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Journals / Re: Alberto's Journal
« on: July 17, 2015, 05:52:25 am »
Quick Update.

Zinc supplementation definitely helping.  But b6 pyrydoxine began giving trouble, without much signs of benefits. Problems like insomnia, decreased mental activity and physical recovery.

I'm far from fixing my problems still. But I can't complain, except for my meat sources. My provider has repeatedly failed to deliver me quality fat. I'm not sure I have enough time to search for new sources.

Journals / Re: Alberto's Journal
« on: June 10, 2015, 01:05:17 am »
Thanks Jessica,

Deep inquiring is being done constantly. Although it doesn't help that in my condition I can barely plan today's activities.

So I've been experimenting still and finally I more or less managed to dissipate my brain fog and anxiety for a little while.

My experiment consisted in eating as much seafood as I could for a week.

I ate my fill of oysters every day, and added clams and some shrimp.

The first day I ate as much as I could. The second day I could barely get out of bed, and even after my brain didn't seem to do better, I just couldn't wake up as If I were coffee addicted and didn't have my morning cup. Added to this I had incredible hunger which eventually was only satisfied by eating  my fill of seeds and nuts.  This relaxed me, and my mind started to wake up. At night, my brain fog and anxiety dispelled.

Next day I was still feeling good, and kept going. Third and posterior days no improvement.

I've repeated this experiment and more or less the same thing happens. I'm unable to wake up the next day until I eat seeds and nuts, and then eventually I start feeling better.

So I guess I'm pretty sure I have pyroluria now. Since its the mix of high zinc foods with high b6 foods thats trigged relief in my symptoms.

I did experience benefits from taking zinc sups, but I don't think I got any from the b6 supps because I can only get the pyridoxine hydrochlorine, which only made me pee highlighter ink.

I just asked friends who are traveling the states for zinc picolinate and p5p so I can start experimenting. I don't think theres a single physician in Mexico which could help me with it, so I'll have to keep experimenting and hope I can make things better soon.

Journals / Re: Alberto's Journal
« on: April 07, 2015, 03:41:06 am »

I went to camp with some friends near the mountains. We spent the night waiting for a lunar eclipse. I was happy for an opportunity to camp, and spent the day and night barefoor and withouth cover. Slept little.

Next day I returned home, feeling tired but good. However I did some excercise and inmediatly got fever. Spent badly the night, with my usual feverish thoughts which are a mixture of seeing my body as composed of separate entititys which have to be adminstered in a abstract/mathematical way. Since I've been watching the series VIkings lately my body was a large kindgom, and my mind kept rambling in a mathematical way about it.

However as soon as I felt feverish I ate my meal with some high meat and hoped for the best. I know a lot of people here reject high meat out of frozen meat, but it's the only king of organic meat I get so I have no choice. That said, high-liver ( out of frozen liver) is one of the most delicious things ever. It doesn't have a putrid smell, and its really delicious.  I don't make as much as I'd like because I tend to forget to air the thing and sometimes it goes to waste.

Next day I still felt weak, but was not feverish. Went to get seafood, and rested.

Today I feel quite relaxed, and thinking a lot clearer. Not sure what to think about this "detox". I'm actually a bit troubled since I think I can no longer ignore that the envioroment I live in ( mexico city!) might seriusly be keeping me from healing. I'm not sure how I'll be able to solution this yet.

The volcano popocatpetl spewing smoke.

The iztaccihuatl, which means sleeping woman.

The legend of the mountains:

General Discussion / Re: Canibalism references
« on: April 02, 2015, 12:12:56 am »
Canibals become vegan after "curse" falls upon their tribe.

Two fat men

Two big fires

Too much time To tenderize

Missionary man

Go home to your gods

Chicken is better

Pass the salt

General Discussion / Re: Canibalism references
« on: April 01, 2015, 08:23:32 am »
I remember reading that some cannibals said that they did not understand why white men said it was uncivilized to eat humans, because acording to them they were superior for eating the most sofisticated animals instead of the lesser domesticated animals white men ate.

Off Topic / Re: Give us a laugh !
« on: April 01, 2015, 03:45:26 am »

It's true, I found out about this recently. I was in a club and suddenly I see one of this guys walking around to electrocute people. I was very confused, I didn't understand why would that be a thing in a club.

Journals / Re: Alberto's Journal
« on: March 29, 2015, 08:07:08 am »
Shamanistic plants in general have been of tremendous importance in my life. However at one point I felt like they had taught me what I needed and moved on. I'd mostly say that the benefits are psychological and spiritual. Yet, it's not really that sort of therapeutic help I need right now, since its not a psychological issue. Although lately I've been feeling like I'll like to make a trip to take peyote.

However I've thought about really not eating much mushrooms ( non-allucinogenic) and that I should explore more about them. Lions mane mushrooms sound really interesting. Not sure if I'll find them here.

I'm grateful for this journey as it has made me grow in many valuable ways. Sometimes it's not easy seeing it this way though. After all, it's usually only under threat that humans grow, sadly.

Right now I work as a software developer. So no, maybe it's not helping me heal directly, but right now it gives me the money to get things that can actually heal me. There a very few jobs in Mexico which let you live properly, and right now I still need the stability to repair my nervous system.

BTW, last weekend it was a special occasion, so I drank some mezcal. I actually felt pretty good the following days. I'm wondering if it had to do with pyroluria related symptoms or maybe it was the big amount of seafood I downed on the Sunday? I'm still pretty much in the dark.

This about 3 dolars worth of oysters in the market of La viga. I usually get this and a kilo of clams for another 3 bucks,

Journals / Re: Alberto's Journal
« on: March 25, 2015, 06:18:01 am »
I had some interesting, profound dreams tonight. Oscilanting between incredibly pleasant and nightmarish. Lots of emotions from fear,  hate and persecucion to incredible beauty, tenderness and love.

It's been such a long time of illness that I didn't even remember what love felt like. And now it looks like finally I'm recovering my mind.

It's so complicated to talk about having mental issues since it all deals with an ontological realm which people rarely find use in mapping or talking about.  It's easy to say my leg hurts, and having others imagine or recreate this. However, saying that you can't feel due to biological reasons... it's almost impossible to get across.

The religious legacy of seeing the mind-emotions as separate from the body makes it almost impossible to talk about disease. If you feel biologically depressed, they assure it's because of negative thinking or emotional distress, etc.

I tried so hard to communicate to my family what I was experiencing, and failed miserably.  Ex. I developed authism which impaired greatly my ability to communicate, they would only see it as "he doesn't want to communicate, he's being anti-social".

End of rant.

This days have been difficult, but it indeed looks like it's because of some healing taking place as I suspected. It's still pretty hard to go to work with all this swings in mental states, recent blood-sugar episodes and still erratic digestive behavior.

I'm just doing my best to keep productive in spite of this and do my best to eat as well as I can. Having lots of liver and beef fat; drinking green juices; getting lots of seafood on the weekend;eggs; saurkraut; seeds.

This is what my lunch looks like.

Another big change in behavior. Did some research and experimentation and I'm taking EMF seriously now.  Has made a definite role in the last days in my healing.

It's feels so strange having emotions again, I don't even remember how to live with them anymore.

Journals / Re: Alberto's Journal
« on: March 20, 2015, 05:50:46 am »
Jeune, I agree with you. It's exactly about knowing your limitations.

Last weekend I went to visit my cousin in a town called Huitzilac. It's a beautiful foresty place where he's studying permaculture, and working a piece of land with some friends. He's growing vegetables, raising rabbits and even built a temazcal, wich is a mexican sauna.
I bought one of the rabbits for lunch and left there fantasizing about having a similar life.

General Discussion / Re: Canibalism references
« on: March 20, 2015, 01:40:21 am »
I heard that cannibal crap from other people too.
You can explain.
Or just ignore them.

I always try to explain that the reason I eat human meat is not becouse I'm a raw foodist, but because of the parasites tell me to.

Somehow it makes it worse =/.

General Discussion / Canibalism references
« on: March 19, 2015, 04:41:38 am »

When people find out that I eat raw meat, at least 70 % of the times someone makes a canibal joke or reference. Maybe even a greater percentage thinks about it, but doesn't say anything.

Such ignorance upsets me a bit and I usually reply to things like "hope you're not eating humans" with "hope you're not eating cooked humans".

I find this strange in many ways, I mean, even most cultural rereferences to cannibalism show them eating cooked meat. So it's not through the raw meat eating that they make the relation. It's probably just that they equate savagery with raw meat eating. Yet I still think theres more to it than just that, but I haven't fathomed it yet.

Have you guys similar experiences?

Journals / Re: Alberto's Journal
« on: March 11, 2015, 12:39:38 am »
One thing I've noticed, especially among old women ( who sadly where raised to serve other people) is that the worst thing is to feel useless. They struggle a lot to keep working and doing everything by themselves and I think this eventually leads to injuries and problems. Even in good health one should plan (and accept) a more contemplative, meditative life in the last years.

My great-grandmother biggest strength became her biggest weakness. One should be flexible to life, no matter what. 

Health / Re: !!! Not a typical paleo/vlc journey
« on: March 10, 2015, 07:37:50 am »
Ok, i will observe my diet for a week and the i'll show my eating plan.

I doubt that this is the liver. I think it has to do with my bille, because exactly now i am again experiencing very unpleasant senses - sharp pain in the abdomen area, right side, medium - lover back, throat, jaw, very strange pain in the teeth and i have to stimulate burping, because it relieves my abdomen tension and pain. This is fucked up, after wild struggle and effort i have to fight only to be in lowest satisfactory state...
I think i have to do effective flush ASAP. Some time ago I did egg yolk flush, for 3-4 days, but i haven't noticed any effect, my pain was the same. Any thoughts/suggestions?

It still sounds to me as the liver. I've found that for a flush to work, its very important to soften the stones first. It's funny but my most succesful flushes have been accidental from softning the stones in differente ways. First time it was because I started drinking pepermint tea, and began experiencing heavy nausea at nights without knowing what it was. Some days later  I made a egg, banana coconut oil smothie and experienced severe nausea and vomit some hours later, and I only knew when the stones came out what had happened.

Off Topic / Re: Homemade soap
« on: March 10, 2015, 02:52:55 am »

Journals / Re: Alberto's Journal
« on: March 09, 2015, 02:18:38 am »
Today my great grandmother died. She was 109 years old.

And contrary to the usual posts of old age here, it was bit sad that she died so old.

She was a remarkably strong woman who lived by her own up until she was almost 100 years old! She even travelled alone! But she had a tragic accident and she was hit by car. Her hip was shatered and even still she would do arm bars to try to keep strong and  things. However eventually she could no longer walk and this was unbearable to her. TO have to depend on other people, this depresed her inmensely. Confronted by her helplessnes and inability to do things for herself she began just whishing for her death. She was so strong that this almost took another 10 years, 10 years resenting her fortitude and asking God to take her.

Now she can rest.

Health / Re: !!! Not a typical paleo/vlc journey
« on: March 07, 2015, 10:19:24 pm »
It's a bit disturbing how common this story is getting here.

But anyways I've had ( and still have to some extent) the same mental issues. I did not have the skin problems, but I had other stuff to deal with. I get what you mean about not feeling alive and the nothingness which is very difficult to communicate to others.

The pain in the right side probably is the liver, have you considered doing liver flushes? This could also help with the skin problems. Topical magnesium helps also with the skin.

If you're still excercising it would be in your best interest to stop. It might be detrimental to your health right now.

Respect the mental issues it is the only thing I'm left to completly heal, but I've made great improvements since I got ill. I now live an energetic life, with a good job as a software developer, excercising regularly. However I still live in that sort of emptyness that is hard to describe. I've probably only felt somewhat alive about 5 times in the last 2 years.

Changes that brought improvements in my mental clarity:

1-. The first change that allowed me to get my life back was an vlc  approach, where I shunned almost all fiber ( I couldn't digest it) except soft fruits like avocado and banana. 

2-. Adding sunflower seeds to the diet. Before this I barely could get on with my day and my job, I was miserable most of the week.  After I started getting a lot more energy and clarity. Great improvement.

3-. Zinc supplmentation and seafood (also stopped vlc since i could digest fiber by then). This is the step I'm in right now. When I began doing excercise I would end up with my mind so clouded I could barely do any mental work after. Adding zinc supps have changed this. Seafood has been great lately, because I've been in sort of a weird healing process where I've been feeling tired and mentally drained again, and oysters and clams have really soothed this.

I hope this helps, and if it encourages you, I think I'm starting to feel normal again, to feel  that liveliness and emotions that dissapear. The connection with things.  So yeah, there does seem like there's a way out.


Journals / Re: Alberto's Journal
« on: March 02, 2015, 12:23:15 pm »
I'm not a big fan of drinking foods. You need to chew foods, especially carbohydrates, because the mouth, tongue, nose, facial muscles, etc., are part of the digestive tract, where many digestive signals get generated, transmitted to the brain, and used to inform the stomach, liver, gall bladder, intestines, etc. what's coming down the hatch.

With a history of blood sugar issues, I used to avoid oranges completely. However, I grow oranges at my house, and I hated not eating my own excellent fruits. I found that if I eat them whole, sharing one orange with my two grandchildren, I get no negative blood sugar impact from part of an orange. In contrast, OJ usually contains an armload of oranges, so quantity alone is responsible for a lot of the sugar jolt in OJ. An orange has about 10 g of sugars, so compare half an orange (5 g = not much) to how many oranges you use to make a glass of OJ, and you'll quickly see how the  add up.

Yeah, I rarely get problems with sugar when I am eating the fruit. Yet I still find curious the change, I think I'm doing excercise more efficently and don't need as much to replenish glycogen as before.

Aside that, I've had some other changes theese weeks. I've had problems with "uncontrolled energy". For example, waking up tired and then surges of enery at night, a BIG increase in libido ( which is unfortunate since I'm single right now). I've been having problems concentrating and doing mental work, but not in the same way as before. Actually I suspect now it's because some sort of detox/healing might be going on, I sort of feel underneath normality rising up again.

I really hope it's that and that it may pass quickly, since I've been really irritable and grauchy at work. If it keeps up like that it may drive me into loosing my job. I'll try to eat as much seafood as I can since I think thats helping right now.

Journals / Re: Alberto's Journal
« on: February 27, 2015, 01:57:52 am »
A small update excercise related.

For a while I've been drinking fruit juice after workout. I usually train capoeira for 2 hours 3 times a week. At first I tought a lt of juice (Carrot, orange, tangerine) was excellent after workout to replenish lost energy, since it's fairly quick energy and also rehidrates the body. However I avoided juice in other situations because of how quickly it raises the sugar levels, and I told myself that after workout it was ok because of the raised insulin you get.

However now that I've been doing excersise for about 4 months. I feel like I don't need that much anymore after class. Before I would end really beat up and gulp the lt of juice in one gulp. Now I can barely finish it and it raises my sugar levels.

No more fruit juice I guess. Maybe just a small smoothie of slower releasing carbs.

Personals / Re: Project Raw Paleo Footage
« on: February 20, 2015, 02:28:08 am »
The videos are great. They get out of focus sometimes but it's not too distracting. However the audio is a problem. I would suggest as Evehart said to narrate the videos. Do an extra audio file where you narrate whats going on, and then join it with the video.  Thats way better than you having to speak up.

Personals / Re: Project Raw Paleo Footage
« on: February 19, 2015, 02:33:23 am »
Perhaps you could upload a trial video so that we can give our suggestions and advice. Then you can re-do the video if you find those suggestions helpful, as a way of practicing and getting feedback.

Journals / Re: Alberto's Journal
« on: February 11, 2015, 12:43:44 am »
If you have pyroluria like symptoms you should probably stear clear of all foods hij in copper and focus on foods higher in sinc and b vitamins.  Nuts, seeds, fruit and veggies are generally all higher copper than zinc.  You would be better off to eat raw or cooked meats, especially muscle meats with plenty of fats and also egg yolks.  Look up the high copper connection to pyroluria and see if that doesn't ring true to you. Copper zinc imnbalance tends to make exacerbate candida symptoms as well.  Look up all of the minerals that help combat candida, selenium, sulphur, tcetc, you may be low in those as well.

Yeah as far as I have read, pyroluria/ high copper is what best describes my symptoms. However, one of the mayor improvements I had last year was when I started eating sunflower seeds daily. Before that I still struggled badly to get work done and be productive.  I began taking a zinc supplement some weeks ago and it seemed to improve a lot my condition, mainly I noticed that I recovered way better after excercise, which left me cloudy before.. I've haven't taken them as much i after I stopped seeing improvements.

So I can't say its common pyroluria, but it's something among those lines. Still, I think I should be more regular with zinc supplementation as it supposedly takes up to a year to get zinc normal.

Technically, you can't not have any gut flora. Each person's gut flora is nourished and sustained by what that person ingests. Whatever gut flora you have, it will change when you change the food you feed it. Sometimes, a switch in food might result in initial discomfort, like the gas and bloating you described, but the gut microbiome is very maleable. Initial discomfort is not an indication that something is wrong, only different. Sometimes the gut flora that you hope to have can be introduced with supplements, fermented foods, fecal transplant, and so forth.

By the way, many of my vegan friends claim that, if they ate meat, they would die. They are actually describing the same effect: a new food causes initial discomfort because their digestive microbiome was prepared to digest something else entirely.

I know, I was speaking very freely. I meant more like no fiber flora.  And I did try to go beyond that initial bloating and stuff, but at two weeks it only seemed to get worse, so I don't think it was just my flora getting used to it. I would get even more violent reaction from other things.

I find it weird that people would get really bad reactions from raw good meat since it doesn't seem like it needs too much bacteria to degrade it.

I'm  happy to find that it didn't take anything as drastic as a fecal transplant, or worse, something amongst AV lines like eating shit, to recover my digestion.

Journals / Re: Alberto's Journal
« on: February 10, 2015, 06:07:51 am »
I've found raw vegetable/root starches are very hard to digest. I would never eat a raw sweet potato. Steamed, mashed, and then cooled works best for me.

Some people that suffer from IBS do terrible with Fiber(ive found mainly insoluble, i do ok with small amounts of fruit). Fermenting and cooking essentially predigest it for our weak guts. I get the same effect from unripe fruits, vine/sun ripened is the way to go for IBS.

this post just now brought me back to when i was a young child. At dinner i would only eat the tops of broccoli(steamed). my father would get very upset, called it being wasteful, and made me eat the stems. they gave me horrible stomach pains, and gas. He also tried feeding me raw carrots. I vividly remember throwing up my first raw carrot. I suspect that after continuous force feeding, my body adapted somewhat. Now 10-15 years later, the fiber has taken its toll, and worn my system down.

Yeah, before paleo I thought fiber was always good. That there actually wasn't something like to much fiber. I  don't remember how it happened that I lost my flora. It was when I began trying to cure my candida and began doing experiments with digestion.  I think I increased somewhat my consuption of fiber, but I was mainly cooked veggies and nuts and seeds. I also drank probably too much kefir. And I also tried enemas for the first time, which now after what happend, could've been a mayor factor! Thing is, I don't remember if I did them previous to loosing my intestinal flora.

Anyways I don't have IBS symptoms now, and before this recent lapsus, was doing great with fiber again. Even eating raw carrot and stuff.
I think I'm getting a bit better now,  stopped excercise to get some rest and got the flu afterwards. Nut and seed digestion improved again. ( I know people advise against them, but I they're important in my diet due to the pyroloruia like symptoms.)

I think I'll do an egg flush on the weekend.

Journals / Re: Alberto's Journal
« on: February 10, 2015, 12:33:17 am »
Sounds like atole has been a good starch source for gut flora to help you "recover" from your ultra-low carb "experiment," but I'm curious why you have chosen a cooked starch for this purpose? You can achieve the same gut health with raw starches from paleolithic food sources.

Well, it's actually the other way around. I went low carb because I didn't have any gut flora. I did try a lot of raw starches like jicama, plantain, seeds and nuts, but they didn't work. They made me bloated and gasy, with no subscecuent improved digestion.

I'm actually not sure why the rice water works altough I can speculate. Theres little info on the net, but in Mexico it is a common remedie for babies with diarreah which even doctors prescribe. It's also very popular in asian countries for topical use.

Journals / Re: Alberto's Journal
« on: February 07, 2015, 02:08:53 am »
Alberto, tell us more about this "boiled rice and guava" water thing, please. I'm curious.


Well, as it happens my friend had a very similiar story. Suddenly her diggestion started deteriorating until she could not digest properly food. Doctors did not help at all, and maybe after a year of struggle one of her mothers friends told her about a natural remedy, to make the rice water with guave "atole". Atole is traditional mexican beverage but usually made of corn. But basically it's just boiling rice and guavas together for about an hour, and drinking the water thats left.

She started taking it and began getting better, and also added pinaple with chia to the mix, which she says it also helped greatly. This she found out through some friends who trained for football, and the recipe was supposed to improve digestion.

At first I was skeptic, but since it was the first ray of hope after months and months of research I decided to give it a try.  I did the rice atole, and added some light fruit with saurkraut at night.  Then I began doind the chia thing also. Eventually I could digest all fruit, and before I knew pretty much everything. 

I think she took longer to recuperate, but she didn't do raw paleo or anything. Right now I think the mixture of atole and saurkraut was the best combination.

I stopped having digestive issues until recently when my liver started giving trouble. After the enema I stopped digesting well vegetables, but not like before. Right now it only gives me diarreah but it doesn't come out undigested.

Alberto, I too am struggling with gut/digestion/elimination issues.

One helpful thing I learned is to avoid spices, they can irritate the colon!

I've also learned to avoid cooked/processed foods, extravagant remedies, "miracle cures," and to keep things as simple paleo as possible.

Thanks for the advice. I don't think I suffer from my colon now. The only issue now seems to be a still fragile instetinal flora and a congestioned liver, which I guess is taking extra turns to detox my body right now.

Saddly simple 100% raw paleo was not enough for me. At first It helped me greatly, but then I began to hit a pleateau. And I'm happy I was oppen to other sources of healing, because If not I might have disregarded the rice water remedie. Raw paleo is the best way to keep healthy and thriving, but not sure If enough for healing in our current world.

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