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  1. Ron Put

    How much salt?

    Good point. From an evolutionary point, apes don't normally have had access to the abundance of salt we have today. Not long ago, salt was scarce enough to be used as payment, thus "salary" and "not worth his weight in salt." Here is a study of the Yanomami indians who don't have easy access to salt and they seem to be doing just fine: The Yanomami Indians in the INTERSALT Study Results: The findings in the Yanomami population were as follows: a very low urinary sodium excretion (0.9 mmol/24 h); mean systolic and diastolic BP levels of 95.4 mmHg and 61.4 mmHg, respectively; no cases of hypertension or obesity; and they have no knowledge of alcoholic beverages. Their BP levels do not elevate with age. The urinary sodium excretion relates positively and the urinary potassium excretion relates negatively to systolic BP. This correlation was maintained even when controlled for age and body mass index. Conclusion: A positive relation between salt intake and blood pressure was detected in the analysis of a set of diverse populations participating in the INTERSALT Study, including populations such as the Yanomami Indians. The qualitative observation of their lifestyle provided additional information.
  2. Hm, looking at the second table, the low LDLs are also more likely to have hypertriglyceridemia and hyperuricemia. I'd also be curious if they are insulin resistant. See this: High triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol and a low LDL cholesterol per apolipoprotein b ratio predict incident diabetes in patients with established coronary artery disease
  3. Here is an informative and thoughtful interview with Martin Kulldorff on the topic of Covid:
  4. Hah, I just reread it, too :) Reread "1984" before it -- I had forgotten how good it is at describing how totalitarianism changes society. I fear we are getting a bit too close to the possibility of such a change. BTW, flu shots are available. Despite what NPR and the rest imply, the flu kills a lot more kids and young adults than Covid. Get your shot.
  5. Yep, I heard the story, part of NPR's propaganda stream alternating Covid horror tales, and critical theory programming. Your personal note is the reason the pandemic was turned into a political weapon by the Left. To instill fear and create an enemy to unite the "us" and separate them from the "others." Religions and cults do it too, because it works on many people. It's why some wear masks in their cars, while alone... And yet another example of how easy it is to create fear by framing a story. Of course, just like with virtually all of these scary stories about Covid, the reality is that most viruses and other infections are known to cause similar latent effects. Here is an even scarier article about influenza: Autoimmune nature of influenza atherogenicity It has been observed during influenza epidemics and in a number of population and clinical trials that this prevalent viral infection was associated with increased death rates from cardiovascular diseases. The clinical and experimental data that may explain accelerated coronary atherosclerosis in influenza infection with implications involving autoimmune mechanisms are analyzed in this article. Both cellular and humoral autoimmune modes could be proposed to participate in the onset or progression of atheromatous lesions due to influenza infection.
  6. I am kind of envious... :D Let us know how it goes. On the glucose front, my doctor thinks that in my case wearing a continuous glucose meter is pointless, and insurance won't pay for it. I might still do it, but I have also been looking at lancing devices and meters. The Genteel Plus Painless Lancing Device appears to be practically painless, has anyone here tried it? As to the meters themselves, here is a video review of the accuracy of a few:
  7. Ron Put

    Eating Natto for Bone, Artery & Brain Health

    Interesting, thanks. I still eat natto (store-bought) about 4 times per week, I have grown to kind of like it. Never really disliked it in the first place, but many seem to. As to supplements, well, another one bites the dust.
  8. OK, so you found another shoddy study supporting your belief. Congratulations! But first, you and Dean are missing the point here: What gives the state the right to force everyone to wear masks, when the scientific evidence for a practical benefit is at best flimsy, and there was no public debate on the issue? Just like there wasn't a debate before the US and many Western governments abandoned long-standing medical practices set in place, and locked us all up, trampling over civil rights and crashing the economy and the livelihood of many. Second, aren't you noticing that virtually all of these often laughable studies supporting the use of masks sprung up in 2020, when the Left made masks into a political issue and masking became a partisan battle cry, separating those masked from the "others?" Before the politicization of masks, the prevailing scientific opinion was lined up against masks, and prolonged use was considered harmful: Adverse Effects of Prolonged Mask Use among Healthcare Professionals during COVID-19 "Prolonged use of N95 and surgical masks by healthcare professionals during COVID-19 has caused adverse effects such as headaches, rash, acne, skin breakdown, and impaired cognition in the majority of those surveyed." The bottom line is, if you or Dean, or anyone else, wishes to wear a mask 24 hours a day, knock yourself out. We may disagree on what theory is better supported, but I am not arguing that you should be forced to go maskless. And I personally would oppose any arbitrary rule that forces you to do so. Yet the Left has used the power of the state to impose arbitrary rules on all of us, and its supporters are all too happy to cheer on, with religious zeal, such unprecedented restrictions of civil rights.
  9. I am glad your wife's results are moving in the right direction. But I'd be curious if the trend continues. My LDL dropped from close to 100 to the 60s after I stopped consuming EVOO at home (still do when out in an Italian restaurant). It has stayed there. I started taking about 2-3 grams of amla with my meals almost every day over the last half a year or more and have noticed no significant changes. I believe that you consume a fair amount of EVOO and perhaps your wife does as well. You might want to experiment with cutting out EVOO and other oils at home and see what the effect is.
  10. More FUD, completely oblivious to the fact that that renal issues are relatively common to infections of all kinds. A quick search bring many instances, including this one: Influenza A viral infection associated with acute renal failure On another note, right as Biden orders the "other" 80 million to be forced to vaccinate with a vaccine he and Kamala claimed that is untrustworthy before the elections, Fauci goes on CNN to say that he doesn't "have a really firm answer for you" to the question if those with past Covid infections have as good or better immunity than the vaccinated. But the Administration still orders the millions who have already had Covid to be injected with two doses of hastily approved vaccine based on presumably safe, but untested in the long-term, technology. Would anyone sane predicted that this is what the United States would be like a decade ago?
  11. So, a study published by Innovations for Poverty Action is the best you can offer to override decades of research that showed no benefits of masking to contain the spread of infectious respiratory diseases?! Remember, until the politicization of masking by the Left, virtually all medical authorities recommended against the wearing of masks by healthy people under most circumstances. Taken at its claims, this study claims a 9% reduction of "symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infections." But it also claims a 5 to 7 percent increase in social distancing that is also likely to have had an effect. And based on this governments are forcing healthy people to wear masks outdoors, in schools, and on suffocating long-distance flights? There are better studies that show no practical effect. Like this randomized controlled trial in Denmark: Effectiveness of Adding a Mask Recommendation to Other Public Health Measures to Prevent SARS-CoV-2 Infection in Danish Mask Wearers Despite the obligatory nod to the party line, they found no statistical differences. But studies that don't support the party narrative don't get equal coverage and the righteous never have to entertain any doubts while passing judgment on those "others" who are not properly branded with a mask.
  12. Again "the science" was recommending against mask-wearing by healthy people under most circumstances, as it had never been proven to be effective. Then came the political pressure and most Western medical groups caved in, because who wants to be "cancelled" and have their career destroyed by the Left? The studies that were cobbled together by "the scientists" who were paraded on CNN, MSNBC and the pages of The NYT were shoddy, at best, but Covid and the Left have politicised and changed scientific discourse dramatically. On another note, here is a thoughtful interview with Robert Malone. After the brief defence of his character and career prompted by recent personal attacks by the left, he gives a rather good overview of the current state of vaccines.
  13. The same question can be directed at you: What is your evidence that A:: of these people are dying FROM Covid? The UK currently has about 10-12% excess mortality and it's attributed not to Covid, but to the effects of the scaremongering and lockdowns, which resulted in delayed diagnosis ad treatments for serious CV and other diseases. There is more to public health policies than just Covid. There have been numerous reports about overcounting Covid deaths and the observation that a high-cycle PCR testing results in overcounting of Covid cases is perfectly valid and it should be addressed, not dismissed as "misinformation." Here is a more recent article which also cast at least some doubt on the relentless propaganda being rammed down our throats: Who’s Really Being Hospitalized? “I’m not going to arm wrestle with the administration about where to put you,” Dr. C., a highly skilled gastroenterologist, said gently to my friend who was in bed in a triage room in the ER. “We just want to get you into a bed so we can figure out what’s wrong and get you treated.” We were at our small town’s hospital. No one was sure why, but my friend had not been able to keep anything more than a handful of raspberries down since a complicated surgery for a chronic health condition three weeks before. Dehydrated and unable to eat, my friend had been violently vomiting after taking just a sip of water or sucking on an ice chip, and had lost nearly twenty-five pounds. ... Diagnosed with a Pancreas Disorder, Admitted as a COVID Patient After a battery of testing, my friend was diagnosed with pancreatitis. But it was easier for the hospital bureaucracy to register the admission as a COVID case. Let me explain. This patient had none of the classic symptoms of COVID: No shortness of breath, no fever, no chills, no congestion, no loss of sense of smell or taste, no neurological issues. The only COVID symptoms my friend had were nausea and fatigue, which could also be explained by the surgery. However, nearly three weeks earlier, a COVID test had come back positive."
  14. While I have started doubting the efficacy of ivermectin, I think the political opposition to it is gone too far. The witchhunt is still continuing, more than half a year after Trump left office. But while the main supporting studies are shoddy, they are not much shoddier than the studies that are responsible for the mask mandates and the lockdowns. I didn't realize how many hospitals simply refuse to administer ivermectin, even after being prescribed by the patient's physician and even when all other options are supposedly exhausted. There have been a number of lawsuits in the US, like this one: After court order, Elmhurst Hospital says it’s allowing COVID-19 patient to receive controversial drug ivermectin and I did a search for what happened at the end, and here it is: Update: Nurije Fype is out of the hospital and has returned home It's actually outrageous. Even if such anecdotal cases are an aberration (just like the 20-year-old dying with Covid horror stories that the media has been amplifying out of proportion), there should be no need to sue a hospital to force them to administer a cheap doctor-prescribed treatment.
  15. Ron Put

    The thread on keto (and low carb) diet

    Haha, I just thought of it on my walk and came back to correct :D Of course, you are right. I am reading and listening to stuff on milk allergies and lactose intolerance today and my mind is on proteins... Cow milk contains 2-4 times as much protein as human milk, with much greater quantities of leucine and it greatly increases serum levels of insulin and IGF-1. Cow milk also has a much higher proportion of caseins than human milk, too. As to fat, human milk can actually be a bit higher in fat content. But cow milk has a significantly higher proportion of saturated fats, and human milk is much higher in unsaturated fats, including Omega-3s.