Here’s Your “Gut Goddess” Right Here

There's other comments to highlight, but I'm on a roll. Haven't felt like blogging, I have a big post in draft on everything you never knew about honey, so this just hit me and I picked it.

I am one of those too that tried to follow Grace and take out the rps [Raw Potato Starch - Ed]. I did just inulin and acacia gum for awhile. And for awhile nothing. I became a bloated mess. I was constipated (again!) and just feeling blah. I added the rps back in a few weeks ago and my stomach is back to flat. I am not gassy. I look great. And feel great. I had done rps for a year before this. This time I am mixing in more variety and it is awesome. I am one of those people who when starting rps gained ten pounds but you couldn’t tell. It was, I believe, an increase in my gut bio dome. Rps helped make me regular for the first time in my life. Thank you and I look forward to being a beta tester!!!

Out of the blue, Duck goes to work, in his usual style with perfect html coding.


Unfortunately, Grace has become a fiber supremacist.

Furthermore, she has claimed that raw RS2 is only typically found in plants that aren't safe to eat raw. However, she's not done her homework in that regard, as there are important instances of non-toxic RS2 staple foods that she has not considered. Here are two:

In Ethiopia, the Ensete plant (Ensete ventricosum), also known as 'False Banana' is often cooked theses days, but it is an excellent source of RS2 when eaten raw. No doubt, it would have been a tremendous source of RS2, in Ethiopia, before cooking was invented.

From: Enset - The 'False Banana' as Food Security

Enset - what is it?

Also known as "false banana" due to its striking resemblance to the banana plant, Enset (Ensete Scitamineae) is a traditional staple crop in many parts of densely populated south and south-western Ethiopia. Records suggest that Enset has been grown in Ethiopia for more than 10,000 years. Indigenous hunter/gatherers of southern Ethiopia are thought to have been the first to cultivate Enset, and later introduced it to the Cushitic-speaking people of the northern highlands, only for it to be replaced by cerealbased crops due to the migration of the Semitic people. Enset is virtually unknown as a foodstuff outside Ethiopia and in western countries, variants are often grown as ornamental garden plants. The root of the plant provides food in the form of starch, the stem is used to produce a coarse fibre, and the leaves are fed to cattle, whose manure is in turn used to fertilise the plant. Although Enset is a protein-poor crop, its deep roots give it a greater resilience to drought than other cereal crops and consequently, a greater degree of food security to those who grow it...

...The major food products obtained from the Enset plant are kocho, bulla and amicho, all of which are simple to produce once the plant is harvested, and can be stored for long periods without spoiling.

While Ensete is now often eaten cooked, it is also safely eaten raw and obviously would have been eaten raw before cooking was invented. John Hame explains:

From: Humane Development: Participation and Change Among the Sadama of Ethiopia, by John H. Hame, p. 18

"To serve ensete as food a woman first removes it from the pit, wraps the mash in a handful of the stringlike fibers from the stem of the plant, and squeezes out the liquid content. She then kneads and sifts it into a fine flour. Transformation from raw material to food is now complete, and the finished product is referred to as wasa. It may be served as raw, sour-tasting flour mixed with vegetables, made into small pancakes, or occasionally baked into bread."

And here's the kicker... Enset starch has roughly the same amount of amylose as potato starch does.

Literature Review On Enset Starch: Physico-Chemical Properties And Pharmaceutical Applications, by Wondimu, et al. (2014)

According to a study by Gebre-Mariam and Shimidt the amylose content of enset starch was estimated to be 29.0%. Another study, however, indicated that the amylose content to be 21%. The variation could arise from differences in the methodologies used for determination of the amylose content. Both of the studies showed that the amylose content of enset starch was comparable with that of potato starch...

...The average granule size of enset starch was 37.7μm, which was comparable to that of potato starch (38.2 μm).

Basically Enset is the Ethiopian non-toxic version of a potato, and it's a major staple for Ethiopians. But, no, it doesn't end there. Those Peruvians that gave us potatoes full of hormetic glycoalkaloids apparently never bothered to tell the Spanish about Canna, the edible rhizome that is very high in amylose and is safe to consume raw.

From: Wikipedia: Canna Agriculture Group

The Canna Agriculture Group contains all of the varieties of Canna used in agriculture. Canna achira and Canna edulis (Latin: eatable) are generic terms used in South America to describe the cannas that have been selectively bred for agricultural purposes, normally derived from C. discolor. It is grown especially for its edible rootstock from which starch is obtained, but the leaves and young seed are also edible, and achira was once a staple foodcrop in Peru and Ecuador...

...Canna is still grown for human consumption in the Andes and also in Vietnam and southern China, where the starch is used to make cellophane noodles.

Rootstock - actually a rhizome - can be eaten either raw or cooked. It is the source of canna starch which is used as a substitute for arrowroot. The starch is obtained by rasping the rhizome to a pulp, then washing and straining to get rid of the fibres. This starch is very digestible. The very young rhizomes can also be eaten cooked, they are sweet but fibrous. The rhizome can be very large, sometimes as long as a person's forearm. In Peru the rhizomes are baked for up to 12 hours by which time they become a white, translucent, fibrous and somewhat mucilaginous mass with a sweetish taste.

We can learn more about Canna here: Eat The Weeds: Canna Confusion.

Here's a paper showing that the starch grains of Canna are higher in amylose than potato starch.

From: Characterization of Starch from two Ecotypes of Andean Achira Roots (Canna edulis), by Cisneros (2009)

"Achira (C. edulis) roots (70 kg of each ecotype) were obtained in the year 2001 from the San Gaban and Sandia regions of Puno in southeastern Peru...

...The amylose contents of San Gaban and Sandia achira starches were 39 and 33%, respectively. These values are relatively high when compared to traditional sources of starch such as potato (27%) and corn (24%) (Table 2). These results confirm the high-amylose values reported for achira starch in previous studies (12).

...In summary, achira starch showed some unusual properties, such as very large granules and relatively high amylose content"

It's not hard to see that RS2-rich staple foods were eaten raw by ancient Ethiopians and Peruvians. There are likely other examples, but I suppose it's apparent that Grace won't be looking for them.


Like I told you before, she ought not to have gotten herself all fucked up with me, then started harming people for spite. Richard hates that, especially the latter.

“Stalling” in Wheat Belly and LC Weight Loss After Amazing Strides

Subject near and dear to my heart, and if you're one who throws in the towel for a year, two, or even more, I'm your "authority."

There is one aspect that doesn't get enough attention, in my view. It's a fuzzy thing, because it's something that could happen in your 20s, but most likely won't. Could hapen in your 30s, but easy to catch for most (I came soooooo close—'cause I saw the nefarious progression but punted). In your 40s and beyond, you're most likely going to face real pain and adversity (give me a star!).

Let's just cut to the chase, and I'll follow up on the backside. Comment from a new reader, George.

I have been doing Wheat belly for 3 months. Lost 20 lbs in the first month and then nothing for 2 months, actually gaining a little bit. Not much, but a little bit. Dr Davis has a link to your site so that’s how I found out about the importance about resistant starches. I had a blood panel, have had high cholesterol for some time, and my values got better, a lot better. My question to you is, what is your take on the wheat belly “diet” with low carbs and high fat? I started on PS, green banana, green Mazango (name??) bananas, psyllium husk, probiotics in a milk shake with kefir in the morning and one in the evening. GREAT FARTS :) and getting really regular which hasn’t happened in years. I will have a new blood panel done to see the results. Hopefully a lot better. Thank for all the work you have done!

My reply:


First, thanks for not just doing 4 TBS in a glass of water, but incorporating it into what you eat and using other stuff to target gut.

Smart move.

I like Bill Davis. He’s been good to me over the years.

Yes, the weight loss/stall story with low carb is legend. What happens is that when you cut out the grains and processed food in general, you aren’t feeding opiate receptors, so your natural hunger impulses moderate. It’s not perfect, because you still have weight to carry around. But anyway, you naturally take on an average caloric deficit without hunger, and thus drop weight. However, in very many people, especially those not in their 20s anymore, the caloric deficit you adopt doesn’t correspond to your resting metabolic high school weight, but more often your more couch potatoish self at 35 or something. So, you “stall” 10, 20, 30 pounds from where you’d like to be.

You’ve reached homeostasis.

That’s why those last pounds can be tough. Think of it this way. You raised your set point by just getting older: hormones don’t crank as well, cells have hearing loss. Add processed food specifically engineered to make you hungry and want more, you add another layer. Fortunately, that layer seems relatively easy to eliminate. But the elevation in set point, not so much.

Anyway, the end point here is that it was not about the low carb, it was eliminating the grains and the processed foods they came with.

I’d advise you become carb agnostic; but, eat your carbs from whole sources: rice, potatoes, beans. Also, be mindful of fat, especially added fat.

Think of it this way: engineering processed foods with grains, sugar, salt and fat to make you crave and smoke…sorry…eat more, is really just a technological advancement from the same thing in even ancestral diets, making food way more palatable and desirable by rendering or extracting fat from some foods, and adding them to others.

Heard of the potato diet that works like 100% of the time and everyone has to eventually stop or they’ll end up looking like a concentration camp survivor? …Yes, the absolutely most sure way to loose weight by stuffing yourself is a very high carbohydrate diet of potatoes with no (or minuscule) added fat, but instead: herbs & spices, or non-fat sauces (like veggie purees). Now, do the potato diet, but heap on butter, sour cream, and bacon bits (our proto-processed foods) and see how that diet works out. You’ll pour on pounds.


I'll just say that everything began to change pretty quickly and well for me when I recognized that fat gluttony is just gluttony, Paleo/LC, or whatever. Nobody should be phobic about fat. But, eat it primarily in real food the way it came (e.g., like whole milk instead of cream or butter) and if you add, then do so as you'd do herbs & spices, and just see what happens.

My final take is that I don't believe Bill Davis is truly a fan of gluttonous fat diets as celebrated by low carbers. I think it was a pragmatic decision on his part to come in under the LC umbrella, proposing they eliminate grains. You see, because of the LC requirement, mainstream LC has become processed enough to be in the Kellogg's Hall of Fame. It's a messy disaster. But one way to look at it is Bill Davis as a subversive influence. I think he wears a white hat in this. 

Well, Given a Gaudy Shirt, We Sure as Must Need to Put a Woman on Mars, Now

Jannet "Judgy Bitch" Bloomfield's post: It’s not advanced math and rigorous training that keeps women out of STEM. It’s sexist shirts. Watch feminists break the stupid meter.

STEM = Science Technology Engineering Math

Anyway, some geek scientist that helped happen an unwomaned lander land on a rapidly spinning comet in space, traveling at a bazillion MPH wore a shirt that a only a true geek, autistic savant, or Aspergers would wear in public. Or, perhaps an asshole like me, whilst sporting a grin and a middle finger.

Via Amy Alkon: David Burge with the nutshell on the furor:

"Man Forced to Apologize for Sexist Shirt After Successfully Landing Spacecraft on Comet" has to be the ultimate headline for our age.

JB frames it exactly right for my taste.

stupid meter

I love what Janet and others do in the men are men space, it's just not my quotidian bag. I've never been with A Stupid as man-woman deal (avoid plagues); and as an employer, I easily filtered out such Stupid from every person hired (I discriminate). Easy to filter. Just give 'em rope. My mom—and grandmother, and great grandmother, in their living days—lafs at the impotence of feminists and their childlike entitlement angle. ...My great grandmother dumped a number of men, raised two kids by herself during the Great Depression—had her first kid of two at 15. She was 58 when I was born, died when I was 29.

Sorry children-femmes: my great grandmother taught me what a real woman of adult determination was like. She never pouted about men. Actually, I don't think she ever worried much about them, untoward like. She adored her great grandkids, though. I know, firsthand. When I was a boy, a trip to see grandnanna was just the dessert of life, then.

But with feminism, it's those High-School Bitch films all over again.

This blue comet upon which we dwell is now simply swimming in meaningless feelings. Everybody has feelings. Feelings have become as ubiquitous and as faux "important" as the latest narcissist Facebook update you saw of someone's check-in, or what they happen to "think" about something.

I don't give a fuck about anyone's feelings. Not truly. Not when its unimportant; and the world I live in now is most focussed on the unimportant and facile.

Why should you? Care, I mean. If someone has some legit beef about something, U did them wrong in some way; ...or, perhaps they care about you enough to let you know that they think you're just wrong, but with actual adult-like reasons? We don't do that on this comet, anymore. We're all rushing to be narcissist, solipsist children as fast as possible—and there's many apps for that...

In short—and it's getting embarrassing to post about this anymore—dealing with feminism is simply an exercise in dealing with children. And, as you know, it's always, and always: for the children. THE CHILD...REN! Yea, 100% of feminists bought that pathetic wife of a public presidential philanderer line, and: It Takes a Village.


CAFO = Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation

...I liked this JB riff the best:

A woman made the shirt for him. There’s your first clue, Einstein. That shirt does not offend or demean 50% of the world’s population. It offends joyless, petulant, irrational, victim worshipping feminists cunts like you!

Yeah, yeah, cunt is a bit harsh, but do you know why I like using those words, especially to describe feminists? It’s a way of iterating, forcefully, that their precious feelz matter not one fucking bit to me. Women’s feelings do not matter more than men’s feelings, women do not have the right to walk through life in a state of perpetual comfort, never offended by anything at any time anywhere. It is not wrong to offend women and most women know this already!

It’s feminist bitches who seem to think the world owes them permanent obsequious and obedience. Remember this pathetic attention whore? Tweeting out her butthurt over a Dongle joke that wasn’t even addressed to her?

As I said, this stuff is just not particularly in my wheelhouse (see the meter at the top). I've had my run ins, but they fade away. I never cared a runny shit for their feelings. JB can probably get away with using THE C-WORD, since she's a woman. Oh, wait. She loves and celebrates men, and derides feminists. Nevermind.

...The thing Janet is deriding, though, is the idea that things like a geek wearing a "sexist" shirt (rather than in simple bad taste, like your great grandmother taught you) is what's keeping women from pursuing STEM carriers.

They hear comments about “bitches” while out at a bar with fellow science students, and they decide to change majors.

Futre Stripper, Not STEM

From my perspective on this comet for nearly 54 years, women make it go round one way; and men, another. Neither orbits nor rotations are pristine. It's evolutionary and animal. It ought be free.

Thank doG.

I'll close with Amy Alkon.

Clearly, feminism is no longer about demanding that women be treated as equals, but as eggshells.

Build It And They Will Come

Scott and I had a pretty decent dorm room in Finley Hall, Oregon State, in 1981. Here's the floor plan, only our room was reverse. BTW, this is kind of a follow up from this post, the other day: I Loath General Covens of Ineptitude; And The Inept Generally Run Paleo.

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First year, Scott and I had a plan. I bought a couch, we did a bunk bed arrangement with no lower bed. The couch went under there.

It was OK, but not ideal. Here's what we did the next year, same room, 1981: A raised deck:

Scott and Chris
Scott and Chris

If you look at the floorplan and reverse, the cedar deck was built at the level of the window and desk, and it encompassed one of the closets (1/3 of the room was normal, 2/3 raised deck). We removed the closet doors for that one, and had a curtain made for the proper height.

See that door and handle in the pic? That opened and underneath was the few things we needed to store, as well as the two mattresses from our beds. Yep, that was the sleeping space. Oh, yea, that was the sofa I bought the year before, starving student budget. On the table is a pepper plant. So much dare-fun, there. No, you can't eat a pepper raw, as an Earthling.

Anyway, I built the whole thing. Scott bought the lumber.

The two folks in the pic are Chris Lamy and Joel "Scott" Lawler. The former a neighbor, the latter, my Alaskan roommate, Ketchikan (I fished salmon on his gill-netter, one summer; another story).

Chris did exactly what he told us he was going to do, became a podiatrist. At the time, the reasoning was like this: my dad's an MD; I want to do surgery; podiatry is the shortest route. I remember stuff like that forever. Unfortunately, Joel "Scott" Lawler didn't fare so well. Last time I spoke with him, early 2000s, it was plain to me that I ought not continue the relationship.

That deck created innumerable remembrances for me. I'd been tuning up my car for years, even switched out an engine, once. So many things, and I could clean fish and butcher a deer kill. But none of those routinely get you what the deck build did.


Her roommate is just to the right.

Monday Morning Laf & Mok

1. The United States, once considered a bastion of economic freedom, now ranks 12th in the world.

Either get by, get your asses out, or whatever. I don't really care. Well, the only thing I do care about is abject moron fucktards spouting that 'land of the free' meme. I don't even bother to capitalize it, anymore.

Question: would it be possible for cannibals to ever be #1 in economic freedom? Or, how about a people for whom voting (forcing others to pay for your shit) has become their greatest Super Bowl?

I understand that I am repeating myself.

2. I can die now. I've been exampled in an article—writ by a "syndicated journalist"—with Tucker Max.

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Well, with BOTH a twitter feed and a website called BodyForWife, it's just kinda too delicious to ignore for at least a few hours of Laf & Mok. I must stipulate, though: Both Tucker Max and John Durant advised me against this.

But, I'm a shameless whore.

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Shameless Whore

The fun is limited to Twitter, and this. No need for any further, with Laf and Mok. Plus, at least one pussy male in league has already given the "adult conversation" admonition. Aaron Fuller's Twitter profile (@AndreYoungPhD) indicates that he's a "Future NBA coach." So, perhaps I'm out of bounds.

You can see the poking, laf, & mok  beginning here for me. My favorite:

Richard Nikoley ‏@rnikoley 3h3 hours ago
@TuckerMax @johndurant @BodyForWife I cook for my wife: "FEED THE ANIMAL!"

Here's Tucker:

@johndurant @rnikoley @BodyForWife scrub toilets for wife, save a ho for wife, be a barista for wife, icy hot stunnaz for wife

And John:

John Durant ‏@johndurant 3h3 hours ago
@TuckerMax @rnikoley his handle and website is @bodyforwife, Hahhahahhahahaha

Alright, time to get back to work. Plus, I need to walk the dogs or, Free The Animals.

Sunday Random Hit & Run – Health & Fitness Edition

Just another mishmash of links and commentary

1. Am I imagining things, or did Dr. Mike Eades just dismiss by implication, a few dozen arctic and Inuit researchers going back over 100 years as "lack[ing] an understanding of basic biochemistry?" 


After all, it's quite clear, if one actually reads the post, that it's almost entirely a review of all the research literature going way back, including the research of August Krogh, winner of the 1920 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of the capillary motor regulating mechanism—nothing to do with biochemistry. Duck didn't assert anything. He merely quoted the literature, demonstrating that it was all reaching the same conclusion: that it either directly or by implication contradicts Stefansson's Friendly Arctic Fairy Tales and thus, contradicts Eades as well.

2. In contrast to Eades' confirmation bias and intransigence, here's Denise Minger's AHS14 presentation.

Lessons From the Vegans: What the Paleo Movement Can Learn From the Success of Plant-Based Diets

The paleo diet has a growing reputation for assisting in weight loss, managing or treating chronic disease, and boosting quality of life for those who follow its tenets. Yet low-fat, plant-based diets -- which are also gaining popularity in the mainstream -- appear to produce similar successes using a vastly different approach. How can such a dissimilar diet have health effects that mirror those of paleo? This presentation examines the reasons behind the success of plant-based diets, and discusses what the paleo movement can learn from them. In doing so, we'll gain a new perspective on the strengths and weaknesses of the paleo philosophy and question some common paleo "truths" that may not be as solid as we currently believe.

Had I not directly seen for myself and in my comments what the potato hack can do, I'd probably be highly skeptical of Denise's presentation. But I have, so I'm not.

3. What kids around the world eat for breakfast.

I had to find an excuse to post a pic of this adorable kid-face.

japansese girl
Natto is her favorite food

Saki Suzuki, 2 ¾ years old, Tokyo

The first time Saki ate the fermented soybean dish called natto, she was 7 months old. She promptly vomited. Her mother, Asaka, thinks that perhaps this was because of the smell, which is vaguely suggestive of canned cat food. But in time, the gooey beans became Saki’s favorite food and a constant part of her traditional Japanese breakfasts. Also on the menu are white rice, miso soup, kabocha squash simmered in soy sauce and sweet sake (kabocha no nimono), pickled cucumber (Saki’s least favorite dish), rolled egg omelet (tamagoyaki) and grilled salmon.

Check out the rest. Most of it puts most of what typical American kids eat to shame.

4. "This Video Of Second Graders Being Treated To A $220 Seven-Course Tasting Menu Is Utterly Delightful" (Digg)

Well, I find it depressing and sad, though their behavior is generally exemplary.

As part of their Food issue, the New York Times Magazine sent six second graders from Brooklyn's PS 295 to dinner at Daniel, one of New York's fanciest restaurants. Each kid was served a seven-course tasting menu that goes for $220 a person.

Now, imagine all the kids featured in #3 in the same setting.

5. Is eating behavior manipulated by the gastrointestinal microbiota?


Microbes in the gastrointestinal tract are under selective pressure to manipulate host eating behavior to increase their fitness, sometimes at the expense of host fitness. Microbes may do this through two potential strategies: (i) generating cravings for foods that they specialize on or foods that suppress their competitors, or (ii) inducing dysphoria until we eat foods that enhance their fitness. We review several potential mechanisms for microbial control over eating behavior including microbial influence on reward and satiety pathways, production of toxins that alter mood, changes to receptors including taste receptors, and hijacking of the vagus nerve, the neural axis between the gut and the brain. We also review the evidence for alternative explanations for cravings and unhealthy eating behavior. Because microbiota are easily manipulatable by prebiotics, probiotics, antibiotics, fecal transplants, and dietary changes, altering our microbiota offers a tractable approach to otherwise intractable problems of obesity and unhealthy eating.

That about says it all and has everything to do with my approach to all of this. Now, when I see all this 'metabolic, hormonal pathway' masturbatory stuff out there that doesn't contemplate the astounding complexity of the gut, I just laf. It's like watching a bunch of people strut around showing off their candles, while LED floodlights are now available. Here's what the paper covers.

  • Evolutionary conflict between host and microbes leads to host manipulation
  • Evidence indicates many potential mechanisms of manipulation
    • There is a selective influence of diet on microbiota
    • Microbes can manipulate host behavior
    • Microbes can induce dysphoria that changes feeding behavior
    • Microbes modulate host receptor expression
    • Microbes can influence hosts through neural mechanisms
    • Microbes can influence hosts through hormones
    • Mucin foraging bacteria control their nutrient supply
    • Intestinal microbiota can affect obesity
    • Probiotics are associated with weight loss
  • Predictions and experiments
    • Changing the microbiota composition will change eating behavior
    • A consistent diet will select for microbial specialists and lead to preference for those foods
    • Cravings should be associated with lower parasympathetic (vagal) tone, and blocking the vagus nerve should reduce food cravings
    • Microbial diversity should affect food choices and satiety
    • Excess energy delivery to the gut may reduce microbial diversity
    • High gut diversity may inhibit density-dependent microbial manipulation
    • Interrogation of host and microbiota genomes should reveal a signaling arms race
    • Food preferences may be contagious
  • Alternative hypotheses for unhealthy eating and obesity
    • Lack of willpower is not sufficient to explain unhealthy eating
    • Mismatch with scarce resources in our ancestral environment is not sufficient to explain unhealthy eating
    • Nutrient deprivation is not sufficient to explain unhealthy eating


Modern biology suggests that our bodies are composed of a diversity of organisms competing for nutritional resources. Evolutionary conflict between the host and microbiota may lead to cravings and cognitive conflict with regard to food choice. Exerting self-control over eating choices may be partly a matter of suppressing microbial signals that originate in the gut. Acquired tastes may be due to the acquisition of microbes that benefit from those foods. Our review suggests that one way to change eating behavior is by intervening in our microbiota.

It is encouraging that the microbiota can be changed by many interventions, hence facilitating translation to the clinic and public health efforts. Microbiota community structure changes drastically within 24 hours of changing diet [14, 115] or administration of antibiotics [116]. Fecal transplants have shown efficacy in treating a variety of diseases [117]. The best approaches to managing our microbiota are still open questions. Many studies of the effects of gut microbes on health have focused on identifying individual taxa that are responsible for human diseases, an approach that has been largely unsuccessful in generating predictive hypotheses. Studies have identified conflicting different groups of microbes associated with various diseases, including obesity [118, 119]. In other domains, it has proven useful to shift the level of analysis from properties of the individual to properties of the population, e.g. diversity [120]. Until we have a better understanding of the contributions and interactions between individual microbial taxa, it may be more effective to focus interventions on increasing microbial diversity in the gut.

Competition between genomes is likely to produce a variety of conflicts, and we propose that one important area, impacting human health, is in host eating behavior and nutrient acquisition. Genetic conflict between host and microbiota – selecting for microbes that manipulate host eating behavior – adds a new dimension to current viewpoints, e.g. host-microbiota mutualism [11], that can explain mechanisms involved in obesity and related diseases.

[emphasis added - keep it in mind when reading some of the stuff I'm seeing now that I consider far too clinically focussed for most people, far too deconstructed and reduced. Shotgun is going to be best for most people most of the time.]

...Of course, I'm sure all the microbiome researchers 'lack an understanding of basic biochemistry.' ...

Update to #1: Here's a follow up comment from Eades in response to the same person pointing out:

The article quotes over 20 different studies on the Inuit—spanning a century—including from a Nobel prize winning scientist August Krogh.

You don’t seriously expect anyone to believe that all of those scientists don’t understand “basic biochemistry” do you?

Well, I guess he does expect everyone to believe it. Eades:

They didn’t understand about glycogen degrading back then. If you want to believe the Inuit weren’t on low-carb diets, be my guest.

Wrong again. Here's Duck—someone who actually digs up research—in comments below:

I'm disappointed that Eades is still stuck on the minimal glycogen the Inuit consumed, rather than the fact that every study on the Inuit shows they were too high protein to be in ketosis. Nevertheless, he seems completely uninformed about what researchers knew about glycogen, at the time. I'm beginning to wonder if Dr. Eades is even bothering to read any of the scientific literature on the subject. Yesterday, Eades wrote:

mreades wrote: They didn’t understand about glycogen degrading back then. If you want to believe the Inuit weren’t on low-carb diets, be my guest.

Well, first of all, nobody said the Inuit weren't low carb. The scientific literature states over and over again that they ate very high quantities of protein and weren't ketogenic. Second of all, it's patently false that researchers were unaware of glycogen's rapid degradation at the time. In fact, its rapid degradation observed in 1865 was how Bernard discovered glycogen in the first place.

From: Claude Bernard and The Discovery of Glycogen Discovery of Glycogen At this time Bernard's estimations of the sugar content of extract of liver tissue were made in duplicate by titration with copper reagent of Barreswil, a modified Fehling's solution. He relates (Bernard, 1865, pp. 2291-295) how one day he was pressed for time and was unable to make his duplicate determinations simultaneously. He made one estimation immediately after the death of an animal and postponed the other until the following day. The second estimation gave a value very much higher than the first, and the difference was so great that Bernard investigated the reason for this discrepancy. Hitherto he had not ascribed significance to the length of time which elapsed between the death of an animal and the determination of the sugar content of the liver tissue. He now found that time was of great importance. Immediately after the death of an animal the liver was found to contain very little sugar, but within only a few minutes the amount of sugar had substantially increased, and at the end of two hours a large quantity had usually made its appearance.

So, from day one, glycogen was known to degrade rapidly. But, Eades has so much confirmation bias running through his blood, he refuses to recognize that glycogen in marine mammals was observed to degrade differently.

From: Observations On The Glycogen Content of Certain Invertebrates and Fishes Until recently very little information existed concerning the presence of glycogen in the fishes. That some at least is present in the tissues of marine fish had been shown by Cl. Bernard, Pavy, Brucke, and others. It was stated by Bernard that this glycogen is unusually resistant to the influence of post-mortem changes, and that it does not readily disappear during hunger. During asphyxia, however, the glycogen rapidly disappears.

Even in 1970, researchers found high levels of glycogen in some species of fish after 7 days on ice, at 0ºC.

From: Postmortem Glycolytic and Other Biochemical Changes in White Muscle of White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni) and Northern Pike (Esox lucius) at 0ºC "...Glycogen content of pike was found to remain relatively high even after 7 days of storage in ice. This is in contrast to the findings with several other species, including white sucker, where the muscle glycogen is practically completely degraded in 3–4 days."

Eades is wrong on just about everything he stated in his "confirmation bias" post, but doesn't have the decency to read anything that might enlighten his biases. What a joke.


Well, I guess I can be thankful I wasn't imagining things. I'd expected to get hand-waving over that—HE WAS ONLY TALKING ABOUT "DUCKS DODGES!" So, thanks for clearing that up, Mike.

Random Monday Hit & Run

Yesterday wasn't enough.

1. William F. Buckley, Jr.

Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views.

2. Bill Maher and Sam Harris demonstrate in excruciating detail just how much of a Fucktard Ben Affleck is.

This is painful to watch. Revisit #1.

It's literally easier to talk to 3-yr-olds. Feel sorry for Jennifer. Here's a story in print.

3. The Olympics is all about The Nomenklatura,* now.

* The nomenklatura (Russian: номенклату́ра, Russian pronunciation: [nəmʲɪnklɐˈturə], Latin: nomenclatura) were a category of people within the Soviet Union and other Eastern Bloc countries who held various key administrative positions in all spheres of those countries' activity: government, industry, agriculture, education, etc., whose positions were granted only with approval by the communist party of each country or region.

FATSIS: Well, you have to consider the International Olympic Committee is this weird assemblage of aristocrats and sportocrats. They have tremendous leverage thanks to sponsorship and TV contracts. Now at least some cities are saying, enough, enough with the costs and the corruption and the voting scandals in groups like the IOC and soccer's FIFA. The past winter games in Sochi, Russia - $50 billion and a lot of that was slipped into pockets unknown. Spending on the Athens Olympics in 2004 pushed Greece into economic peril. These are all red flags for potential bidders. [...]

Yeah, the IOC doesn't take rejection well, we learned here. It issued this passive aggressive statement saying it is a pity that Oslo will miss out on this great opportunity to invest in its future. Poor Oslo. Norway's also going to miss out on a few other things, some demands that the IOC made. They were leaked to a Norwegian newspaper. And they read like a David Letterman top 10 list - cocktail party with the king, with the royal palace or the local Olympic organizers picking up the tab, separate lanes on all roads for IOC members - and I think it's important to point out that there are 105 IOC members - ceremonial welcome for the IOC president on the airport tarmac, meeting rooms set to exactly 20 degrees Celsius at all times. And number one of my top 10 list, IOC members shall be greeted with a smile when arriving at their hotel.

4. More evidence that a diet deficient in Animal Parts rots your brain.

This is as equally painful to watch as Ben is, above. Just remember: her name is "snow."

...More 3 yr-olds.

Random Sunday Hit & Run

I'm thinking this will be a regular Sunday deal and I may even do a "hump day" random as well. Let's jump right in. I'll start doing it in numbers instead of bullets for easy referencing in comments.

1. Deleting all Facebook: Enormous Relief.

Note that 100% of the 48 comments are supportive. One thing of interest is that since deleting it, my posts are no longer getting hardly any Facebook likes or shares. So, this must have been coming from FB fans predominately before, and since no more, they must not even have been engaging with the blog, but only on FB. But I really had no interest in separate comment threads for my posts on FB, so fine.

Has all this narcissistic, hyper-socializing jumped the shark? Will social media end up being "so 2000-teens?" Anyway, happy for the additional mindspace that allows me to focus my time on writing a blog and engaging real people on my blog.

2. I Deal With Dunning and Kruger Every Day. Every Where.

The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias manifesting in unskilled individuals suffering from illusory superiority, mistakenly rating their ability much higher than is accurate. This bias is attributed to a metacognitive inability of the unskilled to recognize their ineptitude. Conversely, people with true ability tend to underestimate their relative competence based on the erroneous or exaggerated claims made by unskilled people.

I'll take the latter. I'm happy to undershoot. I grew up around D-Ks in fundamentalist fucktardism ("born again" fucktards). Last weekend, I spoke with a young 20-someting niece and her friend (raised similarly, slightly more liberal). Listened to them laf and scoff at what their parents taught them about being a subject to a doG: to satisfaction and high salute on my pat and even, smacks on the cheek. It's just as I laf and scoff at my similar experience. It began crumbling for me in 1979 once I drove cross country and was on my own. How come I need to learn so many things from condemned heathens going to hell, if I know the TRUTH, THE WAY, AND THE LIGHT? Friar Occam suggests I was scammed by D-K types.

I told all my family 25 years ago that they were going to be lafing stocks. Glad they are, from the up-and-coming kids, now. Sow. Reap. And I get to have the intellectual, patriarchal stature. This will only get worse for all of them over time, as they become increasingly irrelevant unless they stop being fucktarded about Sky Fairies and after-life fantasies.

3. Gut Bacteria Always Get Fed.

Well, of course. If you aren't an HG who feeds them in spite of any knowledge on your part, they'll get fed anyway. it's a starvation adaptation, just like ketosis.

A team of scientists, led by Alexander Chervonsky from the University of Chicago, has now found that mice deal with this problem by manufacturing molecules that feed their gut microbes during bouts of infection.

The cells of their intestines glom a sugar called fucose onto fats and proteins, which the bacteria can yank off and eat. The sugar is an emergency currency, used to pay off microbial employees when the usual coffers are empty, to keep them from quitting the firm.

I told you the gut microbiome is very important. We actually have evolutionary adaptations to preserve it. Amazing what can happen over hundreds of millions of years.

4. Thanks San Francisco.

I watched that whole 6 1/2 hour game in DC yesterday, Giants. I love baseball because I see thinking men with serious work ethics. I love to watch them chewing, thinking, spitting.

49ers. That's serious, disciplined football. Few flags, no turnovers, decent stats roughly equal to those of your opponent. KC and Alex—who Left His Heart in San Francisco—you lost but put on a good show.

4. Janet Bloomfield got raped in college (she probably raped, too).

Turns out, according to current California law, we all did. We should all look up our college squeezes and apologize for raping them.

Do you have the heart to apologize for raping?

Do I need to add that privileged feminists who were unpleased are perfectly happy to dilute the meaning of rape, such that their displeasures can be 'herd'?

5. I adore Perez Prado.

That 2nd one, I blogged about here in 2011. Voodoo Suite. Good herb music.

6. Really funny stupid shit I saw.


...I could go on.

California Enacts ‘Yes Means Yes’ Law, Defining Sexual Consent

One fucktarded, regurgitated story, here.

"Lack of protest or resistance does not mean consent," the law states, "nor does silence mean consent. Affirmative consent must be ongoing throughout a sexual activity and can be revoked at any time."

So, is "yes, Yes, YES, YeSSSSS safe haven?

...Close to the most anti-animal, ridiculous fodder for jilted cuntfmales and adventuresome prosecutors I've ever heard of. Because it's basal, and putting legal distinctions on intimate human animal behavior is something only The Land of The Free would dare to do.

No worries. Someone else will care for the kids who get chewed up up in this femiNAZI cunt adventure. It's so...motherly.

...I haven't read the legislation but what I'm primarily interested in is how a judge's decision tuns on the distinction between a raging hard cock and a swollen, dripping wet pussy. Just guessing, but I'd guess that few black robe types, perched on benches have ever experienced a swollen, dripping wet pussy.

May you live in fucktarded times.

Quick Open Memo to Jimmy Moore and Nora Gedgaudas

Laddies and Gentlemen:

By now, you've seen this post and read it because you couldn't resist: The War On Tastebuds.

Should you actually take a close look and study the references, then surely you'll know that you lose and I win. I can keep doing this for years, with every new study, while you rely upon outdated observations of old studies that never change.

Otherwise, I get all of your smart-thinking people, over time, and leave you with only sycophants and digesters of your increasingly stale regurgitate. If that's all you want, carry on. No prob.

If not: evolve!


PS: No personal attacks required