The Hormesis Files: Who’s Afraid of Unrefined Sugar?

Part 1: The Hormesis Files: Chronic Ketosis and The Case of The Missing Glutathione. Here we have Part 2, an in-depth look at unrefined, whole-food sugar in an evolutionary context—an enormous blind spot in “Paleo” going back to the very beginning. “Duck Dodgers” is once again the lead man for the piece, with lots of research…

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Western Hegemony Crumbles; Miracle Honey; and Weight-Loss Increases What?

The Swagger #17 – Tuesday Big Issue Greetings from hot hot hot, humid humid humid, and still still still Pattaya where my focus has been stress-testing my own unique workout matrix. Details here, here, and here. But I warn you. Most everything having to do with health, diet, fitness, and body composition is marketed to……...

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Improvements To That May Tickle Your Fancy

I have a longtime friend, where, our relationship began as business associates. 1993; nearly 30 years ago. Today, we still exchange emails and he’s a paid subscriber to this blog.

Way back, he was in the business opportunity business. I bought his basic book on debt negotiation for $89 out of the $200 I had to my name at the time. And I turned that initial knowledge—simple enough to execute immediately—into a company that eventually reached 30 employees and $3 million in annual revenue. I got the book on a Friday, read it and created my forms and agreements over the weekend, and landed my first client with a $300 retainer on Monday. I was under survival pressure.

I would go on to make more than $20,000 working for that 1st client over the ensuing 2-3 years.

…Along the way in the early years, my friend held annual business conferences and I attended them all. In one speech he gave at one of those conferences, he referenced a phrase that clicked with me and I’ve regarded it as the way I do business ever since.

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Social Media Costs You Big Bucks!

The backstory: The Definitive Case For Deleting Social Media.

In This Issue:

  • Introduction
  • Seeking Chronic Stimulation
  • Depoliticization –> Socialization
  • Politics Isn’t Moralizing
  • Donald Trump
  • To My Point — How Much Money Is All This Crap Costing You?


T’was 18 days ago that I moved it all to the trash—no exceptions, no sock accounts, no hedging, no qualifications, no quarter. Zero means zero. It’s not hard at all. It’s liberating to an extent that leaves you shaking your head. It’s like waking up from a trance or drunken stupor, as applicable.

That said, I have the experience of having lived a life with no Internet for about 35 years and no social media for about 50 years. Imagine what my own move would be like for someone under 30—those who have grown up in the Socialized Cesspool.

It strikes me as a bit unique because while there have always been Luddites, that’s really about dishonesty and laziness—the hallmark of what’s unionized leftism, socialism, Marxism, parasitism. The difference is between taking a sledgehammer to computers, cutting Internet lines, and smashing smartphones…tools that can truly change lives…to recognizing that there are good and bad ways to use tools.

It’s argued that Social Media qua tool does some good, too.

I fully acknowledge that.

So does marijuana. So does liquor. Perhaps, even tobacco. Probably some other self-use medication—that’s illegal because it cuts out rent-seeking pharma and middlemen—helps some get by and cope, do less harm to others. And if none of that applies, perhaps wise use can be chalked up to hormesis.

So who should use them? Everybody, no exceptions, few limits? Your children—one and all, and as soon as possible?

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A Longevity Juxtaposition: Ron Rosedale vs. Arthur De Vany

This is a post for health science geeks. Yesterday, I posted about how focussing on lean protein—while trading off fat and carbohydrate—might do two things, particularly in the context of overweight folk who might, both, want to drop the weight…while, also, resetting or reprogramming their neurological “setpoint” that motivates biological insatiable drives to want to defend or…

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I made a new newsletter (now full version)

You can subscribe on the right sidebar, under where it says “Occasional Newsletter.” Well, this is the first one since May, so I think I qualify for occasional. If you do subscribe, you get the confirmation thingy, and once you get the welcome, you can click on the link, upper right, to open in your…

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Are You Eating Enough Anti-Nutrients, Toxins, Etc. To Be Truly Bulletproof?

This was to be Part 3 of The Duck Dodgers’ “Hormesis Files” series, but it’s way broader than that. It’s beyond hormetic effects. Rather, think of it as anti-nutrients as nutrients. While you’re at it, contemplate yourself…as a tender little paleo flower, born of Trademark.

There’s a long list of phytochemicals and “anti-nutrients” that people in the Paleo™ and “Bulletproof” world tend to worry about and try to avoid. Among others they include: lectins, saponins, phytate, polyphenols (tannins, isoflavones), protease inhibitors, cyanogenic glycosides, and favism glycosides. Even mycotoxin problems might be related to gut health since ruminants have little problem with them. These phytotoxins and anti-nutrients are also known as secondary metabolites. But what is never mentioned in Paleo™ circles is that there are a number of scientific papers showing benefits to consuming marginal levels of all of these toxins.[1][2][3][4]

From: Potential health benefits and problems associated with antinutrients in foods (1993)

Phytic acid, lectins, phenolic compounds, amylase inhibitors and saponins have also been shown to reduce the blood glucose and insulin responses to starchy foods and/or the plasma cholesterol and triglycerides. In addition, phytic acid, phenolics, saponins, protease inhibitors, phytoestrogens and lignans have been related to reduced cancer risks. Because antinutrients can also be mitigating agents, they need re-evaluation and perhaps a change in name in the future…It is evident that both adverse and health benefits may be attributed to antinutrients in foods. It is also evident that, in many cases, the same interactions that make them antinutritive also are responsible for their beneficial effects.

In terms of mycotoxins (shit from fungi), there are even some compounds that have anti-cancer, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and even anti-fungal properties. [5][6][7][8][9][10]

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Paradigmatic Juxtapositions

The other day I was approached by an older white dude in Cabo, as I was out and about and in a tank top. “Sir, are you a veteran?” he asks. “Of what?” I ask back politely, even though I knew what he meant—having a certain disdain as I do for the outright hijacking of a…

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Paleogate: Loren Cordain’s Honey Coverup

Loren Cordain—author of The Paleo Diet™—doesn’t want you to know some key things any serious anthropologist knows. He has a history of this, even beyond animal fat demonization in favor of canola oil. Remember Tiger Nuts? Yea, well, he’s very well aware that many serious anthropologists and the National Academy of Sciences believe that the carbon isotopes…

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Does The Complexity of Canadian Maple Syrup Show That Low Carb Advocates Are Completely Incurious?

We’ve already done honey (another sort post coming on that, specifically). The Health Benefits of Maple Syrup: Why You Should Replace Processed Sugar with Maple Syrup. This time, let’s put the references right up top. Nahar, P.; Driscoll, M.; Li, L.; Slitt, A.L.; Seeram, N.P. Phenolic mediated anti-inflammatory effects of a maple syrup extract against…

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Whole Grain Teff Polenta

The other day I touched on the ancient Ethiopian, gluten-free grain called teff. Decent nutritionally, too—since it’s the smallest grain and hence, a higher proportion of the nutritional germ part to the rest of it. I could only find the flour locally, so [easyazon_link asin=”B000EDM6BO” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”fretheani-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]I ordered some…

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Monterey Bay Outing

I’ve got  a major post coming tomorrow, part 2 in the hormesis series. In the meantime, just a couple of photos from the Monterey Bay area which is characteristically beautiful this time of year. Yesterday we headed down to attend Holly’s wedding at the Monterey Plaza Hotel on Cannery Row. Beatrice was her teacher for…

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Oral Glutathione Supplementation Is Bioavailable After All

Way back in 2007, Art De Vany used to talk about his glutathione supplements and upon looking into it, I heard from numerous sources that it’s simply not bioavailable taken orally. Glutathione is generally regarded as the body’s master anti-oxidant. Glutathione (GSH) is an important antioxidant in plants, animals, fungi, and some bacteria and archaea,…

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