I’d logged too few hours of good sleep for two nights in a row. So last night, I prowled and caroused early at the Usual Haunts—no mask or helmet on my GPX cafe-racer motorbike here in Rawai Beach, Thailand.
I returned about 21.30, intending for a 22.00 retirement with an 8-hr soak. Check emails and such. Don’t touch that dial! (Netflix) That’s what got me into sleep deprivation in the first place.
Here’s one of the emails in the queue:
Just thought you’d like to chalk up a small victory.
Several years ago I was on the verge of giving up. I was what my father (a cardiologist) used to call a cardiac cripple. Walking a flight of stairs sent me to bed for 15 minutes to recover.
In desperation, I turned to the internet and found you. I was really interested in what you had to say about K2 and D3 and figured what the hell. It can’t be any worse than the advice cardiologists have been giving to me for 20 years that if anything, sped up my disease. Against my family’s skepticism, I embarked on the regimen. It was after my father’s death, but I was reassured by several conversations he and I had late in his life where he lamented the direction of the medical profession in general, and the field of cardiology in particular. I think he would have approved.
Now coincidentally, I had just had three stents put in my circumflex coronary artery, but given that I’d already had 5 stents that all closed, a triple bypass where two grafts closed, and three heart attacks, I wasn’t celebrating my new-found health.
In any case, something happened. Not instantaneously of course, but slowly, over time, I started to be able to walk increasing distances. Now I’m up to 3 miles at a 20 minute pace, three (and sometimes 4) times per week. A cath done recently because of an afib problem showed that against all hope, my three “new” stents were “clean and open” after three years. And I had never had a stent stay open for more than 6 months.
So I tell anyone who will listen (doctors, by the way, never listen) about D3, K2 and you. I can’t thank you enough. It may not match with your beliefs, but I pray for your well-being, safety, and the “others” yet to discover you and get the same sort of life-changing help I did.
Thank you again.
Let’s get one thing straight right off. Though one could possibly find statements to the contrary in this blog’s 5,000-post archives, I do very much appreciate good thoughts, well wishes, and prayers directed my way.
Feel free to blow me a kiss, too.
I’m 95% safe and effective at taking in and appreciating it all. Whether you prefer energies of good-though transported across the ether, faster-than-light gravitational-field groovy waves, or prayers directed to your favorite greater being and higher power on my humble behalf—God, Jehova, Jesus, Allah, Buddha, et al—I truly do adore them all.
It’s probably the most 95% safe and effective way to embarrass me.
Speaking of embarrassment, that’s what I wrote to a doctor friend when I forwarded it, and he replied back, “Yes, but also gratifying.” Indeed. But, also, a sense of responsibility. I can’t just forward this to a few family and friends (done), then keep it in my tidy little box.
I’m morally and ethically duty-bound to put it out there, even though some will doubtless see it as grandstanding on my part; …and BTW, there’s a paid-subscription option where I REVEAL, FOR A SHORT AND LIMITED TIME, ALL THE SECRETS/DON’T MISS OUT/SUBSCRIBE NOW!!!…
If what I did really helped this tired soul, then others can benefit too.
“…yet to discover you and get the same sort of life-changing help I did.“
As I was reading it, only mildly inebriated, I was going ‘holy shit…fuck…Fuck!…FUCK!!!’ I’m sure you appreciate a progression like that and he was skillful and effective in writing that sort of crescendo.
At the same time, I’m rather gobsmacked at his determination.
“Several years ago I was on the verge of giving up.“
I can’t honestly say for myself that with such a raw, base, and core burden of life—that clings to you from the moment you arise to face every new day of your life—that I’d have even stuck it out that long.
Yet, he did. Drive qua drive is the stuff of animals. Free The Animal. But human drive? Now that’s distinctive. Of what is it composed? Where did it come from? What ensures its persistence?
Is it best accounted for by materialistic quantifiable measure, or an inexplicable consciousness that seeks reconciliation between the material and the self, where the self includes measures of fantastical belief and faith in embraced non-material values and ideals? WTF do I know?
Such are the mysteries that mysteriously mystify us.
To introduce what will be the history or backstory, this:
“It can’t be any worse than the advice cardiologists have been giving to me for 20 years that if anything, sped up my disease.“
Sound like anything the whole world has experienced in recent memory? Upon examination, you might find that the current phenomenon is one for the ages, now, in basic authoritarianism. Let me explain. Kid wants to help people, doctors are cool—people respect and defer to them like crazy—so go be a doctor. I imagine that such motivations are damn pure at those young ages. Gratefully, most kids aspire to something that they perceive helps others: doctor, fireman, policeman, etc. (lawyers come from lawyer spawn…). Kid gets older, goes and does it, and it’s an endless stream of soul-crushing disappointment for many of them. Most become disenchanted and they end up being “pill doctors.”
(I once had a doc I chose from the Kaiser lineup because he was the only white guy on offer amongst dozens. An elderly, fit, Polish-immigrant doc. And he told me once: “Richard, I’m just a pill doctor.”)
My point is that most physicians with grand aspirations get funneled into being drug dispensers for the pharmaceutical industry whilst seeing to the appropriate insurance-billing at whatever happens to be the medical center for which they toil. Again, that McCullough interview with Rogan is telling. In it, he says there are about a million physicians in the USA. Of those, how many are the Covid-treatment mavericks who’ve found and refined various regimens to effectively treat patients, with the aim of keeping them from the hospital and death?
(That’s 0.0005 or 0.05% of them. Five hundredths of 1 percent. One!!! in 2,000 of your Land of the Free American Doctors. Have that sink in.)
I presume that the likely career path for that disillusioned youth who once saw much, much more—but doesn’t have what it takes to fight it—is to channel that enormous investment of time, blood, sweat, sleep deprivation, castigation, intimidation, and rank bullshit…into just sit down, shut up, and prescribe what the drug schedule calls for; and also, dispense dietary advice per overlord-narrative protocols—constantly under edit and revision by engineering companies that produce things in bags and boxes some call “food.”
You’ll still be paid handsomely, with benefits. Do it right, and you’ll never risk your job, YEA!!!
…Few can walk even a flight of stairs in this guy’s shoes. The mere thought of it engenders fear and loathing, as it should.
What I’ve put out there over the years has been done as such because of my eclectic and peculiar way of things. I don’t often read books, I usually only skim studies for the gist (making sense is far more important than proper-study catechism), and I don’t only read favorite producers and creators of new content. I get gists of all of it, no matter from where—so long as it’s current, relevant, and not obvious marketing FOMO bullshit.
Then, I THINK FOR MYSELF: connect dots; do 2+2; exclude bullshit; stir shit; then toss it all on the wall to assess stickiness. It’s the Richard Nikoley Formula.
There have been lots of examples over many years: some documented here in posts, many others self-reported amongst the 110,000 comments. Gratefully, I cannot recall a single instance where trying out any of the things I’ve put together like that resulted in anyone telling me they were worse off for trying it. These cover supplements (damn few); nutritionally-dense, lower calorie foods; eschew added fat; gut probiotics and prebiotics; various short-term diet hacks (plain potatoes!), and even some sensible exercise stuff (for non-narcissist bro-peacocks…excessively tatted extroverts).
A final point before we get to the history of how I stumbled upon the D3 and K2 regimen this guy was foolish enough to try—all at the hand-waving of family and cardiologists. Notice he mentions nothing about diet. So, we don’t know what it was, what it is, how it may have changed. Did he also change dietary habits in conjunction with taking the D3 and K2? And if so, in what way…though if so, it’s a reasonable presumption that if anything, the most likely change is from more bad and processed to more good and whole.
This is what’s called confounding variables, and it’s a double-edged sword. It’s always valid to take note of it/them, but that too must be considered, integrated, and applied to Occam’s Razor. Like all scientific principles, it can be used to create and erect, like a hammer builds a house; or bash, like a hammer crushes a skull.
So always take note when someone uses CONFOUNDING VARIABLES!!! Do so especially when the practical results of the hypothesis or experiment are objectively good. …And, far more so when those results are off-narrative and kick the pathetic drug-and-food-engineering industry evil with their fraudulent wares right in their lazy-evil profiteering asses. I digress…
…Are they raising that objection for better insight, thought, study, integration, distinction—alas, a more well-integrated hypothesis? Or, are they using it as a technical gotcha in order to just dismiss an idea that’s profound enough—but also puts their approved narrative in short pants—that it requires a lot of effort and rigor to truly test it to see if it can be falsified (unlikely, and they know it)?
Another perspective on confounding variables is that they can be great. This is the perfect example to illustrate that. We’re dealing with fantastic results made head-bowing solemn by the fact that it’s an improvement on likely death soon or at any moment. And, it’s claimed by the subject that it’s the result of the vitamin D3 and K2 recommendations he got from me.
Truly cool. I’m humbled and embarrassed in the absolutely most graceful and embracing way to experience those emotions.
But I’d also love to know of his dietary habits and how they might have changed over time. Hell, if they did, it’s confounding yes—as to a single cause—but if they went to an advantage for whole foods along with some eschewing of engineered and processed, then whether he got those dietary nudges here or eleshere, it serves to elevate us from a roadmap observance of a single route, to a more bird’s eye view of the whole territory. And that would all make sense.
Grok me? Go right ahead and confound variables toward the good in all things. Let God sort it out.
Ok, Enough; How Did I Stumble Upon D3 and K2?
Stephan Guyenet and Chris Masterjohn. Well, K2, specifically. I was already onto D3.
…I had been blogging since November of 2003 and already had a couple of thousand posts in the can when, in 2007, I came to grips with personal, business, financial, and health issues that sent me in directions that resulted in discoveries. Up to then I was pretty much like anyone else in plenty of areas. Not philosophy, ideology, business, or economics but that was all compartmentalized for cognitive-dissonance’s sake.
I got wind of Art De Vany and his views on the human condition vis-a-vis hominoid and human evolution, and fitness, which he dubbed Evolutionary Fitness. In a nutshell for me, it was about the natural challenge inherent in being a modern human and if you aren’t living it, then synthesize it as best you can. This, amongst much else, led me to natural sunlight exposure on bare skin.
That was so rewarding in terms of plain, base mental health that I continued to explore. I’m still exposing my bare skin to sunshine as often as I can.
Stephan Guyenet / Whole Health Source
I can’t recall how exactly I got steered to his first two posts on Monday, March 3, 2008. He was a PhD candidate at the University of Washington in neurology. I read every post he ever published at WHS because he was a falsifier. Stephan Popper!
Here’s an excerpt from the 2nd post he wrote on day one.
A classic and thoroughly studied example of genetic factors in disease can be found in the Pima indians of Arizona. Currently, this population eats a version of the American diet, high in refined and processed foods. It also has the highest prevalence of type II diabetes of any population on earth (much higher than the US average), and a very high rate of obesity. One viewpoint is that these people are genetically susceptible to obesity and diabetes, and thus their genes are the cause of their health problems.
However, if you walk across the national border to Mexico, you’ll find another group of Pima indians. This population is genetically very similar to the Arizona Pima except they have low rates of obesity and diabetes. They eat a healthier, whole-foods, agriculture-based diet. Furthermore, 200 years ago, the Arizona Pima were healthy as well. So what’s the cause of disease here? Strictly speaking, it’s both genetics and lifestyle. Both of these factors are necessary for the health problems of the Arizona Pima. However, I think it’s more helpful to think of lifestyle as the cause of disease, since that’s the factor that changed.
The Pima are a useful analogy for the world in general. They are an extreme example of what has happened to many if not all modern societies. Thus, when we talk about the ‘obesity gene’ or the ‘heart disease gene’, it’s misleading. It’s only the ‘obesity gene’ in the context of a lifestyle to which we are not genetically adapted.http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2008/03/genetics-and-disease.html
Over the months and years until I met him face-to-face three years later, I devoured his stuff but more importantly, used it all to dive down all my own rabbit holes. What I loved most was his modest descriptions of plain, humble populations all over the world—hunters, gatherers, farmers, pastoralists, sea gypsies—who, regardless of protein, fat, or carbohydrate intake or their relative proportions, were nonetheless healthy and looking sexy.
I knew low-carb and insulin-hypothesis stuff was falsified—from a dietary-imperative standpoint—very early on thanks to him, which made me better at acknowledging its high efficiency in amelioration, for those who won’t change their lifestyles.
…He got his PhD, began a job as an obesity researcher, and however that may have elevated his personal life, stature, and prospects, I’ll always miss that “old Stephan.” All that great stuff is thankfully still intact.
The PhD candidate in neuroscience (Stephan) one day linked to another PhD candidate in nutrition science (Chris).
It was a game-changer for me. On June 16, 2008, a mere 3 months after he began, Stephan penned a blog post entitled, simply, “Activator X.”
Activator X, the almost-mythical vitamin discovered and characterized by Weston Price, has been identified! For those of you who are familiar with Weston Price’s book ‘Nutrition and Physical Degeneration‘, you know what I’m talking about. For the rest of you, allow me to explain.
Weston Price was a dentist and scientist in the early part of the 20th century. Practicing dentistry in Cleveland, he was amazed at the poor state of his patients’ teeth and the suffering it inflicted. At the time, dental health was even worse than it is today, with some children in their teens already being fitted for dentures. Being a religious man, he could not bring himself to believe that ‘physical degeneration’ was what God intended for mankind. He traveled throughout the world looking for cultures that did not have crooked teeth or dental decay, and that also exhibited general health and well-being. And he found them. A lot of them.
So this is where Stephan steered me to Chris. He linked up On the Trail of the Elusive X-Factor: A Sixty-Two-Year-Old Mystery Finally Solved. It’s a long piece with 81 references from the scientific literature and other reputable sources.
In 1945, Dr. Weston Price described “a new vitamin-like activator” that played an influential role in the utilization of minerals, protection from tooth decay, growth and development, reproduction, protection against heart disease and the function of the brain. Using a chemical test, he determined that this compound—which he called Activator X—occurred in the butterfat, organs and fat of animals consuming rapidly growing green grass, and also in certain sea foods such as fish eggs. Dr. Price died before research by Russian scientists became known in the West. These scientists used the same chemical test to measure a compound similar to vitamin K. Vitamin K2 is produced by animal tissues, including the mammary glands, from vitamin K1, which occurs in rapidly growing green plants. A growing body of published research confirms Dr. Price’s discoveries, namely that vitamin K2 is important for the utilization of minerals, protects against tooth decay, supports growth and development, is involved in normal reproduction, protects against calcification of the arteries leading to heart disease, and is a major component of the brain. Vitamin K2 works synergistically with the two other “fat-soluble activators” that Price studied, vitamins A and D. Vitamins A and D signal to the cells to produce certain proteins and vitamin K then activates these proteins. Vitamin K2 plays a crucial role in the development of the facial bones, and its presence in the diets of nonindustrialized peoples explains the wide facial structure and freedom from dental deformities that Weston Price observed.https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/abcs-of-nutrition/on-the-trail-of-the-elusive-x-factor-a-sixty-two-year-old-mystery-finally-solved/
As gobsmacked as I was, actively blogging every damn day, it took me 4 months to broach the topic with my own readers one October day in 2008.
For decades, researchers have puzzled over why rich northern countries have cancer rates many times higher than those in developing countries — and many have laid the blame on dangerous pollutants spewed out by industry.
But research into vitamin D is suggesting both a plausible answer to this medical puzzle and a heretical notion: that cancers and other disorders in rich countries aren’t caused mainly by pollutants but by a vitamin deficiency known to be less acute or even non-existent in poor nations. […]
What’s more, researchers are linking low vitamin D status to a host of other serious ailments, including multiple sclerosis, juvenile diabetes, influenza, osteoporosis and bone fractures among the elderly. […]
But perhaps the biggest bombshell about vitamin D’s effects is about to go off. In June, U.S. researchers will announce the first direct link between cancer prevention and the sunshine vitamin. Their results are nothing short of astounding.
A four-year clinical trial involving 1,200 women found those taking the vitamin had about a 60-per-cent reduction in cancer incidence, compared with those who didn’t take it, a drop so large — twice the impact on cancer attributed to smoking — it almost looks like a typographical error.
I’m re-quoting a quote from that post. But here’s me from the same post:
Then modern ignorance happened, and everyone’s afraid of the sun because of a minuscule risk of skin cancer (1,500 people die per year), and they leave all the other cancers on the table (1,500 die PER DAY from the others), most of which aren’t found in developing countries where there’s lots of sun and people spend a lot of time in it. If that’s not a fool’s wager, then I don’t know what is.
I said I’d mention K2. Let me give you the references. Later, I will blog about the amazing results both my wife and I have experienced in having supplemented with this fat soluble vitamin for these past months (in combo with A and D from cod liver oil, as well). You really owe it to yourself to look into this. Think of it this way: 60 years ago they were curing cavities in teeth by getting them to re-calcify using this exact thing. Now, think of what happens with a vitamin D deficiency; rickets, right? rubbery bones. Calcium. Other mineral salts. What you will find is that these vitamins, in combination, essentially cause your minerals to go everyplace they should, and no place they shouldn’t (such as the walls of your arteries).
That part I just bolded is what my dot-connecting, 2+2, exclude-hype-and-bullshit brain does. I already knew that D was super beneficial and the epidemiology seemed clear.
…So, that’s where it all came from, how it began. Guyenet and Masterjohn. One evening in 2011, I met both of them in-person. It was the inaugural for the Ancestral Health Symposium at UCLA.
Where do you find the highest melanoma rates? All the Scandinavian countries that get some of the lowest total annual sun-exposure of anywhere on earth. Outlier, accident, inexplicable?
Well, then, which countries have the lowest? Bangladesh has the fewest cases, followed by Iraq, Egypt, India and Pakistan. They get shit-tons of sun.
Now, see, simple facts like that ought to have dermatologists scrambling around in tizzyfits trying to figure it out. Do they? Do they even mention it?
No, and FUCK NO NEVER!!!
Why? Well, because they’re fucking assholes, just like most doctors of approved-narrative of all stripes are, now.
As I suggested above, by virtue of Dr. McCullough, 1,999 out of 2,000 doctors are fucking assholes, 1 in 2,000 are doing their jobs.
Do you know what infuriates me daily in Thailand? Total sun avoidance 100% of the time amongst nearly 100% of the population. If the Thais even allow their kids into the pool or surf, rest assured they’ll be covered head-to-toe in that ridiculous modern-fiber polyester clothing. White Euros are just as fucktarded, to nearly every single parent.
The “masks” started long ago. The current germaphobe nitwitishness is just its newest manifestation. I wonder what they’ll come up with in terms of intercourse—since condoms are too nonchalant (aside: I refuse to “fuck” with one). How would Dr. Fauci and Bill Gates design a modern, non-gender-specific chastity belt?
Here’s my favorite view of sunscreen products, from a post on the 2nd to the last day of 2008, Melanoma, Sun, and Its Synthetic Defeat (Sunscreen)
Get this. I live in a land where the natural phenomenon bestowed daily by the greatest God-like gift that exists in solar systems—the sun—is very high, even during rainy season. The indigenous population has evolved a natural darker skin tone—a permanent tan—which is like a moderator of sun intake because they have so much available.
Not a single idiot here understands even that much.
Half the country is vitamin D insufficient or deficient. Vitamin D deficiency in Thailand
In this issue of Journal of Clinical and Translational Endocrinology, Alissa et al. found that vitamin D insufficiency is common in the sunny climate in Saudi Arabia . Vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency is also common in Thailand (at latitudes between 5°30′ N and 20°30′ N) where adequate UVB exposure is available all year round as shown in Table 112, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18. Chailurkit et al.  conducted the largest-scale examination of vitamin D status in Thai population and reported a 45.2% prevalence rate of vitamin D insufficiency, defined as serum 25(OH)D level < 30 ng/mL (<75 nmol/L) a 5.7% prevalence rate of vitamin D deficiency, defined as serum 25(OH)D level <20 ng/mL (<50 nmol/L). Low serum 25(OH)D concentrations were more prevalent in individuals with female gender, younger age and urban versus rural residence in Thailand. Chailurkit et al.  and Kruavit et al.  assessed vitamin D status in healthy Thai elderly women and found that two-thirds had vitamin D insufficiency and one-third had vitamin D deficiency. Women living in a nursing home have a higher prevalence of vitamin D deficiency than in free-living women, 39.8% compared to 30%, respectively . Soontrapa et al.  evaluated vitamin D status in a younger group of premenopausal women found the prevalence of vitamin D insufficiency to be 77.8%, which was as high as the rate found in elderly Thai women living in nursing homes. Nimitphong et al.  evaluated vitamin D status in healthy young Thai men and women (age 25–54 years) and found that the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency was three-fold higher in females than in males (43.1% in females compared to 13.9% in males). Charatcharoenwitthaya et al.  demonstrated that 83.3% of pregnant Thai women, especially in the 1st trimester of pregnancy, had vitamin D insufficiency but without association with adverse pregnancy outcomes such as spontaneous abortion, gestational diabetes, cesarean section rate and preterm labor. They also demonstrated that intake of prenatal vitamins at the vitamin D dose of 400 IU/day was sufficient to prevent vitamin D deficiency but was not high enough to prevent vitamin D insufficiency. Rojroongwasonkul et al.  showed in a recent study in Thai children that vitamin D deficiency was also highly prevalent in school children aged 3–12.9 years. Vitamin D deficiency was found in at least one fourth of children living in rural areas. Over half the children aged 6–12.9 years residing in urban areas had serum 25(OH)D less than 20 ng/mL (50 nmol/L).
I see and know why every day. And when it’s not sorrowful and sad, it’s fucking infuriating; and chicks? They’re intransigent and fucking stupid…which is why, noting above, their groveling insanity rings in at up to 3X worse. It’s their increasing ant, bee, and Borg culture, now: Chinese engineered. Essentially 100% of all media on the StupidTube is white skinned “Thais.” Try to find an essential hygiene or grooming product in a store, and you’ll have a needle-in-a-haystack search through the plethora of skin whitening products.
So, of course, avoiding and evading even a ray of direct sunshine is tantamount to avoiding plagues, vermin, and disease.
Oh, my vitamin D vs. the average Thai at 20-30 or so?
…As for me, I always liked the feel of the sun on my naked skin and I felt a bit of healthy narcissism when I sported a tan. In the summer of 1972 in Reno, Nevada—roaming my grandfather’s 10-acre riverbelt property along the Truckee, just outside of town—I wore nothing but a pair of denim cutoffs for three months. I got so dark that some made jokes about my genetics…back when that was funny and welcome and we had lives and lived them.
…In 2001 at the age of 40, I had surgery for periodontitis, gum disease. It was limited to my rear molars. Not super bad, but nonetheless, an indication of “mineral dysfunction.” Puts you on track for later tooth, bone, and soft-tissue issues because mineral deposits aren’t being properly put in their places and kept from where they don’t belong.
After those two surgeries, I would religiously have a dental hygienist cleaning every 3 months.
Then, K2 along with D3 happened in 2008 and I stopped the cleanings but for once every year or two. It’s been about 6 years since I’ve had one now, and I’m feeling like I ought to go get one because the slight plaque buildup resembles what it used to take 3 months to accumulate.
I suppose it’s good for my “heart patient” above that I’m an incorrigible, loudmouth, bombastic asshole who so dislikes and hates so many others that he can’t help but work hard to make them feel fucking stupid.
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