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General Discussion / Documentaries for streaming/downloading
« on: July 22, 2008, 03:01:04 AM »
This is just a little site I've found trawling the net like I do.
You can stream or download these documentaries:
Take a look.

Edit: Matt, if you have any problem having this content on your website feel free to delete the topic.

I have this radio show on RSS feed (as I do this site) so every wednesday I can hear what Ori Hofmekler (author of the warrior diet) has to say on a lot of issues not touched at all by mainstream media.
This particular show is fascinating. Explains the effects of estrogen, grains, etc on our body. And here's what you all wanted to hear - high fat is the best fuel for testosterone! Give it a listen.

General Discussion / The Global Food Crisis
« on: May 29, 2008, 11:57:22 AM »
I have the BBC giving my browser updates via an RSS feed, as I do this site, and I can't help but notice the amount of food crisis articles.

No doubt you guys have been noticing the price hikes? I don't think the issues behind this (peak oil and "Industrial Agriculture") are likely to be resolved any time soon.

Philosophy / "Nutrition and Physical Degeneration" by Dr. Price
« on: May 22, 2008, 09:07:26 PM »
I've found this available to read online for free at

Of note so far:
On the subject of dental cavities - "These data reveal an average increase in susceptibility of thirty-five fold." The average man in the 1930s, who was a hell of a lot healthier than the average man in the 2000s, was 35 times more likely to have dental cavities.

On fertility - "Almost everyone who studies the matter will be surprised that such clear-cut evidence of a decline in modern reproductive efficiency could be all about us and not have been previously noted and reviewed."
Back in the 30s,  they were worried about their reproductive success relative to the primitives. Our sperm count has dropped 50% since the fifties. Food for thought.

The Eskimos never had doctors, and "healthy" people over here come down with a cold every few weeks.

Well, today I got up and found there wasn't a hell of a lot to eat - food, I mean. Just crap like bread and jam. So I decided to live a day in the life of your average person, nutritionally. The only thing I couldn't replicate was cereal for breakfast, as we didn't have any.

I lived on sandwiches, with high glycemic things like apricot jam. Toast with honey. Milo with sugar.
The results? Pretty much as you'd expect. I didn't have a huge loss of energy, but I think thats due to insulin sensitivity gained by the paleo diet. The insulin cycle kept me hungry every couple of hours, to be superficially met with more carbohydrates - making me hungry again in a couple of hours. By the end of the day, I was visibly (to me) fatter!

This is nothing new, just a reinforcement of old. It's no wonder so many people get fat, with doctors prescribing cereal and other horse-food as things omnivores should be eating!

General Discussion / "Holographic Universe"
« on: April 15, 2008, 04:42:36 AM »

A fascinating hypothesis of the world and universe around us you may not have heard of.

General Discussion / The Anthropik Network - the 30 theses
« on: April 12, 2008, 09:48:44 AM »

Lot of interesting things about civilisation and the collapse of it, etc.

I especially liked this quote:

    Relatedly, there is a great deal of evidence not only for physical and emotional vigor among primitives but also concerning their heightened sensory abilities. Darwin described people at the southernmost tip of South America who went about almost naked in frigid conditions, while Peasley observed Aborigines who were renowned for their ability to live through bitterly cold desert nights “without any form of clothing.” Levi-Strauss was astounded to learn of a particular [South American] tribe which was able to “see the planet Venus in full daylight,” a feat comparable to that of the North African Dogon who consider Sirius B the most important star; somehow aware, without instruments, of a star that can only be found with the most powerful of telescopes. In this vein, Boyden recounted the Bushman ability to see four of the moons of Jupiter with the naked eye.

“In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king,” the proverb says. If these all seem like miraculous super-powers, they should not. We often marvel that all animals are faster and stronger than we; have we truly been so neglected by evolution? Is it not more reasonable to conclude that our faculties are equal to those of any other animal–if only we were to use them in such a manner as evolution has fitted them for us? The “amazing” abilities of foragers should not amaze us; rather, we should marvel at how much we have lost to live such a maladaptive life, and in trade for so little.

The examples of their eyesight are exaggerated of course, but you get the point.

Freedom of Expression taken away, nobody seems to notice.
Read it and weep.

Now here is an old-school kind of trainer, tough as nails and not an ounce of fat on him. Ross is the very definition of functional. I have huge respect for this guy, practicing what he preaches.

General Discussion / The usefulness of body fat
« on: March 28, 2008, 02:58:34 AM »
I might sound a little stupid here, but hear me out. Lately I have seen that some combat athletes, e.g. Mark Hunt, "Butterbean", Tank Abbott, who are all without a doubr excellent fighters, have a large layer of fat. Also, in the Ripley's believe it or not book, the man who has cannonballs fired at his stomach (smart guy, right?) has a decent layer of fat around his stomach.
If you look at wrestlers historically, you'll find that many of them were "beefy" rather than lean - I mean of course muscular with a good layer of fat.

I also know that fat has a duty in protecting the organs. Going by my not-at-all scientific findings, could it be that a decent layer of fat is good at protecting the body from shocks to the organs, like punches?

General Discussion / Anyone interested in Permaculture?
« on: March 24, 2008, 10:46:25 PM »

This concept is making me think quite a lot. Like, do I want to get a computer job, complain about problems on the internet, or possibly become involved with permaculture, and be a force for good, part of the solution.
Is anyone else interested in this concept?

Stumbled across this, looks like it has some interesting tutorials. Hide tanning, trapping etc.
Amazing site, loaded with guides.

One day I'm going to have to have a "bush week", going into the bush with nothing but the clothes I'm wearing and a knife. Heck, I even found a video on how to make bowstrings from New Zealand flax, I have no excuses now!

Found this a while back and thought some people might be interested in it.
This especially ticks me off, because my dad has been a 2-packs-a-day man for decades, never bothering to take his smoking outside. Thanks for the unnatural elements that won't come out for years, dad....

Philosophy / What's wrong with modern humanity - add yours.
« on: March 09, 2008, 10:06:33 PM »
We think:
-food comes from the Supermarket
-everything in moderation
-we should eat 3-6 meals a day
-that vaccinations are an effective way to gain immunity to diseases
-we can be unhealthy in our youth, and take care of our health when we retire
-that there is nothing wrong spending 40 hours of our week doing the things we wouldn't do in our free time
-nutrients come from pills
-modern medicine is the best cure for disease
-nutrition has little to do with health or weight, it's mostly genetics
-that mainly genes give us cancer or make us strong or weak
-material goods bring the most happiness

Ok, I've exhausted my thought processes for now, but if everyone could add their own that'd be great.

Fitness & Exercise / Does anybody else...
« on: March 09, 2008, 09:24:49 PM »
Throughout the day, if I sit down too long I get a bit restless. I like to randomly contract my muscles, as tense and tight as possible. When I did this with my legs, my calves grew quite strong, and in my brazillian jiu jitsu class, the other students told me how much my guard position had improved (and these guys were a lot stronger than me). Even the instructor had a little trouble breaking it. So does anybody else practice what I call "passive contraction training"? Obviously it's not as good as a proper workout regimen, but I think it's decent to get the blood flowing and good if for whatever reason you can't leave your desk.

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