re: Betaine for working out and for weak stomach acid
« on: June 18, 2018, 09:02:29 am »
Derek, how does the intestinal juice taste? I helped slaughter a goat last fall and came very close to trying some from the carcass, but the goat was slaughtered as part of the class and the instructor made it clear that it was not acceptable for me to do that. (I had co-taught that class with her the year prior, and ate from the carcass freely while we taught students how to quarter and de-bone the animal. That did not go over well with the students.)

Off Topic / Re: Raw Paleo Diet Forum Statistics
« on: June 18, 2018, 02:17:15 am »
I think the decrease in involved members and posts stems from a few things, in no particular order:
1. Social media sites like Facebook provide the equivalent of 1-stop shopping, so are outcompeting sites like this for people's attention,
2. People grow tired of being back-stabbed and harangued by certain folks on this forum, so invest their time elsewhere,
3. People who see the benefits of eating more raw food often see the benefits of other things like staring at computer screens less, spending more time outdoors, interacting with actual people more, etc.
4. People avoid this site because some of its moderators use the site to plug unrelated political and conspiracy theory silliness,
5. People seem to be attracted more to audio and video as means of sharing information

I suspect I could come up with more reasons, but these are a good start. I used to post here a lot. Not so much anymore. I do plan on starting a YouTube channel though, and already have a podcast.

As far as whether Phil's theory about starches holds water, his thinking on that evolved over time so it is hard to characterize it as a static theory. Is there a particular post or set of posts you were curious about?

Off Topic / Re: Raw Paleo Diet Forum Statistics
« on: June 17, 2018, 07:14:47 pm »
Palaeophil was an enthusiastic poster, but, to be frank, like Nicola and a few others, he was not a genuine RVAFer...

I actually know Paleophil in real life, we happen to live in neighboring towns here in Vermont. Your characterization of him is not remotely accurate. Why do you feel the need to tear people down like that, when you have never met them and live thousands of miles away?

Health / Re: Good news at my most recent dental visit
« on: June 09, 2018, 11:48:11 pm »
I have never gargled Epsom salts, but that sounds like something worth trying. I definitely gargle sea salt with good results. That is a standard in my dental health regime.

Yes, that seems to be typical. And the process of eating a carcass can take a while anyway. If a group of people killed a deer on a Monday, it might take them a couple weeks to eat all of it.

Health / Re: Good news at my most recent dental visit
« on: June 09, 2018, 07:52:38 pm »
That has been my experience too, as back when I ate solely animal foods plaque and tarter was not much of an issue. But even animal foods have carbs in them. Milk has lactose, while organs and muscle meats have glycogen. But the glycogen in muscle meat is obviously far less than the glucose and other sugars in ice cream, for example, or potato chips.

The article's conclusions make a lot of sense. While humans can be hunters, more distantly in our past we were certainly primarily scavengers, at least as far as acquiring big game animals is concerned.

Health / Good news at my most recent dental visit
« on: June 09, 2018, 08:41:48 am »
Prior to recent visits to have a cracked filling replaced, I had not been to the dentist in almost 12 years. I had gotten the filling back in 2004, before I was as learned about dental health as I am now and before I had the confidence to ask to see x-rays and challenge a dentist's or doctor's diagnosis.

At any rate, I noticed the filling was cracked when it frayed my dental floss starting a few weeks ago. After asking for recommendations from various friends, I chose a local holistic dentist who is Weston Price-friendly and made an appointment to have them look at the filling. They did a fairly comprehensive exam as part of their new-patient on-ramping, which included many x-rays and a thorough look around my mouth. I am happy to say that aside from a very small amount of decay that had started beneath the cracked filling, they found no other dental decay in any of my teeth, and no signs of gum disease. The filling was replaced last week, and this morning I went in for a cleaning mainly so they could scrape some built up plaque off a few of my teeth.

I figure that our teeth are our canary in the coal mine, so to speak. When our health is poor for whatever reason, dental health problems are one way that poor health manifests. It feels good to know that the diet I am eating (mostly raw, about 50/50 animal/plant by calories) seems to work well for me.

Also, does anyone have any resources they can recommend about which foods to eat or avoid to reduce plaque build up?

It will be different for everyone, I suspect. I eased gradually in. I suppose I could say I started easing in as soon as I started eating solid food, as I live in the US so it is customary to eat many things raw: most fruits, many vegetables (carrots, celery, salads, etc). As far as eating raw meat goes, I had my first taste of sushi with raw salmon back around 2003, and that was also the year when I first began experimenting with eating raw muscle meats from mammals. I started with goat (I really like goat), and expanded into sheep, cattle, deer, elk, and bison soon after.

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