How to live to 100
George Burns, not paleo. More here
This community is obsessed with dietary purity. All the toxic things even a smidgeon of some non-approved food will do to you. Said approval being highly arbitrary in the first place. George Burns lived a good life ... it was not one without discipline (see the exercise part). But it was one seemingly without needless obsession.
Anacin Tablets -- After World's Oldest Man Credits Combo As Secret To
According to multiple news reports, 112-year-old Salustiano "Shorty" Sanchez-Blazquez of Grand Island, New York, credits the banana-Anacin combo for his extended life. Born in 1901, Guinness World Records now recognizes Shorty as the world's oldest man.
(Come to think of it, were there any tall longevity record holders? I don't think so.)
Bananas -- sugar, starch, potassium, magnesium
Anacin -- caffeine and aspirin (search here on aspirin, there is some evidence for insulin sensitizing properties)
Those who have an “unhealthy obsession” with otherwise healthy eating may be suffering from “orthorexia nervosa,” a term which literally means “fixation on righteous eating.” Orthorexia starts out as an innocent attempt to eat more healthfully, but orthorexics become fixated on food quality and purity. They become consumed with what and how much to eat, and how to deal with “slip-ups.” An iron-clad will is needed to maintain this rigid eating style. Every day is a chance to eat right, be “good,” rise above others in dietary prowess, and self-punish if temptation wins (usually through stricter eating, fasts and exercise). Self-esteem becomes wrapped up in the purity of orthorexics’ diet and they sometimes feel superior to others, especially in regard to food intake.
Eventually food choices become so restrictive, in both variety and calories, that health suffers – an ironic twist for a person so completely dedicated to healthy eating. Eventually, the obsession with healthy eating can crowd out other activities and interests, impair relationships, and become physically dangerous.
Sounds familiar. Just one more 21 Day Sugar Detox (starting Monday) or Whole30 (started two days ago but it's never too late to restrict restrict restrict!) Please people, avoid these regimes.
But if people are willing to pay $30/pound for Sisson's whey concoction, then how much more if he makes it banana flavored? :) P.T. Barnum might come back as a ghost just to get at his mailing list.
I think that hypochondria is determined to a large part by brain chemistry. But it can be made much worse when encouraged by fad-diet hucksters.
We've also got the large scale hysteria of the anti-gluten trend going on. Carbsane, that would make a good topic as an obvious example. I'm pretty sure that Wolf et al have pushed the lie that *everybody* suffers gut damage from gluten. I think the real figures are very roughly that ~4% might be celiac, and maybe another 6% have some sensitivity. Even the popular press is now debunking the anti-gluten mania.
There are a lot of illnesses that may be of autoimmune origin due to excessive gut permeability e.g. Eczema, Dermatitis Herpetiformis (skin), Sjögrens Syndrome
(mucous membranes), Cerebellar Ataxia (Purkinje cells in the brain),
Multiple Sclerosis (myelin sheaths of nerves), Type 1 Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Asthma.
I know people who have some of the illnesses in the above list and who have gone into remission by eliminating gluten. Gluten is like the little girl who had a little curl, right in the middle of her forehead. When she was good she was very very good, and when she was bad she was horrid!
The other alternative for sheer coolness or orthorexiness is the low temp whey, in which the supposedly bioactive peptides were supposedly undenatured during processing. That was also at around $12-15/lb.
The moral? You get a much higher profit margin selling to Paleos. I haven't seen Sisson claim that his actual whey is anything special, either.
Everybody's prices have gone up across the board, more than a little, since then. But I see just now that Sisson is selling his in a cool bag, not a jug anymore, and no longer lists the overall weight. So let's compare costs per gram of protein:
The Optimum "Gold Standard" whey:
$28 / 2 lbs, 30 servings x 24g = 3.9 cents/g
$69 for 30 x 20g = 11.5 cents/g
That's almost triple, but you do get some coconut fat and some added sugar (sucrose) as a bonus. The moral? You get a much higher profit margin selling to Paleos. Looks like his profit margin has gone up recently, too.
Oh, I found an article that I'd read a while back:
Dr. Alessio Fasano's presentation on Celiac Disease
Have your friends ever asked you what the prevalence of CD is? If you didn't
know, you're not to blame. U.S. research is so sparse that there are
no statistics here. In Europe, where screening for CD is more common,
epidemiologists report incidence rates as high as 1 in 300.
Anyone diagnosed as an adult might recall having an assortment of health
complaints before ever experiencing the classic gastrointestinal or
dermatological symptoms. Dr. Fasano's main emphasis seemed to be that there
must be a change in the perception of how celiac disease presents itself.
In one of his slides, a pyramid illustrated a new way of perceiving celiac
disease clinical presentation. (The data is based on European immunological
The celiac disease that physicians in this country are trained to
recognized is the typical form which in Europe occurs in approximately 1 in
2500. Dr. Fasano defined the atypical form as that found in those who have
latent onset of the disease (typical + atypical = 1 in 1500). Asymptomatic
celiacs are discovered when relatives of celiacs are tested. Latent celiacs
are defined as those who have one of the companion diseases (other
autoimmune disorders such as diabetes, arthritis, Sjogren's syndrome,
thyroid disease, collagen vascular disease, and liver disease). When
combined, these various presentations of CD reach as high as 1 in 300.
Sclerosis, Type 1 Diabetes, Rheumatoid
Arthritis & Asthma don't kill a significant percentage of the population, but aren't exactly a bundle of fun to suffer from. I left out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupus_erythematosus
Not sure I can post a link but the relevant youtube video is v=OpImRgIThjo
The remarks are just after 3:00 mins
1% of the population may have celiac disease - that's the number I see. Rare in Asia.
I read an interview with an 84 year old researcher in Parade Magazine (I know, I know, not exactly a stellar source...) in which she was asked how she remained fit and vibrant as she aged. She noted a number of things, but the one that stuck with me all these years was her statement that as we age, we need to eat less.
Hall and Chow's simulator shows the same effect. I've used it to model how much I should eat (or should have eaten) at various ages, while holding activity level constant. And there's no way around it, except to increase activity levels. To avoid weight gain as we age, humans must eat less as the years add up.
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