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    New Website

    Some ideas on eating, thinking and the sometimes complex dance between them: http://adventuresinperception.com/ My motivation for CR is not based on the - shaky in any case - benefits for longevity or even for physical health though I've noted and take them as a bonus but as a platform for psychological refinement.
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    Best Running Footwear

    Hi Dean, I too have been using minimalist footwear for some years though I've always - since a child - avoided the built up type running shoe as unnatural. Two or three decades back Asics (or Tiger as it was called then) were one of the few companies that made more sleek and natural, lightweight running shoes. The last few years I've tended toward the Nike Free range (I'm still surprised at myself buying Nikes) for walking round town and till a couple of years ago Vibrams for running, mostly on trails. I switched to Luna Sandals after experimenting for a few weeks with a pair and finding my feet were noticeably stronger with an increased range of motion even after wearing other minimalist shoes for years. They all have pluses and minuses; Vibrams are a pain to put on and dangerous if something catches the toe while running and Lunas take a few weeks to comfortably mold around the foot and tend to catch grit in the footbed. Overall though my favorite for walking round town or on trails is the Luna and usually only substitute Nike Frees if it's rainy or cold outside. Hi Dean,
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    New Documentary Featuring CR

    I could only stomach a few minutes of the druggy vibe of the vegan couple video - they kept mispronouncing Giles' name for one thing. I've lived in California by far the majority of my adult life and I still find it hard to distinguish parody from reality Sugar addiction does seem to be a hazard for fruitarians and even vegans in general. After reading Greger's book (I found it useful in parts BTW if a bit too evangelical) it's clear he has this problem. This is one reason that despite an almost totally vegan diet myself I eat little to no sweet fruit.Actually, Martin, I didn't watch the Ryan and Angie response youtubed above until you mentioned it, and I really liked what they had to say. They said their lifestyle was poorly represented by this stupid BBC thing, and that was my suspicion. The fruitarians were very cool, they're committed, they're honest, they're following the science they choose, and their message is no, we're not "fruit only" and we're aware of sugar concerns, and to claim bananas will send you into potassium poisoning is asinine. I don't even think bananas are a proper potassium source anyway -- what are bananas Wrt to potassium, ranked like 200 or something? Ryan and Angie didn't seem like druggies at all to me, and I agree their portrayal was totally twisted. So all the other segments in this slap-job piece were probably equally unfair. And for what it's worth, this production managed to make the CR people (Meredith and Paul) look like creepy spiders. The presenter's facial reactions to Paul were totally over the top rude and disrespectful. I'd let this little program serve as a warning to future calls from future mainstream television crews .... They're prob gonna make us look like wack jobs for attempting to live a (counter culture) healthy lifestyle. Look at these stupid bizarre freaks was the message here. And the entire production felt totally disingenuous to me. What's your opinion? It may have been disingenuous but no more than most other documentaries; they all have their agenda and it's generally not just the pursuit of the truth. The agenda here was simply entertainment, to indulge the prejudices of the audience with perhaps a bit of fear and envy mixed in. I don't find TV informative unless it's purely science or nature based and even videos of lectures are less productive for me than simply reading about it. It's been said that TV has "a bias against understanding" that the written word doesn't seem to have. A well known UK presenter also said that the difference between working in radio and television was that in radio he could sometimes ask a question that he didn't know the answer to.
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    New Documentary Featuring CR

    I could only stomach a few minutes of the druggy vibe of the vegan couple video - they kept mispronouncing Giles' name for one thing. I've lived in California by far the majority of my adult life and I still find it hard to distinguish parody from reality Sugar addiction does seem to be a hazard for fruitarians and even vegans in general. After reading Greger's book (I found it useful in parts BTW if a bit too evangelical) it's clear he has this problem. This is one reason that despite an almost totally vegan diet myself I eat little to no sweet fruit.
  5. I never understood this idea; life expectancy is increasing at birth while an individual is obviously above that and traveling on a time line. Every year they would capture less of any increase in expectancy. Even if the expectancy was going up by more than a year per year an individual would not achieve "escape velocity" i.e. live forever, at least theoretically. This is the ant on a stretching piece of elastic paradox: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant_on_a_rubber_rope
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    Tips for Buying & Ripening Avocados, Bananas and Other Fruit

    I used to buy avocados at the farmers markets here in Santa Barbara for around $1-$1.50 a pound but since the drought prices have about doubled and they're sometimes hard to find at all. For a time I was reduced to finding local people on Craigslist selling excess fruit from their back gardens. However by chance I discovered that a downtown dollar store sells quite large, presumably imported ones for - as you'd expect - one dollar a piece. It works out to about $1.30 a pound which per calorie is quite a deal - one large avocado provides almost 30% of my daily calories. Trader Joes have them at that price too but not as large. I use the quartering and peeling method (or halving and peeling with smaller ones) rather than a spoon as if it goes well there's less mess and waste. You can even remove the stone without embedding the knife in it this way - it would break my ceramic knife anyway.
  7. From what I remember of the discussions on the email list over longevity benefits of exercise vs CR there wasn't much of a conclusion but the rodent evidence tended toward exercise not helping for a given bodyweight (i.e. increased intake to counter the extra expenditure) and even for no compensating increase in intake leading to decreased weight. Why body heat production - which is akin to exercise it seems to me - would be different is a mystery.
  8. Thanks Dean, that is a remarkable result and quite counter-intuitive. I will make one quibble: the longest lived 1/3 or so of the ERI (warm housed) mice - those who presumably adapted well to the diet - did live longer (about 1100 days) than the equivalent 1/3 of the controls (900) if not the ER (cooler housed but fed more) mice (1250). BTW I'm getting a site in Russian when I click on links to papers so am hesitant to proceed further :)
  9. But are mice in the TNZ in CR at all as they are no longer spending so much energy heating their bodies? Is there an experiment that compared raising mice in TNZ and below TNZ that calibrated intake so the two groups weighed the same? This would be better for our purposes as it would - for a given bodyweight - compare the decision to eat more to combat cold to eating less but staying warm.
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    How to get predomesticated fruit (esp. apples/oranges)?

    So what are those two other fruits in the background? The big prickly one is a whole durian, the King of Fruit, which is probably my favorite fruit. The gash out of it is where the pod that I ate this morning used to reside. Here is a picture of what a durian pod looks like once its been removed from the prickly fruit: Appetizing isn't it? Looks a bit like an alien or (I hesitate to say it), giant maggot/slug. Due to its taste, texture and aroma, durian is definitely an acquired taste, but I recommend everyone try it at least once in their life. It has the mouthfeel of custard, and its taste varies depending on the cultivar and ripeness. But I liken it to a cross between almonds and onions, only with some sweetness. As I said, it's an acquired taste, but well worth trying. i --Dean Thanks Dean, As chance would have it after reading about them for many years I tried my first Durian yesterday. I asked my girlfriend to bring one down from an Asian market in San Francisco where she lives. It is a quite amazingly constructed and unique fruit and tastes wonderful, at least to the two of us, reminiscent of custard and pineapple. Apparently some find the taste and smell quite repellent but as with Natto that's not my experience even from the start, without any "acquiring" being needed. Still despite the calorie bomb energy density (1.47 Cals/g) I wouldn't put the taste above say, a cherimoya or the soft form of the persimmon or even the humble banana (very ripe that is). My favorite fruit I think remains the avocado though admittedly in combination with other things. It's easy to project higher value onto things that are rare or difficult to obtain; look at the case of the pineapple itself:
  11. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/489797/CMO_Alcohol_Report.pdf The charts on page 17 summarize it. You'll note the familiar j shaped curve has been replaced by a simpler upward curve (a slight dip for women over 55). From the text: Previous analyses suggested the protective effect was only likely to be relevant to men from age 40 onwards and for post-menopausal women. The Sheffield report commissioned for the expert group included a UK analysis, which has found that the net protective effect that may be attributable to drinking regularly at low levels appears now to be significant only for women aged 55+ (with men aged over 55+ showing such a protective effect only of negligible size).
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    Growing Sprouts - Including Broccoli Sprouts

    I use about 60ml for each Easy Sprouter which takes 40g of seed in around 3/4 of a liter of water. You might be able to get away with less but it's cheap enough. Obviously throw away the soak water afterward.
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    Growing Sprouts - Including Broccoli Sprouts

    I use a small amount of 3% food grade hydrogen peroxide in the soak water for seeds (not lentils as they absorb it) which kills any pathogens and may even aid with the sprouting process. Some sources suggest heating the peroxide too but that would be er, overkill I think. I've never had a food poisoning event either.
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    Growing Sprouts - Including Broccoli Sprouts

    The last few years I've been using the Easy Sprouter http://www.amazon.com/Frontier-Natural-Products-Sproutamo-Sprouter/dp/B000EJ11X2 first with cruciferous seeds and grains and more lately with lentils. Lentil sprouts fill out my legume allotment and require little work; a rinse, a 12 hour soak, another rinse and then let them dry out a day or two to finish. I mix up the small French green ones with the even smaller black (these are hard to find) Beluga lentils.
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    Review of 2015 Longevity Science Milestones

    There's an interesting discussion on the social effects life extension technology - if it ever emerges - would have here: http://edge.org/conversation/yuval_noah_harari-daniel_kahneman-death-is-optional Stephen Pinker comments at the end.
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