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  1. That is great to know, I may get one of these eventually. The one and only review on amazon though, is pretty underwhelming. I am wondering if it cools any better than the Techkewl vest I already own...
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    Allulose - any takers?

    Fruit is the way to go. Homegrown today:
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    Whole Body Vibration Therapy for Bone Health

    I finally got a chance to try one of the "serious" (i.e. expensive) WBV machines - I was surprised by how strange it felt. My first thought was "this can't be good for your brain" haha. But in all seriousness, do you guys think there could be any long term problems with shaking the brain like that? Along the same lines, I was wondering if bouncing on trampolines (another exercise recommended for bone health/strength) could also cause long term brain issues...
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    The thread on keto (and low carb) diet

    https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/2737919?fbclid=IwAR0ZqeCQCWxCsD728uZyJ0-eY9XFYxxKubeJMuefwN43ZAXhWp_Sy_gYRhI July 15, 2019 The Ketogenic Diet for Obesity and Diabetes—Enthusiasm Outpaces Evidence Shivam Joshi, MD1,2; Robert J. Ostfeld, MD, MSc3; Michelle McMacken, MD1,2 Author Affiliations Article Information JAMA Intern Med. Published online July 15, 2019. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2019.2633
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    A CR Garden

    The other great thing about paw paw trees is that deer HATE them, they pretty much won't even accidentally eat the leaves branches or fruit: https://www.nps.gov/articles/pawpaw.htm
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    A CR Garden

    Interesting, I had not heard of any pawpaw related neurotoxicity before. I better look into that before planting too many 😉
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    A CR Garden

    That is awesome Dean. Did both trees have flowers? That is surprising that only one would have fruit since they likely had to cross polinate. I have been saying for years now that I want to plant paw paw trees, but for some reason I have never done it. This is the year for me, I will be planting them! My thoughts: 1) They are like durian in more ways than one. It seems that just like with durian, some people can't stand paw paws, while others love them. I haven't researched this - but I'm guessing there is some particular chemical compound that is in both that accounts for that. Personally I love paw paws (and durian). 2) The ripe fruit freezes well, so you can preserve it quite nicely (in fact I wonder if in the future there might be a market for frozen chopped paw paw just like the other frozen fruits you can buy in supermarkets). Currently I have two chest freezers, which I usually stock with blueberries and other things, but if I had paw paw trees, I'd probably dedicate a lot of space to those. 3) This might be the most important thing - the paw paw seems to have ledgendary respect for its anti-cancer properties among enthusiats. This is also not something I have researched (yet) but I'm interested in. I just did a quick bing search and lots of interesting facts and anecdotes come up. Even the Sloan Kettering Cancer Center has info on it: As far as anecdotes go - I am a member of this "Backyard Fruit Growers" group, and there is a guy who attributes the paw paw to helping his wife beat cancer. 4) There may be some separate benefits to eating the green/unripe paw paw but again this is not something I've researched. I noticed people discussing this online in a cancer forum here. 5) Paw Paw trees will grow where other trees won't grow and they aren't as susceptible to common diseases like other fruit trees. They don't mind low lying, slow to drain, wet areas. In the wild they often grow alongside of rivers, they can tolerate a lot of shade. But they also grow in full sun (even better) and normal soil areas too. Since I have some low spots on my property where other fruit trees keep dying (root rot) I think the paw paws will love those spots. They also have a tap root. Growing them from seeds is tricky, you have to keep the seeds in a refridgerator for 3-4 months (over winter) and constantly keep them moist (wet paper towel) unless you just plant the seeds in the ground and forget about them - eventually they will come up (sometimes it takes 2 years). You can incubate the seeds after this cold period, or if your room temps are warm (70's/80's) let them stay moist (still wet paper towels) and warm, eventually the root pops out one end of the seeds, then it wants to go straight down and super long pots are ideal, eventually the root comes completely out of the seed pod, then the top part grows upward and starts producing leaves. I got a few seeds in the spring that I've been messing around with for fun, some have germinated, but I want to plant a lot more than I currently have. I live near a river and was thinking about planting a grove of trees over there just to see what happens (after I run out of room on my own property).
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    Should we all be drinking wine?

    It would be neat if there was some way to compare the benefits (or lack thereof) of wine VS. simply eating grapes.
  9. Makes sense, too cold definitely disrupts sleep in my experience. You also have to consider that most people are more comfortable sleeping with sheets and/or blankets, even weighted blankets are trending. I love a cold room coupled with heavy blankets. Those are going to significantly raise your actual "under the covers" temperatures which is probably why many sources report the best sleep temp is on the cool side.
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    Blood Pressure

    Like you I've had some concerns about low blood pressure, but as others have said, the medical field doesn't consider this a problem unless there are symptoms. Occasionally if I'm working in the garden on a hot day and stand up fast, I can feel dizzy and see black spots but always return to normal within seconds. I did though, actually pass out one and only one time, when I was hit with norovirus (a brutal "purging" 24 hour virus) - I face planted in my bathroom and was lucky I didn't have serious injuries (woke up just feeling like I'd been punched in the face). I can't be sure this had any connection to low blood pressure though.
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    CR sleep ... some useful tips at last!

    That "arm hole" is an interesting idea. I also use a pillow between my legs (and I suspect that might help a person stay on their side too). I use 2 thinner pillows for my head, so my spine is perfectly straight, and then I put both hands between the two head pillows to fall asleep. I usually fall asleep very fast. By the way, I tried that idea Saul mentioned above about observing your thoughts - it WORKED, I thought that was very cool.
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    CR sleep ... some useful tips at last!

    I liked that sleep position video, makes me feel good that I only sleep on my side 😉
  13. I did find some other studies that discuss CE damaging the cardiovascular system: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2826836/ Cardiovascular responses to cold exposure https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5648808/ The years of life lost on cardiovascular disease attributable to ambient temperature in China I do think CE could be taken too far, certainly monitoring one’s blood pressure on a regular basis is a good idea. I actually haven’t checked mine in a while, after a day of my usual CE:
  14. Exercise actually causes vasoconstriction as well. If you've got plaque build up, that can be deadly, so a person should get that taken care of before doing CE or vigorous exercise. For the rest of us, vasoconstriction (from exercise or CE) is probably a benefit as it likely helps prevent the accumulation of cholesterol or other substances that potentially compromise cardiovascular function. It's like power-washing a dirty hose. But the first step is to fix the diet so you don't have plaque build up in the first place.
  15. Ron, you know what else raises blood pressure and puts strain on the heart? Exercise! Yup, people dropping like flies from it: https://www.health.com/heart-disease/cardiac-arrest-gym-aed-bob-harper