Posts Tagged: Metabolism

The Wind River Diet

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By Matt Stone “The constant desire to go deeper into the Wilderness is shared by almost any backpacker. There is a relentless urge to travel further into the heart of pristine nature – to become more united with the vastness of it.” “It’s been over two years since I walked out of Wyoming’s Wind River Range, exhausted, depleted, and confused. The Winds, a set of three immense Wilderness areas tied together by a pristine Indian Reservation, comprise one of the most sought after backpacking destinations in the country. My mission was to be lost among this inspiring landscape for as long as possible. Alone, unsupported, without resupply, I stumbled out on the forty-fourth day.” “Strained, lonely, starving, traumatized at times, I experienced the most exquisite earthly connections imaginable in those… Read more »

Devitalized Food

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Modern, mainstream nutritional dogma tells us that eating a lot of fats, a lot of calories, and not exercising are the primary causes of the degenerative process leading to heart disease, Diabetes, obesity, and perhaps Cancer. People unaligned with mainstream thought on the subject of human health say that those claims are full-blown BS. Gary Taubes, who researched the subject for half a decade before writing his human health opus, Good Calories, Bad Calories, has pretty much established that it is in fact, BS. Still, on his side of the fence, carbohydrates are the root of all evil – the cause of the entire degenerative process ranging from your good ole’ heart attack to Alzheimer’s. Yet, carbohydrates, fats, proteins, whatever – have been staples of various human diets throughout history… Read more »

Robert McCarrison: Straight Nutrition Gangsta

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The integrity and insight of the old nutrition classics never ceases to amaze me when I manage to track them down. The work of Weston A. Price is groundbreaking. Francis Pottenger, Jr. had some legendary insights into human health and nutrition. Stefansson looked into human health from a much wiser and broader perspective than the authors on the shelves at your local, intellectually-crippling Barnes and Noble. However, after everything I’ve come across, I must say that Major-General Sir Robert McCarrison, C.I.E., M.A., M.D., D.Sc., LL.D., F.R.C.P., B.AO., born March 15th in 1878, is probably the greatest contributor to the understanding of human health that I have seen or can even imagine. The bulk of McCarrison’s studies were done on animals, the idea being to figure out exactly what was going… Read more »

Stability Foods

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In the most recent posts, we discussed elevated insulin levels and the therapeutic benefit of following a specific diet to bring insulin levels under control. Bringing the insulin levels back to normal, but not going too far by eliminating carbohydrates, can allow metabolic healing over time. Degenerative diseases, obesity, and chronic departure from homeostasis are really just metabolic disorders at the core. So taking the time to get back to balance, although it is a challenge, is rewarding – not just because you might live a few extra years or something like that, but because you can feel and perform better now. Right now. Every day. Foods that are the most stabilizing, that keep blood sugar levels from fluctuating, which allow insulin levels to fall and recalibrate at a level… Read more »

Insulin Bin Laden

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Insulin is a fantastic biochemical adaptation of the human body. To speak of it as if it’s an enemy, to declare war upon it, is foolish. But as discussed in the most recent post, you can have too much of a good thing. Too much insulin, which is bad, has been confused with insulin itself, which is essential and beneficial. Thus, many people, seeking to identify one enemy and eradicate it, have picked carbohydrates, which cause insulin to be secreted, and insulin and lumped them together like Saddam and Osama. The “ackshis” (axis) of evil if you will. Oops! Insulin is but one instrument in the symphony of the endocrine system – a group of glands and organs that are inseparably connected. Thus, too much of one thing can lead… Read more »

Research Quotes 2007

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“The single greatest factor in the acquisition and maintenance of good health is perfectly constituted food.”-Sir Robert McCarrison; Nutrition and Health (1936) “The truth will always be in the minority. Always, always, always… You will never find it in the hallways of conventional institutions. You will find it in pockets, in clusters, individually. And it will not be mainstream.”-Joel Salatin; Everything I Want to Do is Illegal (2007) “Nutrition is the master healing science. All else is mere remedy at best. Nutrition necessitates lifestyle change, while other methods, effective as they may seem, are temporary if nutritional changes are neglected. We cannot hope to get well by taking medication and consuming junk food… all other therapeutic disciplines are secondary to nutrition… Nutrition is the Master Science and stands above all… Read more »

Overweight and Starving?

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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 of the other most common degenerative illnesses of modern man. With well over 100 pages of references alone, it is one of the most thoroughly researched mainstream books on any subject. Taubes spent seven solid years researching health and nutrition information spanning centuries and continents, and the most reassuring part is that he had no earthly idea when he began that he would come… Read more »