Blog Marathon Called Off Due Extreme Temperatures, Diuresis, Ketosis, Loss of Appetite

Post #7 of my 12th Anniversary Blogging Marathon, post #4,265 of my dozen years of daily blogging.

This will count for my last post touted as a “blog marathon.” Seven posts in three days is way above average, but nothing at all like the 12 posts I did the first time, or 20 posts the last time.

I’ve been defeated, so no feats for me!


Bye-bye “blog marathon”

Last week I did a laudatory post on chronic but mild cold exposure, which we really just happened upon. It’s not by any design; it’s simply a tradeoff. But, we were looking at the forecast for this week and saw that temperatures were going to go from mid-40s in the mornings to mid and low-30s. For example, this morning, 5th day in a row like this:


So let me tell you the story of how I failed at this blog marathon. I’ve been trying to work it out in my malfunctioning brain since like 2 am this morning when I had a few hours of sleeplessness. It’s still all a muddle, but I’ll try to tell the story and organize my take on the n=1 data, sloppily filtered through my malfunctioning brain.

It occurs to me that it’s serendipity and happenstance that I took on the challenge of doing quantity and quality both, over a day or two. Links here to my previous performance. Those two events were very intense. It’s really damn tough to pump out posts of reasonable quality six to a dozen times in the space of 24 hours, and you have no team behind you. One man show.

It was beyond my ability this time. I managed three posts on Thanksgiving day, three posts yesterday, and there are only two of the six that I truly care for (the fist and the last).

After chewing on my symptoms, I think I have a very mild instance of sub-clinical hypothermia. I mean, most conditions of environmental origin exist on a spectrum. It’s not like one minute you don’t have a condition and the next, you do.

My brain is really muddled right now, so perhaps it’s easiest if I just put it in bullets.

  • It’s not lack of motivation, not really lack of ability (though that’s individual), but rather singular focus, as best I can describe it. I am currently unable to go very far & wide to find candidates for the next post, chew on them, pick one, and go write it. I’m just cold, and all that interests me is talking about how cold I am.
  • I understand I can stop this any time I want, bring the temperature in the trailer from 30s and 40s to at least 60. But I remain enamored of what I’m learning. This is nothing like the extreme, acute exposures I used to do, then go back to a warm environment. This is temperatures near freezing, no added heat, chronically 24/7 for nearly a week; and prior to that, temps in the 40s and 50s for nearly a month, now.

There are two pronounced biological symptoms, one I found an explanation for, the other, I haven’t. I’ve had pretty pronounced diuresis and thirst over the last 4-5 days. Classic signs of diabetes, right? Well, wait. The other symptom I have is loss of appetite and loss of hunger.

Combine that with chronic cold right at the edge, and maybe it all makes sense. Because my brain is a real fucking mess right now, let me just shoot ideas. Please feel free to explore it all in comments.

The diuresis has clinical support.

Cold-induced diuresis, or cold diuresis, is a phenomenon that occurs in humans after exposure to a hypothermic environment, usually during mild to moderate hypothermia.[15] It is currently thought to be caused by the redirection of blood from the extremities to the core due to peripheral vasoconstriction, which increases the fluid volume in the core. Overall, acute exposure to cold is thought to induce a diuretic response due to an increase mean arterial pressure.[16] The arterial cells of the kidneys sense the increase in blood pressure and signal the kidneys to excrete superfluous fluid in an attempt to stabilize the pressure. The kidneys increase urine production and fill the bladder; when the bladder fills, the individual may then feel the urge to urinate. This phenomenon usually occurs after mental function has decreased to a level significantly below normal. Cold diuresis has been observed in cases of accidental hypothermia as well as a side effect of therapeutic hypothermia, specifically during the induction phase.[17][18]

So, when I thought of this yesterday, I did a little test. Drove down to a local market (car heater turned to 78, but it was very short lived) and got a bottle of Mexican Dr. Pepper that’s made with sugar, not HFCS. Downed it. Within minutes, I feel snappy, and for the next few hours, no thirst combined with no urge to pee.

Go figure. A few hours later, and everything is back to normal. Constant thirst, sips of my Soda Stream, home made club soda, and peeing. Then, in the evening, while bundled up and watching the new Netflix series Jessica Jones with Hunter—the beagle hound by my side—I eat about a half to 2/3 pint of Häagen-Dazs Rocky Road ice cream and same thing happens. Energetic, thirst gone, no urges to pee every half hour. Until hours later, then the return.

But, that’s not all. Since Beatrice left for the Holiday down south Monday morning, just when the cold snap hit, I have had a profound loss of appetite, and non-existent hunger. When she left, knowing cold was coming, I went shopping and loaded the fridge. I made a whole gallon of beef bone and oxtail stock/broth combo. Most of it all still sits there, 5 days later.

Amongst the stuff I got was a tub of mixed nuts, and it’s been at arm’s reach from where I’m typing now, for five days.


Does that substantiate my claim, or what? I’ve eaten less than a quarter of the tub, over five days, and they’ve been right here, all the time. I love mixed nuts. Don’t you?

Two days ago, I ate a sandwich and a half, and a cup of soup, over the entire day, and I had to down the half sandwich at 8pm (Lebanon bologna and swiss cheese) with no hunger or real appetite, just caution, really.

Finally, after just a handful equivalent of those nuts all day yesterday, I finally felt something and went to work.


Ground Beef patty with a cheddar & horseradish cheese slice, reduced beef bone & oxtail broth combo, over mashed potatoes.

And yes…


Perfect medium for 80/20 ground beef inside.

But to me, it’s counter-intuitive that I’m not experiencing crazy hunger in the face of the chronic cold exposure. You’d think one would be naturally ravenous to stoke the metabolic fire. It’s 11:30 am right now and I have not the slightest desire to eat a thing. That pic above was the last thing I ate, 16 hours ago.

So here’s my damn muddled brain take. Feel free to critique.

I think I’m in a sort of quasi-hibernaton funk. After all, some mammals do it and its onset is likely keyed by ambient and body temperature, combined. The diuresis and thirst is easily explained, but not the loss of hunger and appetite, so far as I can tell…but muddled brain, I’ve not really been digging.

I’m likely in deep ketosis. All my test gear is packed away, but I’m pretty sure that if I got it all out, I’d have substantial BP, high blood glucose (120-140), and would be peeing purple.

We should all know about physiological insulin resistance, by now. So what I believe has happened is that I’ve entered a state of profound insulin resistance in order to both manufacture and preserve glucose for my brain. Complete survival mechanism, but not optimal performance.

What’s interesting to me is that this comes not from an LC or ketogenic diet, but rather chronic cold combined with profound caloric deficit, to accesses the metabolic pathways those dietary regimes attempt to tap, but from the direction in which those pathways evolved.

…But I still can’t figure the loss of hunger and appetite.

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Understanding Paradigms and Narratives is the Key to Enlightenment.

Post #6 of my 12th Anniversary Blogging Marathon, post #4,263 of my dozen years of daily blogging.

I doubt Robert Bidonatto has any clue of who I am, in terms of when I took some note of his writing back in USENET in 1994-96, on alt.pholosophy.objectivism and later, humanities.pholosopy.objectivism.

These days, he appears to be doing well. I recently got wind of his Faceboof outlet, and I’m anxious to read his two books: HUNTER: A Dylan Hunter Justice Thriller; and now, the sequel: BAD DEEDS. I’m also anxious to see if they’re Ragnar Danneskjöld-esque. Apparently, the first was a Kindle best seller.

I commented on an introduction to a post he did this morning, like this:

Bidinotto is spot on about this and it’s something I rarely see from the libertarians who basically often strike me as bean counters in the historical/philosophical realm, an obsession with the nuts and bolts of cause —> effect, but never addressing the real story line or explaining it in terms of a true story or narrative. It’s the “tragedy of the intellectuals.”

It’s weird when, someone you don’t even know—I only read some of his posts—comes back and “bites you” over 20 years later.

My narration, above, was over this introduction to a link he was sharing…and let me just say that I stoutly appreciate a man who actually takes a bit to substantially introduce something he’s sharing. I don’t do it all the time, but perhaps I ought to share less and frame what I do share, more.

IT’S BEEN GOING ON FOR DECADES, but only recently have the clueless Republicans begun to grok the power of “narratives.” Erick Erickson, editor at “Red State,” has started to catch on…but barely. As in this linked column, they interpret “narratives” (small-“n”) narrowly — as meaning stories that are meant to manipulate or ignore facts about a specific, particular issue or event. (E.g., the Regime’s “narrative” about Benghazi was “an anti-Muslim video instigated the attack.”)

They do NOT see any wider implications. They certainly don’t understand that ALL of us develop, starting at an early age, a “Core” or “Master” or “Meta-Narrative” — a basic story about how the world works, and our roles in it all. It is at this core level that our basic worldview, identity, and personality structure become established, often rigidly closed to alteration, and resistant to logic, empirical facts, or even personal harm.

For many decades, the left has understood and exploited the power of narratives/stories on this “meta” level. In promoting their agendas, they’ve drawn upon primal myths embodying tribal, collectivist ethics and its corresponding us-versus-them, zero-sum, “winner takes all” economic worldview. (Consider, as just one set of examples, the hugely popular anti-technology. anti-capitalist, pro-environmentalist films of James Cameron.) Every time Obama, Hillary, Sanders, Biden, Reid, Pelosi, or the pundits at Salon, MSNBC, et al. open their mouths, it’s to tell new “victim” stories rooted in that tribalist Meta-Narrative and stir up more racial/ethnic/group antagonisms and hostility, with redistribution (taking) as the go-to remedy for all social ills.

Conservatives, libertarians, and certainly Republicans remain generations behind the left in understanding any of this, let alone in crafting a counter-Narrative embodying individualist virtues, and its corresponding “win/win,” creativity-based, “trader, not taker” socio-political agenda. They don’t know how to frame or tell compelling stories that romanticize creative individualist heroes, or that cast collectivist “takers” as villains. They have ceded to the left the entire realm of crafting the “morality plays” by which people decide who are heroes and villains, and what constitute “good” and “bad.” Then they stare, stupified, at a world in which reason and morality seem to have been turned upside-down…and desperately try to counter it all with more of the same old logic, empirical facts, and catalogs of “harm.” They don’t grasp that these sorts of arguments have been rendered moot by the Core Narratives accepted (in whole or in part) by countless millions…including many self-proclaimed conservatives, libertarians, and Republicans, too.

Just to clarify one thing in what he writes. I really don’t mind narrative exposition like what James Cameron or anyone does. Adults ought to be able to handle any ideas competing for narrative status created by other adults and indeed, it’s often enough some spice and seasoning on this life—and it could be a collection of what-ifs? The thing is, you need an “entertainment brain.” You also need a discriminate brain. We were taught this as children; or, some of us were.

Bidinotto was introducing a link to this article at Real Clear Politics: Narratives Over Facts.

It’s all nice & fine, and it’s a high salute from me to Bidonatto for even touching on it at all. You know: conservatives? Your Manger Scene Narrative has been dead for a couple of decades, now. Your doG is dead, and isn’t it just time to move on…unless you’re reminiscent, somehow, of  the Muslim, 14th Century, Dirt Scratching primitives who care only about values after death? They take up arms in service of their doG, while you prove that your doG is dead, as you agitate over an annual display of its tombstone in the city square.

Don’t worry! We all still adore the Jesus-refugee narrative. I’m serious about that, and I love it, and I love the songs. I grew up with this. It’s my meta-narrative within a Christian paradigm. I’ve been humming fond remembrances lately, Bing Crosby never being far, come this time of year. But as an adult, I keep childish things in context. To your great credit, Christians—and Jews too—you have set very lots of it all aside, taking up fanciful narrative where an absolute, inflexible—and often often enough, murderous—paradigm used to be. There are too many reasons to celebrate many traditions of narrative, within a number of paradigms. The paradigms need to be set to rest but there is wealth in the paradigms, in the form of a wealth of narrative. I think they call it literature. There’s some good, some bad, but first of all, you must be an adult.

Anyone want to leapfrog and finally understand what I’m talking about?

Let’s do a bit of school. There are paradigms and narratives. You all are embroiled and bridled in both, and by design, you don’t really see it (see: Matrix): because you’re in it. How can you possibly see that what you believe and accept as given is questionable, unless exposed to situations where opposite things are givens, and people manage to build lives around those opposite sets of premises, assumptions?

You see, you live a life of confirmation bias because the premises, assumption, and narratives that make up your paradigm have been crafted over centuries to correspond to your experience, so long as your cultural borders are defended by your family, your friends, your community, local government, state, and nation state. Everyone’s all in, to make sure you and everyone don’t check your premises or question your assumptions.

And here’s the rub. The onslaught going on now, with multiculturalism, diversity, historical revisionism, Earth is a victim of white people, men in particular? …

Inferior, failed premises and assumptions, crafted into narratives in attempts to create new paradigms. But the foundational material is an utter failure. Look at the failure of institutionalized and industrialized communism, their very best fucking shot, and how it basically starved people. Thing is, people starve, ideas don’t. This is just a clue into how those of the left are, on top, evil, and those on the bottom, dumb and clueless always in wait for another bedtime story. The right is still morning the death of their doG & Cuntry narrative.

Time for smart iconoclasts, I’d say.

So, I’ve put up this vid many times. Literally nobody cares. maybe six people have watched it out of six times I’ve put it up, but I’m doing it again. If you are smart, and no foul if you’re just dumb and can’t understand it, but it does pretty much explain every single element of the foregoing.

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While Girls Are Out Shopping For More Shoes, Here’s Two Things Guys Must Have On Black Friday

Post #5 of my 12th Anniversary Blogging Marathon, post #4,262 of my dozen years of daily blogging.

Go audacious or go home!

Guys, everybody is out shopping for the latest deals. Why? Because they have a tough time selling all that crap normally. But if you don’t tell the laddies that this is a liquidation sale, they won’t be any the wiser and you just go ahead and smile when they come back home with a car full of shopping bags.

Nonetheless, there are indeed things nearly every man truly needs. I’ll give you a couple of examples.

First up, the Icon A5.

The price tag is $250K, but if you lock up your wife for about 5 years in the dungeon so she can’t shop, I think you’re a pencil sharpening away from amortizing that purchase without having to earn any more money.

Just things to think about.

Now, if your wife is less than a power shopper, and you like to golf, how about a $58K price tag on a golf cart hovercraft?

Now guys, who’s really looking out for you?

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A Ridiculously Short Anti-Shopper’s Guide to Black Friday

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Post #4 of my 12th Anniversary Blogging Marathon, post #4,261 of my dozen years of daily blogging.

Some may have noticed that I have a handful of “Black Friday” images in the banner rotation of about 100.

When I checked email this morning, the lion’s share were from every merchant list I must have managed to get on in the last 20 years on the Internet. Like my cell phone number from 1993, I still have some very old email addresses.

I must confess that I don’t get it. I’m not a “SALE!” person any time of the year and for some reason, the prospect of being able to by 35% more stuff with the same number of dollars on this one day of the year simply doesn’t entice me.

Two reasons for that. First and foremost, when I want or require something, for whatever reason, I demand to have it NOW! Sure, I don’t mind discounts, good bargains, whatever, but the bottom line is that if I have determined I truly want or need something that is within my means to acquire, even at full retail, then price takes a back seat. Second, my buying behavior is demand driven, not supply.

I’ll elaborate.


While I’m sure there are plenty of both genders on either side (who are we kidding…malls are 90% geared to female shopping), this does demonstrate the difference between a person who shops specifically to fill a need (demand oriented) and someone who shops specifically to see what’s on offer, that they can “save money on.”

I’ve often said that I hate shopping but that’s not really true. Don’t love it either, and I’m not anti-commerce, anti-materialistic, anti-consumerism, or any of those things at the level of some cause—though I do harbor light disdain. I’ll even engage in “browsing” from time to time—especially if I find myself that old-school hardware store on Main St. Placerville, CA, with the original 2 x 6 floor planking, and it’s the closest to “they have everything” you’ll ever see.

Look in your closets, storage shelves, and garage. And, how many garage sales have you conducted in the last five years?

See what I mean? I’ll bet you could go through all your stuff and reflect on how much you really needed it, and how much use you actually got out of it. This is what happens when you shop to shop rather than to specifically go acquire something because you have determined you have a sincere desire or need of it.

In the end, this isn’t a post meant to chastise anyone or lambast women or serial shoppers, but I repeat myself. It’s just to suggest that you think about what you’re really doing. Marketing and salesmanship are both a blessing and a curse. If nobody ever tried to entice anyone to buy, we’d probably be in an economic pickle. At some level, economies and markets require a measure of vibrancy to be viable at all. So, perhaps in the large, it’s fine as it is. But, every individual gets to do what they want.

…Back last summer when I loaded up my car for Mexico I found that everything I truly needed fit in the back of that mid-size SUV. I wrote a post along those lines that a lot of people liked, so you might want to take a few minutes to read it. I called it The Tyranny of Assets.

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Reflections On Food, Paleo, and The Revolution

Post #3 of my 12th Anniversary Blogging Marathon, post #4,260 of my dozen years of daily blogging.

We used to laugh uproariously and poke fun at the articles and authors tagging Paleo as a fad.

“Well, it’s a 2 million year old fad, then.” HaHaHa.

There were right; they are right. It is. I’m not sure it started out that way. I certainly wasn’t trying to make it so, but rather, was participating in what seemed to me like a food revolution based on a really sound foundation…human evolution. And it was powerful. Myself and many others lost much weight. We achieved improved health markers from whatever baseline.

Sometime back I stopped putting my posts into categories or tagging them, and I collapsed all my categories into “No Particular Category.” I have a queer visceral distaste for SEO bullshit and all that stuff. I just want to write and hit publish. Google treats me pretty damn nice in spite of my SEO incompetence.

I don’t recall the exact number, but it was something like 300 or more posts of my cooking in my Food Porn category. Haphazardly, I published some few dozens to Pinterest along the way.

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While I’m pretty satisfied with what I did—and most most dishes were my own creations—it just lost its appeal over time. I began to sense several problems, not unlike the massive upsurge in marketing and all manner of foodie blogs with tantalizing recipes. Well, for one, I think the community lost something when it went from seeing food I and others were cooking in their own kitchens, to stuff being done in pro kitchens and photographed in pro conditions.

For another, it begins to create silly standards for what Paleo food is. And yea, I fed into that, because I published my best stuff and I went to lengths I’d not have gone to otherwise because I knew I’d be publishing it. It went from slightly less than genuine to completely staged and fake everywhere.

I don’t begrudge anyone capitalizing on any of this, I understand the value of luring those who might not otherwise be interested, and as I age, I’m trying to force myself to be more inclusive. So, it’s just a humble voice of some measure of sorrow speaking to you.

Maybe Paleo changed, maybe I changed, but most probably, we both changed and it was in opposite directions. There’s just almost nothing about it I can find really exciting, anymore. It seems to continue to advance ideas that have been superseded in terms of new science and plain old experience by lots of folks out there, including myself. There are decent exceptions, Mark Sisson being one of them. He may not evolve as fast as I or others might like, but compared to Shiite Cordainism—where it was written in The Paleo Diet in 2001 A.D., and scripture never changes—it’s a world of difference. So, there’s that.

I chose to focus on food preparations and their pictures to address the wider ideas I’m talking about here because it’s fundamental to the whole thing. We have to eat, almost daily, usually multiple times. And that’s where it became tedious. Continuing to pump out elaborate dishes so I can blog about them and convince people that they can go Paleo because “look how awesome this is and you lose weight and get healthier.”

And that’s fine, but it doesn’t need to be that hard. Somewhere, there should be a Paleo 1.0 Forever book. Maybe mine comes close.

What I want to do and see others do is blog about really simple food. How’s that for inclusiveness? How about soup? There’s tons of stuff and I’ll touch on some ideas in other posts during this blogging marathon.

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Free Flight, Bird of Prey and Space Tourism Coming Soon

Post #2 of my 12th Anniversary Blogging Marathon, post #4,259 of my dozen years of daily blogging.

Well I’ve given away the theme. But rather than one of my now-&-then, watch me fly a hang glider, I have three interesting instances to cover.

Let’s get the hang-gliding out of the way, first. Saw it this morning. Guy on a rigid-wing Atos in Montecucco, Italy, having a blast flying backwards in the strong laminar ridge life and probably, Venturi effect. Unfortunately, it seems to only be on Facebook.

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This might seem scary to you but in fact, laminar flow on a ridge from either prevailing winds or a pre-frontal condition is probably the most safe, predictable flying. Nothing like “bullet thermals” in high-summer desert conditions, landing just as a dust devil is kicking off.

Here’s me flying the exact same rigid wing (#53 off the German assembly line) some years back in pre-frontal storm conditions here in San Jose, off the peak at Ed Levin park, near Mission. In case you think you might not want to watch this 1:30m, know that I bonk the landing and everyone laughs at me, as they should. Justice!

This blew my mind. I mean, it’s so “holy shit” on so many levels it would be both ridiculous and presumptuous of me to attempt some pathetic description or naration. This one should imbed, hopefully. If not, here’s one source and here’s another.

I’m asking you. Have you ever seen anything like that, ever?

Here’s something you’ve never seen the likes of, NASA, Apollo, and Tom Hanks, eat your heart out.

I give you real, no shit space tourism. Proof just 3 days ago.

It’s not going to put theme parks out of business anytime soon, but it’s quite damn cool and what’s really interesting to me is actually the tech that goes into re-firing the main rocket in order to salvage the booster, and how fucking cool that looks.

I guess they don’t have taxpayers to force, to pay for whatever they want at will—including throwing away multi-mill-dollar rocket stage boosters by the hundreds over decades—so in order to keep ticket prices as “low” as possible for their future customers, they had to design a way to get it back down for re-use.

For more entertainment, read how Bezos and Musk are duking it out in the free-enterprise space race, where you don’t have to pay for it if you don’t want to.

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Happy Thanksgiving. A Celebration Of The Ensuing Bounty From Abandoning Communism

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Post #1 of my 12th Anniversary Blogging Marathon, post #4,258 of my dozen years of daily blogging.

The idea of communal-style living has captivated audiences ever since people began accumulating assets. It’s rather intuitive. In any population, there exists a spectrum of very capable people down to complete wastes of flesh.

It happens. It’s mother nature, and mother nature usually improves the genetic stock by allowing the least capable to perish. Human society, while laudably compassionate, often seeks to remedy that natural situation and depending on your view, does too little or way too much. Doing way to much comes with adverse consequences in that it tends to encourage parasitism.

The idea goes that if everyone simply produces for the good of everyone else, then things even out—to each, according to his need; from each, according to his ability—and everyone’s happy as clams. Paradise perfect.

The problem is, while we’re social animals to be sure, we tend to mind who we associate with. Moreover, we tend to eschew freeloaders. In that regard, it’s interesting that in advocating free markets, one of the chief arguments against all-out free-markets is the free-rider problem and the tragedy of the commons. Both are similar, but in essence, both are about disproportionate distribution of goods, services, and resources (such as water and mineral rights, etc.) on the sole basis of biology (we’re human), and not on things like merit, intelligence, ability, contracts, property, capital investment, risk tolerance, etc.

But the thing is, no social system more highlights the problems with free loaders and free exploiters than does socialism and communism. In practical fact, it’s a system that breeds both the best.

There’s lots of stuff you can Google about the experiment in communism that was Plymouth, MA, 1620, so pick one and read. I chose this one.

Many have credited Karl Marx with inventing what we now know as communism in the middle of the 19th century. The concept of communal living and dependence, however, came long before The Communist Manifesto. Over the centuries, the concept has been applied by different people in different places. While the reasons for applying the communal approach varied as widely as the people who attempted it, one thing did remain constant: failure. From Roman latifundiae to the Soviet Union, communism time and again proved the failure inherent in its concept. Americans do not need to look to distant lands and little known peoples for evidence of the failure of communism. They simply need to look back at one of the most celebrated groups of people in their history: the Pilgrims.

As most educated Americans know, Puritan Separatists, or Pilgrims, landed in Massachusetts in 1620. What many don’t realize is that the original economic system of their colony, Plymouth Plantation, was a form of communism. There was neither private property nor division of labor. Food was grown for the town and distributed equally amongst all. The women who washed clothes and dressed meat did so for everyone and not just for their own families. This sounds like the perfect agrarian utopia envisioned by Marx and Lenin. What happened to it? To find the answer to that question, one must turn to Of Plymouth Plantation by William Bradford. Bradford served as Governor of Plymouth Colony from 1620 to 1647 and chronicled in great detail everything that happened in the colony.

By 1623, it was obvious the colony was barely producing enough corn to keep everyone alive. Fresh supplies from England were few and far between. Without some major change, the colony would face famine again. In his chronicle, Bradford described what was going wrong and how it was solved (pardon the King James English):

“All this while no supply was heard of, neither knew they when they might expect any. So they began to think how they might raise as much corn as they could, and obtain a better crop than they had done, that they might not still thus languish in misery. At length, after much debate of things, the Governor (with the advise of the chiefest among them) gave way that they should set corn every man for his own particular, and in that regard trust to themselves; in all other things to go in the general way as before. And so assigned to every family a parcel of land, according to the proportion of the number, for that end, only for present use (but made no division for inheritance) and ranged all boys and youth under some family. This had very good success, for it made all hands industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been by any means the Governor or any other could use, and saved him a great deal of trouble, and gave far better content. The women now went willingly into the field, and took their little ones with them to set corn; which before would allege weakness and inability; whom to have compelled would have been thought great tyranny and oppression.”

With weak crops and little hope of supply, the Pilgrims divided the parcels among the families and told them to grow their own food. They found that those who would pretend they couldn’t work due to infirmity, weakness or inability (sound familiar?) gladly went to work in the fields. Corn production increased dramatically and famine was averted because communism was eliminated. Bradford’s account doesn’t end here; he goes on to describe why he believed the communal system failed. Understanding the reasons for the failure is just as important, if not more important, than learning about the failure itself. Governor Bradford wrote:

“The experience that was had in this common course and condition, tried sundry years and that amongst godly and sober men, may well evince the vanity of that conceit of Plato’s and other ancients applauded by some of later times; that the taking away of property and bringing in community into a commonwealth would make them happy and flourishing; as if they were wiser than God. For this community (so far as it was) was found to breed much confusion and discontent and retard much employment that would have been to their benefit and comfort. For the young men, that were most able and fit for labour and service, did repine that they should spend their time and strength to work for other men’s wives and children without any recompense. The strong, or man of parts, had no more division of victuals and clothes than he that was weak and not able to do a quarter than the other could; this was thought injustice. The aged and graver men to be ranked and equalized in labours, victuals, clothes, etc., with the meaner and younger sort, thought it some indignity and disrespect unto them. And for men’s wives to be commanded to do service for other men, as dressing their meat, washing their clothes, etc., they deemed it a kind of slavery, neither could many husbands well brook it.”

The communal system failed because it treated the older and wiser the same way as the young and brash. It failed because it rewarded the less productive as much as the more productive. It failed because members of the community found that they could do less and still get the same benefit. All of these problems arose in a very religious community in which gluttony and laziness were considered sins and drunkenness was rare. How much more would communism fail in a larger society where such problems are rampant! By returning to a system in which the older and wiser are respected, and by reorganizing so that one’s benefit was directly tied to his production, the Pilgrims ensured the survival of their colony. Governor Bradford, however, ultimately attributes the failure of the “common cause” to something much deeper:

“Upon the point all being to have alike and to do alike, they thought themselves in the like condition, and one as good as another; and so, if it did not cut off those relations that God hath set amongst men, yet it did at least much diminish and take off the mutual respects that should be preserved amongst them. And would have been worse if they had been men of another condition. Let none object this is men’s corruption, and nothing to the course itself. I answer, seeing all men have this corruption in them, God in His wisdom saw another course fitter for them.”

Governor Bradford is basically saying that communism failed because of the corrupt nature of humans. People are imperfect and sinful. The utopia Marx and Lenin dreamed of could only work if it were filled with perfect people- and no such infallible people can be found in this world. Furthermore, the communal system undermines the relations God instituted among men- marriage and family. With husbands growing food for other people’s children, wives washing other men’s clothes, and children doing chores for other families, the basic foundational social unit of society is undermined. Without that, no society can hope to survive.

In the first winter after their arrival at Plymouth, almost half of the colonists died. Four families were wiped out in total and only five of 18 wives and 10 of 29 single men survived.

The bounty they had created via private property and division of labor, from 1663 onwards—no matter which version of “1st Thanksgiving” you prefer—was a true cause for celebration and merrymaking.

So, do please say a prayer this afternoon over the preparations. In addition to thanking the farmers, ranchers, truckers, warehouses, grocery stores and very good cooks, thank god you’re not a fuckin’ commie.

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12th Year Anniversary Blog Marathon Begins Tomorrow

I’ve done it twice before. the first time was way back in 2008, when I pumped out 12 posts on December 31, 2008.

Two years ago, I did 20 posts in three days, beginning with Black Friday.

This time, I think I’ll begin tomorrow, Thanksgiving Day, in honor of all people “home alone” for Thanksgiving as I’ll be myself, this year. Then, I’ll continue into Black Friday and perhaps even Saturday, until Bea returns from down south with my doggie organisms.

So yea, 12 years blogging. First post went up November 3, 2003. Or, 4,256 posts ago. There are 4,380 days in 12 years.

Beginning tomorrow, follow along if you like. I have no idea yet in terms of any plan or even particular posts. If you’d like me to spew forth on some particular topic, drop a suggestion in comment or contact me by other means.

Accidental Cold Adaptation For Fun

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I recently blogged about this topic here. It was actually a bomb of a post (it happens). Little to no interest, which kinda mystified me, since it has been such a big deal in times past. But it also happens that I sometimes miss the mark in blogging what might interest me, but not correspond elsewhere (it happens).

Stalwart I am, I’m going to try again, a bit different angle, more experience, and some pics. And, a big qualification to render this as something of curiosity, not something you necessarily want to do.

To recap, Beatrice and I took on a project to live off grid, guard a large property where a fire took place in August, and I may be managing the rebuilding project on site, 24/7. But the important thing is that the view is astounding and it’s 3 miles down the hill to her work. We love it, 4 dogs and all, all camping out in an RV. We regularly laugh at how crazy we’ve allowed ourselves to become.

For instance, when she’s head down, cleaning up the RV, I like to joke that she’s going to tarnish our trailer trash image. We have so much fun poking fun at ourselves, the dogs. It’s a crazy life. Being all together in a 30′ RV every night lends a special touch to simple human contact and closeness…and canine contact, with 3 of the 4 of them playing musical bed & covers periodically throughout the night. Scout (“butt hole”) growls if you change position while sleeping. I could go on and on. We laugh all the time—unless we both tipped a bottle a little too much, and we have a little mini shit-talking fight.

…So I’m not going to suggest that this is what anyone ought be doing. We went up to the cabin a few weeks ago and of course, heaters were blasting. Once the rebuild is complete and we move in, we’ll be making it toasty, I’m pretty certain. This isn’t particularly desired, but to our surprise, remarkably doable and one could even say, challenging fun. That’s all.

So this isn’t what I’d call comfortable by any stretch, but that’s not the point. It’s remarkably not miserable, which is my chief interest. In other words, we can simply do it, handily, to our surprise. I figured I’d get along, but I was concerned that Beatrice would just hate it, get into a funk about it, et cetera, et cetera. To my amazement and joy, the exact opposite has happened. I actually think she’s adapted more profoundly and quickly than I.


Bea feet, barefoot in 45 degree F, outside.

I snapped that the other day and quickly checked the temp. Yep, 45. And she was only wearing the tank top she sleeps in.

She hasn’t complained a single time and she used to be the one bundled up in a 70 degree house, with both socks and furry house shoes on.

Uggs? Ugh!

We have the ability to do heat. The RV has a main gas heater with a forced air fan, but the fan really draws a lot of power we’d prefer to use for the radio internet and TV, since we’re on solar and do not wish to run the generator. I got a small propane space heater, but it’s just too much bother. We’re just not that very uncomfortable in the 40s and 50s and I think both of us realize that if we get accustomed to keeping things warm it would become an obsessive addiction, or something. Instead, we just make a good French press coffee every morning that doubles as a hand warmer.

This is probably a limit to what can be done on a 24/7 basis without bringing heat to the party. If it gets much colder and for any length of time, we’d either have to heat the space or, basically, hibernate; which is to say, spend a lot of time in bed, under heavy cover.

posted this to Facebook this morning:

Well, time to kick the cold adaptation up a notch. We’re now fully acclimated to 45 in the mornings, purposefully not using any heat at any time. It gets into the 50s and 60s for highs, but by bedtime you’re chilled to the bone, rather like at the end of a ski day or a 2-hour winter hang-gliding ridge soaring fun thing at Ft. Funston. But this is every day.

Whereas I used to have cold hands even in a 70 degree house, I now have only mildly chilly hands at 45-60 all day outside.

Morning temp was 41 today and still no prob. Outside now with three upper body layers, bare hands. I have gloves but I don’t bother with them anymore. The discomfort is so mild.

Next few days we up the test, with morning temps forecast down in the mid-30s.

Just a bit ago, I reported on the great socks experiment.

How I keep the feet relatively warm in 40s temps. Oversize house shoes, no socks. I’ve tested it. Even loose fitting socks make my feet colder through what I suspect is a very small restriction of circulation. Keep your core warm, let your blood circulate freely to extremities.

In my test, put a sock on one foot, no sock on the other and sure enough, the stockinged foot was noticeably colder 10 minutes later.


See mom? No socks.

As a final tidbit, in exchanging email with Ray Cronise just a bit ago, he suggested I might want to include this study into the post: Ambient Temperature and Prevalence of Obesity: A Nationwide Population-Based Study in Korea. It’s new, published only earlier this month.



Recent studies have suggested a possible association between outdoor or indoor temperature and obesity. We aimed to examine whether ambient temperature is associated with the prevalence of obesity or abdominal obesity in the Korean population.


Data on anthropometric, socio-demographic, laboratory and lifestyle factors were retrieved from National Health Insurance System data obtained in 2009–2010. Thirty years (1981 to 2010) of meteorological parameters for 71 observation areas were acquired from the Korea Meteorological Administration. Included in this analysis were 124,354 individuals. A body mass index (BMI) ≥ 25 kg/m2 and a waist circumference (WC) ≥ 90 cm (men) or 85 cm (women) were considered to represent obesity and abdominal obesity, respectively.


The mean annual temperature (MAT) ranged from 6.6°C to 16.6°C, and BMI was positively correlated with MAT (r = 0.0078, P = 0.0065). WC was positively correlated with MAT (r = 0.0165, P < 0.0001) and negatively correlated with the number of days with mean temperature < 0°C (DMT0; r = –0.0129, P = 0.0002). After adjusting for age, sex, smoking status, alcohol consumption, exercise, income, residential area and altitude, the odds ratios (95% CI) for obesity and abdominal obesity in the highest quintile MAT group were 1.045 (1.010, 1.081) and 1.082 (1.042, 1.124), respectively, compared with the lower four quintiles of the MAT group. Similarly, subjects in the area of the lowest quintile of DMT0 had significantly higher odds of abdominal obesity compared with the higher four quintile groups of DMT0.


This study finds an association between ambient temperature and prevalence of obesity in the Korean population when controlling for several confounding factors. Adaptive thermogenesis might be a possible explanation for this phenomenon.


We’ve all lost weight, which ought be intuitively obvious. Myself, Bea, and all four dogs, with Nanooka (“Nuke”) being the most profound. She was always a kinda plump female; not fat, just plump. She’s now ripped and has abs, down 20-30% in body weight. And, because of the cold, I feed all four dogs very liberally.

Quite interesting.

“Terrorism is to do with everything except Islam.”

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Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, Al Haram Mosque and Kaaba Saudi Arabia
There are two essential errors of thought that stand in the way of eradicating terrorism—or, simply relegating it to the back of the bus, as just part of the low-level, incidental evil that will probably always measurably unsettle humanity.

  1. The idea that’s it’s somehow not ideologically tied primarily to the religion of Islam.

  2. Hand wringing over collateral death and destruction, leading to the tying of hands in terms of effective and lasting action.

I aim to give you reasonable cause to dismiss both of those.

First of all, understand that the entirety of the schtick that goes ‘terrorists aren’t true Muslims’ is actually an informal logical fallacy known as No True Scotsman. Definition:

No true Scotsman is an informal fallacy, an ad hoc attempt to retain an unreasoned assertion.[1] When faced with a counterexample to a universal claim (“no Scotsman would do such a thing”), rather than denying the counterexample or rejecting the original claim, this fallacy modifies the subject of the assertion to exclude the specific case or others like it by rhetoric, without reference to any specific objective rule (“no true Scotsman would do such a thing”).[2]

In practical parlance, it takes this form:

Philosophy professor Bradley Dowden explains the fallacy as an “ad hoc rescue” of a refuted generalization attempt.[1] The following is an example of the fallacy:[3]

Person A: “No Scotsman puts sugar on his porridge.”
Person B: “But my uncle Angus likes sugar with his porridge.”
Person A: “Ah yes, but no true Scotsman puts sugar on his porridge.”

You can find it all the time, even amongst communists who assert that the USSR and China weren’t truly communist countries, or even libertarians who assert that we don’t have true capitalism. The latter charge has merit, and has been well differentiated by decent libertarians and anarchists, but I’ll save that digression for another post someday.

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How Stupid American Foreign Policy Still Isn’t Responsible For Muslim Radicalization


It’s the philosophy, stupid. And women.

Now, I know some are asking ‘what in the fuck is anarchist, State-hater Richard doing?’

Simple. I’m picking a side and setting aside a side, for now, because as I opined previously, Anarchism is a political philosophy for civilized people, inapplicable in large measure, now. In other words, we have an organized and determined anti-civilization that presently requires utterly obliteration and destruction—without mercy or pity; without reservation, or purposes of evasion—and then and only then can we have beers in the pub where we solve all the world’s problems again, go to a stripper bar after, and end up in a curry house at 2 a.m. Then we move on.

It’s the left that stands in the way of this, and that includes their libertarian allies, I’m sorry to say. They stand in opposition to doing anything truly effective, on so many levels it’s almost a situation where the anti-civilization problem is far more pronounced than just the radical Muslim primitivity might suggest. It’s a two-front war.

Let’s get down to brass tacks. The Muslim Brotherhood formed in 1928.

The Brotherhood’s stated goal is to instill the Qur’an and Sunnah as the “sole reference point for … ordering the life of the Muslim family, individual, community … and state.”[13] Its mottos include “Believers are but Brothers”, “Islam is the Solution”, and “Allah is our objective; the Qur’an is the Constitution; the Prophet is our leader; jihad is our way; death for the sake of Allah is our wish.“[14][15][16] It is financed by members, who are required to allocate a portion of their income to the movement,[17] and was for many years financed by Saudi Arabia, with whom it shared some enemies and some points of doctrine.[17][18]

A little bit before GWB’s time, wouldn’t you say? Even, shall we say, a bit before Middle Eastern oil became a geopolitical football? That was 1928, right around the time of the flapper era, the Great Depression, and the eve of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Coincidental timing, I’m sure. But girls just wanna have fun.

Even 25 years later, in the early 1950s, they were uncompromising in terms of the inexorable advance of such modernity that was “brazenly assaulting” the Muslim world, just like everywhere else.

Here, you can understand it in just 2 minutes and 12 seconds. This is a video of an Arab leader—president of Egypt, Gamal Abdel Nasser—speaking to a crowd concerning his 1953 attempts to compromise with the Muslim Brotherhood. It’s damn remarkable to watch him mock them while the crowd cheers.

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Brigitte Gabriel: “The peaceful majority were irrelevant.”


“Those who know history are doomed to watch others repeat it.”

Over and over, in less than 5 minutes, watch Brigitte Gabriel cite five documented historical references to explain why the peaceful majority were always irrelevant, utterly laying waste to the fucking bla-bla of some abjectly moronic law student in her fancy hijab.

No need to add anything to that.

…Along the same lines, a commenter from yesterday emailed this article, thinking he was making some point about painting with broad strokes, or whatever, just like that stupid emphasis on the peaceful majority, above.

What I Discovered From Interviewing Imprisoned ISIS Fighters They’re drawn to the movement for reasons that have little to do with belief in extremist Islam.

Yea, like what, 72 Virgins or some other equally delusional thing? Dominate wives and rape their daughters, perhaps? Just bored? Long for attention with a chance at hero status? Unemployed? No real future? Can’t afford an iPhone? What, exactly is each fighter’s specific “motivation?” Do they fucking lie? I know that’s a strange concept for a pissant leftie “thinking” moron to grasp … that people who vow to kill innocent people are capable of lying.

It doesn’t fucking matter.

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The Walking Dead And The Metaphysics of ISIS


Further to my previous post, So Europe, Paris; America: What Now? there was part of the underlying idea that I set aside for later; i.e., for now.

It’s a conflation of our ethics with their metaphysics. Recall from your general understanding of philosophy, if you have one, that the hierarchy flows from metaphysics (the study of the given; reality), to epistemology (the study of knowledge of reality), to ethics (the study of moral right & wrong), and then finally to politics (the study of man’s social organization). There’s also esthetics (the study of art, which is basically an integrated reflection of the foregoing branches), but let’s just deal with that latter branch by noting how ISIS has been busy destroying ancient cultural artifacts and art. This should count as a clue, because art generally reflects a philosophy that in various ways celebrates the value of life and the many corollary values that humanity pursues towards it being a happy and fulfilled life.

My heightened awareness came about when, in a short comment thread with Billy Beck in the aftermath of the previous evening’s Paris massacre, he drew an important distinction that sent me down rabbit holes of reflection. The idea is that suicide in a military context (e.g., Kamikaze) is a matter for ethical analysis in that context whereas, the actions by ISIS and other sects or organization of Muslims are not applicable to anything resembling our ethics, since their ethics are based upon an entirely different metaphysics (see foregoing paragraph). As I quoted him yesterday:

These animals are acting from flagrantly anti-human metaphysics: even more evil than socialists of all stripes. At least the socialists make a claim to valuing human betterment, even so horrible as they are at it. These vermin are not like that: all their values lie beyond death.

They will not be demoralized by their own deaths, that of their families or anyone else. Death itself, is the value to them.

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So Europe, Paris; America: What Now?


When is enough enough, and it’s time to just let “God sort it out,” as they say?

There is precedent.

Amongst rolling my eyes all morning at everyone changing their Facebook profile photos to overlay the Tricolore, or The Eiffel Tower bastardized into a “peace” sign, I was looking for something that actually spoke some meaning and distinction to the issue.

Robert Bidinotto delivered:

SO, LET ME SEE. Months ago, after the terrorist attack in Paris on the satire magazine Charlie Hebdo, some “liberals” claimed that the victims KINDA provoked it by publishing insulting cartoons of Muhammad. Then there was the terrorist attack in Paris at a kosher deli, targeting Jews — and of course many on the left secretly felt, “Well, you KINDA had to expect the attack on Jews, because Israel, the Jewish state, oppresses Palestinians.”

But now we have ordinary diners, sports fans, and concert-goers targeted by Islamists for mass murder on the streets of the City of Light. What, exactly, did THEY do to provoke their militant Islamist murderers? For example, does anyone care to ask Ron or Rand Paul if ISIS is in France because France is “over there” in Syria or Iraq? No? Then what could have “provoked” them?

Could it possibly be that these innocents were deliberately targeted precisely because their specific activities symbolize and embody the enjoyment of a modern Western lifestyle?

It’s a crucial point that 1) cannot be legitimately denied, and 2) undercuts the whole of the anarcho-left, libertarian-left/right, and lefty-left narrative.

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Dog Pile: I Must Rant About The Waa Waa Babies Of Yale, et al


Let’s begin with a distinction. In common Internet context, a written rant—a proper one—is something that minimally rests upon some rational foundation of commonly understood and generally accepted ideas or principles, those ideas and/or principles being disregarded or ignored, and the reasons for ridiculing a wanton disregard or ignorance of common sense or common propriety are delivered passionately, with purposeful offense, and with the intention of being utterly devastating to the targets—such that as many people laugh at and ridicule them as possible.

This is differentiated from temper tantrums which, as it just turns out, are basically what this post is about. Thus, the need of drawing a distinction up front.


Let’s continue with infants and children, the topic we’ll remain on for the duration of the post; but make meaningful distinctions there, as well. Such as this: we’re going to juxtapose normal children and their childish behavior with retarded children; and by retarded, I mean it literally. I don’t mean it as once used commonly to describe those lacking in mental capacity, by no fault of their own, or that of their parents. No, as you’ll see, this is true retardation and by the time you’ve finished reading this, you’ll be able to refer to all those Yales, et al, as retards, with full moral and intellectual authority.

One can’t over-baby a baby. As mammals, we must nurture our young for various periods of time, and for human mammals, it’s an exceptionally long time. But, there are distinct stages. One of my favorite current images seen often these days is some young, gang-banger looking guy, tats & all, in the supermarket line with a basket full of Pampers and a little baby snuggled up to his chest as he’s holding it. Always gives me a smile and a ray of hope for the human race. While we’re certainly not exclusively “instinctual” beings, there appears to be innate heart-tuggings on some levels.

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Why Your Health Practitioner May Be Confused About Copper Overload

It’s another post by The Duck Dodgers, this in advance of a subsequent post that continues to explore the governmental policy of food enrichment or fortification in general, and iron in particular.

As we prepare to explore how mineral imbalances exacerbated by iron fortification and/or high meat intakes may promote chronic disease and inflammtion, we wanted to set the record straight about copper—a mineral that is absolutely essential for maintaining iron homeostasis.

Copper may be the most misunderstood mineral—it has recently gotten a bad rap in health circles. Chris Kresser explains the conventional wisdom of copper:

RHR: Could Copper-Zinc Imbalance Be Making You Sick?

One of the most common and important imbalances that we see in clinical practice with trace minerals is excess copper and deficient zinc. So, the ideal ratio between these two, if copper is in the numerator and zinc is in the denominator, would be 0.7 to 1, which means anywhere from 70% as much copper as zinc to even amounts of each. And one of the ways that you can recognize this or when you might suspect this, and this will tie into a future question that we’re gonna talk about a little bit later in the show, is that copper and zinc are not only minerals, but they’re also regarded as neurotransmitters in the brain. They have some of the functions of a neurotransmitter, so an imbalance in copper and zinc will lead to things like hyperactivity, ADHD, other kinds of behavioral disorders, and depression; and in fact, a lot of people who are labeled with autism and even paranoid schizophrenia, when they test their copper levels, they find out that they’re elevated. Then high copper can cause severe PMS. That’s another red flag for me where I’ll consider it. It can cause estrogen intolerance, and it can cause skin issues, so people with excess copper have a high incidence of acne or eczema, psoriasis, just sensitive skin in general, sunburn, people who are really apt to get sunburned even if they’re only out for a short period of time, headaches, poor immune function…So, as you can see, most of the effects are nervous system related, nervous and endocrine system, I would say, with particular impact on the brain and behavioral health. So, those are the things to look for when you’re considering copper-zinc imbalance as a potential issue.

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Revisiting Cold Therapy With Ray Cronise: Extreme But Acute Vs. Mild But Chronic

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I had never known what it was really like to be really damn chilled to the bone all the time, in nearly 55 years of life.

Until the last few weeks, and it’s been 24/7.

TL;DR: adaptation is very remarkably doable. I say “doable,” rather than “easy,” because while it might strike one as easy because it just seems to happen, the process is really only fairly described as doable, because there will be discomfort. Lots of it. Sometimes, really discomforting discomfort. But one seems to naturally set it aside—almost like not thinking about it—but also without thinking about not thinking about it. If you know what I mean.

What has really convinced me of this is not myself, who got really enamored of all this, way back, when I first saw Ray Cronise’s TED talk—because it was in Tim Ferriss’ book—then started chatting with Ray and exchanging emails. I happened to have access at the time to a gym with a cold plunge they maintained at 45-50F. I built up from 3 minutes to 12-15 minutes, nude. I was The doG. But I never noticed all that much from it beyond the short-lived euphoria, just figured it was probably a good thing to do, like popping a particular supplement or something.

Of course, that all led to a real conflagration of sorts, if you recall the Jack [C]ruse debacle, and accompanying drama I doubled down on, at the time. What has convinced me far differently, this time, is my wife Beatrice, who never even tried one of my many cold plunges a single time. And now, this Latina, who was given to complaining about how she felt cold in a house heated to 74 F, is walking around in light clothes when it’s a damp 45 F in the trailer. She hasn’t complained a single time, and she’s never curled up shivering. What gives?

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My uBiome Gut Test Results: How Well Does My Gut Function?

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Out of the six uBiome gut samples I took before, during, and after a 12-day Elixa Probiotics ( regimen (posts here, here, and here) I’ve received the results on five of them. One sample was damaged in shipment (the final test, 2 weeks from completing the course) and uBiome has sent a replacement. Still waiting on results from American Gut (one of which was taken from exactly the same poop sample as the uBiome kit that was damaged).

We’re still looking to crunch raw data and taxonomy, but I can pretty much tell it’s about what I always thought of these tests. They really don’t tell you much useful, they don’t seem to correlate with anything concrete I can think of, and they’re all over the map. For instance, in my first test, my “diversity” was in the 80th percentile. Jump for joy, right? Well, then 10 days later, the next test (and this was right before even starting Elixa), and diversity is 12th percentile.

Then, during the Elixa 12-day course, in the first week, massive shifts in bacteriodetes and firmicutes, The former went from 30 to 80% of my microbiome and the latter, correspondingly, from 66 to 16%, so basically a complete reversal in the space of a week. Elixa? Well, perhaps, but then another week, i.e., at completion of the course, firmicutes were up to 30%. If Elixa were the cause of reducing them so dramatically after 1 week, then seems like they should have at least stayed there the 2nd week, not basically doubled.

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“Doctors hate her: a local mom discovers how to lose weight effortlessly with this one trick.”

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The title is tongue-in-cheek, lifted from the second commenter. Read on. It’s pretty good.

James is up first.

The Potato Diet, and Elixa, has completely cured the chronic diarrhea I’ve had for many years. I started the Potato Diet about four weeks ago and it was slowly alleviating the problem. Today is Day 12 of the 24-day protocol of Elixa and the diarrhea has disappeared. Like, you know, gone, man. Vamoosed. Adios, muhfug. And I’m even losing weight again; six pounds in 10 days.

My practice is to roast the taters at 350°F for an hour then cool and store them in the reefer. I usually warm them in a bit of olive oil, sometimes sautéing onions beforehand. Minced fresh garlic always accompanies the meal. I often heat bone broth with mushrooms and onions, adding the cold, cubed potatoes as you suggest. Occasionally I’ll toss in 1/4-cup of black beans to the potatoes and olive oil.

I eat twice per day usually, occasionally only one meal. I usually take a quaff of kefir after the meal. Yesterday and today I’m drinking a mix of 3 quarts raw milk and 1 quart of kefir. I usually begin and end the day with a shake made of several prebiotics, including of course potato starch.

Tangential: For years I’ve had a small bump on my hip at the belt line. I had it surgically removed many years ago but it returned after a few months. Oddly, after starting the Potato Diet, the bump began to slowly shrink and I think with the addition of Elixa the shrinkage has accelerated.

I owe the paleosphere many thanks for improving my health but you and Karl Seddon are due the lion’s share of my gratitude.

James H

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Potato “Only” Diet Hack Tip: Bone Broth or Stock For Potato Diet Soup

As with my last tip on making potatoes more palatable and easy to use by roasting or grilling them, this is something that can be used anytime, not just for a bland potato hack.

Some people are fine doing the potato and only potato thing, in fact at least a couple of folks, because of that prior post, put in 5 days or so potatoes only, not even any seasoning, and seemed to be fine. Others can’t manage it at all and while still others can, they really hate it. I’m in the category where the potatoes (with salt & pepper) are fine when I’m eating them but not palatable enough that I want to eat them again soon when hungry, so I put off eating until crazy hungry and end up WAY under eating.

I’ve found a very low calorie hack for the hack that’s also highly nutritious and for both Beatrice and I, sits in the tummy so good—delivering such satiety and satisfaction, and the first night we had it, crazy restful sleep.

Here’s how you do it. Now, you can use freshly cooked potatoes, but I grill lots at a time and keep them in the fridge. With this method, you don’t even need to heat them.

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