The actual epidemic

The actual epidemic only gets lip service once in awhile. This graph of hospitalizations only goes to 2009, but the trajectory of the graph is going straight up! What must this look like 10 years later! 42% of americans in 2018 are obese!

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/databriefs/db360.htm

Source: https://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb137.pdf

Sunscreen and Seed Oils

It is likely that a diet including seed oils is responsible for a lot of metabolic disease. I would propose that this includes sunburns, caused by diet more than just staying in the sun by itself. Recently sunscreens that contain Benzene were recalled, so it’s entirely possible that skin cancer was exacerbated by sunscreen itself!

Seed oils are very high in Omega-6 that cause inflammation. Seed oils are originally a waste product of industrial processes, not meant for food. If you watch how it’s made you will realize that vegetable oils are not really food.

The invention of sunscreen may have even coincided with the growing use of seed oils in the 1930’s. Sunscreen was invented in 1938 in Switzerland by Franz Grieter. He got a sunburn when hiking in the mountains and created a cream to help him prevent it. In the 1930’s Weston A Price was also visiting Switzerland and found a marked difference in the diet between isolated mountain communities and modern city dwellers.

The diet of isolated mountain living swiss was noted as: “primarily consisted of dairy products (raw milk, butter, cream and raw milk cheese) from cows grazing on lush alpine slopes, and rye bread, or roggenbrot, from rye grown in the valley. They ate meat about once a week, usually veal, using all the parts and making soup with the bones, and some vegetables during the summer months.”

The diet of city dwelling “modernized swiss” was described that they: “got their food from stores selling sugar, white flour, pastries, jams and jellies, canned condensed milk, canned foods and vegetable oils.”

This looks similar to the extreme difference between an ancestral diet and a modern food diet.

A number of other bloggers and twitter users have found that they have not gotten sun burn, or not as severe a reaction to the sun when seed oils were removed from their diet as well.

Natural vitamin D is necessary for good health and sunscreen really is the new margarine.

 

 

The best way to clean eyeglasses!

I have started to use reduced lenses to try to reduce my prescription strength. That will be a blog post for later, once I see how it works for me. In the meantime I now have lots of eyeglasses that I have ordered online as i try different lens reductions.

I have never been happy with the standard way of cleaning glasses, using microfiber cloths and spray cleaners. They always seem to leave a residue that does not evaporate or eventually causes me to scratch the lense coating.

My new solution is to use a camera lens pens, and it works great! I am able to clean the lenses with no scratching or residue.

First you brush away any dirt on the surface with the brush side of the lens pen. Brushing both sides of the lenses until you don’t have any dirt. The brush also tends to move around any smudges or oils on the lenses so you might see it streaking the lenses. That will go away in the next step.

The second step is to wipe the lenses with the carbon applicator to remove any smudges. The carbon applicator will clean the lenses. Move the applicator around so it moves the smudges off the edge of the lens, instead of stopping in the middle. If your carbon applicator does not have much carbon on it, you can put the cap back on and move the cap on and off the applicator. The cap of the lens pen has a carbon sponge inside of it that can apply more carbon.

I love how clean my eyeglasses are now. This is the cleanest i’ve ever gotten my eyeglasses and have ordered a few lens pens from amazon to keep them around.

Carnivore human diet

Humans mostly evolved as carnivores and have used grains and starches as sustenance only when more nutrient dense food was not available. One of the reasons there are not many megafauna left in the world is because we ate them all and had to invent farming to survive. A carnivore diet of ruminant animals would be more sustainable and help slow climate change.

Heinrich Harder (1858-1935), Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Similar to a paleo diet, it relies on biology and anthropology as a starting point. The carnivore diet has lots of science behind it. Human nutrition requirements and biology point to a requirement for animal food. They do not indicated plant foods are necessary.

Human stomach acid resembles a scavenger. More acidic than a carnivore, and even more than an herbivore. This would allow us to digest food found after a kill and not be harmed by parasites that may be in them.

Meat allowed our brains to evolve our large brains. It would have been impossible for an ancient human to feed their large energy demands of their brain with plant food.

Hunter gatherers tens of thousands of years ago had abundant access to megaherbivores. It is possible that megafauna like Wooly Mammoth and Glyptodon died out because humans hunted them could be ample evidence for our carnivore history.

Ruminant animals are part of the natural carbon cycle of the earth and are necessary to maintain soil health. Eating grass fed beef can even reduce atmospheric carbon.

Most people on a carnivore diet eat about 2lbs of meat per day. Mostly beef, with some eggs, and occasionally others like lamb, chicken, pork, and fish.

The best resources to start on a carnivore diet are the books, blogs and podcasts from the Carnivore MD and the Meat RX Community.

GTD in OneNote for the cloud

Get organized with GTD in OneNote for Windows 10, IOS, Android and Mac OS X. This is how I organize my GTD lists in the newest cloud version of OneNote, which Microsoft simply calls OneNote.

OneNote

I make a section for my Inbox at the top that is the default location for saved notes that I can enter from the quick entry or from clippings with the OneNote browser extension.

I also use my GTD notebook to hold a Journal of some daily activity. This is not strictly part of GTD but it works somewhat like the tickler file where I can enter dates and things in the future also.

I then put the standard Reference, Someday/Maybe, Waiting For, and Project Plan  sections  next. Inside those tabs each item has it’s own OneNote page with as much or as little information on it as I need. Often my pages are just the heading and nothing else.

Next are my Contexts. These will be personal to your own work, but @Home, @Work, @Errands, @PC are often popular contexts to keep track of each place you do tasks.

I can easily drag the pages up and down to prioritize them inside each section or between sections to move them out of Waiting For back to a Context or into Someday Maybe or wherever they should go. This is a key feature that makes it easy to use pages to move them around and between different lists as you decide how to organize what you are doing. Moving things out of a Context and into Someday/Maybe or Waiting For or into Reference if you are done with the task but may want to refer to it later.

For an example of how this makes prioritization easy you can see here in my @Grocery list I have the produce listed first since in most Grocery stores the produce section is in the front when you first walk in the door.

I have tried lots of different GTD software over the years from command line scripts, Emacs, Evernote and paper notebooks, but I keep ending up back in OneNote since it is free, works everywhere and has a clipping extension for browsers to save things from the web that I want to refer to later.

Favorite Podcasts of 2019

I listen to lots of podcasts, mostly about paleo lifestyle, investing, business and software.  These are my favorite feeds that I have listened to this year.

Primal Blueprint


Interviews about primal diet and lifestyle. Eating based on a paleo style template and also lifestyle to keep you healthy with a focus on sleep, exercise, going outside in the sun, play and social relations.

Sustainable Dish


A podcast about sustainable production of real food with eco-friendly livestock farming and nutrition that is backed up with science.

Trend Following


Trend following investing podcast that has morphed over the last few years into an unapolagetic business and lifestyle podcast.

Chat With Traders


Great interviews with traders and investors to help you understand new ways to approach markets, trading, and investing.

No Agenda Show


Deconstructing the news of the day to keep you up to date and provide an alternative view into what the mainstream media is talking about. The podcast is supported by listener/producer donations so they are not held to any advertiser friendly content guidelines.  New album art every episode.

Getting Things Done


This blog post started as an item on my GTD blogging list. How to get all the ideas out of your head and into a system that lets you organize and clarify the things you should be doing right now.

Masters in Business


Business and investing interviews covering broad areas of the business and finance world.

Indie Hackers


About the business of software from the perspective of individual founders who are delivering real products to end users.

Software Engineering Radio


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Interviews about software engineering in use today.  You can learn and apply it to your own systems.  Depending on the interview some of them are higher level and some of them go quite in depth into source code and practices.

Microsoft Research


Interviews with Microsoft researchers about things they are working on for current software systems and also the things that will shape the future of computing.  Often these inverviews are very high level and over my head until doing further research and learning when something sounds interesting.