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  1. Leo, I'm curious. Are you also doing any herbs or any gut healing protocol or do you see carnivore as a long term solution?
  2. @Gen Sue Rodriguez It is clear to me that you are not the owner of this page https://solarhealing.com/home but more like their PR guy. You have had a previous account banned for spamming and replying like a robot when challenged. I would like you to stop posting the same content over and over and actually bring in some more of your own personal stuff and personal opinions and experiences If you keep repeating the same things and reposting the same articles over and over like a bot, you will start receiving penalty points. You can put the link to your own business in a signature, that's allowed and some of us are doing that as well but I'd like to see more personalised advice coming from you rather than repetition of the same article over. Put more effort into your replies and stop copy-pasting. Human nature is a tendency to ignore information that does not seem genuine or personal but more like a spampost.
  3. @4201 ah man, just eat a bloody salmon twice a week and you'll be fine 😄 I admit i didn't read the full Cochrane thing would take few days. You've got some solid line of reasoning there so best personal safety policy is probably to eat some DHA rich foods every now and then
  4. Got my first vax yesterday. So far so good, a bit of sensitivity around the spot but otherwise seems to be going alright. Being in Wales meant we had to travel back to England for it so made it a trip by booking the jab in one of the UK's most beautiful and historical towns, Bath. I finally got to visit the ancient Roman baths, what a marvellous site that was. The place just breaths with ancient history and culture. Currently taking deep dive into research on soy for my next blog post. There is just so much pseudoscience and nonsense out there that I just can't trust anyone anymore unless I have done my own research. Endless cherry-picking, personal biases, dogma and invested interests in one side or the other. I am just realising more and more that I can't rely on other people anymore to tell me what is right and what isn't in this industry. I just need to find the answers for every single thing myself. I may eventually need to do this for saturated fats and cardiovascular disease as well, this topic scares me as hell because there is just so much contradiction out there and I don't know if I have the right skills to interpret it yet. I've noticed my skills in distinguishing good quality research have definitely improved since having started that course on how to read the research. I'm finding it easier to identify good quality trials, being better at reading the statistical methods and being more critical about it as well. There is so much information out there that it may end up being another 2-parter. The latest e-book has been finished, quite satisfied with this one. Had a decent download rate so far so quite happy about that. Need to put more effort into putting it out on social media a bit to make the most of it for people to find it. A member of the forum has reached out to me asking if I could help their friend, very excited about that and curious how that will go. We'll be talking next week for the first time, hopefully, we'll be a good match for each other to start working together.
  5. This is an interesting one and it seems there is more use in developing brain (e.g. child) than in adult brain. When we look at some studies that are rated as "top of hierarchy pyramid" meaning systematic trials and meta analysis, there isn't awfully lot of benefit. BRAIN https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26268080/ - no additional benefit for cognitive decline in this systemic trials. This is a review of randomized blinded trials so, very high quality of evidence. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32060571/ - same here CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH https://www.cochranelibrary.com/cdsr/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD003177.pub3/full - this is the best quality study I could find. Cochrane systemic study of 79 randomized trials (112,059 participants). Basically pooling a shitload of data and averaging them out. Cochrane trials are currently considered the most rigorously tested and conducted. Results: Increasing ALA intake probably makes little or no difference to all‐cause mortality (RR 1.01, 95% CI 0.84 to 1.20, 19,327 participants; 459 deaths, 5 RCTs),cardiovascular mortality (RR 0.96, 95% CI 0.74 to 1.25, 18,619 participants; 219 cardiovascular deaths, 4 RCTs), and it may make little or no difference to CHD events (RR 1.00, 95% CI 0.80 to 1.22, 19,061 participants, 397 CHD events, 4 RCTs, low‐quality evidence). However, increased ALA may slightly reduce risk of cardiovascular events (from 4.8% to 4.7%, RR 0.95, 95% CI 0.83 to 1.07, 19,327 participants; 884 CVD events, 5 RCTs, low‐quality evidence), and probably reduces risk of CHD mortality (1.1% to 1.0%, RR 0.95, 95% CI 0.72 to 1.26, 18,353 participants; 193 CHD deaths, 3 RCTs), and arrhythmia (3.3% to 2.6%, RR 0.79, 95% CI 0.57 to 1.10, 4,837 participants; 141 events, 1 RCT). Effects on stroke are unclear. So overall not as effective for serious cardiovascular events with some mild benefit here and there. But to be frank, despite all this, I still take Algal Oil 3 times a year as a precaution.
  6. Sorry to hear that, IBDs are not easy to deal with. Can you pinpoint a particular trigger point? Usually, stress is involved to a great degree, infection could be a case, extreme environmental exposure as well. Have you ever been assessed for something like Coeliac disease or other forms of allergy? IBD may also be triggered by undiagnosed or misdiagnosed food allergy that has been unchecked. Having history of smoking, drinking or recerational drugs can also be a trigger point for autoimmunity. Anything that comes to mind?
  7. agreed with this, it would be helpful to ask for a testing of: ferritin (iron), B12 and even folate (B9) for a start. @Preety_IndiaIf you tell your doctor that you are doing vegan diet for an ethical reason but don't feel very well, they may be quite ready to do these tests.
  8. @4201 The entire ALA -> DHA conversion is a bottleneck and there are several factors that can limit it. The most profound one being the competitive use of few enzymes (delta 4, 5,6 desaturase and elongase) as well as few other things that may impact the conversion rate like insulin sensitivity and I believe magnesium and zinc status as well, possibly many other things. The conversion is also very much determined by certain genes and genetic snips as well. That being said, we don't have a lot of good quality data that would show that loading the body with additional DHA has any groundbreaking benefits and it seems sufficient ALA intake should cover the needs. Somebody actually shared some helpful resource the last time I claimed otherwise and when I looked into the research, I was surprised to find that there isn't any convincing data out there to say that eating a lot of algal oil or fish oil gives you additional benefits besides just the regular dietary intake of ALA. But it looks to me like we still need larger amount of data especially more high quality trials. That being said, in order to make the most of the converting enzymes and prevent competition, you can avoid loading your body with high doses of omega 6 foods mainly eggs, meat and dairy or maybe just separate them from meals that are high in ALA. For extra benefit, you can just consider adding few cycles of algal oil a few times a year as a precaution policy.
  9. A "Shit test" is unlikely to reveal any of these qualities. He'll tell you what he thinks you want to hear so that he can end up sleeping with you. I'd just go easy, natural and be you. No faking, no testing. Genuine human conversation. You can usually spot a lack of integrity pretty quickly.
  10. Been doing a bit of research on soy & male hormonal health lately and thought I'd share some findings in relation to testosterone & OESTROGEN as I've seen this topic appear frequently and being somewhat controversial. There is a bunch of smaller and medium-sized studies that looked at the relationship between prostate cancer & soy intake. Some of them used whole soy beans, some fermented (tofu, miso, tempeh, natto) and some extracts of soy isoflavones. Because levels of testosterone are tied to prostate health in many ways, testosterone has often been measured as well as Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) the more potent form of testosterone. This is what has consistently been the result of the smaller studies and also of the larger ones (systemic trials) that put all the small ones together and average them out for more "punching power" soy (fermented or non-fermented) is protective from prostate cancer to a great degree. Non-fermented more protective than fermented. soy does not increase oestrogen in men, there simply is no evidence to show for this. This is because food cannot alter mammalian biological secretions of hormones, this is a mechanism that is tightly regulated by the hypothalamus & pituitary master endocrine glands in the brain. Soy has nothing to do with this and cannot change it. soy does not cause manboobs. Gynaecomastia is most commonly caused by hypogonadism, liver disruption, kidney disruption, hypothyroidism or certain medical drugs. It is more common in obese men because excess fat actively secretes oestrogens so the best thing to do is to remain lean and retain good muscle mass soy does not decrease total testosterone - a few studies looked at this, none showed decrease soy did however decrease DHT (dihydrotestosterone) in one study - this is good because the more DHT men have to circulate around the higher risk of prostate cancer in later life In one odd study from Japan (Tanaka, et al. 2009) soy extract decreased free testosterone (there is a difference between total & free) and this was because levels of Sex-Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) increased. SHBG is a molecule that keeps levels of free testosterone in check. This is good, we don't want free testosterone flying around because it can be readily converted to DHT and trigger growth of prostate. Testosterone needs to be bound to SHBG and only a tiny bit of it should be free. Soy also dropped LDL cholesterol in the above study which is an added benefit that has been shown across other trials. Sorry for the long post, hope it'll be helpful for someone to clear out some of the soy & hormone myths. Soyboys for life !
  11. @Soul_Guy Leo discussed his journey on the blog, it was few months ago so you may need to scroll a bit back. I know you asked Leo specifically so feel free to ignore this question but may I ask what the condition is and what have you tried so far?
  12. @Leo Gura thanks for acting quickly and fixing the issue. Anything can be re-written and reposted
  13. Do you plan to use them for particular therapeutic effects? Otherwise, something like Pycnogenol I wouldn't take just for the fun and neither would I really suggest loading your body with Arginine, the latter is used in bodybuilding communities for loading your body with nitric oxide but since this process is a massive bottleneck more is not better and your diet should give you all the arginine you need.
  14. Why don't you start listening to your body to tell you how it feels instead? Gluten is not evil, although some people react to it poorly. If it doesn't sit with you, quite it. It is easy as that. Plenty of good whole-grains are gluten-free. Google a list of gluten-free grains, hit "images" and you'll find neatly organised lists for you. store-bought or home-made? Store bought granola is mostly rubbish full of sugar, palm oil and fried nuts. Make it yourself from millet, nuts, seeds, some cinnamon and some dried pieces of fruit. Better quality and tastes nicer as well. I have high doubts about thiols being an issue. Simply because the problematic molecule in thiol foods is cysteine because it has sulfur bound to its molecule but if that was an issue you wouldn't;t be able to eat anything because any animal food that has a complete amino acid profile also includes cysteine so it would mean you would be reacting to pretty much every meal. And even if that was so, it would still be questionable whether thiols are the problem. Supposedly thiols are the greatest issues in people with the highest mercury levels (I have great doubts about this as well) so best thing to do would be to get it tested before eliminating foods that may be beneficial. ....There are many things that can cause problems in diet and (in my experience) it is often the case that gut needs to be fixed not food eliminated. I'd need a bit more info on the complexity and structure of the meals but it seems like a good start. Track your meals in cronometer.com for few days and share the results after if you'd like. We can help you make sense of it. It is free to use and quite fun I'd say