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.