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Animal Farts Powder 1.0 Beta

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Part inspiration, part scouring around, part listening to some commenters, part total shot in the dark…I’ve made perhaps the 1st HUGE gut biome food designed with them in mind.

May they blister your dreams.

It’s 13 different powdered gut foods in one—from pectin to potato starch and mung bean; to FOS, psyllium, and a bunch of exotics. Yea, there’s even Amla, too. Larch? You kidding? Of course. Glucomanna? Surely you jest. Yes.

I’m stress testing it now, with water only on empty stomach (mixes up nice in a shaker with an agitator ball). 2 TBS with water only this afternoon. Tomorrow, 2TBS morning and night. Next day, I’ll take it to 8 TBS (60+g gut fiber). Beyond that, you’re on your own.

Question: What are your thoughts on paying less than a whey protein powder product, but with everything mixed and conveniently packaged for you, as a fiber supplement? Should not be a meal replacement except for serious LC/Keto folks. I’m thinking 1-4 TBS (9-40gish) per day for most people, depending on what works for them. No real idea on pricing yet—except that if you give up your Starbucks habit, buy this, bank the difference, it’ll put a kid through college.

My plan is to set up a small manufacturing facility in the basement of my cabin, and initially do everything myself from sourcing in 50lb sack bulk, to mixing to packaging, and shipping. (I’ll have someone else design and print a label). Go from there if people like it.

Provided 8 TBS doesn’t explode me, that’s the plan. Strike a balance between your annoyance and incertitude, and my making another income stream.

We’ll see. What a business plan.

Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2021, contains 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More

95 Comments

  1. Nick on January 19, 2015 at 19:06

    This is with or without probiotics included? Now THAT is something I would pay for. Of course that would add a lot of cost.

    I’m currently mixing my own with most of these ingredients, but would definitely be willing to buy pre-mixed if the price is right. Good luck!

    • Diane on January 20, 2015 at 20:32

      I would love to test. Currently I use a mix of ps, acacia, inulin and psyllium. Would love more variety.



  2. mart on January 19, 2015 at 19:23

    if I were you i’d be testing it on more than just myself. Sell some off at minimal cost plus shipping to some early adopters here with the proviso that they report their experience. Better still – do a control test and half get one recipe, and the other gets a different one. I’d guess it’s unlikely you will nail this at first attempt, and it may go through a few iterations if you test it with a proper method. Those who are able might also take some measurements too – blood, weight, body-fat, and such.

    • Richard Nikoley on January 19, 2015 at 19:29

      Once it satisfies me, I’ll be seeking out beta testers.



    • Mycroft Jones on January 19, 2015 at 21:06

      Count me in, I want this. Perfect addition to the potato hack.



    • Douglas on January 20, 2015 at 05:44

      Count me in!



    • Dave on January 20, 2015 at 09:29

      Count me in too.



    • DocJSK on January 20, 2015 at 16:57

      I’m game. The prospect of breaking potent wind on the wards where nary a person will notice.



    • noel on January 21, 2015 at 20:29

      I would love to Beta test. Keep me posted



    • George on January 23, 2015 at 14:24

      Count me in



    • Jake on May 18, 2015 at 16:37

      Count me in, and I know some of my elite athlete clients will be pumped to try as well (can test effects on a often-stressed body!)

      Is this meant to be taken AWAY from probiotics then? Again, just clarifying from some earlier articles…so probiotics on empty stomach (/with OJ, Milk, etc) then FODMAPs/Starches later on and separately?

      Thanks Richard



    • Richard Nikoley on May 18, 2015 at 18:11

      Actually, soon I’ll be posting the recipe. No longer interested in product development.

      Soon.



  3. Resurgent on January 19, 2015 at 21:13

    Add me to your volunteer list for beta testing whenever ready..

  4. Qube on January 20, 2015 at 01:25

    If you mixing fiber’s perhaps it’s best to make different combinations, since a few can’t handle psyllium for example. If you make 5 different fiber products, someone can test all of them through a sample pack, for a few days. If they feel best on just only 1 of the fiber mixes, then they can take only that one, or 3(they then can rotate) or all of them.

  5. Shawn Stocker on January 20, 2015 at 03:21

    Would definitely be interested in trying it out. Curious to see the recipe as well, but would buy it if price were right for convenience. As long as you ship to Spain 🙂

  6. kelly on January 20, 2015 at 04:35

    I’ll give it a go

  7. Madeleine on January 20, 2015 at 04:51

    Keep in mind all of us who have tried every known way to take potato starch, but just can’t handle it. If you make up a batch without the potato, I’d love to try it.

  8. Rocco Privetera on January 20, 2015 at 05:02

    Count me in. Right now I’m doing something similar – nightly shake of sf orange Citrucel, Psyllium, Potato starch, then chase down the probiotic pills.

  9. Skyler Tanner on January 20, 2015 at 05:08

    Richard,

    Send me some and I’ll test it for you. I’ll even try to capture some gas so you can have it analyzed. 😉

    • Skyler Tanner on January 20, 2015 at 08:03

      Replying to myself, but I actually have access to things like a DEXA scan for accurate body composition readings, rather than just poorly lit faces. 😉



  10. Tim Maitski on January 20, 2015 at 05:12

    I think you had mentioned in an earlier post that you would list the ingredients but not the amounts. To me, that is the one big reason that I would not buy it. I wouldn’t want to risk that it would be primarily inexpensive potato starch with trace amounts of the more expensive fibers. I’d rather make my own mix and know exactly what’s in it.

    I’ve been making similar shakes for the last few months and it is a pain in the butt weighing it all out every morning. But I like being able to add one new item at a time and seeing if I can see any difference for the good or bad.

  11. Simon Gustafsson on January 20, 2015 at 05:36

    If you don’t mind shipping some to Sweden, sign me up! I’d love to try it, and I know a few more people who might de interested. I’ll cover the extra shipment cost, ofcourse.

    Regards, Simon.

  12. Dave McCracken on January 20, 2015 at 05:49

    I’d be in for betas. Like Mart says, be prepared for multiple beta tests. Also be prepared to craft different recipes for those who want more of an ingredient or less to none of one (like Madeleine and potato starch). The idea of a recipe with probiotics is also appealing. You’re going to have to figure out how you balance your desire to not give away recipes with people’s reasonable need to know quantities of components.

    This is an interesting idea. The sheer convenience of such a product makes it much more accessible to the other 99.9% of people. This could do some real good.

  13. Simon Gustafsson on January 20, 2015 at 06:12

    If you don’t mind shipping some to Sweden, I’d love to try this! I know a few more people here who would like to try it too. I’d cover the extra shipment cost, ofcourse.

    Regards, Simon.

    • Michele on January 21, 2015 at 07:24

      I’ll test for Germany if you are willing to send it here. Le mari est Francais…si ca represent la France…



    • George on January 23, 2015 at 14:28

      Hej Simon, kul att se någon annan från Sverige här!



  14. Jen W on January 20, 2015 at 06:28

    Count me in. I’ll try it.

  15. Cece Leskova on January 20, 2015 at 07:13

    Assuming you’ll ship internationally, I’d be wiling to buy it to test it out.
    I take my own mix with potato starch, psyllium, FOS, and Inulin but the hard to find stuff is, well, hard to find and expensive (especially here, ugh.)

  16. Long Time Lurker on January 20, 2015 at 07:39

    Holy grain-free macaroni! I would buy that so hard. I second the suggestion of bundling it with probiotics as a gut-starter-pack option. You don’t know me from Adam, but I’m also down for beta-testing, if you could use someone with no resistant starch/probiotics in my diet to begin with (save for the occasional green bananna).

  17. Lisa Truitt on January 20, 2015 at 07:48

    Hi Richard. I’ve been a long time reader/lurker. I don’t think I’ve ever posted but wanted to tell you thank you and Tim for your great blogs and how they have benefited me. Resistant starch has made my life so much better. It cured insomnia probably caused by very low carb diet. It also improved my metabolism via better thyroid and adrenal function. I am warmer and have to take less thyroid and have more energy and feel happier. Who wouldn’t feel happier when they increase their sleep from 4-5 hours sleep a night to 7 or 8? I just reread your refining the resistant starch story. I was looking for help because for the last several months I had been reading grace Lius blog regularly. I got sucked into her opinion that raw potato starch is bad and dropped taking it. She seemed like a smart lady and I trusted her. I also didn’t know for some time that you and Tim disagree with her. The first time I caught wind of that was several weeks ago. It was the last time Tim posted over there. Grace was saying he’s messed up because he has bifidus animalis rather than bifidus longum and that it is obvious rps did him bad because he has Nash and gout. Tim seemed pretty peeved and disagreed, don’t remember exactly what he said but seemed to go off in a huff and never posted again. I wasn’t totally sure what to think. I was disappointed cause I love Tims posts but Ive reall liked Graces blog and it has helped me. Some of her recommended probiotics have been really helpful. I told grace I was really disappointed about dropping rps because it had helped me so much and that I was trying just doing rs3 from food and it wasn’t getting as good results. I told her I thought maybe it was because it was hard for me to get enough rs just from foods to get results for my particular body. I asked her if there were any convenient rs3 powders like rps that someone can quickly easily boost their rs with no matter what is going on how busy they are traveling etc and she said no she doesn’t recommend processed items like that just whole food. I told her but I sleep with rps and I don’t as much without it. She said that she just doesn’t recommend rps because in the long run it cuts off at the knees our ancestral core, was I think the way she put it. You know akkermansia, b longum etc.

    So I’ve believed her and tried it. But gosh darn it I just don’t feel as well. Last week I was traveling and couldn’t eat as well as normal and my sleep had gotten pretty bad by the end of a week and night before last I had a hard time going to sleep and then woke up after 4 hours and couldn’t go back to sleep. Yesterday I was tired and grumpy. So I had had it. I thought I don’t know whether rps will cut my ancestral core off at the knees or not but I know if I take it I’ll sleep! So I took a tbsp with each meal yesterday along with my rs3 whole food and other fibers and last night I went to sleep easily. My head hit pillow and I was out. I slept six hours straight, woke up needing to go to the bathroom and then fell back asleep as soon as head hit pillow again and slept for another 2-3 hours. I woke up feeling rested and great. Yesterday I was thinking that I didn’t know how something could help me so much and be so bad. I Decided to go to his blog and yours to explore rs2 and whether it really does hurt people. I found your post about that and it was very helpful. Now I’ve been reading the refining resistant starch story. I had read it before but I didn’t remember what it said about rs2 being in the traditional foods of numerous people groups. I hope you do go ahead and analyse more of the claims she is making. The info you are providing is helping me get to the truth so I can benefit from rps and not get ripped off from that because of a false idea that the benefits I’m seeing are some kind of short term trick that rps is playing on me only so it can stealthily destroy my most important gut microbes and take me down.

    I like grace and I don’t think she is being intentionally malicious. What is going on is that she had some problems after starting rps like gerd and weight gain. Somebody convinced her it was the rps causing it. I think it was some guy a lot of people would listen to like some microbiota researcher, maybe the one that she follows saying that the microbes she calls the ancestral core are the holy grail. I don’t remember his name.

    It wouldn’t be the first time that someone has gotten convinced of an idea backed by a lot of emotion and then interpreted studies to support their view even when they don’t. I think a lot of times people actually believe they are seeing and interpreting correctly because their filter prevents them from seeing the evidence that contradicts their view.

    It really helped me to see that all these people have been eating rs2 for millennia. How could rps be so bad then? And maybe it did cause problems for grace but for me it has seemed to do nothing but good. Or maybe it was just coincidence and rps had nothing to do with problems grace was encountering.

    It would be interesting to tackle graces claims that rps is responsible for Tims Nash and gout. I saw in some post where you or Tim clarify that gout was caused by cocoa nibs or some such. I have had gout like symptoms before from having too much Oxalate containing food.

    In closing, I appreciate your work.

    • Richard Nikoley on January 20, 2015 at 09:18

      Hi Lisa:

      Well, you must have commented before because it went right through, without hitting the mod queue.

      What a story. So, you made the front page:

      https://freetheanimal.com/2015/01/happens-authority-complex.html



    • eddie belschner on January 22, 2015 at 13:56

      would love to see your ubiome results and —–>OAT pee test…. great story thou ..

      do what ever helps you and makes you FEEL BETTER!!!!!!!! , but if you swing or change your biome you will feel ill. been there for months…

      gout is caused by uric acid—Most uric acid comes from purines made naturally in your body. The rest comes from purines in your diet.

      If your body produces too much uric acid and/or your”””” kidneys”””” have trouble getting rid of it, the uric acid builds up

      TO MUCH purines in your diet
      pork
      beer
      lamb
      certain canned tuna
      shrimp lobster scallops
      liquor

      So look and think TO LOW CARB also FUNGI produce URIC ACID High levels of uric acid is very common among people with diabetes and heart disease. Purine is a nucleo-protein

      Uric acid is itself a toxic metabolite of yeast and fungus! A.V. Constantini, MD the former head of the World Health Organization believes that high levels of uric acid is a result of mycotoxicosis, not due to a ‘metabolic disorder’!

      Penicillin, the most common antibiotic is itself derived from purified mycotoxins. The rampant use of antibiotics directly causes systemic fungal and yeast infections. Various foods may contain fungus and mycotoxins as well. These include meats from animals given antibiotics. It is a widely known fact that the majority of antibiotics produced in the U.S. are for livestock. Peanuts, commercial dairy, cottonseed, and corn are other foods that tend to carry a high mold content. These molds, including aspergillus flavus produce Aflatoxins: voltaile carcinogenic bi-products. Many cereal grains that have a longer shelf life are susceptible to mycotoxin exposure.

      Mycotoxins are not killed by antibiotics. However many herbal formulas are capable of wiping out mycotoxins



  18. Long Time Lurker on January 20, 2015 at 07:57

    Holy grain-free macaroni! I would buy that so hard. I second the suggestion to ship it with probiotics as a sort of gut-flora-starter-pack. You don’t know me from Adam, but I’m also down for beta testing, if you need someone with no resistant starch habit to begin with, save for the occasional green bannana. I also think the different mixes are a good idea – I would buy the non-psylium one formula, for instance.

    At any rate, this sounds like a great idea, and good luck!

  19. Lisa Truitt on January 20, 2015 at 07:58

    I forgot to say the fiber blend sounds great and I would like to try it!

  20. Richard Nikoley on January 20, 2015 at 08:09

    Let me do a general response to address some of the stuff.

    1. Sure, eveyone who said they’d test, provided the email you used is valid, I’ll be in touch first part of feb. I’ll look into international. For right now, testing on myself, and we have a family get-together in a couple of weeks and I’ll use them as lab rats. Some have taken PS for a long time.

    2. No way I can do a designer that excludes stuff based on sensitivities. I have to aim for widest market. With so many different fibers, my hope is that at least for some, it changes the landscape in terms of sensitivity to one particular thing.

    3. It’s not going to be a bunch of PS with a bunch of other stuff tossed in for show. Look how brown it is now. In the current formulation, PS is 20% dry weight. The least percentage is 6%. I will be upping the amount of Inulin / FOS in the next round. I had less of it on hand than I thought I did.

    • tw on January 20, 2015 at 09:07

      The packaging should also include a disclaimer indicating that the consumer should avoid open flames…….excluding of course an outdoor blue angel contest.



    • Shawn Stocker on January 20, 2015 at 09:23

      Sounds good. If it works out, you’ll definitely be filling a need in the market. I salute you.



    • Kate Mathews on January 25, 2015 at 08:54

      Count me in as well, Richard. I currently make fiber mix to take with my probiotics, but it’s nowhere near as varied as yours. Eliminating the fuss would also promote more consistent use, methinks.



  21. Miguel Fonseca on January 20, 2015 at 09:29

    If you’re up to one more test subject (international), count me in!

  22. tc on January 20, 2015 at 09:45

    I’m already planning on buying at least one round, regardless of price. I’ve taken all of the things you mentioned but independently. Buying a mixture in bulk would undoubtedly save me money.

    I’d love to be a beta tester!

  23. Allen Halverson on January 20, 2015 at 11:28

    I would be happy to help if you need more warm bodies for testing.

  24. Judi O on January 20, 2015 at 11:32

    I would love to try this! I try to make my own mix, but this would be very convenient and most likely save me some money.

  25. Trevor on January 20, 2015 at 11:38

    I’d like to give it a try, have been doing PS on and off for the last few months.

  26. HoppyTheToad on January 20, 2015 at 13:38

    I would also be interested in testing. I tried potato starch alone in the spring but eventually stopped, partly because the dreams were so long and vivid that they left me feeling exhausted the next day. So obviously the starch was having an effect.

  27. Gassman on January 20, 2015 at 14:18

    I’ll sign on for the beta. I tried rps for awhile but gave it up because I never adjusted to the gas. I’ll try it again, but maybe I should go ahead and start introducing small quantities and build up to the new trial product. I’ve been getting my starched from cooked and cooled potatos, rice and beans, and banana flour. Only doing probiotics 3-4 times a week. Looking forward to a premeasuerd product. Thanks for all you do.

  28. Rob Genova on January 20, 2015 at 14:22

    I would love to give it a try! I did the PS thing pretty hard core for about a year along will all of the recommended SBO’s and some psyllium. It didn’t eliminate my problems (which appear to be further upstream in my digestion), but I noticed many of the positives that others mention. I gained 10 lbs (not fat) that I lost fairly quickly when I stopped. Saw some strength gains too.

    I have been itching to try the “Wilbur approach”, but didn’t want to deal with sourcing and ordering all of the different fibers.

    I’m not too far from you .. up here in Sonoma County. I typically don’t have the wherewithal to comment, but have been reading you religiously for years.

    • Richard Nikoley on January 20, 2015 at 15:18

      Robb, no worries.

      If you’ve ever gone to the butcher shop at Pt Reyes Station, would be happy to include you for a baggie mid feb, when I go to everyone else beta.

      🙂

      Joking, you’re in, but have you ever been to that shop?



    • Rob Genova on January 20, 2015 at 21:50

      Many times! It’s been a while though. It was a great place to grab rendered tallow and leaf lard during the fat craze. Also, stewing hens with the head and feet on. They serve food now, including animal fat fries.



  29. Lisa Stork on January 20, 2015 at 14:24

    Would love to be a guinea pig.

  30. CCL on January 20, 2015 at 14:31

    I’d be a beta tester too.

  31. Elliebelly on January 21, 2015 at 05:47

    I’m in!

  32. Wilbur on January 20, 2015 at 14:51

    Hey Richard –

    I think this is a great idea. I have my fiber stuff stored in a large drawer, two full cabinets, and a basement storage closet. My wife jokes that we need an addition to the house for the fibers (and she has not seen the storage closet). All this stuff comes in weird-sized containers, and of course does not stack easily. It would be great to have a single container!

    I see that a several are having gas issues, and that you are hoping that you won’t “explode.” Without trying to put words in his mouth, I learned from Stuart Mather how to make gas a complete nonissue. It’s there, of course, but it’s no more intrusive now than it was for me before I started this. I feel normal, gas-wise. And you know that I take at least double of the maximum you plan.

    The idea from Stuart is to balance short-chain and long-chain stuff. I’ve read some research verifying it. I started *adding* long-chain fibers to my mix, and the gas would decrease. I recently added long-chain inulin, and it made a huge difference.

    I’ve read several times that the maker of Medamucil psyllium husk has “tweaked” their formula to make it comfortable. I always wondered how since psyllium is just a seed. But I think that if they are balancing the short- and long-chains, then maybe that’s the case.

    Good luck!

    • Wilbur on January 20, 2015 at 14:54

      Dang, forgot to mention that stuff like psyllium and cellulose are part of the long-chain gang.



    • Richard Nikoley on January 20, 2015 at 15:08

      Wilbur, come mid feb, you’ll get a package too. It was really you who got me thinking of this in not just a throw more darts deal, but convenience.

      If you email me (email on the about page) I’ll let you know all the current ingredients and you can critique. Might earn you like a 3 month supply of the final product, or something.

      BTW, I’m trying to put down enought to fart big like with just PS and it’s not happening. Just a normal toot now & then.

      Guess I’m going to have to change the name. 🙂



  33. Harriet on January 20, 2015 at 15:27

    Richard
    It probably probably would cost too much to ship it to Australia for me but I’m passing through the US in July so if its ready by then I’ll certainly be interested in getting some.

    And I’ll be interested in more info about the short chain and long chain fibres. My farting had settled down but then I tried reducing the PS from 4 tbs because I had sharply increased my range of other fibres. So some days took none, other days one or 2 tbs. My sleep went to pot again so I went back to 4 tbs which improved my sleep but the high frequency farting started up again. Interestingly its not hot like it used to be when I first started. If PS burns hot in the beginning, then why not after 12 months?

    • Richard Nikoley on January 20, 2015 at 15:55

      It’s really difficult, Harriet.

      Wow, I had such huge, awesome fartimg in the beging, so worth it because of how you feel viscerally right after a big fart. It’s not quite an orgasm, but pretty fun in private. 🙂 but it went away, mostly, even at 4 tbs per day.

      I’m trying to get myself to fart big with this mix. Nothing but the odd toot with 4 tbs in 2 doses, yeaserday and 2 tbs so far today.

      On the good news side, dreams went exponential. How many of you have had your dad parallel park a B777 on the street in front of your house, all while neibors say, “that’s so cool?” Later, we went on a joy ride, took off, flew somewhere where, there were lots of people I knew. My favorite, though, was a late grandmother who gave me shit like she always did and I so miss.

      The place we were at reconfigured all the staircases every day, so you had to figure them out over and over. Weirdly, hours later, I still remember 2 or 3 clever configurations.



  34. Troy Schwartz on January 20, 2015 at 15:48

    Color me in for beta if you’d like.

  35. Mark on January 20, 2015 at 15:52

    I’m very interested. I’ve been rotating potato flour/psyllium and plantain flour/green banana flour/inulin and this sounds like an great solution.

  36. Ron on January 20, 2015 at 16:50

    I was an early adopter for PS… April ’13. Count me in. I’ll be a beta tester.

  37. Alesia on January 20, 2015 at 17:05

    I’d be interested in trying/buying. However, I’m
    Canadian eh?

  38. Nick on January 20, 2015 at 17:39

    I’m in for the beta.

  39. Deb on January 20, 2015 at 18:38

    I’m in for the the beta as well.

  40. Ashwin Patel on January 21, 2015 at 13:58

    Hey Richard,
    Here’s my Recipe (without quantities!!) See if you can match it!! Good luck. You appear to have a ready market.
    PREBIOTIC FIBER MIX

    Potato Starch
    Gum Arabic
    Psyllium Seed flour with husk
    Guar Gum
    Germinated Barley Food
    Glucomannan (Konjac)
    Inulin
    Fructooligosaccharide
    Galactooligosaccharide
    Pectin
    Wheat Bran
    Flax Seed milled
    Chia Seed Milled
    Basil Seed milled
    Mung Bean Flour
    Amla Powder
    Pomegranate Seed powder
    Fenugreek Seed Powder
    Millet Seed Flour

  41. SteveRN on January 21, 2015 at 02:02

    I plan on buying but definitely down for being a beta tester too! This is awesome, I really want to try all the stuff Wilbur suggested, but as the wife and I are working hard at getting out of debt, she has frowned upon me buying boatload after boatload of weird powders for something she is a little skeptical about. I can easily get by with buying one item! Not to mention the time savings on mixing my own stuff up.

  42. Mike on January 21, 2015 at 08:13

    I’d like to be one of your beta testers, Richard!

  43. SusieQ on January 21, 2015 at 09:35

    Interested in beta testing, if room left in the group.

    Thanks!

  44. Lucky Grams on January 21, 2015 at 10:00

    I would love to be a beta tester, but I would really like to see you make a bundle! You give so much to all of us!!

  45. SusieQ on January 21, 2015 at 10:30

    Oh one more thing – back in November, when we discussed on the main thread (for newbies) the “Wilbur” method for putting together a fiber mix, the consensus was that we are special snowflakes and there is no way to determine an optimal fiber mix for the majority of people…. the advice just a couple months ago was “do your darn experimentation, likely to take many years and read the PubMed yourself”…. so…did I miss something? – is there something you’ve hit on to what you believe now is the optimal mix with some reason for each in the mix? Interested…thanks

    • Richard Nikoley on January 21, 2015 at 15:17

      Susie

      While everybody could probably futz around until they get it just right, it’s possible that there’s a mix that’s ok for a lot of people.



    • SteveRN on January 22, 2015 at 03:02

      I guess there probably is a perfect, individual mix for everyone, but, what are the chances of finding it? And if it is the perfect mix today, what about next week, quite a few generations removed from the previous flora mix? I would think for most peple, just getting a good mix, varying doses and times, mix things up. I am sure with this, scoop to scoop ratios will change. If I do great on PS, I can add more, or maybe I can add inulin if I want. But in the mean time, I can be sure I am getting a good mix, without stressing if I ate enough of this or that. No solution is perfect, but it seems like a premixed combo powder will get you to that 80/20 ratio Sisson talks about.



    • Richard Nikoley on January 22, 2015 at 08:00

      Exactly right, steve. This is basically your cake mix. Some might want to add eggs, water, frosting. In other words, more RPS, more Inulin, psyllium, etc. But starting from a good base.



  46. Dan Linehan on January 21, 2015 at 11:58

    Just joining the beta testing group when you’re ready. 😉

  47. Bob Dillon on January 21, 2015 at 12:22

    Volunteering for beta testing.

  48. Wilbur on January 21, 2015 at 15:23

    I like your list. I like how you use seeds. Thanks to you, I have been grinding seeds and putting them on foods, or just chewing a few here and there. I eat an omelette most mornings, and topping it with cumin, fennel, and/or psyllium is quite tasty. This has added a source of fiber that I had not previously considered.

    I found some grape seed flour from Merlot grapes. Up to 50% fiber. I’m trying that soon! I wish I could find the whole seeds.

    • Ashwin Patel on January 22, 2015 at 12:48

      Wilbur,
      You are getting very keen on the Seeds! I’m delighted. Perhaps you were Indian in your previous life!! Pomegranate seeds or Kernels address ALL my needs (Fiber, Polyphenols-Flavonoids, Anti-oxidants,etc) . In Ayurvedic medicine, they are used to treat Intestinal inflammation (you are asked to chew the seeds to a pulp for best benefit). You might be able to get them locally. I get mine from:

      They sell Amla as well (freeze dried quality), but do not know if they deliver to your destination.



  49. SusieQ on January 22, 2015 at 03:48

    SteveRN, apparently the tide has changed.

    I had posed the same question…I have not been in the search of the perfect mix, only a reasonably optimal one that covers most bases.

    As recently as several weeks ago, several here indicated that each person has to search for their personal holy grail.

    I am glad to see there is some consensus forming over a mix of particularly helpful substances.

  50. John Bennett on January 22, 2015 at 05:23

    Please count me in as a beta tester! I have been suggesting trials of RS with many of my psychotherapy clients with positive effect. It has been very useful for me as well! You have the most enjoyable and informative blog.
    John

  51. Sdiguana on January 22, 2015 at 09:28

    I too would be curious to beta test.

    Have you given any thought to doing a study on your formula? Eg 1-2 weeks on plain PS and bugs, flip for next leg to critter farts and bugs (2 groups with reversed order).
    It would be interesting to see how much the additional ingredients help. A gamble though, either strong marketing evidence for your powder or a suggestion that PS does 95% the work.

  52. Jake on January 22, 2015 at 11:11

    I’d love to give this a try as well.

  53. Jed on January 22, 2015 at 20:14

    I like what Tom says about always “keep the gut bugs guessing.” I would like to be able to always change ingredients and dosages constantly to follow Tim’s advice and always mix it up. I would love to beta test this also.

    • Jed on January 22, 2015 at 20:15

      I meant Tim, not Tom..



    • Richard Nikoley on January 22, 2015 at 22:00

      I agree Tom, and I believe Tim would too.

      I don’t really want to do a supplement designed for people in the US to have 4 TBS per day, lasts for 30 days, you can sign up for auto ship.

      I’m not dissing that way because I understnd how difficult it is to keep employees in paychecks they’re never worried about getting on time.

      I discussed this with Bea two nights ago. I was astounded by the international interest and I told her: I will only follow through with this adress agnostic. It may cost a bit more for those out of the U.S., but my primary focus is going to be sorting out real international shipping costs. I’m pretty ignorant, which I love.

      I kinda went off on tanget there. Anyway, I just did my first 30 hr, water only fast in a good long while. How I feel informs me.

      I am coming to believe that you have to feed your gut big, starve it big and let them fight it out.



    • Jake on May 18, 2015 at 16:42

      I dig that last line, man! I’m fascinated in fasting for this kind of thing. Kill, feed, kill, feed!

      Not like those wackjob ‘master cleansers’ but I think there is something to fasting. I don’t think humans were meant to have three (or however many, to satiety) meals put in front of them every single darn day.



  54. George on January 23, 2015 at 14:43

    I’ll buy it whenever it’s ready to ship

  55. Tommyhangcleans on January 25, 2015 at 20:05

    I would also like to test it out. Ive been taking 2 tbs of ps 1 tbs of orac and 1 tbs of inulin. I’ve also experimented with adding pea protein with it but it tastes like butts and not sure I’m happy with the protein source.

    What are your thoughts on pea protein?
    Have you thought about addingg a protein source.
    What would stop others from making a similar product?

  56. Jason on January 28, 2015 at 14:05

    Count me in, I am brand new to RS, PS, etc.

  57. Jim Keen on February 5, 2015 at 09:31

    I’d love to beta test some animal farts! Shut up and take my money!

  58. diane on April 18, 2015 at 17:54

    so since you are moving and enjoying so much life and not going to make your Animal Farts powder, can you give us a lowdown on what you are using and ratios. I am buying some more potato starch, psyllium, inulin and acacia at the moment and would like to add more to my mix. Thanks!

  59. Walter on April 19, 2015 at 13:06

    Sign me up.
    Have you trademark the name? LOL

  60. emile on May 14, 2015 at 04:43

    smart idea, a ready-made concoction of farting ingredients. No time lost to collect them individually, test different blends …

    Sign me up if you look for a beta-tester in France.

  61. Nate Torpey on May 17, 2015 at 16:02

    Beta test over I assume? Any results yet?

    • Richard Nikoley on May 17, 2015 at 16:06

      No, they never began.

      In the end, I lost interest in trying to develop and market a product, in preference to moving to Mexico, leaving in a week. See blog posts over the last month about that.

      Anyway, I’ll be giving away the recipe soon, and everyone can make their own concoction and guard it as their own recipe, or make money, whatever.

      I’m going spear fishing.



  62. […] two large cloves of fresh garlic sliced in half & swallowed, all chased with 4 TBS of my “Fart Powder” prebiotic mix. Needless to say, stool bulk has been off the charts, so not hard to conceive […]

  63. Barb on April 6, 2016 at 08:26

    Did you ever post the recipe? I am unable to find a search bar on your new website to be able to search through your posts to look for it. I would love to see your ingredients. Thanks!

    • Richard Nikoley on April 6, 2016 at 09:22

      No, never posted it, because it’s being overtaken by something else everyone will know about soon.

      The search is now that little magnifying glass in the upper right corner.



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