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Hot Topics / Re: College food problems
« on: March 09, 2011, 05:43:50 am »
I agree with ys.  I am just finishing up a PhD, so I've been through college and graduate school.  If you don't have a clear set of goals in mind, you will waste a lot of time and money going to college.  You also have to have at least a sense of what skills you want, what role you want to play in your community (worker bee vs. entrepreneur) and choose schools that can give you the type of skills and mentoring you feel will be helpful for you.  I always encourage people to work for at least a couple years after high school and get involved in the community to get a sense for what the real world is like before they go to college.  This will teach you about what it means to grow up and become a productive member of society, so you won't treat college like an expense-paid (or debt-financed) drunken free-for-all.

I see so many college students, particularly undergraduate students, who wander aimlessly through college programs only to walk off the stage with a BS or BA in whatever, are still barely literate, have no useful skills and a s@!tload of student loan debt to pay off.  They are forced to take menial, low-paying jobs to keep up with their loan payments, and just seem miserable. 

And you don't want to do another four years worth of damage to your body because your school can't or won't provide decent food.  You are young and the damage won't show up now, but in 10 years it will start to.  Then it will be a relentless scourge and you will curse yourself for not having eaten well sooner.

General Discussion / Re: Shoes roundup
« on: March 07, 2011, 07:10:18 am »
I have a pair in the suede version, but haven't owned a pair made with the smooth leather so am not in a good position to say the suede is 'better'.  I like the suede fine, but can't think of any reason why the smooth versions would be worse. 

General Discussion / Re: Shoes roundup
« on: March 07, 2011, 05:23:35 am »
...Isn't the 2mm sole smooth to begin with?

I can see how they look smooth, but in fact they have a very subtle texture to them that gives them amazing traction on all surfaces, even black ice.  

I own a pair of the perforated, and admittedly haven't had problems with dirt and pebbles getting into the shoe.  The solid shoes are warmer in winter, but I've walked around wearing my perforated pair even when temps dipped below zero (Fahrenheit) and my feet have stayed warm while wearing a decent pair of wool socks.  And certainly if you run in them your feet will stay warm, because their muscles will constantly be flexing and pushing new, warm blood through your foot.

I will admit that the suede version isn't particularly water resistant.  The design of the shoe doesn't allow for much water resistance regardless of the material though, as there is a vertical slit at the sides that drops nearly to the sole.  I suppose you could sew that shut if you wanted to, but that might make it harder to get the shoe on.

Off Topic / Re: The Energy Non-Crisis
« on: March 05, 2011, 10:50:56 pm »
This is old, from the 1980s.  This guy's been so thoroughly discredited it's laughable people give him a moment's attention.  

But if you want to believe this silliness, feel free.

General Discussion / Re: Pro-raw-meat website I came across
« on: March 04, 2011, 09:47:39 pm »
Pretty much regurgitates from Nourishing Traditions, I don't see much new here.

I suspect a lot of these diet gurus do come here.  They probably don't sign up to post, they just lurk, or if they do sign up it's not under a name we'd be able to associate with them. 

Think about it.  Their name is their brand name.  If their brand name is associated with a free website, it's lost a lot of its earning potential.  Even if they mine websites like this for their wisdom, they can't be associated with it and still make a living.   

Why soak bananas and potatoes?

General Discussion / Re: Barefoot Shoes and Agion Antimicrobial
« on: March 02, 2011, 11:44:45 pm »
...weren't those shoes already listed in the first post of this thread as containing agion?

Indeed they were.  It would appear this board is becoming populated by nincumpoops who can neither search nor read...

General Discussion / Re: Human Symbionts
« on: March 02, 2011, 05:07:13 am »
...this doesn't mean that T. solium doesn't kill off weaker humans, which in a harsh way might actually contribute to the long-term survival and even robustification of the human species.

I'm all in favor of the robustification of the human species.  'Bout damn time...

No,  he is just a  deluded moron who is terrified of having an original, creative thought not sanctioned by the masses of sheeple out there, as well as being a deluded believer in the laughable Noble-Savage theory given PP's post above.

Not that you're jealous or anything... >D

General Discussion / Re: Human Symbionts
« on: February 27, 2011, 10:12:15 pm »
Not all parasites or mutualistic symbionts are good for you.

For instance Taenia solium has been linked to epilepsy in adolescents in the third world, and any parasite/mutualist that has an organism other than humans as its definitive host has the possibility of mis migration.

It is also the organism infamous for all the enviroporn to do with parasite mis migration on channels like Discovery, National Geographic, etc. They end up in your head, and other places, when things go wrong.

So Taenia solium , pig tapeworm, is to be avoided at all costs, as one example.

Perhaps another good reason to shy away from eating raw pig?

Omnivorous Raw Paleo Diet / Re: Raw Cartilage/Collagen
« on: February 26, 2011, 01:04:29 am »
I eat a lot of ligaments and tendons, I just cut them into pieces small enough to swallow without chewing and down them.  I'd do the same with cartilage.  Everything seems to digest just fine.

Hot Topics / Re: Fruitarian that followed all the rules and still failed
« on: February 26, 2011, 01:00:08 am »
What made you want to go to one of those potlucks knowing that people were going to be privately hostile?

To meet other people interested in the raw lifestyle in my area.  And to push their comfort zone a little...  

Hot Topics / Re: Fruitarian that followed all the rules and still failed
« on: February 26, 2011, 12:56:52 am »
I'd look around health food stores in the area.  If you can't find one, just start one.  I'm sure there are other people in your area who are interested in alternative diets too, just waiting for someone else to start a potluck.

Hot Topics / Re: Fruitarian that followed all the rules and still failed
« on: February 25, 2011, 11:16:28 pm »
Wonderful interview, thanks for sharing this. 

There is a raw potluck in my area, and last summer I emailed its organizer and asked to be added to the group's email list.  I couldn't make the next couple (scheduled once per month), but was able to attend one in late July.  I figured it was a raw vegan group even though they didn't explicitly advertise themselves as such, so I brought a vegan raw dish (fruit salad) with a mind to mingle and see what the group was like.

It was a fascinating experience.  There were about 30 people there, all in very poor health except the "leader" who was about 20 and had only been a raw vegan for about a year.  I didn't blurt out that I was a raw omnivore, but during discussions with a few people I did let it slip that I ate animal foods and while chatting with an older gentleman (who looked 30 years older than he actually was, it turned out) I let it slip that, in fact, raw animal fat was the single most important part of my diet and that I got 80-90 percent of my calories from raw animal foods.  He was at once distraught and shocked, as when we first sat down together he complimented me on my exquisite skin complexion and the "Buddhistic" presence I carried.  He attributed it to the raw vegan diet (that I didn't follow), of course.

By the end of the four hour potluck everyone in the room knew that I wasn't vegan.  While they would certainly have attacked me if they had the anonymity of the internet in their favor, no one said anything hostile to me in person.  One young woman kept looking at me as if she was just begging me to ask for her number, although she was so emaciated that I didn't find her remotely attractive.  After that potluck the "leader" removed my name from his email list, and no longer responded to my requests to be put back on.

Just as well.  Once I finish my dissertation and have a little more time, I'm toying with the idea of starting a RVAF potluck in my area.  I think there would be interest, as there are a lot of foodies around here.

Hot Topics / Re: New Daniel Vitalis interview about raw food, evolution..
« on: February 25, 2011, 11:03:27 am »
Regarding wild fruits having little caloric reward, ever wandered into a blackberry patch when they're ripe?  Talk about being surrounded by calories...

Besides this, acquiring calories is only one reason why one might eat a food.  Humans can't live on just calories, we need a range of micronutrients, macronutrients, and amino acids too.  If life was just about calories, then the smart thing to do would be to just eat fat all the time.  No one does this, and I'd certainly never recommend it.

I doubt there are many places in the world where one could make a living on fruit without importing it.  There are places all over the world though where fruit--particularly wild fruit--makes a great nutritional supplement, delivering specific phytochemicals that one might not get from animal foods, or at least might not get in the same concentrations.  That's why I use fruit, and vegetables in general (mostly wild).  I treat them as supplements...

General Discussion / Re: Raw Meat Eating Family On Farm
« on: February 21, 2011, 04:25:26 am »
In one of his interviews, Daniel Vitalis spoke of how he envisions raising children as vegans may some day soon be viewed as child abuse, for the simple reason that their bodies are being deprived of key nutrition during the very time they need it most.  Vegan kids will not grow up as healthy as omnivorous kids can potentially be, and their lives will be affected by this forever.

I see the same potential here.  These kids will grow up emotionally and socially stunted.  It is important to have self-esteem that is not dependent on judgements by "experts", but to take away the opportunity to interact with others during formative life stages deprives you of the ability to accept critical comments and to communicate respectfully with people you disagree with.  These kids won't grow up to be dependent on the opinions of teachers and other elders in their community, but will instead grow up to be utterly dependent on the opinions and dictates of their parents.  This is what often happens to kids who grow up in fundamentalist religious families.  They can't function in normal society.  They end up walking around in 40, 50, 60 year old bodies but have the emotional maturity of dependent 10-year olds.  That's why religious people are so easy to manipulate.

While I applaud the parents for giving their children an opportunity to try a raw diet, I think forcing it on them is extreme and should be viewed as child abuse. 

Omnivorous Raw Paleo Diet / Re: Raw Yam?
« on: February 20, 2011, 07:34:10 am »
I've eaten raw yams.  It's something I'll eat in small quantities occasionally, but I wouldn't use it as a staple.

General Discussion / Re: Shoes roundup
« on: February 20, 2011, 07:21:48 am »
I'm still sold on SoftStars.  I've worn the same leather pair with the thin 2 mm sole I bought last summer all winter.  They've held up well, and although the sole is starting to get smooth in a few places from wear they are lasting much longer than I'd expected.  I've even ran in them a few times this winter, although most of my running has continued to be barefoot.  They worked reasonably well for hunting, although I ended up hunting barefoot much of the time as well just because I could be quieter that way.

Hot Topics / Re: New Daniel Vitalis interview about raw food, evolution..
« on: February 20, 2011, 07:17:07 am »
He's definitely the most inspiring "Diet Guru" I know of right now.  Maybe he'll write the first Raw Omnivore book?

General Discussion / Re: Feeling and looking a bit seedy
« on: February 20, 2011, 07:15:34 am »
How much fat in pounds do you eat daily Sitting Coyote?

No where close to a pound.  Probably just a few ounces.  I don't weigh it, I've developed a sense for how much is "enough" and add that much to the lean deer meat/tendon mix. 

Fat is very calorie dense by wet weight, much more so than any other food because it is normally low in water content.  Fat is 9 calories per gram by dry weight and usually 10 percent or less water.  Muscle meat (protein) is 4-5 calories per gram by dry weight, and usually 70-80 percent water.  So a half pound of muscle meat doesn't give you very many calories if it is lean.  Heart, liver, kidney and other organs might be a different story though, as they are naturally higher in fat.

Primal Diet / Re: Vonderplanitz formal education???
« on: February 19, 2011, 09:05:37 pm »
For those who are interested, I'd recommend the books An Underground History of American Education and Weapons of Mass Instruction, by John Taylor Gatto on the perils of our modern industrial education system.  It touches on several issues brought up above.

I am also still curious where AV got his honorary PhD from, if that is what he has.  In fact, anyone on this board could easily get a less than honorary PhD from a variety of degree factories online as long as he was willing to fork out some cash.

As someone who chose the path of working hard for a real PhD from an accredited institution (I defend my dissertation on March 10, 2011), it matters to me how or where he received his from.  Folks above are of course correct in that a degree does not guarantee that its holder has any amount of intelligence, but for those of us who do end up with intelligence it is demoralizing to see what we have worked hard to achieve devalued by others who take the easy, and less honorable, route.

Hot Topics / Re: Blood an important food source we are missing.
« on: February 18, 2011, 09:05:16 pm »
When I shot my deer a couple years back I drank three hand-fulls of blood straight from the carcass after removing the entrails and before dragging it out.  I thought it tasted good.  I'll do it again.

General Discussion / Re: Feeling and looking a bit seedy
« on: February 18, 2011, 09:01:39 pm »
Did you have trouble gaining weight before raw paleo? Also if its not to personal how tall are you?

I had a terrible time gaining weight before raw paleo, and an even more terrible time keeping my weight stable.  Before I started RPD, the most I'd ever weighed in was probably 120 and my weight often fluctuated between 100-120.  I'm 5' 8" tall, so you can imagine that fluctuating that much when already being so skinny was not remotely healthy.  Since starting RPD, weight started a very gentle upward trend and the fluctuation has stopped.

General Discussion / Re: Feeling and looking a bit seedy
« on: February 18, 2011, 09:54:25 am »
I just want to make sure. Your eating 70-80% cals from fat not by weight, right?

You asking me, or someone else?

My typical meal is a pound of deer meat/tendon with some GF-GF cattle suet and a small dab of raw honey to make it palatable.  I'd guess 60-80% of my calories come from the fat, the rest from muscle/tendon and other foods I eat during the day like a piece of fruit.

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