NMR LipoProfile

A while back I blogged a two-parter on LDL Cholesterol (Part 1 / Part 2). Part 1 deals with how unreliable standard blood tests are for determining your real risk. In part 2, I highlighted real world examples from the offices of doctor William Davis. And now, I'm going to show you a real world example from a reader and (obviously) fellow high-fat Paleo eater. Click here to access Patrik's NMR LipoProfile (Nmrlipo PDF) He…Read More

Thought Exercise

I would dearly love to take time to develop this tonight, but I'm fixing dinner for friends (2nd night in a row, with Thursday for family coming up). Here's the refresher course. Gary Taubes' "alternate hypothesis of fat accumulation," (in my crude way of explaining it). Simply stated: people overeat because they are (have accumulated excess) fat, and it's not that they are fat because they overeat (cause & effect reversal; 180 degree error; the…Read More

Venison Chili

First, here's the animal that was killed for our dinner last night. It was back in September when my brother took that mule deer and there's still meat in family freezers. In fact, I'm using two pounds of the ground tonight for spaghetti. Here's how it went down. I first took the roughly 3 pounds of sirloin tip and placed it in a covered pot along with about a cup or so of homemade stock…Read More

Vitamin Supplements – Part Four

In this final post on supplementation (vitamin and others), I'm going to put out the exceptions to my general stance -- that's not necessarily strictly against it, per se -- that most of it is probably unnecessary. But first, a quick review. In part one, I laid out the general position, which is that supplementation ought to be the exception, not the rule, and there ought to be clear reasons for supplementing. Study after study…Read More

Masaman Beef Curry

This is not Paleo, but it's not crap, either. About 3-4 times per year I can't help but prepare my favorite dish: Masaman beef curry, which you can get in most Thai restaurants, but none as good as mine. I've been eating and making this for myself for 20 years. When I go to a Thai restaurant, I have someting different, and masaman. I have vacationed for months in Thailand, and so I'm very familiar…Read More

Sunday Rock You

A while since I've done this. I really don't want to make it a regular thing, but rather something I do, simply, when I feel like it. I've spent a lot of time this weekend in the mountains thinking and deliberating about where this blog goes over time -- including my entrepreneurial commercial inklings (that will never touch the nature of this blog as free, open to all, relevant, and au courant). Let me make…Read More

Lotsa More Links

- The Romans knew how to fatten up their Gladiators in order to protect them from minor injury by means of subcutaneous fat. "Gladiators, it seems, were fat. Consuming a lot of simple carbohydrates, such as barley, and legumes, like beans, was designed for survival in the arena. Packing in the carbs also packed on the pounds. 'Gladiators needed subcutaneous fat,' Grossschmidt explains. 'A fat cushion protects you from cut wounds and shields nerves and…Read More

Erwan Le Corre & MoveNat – Reprise

I was delighted yesterday to receive an email from Erwan, alerting me to the fact that he and his methods have been featured in a substantial article in Men's Health Magazine. I first blogged about Erwan a couple of months back. Before linking up the article, here's a bit of review. When the video comes up, absolutely do click on the "HD" button for a way better experience. Now, here's the link to the magazine…Read More

Hot Off The Presses: Stephan (The Great One) on K2

Well, I can't recall a blog post ever getting so much attention, both off blog and on. For the on-blog activity, just read the comments. For the off-blog goings on, see Robert M's comment that sparked off a whirlwind. Let me back up. I had emailed Stephan even before publishing that entry (an entire day before, actually). Even though he's a PhD candidate in neurobiology and has lots of access to the full texts of…Read More

Bunches of Links

Man, I am so backlogged with stuff that I've just got to give you a link dump at this point. I could literally blog for the next three months, twice per day, with what I've got already, and probably much longer. Keep it coming, folks. I'm now getting several emails per day with links to really great stuff. If you don't always get a reply or see me highlight what you send, please don't take…Read More

Comfort Food

Here's an old favorite that I cooked up last night. It's a "mom" recipe (except for my own stylings) and I've been doing it for years. This is very high on the comfort food scale. It has only four primary ingredients: two long polish sausage (polska kielbasa, preferably gluten, soy & HFCS free and uncured), a large yellow onion, two cans diced tomatoes (or equivalent of fresh; I like the canned so I can get…Read More

Nous Sommes Arrivés

We've arrived (at the cabin). I have the working entry on supplements, and specifically what I take and most particularly, why. I hope you'll find it compelling as a base. We've been here for several hours, including the comfort-food soup I made that I'll blog tomorrow (in addition to the aforementioned). In the meantime, funniest video I've seen in a while. Dog sleep "walking."Read More

Man Boobs and Wheat Bellies

Couldn't resist a final quick post prior to departure. This is from Dr. Davis, a 2007 post, but one he just linked to in his latest post on grains making you diabetic. Holy Mother of God. Notice it's not just the belly, but the boobs. What causes that? According to Dr. Art De Vany, the visceral belly fat in men actually synthesizes estrogens from testosterone. So, guys, if nothing else convinces you, know that a…Read More

Fish Dinner

A number of people have asked me for the supplements I take, so I'm working on that now. May not be ready for posting until tomorrow, however, as I'll be getting in the car soon for a drive up to the mountains. In the meantime, dinner last night was Atlantic Cod poached in a coconut milk green curry (Thai style). Just get canned coconut milk and green curry paste (or red, yellow, or my favorite…Read More

It Takes a Genome

"How a Clash Between Our Genes and Modern Life Is Making Us Sick." Freshly downloaded to my Kindle 2. Here's some of the descriptions and endorsements. ~~~ Human beings have astonishing genetic vulnerabilities. More than half of us will die from complex diseases that trace directly to those vulnerabilities, and the modern world we’ve created places us at unprecedented risk from them. In It Takes a Genome, Greg Gibson posits a revolutionary new hypothesis: Our…Read More

February in Review

I'm happy that in a short month and a week of vacation with only two or three posts, we still broke a traffic record. About 30,000 visits and 56,000 page views. Thanks readers, and especially, thanks for telling acquaintances, friends, family, and co-workers about Free the Animal. It's really making a difference; you're making a difference. Most Popular February Posts So Far You Asked; Mark Sisson Answers I Know What I'm Doing Don't Listen To…Read More

Vitamin K2 and Massive Reduction in Heart Disease: Leading Edge

I had wanted to do another installment of held over questions from readers this morning (sorry, folks), but I just have to get this out now. Actually, I caught wind of this a few weeks back, set it aside, forgot about it, and reader Ankit brought it to my attention in email last night. Before I get into it, let's address something. This applies to my blog and a number of others out there. This…Read More

GOINSULIN – “It’s Not What You Think. It’s What You’ve Hoped For.”

Reader Bryan emailed this last night. At first, I thought it was going to be a story of someone who went the standard ADA & drug company-partnership route, to gradually get people to pop more Metformin, Glucophage, et al, until that glorious day when the pill alone is insufficient and they have to start on the needle. Then, of course, the gentleman in this video -- not to be anyone's fool -- would get on…Read More

Grass Fed Beef Giveaway

Well, Kristen was nice enough to go to the (no small) task of sponsoring this little drawing, thoughtful enough to email me about it, and so no way I'm going to pass on the chance to let readers know. Details here. Thanks, Kristen.Read More