Monthly Archives: March 2014

Proof in the Pooping

This stinky subject is necessary.  Your bowel movements and the quality of stools is a significant indicator of health:

  • Chronic diarrhea is a sign that you are sick.  Think of it this way: it is your body throwing-up at the other end.  Something is wrong if it last more than a few days and having episodes several times a week is not a good.  It needs to be addressed.
  • Since memory serves, I have experienced chronic diarrhea my entire adult life.  I estimate that it occurred 2-4 times a week.  I also had a lot of gas.  The guys in college always poked fun at me; “Pete has the smelliest…”.
  • I got my sh*! together by eliminating grains and sugar:
    • Chronic Diarrhea Solved – I seldom have loose stools; less than five times in the last two years.  I can trace those events to food I ate.  I also never have been constipated since eating Paleo / ketogenic.
    • No More Gas – problems with gas actually peaked when I followed the conventional treatment for diverticulosis to add lots of fiber
    • No More Stink – yep, the embarrassing foul smell is gone
    • Normal Stools
    • Normal Frequency
    • Normal Pressure – pooping is now easy!  I sit down on the toilet, I go and I am finished within a few minutes.  No pressure, pain or discomfort.
    • No More Irritation
  • I am convinced that my past Irritable Bowel Syndrome (since teen years) and diverticulosis (2009) was caused by the consumption of grains:
    • Am I gluten intolerant?  Yes.  I have not been tested, but if I consume gluten products I can feel my digestive system speed-up and I experience gas and bloating.
    • Do I consume supplemental fiber?  No.  I get plenty of fiber from greens and vegetables.


Fiat Lux

Fiat Lux –  Let There Be Light

Does artificial light contribute to chronic health issues? In the last 100 years most of the light that incidents on our eyes and body is artificial:

  1. We are Living In Modern Caves
    1. Most people work in an office or factory under florescent lights and drive home under the roof of car and then dash into the house. Many people seldom experience natural daylight.
  2. Evening /Night
    1. We now spend most nights staring at the displays of televisions, computers, tablets and smartphones, even in the bedroom.
    2. Backlit tablets that are loaded with the blue spectrum are replacing books.
    3. These artificial light sources disrupts circadian rhythms and suppresses the hormone melatonin which is important to induce sleep.
  3. Sleep
    1. Night lights cast blue spectrum in many houses and bedrooms
    2. Blue spectrum is emitted from many LED alarm clocks
    3. The blue spectrum from street lights illuminate bedrooms through windows

Articles / Videos


Finding the time…

How do you get going?  How do you keep going?  How do you find the time and gain the motivation?

What really helps me is listening to podcasts during my commute time and evening walks.  I find them very informative and I gain a sense of being supported.  It keeps me connected to the community.

  1. I bought these headphones for the Smartphone.  I love these headphones because I can still hear the world around me, especially while walking outside
  2. I download a boat load of podcasts to the Smartphone so they don’t freeze-up due to cell tower drops, etc.
  3. This Droid app allows you to pre-load Podcasts: DoubleTwist

Some of the Podcast I have listened to (many I have listened to more than once):

Got Statins? Stop!

If you are taking statins  like Lipitor, Crestor or your doctor has recommended them, you need to watch these videos:

Mayo Clinic – Statin Side Affects

From WebMD

  • Headache
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Flushing of the skin
  • Muscle aches, tenderness, or weakness (myalgia)
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Abdominal cramping and/or pain
  • Bloating and/or gas
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Rash

“Natural” Flavors

  • “Natural Flavors” is a code word for chemical additives with the intent by the manufacturer to get returning customers (i.e., addicted)
  • Video: 60-Minutes on the Flavorists.  Inside an international chemical manufacturer that employs over 9,000 people to produce “Natural Flavors” that are added to nearly everything we eat today.
  • News Article – discusses food industry’s use of  the label “Natural”

My Guidelines:

  1. Avoid “Natural Flavors” on the ingredient label.  They are flavors manufactured using processes designed in laboratory
  2. Skip the splashy claims and read the Ingredients
  3. Beware if there are more than a few ingredients listed
  4. Beware if you cannot pronounce an ingredient
  5. Spend a few minutes at home doing Internet research on unfamiliar ingredients.

Book that helped me:

Rich Food Poor Food: The Ultimate Grocery Purchasing System (GPS)

Government and Diet Recommendations


An Oyster a Day…with Sardines!

Oysters and Sardines are two super foods for the brain.  Eat them several times a week!

Facts About Oysters:

  • Rich in calcium, iron, copper, magnesium, zinc, phosphorous, selenium and Omega-3
  • Good source of Vitamin A, B, C and D and contain tyrosine, an amino acid that supports brain function

I buy these Oysters  already shucked in the refrigerated seafood section at the local Publix store for $5.

Facts About Sardines:

  • They are high in omega-3’s, contain virtually no mercury and are loaded with calcium.
  • They also contain iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper and manganese as well as a full complement of B vitamins.

I buy sardines with the skin on.  Avoid skinless and boneless because many excellent nutrients are contained in the skin and bones.  I get these Trader Joe’s Sardines, packed in water.  The Amazon price at this link is expensive.  The local Trader Joe’s sells a can for $1.29.