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General Discussion / Re: Question on smoking meats
« on: January 06, 2018, 10:11:23 AM »
Wow!  Thanks Barbara!  You are such a wealth of information!

Introduce Yourself to the Wheat Free Forum / Re: New to all this
« on: January 06, 2018, 10:09:41 AM »
Hi Scott,

Welcome to the forum.   I understand where you are at.  I was following the American Heart Association guidelines before reading Wheat Belly.   Afterwards I felt totally duped by everything I had previously learned and heard about nutrition.   I had to do a complete makeover in my kitchen. 

Here are some handy links which may be helpful for meal prep:

Breakfast ideas:,19.0.html

Dinner ideas thread:,26.0.html

Other recipes:,4.0.html


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 / Re: Question on smoking meats
« on: December 24, 2017, 03:29:45 PM »
Thanks Bill.

I'm thinking about wood chips.   I've watched some videos where they put wood chips in aluminum foil pouches.   I know aluminum can get into food when the food is acidic.   Wood chips would be the only thing touching the aluminum though, and it would be on a different side of the grill than the food.   But then I start wondering if heating it would be putting carcinogens in the smoke and thus in the food.

General Discussion / Re: US life expectancy drops for second year in a row
« on: December 23, 2017, 10:27:04 AM »
Hard to believe it's been 6 years since Wheat Belly was published.  Where does the time go?

As our way of thinking and eating continues to gain traction, perhaps our government will start asking more questions about what is killing Americans.

Sadly, government probably already knows.  Hard to do anything with big food, big ag, big pharma, etc. running the show.  Hopefully more people will realize what has happened to our food supply, and start voting with their wallets.

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 / Re: Nestle buys Garden of Life
« on: December 08, 2017, 09:15:55 PM »
Sorry for the bad news on that Barb.  Hopefully they will maintain their standards ... but it's pretty hard to trust big food. 

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 / Re: Fiber Menace
« on: December 04, 2017, 02:32:10 PM »
Chris Kresser has a good article:

General Discussion / Re: Fiber Menace
« on: December 03, 2017, 06:19:15 PM »

No worries on the formatting Bill.  :)  I'll clean it up a little (so ignore the moderator 'edit' for that.)   If you copy/paste from a word doc, it's best to first click the icon that has the [ ] with the arrow in it.   Helps to get rid of all the formatting.   (It's one of the downsides of this forum software.)

Here's a list of benefits:

And butyric acid is one of the short chain fatty acids gut bacteria produce.   It's the preferred food source for colon cells.

-  It's effective in treating IBD, Crohn's and ulcerative colitis, which is why butyric enemas are gaining more attention.

- Butyric acid had a normalizing effect on colon cancer cells

-Butyrate improves immune response by inducing the production of regulatory T cells.

- Mice that were fed butyric acid have a lower rate of insulin resistance

- Butyrate causes a large and rapid decrease in intestinal permeability

- Butyrate has a direct protective role in cardiovascular diseases.

General Discussion / Re: Fiber Menace
« on: December 03, 2017, 11:25:16 AM »
But how about those important short chain fatty acids the fiber eating bacteria produce such as butyric acid?

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.

General Discussion / Re: Fiber Menace
« on: December 01, 2017, 09:09:39 AM »
What are some of the highlights from the book Bill?

Food Elements / Re: Honeyville Black Friday sale
« on: November 21, 2017, 12:38:07 PM »
Thanks for the tip!

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 / Re: Hope everyone is well
« on: November 18, 2017, 08:23:05 AM »
Good to hear from you Missy.  So sorry to hear about your DH.  Happy Thanksgiving to you too.

Bob-  Thanks for sharing a review on Recode.   Very interesting.  I've been revisiting some of my thoughts on probiotics, mainly because of issues related to elevated lactic acid.

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 / Re: Hope everyone is well
« on: October 23, 2017, 06:26:50 AM »
Fun Deanna -  what a small world eh?

Wheat Free Recipes / Re: Zuppa Toscana
« on: October 23, 2017, 06:25:21 AM »
If you cook and cool potatoes (reheating is okay), the molecule changes and you've got resistant starch. :)

Looks like a good recipe.  Reminds me of borecole, which is a traditional Dutch recipe.

Food Elements / Re: MCT Oil Powder vs Coconut Oil
« on: October 01, 2017, 08:21:00 PM »
I'm just not sure that oil should be turned into a powder.

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.

Food Elements / Re: Plant-Based Diets, Micronutrients and Mental Health
« on: September 23, 2017, 08:44:28 PM »
Nice to see the shows recorded!

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:

I wonder if adding a starter culture ( Effective Microorganisms ) to a bat house might help control the fungus.

Gosh... haven't heard about declining bat populations.   I should look into a adding a few bat houses.

Reminds me of that oil executive several years ago, who was always telling people who lived close to where they were fracking that it was safe and not to worry.   Then an oil company wanted to frack by his neighborhood, and he went off the deep end trying to stop it because of all the environmental and safety issues it would cause in his neighborhood.

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."

Food Elements / Re: Buy Duck eggs
« on: September 13, 2017, 10:19:57 AM »
I haven't tried duck eggs before.

Food Elements / Re: Plant-Based Diets, Micronutrients and Mental Health
« on: September 12, 2017, 01:30:00 PM »
I'm bummed I wasn't around to hear the show.

Food Elements / Re: Fish and Seafood
« on: September 06, 2017, 09:08:59 AM »
Did you hear about the escape of 300,000 farmed Atlantic salmon in the Pacific, which may threaten the Pacific salmon?

Food Elements / Re: Fish and Seafood
« on: September 05, 2017, 06:47:29 AM »
I'm always so hesitant to eat fish these days.   I'm also never sure about taking omega 3, after that report came out that most of it is rancid.

Thank goodness that pastured eggs have omega 3 in them.

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 / Re: Hope everyone is well
« on: September 03, 2017, 09:03:26 PM »
Doing well.  Hope you are all doing well also.   I just haven't had much new to report lately... but I'm still here.  :)

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 / Re: American Heart Association and Coconut Oil
« on: July 29, 2017, 09:16:55 PM »
Looks like the LA Times did a rebuttal on the American Heart Association's recent claim that coconut oil is bad:

Food Elements / Re: Vertical Farming for Organic Produce
« on: July 29, 2017, 10:00:30 AM »
Here's a working link for that:

I had considered starting a business doing that.   In fact, I went to a week long hands-on training in Canada to learn about it.

General Discussion / Re: Diatomaceous Earth
« on: July 29, 2017, 09:57:52 AM »
That's odd Deanna.   You wouldn't think that would effect blood pressure.   It would be interesting to try serrapeptase for reducing blood pressure, as it helps get rid of arterial plaque.

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 / Re: Wheat free and hypoglycemia
« on: July 16, 2017, 04:56:01 PM »

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