Well, I certainly hope you all here in America had a good Thanksgiving weekend and took the opportunity to express in word or deed — or simply in terms of your time and presence — thanks to those in your life that play a part in making it work. Personally, my thanks always goes to myself primarily, for getting my butt through another year (and this year especially, as I’m so much better off), and secondarily, to real people — family, friends, colleagues. So, for me, Thanksgiving is about celebrating all the Animals in your life, both rational and assorted furry critters — both the ones we eat and the ones we befriend. I never want to short change any of their (or my own) contributions to my life by giving credit elsewhere. Enough said. First off, a bit of admin. I’m torn about the advertising on the blog that appears on the right sidebar and also under the leading post or a direct link. I have turned down all specific requests for specific ads, as every single one that has approached me was “scammy” in my view. With Google AdSence, Google places so-called “relevant” content from its network of…
Entries from December 2008
December 1st, 2008 · Comments Off · No Particular Category
December 1st, 2008 · 7 Comments · No Particular Category
First, the great story from a reader: Hi Richard, this is J from Minneapolis, MN. I have been reading your blog for a while and I just would like to share some things as well as ask you a few questions. First of all, I have been reading your website, Arthur Devany’s, and Mark Sisson’s and with that have come up with a diet that works best for me. After giving up refined sugar, carbs for six months and a lot of dairy such as milk for around three months, my body fat percentage is plunged from well over 20% to just over 10 between 10-11%. I would say the biggest reasons for the drop in body fat were probably the drop of the milk and the organized intermittent fasts. I made almost all of my progress from the last three months based on those things. It has made a tremendous amount of difference in the way I look its almost hard to believe. I was a soft 6-1 close to 200 lbs. before I started eating unrefined and then dipped to something around 170 lbs. What I can say is that being on South Asian ancestry (family came from…
December 2nd, 2008 · 5 Comments · Success Stories
Mark Sisson graciously invited me to share some of my experiences on his very popular blog. It’s one of the top health and fitness blogs on the Internet. So go have a read at my guest post. After the first of the year, Mark will be reciprocating with a guest post on Free the Animal.
December 3rd, 2008 · Comments Off · Health & Fitness
Here represents a core fundamental of scientific method. Suppose you lived in Europe any time during the last few hundred years and were fortunate enough to observe the lovely swan in action. Suppose further that you noticed that every single one was white. How about you observed a million of them over time? Could you say, definitively, that “all swans are white?” No. You. Can’t. You could hypothesize, which, if you’re a scientific researcher, would naturally involve attempting to find swans that aren’t white. Grasp that: you look for swans that are not white, because, it doesn’t matter if you find 10 billion white swans, you still can’t say definitively that all are white universally, or even globally, unless every nook and cranny of the Earth has been checked for non-white swans. OK, but so what? Could we work with and find use in hypotheses that may not be substantiated universally, but are true in a limited context? Sure. It’s done all the time, and it’s fine, so long as it’s done right. But this isn’t how politicized, government, and big-industry “science” is done, now — especially in areas like diet, medicine, environment (yea, all you “health-nut” greens: the bad…
December 3rd, 2008 · Comments Off · Politics & Culture
Uh, oh. More Black Swans… Check out the HealthAssist Blog’s ten health paradoxes around the world. And all you “heart-healthy vegetable oil” eaters (corn, soy, safflower, canola, etc.): pay particular attention to the Israeli Jewish paradox and be afraid; very afraid. And for you “healthy whole-grain eaters,” tremble at the results from Spain. Filed under: Modern Ignorance.
December 3rd, 2008 · 1 Comment · Health & Fitness
Do yourself a big favor and spend some time navigating and reading the website of the Vitamin D Council, a non-profit that’s not peddling anything but free education out of concern for a population that’s increasingly dying of things people never used to die of. The high rate of natural production of vitamin D3 cholecalciferol in the skin is the single most important fact every person should know about vitamin D—a fact that has profound implications for the natural human condition. Technically not a “vitamin,” vitamin D is in a class by itself. Its metabolic product, calcitriol, is actually a secosteroid hormone that targets over 1000 genes in the human body. Current research has implicated vitamin D deficiency as a major factor in the pathology of at least 17 varieties of cancer as well as heart disease, stroke, hypertension, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, depression, chronic pain, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, muscle weakness, muscle wasting, birth defects, periodontal disease, and more. Vitamin D’s influence on key biological functions vital to one’s health and well-being mandates that vitamin D no longer be ignored by the health care industry nor by individuals striving to achieve and maintain a greater state of health. I’m pressed for time,…
December 3rd, 2008 · 4 Comments · Recipes
It’s been a while, so I’m going to throw up just a bunch in one post. You should be able to click on each image to get the larger version. The first one is a dinner I prepared for my parents a couple of weeks ago. These are filets that I pan fried (to medium rare, of course) in cast iron and in leaf lard from Prather Ranch. Good lard has no pork taste to it, is white, and simply wonderful to cook with. I seasoned them about an hour earlier with a little salt, pepper, and garlic. The vegetable is yellow squash and brussels sprouts. I fist tossed them in a fry pan with some ghee and a bit of bacon drippings. Then, onto a cookie sheet they go, into the oven at 350 for about 15 minutes. When done, crisp them a bit under the broiler for just a bit, and don’t take your eyes off them. Things can happen quickly with broilers. The sauce is really the special part of this, a beef stock and red wine reduction with some finely chopped onion and garlic, a bit of parsley, rosemary and sage. I don’t use grain or…