Monday, February 27, 2012

One day without the red screen

The bug seem to have left, just as mysteriously as it arrived. But then Spam for virus protection. Coincidence? I doubt it. Just another form of intimidation, protection racket. I will walk away before I pay protection. There is nothing on this site that has value, that is not found elsewhere. I do no original work, other that testing on myself.

The social Media is fine, but at what cost? It becomes a personal cost/benefit analysis. At some point, the cost becomes too high: the screen goes blank. It is not like I generate revenue from my disordered thinking and notes.

Living in present time, real time, now time has it's issues. Constant learning, aiming at a moving target that may not really exist... aka... retirement. What to do?

It seems Sharma has changed his comments settings. It did post directly a bit back, but now nothing. OH well. and Yoni's comment started this.

The government seems to blame the obesity on society, but back in the late 60's/early 70's there was much concern over world food shortages. But then the governments came out with this high cereal guidelines; chemical fertilizer, and new high yield cultivars came out, and the world food shortage issue fell into yesterdays news.

Now we know gladlin breaks down into opioid peptides in some people, and is therefore addicting. Sugar pushes serotonin from the gut to the blood and hence to the brain, and is addicting. This drives the food intake, and insulin stores the glucose as fat, we do not go through the hunger to get insulin down, but eat instead, resulting in obesity.  (Positive, aka growing, feed back cycle of eating) We know this. Science knows this. But those who are in 'charge' ignore, and carry on. spending tax dollars, getting paid, looking for a solution that is not the governments fault. All we need to do is stop eating sugars, grains, and seed oils and the problem get much smaller.

Also casein break into opioid peptites. aka butter and cheese can be addicting in some people.

Eat chlorophyll, low in calories and high in satiety and satiation. Eat real food, meats, etc.

From Jay Wortman --  the increased risk of gout happens only in the early stage of a LCHF diet because rising ketones inhibit the excretion of uric acid through the kidney. The elimination of dietary fructose will lower uric acid levels in the blood and when the kidneys stop excreting ketones the elimination problem goes away, too.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

How Strange this Infestation Is

My site is infected, according to the Google generated red screen that  comes up on my main computer. Yet I could get on yesterday from the basement old machine, running windows 95 dual Dos boot. As an engineer, I need to keep a few old programs around, including machines that can run them. I paid for them, and only rarely use them now, but have used them in the last 10 years, so my basement is an engineering office archive.

But from my main machine, I can access the dashboard from another site, and build away, unable to actually see the result, or access the blogs list, where I read all those blogs from. I think I will go unplugged for a few days, and see it it clears up.

Even the preview brings up the red screen.

Back to the high greens weight loss cycle. It seems to be working, down possibly a couple of kilograms in a week. When we look at something like Keven Hall's work, it becomes apparent that glycogen is attached to much water, producing a CD (caloric density) of perhaps 1 for somewhere between 1 and 4 kgs. Ometal fat, with a CD about 4 or 5, and inter muscular with a CD of 7 or so. So weight is a number, but where is the loss from?

Greens take considerable work to digest, and slow as well to digest. Greens cause long "time to hunger", which is the key. Protein and fat are good for satiation and satiety, but so are greens. Greens have the advantage of being low in calories, and after digestion, I am not convinced that there is a net gain in body energy. Once we eat stems, flowers or root, there is a gain, but what about the leaves. The chlorophyll bearing parts had low CD, often 0.1 C/gm.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Monday, February 20, 2012

Lustig Reminder


Robert Lustig is the UCSF pediatric endocrinologist famed among other things for his widely viewed Youtube video, "Sugar, the Bitter Truth."  He delivered a brief lecture as part of a Stanford's "Cafe Scientifique" series the other day and I attended, keen to hear his latest take on the role of sugar and hormones in the obesity and diabetes epidemics.  Here's a quick overview of the points that most struck me.

• 20 million American kids are overweight.  There are 366 million diabetics worldwide in 2011, which amounts to 5% of the world's population. Type 2 diabetes is "chewing through the world's healthcare dollars; we have to solve this," he says. We already pay a 50% premium for health care costs for obesity-related health problems.

• In the past 30 years there has been a six-fold increase in the prevalence of obesity.  The root cause is a mismatch between our current food environment and our innate biochemistry (personal note: I was glad to hear this, since that was the main message of my book Farewell, Club Perma-Chub).

• For the most part, the obesity we see today is caused by the phenomenon of leptin resistance.  Leptin, a hormone which normally signals the brain that the body has sufficient energy stores, stops working in the obese person.

• If you have low leptin, the brain thinks you are starving, no matter how much fat is on your body. "If we can fix leptin resistance there wouldn't be obesity," says Lustig.  Low leptin feels like starvation--obesity is a manifestation of brain starvation. The starvation response causes "recidivism" in dieting, or the tendency to regain all the weight lost.

• It's the action of another hormone, insulin, that blocks what leptin is supposed to do.  Elevated insulin blocks leptin signaling. Again, the brain thinks the body is starving and doesn't know it's actually fat.

• If we lower insulin, the body is no longer being told to store fat -- we have more energy to burn. When insulin is high, the blood glucose goes to fat.  When insulin is low, blood glucose is at your service to burn as fuel (resulting in the urge to exert and exercise).

• To improve leptin sensitivity, drop your insulin.  To drop insulin, reduce carb consumption.

• High sugar is a pain reliever and activates the opioid system.

•  The more sugar in your system, the faster your tissues brown (just as with cooking), and the faster you die.

• Metabolic problems are found when consumption exceeds 200 calories of day of sugar. (American average is 22 teaspoons/day of added sugar, which is 350 cal)

• Sucrose is half glucose, half fructose.  Fructose induces insulin resistance, which induces leptin resistance.

•  All aspects of metabolic syndrome derive from fatty liver, which results from excessive alcohol or fructose consumption.

• Sugar is, by a humongous margin, the most potent variable explaining diabetes rates worldwide. (I'm omitting the actual number because Dr. Lustig says the data are still unpublished.)

• You can have a normal biomass but have a fatty liver driving metabolic syndrome.  Body size is not the whole story.

• Leptin resistance is not a mere aberration, it had an evolutionary role, conferring selective advantage on the humans who could store the fat from gorging on summer/fall fruit to enable survival through a long food-free winter.

Reciprocal of Nutrition Displacement

The Weston A. Price made nutrition displacement concept into a Foundation. Nutrition displacement is the concept of sugar, starches, and seed oils displacing nutritious food, resulting in mineral and vitamin deficiencies, often at the sub-clinical level. The result is poor development of bones, and specifically the mouth and teeth.

What is the reciprocal, where we eat the required protein, a bit of fat and green vegetables? We should be short on carbohydrates, aka calories, but should not suffer from hunger and greens are fairly slow to digest. Any green, other than peas, should be fair game. Three - four cups at every meal, raw.

The only way is to test. Lent starts this week. Giving something up for Lent should be a good excuse for an atheist. Giving something up for lent should kill any necessity to explain. Actually, I have been eating this way for a few days now anyway. Fresh spinach, beets with tops, kale, rapini, mini bok choy, and the like just hit the stores at reasonable prices.  We still have snow, and noting gets into the ground until the first of May anyway.

Chlorophyll and Weight

Is there a relationship between chlorophyll and weight? Here's a test. About three cups of greens at each meal, three time a day, and a bit of meat, and a bit of salad dressing. If we are still hungry, more greens. Would this prove a relationship between chlorophyll and weight? Could we say the obesity is caused by a chlorophyll shortage.

The spark for the idea was Jimmy Moore at . I do not know how it came up from that.

You can starve a Saint Bernard, but you ain’t gonna turn it into a Greyhound.

Even a loose cannon occasionally hit the target.

As ego is a construct of the mind, we can be as happy as we make up our minds to be. Ego can be both negative and positive, so we can adjust it by watching our ideas and our emotions. Watching our mind slows down response, and hence, we respond, not react. This bypasses imprinted reactions. Oh well.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Life Has Conditioned Us

Life has conditioned us, from birth and perhaps before, to how we react to food. Imprint reactions, implicit memory, and conditioned responses, control much of our activities.

Expression of emotions is all great, but we need to take time to identify them and be able to identify them. Frustration. Lack of clarity of why we feel a particular feeling can make expression difficult. Emotional paucity. Repressed emotions. Isolation preference. Lack of attachment. All conditioned in according to Mate.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Obesity Personality talks about the issue, but does not identify that many of us obese/exobese have extremes of personality.

But why? It is the extremes that cause the problem, combined with a upbringing that allows chemical dependence to develop.  Our personalities are often flat, over accommodating, unable to easily say no, not willing to disappoint, will do anything for a stranger, but hard on those close to us, expect perfection from others, but provide nothing in return. There are those too that feel there life has been unsatisfactory.

Others of us are aggressive, takers, but these do not have issues in turning there life's around, once they recognize the problem, and overcome the misinformation fed to us by the "food authorities".

The obese/exobese are a self selecting subset of the population, and occurs largely is specific personality subsets of the population. The retiring, lay back people. But is this a necessary characteristic, or the result of chemical dependence, pushed by Big Ag, Big Pham.  

Thursday, February 9, 2012

sleep notes

sleep deprivation has been found to boost levels of the hormone ghrelin – a hormone that stimulates appetite.

Sleep deprivation can also lower levels of the hormone leptin.   Leptin not only suppresses appetite, but also speeds the metabolism. 

Leptin is the efficiency control hormone. High leptin, lower efficiency.

I know I eat more when I am tired, now some one has stated why.

It is my opinion that these are minor effects. My fundamental cause of overeating is some kind of food, see, know it is there,-eat - imprint,  or other non hunger related cause. Hunger occasionally also comes into play.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Five Rooms

We have at least five major rooms in us, five areas, each with there own need.

  1. the physical, with a need for exercise, food, nutrition
  2. the emotional, with its need to be heard, to be felt, to be expressed, with imprinted reactions
  3. the intellect or mind, with recall memory, and the seat of knowledge and learning
  4. the spiritual, where our beliefs and values reside
  5. the social, where our relationships arise. This may include our need to express, our language center. 
We can have no cognitive dissonance been the sections. Each section contributes to motivation in varying amounts, which varies between people. The intellect is driven by goals, by decisions, the type A person. Others of us are driven by what we feel, the emotional portion, our aversions and attachments, type B and C. C's do not express there emotions, but repress emotions through training. Others are controlled by there beliefs, those with a religious bent, with there expectations and delusions. Others are driven by relationships, by family, by control of others, by power over others. Some enjoy physical things, and enjoy doing physical things.

We all possess all in varying amounts. Some of us have high emotional components. There is no point in setting goals, for these do not motivate, only frustrate. 

In the food area, the weight area each section must be satisfied by our life style. Physically, emotionally, intellectually, spiritually, and socially. The lifestyle must address and comply with all to be successful. Government guidelines are garbage, to be ignored, as they are in the pocket of big Ag, big Pharma. 

Repressing emotion is a form lying, not being true to the authentic self. We do not need to act on emotions, but we do need to express them, at some time during the day, else they will fester. 


Tuesday, February 7, 2012


Just a reminder that excess proteins and particular proteins also cause insulin rise, just like carbohydrates.

Also a cephalic insulin response occurs when the pancreas begins to secrete insulin before the “meal” actually gets into the bloodstream – the usual step required for the pancreas to secrete insulin. In other words, the anticipation of the meal leads to the release of insulin. This is the appetite kicking in, reducing blood glucose in preparation to the expectation of food. More indication the the brain has influence.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

A nice summary

Nigel at does a nice summary of what I basically believe also, so I will repost it.


Calories count (but don't bother counting them)! If we eat more than we use, we store the excess in fat mass and muscle mass. If we eat less than we use, we draw the deficit from fat mass and muscle mass. Insulin is involved in the storage of stuff, as is acylation stimulating protein (ASP).

Moving too little makes our skeletal muscle insulin resistant, as inactive muscles have virtually zero requirement for glucose and fatty acids, so down-regulate the uptake of them.

Eating too much and moving too little has sweet-F/A to do with gluttony and sloth.

Our weights are regulated by our brains, which are influenced by a large number of hormones & chemicals, including insulin. There is no "set point" weight.

In the winter, when it's cold and dark, we eat more, sleep more and move less so we gain body fat. Subcutaneous fat acts as heat insulation, so having more of it in the winter makes sense.

Our weights can be affected by water balance, which is controlled by our kidneys.

How much of a particular food we eat is influenced by reward. Some foods can be addictive (or moreish, as we say in the UK) due to excessive reward. Deliciousness and moreishness are not the same thing. Reward theory and set-point theory are not the same thing.

Rapidly-falling blood glucose level in the normal range can stimulate appetite. I have had personal experience of this on three occasions where my blood glucose level was being monitored. As eating a load of high-glycaemic carbohydrates can result in rapidly-falling blood glucose later, this is another good reason to not overeat refined carbohydrates.

And a summary of digestion

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


Are my emotions telling me to eat? Is stress at the heart of the problem? Stress from a unresolved past, or future uncertainty?

Physiologically, emotions are themselves electrical, chemical and hormonal discharges of the human nervous system. Initiation and transport and reduction of signals. There is a great deal of room for error there.

Satiation comes and goes, it is not consistent. Add just a bit of sugar or something that  becomes sugar, and regardless of the size of the meal, in two hours, I am ready to eat again. Hyperinsulinemia, no doubt. But are emotions driving it, or physiology? I do like food, especially good tasting foods. Poisons, I say now.