Archive for April 2013
Burning Down The House
Preface & Metaphor I actually almost burnt down a real house once. It was close. History in pics, here (see the “fire” link). Then, here for the lemons to lemonade story: a top vacation rental property, 39 reviews, 100% 5/5. That’s over about a year and a half since we began offering it. We’ve had guests……...Read More
Book Review: Gather
Gather: The Art of Paleo Entertaining It would be silly of me to title this particular book review with anything fancy or clever, and I won’t even mention how their names could rhyme until the end. That’s because the title, in itself, is clever. Yep. It’s yet another paleo book—a cook book, again, too. To……...Read More
Melissa Horn, Under Löven
Just a quick bit of music for a Friday. I’m preparing to move the whole blog over to new hosting sometime Monday, at which point I’ll have to lock down comments for the transition time. As I was making preparations for this I came across my web developer’s personal culture blog, and then his post……...Read More
Prepare for the “Resistant Starch” Assimilation; Resistance is Futile
Some months ago I got interested in the fact that people were toying with the idea of eating mostly just potatoes for a period of time for weight loss. So I tried it, blogged about it, entertained it for a few weeks, dropped about 13 pounds to verify it works (probably because it's hard to eat enough potatoes to maintain weight). But I just quickly got tired of potatoes. Not so at all with my milk & kefir deal that's into its seventh week, stronger than ever, and now I'm really doing a lot of tweaking of the essential magic of the thing. But details on that are for a different day and newsletter issue.
One thing that cropped up and that's been a new tweak in my milk & kefir escapades: resistant starch. It was a commenter, "Tatertot," who'd done all the yeoman's work on the deal, so I asked him to put it all together for us.
So here's Tatertot.
Last fall, I was toying around with the Potato Hack and mentioned it on Paul Jaminet's Perfect Health Diet blog. Paul mentioned that part of the effectiveness of the Potato Hack undoubtedly was due to the butyric acid and short-chain fatty acids (SCFA) from the resistant starch in the potatoes.
This got me thinking about resistant starch (RS). I had heard of RS before, but didn't know much about it. I did a few Google searches, and the more I read, the more I liked. There were well-studied correlations between RS intake and colon health, improved cholesterol, better glucose control, weight loss, hunger abatement, and increased vitamin and mineral absorption.
I learned that scientists first 'discovered' RS in the 80's. Since then, numerous studies have been done on the effect of RS in animals and humans. One of the first articles I read on RS was written in 2008. Please read for a quick primer on RS. Done? OK, moving on.
At first, people told me I was wasting my time with RS. Afterall, they said, "RS is nothing more than Type III fiber, right after soluble and insoluble. We got over our obsession about fiber when we got over eating Kashi...It's not that it's bad for you, just not necessary; and, If it's butyrate you want, just eat butter—or put it in your coffee!—it's loaded with the stuff." I almost gave up my quest when I came across Dr. Eades' article bashing RS: He concludes in the article, "This brief discourse should put you off of resistant starch even without knowing what anti-nutrients are (resistant starch is an anti-nutrient), why they’re there and what they do. We’ll save that for a later post." Then there was this great back-and-forth on Mark's Daily Apple.
Luckily, I found tons to support the intake of RS from a number of other sources, so I kept looking.Read More
Paleo on The Dr. Oz Show – My Musings
Dr. Loren Cordain and Nell Stephenson showed up on the Dr. Oz Show yesterday, April 22nd. Paleo Wizards on Oz Good thing, or bad thing? In my view, very good. I’ll tell you what else I actually like. I like the rather pure, strict nature of it as presented—something Stephenson has always been consistent about;……...Read More
Dear Ronald Bailey, “Science” Correspondent for “Reason” Magazine
Dear Mr. Bailey: By way of introduction, I’m an American who was living in the south of France in 1991, subscribed to Reason Magazine, had it delivered in print over there. Have continued for the last 22 years. For years, a subscription to ReasonMag was all anyone ever got for Christmas from me. I’ve never……...Read More
Entrepreneur Surgeons Making Obama & Co. Their Bitch
Last November I highlighted the efforts and and heroism of these surgeons, those of The Surgery Center of Oklahoma. They even publish their whole price list right on the blog. Check out those prices per surgical procedure; then quickly look at your calendar to assure yourself that no, time travel has indeed not yet been……...Read More
Connecting Dots: Misandry, Misogyny, Moral Relativism and Multiculturalism
This soon-to-be-released new book came on my radar screen the other day, courtesy of John Durant. It’s by Helen Smith, PdD. Who’s she, beyond being the wife of the original Instalauncher, Glenn Raynolds? Helen Smith is a forensic psychologist in Knoxville, Tennessee who specializes in violent children and adults. She holds a PhD from the University……...Read More
Damn fine police work, laddies & gentlemen. You made quick work of that. Good show all around. That is all…. This content is for Monthly Subscription, Annual Subscription, and Lifetime Subscription members only and is a preview. Login or Join for access at the level you choose. You can also subscribe to the Non-Pestering Newsletter with…...Read More
Anarchism Really Does Begin at Home: The Short Version (and why Agorism gets the most right)
So I went from having my finger on the delete button for this post on Social Anthropology, to dropping another comment on the subject blog post, instead. Call me crazy, silly man, or whatever gives you a sense of affirmation. I ultimately got ready to just delete and be done because some crazy bitch simply refuses……...Read More
Anything Worth Doing is Worth Doing Until Told to Shut the Fuck Up About It
OK, I’m getting obsessed. Fermentation! Left to right: Dill pickles (fresh dill weed, garlic, sea salt). Sauerkraut (with caraway seeds, sea salt). Second ferment of raw cow milk kefir with a sliced tangerine & peel, and 4 oz fresh raw orange juice (see here about 2nd fermenting kefir). Raw goat milk kefir, just getting started. I……...Read More
Actual First Responders never get the credit and when they do, it’s always overshadowed by 10th responders wearing badges & fashions. That is all…. This content is for Monthly Subscription, Annual Subscription, and Lifetime Subscription members only and is a preview. Login or Join for access at the level you choose. You can also subscribe…...Read More
Social Anthropology: Yes Please!
From what appears to be a new blog by a smart person, called LIFEXTENSION: Musings: Cognitive Archaeology; Romantic ‘Paleo Primitivism’; From Trust to Domination One of the central debates in political philosophy has been the possibility of true egalitarianism. It has been argued that society cannot exist without its rules, sanctions, and persons to govern……...Read More
W2 vs 1099 vs K1: It’s Tax Day!
That’s the progression It’s how it’s set up. If you’re an entrepreneur, you’ll know about K1s soon enough. It’s how the moderately rich, as well as the richest of the rich operate, mostly. Now let me tell you exactly how it works. First, dispense with the notion that those overseeing your tax code haven’t an out for themselves….…...Read More
What Paleo is Really All About: Health in Body, Mind and Society
Let’s take a look Body This is the part most everyone has down to some degree or the other. One thing I found of interest over the last week of promoting the package of various products and services I was promoting is that a number of sites doing the best in sales were basically food……...Read More
Unbridled Deconstructionism vs Synthesis and Dot Connecting
Suppose you ate a vegetable and there was some sort of trace toxin or anti-nutrient in it. Just imagine having a toxin or anti-nutrient in a vegetable. I know. It’s hard. But, supposing you could, you could write a blog about that. You could even write a New York Times piece about that. Oh. Wait….…...Read More
Milk & Kefir Diet Body Recomposition Progress in Pics
What began as pretty much a weight/fat loss deal has quickly become much more, as through weeks 5 & 6, I have neither lost or gained any measurable weight; and whereas I began this deal at 203 and am now around 187 (16 pounds lighter) I actually “feel” bigger. Feel stronger, too. I’ve gotten endless……...Read More
It’s Just The Truth – A Fair Critique of Paleo
Where do you suppose I just dropped this comment? Well what the hell. I think it’s a damn fine, honest critique. It is what it is. I call ’em how I see ’em and I enjoyed the post and think it’s a worthy read by anyone. I myself have had a bit of an eye……...Read More
Sam Harris Gets Himself Howitzered and Blitzkrieged For Writing
The other night Marie, in comments, left this turd. Zealots of the variety that is combative, jargon-spewing and orthopolitical [Ed: think orthodoxy in terms of political action (‘PC’) instead of in the realm of beliefs, particularly religious], seem to have one thing in common: they have really, really bad reading comprehension. Like some of the commenters……...Read More
I Day Left to Grab The Primal Life Kit Deal: 30 Popular Products
The deal ends tomorrow, Tuesday at midnight Pacific time. That means you’ve got just over a day as of the time of this writing. Let me take a post to tell you why you ought to consider popping for two Jackson’s, less a Washington ($39). Well, first of all because if you pieced these out……...Read More