Thursday, July 5, 2018

Yah, But

There is one underlying issue here. The only way to lose weight is to eat less than we are currently eating, somehow.

I am not convinced that obesity/overeating is not a mental defect like religion. It is part tradition and part not understanding that beliefs are separate from facts and reality.

What would be the effect of redefining for yourself what hunger is. Consider the light hunger/could eat hunger. If I were to ignore this and wait until I had that miserable hunger in the gut, then eat a few "grains of rice", and that were the standard of our society, I would not have a weight problem. I am suggesting that the weight issue is a society problem, at least within a subset of society. Eat, eat, is the cry of grandmothers. And advertising. And of mothers, well some mothers, certainly where I was raised. Is overeating just an ingrained mental defect? Like religion.

Will redefining hunger really work? The only way to know is to test the concept.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Finally, and yet...

From Dr. Sharma:

Psychological or Hedonic Factors
In contrast to hyperphagia resulting from physical hunger, over‐eating for emotional reward or as a coping strategy is regulated by the hedonic system and has little to do with the body’s real or perceived need for calories. The range of psychological or emotional factors that can initiate and influence eating encompass virtually the entire range of emotional responses including stress, frustration, loneliness, anxiety, anger, disgust, fear, grief, joy, relief, all of which can significantly alter dietary restraint or promote disinhibition. Typically, hedonic hyperphagia is associated with the selection and consumption of highly palatable energy‐dense ‘comfort’ foods, although homeostatic hyperphagia also tends to be associated with the preferential consumption of palatable foods.
In addition to simple ‘emotional’ over‐eating, specific psychiatric conditions that affect food intake or can pose important barriers to maintaining a healthy diet must be considered. Increased appetite is a feature of atypical depression and can be interpreted as ‘self‐medicating’ with food – particularly in cases where these foods affect the serotonergic and reward systems to improve mood. Binge eating, night eating and other abnormal eating behaviours must also be seen in the context of underlying emotional or psychological processes that are distinct from homeostatic ingestive behaviour. Other mental health conditions that can significantly affect eating include attention deficit disorders, post‐traumatic stress syndrome, sleep disorders, chronic pain, anxiety disorders, addictions, seasonal affective disorder and cognitive disorders. Particularly sleep deprivation has been associated with increased appetite and ingestion of highly palatable snacks as well as increased risk for diabetes. Patients with obesity resulting from emotional eating or hedonic hyperphagia are most likely to benefit more from psychological and/or psychiatric interventions rather than simply from dietary counselling.

yet after separating and finding hedonic overeating, there is no public funded treatment in Alberta.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

A diet zealot

A diet zealot: well that must be one who sticks to a diet, regardless of all else. It is one solution.

The zealot does not need a rational reason, they can just latch on and do it, it being a diet with little food, or specific food. Consider a kibble diet, as has been suggested. Boring. Economical. High fiber. adequate protein. As we have no need or low need of carbohydrate, and the purpose is to get us to burn our own fat, there is little need for either of those ingredients. That sounds to me like the steak diet.

I once knew a lady, I use that term loosely, who weighted or measured every morsel, exercise yes, no time for actual work of value. She did fund raising for charity as a way of generating revenue for herself, and a bit made it to the charity. She drove a new Cadillac, annual lease, and had a life style, and dressing style, very expensive, and it was all at the charity expense. Oh well. Well in addition to the food there were protein shakes, and odd coloured shakes, and many little pills. And she claimed to be living a healthy lifestyle. Looking back, I now see her as a sociopath, but it is all history now.

There was the anorexic girl who dried to to guide the obese in weight loss, the obese who are in the process of losing, but never become stable, either weight wise or mentally. Oh well.

There are the sociologist who never had a weight problem, and does not like most foods, and her advice rolls off her tongue, directly from the "good food guide" or similar approved guide.  Yet it leaves some of us hungry and unsatisfied. That is why we cycle.

There are a bunch of deep cycling men, 100 pound losses plus, and we all have stability issues, and live a cycle. Oh well. It is easier to lose that to be stable. That is the essence of the problem. We like food. That simple. Oh well. It is time to go onto a losing cycle.

So what does all this data say?

If we actually say something new, exciting, wonderful and god forbid "useful" will others read and understand and use it, or if they are not in the mind state to receive and understand "it" what is one to do? As a atheist, occasionally we must acknowledge our evolution to where we are today with near meaningless phrases like "god forbid". (or should that be "god forbid.")

It is often not about what we say, who we know or where we are listed, it is often just about what we get from saying it.


Saturday, May 26, 2018

A Moral Solution

Overeating is a bitch of a problem with many causes. The solution is a moral choice to not eat, and learn to live hungry. Moral means : concerned with the principles of right and wrong behavior and the goodness or badness of human character. It is doubtful if many people overeat intentionally, and for overeating to be a moral problem, that would need to be the case; therefore, overeating is not a moral problem, but the solution is a moral solution. But the only solution is to willfully not eat, or to willfully follow a food budget of some kind. That is the moral thing to do. There is a space between moral and immoral. That is where overeating for any of the many reasons falls.

That space between moral and immoral is the wild human space, the natural response zone, the untrained zone. There was a time when humans naturally did not have this fight, before electronics, mass two way communication, before we learned we had choices about how and where to live. I knew as a child I could not be happy as an adult in the desolate and savage life that I was born into, and knew that I had to leave, the sooner the better. That discontent may have been part of the food issue. Oh well.  

Overeating is the base problem of obesity, to beat obesity, one must first beat overeating.  Then, over time, the weight issue corrects itself. Well, that is the theory anyway.

When we examine the lives of those who have beaten overeating, we find find people who are strict with their food intake; some weight and/or measure every morsel, every taste. If it is not a scheduled time, all food is rejected. Some are so prickly rigid.  .  .   Those ripe berries are not picked, or picked and saved for the next meal, not picked and eaten. That single first asparagus spear will remain untasted until it becomes part of a meal. It is a way of life, not yet my life, that must come by moral choice. It is the choice, the response, that is moral, not the reaction to a physical desire, the craving, the hunger. The problem is not moral, the best solution is the most moral behavior.

Recovery from overeating is a difficult process, not well understood by those involved, those that suffer, nor those who try to help. It is not a single path to victory. It is not a clear path to victory... or even what victory look like. Some of the people are just miserable in recovery, for the lack of a better word. They are miserable to be around, and are best just avoided. Some of us recognize this fact, and try to isolate ourselves. Some of us are just uncomfortable all the time. Oh well, that is our nature, like Sisyphus rolling his bolder, we do not want to talk about it, but it would be nice if we can remain happy, satisfied, and enjoy life.


Monday, May 21, 2018

Causes of Overeating

In discussion, the question was asked. Here is a regurgitation the groups of " the causes of overeating" more or less:

Physical: A catch group for numerous mixed problems with a physical component. The subject may need to learn to live hungry, never being satisfied, always craving, if they wish to remain normal weight. Also note that hunger is normal on any weight loss diet. Hunger may (will) continue unabated for some, life becomes learning to live hungry.

Chemical: Chemical in the foods are providing a chemical addiction feed back loop. Foods containing trace amounts of opioids or proteins that break to opioid peptides. Think wheat as gladin proteins, and casein proteins as found in dairy products. Identify and remove the foods will help.

Emotional: Common, but often not recognized and becomes habit or deep conditioned. Overeating as a cooping method for a bad situation. This is an internal reaction to a real issue. The overeating may become habit, addiction, or epigenetic.

Environmental: The conditions imposed on the over-eater are extreme and are causing the overeating as a reaction/cooping method. These must be removed and then the overeating can be dealt with. It may have become habit, addiction, or epigenetic.

Willful: This is a moral / mental problem, and is likely a reaction to poor parenting, conditions, or other problems.

Addiction: This is usually chemical but may become habit, deep conditioning, or epigenetic. Remove the food, and then deal with the other issues. Addiction can also occur to the act of overeating, and to other chemicals, both in the food and internally produced. It can be similar to a "runners high", an adrenaline rush, serotonin high, or dopamine high. Insulin and sugar together provide a relaxing affect to some. Others just crave more food.

Habit, deep conditioned or epigenetic: These final states are not true causes, but are what the food issue has become through life. The only way to overcome these are my reconditioning to a small consistent diet, but that will be resisted by society and current life style habits. An life makeover may be required, a life of busy enjoyable activity, away from food... whatever that may actually look like. 

Please note that these are not firm nor scientific, but rather discussion based divisions.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Is food addiction real?

Short answer is yes, by all accounts, and by my experience.

What does one do about it? That is not so easy. First, how much background needs to be included in any description of treatment, and followup? Let us start with the followup. One cannot return to the same environment that one became addicted in. That will logically result in failure and re-addiction. Yet we need to return home, or to a new home.

Much of addiction is about behavior, so we need to change our behavior. But if we do not live alone, we may require change in the behavior of others living in the same environment. We, I, cannot sit and watch TV with food adds, next to a person who munches all evening. A choice is required. But the choices are not convenient. So what would a solution look like?

Monday, April 2, 2018

Is the CIA Taxing Drug Lords?


Is the CIA taxing drug lords to generate additional revenue? It would not do to take down a taxed drug lord. Is that the real difficulty in fighting the drug business?

Friday, March 30, 2018

So what is next? Life?

So now coffee will have a warning label but not glyphosate?

Life is one of the prerequisites of life, so perhaps life should have a warning label. As Seneca said, why weep for parts of life when all of it calls for tears? Of course that was his final day, as the state had him terminated. Oh well, he was a voluminous author.

So the standard for medical testing efficiency is better than a placebo. Now how about a drug that has three times the suicides, and when the suicides are removed from the data, the results are about equal to the placebo results. Should the drug be approved? It was, and is heavily pushed by doctors.  

Monday, March 5, 2018

addiction, food addiction

So food addiction is blind, deaf and driven. So some foods digest into opioid peptides and that is what drives food addiction. Back to beef and cabbage I guess.

There are a few good lines in this one:

“wanting system,” which regulates our cravings for things like food, sex, and drugs using signals based in the neurotransmitter dopamine. The wanting system has powerful control over behavior, and its cravings are insensitive to long-term consequences.  

His behavior is being controlled by a part of his mind that is not his true self.

addictive behavior is often initiated and maintained by the purposes it serves in someone’s life, often as self-medication for physical or psychological trauma. Nor am I saying that addictive behavior is compulsive, irresistible,

it lies somewhere in between choice and compulsion.

She is just faced with cravings that are far harder to resist.

but that she is unable to use this understanding to control her behavior

If the source of addiction is overly strong automatic cravings

The charioteer, Reason, tries his best to guide the chariot along the road of virtue. But his horse, Appetite, is stubborn, “deaf as a post” and may gallop off the road at any moment. “Chariot-driving in our case,” Plato concludes, “is inevitably a painfully difficult business.” If we take that to heart, maybe we will start giving the addicted what they need to get their lives back under control.

So there is no solution offered.... other than just do it and suffer the rest of your life. 

Thursday, February 22, 2018


Ayn Rand addressed long held beliefs of the US society and questioned them, abused them, and in the end turned some of them on their head. She was not a nice person. Some was part her, some was her first language thinking does not politely translate into a diplomatic conservation. She did not back down, and was often quite correct in her assessment. 

She beat altruism into the ground, and established that self interest is the best foundation for moral conduct, that and not making slaves of others or allowing us to make slaves of ourselves. Her morality stands up to Aristotle, the Stoics, Buddhist, Confucius, and beats our familiar Christian by a long stretch. It is rationally derived from reason, perceptions, self-interest and similar foundations.

It appears that some of our long held beliefs in regard to live, food, and similar are OCD tough, and are just wrong. So once we (I) understand and correct these misconception, will the problem reduce. So note this foolery going on, and ask, "how much of this bullshit is there in real life?", and conclude, enough to cause all sorts of problems. And statins, the crap the drug companies peddle.

And then there the silent scream of climate sciences. We cannot engineer ourselves out of that problem. It is too late. I expect that some of the obesity problem is climate change. We humans have a issue with overeating when we are tired. We get tired as we run out of oxygen, and as Co2 goes up, we get tired. So at 300, we were ok, 400 not so much. There is a correlation, but is there causation?    

Monday, February 19, 2018


Is there a relationship between the religion/philosophy and the general overeating issue we have in Canada/US? Being an atheist, I have kicked the supernatural parts, but is there still other values/concepts/behaviors that are part of the problem?

So the greatest vice we can have is allowing our mind to become unfocused. This implies that we should always be on. Well, how about when we are doing repetitive jobs? Yes. That is mindfulness. Thinking about what is important. OK. Thinking not eating. What is the digest thief of mindfulness? TV, radio, electronic background noise. Split attention.

So it take effort to stay focused.

Now how about all the virtues that we have been sold by religion. Altruism for example. Ayn Rand makes a good case for abandoning much of altruism. The highest value to my life is life it's self. That is not in doubt, so putting others in front of me is not right in traffic, for if I have the right of way, I should take it. I have seen others waste my time by giving up there right of way, and wasting my time. It is unsafe to proceed in front of a goof ball. So what is one to do? Objectitism, my objective is to live well myself, and let others take care of themselves. Do not allow slavery, or be part of being a slave. It is not right to give up the right of doing, nor to allow others to walk over me. I am the most important person to myself. If I do not look out for myself, who will?

So down with altruism, it is up to me to produce, and not be part of using others nor allowing me to be used... much. Enough. 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

OCD Disinformation

A person with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) experiences irrational thoughts which create high levels of anxiety. They then engage in compulsive behaviours to gain temporary relief from these anxious feelings.

Wrong.  A high level of anxiety exist in the youth for whatever reason, a behavior reduces that anxiety, and that behavior becomes the compulsion. If the stress remains, obsession, wrong thinking remains, and it becomes a disorder when the non intended consequence become a problem.

I grew up isolated and mostly alone in a rural setting. My social skills were essentially non existent. At that time, we children were taken/sent to school in the spring for a few weeks before starting in grade one in the fall. As a child I was small, and when I went to school the first time, I was picked at. I vowed to grow big and end that, so I started eating, with the idea that if I ate, I would grow big, and could then beat up on my teasers/abusers. By grade one picture, I was obese, and still being picked at/on. The stress remained. The eating was OCD by then. I remained obese, or on a severe diet the remainder of my life, well until now anyway. 

Conventional wisdom holds:   "Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a treatment for OCD that uses two scientifically based techniques to change a person’s behavior and thoughts: exposure and response prevention (ERP) and cognitive therapy. CBT is conducted by a cognitive-behavioral therapist who has special training in treating OCD."  But there is a second treatment that when done is effective, well, as long as one does the treatment and that is the Schwartz method, which is more of a management of the problem method. The problem just keeps coming back, Schwartz is not a cure, but is an effective method of management. In that way, I can die with the issue, but not die of the issue, just as long as I have the motivation to do the method. With food it is not easy, as food is everywhere, and others keep pushing it in front of me. So that explains why I like to be a recluse.

Redirection is a big part of the treatment. We must keep busy doing other things. In the AA twelve step process, they provide many activities to keep on busy, all the while avoiding alcohol. Mind you, their whole program is based on the concept of a god, and some of us find that repulsive, as we know that religions also depend on gods, which there is absolute no evidence of.

So what is the solution? Perhaps to hold the body in a philosophy of stewardship.  We provide for it's needs, not for it's wants and keep it busy. The problem of body's desires, or lack of desire to do is a separate problem. Motivation or more likely, the lack of motivation is a big problem for everybody. Well, in the end we all just die anyway.


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Is Obesity a Moral Failing

Many people say yes. Many of the medical profession seem to hold that opinion. All the obese need do is eat less, and there problem will go away. Bullshit is the only logical response.

Obesity is a miserable existence in many ways. It is less miserable than going through life with hunger and/or cravings that never go away. Many obese effectively choose to deep cycle, live with sufficient food to relieve the hunger/cravings, and then diet hard, fast, starve for a period of time. What else can we do? Many of us obese suffer from uncontrolled hunger and/or cravings that never go away.

I was recently at a "Ethics discussion", which resembled more one person stating the why's of atheistic morals, with the inference that his view was correct with "enlightened self interest" as the foundation. That is ok for him, but I doubt that the foundation for most people. We recently saw a Pew Research that showed a majority of religious people held their view because they want to be or though of as "good people", whatever that may be. I think that I believe closer to the Stoic like, that it is always right to do right, and that I desire to do right, because that is the way I was taught... there is that learned behavior part. The big question is what do we think "right" might be.

The Stoic natural life by virtue, with the cardinal virtues, prudence or self control, wisdom, courage and justice, without future hope, or past regret, in the now of today without guilt is appealing. If there is wrong done, it is not by me. Virtue is the primary good, vice the primary evil, and everything else indifferents. Knowing that the path to personal happiness and inner peace is through extinguishing all desires to have or affect things beyond ones control; and, through living in the present without hope for or fear of the future; beyond the power of opinions of others is also appealing.

It is like the question some seniors face, with the lost of motivation. Is it a loss of motivation, or just loss of need, loss of desire, or the realization that nobody but us cares anyway? Or why should we care what a nasty thinks. What about those who do things that just aggravate others, and just turn nasty if anything is said. It comes down the expected response is just nasty, why care? A bad relationship may be less valuable than no relationship. That need some more consideration.

So perhaps there is a big portion of self interest in any any decision we make, without much enlightened in the self interest. But under the cover of all this is an unspoken concept that our beliefs are right, without regard to reality, and all the obese needs to do is stop eating for a period of time. People are slow to change their opinions, if ever, and most of those opinions are biased or just wrong. Oh well, in the end we all just die anyway, even in an overpopulated world.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Ah, the new year

Once again we are in the season of diet commercials, and food company, and chain restaurants adds. Soon it will be roll up the rim. Oh well, in the end we all just die anyway. So we are being picked at for overeating enough to become fat, and at the same time pestered to eat more. Well at least there is Youtube that is clear of food adds... well sometimes.

So what is there for us old low energy people to do in the winter? Well we can study and learn something more that has little value in the real world, but it can keep us busy. We can evaluate our society, and find it lacking or economically unsustainable, but that is not of concern, because we will shuffle off this mortal coil before we plunge into the economic abyss, iff (if and only if) the rate of growth holds steady at the current rate of acceleration. Sounds like Hubble'c constant of economics. And then all life will end as the universe over the visual horizon in planer existence, so space, unlike the earth is flat. Ah yes. That is iff the climate change or Co2 rise does not get us first. It is a bleak outlook knowing the truth, something that the religious are unwilling to look at, for that would demonstrate there wholly books are wrong, or wronger. (or should that be holly books).

Judge not lest you be judged. But judgement is how we make decisions, so is it some judgements or all that they recommend we do not do? Without judgement, one cannot question. Without questioning, we would be submissive followers of the book. Not that is not correct, judge and leave the idiots behind. They have the right to live as they wish, as long as they do not interfere with how other want to live. Ah but any 'true' christian will tell you that the bible is right and gays have no rights, but that is imposing their beliefs on others, and that is wrong at a fundamental level. So there will always be conflict with christians, and muslims, and most religions. But all religions have this fundamentally wrong attitude... except for the buddhists who do not prothletise, you have to go to them or their books. 

The buddhists say right knowledge, but never get around to saying what that is. The Stoic`s provide  the tools to determine what is right and what is not, based on a few underlying and stated assumptions. And those who do not agree with the underlying assumptions can do as they like, but the Stoic system had so many solutions worked out... and those with family wealth and/or power were not happy, because the Stoics reasoned that power required servants or slaves, someone who feared or respected the powerful, and the Stoics saw the solution, no servitude, no fear, and respect to those who earned and maintained respect, not respect for a title. The true Stoic could not be cohered, but had to be lead by actions of the leader.

At the root was natural laws of freedom and equality, but with compassion for the downtrodden. Not forgives, but compassion and justice for all. The Stoics understand some things are up to us and some are not; we should not be held responsible for things that are not up to us, but we are responsible for what is within our control, but we must be ready to bring back into our control what we can. We have the right to walk away from bad actors and those who are yappy, have personalities of rusty buzz saws, and other forms of assholes. We may also choose to hang on them, for even assholes have uses.

Friday, December 29, 2017

and we will soon be off, onto a new year

As this year draws toward a close, perhaps it is time to reflect on the past. Appetite is a physical thing, and is therefore beyond the control of the brain. When we fast, or on a deducing diet, regardless of the type of diet, we are likely unsatisfied. Lower carbohydrate may reduce the dissatisfaction for some. To low of carbohydrate content also also caused physical dissatisfaction for some. The brains' desire is quite a different matter.

In the matter of brain dissatisfaction, there is remarkably little of any value written on the correction of this issue. There is some in research language, but it is either research without anything that I understand as relevant or nothing that I can apply, or just beyond my simple understanding. Sam Harris demonstrated how little free will we actually have, and the Stoics said some things are up to us and some are not. We need to be the dog tied to the cart and the cart driver at the same time. Not easy to acheive. With 2/3 of the people obese in developed nations, what does that say about the state of affairs.

A 5, 7 or 9 point true/false or truth scale is a wonderful tool to add evidence to. Each bit of evidence or lack of evidence moves the mental pointer toward or away from the central neutral point. And in the end we have a probability thing. If there is no evidence, something has a substantial probability of being wrong or false.

Critical thinking is a wonderful tool, but it has its limits. Absolutism is also dangerous. Fracking operations can destroy aquifers; the method of distraction has to do with subsurface communications, and is often more correctly identified as well casing cementing failure, casing perforations, and uncased exploratory holes than the actual fracking operations. It may be the fracking that releases the gas though.  Vaccinations are generally safe, however there are antidotes that suggest this is untrue. These are often associated with early vaccinations, and that may be the real danger. Introducing chemicals before the brain has formed may be the cause of autism, as autism is a brain structural issue. There are no studies that show no damage from too early of vaccinations. These two examples are often used by promoters of critical thinking but are aborted by absolutism.

The global warming, over world population are real, but we may get a reprieve on the critical nature by a mini ice-age due to solar cycles. Anyone who does not accept climate change is not dealing with the truth. Trump may wish to ignore reality and try to reap the profits rather than deal with the problem, but this will severely bite the US in the future. We say this with Hunter Harrison reaping the profits on the CP and CN rail lines, and the subsequent rebuilding required.