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Advice Column / Re: Obesity
« on: November 13, 2008, 03:18:17 PM »
Hi Scott  ;)
Thanks, I'm glad you like the website - and I hope you get something out of it.

My question to you all is this lifestyle change appropriate for some one whom is very overweight in my case in the 300's to jump into it head first, or should time and gradualism be taken? I'm already to start phase one as of now, I just want to know if it is ideal for me the biggest person to start like the rest of you guys right away. I don't want to screw myself over by pushing it in other words.

I'd caution you about jumping in too quickly - scale your way into it - you could do damage to your body if you suddenly starve it.  I would also recommend getting a physical check up at a doctor, and a blood test to identify any problems that may exist.  The idea here is to get a snapshot of your physiology so you know exactly what you are working with.

In summary, take it easy - focus on health, rather than weight loss!!! can get more aggressive in your approach later, if you want.

I applaud your effort mate, and wish you all the best  :D

Food & Diet / Re: A little warning about GMO
« on: November 05, 2008, 04:05:12 PM »
I'm not in favour of GMOs... but it's too late for all that... all we can do is make sure they are utilised with the utmost caution and intelligence.  My original post goes into more detail;;msg521#msg521

I am very aware of the implicit monopolising and checkmate strategies of Monsanto and Co.  And, I agree with you Abe; private companies should NOT have control over technologies that may threaten such profoundly vital human resources, in the same way as they shouldn't (and don't) have control over nuclear weapons.

GMOs pose an incomprehensible threat to humanity (and many other species).  There needs to be rigorous public discourse and widespread education on the matter.

Here is an an excellent doco on the matter, featuring David Suzuki;

Food & Diet / Re: About those grains...
« on: October 26, 2008, 06:43:58 PM »
We should really look into the detailed specifics of any grains, grasses, or cereals that might be considered. There is a world of difference between sweet corn, oats, and lemongrass.

Yep, I think this is another good reason to get a Wiki going.

Food & Diet / Re: An argument for Milk...
« on: October 26, 2008, 06:42:29 PM »
Humans are adapting at the genetic level to be able to continue consuming dairy throughout our adult lives and if we have the inherent genetic ability to consume a very nutritious food, then doing so is the definition of "being true to your biology"

I totally agree.  We shouldn't ignore genetic adaptations; if we've evolved to consume milk, then it should be included as a recommended food.

The reason I left it off the list was to be on the safe side of the fence... there was conflicting evidence about milk actually being healthy for human adults, so I gave the benefit of the doubt to the caveman.  Looking on it now, I see that my decision was erroneous -  I placed too much bias on the fact that caveman didn't produce lactase (which breaks down the milk sugar lactose).

BigKhanz, you're argument for the use of milk is watertight - I would vote for putting milk on the list based on your hypothesis, and based on the fact that I have very little evidence against milk being nutritious.

I stand corrected!  :P

What I would also like to discuss is a pros/cons list for the consumption of milk.  But I think that is something for another thread.

Also, I have been keen on the idea of a Caveman Wiki for quite a while now - an encyclopaedia of cavemen related topics that can updated by any registered user.  Anyone in favour of it?

Food & Diet / Re: About those grains...
« on: October 24, 2008, 05:45:15 AM »
I agree.

Grains are omitted from the list of recommended foods for the sake of brevity.  Humans in modern society generally do not have access to grains in the way paelothic man would of (organic and probably scarce), which you've pointed out, so it makes it hard to recommend them.

What are your thoughts... should I revise the list and incorporate grains, citing the caveats that go with it?  If so, let me know.

Personally, I would like to add them to the list; recommending them as a condiment, rather than a main food.

What are everyone's thoughts on it?

Food & Diet / Re: Paleo on the go!
« on: October 24, 2008, 05:27:27 AM »
Caveman Midnight shake
Awesome  :D

Food & Diet / Re: An argument for Milk...
« on: October 24, 2008, 05:23:44 AM »
A study of DNA from skeletons suggest that all European adults living between 6,000 BC and 5,000 BC were lactose intolerant, backing the idea that the ability to digest milk only spread after the introduction of cattle farming in Europe in the past 9,000 years.
University College, London and Mainz University, Germany

Just 7000 years ago, Europeans were unable to digest milk, according to a new analysis of fossilised bone samples – nowadays more than 90% of this population can. Europeans must have incurred a rapid change in their genetic make-up because it held an evolutionary advantage for them to be able to digest milk, says Mark Thomas at University College London in the UK, who carried out the study with colleagues.

Lactose tolerance is absent in the Far East, present to a limited extent in India and at varying levels in Africa and even southern Europe. "It's striking, for example, that today around eighty per cent of southern Europeans cannot tolerate lactose even though the first dairy farmers in Europe probably lived in those areas. Through computer simulations and DNA testing we are beginning to get glimpses of the bigger early European picture."

Most mammals lose the ability to digest the milk sugar lactose after weaning because they no longer make lactase in their intestine. But in north west Europeans, the survival advantage of milk drinking favoured those who kept their lactase for longer in life.
Dr Mark Thomas of UCL

More here:

All the evidence I have been exposed to suggests that dairy was not part of a paleolithic diet (pre 10,000BCE) and so, that is why dairy is not on the list.

BigKhanz, you've put forth an excellent argument - and I agree entirely, but aren't you talking about modern man (neolithic to now), as opposed to paleolithic man?

The debate about dairy consumption is definitely a contentious issue... and I'm open to new evidence.  I'm willing to change any information on the static webpages on any topic according to the collective research of the community here.  So, if you think I should change it, let me know.

General Discussion / Re: Caveman diet for women
« on: October 24, 2008, 04:25:37 AM »
Hi Ecoamiga  :)

There is not much information about diet and what to eat, except starving yourself all day. 
Precisely... it's the spirit of the diet that's important i.e. teach a person to fish instead of giving the person a fish.  I have outlined the essentials only, rather than a regimented program.  Starving yourself all day (as you put it) is one part of the diet only, it is a transitional phase.

The more I read about this the more it doesn't seem to fit with a woman's body, metabolism, etc.
Can you elaborate on this?

I am posting this to be convinced otherwise, however.
I'm not interested in convincing anyone (it's a free website and I have nothing to sell, nor are there any ads or sponsors), however I am interested in learning more.... so if you can bring some new evidence to light, I'd be happy to discuss it.

Food & Diet / Re: Squeamish Friends
« on: October 15, 2008, 06:31:33 PM »
Excerpted from Sterling Seagrave's Foreword to Desperate Journeys, Abandoned Souls: True Stories of Castaways and Other Survivors by Edward E. Leslie

After a century of enjoying the roller coaster ride of the Industrial Revolution, we face the bleak prospect of it all ending so suddenly that there's no time to don a life jacket, grab a parachute, or find a pack of matches. The fact that most humans are hopelessly unprepared for the ultimate crisis was driven home for me several years ago when a survey of boating accidents on Chesapeake Bay produced a curious detail: most of the male corpses fished out of the bay over the years had their flies open. The inescapable conclusion reached by the authorities was that all these people met their end while blithely peeing over the side. Their last thought, I'm sure, was astonishment. The next most common emotion (for those who do not die immediately) is a deep, sometimes suicidal melancholy, eventually pushed aside by hunger, panic, and -- in many cases -- temporary insanity...

One fascinating aspect... is the dawning awareness that when survivors get back to civilization, they carefully hide much more than they reveal. For the brutal truth, we have to look for clues between the lines. Some of these stories right more true than others, and it is entertaining to see the lengths to which the scoundrels go to paint themselves in noble hues. One comes away with the nagging suspicion that nice people usually do not survive being stranded, and when they do, it is often through freak accident or divine intervention. The real survivors in this world are few and far between. And if they are the fittest to survive, God help us, indeed...

How many of us, unexpectedly tumbled onto an alien shore, would silently give up the ghost rather than face the reality of drinking iguana urine, chewing up grubs, or gagging down raw turtle liver? Lord Byron's grandfather, shipwrecked in the Straits of Magellan, saw his dog killed and eaten by his shipmates... then became so starved himself that he dug up and devoured the dog's paws. We are all far too removed -- even from the rural farms oof our immediate ancestors and the prosaic hardships they faced -- to know what is really put in sausage meat or scrapple, or how to wring a bird's neck. Our soldiers have to be given months of training in jungle survival to prepare them for only a few days of commando operations in rain forests where barefoot people happily raise babies. It is all in your point of view.

Certainly it helps to be marooned with somebody else, for you can commiserate, quarrel, an feud like newlyweds, and when things really get difficult, you can always eat him, or vice versa... When the going gets tough, the tough get eaten. Cannibalism like so many other customs, is merely a state of mind. Over the centuries famine repeatedly drove Europeans and Asians alike to eat everything, including each other. The culinary genius of the French and the Chinese, working with nothing more than a few spices and a bit of garic, turned famine food into such delicacies as snails, sea slugs, and stewed bats, garnished with larvae, pupae, and spawn -- all, like escargot, under more elegant names. And while doughboys in the trenches of World War I were driven insane by body lice and other vermin, political prisoners, POWs, and castaways savor them in their gruel as if they were herbs from Provence. One culture's famine food is another's caviar.

In the case of survival cannibalism, society seasons its judgments with something akin to garlic by conveniently applying certain criteria: Was the main course already dead of natural causes? If not, was a lottery properly conducted before the murder, and are the culprits suitably pious, making analogies to Holy Communion? In this way, the survivors of a plane crash in the Andes could make a group decision to eat some of their number, and walk away heroes. It is only a short distance from the Andes to Soylent Green.

But what is customary is comforting. Cannibalism is a social affair. Solitary survival is not. Solo survivors are a breed apart. Confronted by extreme solitude, by starvation, an by no prospect of rescue, they do not sit around long pining in self-pity but set about urgent practical matters. In some cases this reveals strength of character, tenacity, and the will to live. In others it reveals only animal cunning and stubbornness. Sensitivity and imagination are terrible disadvantages in the crunch. Unusual among these tales because of its painful and pathetic revelations is the diary of a nameless castaway on Ascension Island. Unlike other classical accounts, in which the survivor returns to civilization to enlarge endlessly on his own ingenuity, this victim was much too sensitive for his own good. He kept a diary frankly revealing his misery, his mistakes, his melancholy, his weakness of character, and his hallucinations. The diary is singularly lacking in excuses. Perhaps because he was overly absorbed in his own failings and inadequacies, his struggle failed, and he diary was found beside his bones.

Written by Dmitry Orlov

I really need to lose weight!!! I have to lose 20kg...wish me luck...I'm starting tomorrow.

Hi  :)

Good luck!  But don't overdo it... be good to yourself.

General Discussion / Re: Weathering the storm
« on: October 15, 2008, 05:33:34 PM »
After seeing all the kids outside and the sense of community that was restored, I've heard alot of people regret things going back to normal.  :' (For a few precious weeks everyone here got to step away from all the BS and experience some Caveman Power.

The community spirit sounds great, I wish I was there for that!

General Discussion / Re: The global economic depression.
« on: October 15, 2008, 05:31:35 PM »
I don't think we are gonna have the economic crash everyone fears. This is just a bump in the road, wait and see. Hell, today was the best day in the history of Wall Street...

But if everything does come crashing down, we're looking at a new dark age. And I would definetly call the dark ages an "interesting time".

True, it could end up shifting the balance of geopolitical power, without necessarily going into a global depression.

on this antidepressant issue everyone should check their emotions at the door and take a long hard look at the logic from a purely scientific point of view, rather than believe the age-old propaganda that we all have heard for years and years throughout the media that comes, in fact, from those parties benefiting from selling psychotopic drugs. 

When I witness a loved one on the brink of killing themselves (or others), it's human (instinctual) to offer them the most effective means of help possible - but that does not automatically mean that I think that drugs are perfect, nor does it mean that I would dismiss the possibility of negative side effects, and it certainly doesn't mean that I classify mental illness as a medical condition or any other type of condition.

My decision to help is largely motivated by emotion, but my strategy for help is is based on ration and reason...  I wish for a better solution, but alas; it's not available yet.

I agree that patients can be exploited by marketeers (Big Pharma).  But I won't fall for an ad hominem argument that says drugs are bad because they're sold by profiteers... which only raises a question, not a conclusion.   I have reached certain conclusions based on observations and research, and I found that "drugs can help certain people cope with distress, and the pros can outweigh the cons".

General Discussion / Re: Hey all, I am new
« on: October 15, 2008, 04:23:26 PM »
Excellent advice Tony  ;)

General Discussion / Re: Hey all, I am new
« on: October 15, 2008, 04:21:23 PM »
And Matt, you may be right about some big guys, but I've been on to many hunts and seen my huge father, uncles, grandfathers, siblings(my sister is 6'2 200lbs), and myself hike 10-20miles back to camp with all the gear and a dead animal on our shoulders to say that big and strong can't do a hike!!!!

You are right; certain conditions favour certain physical attributes.  One of our favourite activities is climbing steep mountains whilst carrying mountain bikes and backpacks.  The bigger (stronger) guys do well at this, whilst the smaller guys tend to struggle more - the opposite is true when the load is light.

General Discussion / Re: Hey all, I am new
« on: October 12, 2008, 03:08:09 AM »
Welcome aboard  :)

Sounds like you're on the right track - your attitude is excellent.

Some of us here do use protein powder.  I use it to supplement my diet, for health reasons, not for body building.  I see it as a compromise, rather than a solution.

If you are planning on doing a 7 day hike, I wouldn't advise getting big and strong - it will slow you down and wear you out.  I've personally witnessed body builders fall apart on bush walks, they simply can't keep up with the fitter guys.

Anyway, good luck, and I'm glad you're making some powerful changes in your life.  Keep up the good work  ;)

I don't know if anyone here has read Robinson Crusoe.

I did when I was a kid, it was probably a simplified version though.  I might dig it up again, thanks for the reminder!

General Discussion / Re: The global economic depression.
« on: October 12, 2008, 02:30:29 AM »
Thanks Tobias  :)

General Discussion / Sociobiology - how biology directs social behaviour.
« on: September 29, 2008, 07:27:09 PM »
This is a great topic to look into - if you're up for a bit of hobby research.  Sociobiology explores interesting questions such as;

  • Are certain behavioural traits inherited? If so, what are they?
  • To what degree is genetic selfishness and altruism attributable to biology?
  • Why isn’t everybody nice and cooperative and caring about others, as our moral ideals would require?
  • Are humans more murderous than other animals?

Here is a link to get you started;
Holcomb, Harmon and Jason Byron, "Sociobiology", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Fall 2008 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.)

Here is an interesting example of how biology controls the social behaviour of species:
Edward O. Wilson, referring to ants, once said that "Karl Marx was right, socialism works, it is just that he had the wrong species", meaning that while ants and other social insects appear to live in communist-like societies, they only do so because they are forced to do so from their basic biology, as they lack reproductive independence: worker ants, being sterile, need their ant-queen to survive as a colony and a species and individual ants cannot reproduce without a queen, thus being forced to live in centralised societies. Humans, however, as a more advanced biological being, do possess reproductive independence so they can give birth to offspring without the need of a "queen", and in fact humans enjoy their maximum level of Darwinian fitness only when they look after themselves and their families, while finding innovative ways to use the societies they live in for their own benefit.
Sources: Edward O. Wilson; From Ants to Ethics and Karl Marx was right, it is just that he had the wrong species.

General Discussion / The global economic depression.
« on: September 29, 2008, 12:00:30 AM »
In this time the maker is the revolutionary. As we slide deeper into what's being now called the 'greater depression' I suggest we consider this collapse is also the renaissance in disguise. If you're tempted to savor what was: money, consumerism and greed, consider how little life it contained.

It's hard to get excited about the notion of a renaissance without being saddened by the fallout that will inevitably impact upon innocent people everywhere, particularly the sick and elderly.  Humanity is on a collision course with disaster, and I don't think it can be stopped, but I do think that civilisations can rise from the ashes and learn from it's mistakes, ushering through a new age of reason - rather than Mercantilism and Feudalism disguised as freedom.

Now is a good time to brush up on those caveman (subsistence) skills; growing vegetables, fishing, trapping, bush medicine, carpentry, sewing, instinctive eating, conversation, etc.  These things may not be a necessity, but they will empower us with greater adaptability... a key attribute for all living species.

I know who I am; I am an animal, I am a living organism that is programmed to breed and self-actualise, I am indigenous to planet earth, I am homesick and detached from the bosom of mother nature - this is something i've felt deeply my whole life.

Months ago I wrote a poem to express my anguish:

And living in a Brave New World,
marching towards our barren desires,
we descend to our deepest despair.

We are nature's creatures, the stuff of miracles,
hosts to ancient feelings of love;
squandered in dreams of utopia.

Lest we forget the smile of a child,
or the touch of a lover, content and delirious.
Forget not the tenderness of mother nature;
endless in love, relentless in grace.

Let us recall, such moments of truth,
defining our lives in whispers of passion.
And let us return to the parlour of love,
to greet our contentment.

I believe we actually will return... one day.

Fitness & Exercise / Re: New informative article on strength conditioning
« on: September 25, 2008, 07:59:18 PM »
We've been using Kettlebells for quite a while -  I highly recommend them.  Start off light and build your way up... or you will get hurt.

Making a buck from doing & making things that are good for society & our planet grows in strength each day & it's make me very happy.

LA, you might be interested in the new ISO 26000 standard being developed.  Here's an intro;

"CI (Consumer International) is currently at the forefront of the drive for a new type of ISO standard; one that looks beyond product safety and reliability to consider the social impact of production. The aim is to give consumers more information about the impact of their purchasing choices, whilst holding corporations to account for their actions.  This new standard is very important because it will set out how organisations that claim they are socially responsible in their working practices give feedback to consumers."

More info here: Consumer International

A Monash Unversity scientist has (potentially) found the key to overeating as we age.

Dr Andrews found that appetite-suppressing cells are attacked by free radicals after eating and said the degeneration is more significant following meals rich in carbohydrates and sugars.  "The more carbs and sugars you eat, the more your appetite-control cells are damaged, and potentially you consume more," Dr Andrews said.

Full article:

General Discussion / Low Fat Diet and Sunscreen - a Recipe for Disaster
« on: September 23, 2008, 08:26:02 AM »
I've just skimmed over a thesis authored by a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor by the name of Stephanie Seneff.

Here's an extract;
Just about everyone in America is convinced of two well-established tenets for how to live a long and healthy life:

   1. Eat a low-fat diet,
   2. Avoid the damaging rays of the sun

My goal in this essay is to convince you that these two tenets are the worst medical advice you are ever going to hear, and that the consequences of our government's success in selling this well-intended but misguided recommendation to the American public are devastating and long-lasting.

Full article:

Note: Although the article talks about America, I certainly think it applies to Australia too.

Check out this article if you want to look into the age old debate of who can run faster, man or horse.

Here's a few extracts;
"Every year since 1980, Llanwrtyd Wells has hosted the Man Versus Horse Marathon, which pits hundreds of runners against dozens of horses with riders. On two legs or four, contestants take on 22 miles of challenging trails laced across a dazzling green countryside. They trot through fragrant pine forests, scramble up mountainous rock-strewn sheep trails, cross rolling moorlands, and ford rivers. In June 2004, for the first time ever, the human won."

"...under the right conditions, they can also outrun just about any other animal on the planet—including dogs, wolves, hyenas, and antelope..."

"Chimps and other primates have little buns. Our own rear ends are huge; the upper part of the gluteus maximus is greatly expanded. Although few scholars have studied its role in running, the butt is, according to Bramble, "basically a substitute for a tail.""

Here's the article:

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