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Thursday, July 26, 2018

How to Save your Health and Wellness- FOREVER! Paleo Quick tip of the Day podcast

I have been thinking about this a lot lately: how to make a paleo, ancestral, healthy lifestyle easily understandable.  

Because, once you start into “LIFE”: well, the options are endless!  You can always ‘improve’, or make better- heck, I have been doing these podcasts for almost 9 years, and I discover things every day to tweak my ancestral lifestyle, to make it better and more productive.  And I have been doing it for a long time…

But for a novice, someone who just has been living a normal lifestyle, eating Doritos and cereal daily, basically just eating and doing whatever they want to for  a long while- What should they do to get on the health and wellness track??

The answer is surprisingly simple, really.  Whether you are 18 or 80, the first piece of advice I would give you is this-


I know, that’s a deal breaker for most people, but truth is tough to ignore.  If you follow “conventional medical advice”, you will do some really stupid, non-scientific things:

1. You will eat a low fat, high carb, and high sugar diet

This despite the fact that all modern research proves conclusively that FAT is both beneficial and harmless, containing many nutrients necessary for health, CARBS are basically the same as sugar, and so should be severely limited- and that SUGAR IS THE REAL PROBLEM- NOT FAT!!

Sugar and its twin, carbs in the form primarily of grains, and again primarily of wheat are the culprits, utterly destroying our guts, hearts and arteries, and are what is truly making us all fat and sick.  It seems simplistic, but it really is that simple: 

Grains, mainly in the form of wheat, bread and pasta
are making us FAT, SICK, and nearly dead!

They also, and this is the real deal- they make us horribly susceptible to autoimmune diseases, by causing us to have “leaky guts” that compromise our immune function.  This is the bottom line, really- this is what makes me evangelistic about all of this!

Because the truth is that, if you eat grains as most all Americans do, at virtually every meal- cereal for breakfast, toast and sandwiches, and then spaghetti and pizza, over and over and over, day after day-  not only are you assaulting your gut with GMO wheat, loaded with the chemical glyphosate: you are also attacking your body with a foodstuff with not only almost nothing in the way of nutrients- but you are also compromising your gut with chemical invaders, a grain species that has been actually enhanced by modern manipulations that were intended to enhance production of grains….

But actually resulted in Franken- Grains that are uniquely SUITED to DESTROY YOUR INTESTINAL LINING!

I have lived for about a decade with folks that laughed, that  pooh-poohed, that thought that this was utterly ridiculous!  They ate their “healthy, whole grains”, their “low fat dairy and vegetable oils”, while running long distances, doing long aerobic sessions in lieu of sensible strength training, and slathered themselves with sunscreen if they ever even went outside!  

They went to the doctor repeatedly, just to be “checked”.  The universal result?  They needed medication- LOTS OF IT!

They went to doctors that ignored the Hippocratic Oath: First Do No Harm.  

These same doctors prescribed lots of drugs: statins, blood pressure medicines, and many others.  They stressed again the low fat diet, the importance of lots of carbs, especially loads and loads of wheat, corn, and skimmed milk at every meal!

For your information: wheat, corn, well, any carb is sugar.  And skimmed milk, i.e. milk skimmed of its beneficial, vitamin laden fat is- SUGAR.  

And, here is the bottom line of this polemic: SUGAR IS THE SCOURGE OF THE MODERN DIET!

Wheat has the unique evil ability to compromise our guts, so it is enemy #1!  

Eliminate Wheat!!

Sugar, both in the form of carbs such as bread (wheat), and in its basic form of just sugar, candy, Twinkies, whatever is- PURE EVIL, not to be to strong about it!

FAT has never been the enemy, far from it.  Fat has been vilified over and over, but it is carbs and sugar that have ruined the American’s intestines, made us susceptible to autoimmune disease, destroyed our heart health, and also- ironically- made us FAT!!

Fat has never been the enemy.  Sugar and Carbs have been the enemy!  Conventional Medical Advice has been the enemy- they have ignored real science for decades, instead embracing and espousing Fake Science from the medical orthodoxy, which is just that of the big Pharmaceutical Companies:

Take more drugs!  

Western Medicine has been left in the trash heap of history- Hippocrates is rolling over in his grave!  

Here is what old Hippocrates would say now, just as he did back in 500 BC: 

Let Food Be thy Medicine
And Medicine Be thy Food

Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t see anything in that about modern medicines that block natural responses to problems in the veinous system such as blood pressure, or lowering natural systems of healing such as raising cholesterol to heal-

I think the basic wisdom of the Paleo Diet is that it tried to restore ancient, ancestral, paleolithic wisdom about health and wellness, and also about life and fitness itself!

Eat and Move like our ancestors did

Ignore Modern “Experts”

Use your Common Sense:  
BE Autonomous- read, digest, and explore current science
Pay NO ATTENTION to modern “accepted dogma” unless backed by current science


It’s really not- sorry- it’s dogma, scientism if you will- science that was accepted back when your doctor was in medical school 30-40 years ago.  

In other words: WRONG!  

Be your own doctor.  Pay attention to what makes sense, what works and what doesn’t.  Listen to podcasts (like mine!), and others- make your own decisions.  
Never listen to just one opinion, like your brainwashed, paid-off, drug-incentivized M.D.  Your health is at stake!!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Your HOME should be your VACATION podcast

New Tractor Shed
 “A Man’s home is his castle”!  This is what it should be: in the views of our Founding Fathers, we should all be small landholders, with a few acres of land that we farm and husband, along with a home we also care for.  Kind of like in Little House on the Prairie!  This is really the American idyll.

Things sure do get changed over time, unfortunately.  For their own political gain, the Democratic party, which has become a totally Liberal, Progressive, socialist/Marxist shill party- has decided that we should all aspire to be ‘world citizens’… Meaning, that we should not spend our time at HOME, taking care of things and making our properties prosperous little hubs of Americana ideals- NO!

We should listen to commercials, and let them decide that we should aspire to cruises, and other destinations that are urban, or tropical, or- who knows what is “correct” at the moment!  God Forbid that we just take time to stay at home, cultivate our land and gardens, spend time with our children and grandchildren, as did countless generations before us!!

Your HOMESPACE should be your vacation, and the center of your life!  ALL of us innately know this: we know that where we live, the land and house we live in, are utterly crucial to not only our identity and well-being, but also our ethnic identity.   We all tend to cluster together with those of a like heritage, and we prosper by doing so, by developing a rich, NON- diverse culture that reflects our own values.  

If you go through life unhappily, eagerly anticipating your next cruise, or far away vacation spot, where you can do nothing at all and be waited on hand and foot- well, you have missed out on the true point of life.  You should be living somewhere that you really enjoy, a place that fits you.   Just as in our diet, which we have discovered needs to be adjusted to our evolutionary heritage, so too does where we live have to do with out evolution as well!  

For instance, we have determined that modern grains are antithetical to our health, as are GMO’s, endless sugar, and loads of carbs.  Nutrient dense foods, such as a Paleo smoothie made in your Vitamix, organ meats and wild caught seafood are what make us thrive!  So too does our home place, that place where we spend the majority of our lives, need to be an environment that suits us evolutionarily.  

For instance, I am descended from northern European stock.  I am not evolved to live in a tropical climate; with my pale skin, eyes, and hair I am meant to live in a more northern latitude.  Snow and ice are as much a part of my natural terrain as are ample water, forests, and all four seasons.  Wisconsin is perfect for me!

When I have to leave, to travel for business, family, or pleasure, I am always incredibly relieved and grateful when I am headed home.  I think this is the true test of whether or not you are living in the right place.  If you are returning home and are sad about it, and wish you could stay away on vacation forever- well, you are living in the wrong place, a spot that doesn’t suit you.  

I believe that all of us are quite unsuited to living in modern, large cities!  The water is bad, the air is bad, and the stress and crime are intolerable.  If you are otherwise an ancestral person, a paleo diet and lifestyler, I urge you to leave the cities and suburbs behind, just as you have hopefully left aside the bad processed fake foods of this current era.  Find a place on the outskirts of a smaller town or city, and learn to enjoy the natural peace and the grounded life of living close to the land.  

Have a garden, grow a small forest if you have enough room.  Spend time in your yard, or on your porch or deck, rather than going out to nightclubs or whatever is supposed to be ‘cultured’ at the moment in urban circles.  Get to know your neighbors- have campfires, and paleo-types of cookouts.  Instead of aspiring for the latest luxury sports car, just get a usable used car or pickup (I love my 2000 Buick Le Sabre!), and invest the rest in a quality tractor and implements!  Trust me, caring for your own land is more rewarding than any luxury vacation or outing you could ever have, and builds your character as much as exercise and real food builds your body into a picture of health.

We are actually a living part of our environment!  And so, it behooves us to carefully choose where we and our family are to live.  This decision is more important by far, long term, than your choice of a job- so choose well.  Pick a place that your great grandparents would have chosen.  Your health, well-being, and happiness all depend on it!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Get Healthy and Strong by NOT going to the Gym!

For many, many years I went to gyms.  I lifted weights at the YMCA, and ran on the streets.  I also did some stretching, but it was kind of hit and miss.  Those were my younger days…


Now, I am in my 66th year, and I have learned a lot since I started seriously working out in my 20’s!  In the beginning, I followed the bodybuilding advice of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Frank Zane.  Actually, Frank Zane still had what I consider the ideal physique- not huge, buy very symmetrical.  Even today, in his 70’s, he looks great!  Arnold, well, not so much…


Frank now works out in his own home gym, which is what I have done for the past 30 some years or so.  I found that my workouts were much more intense when done on my own, in my basement- there were no distractions, and I could do them before work in the early AM.  But my physique, while quite strong, had some shortcomings that just got more and more evident over time:


My butt and gut, from heavy squatting, got big- too big!  Sure, my thighs got bigger too, but they were overshadowed by my butt.  And, despite endless leg raises from a bar, along with other resisted ab exercises, my gut stuck out.  In addition, heavy benching actually made my chest too prominent.  I switched to incline presses, which helped that a lot, but my shoulders hurt most of the time, and so did my knees (from the squatting).  Also, the running took a toll on my body as well, with knees, feet, and hips taking a pounding on a regular basis.


I gradually started to transition in my 50’s to what I practice today, and now have learned how to exercise in what I have found to be a very productive, satisfying, and above all a completely home-based manner!  I read about body weight exercise, both calisthenics and self-resisted types of exercises, and started to substitute them in more and more.  And I read on a web page called by a fellow named John Peterson about what he called the ‘Tiger Moves’, which I prefer to call Virtual Resistance Exercise, since the resistance is generated from within the muscle itself, as it moves through a full range of motion.  This last was the key to mastering the bodily physique and to maximize health in an efficient, and very safe manner.


Not only that, but I can do the majority of the work in my living room, with a minimum of equipment, while I watch television! 


Think about that: instead of going downstairs to my dingy basement, which while it has a power rack and lots of equipment and weights, is still- a dingy, concrete and part dirt floor basement!  Now, I watch Netflix programs while I methodically work through my whole body.  And, while I certainly push hard, doing high volumes of leg-elevated pushups and straight-backed sit ups on my yoga mat on the floor, I never hurt my joints at all!


I come down first thing in the morning (that time works the best for almost everyone), and while the sun is peeking up over the horizon through my living room window,  I start into taxing my musculature.  I know exactly my routine, since it covers every muscle in my body, including my neck, wrists, and even fingers in a time-efficient and very satisfying manner. 


After doing the Virtual Resistance exercises over my whole body, from shoulders and arms, legs and chest down to the biceps, I go to the floor and do a series of stretches, mixed with mobility for my ankles and wrists, and even foot massage.  Then, I go to isometrics.  For whatever reason, this type of exercise has become so maligned over the years that it is pretty much dismissed by most.  That is very sad, for isometrics are the single most efficient means of building raw strength throughout the body with a very minimal expense of time!


I use a nylon strap, a moving strap actually, that will resist thousands of pounds of pressure.  The expense is very minimal; actually, I already had mine when I started, so the expense was zero- perhaps you have a towing strap lying around.  If not, they are quite inexpensive- a strap of about 25 feet is perfect.

Set it on the floor, stepping in the middle with both feet.  Then, you can do military presses, upright rows, curls, shoulder extensions, bent rows and squats, one right after another!  I like to do say the military press at shoulder height with both hands, pressing nearly as hard as I can for about 6 seconds, then after a pause to rest 7 seconds, and finally for 8 seconds or longer.  I repeat this at the midpoint of the ‘lift’, and then at the endpoint  And that is it for the shoulder press!  Total time spent, maybe couple of minutes…


Then, I go to curls, using the same protocol, then shoulder extensions, bent over row, upright row, and squats.  I finish up with the ‘bench press’ by holding the strap behind my back, and pressing out first close to my chest, then half-way out, and then near complete extension.  Same protocol as before, making my isometric portion of the workout complete at maybe 10 minutes or so, tops.  And my strength musculature is maxed out!


Finally, I will do rebounding, meaning bouncing on a rebounder as I do the first Virtual Resistance portions through two more cycles, starting at the midpoint, and for the final cycle of exercises at the endpoint.  This covers every fact of training, from cardio to bodybuilding to one-shot strength- all in a modest investment of time, say 30 to 45 minutes total. 


The main point is that this is not onerous exercise, meaning something brutal, that you only want to get through to get it done- not at all!  This way of exercising is like moving meditation- kind of relaxing, despite being strenuous in a not overwhelming way.  When you are done, you don’t feel like falling down or puking; no- you feel great!  Like you’ve been scrubbed and massaged inside and out, and are maxed out in all fitness parameters, all right in your living room.  And, you’ve just seen a (hopefully) great show simultaneously!


Now, sometimes I substitute pushups instead of the rebounding, along with sit ups and hindu squats.  And sometimes I do them all- it depends on how I feel, and my available time.  Often, I will go heavy hands walking through the woods, barefoot this time of year, swinging the tiny weight (5 pounds seems ideal) for 15 minutes later in the day. 


Or, I will go into my dingy basement, and do sets of pushups on my gymnastic rings suspended from the rafters!  This also goes very easily, since the rings make pushups completely comfortable, and infinitely gradable, from legs upraised pushups to flies standing almost upright.  I will finish up with rows from the rings, along with L-sits on them, along with some pistol squats (the rings make it easy to keep your balance and not harm your knee joints since you can lean well back), and even some isometric grip and reverse curl exercises in the power rack.


And this is how I exercise today.  I wish I had known this when I was 26, but at least I do know it now!  As do you.  Workouts not only do not need to be grueling, they are actually more productive if they are briefer, and less taxing of your body’s central nervous system!  Remember- workout hard, but with knowledge and care. 


As in proper medicine so it is in exercise: above all, do not do harm.














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