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  1. Zeta

    Chia seeds

    First, apropo nothing whatsoever (except that I happened upon it in a search for [ chia ] here in the forums), I hope everyone has read MIchael's Nutrition and Supplementation for Veg(etari)ans. Now, my question: I hear and read much about people getting their omega-3 needs met by flax seeds or flax seed oil, or, for some of us, fish, others, supplements, but I don't hear much about chia seeds. Is there some problem with them I haven't seen? I created an Excel spreadsheet with 250 calorie amounts of nuts, a few seeds, and a few other fatty items in order to help guide my fatty food choice, and was amazed at how nutritious chia seeds are! They're bland-tasting, to be sure -- is that why people don't get excited about them? Otherwise, lots of minerals, but no scary amounts of Cu or Mn (though not really low Mn), far more vitamins than most nuts or seeds, even a lot of carotenoids. Fairly low SFA, to boot. And then all that ALA. Is there some hidden danger? Zeta
  2. Zeta

    Best source for nuts

    I wanted to do more research before making this post, but time is of the essence (given the time of year). (By the way, here, again, is where we need a wiki!!) Options: Large quantities: Haag Farm (walnuts only) - Quality? Excellent. - Variety? Walnuts only (but many kinds of walnuts). - Prices? Excellent. - Transparency? Good (at least good; not enough info to know whether it's excellent -- they're in the middle of the harvest season, didn't want to harass them with a bunch of questions.). - BBB rating: F. Sun Organic Farm - Quality? Full report when I receive my 10 lbs. each of pistachios and almonds (probably Monday). 2015-10-28 Update: Quality: excellent! Details in separate new post in this thread. - Variety? Excellent. - Prices? Good. - Transparency? Excellent. (I called and got no nonsense answers about harvest times and other matters -- not hard sell as in "We won't have this year's pecans for another month but you can rest assured ... yada yada."). - BBB rating: A. Smaller quantities: Nuts.com - Quality? Average. - Variety? Excellent. - Prices? A bit high, not including shipping. (But shipping is cheap.) - Transparency? Good, according to Michael Rae (not his term - he might say "excellent"). - BBB rating: D+ (http://www.bbb.org/new-jersey/business-reviews/nuts-edible/nuts-com-inc-in-cranford-nj-27000320 [1]). Living Nutz - Quality? Excellent. - Variety? Somewhat limited. - Prices? Good to excellent, but shipping adds a lot (proportionally) to an order of a few pounds or less. Buying more than a few pound bags of nuts means you save over Nuts.com. - Transparency? Excellent (based on my own experience). - BBB rating: A+. Sun Organic Farm (See above.) FAQ. - You recommend Living Nutz over Nuts.com, the favorite of at least several people in the CR Society - say what?! Yes, strongly. I challenge Michael and Dean and anyone else who uses nuts.com to order walnuts from Living Nutz and compare to the walnuts you've ordered from Nuts.com. A good 1/5 of my walnuts from Nuts.com were not really "light" grade, but close to amber, which generally (not always, though) means older and more exposed to oxygen. Several were actually dried up and shriveled (not edible). Only once have I had a walnut from Living Nutz that wasn't essentially perfect. Maybe I had bad luck with that one bag of walnuts, or maybe I have higher standards (though I doubt it). In a pound bag of hazelnuts from Nuts.com, I had around 12-15 "bad" ones (often not noticeable if you don't soak for several hours). That indicates bad quality control somewhere along the line. In a total of maybe 15 pound bags of nuts from Living Nutz, I've had one bad walnut ("sunburned"), and one bad almond. That's it. Don't want to go all hippy on you but I also like the fact that Living Nutz doesn't sell any candied or damaged (i.e., roasted!) nuts or seeds. I also encourage you to email the owner Davy Colin (indo@) or call (207-780-1101) and pose whatever questions you want. Zeta [1] I'm getting an error message: "You have entered a link to website the admin. doesn't allow ...". WTF?
  3. OK, this isn't too serious, but: Boil-steam* yer sweet potatoes. Save boil water, which will likely contain small bits of sweet potato. Using same pot, with saved boil water, cook up yer red cabbage. You'll probably have to add more water. Remove cabbage, pour remaining boil water into a glass, let cool, and drink! * By "boil-steam" I mean: fill a pot with a 1-2 cms of water (more, depending on amount of sweet potatoes you're cooking, and how soft you like them), put in sweet potatoes, cover, and let cook, stirring occasionally. Most of the sweet potatoes will be above the water, and will be steaming, some will be below, and will be boiling.
  4. Arg.... Forum ate my post. Take 2. ---------- Dean, I have the same results as you, also on the 5th SNP, rs3751812! By the way, there's a much easier way to check status on any SNP than logging into 23andMe. Use SNPTips with FireFox. Yes, we learn a lot about the thin phenotype, but I think the real question is the effect on the possibility of benefitting from CR. CR might be easier for you and me, one might guess. I'd say almost the opposite: being thin is easier, but that's not the goal. Someone with the opposite genetic tendency might go from a BMI of 30 to a BMI of 22 or 21 on CR, benefit tremendously, not look scrawny -- maybe not have really low testosterone, etc. -- whereas we, on CR, go from a BMI of 22 or 23 to 18 or less, and maybe don't get as many CR benefits, and get a lot of the downsides. Maybe. Leanness per se confers some health benefits, according to some studies. But being in "survival mode", as you rightly have called it, might be the real goal. And we might not be able to be in extreme survival mode without being dangerously fat-less. Here's where a citizen science project might be very useful! Zeta
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    Nuts: which are best?

    Hi everyone, I've been meaning to make a couple posts about nuts for a long time now. I keep waiting until the archives are up so I can reference an older discussion about the virtues of various nuts, but I keep missing the archives' uptime. So I'll just fire away now. I think I'm going to break up the nut-related posts into three or so. The first, this one, is about which nuts (and I'm including two seeds, and a few other items) are "good" -- scare quotes because after a lot of digging around, I've concluded that all nuts, and most (maybe all?) seeds, have something good about them. (2nd post: how eat/prepare; 3rd: how/where buy.) (Another prefatory note: I'm on the very steep part of my learning curve, actually now coming off it a bit, with Microsoft Excel, and am almost tempted to start over with a new, more complete dump of data from CRON-O-Meter for the creation of the spreadsheet referenced below. We'll see. For now, I'll post what I have written, and upload the spreadsheet in its current incarnation. But it might be worth starting over, and, in particular, not rearranging the order of the nutrients from a CRON-O-Meter dump, so that adding new food items later would be easier. 2015-09-27. Edit: I am going to start over.) Background: after going off my lowish-fat diet via massive quantities of avocado and olive oil, I finally decided upping my nut intake instead might be a wiser way to get my dietary fat percentage to where I want it. (Though after the investigations outlined here I've upped my avocado intake again, but not olive oil.) I created a fake daily entry in CRON-O-Meter with 250 calorie portions of a bunch of nuts, and a couple seeds, that I rotate among, as well a few other fatty items, and then some vegetables, as well, for comparison. Then I downloaded the data and created an Excel spreadsheet. I also added data on a few items from the USDA database that CRON-O-Meter doesn't track (some individual fatty acids), and I made copies of a few columns (nutrients) and pasted them near the beginning (the left), to make it easy to survey the most important nutrients. I'm still learning Excel (I became such a sophisticated user of Word's Visual Basic I never felt I needed to learn Excel, but I see now how powerful it is!), but I was able to do some basic sorting, and I saw some helpful things. First, the file: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-jAMGxHPyw7UmJYZGRYc3JqQVU/view?usp=sharing The CR Society also agreed to host a version of the same file that Google Docs converted to its own (Google) format: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1VZTZe2mu40Z9UCsnMsn8MIFZfkp-Lsng3VRA97CQ40M/edit?usp=sharing Edit, 2015-10-05: All nut-related files, including an explanatory note about them, will be in this directory: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B-jAMGxHPyw7NTc4RTdTUlY3aGs&usp=sharing Perhaps we could manipulate/add to that Google version. Otherwise, feel free to download the original Excel version (2015-10-26: which now is being updated periodically, so it's not really "original" anymore, though the CR Society will, for now, keep all older versions here) and play around with it. The basics in Microsoft Excel (2003 is the version I use): hit ctrl-A (or the Apple/Linux, etc. equivalent) twice, to select everything, then click Data, then Sort, select "Header Row", and then the column by which you want to sort. I did this for several nutrients, and created a couple ratios based on simple formulas (for example ω-6:3), marking bad numbers as red, good as blue (really good or bad, also bolded). There are some inconsistencies in the color-coding, apparent and real (laziness, desire to post this instead of waiting for perfection, etc.), especially relating to ω-3 and -6 values ("bad" ratio doesn't matter if absolute amount of ω-6 is low). I entered some zeros in blank areas (sometimes "0.001" to avoid divide-by-zero errors), and colored them brown to remember it's not a real number. Then one can just read from left to right for a particular item and get a quick sense of its virtues and vices -- well, I can, according to my criteria. To do: add more individual fatty acids (if one added palmitoleic acid -- the ω-7 FA macadamias are rich in -- macadamias would appear even better than they do), add more food items (flax seeds would be important to others, for ex. -- I hate the taste of them). Non-nut related things that stand out: basic, non-stellar vegetables ("stellar" = arugula, various brassica, etc.) are stellar compared with nuts and seeds in most ways; also: sardines are great! Now, some conclusions about the nuts/seeds/etc., taking items in decreasing order of goodness, according to criteria that matter to me: Chia seeds. Amazing. Lots of ω-3; lots of minerals; lots of B vitamins; lots of fiber. Downsides: some people worry about PUFAs and oxidation; Mn isn't very low; I don't love the taste. See also Chia seed post. How criteria adjustment would affect ranking: it wouldn't (aside from the concerns in the post about chia seeds, which I'm completely unconvinced by -- but need to investigate; could be a big "aside"). Walnuts. Very good. Lots of ω-3; low SFA; good amount of lots of minerals; lots of fiber; various phytochemicals that are likely healthy (not shown in CRON-O-Meter). Tasty. Downsides: Some people (sort of including me) worry about PUFAs and oxidation; not a tiny amount of ω-6; Mn isn't very low; really hard to find good quality (see coming post about purchasing). How criteria adjustment would affect ranking: If I could be certain about quality, and, to a lesser degree, if I thought Mn didn't matter much, I'd eat tons of these. TONS! Pistachios. Very good. Not so high SFA, low Mn; decent overall "B-score" ("B" as in B vitamins); curiously high amounts of phytochemicals (not in spreadsheet) and even carotenoids (not all in spreadsheet or CRON-O-Meter). Downsides: zero ω-3; middling levels of ω-6; Mn isn't very low. Cost per calorie highest of nuts/seeds/oils (if that matters). How criteria adjustment would affect ranking: If they were cheaper, and I thought Mn didn't matter much, I'd probably put up with the bad ω-6:3 ratio and eat more of these. Avocados. Good. Decent "B-score". Lots of MUFA. Lots of E. Low Mn, low Cu. Very cheap per calorie. Tasty! Downsides: Like olive oil, fairly high SFA (and, also like olive oil, the vast majority as 16:0!). How criteria adjustment would affect ranking: If I thought the 16:0, while high compared to most nuts, is still low enough not to cause problems, I'd eat lots of avocados. Almonds. Good. OK "B-score". Low SFA. Lots of MUFA. Lots of E. Very cheap per calorie. Fairly tasty. Downsides: zero ω-3; non-tiny (though not huge) amount of ω-6. How criteria adjustment would affect ranking: If I thought Mn didn't matter much, I'd probably put up with the bad ω-6:3 ratio and eat more of these. (Eating a fair amount as it is.) Hazelnuts. Not so great (mostly because of the Mn). Low-fat, very low SFA, fair amount of MUFA, but that's it. Downsides: Low B-score; really high levels of Mn. How criteria adjustment would affect ranking: If I thought Mn didn't matter much, I'd eat more of these. Olive oil. Lots of MUFA, polyphenols. Very cheap per calorie. Tasty. Downsides: Do I really want to be scarfing down tons of refined oil? The "it's not natural" isn't a completely brainless argument, esp. in light of the weakness of observational studies. Like avocados, fairly high SFA (and, also like avocados, the vast majority as 16:0!). How criteria adjustment would affect ranking: ? My plan is to get the massively high polyphenol olive oil and have 15-20 g day. Macadamias. Lots of B1 (though not other Bs); tons of oleic; lots of ω-7. Really tasty. Downsides: Middling levels of Mn; high SFA, for a nut. How criteria adjustment would affect ranking: If I thought the SFA didn't matter so much, and, to some degree, that dietary Mn didn't matter much, I'd eat tons of these. I love them. Sesame seeds. Lots of possibly good plant sterols. Decent B1 (though not other Bs). Good Ca, lots of gamma-tocopherol. Really tasty. Downsides: Tons of ω-6, low B-score (aside from B1). Lots of Cu, not so low Mn. High SFA, for a nut. How criteria adjustment would affect ranking: If I thought the Ca were fairly absorbable, and important to get via food instead of supplements, and if Cu concerns really can be "Zn-supplemented away", would eat more, almost entirely because of the taste. The others. Unsure. More research needed. Cashews? Lost of Cu, lots of SFA, but as 18:0, not 16:0. Salmon and sardines: good! Occurs to me a wiki or a Google Doc, that can be updated and manipulated by lots of people, would be good here, since discussion will lead to frequent tweakings of the above list and criteria. Questions. Does dietary Mn matter? If not, or not much, I'd greatly increase my hazelnut consumption, and generally eat more nuts with less worry! Does saturated fatty acid (mostly palmitic) matter, at the levels seen in nuts/etc. (compare goat cheese!)? If not, or not much, I'd increase my macadamia consumption (greatly, if Mn also doesn't matter much) -- and would also increase avocado consumption. Zeta
  6. I found the following blog post fascinating. It's a long read, but well worth it. I will be ending my high-fat diet soon, I think (just have to get more settled to be able to get non-jetlagged, "standardized", blood tests), and might try radically low-fat for a few weeks, then retest. In defense of low fat: a call for some evolution of thought (part 1) I'd be interested to hear people's thoughts on Minger's post. Search the Society archives - (when they're up...) - for "Pritikin" for some background. Zeta
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    Mechanism, First, welcome. Second, thank you for being a model contributor: posting well-researched, and articulated questions. Third, I'm going to be less of an exemplar of the good contributor by answering the last part of your question precisely, and thus, because of the answer itself, not too usefully. I recently had surgery (three operations, no less). Behavior, you ask? Eat much more protein (120 g / day on average, 15% or so from salmon, the rest mostly from nuts and pea protein powder), as well as 4-5 g glutamine spread out throughout the day. Research, you ask? Not enough, probably (except for the glutamine, which I looked into and for which I found a bit of (weak) support behind it -- but also that it can maybe help with some gut problems I have). But a number of very smart doctors emphasized the need for extra protein when "remodelling" is taking place. (Some not so smart doctors also said "yeah, you know, surgery? Eat more 'n stuff. You know". I ignored that folksy thinking.) Don't know if their thinking is based on smart research, don't know whether any research it might be based on is related to IGF1. Was too stoned on oxycodone to care about the details, but later reflection made it seem like wise advice. And don't know whether any of this would bear on the question of protein needs when ill with an infection of some kind, but I suspect it might, a bit (especially if "remodeling" is understood broadly -- mucous membrane turnover is increased, for ex., when ill with many normal colds and 'flus). Zeta
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    Cryonics Anyone?

    Sthira and Dean, Thanks for your interesting thoughts. For me the question is partly whether, if one's productivity has gotten so low because of the seeming unending need to visit doctors and surf PubMed, it would make sense to pack it in for a while. It's less about being unhappy, though that's part of it. But you raise an interesting point about timing, Dean: if significantly better preservation techniques are likely only a few years away, then perhaps muddling through the wait period would be acceptable. I'l also like to see more work done on a sort-of low temperature but not supercold preservation option, as noted earlier. We already know that that large animals (pigs and a dog, under experimental conditions; and a couple humans, by accident) can have their metabolism essentially stopped -- though not quite -- with very low temperatures, but without being actually frozen, and then revived after many hours with no apparent harm (a small percentage of the pigs were harmed, actually -- but the technique could be perfected). If the period of this "pretty darn cold" preservation could be extended to a few months, and made safer (a goal that I'd say is easier than perfecting real cryonics), then one could take long few-month sleeps, wake up and celebrate with family and friends for a few days between sleeps, and wait for something better: cures for ailments, or perfected cryonics. Dean, that must have been difficult not to broach the subject of cryonics with Kyle, though it also manifests realism, and respect. Zeta
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    Cryonics Anyone?

    If someone were so fed up with his health problems - or even simply with having gotten a old - and was otherwise psychologically well, and believed (rightly or wrongly is irrelevant here) the probability of being revived in the future given an absolutely optimal cryonic preservation today (which would require breaking the law or doing it in a country that permits legal suicide) was, say, 20%, would it be reasonable to consider that person 80% (pathologically) suicidal? "Just" (sort of) wondering. Zeta P.S. Dean, nice blog post, thanks! (Imperfect analogy, but that's unimportant).
  10. Anyone out there use, or has tried, Dexcom's continuous glucose monitor? From another forum, about one of their products: I'm intrigued. Summary of the pluses and minuses of continuous monitoring: http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/blog/is-continuous-glucose-monitoring-worth-it/ And I like the idea of a collective purchase. Would be easiest if the group were in the same area. Anyone in or near Boston interested in a collective purchase? Zeta
  11. Thyroid: checked, and is fine!! Hernia surgery: had it yesterday. Am recovering. Seems to have gone well. Gut mass: ultrasound tomorrow (unless I cancel because it hurts too much to walk, or I forget to go to the apppointment because I'm too stoned on morphine). Sleep: morphine is very effective. All of this by way of noting: sure, modern medicine works pretty well, but the amount of time I spend dealing with these breakdowns is getting to be too much. upload me (or fix me) soon, please! Getting sick of this vehicle for my soul. FAQ: Q: Wait, you've been on CR for over 20 years!! Does this mean CR doesn't work? A: No. (1) Given the state of my health when I started CR, I suspect CR may well have saved my life. But it has limits, limits that are particularly noticeable in someone starting behind the eightball. (I followed every lifestyle factor associated with bad health until the age of 29 aside from being sedentary.) (2) More importantly: the claim "CR works" is never meant in the sense of: "CR turns someone into an invincible immortal." Zeta
  12. I've suffered from early waking insomnia all my life. Until a few years ago, it was fairly minor, and manageable. But a few years ago, in connection with some other andropause-like changes I went through, I started to wake and not get back to sleep after 4-5 hours of sleep instead of 6-7 (8 hours is optimal for me). I was also losing weight, though I don't think I was eating less. I think I moved into an aged phenotype all at once. (Long story there.) Regardless of the strange changes that took place a few years ago, the early waking, which was always a problem, became worse. I've had my early morning cortisol tested several times over the last few years, and it's always been above the reference range. This is no big surprise for a person on CR: low blood sugar causes an increase in cortisol (which keeps blood sugar from falling "too low"). It's not that I'm tense, it's not that I'm hungry (well, I am, but I always am). I'm just awake. Well, my 2:1 diet plan has yielded some interesting results. The night after Feast Day 2, I sleep beautifully! The night after Feast Day 1, I often sleep fairly well. The night after the fasting day (right now around 700 calories/day), I sleep worse than ever. I wake too early, and can't get back to sleep. I'm happy, non-tense, not really hungry even. Just really awake. So now I'm thinking I might take timed-release zolpidem or something on fasting days before going to bed. But I'm wondering if anyone else has tried any cortisol lowering strategies that have helped with sleep. A lot of supplements that supposedly lower cortisol seem to do so (if they work at all...) by lowering stress. I'm not stressed. Phosphatidylserine blunts the post-exercise cortisol spike, but it’s not clear it would help with low glucose-induced cortisol. Suvorexant might be a better choice than timed-release zolpidem (or one of the other Z-drugs), but I haven't studied the relation between orexin and cortisol enough to know whether it would help me. Any CR folks with early morning insomnia have any strategies they'd like to share?
  13. Seemed, but turned out to be problematic. Heading back to hospital for possible fourth (yes, fourth) surgery now. Again, solve aging (and related) problems? Soon, I hope.... Edit. Update, 2016-02-28, 07:00 ET: Didn't need the fourth surgery. At home, on high dose of oxycodone. Might be gone for a while. Have bookmarked all the threads I need to return to. Zeta
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    lupin beans

    Wow, I hadn't heard of lupin beans either! They look excellent: low in many anti-nutrients, for example, though people with peanut allergies might want to be cautious. Zeta
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    Extreme blood values

    Dean, the doc had to resched. the appt. to March 14. Arg.... Again, I'll let you know what I learn.
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    Extreme blood values

    It looks like I've developed mild -- maybe not so mild... pancytopenia. I'm wondering whether my CR, which really isn't extreme these days, might be part of the explanation? Has anyone on CR ever had white blood cell counts as low as mine (see below)? As for anemia, that also could be CR, secondary to CR-induced low testosterone. After reflecting on the recent Longo paper, I think I'm going to try a "4:2" diet (not 5:2, because the irregularity of the 2, then 3 days of feasting makes me nervous -- I could also call my diet "2:1": 2 days of feasting, 1 of quasi-fasting). I think Michael's right that there's no evid. in Longo's work that any kind of fasting that doesn't also reduce energy-intake overall will slow aging, but, at this point, I'm just trying to get some food-restriction benefits, while not feeling so weak.... Name --------------- me -------- units ------- reference range Albumin. ----------- 42 ---------- g/L --------- 36-45 Antitrypsin. -------- 1.1 --------- g/L ---------- 0.9-1.9 Orosomucoid ------ 0.3* ------- g/L ---------- 0.5-1.2 Haptoglobin ------ <0,05* ------ g/L ---------- 0.2-1.9 IgG ----------------- 7.5 ---------- g/L ---------- 7-15 IgA ------------------ 2.7 --------- g/L ----------- 0.9-4.5 IgM ----------------- 1.2 ---------- g/L ---------- 0.3-2.1 (Got tired of writing in the units here -- but just look at the ref. range.) Leukocytes -------- 2.1* -------- 3.5-8.8 Erythrocytes ------ 3.8* ----- 4.2-5.7 Hb ------------------ 121* ----- 134-170 EFV ---------------- 0.37* ----- 0.39-0.50 MCH -------------- 32 -------- 27-33 MCV --------------- 97 ------- 82-98 MCHC ------------- 328 -------- 317-357 Thrombocyte ----- 127* ----- 145-348 Neutrophils ------- 1.1* ------ 1.7-7.5 Esonphil. ---------- 0.00 -------- 0.0-0.6 Basophil. ---------- 0.00 ----- 0.0-0.2 Lymphocytes ----- 0.8* ----- 1.1-4.8 Monocytes -------- 0.20 ----- 0.1-1.0 Reticulocyte -------- 64 -------- 26-124 Rtc-MCH ---------- 33 ------- 24-36 The low haptoglobin with normal reticulocyte count was a head-scratcher for the doctors. Bone marrow biopsy yielded no signs of cancer.
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    Fruits & Vegetables Boost Immunity

    Thanks, Dean! Shtira, answer: soon, I hope! Being checked for thyroid lump tomorrow, mysterious gut mass next week, have to have hernia surgery very soon, still have unsolved pancytopenia, still can't sleep.... All of this at least partly aging related. Enough is enough! Zera.
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    Just out of curiosity, I downloaded the Tor browser, and have started looking around at all these "Onion" sites. Partly I just wanted to know what so many people I know are talking so much about. It's a fascinating (and weird and at times scary...) world!! But let's say someone wanted to get a relatively benign medication (not yet approved but, from initial appearances, mild and safe sleep meds, for ex.) from the "deep web" not available, via normal means, in the country where she or he resides. Purely theoretical question. And let's say the technical problems that stops a lot of people here -- installing and setting up the Tor browser, understanding Bitcoin, etc. -- are all solved. There remains the fundamentally critical question of trust: how does one know which purveyor is reliable? There's got to be a place where sources are ranked and reviewed, but I haven't found any, aside from a few questionable threads on Reddit that seem mostly to do with assessing sources for recreational drugs, and some claims, possibly believable (but possibly smear-campaigns by competitors) about certain sources "exit scamming"). It's a fascinating general sociological question, really: how communities based on illicit or illegal activity are constituted (including how trust and good will, etc., are established). Zeta
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    Saul, you mean this http://morelife.org/? I don't see any relevant information there. Maybe you mean a different site? Zeta
  20. The heating system in my building (apt. complex) is such that there's no way to lower the temperature in my bedroom below around 16-17° or so. And once summer comes, the head cooler will of course be far more efficient.
  21. "Bait-and-switch", "acclimatization"? This is clearly our day for puns! Back to the cool thread: I may not feel comfortable enough if my body is much colder/exposed. If I'm not, I might try to fashion a head-cooling cap of some kind, sort of like the cooling vest, but for my head. I see from a quick Google search that such things exist and can actually be purchased. (What can't, these days!) Zeta
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    Fatty Fish, PCBs, & Heart Attacks

    The various things I see on the label and website are good enough for me.
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    Fatty Fish, PCBs, & Heart Attacks

    The only fish I eat is wild-caught salmon from the Pacific Northwest (of North America). Sardines from that area would be OK too, but the canned ones available are usually sold in aluminum containers (with a lining, but still). Zeta
  24. Wow, very cool thread. The sleep angle is of particular interest to me. I'd already lowered my bedroom from 23° to 20°, without noticing an effect on sleep, but after reading the above, I think I'll push it down further, and see what happens. Even if I don't sleep better, it sounds like I might end up improving my health. Dean, judging by the footwear it looks like your daughter is doing ballet in the snow! Zeta P.S. Only now noticed my unintentional pun.
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    I feel like I'm in a brilliant, self-scripting Platonic dialog. Thanks everyone! Back to the main topic: James, from what I've been gathering, what you say makes a lot of sense. I've put out feelers (like the very post with which this thread commenced), and have therewith begun the process of developing contacts, establishing trust, etc. I've been exploring Reddit more, and believe that it might be more promising than I'd realized. One has to participate in ways that go beyond merely asking questions, of course (ahem...). Indeed, that's always essential to any community-building: giving, as well as receiving/requesting. Zeta