I’m Officially a Nomad

In the planning for a while, now.

At the end of July, Beatrice and I moved out of a 3-BR house and took a small, 2-BR apartment near her work. For the month previous, we did three garage sales and sold countless things via Craigslist (with 100% success—that service is an amazing value). The other part is that I'm officially unwilling to live permanently in urbania—or sub-urbania—ever again. I feel my life draining away each time I'm in bumper-to-bumper traffic, or sitting at a stoplight for 5 minutes.

So, I'll only be visiting from time-to-time, and Bea will be visiting me in the two places I'll be most of the time.

Here's where I am now.

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Home Sweet Home #1 — Mobile Version

For now, it's staged at my brother's hilltop place above Placerville, CA, where I'm just a bit over an hour to Lake Tahoe down Hwy 50, and an hour & a half to Home Sweet Home #2 down Hwy 49.

Here's my home office.

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With a View

And here's the view out the back.

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No traffic, no stoplight, no speed limit

Onto Home Sweet Home #2. As you know, I have a vacation home in Arnold, CA. Here's the VRBO listing. And, a short video tour.

It's rented out just about ever weekend of the year except for a few we block off now & then. During winter and summer, it's often rented during the week. For instance, in July, there were 8 sets of guests, 4 same-day turnovers, and only 6 days that it was unoccupied. Busiest month ever. This month, there are 14 days I can use for myself.

So, for example, here's how it's going.

  1. Left San Jose Monday, arrived here in the afternoon and have since been getting everything staged, and now it's work time.
  2. Beatrice will be up here Saturday with the doggies for my brother's 50th Bday party.
  3. Sunday, she'll head back to San Jose and I'll head to the cabin for the week.
  4. Guests arrive Friday, so at that point I'll head back up here.

That's as far as the schedule goes. That's how I want to keep it. I'll just ride like the wind, I guess. I'm also beginning to look at some international travel in order to scope out future nomadic destinations.

So that's the story for now. I feel like a million pounds is off my shoulders.

Oh Myyy; Prof Tim Noakes Really Exposes Facepalm Ignorance

I wrote this on FB:

I'll say it, gladly: Professor Tim Noaks is an ignoramus. There. Actually, that's rather kind because the only other option would be to call him a liar. He can take refuge in ignorance, though.

It was in reference to this piece of outrageous, preposterous nonsense for the benefit of VLC and Ketogenic sycophants, I surmise: Low Carb Foods: Can you eat potatoes and sweet potatoes on the LCHF diet?

...Here's an initial clue. When you see "can you" in the title or lede of a piece, I advise you to dismiss it instantly. It's seeking to replace your authority over your own self with that of someone else's. Bonus points if they preface their name with a title, like, Professor, always capitalized. "Just take my word for it," is what that means.

Here's the money quote:

But potatoes have no nutritional value at all and they should be cut out of the diet completely.

Another:

Potatoes are a real problem because they are just glucose. You might as well just go and buy a bag of glucose from the pharmacist and eat that, because that’s the same effect biologically. Your brain and your body doesn’t know whether you just had a bag of glucose or had a potato. The response is the same: you have a huge glucose spike in your bloodstream and a huge insulin spike. [I first saw that "bag of glucose" meme from Art DeVany in 2008 - Ed]

Uh, no, you don't. Not even Inuit in 1928, 1936, or 1972—but only once they were fasted for significant time such that NORMAL glucose sensitivity went to hell in a handbasket and they were riddled with the Holy Grail of human metabolic "flexibility:" physiological insulin resistance. Go ahead, Noaks, come down from your cloistered Ivory Tower and read your betters. There's more here, too.

Otherwise, VLC and Ketogenic are just like a long fast, only chronic. And what's more, how convenient it is: they'll get the huge spikes you predict, and they'll sit at your feet in worship because just as you predicted, potatoes "give them diabetes." And they know this because they saw a number on a meter that scared the shit out of them, confirming your ignorant bias for you.

...Someone wrote a comment on FB that Noaks sounded like he's taking to 3rd graders. You know what? That was totally fine in 2008 or 9; we were, many of us. But now, those of us who haven't been held back in grades—like the Atkins worshipping VLC and Ketogenic crowds—are now about High School Freshmen. For us, we're just beginning to learn and integrate and apply new stuff and understanding from a fresh, more widely integrated human evolutionarily perspective. Totally rad, man! We don't bemoan the ignorance of our youth. Quite the contrary, just like I have fond memories of truly believing in Santa Claus.

How about fact checking the Professor? Well, it so happens I have a chart that compares nutrition across 17 or 18 nutrients. And indeed, potatoes come in under something like red meat. On the other hand, fat is pretty vapid in terms of micronutrients (pretty much fatty acids) and it's pretty tough to eat, i.e., chew, above about 30% protein consistently (try it, I have). Non-starchy vegetables are pretty much water, fiber, and micronutients. What's left? Starch.

I'll bet you that the Professor is deficient on latest research, as Professors are prone to be. It's so easy, once you are a Professor, to rest on laurels for decades, expecting flowers and tears at your grave 60 years later.

“Tigernuts” – A Nutty Tuber or Tubery Nut?

Significant info in that post Noaks is ignorant of, but here's the fact check:

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Oh, Myyy. What a fucking liar for effect. Why? Professor. "Don't Look!"

Does that look like "no nutritional value at all?" Moreover, Irish lived on them for decades. More, moreover, some peoples in PNG still do—and all Blue Zone peoples eat legumes...every single one. Potatoes have a complete essential amino acid profile, though minimal, macro wise. Perhaps total protein isn't such a huge deal?

Oh, did you notice the Tiger "nuts." It's a misnomer. They're actually a tuber as well, and if you average out the nutrition, it exceeds red meat. Morover, its macronutrient profile is almost identical to human breast milk.

Dismiss "Proferssor" fucktards who simply keep professing what they're used and comfortable with professing. That's all I have to say for the moment.

...I'm so tired of this entrenched, no knowledge ever changes or evolves, bullshit, and I am fucking sick to death of the very, very false VLC mythology.

That is all.

Antibiotics Carpet Bomb Guts, VLC Diets Starve Them: Case History DIY Fecal Transplant from Karen Pendergrass (#AHS14 Supplemental)

I've been razzing AHS a bit last couple of days. There was yesterday's post on Survival of the Richest, and you can see what sorts of stuff I've been putting out on Twitter with the #AHS14 hashtag. Yes: stuff that ought to be being addressed at AHS, but either isn't or is very underrepresented amongst what's basically about the same stuff 4 years running now.

This next story was sent to me by Karen Pendergrass, creator of various Paleo Movement initiatives.

Karen Pendergrass is the Author of Eat Paleo Save the World!; Founder and Executive Director of The Paleo Foundation, Certified Paleo, Paleo Approved, and Paleo-Friendly Food Certification Labels; creator of the International Paleo Movement Group on Facebook, and creator of The Paleo Movement Online Magazine.

She's given me permission to post it. Prepare to have your mind blown.

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I sent this as a pm to Robb because I didn't want you to know that I respected you one iota... I try not to, but I can't help myself. On a personal level, I think you're an off-base prick who throws tantrums because nobody really checks you. On a professional level, I'm anxious for the book you're writing about the gut microbiome because it's been a huge area of interest for some time now.

Anyway, here's what I sent to Robb:

I went on a VLC diet for 3 months to "put out the fire" in 2011 (per Mat's suggestion) to normalize insulin, cool PCOS, and reduce my chronic inflammation (remember when I looked like a balloon?) and to lose the 50lbs that came out of thin air in 2009. My little experiment didn't work, in fact it backfired--my liver enzymes shot back up to danger zone, I still had glucose days regulation, PCOS, distention, and no change in weight.

Everyone, including myself, threw their hands in the air. But then I gained 9 lbs in a week on antibiotics and decided to research the shit out of why that happened to me, since I knew from previous studies that cows given subtherapeutic doses of antibiotics did the same, but I never asked why... Do you recall this email to you and Mat?

I learned a lot. My new experiment was to focus on gut normalization. I had a DIY, at-home fecal transplant, I went very high carb, high FOS diet for a week (jicama bender) and lo and behold... Loss of 25 lbs in one week. Oh, and I drank a metric fuck ton of orange juice after reading this awesome study about OJ and how it miraculously mitigates an inflammatory response after a high-fat meal. I fucking love OJ.

And much as I hate to agree with Nikoley here... I kind of have to. This is not to negate the clinical, either... This is to say those who are metabolically broken cannot—always—be fixed by carbohydrate limitation, and although this is a currently unfalsifiable hypothesis, I surmise that all people with metabolic conditions would be normalized faster if the focus was on gut normalization first, which may call for higher carbs and, god forbid, less meat. More than one way to skin a cat you know?

Now, I know I'm not the rule, I'm the exception. But even the exceptions must be taken into account when blanket prescriptions are made, like "when glucose regulation is an issue, limit carbs. DONE." No disrespect love, I find that to be somewhat specious given what we're learning about the gut microbiome.

And in light of the fact that some nasty, pathogenic, gram-neg groups (usually disproportionately high in T2D) produce 10x the LPS (if I recall correctly, let me double check) as other indigenous species, and how that effects hormonal fluctuations and, of course, glucose dysregulation/insulin resistance... Even red meat, in the presence of hypochloridia (as you know, it's also common) can exacerbate the condition if it's fermenting in the gut, breeding specific types of pathogenic bacteria while starving out the regulatory, colonic species.

At least, this explains my success on high-carb focus on FOS Paleo and no success on low carb Paleo.

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She ads, to me:

"So that's it. If you want to see my studies/papers that got me to these conclusions I'm happy to share them. I might have some you don't have yet, I'm not sure. But they are awesome.

"If not, suck it easy."

I love straight-talkin' gals.

Survival of the Richest (AHS14 Supplemental)

Later, I hope to blog about the "missing links" at what is supposed to be a symposium of ancestral health, which implies what did we eat to be healthy? Which further implies: who ate it and who were their offspring?

I don't attend AHS anymore. I was privileged to promote it highly in advance of its inaugural event at UCLA in 2011, be a speaker there, and then spoke again in round 2 at Harvard in 2012. Here's one reason why. It's rather like stepping back in time to the 2009-2011 timeframe with lots of pretty much the same thing, only more presentations with lots of letters after names.

This is the level of commentary I get at Free the Animal almost every day.

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@christopher - "You either had meat or you subsisted on roots veg and fruit but not both. Except if you were an upper class individual or a pharaoh and didn’t have to gather your food yourself"

The problem in this type of thinking is that modern people are descendants of the rich, rather than of the poor or even average. According to the work of Gregory Clark 90% of English at the eve of the industrial revolution are descendants of 10% of the rich at the early Middle Ages.

There’s a recurring error in the discussion about the diet of OUR ancestors: people acquire information about the typical diets of average people in the past and conclude that this is what the ancestors of contemporary people ate. Such conclusion is based on assumption that there’s some demographic link between typical people of the past and typical people of today.

This assumption is broken, as we are not descendants of averages, but we are disproportionally descendant from the rich people of the past. This has been confirment by many pieces of evidence, sometimes fragmentary: like informations about hundreds or even thousands of sons of ancient rulers versus slaves that had below replacement fertility etc. The best (most precise and based on the best evidence) available work concerns middle ages in the UK, and was done by Gregory Clark, the book is named “Farewell to alms”. It shows that 90% of English in the 18th centaury come from just 10% of the richest people at the beginning of the middle ages. He calls it “Survival of the richest” Here’s a short version of this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEGhTtdTwfE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ptm08Leirz4

“Survival of the richest” is very meaningful in the context of the ancestral diets, as what we really want is to find out diets of OUR ancestors, not just the diets of the majority of population, that left no descendants living today. It means that when studying the past ways of eating with the goal to find our ancestral diet we have to discard the poorest, and concentrate on upper social classes – as much more likely to be either our ancestors, or behaving as our ancestors (same social class) if not directly related.

How about Eastern Civilizations - a quote from Matt Ridley – the Red Queen:

“Without exception, that vast accumulation of power was always translated into prodigious sexual productivity. The Babylonian king Hammurabi had thousands of slave “wives” at his command. The Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten procured 317 concubines and “droves” of consorts. The Aztec ruler Montezuma enjoyed 4,000 concubines. The Indian emperor Udayama preserved sixteen thousand consorts [...]

Measures to enhance the fertility of the harem were common. Wet nurses, who allow women to resume ovulation by cutting short their breast-feeding periods, date from at least the code of Hammurabi in the eighteenth century B.C.; they were sung about in Sumerian lullabies. The Tang Dynasty emperors of China kept careful records of dates of menstruation and conception in the harem so as to be sure to copulate only with the most fertile concubines. Chinese emperors were also taught to conserve their semen so as to keep up their quota of two women a day, and some even complained of their onerous sexual duties. These harems could hardly have been more carefully designed as breeding machines, dedicated to the spread of emperors’ genes.”

There are some interesting followups from others; eg. about the sorry state of the groups that didn’t participate in the Clark model, but didn’t go extinct, just become a minority, but still kept their high-violence, high-time-preference, inability to do monotonous jobs behavior from hunter-gatherers time.

http://evoandproud.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-paekchong-of-korea.html

http://evoandproud.blogspot.ca/2012/12/years-end.html

“In pre-modern Japanese society, the Burakumin specialized in jobs that required contact with dead flesh, e.g., butchery, leather making, and preparation of corpses for burial. They were and still are socially stigmatized, and marriage with them was forbidden. Because of their endogamy and their reserved occupations, they may have thus escaped the process of demographic replacement that Gregory Clark (2007) described for English society, i.e., they were not gradually replaced by downwardly moving members of the middle class. As such, they might provide a glimpse into the genetic predispositions that characterized the Japanese several centuries ago”

So basically when we look at oru ancestry backwards in time, from us today, to some hominids in the past, what we see is a chain of individuals who are mostly rich – with some perhaps temporary downward moments, followed by upwards one, who thus didn’t suffer from the starvation, but ate a reasonable diet, with enough calories (although in medieval times rich ate less protein than hunter gatherers, same calories according to G. Clark work) even when the average in the population were starving at the Malthusian limits.

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So, I don't attend AHS anymore because there's very little to see there, anymore. In my view.

I'm about new insight, new understanding, new integration. I'm as far from entrenched academic confirmation bias with a view to enhanced capitalization as you can get. Nothing against capitalization, it's just that I prefer to make my money by roughing up minds.

Another Option: Fuck BOTH Israel and Palestine

Holy doG shit, but am I sick of this stinking dispute going on decades?—all my life, really...chewing up so much productive energy for the sake of Biblical and Dead Sea Scrolls masturbation. ...Nobody outside of either region ought give a runny shit and ought, in my view, let them war it out on their own dime. ...With zero care over which set of 14th Century, dirt scratching savages win. Let them work out how the prayer wall works on their own. Front, back. Holes, no holes.

The reason this wasn't settled long ago is obvious to me: American Fucktards; a couple hundred million strong, who read Mother Goose by doG, who anoint gooselogians with PhDs—90% honorary. They teach that Jews are The Chosen People (non Semitic people, except Arabs, are bastard stepchildren of the doG)...and since they fear their own mortality to the extent of being willing to live a fantasy, they make damn sure that America has a geopolitical policy of supporting their favorite character in the fantasy book.

This is entertaining on its own weird merits.

My conclusion: let them fight it out on their own dime, with no support in terms of the biggest military power on Earth, in service of the Jewish people first and foremost: because doG chose them as favorite.

You pathetic puppies.

I don't give anymore of a shit that Israel gets bulldozed into the eastern Mediterranean than you give a shit about: The Decades of Genocide in the Real Birthplace of Humanity: Africa. Or: Indigenous peoples of the Americas. This, above all, exposes 200-300 million Americans as complete, fantasy loving, death fearing fucktards...not worth a wasted fuck—because they fuck everything up globally based upon their fucktarded Mother Goose delusions.

Now, all you Christians, Jews, and Muslims: Go Fuck Yourselves.

Nobody has fucked up Planet Earth more that you have, with your competing storybooks.

Let’s Finally Debate Lectins 4 Realz

Consider not just reflexively getting out your cross, wooden stake, and garlic necklace at its mention.

...I know you're "Paleo," totally free and all, but set aside your newfound religion for a minute or so.

Got wind of a comment thread on a 2-minute Dave Asprey video. (I like Dave, on a number of levels.)

Some comments:

DanR314:

Except that the latest research says the opposite. It's called "Nutritional Toxicity": "Vegetables are indeed healthful but not necessarily because they shield you from oxidative stress. In fact, they may improve health for quite the opposite reason: They stress you. That stress comes courtesy of trace amounts of naturally occurring pesticides and anti-grazing compounds." http://nautil.us/issue/15/turbulence/fruits-and-vegetables-are-trying-to-kill-you

The Bulletproof Executive:

that's a well written article, thanks for sharing. The Bulletproof Diet still recommends that you consume up to 10 servings of veggies per day, many of which will still provide the potentially beneficial hormetic responses discussed in that article, but without the harmful effects that come with consuming lectins. Lectins have been shown to contribute to leptin resistance, leaky gut syndrome, joint deterioration, AND the top 8 food allergens all contain high amounts of lectins if that's not enough for you. Your body is bombarded by toxins and chemicals that it must detox and deal with every day from a multitude of sources, and adding in additional sources of inflammation when rates of inflammatory disorders are at an all-time high doesn't sound like a good recipe for longevity. The Bulletproof Diet is all about making better choices and avoiding foods that sap performance, and it's more a matter of making the choice between high-lectin foods like legumes, or eating something higher performing such as coconut, veggies, or grass-fed butter.

DanR314

Right. And that would be really scary if it weren't for the research that shows that legume lectins are deactivated by heat. Chris Kresser explained in a recent podcast episode:

"It turns out that most lectins, especially the most well-studied ones like wheat germ agglutinin, PHA, which is in legumes, which is phytohaemagglutinin, they are deactivated by heat. These proteins are very sensitive to heat, and they’re destroyed. So people waving their hands in the air like, “Oh my God, these things are really toxic!” and whatnot. And it’s true. They are very toxic. We have the research to show that they are toxic in animals in vitro when they’re fed to animals, but it turns out that they’re feeding raw legumes or pure isolated proteins to these things, not cooked food." Source: http://chriskresser.com/rhr-what-science-really-says-about-the-paleo-diet-with-mat-lalonde

In another article, Kresser provides the research that shows this:

"In fact, cooking legumes for as little as 15 minutes or pressure-cooking them for 7.5 minutes almost completely inactivates the lectins they contain, leaving no residual lectin activity in properly cooked legumes" Source: http://pmid.us/12381157

Oh, and lectins are present in carrots, zucchini, melon, grapes, cherries, raspberries, blackberries, garlic and mushrooms (http://pmid.us/7001881). Not so scary when you see the big picture.

My quirky take:

"Lentils are not bulletproof."

...If you saw my recent interview on Dave's show in league with Tim Steele, I actually hit him up on this, of—what is to me—an implicit contradiction.

How are you bulletproof by spending countless energy and effort dodging all bullets?

Perhaps you're bullet averse, and are very good at dodging them, but there is no PROOF involved, because your mantra is one of aversion, not adaptation: like an animal.

Perhaps I'm making too fine a point of it. I'm Free the Animal, Dave is Bulltproof Exec; but to my mind, I'm trying to get folks to live more wild and carefree, which necessarily involves bullets. There is no bulletproof in the wild. Perhaps it's just a metaphor. Albeit, a bit ironic for my taste, especially for a blog title.

I said I like Dave on a number of levels and this is true. It's not because Dave might otherwise get irritated with a post like this and come after me. No, my blog is bulletproof. :)

Seriously, Dave is all over the map, as am I. He's into the hacking which doesn't interest me. I'm into the evolutionary animal and by doG, honest paths cross now and then and I'll welcome him to take me to task anytime he likes. And yep, both of us have to pay bills. Dave has products, I have Amazon links and Google delivered ads. ...At least neither of of us blank out the blog and make you watch 30 seconds to a minute before you get another look—every 10 minutes.

There's that.

I'll close. Here's by 84 year old father-in law, a retired air traffic controller of 1st generation Mexican descent, fluent in the lengua materna. A bean-eater virtually every day of those 85 years. This was taken about 2 months ago. In nearly 20 years with Bea, I can't recall a single day I've 'bean' around when Sam hasn't had his beans.

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Lectin Munching Sam, at 84. Three daughters; three sons out of the pic (Bea didn't get the shirt color memo)

...It's kinda like the PaleoStupidity concerning rice, when there are literally fucking billions of counterexamples, involving some of the greatest longevity on the planet, and good longevity—viable up to the end.

Oh, yea, there's a wife involved, I blogged about their 60th Anniversary here. She recently turned 80.

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Sam and Lucia at 60 Years of Sweetheart

...I've been admonishing Lucia to soak her beans for like 10 years. She scoffs at me. She puts the pintos in a pot, adds water, boils them and they get eaten—for decades.

...To be bulletproof, you need to avoid this.

Dear Mark: Thank You! (Resistant Starch Doesn’t Actually Cause Colon Cancer)

Easily the subject of most emails, tweets, FB messages and comments directed at me over the last week or so has been about this recent study: Gut microbial metabolism drives transformation of msh2-deficient colon epithelial cells.

I glanced at it and my immediate sense was: "unbridled reductionism." I don't see much utility in reducing things to isolation, disregarding other factors. In this case, it's important to consider all the benefits and downsides to resistant starch and then weigh them to get an overall view. In other words, the only way this study has relevance in my view is for people whose #1 goal in life is to prevent colon cancer at all cost or discomfort.

Anyway, given my recent moving activities I was unable to spend any time on it. Them commenter Gemma said this of the study and I kinda just nodded and put it out of my mind:

As usual, the circumstances and the concentration matter. It is rather complex. My take.

Read the study cited in the study you linked:

The Warburg Effect Dictates the Mechanism of Butyrate-Mediated Histone Acetylation and Cell Proliferation

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1097276512007770

We are speaking tumour cells, not healthy cells.

Butyrate concentration differs in proximal / distant colon, and it's significantly lower deep in the crypts, where the neoplasmatic cells are formed. TOO LITTLE butyrate does not inhibit proliferation of a tumour cell, it is rather used up as fuel. Increase butyrate, and the proliferation is inhibited. Especially increase butyrate content at the distal part of the colon, where most of the colorectal cancer starts. (No, it won’t happen by eating more butter).

Haven’t you already heard it here?

In other words, if there is already a tumour cell at the bottom of the crypt and there is too little butyrate reaching it, there is no inhibition.

“Butyrate is an attractive candidate for chemotherapy or chemoprevention because it selectively inhibits tumor growth and has minimal adverse effects in clinical trials (Pouillart, 1998). However, the efficacy of butyrate as a chemotherapeutic agent has been limited by its rapid uptake and metabolism by normal cells (resulting in a half-life of 6 min and peak blood levels below 0.05 mM [Miller et al., 1987]) before reaching tumors (Pouillart, 1998). More stable butyrate derivatives such as tributyrin have also not been successful on a consistent basis (Pouillart, 1998). A fiber-rich diet might be more successful for chemoprevention because it delivers mM levels of butyrate (via the microbiota) to the correct place (the colon) before the onset or at an early stage of tumorigenesis. Evidence for this idea comes from recent human studies demonstrating lower levels of butyrate-producing bacteria among the gut microbiota of colorectal cancer patients compared to healthy participants (Balamurugan et al., 2008; Wang et al., 2012), and studies showing an inverse correlation between fecal butyrate levels and tumor size in colorectal cancer (Boutron-Ruault et al., 2005; Monleón et al., 2009).”

And now today, Mark Sisson delves deep into the matter: Dear Mark: Does Resistant Starch Cause Colon Cancer?

From my reading of the research, resistant starch (and the resultant butyrate) has an overall beneficial, preventive effect on colon cancer risk. That relationship may change or become more complicated in advanced colon cancer, and the story may be entirely different for people carrying the MSH2 mutation from today’s highlighted study, but that remains to be seen. For now, I’m still incorporating RS into my diet.

If you’re worried, ask your doctor about getting an MSH2 status test. And review your family history of cancer. Was it colon? Was it a DNA repair mismatch-related case? Even if you do have the MSH2 mutation and a family history of Lynch Syndrome, don’t fear fermentable fibers, resistant starches, and butyrate. Your colonic cells run on butyrate. It’s their primary energy source. And all the other myriad benefits of prebiotics remain relevant. Besides, this is one study. It’s not proof or confirmation of anything. Not yet.

Alright, water's safe. Everyone can get back in the pool, now.

Note: I'm currently drafting a ginormous post revisiting an old friend: The Incredible, Edible Tigernut. For publication later this month.