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Fitness & Exercise / Re: Here's another...
« on: August 31, 2008, 08:19:50 AM »
The "sample video" on this site blew my mind:

That was amazing  :o

« on: August 31, 2008, 08:16:00 AM »
Wow! What a wonderful outlook. On a lessor but related subject I came across some folks on a website that had taken a "Primal Challenge" to eat healthy foods only and to loose weight in one month. Anyway I thought you guys might be interested.
Primal 30 day health challenge.

Excellent! Mark Sisson's website is an excellent source of information.  I encourage everyone to have a look;

Paleolithic Medicine & Natural Remedies / The purpose of this board.
« on: August 17, 2008, 09:45:57 AM »
How would a caveman treat a broken bone?  Or extract a tooth?  How did they treat infections, fungus, snake bites?

I'm especially interested in Palaeolithic medicines and treatments (before 12,000 years ago, the Neolithic revolution).  It is a topic that I rarely see discussed in Palaeontology.

The topic of Palaeolithic Medicine raises some interesting questions relating to;

  • The emergence of the Human Immune System, and it's relation to geography and genetics.
  • The inter-breeding of tribes, and the genetic blend.
  • The importance of linguistics and communication i.e. passing knowledge to subsequent generations and other tribes.
  • Spirituality and mysticism, and they're use (or non-use) in healing.
  • Natural Selection; were certain genetic pools selected against, and thus eliminated?

Additionally, we could postulate questions such as;

  • Are humans genetically becoming weaker (i.e. Dysgenics) due to modern things such as; antibiotics, diets high in sugar, sedentary lifestyles, lack of sunlight, etc?
  • And as a result, have we intervened in the evolutionary process to such a degree that we are ill-suited to a natural environment?
  • If a Palaeolithic person was transported through time to our modern age, would they live longer or be healthier than a modern person if given access to the same science and medicine?

I think a new board on the forum that discusses such things under the title of "Natural Medicine" could be very, should we do it?  And if so, should we call it "Natural Medicine" or is there something more suitable?

Paleolithic Medicine & Natural Remedies / Olive Leaf Extract
« on: August 17, 2008, 09:03:38 AM »
Whenever I feel my immune system weakening, whether it's due to infectious disease (cold, flu) or lack of sleep, or over-training... I take Olive Leaf Extract.

As a post-hoc solution, Olive Leaf Extract has served me well.  I have managed to avoid a full blown cold or flu for the last 5 years, which is pretty good going.  I have recommended it to friends and family, who've also experienced similar results.

Has anybody else had good results with Olive Leaf Extract?

I have a routine for fighting infectious disease such as Cold and Flu, and it goes like this;

  • At first sign of symptoms (i.e. sore throat, declining energy levels) I gargle salt water or mouthwash.
  • I begin taking Olive Leaf Extract mixed with Echinacea (50/50 solution) several times a day.
  • I incubate myself in a warm bed for several hours, overheating my body.
  • I sleep as much as possible and stay sedentary (very lazy) for 24 hours.
  • I consume hot vegetable soup with very spicy chilli, in very small amounts. My water intake is slightly higher than average.
  • I aim to get at least a couple of hours of direct sunlight, which really seems to help.

It has served me well for years.

Does anybody else have any recommendations, or indeed; criticism of the above points?

Fitness & Exercise / Re: EXTREME Bodyweight Strength Skills
« on: August 17, 2008, 08:38:48 AM »
Excellent!  I'm in awe of the pullups, and the pole dancing was equally impressive.

Food & Diet / Interesting website about Paleolithic food
« on: August 09, 2008, 11:27:24 AM »

Although you have to pay for the detailed information on this website, I was satisfied by reading just the free stuff.  I recommend checking it out.

General Discussion / Re: Off to Denali, Alaska for the next month!!!
« on: August 09, 2008, 11:21:38 AM »'s one of my favorites
Awesome :o

Food & Diet / Re: A newbie to Caveman Power Diet
« on: August 07, 2008, 10:02:14 AM »
I don't necessarily think that losing weight is the end-all goal of the caveman diet.  It is, instead, a steady change of eating habits that, yes, can result in weight loss if that is how your body is meant to be. 

My point is that the scale is really not your number one priority of measurement with this diet.  Returning your body to a natural state, enjoying foods that are healthier (that maybe you've never tried before - I never realized how much I love peaches and almonds), and living a healthier lifestyle are better measurables.  Don't look to the scale...

100% correct... it's all about re-training your body to desire healthy foods in healthy amounts, and beyond that, it's about self actualisation.  Losing weight fast is easy (technically speaking), but it is also risky, for example; you could negatively disrupt your liver or endocrine system.  Additionally, the weight you lose could be lean muscle... which could put you in the dreaded "skinny fat" category.

does it take awhile before results will be seen
Usually you will see results (weight loss or gain) within the first two weeks, but it is more important that you feel the results.

am using stage one to ease into things before going really clean

will drinking lots of water speed up weight loss?
Generally speaking, yes.  But I wouldn't treat water as a weight loss tool. I recommend consuming fluids in the same spirit as food i.e. healthy amounts at healthy times, according to what your body requires.

Any tips for me that might see the weight start to drop a bit faster.

Love the site!!
Thank you!  And welcome aboard   :D

Fitness & Exercise / Re: Workout Advice
« on: August 03, 2008, 05:48:52 AM »
If you're looking for a website to help guide you through a workout, check out

They also suggest the caveman diet as part of the workout (which is why I'm here).

Glad you found us  ;)

Crossfit has been mentioned several times on this website, and thankfully so, as I think it's an excellent lifestyle for those who are seeking peak overall fitness.

Fitness & Exercise / Re: The 10 Machines You Must Avoid at Your Gym
« on: August 03, 2008, 05:42:10 AM »
the smith machine has it's uses. I love using it for plyo-bench (when I want to do some heavier ballistic pushes then I could get from a push-up)and while I wouldn't uses it for squats, there are some great powerlifting moves to help increase your bench or punching power that work VERY well.

But relying on the machines instead of using them to supplement your training is a classic newbie problem.

Very true.  We use it occasionally for clap pushups, that is, with your feet on a fitball, and your hands on the bar.  It's pretty scary, and unstable as hell :)

Food & Diet / Re: What about the "hardgainers"
« on: August 03, 2008, 05:40:09 AM »
Oh I'm not complaining about about being lean... I do like it. But I always get the "you need to put-on some weight" comments, and I am "technically" underweight according to the charts.

Fair enough.  I guess that I avoided your question and went straight into the merits of your premise... sorry about that.

To put on weight (for clinical reasons) is a tough question actually... and I am probably not the best person to ask about it.  But as a layman's approach, I find it pretty easy to put on weight if I consume lots of Olive Oil and Tuna with some grains (non-fibrous carbs), and do workouts consisting of slow and strict chinups/pushups/squats/deadlifts or any other compound movement that elicits a hormonal response.

General Discussion / Re: Off to Denali, Alaska for the next month!!!
« on: August 03, 2008, 05:27:22 AM »
If I manage to get this bear, bith Matt and Tony are getting a claw and steaks!!!!

That could be the highest compliment you could ever pay to another caveman  :)

General Discussion / Re: Off to Denali, Alaska for the next month!!!
« on: July 29, 2008, 11:19:06 PM »
All the best mate, hope you have a great time.

Would love to see some pics!

Fitness & Exercise / Re: Urgent: I need a new workout!!!
« on: July 28, 2008, 07:43:34 PM »
Don't forget about Ross Enamait.

I third that !  ;D

Fitness & Exercise / Re: The 10 Machines You Must Avoid at Your Gym
« on: July 28, 2008, 06:17:43 AM »
i consider the smith machine the most dangerous of all, they should be forbiden in gyms. nothing can compare to natural movements, that our body is "designed" to do, it's the best way to develop strenght, and mass in a healthy natural way.

I agree... machines in the gym are inferior to natural movements.  It's a shame that people value them so highly.

Food & Diet / Re: What about the "hardgainers"
« on: July 28, 2008, 06:14:54 AM »
In my opinion; power to weight ratio is a key component to exceptional fitness.  So, if you're skinny and strong, then you are superior to somebody who's big and strong (generally speaking).

If you're aiming to gain mass, i'd have to ask why?  Is it for a sport?  Is it to look buff?

Being large is a deficit in mother nature, as she tends to favour the powerful and agile, rather than the big and strong.

Fitness & Exercise / Re: Urgent: I need a new workout!!!
« on: July 28, 2008, 06:04:11 AM »
Hi Atlas  :)

Sounds like you're getting into things quite a bit, nice work mate!

For a tonne of ideas and workouts that require minimal equipment and space, you can't beat

My favourite is this...
3 rounds of;
  • 20 Pullups
  • 20 Pushups
  • 20 Situps
  • 20 Squats
Time yourself with a stopwatch, then aim to better it.  Make sure the movements are high quality too  ;)

Fitness & Exercise / The 10 Machines You Must Avoid at Your Gym
« on: July 20, 2008, 05:08:03 AM »
Interesting article on Machines Vs free/body weight exercises.


« on: July 11, 2008, 08:07:46 PM »
Thank You Matt:
I too would like to thank you for what you’re doing here. I trust that this is as much a motivator for you as it is for us to stay fit and healthy.

It certainly is a motivator, and as well as that; it's a touchstone that assures me that there is some sanity in this crazy world.

I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s and underwent chemo and radiation for 8 months. Glad to say I overcame and the use of my arm has fully returned.

It's good to hear that.  Your gratitude is evident by listening (reading) your enthusiasm for life.

1.   The “food pyramid”, which was developed less than 100 years ago and probably with funding from the grain companies
2.   100,000 years (or 10,000 if your religious) of genetic predisposition


I’m just baffled that the paleo community is such a small one. That, to me, is the biggest mystery.

People are constantly being lied to by our cultural leaders i.e. corporations (marketing).  It seems the truth is not so cherished in our modern world, and I hope that changes.

General Discussion / Re: Bush workout and run
« on: July 11, 2008, 07:58:13 PM »
Sounds great Jon.  I've ridden my bike up Blackwall mountain... it's pretty hard work.

We've been mountain climbing and riding through Brisbane Water National Park on the weekends - i'll yell when have another ride planned - none of us are pro riders but we sure have a lot of fun.  One of my favourite workouts (if you'd call it that) is to climb up a few steep mountains whilst carrying a mountain bike on my shoulders, and then ride down the other side of them.  I particularly like waterfall climbing, also with the bike.

I usually go bush at least once a week, it helps me to get over the insanity of modern society.  When i'm in the bush  I feel safe, calm and wonderfully alive - it's funny how modern society has the totally opposite effect on me.  In fact, I think modern society is sick, and it feeds on fear and the threat of inadequacy.

And you're right, this time of year (winter/spring) in the bush is gorgeous.  I'd encourage anyone to get out there, and find out who they really are  ;)

Fitness & Exercise / Re: Unexpected Workouts
« on: July 11, 2008, 07:45:14 PM »
Nice work mate.

I love those type of spontaneous workouts.

Food & Diet / Re: Want to start Caveman Power
« on: July 03, 2008, 09:54:11 PM »
Thanks for the advice, Im two days in now, I know thats not much but I feel good about things. Im interested in this Olive Oil idea, what kinds of things do you do with that?

I pour it over just about everything; salad, vegetables, meat, and sometimes I have it on it's own.  A small amount will keep you full for a long time.

Ive been to every continent except Antartica, been to around 70 countries and there is no place I would rather live.

I'm keen to visit this wilderness, and apparently they've just finished building an air-strip... no more long boat trips to get there.

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