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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.

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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?

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General Discussion / Sabertooth (Derek Nance) on A Worldview Apart Podcast
« on: December 04, 2017, 07:34:00 pm »
Greetings folks. A couple months back I posted on the forum that I was looking to have someone on my podcast, A Worldview Apart, to talk about raw food. Our own sabertooth (Derek Nance) stepped up, and a few weeks ago we had a great phone conversation. This became Episode 45: The Raw Paleo Diet, with Derek Nance. In addition to listening through this link, folks can also listen on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, and other podcast apps that draw RSS streams from these aggregators.

As folks know, Derek has been featured in a number of media pieces, including articles by Vice and Men's Health, and in the docuseries Million Ways to Live. Let me know what you think of the episode, once you have a chance to listen.

Cheers,

Eric

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Hot Topics / Looking to talk to someone on my podcast about raw food
« on: October 13, 2017, 08:20:17 pm »
Greetings folks. As some of you might know, earlier this summer I started a podcast called A Worldview Apart. Episodes have explored a range of topics, and I'd love to add raw food to the list. I'm on the lookout for someone who I can engage in a conversation with on raw foods who meets the following criteria:

1. They speak fluent English (accents are okay).
2. They can participate in the conversation without cursing.
3. They will not go off on tangents about conspiracy theories (not to say I don't think some conspiracy theories have merit, just that I want to keep my episodes focused on specific topics and I want this episode to focus on raw foods).
4. They have been eating raw foods for at least 5 years, ideally at least 10. They don't have to be 100% raw, but raw foods, including raw animal foods, need to be a substantial part of their diet.
5. To reiterate part of #3, they must be omnivores. I'm not interested in interviewing a raw food vegan for this.

If anyone on this forum meets ALL of these criteria and would be interested in coming on, let me know. Also, if you know of someone who doesn't participate in this forum anymore who might be interested, I'd be grateful for an introduction to them.

Cheers folks,

Eric

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Greetings folks. As some of you might know, earlier this summer I started a podcast called A Worldview Apart. Episodes have explored a range of topics, and I'd love to add raw food to the list. I'm on the lookout for someone who I can engage in a conversation with on raw foods who meets the following criteria:

1. They speak fluent English (accents are okay).
2. They can participate in the conversation without cursing.
3. They will not go off on tangents about conspiracy theories (not to say I don't think some conspiracy theories have merit, just that I want to keep my episodes focused on specific topics and I want this episode to focus on raw foods).
4. They have been eating raw foods for at least 5 years, ideally at least 10. They don't have to be 100% raw, but raw foods, including raw animal foods, need to be a substantial part of their diet.
5. To reiterate part of #3, they must be omnivores. I'm not interested in interviewing a raw food vegan for this.

If anyone on this forum meets ALL of these criteria and would be interested in coming on, let me know. Also, if you know of someone who doesn't participate in this forum anymore who might be interested, I'd be grateful for an introduction to them.

Cheers folks,

Eric


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General Discussion / Podcast episode on eating insects
« on: September 27, 2017, 08:46:50 pm »
Greetings folks, I thought I'd share my most recent podcast episode where I talk with founder and CEO of Rocky Mountain Micro Ranch Wendy Lu McGill about raising and eating insects. You can listen on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, and YouTube, and on my website at the following link:

Episode 17: Wendy Lu McGill on Reclaiming Insects as Food

Comments and questions are welcome!

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General Discussion / Amazing beef suet
« on: July 01, 2017, 10:37:29 pm »
Public service announcement: This is the time to buy suet, either from cattle that were recently slaughtered or from other ruminant animals that have not been fed grain. They have been on lush young grass for the last few months, so the fatty acid profile of their lipid tissue is as good as it's going to get (best Omega 3 : Omega 6 ratio you'll see all year). As the summer progresses, grasses will mature and head, making their leaves and stems more fibrous and less nourishing to cattle and other ruminants. These animals will also happen to eat the grass seeds that develop, which will push their fatty acid profiles to favor Omega 6 fatty acids, like grain-fed cattle's lipid tissue does.

I just scored about 8 pounds of luscious suet from a grass fed operation near my home in Burlington, VT. I bought one small pack last week to taste test to make sure it was good and not all dry and crumbly, and it was exquisite. The fat was moist, chewy, and satiating, so I emailed the woman right away and told her to save all that she had from that cattle for me. I picked it up earlier today at the farmers' market for $3 per pound. That's an amazing price when you think about it. Fat contains about 9 kcal per gram, which means that at a price of $3 per pound I'm paying about 7 cents per 100 kcals, or about $1.50 for every 2,000 kcals. That's so cheap! And for such high quality food!

The woman who sold me this fat will be sending another steer to slaughter in early July, and I asked her to save the fat from that animal for me too. Another grass farmer will also be saving me backfat and suet from a couple animals he's sending to slaughter mid-July. The warmer, rainy spring we've had in VT has made this an amazing year for grass farmers, although haying has been tricky because of all the moisture. I'm looking forward to stocking up on amazing quality fat, in addition to the many jars of bear fat I still have from last fall.


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General Discussion / New podcast episode on hunting
« on: June 28, 2017, 09:34:40 pm »
Just uploaded Episode 7 of A Worldview Apart. This episode features a great interview with Murphy Robinson, of Mountainsong Expeditions, about her transition from being a vegan who despised the practice of hunting to becoming an omnivore who hunts for her meat. She also talks about the paradox of killing something you see as beautiful, the perks and drawbacks of being a woman hunter in 21st Century America, and the ‘macho’ hunting paradigm versus the ‘connection’ hunting paradigm. Those who are interested in hunting as a means of food procurement or who are considering exploring the practice will really enjoy this episode!

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General Discussion / The Addictive Origins of Agriculture
« on: June 22, 2017, 10:29:02 am »
The notion that agriculture as a means of food procurement is the result of ancient people's addiction to opioid peptides found in cereal grains and milk has come up in the forum before. I've done a fair amount of research into this theory and its intricacies, and explored the idea in the most recent episode of my podcast A Worldview Apart. Folks who are interested are welcome to give it a listen, either on my website or on iTunes. Comments and feedback are welcome!

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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.

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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.

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Hot Topics / Human race came from Australia, NOT Africa
« on: August 16, 2015, 03:45:31 am »
An intriguing article I saw on the Rewild Yourself Facebook group:

The First Race: Out of Australia, not Africa

Looking forward to hearing what people think about this.

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General Discussion / Jeff Leach on the Hadza diet and microbiome
« on: July 13, 2015, 12:45:02 am »
Earlier this summer we hosted Jeff Leach at the Nourish Vermont Traditional Foods and Health Gathering. Jeff studies the human microbiome (gut microbes), particularly in isolated peoples. His talked focused on the Hadza, and he mentions watching them eat meat and organs raw. It's a great talk, you can watch it now on YouTube. Other talks from the gathering can be watched on YouTube also, same channel. Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2KLav3ikcM

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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:

http://youtu.be/NeX6ST7rexs

Second is called What Plants Talk About:

http://youtu.be/T7MOe5clOtI

Fun stuff!

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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.

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General Discussion / Dr. Mary Enig passed away on September 8
« on: September 18, 2014, 06:44:28 pm »
For those who aren't aware, Dr. Mary Enig passed away on September 8 at the age of 83. She's known for her work on the health benefits of certain types of fats - including saturated fats - and for her criticism of the diet-heart hypothesis and of trans fats. She wrote Eat Fat, Lose Fat and Nourishing Traditions with co-author Sally Fallon, as well as the must-own reference book on all types of fats and their health benefits/detriments: Know Your Fats.

As I get ready to travel for the 2014 Regional Wise Traditions Conference, organized by the Weston A. Price Foundation, I'm sad that I never had a chance to meet her in person.

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General Discussion / New post on advanced glycation end products
« on: September 15, 2014, 09:35:32 pm »
Just finished a post on Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs), which are formed when sugar reacts with proteins and create cross-links in long-lived structural tissues like collagen and myelin. For those who aren't aware (and I know many on this forum already are) AGEs are also formed when we cook our food at high temperatures, particularly without moisture as in frying, grilling, roasting, etc.

While other heat created toxins like heterocyclic amines, acrylamide and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are known for carcinogenic and/or mutagenic effects, AGEs have a very different mode of action. Turns out the cross-links they form in our tissues are inflammatory, and seem to play an integral role in the progression of chronic degenerative diseases like diabetes, heart disease and perhaps neurodegenerative diseases too. Dietary consumption of AGEs adds significantly to our body burdens of these compounds, so choosing foods that don't contain as much might be a wise choice for those of us who want to avoid chronic inflammation.

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Just posted a new piece titled To Cook or Not To Cook: The Question of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons. I'll post on advanced glycosylation end-products next.

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General Discussion / To Cook or Not To Cook: The Question of Acrylamide
« on: September 07, 2014, 09:41:31 pm »
Time for the second in a series of posts on heat-created toxins: To Cook or Not To Cook: The Question of Acrylamide. As before, feedback is welcome.

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Greetings folks, I just posted a new piece on my blog titled To Cook or Not to Cook: The Question of Heterocyclic Amines. As one might surmise, it's a brief post that summarizes some of the literature on the toxic effects of heterocyclic amines and how they're formed in meat exposed to high temperatures during cooking, particularly grilling, broiling and frying.

My goal is to do a series of posts on heat-created toxins in foods, starting with this post on HCAs, then with a post on acrylamides that I hope to finish by next Monday. If anyone has recent (1990-present) references for studies on heat-created toxins, particularly that focus on epidemiological evidence linking them to particular diseases or recent literature reviews that are comprehensive, I'd love to see them. I'm doing a fair amount of research too, of course.

I'll post future pieces on the topic of heat-created toxins here too, probably in their own threads.

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Hot Topics / Making Good Food Affordable
« on: July 29, 2014, 04:38:14 am »
I give talks locally about eating higher quality food (I lead my local chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation), and often have people complain that eating well is for rich people because of how expensive the food is per pound. In response to this I've been doing some calculations, and just posted a short (~700 words) essay on my blog about Making Good Food Affordable. The crux of my argument revolves around the fact that people think in terms of $ per pound, but what matters is $ per calorie (or per 100 kilocalories, which is the unit I use in my blog post). Thoughts on this?

I think I'm going to do a similar analysis of $ spent per unit of vitamins and minerals for some of these foods too. Hope to have this post up by the weekend.

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Info / News Items / Announcements / ReWild Yourself! Magazine
« on: July 25, 2014, 07:14:19 pm »
For those who are interested, Daniel Vitalis has started a new web magazine called ReWild Yourself! It's free to sign up (for the moment), but password protected so it's not publicly accessible.

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Hot Topics / The Making of Humans
« on: July 02, 2014, 10:14:35 am »
Wonderful short video featuring Stephen Jenkinson of the Orphan Wisdom School. I've come to really appreciate his teachings.

The Making of Humans

The Making of Humans - Stephen Jenkinson

http://www.ianmack.com/videos/making-humans-stephen-jenkinson/

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Hot Topics / FED UP!
« on: June 16, 2014, 06:37:03 pm »
A few days ago I saw the newly released documentary Fed Up at a local theater. Very well done! It doesn't specifically advocate raw foods or any sort of diet, but does a great job showing the ties between the junk food industry and USDA and linking the politics of junk food to various health epidemics - particularly obesity - in the United States. I thought the film so well done that I reviewed it on my blog: It's the Sugar, Stupid: A Review of the Documentary 'Fed Up'.

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