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  1. Mike, there might be a correlation between salt intake and CRP, but it would seem that it should be the opposite of what you suggest. Technically, higher sodium intake should generate an immune response and it should increase CRP values, no?
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    Nuts and Mortality

    This is an interesting question. For instance, my guess is that the traditional Okinawan diet would be below RDA, but not sure.
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    Sodium, Inflammation and Joint Pain

    Interesting. But I wonder if it may have been sensitivity and an adverse reaction to something in your previous diet, rather than a broad "vegan" and carbs thing. In fact, it is likely, IMO. Of course, you have found a solution now and it works for you, so that's great. I am unclear why you consume that "teaspoon of salt." Is it to add taste, or does your blood pressure drop if you don't consume salt? 100/60 with salt would suggest that without the salt, these numbers might dip lower. I had come across something about salt and autoimmune responses and Dean's post reminded me of it: Salty Diet May Help Trigger Multiple Sclerosis, RA "All three studies help explain, each from a different angle, how "helper" T-cells can drive autoimmune diseases by creating inflammation. Salt seems to cause enzymes to stimulate the creation of the helper T-cells, escalating the immune response. "We think of helper T-cells as sort of the orchestra leaders, helping the immune system know what the cells should be doing in response to different microbial pathogens," explained Dr. John O'Shea, director of intramural research at the U.S. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, in Bethesda, Md. "The strength of these papers is that they have found another factor that drives [helper T-cell] differentiation -- salt." ... Hafler pointed out that while salt may be implicated in autoimmune disease, it may also be found to play an important role in boosting the immune system. Part of the reason chicken soup seems to be effective with colds and flu may be that the salt stimulates an infection-fighting response, he said." Anecdotally, I generally experience salt cravings when I am sick, which I have attributed to dehydration in the past. But perhaps there is more to it. In fact, in the 24 hours after my second shot of Novavax, I felt flu-like symptoms and had a craving for chips :) Ate a whole bag of salty Terra sweet potato chips...
  4. My interest was peaked by Neal Barnard's comments on insulin resistance that is detected in the small study of young, healthy subjects (37:00). I did a search for the test and it seems that LabCorp offers it for less than $150. Here is a sample report with LDL particle data, plus estimated insulin resistance.
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    Nuts and Mortality

    It appears so, based on the admittedly relatively small studies I've seen. I posted a video interview with Neal Barnard elsewhere which also makes this assertion, see about the 16:15 point onward. On the nuts subject, here is what Esselstyn says: "As nuts are a rich source of saturated fats, my preference is no nuts for heart disease patients. That also eliminates peanuts and peanut butter even though peanuts are officially a legume. For those with established heart disease to add more saturated fat that is in nuts is inappropriate. For people with no heart disease who want to eat nuts and avocado and are able to achieve a cholesterol of 150 and LDL of 80 or under without cholesterol lowering drugs, some nuts and avocado are acceptable. Chestnuts are the one nut, very low in fat, it is ok to eat." I am thinking that after I am done with my experiment with berberine and moringa (to see if it affects my glucose and insulin numbers), I might cut down my nuts, cacao nibs and avocado intake dramatically, and test a couple of months later, to see what changes it causes, if any. Right now I am at about 25-30g of almonds, 15g of walnuts, and a single Brazil nut, between 2.5g and 3g generally.
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    Nuts and Mortality

    I have been thinking about my consumption of cacao nibs lately, and how the fat I consume daily from them (I've reduced my intake to about 5g-10g per day) and the fat I consume from nuts and avocado stacks up. A couple of recent studies from Australia seem to suggest that a 7 or 8 to 1 ratio of (whole) carbs to fat is optimum, and if I remember, that's close to what the traditional Okinawan diet was as well. My fat intake is currently between 25% and 30%, most of it from nuts, cacao nibs, and flax (or less often, chia). And I've been thinking that most studies extolling the benefits of nuts, avocado or cacao use seem to incorporate them as substitutions to unhealthy fats. So, last night I did a quick search and I found a video that may be on to something. I am not saying that it is a definitive answer, but it gave me a pause and I think it's worth exploring:
  7. Thank you for the suggestions. Stuff to watch or listen to, and hopefully learn from, on my daily hikes or during drives :) Here is what I just listened to and liked (it touches on salt, fat, how they relate to diabetes, and other stuff that may be of interest):
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    Sci Fi Movie and Book Recommendations

    Another show I enjoyed during the last year is Counterpart:
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    Sci Fi Movie and Book Recommendations

    I saw it last year and while I found it interesting at the beginning, it went flat and more formulaic toward the end. I'd recommend the older, two-season British-made Utopia (not the Amazon much lamer remake). It's a black comedy, with quick-witted writing and great cinematography, and it may hit home with the 2020 pandemic. The UK version is also available on Amazon (as Utopia UK). Be forewarned, there is a particularly violent scene toward the end of the first episode, but I was aware of it and just fast-forwarded (I can't even watch needles on screen :)
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    Sodium, Inflammation and Joint Pain

    As you note, salt causes water retention, an increase in blood volume, and an increase in blood pressure. I remember reading that it virtually impossible for normally functioning people to consume less salt than required, as even whole foods supply plenty of salt without the need for supplementation -- native tribes in Central America without access to salt can get by on 200mg per day just fine, and don't have coronary disease or high blood pressure to boot. The RA angle is not something I would have thought of, but the study Dean posted makes sense.
  11. I am puzzled about the relevancy of what some far-left writer, who has been beating the "lockdown" drum and attacking anyone who disagrees with the party line, has to the study posted above, or to Ioannidis's scientific reputation? It's a smear attack and in the vein of the "cancel" attacks which are the reason why there has not been a rational discussion about the most disruptive public policies in the post-WWII period in the West. It's unbecoming and harmful to open discourse.
  12. I've been listening to or watching a lot of presentations and talks on nutrition on Youtube and elsewhere lately. I thought it'd be good to have a topic where members can add links to stuff they find particularly interesting, and I couldn't find one after a cursory search here. So, I'll start, by posting two that particularly impressed me lately.
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    Olive oil? Healthy or not?!

    Yeah, I was surprised too, when I saw it, although years ago I had seen research that boxed wine keeps a lot better than bottled wine. Of course, it never caught the public's fancy, because let's face it, it's a lot less impressive to squeeze a glass of wine out of a silver bag, than to uncork and pour from a bottle. I guess for the same reason screw-tops never caught, even though they are so much better than cork. Amazon sells a few bagged olive oils, like this one. I wonder if the bags are recyclable?