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    WBC: how low is too low?

    Thanks for your feedback, Karl. Not sure my blood work fits that pattern, but your information is helpful!
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    WBC: how low is too low?

    Hi Karl, Many thanks for providing your document. It's a great question and one for which I would also like better answers. An article you might add to your mix: http://www.aging-us.com/article/100994/text My WBC has been chronically low for years, varying from 2.3 - 3.8. As a result, I have been evaluated and tested multiple times looking for possible cause(s). Nothing has ever been found. I don't get sick or infections and have (mostly) stopped worrying about it. ;-) Thanks, - Pea
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    Dysfunctional US Politics

    Way to go Dean! from WSJ.com: Google, Facebook take aim at fake-news sites http://www.wsj.com/articles/google-pulled-into-debate-over-fake-news-on-the-web-1479159867?emailToken=JRr8fvB4YHiVgtw9acwz01onaqRNE/KNQl7baXHMJk+JuHHfqP6sgqIrisHyr2qsSAN86s8fqmk5ACHRjS91UcXUwuIgwA75KikD8Q==
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    Dysfunctional US Politics

    From The New York Times: Google Will Ban Websites That Host Fake News From Using Its Ad Service The search giant said the policy change was not a reaction to a growing debate about whether false news had influenced the presidential election. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/15/technology/google-will-ban-websites-that-host-fake-news-from-using-its-ad-service.html
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    Dysfunctional US Politics

    Ray Kurzweil makes his case: This is ‘by far the best time in human history’ — despite what you might read on Facebook
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    Cronometer results for october

    Ah yes, lol, that's the attitude! Sometimes what we do may even have a positive placebo effect.That would sure explain the phenomenon discussed in the other thread, completely different diets yielding similar benefits. Beliefs turning into reality. The placebo effect is pretty fascinating! My suggestion though, is to make small changes to your diet over time and gauge how well you do. ;-) Just as some folks can easily survive at very high altitudes while many can’t, people from different regions of the world have adapted to significantly different diets. For example, the Inuit population in Alaska and northern Canada traditionally ate far more fat than most populations. Their digestive systems adapted to the local environment and nutritional opportunities making them more capable of breaking down fats. American Indians in the southwest are thought to have “thrifty genes”. Their bodies are more efficient at utilizing calories and need to consume less that most people their size to maintain a stable healthy weight. Genetic differences allow some people to digest lactose and metabolize alcohol while many can’t. We see over and over again how people move to different regions changing their dietary habits to deleterious effect. We also know that gut bacteria likely influences our risk of disease and affects how we process foods. From what I have read, changing our diets cause changes to the bugs in our digestive system. Very cool how adaptable and versatile we humans are! -Pea
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    Longo Patents Intermittent Fasting

    Here is a recipe of mine that comes pretty close to the ratio of carbs, fats and proteins mentioned in previous post. ~500 Calorie: Green Pasta recipe (~34% Carbs, ~55% Fat, ~11% Protein) Directions: 1. Make the pesto by placing avocados, garlic, basil in a food processor. 2. Place frozen peas in a bowl filled with hot water and let sit for 1–2 minutes. 3. Use a vegetable peeler or spiralizer to make zucchini pasta. 4. Transfer the pasta into a large bowl filled with mixed greens. 5. Top with avocado pesto, peas and walnuts. Add pepper according to your taste. -Pea
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    Introducing myself [newbie alert]

    Love it! Beautiful shots. -Pea
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    Chemical castration and bone density?

    Perhaps the culprit affecting testosterone level is related to zinc deficiency? “With elimination of meat and increased intake of phytate-containing legumes and whole grains, the absorption of both iron and zinc is lower with vegetarian than with nonvegetarian, diets.” http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/78/3/633S.full “Dietary zinc restriction in normal young men was associated with a significant decrease in serum testosterone concentrations after 20 weeks of zinc restriction (baseline versus post-zinc restriction mean +/- SD, 39.9 +/- 7.1 versus 10.6 +/- 3.6 nmol/L, respectively; p = 0.005). Zinc supplementation of marginally zinc-deficient normal elderly men for six months resulted in an increase in serum testosterone from 8.3 +/- 6.3 to 16.0 +/- 4.4 nmol/L (p = 0.02). We conclude that zinc may play an important role in modulating serum testosterone levels in normal men.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8875519 -Pea
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    Fasting

    I wonder if our life expectancy might be similar to our height potential? As I understand it, researchers who have been studying twins, estimate that a person’s height is ~80% genetic and ~20% nutrition + environmental factors (i.e. disease). [Combined Genome Scans for Body Stature in 6,602 European Twins: Evidence for Common Caucasian Loci] Consider the Japanese: “Overall, they used to be much shorter than Northern Europeans. Now they are as tall. Why? Because they get more protein than their ancestors did. In other words, their new diet lets them live up to their genetic potential.” [A new study identifies potential height genes] On the other hand, the average height in the US is not significantly different than it was 50 years ago. Possibly suggesting there is an upper limit to height beyond which our genes cannot take us. Note: Shorter people may live longer, so full height potential may not be a good thing ....? [ Is height related to longevity? ] In any case, something similar may be true regarding our life span. We can only optimize our nutrition and environment up to a point. After that point, our genetics may rule the roost. If multiple long fasts improve the quality of your life, you win! Otherwise ……. -Pea
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    One apple a day...

    Hi McCoy, Though I think Dr. Gregor is often biased in his selection of evidence, I do find him interesting and worth reviewing. You might find his comparison of 11 common fruits interesting: - Pea
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    Longo Patents Intermittent Fasting

    Cell Metabolism " The human FMD diet consists of a 5 day regimen: day 1 of the diet supplies 1,090 kcal (10% protein, 56% fat, 34% carbohydrate), days 2–5 are identical in formulation and provide 725 kcal (9% protein, 44% fat, 47% carbohydrate)" How about just eating a 2+ avocados/day & a few greens for 5 days? -Pea
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    Self Driving Cars

    Very cool, Dean. Are you looking for the AI's mental image within the black box? Is the problem similar to the AI language problem where instead of the same word having different meanings depending on context, the next driving action required can depend on context? -Pea
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    Trying to find ways to eat more turmeric

    Haha! Good point. I will edit the above to reflect what I used today. Thanks, Gordon. Does black pepper help activate the bio-availability of turmeric? Sounds like it would be a better option than the cayenne. http://nutritionfacts.org/2015/02/05/why-pepper-boosts-turmeric-blood-levels/ -Pea
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