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General Discussion / Sorry I've been missing in action
« on: January 29, 2019, 07:46:57 AM »
Hi everyone,

I don't know if anyone is still reading this forum. I took an 8 month break, because the low carb diet was not working for me, and I really had to figure things out. In that 8 months, I got rid of all my belief systems about food and did a ton of research.   What I found was quite surprising.

I wrote an article about it.   It's a long article, but I think it's worth the read:

Is Diabetes an Infection?   A New Perspective on the Cause of Weight Gain and Type 2 Diabetes

Dietary Fat, but Not Protein or Carbohydrate, Regulates Energy Intake and Causes Adiposity in Mice

•Energy intake was linked only to dietary fat levels and not protein or sucrose
•Adiposity increased with increasing fat content to 60% but thereafter declined
•Hypothalamic hunger pathways were unresponsive to dietary protein content
•Dopamine, opioid, and serotonin pathways were all stimulated by fat intake

General Discussion / Should you be on a ketogenic diet long term?
« on: June 13, 2018, 08:44:52 PM »
Dr. William Davis says it shouldn't be long term, as it creates a stress response.
I wonder if he's had some new 'ah-has' along the way. 

Researchers examined the blood of 713 subjects for trends and prevalence of antibodies and found some interesting things:

General Discussion / Trouble losing weight?
« on: May 22, 2018, 08:51:05 AM »
Trouble with weight loss?  Perhaps you are targeting the wrong pathways.  This article is worth reading:

General Discussion / Meat and eggs also spike insulin
« on: May 20, 2018, 08:16:08 AM »
Here's something surprising: "High protein, virtually no-carb foods like meat and eggs, while low on the glycemic index, measured high on the insulin index. In other words, while the meat and eggs didn’t cause a spike in blood sugar the way most carbohydrates do, they did result in an unexpectedly significant rise in insulin. "

General Discussion / The Inuit don't experience ketosis - genetics
« on: May 08, 2018, 11:41:26 AM »
Just learned something new today.   The Inuit, who live on a high fat diet, have a gene that stops them from going into ketosis.

General Discussion / Ketosis with potatoes
« on: April 27, 2018, 04:07:57 PM »
I decided to try cooked, cooled, and reheated potatoes, as well as cooked, cooled and frozen rice with an otherwise ketogenic diet.

The potato serving each day was around 4 ounces.  I loaded them up with butter, sour cream and cheese.  Yum!

Potatoes were cooled overnight.  The rice was cooked, frozen and reheated.  (So they both had plenty of time to turn to resistant starch.)

After 5 days of doing this, my ketone test strips say I'm in ketosis.


"We found that zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles at doses that are relevant to what you might normally eat in a meal or a day can change the way that your intestine absorbs nutrients or your intestinal cell gene and protein expression," said Gretchen Mahler, associate professor of bioengineering.

According to Mahler, these ZnO nanoparticles are present in the lining of certain canned goods for their antimicrobial properties and to prevent staining of sulfur-producing foods. In the study, canned corn, tuna, asparagus and chicken were studied using mass spectrometry to estimate how many particles might be transferred to the food. It was found that the food contained 100 times the daily dietary allowance of zinc. "


Goldman Sachs asks in biotech research report: 'Is curing patients a sustainable business model?'

"The potential to deliver 'one shot cures' is one of the most attractive aspects of gene therapy, genetically-engineered cell therapy and gene editing. However, such treatments offer a very different outlook with regard to recurring revenue versus chronic therapies," analyst Salveen Richter wrote in the note to clients Tuesday. "While this proposition carries tremendous value for patients and society, it could represent a challenge for genome medicine developers looking for sustained cash flow."

Just proves sick people are profitable.   

Just came across this, and wanted to share:
"we hypothesise that imbalances of the microbiota-gut-brain axis induced by consuming a MgD [magnesium deficient] diet, contributes to the development of depressive-like behaviour."

General Discussion / Food boxes instead of food stamps
« on: February 13, 2018, 12:18:59 PM »

Wonder what kind of government-picked items would be in this box!  Kind of scary.   You just need to look at school lunches, where ketchup is a vegetable.   The special interest component would be huge if they went through with this!   I'm sure it would have lots of GMO corn and soy in there.  Canned vegetables that have lost all their nutrition.  A high carb diet I'm sure.   And think about the different food sensitivities people have.  Yikes.

General Discussion / Collagen may impact your mood by reducing tryptophan
« on: January 07, 2018, 01:31:13 PM »
Interesting article:

"Tryptophan-depletion studies have been done for years, as a way to study the relationship between low serotonin and depression.  Often a tryptophan-deficient amino acid mixture is used for this purpose. More recently, collagen and gelatin are being used."


In Asia’s Fattest Country, Nutritionists Take Money From Food Giants
When the food industry funds nutritionists, critics say it subverts science to preserve its market.

"KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Over the past three decades this increasingly prosperous nation has become the fattest country in Asia, with nearly half the adult population now overweight or obese." [...] 

"Among the published articles was one that concluded that children who drank malted breakfast beverages — a category dominated in Malaysia by Milo, a sugary powder drink made by Nestlé — were more likely to be physically active and spend less time in front of a computer or television."


"According to their annual accounting reports, the nutrition society has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from industry, including at least $188,000 from Nestlé and Cereal Partners Worldwide — a joint venture between Nestlé and General Mills — for the breakfast study. It has also received at least $44,000 directly from Nestlé for other projects and collaborations; about $11,000 from the dairy industry; $10,000 from the artificial sweetener company Ajinomoto, which makes aspartame; and at least $40,000 from Philips Avent, the baby and consumer products company, for projects related to infant and maternal nutrition."

General Discussion / Question on smoking meats
« on: December 23, 2017, 10:25:53 AM »
What are your thoughts on smoking meats?   And, if you do smoke meats on the outdoor gas grill, how do you like to do it? 

General Discussion / Canola oil linked to dementia, study says
« on: December 13, 2017, 09:13:37 AM »
We all know know canola is bad, but here's additional confirmation:

General Discussion / Nestle buys Garden of Life
« on: December 07, 2017, 12:30:51 PM »

Here's their letter:

Dear Garden of Life Fans,

Today, we announced exciting news that Garden of Life will become part of Nestlé. We are thrilled. This combination signals that USDA Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified nutrition, based on real, whole and plant-based foods, has a seat at the world’s largest tables.

When we started looking at our future and our growth, we realized we just could not do it alone. In order to scale true Organics (Certified USDA Organic) and real Non-GMO (Non-GMO Project Verified) ingredients, and provide more people with high-quality, meaningful products at prices they can afford, we needed the help and expertise of a worldwide leader. So, we actually set out on a mission to find a partner that would honor our values, embrace our mission and help us fulfill Garden of Life’s true potential.

I spent time getting to know the people at Nestlé, their vision and their values. I saw first-hand how much we have in common. They have no plans to change us — what we do, what we stand for or what we believe. Our commitment to truly traceable practices, proven through third-party certifications — Certified USDA Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified, Gluten Free, NSF and Informed Choice Certified, and most of all, B CORP — is foundational to who we are. Nestlé sees our value and wants to help us as we pursue our mission.

I plan to be very open with you as we take our steps forward with Nestlé. I want you to know that we are, and will always remain, the same great brand you’ve trusted for so many years. Our mission is to Empower Extraordinary Health, and to fulfill that mission, we will continue to bring to market the most innovative Certified USDA Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified foods and supplements without compromise.

We thank you for your support of the Garden of Life brand. Without you, we wouldn’t be where we are today.
Healthy Regards,
Brian Ray

General Discussion / Diet, Supplements, and Parkinson’s Disease
« on: December 07, 2017, 09:26:18 AM »’s-disease

This article looks at 1053 Parkinson patients and compares each patient's rate of disease progression to their diet and supplements.

Parkinson's and Alzheimer patients both have excess aluminum and iron in the brain, so it's interesting to see how canned fruits/veggies and sodas (aluminum) as well as foods higher in iron, are more problematic. It also makes me think about aluminum deodorants, and all the iron that is added to flours and cereals. Makes you wonder if the government's fortification requirements might not be one of the root causes of Parkinson's and Alzheimers.

General Discussion / The Salt Fix interview with Dr. Hyman
« on: December 03, 2017, 11:19:46 AM »
This is a really interesting interview Dr. Hyman had with James J. DiNicolantonio on The Salt Fix .   In it they talk about the how people going low carb often don't feel well, and that may be due to low salt. We lose a 1/2 a teaspoon to a teaspoon of salt for every hour of exercise.  Also, they talk about how low salt can cause insulin resistance. 

While I certainly wish him well, I hope this might be a catalyst for change.

Wheat Free Recipes / What are some of your favorite appetizers
« on: November 18, 2017, 02:42:43 PM »
I'm in need of new appetizer ideas with the holidays coming up.

General Discussion / Know your probiotics
« on: October 25, 2017, 02:50:34 PM »

Here's a very interesting article on lactic acid bacteria (which is in yogurt and many probiotics).

There are definitely pros and cons.

General Discussion / The Story of Vitamin B17
« on: September 28, 2017, 07:15:31 PM »

It's 55 minutes long, but worth watching.   I think this documentary was done in the '70s.

A World Without Cancer (HQ) - The Story of Vitamin B17 - G. Edward Griffin

General Discussion / Vagus nerve stimulation
« on: September 26, 2017, 12:20:36 PM »
We've talked about vagus nerve stimulation before on here, so I had to share this.  Neurosurgeons implanted a vagus nerve stimulator on a man who has been in a coma for 15 years who is now showing signs of consciousness.

The vagus nerve is so interesting, as it's really that gut - brain connection, and possibly that super highway, where our gut bacteria is able to send chemical messages to our brain.

General Discussion / A good case for dairy
« on: September 21, 2017, 01:37:59 PM »
Rethinking Restrictive Diets: Should We Be Eating More Dairy and Carbs?

"We found that many of the people with higher levels of Zygomycota [an undesirable fungi that researchers are seeing more of] were following diets that severely limited their dairy intake, like paleo and clean eating. We also saw that while they were eating what are widely considered extremely healthy diets, many of them were still experiencing digestive health symptoms.

That suggests to me that by cutting dairy out, people may be inadvertently allowing very aggressive fungi, such as Zygomycota, to overgrow: We know that dairy carbohydrates are excellent at supporting the growth of good bacteria and fungi in our digestive tract, which are likely responsible for keeping Zygomycota at bay. So when you remove dairy, you’re cutting out a major dietary factor that supports the good bacteria and fungi that live in your gut. This can allow bad fungi to grow unchecked, which can exacerbate digestive issues. It is possible that other aspects of people’s diets are contributing to the problem, but dairy elimination stands out to me as a likely culprit."

General Discussion / Can American soil be brought back to life?
« on: September 16, 2017, 11:48:35 AM »
So glad the soil health is becoming the agriculture topic 'du jour' around the world:

General Discussion / EPA’s Silent Approval of Monsanto/Dow’s RNAi Corn
« on: September 13, 2017, 10:49:33 AM »
Ugh... a new kind of GMO:

The GMO Agenda Takes a Menacing Leap Forward with EPA’s Silent Approval of Monsanto/Dow’s RNAi Corn

"Without much more than a whisper from the mainstream media, Monsanto’s newest Frankenfood has received full EPA approval and will be arriving on dinner plates by the end of the decade. The implications of this are harrowing, to say the least. "

Article on Politico

A few excerpts:

"Zooplankton are microscopic animals that float in the world’s oceans and lakes, and for food they rely on algae, which are essentially tiny plants. Scientists found that they could make algae grow faster by shining more light onto them—increasing the food supply for the zooplankton, which should have flourished. But it didn’t work out that way. When the researchers shined more light on the algae, the algae grew faster, and the tiny animals had lots and lots to eat—but at a certain point they started struggling to survive. This was a paradox. More food should lead to more growth. How could more algae be a problem?"


"If shining more light results in faster-growing, less nutritious algae—junk-food algae whose ratio of sugar to nutrients was out of whack—then it seemed logical to assume that ramping up carbon dioxide might do the same. And it could also be playing out in plants all over the planet. What might that mean for the plants that people eat?"


"Rising CO2 revs up photosynthesis, the process that helps plants transform sunlight to food. This makes plants grow, but it also leads to them pack in more carbohydrates like glucose at the expense of other nutrients that we depend on, like protein, iron and zinc."


"We don't know what a minor shift in the carbohydrate ratio in the diet is ultimately going to do,” she said, noting that the overall trend toward more starch and carbohydrate consumption has been associated with an increase in diet-related disease like obesity and diabetes. "To what degree would a shift in the food system contribute to that? We can't really say.”


"Goldenrod, a wildflower many consider a weed, is extremely important to bees. It flowers late in the season, and its pollen provides an important source of protein for bees as they head into the harshness of winter. Since goldenrod is wild and humans haven’t bred it into new strains, it hasn’t changed over time as much as, say, corn or wheat. And the Smithsonian Institution also happens to have hundreds of samples of goldenrod, dating back to 1842, in its massive historical archive—which gave Ziska and his colleagues a chance to figure out how one plant has changed over time.

They found that the protein content of goldenrod pollen has declined by a third since the industrial revolution—and the change closely tracks with the rise in CO2. Scientists have been trying to figure out why bee populations around the world have been in decline, which threatens many crops that rely on bees for pollination. Ziska’s paper suggested that a decline in protein prior to winter could be an additional factor making it hard for bees to survive other stressors."

General Discussion / Bone broth at Costco
« on: September 03, 2017, 09:08:48 PM »
I was in Costco today and saw they were selling bone broth in the refrigerated section.   I didn't have a chance to read the carton or see the price as I was in a hurry.   I'll have to take a closer look when I have a chance.

General Discussion / Huge medical breakthrough
« on: August 09, 2017, 10:05:14 AM »
Check this out from Ohio University:

    Researchers have developed a device that can switch cell function to rescue failing body functions with a single touch. The technology, known as Tissue Nanotransfection (TNT), injects genetic code into skin cells, turning those skin cells into other types of cells required for treating diseased conditions.

    “It takes just a fraction of a second. You simply touch the chip to the wounded area, then remove it,” said Chandan Sen, PhD, director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine and Cell-Based Therapies at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. “At that point, the cell reprogramming begins.”

    In a series of lab tests, researchers applied the chip to the injured legs of mice that vascular scans showed had little to no blood flow. “We reprogrammed their skin cells to become vascular cells,” Sen said. “Within a week we began noticing the transformation.”

    By the second week, active blood vessels had formed, and by the third week, the legs of the mice were saved—with no other form of treatment.

    “It extends the concept known as gene therapy, and it has been around for quite some time,” said study collaborator James Lee, PhD, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Ohio State. “The difference with our technology is how we deliver the DNA into the cells.”

    The chip, loaded with specific genetic code or certain proteins, is placed on the skin, and a small electrical current creates channels in the tissue. The DNA or RNA is injected into those channels where it takes root and begins to reprogram the cells.

    In a new study published in Nature Nanotechnology, first author Daniel Gallego-Perez of Ohio State demonstrated that the technique worked with up to 98 percent efficiently.

    “What’s even more exciting is that it not only works on the skin, but on any type of tissue,” Sen said. In fact, researchers were able to grow brain cells on the skin surface of a mouse, harvest them, then inject them into the mouse’s injured brain. Just a few weeks after having a stroke, brain function in the mouse was restored, and it was healed.

    Because the technique uses a patient’s own cells and does not rely on medication, researchers expect it to be approved for human trials within a year.

General Discussion / American Heart Association and Coconut Oil
« on: July 26, 2017, 07:52:41 PM »
As you've probably already heard, the American Hear Association went after coconut oil.    I thought you might enjoy this segment from Awaken with JP

General Discussion / Is seafood safe to eat?
« on: July 25, 2017, 10:27:55 AM »

42 fish collectively tested positive for 81 of 150 tested compounds like cocaine, birth control pills and other drugs:

General Discussion / Metformin and aging
« on: July 21, 2017, 08:56:28 AM »
Interesting article on metformin

"What they discovered was striking: The metformin-takers tended to be healthier in all sorts of ways. They lived longer and had fewer cardiovascular events, and in at least some studies they were less likely to suffer from dementia and Alzheimer’s. Most surprising of all, they seemed to get cancer far less frequently—as much as 25 to 40 percent less than diabetics taking two other popular medications. When they did get cancer, they tended to outlive diabetics with cancer who were taking other medications."

I believe that metformin causes B vitamin deficiencies, so this surprises me.   (Next step... find out who funded this research.  :)  )

General Discussion / New study on apple cider vinegar
« on: July 16, 2017, 04:58:35 PM »

"A study published in Diabetes Care looked at men and women with type 2 diabetes. The researchers found that when the participants downed two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bed with a snack (one ounce of cheese), they had lower blood sugar levels the next morning, compared to when they ate the same bedtime snack paired with two tablespoons of water.

Another study published in the same journal compared the effects of apple cider vinegar on healthy adults, people with pre-diabetes, and people with type 2 diabetes.
Study participants in all three groups had better blood glucose readings when they consumed less than an ounce of apple cider vinegar with a high-carb meal (a white bagel with butter and orange juice), compared to when they the had the same meal and drank a placebo."

General Discussion / Serrapeptase
« on: July 04, 2017, 04:03:35 PM »
I stumbled across the supplement Serrapeptase when I was researching prednisone alternatives.   I had never heard of it, but apparently it's a pretty good alternative for many popular drugs.   It's an enzyme created by bacteria of the silk worm. It has many benefits and can get rid of scar tissue.  Has potential to help with various chronic illnesses.

Here's a few articles that were interesting:

Another benefit of stevia:

"The culprit behind Lyme disease, which is a bacterial infection, is spirochete bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. The antibiotics proven to kill this form of bacteria are doxycycline and amoxicillin. However, Borrelia burgdorferi can be found in morphological forms, including spirochetes, spheroplast (or L-form), round bodies, and biofilms. When conditions are considered unfavourable for the bacteria, it morphs into the dormant round body, then hides in a biofilm form. When conditions are favourable, however, it can shift back to its spirochete form.

The study on Stevia, titled “Effectiveness of Stevia Rebaudiana Whole Leaf Extract Against the Various Morphological Forms of Borrelia Burgdorferi in Vitro,” was conducted by researchers from the Department of Biology and Environmental Science at the University of New Haven in West Haven, Connecticut. The researchers concluded that “Stevia whole leaf extract, as an individual agent, was effective against all known morphological forms of B. burgdorferi.”

I don't know how long this will be available as a free download, but here's the link:

General Discussion / When Evidence Says No, But Doctors Say Yes
« on: June 14, 2017, 06:04:00 PM »
Long article, but worth the read:

Here are a few interesting excerpts from the article:

-   “nobody that’s not having a heart attack needs a stent.” (Brown added that stents may improve chest pain in some patients, albeit fleetingly.) Nonetheless, hundreds of thousands of stable patients receive stents annually, and one in 50 will suffer a serious complication or die as a result of the implantation procedure."

-  "Even if a drug you take was studied in thousands of people and shown truly to save lives, chances are it won’t do that for you. The good news is, it probably won’t harm you, either. Some of the most widely prescribed medications do little of anything meaningful, good or bad, for most people who take them."

-"Intensive medication to keep blood pressure very low in diabetic patients caused more side effects and was no better at preventing heart attacks or death than more mild treatments that allowed for a somewhat higher blood pressure. "

- "CPR is no more effective with rescue breathing than if chest compressions are used alone; and breast-cancer survivors who are told not to lift weights with swollen limbs actually should lift weights, because it improves their symptoms."

-  "The 21st Century Cures Act — a rare bipartisan bill, pushed by more than 1,400 lobbyists and signed into law in December — lowers evidentiary standards for new uses of drugs and for marketing and approval of some medical devices. Furthermore, last month President Donald Trump scolded the FDA for what he characterized as withholding drugs from dying patients. He promised to slash regulations “big league. … It could even be up to 80 percent” of current FDA regulations, he said. To that end, one of the president’s top candidates to head the FDA, tech investor Jim O’Neill, has openly advocated for drugs to be approved before they’re shown to work. “Let people start using them at their own risk,” O’Neill has argued."

- "A 2004 analysis of clinical trials — including eight randomized controlled trials comprising more than 24,000 patients — concluded that atenolol [a beta-blocker] did not reduce heart attacks or deaths compared with using no treatment whatsoever; patients on atenolol just had better blood-pressure numbers when they died."

-  "atenolol was prescribed to more than 2.6 million Medicare beneficiaries, ranking it the 31st most prescribed drug out of 3,362 drugs."

-"if 1,000 elderly women take aspirin daily for a decade, 11 of them will avoid a heart attack; meanwhile, twice that many will suffer a major gastrointestinal bleeding event that would not have occurred if they hadn’t been taking aspirin. As with most drugs, though, aspirin will not cause anything particularly good or bad for the vast majority of people who take it. "

"or every 100 older adults who take a sleep aid, 7 will experience improved sleep, while 17 will suffer side effects that range widely in severity, from simple morning “hangover” to memory loss and serious accidents. As with many medications, most who take a sleep aid will experience neither benefit nor harm."

The article goes on to discuss many different drugs and various surgeries that have no benefit and may even hurt the patients.


Fred A. Kummerow, a scientist who fought the food industry and prevailing medical practices for decades until his early warnings about the dangers of trans fats were finally vindicated, died May 31 at his home in Urbana, Ill. He was 102.

General Discussion / Digestive Enzymes
« on: March 25, 2017, 08:53:18 PM »
Here's an interesting perspective on the use of digestive enzymes:

Food Elements / Boron
« on: March 03, 2017, 10:03:30 AM »
Did you know that one of the top minerals found in the cerebrospinal fluid is boron?

We rarely think about the mineral boron, other than using it as borax in laundry detergent. However, using boron as a supplement in the form of calcium fructoborate is quite interesting.

Food sources include avocado, dried apricots, prunes, raisins, Lamb's lettuce and strawberries.

So what are some things that boron can do?

-It helps balance hormones
-It prevents vitamin-D deficiency by increasing serum levels of D3
-helps the body absorb magnesium
-is anti-inflammatory
-a safe and effective treatment for osteoarthritis
- a deficiency results in decreased brain electrical activity, causing reduced mental alertness
- reduces genotoxic effects of heavy metals
-inhibits human prostate cancer cell proliferation
-has been approved as a proteasome inhibitor for the treatment of multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
-strongly binds oxidized NAD+
-is a histone deacetylase inhibitor
-was inversely associated with lung cancer in women

General Discussion / Oh my... Wisconsin is outlawing Kerrygold butter
« on: February 22, 2017, 12:12:24 PM »

General Discussion / Hot food on the go
« on: January 23, 2017, 09:23:58 AM »
Check out this new product:

General Discussion / Fun with Food
« on: January 17, 2017, 10:46:23 AM »

General Discussion / Earthing - My New Year's Resolution
« on: January 04, 2017, 11:04:18 AM »
I'm not much on making resolutions, but I'm excited about doing one this year.  I'll be earthing every day.  I know that we have talked about "Earthing" in the past, but I never really spent the time to look into it before ... until just a few weeks ago.

Basically, the earth is a flood of electrons that would normally flow through our conductive bodies, which we need as we are electrical beings. But because the soles of our shoes, and the floors of our home/work is usually made of an insulating material that stops the flow of electrons, we are not getting the electrons we need to fight free radicals, which causes inflammation, which then causes chronic disease. We need to walk on the earth barefoot or be in contact with conductive items that are grounded to the earth to get a flood of electrons through our bodies.  In nutrition, we talk always talk about 'eating your electrons'.

Here's an interesting documentary:

General Discussion / Happy New Year Everyone!
« on: December 30, 2016, 01:08:50 PM »
I hope your 2017 will be wonderful!

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