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    In the USA, we just celebrated our Thanksgiving Day in which we eat New World foods allegedly shown us by the Indians. Potatoes are always included. Potatoes are a New World food even though completely adopted by people in Europe as their own. But recent reseach indicates that potatoes cause a super-fast glycose spike in the blood stream. This potatoe spike is quicker than even refined sugar. There is probably no way even a young, healthy person can produce enough insulin quickly enough to properly digest this glucose spike. Much of it may be turned into fat.

    This may be fine for New World Indians, I really don't know but people of European ancestry may want to consider getting complex carbs from grain or beans instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ahnenerbe@skadi.net
    The food you eat may change your genes for life

    17 November 2005
    NewScientist.com news service
    Alison Motluk

    IT SOUNDS like science fiction: simply swallowing a pill, or eating a specific food supplement, could permanently change your behaviour for the better, or reverse diseases such as schizophrenia, Huntington's or cancer.

    Yet such treatments are looking increasingly plausible. In the latest development, normal rats have been made to behave differently just by injecting them with a specific amino acid. The change to their behaviour was permanent. The amino acid altered the way the rat's genes were expressed, raising the idea that drugs or dietary supplements might permanently halt the genetic effects that predispose people to mental or physical illness.

    It is not yet clear whether such interventions could work in humans. But there is good reason to believe they could, as evidence mounts that a range of simple nutrients might have such effects.

    Two years ago, researchers led by Randy Jirtle of Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, showed that the activity of a mouse's genes can be influenced by food supplements eaten by its mother just prior to, or during, very early pregnancy (New Scientist, 9 August 2003, p 14). Then last year, Moshe Szyf, Michael Meaney and colleagues at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, showed that mothers could influence the way a rat's genes are expressed after it has been born. If a rat is not licked, groomed and nursed enough by its mother, chemical tags known as methyl groups are added to the DNA of a particular gene.

    The affected gene codes for the glucocorticoid receptor gene, expressed in the hippocampus of the brain. The gene helps mediate the animal's response to stress, and in poorly raised rats, the methylation damped down the gene's activity. Such pups produced higher levels of stress hormones and were less confident exploring new environments. The effect lasted for life (Nature Neuroscience, vol 7, p 847).

    Now the team has shown that a food supplement can have the same effect on well-reared rats at 90 days old - well into adulthood. The researchers injected L-methionine, a common amino acid and food supplement, into the brains of well-reared rats. The amino acid methylated the glucocorticoid gene, and the animals' behaviour changed. "They were almost exactly like the poorly raised group," says Szyf, who announced his findings at a small meeting on environmental epigenomics earlier this month in Durham, North Carolina.

    Though the experiment impaired well-adjusted animals, the opposite should be possible, and Szyf has already shown that a chemical called TSA that is designed to strip away methyl groups can turn a badly raised rat into a more normal one.

    No one is envisaging injecting supplements into people's brains, but Szyf says his study shows how important subtle nutrients and supplements can be. "Food has a dramatic effect," he says. "But it can go both ways," he cautions. Methionine, for instance, the supplement he used to make healthy rats stressed, is widely available in capsule form online or in health-food stores - and the molecules are small enough to get into the brain via the bloodstream.

    Rob Waterland from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, who attended the meeting, says Szyf's ideas are creating a buzz, as they suggest that methylation can influence our DNA well into adulthood. A huge number of diseases are caused by changes to how our DNA is expressed, and this opens up new ways of thinking about how to prevent and treat them, he says.

    But Waterland points out there is still much work to be done. Substances like methionine and TSA are, he says, a "sledgehammer approach", in that they are likely to demethylate lots of genes, and we don't even know which they will affect. But he speculates that techniques such as "RNA-directed DNA methylation", so far tested only in plants but theoretically possible in mammals, may allow us to target such methylation much more precisely.

    From issue 2526 of New Scientist magazine,
    17 November 2005, page 12

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    This is an interesting topic. I have followed principles of this diet for a year now and I can say that my health has improved during that time. For more info, go here:

    http://www.westonaprice.org/index.html

    Enough reading there to last a while. LOL.

    To break it down into simplistic terms would be to say that one should eat plenty of raw vegetebles and saturated animal fats, as well as feremented foods such as kiefer milk and fermented vegetables. The saturated fats increase the assimilation of the fat soluble vitamins, which act as anti-oxidants within the body with their many beneficial health effects. Also, the flora introduced into the GI tract from fermented foods aid digestion.

    Hey, a funny thing happened while I was typing this. A Jewish classmate asked me a question or two about a class matter. LOL. The irony of it all...........: :

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    What I just found on othalas recommended side:

    Myth: The "cave man diet" was low in fat.

    Truth: Throughout the world, primitive peoples sought out and consumed fat from fish and shellfish, water fowl, sea mammals, land birds, insects, reptiles, rodents, bears, dogs, pigs, cattle, sheep, goats, game, eggs, nuts and milk products. (Abrams, Food & Evolution 1987)

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    Paleo diet

    There are races of people who are all slim, who are stronger and faster than us. They all have straight teeth and perfect eyesight. Arthritis, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, depression, schizophrenia and cancer are absolute rarities for them. These people are the last 84 tribes of hunter-gatherers in the world. They share a secret that is over 2 million years old. Their secret is their diet- a diet that has changed little from that of the first humans 2 million years ago, and their predecessors up to 7 million years ago. Theirs is the diet that man evolved on, the diet that is coded for in our genes. It has some major differences to the diet of "civilization". You are in for a few big surprises.

    The diet is usually referred to as the "Paleolithic Diet" referring to the Paleolithic or Stone Age era. It is also referred to as the "Stone Age Diet", "Cave Man Diet" or the "Hunter-Gatherer Diet". More romantic souls like to think of it as the diet that was eaten in the "Garden of Eden" and they are correct in thinking so.

    The basic principles of the Paleolithic Diet are so simple that most high school students can understand them. Within 15 minutes from now you will grasp the major elements. At the technical level, Paleolithic Diet Theory has a depth and breadth that is unmatched by all other dietary theories. Paleolithic Diet Theory presents a fully integrated, holistic, comprehensive dietary theory combining the best features of all other dietary theories, eliminating the worst features and simplifying it all.

    All major dietary components are covered- (i.e. vitamins, fats, protein, fats, carbohydrates, antioxidants and phytosterols etc). This is for the simple reason that it is the only diet that is coded for in our genes- it contains only those foods that were "on the table" during our long evolution, and discards those which were not. Have you ever wondered why almost everybody feels the need to take vitamin supplementsat times, or why so many people feel the need to "detoxify" their system?


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    A Paleolithic Perspective On Modern Food

    Recent food science suggests modern foods lead to degeneration. Tooth decay, for example, is not as prevalent in primitive groups who eat traditional hunter-gatherer food, contrary to groups who rely on imported foods, or even most suburbs in the West. As a response to this came the Paleo Diet, based on what humanity as a species used to eat before the relatively "recent" Agricultural Revolution. Said in more simple terms: we just aren't eating naturally. Here's a list of modern foods that have been proven to be unhealthy for us.

    Salt is highly refined, stripped of its rich mineral content. To aid storage, aluminum compounds and others are added. It is known to contribute to sodium starvation, and overstimulation of the glandular system, causing an array of degenerative diseases, such as prostate cancer. Replace with sea or Celtic salt, which preserves the natural minerales found in salt.

    Flour is often made from grains, which contains both lectins (toxins protecting the frail grain from foraging predators), and phytic acid, which leads to deficiency ofvprotein, iron, and zinc. White flour is highly refined, and bleached to look prettier. Almost all nutrients are removed to improve shelf life. Replace with nut flour or maybe buckwheat flour. Ordinary grains can be soaked and sprouted to leech out most (if not all) toxins.

    Sugar is highly refined, like salt, stripped bare of its nutrition. It correlates with cancer, heart issues, kidney and liver disease, increased desire for tobacco and caffeine, and so on. It binds with calcium, thus making the body take its calcium from your teeth — you end up with tooth decay. Replace with honey or maple syrup, but overall, reduce the amounts.

    Vegetable oils are usually processed at high heats. The process includes adding the poison solvent hexane, which also binds with the pesticides in the oil seeds. The heat makes the unsaturated fats oxidize, making them poison. To compensate for the lost storability, the chemical compounds BHT and BHA, said to cause cancer and brain damage, are added. Margarines are similar, stuffed with trans fat, which is toxic, but which the body treats as regular fat cells. Replace both with cold-pressed vegetable oil or coconut oil.

    Soy is rich in phytic acid, and enzyme-inhibitors, blocking protein synthesis (stalling growth). Just avoid it.

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    I have been on this diet for about a week now, and I can tell you that if you have cromagon tendencies, it is the best thing you can ever do.

    I have suffered a lot with my weight, (most H/G can understand this) I can build muscle very early, (my heaviest was 111kg) but I also gained fat very easily as well (I had a body fat percentage of around 30%). This was about ten years ago.

    But since last week I have gained weight, but dropped body fat, (2% in a week!) Something I have never been able to do.

    Seriously give up all this modern shit, its really not that good. I read people who say 'oh, but I love potatoes or how much I would miss bread and sweets' This is what I was like, I could eat bread and cakes for England. But now looking back, it was just crap than made me feel sick, with no energy, bloating, and a side effect all UP seem to have with carbohydrates (including Alcohol which is a type of carb) aggression and irritability.

    Furthermore, you eat so much less, as this is often a major concern of a lot of people, 'how will I feel full?' If by full you mean bloating and farting, unable to do anything for two hours afterwords to let food 'digest', then this is a unnatural state.

    On the Paleo diet, you are never hungry! That is a carb invention, you just eat when you need to and stop when you are full, simple.

    Because you body is not using carbs for energy, but fat, your body naturally obtains it energy from stored fat reserves on the body, which you replace by eating more fat and protein. You do have the hunger 'spikes' that carb eaters have, when it gets to 11 o'clock and they look like they are going to faint with the hunger. I know as this is what I was like!

    Furthermore my concentration and attention is much improved and I feel a lot happier, with no aggression or irritability that I used to have.

    Basically the first few days are the hardest, as your body switches over from using carbs for energy, to using fat, but stay with it, it will be the best decision you ever made.

    Finally, you wont miss carbs, as I said I loved bread and cakes, but now the thought of them makes me sick, it is amazing as I did not ever think it was possible to give up carbs.

    Remember bread is the food of slaves. Good hunting!
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    +1. I agree with everything Irby said. I've been eating like this for a long while now, and as a result I feel better than I ever have in my life.

    I have no more food cravings or energy slumps in the afternoon.

    My body fat is about 10% now, down from 17%.

    If you eat the the paleo diet and couple it with daily moderate exercise (brisk walking or hill walking if possible) + twice weekly intense exercise (sprinting or weight training) you will improve you quality of life.
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    ^ absolutley agree....

    The Paleo Diet for Athletes, The Primal Blueprint, and the Paleo Soultion have all helped me ...

    Robb Wolf's blog as well....

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