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  1. I actually make my own hot sauce and I'm not concerned about lead/heavy metal contamination (from a manufacturing point of view at least), though I suppose theoretically some of the ingredients I use could be grown in contaminated soil. Spices are a pretty broad category, so I guess it would depend.
  2. Well, I found part of the answer here from 2015, though I'm not sure if your diet has changed since then? Either way, it looks great to me!
  3. I really enjoyed this video Mike. It's quite interesting to see how your 2006-2013 values compare to your 2015-2020 values. Congratulations on improving your kidney function in a clear and measurable way. I've also got to commend you on your 25 servings per day of vegetables! I had to listen to it twice since for a moment I thought that the 2000/g per day might include all whole plant foods, but it certainly sounds like pure veg to me! Have you ever posted your complete diet anywhere? I would be very interested in taking a look. By the way, your kidney values towards 2006 were the worst included (though certainly comparable to average). Why do you think there weren't as good then?
  4. Well, if you look at the group of Japanese centenarians from above who have a mean age of 106 and a mean BMI of 19.3. That's comparable to many people around here. Personally, I dipped down to a BMI of 19.9 for a while but find myself with more energy closer to 21.0.
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5107392/ A notable quote from the publication which looked at centenarian cohorts in Italy, Japan, and Spain include: "Notably, we found no obese male centenarians in any of the cohorts." I think you'll find this chart to be informative too - while there is some variation in BMI between the 3 cohorts, there is a clear trend. So, if you still think it's a good idea to maintain a higher weight to live a long life, then by all means be my guest. But when you actually look at men who've reached the centenarian milestone, think again.
  6. drewab

    Oldest Man 111

    This thread prompted me to look up some of the ages of the longest currently living people. Kane Tanaka is currently the oldest verified person at 118 and is from Japan. More on her can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kane_Tanaka What I find remarkable is that unlike many centenarians who were seemingly healthy right up until the end, she clearly is not. It is remarkable to think that she had pancreatic cancer at age 45 and is still alive today. The 10-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer is less than 2% and here she is 73 years later still alive.
  7. drewab

    Effects of two glass of wine a day

    I personally avoid alcohol for the most part (I probably average 6 glasses of wine per year...though in 2020 I bet that number was 12). The increased cancer risk is my primary motivation for doing so. I've included the link below for the info I have included. When I was a young person I witnessed an alcoholic (my grandfather) drink himself to the point of neurological disorder and institutionalization. Death would have been a much preferrable outcome to what I saw. His brain failed before his body, which wasn't long thereafter and he passed away far too young. I don't mind if people have a few glasses of wine and I believe that we should be able to do as we like, but I do know far too many people that have an inappropriate relationship with alcohol (and I'm not even referring to being an alcoholic). John Mackey, founder of Whole Founds, recently had an excellent appearance on the Joe Rogan Podcast, part of which includes commentary on alcohol, which I found particularly enjoyable. Cancer. Excess alcohol consumption may increase the risk of the following cancers:[6] [7] Colorectal cancer – 10-20% increased risk with usual consumption of 50g daily, or 3-4 standard sized drinks daily. Breast cancer – For each 2/3 of a drink consumed daily (10g alcohol) risk increases by 7-10%. Cancer of the oral cavity, pharynx, larynx – Less than 2 drinks daily = 86% increased risk. 3-4 drinks daily = 311% increased risk. Esophageal cancer – Less than 2 drinks = 39% increased risk, 3-4 drinks daily = 93% increased risk. Liver cancer – Less than 2 drinks daily – 19% increased risk, 3-4 drinks daily = 40% increased risk. Stomach cancer – Less certain relationship. May be related to alcohol. Pancreatic cancer – Less certain relationship. May be related to alcohol. Lung cancer – Less certain relationship. May be related to alcohol. Stress urinary incontinence (a sneeze or cough causes leakage of urine): 2.4 times more common among women who consume alcohol.[8] Depression – Alcohol consumption is clearly associated with depression and has biochemical effects that explain how it causes and exacerbates depression. Hemorrhagic stroke (a type of stroke where a blood vessel breaks open) – High levels (more than 4 drinks a day) are associated with over 200% increased risk.[7] Pneumonia – Two drinks a day increase risk by 13%. More drinks lead to higher risk.[7] High blood pressure – Just two drinks a day is linked to 25% increased risk in men. More is linked to higher risks.[7] Heart rhythm problems – More than 2 drinks daily linked to more about 15% increased risk of conduction problems.[7] Pancreatitis – High alcohol consumption strikingly increases risk of pancreatitis. Liver cirrhosis – High alcohol consumption increases risk of the liver cirrhosis and failure. Addiction – 7% of American adults have an alcohol use disorder, which includes alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence.[9] Insomnia – 35-70% of people who chronically drink alcohol have insomnia, a much higher rate than the general population.[10] Heartburn – Alcohol can hamper the function of the sphincter barrier between the esophagus and stomach, leading to acid reflux and heartburn.[11] Leaky gut – Alcohol can disrupt the barrier function of the intestine, allowing large molecules that normally couldn’t be absorbed into your body.[11] Disrupted nutrition – High levels of alcohol consumption inhibits the absorption of a variety of nutrients.[11] Psoriasis – Alcohol may be a trigger for psoriasis exacerbations.[7] Obesity – Alcohol contains lots of calories, and people may not compensate for those calories by eating less food. In fact, alcohol may stimulate appetite. That said, observational data does not link alcohol intake with weight gain.[12] https://nutritionstudies.org/alcohol-16-reasons-to-rethink-your-drink/
  8. drewab

    Lost your marbles yet??

    Glad to hear that things are moving onward and upward! Happy New Year Clinton!
  9. In a way, I fall into this category despite being fairly young. Some of the details of my journey can be found below. Let's just say that after having open heart surgery twice in my twenties, there is absolutely no way that I want even the tiniest morsel of plaque accumulating. Coronary artery disease on top of congenital defects could be a death sentence for me.
  10. I'll still take lower LDL as better as is showcased by my most recent lipid panel from about two weeks ago. Simply put, Dr. Esselstyn and Dr. Ornish didn't arrest and reverse heart disease with higher cholesterol levels. The only diet proven to arrest and reverse CVD, most of the modern world's number one killer of women and men should be the default diet until it is proven that other diets can do the same. YMMV. Triglycerides = 74 mg/dl (0.84mmol/L) Total Cholesterol = 114 mg/dl (2.96mmol/L) HDL Cholesterol = 39 mg/dl (1.00mmol/L) LDL Cholesterol = 61 mg/dl (1.58mmol/L) Some other lab values measured include the ones below, some of which are admittedly outside the normal range and have been consistently at that level for years and years for me now. In March I will have been practicing a WFPB mildly CR's diet for a decade. Even though I have low WBC and low platelet counts, I have zero symptoms of either.
  11. drewab

    macro nutrient ratios

    I'm not going to lie, when I saw these numbers my jaw pretty much hit the floor. Having said that, I have no idea what it would be like to live with your particular condition and I very much appreciate your willingness to experiment and make up your own mind about what's best for you. The last time I had my cholesterol checked my total was 117, which would come back at roughly a quarter of your 100+350 goal. That T level is also the highest natural level I have ever seen. I would be curious to see a more detailed breakdown of your hormonal panel if you had one available and are willing to share. Your levels starkly contrast many people's experiences on this board as CR often involves a reduction in T levels, though not everyone experiences this.
  12. drewab

    I overeated today

    I cannot comment on the eating disorder since I don't have any experience there, but what I can say is this. You are looking to CR for health benefits (which it may offer), but don't forget that a number of other healthful behaviors will get you a tremendous amount of benefit - none of which need be related to the binge/eat cycle you are describing. Simply eating generous amounts of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and legumes, without restricting calories will go a very long way. Through in some moderate exercise, meditation, cold exposure, and engagement with work/family, and you're likely to add a decade to your life and improve your healthspan significantly. It's debatable what CR will offer on top of that and you don't have to restrict your calories at all.
  13. drewab

    EVOO production site

    Thanks for sharing these photos Mccoy! I cannot help but wonder if there is some way to consume olives in their natural state without the need for the use of any chemicals or processes that modified them from their natural state. I generally avoid olives due to their salt content, but the few times a year that I consume them (usually on a cheeseless plant-based pizza at a restaurant along with artichokes, arugula, and other goodies), they are damn good! I think that you are probably right that the repeated rinsing removes some of the nutritional content of the olives.
  14. I would be curious to hear about what your CR practiced looked like back in 2001 compared to what it looks like now almost 20 years later? Personally, I've been practicing since March of 2011 and maintain a lower BMI (20-21). I'm glad to hear that you had no problem defeating the coronavirus. There is a lot to be said about maintaining a healthy lifestyle/immune system to stack the odds in your favor against a number of illnesses/conditions, including COVID 19.
  15. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6139866/ James O'Keefe also published a paper in 2018 which expands on the TED Talk you've referenced above.