Vegetarians and Vegans Read Free the Animal and I Have No Idea Why


Is any-Paleo-one more prolific than I in trashing veg*ans? Yet they read, some, and stick around. If you’ve been paying attention you’ll see them in comments, and I get emails, too. Plant based gluttons for punishment? OK, let me not get off on the wrong track because I have something to share. And this in advance of the vegan trashing Dr. Mike Eades’ blog that I may hammer tomorrow. But no promises. I may feel differently in the morning.

Erin rings in:

I am a vegetarian- but I’m not writing to complain.

I find many issues with vegetarianism, but I feel that holes could be poked in any diet. I hate the cultish feel generated by all of them, when all I’m trying to do is eat rationally and not join some bullshitty new-age group.

In an ideal setting, I would have my own plot of land with varieties of vegetables and fruits. There would be laying hens wandering around, and I suppose at least one annoying-ass rooster. (I am on a temp work assignment in Hawaii and roosters are everywhere. They are god-damned annnoying animals).

That being said, I work as a Combat Exercise Planner and essentially use my war expertise to help train troops to more effeciently engage in combat. I have no real problems with humans killing humans, but humans killing animals just seems unnecessary to me.

(My doctor assures me I’m not a sociopath. I am just an "INTP")

I don’t think my life is less important than an animal’s. I do believe, however, that animals would prefer not to live miserably on shitty farms- which I think rational people could agree with. If obtaining food were a game of cat-and-mouse, I could probably get behind it- just like war. But raising and systematically killing milions of malnourished animals for our own food seems like cheating to me.

I know that people in your camp are offended by wiping out perfectly good ecosystems by planting soy/wheat/corn – as am I. This is where most of my problems with vegetarianism arise. My question for you is, other than meat- what is included in your diet? I ask because I am genuinely curious to know. I’d like to cut out soy from my diet but it is seemingly unavoidable. What carbs do Paleo-dieters eat, other than plant sugars? What protein do you eat, other than meat?

I read that you went to DLI- cool- me, too. But then I got out of the marines and studied visual arts at Columbia University. Maybe that’s why I’m such a confused girl… ha

OK, yea, soy is crap (use the search function as I have entries with references). Since you’re vegetarian, why not get your protein from dairy? Other than milk, you have cottage cheese, whey powder and many other ways. And hell, you could do a dozen eggs a day and that wouldn’t be a bad idea.

Y’know, come to think of it, I could probably pretty easily be a vegetarian, which actually means that as someone pointed out in comments some time ago, the real distinction is in those who eat animal products vs. those who don’t. Vegans against the rest of the world.

And now I’ll leave it open to comments

The Food and Pics

Entries are coming in for the silly Free the Animal Rant Contest. So be silly. Give it what you can.


…The last three weeks or so have been gruesome with the move, et al. Worst of all, I came down with another instance of what I firmly believe I have Google diagnosed as trochanteric bursitis. I believe I’ve had it before, mistakenly thinking it was sciatica — which I have also had long time ago..but thought is was a different manifestation last time. I think it happened from just over use in the move, i.e., hundreds of squats and bed-overs per day for days straight (packing / unpacking boxes, assembling furniture, ceiling fans, mounting flat screen TVs to hidden wire perfection, and such all contributed).

The pain is awful — nearly constant and it’s worse when sitting standing, or laying down (you should see how I have to contort to sleep — I quit taking the 800mg Motrin I was taking for a while before bed). Walking is the best relief. So, after nearly three weeks of it  and no gym — and it’s getting better — I did a relatively light workout at the gym today and had substantial relief for several hours. Now, the constant pain begins to set in, again, but diminished. I’m definitely on the downslope. I’m hitting the gym again Friday. Of note, I did 10 reps deadlift at 135 just to test, then went to other things to see if the hip stayed calm. No problem, so I came back and did a very easy 185 x 6. I may go for my 295 x 6 on Friday so I can move to 305. I really hate that I got set back from hitting that 300# deadlift mark through this period.

But I’ve been eating well. So disappointed I didn’t get any shots of the three pounds of tri-tip, two pounds of boneless pork ribs and a 1 1/2 pound roasted chicken on a single big platter I did this weekend for Bea’s local family. There was no meat left. This is my deal: no bread, pasta, rice, beans or any other woefully inferior cheap "nutrition," but, I’m fuckin’ gonna fill you up on meat if you’ll have it. How good a deal is that?

Click all photos below for the hi-res versions.

Roast Chicken & asparagus. Dried Italian herbs & olive oil. Lightly coat fresh asparagus with EVOO, some sea salt, and cookie sheet it for 20-40 minutes @400 until you like it. Crunchy tops are great. French fry subs.

Chicken Stinky Pee
Chicken & Stinky Pee

We have a fig tree in the new backyard, two lime trees, and a pomegranate in the front yard. Since we moved in I’ve been moved about how I might be able to use the figs. Ready. How about in a sauce with jalapenos?

Fig stuff
Fig & Stuff

All that including the fresh chopped garlic & onion you see, went in the saute pan with a bit of butter. Then, all of it went into the so-called "magic bullet." I say that cause it sucks. I’m getting a Vita-Mix. Fuck bullshit.

So because there was a total lack of magic in the bullet, I ended up having to strain anyway, and so reduce more because the liquifies fiber — if i had magic — would’ve alleviated the need to strain.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. The very first step is to reduce red wine to a syrup. Do not introduce it to an ongoing reduction. Do this first.

Shitty Photo
Shitty Photo

Then you add your stock & fixins and continue to reduce. I needed no thickener at all, so maybe a little magic happened.

Then I was done, with some Caprese salad left over and an heirloom tomato.

Apples 7 Oranges
Apples & Oranges

Oh, yea, all the peeps in attendance wanted grilled burgers even though I offered steaks.


Last night was just Bea & I, and I had in mind an enormous salad of butter and green leaf lettuce with tomato (heirloom), finely sliced onion, peeled and cubed cucumbers, and blueberries…


I just drizzled olive oil on it, and the juice from a half of fresh lime or so, from the backyard.

And then I grilled "country style boneless pork ribs" @ about $3.50 per pound. Get The Salt Lick dry rub, which I get at BBQs Galore here in CA, rub down the meat liberally and let it set 30 minutes or more at room temp. For these kinds of ribs where you don’t need to get them to fall off bones as there aren’t any, a low BBQ will do the trick, turn every 15-30 minutes for a total of 45-60, but watch. Done is done and you don’t want to dry them out.

Boneless short ribs
Boneless Pork Short Ribs

Today, I ate about a pound of those leftover, right outta the fridge, post workout.

Oh, I almost forgot. Sashimi on app, last night.


You know what? Upon serious reflection; Fuck vegans. Uh huh?

Deer in Headlights & Morons on Parade: The First Free the Animal Contest

I laughed at myself as I wrote that — the contest part. I’m pretty much never interested in contests, and truth be told: I’m happier if you aren’t either. So then, do it for the fun & sport and the title. The thing is, this will be unlike any contest in the Paleo realm you’ve ever seen. Or, it could flop, because it’s not going to be easy. Fun, but not easy.

It so happens that I have on hand some supplements of good quality that are beyond my current capacity to use in a timely fashion (notice how bad I suck at writing a blog to energize you about the contest). Mark Sisson’s Damage Control Master Formula. Now don’t take this the wrong way. I have a two month’s supply, unopened, and the reason I do is because I was on autoship for a number of months, but I don’t supplement daily. I do it intermittently. Consequently, his one month supply lasts me 2-3 months. I’m giving away one of those unopened cases, shipped anywhere in the world I can — and if I can’t ship to the winner, I’ll make it good one way or the other. If this goes well I’ll give away the other month in a similar contest.

Here’s the contest: you need to write a 300 word rant, give or take 50 words (so, 275 – 325…about 3 minutes speaking, ’cause I’m going to read the winning entry in video). English, of course. No rules as to what words you choose. Vulgar as you want, but that could run against you if not in context and too gratuitous. Bottom line is that vulgarity alone won’t win it for you. Cleverness and style will. Think Dennis Miller in his best days.

Now that’s gonna be fucking hard, isn’t it? No, it isn’t, because I’m going to give you such a 9 minute, target rich environment that’s you’re gonna come away thinking that this is gonna be as easy as Obama winning a ‘get your ass kissed’ contest.

Here’s the video and I’ll fill in the last of the details below.

What did I tell you? Here’s the link to the article. And a quote by moron number one, "Pixel."

Pixel spoke with loads of celebrities at PETA’S 30th Anniversary Gala in Hollywood, California, on Saturday. Alec Baldwin, Pamela Anderson, Anjelica Huston and more talked about giving a voice to animals. ‘I was amazed how many people really were animal activist, vegetarians, vegans, no leather. They were doing more than going Naked for PETA; they are living by their beliefs of protecting animals’ she said.

Breathless drivel. How. Fucking. Exciting.

Bryan Adams performed "Everything I Do" and the evening was filled with tributes that moved the audience to tears.

And tearful.

Now, I could write a post in any number of ranting directions; so see, it’s really easy as shit. Pick a single celebrity, machine gun the whole lot, or focus in on the overall transparency of the whole torrid affair. I have no preference and I have no idea which entry could be best.

Her’s the method. I’m going to pick the best three and either — I haven’t decided yet — publish them and put them to a community vote, or, email them to a few of my many paleo contacts and decide by committee. In either case the top three will be published — maybe more — so if I go by committee and we screw it up, comments will be open for your wrath.

Now, many of you put up ranting comments regularly. Just put in a bit more effort and you may have a shot at the title.

Oh, email your entries to me a the freetheanimal email address on the about page. DO NOT post your entries to comments. And you have until Friday morning, 10/1, 8am PST.

The Consequences of Modern Ignorance

I think you can thank, in part, the American Dermatological Association for this outrage and others like it. I’ll get to identifying the other perpetrators later, below.

On June 3, 2010 my five and a half week old daughter was introduced to "child protection" in a hospital in a local hospital by diagnosing her as being a victim of child abuse. I brought my new born daughter to the hospital, after she woke up screaming in pain when i moved her arm. Upon multiple x-rays we found out that she had a fracture in her right arm that had a transverse configuration, without any evidence of external injury (we later learned that a transverse configuration is a typical fracture morphology in a pathologically fragile bone). Not understanding how this could have happened to my daughter, my boyfriend and I had no explanation for the injury.

Apparently because of the injury and our inability to explain how it happened, the doctors suspected child abuse and contacted the child abuse team who sent social workers to the hospital to interview us. After several hours of questioning, they transferred us to another hospital where we were immediately admitted to the child protection department. After further x-rays and bone scans the hospital found multiple micro fractures throughout my daughter’s body, and a slight bilateral subdural hematoma. […]

After careful and thorough review of ALL medical reports he saw that my daughter was suffering from a metabolic bone disease which he diagnosed as INFANTILE RICKETS in the state of healing, and that her bones were in a fragile state. He also stated that my daughters skull showed poor mineralization along the sutures and large areas or poor mineralization in the center portion of the skull plates. In addition the parietal skull was flattened.

As Dr. Ayoud was evaluating my daughters medical reports, he aksed Atty S to suggeste that I go see Dr. Michael Holick, a world renowned endocrinologist. Upon his full evaluation of me, Dr. Holick found me to be suffering from Osteomalacia, essentially the adult form of Rickets, and also possibly Elhers Danlos syndrome which is a genetic deficiency that cross ties to my daughters metabolic bone disease.

There’s the lot more to the story, but the bottom line is her infant was taken from her at 5 weeks which was months ago, and she still does not have her back. Here’s a excerpt from The Vitamin D Council’s Dr. Cannell, which counts for most of his reply. It’s not my normal practice to quote huge swaths, but this is damn important.

A few months ago I discussed an absolutely frightening study. Basically, the study found that about 1/4 of all otherwise normal infants have evidence of infantile rickets while they are still in the womb. If these infants were x-rayed right after birth, I suspect they would be found to have multiple fractures from the very real trauma of coming through the birth canal. That is, it is likely that tens of thousands of infants are being sent home from the hospital with multiple fractures because no one has ever done a study looking for asymptomatic fractures.

As an aside, the editorial that accompanied this study missed the point. Instead of asking for studies to discover what percentage of infants will have broken bones at birth and thus, how many parents are falsely accused of child abuse due to this tragedy, the authors of the editorial simply asked for more money for scientists.

The "we care about kids more than you do" child abuse organizations are simply feeding at the trough of the child abuse industry. According to the late Dr. Richard Gardner, the reason for increasing false allegations can be rationally explained. "There’s a complex network of social workers, mental health professionals, and law enforcement officials that actually encourages charges of child abuse — whether they are reasonable or not."

Dr. Gardner was referring to the fact that the Mondale Act of 1974 is responsible for the dramatic increase in child abuse charges because it affords full liability protection for the child abuse industry. They can do the most egregious and wanton things to the children in their care, and their parents, without fear that they will face civil liability charges. The Mondale Act indemnified the child abuse industry, and populated it with people whose livelihoods depend on bringing more and more allegations into the system. Your daughter is simply putting food on someone’s plate.

The child abuse industry was behind the epidemic of "recovered memories" of child abuse in the 1990s and howled when judges started returning malpractice verdicts against recovered memory doctors, which quickly dried up that particular child abuse industry feeding trough. Now, the bread and butter of the child abuse industry is child physical abuse or battered child syndrome, first described 50 years ago in a seminal paper in JAMA, a paper that caused irreparable harm.

Do not expect this tragedy to be solved soon. Too many mouths are sucking at the trough. Also, the child’s father, the man who abandoned you and his child when you were two months pregnant, is he being paid to take care of his own child? I doubt child protection will tell you but I suspect he is being paid.

For almost 50 years, parents like you have either been sent to jail or had their child taken away or both; we are talking about hundreds of thousands of parents. It is all based on a simple observation loaded with face validity: children with lots of broken bones must have been beaten by someone. Now, it is quite possible that most of those hundreds of thousands of infants were never beaten, never abused, never mistreated, they were misdiagnosed, they simply had infantile rickets.

Actions have consequences. Modern indoor, sheltered life & work, crappy processed foods lacking in quality fat and fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K), and hysterical fear of sun exposure all combine to set up a perfect storm of downstream consequences.

Then combine all that with a food, drug, and "health" conglomerate that profits off the most immediate consequences of this nutritional neglect, then throw in a "justice" system — "child abuse industry," as Dr. Cannell rightly labels them — that seems like little more than an incestuous heap of bedfellows on the take, and you do have a very outrageous tragedy.

But hey, it’s only babies getting chewed up, so relax. Nothing to see here. Keep on shaking your heads at Richard’s outrageous, over the top rants.

The Denise Minger Interview; America Fat & Stupid? and, Processed Food Will Never be Real Food

~ What a nice surprise this morning to see that Jimmy Moore put a rush on doing an interview with Denise Minger, the young & very bright woman who got a hold of the original China Study Monograph, and using the same data Campbell did, demonstrated conclusively that he’s far more guilty of the sorts of statistical shenanigans he accuses others of. Go listen to the interview.

Denise tells some of the back story, including her own experiences with raw veganism from as early as age seven. She also tells how she got interested in — and then hooked on — this data project. I really appreciate her giving me such a thankful mention at about 20 minutes in. This is where the groundswell began and I’m super pleased to have played a major role in that. Hours after that posting, Denise went from 20 visits per day to 20,000 visits in a few hours. I believe she told me in an email that she exceeded 50,000 visits in those first two days. Of course, that was not only from my posting but the fact that so many of you — readers and other bloggers alike — went out and spread the word.

~ Next up is a really fantastic article in The Huffington Post from a few days ago which I got wind of via Dana Carpender. So go get a load of Justin Stoneman’s piece entitled America: A Big, Fat, Stupid Nation. There’s way too much great insight there to do justice to excerpts, but I’ll try.

Stupid? Welcome to a population who know less about what they put into their mouths than they do about, well, take your pick…celebrities or cars or American Idol or iPhones? Animals have the intelligence to know what to eat and to never get fat (except the ones fed by humans). Yet that simple challenge, gaining nourishment without destroying the body, is beyond your capabilities? […]

“Insanity,” declared Einstein. “Is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” Was the sharp little man predicting your strategy against the impending obesity epidemic? Thirty years of repeating the same mistakes. Not just failing to halt the crisis, but actually exacerbating it.

And the new plan today? Fundamentally, it is identical. Michelle Obama’s current, corporate-led, child obesity campaign scores 100% on well meaning — and 0% on wholesale change. All that matters, what you are told to put in your mouth, is aligned to the same destructive, corporate-sponsored dietary doctrine. I apologize for my original accusation America, this is not stupidity — it is insanity.

I’d dispute that anything a professional liar does is “well meaning,” but I catch his drift.

As ADA past president Martin Yadrick stated in a 2008 US News & World Report article: “We think it’s important for us to be at the same table with food companies because of the positive influence that we can have on them.”

But, Martin, darling, they are paying you to be at their table. You are publicly telling America that you are somehow the one wearing the trousers in the relationship? My headline must be correct — even the ADA seem to think that America is stupid. […]

Your grandparents were raised in a generation aware that God’s supermarket was better than man’s. Saturated fat was a vital part of their diet. For them, obesity was not a common health problem. They were not suffering malnutrition in the fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K). Remarkably, you, dear Western reader, probably are.

A processed product with ‘zero fat’ stamped on it (invariably high in sugar, chemicals and carbs instead) is great for making profits, but useless for losing weight. Wreaking havoc with insulin and your body’s biochemistry is not clever. The majority of the western world now do so on a daily basis.

If you want to have some fun with graphs, you can go and look at the corresponding obesity spikes in other countries when they followed the 1977 change in US advice.

In Canada, the point was near-parallel. In Britain it happened in 1983. The Australians struck around the time of the Brits, launching their magically stupid ‘Health Pyramid’. The obesity rate in each territory began its steady ascent. Big fat corporate party time.

Interestingly, while the article focusses much attention on food and drug company profits at the expense of health the author, to his credit, does not seem to be calling for controls or regulations. Rather, he’s calling for you, individuals, to stop being so stupid and gullible.

It is not up to me to tell you the science; research that yourself. Do it thoroughly, the corruption and manipulation of facts is on a far greater, more shocking scale than the story I have detailed so far.

Look at the true details of the Keys’ ‘Seven Countries’ study. How the food industry have used it to falsely demonize fats and change global policies. How we have been lied to about the relevance of calories. How the false ‘crimes of cholesterol’ can be simply resolved by picking up a globe and looking at the proximity to the equator of the ‘Seven Countries’ involved in the study.

Educate yourself and spot the lies that your trusted sources are feeding you. Alarmingly, few supposed ‘experts’ are free from bias. Including many learned figures who try to voice opinion on this great site. Do not ever underestimate the power of industry and the corrupting influence of money. People have vested interests and through intent, ignorance (or a dangerous combination of both), preach some unforgivable lies.

Including many learned figures who try to voice opinion on this great site.” Hmm, I wonder what lying Chubby Face he could be talking about. But let’s not single out Dean “Smiley” Ornish. Dr. David Katz, MD, is an opportunistic liar pushing a guilt inducing, deprive yourself dietary regime as well.

Think of it this way: if you can get the sorts of stellar body composition and health results so many of my readers get for free, along with help from others of my readers (not to mention the many other bloggers out there doing similarly), then why do you need dishonest, self-promoting, false authorities like Ornish or Katz? You see, they are all about being perceived as authorities, smarter than you, and with exclusive access to the keys for health and longevity. They are all about complicating; making it harder, more complex, mysterious, counter-intuitive…nearly impossible — and especially: unpleasant.

The Church has the key to Heaven, the State, to Social Standing and the Medical and Nutritional Licensees, to “Health.”

They all (Church, State, Health Conglomerate) operate under a common theme and method.

  1. Guilt (sin, selfishness, gluttony – respectively)
  2. Fear (damnation, incarceration, pain and death)
  3. Reward (eternal life, authoritarian social standing, lean health)
  4. So…Sacrifice (your true animal nature, fruits of your labor, your gastronomic desires)
  5. And…Repent (confess to an authority, embrace the authoritarian political process, buy a vegetable steamer)

Then, and only then can you enter the kingdom of heaven, gain social respectability and feel superior to everyone else. But here’s the fraud: none of them can deliver. Well, perhaps if you’re willing to become part of the problem by becoming one of these “authorities” yourself, you can at least make a pretty decent — though dishonest and fraudulent — living here on Earth.

~ If you’re got your shit together then there’s nothing in the world wrong with being ridiculed. It’s only kooks like me who ridicule the sorts of people who satisfy the three steps to total authoritarian conformity I outlined above. So with that in mind:

We once made fun of “Paleos,” the “small New York subculture whose members seek good health through a selective return to the habits of their Paleolithic ancestors.” But, by God, Dutch food conglomerate ‘Unilever’ is doing the same thing!

Unilever is the multinational food conglomerate that owns, among other brands, Ben & Jerry’s and Lipton. According to the Times of London (Subscription required), Unilever has amassed a team of anthropologists, chemists and other experts to study the “average caveman’s diet.”

Well clearly, neither Adrian Chen nor Foster Kamer bothered to Google Paleo Diet or anything similar in order to determine that it’s just a bit more than a “small New York subculture.” But whatever.

Anyway, here’s a link to an article describing what Unilever is up to, which truly is ridiculous. It’s contradiction in terms laughable. Paleo foods already exist all over the place: meat, fish, fowl, vegetables, fruits — you get the idea. It’s called Real Food, the exact opposite of what Unilever produces and profits from.

Now, something that comes in a package or box might could be made in such a way as to be less bad, perhaps even beneficial and nutritious — and that’s fine I might add — but it’s never going to be Paleo, Primal, Evolutionary or resemble anything from the original human diet.

And whether or not they ever come out with such products and whether or not any Paleos ever indulge in them or not, the distinction must always be clear: Paleo is Real Food and only real food; forever. always. for all time.

The Vegan Menace: Much Reflection

If I were inclined to predict the future — an exercise in which I only indulge by observing principles, culture and history — roughly in that order — I’d have to give Paleo a decent shot at becoming dominant. There are many reasons for that — probably enough to fill a book — but I try to keep a keen eye out for other possibilities.

For sure, Paleo is definitely hitting its mark in surprising ways and what’s more interesting to me is that veg*nism has had a long, long run and I simply don’t see the potential groundswell for it that I do for Paleo (you had your chance: Fork. In. Done.). Call me Pollyanna, and I’ll actually accept the criticism; I could be all wrong. But here’s how I stack it up: it essentially comes down to a choice of living in accordance with your nature, or drinking the Cool-Aid, repenting of your dietary "sins," and taking your penance; with bonus points if it makes you sick, fat, weak, miserable or preferably, all of the above — all the while fooling yourself into thinking you’ve "never felt better," like some poor wretch giving a standup testimonial at an evangelical tent revival because she’s so starved for attention (and her husband left her for the organist). Anyone have a preference, at all? I note the way that culture and history have rolled along and thankfully, people have an "annoying" propensity to ultimately do the fuck as they please. Could Paleo fill in a missing thing or two for many where various veg*n doctrines and catechisms have routinely fallen short? I guess we’ll see.

The gradual decline of strong religion (in a cultural and historical sense) over centuries is instructive. Upon the advent of the idea of religious freedom (your choice; none — mine — or go through the motions for social harmony) it likely could have been predicted — probably was — to much hand wringing — that the overriding trend would be towards less and less religious influence in your everyday life. Religion for most, even for the moderately religious, has become little more than a mantle piece. That’s a good thing in my assessment, but I suppose I’ll keep on making fun of it even after the Hummel Humpty Dumpty is shattered into pieces — even as some still can’t bring themselves to part with it even though All the Pope’s Horses and All the President’s Men — bedfellows — can’t put Humpty together again.

Yes, health has many facets and toxins exist in many places…

There are a number of things converging. You now have a plethora of Paleo-related blogs (check out the comments). Many different flavors for many kinds of folks, and that’s good. Let some be quasi-religious about Paleo — or totally agnostic: me. The point is that things are shaping up in the finest traditions of fun & freedom. How free are you with Hezbollian Veganism? And was the point of it ever about fun?

And then there’s Mark Sisson’s The Primal Blueprint and now, Robb Wolf’s newly published The Paleo Solution — already hitting its mark at The New York Times list. Granted, it’s small potatoes compared to the books sold by Campbell, McDougall, Esselstyn and Ornish. And the four of them are small potatoes compared to Bible sales. And yet, is religion gaining ground in a cultural and historical way, or losing ground as already hashed out? And look how much the latter five have in common. Foremost, they share a particular method of human manipulation: guilt. Make a person feel guilty — even and in particular: unearned — and they’re putty in your hands.

Fuck that noise, Animals.

The bright spot in all of this is that the vegans, like creationists and "Intelligent Designers," wholly lack the scientific background, mental discipline, logical consistency and a whole host of other crucial attributes (like ability to form an objective argument) to advance their cause beyond jerking off the masses ( I believe "energizing" is the pussy-PC way of putting it). Want to know what I mean? Well in any debate the creationists are generally going to spurn science when the apparent facts and evidence go agains them (usually the case) and rely upon "authority;" namely, that of some ancient, conveniently interpreted text — from dirt scratching origins to glass & steel skyscrapers — like The Bible. Vegans do exactly the same thing. If you have the stomach (and time) for it, see comments at Denise Minger’s blog. I recently blogged about a typical example.

Speaking of Denise, she’s kept busy and I’ll take some liberties with the post titles which she has nothing to do with.

Had enough? Good, ’cause there’s more. Remember Chris Masterjohn? He and Anthony Colpo took on The China Study way back (here and here), when it was still but a gleam in a rapist’s eye — dietary rape, that is.

Chris Masterjohn has been particularly supportive of Denise (you can see that in comments in many of the links, above). And not only in comments on her posts but in doing more digging himself. Again, I’m taking liberties with post titles.

  • T. Colin Campbell Sycophants Just Won’t Die
  • T. Colin Campbell Can Be Reduced to a Single AssHolism
  • T. Colin Campbell is a Protein Deficient Rat

The last of those links was just published and served as the Sunday morning motivation to put this post together. Amazingly, what Chis shows is that way back when, Campbell recognized and scientifically showed that the diet he now advocates constitutes protein deficiency, was labeled as such, and caused all sorts of problems including cancer (in rats). And today, apparently for notoriety and a buck, he advocates for humans the exact opposite of what his studies demonstrated a few decades ago. Consequently, I’ll not be softening my vitriol for that asshole anytime soon.

No; I’m not done yet, but just so we’re clear, neither Denise nor Chris have anything to do with my muckraking, above. This is my sport, and I take full responsibility. As of right now, nearing the end of this draft, neither have a clue as to what’s coming and I have no idea in the world what they’ll think about it.

So let’s wrap this up with a video that is in some ways conciliatory to the veg*ans, since I’m such a fair-minded kinda guy.

I give you the former Liar in Chief (as distinguished only by date of holding office; i.e., the "medicine man;" the closest primal analog I can think of: he’s always a liar, as that’s his raison d’être; we seem as yet — qua human meta-culture — to not have evolved past the point of needing a chief liar, the one who sets lying policy for all; seemingly, because we can’t live with the harshness of reality, preferring the opium of sweet sweet lies).

Just watch the video.

That video doesn’t really enrage me, believe it or not. Actually, in some queer sense, I find it pleasing. It’s rather like observing children who’ve latched onto serious and important practical elements of getting it right going off into maturity and adulthood, while remaining frustrating all at the the same time because they’ve got the fundamentals all wrong and don’t yet understand shitall.

"No, dear, it’s not because Susie is a girl and you’re supposed to treat girls nice. It’s because you minded your own business, she’s her own person and so you get along fine."

"No Mr. Bill Clinton, Dr. Esselstyn, Dr. Ornish; it’s not because the Liar in Chief followed your hocus-pocus, evolutionarily vapid medicine-man diet, it’s because he cut out the very modern and recent no-food crap that gave him heart disease in the first place, you miserably myopic morons."

Alright, it’s a Sunday afternoon wrap. I’ll be sorely disappointed and will consider my mission failed if no one tells me in comments that this is over the top and they’re not reading my blog, anymore.

09/27/2010: Just up this morning, Denise Minger on JimmyMore’s Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb podcast.

Isn’t That the Damn Truth!

 Spotted on FailBlog the other day.

No Foods
No Foods

Tied up doing a moving sale right now, finally getting to near the end of this process. So this’ll have to do, for now.

Since I saw that pic I’ve dumped using the term "Processed Foods" in favor of the term "No-Food "’Foods.’"

Ten-Year Raw Food Expert Chris Califano Issues You a Challenge

It began right here in a comment on an older post about T. Colin Campbell.

Chris Califano // Sep 22, 2010 at 06:27

Where is the “ample evidence” about whey protein that you mention? What are the specific studies about the benefits of animal protein that you say exist? Where is there a need in human nutrition for animal protein in Harrison’s Medical ? Or in any medical book? I am not for or against any food due to my own habits or food habits or cultural background or even family upbringing. I always, by trial and error ate what gave me the best health and physical performance-and that of my clients who I have trained and coached for 30 years. If there is a better way to eat, we do it. This is not a pissing match. We are all working together for the same end I would hope.

I replied with a specific list of seven references, courtesy of Anthony Colpo (from his original The China Study review), that dealt specifically with whey and its properties in isolation (the same way Campbell studied casein).

While Chris Califano has not yet replied to that, he did drop another comment on another post about Denise Minger’s exhaustive work (PDF).

Chris Califano // Sep 22, 2010 at 08:33

T Colin Campbell only gets a fraction of the credit that he deserves. History shows that all greatness is discredited first, then accepted as gospel. The earth used to be flat…people were tortured and killed for stating that we are not at the center of the universe and so on.., you know the rest. Only those “pioneers” who REALLY were interested in furthering the health and performance of humans would leave their comfort zone and discover and then APPLY what works better long enough to even understand what this whole discussion is about. I challenge ANYONE to challenge T Colin Campbell on the fact that a whole plant based diet (not processed plant foods weak in fresh fruit or greens, or silly “vegan” or “healthy” snacks and all that mumbo jumbo in a package) produces superior health, AND athletic performance in strength, endurance and flexibility. History, numbers and thousands upon thousands of case studies do not lie. Look around you. The human body does not lie either. Just take a close look… do you dare? If you look at meat eaters long enough you will see what happens to these poor people. The only ones who survive on animal foods are those who eat very small amounts, usually less than 5% of their diet, as Campbell points out. How many people even know that even most carnivorous animals easily eat the bulk of their diet from whole plant foods? I only enjoy criticisms and arguments when they come from serious people with serious knowledge and experience. ANYone can argue. But only a stubborn few, such as Campbell, actually ADD to our knowledge and experience base…. which is quickly deteriorating … especially due to the internet. “Research” and “Metadata” and “Experience” seem to be meaningless in most cases. Please will someone (ANYONE) show some viable arguments that are backed up with equal triple reviewed metadata? Please!!!! I am so bored with those who, due to their own ideas… grasp on to arguments just for the sake of NOT leaving their “dark cave” of what they are used to…. come on, people.. leave your comfort zone just for a moment… you may discover.. God forbid! that the rewards and pleasures and REAL comfort that you get in return is more than you ever imagined.

OK, so first, who is Chris Califano? Here’s his website: The First Supper. He boasts a lot of great results which I’m not going to dispute at all. I believe him and his body composition simply speaks for itself. I do note a complete lack of body composition comparisons on his testimonial page. That is certainly not to say they don’t exist or that some raw vegans don’t whither away as so many do, or even that it’s not possible to build significant strength or lean muscle doing raw vegan "right," granting for the time being that there exists such a thing (especially considering most humans and not outliers).

I bring this up simply because he claims to have been at this for so long while guys like me and others in the Paleo community who’ve been blogging only a relatively short while can produce tons of body composition comparisons. Here’s a few from my own "Real Results" page: Murray, Timothy, Michelle, Austin, and finally, Chris, who dumped 106 pounds of fat in six months by going Paleo.

Of course, this is just the body composition. There have also been numerous other health improvements; such as blood glucose normalization, improvement or elimination of inflammatory diseases, increases in energy and stamina, improved sleep, and the elimination of some — or in many cases — all prescription medications.

And it’s not just here. Tons of success stories at Mark Sisson’s Primal Daily Apple. And in Robb Wolf’s just published "The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet," you can read what appears to be dozens of testimonials covering weight loss, strength / athletic performance, and health.

So my second issue is this. In the first comment Chris says: "I always, by trial and error ate what gave me the best health and physical performance-and that of my clients who I have trained and coached for 30 years. If there is a better way to eat, we do it. This is not a pissing match. We are all working together for the same end I would hope." Well I was prepared to believe that but go read that second comment again and tell me whether you really believe it or not.

OK, I know there are tons of things to pick at above but I chose just those two. Anyone else want to take a shot at the "CHALLENGE?"

The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet

I’m only a few chapters into this book but I figured, why wait? And, I’ve skipped ahead here and there and read bit & pieces just to see how Robb would handle them.

As I’ve mentioned both here on the blog and in all the interviews I’ve done, Art De Vany was the first guy in the Paleo realm I had contact with. Well, Robb Wolf was the second and I’ve been following his stuff ever since. I don’t know where he took notice of me along the line, but we’ve exchanged emails from time to time going back a while. Then a couple of weeks ago I was pleased to have a copy of Robb’s book show up. Unfortunately I couldn’t dig into until yesterday but I’m breezing through it and it’s hard to put down, which is saying a lot coming from me.

So who’s Robb Wolf? I’m glad you asked. From his bio:

ROBB WOLF, a former research biochemist is one of the world’s leading experts in Paleolithic nutrition. A student of Prof. Loren Cordain, author of The Paleo Diet, Wolf has transformed the lives of tens of thousands of people around the world via his top ranked iTunes podcast and wildly popular seminar series. Wolf has functioned as a review editor for the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism, is cofounder of the nutrition and athletic training journal, The Performance Menu, co-owner of NorCal Strength & Conditioning, one of the Men’s Health "top 30 gyms in America" and co-owner of Paleo Brands Inc. a paleo food company selling meals and snacks featuring grass fed meat, wild caught fish and all organic ingredients.

Wolf is a former California State Powerlifting Champion (565Lb Squat, 345lb Bench, 565lb Dead Lift) and a 6-0 amateur kickboxer. He coaches athletes at the highest levels of competition and consults with Olympians and world champions in MMA, motocross, rowing and triathlon. Wolf has provided seminars in nutrition and strength & conditioning to various military entities including the Canadian Light Infantry and the United States Marine Corps.

If you’ve ever listened to Robb’s Paleo podcasts which are simply amazing, then you’ll be right at home with the style of the book. It’s written in a very personal style, is super well organized, and quite light and humorous when it needs to be. It’s a fun read with absolutely no compromise on the completeness of the information. However, for those who don’t want the "Geek-Speak," sections in the book so-labelled, they can just skip to the part where you can do exactly what Robb tells you.

Needless to say I heartily recommend this latest addition to the growing library of current books on the Paleo lifestyle.

This is Your “Philosophy” on Drugs

I am therefore inclined to embrace the heretical conclusion that we have reason to desire the extinction of all carnivorous species.

Jeff McMahan — professor of philosophy at Rutgers University and a visiting research collaborator at the Center for Human Values at Princeton University — in The New York Times.

Really, such head-shaking ignorance doesn’t even merit a post of this short length.

My Podcast Interview at Healthy Mind, Fit Body

Last week I received a welcome email from Kevin Koskella requesting to do an interview. I had seen a number of things at the Healthy Mind, Fit Body website in the past and so I was enthusiastic about getting on a Skype call with Kevin and his partner in the venture, Wes Bertrand. You can check into their backgrounds here.

Coming in at about 35 minutes, it was really a lot of fun, very relaxed and I must say that the format with two guys both keying off each other provides for a very conversational “interview.” It’s more like a discussion.

To make it as interesting as possible from my perspective I tried to challenge and/or poke fun ot a number of “sacred cows” in the Paleo community. Not too heavy, but perhaps enough to stimulate some discussion. At any rate, here’s the link to the post, and here’s the direct link to the podcast itself.

I hope you enjoy it. Listening back this morning, I was satisfied that the three of us delivered on a relaxed discussion that would be of benefit and interest to both those new to the Paleo scene as well as the old hands looking to refine their approach to this style of living.

Dr. Seale: “any B12 present in animal foods is only because of bacterial contamination”

I was astounded to receive a link to a recent blog post by Stuart A. Seale, MD, this morning. Dr. Seale believes there’s a lot of misinformation about the necessity of eating animal foods to obtain Vitamin B12.

What You Need to Know About Vitamin B12

It is true that vitamin B12 is found in animal foods, and plant foods contain very little. However, animals do not have the ability to manufacture vitamin B12, so the presence of B12 in animal foods is not because of some superior characteristic of the food source. In fact, it is bacteria found in the intestinal tracts of animals that produce vitamin B12. Therefore, any B12 present in animal foods is only because of bacterial contamination. This doesn’t sound much like the makings of a superior dietary component, does it? Because of the simple fact that they don’t have intestinal tracts, and therefore intestinal bacterial contamination, plant foods contain little or no vitamin B12. Bacteria in soil also can produce B12. In earlier days people actually got their hands dirty while trying to subsist, and this was probably a source of this nutrient for them.

At first I mistakenly took the Dr. to mean that intestinal flora itself constituted “bacterial contamination,” so I’m damn glad I took a closer look because this post would have read far differently, otherwise. Thankfully, both reading it over more carefully — as well as supplemental information provided in a comment by Dr. Seale — informed me that he was not, indeed, bacteriophobic.

Regarding B12 in plant foods -there aren’t any plant sources of B12 that are reliable, only because B12 is manufactured by bacteria. These bacteria reside in the colon of animals, including people, but the B12 made isn’t absorbed into the bloodstream because the colon is too far down the intestinal pathway. B12 is absorbed in the small intestine. The presence of B12 in animal foods is only because of contamination with intestinal bacteria. As my blog attempted to point out, B12 in animal foods doesn’t make them superior to plant foods – it only means they are more bacterially contaminated. It also doesn’t mean that man has evolved in some way to be a meat-eater because meat has been the only place to obtain B12. It is the relatively modern industrialized slaughterhouse process that has led to the bacterial contamination problem with animal foods. Likewise, modern industrialized agriculture has also sterilized our soils. We also now live in a bacteriophobic culture. Undoubtedly in times past when society was agrarian, soil bacteria were an important source of B12. Dirt on the hands, under the nails, and on the food that was eaten would be enough to supply adequate B12.

OK, so now I have two distinct approaches by which to challenge the doctor’s claims. The first is simply the apparent bias since, what’s the big different between eating dirty vegetables and putting your dirty fingers in your mouth, and having a little trace fecal contamination on your meat — or, I suppose, eating the entire digestive tracts of clams and oysters, both high sources of B12?

Where does he think at least a good portion of the B12 in dirt comes from, if not the droppings of various animals and birds on and around crops? “Dirt” is composed of a lot of things including waste from dead and rotted animals & bugs, as well as their waste products.

OK, fine, go right ahead and get your B12 from dirty veggies, and feel free to clean under your fingernails with your teeth. Or, go barefoot and lick your feet. My dogs do and it seems to work for them.

The second dispute I have is his apparent conflation of the digestive systems of humans and ruminants.

Bovine Digestive Tract
Bovine Digestive Tract

While my knowledge of human and bovine physiology is deficient at best, I did seem to have picked up along the way that a human stomach and a cow’s complex 4-compartment stomach function quite differently. If I’m not mistaken, the function of ruminants is to essentially create an environment for bacteria to flourish, digesting cellulose and other plant components, multiplying to ghastly numbers and then being digested via the small and large intestines.

Now, the doctor is certainly correct, as far as I can determine, about the fact that both humans and ruminants synthesize a lot of B12 via bacteria in the colon and that it’s essentially not bioavailable. Perhaps it has some other evolutionary function, such as seeding the soil with B12, as well as the bacteria that continue to synthesize it.

But the main head scratcher for me was: if all B12 in meat is a function of bacterial contamination from fecal matter, how about the high B12 content in a piece of beef liver (the highest) or a filet that has been well cooked? What, does the surface B12 from such contamination somehow burrow into the meat itself? I dunno? Does anyone?

But I also thought: waitaminute, surely with all those trillions of bacteria digesting plant matter in the rumens of sheep, goats, cattle, venison, buffalo…that surely some level of B12 has to be produced and if so, then it’s available for absorption in the small intestine. It would be odd if that turned out not to be the case. Well, fortunately, just a few minutes of Googling provided the answers at PubMed and Journal of Animal Science.

Apparent ruminal synthesis and intestinal disappearance of vitamin B12 and its analogs in dairy cows

Although cobalamin [Vitamin B12] was not the major form synthesized by ruminal microflora and, even if supplementary cyanocobalamin was extensively destroyed by ruminal microflora, based on calculations of apparent intestinal disappearance, cobalamin seems to be the major form absorbed in the small intestine.

And here, from near the end and summary.

The Excretion of Vitamin B12 by Dairy Cattle

Therefore, although the amount of vitamin B12 synthesized in the rumen is unquestionably very great, it is doubtful that the full extent of this action is often of importance to the ruminant on most rations, unless the amount metabolized and not recovered is also very great. On a ration devoid of vitamin B12, however, the rumen synthesis of this vitamin is unquestionably of great importance….

Rations containing either oats or corn do not differ significantly in their favorable effect on the rumen synthesis of vitamin B12.

So, as you all note I handled this one differently than usual. Clearly Dr. Seale is no Shiite Veg*n and distinctions ought to be made.

In other news, apparently famed activist George Monblot is no longer shilling for veganism: “I was wrong about veganism. Let them eat meat – but farm it properly.”

So there you have it. The nutritional and environmental case for veg*nism toppled, in one fell swoop.

Later: Well, I did have to drop in a comment.

Ruminants also synthesize significant B12 via bacteria in the rumen where it’s available to the small intestine, then hits the portal vein directly to the liver to be doled out to other organs and lean tissues. That’s why ruminant liver is the richest source of B12 on the planet. Clams are number 2, but there, we’re consuming the entire digestive tract.

I provide PubMed and Journal of Animal Science refs at this post:

On another note, I’m not sure I appreciate the distinction between plants contaminated with dirt (partially composed of rotted animal corpses and their waste, dirty hands & nails), and trace fecal contamination of meat or milk, both of which can be rendered safe through cooking methods and pasteurization (though when I drink it rarely, my milk is raw, whole, and un-homogenized).

Someday the veg*ns are going to see that the “paleos,” such as myself have the essentials right. It’s not about eliminating a core evolutionary food group but about eliminating the modern processed manifestations of non-food.

Whole non-processed foods from animals & plants does a body good (70 pounds lost and counting).

Dr. Seale’s response?

Richard – congrats on your weight loss! Even though I don’t agree with some of the tenets of the Paleo Diet, it appears you’ve found a method that works for you, and weight loss is always a good defense against chronic disease.

Hmm, total honesty on the dietary front; i.e., that the improvement in body composition likely outweighs other factors he may not advocate — which is fine, it’s a mark of honesty with me.

But to not even address my core dispute? Either ruminants produce B12 for metabolic absorption, or they don’t. It can’t be both. I say he’s dead wrong. He should extend his honesty to a broader context.

More later: my further comment at Dr. Seale’s:

Dr. Seale:

Thank you for your well wishes. Indeed, the honest approach for both the vegetarian minded, the paleo minded, or whomever, is to acknowledge that all people are different and that it’s hard to argue with n=1.

If only everyone would take responsibility for their own health as I have (and you, I’m sure), self-experiment, fine tune, and find what makes you look and feel good, none of this would need to exist.

But I do have to bring up my observation that while showing a lot of honesty in acknowledging that what’s working for me may be the best defense, you did not address my core argument in the slightest respect.

Doctor, you have stated that “any B12 present in animal foods is only because of bacterial contamination” and I have directly contradicted that assertion, with journal published references.

Should you not broaden your characteristic honesty to confront that? Moreover, I’m not just a muckraker. I have at least a dozen MDs who are fans of my blog, read it regularly, exchange emails with me and comment (there are a few in the last two posts). Some give my blog URL to patients, mostly diabetics, because paleo plain works for managing a broken metabolism (as does vegan or raw vegan..I acknowledge — I have a post about that, in fact).

It would be a shame for you to go forth under a paradigm based on a crucial error, wouldn’t it? I’m not saying that the fact that ruminants produce high B12 naturally — and they absolutely do — and not by industrial contamination invalidates veg*nism alone, but it is at the very least a very pesky fact to deal with, given that you are advocating supplementation which is certainly not anywhere in the evolutionary scheme of things.

I guess we’ll see.

Life Gets in the Way; Oh Noes!

Likely the biggest head shaker for me these days is the way I observe so many people conducting their lives in a sort of planned, scheduled manner. It’s not the idea of planning or scheduling that makes me grin, but the underlying ferocity of it — as though it’s some guarantee that you’ll be alright if you simply plan, schedule, then employ the discipline to see that planned schedule through with enough righteous resolve to lop off any heads that get in your way.

From a man’s perspective, I think women are generally more susceptible to this, especially with young children and particularly, first time mothers. And I say that because I have as reference a mother who raised us four boys — myself being the oldest — and two grandmothers who raised two daughters (maternal), and five boys and a daughter and got them out of post WWII Germany to America in the 50s (paternal)…as well as a great grandmother (maternal) who raised a boy and a girl on her own through the Depression and who I had the great privilege to grow up around (she had my grandmother at age 14). She didn’t die until I was in my late 20s. I must tell you: growing up with a great grandmother is quite a special thing. The stories she told… Those women were all giants to me, all different, and none of them was the slightest bit like what I observe in women here on a daily basis. I dunno: "Quantum Overprotection?" Anyone have a better moniker? It’s weird. If anyone had reason to be super protective given the nonexistent "social net" and a host of other "hazards," it was those great giants of women in my life. Now, you have "mothers" slathering their kids in every anti-bacterial product and sunscreen they can buy. Shrewd marketing leading the blind and ignorant, I guess.

…This post is all over the place, by the way, and it will include much food porn.

As you know I’ve been moving house, over about the past week. But this time, I handled it quite differently. Rather than dive in and go, go, go, I just flowed naturally. We used professional movers — guys I and my family have used before. We did some of the packing, had them do some. Then they did the move, but the unpack is for us to do. I want to get rid of tons of stuff (see here, though that’s just inspiration: 100 Things). But even so, we’re taking it very easy. All the stuff was moved in last Thursday. That night, Bea & I decided to have a few cocktails and go out for a nice dinner, instead of doing anything (the bed was set up).

Grass Fed and Corn Fed
Grass Fed and Corn Fed

Friday happened, she was way tired and I just went out, got a roasted chicken from Lunardi’s down the street, and we did nothing. Nothing.

Saturday and Sunday were supposed to be the big work days. Well, our friends Robert & Julie from the lofts called around 10, intending to stop by around 11; and so they did, but with a bag of groceries, grassfed franks from Lunardi’s and other stuff — just three minutes down the street (and across the street from Whole Foods). So we grilled those up, dived into the scotch (wine for the girls) and they helped us unpack, organize, and get the living room and dining room into shape. After all, we had a marathon to get through. Cards (Spades) happened until about midnight. Robert & I won, as is the natural order. :)

So by letting a little Real Life in to disrupt our "schedule," we actually ended up better off. But that was unforeseen. Just a bonus of life, of friends who we’re already missing because we no longer live in the "Friends" or "Seinfeld" dynamic we moved away from.

But grassfed franks for lunch was not enough. I made another run to Lunardi’s, my frozen stock was in the freezer, and all I needed was a bottle of red wine and some fresh garlic.

Four Big Filets
Four Big Filets

Sunday was some work on our parts, and dinner was not worth mentioning (crap fest, but we were too tired and frankly, craving a bit of McD crap).

So Monday comes after Sunday and while we broke down a few boxes and I did a bunch of cleanup (including getting the housekeepers going at our old place), we just took everything in a leisurely stride. We’re here, things are getting done to our liking, and we’re not killing ourselves under a schedule with no discernible purpose. Invigorated by the memory of Saturday night’s very pure reduction of red wine, stock, and garlic, I went at it again, this time with ribeyes.

Grilled Ribeye
Grilled Ribeye

Not enough. Not yet. Yesterday, Tuesday, we made good little progress on the whole project. I had to meet Bea at the veterinarian (HUGE post on the 1 1/2 month ordeal with Rotor — probable pancreatitis — and Mr. Peter Hyperlipid’s life saving help; coming up) in the afternoon, showing up barefoot, yeehaa! There are lingering issues, but I’ll blog that in a series or a long post. Just goes to show that animals — including humans — can do marginally in a modern, non-wild world.

The sauce reduction was great first time, a little less good second time, and I nailed the syrup the third time. It may have been that I chose ribeyes for round 2. For the third time around I went back to flilets and exercised patience with a very slow reduction. Here’s the deal: 1/4 cup red wine per serving, reduce by half, add stock about double that amount, and slow reduce, like on low. Add some butter (1 tsp per serving, or more) and spices to taste along the way.

Filet Syrup
Filet & Syrup

Yep, I got this reduction better than right. I also got the grill right.

Perfect Grill
Perfect Grill

All this, in the middle of a move. Maybe a lot of people would have gotten it done a lot sooner. Has to be done, y’know. On the other hand, I have a certain contentment that in keying on the raw energy of the change, the move that we are excited about, I’ve turned it into various other things, including cooking, that I can imagine will serve our memories of the thing a bit better in the long haul.

I am impressed — that concept goes both ways — far too often with people who shun & spur life’s serendipities for the sake of discipline and a schedule that was put into a computer or a planner, and damn life!

Fuck that.

Take 5 For Zippy

You know what? While still very slammed and with a very sore back from hundreds of unpacking boxes-squats per day, I’ll likely be back wigth you later — something about letting life happen. In the meantime, check out Zippy. …Oh yea, and I’m cooking the third dinner in a row with sauce reduction, grilled filets and ribeyes par tout. That’s part of the next blog. For right now…

Zippy from David Aldrich on Vimeo.

Continuous Improvement

You thought this was just a diet. Oh…throw in some weights.

But what if "Paleo" is really a way of life writ modern; ’cause, face it folks, nobody’s going back. We’re stuck with agriculture’s follies. But neither are we dumb, nor lost. We’re hunters, right? So hunt. Hunt for Continuous Improvement in your life. Mistakes can cover decades but it’s never to late to improve your standing, from where you stand.

No, it’s not a search for primitivity or hardship or anything like that. I suppose the greens, tree huggers, and veggies of all sorts deserve some credit for being onto something; and since I’m giving them some credit, I suppose I oughtn’t be disingenuous about it. They groked that something was wrong. Terribly wrong. But apart from being woefully wrong in so many ways, they nonetheless established a certain style. I don’t really know what to call it — Paleo wise — ’cause it’s not austerity, nor ought it be. That’s what so many of the former practice, especially nutritionally, but that’s only because they haven’t zeroed in correctly on what really bugs the fucking shit out of them.

Listen: as much shit as I deal them, much is simply style. …Because, it’s kinda funny to me that so many can be so right in spirit, so lost in application.

…It would be cool if everyone in the world tooled around in private jets. Ridiculous. But here’s what I think: if one can, why not everyone? Instead of butchering the best to make cannibal stew for the least, how about some context? You think the difference between the private jet setter and the back braker in the barrio is privilege? Shallow. Rags to riches to rags in…what is it…two, or is it three generations? Whatever it is, privilege is just another way of expressing luck. …Lottery millions…

It’s about living within the reasonable, conservative bounds of your own means and continuously improving, expanding your means. Or, the main reason I don’t galavant in a private jet is less about not having the financial means to do so than it’s not in the contextual scale of my life — yet. That’s why lottery winners constantly blow their millions. They followed the money, rather than the other way around

It’s not just about money. Most think it is but it really isn’t. It’s about improving your life so that what was before unthinkable becomes plausible, then possible — and then finally, real. Money helps, but most misuse it when it din’t follow personal improvement. While I do well financially, for example, I also understand that both a lot less or a lot more money fast would potentially destroy me.

Too obtuse? Don’t make money your goal. Make being really good your goal. If you find that you’re the best but nobody gives a shit then, well, you’re not going to get rich. but at least you know how to get good. Move forward. Scrap "the best buggy whips in the world" and move on. Improvement is by its very nature, dynamic. If you’re "into" improvement, you’re no longer into it if you stop. So, thinking "continuous" helps so you don’t forget.

Wrapping up in a more specific Paleo context, this is what is so thriling generally about this community. We all come frm so many different places but is not the overriding theme in all of this nothing more fundamental than the endless search for continuous improvement?

Never, ever ending.

Listening to Silence

Yea, that’s a contradiction, which can’t really exist but, what I mean is that there’s never silence if you listen.

I’ve been slammed the last two days. Yesterday was the pack up day and I’m amazed and ashamed at once that two people can accumulate so much crap in a loft; a space designed to be high, but not so much surface area. Jesus.

Today was the move. And it’s really disgusting what a place you’ve lived in looks like when you move shit out of the way. It almost makes me question the whole notion of living in a fixed space — though I readily admit I sure can’t think of a better alternative. But maybe there’s something to the old "spring cleaning" custom where, as I gather, you essentially move everything out of the house, clean top to bottom and wall to wall, then move everything back in.

Years ago we bought an old house that had wall to wall carpeting — installed over beautiful 5/8" tongue & groove white oak hardwood flooring. There’s still hundreds of thousands, if not millions of homes in such a sad state of affairs — testament to the power of marketing and general stupidity. Yea, I ripped the carpet out on day one. I’d never thought a lot about the insanity of WtoW carpet before then — I just wanted at the wood — but this was in 1999 and I’ve vowed since then never to have it. Have you ever torn up carpet and seen what’s underneath?

And some balk at me not using soap or shampoo?

But here I sit after a long day, new, old place. Don’t know how old the house is, but the floor is 100% hardwood, except for tile in the appropriate places. Really cool large  backyard that the doggies love. We’re in the quaint Los Gatos area of the Bay. Just had grassfed beef in a local restaurant — big surprise — and I’ll see how the iPhone pics turned out later.

The place is still in shambles, of course — the bare essentials barely in place — but I don’t think I’ve ever been in a new living space where I didn’t stay up and just listen for the silence. You can’t find it; it’s not silence at all, but it’s a different "silence" than the "silence" you knew before, in your old place.

Too obtuse? OK, I’m fascinated by the noises the house makes. Virtually all spaces give off some noises, but tonight is interesting. I spent a good amount of time listening to this house over the weekend whilst installing ceiling fans, a doggie door, pot rack and so on. But now it’s quite active.

I guess it’s getting used to holding a few tons of gear it wasn’t holding before. Beatrice and I were talking tonight about how ridiculous it is to have so much stuff; and trust me, it’s modest by most standards. So, we’re going through every box the movers packed, together, and we’re going to be vicious. My general rule of thumb for clothes will apply: if I haven’t worn it in the last year, it goes, no matter what. Applied to the general, anything we haven’t used in at least a year, goes. No exceptions.

So for those of you always admonishing me to lighten up, there you have it.

A Little Mercy

I’m not sure I would consider mercy anywhere near a top virtue, maybe not even a virtue at all. A value, sure, but in the right context, and that swings both ways. It can be just as inappropriate to grant mercy in some situations as it is appropriate to grant it in others.

But certainly, I’ve never been a fan of mercy for mercy’s sake.

So the back story, for those who don’t know is that I just removed a hit piece I did last night focussing on an individual self-described as a vegetarian and a journalist. This person said some silly things in comments on another post, was rebuffed by another commenter and ultimately emailed me threatening legal action.

So I did my hit piece with lots of my typical invective and there were lots of comments. 90%+ positive here, but three or so highly negative comments on the FTA Facebook page (I deleted the post there, too). These were your typical, "I’m not going to read you any more" and, "I wish your wife well," the latter being of the form that always cracks me up — like my wife is some prisoner who would otherwise bolt if I didn’t have her chained down, or something.

Funny shit.

The comments I like the best are those who recognize that I’m not and am never going to be the paleo / primal blog that attempts to appeal to everyone all the time, never offend anyone, never ruffle feathers, play paleo politics… Screw that.

And as for the "you’re giving the paleo community a bad name" sort of stuff, listen: if I can give the paleo community a bad name, then it’s definitely not worth a shit anyway.

So I suppose you want to know why I removed the post. Well, I got an email from the individual. Then another and another, all very open, all contrite, all apologetic; all demonstrating a sort of anguish over the whole thing.

I’m direct and I can be an asshole, but I’m not going to be cruel. So I removed it.

Redefining “Joe SixPac”

Just some Friday fun. In the midst of moving; more on that, later.

Joe SixPack

You know which one you want to be.

Quiet ‘Round Here; Blame Passion

Sorry. A passion has gotten the best of me, lately.

About five years ago, I got too fat to fly. No, it wasn’t a command, not even an admonition. I just felt fat…crappy. Essentially, I felt a deep unworthiness to fly — hang gliders (my primary deal), powered planes, sailplanes. I quit doing all of them.

So yesterday I strapped into the cockpit for the first time in 4 1/2 years. Then, it had been nearly 8 months since my last solo outing and my instructor called to offer to keep me current. So we did, next day. tok a ride and he signed me off to continue solo training. He didn’t make that offer again, nor should he have; because I hadn’t flown since.

Until yesterday.


That’s the Evektor SportStar Max.

So, I’ve taken on a double challenge: re-familiarize myself with piloting and learn a new airplane all at once. I learned on the Citabria, a tail dragger. And while their Citabria fleet numbers somewhere between 8-10, now (more than before), they also have that gem, above. And I wanted to check her out.

So I did, last two days in a row. I found out that she still remembers how to fly. The takeoffs & landings (and radio work with the tower) are rusty — better day 2 — but apart from that stress and even creating stress with stalls and other work at altitude, it was all very good. Not exactly like riding a bicycle, but enough principal elements remain to make it very much worth it to rekindle a passion.

C’mon, what lost passion do you want to recapture?