I’ll be flying down to Cabo tomorrow morning, again. Staying in “Casa Corazon” in Los Zacatitos, about 8 miles east of San Jose Del Cabo. Beatrice will fly in Saturday. We’re looking to rent the place for about six months.
- There’s way more to chew on now than macronutrients. To state it another way, I’m kinda beyond the dietary wars. I’m also kinda beyond waring in general when the whole of any person is more important that anyone’s assessment of how right or wrong they are on some fine point.
- New science is demonstrating that while the human gut microbiome is of vast importance, it does not look like there are silver bullets any time soon in our future (why my approach is shotgun rather than boutique). See here, and here.
- One thing you can absolutely say about the average longest lived populations on earth is that they’re omnivorous and tend to shotgun their guts with various foods gut bugs love. The vast majority of them are lean, and they tend to be leaner on average that most everyone else. They actually live longer too, in case that’s actually important—and you recall from all the saturated fat and cholesterol wars: pointing out that all-cause mortality trumps.
- The one area where the Low Carb Movement gets a gold star in my view is in helping to cause saturated fat and cholesterol phobias to Jump the Shark. Oh, sure, you still see it in articles; but, 99.99% of “journalists” are unrelenting, unrepentant…and worse: ignorant beyond simple awareness Fucktards. We know this. They are literally unaware that there is even a debate about it. It’s the very worst kind of Fucktard. News readers.
- Demonstrating how one or some set of things is completely wrong is not equivalent to demonstrating how something else is completely right. So, while we have nothing to fear from normal ingestion of saturated fat or cholesterol in the context of real foods, that’s not the same as saying that because a low-carb diet generally offers copious amounts of these things, then we should unduly restrict carbs per se.
- And it certainly doesn’t mean that when things don’t quite go as planned for some many, that we double-down, publish and promote books to explain away hypercholesterolemia, weight gain, loss of sleep, stress hormones and on and on…with what essentially amounts to: carbs aren’t low enough, and protein is too high.
- Just like nature is dominated by negative feedback mechanisms; so too, I think, is biology dominated by J-Curves. Not linear or one-sided exponential relationships, but Yin-Yang-ish. We all understand the fallacy that because some is good, more is better. But you must complete the puzzle: just because too much is bad, zero is not necessarily optimal. This is essentially the idea of hormesis or, “finding the sweet spot.”
- And then there’s J-Curves ON or comprised of J-Curves; i.e., integral and differential calculus. Everyone knows too much alcohol too often is bad, but the epidemiology research shows that on average, a little sometimes, is better than abstinence. but hormetically, this will hold for tons of things: sugar, starches, grains, fat, meat, fruit, vegetables, and the list goes on. So, rather than “pick your poison,” I suggest “pick your optimalites.” You don’t have to have two cocktails per week if you don’t want to. The next guy doesn’t have to have a baked potato. Neither has to have a 1-pound prime rib (OK, I’ve gone to far) or a big helping of ruminant liver. You’ll have to come up with your own calculus.
Waxing philosophical, I’m tired of feeling the need to put in my 2c on everything that goes on out there. Right now, it’s the boat people of the Mediterranean. Who would have predicted that? Loads of irony if you look. How about the German pilot that killed a few tons of peoples by exploiting the very thing that was supposed to make taking down a commercial aircraft from the cockpit controls nearly impossible? …And all the while, shit tons of trillions—in terms of dollars, lost time, and justifiable outrage—have been squandered in making people feel like safe sheep in TSA lines. The ironies are so fucking hilarious it’s almost as tragic as all the safe-feeling people who brutally learned that the state cannot protect you.
Alright, I suppose that’s about enough. let’s see if I can get through the next election cycle without blogging about any of it, elevating it to a stature it doesn’t deserve.
Are you really going to spend a shit ton of your human capital over the next year and a half agitating over who’s going to rule you next? You going to be that pathetic?