Natural Immunity, Gut Biome, and its Importance in COVID-19 #4 — Your Second Brain

  • Humans are good at metaphor. It’s better than that. They’re masters. They’re the only animals who do it, who make them up, understand, and use them to communicate at deeper levels of understanding, thereby creating literature that has moved civilizations. How often, when you say, “you hit the nail on the head,” have you meant it literally? Probably not much, if ever; and probably, even carpenters don’t say it much. Nonetheless, everyone who’s reading just understood what I meant, rather than what I literally wrote.

    How often have you asked or admonished that, “you’re thinking with your (expletive deleted).” We’ve all heard slang to denote body parts we don’t often speak of openly. Why do those particular metaphors exist? On the surface, perhaps because most—OK, all—people have been known, at times, to set aside their inner Spock and “think” in other terms. But, have you ever thought it’s in any way literally true; or rather, that some folks judge and act upon their values differently than others—juxtaposed with their urges and desires—in a kind of Yin-Yang way?

    Balance. That’s a part of ancient philosophy some are familiar with in terms of explaining—or reconciling—that which doesn’t make sense from either a strictly logical or strictly emotional (or “urge”) perspective. I guess we sense that often enough, the decisions we make and the actions we take have some flavor of both cold logic and tempting desire.

    Have you ever had a gut feeling? Whether you have or have not, you know what I mean, don’t you? Sometimes we call it “intuition,” and it can even take on a gender role, as in: women’s intuition.

    Has your “stomach ever been tied in knots,” and if so, did it affect your actions?

    For the present we’ll focus on describing the raw makeup of this second brain, so that we’re all starting from the same page, then later, we delve deeply into the so-called brain-gut connection and how those little critters living in us—those chemical manufacturing plants—can not only control involuntary processes like the secretion of various hormones, but in so doing, indirectly influence our behavior.

    A WORLD OF IT’S OWN—The human gastrointestinal tract and its inhabitants

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    A Heartwarming Thanksgiving Story

    Dear Betsy: My Children Won’t Come for Thanksgiving Because I’m Not Vaccinated. Can You Help? “Ex-CBS News reporter Betsy Ashton heals a family’s Vax vs. Ivermectin war. “I write in love to people who love one another and want to be together for the holidays…” On October 21 I received a phone call from a…

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    Left, Right, Sheep, and Seals Hoist With Their Own Petard: Covid Compliance

    The actual phrase is hoist with his own petard and and emanates from Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet. It’s basically the drama wherein, a bomb-maker blows himself up.

    It’s poetic; and, it’s justice.

    Let it work,
    For ’tis the sport to have the enginer
    Hoist with his own petard; and ’t shall go hard
    But I will delve one yard below their mines
    And blow them at the moon. O, ’tis most sweet
    When in one line two crafts directly meet.

    —  Prince Hamlet, in Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 4

    If you’ve ever laughed your ass off watching videos from that world of 6th-Century, Dirt-Scratching Savages blowing themselves up whilst giving instruction on suicide-bomb operation, you know exactly what Shakespeare means. I can’t imagine a scene more cathartic. It’s even more cathartic when women and children are included amongst the resultant hamburger…

    “There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.— Henry David Thoreau

    I never mince words.

    The search function here at FTA indicates I’ve used this specific ‘petard’ reference 12 times going back to 2006. It used to be a favorite of AnCaps.

    In This Post:

    • The Ottawa Senators Have a 100% Vaccination Rate—and 40% of the Team Has Tested Positive for Covid
    • Jordan Peterson says he feels ‘stupid’ after taking COVID shot
    • ‘Most vaccinated’ place on earth cancels Christmas
    • COVID-19 outbreak at Connecticut nursing home kills 8, infects 89
    • Santa’s vaccine passport prompts supermarket boycott
    • Australian Hospitals Over Capacity With People Beaten By Police For Not Wearing Masks
    • “I Got Vaccinated So I Can Travel”
    • My American-Friend Thailand-Expat Got Vaccinated To Travel; Now In Hospital Jail
    • It Breaks More Every Day
    • Update

    The Ottawa Senators Have a 100% Vaccination Rate—and 40% of the Team Has Tested Positive for Covid

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    The Chauvin and Rittenhouse Show-Trial Ideological Parallels

    In this post:

    • The Right Loves Show Trials Even More Than The Left
    • My Chauvin Posts
    • My Chauvin Video
    • My General Thoughts On The Rittenhouse Trial
    • My Rittenhouse Video Juxtaposed With Chauvin From a Left/Right, Demon/Saint Perspective

    The Right Loves Show Trials Even More Than The Left

    As with the Chauvin trial some months back, I largely ignored it until the verdict; wherein, I can then get a decent grasp of the essential facts in 5 minutes or so, go from there to do an assessment.

    Honestly, I can’t categorically affirm that the Right loves these media spectacles more than the Left, so let’s just say both love them plenty. And that’s the root of the problem, because the whole thing is about the characterizations of the various players far more than it is about the facts of the case in honest context with the law and detached emotion applied. It’s sort of a justice thing. Justice has rather objective meanings and connotations. None of them have anything to do with the feelings of the spectators.

    My Cuavin Posts

    I did two posts.

    1. George Floyd and Derek Chauvin: The Verdict
    2. George Floyd and Derek Chauvin: The Video Summary

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    New Video Of General and Random Stuff

    You Can’t See Dislikes Anymore, But I Can and I Can Show You

    Things I cover in the adlib video:

    • The Curious State of The World Where Leftists Are Jumping Ship Like Rats
    • I Moved and Am Moving Again
    • FOMO Sales and Marketing Online
    • Tim Steele Made Me Write It
    • The Crazy Micro-Climates On Phuket
    • Male Testosterone, The Chicken, and the Egg

    It’s all here:

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    These NAZI Say Vitamin D3 Plus K2 Kills Covid; WOKE Issues Warnings

    The NAZI suspects are: Lorenz Borsche, Heidelberg, Germany (how suspect is that?), Bernd Glauner, Tübingen, Germany (plot thickens), and Julian von Mendel, Erfurt, Germany (and there you have it, the aristocratic-von-NAZI-alliance).

    The three NAZI under suspicion of criminal acts against the WOKE-State had the audacious criminal courage to submit a paper that got published in the Journal Nutrients, an obviously subversive organization, fronted by the “Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute” (MDPI), a well-established NAZI-sympathizer and pawn that goes against all WOKE.

    In it, they claim to find that Vitamin D status combined with Vitamin K2 status basically makes Covid less arduous than the hangovers Good-NAZI-Germans are already used to.

    Get a load of this NAZI propaganda:

    COVID-19 Mortality Risk Correlates Inversely with Vitamin D3 Status, and a Mortality Rate Close to Zero Could Theoretically Be Achieved at 50 ng/mL 25(OH)D3: Results of a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

    Background: Much research shows that blood calcidiol (25(OH)D3) levels correlate strongly with SARS-CoV-2 infection severity. There is open discussion regarding whether low D3 is caused by the infection or if deficiency negatively affects immune defense. The aim of this study was to collect further evidence on this topic. […]

    Regression suggested a theoretical point of zero mortality at approximately 50 ng/mL D3. Conclusions: The datasets provide strong evidence that low D3 is a predictor rather than just a side effect of the infection. Despite ongoing vaccinations, we recommend raising serum 25(OH)D levels to above 50 ng/mL to prevent or mitigate new outbreaks due to escape mutations or decreasing antibody activity. […]

    Even when calcium blood levels are high, the culprit for undesirable vascular calcification is not vitamin D but insufficient blood levels of vitamin K2. Thus, daily vitamin D3 supplementation in the range of 4000 to 10,000 units (100 to 250 µg) needed to generate an optimal vitamin D3 blood level in the range of 40–60 ng/mL has been shown to be completely safe when combined with approximately 200 µg/mL vitamin K2 [80,81,82]. However, this knowledge is still not widespread in the medical community. […]

    As future mutations of the SARS-CoV-2 virus may not be susceptible to the acquired immunity from vaccination or from a preceding infection, the entire population should raise their serum vitamin D level to a safe level as soon as possible. As long as enough vitamin K2 is provided, the suggested D3 levels are entirely safe to achieve by supplementation. […]

    Fuckin’ NAZI. How long must WOKE have to put up with them?

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    Permanent Crisis Is The New Normal — Prosper Anyway #4 — What Others Think Of You Is None Of Your Business

    Imagine if that image was photoshopped to depict an angel on one shoulder, a devil on the other. Still none of your business either way.

    In this issue:

    • Both Praise and Condemnation are Motivated by Someone Else’s Need or Desire to Influence You
    • The Context of Messages of Love and Hate
    • How I Deal With Haters
    • How I Deal With Lovers
    • If You Don’t Have Haters You’re Leaving Time and Money On The Table
    • What Is Prosperity?

    Both Praise and Condemnation are Motivated by Someone Else’s Need or Desire to Influence You

    Because we’re rather evolutionarily conditioned to eschew that which harms us and embrace that which benefits us—think volcano eruption vs. the sea off a tropical island teeming with fish—we tend to apply that widely in modern social life and interaction.

    The haters irritate us, make us emotional; but don’t also the lovers, just engendering an opposite, affirming emotion in us? What if you’re full of shit, and while the haters might could have a better approach, they’re generally right and your lovers are as fucked up as you? Now what?

    Because of emotions both ways, you are closing yourself off from natural corrections of thought-worthy stuff while clamoring toward all that pets you like a domesticated animal rather than one who’s wild and free.

    It’s because no matter what your position in anything—and irrespective of whether you are left, right, in the middle…conservative, liberal, leftist, or commie…Democrat, Republican, or Independent…producer or parasite…courageous or afraid…believer or atheist…sane or psycho—anyone usually gets some measure of love and hate. Our natural tendency is to embrace the former and eschew the latter.

    But neither is any of your business.

    This is an essential lesson.

    What others think about you is none of your business.

    Both sorts of emanations are based upon another’s desire to get you to do something, be it to keep on doing what you’re doing, change what you’re doing, feel bad about what you’re doing, or just go kill yourself.

    Why do you reflexively assume that those showering love upon you are sane, right, and woke in the right way but that those who hate on you need their heads examined?

    The mental state of both is none of your business. It’s all external to you. Just because someone external to you showers you with love and praise, it does not make their heart of hearts your particular business to proclaim that it’s in the right place.

    You still don’t know.

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    Plain Fact: They Are Killing Kids With These Vaccines

    A sort of public service announcement post. No need for me to rail. The data is established, it’s a matter of making folks aware of it so as to be better informed, perhaps push back at the various mandates, and such. Especially, to think pretty hard about getting these for your kids—especially if they don’t have the means to assess risk or have any input. Think: circumcising your baby boys…

    Don’t they get a say in that?

    A reader sent me some info today. While I was aware of the issues generally, I didn’t know to what extent, and that it’s global.

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    My Sunday Rundown: From Chatting With A Thai Christian To Maiming Children For Fauci

    Christian Thai Girl Wants Her Country To Know Jesus

    You can watch the whole 33-second video here. I’ll give you a hint. She’s looking for a heaven guarantee. Christian snake-oil salesman are happy to provide it for her.

    • Chatting With The Thai Christian
    • My Former Home County In California Tells Newsom To Go Fuck Himself
    • Is Alexis C. Madrigal The Widest, Loosest, and Pinkest Living Human Pussy?
    • We Enter Into A Pharmachism

    Chatting With The Thai Christian

    …By contrast, a Buddhist life is one of only internal judgement and to the extent it’s external, it’s like The Law of Karma: you reap what you sow. There is little surprise to me that some Thais would be susceptible to a message of guaranteed redemption so long as you believe what you’re instructed to believe for passage to heaven.

    In numbers of recent posts I’ve remarked shortly about my current state of contemplative wisdom and I get it all. Fucking trust me: I get it all, which makes me a curmudgeon of all of it. I was delighted a bit by this Dave Rubin and Jordan Peterson 9 minutes and 38 seconds.

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    Random Musings: Moto Crash, Vaccine Definitions, Language, Blood Sausages

    • The Move
    • The Motorcycle Crash
    • Language
    • Blood Sausages

    Today’s get up, read something, get some inspiration to write something is to large extent on Dr. Mike Eades. He has a weekly newsletter and it gets to me—14 hours ahead here in Thailand—between 6.30 and 7.30 every Friday morning. Could not be more perfect timing. You can find most of that original inspiration in his 45th.

    The Move

    I moved about a week ago, again. This is the third move in my 9 months on the south end of the island of Phuket, Thailand. The reasons are multi-faceted—a lot having to do with growing a bit weary of the Swiss-German vibe in my last place—but I’m now in a quite eclectic and curious place: Shanti Lodge. Kim, the owner, came here from South Africa 25 years ago and built out the place. It engenders a sense of living in treehouses in the jungle. The saltwater pool is a brown pebbletec finish and looks like a jungle swimming hole. One allure for me was the bar/restaurant that’s completely open air and feels like home. The food is excellent, prices way reasonable, and there’s an horor system at the bar with a notebook to write down what you got on your own. They have one of those push-button coffee machines that makes a perfect americano (thanks to Mike Eades, again, for turning me onto that best version of a strong black coffee).

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    I Told You So: ‘Likes’ Only On Social Media

    Just about 2 months ago I wrote and published The Definitive Case For Deleting Social Media. In it, I wrote:

    Then, of course, there’s the plain and obvious narcissism that’s virtually built into the whole thing and it’s damn hard to resist that tendency. After all, everyone likes to be liked, and of course, Facebook has a Like react, but not really a dislike. Twitter has a heart. So it’s heart or nothing. Instagram is the same. This distorts reality, since you’re only getting the positive feedback, there is no correction by negative feedback, except in comments or replies. Many influencers with tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, and even millions of followers never have time to go through thousands and thousands of comments. But they sure can get a LIKE!!! Tally, an entirely distorted scorecard as to how you’re really doing in the trial of public opinion. There is no dislike.

    But these platforms do not want you to have access to that sort of correction-by-reality information. Lacking that is what conditions us to keep checking in, to see how many more Likes we have and we become neurotic junkies. So as the high from one post’s engagement begins to wane, we have to post something else quick, to get juiced up all over again.

    Pathetic, isn’t it?

    If you are stupid and wrong, social media makes you more stupid, more wrong. If you are smart and right, social media throttles your reach, limiting your feedback, compromising your ability to make corrections over time.

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    How ‘Not Racist’ I Am

    I must admit to some level of amusement over what’s going on in the US right now.

    “YOU’RE RACIST!!!”

    “NO, YOU ARE!!!”

    Sums it up.

    Coming off yesterday’s weird-ass post critiquing ideology per se, I found myself a bit fatigued and looking for diversion, so I ended up on Netflix and watched a film from 1-3am that cracked me the fuck up and then, I ended up watching a few Fox News clips this morning after a few hours sleep that rankled, cracked me up, and gave me some hope and joyspiration.

    And so this post was born. Exactly how I like it.

    Let’s deal with the latter, first: Lawrence Jones, a Fox News guy who just came on my radar. I do not have CABLE!!! or stream Fox online. Rather, I subscribe to their YouTube channel where I can scroll through their clickbait titles on the Android TV or ROKU Stick app and watch a few, typically 5-15 minutes each. No ads, so it’s the perfect way to watch with minimal Fox-News mind pollution. I avoid Hannity like the fucking plague. Brit Hume should come back full time. And Gingrich is looking quite svelte in his old age and his calling the current VP “an absurdity” on live TV is pretty much measurable to me writing that she’s a disgusting, cackling skank-whore on this blog.

    Well done, Newt.

    Before I get to the Fox video content and the film, I’ll take a minute to explain why Ibram Xolani Kendi (Born Ibram Henry Rogers, LOL LOL LOL) in that quote above is a dishonest, manipulative parasite who seeks an unearned livelihood by faking self-esteem through purposeful and undetected usurpations to create problems where none otherwise exist.

    School time, and I’ll cut to the chase: he’s employing Augustinian Original Sin and applying it to human existence; our natural realization that because of our outward skin color which we perceive through the sense of sight, that makes us all different in some ways. This is true.

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    Render Unto Caesar Therefore The Things Which Are Caesar’s

    14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

    15 Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk.

    16 And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men.

    17 Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?

    18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites?

    19 Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny.

    20 And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription?

    21 They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.

    22 When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.

    Mathew 22 (KJV)

    One thing I do appreciate about the Fundamentalist Baptist Born-Again Christians is that they don’t water down Their Word of God. Even back in the 1970s as a teenager, the only allowable Bible at home and church was the King James Version. Accept no substitute.

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    Early Time-Restricted Feeding (eTRF) From Another Angle: Thai Buddhist Monks

    My House Blessing Ceremony, Breakfast for the Buddhist Monks, Rural Si Sa Ket Province, Isaan, Thailand.

    • The Setup
    • The House Blessing
    • Here’s Where It Gets Funny
    • Thai Food
    • The Science Behind The Thai Buddhist Monks
    • Monks Never Get Invited To Dinner

    The Setup

    Thailand—over two years living here as deep as it gets—has conclusively convinced me that most dietary advocates in the West are simply not dealing honestly with the facts of observable reality. Period. Some are better than others, of course; but even the best of them—low-carb, ketogenic, carnivore, paleo, primal—simply ignore the falsifying evidence of over half of the entire planet who live long and healthy lives with gusto up to the very end in their 80s, 90s, 100s. They eat whole food every day of their lives and upwards of 50%+ is from carbohydrates like rice, beans, potatoes, grains, fruit, and yes…even honey. Importantly, pretty much every meal includes animals, fish, shellfish, bugs, and insects. They do nutritional density with lowish calorie.

    I honestly believe that most low-carb advocates—as a general all-inclusive—are hands down the best dietary advocates in a Western, industrialized, food-engineered world of crap that isn’t even recognizable as food in much of the far poorer but healthier world. In many ways, we live in a curse of wealth and convenience.

    But, I believe that what low-carb really does is not what you believe or think.

    1. Get’s you to eschew much of the processed foods; the point of processed foods is to make tons of money on cheap crap that’s so cheap they can ship and truck it all over creation to put on shelves in insanely expensive real-estate and still profit $2-3 per $1 accumulated expense. Why? Because it’s almost all combined cheap carb and cheap oil and cheap sugar.
    2. Because you’re favoring steak and eggs over crap in bags and boxes, you feel more satiated.
    3. You better normalize your eating patterns (timing) and what you eat (quality).
    4. And instead of recognizing the real and valid mechanisms in place you think a plate of steamed white rice, boiled potatoes not drenched in butter, or beans are going to WRECK YOUR METABOLISM!!! That’s abject bullshit and too many diet guys play into that irrational fear just as badly as you see now with irrational fear of Covid.

    You want to show me scientific honesty as a low-carb advocate? Then first acknowledge that there are and have been billions and billions and billions of people who have ever lived who led long, lean, and healthy lives and ate more than half their energy from carbohydrates. You’re simply not being fully honest until you do that, irrespective of the advantages you might hypothesize for lower carbs.

    Here’s a constructive suggestion. There is now ample observable data in developing countries where many are now beginning to suffer various metabolic syndrome issues. Dig into it. Here’s what I predict you’ll find: the difference between the healthy and unhealthy has zero to do with percent of calories from carbohydrate—it was always high and they were markedly healthy. It has to do with the composition and combination. Processed crap with added crap oils and refined sugar, creating a perfect storm of high-palatability resulting in over-consumption, fat gain, down-stream effects.

    Am I being fully integrated and honest?

    Fuck yes, I am.

    The House Blessing

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