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Things You know are true but can't prove

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 12, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Are there some health related things that you know are true (at least for you) but for which there is no scientific basis? This could be something that affects your health positively or negatively. Let me get this out of the way: we know that correlation does not equal causation (yada yada) but go ahead and tell us about it anyway.

For example, I know that I sleep worst on full moons. I don't have an almanac at my house and don't keep track of the phases of the moon, however, like clockwork, I will have really bad sleep the few days around and on the full moon. It has happened too many times for me to ignore.

Bdcb4ecc75f7b6867b785a7eadf25ece

(38)

on December 23, 2013
at 11:30 AM

almost 5 years now and still of diabetic medication

Ebcbbdcb8b727e69e06eaa102d49a84c

(1804)

on March 30, 2012
at 03:52 PM

The younger generation has it right! Just text. ;)

Ebcbbdcb8b727e69e06eaa102d49a84c

(1804)

on March 30, 2012
at 03:51 PM

Me too, MrsD. AND blasts through my work day :) This is probably the one thing i'll miss the most on my Whole30 starting Sunday :( Something about butter in my coffee that just tickles my happy.

D4d83e7981ca572aaaa19fc620bb54f1

(467)

on March 30, 2012
at 02:57 PM

I have noticed the exact same thing (I was vegan, high-carb and gluten-free before). Do you have dairies? I do, so I don't know if that could make a difference.

A6e2b231f69366ce825476c5a6dcfff6

(1967)

on March 30, 2012
at 02:22 PM

My sleep changes with the seasons. 9-10 hours in the winter. 5-7hr in summer. I wake up when the sun hits my window. about 30 min after sunup.

1dcfcebc5f36408d121f124a78292d42

(1295)

on March 30, 2012
at 02:17 PM

I've cut out most dairy except for the occasional tablespoon of pastured butter. Yeah, it's very peculiar. I know that high-carb was reeking havoc on my blood sugar, energy, and body comp, BUT it did make my skin glow.

D4d83e7981ca572aaaa19fc620bb54f1

(467)

on March 30, 2012
at 02:10 PM

I have noticed the exact same thing (I was vegan, high-carb and gluten-free before). Do you still have dairies? I do, so I don't know if that could make a difference.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on March 30, 2012
at 01:10 PM

My mom cooked that at home on a regular basis. She'd make it into a soup, or stir-fried it with shrimp. I didn't exactly like it as a kid, but then I grew to enjoy the bitterness as I got older.

Cf5c9ba3c06cf300ae23c52778dfd317

(545)

on May 15, 2011
at 02:20 AM

Is this you [http://lowcarbdoctors.blogspot.com/2011/02/dr-jack-kruse-hermitage-tn.html] or this [http://lowcarbdoctors.blogspot.com/2011/02/dr-jack-kruse-hermitage-tn.html]?

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

(10778)

on May 15, 2011
at 12:06 AM

Ahhh! Some sort of were-badger!?!

7f4c64d6caca80c74a6c2d91efa3259b

(831)

on May 14, 2011
at 04:14 PM

Carly, human water content must be a factor. However, are people who retain water more affected than sylph-like creatures? May also explain the more noticeable effect if your cycle coincides - isn't water retention, however small, a side-effect of this (not an expert on this topic obviously :)

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

(4994)

on May 14, 2011
at 01:28 PM

I think you are probably right, it definitely has it's place but my understanding is the fats in the fish are really unstable and easily oxidised, unlike saturated fat which is not so prone to oxidative damage.

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

(4994)

on May 14, 2011
at 01:26 PM

What do you think our ancestors did then? It was obviously optimal for them, epecially in winter, considering they only had natural light and fire.

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

(4994)

on May 14, 2011
at 01:24 PM

Joey, go to the Healthy Skeptic website and listen to episode 9.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on May 14, 2011
at 02:35 AM

Hey Matthew, I need you. Can you please email me at sherpamelissa at gmail dot com? Thanks!

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on May 14, 2011
at 01:01 AM

There is nothing about me that is common.

6f2c00fcbf48c69f0ea212239b3e1178

on May 13, 2011
at 11:01 PM

I sleep about 10 hours a night, but I also do a ton of hard exercise. How much exercise did you do when you were sleeping 6.5 hours and doing so well?

669790861549f3c6d54d88a65296ed19

(452)

on May 13, 2011
at 10:14 PM

Why do you think,large amounts of fatty fish is bad?

669790861549f3c6d54d88a65296ed19

(452)

on May 13, 2011
at 10:11 PM

Do you have a link to that podcast?

669790861549f3c6d54d88a65296ed19

(452)

on May 13, 2011
at 09:58 PM

I've disturbed sleeping patterns overall,but full moon is a disaster. I know in my case it's bc the Lyme and maybe other parasites are active during full moon.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on May 13, 2011
at 08:22 PM

I bet you could sleep for 10 hours if there was no electricity. 10PM --> 8AM == 10 hours.

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

(2399)

on May 13, 2011
at 08:19 PM

Conditioning ? I trained myself to wake up at 6 AM without an alarm clock. All it took was a month of systematic 15 min decreases in waking up (10-945-930-915...).

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(39831)

on May 13, 2011
at 07:57 PM

Ah, then we're agreed. I would think that simply splitting the amount up would be safer, i.e. 5 x 1000IU vs 5000 all in one go. Seems like having the other fat solubles at sufficient levels would be protective as well.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19235)

on May 13, 2011
at 07:23 PM

Oh I certainly think there are benefits to it, I just wonder if the majority of people would not get the same benefit from 1000-2000 units a day over the long-term. It's the 5000-10000 units a day I wonder about. Humans have not consumed these amount orally before, and the body cannot regulate the intake in the same way skin production is regulated. There have been no long-term studies on high level supplementation.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19235)

on May 13, 2011
at 07:22 PM

Oh I certainly think there are benefits to it, I'm just wonder if the majority of people would not get the same benefit from 1000-2000 units a day over the long-term. It's the 5000-10000 units a day I wonder about. Humans have not consumed these amount orally before, and the body cannot regulate the intake in the same way skin production is regulated. There have been no long-term studies on high level supplementation.

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(39831)

on May 13, 2011
at 06:43 PM

How do you account for the large number of people who report no longer getting sick as a result of D3 supplementation or who experience far less severity when they do get sick, myself included? Could something make you sick less and be bad for longevity?

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

(4994)

on May 13, 2011
at 12:48 PM

Old bear, I was going to say about our water content, it must be a factor surely?

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

(4994)

on May 13, 2011
at 12:46 PM

Yes that is interesting, perhaps I should buy a "wheat free" but not gluten free cake and eat it all and then see what happens................ although I eat onions regularly, mostly caremalised yum! But only really get bloating, no other digestive symptoms or migraines which I have come to associate with gluten. Lots of tinkering to do.

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

(4994)

on May 13, 2011
at 12:42 PM

Oooh, all sounds exciting :D

7f4c64d6caca80c74a6c2d91efa3259b

(831)

on May 13, 2011
at 09:10 AM

What would be interesting would be to see if the Moon's gravitational pull at full-moon affects people on different continents equally. i.e. are people affected worse if the moon is closer, only during certain seasons and so on.

7f4c64d6caca80c74a6c2d91efa3259b

(831)

on May 13, 2011
at 09:06 AM

@WyldKard The moon theory is probably far from nonsense. It is known that the moon's gravity, though small, affects Earth's tides so considering that humans are approx. 70% liquid it would be naive to think our bodies are unaffected. Add in Earth's axial inclination, the offset of the moon's orbital plane, and that the Earth is not round but an oblate spheroid, all factors that contribute to the gravitational pull being stronger some months than others.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on May 13, 2011
at 02:44 AM

Dude, your blog better be front-loaded with controversial topics. Hmmm...that somehow came off as a threat. What I mean is: you seem to like nitty gritty hormone stuff and lesser-known theories--better to concentrate on that rather than the common paleo arguments floating around in the blogosphere.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on May 13, 2011
at 01:41 AM

my life is pretty hectic. A surgeon, a nutritionist....and hormone guy and a lecturer. My main goal is to change my profession. then patients will be served. I changed myself by reading. I had no access to paleo when I began. Now it is everywhere. I am a voracious reader of things that will optimize me.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on May 13, 2011
at 01:39 AM

currently I am in Atlanta getting ready to give a talk on osteopenia and osteoporosis.......in the AM. Eating meat drinking a good wine and eating 99% cacoa chocolate. Then going to lift for the second time today. Also ran 10 forty yd sprints before I left.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on May 13, 2011
at 01:37 AM

Thomas.....leptin signalling is tied to timing. 2 to 3 meals is key. When you resistant the first meal is critical. And it needs to be front loaded with 40-60 gms of protein. My breakfast would shock some. 4 to 6 eggs and a pound of bacon. Other days its 32 oz smoothies with ridiculous protein and fat content.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on May 13, 2011
at 01:35 AM

May 26th I will be on Jimmy Moore's podcast....so you can get a flavor of me. I enjoyed it but honestly I dont know how it will come off. Jimmy is a real casual nice guy and I am a bit more intense......type A take no prisoners. Think Matt Lalonde with a surgical blade.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on May 12, 2011
at 10:55 PM

@lala I think it's when the heartburn is actually indigestion, the vinegar gives you a digestive boost (like HCl would). The alkalizing effect of lemons and limes and ACV is, as I've understood it, in reference to your blood.. or your 'system' or whatever - not the digestive tract itself. I mean, you don't want yr stomach to be alkaline - it's supposed to be acidic! :)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 12, 2011
at 10:23 PM

I hope that Dr. K will answer this properly but it is my understanding that leptin sensitivity is improved by eating meals that are properly spaced. At least, I believe that's what Dr. K is alluding to.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on May 12, 2011
at 08:50 PM

jay, that's really interesting, thanks for sharing!

4781cf8ae1bfcb558dfb056af17bea94

(4359)

on May 12, 2011
at 08:44 PM

Wheat contains inulin, which causes bloating in people who don't tolerate fructans well. Google FODMAPs to read about fructans and IBS. It also can cause GERD in some people. I asked because I think it's clear that wheat is causing you problems, but it's not (yet) 100% clear it's gluten that is behind it. There are other problems with wheat, like inulin, that can cause problems.

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(12379)

on May 12, 2011
at 08:21 PM

vinegar cures my hiccups - try it next time you have the hiccups - one capful of vinegar.

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

(4994)

on May 12, 2011
at 07:53 PM

I would imagine as a doctor he is ridiculously busy too so I'm not surprised if some of the answers seem rushed.

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

(4994)

on May 12, 2011
at 07:50 PM

We'd be naive (and slightly arrogant) in my opinion if we thought we weren't affected at all by the moons gravitational pull.

F5698e16f1793c0bb00daea6a2e222a4

(678)

on May 12, 2011
at 07:48 PM

"Timing is more critical to eating than substance" um, what?

Da8e709acde269e8b8bfbc09d1737841

(1906)

on May 12, 2011
at 07:34 PM

I recall reading something about how gravitational forces are increased during the full moon, explaining why tides are greater during these periods. The article postulated that metal deposits in the brain may therefore affect how we react differently to the various moon phases, and why more people "react" to a full moon. Could be nonsense, but interesting theory.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on May 12, 2011
at 07:17 PM

The government conspiracy issue a little more complicated than that. Vegetable growers often refuse to increase production because they don't want the accompanying lower prices to cut into profit. Grain subsidies arose during distinct times when demand was uncertain (e.g. Great Depression) and the food system could have collapsed. Once the rest of the world adapted to price-skewing subsidy/tax systems, it became impossible to go back to pure supply and demand. I'm not saying that soybean oil and multiple corn byproducts aren't totally evil, just that the issue is not at all straight forward.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on May 12, 2011
at 07:13 PM

Hee! Love you gone2croatan! I was going to send you a nipple message as well, but wasn't sure your plan included those. I didn't want you to incur any extra charges.

Medium avatar

(5136)

on May 12, 2011
at 07:12 PM

well, sometimes you have to do a little research on your own based on the jumping off points you are given.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on May 12, 2011
at 07:11 PM

I don't think anyone needs to worry about Dr. K *not* letting PH know when the blog is up. After all, that's why he's here.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on May 12, 2011
at 07:07 PM

I also appreciate Dr. K's informative answers. I just wish more of his many, many answers were informative. I look forward to the time when he has his very own platform.

Fa9f340eddbad9a544184c688fa4dcdd

(6433)

on May 12, 2011
at 07:03 PM

Damn! Somehow the CIA must have gotten hold of my number. Time to upgrade my phone security system http://www.leiasmetalbikini.com/buy.html

Fa9f340eddbad9a544184c688fa4dcdd

(6433)

on May 12, 2011
at 07:01 PM

Dr K I always read your posts here and am looking forward to your blog. Please post on Paleo Hacks to let us all know when the blog goes up.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 12, 2011
at 07:00 PM

Sherpa: Definitely will let you know the next time in Chicago.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:59 PM

Yeah, sorry about that gone2croatan. You can try again now :)

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

(4994)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:56 PM

Dr K I cannot wait until you release your blog and I for one will be a reader, I always look for your answer on things if that's anything to you.

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

(4994)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:55 PM

It makes you wonder on the reliabilty of the tests doesn't it.

1471beca8e3adff4ae2f89d10e5f7acb

(6550)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:54 PM

My nipples keep trying to send Melissa a message in Morse code, but I think the lines are busy...

1471beca8e3adff4ae2f89d10e5f7acb

(6550)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:53 PM

I totally agree with both of y'all about that. Stressing out about food is not good!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:52 PM

If you ever get to Chicago Thomas, be sure to let me know!! I'd love to hang out. Nipple messages, optional. ;)

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(5136)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:48 PM

we can all learn a little something from the honey badger...

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:44 PM

Simibee, if you have a voice mail on which somebody is breathing heavy, I just wanted you to know that it's not me :)

Medium avatar

(5136)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:43 PM

awww, don't let those grumpity grump grumps get to ya doc, some of us greatly appreciate your very informative answers

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:42 PM

Please let us know when your blog is up Dr. K.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:41 PM

I am very glad that we have Dr. K here. It's good to know that there are some knowledgeable physicians out there who are thinking outside of the box.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:39 PM

Sherpa, not really. There are hourly flights from San Francisco to Chicago :)

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:39 PM

I will when my blog is up.....this is a Q and A site as many of you have pointed out to me over the last few weeks

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:37 PM

can't get to youtube from work but will look at it tonight at home. Thanks for the link.

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

(10502)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:37 PM

@Carnivorous Carly -- I have had the same experience. Once I stopped eating wheat/gluten, my migraines disappeared yet medical tests tell me I have no sensitivity.

Fa9f340eddbad9a544184c688fa4dcdd

(6433)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:31 PM

I'm off to check my voicemail - be right back.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:26 PM

i like that first one a lot. Kesser said something in a podcast about a chinese proverb along the lines of "better to enjoy bad food than to suffer good food." I think there really is something there, within boundaries of course. you have to be happy to be healthy, and that means eating things that make you fully happy.

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

(4994)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:26 PM

HA!! NIPPLE MESSAGE! :D

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

(4994)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:26 PM

Yes could you elaborate on "Timing is more critical to eating than substance" please Dr K.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:25 PM

OMG, You guys. I leave a thread for a few minutes and this is what happens?! Hahahaha. Thomas, sadly, you are too far away to help me out with my nipple messages. LOL.

Fa9f340eddbad9a544184c688fa4dcdd

(6433)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:22 PM

Sure thing - few people know it but nipple messages are the most effective way of getting people's attention when, uh, flashing inter-planetary morse code signals. ;)

Fa9f340eddbad9a544184c688fa4dcdd

(6433)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:21 PM

Sure thing - few people know it but nipple messages are the most effective way of getting people's attention when flashing inter-planetary morse code signals.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:18 PM

Oh, I don't ever mind laughing, even if it's at me. As you may know from some of my posts up here, I love to poke fun. I get worried when people get too serious.

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(5136)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:17 PM

it's only the greatest wildlife documentary narration EVER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r7wHMg5Yjg

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:15 PM

Do you mind if I use your nipples to transmit a message back to my home planet? [again wondering if the Paleo police will let this post remain :)]

Fa9f340eddbad9a544184c688fa4dcdd

(6433)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:12 PM

Hey, I'm not deriding you, I actually agree that there's still plenty that science has yet to explain (and who knows, may never explain). It's just that once someone answers a question with an internet meme, it's sort of like an unspoken signal to start acting like we're all eight years old again and have a supply teacher called Mrs Cockburn trying to maintain order in the classroom.

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(5136)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:11 PM

it's only the greatest wildlife documentary footage EVER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r7wHMg5Yjg

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:10 PM

Ok, there is some kind of cultural allusion that I'm not getting here. Would some enlighten me?

Fa9f340eddbad9a544184c688fa4dcdd

(6433)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:08 PM

Ha ha, thanks :) I was getting worried that I'd have to go around wearing some sort of aluminium foil bra to prevent my areolae picking up CIA radio waves.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:06 PM

Oh, I hope your list also includes the fact that Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley are alive and well (and living with Hitler in South America somewhere).

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:04 PM

I am also a big fan of (giving) nipple massages. Anybody (read, females) want to volunteer? [wondering if paleo police are going to allow this post to remain]

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19235)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:01 PM

You can't miss out on the nipple massage :) http://paleohacks.com/questions/37538/do-you-pick-sex-or-sleep

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:01 PM

Excellent question Thomas!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:01 PM

I don't understand everything you wrote, but whole heartedly agree with "That the government actually knows they are harming American health with food policies to support the only industry that we can export with high profits.....grain, wheat, corn, and soybeans"

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:00 PM

LOL. I'm just being silly. Dr. K is a huge proponent of nipple massage (I agree, heh.) but his iPad always auto corrects the word massage to message and it makes me giggle.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 12, 2011
at 05:58 PM

I knew when I posted this, it was going to be the object of derision (see some of below posts), however, at least I am happy that Carnivorous Carly has recognized that I am a man :) Seriously, I don't think my question is that silly. We all experience things (in various parts of our life) that may have not been scientifically proven. Now sometimes those might be illusions, etc, but sometimes there is stuff that just has not yet been scientifically proven yet. I mean, "gravity" didn't begin with Newton's discovery, yet people might have observed they didn't fly off the earth.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on May 12, 2011
at 05:56 PM

Same reason betaine HCL works......lots of docs know this. Lots don't apparently

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(5136)

on May 12, 2011
at 05:55 PM

please discuss "timing is more critical to eating than substance"

Fa9f340eddbad9a544184c688fa4dcdd

(6433)

on May 12, 2011
at 05:55 PM

"Nipple messages"!? Explain please! This is what happens when I don't browse Paleo Hacks for a few days.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 12, 2011
at 05:54 PM

Nick, that's a good thought and may be true, but, as I said, I don't keep track of the moon phases. I go to bed early and often the moon is not visible from my house until the middle of the night.

D67e7b481854b02110d5a5b21d6789b1

(4101)

on May 12, 2011
at 05:52 PM

what a mean little shit!

60199d3a580a4e17969059609e48e678

(883)

on May 12, 2011
at 05:48 PM

thats what I've always thought. I will have to go research this! :)

19eedcc966e18e2864383fa53dcb80f6

(110)

on May 12, 2011
at 05:47 PM

perhaps you don't sleep well on full moons because you always expect that you won't.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 12, 2011
at 05:39 PM

About werewolves, one of the tags I put for this post was "lycanthropy" :)

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on May 12, 2011
at 05:28 PM

You forgot the "nipple messages" Simibee!

Fa9f340eddbad9a544184c688fa4dcdd

(6433)

on May 12, 2011
at 05:19 PM

Paleo Hacks; needs moar Dr Who geeks.

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

(4994)

on May 12, 2011
at 05:19 PM

Doesn't vinegar have an alkaline affect in the stomach? Much like limes and lemons? That's what I thought anyway.

Fa9f340eddbad9a544184c688fa4dcdd

(6433)

on May 12, 2011
at 05:18 PM

I'm sure Dr. K will be here in a few minutes to let us know that homeopathic dilutions of raw milk farmed by ghostly space aliens and distributed by the Mafia is the only surefire way of lengthening telomeres. ;)

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

(4994)

on May 12, 2011
at 05:16 PM

Ah yes! That must be it. That's much more exciting :D (the werewolf not the royal family)

Fa9f340eddbad9a544184c688fa4dcdd

(6433)

on May 12, 2011
at 05:15 PM

I'm sure Dr. K will be here in a few minutes to let us know that homeopathic dilutions of raw milk farmed by ghostly space aliens and distrubuted by the mafia is the only surefire way of lengthening telomeres. ;)

60199d3a580a4e17969059609e48e678

(883)

on May 12, 2011
at 05:13 PM

my imaginary friends :)

Fa9f340eddbad9a544184c688fa4dcdd

(6433)

on May 12, 2011
at 05:13 PM

Nah, he's just secretly a member of the British Royal Family.

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

(4994)

on May 12, 2011
at 05:10 PM

Yes, it's just not a comfortable way of living is it? I also get bloated with most white potatoes, but the gluten sypmtoms are the worst, and I could set my watch by them, if I had one haha. Another thing cutting it out has done is reduced the serverity and the frequency of my migraines, massively!

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19235)

on May 12, 2011
at 05:10 PM

Is that not the result of one of your great great great grandparents being a werewolf?

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

(4994)

on May 12, 2011
at 05:08 PM

Oooh yes!! Very interesting!

60199d3a580a4e17969059609e48e678

(883)

on May 12, 2011
at 05:05 PM

same thing happens to me and my hubby. whenever we eat foods with gluten in them we end up extremely bloated, this another reason him and I participate in this lifestyle

60199d3a580a4e17969059609e48e678

(883)

on May 12, 2011
at 05:03 PM

and absolutely "crazy omg, you are eating a snake!"

1471beca8e3adff4ae2f89d10e5f7acb

(6550)

on May 12, 2011
at 05:02 PM

Unfortunately, yes. I am also exceptionally good at running in slow motion (a constant struggle in my CF workouts).

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

(4994)

on May 12, 2011
at 05:02 PM

Onions can make me gassy yes. Is that a common cross reactor then?

4781cf8ae1bfcb558dfb056af17bea94

(4359)

on May 12, 2011
at 05:00 PM

Very Interesting. Do you have problems with other foods that contain lots of inulin, like onions?

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(5136)

on May 12, 2011
at 05:00 PM

and you have loose skin which allows you to move about freely?

Fa9f340eddbad9a544184c688fa4dcdd

(6433)

on May 12, 2011
at 04:55 PM

@ Carly; interesting - if Thomas Seay is living with a woman, it could be that he's experiencing some sort of sympathetic effect e.g. like Couvade Syndrome.

7f4c64d6caca80c74a6c2d91efa3259b

(831)

on May 12, 2011
at 04:51 PM

Well murderers and disturbed people weren't called lunatics for nothing Carly :)

1471beca8e3adff4ae2f89d10e5f7acb

(6550)

on May 12, 2011
at 04:47 PM

Absolutely. I am also "nasty" and a "sleepy fuck."

E7dc4f2e3998906dd3213973a3c10d50

on May 12, 2011
at 04:47 PM

Do you take what you want? Without giving a shit?

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

(4994)

on May 12, 2011
at 04:47 PM

@Simibee - I personally don't have any extra light coming in the bedroom around the full moon due to black out blinds so it's something else.

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

(4994)

on May 12, 2011
at 04:45 PM

OMG!! Same!! I absolutely sleep dreadfuly when it's full moon, I thought it was because my *ahem* cycle, runs in time with the full moon so I put it down to that, but you're a man so that doesn't work. Very interesting. I did read some data somewhere that statiscally there are more murders committed around the time of a full moo then any other time.... maybe due to the sleep deprivation? Good question though +1

Fa9f340eddbad9a544184c688fa4dcdd

(6433)

on May 12, 2011
at 04:45 PM

If you're not sleeping in a room with full blackout blinds, it could be that the increased light is messing with your sleep.

Fa9f340eddbad9a544184c688fa4dcdd

(6433)

on May 12, 2011
at 04:45 PM

If you're not sleeping in a room with full blackour blinds, it could be that the increased light is messing with your sleep.

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2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

(4994)

on May 12, 2011
at 04:51 PM

I KNOW my child and I ARE gluten intolerent, despite what the medical "tests" may or may not say if we decide to have them. My partner can tell if my littlun has been contaminated with gluten as soon as he sees her. We both experience ridiculous bloating, dark cirlces under our eyes, digestive problems, but it's all my head right? Isn't this a fad diet?

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

(4994)

on May 12, 2011
at 05:02 PM

Onions can make me gassy yes. Is that a common cross reactor then?

4781cf8ae1bfcb558dfb056af17bea94

(4359)

on May 12, 2011
at 08:44 PM

Wheat contains inulin, which causes bloating in people who don't tolerate fructans well. Google FODMAPs to read about fructans and IBS. It also can cause GERD in some people. I asked because I think it's clear that wheat is causing you problems, but it's not (yet) 100% clear it's gluten that is behind it. There are other problems with wheat, like inulin, that can cause problems.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on May 12, 2011
at 08:50 PM

jay, that's really interesting, thanks for sharing!

4781cf8ae1bfcb558dfb056af17bea94

(4359)

on May 12, 2011
at 05:00 PM

Very Interesting. Do you have problems with other foods that contain lots of inulin, like onions?

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

(10502)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:37 PM

@Carnivorous Carly -- I have had the same experience. Once I stopped eating wheat/gluten, my migraines disappeared yet medical tests tell me I have no sensitivity.

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

(4994)

on May 13, 2011
at 12:46 PM

Yes that is interesting, perhaps I should buy a "wheat free" but not gluten free cake and eat it all and then see what happens................ although I eat onions regularly, mostly caremalised yum! But only really get bloating, no other digestive symptoms or migraines which I have come to associate with gluten. Lots of tinkering to do.

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

(4994)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:55 PM

It makes you wonder on the reliabilty of the tests doesn't it.

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

(4994)

on May 12, 2011
at 05:10 PM

Yes, it's just not a comfortable way of living is it? I also get bloated with most white potatoes, but the gluten sypmtoms are the worst, and I could set my watch by them, if I had one haha. Another thing cutting it out has done is reduced the serverity and the frequency of my migraines, massively!

60199d3a580a4e17969059609e48e678

(883)

on May 12, 2011
at 05:05 PM

same thing happens to me and my hubby. whenever we eat foods with gluten in them we end up extremely bloated, this another reason him and I participate in this lifestyle

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9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

on May 12, 2011
at 06:10 PM

Mood and attitude has at least as much to do with overall health, if not more, than what you eat and how you exercise.

The "food pyramid" is upside down.

In most cases, taking medicine every day is probably worse for you than not taking it.

1471beca8e3adff4ae2f89d10e5f7acb

(6550)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:53 PM

I totally agree with both of y'all about that. Stressing out about food is not good!

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:26 PM

i like that first one a lot. Kesser said something in a podcast about a chinese proverb along the lines of "better to enjoy bad food than to suffer good food." I think there really is something there, within boundaries of course. you have to be happy to be healthy, and that means eating things that make you fully happy.

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

(4994)

on May 14, 2011
at 01:24 PM

Joey, go to the Healthy Skeptic website and listen to episode 9.

669790861549f3c6d54d88a65296ed19

(452)

on May 13, 2011
at 10:11 PM

Do you have a link to that podcast?

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1471beca8e3adff4ae2f89d10e5f7acb

on May 12, 2011
at 04:43 PM

My DNA is not human but is, in fact, pure unadulterated Honey Badger.

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(5136)

on May 12, 2011
at 05:00 PM

and you have loose skin which allows you to move about freely?

1471beca8e3adff4ae2f89d10e5f7acb

(6550)

on May 12, 2011
at 05:02 PM

Unfortunately, yes. I am also exceptionally good at running in slow motion (a constant struggle in my CF workouts).

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(5136)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:11 PM

it's only the greatest wildlife documentary footage EVER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r7wHMg5Yjg

E7dc4f2e3998906dd3213973a3c10d50

on May 12, 2011
at 04:47 PM

Do you take what you want? Without giving a shit?

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(5136)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:17 PM

it's only the greatest wildlife documentary narration EVER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r7wHMg5Yjg

1471beca8e3adff4ae2f89d10e5f7acb

(6550)

on May 12, 2011
at 04:47 PM

Absolutely. I am also "nasty" and a "sleepy fuck."

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:10 PM

Ok, there is some kind of cultural allusion that I'm not getting here. Would some enlighten me?

D67e7b481854b02110d5a5b21d6789b1

(4101)

on May 12, 2011
at 05:52 PM

what a mean little shit!

60199d3a580a4e17969059609e48e678

(883)

on May 12, 2011
at 05:03 PM

and absolutely "crazy omg, you are eating a snake!"

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:37 PM

can't get to youtube from work but will look at it tonight at home. Thanks for the link.

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

(10778)

on May 15, 2011
at 12:06 AM

Ahhh! Some sort of were-badger!?!

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Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on May 12, 2011
at 05:54 PM

The cause of cancer is cellular homeostasis based.......not disease based as is currently believed.

That hormone status is critical to understanding cellular homeostasis

Timing is more critical to eating than substance

That the government actually knows they are harming American health with food policies to support the only industry that we can export with high profits.....grain, wheat, corn, and soybeans

That there is no concept as random chance ever

That life does come down the the Heisenberg uncertainty principle

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(5136)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:48 PM

we can all learn a little something from the honey badger...

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(5136)

on May 12, 2011
at 05:55 PM

please discuss "timing is more critical to eating than substance"

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:42 PM

Please let us know when your blog is up Dr. K.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on May 12, 2011
at 07:17 PM

The government conspiracy issue a little more complicated than that. Vegetable growers often refuse to increase production because they don't want the accompanying lower prices to cut into profit. Grain subsidies arose during distinct times when demand was uncertain (e.g. Great Depression) and the food system could have collapsed. Once the rest of the world adapted to price-skewing subsidy/tax systems, it became impossible to go back to pure supply and demand. I'm not saying that soybean oil and multiple corn byproducts aren't totally evil, just that the issue is not at all straight forward.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:01 PM

I don't understand everything you wrote, but whole heartedly agree with "That the government actually knows they are harming American health with food policies to support the only industry that we can export with high profits.....grain, wheat, corn, and soybeans"

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:41 PM

I am very glad that we have Dr. K here. It's good to know that there are some knowledgeable physicians out there who are thinking outside of the box.

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(5136)

on May 12, 2011
at 07:12 PM

well, sometimes you have to do a little research on your own based on the jumping off points you are given.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on May 13, 2011
at 02:44 AM

Dude, your blog better be front-loaded with controversial topics. Hmmm...that somehow came off as a threat. What I mean is: you seem to like nitty gritty hormone stuff and lesser-known theories--better to concentrate on that rather than the common paleo arguments floating around in the blogosphere.

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

(4994)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:26 PM

Yes could you elaborate on "Timing is more critical to eating than substance" please Dr K.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on May 13, 2011
at 01:39 AM

currently I am in Atlanta getting ready to give a talk on osteopenia and osteoporosis.......in the AM. Eating meat drinking a good wine and eating 99% cacoa chocolate. Then going to lift for the second time today. Also ran 10 forty yd sprints before I left.

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

(4994)

on May 12, 2011
at 07:53 PM

I would imagine as a doctor he is ridiculously busy too so I'm not surprised if some of the answers seem rushed.

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

(4994)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:56 PM

Dr K I cannot wait until you release your blog and I for one will be a reader, I always look for your answer on things if that's anything to you.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on May 12, 2011
at 07:07 PM

I also appreciate Dr. K's informative answers. I just wish more of his many, many answers were informative. I look forward to the time when he has his very own platform.

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(5136)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:43 PM

awww, don't let those grumpity grump grumps get to ya doc, some of us greatly appreciate your very informative answers

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

(4994)

on May 13, 2011
at 12:42 PM

Oooh, all sounds exciting :D

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on May 13, 2011
at 01:37 AM

Thomas.....leptin signalling is tied to timing. 2 to 3 meals is key. When you resistant the first meal is critical. And it needs to be front loaded with 40-60 gms of protein. My breakfast would shock some. 4 to 6 eggs and a pound of bacon. Other days its 32 oz smoothies with ridiculous protein and fat content.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on May 13, 2011
at 01:35 AM

May 26th I will be on Jimmy Moore's podcast....so you can get a flavor of me. I enjoyed it but honestly I dont know how it will come off. Jimmy is a real casual nice guy and I am a bit more intense......type A take no prisoners. Think Matt Lalonde with a surgical blade.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on May 14, 2011
at 01:01 AM

There is nothing about me that is common.

Fa9f340eddbad9a544184c688fa4dcdd

(6433)

on May 12, 2011
at 07:01 PM

Dr K I always read your posts here and am looking forward to your blog. Please post on Paleo Hacks to let us all know when the blog goes up.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:39 PM

I will when my blog is up.....this is a Q and A site as many of you have pointed out to me over the last few weeks

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on May 12, 2011
at 07:11 PM

I don't think anyone needs to worry about Dr. K *not* letting PH know when the blog is up. After all, that's why he's here.

F5698e16f1793c0bb00daea6a2e222a4

(678)

on May 12, 2011
at 07:48 PM

"Timing is more critical to eating than substance" um, what?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 12, 2011
at 10:23 PM

I hope that Dr. K will answer this properly but it is my understanding that leptin sensitivity is improved by eating meals that are properly spaced. At least, I believe that's what Dr. K is alluding to.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on May 13, 2011
at 01:41 AM

my life is pretty hectic. A surgeon, a nutritionist....and hormone guy and a lecturer. My main goal is to change my profession. then patients will be served. I changed myself by reading. I had no access to paleo when I began. Now it is everywhere. I am a voracious reader of things that will optimize me.

Cf5c9ba3c06cf300ae23c52778dfd317

(545)

on May 15, 2011
at 02:20 AM

Is this you [http://lowcarbdoctors.blogspot.com/2011/02/dr-jack-kruse-hermitage-tn.html] or this [http://lowcarbdoctors.blogspot.com/2011/02/dr-jack-kruse-hermitage-tn.html]?

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A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on May 12, 2011
at 05:09 PM

Space aliens.
Ghosts.
The guy that's been following me.
Zombies. Specifically, Kung fu Zombies from Outer Space. Aw, heck yeah!
The Mafia.
All conspiracy theories.
Homeopathy.
Raw Milk.
Telomeres.

:)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 12, 2011
at 07:00 PM

Sherpa: Definitely will let you know the next time in Chicago.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:06 PM

Oh, I hope your list also includes the fact that Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley are alive and well (and living with Hitler in South America somewhere).

Fa9f340eddbad9a544184c688fa4dcdd

(6433)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:22 PM

Sure thing - few people know it but nipple messages are the most effective way of getting people's attention when, uh, flashing inter-planetary morse code signals. ;)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:59 PM

Yeah, sorry about that gone2croatan. You can try again now :)

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:52 PM

If you ever get to Chicago Thomas, be sure to let me know!! I'd love to hang out. Nipple messages, optional. ;)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:44 PM

Simibee, if you have a voice mail on which somebody is breathing heavy, I just wanted you to know that it's not me :)

Fa9f340eddbad9a544184c688fa4dcdd

(6433)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:21 PM

Sure thing - few people know it but nipple messages are the most effective way of getting people's attention when flashing inter-planetary morse code signals.

Fa9f340eddbad9a544184c688fa4dcdd

(6433)

on May 12, 2011
at 05:15 PM

I'm sure Dr. K will be here in a few minutes to let us know that homeopathic dilutions of raw milk farmed by ghostly space aliens and distrubuted by the mafia is the only surefire way of lengthening telomeres. ;)

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on May 12, 2011
at 05:28 PM

You forgot the "nipple messages" Simibee!

Fa9f340eddbad9a544184c688fa4dcdd

(6433)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:31 PM

I'm off to check my voicemail - be right back.

Fa9f340eddbad9a544184c688fa4dcdd

(6433)

on May 12, 2011
at 07:03 PM

Damn! Somehow the CIA must have gotten hold of my number. Time to upgrade my phone security system http://www.leiasmetalbikini.com/buy.html

60199d3a580a4e17969059609e48e678

(883)

on May 12, 2011
at 05:13 PM

my imaginary friends :)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:39 PM

Sherpa, not really. There are hourly flights from San Francisco to Chicago :)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:04 PM

I am also a big fan of (giving) nipple massages. Anybody (read, females) want to volunteer? [wondering if paleo police are going to allow this post to remain]

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:25 PM

OMG, You guys. I leave a thread for a few minutes and this is what happens?! Hahahaha. Thomas, sadly, you are too far away to help me out with my nipple messages. LOL.

1471beca8e3adff4ae2f89d10e5f7acb

(6550)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:54 PM

My nipples keep trying to send Melissa a message in Morse code, but I think the lines are busy...

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:00 PM

LOL. I'm just being silly. Dr. K is a huge proponent of nipple massage (I agree, heh.) but his iPad always auto corrects the word massage to message and it makes me giggle.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:15 PM

Do you mind if I use your nipples to transmit a message back to my home planet? [again wondering if the Paleo police will let this post remain :)]

Fa9f340eddbad9a544184c688fa4dcdd

(6433)

on May 12, 2011
at 05:18 PM

I'm sure Dr. K will be here in a few minutes to let us know that homeopathic dilutions of raw milk farmed by ghostly space aliens and distributed by the Mafia is the only surefire way of lengthening telomeres. ;)

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19235)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:01 PM

You can't miss out on the nipple massage :) http://paleohacks.com/questions/37538/do-you-pick-sex-or-sleep

Fa9f340eddbad9a544184c688fa4dcdd

(6433)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:08 PM

Ha ha, thanks :) I was getting worried that I'd have to go around wearing some sort of aluminium foil bra to prevent my areolae picking up CIA radio waves.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on May 12, 2011
at 07:13 PM

Hee! Love you gone2croatan! I was going to send you a nipple message as well, but wasn't sure your plan included those. I didn't want you to incur any extra charges.

Fa9f340eddbad9a544184c688fa4dcdd

(6433)

on May 12, 2011
at 05:55 PM

"Nipple messages"!? Explain please! This is what happens when I don't browse Paleo Hacks for a few days.

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

(4994)

on May 12, 2011
at 06:26 PM

HA!! NIPPLE MESSAGE! :D

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60199d3a580a4e17969059609e48e678

on May 12, 2011
at 05:12 PM

vinegar helps me with my heartburn, though when I've told doctors this they claim that I am only making it worse by drinking vinegar. My response to them is "if its making it worse then why does it make it go away?"

I think this is more along the lines of doctors doing their "job" and trying to lead people to the pharmacy rather than leading them to a holistic healing center. pppffft! rolls eyes

60199d3a580a4e17969059609e48e678

(883)

on May 12, 2011
at 05:48 PM

thats what I've always thought. I will have to go research this! :)

Medium avatar

(12379)

on May 12, 2011
at 08:21 PM

vinegar cures my hiccups - try it next time you have the hiccups - one capful of vinegar.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on May 12, 2011
at 05:56 PM

Same reason betaine HCL works......lots of docs know this. Lots don't apparently

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

(4994)

on May 12, 2011
at 05:19 PM

Doesn't vinegar have an alkaline affect in the stomach? Much like limes and lemons? That's what I thought anyway.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on May 12, 2011
at 10:55 PM

@lala I think it's when the heartburn is actually indigestion, the vinegar gives you a digestive boost (like HCl would). The alkalizing effect of lemons and limes and ACV is, as I've understood it, in reference to your blood.. or your 'system' or whatever - not the digestive tract itself. I mean, you don't want yr stomach to be alkaline - it's supposed to be acidic! :)

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9e6b9b3939c20089ddf7ff881c004fad

(98)

on March 30, 2012
at 06:22 PM

They are not really trying to cure cancer. Treating cancer patients is too big of an industry.

6
13db020c06c22c2f8b129034ddc013e4

on May 14, 2011
at 11:45 PM

That mind-set (optimism, trust, happiness) can give you 15+ year of life-span. Related, that most people basically choose when they want to die, within a wide range.

6
6371f0ae0c075ded1b8cd30aafd4bf16

on May 13, 2011
at 08:17 PM

That peanut butter and oreo cookies really are made by the devil. On a personal note I don't remember the last time I ate either one and have no desire to but I do remember how good they user to be.

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(19235)

on May 13, 2011
at 05:38 PM

Can I add something I suspect to be true rather than know?

I suspect that the current fashion for megadosing vitamin D supplements to achieve very high blood vitamin D levels will in the long-term turn out to be unnecessary or even harmful.

Purely a suspicion though.


Edit: Oh I certainly think there are benefits to it, I just wonder if the majority of people would not get the same benefit from 1000-2000 units a day over the long-term. It's the 5000-10000 units a day I wonder about. Humans have not consumed these amount orally before, and the body cannot regulate the intake in the same way skin production is regulated. There have been no long-term studies on high level supplementation.

Currently little of the research on vitamin D looks at the conversion of cholecalciferol (the pro-hormone found in supplements) into the active form (calcitriol). Levels of calcitriol are rarely measured even though this is the active form of vitamin D.

Also the gene for the vitamin D receptor comes in several different types. So the vitamin D receptors in the cells of some people are more sensitive to the effects of vitmain D than in others.

I tend to think about the things we might not know about yet.

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(39831)

on May 13, 2011
at 07:57 PM

Ah, then we're agreed. I would think that simply splitting the amount up would be safer, i.e. 5 x 1000IU vs 5000 all in one go. Seems like having the other fat solubles at sufficient levels would be protective as well.

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(18701)

on May 14, 2011
at 02:35 AM

Hey Matthew, I need you. Can you please email me at sherpamelissa at gmail dot com? Thanks!

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(19235)

on May 13, 2011
at 07:23 PM

Oh I certainly think there are benefits to it, I just wonder if the majority of people would not get the same benefit from 1000-2000 units a day over the long-term. It's the 5000-10000 units a day I wonder about. Humans have not consumed these amount orally before, and the body cannot regulate the intake in the same way skin production is regulated. There have been no long-term studies on high level supplementation.

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(39831)

on May 13, 2011
at 06:43 PM

How do you account for the large number of people who report no longer getting sick as a result of D3 supplementation or who experience far less severity when they do get sick, myself included? Could something make you sick less and be bad for longevity?

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(19235)

on May 13, 2011
at 07:22 PM

Oh I certainly think there are benefits to it, I'm just wonder if the majority of people would not get the same benefit from 1000-2000 units a day over the long-term. It's the 5000-10000 units a day I wonder about. Humans have not consumed these amount orally before, and the body cannot regulate the intake in the same way skin production is regulated. There have been no long-term studies on high level supplementation.

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on May 14, 2011
at 11:18 PM

Part of me thinks that the U.S. government's choice of commodities is part of a long-standing ethnic cleansing effort.

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(11577)

on March 30, 2012
at 08:28 PM

The placebo effect is alive and well, and that is not necessarily a bad thing.

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on March 30, 2012
at 02:33 PM

The use of my cellphone close to my head. It has caused many headaches and low grade depression like symptoms hours after use. There is no proof that cell phones cause any brain damage in humans, yet, but I know my skull fells hot an hour after usage and that can't be a good thing.

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(1804)

on March 30, 2012
at 03:52 PM

The younger generation has it right! Just text. ;)

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(1467)

on March 30, 2012
at 01:42 PM

That Bulletproof coffee on an empty stomach makes me blast through my workouts!

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(1804)

on March 30, 2012
at 03:51 PM

Me too, MrsD. AND blasts through my work day :) This is probably the one thing i'll miss the most on my Whole30 starting Sunday :( Something about butter in my coffee that just tickles my happy.

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on March 30, 2012
at 12:27 PM

Raw Bitter melon freshly pressed took me completely of Diabetic medication,

30 ml every morning.For the first month then 10 ml every third day been 3 years now ,

And I no longer need glasses, my optician and the Diabetic clinic are amazed,

, also known as Bitter gourd.

MY hb1ac was around 9.8 it is now regularly 5.0

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11025141

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(5519)

on March 30, 2012
at 01:10 PM

My mom cooked that at home on a regular basis. She'd make it into a soup, or stir-fried it with shrimp. I didn't exactly like it as a kid, but then I grew to enjoy the bitterness as I got older.

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(38)

on December 23, 2013
at 11:30 AM

almost 5 years now and still of diabetic medication

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on May 14, 2011
at 11:11 PM

As far as health is concerned...

Contemplative prayer and/or mindful meditation

Lunar cycles (I'm a lunatic!)

The effect of electromagnetic fields on brain waves, ESP, general well-being

I think psychedelic drugs are related to chakras / kundalini / madness

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on May 13, 2011
at 08:07 PM

I find it hard to believe that human adults need as much sleep as some paleos advocate.I see folks say to get AT LEAST 8 or 9 hours a night and some reporting sleeping like 10 hours??? The only way I could sleep that much every night is if I was seriously ill or drunk every night. When I was job searching for like two months and slept all I wanted every night, I slept 6 and 1/2 hours like clockwork.

Edit: To answer the question, what I know to be true, but can't prove: a healthy adult doesn't sleep for 10 hours every night. There's something going on if you sleep that much day in, day out.

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on May 13, 2011
at 11:01 PM

I sleep about 10 hours a night, but I also do a ton of hard exercise. How much exercise did you do when you were sleeping 6.5 hours and doing so well?

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(2399)

on May 13, 2011
at 08:19 PM

Conditioning ? I trained myself to wake up at 6 AM without an alarm clock. All it took was a month of systematic 15 min decreases in waking up (10-945-930-915...).

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(24543)

on May 13, 2011
at 08:22 PM

I bet you could sleep for 10 hours if there was no electricity. 10PM --> 8AM == 10 hours.

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

(4994)

on May 14, 2011
at 01:26 PM

What do you think our ancestors did then? It was obviously optimal for them, epecially in winter, considering they only had natural light and fire.

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(1967)

on March 30, 2012
at 02:22 PM

My sleep changes with the seasons. 9-10 hours in the winter. 5-7hr in summer. I wake up when the sun hits my window. about 30 min after sunup.

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on May 13, 2011
at 06:52 PM

My gut feeling is that fish oil or large amounts of fatty fish are actually bad things to consume if you're a healthy paleo-type person. I'm sure there's an advantage for SAD eaters, but I'm highly skeptical of it conferring an advantage for us.

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(4994)

on May 14, 2011
at 01:28 PM

I think you are probably right, it definitely has it's place but my understanding is the fats in the fish are really unstable and easily oxidised, unlike saturated fat which is not so prone to oxidative damage.

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(452)

on May 13, 2011
at 10:14 PM

Why do you think,large amounts of fatty fish is bad?

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on March 30, 2012
at 01:40 PM

I have a feeling that LC paleo is keeping my skin from healing quickly. In fact, my skin looked a lot better on a mostly vegan, high-carb, gluten-free diet. I don't know why that is, but it's frustrating. Otherwise I feel great on the diet.

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(467)

on March 30, 2012
at 02:10 PM

I have noticed the exact same thing (I was vegan, high-carb and gluten-free before). Do you still have dairies? I do, so I don't know if that could make a difference.

1dcfcebc5f36408d121f124a78292d42

(1295)

on March 30, 2012
at 02:17 PM

I've cut out most dairy except for the occasional tablespoon of pastured butter. Yeah, it's very peculiar. I know that high-carb was reeking havoc on my blood sugar, energy, and body comp, BUT it did make my skin glow.

D4d83e7981ca572aaaa19fc620bb54f1

(467)

on March 30, 2012
at 02:57 PM

I have noticed the exact same thing (I was vegan, high-carb and gluten-free before). Do you have dairies? I do, so I don't know if that could make a difference.

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6f2c00fcbf48c69f0ea212239b3e1178

on May 13, 2011
at 05:57 PM

Things I know are true but can't prove? Are those like things I'm sure are squares but can't be sure they're not circles?

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(6433)

on May 12, 2011
at 04:59 PM

Alternatively it could be another factor affecting your sleep, which fluctuates on a monthly cycle, it's just that full moons are both (visually) obvious and historically/romantically associated with the inexplicable.

As for me, I find that anticipation of not sleeping well is often a self-fulfilling prophecy...

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