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Thomas G

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  1. The way the article is written it makes it sound like the problem isn't the statins themselves, but the absolute level of cholesterol, whether that is achieved by artificially lowering it through statins or through a low cholesterol diet like the one I'm on. But that is not 100% clear to me. I'd love to read the full text of some of the studies linked to, like this one for example, although I worry I don't have the right background to fully understand it even if I did have access to the full text: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9499332 Practically speaking, I'm wondering if I might feel differently or notice a difference if I deliberately raised my cholesterol now that I know what to look for or focus on. I don't remember any personality changes, but I wasn't on the outlook for them. But it seems complicated. As far as I can tell none of these studies really look at the issue directly in humans. They are patching a bunch of things together (some individual cases seem to show a connection, statins/low cholesterol may cause low serotonin, low serotonin is linked to violence, depression, irritability, etc.) It would be nice to directly study low cholesterol diets in humans and see this behavioral changes emerge. Is there any study that has actually done this? Given that the body makes its own cholesterol, I'm wondering if it might be perfectly fine to be on a low cholesterol diet and that if you have some of these symptoms it is more a matter of something else going wrong that is preventing your body from making the optimal levels of cholesterol you need. Adding more cholesterol through diet might just be masking a different problem at the root. But I'm not sure how you would tell if your body is making "enough" or what might cause it to make too little?
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    Dean's Current Diet

    I buy a lot of bags of chopped leafys like kale and collards, mainly because it makes it so much more convenient to eat without having to wash them. I think I've got to keep doing that just because I'm already spending so much time/energy on food prep. But it seems this is not ideal.
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    Dean's Current Diet

    Hey Dean, I just watched Dr. Greger's latest video today and I'm wondering what you make of it. I know you precut a weeks worth of veggies (or at least you used to). Wondering if this will make you reconsider that approach or what you make of it. Maybe it's too minor of an issue to really spend any thought/energy on. I can't tell myself.
  4. The New York Times reports on a recent study. The study is pretty small (21 fit older men who have been avid joggers their whole adult lives). Basic takeaway, it looks like exercise helps reduce inflammation overall and keeps old muscles looking younger.
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    Less is not always more...

    I skimmed a lot of these videos (but didn't watch every second of every one). Did she have medical supervision? She never said explicitly, but I get the impression that she didn't. I've always wanted to do a 40 day fast. Given how badly short fasts of just five days go for me it seems like maybe it's not in the cards for me, or if it is, I will need to be drinking something special to stay healthy. Her focus seems almost exclusively religious (with maybe some weight loss ambitions thrown in too), but given that refeeding seems to be the most important part of a fast her matza only refeeding diet seems like a particularly poor one from a health perspective. I wouldn't do it. I'd be breaking a long fast like this with modest amounts of nuts and berries, some fruit and dark greens (but not too much). I admire the endurance and the willpower, but I don't think this is the way I want to fast.
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    How to wean into a cr diet

    I'm not really sure what is going on with my body when I am fasting. The fasts all seemed reasonably short for me, I was mainly doing five day water only fasts. Part of it might be that I was eating calorie restricted before the fast. But the truth is I don't really know because I wasn't medically supervised. I wasn't getting my blood drawn. I bet if I had, they would be able to pinpoint what the issue was. The fast that was the absolute worst for me was one where I was trying to be deliberate about drinking a lot of water. I think that may have really done a number on my electrolytes. When I fast even a day or two I start getting light headed and dizzy when I stand up. Even on normal CR days I get that a little bit. I would like to do a fast again soon. In fact I was thinking about doing one later this week just for three days. But I probably should make an appointment with a doctor and talk to them about it first. For the last couple of years I've cut my fasts down to three days because it isn't until the fourth day that I start to go downhill. By day five I feel downright sick, like I'm fighting off the flu or something. My head gets foggy and I'm not able to be as productive as I need to be.
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    Less is not always more...

    I'm not sure. It might have been, but it could have been something else too (electrolytes, salts, etc)
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    How to wean into a cr diet

    This seems contradictory. You seem to understand that too much calorie restriction too fast decreases longevity. But a month long fast is calorie restriction in the extreme. I'm pro-fasting, but I think weaning from 2000 calories a day is the much gentler path here. I posted this in the other thread, but I'll post it here too.
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    Less is not always more...

    I just finished a three day water only fast. When I say water only I mean really only water, no vitamins or anything. I used to do five day fasts but got very dizzy (and actually fainted twice). Greger's video today makes me think I really shouldn't be doing fasts this way and should be taking vitamins and maybe some kind of electrolyte/salt replacement. I enjoy fasting but might enjoy it more without the lightheadedness and overall flu-like feeling I get by the fifth day. Will your month long fast be medically supervised? Maybe it should be. I don't think I'm going to do any more fasting without consulting a doctor first.
  10. The things that are noteworthy to me is that I think he did a good job of summarizing and describing how a slower metabolism can have health and possibly longevity benefits. It is true that the CRONIES are a somewhat unusual self-selecting population. And I think his summary of the studies on the benefits for average SAD diet eaters in adopting a healthier diet with moderately fewer calories. But the questions I am most interested in are still open questions and are not really the subject for the video.
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    Romaine Lettuce vs. Cabbage Slaw

    Cruciferous vegetables include cabbages, kale, broccoli, arugula, brussels sprouts, collard greens, mustard greens and more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cruciferous_vegetables#List_of_cruciferous_vegetables Definitely in addition to dark green leafys which are also great. But cruciferous are special because they produce sulforaphane as you eat them (so long as you are eating them raw, although there are a few tricks you can do to get sulforaphane from cooked cruciferous vegetables like adding a little bit of mustard or horseradish to them). Surprisingly I wasn't able to find a short quick intro. This is long and super in depth.
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    Romaine Lettuce vs. Cabbage Slaw

    Does the cabbage slaw have other ingredients in it (like mayo)? If so, that is going to dramatically alter the calorie density. If you do use cabbage, red/purple cabbage has more nutrients than green cabbage. Cabbage is also a cruciferous vegetable which is fantastic, but I would also want to get a lot of dark green leafys too, the darker the better. Do you find sinach objectionable (it's not square cut, at least not normally). Or a mesclun mix of some kind? A mesclun mix would give you a variety of dark green leafys.
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    Cronometer results for March 2019

    Thanks for sharing Barry. One of the reasons I like using Greger's Daily Dozen is just as a reminder to get a few different kinds of foods each day. Granted it is hard to tell from just one day, but it looks like you are eating a lot of bananas and dates without any legumes and not much fat (besides the olives). Is this a typical day for you? Is there a strategy you are following on this front? One thing I've been doing in Conometer that I find useful is to use the groups feature (if you click the gear box, and then choose "Diary settings..." you can define the groups). That way I can have different ways to group my diary entries under things like breakfast/lunch/dinner without having to add notes to designate this.
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    Cronometer results for March 2019

    Lol, I remember that. My partner had used most, but not all, of an avocado for her sandwich. I couldn't just throw it away without scraping out the last 6 grams 🙂
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