- Monkeys Can Be Smarter Than Humans: They Aren’t Fooled by Price Tags
- Don’t Be Circle Jerked By Alternative Health Practitioners
- How Curcumin Inhibits Inflammation
- Probiotics: My Experiment Ingesting 1/4 of Trillion Bacteria
- Increasing Intelligence By Increasing Myelin: N-acetylaspartate
- 16 Things That Will Enhance Your Performance: Even if You’re Healthy…
- How I Incorporate Bright Light Into My Life
- My Top 7 Anti-Lectin Agents
- Interesting Experiment: EDTA Blocks Lectin Activity
- Lectins Can Cause Low Libido
- Sorry if I Come Off As Preaching or Strict
Monkeys Can Be Smarter Than Humans: They Aren’t Fooled by Price Tags
I don’t cease to be amazed at how irrational humans are. One area of irrationality has to do with signaling factors such as price and marketing.
Put on a white coat and call yourself a doctor and all of sudden our minds go through a transformation, and we let down our critical thinking.
Throw some hope and we go blind to reality. All we can see is the possibility of a better future. Critical thinking goes out of the window.
Through building awareness I’ve learnt to spot my own patterns and not get caught into falling for BS.
If you don’t fall for BS you will save yourself a lot of money.
People wonder how I support myself and also seem to spend a lot of money on supplements, etc… The answer is that I don’t spend money on STUPID SH*T.
Rule #1 for not spending money on stupid sh*t is to realize that price doesn’t equal quality.
Rule#2 is to not believe anything you hear or read from people too much. Be skeptical.
In the past few months I put down a grand on a Molecular hydrogen machine, an Oxygen concentrator, 1415 for a macbook and 200 for a router.
I’m happy with those purchases because all increase my performance and health and pay for themselves in time. They’ve got a good Return On Investment (ROI).
I’m more efficient with the Macbook and I realize that the router is the most important aspect to your internet connection. I’ve been through 2 cheaper ones and they don’t work well. My internet connection is also pretty quick (130mb down, 40mb up).
What I don’t spend on is hyped products that have nice packaging and lots of marketing attached to it.
Some products like (Longvida) curcumin are indeed better, as it’s the only one I’m aware of that reaches the brain. But when I found it about 4 years ago in a scientific study, almost no one knew about it. Only in the past 6 months have more companies started carrying it and it still doesn’t have much marketing attached to it.
The point is sometimes products can be qualitatively different.
I buy 90% of my cloths in Target and I find the quality is almost the same as stuff 5X the price. Some products are better to get higher quality, such as a good coat.
If you spend smartly, you won’t regret purchases. Buy quality, not marketing.
You should be aware that the more marketing, the nicer the packaging, the more money that was spent for this purpose.
Anyway, here’s the study with Monkeys.
“In at least one respect, Capuchin monkeys are smarter than humans — they don’t assume a higher price tag means better quality, according to a new study.
People consistently tend to confuse the price of a good with its quality. For instance, one study showed that people think a wine labeled with an expensive price tag tastes better than the same wine labeled with a cheaper price tag. In other studies, people thought a painkiller worked better when they paid a higher price for it.
The Yale study shows that monkeys don’t buy that premise, although they share other irrational behaviors with their human relatives.” (R)
Don’t Be Circle Jerked By Alternative Health Practitioners
I’ve seen some good and caring alternative health practitioners, so I’m not criticizing everyone.
But most of the time I see good ol’ circle jerking.
Some alternative health practitioners claim to be skeptical, but are not skeptical of their own BS.
What I am constantly amazed at is you don’t have to actually do a good job to charge a shit load of money. You just need to be popular and market yourself well. See these reviews of Chris Kresser: 1, 2, 3.
Conventional medicine is loaded with problems, but alternative medicine is oftentimes even worse in other ways. You are often taken for a ride and pay a shitload of money for advice that doesn’t work.
Conventional medicine thinks you’re making your problems up if they can’t detect your issues with their extremely limited testing.
Doctors can’t see beyond drugs and alternative health people can’t see beyond your gut, thyroid, etc…
The word for this is called myopia, and it’s an epidemic that affects all homo sapiens, including myself. We need to be more aware of this phenomenon.
How Curcumin Inhibits Inflammation
I take ~250mg daily.
Probiotics: My Experiment Ingesting 1/4 of Trillion Bacteria
I’ve never really noticed much of an effect from probiotics. About a year ago I started to take them in higher dosages and I started noticing some benefits for the gut, but not much else.
As I study the immune system more and these species that I’m ingesting, I started thinking that there is a gap between what I’m reading and what I’m experiencing.
Probiotics are good, but not as good as I would think if I just read the research.
I also wanted to do some experiments for inducing oral tolerance more.
SO, I decided to do a little experiment and ingest 280 billion probiotic bacteria in one shot, containing 15 different strains. This is equivalent to two bottles of your run of the mill probiotics.
My result? I felt high and blissful. The effect was as strong as any drug I’ve taken. I think this was because these bacteria produce lots of short chain fatty acids like butyrate and also lactic acid. I also got a bitch itchy and red in some places, but nothing serious.
Kind of felt like a massive dosage of high-maize.
Results were confounded by taking 40X the dosage of Mannose earlier. Normally they come in pills of 500mg. I took 20g yesterday. But I’ve taken 10g before this without such an effect, so I’m going with the probiotic being the causal factor. I will do more experiments to tease it out.
Anyway, the takeaway is that you need to hit things hard. Don’t think you will be cured by taking 1 puny pill of probiotics. Don’t be timid. Start small, but work your way up, in a safe way. I experimented with lower dosages first.
My general approach is to keep increasing the dose until you feel something acutely. This approach isn’t risk free, but if done in a careful way, it’s relatively safe.
The only potential problem I see is imbalancing your immune system more. So make sure you take probiotics that balance your immune system the way you want it.
Increasing Intelligence By Increasing Myelin: N-acetylaspartate
Props go to a fellow named Alan who put this together. This will be an area of research that I’d like to get into.
“extract of H. erinaceus promoted normal development of cultivated cerebellar cells and demonstrated a regulatory effect on the process of myelin genesis process in vitro” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12675022
“PROG also promotes myelination in the brain, as shown in vitro in explant cultures of cerebellar slices and in vivo in the cerebellar peduncle of aged rats after toxin-induced demyelination” http://www.thisisms.com/forum/regimens-f22/topic5703.html
“New research suggests that the layer of insulation coating neural wiring in the brain plays a critical role in determining intelligence.” http://www.technologyreview.com/news/412678/brain-images-reveal-the-secret-to-higher-iq/
N-acetylaspartate is “A source of acetate for lipid and myelin synthesis in oligodendrocytes, the glial cells that myelinate neuronal axons” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N-Acetylaspartic_acid#cite_note-5
“Our results highlight a biochemical substrate of normal intellectual performance, mediated by sex, within white matter association fibers linking posterior to frontal brain regions.” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15955507
“the NAA concentration in the isthmus/splenium region was positively correlated with the performance IQ and full-scale IQ scores” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21983183
“The positive correlation of the IQ scores with the NAA concentrations in the isthmus/splenium region indicates that more efficient inter-hemispheric data transfer between parieto-occipital cortices may enhance intellectual performance.” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21983183
“Of the three white matter regions studied (i.e., left frontal, right frontal, left occipito-parietal), we found that a model including only left occipito-parietal white matter predicted intellectual performance [F(1,25) = 8.65, P = .007; r2 = .26], providing regional specificity to our previous findings of NAA-IQ relationships.” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15955507
“It is detected in the adult brains only in neurons” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1754068?dopt=Abstract
“synthesized in the mitochondria of neurons from the amino acid aspartic acid and acetyl-coenzyme A.” http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1080/00207594.2012.709117/abstract
“aerobic fitness is associated with neuronal viability in the frontal cortex of older adults.” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22574272
“NAA mediated an association between fitness and backward digit span performance, suggesting that neuronal viability as measured by NAA is important in understanding fitness-related cognitive enhancement.” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22574272
“if aerobic fitness influences the number or viability of neurons, then higher aerobic fitness levels might be associated with greater concentrations of NAA” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22574272
“In a high temperature environment, Green Tea Catechins is not stable: an epimerization change is likely to occur, because heating results in the conversion from EGCG to GCG. Thus it is considered inappropriate to infuse green tea or its extracts with overheated water.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_tea_extract
“Treatment with EGCG resulted in an increase of 13% [95%,CI(1%-23%) p<0.001] in average NAA levels. Free plasma levels of EGCG at 8 hours predicted changes in NAA; an increase in 10ng/ml in free EGCG levels resulted in a 6% [95%,CI(2%-10%)] increase in NAA.” http://www.neurology.org/cgi/content/meeting_abstract/78/1_MeetingAbstracts/P03.050
“There were no safety concerns for treating MS patients with Polyphenon E. Our futility endpoint was rejected, as NAA levels increased. This and the correlated changes in NAA and EGCG levels support a potential neuroprotective effect…” http://www.neurology.org/cgi/content/meeting_abstract/78/1_MeetingAbstracts/P03.050
16 Things That Will Enhance Your Performance: Even if You’re Healthy…
I would recommend EVERYONE experiment incorporating these into your life. It doesn’t mean everyone will benefit, but I think over 90% of the population will.
- Lighting device upon awakening. Critical if you aren’t getting sunshine.
- LLLT. See my review of LLLT. In summary, it builds mitochondria and reduces inflammation.
- Niagen NAD+
- 2g Gotu Kola
- Hi-Maize resistant starch
- Cod liver
- Black Cumin Seed Oil
- Red Glasses before bed
- THIS yoga before bed: uploaded the video to Youtube.
- Listen to “Mindfulness for beginners”
How I Incorporate Bright Light Into My Life
Bright light is one of my best hacks. I recommend everyone incorporate the Bright light device into their regimen.
My Top 7 Anti-Lectin Agents
All fire, no smoke…Also realize that all of this stuff is cutting edge. I Googled Lectin-sensitivity and it turns out that I coined the term, lol. I don’t know why this is not spoken about more. I have lots of more material to post on this but for now read this post.
The best subjective anti lectin agents I’ve found so far are:
1) Sialic Acid
You can take these all together – they don’t really interact. I’ve taken them altogether.
If you take them altogether I think it will deactivate the lectins pretty well.
Interesting Experiment: EDTA Blocks Lectin Activity
So lectins produce an immune response by increasing cellular calcium release.
Various immune cells are stimulated by increased calcium release in cells, including T Cells.
SO I tried to use a calcium binder called EDTA. 3g of it seems to make a difference when taken before lectin consumption. Be ware that EDTA binds to beneficial minerals as well, so it’s not like you want to do this daily.
On my second experiment, I tried 4g of EDTA and it worked again like a charm, so I’m really liking it.
EDTA is also known to block lectin activity
Because lectins often need calcium to bind to cells
I think kombucha is working by lactate, EGCG and gluconic acid, which is also a calcium binder.
These aren’t complete fixes, but more like bandaids when what you really need is stitches.
Other people’s experiences are welcome.What Happens When I Break My Diet
Yesterday I broke my diet big time again for my sister’s B day, but I’m done breaking it…. I started getting symptoms again.
My OCD has come back to a degree,
I’m experiencing a worse mood and emotional instability,
More on the edge,
Various cognitive issues – attention, memory, processing, etc..
Motivation is down,
I’m sleeping more,
My ears are clogged,
Pains in places that I’ve got injured in the past,
Slower healing – felt sore after a 2 hour walk (wouldn’t normally happen)
Itching in back of neck,
More hypersensitivity in general.
I’m starting to remember what life was like after a period of forgetting.
Note that I am not taking many supplements to heal it so that I can remember and get a clear picture of how my body gets wrecked by lectins.
I guess I went through a period of trying to see if I could be a little normal. I think this is the thing that scares people the most. Everyone wants to fit in…
Well life is nothing but trade-offs. If I’m more ‘normal’ then my life quality goes down, but if I’m less normal then I’m happier, healthier and more productive.
I’m going to choose my health…But I certainly understand those who can’t plunge in fully; it’s isolating…
Lectins Can Cause Low Libido
A lot of clients complain of low libido. My libido was raging as I got stricter with lectins.
As I reintroduced some seed lectins and straying from my strict diet, my libido has noticeably gone down.
Most people think if you just eat healthy whole foods, you will be healthy. Over 95% of my clients eat healthier than anyone I know and still have problems.
I bought into this whole food paradigm for a while, which hindered my progress for a good bit.
‘Paleo’ says we need to eat the RIGHT whole foods. If you have autoimmune issues, this is a step in the right direction and enough for some, but not for others.
I think science has progressed enough that we have a pretty good idea of what we need to fuel our body and how to use drugs/supplements to manipulate various chemicals and proteins for better health. We don’t need whole foods for this.
If you are eating whole foods and have no issues, then I suggest you keep it up!
For myself, the less whole foods I eat the better I feel.
Sorry if I Come Off As Preaching or Strict
Sometimes I come off as preaching, judging, rigid or extreme, but I’m not.
When people have serious issues, I tend to lean on them hard, at least until they get better. But if you’ve got things under control, you’ve got way more leeway.
I’m a believer that YOU NEED TO MAKE BIG MOVES to get better. BE BOLD. Hit whatever you’re dealing with HARD. Once you figure out what the significant factors are for you, then you can take it easy and be more moderate. But you need that period where you take things to the extreme to figure out what works for you.
A few examples to show you I’m not extreme or a health nut:
I’ve smoked about 6 packs of cigarettes in the last few months (I know it’s bad, so I’ve stopped.)
Last weekend I had massive amounts of lectins and crap, as I was with my fam.
There was one week about a month ago where 90% of my calories came from ice cream and junk food (6 cartons of ice cream in a .week). I was just ‘experimenting’, or so I told myself
A week before that I drank 10 cans of soda.
And two days ago I had a whopping piece of aged and mouldy goat cheese. Another so called ‘experiment’. Brain fog ensued, but 2 kombuchas got rid of most of it.
In the past few months, I’ve gone a couple weeks with almost no exercise and I’ve been staying up late and messing up my circadian rhythm…And I’ve gone many days with 5 hours of sleep, even though I like to get 8…..I went two different days partying from the night till the afternoon. I’ve stopped this, but I’m not afraid to break things, as long as they’re very infrequent.
However, I try to structure my life so that I keep to what works for me 90-95% of the time and I make sure things are stable before indulging. The rest of the time I dabble
I structure my life as a germophobe because I know viruses and bacteria can cause health issues. I don’t touch handles with my hands generally (unless I wash them well after), but then I’ll go out and smoke a cigarette that has been passed around by random club people, because I know I don’t do this often.
The bottom line: Structure your life in a healthy way, but don’t be afraid to stray from your own principles here and there.
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