Status of the Puzzle

It’s been a year now of concentrated research and tireless pondering on the current human health status, what constitutes an optimally healthy diet and lifestyle, and the best strategy for where to go from here if health interests you. To be able to come to some worthy conclusions, I had to make as much sense out of the endless sea of information as possible. This was no small feat, and the...

100% Pure Adrenaline

For all males of my generation, this title should conjure up memories of Patrick Swayze and Keanu in Body Glove wetsuits, being crushed by gnarly waves. For everyone else, don’t worry about it. This week’s edition is dedicated to legendary gastronomic prodigy James “Cornbread” Naquin, Jr., who has noticed that the high stress lifestyle of the restaurant industry is physically and mentally...

Practical? Me Practical?

With the giant mountain of information that I’ve managed to accumulate on this site over nearly one full year of work, coming up with a practical plan for improving diet is long overdue. To be honest with you, it’s hard to decide exactly what is the most important starting point for improving the diet. But here goes on coming up with a plan, for someone starting more or less from square one, in...

Overweight and Starving?

In October I devoured Good Calories Bad Calories by Gary Taubes, a nutritional masterpiece of sorts, but I’ve yet to share much of the beauty of this book. It is one of the most intelligently written books I’ve ever encountered. Nowhere does it repeat the rhetoric of today’s McNutrition. It seeks, quite objectively, the truth about what causes obesity, type II Diabetes, heart disease, and many...

Let’s Get Physical

Yes it pains me to steer away from my preoccupation with Britney and title something after an Olivia Newton John song, but hey, sometimes these things have to be done. This week’s topic is exercise, an essential piece of the total health experience. I’ve dabbled in many forms of exercise at varying intensity levels – ranging from 13-hour bike rides over mountain passes pulling a 50-pound trailer...

WAPF 2008 Annual Conference (final)

There was one final thing I wanted to present from the conference before moving on – what’s going on in agriculture that many are unaware of. Although it was plenty disturbing that Autism has increased from 1 in 10,000 to more than 1 in 100 in just 15 years, nothing could be more horrifying than what is currently taking place in agriculture. Most people simply have no idea. I’m not that...

Leave Britney Alone!

I was recently inspired by future U.S. president Steve Taylor to address the topic of teen pregnancy. Mr. Taylor was working on a presentation or paper or something about the topic, the bulk of his work focusing on education, family planning, prophylactic distribution, etc. However, Steve-a-rooski failed to address what the root cause of this issue might actually be. Being a root problem kind of...

WAPF 2007 Annual Conference (continued)

In the last edition I talked about GAP Syndrome, a metabolic disorder rooted in the inner ecosystem of the digestive tract. GAP Syndrome, an imbalance with a myriad of physical and psychological disturbances, is quite treatable through a specific diet according to its “discoverer” Natasha Campbell-McBride. McBride’s best line during her two presentations at the conference was perhaps when she...

WAPF 2008 Annual Conference

The Weston A. Price Foundation’s Annual Conference was focused specifically on children’s health. It was enlightening in many regards and left me feeling like several more pieces of the health puzzle have come together. The whole seminar can best be summarized as “Natasha Campbell-McBride.” McBride, a Russian M.D. living and practicing in England, spoke for the first time on Saturday to the...

Meeting With My "Tribe"

This Friday marks the beginning of the 2007 Weston A. Price Foundation’s annual conference which I will be attending. The Weston A. Price Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to wise traditions in food and farming. Its founder, Sally Fallon, is a true nutritional and agricultural pioneer who has worked hard to shed light on long forgotten fundamentals of human health. Weston A....

Heil Schwarzbein! (New Version)

We are drowning in what I call ‘nutritional minutiae.’ There is an endless stream of breaking news about such and such phytonutrient’s cancer-preventing properties, the latest antioxidant ‘discovery’ and on and on and on. On top of all that, there is a relentless fuss over pesticides, GMO’s, soy estrogens, and more. And then mainstream nutritionists focus on vitamins and minerals as if that’s...

Spotlight on Coconut Oil

So I’m usually like, “hey, fats are good, eat ‘em suckaz!” This time I wanted to get specific though, because true virgin coconut oil is a powerful substance deserving special attention. Coconut oil’s affect on the body can be so noticeable, particularly for those who have been avoiding fats for many years, that is seems almost druglike. I’d go so far as to say that the only people who wouldn’t...

A New Revolutionary Field of Biology!

A book I’m currently reading, The Biology of Belief, got my motors running in a big way. It fired me up because it totally sums up the ridiculous blind tangent that some of the “smartest” people have been on for 60 years. The author, Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., states that the field of epigenetics (meaning control above genetics) is a revolutionary new field of biology regarding how we look at...

Derma Dharma

Don't be a PALE FACE
I don’t know if anyone’s noticed this, but there is lots of sub par skin out there. Somebody’s putting the derrr in Dermatology. Acne is very common, and not just in teenagers anymore. Eczema and psoriasis are prevalent. Skin Cancer is off the charts, and I don’t think it’s all because of the ozone layer. What is the most sensible way to nurture the skin and avoid these maladies and poor skin in...

Termites Don’t Eat Healthy Trees

The Winner is
First of all, to clarify my position on water, which was discussed in last week’s post… Hydration is of utmost importance. It’s better to drink water than become dehydrated. There are simply better options in which to hydrate the body without negatively impacting digestion and mineral balance. Choose these liquids when you have the choice. If all you have to hydrate your body...

Oops I Did it Again: Episode II (revised)

Bottle Water
Drink eight glasses of water per day! What does that mean and where did that number come from? How big are the glasses? What if you weigh 103 pounds, do you still have to drink eight whole glasses of water every day? What if you haven’t broken a sweat all day, still eight glasses? For years I’ve been a huge proponent of water consumption. Water, over the past decade, has comprised close to 90%...

Save the Tatas!

Save your Tatas
This “chick I know” has a Breast Cancer awareness shirt that makes one simple plea, “Save the Tatas.” This legendary shirt is complete with the little Susan G. Komen “x” for the Cure pink ribbon. This shirt on its own, like Breast Cancer awareness groups and “research” funds, does little to change the current state of the disease. It is increasing at an alarming rate. If anything, increased...

Tony the Tiger Ate My Appendix

Constipation
I read a simple but truly revolutionary book recently called Fiber Menace. It ties in beautifully with so many other things I’ve encountered, but really puts it into a common sense perspective. Fiber is indigestible material. It is something that the human body cannot digest. Humans benefit from eating an abundant amount of foods that are fully digestible, not indigestible. Although we are...

Mmmm, Fermented Stuff

Fermentation
Many people, justifiably so, are terrified of fermenting foods in their own home. Something about it just doesn’t sound quite right. Growing up in modern Western civilization, we’re not really used to the concept of putting stuff in jars and letting it rot until it tastes delicious. In fact, to most of us, that doesn’t sound delicious at all. Of course, we have little apprehension about eating...

The Schmiznit

The Schmiznit
This past week I had the great fortune of reading Traditional Foods Are Your Best Medicine by Ron Schmid, N.D., who is also the author of the Untold Story of Milk. This book is rock solid, perhaps the finest book I’ve read on the topic of nutrition. Schmid covers many things that Sally Fallon and others whom I highly respect cover in their books, but this nearly flawless book was originally...
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