Our body has a Hell of a time dealing with carbohydrates and sugars. Because meals heavy with these foods causes a rapid increase in the amount of sugar in our blood, our body has to work hard to remove the sugars from our blood system. It does this by pumping out insulin, which shepherds the sugar into our cells. But our cells can only take in so much sugar, and they soon begin to close the gates to more sugar coming in. As a result, even though our pancreas has pumped out lots of insulin, the sugar hasn't left our blood system, which is bad for our body as sugar is a toxin. As a result, not only can we get diabetes, we can also get blood pressure problems, heart problems, circulation problems etc etc.
Many people already know about sugar's effect on the body, but Dr Perlmutter also points out that high carbohydrate and sugar levels can cause inflammation in the brain, which in turn can cause long-term cognitive damage. In addition, gluten, present in wheat and other grains, can break down in the gut to form peptides that have a strong effect on our brains too. These peptides can give us a warm, fuzzy feeling, because they bind to opiate-type receptors in our brain. In this way, eating a pizza can give us a high, but it can also rot our neutrons.
I found Dr Perlmutter's book to be a fascinating and sobering read. I've taken on board his recommendations and tried to switch to his recommended diet. I'm already finding that I'm not drowsy after meals, and that I don't get peckish anything like as easily as I did before. I've also found that when I do have carbohydrates, such as pasta or potatoes, I get a headache shortly afterwards, which persists for several hours. I may be noticing this now because my head's been clearer without the starchs.
For anyone that worries that they might gain weight with a diet high in fats, Dr Perlmutter explains in great detail that people don't get fat on a fat and protein diet, they get fat on a sugar and carbohydrates diet, because their body has to turn the sugars into fats and store them to get them out of the bloodstream. By comparison, once you're on a fat and protein diet, the body burns the fats in its cells naturally and sends your signals that you're full and okay for ages. This is known as ketosis, or a ketosis diet, and it is also recommended to prevent certain cancers, since cancer cells can't burn fats, they can only burn sugars.
Here's my summary of Dr Perlmutter's recommended diet. Check his book for confirmation, extra details and recipes:
These boost the body’s own antioxidant system, leading to better body and brain health.
Turmeric (350mg twice daily), Green tea extract, Milk Thistle, DHA (often from fish oils: 1g daily), Broccoli, Ashwagandha, Coffee, Vitamin D.
Coconut oil (1tsp daily), Olive oil, olives, sesame oil, almond milk, avocados, nuts and nut butters (remembering that peanut is a ‘groundnut’ or tuber), cheese, pasture fed butter, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds.
Peppers, cucumber, courgette, leafy greens and lettuces, spinach, cabbage, onions, mushrooms, cauliflower, sprouts, artichokes, green beans, celery, bok choi, watercress, asparagus, garlic, leek, spring onions, ginger, parsley, water chestnuts.
Healthy proteins (for a piscetarian):
Eggs, wild fish (salmon, black cod, herring, trout, sardines), shellfish and mollusks (shrimp, crab, clams, mussels, oysters), hummus.
Foods to have in moderation (once in a while):
Cottage cheese, cow’s milk, beans, lentils, peas, rice, pure oats, very dark chocolate, berries.
Foods to have very sparingly:
Melons, apricots, papayas, mangos, prunes, pineapple.
One more point to add; it's true that the food industry has been persuading people that diets high in fats are dangerous, and also that high cholesterol is dangerous. Dr Perlmutter explains in great detail that cholesterol is actually a vital component of our body and is needed to transfer fats into our brains, which are mostly fat. As reported in his book, studies have shown that people with low cholesterol, including those taking statins, have a much higher risk of Alzheimers and other cognitive degeneration illnesses. Damaged cholesterol, oxidised by sugar and free radicals, is dangerous to the body but the fault lies with the carbohydrate diet, not the cholesterol itself.
Overall, I definitely recommend Dr Perlmutter's book.
I've mentioned before in articles on Climate Change that the biggest obstacle to stopping climate change is a mental one, for every indication of success for a person in our civilised world is synonymous with having a big carbon footprint. Owning a big car, owning a big house, going on holidays abroad, owning a large dog, flying everywhere, owning lots of foreign goods, having many children, all these things are the trappings of a 'successful' life. In comparison, all the things that go with a sustainable lifestyle, cycling, second-hand clothes, mended clothes, local holidays, one child or less, no flying, all these things are synonymous with the life of a low-achiever, a loser. Greta therefore has the unenviable task of telling literally billions of people that they must live the life of a social failure, a bum, in order to hopefully save their planet.
I have always been a fan of Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey, which is definitely one of my all-time favourite movies, as well as Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. They came out nearly thirty years ago but Bogus Journey is still as fun now as it was when it first appeared. Now, supposedly (unless it gets delayed again), there will finally be a third Bill and Ted movie. Here's a quick trailer from the guys:
1) Should I have children and inflict a life of hardship and climate chaos upon them? For that is what will happen to the vast majority of people in the next half-century. Fortunately, some people are openly discussing this matter and deciding not to have children. It is still a personal decision, with many difficult aspects to consider, but as long as people are thinking about it, that's progress.
2) I must still do my best to limit my negative effect on the planet for my own peace of mind. The fact that climate change is now a runaway train doesn't mean that our acts aren't important. We still have to look ourselves in the mirror everyday and I think we will all review our lives after they're over. Our personal acts are of great importance to us personally because they tell us what we are as moral and spiritual individuals. To use an analogy, there are seven billion people on our planet, so one death seems insignificant, but it's still wrong to murder someone.
3) Seven billion people are not going to survive climate change. In a century's time, our planet will only support seventy million people, or seven million people. Which few will survive? The remainder of this article tries to answer that third question. Read More...
Eric's demonstration is so simple that it's hard to imagine why this phenomenon hasn't been thoroughly investigated, but there are straightforward reasons for this.Read More...
In the final few chapters of the book, Dr Becker then switches to the matter of electromagnetic pollution, from microwaves, cathode ray tubes, overhead power lines, mobile phones and other sources of radiation. During the book, Dr Becker has explained how all cellular processes on Earth, including our own bodies, are highly sensitive to magnetic fields, including our Earth's magnetic field, and all its subtle fluctuations. In the chapters of electromagnetic pollution, he puts forward a lot of evidence that the sheer mass of electromagnetic pollution we are now receiving is definitely affecting our mental states, our fertility, our cancer growths and other serious health issues. Read More...
If we follow the current, accelerating temperature changes, in fifty years time, no one will be able to survive outdoors in Australia for any significant length of time and the vast majority of its agriculture will be gone.
P.s. if anyone's interested, here are my top 828 songs (in alphabetical order). I know it's a strange number, but they're all the ones in my record collection that got a star. The funny thing is, when I play them on random selection, I still feel that there's not enough of them but that's okay. We may be screwing up our planet but some of us have produced the most wonderful music; that's something to treasure.
1999, Prince, 1999
(Don't Fear) The Reaper, Blue Öyster Cult, Don't Fear the Reaper: The Best of Blue Öyster Cult
(Nothing But) Flowers, Talking Heads, Once In A Lifetime
(Still A) Weirdo, KT Tunstall, Tiger Suit (Deluxe Edition)
2000 miles, Pretenders, Best Of
4 seasons in one day, Crowded House, Woodface
50 ways to leave your lover, Paul Simon, Best Of
59th Street bridge song, Simon and Garfunkel, Best Of
99 Red balloons, Nena, Best Of
A hard rain's a-gonna fall, Bob Dylan, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
A hazy shade of winter, Simon and Garfunkel, Bookends
A Little Less Conversation (JXL Radio Edit Remix), Elvis Presley, Elvis 30 #1 Hits
A little respect, Wheatus, Best Of
A message to you, Rudy, Specials. The, Best Of
Fortunately, we, as individuals, still have the freedom to do the right thing and reduce our contribution to climate change. This is good news because climate change isn’t just a collective challenge, it’s a personal challenge and we can’t escape that. We’ve come into this world and we have the freedom to make choices and those choices stay with us; we will know what we did. There will be no absolution, no priestly forgiveness if we chicken out of our obligations. If we choose to not make an effort to help save our planet, because we like fancy goods and cheap holidays abroad and a big car etc, then in the future, when we see the devastation of our planet caused by such selfish decisions, we are going to hate ourselves. No one can escape this result. Any attempts to argue that our personal efforts are irrelevant don't work. To show the truth of this, here's an example:
A colleague once said to me 'what's the point of limiting my carbon footprint, there's seven billion people on this planet, it makes no difference!' I replied, 'so it's okay then if I kill you?' He was shocked and said 'no, of course not!' I replied that according to his logic, he's only one of seven billion people, so it's irrelevant if I kill him or not. He didn’t like the argument but it’s still true. His life might seem irrelevant on a global scale, but it’s still precious to him. In the same way, our efforts to help save our planet are very important to us. Read More...
Unfortunately. I think we are now too far down the climate-catastrophe path for amusing slogans, media campaigns, political lobbying on renewables and suchlike. The tipping points have been passed and it’s clear the fossil-fuel banking system has adopted a ‘business as usual until martial law is declared’ approach.
Instead, I think we need to start planning how some of us are going to survive beyond 2100. The only communities that will survive on Earth in the next century will be ones either living underground or in domed habitats. Therefore, it is vital that we begin a process of making sure that there are domed habitats to move into. Read More...
"Although Hillman has not flown for more than 20 years as part of a personal commitment to reducing carbon emissions, he is now scornful of individual action which he describes as “as good as futile”. By the same logic, says Hillman, national action is also irrelevant “because Britain’s contribution is minute. Even if the government were to go to zero carbon it would make almost no difference.”
Instead, says Hillman, the world’s population must globally move to zero emissions across agriculture, air travel, shipping, heating homes – every aspect of our economy – and reduce our human population too. Can it be done without a collapse of civilisation? “I don’t think so,” says Hillman. “Can you see everyone in a democracy volunteering to give up flying? Can you see the majority of the population becoming vegan? Can you see the majority agreeing to restrict the size of their families?”
2) The intelligence and entropy conundrum of Maxwell's demon.
3) The existence of aliens conundrum of Fermi's Paradox.
4) The predictability paradox of Laplace's Demon.
5) Olber's Paradox, which is 'if the universe in infinite, why is the sky dark?'
Jim also adds in a few relativity paradoxes and a statistical paradox (the game show goats and car problem) to round off the list.
I am a big fan of popular science books; I find the good ones fascinating and they're a great way to learn about our universe. Unfortunately, our scientific establishment pushes a Scientific Materialist line. In other words, all 'thought' and 'life' is simply an illusory phenomena that comes about by the action of physical mechanisms.
As I've explained in many articles on this website, in particular the influence idea, as well as in my book how science shows that almost everything important we've been told is wrong, Scientific Materialism is scientifically impossible. Minds and spirits have to exist in order for living things to defy the law of entropy, for living things are constantly increasing order in the universe, when the Law of Entropy states that all physical things should become more disordered over time. Read More...
What does this say about my vivid dream? So far, it would seem that the dream was just a dream. Some readers might point out that I had the dream a year-and-a-half ago and that the timing of a volcanic eruption is chaotic in nature. In other words, that small shifts over time in weather systems, acting upon each other, could alter when a destruction occurs; the so-called 'Butterfly Effect'. This would mean that the time of an eruption is fundamentally unknowable, even using psi-awareness, until close to when it actually happens. I don't know if that's true. Personally, I am defaulting to a conservative viewpoint. Unless new evidence arises, I'm concluding that my dream wasn't prescient.
Unfortunately, I don't think this lets us off the hook in terms of the likelihood of a future disaster. Climate change now seems unstoppable, according to all the scientific evidence. We should definitely therefore be planning how we're going to survive on an inhospitable Earth. We need to start constructing protective environments for ourselves and our crops, not necessarily to survive in immediately, but part of a long-term development of our survival strategy. Read More...