Odds, Ends and Battery Acid

Hey everyone!  I cannot believe it is Friday already ... this week flew by but we have 2 full days more here and then back to our other hotel for the last night.  We've been here before so we know all the tricks and such.  Even though check in isn't until 3, we arrived in beachwear with a pool bag packed, they slapped a bracelet on each of us, and we were off to sun and lunch while our luggage waited for the room.  Sunday we'll check out early and then catch lunch and perhaps even a dunk in the cold plunge and hot tubs before heading out.   It's almost like getting an extra day this way but with no stress of flying out.   So this worked out really well for us in many ways, not the least of which is the stress of flying always eats into the relaxation, this way we get full relaxation mode for the all-inclusive with so much to enjoy.

Yesterday I had a bit too much sun, booze and whatnot.  Our hotel doesn't carry TBS where the UConn game was on, but we were able to watch it online on my "big screen" (HP Mini).  I started to fall asleep during the second half, which was probably a good thing b/c they lost ... which was pretty much expected with the kind of season they had.  So now hubs can't wear all his UConn T's he packed ;-)  There's a guy here whose son goes to Iowa St. so I hope he's checking out today!  

Anywho between the time zone change (that we never adapted to it seems) and the drinking induced early night, I was up bright and early at ... 3am!  Couldn't fall back asleep though I did manage for about a half hour.  I did the 5:30 am chair run -- it's the only thing I don't like about these sorts of places.  You gotta get up early to reserve chairs.  At least here there are a ton of beach chairs now so worse comes to worse there's always room out on the beach, but I prefer to be by the pool for sunning and dipping especially since my ankle has pretty much been screaming at me all week.  I won't get to wear the shoes I brought!   So, I'm out on my deck watching/listening to the waves having my morning coffee and typing atcha.  As I read through the comments I just couldn't resist breaking a rule I had made vowing not to write any new blog posts about anything other than my vacation.  What's that they say about rules anyway?

Lerner reminded me of why Seneff's name sounded so familiar.  It was the whole sulfur deficiency thing.  So then I learned she's affiliated with Weston A. Price Foundation.  I dunno, after finding out that Mercola headlined a Wise Traditions conference, I began getting very wary of WAPF.  I've read some good stuff there, don't get me wrong, but I've also read some real questionable stuff.  And as I read Sulfur Deficiency: A Possible Contributing Factor in Obesity, Heart Disease, Alzheimer’s and Chronic Fatigue I thunk to myself where had I been hearing about sulfur.  Sulfur ... sulfuric acid ... battery acid ... oh my!  Why it's Wheat Belly on Acid!  At the end of her article, Seneff tells us:
The best source of sulfur is the protein from animal products such as meat, fish and eggs. Sulfur is becoming depleted from the soil, so vegetables contain even less sulfur than they used to. It is therefore highly likely that vegetarians suffer from sulfur deficiency, which could affect their susceptibility to damage from radiation exposure.

But in Wheat Belly, and on his blog, William Davis MD tells us:
Sulfuric acid is among the most powerful and potentially harmful acids known. Get even a dilute quantity in your eyes and you will suffer serious burns and possibly loss of eyesight. Ingest it and you can sustain fatal injury to the mouth and esophagus. Sulfuric acid's potent tendency to react with other compounds is one of the reasons that it is used in industrial processes like petroleum refining. Sulfuric acid is also a component of the harsh atmosphere of Venus. ...
...now what food is the most potent source of sulfuric acid in the body? Oats. Yes: Oatmeal, oat bran, and foods made from oats (you know what breakfast cereal I'm talking about) are the most potent sources of sulfuric acid in the human diet.

Now despite ranking on the lowly oat on his blog, in the book he uses that argument for wheat as problematic  due to this battery acid garbage.  We need a Sulfur Summit!  Can someone thaw out Leptin Man long enough to get his take on this?  STAT!  Well, at least sulfur explains the Japanese better than brown rice consumption, and at least now we know that not only is sulfuric acid not bad for you, it's good!  Or who to believe?  ......  grin.


LeonRover said…
"A little learning is a dangerous thing;
drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring:
there shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
and drinking largely sobers us again."

Alexander Pope

Wheat Belly's has forgotten any learnin' he had in in chem - acids, bases, dissociation constants, Epsom Salts etc.

In addition his own reference throws up the following sentence:

"Common plant proteins such as soy, corn, wheat and rice have similar total S per g of protein as eggs, milk and muscle from meat, poultry and fish."

I commented on FreeTheAnimal:

"I have never been been intimidated by those who have had a medical school education.

I knew an abundance of med students in my college days, where we had science courses in common, and later observed the “white coat” syndrome of expert opinion emanating from some, whose laboratory performance had been pathetic."

Shallow draughts lead to Wheat Brain.
MM said…
It doesn't surprise me that Seneff is associated with WAPF. I thought some of her blog posts could have come straight off their web site. They are really into eating well for fertility. I totally agree with you about WAPF, though. I love Weston A. Price's book. I think there's some really interesting info in it, but I feel like WAPF has kind of run with it, and maybe gone off the deep end a bit. I think their Vit A recommendations are a bit high, especially for pregnant women, and all that stuff about microwaved food being bad for you is just bogus. Are they still associating with Mercola though? I thought they dumped him a couple of years ago because he came out against cod liver oil. Maybe they're back together again. I sort of stopped following them.
LeonRover said…
A propos Kruse, some support from Telegraph article:


Interesting, neh?
CarbSane said…
There are certainly applications of cooling to prevent damage in surgeries and strokes, etc. But Kruse is actually talking about the opposite of that in the long run, because cold stimulates metabolism to warm the body. He seems to think that somehow this equates to a cold internal environment. Even if one's body temp changes a few degrees I don't get how that works. I can't understand the guy, frankly, and have pretty much given up trying.

I wish I had a cold plunge here at home though. It certainly let me get away with more calories than I normally eat/drink this vacation.
CarbSane said…
The whole safe starches Jaminet v. Rosedale thing on Mercola's site came about, as I understand, Paul meeting Mercola at the Wise Traditions conference where Mercola did the keynote. It's a shame, I'm sure there's some good information on Mercola's site but it's just too darned alarmist to separate the facts from the fanaticism. I'm pretty sure it's Mercola who blasts Splenda because it has a chlorine atom in it and equates that with chlorine gas and all those dangers.
CarbSane said…
When I read this in my Dashboard it doesn't show the spacing. I thought you called Davis Pope Wheat Belly! LOL

As I commented to MM below, Seneff makes a similar but different mistake to WB. She talks of the sulfur in the amino acid cysteine and then talks about sulfate. We don't get SO4-2 ions from the thiol group in cysteine that I'm aware of.
Lerner said…
Back when vehicle batteries had tops that came off, I more than once put a finger into the acid. It doesn't harm anything. It will, however, eventually make holes in cotton clothing.

But once upon a time, I saw a film with a scientist named Vincent Price. He was so evil that he'd put people into a vat of oatmeal and yep, they would turn into skeletons. :)