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I’m Under and Over It

Yep, I think that pretty much sums it up…

You can be me and I will be you.
You can live just like a star.
I’ll take my sanity, you take the fame.
I’m under and over it all.
(I’m under and over it.)

Did you hear the one about me playing the game?
Selling my soul and changing my name.
Did you hear the one about me being a prick?
Did you know I don’t care? You can suck my…
Did you hear the one about me trying to die?
Fist in the air and a finger to the sky.
Do I care if you hate me? Do you wanna know the truth?
C’est la vie….adiós….good riddance….fuck you!

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Farewell to the Green Deane forum

Posted here, in case the original is deleted over at GDF, my friends can still see why I left.

*****

I’m going to just cut through the mustard and lay it all out.

This has been coming for a while now, but this topic brought it to a head.

Let’s talk about another one of my pet hates: hypocrites.

We have ’em in spades.

In the past few months, I have seen a few people, and one member in particular, treated like vile filth by the majority of the rest of the board, and even at times by Deane.

They’ve been openly mocked, ridiculed, derided, and essentially told that their content ‘doesn’t belong here’ or is somehow inferior.

This is absolutely unacceptable.

Often calls are made to ‘get rid of’ these members. If it doesn’t fit a certain narrow window, then their contributions are mocked and they are somehow not worthy of being a member here.

But let’s just call it what it is. Bullying.

This is not the ‘tough love’ that I’ve been trying to explain to some of you who have been thick as bricks on the subject. Tough love is done because you care and don’t want to see the individual come to harm. Bullying is done because deriding an individual or their contributions somehow makes YOU feel better.

But wait, you may say, no one’s been directly bullied here. We’re such sweet angels. We rarely, if ever, say anything nasty to anyone.

It’s still bullying, no matter how you dress it up. In all honesty, it’s exponentially worse than a direct insult. A direct insult you can actually face and deal with. The subtle, sly, intellectual kind of bullying can really eat at an individual. Until their self-worth is depleted enough that they either slink off and don’t come back, or they just read and not post because they’re afraid of being jumped on when they do.

And no, you aren’t outright calling anyone an idiot. You’re going a few steps worse. You’re TREATING them like an idiot, in front of the ‘whole class’. It’s self-righteous and subtle, which makes it even more dangerous.

So all this BS talk about being ‘sensitive’? Riiggghht. BS troll is still BSing… Because you’re still treating someone poorly and claiming to be angels.

And all the while you can claim that you’ve not been doing anything wrong. Tee-hee. Oh, so clever you. And as long as no one has anything direct or concrete to call you out on, you’re walking the high road, right?

The whole thing sickens me.

Yes, I’m also talking about how some of you and even our host (Yes, YOU, Deane) have treated our pal Swampy here. Some of you have been at odds with him since that one thread months back, and so everything he posts is read by you negatively before you even read the content.

And some people whom I’ve formerly considered friends here have been outright vile to me just because I’ve stuck up for the guy and not let them run roughshod over him. So be it.
I can no longer continue to ignore these things which ultimately go against my core values.

So, it’s time to say adieu.

It’s been mostly fun, but has certainly been a wild ride. (Pun intended.)

Deane: Thank you for all the videos you’ve authored and all the people you have helped by publishing them. I’ve learned a lot from you, and filled in some blanks in my foraging knowledge.

To the rest of the ACTIVE foraging forum: I’ve learned more from YOU collectively, than I did from one man or his videos, no matter how awesome they may be. YOU are the true treasure here. I think he perhaps forgets that from time to time, and acts accordingly.

Mike: Please put my account in read-only mode. If that’s not possible, then you may outright delete me. I’m done posting here. But be aware that if you do, every post I ever made will quite likely vanish depending on the forum settings. And that’ll be a lot of forum content gone forever.

Heather & Deane: Don’t even try this. Leave it to the professional IT guy. You can permanently and irrevocably obliterate a large part of the forum if you click the wrong thing when doing this on a member account that’s been here so long and who has thousands of posts into the forum.

To everyone: As always, I may be reached at wildcookery@yahoo.com

There is much more that could be said, but I’d rather leave on a somewhat pleasant note.

Farewell friends. May you tread wild paths seldom trod, and pick only the tastiest morsels.

All the best,

~Janos

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When is Trespassing Acceptable?

As a forager, I run into this concept and question quite often.

When is it acceptable to trespass on  someone’s private property in search of wild edible plants?

The answer, of course, is NEVER.

If it’s within arm’s reach of the road and you don’t actually have to walk ONTO the property, or if it’s fruit that is, say, hanging OVER a fence, and onto a public sidewalk, then that is different.

You may not however, EVER trespass on someone’s land without their permission, for any reason.

If they have signs up to the equivalent of ‘No Trespassing’, then even walking up to the door to ask permission is unacceptable, because they’ve made it known that your presence is not wanted, for any reason. If you really want to forage there, get the address off of their mailbox, and send them a handwritten letter asking kindly for permission. This will likely get you a positive response.

But apparently this rule doesn’t seem to apply to certain special classes of people doing other things.

*BANG BANG BANG BANG BANG!*

There’s nothing in the world I hate more than being woken up by a loud and incessant knock on the door. Well, maybe a few other things I hate more. But not many. Like idiots who call me and show up as ‘Unknown caller’ on caller ID, never leave a message, and then call 50 times a day. And when you answer it, it’s an automated collection call for some jackass who had the phone number before you did, and there’s no way in the world to get the service to stop calling you, because you never get a real human on the other end.

But I digress…

So there I was, having the best sleep since… oh… months at least, as I haven’t been getting much rest lately with all the work and research that I’ve been doing in the evenings, since it’s typically the only quiet time I get during the day, and I’m jolted stark awake by some SOB banging on the front storm door so hard I thought it was about to come off it’s hinges.

So in the milliseconds after being so unceremoniously jolted awake, my mind goes through the inventory of who it could possibly be knocking on my door, on a Monday, in the early AM.

It has to be no one we know. Everyone we know, knows that the front door is closed for the winter, and to come to the side door. So it can’t be friends, or neighbors. That means it’s a stranger.

Well, thinks I, I’m expecting a book that I ordered, so it’s probably one of the delivery services with the box. Likely Fed Ex. UPS just leaves it without ever knocking and the mailman just puts it in the mailbox. I have a huge mailbox just for this purpose. Book orders and anything smaller than a German Shepard, fit in my mailbox just fine. But even the UPS and mailman guys have figured out to use the side door for deliveries.

So, having come to this conclusion that it was most likely just the book I ordered the other day, I closed my eyes again.

*BANG BANG BANG BANG BANG!* *BANG BANG BANG BANG BANG!*

(Pause…)

*BANG BANG BANG BANG BANG!* *BANG BANG BANG BANG BANG!* *BANG BANG BANG BANG BANG!*

OMG, are you effin’ kidding me?

Someone’s house better be burning down for someone to be knocking on my door like this and not giving up.

Right about now, I’m pretty livid. The wife is not amused at being woken up either.

So, I crawl out of bed, throw some clothes on, and make my way out to the front door.

It only took about 45 seconds to go from my bed to the door, and they were gone.

There were, however fresh tire tracks in my driveway.

So… snow tracker time. I put on my coat and boots and went outside.

One vehicle, coming from the east, and traveling westward. Pulled into my driveway, only about halfway, and then stopped. Odd.
Two people exited the vehicle. The driver immediately walked over to my neighbor’s house, then walked back to the driver’s side of the vehicle. The passenger immediately walked from the vehicle to MY front door, knocked like it was going out of style. Twice, then immediately walked back to the vehicle.

My first thought at this point was someone selling something.

So I followed the tracks up to my front door. No package or anything else out of order, and nothing attached to the outside handle.
So then I opened the storm door, and on the INSIDE latch, there was a fresh rolled up copy of some Jehovah’s Witness literature. Yep. Someone selling something.

Why would these people be out early on a Monday? No one’s typically home.

Then my brain kicked in. It’s MLK Jr. Day. This explains why these idiots are out in the freezing cold on a MONDAY morning. They’re trying to get all the people who have the day off. And who obviously would be *thrilled* being woken up early on their day off to hear their JW spiel.
This isn’t ‘religious freedom’. It’s outright harassment. It’s also trespassing. Apparently that big sign I have in the window that says ‘No Solicitation’ will need to be altered. They either can’t read, don’t know what the word ‘solicitation’ means, or think it doesn’t apply to them, and their particular brand of unwanted harassment is somehow ‘protected’.

No, it isn’t.

But let me ask this. If Muslims, or any other religion other than a Christian, showed up on people’s front door, and left pamphlets with, say… Quran verses in them on people’s doorknobs, would people tolerate this crap for a minute?

Or would they crap gold kittens, and say they were being harassed, and demand to be left alone? Heck, they’d probably even try to author legislation that made it illegal to be ‘harassed’ by those groups.

But on a whole, we largely tolerate this crap even though we don’t like it. Why? Oh, because as my Catholic father once told me, they’re ‘Christians too’, and they’re just ‘spreading the word of the Lord, even if they are a bit annoying.’

People don’t dislike JWs (and Mormons) because of their beliefs. They dislike them because of their actions.

Because they show up at your doorstep, and try to shove their beliefs down your throat in your own home.

How this has ever been acceptable is beyond me. I find it intrusive and insulting.

You want me to read something unsolicited? Mail it to me. It’s got to be cheaper than going house to house. Especially with the price of gas.

If anyone wondered for even a moment why the general public’s tolerance of people who proclaim themselves to be ‘Christians’ is at an all time low, all you have to do is look at these groups who are actively working hard to give all Christians a bad name.

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The Vegetarian Myth

Deane over at Eat the Weeds posted this today, in which the book is reviewed by Mark Sisson.

I thought it was a good thing to pass along, so here is the excerpt:

Wow.

It isn’t often that I write book reviews (have I ever? – serious question), but it isn’t often that a truly important book like Lierre Keith’s The Vegetarian Myth pops up on my radar just begging for one.

You may remember it from a brief mention I gave back in September, or maybe from Dr. Eades’ endorsement of it. You may have even already read the book yourself. If you haven’t, read it. And if you have? Read it again or get one for a friend.

That goes double for vegans, vegetarians, or anyone on the cusp of adopting that lifestyle. If you fit the bill, especially if you’re considering veganism/vegetarianism for moral reasons, drop what you’re doing and run to the nearest bookstore to buy this book. It’s incredibly well-written, and the author has a real knack for engaging prose, but that’s not the main reason for my endorsement. The real draw is the dual (not dueling) narratives: the transformation of a physically broken moral vegetarian into a healthier moral meat eater; and the destructive force of industrial agriculture. The “Myth” in question is the widely-held notion that vegetarianism is the best thing for our health and for our planet. On the contrary, Keith asserts that a global shift toward vegetarianism would be the absolute worst move possible. It’s vitally important. It’s definitive. It’s somewhat depressing, and it’s brutally honest. It also might be the book that changes your life.

Lierre Keith is a former vegan/vegetarian who bowed out after twenty long years of poor health and paralyzing moral paradoxes. Her original goal was to explore the question, “Life or death?” as it pertained to food. She, like most vegetarians, assumed she had a choice between the two, that it was an either/or thing. Eating tofu and beans was life, while a burger represented death. Life didn’t have to involve death – that was the weak way out, and the honorable (and difficult, and therefore meaningful) way to live was by avoiding animal products of all kinds. No blood on your hands or on your plate meant a clean moral slate.

Or so she thought. See, Keith began as a moral vegetarian. She never espoused the idea that meat was inherently unhealthy or physically damaging; she was simply a young kid who “cried for Iron Eyes Cody, longed… for an unmolested continent of rivers and marshes, birds and fish.” We’ve all heard of kids who “turn vegetarian” when they find out their chicken nuggets once walked, clucked, and pecked. Well, Keith was that five year old who bemoaned the “asphalt inferno of suburban sprawl” as a harbinger of “the destruction of [her] planet.” Hers was a deep-seated commitment to the preservation of all living things, not just the cute and fuzzy ones.

That expansive scope meant she looked at the big picture, and suffered for it. She never got to enjoy that oh-so-common smug vegetarian elitism, because she was too aware. Seeds were living things, too. They may not have had faces or doting mothers, but they were alive, and that meant they could die. Killing slugs in her garden was impossible, and deciding whether to supplement the soil with actual bone meal was excruciating. Unlike most of her peers, she knew that avoiding direct animal products didn’t mean her hands were clean. They might not be dripping red, but living organisms died to make that head of lettuce possible. Fields were tilled and billions of microorganisms were destroyed, not to mention the mice, rabbits, and other wild animals whose environments are leveled to make way for industrial farming. And so whichever direction she went – home gardening, local produce, or grocery store goods – Keith was contributing directly and indirectly to death.

What’s a moral vegetarian to do?

She briefly entertains studying with a mystic breatharian, hoping to (tongue-in-cheekily) learn to subsist purely on oxygen. She spends hours picking slugs from her garden and goes to relocate them. Nothing works. She keeps coming back to death.

“Let me live without harm to others. Let my life be possible without death.” Keith realizes this vegetarian plea (which “borders on a prayer”) is impossible to fulfill. She can’t live and eat without something dying, and that’s the whole point of it all. Death is necessary and natural. Circle of life, you know? Without death of some sort, life would get a whole lot worse.

Keith ultimately sets her sights on one of our favorite human “advancements” at the Apple: agriculture! Readers of MDA already know how agriculture altered our trajectory forever, but maybe not in such vivid detail. We focus on the lowered life expectancy, reduced bone density, compromised dental health, and the stooped, shrunken skeletons of our Neolithic ancestors, but Keith shows how grain agriculture actually destroys the land it touches. The Fertile Crescent, ground zero for grain development, used to be, well, fertile. It was verdant, lush, and teeming with life – including nomadic hunter gatherers. Paradise, you might even say. Animals grazed on perennial grasses, pooped out nutrients, and gradually those nutrients would work themselves back into the soil. It was a beautiful, natural life cycle that worked great for millennia. But once grains were grown and the land was irrigated, everything changed. Perennial renewable grasses became annual grains. Animals no longer grazed and replenished the soil. The top soil was robbed of nutrients and faded away. Irrigation meant crucial annual floods were disrupted or even halted. A massive monkey wrench was thrown into the system, and rather than coexisting as a complementary aspect of nature, man thus commenced the conflict with the natural world that rages to this very day.

And that’s the crux of her argument – that modern industrial agriculture is wanton destruction. Grain-based, vegetarian agriculture is even worse, because it attempts to eliminate a crucial player in the normal life cycle of the planet. Animals, which provide manure, calcium, and other nutrients for the soil, have to be part of the equation. Whenever a culture turns to a grain-based agricultural system, these same problems arise. Annual grain crops killed the American prairie and, for the vegans out there, they kill the millions of animals, bugs, and birds that rely on specific ecosystems to survive. The vegan’s soy burger has nary an animal part, but the machines that worked the soybean fields were greased with the blood of a thousand organisms. The vegetarian’s wheat crops feed millions, but robs the land of nutrients and destroys the top soil necessary for life.

Primal readers won’t be surprised by what they read. They may be horrified at the extent of the environmental damage caused by industrial agriculture, but they won’t be surprised (given agriculture’s poor track record with our health). Keith lays out an effective case against grains (and for a Primal-ish, low-carb, high-fat diet, believe it or not) on nutritive, moral, and economical grounds that’s tough to refute. The nutritional information will come as second nature, but the sources are sound and the references are powerful.

There’s more, far more, but I’d rather not spoil the entire thing. Just read it and rest assured that it’s worth your time. The book is a must-read, and a great ally for anyone interested in promoting a healthy, sustainable, omnivorous future. Read this book and distribute it to your vegan friends.

Primal approved!

Read more: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/vegetarian-myth-review/#ixzz2qaSEmMRa

I’m ordering this book today. I know just who to give it to!

If you’d like to order the book, you can do so by clicking the image below:

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Tabula Rasa – A Clean Slate

A significant change is coming soon to Wild Cookery!

Yes, we’ll continue to be about foraging and cooking up all things delicious and wild.

But we’ll be adding to our ‘menu’ so to speak.

In the past, there have been various other topics covered here, but I still strove to keep it focused primarily on foraging topics and the cooking of wild foods. Times have changed.

We’re going to be going a bit more ‘broad spectrum’ instead of ‘highly focused’.

There is a very important reason for this…Everything is interconnected. The audience for a 100% foraging focus is very slim indeed. In fact most people who prepare for other things unfortunately have learning foraging on the bottom of their list. I mean to change that through cross-exposure by discussing other topics that are important to people.

I’ve heard it many times that I should keep Wild Cookery! strictly about foraging, to the exclusion of most other topics. I disagree.

Here’s why…

Foraging is very interconnected to many other things. Or rather, a ‘lack’ of foraging is. Because most of us no longer forage for our food, we are very disconnected from nature. Nature is something which, to us, exists in isolation of, and removal from, the human condition. By encouraging discussion of other somewhat related topics, we will segue into discussion of foraging with people that would otherwise have not sought out information on foraging. We will reach a much higher number of people than we ever would just by continuing to endlessly ‘preach to the choir’.

The more good people who know the basic skills of foraging, the better off the whole of humanity is. And no worries, we all know that the number of foragers will never exceed a fractional percentage of the population. So fears that people will ‘over forage’ the world en masse if ‘everyone’ knows this knowledge are statistically unrealistic to the extreme.

So, fear not. You aren’t going to be training your competition if you teach a few more good folks how to forage.

There are many valid topics in these tumultuous times that deserve in depth discussion. If all I do is talk about foraging, then the many and varied topics of our time that need to be talked about get completely missed. I think this is a disservice.

I also think that most of the foragers I know personally will applaud this move, as the vast majority of them are very intelligent and dynamic people. They have wide and varied interests. In other words, they aren’t just interested in foraging. They’re interested in what’s going on in their world and how to make a positive difference. They also don’t oft get a chance to discuss these topics as they are afraid to talk about them in other places for fear of being ‘off topic’, or considered ‘fringe’.

I would like this blog, and the corresponding Wild Cookery! Forums to eventually become such a springboard for open and honest discussions.

All legal and lawful topics should be up for discussion in a healthy society. A mutual interest in foraging should be the start of an intelligent conversation, not the end all be all of a conversation.

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The Modern Voodoo of Nutrition, Part II: The Cholesterol Myth

Everyone knows that high cholesterol and eating saturated fat cause heart disease, right?

Heart

Just ask almost anyone. Ask your friends, co-workers, parents, siblings, neighbors, and medical ‘professionals’.

They’ll likely all tell you that, yes, saturated fat is the prime cause of heart disease, and eating a bacon cheeseburger is a heart attack waiting to happen! It’ll raise your cholesterol, and then you’re just moments away from a fatal myocardial infarction.

The conventional wisdom is that the 3 B’s of ‘Butter, Bacon, and Bovine’ will be the death of you! It’s enshrined dogma now.

It doesn’t matter one lick whether or not any of it is true or not. Or if in fact, it’s just absolutely and totally 100% pure bullchips.

It’s engrained in the public consciousness now. It’s now ‘fact’, even though it’s absolutely and patently false.

But why are saturated fat and cholesterol so demonized by the medical media? (Saturated fat found in coconut oil notwithstanding.)

To answer this, we must take a look at cholesterol.

Cholesterol is a very misunderstood thing, even by many very educated people. Most doctors I know do not even understand it. You try to have a simple conversation with them and most of them look at you like you’re crazy. The fault does not lie with them, per se. They are just perpetuating the myth and regurgitating what they were taught from rote memorization. I do not think that this is by accident. Just like there is no profit in ‘cures’ for anything, but rather in the treatment of ‘disease’, there is no profit in an educated public. The individual doctors are not to blame. But they do have some responsibility to bear for continuing to be the banner men and women for something that was long ago proven to be flat out incorrect.

The confusion in all of this comes with LDL, or Low Density Lipoproteins.

When your LDL level goes up, everyone freaks out. This is the ‘high cholesterol’ that your doctor typically talks about. High cholesterol isn’t the problem. It’s the symptom. You don’t fix something by absolutely ignoring the cause and trying to ‘fix’ the symptoms instead. But that’s exactly what the medical industry does at large. (Because it’s not really trying to ‘fix’ anything!) In order to address the cause, we must first ask why the cholesterol is elevated in the first place. In other words, what function does it serve that is causing your body to have this response? The answers may prove instructive.

It is also important to note that most of the time when someone goes in for a cholesterol test, that the office doing the test largely do not inform you of the difference between LDL and HDL (High Density Lipoproteins) They just say you have high cholesterol and that you have to bring it down. If you don’t ask, they typically won’t even tell you which of your cholesterols are high.

As everyone knows, LDL is labelled as ‘bad’ cholesterol. It’s not ‘bad’, it has a function in your body, and is there for a reason. Bringing your LDL way down is just as dangerous as having it be too high. Your body needs it’s cholesterol. Without cholesterol, you’d be dead as a doornail, as your cells would not heal themselves or replicate. They also do not typically test for LDL particle size. It’s the smaller ones that tend to get ‘stuck’ in places where you don’t want them to be and eventually cause a build up if there are too many of them. And they get stuck there in the first place because they’re doing what they’re designed to do, and that’s repair damage.

And focusing solely on high LDL counts are why we have such things as statins on the market. They are prescribed with frightening regularity. They are also present in municipal and city water supplies as they tend to not break down during the ‘purification’ process and get cycled back into your drinking water. Yum! Everyone wants their infant girl on statins, right? Statins do have limited use, in theory, for a male if he has a prior history of heart attacks. But under no circumstances should females be on these drugs. They are far more harmful than helpful to women. (For further study, just do a net search on the terms ‘Statins harmful to women’. You’ll have plenty to read.)

As Dr. Joseph Mercola says:

Statins are the world’s most-prescribed class of medications. A staggering one in four Americans over the age of 45 now take cholesterol-lowering drugs such as Pravachol, Mevacor, Lipitor, Zocor, Crestor, and others. A majority of them are taking these drugs for primary prevention of heart attacks and strokes.

However, mounting research suggests this could be a critical mistake.

Most recently, two separate studies have concluded that progression of coronary artery calcification, which is the hallmark of potentially lethal heart disease, is INCREASED with statin drug use.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/10/15/statin-drugs-on-coronary-disease.aspx

The pharmaceutical powers that be of Big Pharma and Big Medica want you to be mostly ignorant of cholesterol. They want you to think of all of it as ‘bad’, so that you’ll buy more of their statin drugs and pad the bottom line. And why shouldn’t they? They’re a business. It’s called the medical industry after all. It’s a for-profit organization, not a philanthropic braintrust. They want to sell more statins. You are a consumer to them, and you need to be as ignorant as possible to consume as much of their product as they can possibly sell you.

But wait, you say. My Dr. says that I need to lower my cholesterol! How can I do that without statins?

Here’s a real question that folks need to pose to their doctor. “Why do I need to lower my cholesterol?” So many people I know are afraid to question their primary care providers and ask the simple and basic questions. They think that they’ll look like a fool, or a weirdo, or whatever, if they simply ask the doctor questions that challenge their recommendations.

If you were to say… “Ok, doc, you want me to lower my cholesterol. Why do I have to lower my cholesterol? What negative health effect is my cholesterol having? Is it my LDL or my HDL that is causing the problem?”

The doctor would likely answer: “Why? Well because everyone knows that high cholesterol causes heart disease and plaque build up in your arteries, which leads to heart attacks and strokes.”

Oh really?

Almost as dangerous as the totally ignorant, are those who are just educated enough on a certain topic to be intolerant of any other view. These doctors largely fall into that category.

I refer to these folks as having a ‘militant mindset’. Whether that be in regards to science, beliefs, religion, politics, or their diet. They get a certain mindset and become very rigid, often ignoring and failing to incorporate any further research into these topics. They also do not tend to research the topics very well at all. But they don’t need to be a doctor to have this mindset. Your average Joe or Jane has it as well. They’ll just order one book on something and all of a sudden they’re an ‘instant expert’, and look down their snout at anyone who doesn’t toe the line 100% in accordance with their current beliefs. Which may change with the next new and hot ‘trend’.

On the flip side most of our doctors tend to be mired in the quicksand of the dinosaur age dogma of rabid Keysism.

It’s only through a small number of medical practitioners who are fed up with nearly half a century of bad medical science, and with an informed and proactive cadre of individuals that are taking their health into their own capable hands, that any of this information is surfacing at all. If it were up to the mainstream medical mafia, none of it would ever see the light of day in a million years.

The purpose of this article isn’t to give you all the answers. It is to get you looking for answers of your own.

A good place to start when you are done with this article, is the movie ‘Fat Head’ which can be viewed free, here: http://www.hulu.com/watch/196879/fat-head

There are also things that all of us need to be aware of that will affect each and every one us, such as the new ruling by the AMA that declares obesity as a ‘disease’.

Be on the lookout for all the new and invasive ways that they try to control our lives in order to combat this newly classified ‘disease’. The effects will be as far reaching as they are detrimental.

And what will the medical mafia recommend as a solution to this new ‘disease’? More of the same that got us there in the first place!

Low fat, high carb, diets with plenty of grains. That’s what they’ll recommend. And that’s what’s been killing us for decades. Oh, and exercise. You can’t forget that one. Just burn more calories than you take in, and you’ll lose weight, right? What a joke. You’ll never exercise yourself from obese to thin. And nothing positive will happen if you don’t get your sugar and carb intake under control. It’s simply not physically possible.

Since obesity is now classified as a ‘disease’, I guess folks like me better watch ourselves and protect every simple truthful statement we utter with a disclaimer. You know, because only the FDA is allowed to say what can and cannot be used to prevent or treat a ‘disease’.

So saying something so simple as ‘Excess sugars and carbs can make you fat’ would be a borderline revolutionary statement now.

Well, you know what I think about that?

In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act. – George Orwell

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional, and none of what is stated in any of my writings or articles should ever be taken as medical advice. I simply write about things I do, and what has seemed to work for me personally. This article is for entertainment only, and nothing herein is intended to cure or prevent any disease. For example, should you cut out sugars and ratchet your carbs way down, I have no idea why you might suddenly be in better health in short order, or why your Type II Diabetes might suddenly vanish. Please get your medical advice from a competent and professional medical provider, should you be able to actually find one. The reader takes it upon him/herself to be 100% accountable for following any information, suggestion, or research in this article and agrees to indemnify the author of all responsibility in regards to any ill effects (or health benefits) that following anything written here may engender. That, and don’t bother suing me, it’s not worth your time, I’m poor. 😉

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The World According to Bob, Episode 2: Hmm… Upgrades

Rejoice, for there is now more Bob! 🙂

The World According to Bob 2

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The Modern Voodoo of Nutrition, Part I: Heart Healthy

This series will take a look at what I consider to be many of the modern misconceptions about nutrition, cholesterol, and what really is and is not ‘bad’ for us in regards to our diets.

The common and pervading wisdom is that a ‘low fat, low protein, high carb diet’ is ‘good’ for us. Meats and animal fats, and dairy fats, are all demonized as horrendously ‘bad’ for you and ‘heart breakers’.

So let me get this straight… we are told that the healthy fats that mankind has eaten for hundreds of thousands of years (or more), are actually ‘bad’ for us, and the fakey chemically extracted stuff that tends to mostly be in processed foods, are good for us. In other words, don’t eat eggs, because they’re ‘bad’ (again), and don’t eat butter because it’s bad, eat more margarine with vegetable oil in it instead. Like corn oil, for example. As stated in the movie ‘Fat Head’, when you press corn, you don’t get corn oil. It has to be chemically extracted. It’s an aberration of nature. Is such a thing truly ‘good’ for us? I don’t think it is.

But who’s the pusher of this particular brand of nonsense? None other than the American Heart Association.

A recent visit to their site was eye opening, to say the least. But not for the reasons you may think.

They go on to demonize ‘Sat’ their cutesy little name for their Saturated Fat character, as ‘artery clogging.’ They actually say, and I quote:

“The more time you and I spend together, the better chance I’ll have to clog your arteries and break your heart. But don’t think about that.  Let’s just sit down and eat.”

And for ‘Trans’ their cute little name for our Partially Hydrogenated ‘friend’ that they first said was ‘good’, and was promoted by the industry as heart healthy, now they say is ‘bad’. (And it is.) It says:

“If you eat, I’m your guy.  I’m even more interested if you’re the naïve type – one of those people who haven’t heard about me in the news and don’t know where to watch out for me.”

Naïve type. Yea, that about sums it up. You’d have to be pretty naïve to believe these people to begin with considering the line of bull they’re spreading.

Now, I’ll be the first to admit that anything with trans fats in it is bad news. But they lump saturated fat and trans fat together as the ‘bad fat brothers’.

This is incredibly misleading. Find me ONE reliable study that proves that saturated fat is bad for you. But don’t hurt yourself searching too hard… you won’t find one. All the data points to the exact opposite. That your body NEEDS saturated fat, and a diet that is high in saturated fat is actually GOOD for you. Anyone who’s done a shred of research knows that it’s not fat that turns into fat in your body. The fat is absorbed much slower and has a chance to be burned off as energy. It’s the sugars and carbs that get turned into fat from the action of the insulin response. You eat sugars or carbs, your sugar level spikes, and your body produces insulin and converts it into fat.

The voodoo, and it really can’t be called anything else, comes to us straight from the AHA (American Heart Association) website…

These idiots actually say that Canola oil is ‘healthy’ for you. Uhh… Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot, over? Canola oil is one of the worst things you can cook with, especially as it is a carcinogen when aerosolized under high heat.

Also, the site has Canola manufacturers and such as sponsors. Hmm. Not a conflict of interests there, is there?

Kind of like McDonalds supporting a study that says fast food is good for you. You’d never believe it in a million years would you? Of course not. But yet millions believe what the AHA has to say as though it’s the word of God.

Well that’s not too far off, because it’s certainly enshrined and entrenched dogma, that’s for sure.

But what really ticked me off are the following ‘facts’ that they have on their site. A fact is something that is proven. A fact is not a theory or hypothesis. One flawed and cherry picked study by Ancel Keys does not a fact make!

Text underlined by me to highlight a point in each image.
(All screenshots and images used under fair use laws.)

Let’s take a look at the first one, shall we?

Fats 1
Here it demonizes saturated fat as a ‘bad’ fat. Really? And why is that? It’s not a fact, it’s an opinion. And an incredibly flawed one at that.

Fats 2In the next image, it proceeds with the assumption that you are now properly schooled on the ‘fact’ that saturated fats are bad, and thus urges you to eat less fatty meat. Chicken with the skin on, butter, and full fat dairy products. You know, the things which are actually healthy for you.

Fats 3Next, it urges us to use liquid vegetable oil (such as canola, soy, etc…) instead of butter. The only way this would be acceptable on any level is if it was virgin pressed olive oil. But I solve that problem. I use BOTH butter AND olive oil! Yum!

Fats 4Next, they state that if you consume more calories than you burn, you’ll gain weight. This can only be so if  they continue the BS lie that ‘a calorie, is a calorie, is a calorie.’

I lost 60 pounds doing almost nothing. All I did was cut the sugars out of my diet, and ratcheted down on the carbs. I ate meats and fats and butter and olive oil and eggs like they were going out of style. I was taking in thousands of calories a day, and yet was chained to a desk for my job most of the time. I did a very little minor walking here and there. In the morning I did a set of push ups every other day or so. That’s about the extend of my physical exertion. And I lost 60 pounds sitting on my rear. So much for that little so called ‘fact’ about calories in, calories out, eh?

Fats 5Last is yet another warning about saturated fats. That’s funny. As I stated above, I lost 60 pounds eating a very heavily saturated fat diet, and all things considered, felt pretty good.

The problem is that all of this flawed research is now very deeply entrenched dogma. History shows that the only time such things change is when the baton is passed to a new generation who does not share the previous generation’s prejudices or mindset. Such is the case here. Nothing will change in the industry until those who are in high positions and keep pushing these lies retire, or kick off from following their own flawed and scientifically unsound advice. Thus, any real change, may be many decades off.

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The World According to Bob

I’d like to introduce my new comic strip, “The World According to Bob.” It will cover the perspectives and adventures of one ‘Robert Joe American’, known as simply ‘Bob’ to his friends.

The World According to Bob 1

This comic may be freely distributed, provided that it is unaltered, and the copyright is clearly visible. Also, a link back to this site would be most appreciated. 😀

Post Scriptum: Sugar hasn’t actually been banned. Yet.

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Obesity, Welfare, and the Health Epidemic of America – Part II

For this installment, I’m going to focus primarily on obesity and it’s effect on the health of our nation.

Back in the early 1980’s obesity was about 15% in America. Now it’s about 34%. Diabetes has also tripled in 30 years. There are also 30% more obese than undernourished people worldwide, according to the WHO. In addition, five percent of the world’s total population is diabetic. Does anyone think this is a problem? What changed, in just the last 30 or so years? And just as importantly, how can we fix it?

There are many different facets of these problems, and many different views.

There seem to be a few differing schools of thought in regard to how we go about addressing these problems, and it’s approached by two primarily different viewpoints. First are those who see obese people as perpetual ‘victims’. They tend to feel that it is society’s responsibility to fix the problem, and that the individual is just a helpless and powerless victim in the matter. Alternately there are those who feel that it’s an individual’s responsibility to change what needs to be changed.

The two mindsets oft do not mesh. But I do think that we may be able to reach a happy middle ground in order to actually break ground on a solution. If there is to be any solution at all, we have to reach a compromise and ultimately agree that the past is irrelevant as to who’s fault it was, and that the thing to do now is to move forward with dynamic and factual solutions instead of get wrapped around emotional arguments of who or what is ultimately responsible.

Ergo, we could argue endlessly whether or not it’s the obese individual’s responsibility whether they’re obese or not, but at the end of the day, nothing changes. They don’t get any less obese, and nothing is solved.

We also haven’t had much luck going directly to the people and talking to them about this on a national scale. They largely do not care, even though it’s affecting them and their loved ones profoundly. As Dr. John Lustig has quoted, “No amount of public education can fix this problem.” By this, he means that it requires government intervention. A doubled edged sword if there ever was one.

As of 2001, six million children in America were overweight. Fast forward to 2013. We are now at 20 million overweight children. Everywhere you look, children are unhealthily overweight. Even the basic sizes of children’s clothes take this into effect. For example, a size 6T shirt of today is actually larger than a size 6T shirt of 10 years ago. Why? Children have gotten fatter. But it’s not just children. Adult Jeans aren’t straight up and down anymore, they’re flared at the hips. Why? We’ve also gotten fatter. I used to by XL t-shirts and sweat shirts. Now I have to buy a M or L, because the other size is so big I can fit two of me in them. I compared two size XL shirts, one newer and one older, ostensibly of the same size, and the newer one I bought in 2008 is gigantic compared to the older one I bought back in 1999.

But the plagues that are Obesity, Welfare, and what I call the ‘Health Epidemic’, which includes rampant type II diabetes (especially in children), hypertension, lipid problems, heart disease, etc, are all intricately linked in the same web. Though obesity could definitely be included in the ‘Health Epidemic’, it is more a symptom of the Health Epidemic. It’s the result OF the Health Epidemic.

People aren’t getting fat because they’re eating to much. They’re eating too much because they’re getting fat. Obesity is just a symptom of all these other problems, not the cause of them. It is because this is so widely misunderstand in the health community that obesity has been getting worse for 30 years instead of better.

As a society we’ve got it entirely backwards, which is why we fail to succeed on all of these ‘diets’.

But what diets actually do work? Diets which are low in sugars, (usually) low in carbs, and high in fats. But these aren’t short term things in which you can just go on for a few weeks to lose a few pounds and then go back to eating plates full of cheesecake all day. If you want to be healthier, you have to understand what causes obesity in the first place, and make the requisite lifestyle changes.

We have to look at this obesity epidemic with an eye towards actually solving it. We can’t be afraid to call a spade a spade. In my opinion considering these people perpetual ‘victims’ will not solve anything.

Unless these people who are obese, want to change it, and seek to find answers of their own accord, then nothing will change at all. Some magic legislation is not going to be passed that will all of a sudden drastically alter their intake of carbs and sugars.

Whilst I agree with folks like Dr. Lustig that it goes ‘way beyond personal responsibility’ for the causes of obesity, personal responsibility is probably the only place we’ll ever find a solution to it.

If a solution is forced upon people, even if you could ever get it to pass muster and be put into law, people will resist it. They’ll cling onto their HFCS and sugar and loudly and proudly beat their fat-laden chests and declare how you are violating their ‘rights’. These people are addicted to the sugar and the carbs. I’ve had a few very obese friends in my life and cutting out sugar for them is pure torture. They always, invariably, go back to it. They can’t help it. They need their ‘fix’. An addict will always get their fix, no matter what they have to do.

(I’ve long said that if anyone wants coast to coast riots, outlaw sugar and soda pop, and see what happens.)

Whilst an obese 6 year old can’t take responsibility for their condition, and change their diet, their parents sure can. And I’m seeing a lot more obese 60-year-olds than obese 6-year-olds in my particular local area. Adults can no longer afford to make endless excuses and point fingers at other external forces for their conditions.

It is true that we’ve been given a raw deal and had the wool pulled over our eyes and the rug pulled out from under our feet. But complaining about it and taking on an “I’m the helpless victim here.”kind of mentality will never bring any solutions to this problem.

We need to trudge forward despite having been victimized en masse as a society. The time for the pity party, is over.

We, one by one, need to make a change.

We need to do it for ourselves, and for the future generations. We need to find a solution to this problem, and not simply pass the buck to our children and grandchildren.

However, we can’t make anyone change their eating habits, just like we can’t make anyone exercise. They’ll resist and hate you for it if you try to force them to do it. This is why even if we could pass legislation, simply outlawing sugar or HFCS wouldn’t work. Such an effort would be pointless, and fail utterly. It would just crop up on the black market and create a new and lucrative product for entrepreneurs.

Likewise, public education campaigns typically fail horribly. “Just say no to drugs.” Remember that? It worked beautifully, didn’t it? Because most people who were using drugs, just stopped using drugs after that campaign, right? Wrong.

It didn’t do a darn thing other than waste a huge amount of our tax dollars. It is true that overall drug use did decline during the years of the Reagan administration, but it sure the heck wasn’t from the kitschy phrase ‘Just Say No’. The decline in the use of recreational drugs can largely be attributed to an overall and increased general prosperity during that time period. When people are more prosperous, they tend to need less of an escape from their daily lives.

Now, what about exercise? Isn’t obesity caused by people taking in more calories than what they’re burning? Isn’t a calorie just a calorie, as my doctor says it is? No. A calorie is NOT a calorie. A calorie from an apple, or a piece of meat is NOT the same as a calorie from a piece of cheesecake. Your body utilizes and stores differently, the compounds in these foods.

In the cheesecake, you’ve got carbohydrates and fructose in the same place. In nature such a thing does not exist. In the apple, the sugars exist with fiber, which means you can eat it without much of an issue. Eating an apple a day will not make you obese.

The meat has protein and fat, which is not a problem at all. This is what your body runs best on. Fat does NOT make you fat. Sugars and carbs do. Fat burns off and is used as the preferred fuel by our bodies.

Exercise of some sort is important in an overall health plan, but honestly you could fix most of what’s wrong with you without doing a single sit up or push up. I lost 60 pounds just by drastically reducing the amount of sugars and carbs in my diet. Though I would indeed suggest at least walking a little bit each day. We’re designed for a lot of low stress, low speed movement most of the time.

But make no mistake, you aren’t going to exercise your way to fitness, much less whilst eating all the wrong things. People have been trying this on the advice of their doctors for the past 30 years, and guess what? People are working their butts off in the gym, and still getting fatter. Sedentary behavior is not to blame for the obesity epidemic. Likewise, people can be obese, and very active, and still be very obese. Take seasonal farm workers, for example. Many of them are quite fat and work extremely hard, many hours a day of physical labor. And yet, they are still in very poor health. You cannot ‘exercise’ your way to good health if your diet continues to be poor.

So how do we fix this? Can we even fix it? Is it the responsibility of the individual or of the society as a whole to fix this problem of obesity?

I don’t think it really matters who’s ‘responsibility’ it is, but rather, what will actually work.

Being an advocate of rightful liberty, my gut would tell me that this is absolutely an individual problem. People do need to take responsibility for their health and diet. Who else is going to possibly do it for them?

I have heard many people say that society needs to intervene in this epidemic. The problem is, society doesn’t give a rip. (Or they’d already be intervening, wouldn’t they?)

Who’s going to fix it then? Politicians? The people in power will NEVER let it happen. They’d lose a huge chunk of their power, voting bloc, and easy votes. More healthy people, means they’re needed less to lobby to pit people against each other and pit the younger generations vs older generations on such things as Social Security, Medicare, and Welfare.

Now, please don’t misunderstand me…

Societal intervention as a grass roots movement would be great. But it’s not going to happen of it’s own accord.

In order for a change to ever happen outside of the individual level it would have to occur at some kind of governmental level or the food industry would have to make voluntary labeling changes. We all know hat’s not going to happen willingly. It would have to be forced. Companies need to disclose EXACTLY what is in their products. How much added sugar, along with is it or is it not GMO, etc. Once people are informed, they can then begin to take personal responsibility and make better individual choices for themselves. So who can do that?

The Executive and Legislative branches of government aren’t going to touch this with a ten foot pole due to the campaign donations and the influence of the food industry. They’re largely bought off already, and have been for a long time. They also like us fat, dumb, and diseased. It keeps them in power, and keeps the votes and money coming in to support their endless problem, reaction, solution paradigm.

Which works as follows: First, create the problem, then wait for the reaction of the public demanding that ‘something’ be done, and then present the so called pre-planned and prepackaged ‘solution’ that the people demand. All whilst traveling further down the spiral and actually not fixing a darn thing, but whilst taking away even more of our health, wealth, and freedoms.

This leaves us with only one lawful option left. The Judicial Branch. The only way this is going to go anywhere is if it is raised as an issue before the Supreme Court, and fructose is heavily regulated. At the very least, labeling of added sugars must be added to the ingredient labels so people will be able to see what’s really going on with the food they eat. Then and only then will the obesity and health epidemics start to slowly reverse itself.

And it would take a truly grass roots movement to get it there before the Supreme Court in the first place. Assuming, of course, that they aren’t bought and paid for as well. They very well could be. I’ve seen some very strange rulings come out of there. When the highest court in the land is highly divided on what should be a pathetically simple question of what is, and what is not Constitutional, you have a very large problem. Nothing should EVER come down to a 5/4 ruling. That smacks absolutely and completely of sheer political horsepuckery. They are supposed to be the best justices in the land, and we’re expected to believe that half of them have no idea, on a regular basis, of what is and what is not lawful under the supreme law of the land? Bullchips. And if they are totally bought and paid for… well… then that’s that.

The only other option would be an absolute grassroots education campaign direct to the people. And no such thing has ever worked in our nation’s history. After all, it’s 30 years on, and most of us are still fat…

Do I blame the obese individual for being obese? No. But I do hold them responsible. In the end, we have only our personal responsibility. We cannot control others. We cannot bend or mold them to our will. We cannot coerce them or force them to behave a certain way, and we cannot legislate our way out of obesity.

No one is going to rescue us from ourselves. If anything is going to ever change on this front, we will need to ultimately make the changes that we’d like to see. We’ll need to step up and be the change we’d like to see. And that requires us to see ourselves as empowered individuals, not as helpless victims.

The time for somnambulism is over.

If you’d like to know more about how we got to these epidemics, here’s a few good places to start.

Dr. Lustig: Sugar Pandemic Part 1

Gary Taubes at Walnut Creek Library

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