October 21, 2016
October 12, 2016
How to ensure seeds germinate: https://www.growveg.com.au/guides/5-gardening-hacks-for-seed-sowing-success/
Monthly guide: http://www.gardenate.com/
MY PLANTING PLAN:
May 9, 2016
With real fat (not processed), the body quickly gets the “full” signal, and that’s probably what holds the key to its success in weight reduction. One is unlikely to get that sensation with sugar.
Human body is designed to burn fat, not to live off a ready-made fuel (sugar).
So, eating fat – and cutting out almost all sugar – would (a) help the body reach satiation quickly, (b) force the body to burn fat in order to operate.
Fat is also critically necessary for skin cells and almost all enzymes.
I’m becoming increasingly convinced that ghee/ lard were good things, not bad. Bad science persuaded us that traditional foods (which never made anyone obese) were bad for us.
Instead, they ignored the massive surge in the supply of sugar and processed carbohydrates (which are similar to sugar in their effect) in the modern human diet.
In this case, correlation (increase in sugar/ processed carbos correlated with obsesity) is causation.
Sugar basically **stopped** us from burning fat. No wonder everyone became fatter and fatter. It led to a vicious cycle.
The only way out is to get into a virtuous cycle: eat fat so you feel satiated quickly, then let the body burn stored fat.
Indians are the world’s BIGGEST consumer of sugar. Indian sweets are laden with sugar. Nothing else comes even remotely close. This explains the alarmingly high rate of death from heart attacks among Indians.
“India has become the world’s biggest sugar consumer today, consuming one-third more sugar than the entire E.U. and 60 per cent more than China!” [Source]
Now, the question is finding fat. Butter/ ghee are obvious sources; but also animal fat.
A wide range of animal fats available here. Animal fat is really expensive – around 20 times the price of vegetable fat.
Further, there is an Allowrie brand.
THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE DANGERS OF SUGAR (AND HARMLESSNESS OF FAT)
THE BIG FIGHT AMONG HEALTH PRACTITIONERS IS NOW ON. I THINK FAT HAS WON THE DAY. SUGAR HAS LOST.
“My patients don’t lose weight or improve their health by cutting fats or calories. “The proof being that obesity levels are higher than they have ever been and show no chance of reducing. “A new approach is needed – a return to 18th century values, drawn up before modern interference with basic principles occurred.” [Source]
John S. Yudkin’s book, published 40 years ago, has been found to be correct: “Pure, White and Deadly: The new facts about the sugar you eat as a cause of heart disease, diabetes and other killers”. [Download]
I had mysteriously put on weight over the years, despite eating very little fatty foods (definitely no butter, very few eggs, almost no oil, and slicing away all animal fat before cooking).
However, I didn’t make a fetish of my low fat preference and so it did not destroy my metabolism. I have continued to have normal blood pressure and no diabetes.
A couple of weeks ago, persuaded by the **logic** of physiology, that fat is good (in moderation, of course) and sugar/ carbohydrate is bad (again, only in excess), I’ve slightly increased the fat and protein ratio in my food (a bit of butter, one more slice of bacon each week – buying only fatty bacon; more lentils, e.g. rajma – which have both carbohydrates and proteins), cut down carbohydrate share (cut down almost all ice cream and dessert and rice/roti), and increased the share of vegetables and fruits.
The switch is very small and modest. I’m not dieting (I never diet, by which I mean cutting down overall food intake) but I’m beginning to experience a tiny bit of weight reduction already.
I’m persuaded that carbohydrates should be minimised. Vegetarians should consume pure ghee. Parathas are bad not because of the ghee/oil, but because of the wheat. Replacing rotis/ naans/ parathas with lentils (cooked in a lot of pure ghee) will be a great way to keep weight in check, even as the body is able to build new muscle and cell walls.
May 5, 2016
It has now been conclusively proven that Nexium and other proton pump inhibitors (e.g. Prilosec) dramatically increase the following health risks:
- kidney failure: “It is very reasonable to assume that PPIs themselves can cause chronic kidney disease,” said Dr. Pradeep Arora, a nephrologist and associate professor at the SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Science in Buffalo, N.Y. [Source]. Further: “People who use proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) have a 20 percent to 50 percent higher risk of chronic kidney disease compared with nonusers, said lead author Dr. Morgan Grams, an assistant professor of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The study was published Jan. 11 in JAMA Internal Medicine.” [Source]
- premature death: People taking a PPI also had nearly twice the risk of dying prematurely [Source]
- bone fractures and infections of C. difficile and pneumonia: “they’ve been tied to other health problems such as bone fractures and infections of C. difficile and pneumonia” [Source] Clostridium difficile bacteria can cause life-threatening colitis. people taking proton pump inhibitors were almost three times more likely to have a C-difficile infection than non-users. he risk of pneumonia was 89% higher for those using proton pump inhibitors and 63% higher for those using H2-receptor antagonists.[Source].
- liver toxicity: [Source]
- All kinds of other problems: “PPI users were more likely to have health problems, such as obesity, high blood pressure and heart problems” [Source]
- Depletion of magnesium: “The medications can cause magnesium levels to decline in the body, and a lack of this important mineral could damage the kidneys” [Source]
- Depletion of calcium: Due to reduced acid, it becomes harder to absorb calcium.
See also: CNN: Popular medications linked to higher risk of kidney failure
THE MORE NEXIUM YOU TAKE THE HIGHER THE RISK
twice-daily use was associated with a 46 percent increased risk of chronic kidney disease, versus a 15 percent increased risk in those taking one daily dose. [Source]
Nexium & Prilosec Lawsuit
There is a lawsuit going on: https://www.levinlaw.com/prilosec-nexium-lawsuit-lawyer-side-effects-recall-help
ALTERNATIVES: WHAT CAN BE DONE?
This article argues that prilosec/omeprazole should be taken, but these are effectively the same drug. That’s no solution.
Natural alternatives: at Livestrong |
1) Take as little of Nexium as possible.
If you do have to take Nexium, take magnesium supplements.
2) Try H2 blockers: Pepcid, Tagamet or Zantac.
“These types of studies, these big data studies, can sometimes suggest a signal that something’s going on, but I don’t know if they prove it,” DeVault said. Grams said the study authors tried to address that concern by comparing PPI users to people using another heartburn medication called H2 blockers. Both patient groups tended to be equally unhealthy, but PPI users had a 39 percent higher risk of chronic kidney disease, the researchers said. [Source]
“Doctors also might opt to prescribe an H2 blocker like Pepcid, Tagamet or Zantac. “To me, this is a cheaper, safer alternative that might work as well with some patients,” Swaminath said.” [Source]
BUT NOTE, H2 RECEPTOR BLOCKERS AREN’T SAFE, EITHER
In 2000, the histamine H-2 receptor blocker, Propulsid, was taken off the market due to associated cardiac deaths. [Source] (I was initially prescribed Propulsid for many years)
Both proton pump inhibitors and the histamine H-2 blocking drugs can raise the risk of hip fractures by 44% if taken for longer than a year because, when you block acid production, you make it more difficult for the body to absorb calcium. [Source]
3) Try Dexsilant
“medications do not fix anything, they allow the underlying problem to continue uncorrected and actually accelerate” [Source: see note by Jodi-Hummingbird here]
1) The usual advice
Give up: coffee, cigarettes, carbonated beverages, food additives, artificial foods
Test for: candida, HPylori, parasites, food allergies, bacteria, gluten sensitivity, lactose sensitivty, leaky gut syndrome
Try: chewing more times, raising head of bed, smaller meals, digestive enzymes, DGL, aloe, wait 3 hours before lying down, probiotics, food elimination diet [Source]
2) Try apple cider vinegar
– for a short period of time.
3) Try to wean off Nexium
This youtube video provides some thoughts.
4) eat frequent small meals throughout the day instead of the usual three large meals.
5) vegetable juices include carrot, spinach, beet, cucumber, parsley, celery, cabbage and potato
6) Reduce carbohydrates
This was very persuasive (from around 4.5 minutes)
Ini particular, white flour seems to be a culprit [See review by Frog Man here] – bread?
May 1, 2016
February 25, 2016
These are good articles:
January 31, 2016
your body does not get stronger when you are training, but rather when you are resting and recovering from your training. [Source]
Recovery from sore muscles after climbing stairs/ mountains
stretching prior to warming up and getting your blood flowing and muscles loose is not a good idea. The exception to this would be stretching in the day following a workout to loosen sore and tight muscles. [Source]
Continued high-intensity exercise (with no rest), however, will cause lactic acid levels to skyrocket and muscular failure to occur in less than three minutes.
Detailed description of the kinds of fatigue
Climbing stairs/ hills is a FAR MORE STRENUOUS exercise than walking/ running
stair climbing works multiple muscles in your bottom half, including your calves, glutes, hips, hamstrings and quadriceps. Walking, jogging or running also uses your legs, but it focuses more on toning muscles and strengthening the heart. Although climbing stairs also works your heart, it uses your legs more strenuously and hence tends to build more muscle.
Stair climbing provides a triple workout because it strengthens your heart, your leg muscles and even your bones. Because your legs bear a load — your body weight — while working vigorously, your leg muscles pull against your leg bones. In response, according to a web page on the University of Arizona’s website, your bones strengthen and become denser. Accordingly, stair-climbing not only makes your legs stronger, it also helps prevent osteoporosis. Stair-climbing provides aerobic exercise as well as strength training — in other words, it raises your heart rate and increases endurance. [Source]
Exercises to prepare for climbing
Which muscles are used in climbing
Hip extension is a major component in walking up stairs. You have two primary hip extension muscles — your gluteus maximus and your hamstrings, both located on the rear of your hip/thigh. As these muscles contract, they drive your femur or thigh bone backward to provide forward and upward momentum.
Climbing stairs requires active knee extension. Higher stair will require you to bend your knees more deeply and the greater the amount of knee flexion, the greater the involvement of your knee extensor muscles — the quadriceps. Your quadriceps are located on the front of your thigh, originating near your hip and terminating just below your knee. These are the muscles that can feel tired and hot as you climb a long flight of stairs.
As you climb stairs, you must swing your leg from an extended position and into a flexed position in preparation for another stride. This is the job of your iliacus, psoas major and psoas minor. Collectively these muscles are called iliopsoas and are located on the front of your hip. In addition to extending your knee, one of the quadriceps, rectus femoris, also flexes your hips as your swing your leg forward and up onto the next step.
Extending your ankle, correctly called plantarflexion, is the job of your calf muscles — specifically soleus, gastrocnemius and tibialis posterior. These muscles work to keep your ankle braced as your climb the stairs so that the energy produced by your leg muscles is not wasted. They also provide assistance as they extend your ankle which results in a strong push off from the balls of your feet.
The degree of involvement of your calf muscles in stair climbing depends on how much you push off the balls of your feet. If you climb the stairs using a flat footed technique, there will be relatively little in the way of calf muscle work. If, however, you actively push off your toes, for example when running up stairs two at a time, your calf muscles will have to work much harder.
November 24, 2015
Scientists now think that being overweight can protect your health (By the time a person is in their 70s, the statistically optimal BMI is around 26, or solidly in the “overweight” category.)
See this: Value of BMI as health measure queried
November 24, 2015
Coffee (not tea) seems to improve liver function:
Monash University study, 2015 (moderate amounts of coffee, depending on the liver disease you’re looking at, seem to be associated with less liver damage and probably less liver fat, as well)
World Cancer Research Fund study (Researchers found that a consistent love for coffee could lower liver cancer risk by 14 percent.)
September 21, 2015
This is very confounding issue. I’m going to make some research notes here and update as I find time to learn more.
STUDIES THAT SAY “NO”
ADDENDUM 7 FEBRUARY 2017: Studies seem to not have controlled for wealth. Maybe moderate drinking isn’t so good for you after all
STUDIES THAT SAY “YES”
ADDENDUM 28 JANUARY 2017: Why experts don’t want to talk about benefits of moderate drinking (this focuses on benefits from social drinking)
A key article: The Truth We Won’t Admit: Drinking Is Healthy. Further (this one doesn’t directly provide data but makes claims that could potentially be verified). Further: Five health benefits to moderate drinking – cites numerous studies.
Figure below – annotated based on figure in http://while-science-sleeps.com/pdf/275.pdf
Principle 1: No matter how much you drink, make sure you drink SLOWLY, and (ideally) have food along with alcohol
That is because alcohol needs to be broken down by the liver:
the liver can only handle a certain amount of alcohol at any given time, so if you drink more than the liver can deal with by drinking too quickly, or drinking too much, your liver cells struggle to process it.
When alcohol reaches the liver, it produces a toxic enzyme called acetaldehyde which can damage liver cells and cause permanent scarring, as well as harm to the brain and stomach lining. But that’s not all…
Your liver also requires water to do its job effectively. When alcohol enters the body it acts as a diuretic and as such dehydrates you and forces the liver to find water from other sources. The severe dehydration is part of the reason why, after a big night of drinking you can wake up nursing a whopping headache.
Regular and heavy drinking over time can strain or upset the way alcohol is metabolised within the body, which can lead to alcoholic liver disease. [Source]
Alcohol is a known liver toxin. Fatty liver, while not harmful in itself, can progress in some cases to more serious liver damage such as cirrhosis. [Source]
OBESITY CAUSES FATTY LIVER
obesity is the most common cause of fatty liver worldwide, affecting 20 percent of Americans, a July 2007 published in the “World Journal of Gastroenterology” reports. [Source]
Principle 2: Drinking something is better than drinking nothing
There are studies that suggest that not drinking at all is associated with the highest rate of cardio-vascular disease.
NOTE ON BEER
“Moderate beer consumption can be considered as part of a healthy diet since it may protect against heart disease, cancer and osteoporosis,” stated a group of scientists from Italy’s Institute of Food Sciences, led by Dr Carmela Spagnuolo?, last year.
Beers contain a rich cargo of a chemicals called polyphenols, thought to have cancer-fighting abilities. In the Italian research, cultured leukaemia cells were exposed to five different Italian brews. [Source]
Harvard University: Alcohol: Balancing Risks and Benefits
Can wine affect the liver?
Wine good for the liver?
Wine and fatty liver
How much wine is safe to drink?