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  1. Hi Gordo, I do know one thing about gallbladder removal. That is big businness here in Morocco (North of Africa) Every adult in Morocco know at least 5 people with no gallbladder. Could it be a widepread genetic issue? In France, there is a lot of moroccans(same population) and I know no one with such medical problem under the french healthcare. Almost if not every time someone complain about something related to digestion in Morocco, they will recommend gallbladder removal. A sick surgeon admitted in private to a journalist that it was easy to do and very lucrative and most of the time not related to the real issue. My father in law had been suggested to remove it until he asked for a second opinion in France. well, well, the last opinion contradicted the 1st one It would be inetresteding to find some statistics of % of gallbladder removal per country to compare.
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    I have asked Professor Luigi Fontana about that. His response:
  3. The full paper (13 pages) is here
  4. I found it on the 1st result on google cache
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    Even the AHA does not recommend drinking alcohol for health benefits. "How alcohol or wine affects cardiovascular risk merits further research, but right now the American Heart Association does not recommend drinking wine or any other form of alcohol to gain these potential benefits...the American Heart Association cautions people NOT to start drinking ... if they do not already drink alcohol." Source: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/HealthyEating/Nutrition/Alcohol-and-Heart-Health_UCM_305173_Article.jsp#
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    Vitamin D Recommendations

    It is not vegetarian because it contains gelatin, usually it can be bovine, pork or a combination of both.
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    Caloric or proteic restriction?

    That is also the position of Dr Peter ATTIA. He said that everyone agree with him on carbohydrate & protein restriction but they tend to disagree when he concludes that fat has to be the filler for a isocaloric diet. It could be a ketogenic diet or not but has recognized that some persons does not do well, no matter what, on such diet. (from a blood analysis: hormones, lipid profile, crp...all go in the wrong direction if I quote him) but a less restricted but not ketogenic diet is better for them. It is higly individual at the end.
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    Caloric or proteic restriction?

    I've seen that quote, but I wonder about it given that 1) 0.37g/kg is extraordinarily low, and 2) Dr. Longo advises the more normal 0.7-0.8 g/kg (up to 65-70 years old) in his currently prescribed "Longevity Diet" (https://www.crsociety.org/topic/11883-valter-longo-interviewed-by-rhonda/). Yes I have noticed the same thing and comment about this and the author have contacted Professor Longo. Long story short, it is 0.37g per pound as I have noticed -> roughly 0.8 grams per kilogram,
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    Impaired glucose tolerance now

    Low lean mass could be the intial cause but for an unknown reason, I still suffer from a "not so tight" Homeostasis of Glucose Level. I am sure that IGT appeared when my weight was one of the lowest since 10 years ago during a dry fast. I do not have hyperglycemia (ie >140mg after 2h) but I still have sometimes >140mg (last value:156mg after 30min) after a high carbs meal. As long as it is not after 2H, I suppose I should not worrry that much since " nearly all individuals without diabetes exceeded the IGT threshold of 7.8 mmol/l (140 mg/dl) at some point during the day" in non-diabetic individuals with low fasting glucose and normal HbA1c[1] I am omnivore. My animal protein intake is around 0.8g/kg on average and for my macronutrient, I do not know exactly, but my carbs ratios is around 45 to 65% Am I eating healthy ? Maybe not not on your strict definition but surely above average. I am not dedicating as much money/time as you for my foods because I have still important but usual projects that are probably things of the past for you (buying a house... ). I am trying to follow the rules of Dr Furhman (GBombs: green beans onions mushroom berries) and the checklist of Dr Greger in hist last book ("how to not die")& other things found here and there. It is still an ongoing and incremental process. I still love milk in my coffee for almost every breakfast and meat 1/2 times per week. It is a hot topic with my wife who is cooking for me because she loves meat so much... I avoid refined carbs if possible and do not eat added sugar unless on special occasions. It is difficult to manage those restrictions outside with friends and families. They see me like a food taliban & are in general very ignorant in those subjects. One man of my family, just last week, because I refused sugar in coffee/tea told me very proudly that he drinks 1.5 liter of tea per day at work with around 30 sugars in it (is it even possible ?). I have even refused to drink orange juice and only water in a family meal when one insulin-dependent diabetic guy on the very same table drank it along with a donut. Akward situation. Also, my stepmother told me that I will be diabetic because I am too much worried about diabetes & I should eat more meat because I am working. WTF ?... My father thinks that we need added sugar (table sugar for eg) for "energy" & I need to eat more. My step sister just today told me that she and her friend think I look sick with a BMI of 21(!) and that all men at my age (34) have a little bely, "that's normal" she told me... See what I have to deal with ? I have never met someone in real life here that is interested is CR, fasting, optimal nutrition...So lonely. Back to the subject: In fact I am addicted to milk like you with the Durian fruit. I probably "sound" like an drug addict trying to justify his behaviour :) Anyway, what is the relation with blood glucose control ? I know for a theorical point and practical point probably (only CE is new to me) most of the solutions on how to manage PP Blood glucose. I have helped my diabetic mother to decrease her hba1C from 6.5-7% to 5.5% on average. I did not know that I will have to apply it on myself that soon. I have just tried post exercice today. BS before meal was 100mg & BS +1H was 109mg. So far so good. But all those solutions will have little impact on my FBS if it is still aroung 100mg or even worse keep increaseing even after fasting for 12 hours as far as I know. I will try to increase my muscle mass with strength training to see the impact and try one by one all the things that have an impact on BS (vinegar..) and even metformin if I cannot reach my BS target. Your topic about CE about is very long , maybe a separate and pratical topic "CE "for dummies" might help to "recruit" more people. Sorry if I appear rude or demanding but I cannot express myself in the most polite or elegant way in english. Feeling hungry based on my very little experience is "a walk in the park" compare to some pratices in CE ( bag of ices, drinking very cold water with crushed ice cubes...) that I have tried at least once. My actual CE pratice is: -cold shower at the end but progressively.I was in fact convinced by two Ted X videos that advice cold shower for other reasons (one was related to the confort zone). -holding a very cold product in one hand from their freezer during shopping in the supermarket. That is my actual CE. But the BS control obtained by Gordon with CE is very impressive. So I will keep increasing CE. 1) Real-life glycaemic profiles in non-diabetic individuals with low fasting glucose and normal HbA1c: the A1C-Derived Average Glucose (ADAG) study http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2892065/
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    Impaired glucose tolerance now

    I am one of them now. Dean Pomerleau wrote: Paul ...talks about "passing out glucometers at a recent CR workshop". He says "75% of CR folks had fasting glucose over 100"...I'm not sure what workshop he's talking about, but I find that hard to believe. My fasting blood sugar (FBS) was around good 83mg/dl 2 months ago, max 92mg. Not it is around 100mg or just above on average even after eating ad libitum for 1 month (BMI:21) & not more on CR. I have tested with another glucometer with the same results. Probably, my insulin resistance has inscrease or/and less working Pancreatic β-Cell . In USA, a FBS of 1g is the definition of prediabetes. In france, it is 1.1g so my doctor will just tell me to 'watch' my carbs intake and exercice... I will request for an hba1C soon and post it here.
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    Dean's Current Diet

    That is an impressive vegan diet in term of diversity and quantity . I have never read anyone that take diet to that level of almost surgical precision. What is the actual daily costs of your diet?
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    Hypoxia and lifespan

    Thanks Dean Pomerleau & Michael R for your evidence-based answer. As usual, my knowledge in biology is a far cry from yours.
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    Hypoxia and lifespan

    Hi , This study mentions that "Transient hypoxia extends lifespan through TOR signaling" This other one mentions that -impaired mitochondrial respiration extends the life span of yeast, C. elegans, Drosophila, and mice -reduced mitochondrial respiration could lead to longevity in mammals and suggest the existence of evolutionary conserved underlying mechanisms. What are your thoughts about that? Is there any volunteer to test intermittent hypoxia (1) with cold exposure & CR+intermittent fasting ? 1) breathing pattern of of one of the longest known living animals :whales according to this brochure Tasbin
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    Impaired glucose tolerance now

    In people with normal glucose tolerance, plasma glucose generally rises no higher than 7.8 mmol/l (140 mg/dl) in response to meals and returns to premeal levels within two to three hours. (1;2) In this guideline named "Guideline for Management of Post Meal glucose" and published by the IDF (international diabetes federation) hyperglycaemia is defined as a plasma glucose level >7.8 mmol/l (140 mg/dl) two hours after ingestion of food. And according to this document, postmeal hyperglycaemia begins prior to type 2 diabetes. You can try DIY OGTT. If I remember well the usual protocol, one variation consists to drink 75g of glucose mixed 300ml of water for the 2 hour test. Glucose syrup is available for confectionnery use. Also this study (3)"tested the hypothesis that a standardized dose of jelly beans could be used as an alternative sugar source to the 50-g glucose beverage to screen for gestational diabetes mellitus." 1) Polonsky KS, Given BD, Van CE. Twenty-four-hour profiles and pulsatile patterns of insulin secretion in normal and obese subjects. J Clin Invest 1988; 81(2):442-448 2) American Diabetes Association. Postprandial blood glucose (Consensus Statement). Diabetes Care 2001; 24(4):775-778. 3) Lamar, M. E., T. J. Kuehl, et al. (1999). “Jelly beans as an alternative to a fifty-gram glucose beverage for gestational diabetes screening.” Am J Obstet Gynecol 181(5 Pt 1): 1154-1157.
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    Dean's Current Diet

    Yep but It is way more delicious than baklava. Also I have tried Slilou with and without honey and well, I will stick with the sugarfree version because it is difficult to not restrain myself with the too-addictive version with honey.