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I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2022, I've written and published 5,000 posts. I write 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.

Free the Animal really means to free yourself to reach your ideal potential in all areas of your life, learn from mistakes and successes, and move on.

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Has Putin-Lead Russia Eclipsed America and The West as the Moral Conscience of the World?

Unquestionably, Yes. ...Because, Vladimir Putin has been saying the same exact things for a long time. And it's not faux-virtue signalling, either. It's unmistakable moral fortitude based upon the deep cultural, literary, artistic, and religious roots and traditions of mother...

Italy’s Giorgia Meloni Crushes The Global Elite Left: “They Pretend We Are Stupid”

At 45, Giorgia Meloni would still be pretty hot if she was 35. I woke up to some great news...perfectly in the tradition of Brexit, Donald Trump, and Hungary's Viktor Orbá prominent challenges to the Global Elite Left. ...And we've...

POLITICAL RANT: How Much Truth Can You Handle? What’s Going on in The World?

Rather than entitle the thing "roundup," which I kinda hate, Im picking the most clickbait title from all the roundup stuff. Did it work? Would you have just passed on by, but just had to click in? ...Mostly more videos...

12 Questions Of Life: 12 Answers in Rapid Succession, All with a Cool Intro

I'm breaking my own rule about doing single posts for a single video, but this one was a treat shooting and then editing and weirdly, I didn't even feel like doing it; whereas, I usually do. I'm usually quite exuberant,...

Visceral Chemistry Comes First When Women Size Up Men For Romance. What Comes Next?

Borgund Stave Church, Norway If you ask me what the cover image is all about, juxtaposed with the title and in particular, the general subject: male-female physical attraction—"chemistry," as it were—I couldn't tell you. The truth is that I scrolled...

15 Ways To Improve Life Today — (In Exactly 187.5 Minutes)

Doing the maths, that's just a smidgen over 3 hours. The Godfather is 2 hours and 55 minutes...and while my 3 hours of footage in 15 videos shot, edited, produced, and published over the last week won't give you any...

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International Living By Geoarbitrage

By Richard Nikoley Free The Animal

I kick off a series of posts amongst my other ongoing series that’s of deep interest to me and I hope, to many others who’ve always maybe wondered or dreamed about living in a country other than the one they live in by the accident of birth. People often say, “I’m an American,” or, “I’m a European,” “I’m an Asian,” and whatnot. Well, I’m still an American. But I live in Thailand. This series is about how you can achieve a dream of living wherever you want, no matter where you were born, and without permanent immigration. Introduction The common…

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What Caused My 40% Testosterone Increase?

By Richard Nikoley Free The Animal

The Sexual Mind Trying To Zero In On T For Men The bottom line is that while I can’t be certain, I have some reasonable ideas that I consider chicken-or-egg scenarios. …In December of 2019 I completed the sale of my house in California and almost everything else. During the moving process I saw that I had a Free-Testosterone test kit I’d not used, so I sent it in. A month later, I landed in Chiang Mai, Thailand and have taken up hopeful permanent residence that’s nearing two years. In the above picture, the 28 year-old to the right is…

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Natural Immunity, Gut Biome, and its Importance in COVID-19 #1 — Introduction

By Richard Nikoley Free The Animal

Back about 6 years ago in the midst of the gut biome craze, I had already been in collaboration with Tim Steele on tons of posts on Resistant Starch. Thousands of comments amongst the posts. Tim came up with the idea of further collaborating on a book and he went right to work, doing the drafting. I did the editing. It eventually died, the reasons for which are not really important anymore. So, I’ve been sitting on 165,352 words in Google Docs all these years. To give you an idea of what that means as a book: “…in general, 250-300 words…

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Permanent Crisis Is The New Normal — Prosper Anyway

By Richard Nikoley Free The Animal

Introduction Where do you go from here since failure, default, or succumbing to the 18-month-long assault—and counting—on the whole planetary civilization is not an option? It sucks for very many; I well know, and I haven’t gotten through this unscathed myself. One of my businesses is luxury condo vacation-rentals in Cabo San Lucas and I’ve not made a dime in that business since the advent of this particular global crisis in February of 2020. I used to do $80-100,000 gross revenue annually. Unlike losing a good-paying job, losing a business is not just apply a lot and snag another… I…

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How Wheat Went From Superfood To Liability

By Richard Nikoley Free The Animal

This latest from The Duck Dodgers is not a call to go back to eating Hot Pockets, Pop Tarts, Twinkies…or ordering up pizza and Subway on alternate days. Rather, we aim to reveal what’s tantamount to a lost and forgotten history. There are two principle elements to it. First, it does not serve industry or institutions well to shed any light on how things used to be regarding wheat (and other grain) growing, harvesting, milling and food preparation practices—and especially, how they were observed to promote rather than compromise health, back then. Second, some good narratives—The paleo Diet and derivatives…

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Iron, Food Enrichment and The Theory of Everything

By Richard Nikoley Free The Animal

This is the promised greatly expanded post that we touched on here: How Food Enrichment Made Us Fat, Diabetic, and Chronically Diseased. The Duck Dodgers team has been working on this for months and the purpose of that earlier post was to kinda crowdsource the idea, see if there were serious objections we weren’t aware of prior to putting it all out there more formally. In addition to the home team, we’ve also run this by a number of others and received lots of valuable feedback. Keep in mind that we’re floating a hypothesis here, not claiming causality. And we think…

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Gut Bugs, Probiotics, Prebiotics…And how our microbes make us who we are

By Richard Nikoley Free The Animal

You can also read all the subsequent posts about this revolutionary gut-changing, hyper-biotic product, as well as read dozens of customer testimonials in the comment sections. FODMAP Prebiotic Arms Dealing, Probiotic Mercenaries, and Uganda The New Science of Probiotics More Crazy Probiotics Stuff The Right Probiotic Could Change Your Life Elixa Probiotic and uBiome Experiment With Me As Test Subject After Years Of Trying Everything, Woman Finds Eczema Relief In Elixa Probiotic at a Fraction of the Cost The Elixa Probiotics Manufacturer Explains How You the Customer Created Version 2 What People Are Saying About Elixa Probiotic Elixa Probiotic Version…

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Paleogate: Loren Cordain’s Honey Coverup

By Richard Nikoley Free The Animal

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 in fossils show lots of nutrient-dense sedge tuber consumption. [1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9] But rather than simply acknowledge the science, integrate it, and make his Paleo™ narrative less wrong, he writes a rebuttal based upon an hypothesis that had already been considered and dismissed. To make matters worse, when…

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Leaving The Inuit Behind: Hormesis For The Rest Of Us

By Richard Nikoley Free The Animal

As most readers know, some months back, a collaborator came to me with some interesting findings in terms of research he’d discovered concerning what’s commonly called “animal fiber” (bits of animals that can feed the microbiome). This led to more digging and the understanding that when animals are eaten fresh, raw or frozen, many contain non-degraded glycogen, particularly in organs like the liver. This then led to even more digging, particularly in terms of the Inuit, and the realization that for decades now, they’ve been touted as confirmation that a chronically very low carbohydrate or ketogenic “lifestyle” is just hunky…

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A Gut Microbiome, Probiotic, and Prebiotic Resistant Starch Primer

By Richard Nikoley Free The Animal

Take 4 minutes to watch a truly eye-popping video that will make the whole subject and importance of Resistant Starch as simple as possible for you—but not too simple. Then, when you begin going through how to incorporate it into your diet, remember that you need to actually have the bacteria present to get the benefit. Some don’t, often because of antibiotic treatments…so pay close attention also to the information about Soil-Based probiotics, a completely different animal from the stuff in yogurt and kefir. Now, get yourself on board. Lots and Lots of Posts; Lots and Lots of Comments Prepare…

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No truly thinking person wants to restrict relevant information on any topic of interest. Remember...

Russia and Ukraine Again — But My Takes

The best thing about the mess is that it came right in time as everyone...

The Amazing Bacon of…Thailand!

The pork in Thailand is astounding. For two years I've asked around and have been...

Steady Dose Vitamin C Love

A fun one to put out there. Wholesome. Something to take your mind off perpetual...

The NATO Elephant In The Room

My problem with this is the same problem I've been having with every "crisis" for...

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