All Dietary Pronouncements Are Wrong and Paleo is Lost

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The dumbest thing in all dietary pronouncements—from wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling; so, voluminously—is the enormous blind spot that neglects to recognize that human animals are migratory masters.

Most species evolve in a single habitat, perhaps migratory birds and a few land-dwelling migrating animals being the notable exceptions. They evolve, really, over hundreds of thousands, even millions of years, in response to niche opportunities for various things, but primarily food. Thus, the habitat generally remains healthy and in balance. That’s until something upsets it, like the climate change that’s been going on for a few billion years: a flood, a drought, an inundation, a fire, an important rise or drop in average temperature. And the habitat is severely compromised, or dies off. Then all the animals but for the scavengers die off. Cycle of life and evolution. Humans are a bit different.

Humans migrate. Rather than exploit nutritional niches to the death, they have generalized their ability to go somewhere else, and make almost anything edible…enough to survive, thrive, and reproduce.

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Does Religion Make You Fat? No, But It Probably Doesn’t “Hurt” Either. And Fundamentalist Baptists Are the Fattest.

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I had a curiosity yesterday. What are the correlations between obesity and religiosity, and if they exist, are some denominations more at risk than others? I did a little Googling this morning and found that indeed, it has been studied.

But if you dig deeper, it becomes quite a mess, because it’s difficult to separate science from dogma, which is not ironic, in this case. You’ve got apparent atheists on the one hand using any statistical tidbit to show that “religion makes you fat;” while on the other, fundamentalist Baptists put up pics of fat atheists. The only thing you end up learning is that it’s funny to watch groups with no disciplined sense of science, statistical relevance, or basic logic combat each other…reminiscent of midgets wrestling in slippery mud, or something.

Nonetheless, growing up in a deeply religious, fundamentalist Baptist household from the age of 10, during the 1970s, I did notice the disproportionate level of portliness compared with observing everyone else around me, as a scrawny teenager. Sometimes, I thought church might be a veiled excuse to get together for potlucks. There were hundreds of them, and quite good I might add. Mind you: this was the 70s, where obesity was still a rather outlier phenomenon and not at the top of the distribution as it is now—with skinny and morbid taking up the extremes to the left and the right.

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Richard Against Inhumanity Plays Cards Against Humanity


I had never heard a wiff about it.

Friday, just after noon, we headed out to Redding, CA, about 4-5 hours north by car, depending upon Bay Area, Coke-bottle traffic. Because we got out of here by 1PM, it only cost about an hour delay of wishing death on lots of strangers.

Got to our friends’ place about 1830, a day before the idiotic bi-annual clock clusterfuck—for the purpose of working in the fields picking cotton an extra hour every day for the Massa (and like taxes, has never been repealed)—so it was still light outside. We meandered about, they all sipped some wine, and Ed made a truffle pasta (with fresh homemade pasta—watched him roll it and cut it with one of those thingies).

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Sunday Fracking Church: Drill Drill Drill for Fracking Sake; Embrace Solar and Battery Tech Too

The political landscape meanders through our lives often enough by means of presenting a collection of false alternatives in order to promote binary thinking, analogous to our predominately right vs. left political system.

“You’re either for us or you’re against us.”

In the context of energy production—as the narrative of the left goes—you need to embrace “clean” energy (e.g., blighting the landscape with bird killers wind turbines), while opposing oil and gas exploration, drilling, production and distribution generally—all while engineering schemes that subsidize the former while penalizing the latter. What this means in practice is that the government throws your tax money at “alternative,” or “clean,” or “renewable” energy in the belief that if you throw enough (which is never enough), often enough, you’ll “achieve” some breakthrough “windfall” that will make it all worth it…just like in the movies (and just as “real”).

On the other side of the equation, you penalize evil fossil fuels at every turn—from restrictions on exploration, drilling, and production, to onerous emission standards, to punitive fees, penalties, and taxes—and the list goes on and on.

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Considering Getting More Politically Active In This Election Season; Notes On The Democrat Debate

I’m a bit behind so far, though. Just now watched the Democrat Debate (no, I don’t use “Democratic” as adjective in that context…There are Democrats and Republicans…Democrat Debate and Republican Debate).

Still taking notes, but here’s the best assemblage of clips so far.

We need to get very serious about this election.

Everybody Has a “‘License’ to Kill.” Nobody Ought Have a “License” to Murder

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I should not have to explain the title, but let me give it a sentence. A killing isn’t necessarily a murder. Got it?

Here’s a murder, and apparently, Seneca Police Lt. Mark Tiller has a big enough license to murder as to make James Bond blush. Don’t recall seeing him killing young adolescents in any of the films. He only had a license to kill, just like you. The license to murder has been summarily granted by SC 10th Judicial Circuit Solicitor, Chrissy Adams, pending Fed stuff.

Here’s the murder of Zachary Hammond. His date, Tori Morton, was in the car and certainly far from being out of harm’s way. Apparently, this was some “sting” over buying a few grams of a dried plant(s). Maybe one had been refined into a white powder form, like sugar and flour.

So, there you just saw a 19-yr-old kid getting murdered for the crime of selling C. sativa, a wild growing plant and getting scared and trying to flee when caught ‘red handed.’ It should be clear to even any casual viewer that the kid was just scared and trying to run, not trying to harm his eventual murderer, Police Lt. Mark Tiller. I haven’t looked in detail, but the cop probably said what they all say: I feared for my life.

Judge for yourself if his life—and not his reputation or pride—was in any danger. Lots more details here.

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Ditch The Butter and Flat Top To Make a Patty Melt That Won’t Be a Boat Anchor in Your Stomach

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Ever had one of those cafe/diner patty melts that makes you wish you hadn’t?

First of all, it’s supposed to be—or should be—a modest marriage of ground meat and cheese on both sides. How do they always ruin it? With either butter or cooking oil, then they have it swim there, soaking up as much as possible while it oxidizes and rancidifies on a hot flat top.

Actually, my taste is now so reset I can’t even eat hash browns in a cafe anymore. Tastes completely rancid, and their bacon tastes like I’m eating a salt lick.

So let me show you. You need good whole gain real sourdough (i.e., actually fermented, not fraud-dough). One is with Swiss, the other Jack. If you don’t know why the dimple in the patties, you’re not qualified to grill ground meat.


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Sunday Church For Human Animals: You’re Still Using Slavery Arguments; You’re Using Free Market Arguments to Advocate Collectivism; Obamacare Co-Ops Fail… Hundreds of Thousands Face Federal Fines; The Diminishing Cult Of Loren Cordain “Paleo”

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~ For nearly 25 years now I’ve loosely used human slavery as a reference or analogy to what exists now in terms of statism, because I would prefer that people get a brain and dump all allegiance to all states worldwide. But it’s imperfect, and I always use it tongue in cheek because I hate diluting the meaning of true slavery.

Even the name of my blog, Free The Animal, contemplates this in a way. The distinction is that these are cages of human, voluntary design and it doesn’t require much overt force when human beings will willingly walk in, close and lock the door, and toss the key out of reach.

They don’t know anything different and reminiscent of Stockholm Syndrome, they’ll keep their cages nice & tidy, and will jeer and laf at all who point out that they’re not only living in a cage, but are keeping it clean and tidy for their zoo masters and love complimentsWhy We Couldn’t Abolish Slavery Then and Can’t Abolish Government Now.

Slavery existed for thousands of years, in all sorts of societies and all parts of the world. To imagine human social life without it required an extraordinary effort. Yet, from time to time, eccentrics emerged to oppose it, most of them arguing that slavery is a moral monstrosity and therefore people should get rid of it. Such advocates generally elicited reactions that ranged from gentle amusement to harsh scorn and violent assault.

When people bothered to give reasons for opposing the proposed abolition, they advanced many different ideas. In the first column of the accompanying table, I list ten such ideas that I have encountered in my reading. At one time, countless people found one or more of these reasons an adequate ground on which to oppose the abolition of slavery.

In retrospect, however, these reasons seem shabby—more rationalizations than reasons. They now appear to nearly everyone to be, if not utterly specious, then shaky or, at best, unpersuasive, notwithstanding an occasional grain of truth. No one now dredges up these ideas or their corollaries to support a proposal for reestablishing slavery. Although vestiges of slavery exist in northern Africa and a few other places, the idea that slavery is a defensible social institution is defunct. Reasons that once, not so long ago, seemed to provide compelling grounds for opposing the abolition of slavery now pack no intellectual punch.

…Except when precisely the exact same arguments are always used by 100% of people all the time to mock people like me who’ve been calling for the abolition of state “slavery” for 25 years, now.

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Weight Loss From a Potato Only Diet: Re-Hacking The Potato Hack, Outdoor Grill Barbecue Style

Paging Tim “Tatertot” Steele.

My what a ride it’s been. Remember, Nov, 2012? Actually, I’m quite sure it was in comments on previous posts where Tim—who now has his own Vegetable Pharm—introduced the idea of bouts of eating potatoes only in comments. …And since he was doing it only in comments, I took it to posts; and he figured, what if you eat only potatoes, too, and we write about it not only in comments?

Here was the first post, and if you look only at comments, Tim pretty much pushes everyone out of the way from there out, eventually introducing resistant starch. Rest is history.

There was some pretty cool work along the way if you care to peruse the posts; even a great collaboration Tim did with another commenter in terms of glucose regulation eating only potatoes. But there was always one problem for me, and it’s that I couldn’t find a way of eating potatoes almost exclusively that achieved staple status, while not blowing my brains out.

I stumbled onto it—for me—by needing to get a gas grill. We sold our rather medium sized, stainless steel a couple of years ago when deciding to move into an apartment near Bea’s work that didn’t allow grills on the patio. More recently, living off-grid in an RV in the east hills even closer to Bea’s work, we decided to get another. But I wanted small. It’s the whole off-grid conservationist thing: by choice—not ideology or force you. Having experience in living 100% on solar with no backup for 2 months in Mexico, I became interested in how much one can do with less; not from necessity, but love of the challenge. Now we’re nearing 3 months here and I’ve used 3 gallons of generator gas, and 3/4 of that was while waiting for my full solar system to arrive and get set up.

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The Elixa Probiotic Experiment Concludes; Waiting For Gut Test Data

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Front-Sm-Sh-4The roughly 5-week Elixa Probiotic experiement ( is complete and all that’s left now is to get the data from the nine separate gut-bug tests (stool samples), 6 of which we’re submitted to uBiome, and 3 to AmGut.

To recap, I first took a uBiome sample about a week before starting the course, then both a uBiome and AmGut from the same “location” on the morning right before commencing the 12-day course.

About halfway through, I took another uBiome and then right at the end, both a uBiome and AmGut. It actually turned out to be a 13-day course, since I was out of town for a day and forgot to bring it along. Coincidently, it was between doses 6 and 7.

Finally, I did a uBiome a week after done, and then just a couple of days ago, both a uBiome and AmGut at 2-weeks after completion. So, if anyone from home has done a more thorough setup I sure don’t know about it. Apparently, these things take a while to process. Given it’s been near six weeks since submitting the first kit, we should begin to see these test results trickle in. I’m curious, though I really don’t know what it’s going to reveal that I don’t already know: I feel fine.

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What If You Dropped The Silly Notion of Borders?

Artificial borders, drawn with crayon or colored pencils on paper that serves as your meta-metaphor, making precisions beyond plain continental drift (we’re land animals) is really silly on Kindergarten proportions.

I won’t belabor how fucktarded you are. Thank me later.

Why does everyone agitate over borders?

No, REALLY, why does everyone agitate over borders?


And you call yourselves Democratic Socialists.

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Grils: I Luv Ya Sincerely, But The “Men’s Right” Movement Is Just As Enabling As…

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Real women are the salivation of all men. The converse it true too, of course.

If it were not not for women and the children they bear for us dudes, “civilization” would amount to a global pub with comfy chairs for “gaming.”

Want to be warm? OK, I’ll be right there (creates a power plant for a woman—we. can. not. help. it.).

It’s very true that 100% of modern convenience has been exclusively created by men. What’s never recognized and is indeed spat upon with regularity, is the realization that we were completely fine and OK freezing and dirty in the pub with our mates. We’re plagued with a conscience. We…I…Can’t help our[my]sel[f/eves].

I love it and so embrace the animal antagonism that goes with it as m spice of life that nobody gets to account for but me. Don’t you? I adore loving my place, even though I can get uppity. Don’t you?

My woman gets on my ass regularly, and I don’t know what I’d do without it.

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Let’s Try This. Since Most People Cops Kill Deserve It, What About The Dog Pets They Kill Every Day?

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I don’t think I’ve ever blogged about this explicitly in a single post, though I’ve been aware of it even before Radley Balko of The Agitator blog (now Washington Post) wrote this in 2006: They Always Shoot the Dog.

Apparently, people who think that perhaps the government acted properly in invading and burning down a house of largely innocent (but admidetly weird) people get really pissed off when they learn that the federal government also slaughtered the Branch Davidian dogs. Women and children? Meh. Weirdo cultists probably deserved it. But…

“They killed the dogs? Aw, man. That’s bullshit.”

Radly was a sort of blogger-investigative journalist—whose main credit is getting Cory Maye first, off death row, then released. It was all over an absolutely righteous—stand up and say yea—killing of an intruder in a uniform, who if I recall correctly, was the son of the police chief or some other person of law doesn’t apply privilege. He was afraid for a baby daughter, not a dog, so take it with a grain of salt. After all, there’s Original Sin to consider and I believe that pets are innocent at birth, unlike human infants.

Cory Jermaine Maye (born September 9, 1980), is a former prisoner in the U.S. state of Mississippi. He was originally convicted of murder in the 2001 death of a Prentiss, Mississippi police officer named, Ron W. Jones, during a drug raid on the other half of Maye’s duplex. Maye has said he thought that the intruders were burglars and did not realize they were police. He pleaded not guilty at his trial, citing self-defense. Nevertheless, Maye was convicted of murder and was sentenced to death. Maye’s case attracted little attention until late 2005, when Reason magazine senior editor and police misconduct researcher Radley Balko brought it to light on his blog The Agitator.[1] Balko’s research raised several questions about Maye’s conviction and in particular about the reliability of medical examiner Steven Hayne, who performed the autopsy on Jones and testified at the trial. According to Maye’s supporters, his conviction also brought up issues such as the right to self-defense, police conduct in the War on Drugs, racial and social inequities in Mississippi and whether he received competent legal representation.

In case you think I just pulled this out of my ass, search the blog for ‘Cory Maye’. I was there the whole time.

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Sunday Brickbats, Odds, Ends, And One Funny Thing

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We’re up here at the vacation home in the pines for a long weekend with four dogs (yea, we brought Hunter the Beagle along). It’s been a blast. Breakfast pics at the end. We get everything we like off-grid TV-wise except live sports, so today is football day.

~ We’ll have another iron fortification update post soon. With further digging, it’s really remarkable the politics, money, and favor that went into the “anemia health crisis.”

~ Economic and plain business ignorance.


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Let’s Unpack A To-Be-Published Gluten Sensitivity Study Touted To Vindicate Dr. William Davis and Wheat Belly

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You folks really need to try harder.

I do like Bill Davis and have had some nice exchanges with him going way back and most importantly, he was very friendly to the revolutionary work Tim Steele and I did here on Resistant Starch. I got notice of a post on a new study a couple of days ago that strikes me as a bit bright eyed.

Here’s the study. In fairness, it’s not yet published and so might be different in the final.

Wheat gluten intake increases weight gain and adiposity associated with reduced thermogenesis and energy expenditure in an animal model of obesity


BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES. The association between gluten and body weight is inconsistent. Previously, we showed that a gluten-free diet reduces weight gain without changing food intake in mice fed high-fat diets. In the present study, we investigated the effects of gluten intake on fat metabolism, thermogenesis and energy expenditure in mice fed a standard or high-fat diet.

METHODS. Mice were fed four different experimental diets during eight weeks: a control-standard diet (CD), a CD added with 4.5% of wheat gluten (CD-G), a high-fat diet (HFD) and a HFD added with 4.5% of wheat gluten (HFD-G). After the eight weeks, the mice received 99mTc-radiolabeled gluten orally to study gluten absorption and biodistribution or they underwent indirect calorimetry. After euthanasia, subcutaneous (SAT) and brown (BAT) adipose tissues were collected to assess thermogenesis-related protein expression. Lipid metabolism was studied in adipocyte cultures from the four groups.

RESULTS. Despite having had the same energy intake, CD-G and HFD-G mice exhibited increased body weight and fat deposits compared to their respective controls. 99mTc-GLU or its peptides were detected in the blood, liver and visceral adipose tissue (VAT), suggesting that gluten can even reach extra-intestinal organs. Uncoupling protein 1 (UCP1) expression was reduced in the BAT of HFD-G and in the SAT of CD-G and HFD-G mice. Indirect calorimetry showed lower oxygen volume consumption in CD-G and HFD-G groups compared with their controls. In HFD mice, daily energy expenditure was reduced with gluten intake. Gluten also reduced adiponectin, peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR) α and PPARγ and hormone-sensitive lipase in cultures of isolated adipocytes from HFD mice, while in the CD-G group, gluten intake increased IL-6 expression and tended to increase that of TNF.CONCLUSIONSWheat gluten promotes weight gain in animals on both HFD and CD, partly by reducing the thermogenic capacity of adipose tissues.

International Journal of Obesity accepted article preview online, 07 October 2015. doi:10.1038/ijo.2015.204.

OK, let’s take a look.

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A Whole Hour Video You Will Not Watch. Too Long.

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Doubled Keep-It-Up Capacity; No Little Blue Pill

Just quick and just for fun.

In the space of a couple of hours, doubled my power capacity just today, as the sun gets lower and the days grown shorter—even though, this is, after all, California.


The electricians, engineers, smart DIY folks, etc., will immediately recognize that as a 4, 6v deep cycle wet cell battery super-cell, wired in both series and parallel to produce 12 volts and also—most importantly—a doubling of capacity—from 230 amp hours to 460. …The rest are voting for Bernie Sanders—unless they’re union electricians who do know; in which case, free stuff is always the guiding principle because they work so hard and they deserve it.

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Global Warming Hysteria Has Always Been Bullshit Because CO2 Is Not Nuclear Fission

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I don’t blog about this much and never did. Yet, my finger has always been on the pulse, periodically. I’ve alway checked in with these folks principally, going as far back as be be counted:

That last one gets me all the choir music I need, just to know what the choir sings.

It all kinda reminds me of our iron fortification gig that’s just got to be ridiculous.

Do you remember the Ancel Keys deal, and how if you include way more data, there’s no obvious correlation?


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Iron Fortification, Disease, and Obesity: An Update with Data Refinements


Why does fortified food so strongly correlate with poor health and obesity in developed countries? After our 6,000 word post hashing out the possibilities, we thought it was time to simplify the message. Quite simply it’s because fortification promotes an imbalance of micronutrients that would otherwise not happen when consuming a diet of whole foods. It is a government policy that does far more harm in developed nations than good.

We’ve managed to boil this concept down to a short Tweet-worthy 6-minute read (1,400 words) in a recent article Richard posted on, Did Food Enrichment Cause The Obesity Epidemic? It’s an abridged version of our 6,000 word post on the subject, Iron, Food Enrichment and The Theory of Everything (with over 2,000 shares—keep it going) and follow-up post, How Wheat Went From Superfood To Liability.

The Timing of Fortification Increases

When we were researching our Iron Theory article, we demonstrated the drastic rise in iron intakes with this chart:

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Modern Politics in 1,000 Words

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Well, it’s way less than 1,00 words, but it is a picture with words. Punchlines after.


(HT: Carey Wedler)

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