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I ought to have learned this lesson from my The-Great-Depression surviving maternal grandparents; or, from my WWII surviving paternal grandparents, who managed to immigrate penniless to the former “Land of the Free” with 6 kids; to Ellis Island, in 1952. Greyhound Bus cross country to their sponsored settlement in Reno, Nevada. Five of them still live, including my dad. He was 14 when he got to America.
If not them, then I ought to have learned this crucial lesson from my maternal great grandmother, who had my grandmother at the age of 15 in 1919—after she ran away from home. Later, she had a son who went off to a great war in the Pacific as a navy enlisted man. I have the ironwood busts he acquired in Indonesia, to the left in the photo, to show for it. The busts to the right—slightly less weighty but still dense & heavy—as well as the centerpiece—I got myself in Penang, Malaysia, in 1988.
Sometimes, I impose wife swapping.
Grandnana raised two kids as a single mom during the Depression. Maxine (she had too many last names in her life for me to assign a specific one), my great grandmother, lived until I was 28 and was of sound mind until I was about 25. In my earliest youth, she was literally my favorite person in the world, and I think my mom had the wisdom to want it that way. Every trip from Reno, over Donner Pass, to see Grandnana at the San Joaquin River Club rural development south of Tracy, CA, was like a trip to a theme park (It was far greater in the 1960s than it is now: it’s a dump now).
It was a great big deal to me.
The hardships she faced in her life and overcame… Wow. That would include a head-on collision in the mid-60s, when she was 65, on the 2-lane road up to Tracy at night, in her big Dodge sedan. Nobody wearing seat belts. She lived, though she spent 6 months in a body cast in a convalescent home but years later, in her 70s, took an international, month-long trip to The Holly Land—now the Middle East Conflicted Region, in perpetuity. The six people in the VW—including an infant and a dog—all perished. They crossed the line, not her.
On my mother’s side, they always tended to know real assets from fluff. Go through the garages, and they’re filled with forged and machined tools—of personal capital value. They bought used cars, usually. Paid cash, usually. They had very little debt. The failure of State, i.e., the Depression (pawned off on “Capitalism”), motivated this. Unfortunately, they later all fell victim to the regurgitate scam: Fucking Franklin fucking Delano fucking Roosevelt. Successful scam, though. Still going strong. Snake oil that has the magical power to steal from other people to finance your values is strong medicine.
My grandfather owned a number of undeveloped properties and a few rental houses he and his brothers built. He owned all of them outright and he’d come to California in the 30s or 40s as a poor Idaho Mormon from Malad, ID, the oldest of about 13 kids. Over the decades, he financed all of his siblings to come out to California. Paid for their weddings too. He was no magnate of capitalism. He was an artist. A deer hunting, bird hunting, fly tying, fisherman artist. But his artistic, hand painted signs in and outside of all the Reno casinos in the 50s, 60s, and 70s, are what all the cheep plexiglass you see now, replace.
Place your bets!
…I grew up at 4040 W. 4th St. in Reno, NV, now 4040 Goodsell Ln. You can Google Earth or map it. Check the satellite view. What’s notable now is that though the long greenbelt to the north, along the Truckee River that was our playground looks the same, the general housing landscape has changed from solidly rural to quasi-suburban. That house to the right of 4040 was where the classic river house my artist grandfather, Clarence Goodsell, built, stood for decades…now replaced by a Billionaire’s monstrosity encompassing even the large lot that stood between our two places and where, as a kid going to nana’s place in the dark, I had to run faster than the assuredly evil monsters behind me.
Monsters are evil and they want to eat your fresh flesh. That’s the point. Even they understand glycogen depletion.
…The last two weeks I’ve been doing exactly what I told you I’d do. Friday, about noon, I left the cabin, drove to San Jose, got stuck in debilitating, life-draining traffic at 2PM in San Jose.
I told Beatrice last night:
Understand me. If it was not for you and the doggies, I would never ever set foot in the South Bay, ever again. Ever. Eventually, I would take pride in never coming to this shit hole.
To me, the entire thing is 99% vampire, and I feel my blood being drained by the minute. There is simply no language created yet that would allow me to express my depth of loathing for the whole fiasco without just tossing off a few fucktard-esque epithets.
All I ever care to do is have a visit now and then to a dense, urban environment: San Francisco, New York, Hong Kong, Paris. Yea, that’s it. My 4 favorite (left a ton off the list I have been to). There are a few I’d still like to see. Buenos Ares. Sao Paulo. London. Berlin. Kuala Lumpur. Santiago. Miami. Milan. Havana?
Otherwise, it’s rural and ruraler, for me.
Do you know what a pleasure it is to walk into the hardware store in Placerville, California, walk on 2×6 planks worn from over a hundred years of foot traffic, get any piece of obscure partage you might need—even if they only sell 2 units per year—vs. going to Home Depot, Lowes, or OSH (now owned by Lowes) and having only available what they sell a lot of?
Trickle Down Collectivism.
So what I sit here, wondering—having done most everything, including starting a company from a bedroom and doing millions per year with dozens of employees—is what I really wanted to do. What did that 20 years of life earn me? What did it cost me? I don’t know. Would I give up the experience? Maybe no, but only because I knew no alternative (confounding variables). What if, for instance, I had set off, again? I don’t know. I’m attempting to give hindsight, as a clue to foresight.
I’m not writing this post for voters over 30. You’re already lost, have to make your own way. I write this post for high shoolers and 20 somethings.
You do not have to do what everyone admonishes. You should go with your heart. Hopefully, I touched it, if just a bit. You have the essentials. That’s all I ever want to give. Beyond that, you think for yourself and you’re on your own.
I’ve always liked the sign above the cash register in cafes throughout America: “We Reserve The Right To Refuse Service.”
Freedom Of Association means nothing in the “Land of the Free,” anymore.
But the New York State Division of Human Rights doesn’t see things this way. On August 8, it fined Cynthia and Robert Gifford $13,000 for acting on their belief that marriage is the union of a man and woman and thus declining to rent out their family farm for a same-sex wedding celebration. The Human Rights Commission ruled that “the nature and circumstances of the [Giffords’s] violation of the Human Rights Law also warrants a penalty.”
I make no meaningless distinctions between property, incidentally. Home or business, all the same to me—and how long until an AirBNB host that rents out a spare bedroom or den (while they’re home) will be compelled to rent it to a gay couple, should that violate their values or comfort zone?
For well over a decade I have supported the equal freedom of gays and lesbians to associate, up to and including any “privileges” bestowed by the State, that other folks “enjoy.” I have a number of gay and lesbian friends, singles and couples—some that have been couples for 30 years. But apparently, the freedom to associate isn’t enough and you’re going to have association shoved down your throat like a gay porn film, whether you like it or not.
That support I’ve lent—both verbally and in writing, including on this blog—hereby ends and I would encourage others to do likewise and put out the word, and why. I’ll reconsider should ever I see substantial efforts at housekeeping.
This is what happens when fighting over cannibal pot hysteria—who goes in the pot and who gets to feast. People get gluttonous when others are picking up the tab.
Oh, and yea, there’s this, from the same article.
The Giffords must pay a $1,500 mental anguish fine to each of the women and pay $10,000 in civil damages penalty to New York State. If they can’t pay in 60 days, a nine percent interest rate will be added to that total. Like Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop, the Giffords must also institute anti-discrimination re-education classes and procedures for their staff.
(HT: A.B. Dada)
Finally, someone interviewed me about something other than food and guts. Moreover, something I think I speak with more authority, as I’ve been studying and writing about this stuff for 23 years and there’s not an argument in the universe I haven’t seen 100 times.
Justin Wisor is a young fella of about 21 but unless I told you that, you’d never guess from his voice and insights he already possesses. What a podcasting voice. Watch out, Angelo Coppola. 🙂 Oh, to have gotten a 10 year jump on this powerful way of thinking for yourself, under your own exclusive authority.
I didn’t set out to do an experiment and in fact, it’s not even as poorly controlled as are most of my haphazard hacks. So, rather than call it a “self experiment,” I think I’m going with: “observing myself get fucktarded.” Deal?
I just fell into it. Around the last week or two of July, in the midst of moving to where I’d be living in three places at various times, I migrated into two things of import:
- Stopped cooking (many reasons, including selling my gas range). So, mostly restaurant, take-out, some fast food—but I tried to keep it real. So, for example, in Fat Head style: burger and drink, hold the fries usually.
- Was taking zero supplements, including PS (or any other RS or fermentable fiber supplementally), and zero probiotics from either my recommended stash or dairy-based.
- Neither sought ought gluten grain products, nor avoided them when they were around.
But, I was also pretty physically active, and it ended up that I was feeling great, and so at a point, I thought: why not continue this season of debauchery and see where it takes me?
- I had diminished appetite almost all the time. It was actually weirdly uncharacteristic. Whereas, I could always finish a burger, fries and drink meal, I was leaving a few bites and sometimes even more of just the burger.
- I lost weight—about 8 pounds in 3-4 weeks. I’m not really ready yet to go into what I think I know in terms of long-term weight loss using RS (see my post here, see Grace’s recent post here), but since this began about 18 months ago, I’ve knocked off about 15 pounds or so in total, with 8 of them in the last month on no supplemental RS.
- Kinda roller coaster in terms of going from fucking awesome sleep to crap no sleep; and as well, going from a euphoric state of well being to having a deep understanding of Robin Williams’ plight (a little hyperbole for the masses, there).
But here’s the real kicker and it just began a couple of days ago, and has intensified: I’m back to having mildly chronic nasal congestion, itching, sneezing, runny nose and drip.
SO, I’m headed back to the regular routine, starting today. Just can’t tolerate the nose crap. But the appetite and weight loss are mystifying to me and I tried not even one little bit. If anything, I tried to not try.
‘Splain it to me.
I lafed at myself over the podcast interview I did yesterday, beginning about 35 minutes in, here. Spent a good hour being interviewed by John Harris and Andrew Weaver, two pretty funny guys.
We basically talk about gut health in general, Paleo diet, barely get to resistant starch in the hour we had. But it was totally open format, lots of bouncing around.
35 minutes in, if you dare. It was fun chatting.
It has gone way beyond an embrace of resistant starch. Back in the day—meaning about a year ago—my Google alerts delivered webstuff on RS a coupla times per week, at best. Now, it’s a half dozen per day as the world comes to realize the enormity of the gut’s profound influence on health in the very general. RS is but one element, but a very important one: easy to see results fast and cheap.
…Lafably, you still have people writing only about the Krebs Cycle, the hormones leptin and insulin, “signaling,” and “PATHWAYS!!!!” et al. You see, I take criticism because I never put you to sleep with that sort of deconstruction minutiae. Let those who blog that stuff have their geek followers. Don’t care. Never did.
More fish, troll I.
I’ve come to receive more and more comments from VLC/Keto proponents trying to be conciliatory about it—cool enough, progress, etc. I don’t mean to pick on rs711; it’s merely the latest, and the one that inspired this post specifically.
150g of CHO is too much for more and more people.
This is absurd.
But, I’ll explain nicely. A comment along the same lines—trying to reconcile the irreconcilable—put this forth:
I don’t know why the keto/low carb community will not just choose to integrate RS. As you point out some already have. Why not the rest? How long will it be until RS supplements start appearing in stores?
Because, they understand quite well that embracing it is like welcoming Barbarians at the gate of the Castle.
Bank on it.
…I’ll elaborate just a bit to give you a clue as to why this is and why RS is a zero-win for VLC/Keto.
Should it turn out that supplementation via things like PS, green plantain/banana flour, etc., help folks, then it takes no genius to conclude that they were fucktarded from day one. Or, ignorant-fucktarded, to be more magnanimous.
Nobody had access to isolated RS in human evolution. Ergo, starch consumption in various forms is a more appropriate dietary regime.
Resistant starch is a Trojan Horse for the VLC/Keto crowd. They know that very well, and it’s why you see such vigorous defense of VLC/Keto all over—which, I dismiss entirely; because, I know what it is, and why it is. I’m pretty good at knowing in what to invest my energies. Duh. Try to protect an investment in a dietary regime from the 1970s that turns out to be wrong because unknowns weren’t integrated, or try to understand more and more about the gut biome; where, incidentally, 100% of the revelations point to the benefits of real-food carbohydrate in the diet?
Place your bets. LC/Keto are Buggy Whips, but go ahead and try to keep the industry alive.
So, that’s really the most fundamentally logical reason why VLC/Keto is now doomed: the rapidly emerging science of the gut biome that heretofore, has been 100% unaccounted for.
Moreover, this logically means that paleo advocates ought divorce from LCers and lend no more support. It is simply the Law of Identity—i.e., of non-contradiction—that LC is about restricting a macronutrient (carbohydrate) no matter what, and paleo is about understanding the appropriate human diet via ever developing knowledge about not only what was eaten but now, gut microbiology that dovetails quite nicely with the developing evolutionary and anthropological knowledge in other areas.
The puzzle is coming together, which is the essence of the paleo paradigm qua foundational template.
Want a belly laf? Human mother’s milk is about 30% sugar.
We should have known, eh?
Alright, the second part of the logical equation is more practical, lo, pernicious. You see, the VLC/Keto advocates have had a trick up their sleeves for decades to fool you. It goes like this:
- Do an Atkin’s style Induction Diet for 2 or more weeks
- Measure ketones; pee purple
- Test your blood glucose regularly, especially after meals
- Freak out when you next eat some carbs and see your BG readings
A self-fulfilling, baked-in-the-cake scam of confirmation bias.
Here’s the thing.
When you go ketogenic—either by LCHF (low protein too) or fasting—you develop physiological insulin resistance. Because your brain requires upwards of 130 grams daily of glucose, then if you’re not ingesting it because LC-Guru, your body—as an evolutionary survival adaptation in the face of perceived starvation—makes it from protein (even your heart muscle if it has to; welcome to the optimal chronic dietary regime). But, it also guards glucose like Fidel Castro holds onto 1950s communism. To do that, it gives you a form of metabolic syndrome. It’s analogous to the physiological ”Type 2 Diabetes” of a bear in late fall, about to hibernate for 5 months.
What’s the result? It’s that, in the way VLC/Keto is promoted now, you have been admonished to monitor your blood glucose regularly. Of course, everyone knows everyone cheats and when you do let Satan into your bed with that piece of your child’s birthday cake, WHAM! You’re minimally pre-diabetes, if not type 2.
You have self diagnosed. You can no more eat any carbs than a couch potato who fears a heart rate of over 100 bpm can climb a flight of stairs. I suppose that couch potato would be analogous to a low-carb butter ball.
Guess what? This isn’t just speculation on my part. I have scienzez to show you.
- Way back in 1928, 1936, and 1972, three very similar experiments were conducted on Inuit living their traditional diets. The results were identical even though the testing methods improved. They gave them a huge bolus dose of glucose and unlike you LCers who can’t “climb a flight of stairs,” they displayed normal physiologic glucose tolerance, spiking to about 140 mg/dL, perfectly normal. Cleard within a couple of hours. Then, they put them on an 80 hour fast in order to induce unequivocal ketosis. Gave them the same glucose. They spiked to 400 and 3 hours later, some were still over 300. My post on it: To Reiterate, Just In Case You Missed It: No Elevated Ketone Levels in the Inuit.
- Ironically, Vilhjalmur Stefansson—the guy who popularized the arctic and Inuit for countless VLC/Keto advocates—tested out exactly the same after his Belleview experiment. Crap ability to handle glucose after the year, restored to normal after 3 weeks on a nomal diet: More Uncovering of the Inuit Myth: Stefansson and Anderson Belleview Experiement; Compromised Glucose Tolerance.
At what point are people of good sense going to recognize that the new knowledge of the gut biome and its requirement for much fermentable fiber is a complete game changer (VLC/Keto is just a small aspect, though the very most wrong of everybody on this point)? At what point, as well, are people of good sense going to recognize that VLC/Keto has been a convenient, baked-in-the-cake scam (unintentionally, but the convenience exists) all along by creating physiological insulin resistance that by means of admonishments to measure blood glucose regularly, is then used anecdotally to convince people that carbohydrates are bad?
But you know what? All you VLC/Keto folks are welcome to continue. I love beating you up, and I don’t need to recite PATHWAYS!!!!! from textbooks to do it.
I’m blown away.
The last week, I’ve been at a rural mountain place where data is quite fast, but metered; and since my brother pays for it, I have to shuttle stuff away for later.
…And so it was when a commenter, last week, clued me in to another Catalyst program from Australia (Yea, the same one that took it in the shorts because they threatened the profits of the statin-drug industry that’s in the billions of $$$—most profitable drug in history…not, like, antibiotics, that saved hundreds of millions…).
New research has linked the Western diet to asthma, autism, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, emphysema, cancer, and the list goes on. The reason a healthy diet could be even more important than previously thought is because food affects the bacteria deep inside our guts. Unbeknownst to most of us, we each carry about 1.5 kg of bacteria – that’s trillions of tiny microbes that contribute 100 times as many genes as our genomes do. In the last ten years, a technological revolution means scientists are now beginning to discover just how crucial these microscopic creatures are to our overall health…and what they’re learning is shaking the very foundations of medicine and nutrition.
This is 100% what our book—and I will always characterize it as such—is about. Literally, I do not think there’s a single idea or sentence that Tim did not have the foresight to include, for me to wordsmith.
You must watch this. Ridiculously, there does not seem to be any embed code, but oh, well, watch it. I can’t wait for part 2. …I’ll have to satisfy myself with Season 6 of Parks and Recreation, and just getting into Season 1 of The Wire in the meantime.
…The part I haven’t addressed but decided to include in the title is the part about the end of VLC and ketogenic Diets (for regular folks, I understand its therapeutic value). This is addressed, not directly, but by implication in the video.
The problem is that there is an intransigent low carb industry now that is just as successful as antibiotics were, with the same consequences. Antibiotics carpet bomb the gut, VLC starves it. In both cases, you can eliminate or ameliorate problems by lowering populations of pathogens.
Both, however, come with the same costs: you’ve killed or starved the good ones, too.
You know why I have come to hate and loath the VLC community? One word: intransigence. None of them will dare to integrate this, because integrating it is suicide. And they know it.
They thought they knew it all. Perhaps they did, but it was only 10% of the equation and they’re riddled with confounding variables in the 90% range, up to 1,000 species, producing unaccountable compounds.
Laf. I want to see them all in potato soup lines.
Update: I must add that yesterday, I was working on some of Tim’s integrations and though it’s covered previously in the book, he brought up again how the gut bugs “train” the immune system. Listen to the video at about 7:50.
Intestinal Fortitude is the working title. Credit: Mark Sisson for the idea. I like it.
I feel compelled to give an update about the progress of the book originally launched by Tim “Tatertot” Steele and I last December, incorporating Grace Liu as Science Editor in February. The reason is simply that I keep getting emails and comments various places, asking for updates—and everyone is still under the impression that we’re all three still collaborating on it. Nope, not since mid-June.
Well, just like rock bands had and have conflicts, so did we. I won’t get into details. Irreconcilable differences. All anyone will ever know from me, besides close confidants I trust. I believe Tim and Grace will handle it similarly. There’s always fault to go around, chez moi too.
Such is life. Fortunately, everyone gets to do what they want and that’s what the three of us have done.
Basically, Grace’s contributions have been redacted and Tim and I have come to an agreement regarding his massive contributions. I’m working solo, now; vigorously, of late.
When the book is done and published, the acknowledgements will credit Grace for much inspiration and Tim: for writing 90% of the rough draft during the cold, dark Alaska winter…while I was busy putting together post after post in general promotion—now over 100 posts—on resistant starch, incorporating many more aspects of the gut biome in general. There’s only a single chapter in the book on RS, specifically.
It stands at about 350-400 pages.
Yesterday, as I was working on the editing and wordcrafting of some of Tim’s draft, I put up some updates on Facebook. So, here’s a taste:
- On the gut biome and Autism
- On the gut biome and Alzheimer’s
- On the gut biome and Autoimmunity in general
- On the gut biome and Rheumatoid Arthritis and Ankylosing Spondylitis
About half of the book is manuscript ready at this point. Another month or two, and it’ll be done. No idea when actual publishing will happen, but I guarantee it will happen.
Grace and Tim are engaged separately in their own endeavors and I wish them both the best of success. Grace blogs at AnimalPharm (link removed) and Tim has dipped his toe into blogging waters at VegetablePharm—and he’s also engaged in a graduate program in biological sciences he’ll perhaps blog about. Additionally, Grace did a presentation at the Ancestral Health Symposium 2014 and her presentation is now up and I highly recommend it.
Onward. As always, every time, no exceptions ever.
It is so laf.
A startling new political science study concludes that corporate interests and mega wealthy individuals control U.S. policy to such a degree that “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.”
The new study, with the jaw-clenching title of “Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens,” is forthcoming in the fall 2014 edition of Perspectives on Politics. Its authors, Martin Gilens of Princeton University and Benjamin Page of Northwestern University, examined survey data on 1,779 national policy issues for which they could gauge the preferences of average citizens, economic elites, mass-based interest groups and business-dominated interest groups. They used statistical methods to determine the influence of each of these four groups on policy outcomes, including both policies that are adopted and rejected.
The analysts found that when controlling for the power of economic elites and organized interest groups, the influence of ordinary Americans registers at a “non-significant, near-zero level.” The analysts further discovered that rich individuals and business-dominated interest groups dominate the policymaking process. The mass-based interest groups had minimal influence compared to the business-based interest groups.
The study also debunks the notion that the policy preferences of business and the rich reflect the views of common citizens. They found to the contrary that such preferences often sharply diverge and when they do, the economic elites and business interests almost always win and the ordinary Americans lose.
The article’s author, Allan Lichtman, then goes on—in utter face-palming imbecility—to conclude:
Rich individuals and business interests have the capacity to hire the lobbyists that shadow legislators in Washington and to fill the campaign coffers of political candidates. Ordinary citizens are themselves partly to blame, however, because they do not choose to vote.
America’s turnout rate places us near the bottom of industrialized democracies. More than 90 million eligible Americans did not vote in the presidential election of 2012 and more than 120 million did not vote in the midterm elections of 2010.
Translation: If a whore goes instead for the cash and ignores 125 million wishes, in order to spread her legs, then we simply need 90 million more wishes. What a moron. Lichtman: you’re a fucktard.
Anyway, here’s the study draft (PDF): Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens.
Now, pop quiz: who wrote this and for how long has he been saying it in various iterations and forms?
“Voting: getting a 1/300 millionth say in your own affairs.”
There’s a good reason that 90 million American’s are smart enough to not bother voting, ever. They understand this:
Alright, onward. There’s my toldjaso for the day. Take the fucking Red Pill already.
Update: George Carlin Doesn’t Vote (and not because he’s dead)
It is truly heartbreaking. For me.
…Just another one in the million or so blog posts about him, but I’ll make it brief. I wasn’t going to say anything at all, but then I heard an interview with a “mental health professional” on NPR just a bit ago during a round-tripper to the market.
“Nobody should feel they have a right to commit suicide.”
Juxtaposed, when I shared the news on Facebook two days ago, I said: “Damn. Well, everyone gets to do what they want to do.”
But, you see, “mental health professionals” are “troubled” about the “discussion.” Suicide—especially of high-ranking humans with access to everything these “Pros” have to “offer”—exposes their utter impotence and fraud. Fuck ’em. The sorry state of modern mental health is at their doorstep, number one; and number two, almost all they ever wanted to do was make money in perpetuity at your expense. Fuck ’em for a second time.
Suicide is every human being’s rightful option 100% of the time—wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling. In fact, humans are the only animal in nature—that I’m aware of—with the capacity to consciously commit suicide.
Beached whales are probably just confused.
My take? A very complex man, an incalculable soul. They don’t so much fit in in a McDonald’s world where there’s 20 menu items that you can order by number.
He probably witnessed the intransigence of human, rat-race-banality way up closer and for a lot longer than I.
That is all.
I wrote this on FB:
I’ll say it, gladly: Professor Tim Noaks is an ignoramus. There. Actually, that’s rather kind because the only other option would be to call him a liar. He can take refuge in ignorance, though.
It was in reference to this piece of outrageous, preposterous nonsense for the benefit of VLC and Ketogenic sycophants, I surmise: Low Carb Foods: Can you eat potatoes and sweet potatoes on the LCHF diet?
…Here’s an initial clue. When you see “can you” in the title or lede of a piece, I advise you to dismiss it instantly. It’s seeking to replace your authority over your own self with that of someone else’s. Bonus points if they preface their name with a title, like, Professor, always capitalized. “Just take my word for it,” is what that means.
Here’s the money quote:
But potatoes have no nutritional value at all and they should be cut out of the diet completely.
Potatoes are a real problem because they are just glucose. You might as well just go and buy a bag of glucose from the pharmacist and eat that, because that’s the same effect biologically. Your brain and your body doesn’t know whether you just had a bag of glucose or had a potato. The response is the same: you have a huge glucose spike in your bloodstream and a huge insulin spike. [I first saw that “bag of glucose” meme from Art DeVany in 2008 – Ed]
Uh, no, you don’t. Not even Inuit in 1928, 1936, or 1972—but only once they were fasted for significant time such that NORMAL glucose sensitivity went to hell in a handbasket and they were riddled with the Holy Grail of human metabolic “flexibility:” physiological insulin resistance. Go ahead, Noaks, come down from your cloistered Ivory Tower and read your betters. There’s more here, too.
Otherwise, VLC and ketogenic are just like a long fast, only chronic. And what’s more, how convenient it is: they’ll get the huge spikes you predict, and they’ll sit at your feet in worship because just as you predicted, potatoes “give them diabetes.” And they know this because they saw a number on a meter that scared the shit out of them, confirming your ignorant bias for you.
…Someone wrote a comment on FB that Noaks sounded like he’s taking to 3rd graders. You know what? That was totally fine in 2008 or 9; we were, many of us. But now, those of us who haven’t been held back in grades—like the Atkins worshipping VLC and ketogenic crowds—are now about High School Freshmen. For us, we’re just beginning to learn and integrate and apply new stuff and understanding from a fresh, more widely integrated human evolutionarily perspective. Totally rad, man! We don’t bemoan the ignorance of our youth. Quite the contrary, just like I have fond memories of truly believing in Santa Claus.
How about fact checking the Professor? Well, it so happens I have a chart that compares nutrition across 17 or 18 nutrients. And indeed, potatoes come in under something like red meat. On the other hand, fat is pretty vapid in terms of micronutrients (pretty much fatty acids) and it’s pretty tough to eat, i.e., chew, above about 30% protein consistently (try it, I have). Non-starchy vegetables are pretty much water, fiber, and micronutients. What’s left? Starch.
I’ll bet you that the Professor is deficient on latest research, as Professors are prone to be. It’s so easy, once you are a Professor, to rest on laurels for decades, expecting flowers and tears at your grave 60 years later.
Significant info in that post Noaks is ignorant of, but here’s the fact check:
Oh, Myyy. What a fucking liar for effect. Why? Professor. “Don’t Look!”
Does that look like “no nutritional value at all?” Moreover, Irish lived on them for decades. More, moreover, some peoples in PNG still do—and all Blue Zone peoples eat legumes…every single one. Potatoes have a complete essential amino acid profile, though minimal, macro wise. Perhaps total protein isn’t such a huge deal?
Oh, did you notice the Tiger “nuts.” It’s a misnomer. They’re actually a tuber as well, and if you average out the nutrition, it exceeds red meat. Morover, its macronutrient profile is almost identical to human breast milk.
Dismiss “Proferssor” fucktards who simply keep professing what they’re used and comfortable with professing. That’s all I have to say for the moment.
…I’m so tired of this entrenched, no knowledge ever changes or evolves, bullshit, and I am fucking sick to death of the very, very false VLC mythology.
That is all.
I’ve been razzing AHS a bit last couple of days. There was yesterday’s post on Survival of the Richest, and you can see what sorts of stuff I’ve been putting out on Twitter with the #AHS14 hashtag. Yes: stuff that ought to be being addressed at AHS, but either isn’t or is very underrepresented amongst what’s basically about the same stuff 4 years running now.
This next story was sent to me by Karen Pendergrass, creator of various Paleo Movement initiatives.
Karen Pendergrass is the Author of Eat paleo Save the World!; Founder and Executive Director of The paleo Foundation, Certified paleo, paleo Approved, and Paleo-Friendly Food Certification Labels; creator of the International paleo Movement Group on Facebook, and creator of The paleo Movement Online Magazine.
She’s given me permission to post it. Prepare to have your mind blown.
I sent this as a pm to Robb because I didn’t want you to know that I respected you one iota… I try not to, but I can’t help myself. On a personal level, I think you’re an off-base prick who throws tantrums because nobody really checks you. On a professional level, I’m anxious for the book you’re writing about the gut microbiome because it’s been a huge area of interest for some time now.
Anyway, here’s what I sent to Robb:
I went on a VLC diet for 3 months to “put out the fire” in 2011 (per Mat’s suggestion) to normalize insulin, cool PCOS, and reduce my chronic inflammation (remember when I looked like a balloon?) and to lose the 50lbs that came out of thin air in 2009. My little experiment didn’t work, in fact it backfired–my liver enzymes shot back up to danger zone, I still had glucose days regulation, PCOS, distention, and no change in weight.
Everyone, including myself, threw their hands in the air. But then I gained 9 lbs in a week on antibiotics and decided to research the shit out of why that happened to me, since I knew from previous studies that cows given subtherapeutic doses of antibiotics did the same, but I never asked why… Do you recall this email to you and Mat?
I learned a lot. My new experiment was to focus on gut normalization. I had a DIY, at-home fecal transplant, I went very high carb, high FOS diet for a week (jicama bender) and lo and behold… Loss of 25 lbs in one week. Oh, and I drank a metric fuck ton of orange juice after reading this awesome study about OJ and how it miraculously mitigates an inflammatory response after a high-fat meal. I fucking love OJ.
And much as I hate to agree with Nikoley here… I kind of have to. This is not to negate the clinical, either… This is to say those who are metabolically broken cannot—always—be fixed by carbohydrate limitation, and although this is a currently unfalsifiable hypothesis, I surmise that all people with metabolic conditions would be normalized faster if the focus was on gut normalization first, which may call for higher carbs and, god forbid, less meat. More than one way to skin a cat you know?
Now, I know I’m not the rule, I’m the exception. But even the exceptions must be taken into account when blanket prescriptions are made, like “when glucose regulation is an issue, limit carbs. DONE.” No disrespect love, I find that to be somewhat specious given what we’re learning about the gut microbiome.
And in light of the fact that some nasty, pathogenic, gram-neg groups (usually disproportionately high in T2D) produce 10x the LPS (if I recall correctly, let me double check) as other indigenous species, and how that effects hormonal fluctuations and, of course, glucose dysregulation/insulin resistance… Even red meat, in the presence of hypochloridia (as you know, it’s also common) can exacerbate the condition if it’s fermenting in the gut, breeding specific types of pathogenic bacteria while starving out the regulatory, colonic species.
At least, this explains my success on high-carb focus on FOS paleo and no success on low carb Paleo.
She ads, to me:
“So that’s it. If you want to see my studies/papers that got me to these conclusions I’m happy to share them. I might have some you don’t have yet, I’m not sure. But they are awesome.
“If not, suck it easy.”
I love straight-talkin’ gals.
Later, I hope to blog about the “missing links” at what is supposed to be a symposium of ancestral health, which implies what did we eat to be healthy? Which further implies: who ate it and who were their offspring?
I don’t attend AHS anymore. I was privileged to promote it highly in advance of its inaugural event at UCLA in 2011, be a speaker there, and then spoke again in round 2 at Harvard in 2012. Here’s one reason why. It’s rather like stepping back in time to the 2009-2011 timeframe with lots of pretty much the same thing, only more presentations with lots of letters after names.
@christopher – “You either had meat or you subsisted on roots veg and fruit but not both. Except if you were an upper class individual or a pharaoh and didn’t have to gather your food yourself”
The problem in this type of thinking is that modern people are descendants of the rich, rather than of the poor or even average. According to the work of Gregory Clark 90% of English at the eve of the industrial revolution are descendants of 10% of the rich at the early Middle Ages.
There’s a recurring error in the discussion about the diet of OUR ancestors: people acquire information about the typical diets of average people in the past and conclude that this is what the ancestors of contemporary people ate. Such conclusion is based on assumption that there’s some demographic link between typical people of the past and typical people of today.
This assumption is broken, as we are not descendants of averages, but we are disproportionally descendant from the rich people of the past. This has been confirment by many pieces of evidence, sometimes fragmentary: like informations about hundreds or even thousands of sons of ancient rulers versus slaves that had below replacement fertility etc. The best (most precise and based on the best evidence) available work concerns middle ages in the UK, and was done by Gregory Clark, the book is named “Farewell to alms”. It shows that 90% of English in the 18th centaury come from just 10% of the richest people at the beginning of the middle ages. He calls it “Survival of the richest” Here’s a short version of this:
“Survival of the richest” is very meaningful in the context of the ancestral diets, as what we really want is to find out diets of OUR ancestors, not just the diets of the majority of population, that left no descendants living today. It means that when studying the past ways of eating with the goal to find our ancestral diet we have to discard the poorest, and concentrate on upper social classes – as much more likely to be either our ancestors, or behaving as our ancestors (same social class) if not directly related.
How about Eastern Civilizations – a quote from Matt Ridley – the Red Queen:
“Without exception, that vast accumulation of power was always translated into prodigious sexual productivity. The Babylonian king Hammurabi had thousands of slave “wives” at his command. The Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten procured 317 concubines and “droves” of consorts. The Aztec ruler Montezuma enjoyed 4,000 concubines. The Indian emperor Udayama preserved sixteen thousand consorts […]
Measures to enhance the fertility of the harem were common. Wet nurses, who allow women to resume ovulation by cutting short their breast-feeding periods, date from at least the code of Hammurabi in the eighteenth century B.C.; they were sung about in Sumerian lullabies. The Tang Dynasty emperors of China kept careful records of dates of menstruation and conception in the harem so as to be sure to copulate only with the most fertile concubines. Chinese emperors were also taught to conserve their semen so as to keep up their quota of two women a day, and some even complained of their onerous sexual duties. These harems could hardly have been more carefully designed as breeding machines, dedicated to the spread of emperors’ genes.”
There are some interesting followups from others; eg. about the sorry state of the groups that didn’t participate in the Clark model, but didn’t go extinct, just become a minority, but still kept their high-violence, high-time-preference, inability to do monotonous jobs behavior from hunter-gatherers time.
“In pre-modern Japanese society, the Burakumin specialized in jobs that required contact with dead flesh, e.g., butchery, leather making, and preparation of corpses for burial. They were and still are socially stigmatized, and marriage with them was forbidden. Because of their endogamy and their reserved occupations, they may have thus escaped the process of demographic replacement that Gregory Clark (2007) described for English society, i.e., they were not gradually replaced by downwardly moving members of the middle class. As such, they might provide a glimpse into the genetic predispositions that characterized the Japanese several centuries ago”
So basically when we look at oru ancestry backwards in time, from us today, to some hominids in the past, what we see is a chain of individuals who are mostly rich – with some perhaps temporary downward moments, followed by upwards one, who thus didn’t suffer from the starvation, but ate a reasonable diet, with enough calories (although in medieval times rich ate less protein than hunter gatherers, same calories according to G. Clark work) even when the average in the population were starving at the Malthusian limits.
So, I don’t attend AHS anymore because there’s very little to see there, anymore. In my view.
I’m about new insight, new understanding, new integration. I’m as far from entrenched academic confirmation bias with a view to enhanced capitalization as you can get. Nothing against capitalization, it’s just that I prefer to make my money by roughing up minds.
Holy doG shit, but am I sick of this stinking dispute going on decades?—all my life, really…chewing up so much productive energy for the sake of Biblical and Dead Sea Scrolls masturbation. …Nobody outside of either region ought give a runny shit and ought, in my view, let them war it out on their own dime. …With zero care over which set of 14th Century, dirt scratching savages win. Let them work out how the prayer wall works on their own. Front, back. Holes, no holes.
The reason this wasn’t settled long ago is obvious to me: American Fucktards; a couple hundred million strong, who read Mother Goose by doG, who anoint gooselogians with PhDs—90% honorary. They teach that Jews are The Chosen People (non Semitic people, except Arabs, are bastard stepchildren of the doG)...and since they fear their own mortality to the extent of being willing to live a fantasy, they make damn sure that America has a geopolitical policy of supporting their favorite character in the fantasy book.
This is entertaining on its own weird merits.
My conclusion: let them fight it out on their own dime, with no support in terms of the biggest military power on Earth, in service of the Jewish people first and foremost: because doG chose them as favorite.
You pathetic puppies.
I don’t give anymore of a shit that Israel gets bulldozed into the eastern Mediterranean than you give a shit about: The Decades of Genocide in the Real Birthplace of Humanity: Africa. Or: Indigenous peoples of the Americas. This, above all, exposes 200-300 million Americans as complete, fantasy loving, death fearing fucktards…not worth a wasted fuck—because they fuck everything up globally based upon their fucktarded Mother Goose delusions.
Now, all you Christians, Jews, and Muslims: Go Fuck Yourselves.
Nobody has fucked up Planet Earth more that you have, with your competing storybooks.