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You Are A Radical, And So Am I: Paleo Reaches The Ominous "Stage 3"
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March 21, 2013
7:16 am
WalterB
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RE: Epigenetics it's sins of the mothers basically I would think. We get most if not all our mitochondria maternally and, of course, prenatal nutrition.

March 21, 2013
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WalterB:

I believe epigenetic changes can also be passed down via the father.

JS

April 13, 2013
7:13 am
WalterB
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"Chercher la femme." in French translates into "Follow the money." in English.

April 13, 2013
7:18 am
WalterB
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And you are correct about the father's health affecting the child. In particular as men get older the chance of the child having Downs Syndrome increases, apparently less if the man is in good shape.

April 16, 2013
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WalterB:

I laughed.

JS

January 18, 2014
10:07 am
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I'm a lifelong compulsive overeater currently in a 12 Step program for my eating disorder. I have osteoarthritis and am about 90 lbs overweight (down from 180 lbs overweight). I suffer from advanced systemic candidiasis that makes sticky smelly enflamed patches between the folds of my skin and in my armpits. As a result of all this, I am on a naturopath-directed food plan: meat, vegetables, no fruits, no grains, no sugars of any kind, very low dairy. I have been on this almost-paleo eating plan for over a month now. My candidiasis is already much better. My brain fog from sugar is receding. I am not sure what I weigh, but I know it is less, because my clothes are getting looser. And best of all (this is for Gnollers for whom the idea of a Higher Power is not an ego trip or a sign of mental weakness) without the sugar being poured down my gullet constantly, I have had some spiritual experiences that are changing my attitudes towards intimacy and death. Do I have cravings? Sure. But so far my Higher Power has helped me eat according to plan, which is sort of a miracle, because I am a chronic relapser in 12 Step language. I credit the paleo diet (which just happens to gibe with the Blood Type Diet for me as an O+) for much of this healing process.

January 18, 2014
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Rand:

It sounds like you're basically eating a ketogenic version of Paleo, which is indeed an excellent strategy for treating candidiasis.  (Tip: apple cider vinegar is an excellent topical treatment for candida, and for fungal infections generally.  Just rub it on.)

Another benefit of ketosis is improved mental function, especially if your metabolism is impaired.

You'll find that your health continues to improve over the coming months and years, though more slowly -- as I've said many times, "You didn't screw yourself up in two weeks...don't expect to fix yourself in two weeks."  And you'll also find that cheating becomes less and less tempting as you continue to enjoy the benefits of staying on point and inhabiting a healthy body.  Food cravings aren't just mental weakness -- they are greatly exacerbated by a dysfunctional metabolic and hormonal environment.

I'm glad to hear of your success!  Welcome.

JS

August 21, 2014
9:11 pm
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For the fifty years prior to adopting paleo/home made sauerkraut I have had teenage anroexia (ages 14-21), lifelong myo-facial pain, two rectal surgeries, abdominal hernia surgerty, and chronic indigestion.

I have been paleo + daily home made sauerkraut for three years now. Magic!

One stunning realization for me is that for the previous 50 years pre-paleo I have lived in a dream-like, fuzzy-minded state. Now on paleo my mind has become clearer, my emotions more even, and - amazingly - I have become interested in maths and engineering to the point that I, with no previous knowledge, have recently designed and constructed 1) a classroom toy/model that illustrates various applications of conic sections 2) a new form of construction blocks for children. Engineering, maths and physics now interest me.

What is the basis of this? I suspect it has to do with a lessening of chaotic messaging from the intestines through the enteric system to the hind brain, allowing the forebrain to operate better/be more dominant.

Just a theory.

Other improvements in my health include the fact that my system of fascia is in much better health (flexibility, strength posture).

In fact, today, my health is just great.

Viva Paleo! Viva!

August 25, 2014
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lol bro:

I've also noticed my mind is clearer since I've been paleo: I talk about this in Eat Like A Predator, because everyone's so fixated on the weight loss that they neglect to mention the other advantages!

I suspect the lifting of mental fog involves a combination of several factors that impede clear thinking on the SAD:

  • Continual blood sugar swings due to lack of metabolic flexibility
  • Ghrelin is neurotrophic. We are smartest when we're a bit hungry -- but if we're constantly snacking in order to "keep our energy up" in the face of impaired met flex, we never get that boost
  • Gluten exorphins
  • Low-level allergic reactions and intolerances that slow us down both mentally and physically

And we don't know enough about gut-brain to understand what might be happening, but it's entirely possible that it is a factor.

Whatever the case, I'm glad to hear of your success. Welcome home.

JS

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