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General Discussion / Re: Where is everyone?
« on: December 08, 2008, 01:30:11 AM »
Dunno about everyone else but I've been busy as hell moving out of my parents' house into a new flat. Haven't had the internet in my room until a few days ago.

Food & Diet / Re: A little warning about GMO
« on: November 04, 2008, 03:43:59 PM »
I feel the same way. I don't feel at all comfortable with copyrighting genes, and I don't think corporations (whose very purpose PROFIT for the shareholders) should have anything to do with health or nature, let alone "editing" nature.

General Discussion / Re: Caveman diet for women
« on: October 30, 2008, 04:16:23 AM »
You don't even have to believe it. Just try it properly for a couple of weeks, give it a fair chance. This page:
explains why digestion is an energy-intensive process, and why eating small amounts of light food like fruit during the day is a good idea. You don't starve, you're just eating foods that don't take much energy digesting.

Food & Diet / Re: An argument for Milk...
« on: October 21, 2008, 03:53:57 PM »
It's pretty much the best thing to have after a workout too, with it's fast assimilating protein.

Yeah, I think we are designed to be able to outrun many animals and it would explain why sprinting is one of the best butt exercises. Actually this makes a pretty good case for fat as a fuel as well - when you run out of glycogen you "hit the wall" as marathon runners say, a huge amount of fatigue sets in when you have to make the shift from glucose to fat fuel. What if we used fat exclusively for long distance running? Would we find it less painful to run long distances?

6 my opinion we function better in smaller societies.

He had a pretty important guideline - "first, do no harm" and believed in nutrition as the ultimate medicine.

As someone who's had a mentally ill (schizophrenic) brother, allow me to chip in. The drugs he was on, probably diazepam or something like that, didn't "cure" his mental illness. He was still very much nervous and stressed, and paranoid, but they did lower his energy a ton and help him spend the day on his bed. Numb, like you say.

I suppose with depression it's different. My father had a tough time dealing with his moods when he got cancer, and his SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) helped him through it a lot. Be careful with them though if that's what you choose, as Toby said they have a variety of side effects and CAN cause dependency. I don't know that mental problems are mostly caused by physical illness, but you ought to TRY the nutritional side at least.

My advice on nutrition: There are amino acids you can take that your body will use to create DOPAMINE, and SEROTONIN, neurotransmitters responsible for moods.

L-Phenylalanine  - converted into tyrosine which turns into noradrenaline and dopamine
L-Tyrosine         - turns into noradrenaline and dopamine
L-tryptophan      - precursor to the neurotransmitter serotonin along with B6, niacin, and magnesium.
Also OMEGA 3s may have a mood stabilising effect.

Make sure you're not on a high carbohydrate diet - don't ride the insulin wave. It'll take you up, then take you down, reduce your energy and make you lethargic. Many people switching to a fat and protein based diet notice that their moods are more regular and constant. You might also try natural testosterone boosters like tribulus to give yourself some more confidence and feel better etc.

General Discussion / Re: Paleolitic Beyond Diet and Exercise
« on: September 13, 2008, 08:33:04 PM »
Aluminium, and I wouldn't doubt it.

Paleolithic Medicine & Natural Remedies / Re: Shamans Magic Potions
« on: September 13, 2008, 08:29:22 PM »
Good work, now we know how to block estrogen efficiently. Now you probably want to jack up HDL cholesterol levels (as this is the starting point in the steroidal pathway). <- Long story short, a healthy mix of monounsaturated and saturated fats is a good starting point. <- As is Niacin, for increasing HDL.

None of that at all matters if it ends up as some catabolic corticoid. As you can see, CYP17 is what makes the anabolic hormones.

So drink coffee. Or, any other inhibitor of cAMP breakdown, which includes anything caffeine bearing. Watch out for the catabolic corticoid release of caffiene, though. Read the abstract at the top of the first page, phospholipids - sunflower oil, soy lecthin, phosphatidylcholine, etc - also induce CYP17. <--To the point where, apparently, increase in phospholipid synthesis is the major contribution of cAMP.
^Once you've got all this HDL shunted into DHEA (which you can buy in supplement form in some places), it's ending up as a steroidal hormone - there's no way back.

At that point it makes sense to block the conversion into estrogen or estradiol, so you might as well block it with CYP19 inhibitors as have been mentioned by the poster above me. Or alternatively, indole-3-carbinol which is found in cruciferous vegetables like cabbage or broccoli - blend it to a pulp and drink it raw.

There you have it, a way to naturally increase your testosterone levels. This probably doesn't mean much if you can't increase the amount of FREE (in the blood) testosterone though, so as soon as I can find out I'll post it here lol. By the way I got this information pretty much word for word from a poster on this thread

Paleolithic Medicine & Natural Remedies / Re: Shamans Magic Potions
« on: September 11, 2008, 05:30:53 PM »
Anybody want anti-cancerous, anti-estrogenic activity? Look no further than your favourite cruciferous vegetable. Blend it up raw and slog it down.
Also, here: we see that the CYP19 enzyme is responsible for turning Androstenedione and Testosterone into Estradiol and Estrone. If one wanted to inhibit their production of estrogens then, all they'd have to do is find out a natural source of the CYP19 inhibitor. The information is probably floating around the net too. Of course there are other ways to increase testosterone, and releasing bound testosterone to free testosterone is another story altogether - but if anyone figures it out, share the knowledge!

Seems there are a lot of people trying to "sweat it out" with temperature, which is interesting because a fever is how our body seems to cope with some infections. I've found that with intermittent fasting, my body is much better at defending against pathogens and I don't really get sick. Perhaps a slight runny nose now and again if I get slack.

Paleolithic Medicine & Natural Remedies / Re: Shamans Magic Potions
« on: September 08, 2008, 05:04:20 PM »
I've found that lemon juice is very dense in Vitamin C, 1/4 of a cup of lemon juice providing 46% of your RDI (not that the RDI is relevant to a modern caveman). A glass of lemon juice with some honey (antibacterial and antifungal) will give your body great capacity to ward off pathogens.

Also very powerful is calf's liver, which BK has mentioned before.
Extremely high in Vitamin A, which your body needs in order to use protein to build new muscle, and a range of other nutrients.

Food & Diet / Re: farmer's market
« on: September 05, 2008, 02:21:56 AM »
You will find this with nearly all industrial farmed foods, and any organic foods from recently converted farms. Its caused by the utter lack of trace minerals and nutrients and minimal levels of the more common ones. These levels have been plummeting like a stone since the agrochemical revolution which has obliterated the topsoil across the world. Most stuff grown today becomes little more than water and cellulose, quite literally soggy cardboard.

It's true. If you're not pissed off at the current state of affairs in the world, you're not looking hard enough.

Food & Diet / Re: Interesting website about Paleolithic food
« on: August 09, 2008, 08:08:12 PM »
I don't agree with this politically correct paleo diet. They encourage unlimited intake of fruit, huge intake of lean protein (30-40%??), where does that leave fat? Where most hunters come from, there's not unlimited amounts of fruit.
"A 100-gram serving of roast buffalo contains only 2.4 grams of fat, and 0.9 g of saturated fat, whereas a 100-gram, T-bone beefsteak contains a whopping 23 grams of fat, and 9 grams of artery clogging saturated fat."

They assume that wild animals were somehow leaner than their pasture raised counterparts (false), and that saturated fat is "artery clogging" (also false - [url[[/url]).

Here's a review of the book "The Paleo Diet"  by Sally Fallon from the Weston A Price Foundation -

Food & Diet / Re: A newbie to Caveman Power Diet
« on: August 09, 2008, 07:38:47 PM »
The Warrior Diet has got good advice, you should also check out Ori Hofmekler's Radio show The Warrior Within, each show is archived here:
About your bowels, the only thing I could recommend would be SOLUBLE fiber. Not the stuff in cheerios or oats, but the kind that you get from fibrous vegetables and fruits. I read on Mark's Daily Apple that insoluble fiber can actually make bowel function worse over time, so that you end up needing more and more of it.

I suppose you could try eating yoghurt with active cultures acidophilus and bifidus to put some bacteria into your gut to aid digestion, but probiotics isn't something I know much about.

Food & Diet / Re: A newbie to Caveman Power Diet
« on: August 07, 2008, 07:17:59 PM »
That site Mark's Daily Apple is pretty interesting, I like seeing real science applied to primitive diets.

Food & Diet / Re: A newbie to Caveman Power Diet
« on: August 07, 2008, 05:19:33 AM »
As for water I usually rely on my body to tell me how much to drink. Make sure you're staying true to the diet, for example, are you eating some foods during the day that you should really be saving til your night meal? As you progress through the stages and adapt to fat metabolism, and normalize insulin and blood sugar, you'll begin to lose weight.
One other thing, make sure you're actually eating ENOUGH in that 30 minute meal. If you're eating too little, your body will sense that you're malnourished and go into starvation mode. It's just a theory of mine, but I think that by eating large at night you increase your metabolism, and when your body goes with little food during the next day, it's still adapted to your night time metabolism.
If you want to speed up weight loss a little, consider coffee or tea during the day (on caveman power you are mostly on a fat metabolism during the day, and caffeine works on the fat metabolic pathways if I recall correctly). There's nothing "caveman" about it, but it's a little tweak that will increase fat utilization, energy, and cognitive function - just keep it to reasonable hours so you can sleep properly. Oh, and welcome to the forums and your new health. :)

Food & Diet / Re: What about the "hardgainers"
« on: August 03, 2008, 05:55:34 PM »
Well done, it seems you know your biology. Perhaps the high protein "danger" is like the low fat hype, I'll need to read more.
Here's an idea for the hard gainers - what a lot of endurance athletes (people with biiiig calorie requirements) end up doing to meet their caloric needs is liquid calories. Perhaps you might try drinking whole milk and whey protein during the day? Milk is good in the sense that you can have it and the lactose sugars in it will have no effect on insulin (though the milk may have some, its got fast assimilating protein, and Insulin Like Growth-Factor 1 (yes, this hormone is the same in cows and humans), a powerful growth hormone that will help you build muscle.

Oh and Matt, your weekend lolly binges may even serve a biological purpose. By going easy on the carbs during the week, your insulin sensitivity will be high, so when you have carbs, insulin will shuttle nutrients and amino acids to the muscles. Just keep it to the weekend so your body doesn't adapt to the glucose metabolism  ;).

Food & Diet / Re: What about the "hardgainers"
« on: August 03, 2008, 07:47:15 AM »
As you've noted, carbs (well, the insulin response it elicits) can be used sparingly and tactically for nutrition. I would however say that from what I've heard (from Ori Hofmekler) cortisol is actually necessary from hypertrophy. I'd also disagree that a skinny guy needs 2 grams per goal bodyweight, that's a pretty monstrous load on the body. I'd hope that if you ate much protein that you at least took a day for your body to detoxify and not eat quite that much.

General Discussion / Re: Off to Denali, Alaska for the next month!!!
« on: July 30, 2008, 03:53:30 AM »
Sounds like it'll be a great time, have fun and tell us all about it.

Fitness & Exercise / Re: Urgent: I need a new workout!!!
« on: July 28, 2008, 05:34:14 PM »
Don't forget about Ross Enamait. If you don't know him now, look him up at . He's a really good guy who is genuine, no-bs, and he puts a lot of material on his website and is active on his forum. Take a look at this if you need some more convincing:

Fitness & Exercise / Re: The 10 Machines You Must Avoid at Your Gym
« on: July 28, 2008, 05:28:42 PM »
I believe that machine use could possibly lead to a negative fitness impact. What good is a caveman if his calf muscles are huge, but will tear if he attempts to sprint?

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.

Really? Well, I'd be pretty interested in hearing what you have to say on the subject of self defense.

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