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  1. 3-hour lecture on cross-sectional and ecological studies this morning.  The content is brilliant but I just can't stop losing my focus all the time because of how monotonous his voice is. Guess the nature of the material is that it has to be boring, dry and academic. While it takes a huge amount of willpower and energy to review all the lectures, make notes and practice I can see the immense value this stuff has if I can stick to his 3-level course. The guy has an incredibly high level of integrity, he really cares in what he does and the price he asks for it is in my opinion much lower than what it should be. Yet still, very few people even in our industry seem to be interested in this level of depth and detail. 15-second tic tock nutrition videos seem to sell better. But guess that's where the market is heading. 

    I seemed to have rediscovered a new passion and enthusiasm in my workouts lately. For many months, I kinda dragged myself through these sessions, often not particularly enjoying them but lately, since finding the new calisthenic place and having my bike fixed I've been really enjoying both these bodyweight workouts and long bike rides. Having purchased annual membership on Strava was also super helpful, the app is so brilliant. It seems all that was needed was a little bit of variety. I can definitely feel my body responding better to these calisthenic sessions than what I was doing for the past year. It's only been 2 months but my pullups have improved significantly I'd say. I'm also really enjoying not having to pay for gyms anymore, realised I can get equally challenging workouts with the bars, TRX and 3 rubber bands I got from the Facebook market for 10 pounds. The only thing that sucks is the freaking Welsh weather lately that makes both difficult quite often. 

    Visit to Snowdonia is now just 1 week off. Can't wait, been wanting to visit this area for years. With climbing Snowdon, the UK's second highest mountain off our list, it'll just be Ben Nevis in Scotland till I can cross 3-peak challenge off my list. 



  2. 27 minutes ago, Bojan said:

    No. I was just emotional that night. A portion of my life savings was stolen on the internet, and I didn't get what I needed. If it really was the website that stole my money, why would these people do this to me? They did not do this to many of you who probably bought there as well. 

    I can trust people is what I'm trying to say. Many people, including you.

    fair enough, my bad for misunderstanding. 

    27 minutes ago, Bojan said:

    You Tube that can prove this point to you, that regular door locks are not a good security measure.

    well,  criminality has always been and will always be part of any developed society but it shouldn't prevent you from becoming independent...this is what I'm trying to say. Are you going to live with your parents until you're 40 because you're scared of being mugged or robbed? This will significantly hold you back.

    Maybe you need to start by not being so attache dto your material possessions. Have important data stored on cloud, don't keep valuables in your house, don't buy jewellery and crap like that. Seriously, if my flat was robbed, the most expensive thing here is probably my blender and my laptop, they are free to take both...I would be pissed ofcourse but everything is replaceable as long as your data is stored and the laptop is secured from entry and data abuse. Don't keep your money in your house if you can help it either. 

    It is also possible (and I'm just assuming) that the city you live in has high crime rate? Maybe this should be a stimulus to move out? 

    27 minutes ago, Bojan said:

    And about my childhood traumas, I've tried so many times to deal with it, contemplate it, journal about it. But past is in the past, and you can't change it.

    No, this is not just bout reading books, it takes serious amount of solid work for months to unwind this stuff. I don't know much about this but Emerald does which is why I quoted her there. This might be your step 1 thing that is holding you back in life....maybe, maybe not. I don't know enough about you to tell. 

    27 minutes ago, Bojan said:

    I think that every time I don't eat grains for breakfast, my energy stays stable. But I still have to test this, cause I'm not 100% sure

    legumes are not grains. And whole grains and processed grains are different as well. By "grains for breakfast" are you talking about cornflakes and that sort of rubbish? Yes that stuff will destroy your energy levels like nothing else. Try some whole grains with fruits, nuts and berries and see how your energy is from those. 

  3. 1 hour ago, Bojan said:

    We talked in the past, I thought you maybe knew where I'm from

    Yeah, I remember but don't recall which country was it. Anyway, not important right now. I assume (based on your name) - former Yugoslavia or Balkan region. 

    1 hour ago, Bojan said:

    I don't need hobbies and the gym. I can do that at home with books and weights. 

    good that saves a lot of money already

    1 hour ago, Bojan said:

    e biggest problem for me is that I cannot trust anyone, because even my mother has literally shown that I'm not in her interest and am disposable. She doesn't want me either

    I'm sorry to hear that... Not something I can advise on but I'm sure there are people who could help you navigate around this challenge and make peace with it in your mind. Your mom has probably grown up in a family with very large scarcity mindset, she is a product of the environment she grew up in which was probably shitty. 

    1 hour ago, Bojan said:

    'd still be living in fear that someone is entering that place while I'm out of it, to ruin my health, and so on

    I'm sure a good book on some shadow work and childhood conditioning could be a dramatic help. I'd also look into some of @Emerald's videos on youtube for some childhood trauma. 


    1 hour ago, Bojan said:

    Legumes have carbs and other things that slow you down. 

    I'm gonna disagree with you on that. First of all carbs are needed and second of all, carbs in legumes are mostly complex which digest completely different to simple carbs in bread. Seriously, there is nothing in legumes that can hurt you. 


    1 hour ago, Bojan said:

     But in this situation that I'm in, it might be a wise choice to go vegan, for the most part.

    As long as you plan it well, this can be an option. But just make sure you don't eliminate mportan sources of calories and nutrients that could be affordable on your budget 

  4. 49 minutes ago, Bojan said:

    250 euros is literally the minimum for rent. 
    Ideally, for food I would need at least 200 euros or if I was able to grow my own food and not fear someone spraying it when I'm gone, that would be great. But then, I'd need a car, and that's an extra expense. 
    Travel, also at least 200 euros a month. 
    Hobbies and gym, that's around 50 euros plus books and so on... Even more. 
    But the problem is that no one here will give me more than 250 euros a month. Even that's a challenge, as I've learned from my last experience. It is weird that food here costs as much as it costs in other EU countries. Well, I don't know about meat, but fruits and vegetables. Even meat, actually, I once ate in a German restaurant for 6 euros  a fucking full meal with chicken breasts and a salad. Numbeo is fake.

    Ok so you're basically looking at 700 eur / month + some change for miscellaneous expenses. 

    I looked at your profile saying you are Slovenian. From some quick search I found that an average salary in Ljubljana is 1200 euros net (after taxes and deductions). So there are options for better income for sure.  The next question is, what would you have to do to get a better salary? 

    • What is your age and current level of education? 
    • Do you have any university degree or are you trained in any craft?
    • Could you move to a city with better average monthly salary? 
    • Do you currently work full time or part-time? Could you take on some extra work? 

    Also I don't know about your current diet, but maybe there are ways to make it cheaper such as buying from bulk food delivery companies. Things like legumes for instance are the cheapest food there is with a nutritional value 10 times what any meat or vegetable will give you. If you eat out a lot, that will take a significant proportion of your finances. Learning to cook in bulk, vegetarian meals based around legumes, root vegetables, local produce is a good option. 

    I probably wouldn't invest in any exotic powders, superfoods and that kind of crap. 

    Another possible saving is (if you live in small area) buying a used bike on Facebook market and not paying for public transport anymore. This way you could potentially get some extra exercise as well. You can buy a decent bike, used for 80 euros, get it serviced for 20 and you're good to go. 

    Other small things are seeing where you have subscriptions you don't need,. pay for programs you don't use, money for idle socialisation (such as spending 30 euros on drinking once a week - not suggesting you do this , it is an example) etc. 


  5. Best way to find out is to give it a shot :) Do a 21 day nofap then come back and tell us how it went. 

    A lot of people claim it makes them more productive, others say it just makes them constantly horny. Maybe there is a U-shaped curve type of relationship between duration of avoidance and the level of horniness and at some point in time the craving for masturbation starts to decline. 

  6. You can always just do nothing. It is unlikely that a shameful picture would go viral if you are not a Robert Pattison type of a guy (in terms of popularity) Eventually people would forget and get on with their lives. The worst thing you could do is write apologetic messages or try to go out there and have it removed, that would tos more oil into a dying fire. 


  7. Families can be hard to accept changes or even suggestions for improvement. The last time I tried (sensibly) to suggest to my mom to do some minor cooking adjustments (such as using less oil and less sugar)  that would benefit her and my sister's health, I was met with a major backlash.

    You could try to suggest cooking for the family occasionally and making them see and appreciate that healthier food can be tasty as well. But if you are up against family traditions and strong conservative values, you won't be successful on that front especially if the dynamics of the family is

    • that the woman cooks
    • the meal has to be tasty and savoury (means fatty and sugary) ,
    • there won't be any changes because "this is what we have been doing always".

    In such case, the most strategic thing to do is to consider moving out. I'm not saying get rich but maybe try to plan what's the minimum monthly income you would have to achieve to be able to pull of some small apartment, maybe like a single-room space with living room, bathroom, kitchen and bedroom. A condo style. Or you could enter into a shared rent with someone else. Like have your own room but share bathroom and kitchen. I've lived like that for at least 6 years in the past and it was mostly alright. As long as the flatmate is alright, it is a great way to be free from family "bullying" and saving money. 

    What's the minimum of income you would need to get to that place? I'm sure it isn't thousands of euros (or whatever is the local currency in your country). 

    Put the amounts on a paper: 

    • monthly rent
    • monthly food spend
    • travel 
    • hopbbies, gyms , etc
    • other personal spend

    Then put it together and work backwards and try to figure out a way to get that money. Maybe you would need a part-time job? Maybe take a job as a courier or some online thing. 

    What I'm trying to say here is that it's all in your hands to get away from that situation because it won't get better on its own. I was in slightly similar situation 7 years ago before moving abroad. I was lucky in few things but mostly it came down to packing my belongings and finding a place on my own.  


  8. @TheSomeBody hopefully you know what you're doing. The least to do would be to ask every participant to sign a formal waiver that informs them you are not a medical or psychiatric professional and that this is not an actual study so that you drop all responsibility from yourself. 

    If you handle data (regardless of how much) it would be a good idea to state that in writing for everyone to know what you'll do with that data. 

    28 minutes ago, TheSomeBody said:

    they will know me ,probably smart to show my identity here.

    I think it that would be a good idea, remaining anonymous may render recruitment difficult. 

    And finally you may want to be careful with throwing around words such as "treat" or "cure". These are medical terms and they ar legally protected. I know it seems harmless but you should rather stay safe than sorry later. 

  9. What is your qualification to enlist participants to a study? Are you qualified and trained to run an interventional study? 

    How do you handle data? Where will data be stored? How are those protected? What is your data retention period ? Are you GDPR compliant? DO you have a privacy policy? Are you allowed (being Israeli) to handle data of people from foreign countries? 

    Are you insured against potential harm? (yes, I know you don't want to harm anyone but nobody ever does...) 

    What about ethical approval? In some countries, once you handle more than X amount of people's data in a single case, you need to gain an ethical approval. 

    Will participants be asked to sign a formal waiver or Terms of study? 


    2 hours ago, TheSomeBody said:

    dont use medication or willing to stop use them 

    This is a significant requirement. You are probably aware that rapid withdrawal from ADHD medication may cause significant withdrawal effect. How will you deal; with this. What is your protocol for acute psychosis or major depressive disorder that may flare up from this?

    As a non-medical person, you CAN NOT suggest that people go off medication without consent and supervision of a doctor or a nurse. Likewise you cannot even suggest they put the medication on hold. This could get you into a lot of trouble. 


    2 hours ago, TheSomeBody said:

    the meetings will be on zoom or discord (even skype) at israel time zone.

    How many meetings? How often? What is the duration of the study? How many participants? 

    2 hours ago, TheSomeBody said:

    -have professional adhd diagnosis

    Will you work alongside a medical professionals to ensure safety of your participants? How will you ensure people are compliant and eligible for the study from health perspective? 

    I don't dispute the efficacy of your method. It may work but what you are trying to do here may get you or other people in trouble. Start by giving more information. Create a website with 100% transparency on everything including data handling and privacy policy. If you are not a doctor, there needs to be a disclaimer and people need to sign that.  And you cannot remain anonymous if you want people to officially participate in your study so you may need to publish your identity at some point including your qualification. 

    Also, try to polish the grammar, this whole thing looks like it's been dragged through Google Translate. I appreciate that English may not be your first language but at least invest in Grammarly because this will put people off. 

    Make sure you are not doing something that would borderline with questionable and that (if it backfired) could get you into some serious trouble. You need to be legally and ethically protected for the sake of your participants and for the sake of yourself. 

    I know you mean well and the offer is generous and kind but you need to protect yourself and the participants even if you 100% believe in your method. Others may not and having some structure in place puts people at ease and make you appear more credible and professional. 

  10. I finally feel I'm regaining the momentum I had before that water poisoning session. I'm getting way more done than before, a decent amount of effort into social media posting and I've put over 12 hours into the latest research since Friday 

    The first of the upcoming 3 posts is up  The topic of dental health in connection to wider disease is so incredibly fascinating. Shame it wasn't part of our syllabus. It is funny how dentistry is always isolated from mainstream medicine yet the amount of havoc it can wreak in the body once it goes unchecked is pretty scary. The most fascinating is the connection between biofilm clusters hidden deep inside the periodontal pockets releasing pathogenic bacteria that may even lead to something like SIBO, heart infection, pneumonia and systemic inflammation. How the hell did we not talk about this? Maybe we've got the treatment of the gut wrong, maybe we should have always started from the mouth, not from the bum O.o 

    My main challenge remains to condense these articles into reader-friendly material. I keep seeing that as a major difficulty. If I omit too much, I feel like I'm not being true to myself but then if I include too much geeky stuff it is completely unreadable. Ideally down the road, each blog post would come with a summary youtube video. I'd like to start doing that. 

    I'm also looking into launching my first video course. I have a few topics in mind but haven't decided on anything yet. Been looking into Thinkific for a platform and I'd say the price is reasonable and functionality pretty good even at the lowest price point. Maybe I'll launch the first one before the end of this year :) 


    1. launch the first video course
    2. invest in marketing & business tutorial course 
    3. Collect 15 more CPD points - I f****g hate attending CPD lectures, a bunch of industry-sponsored bs biased towards selling products and tests. There are exceptions thou such as the research course our lecturer is running at the moment, that's one of the diamonds in the huge pile of shit of supplement-company sponsored CPD courses. Gods, if only I could claim my own research as CPD, would have got those 30 hours in the first week of the year. 

    Cool mix ↓


  11. Trans-poo-sion as some call it may be one of the most promising medical treatment of the next decade but so far it is still research in diapers. As far as I know so far FDA has only approved transplantation of Bifidobacterium which is super limiting so I'd wait at least another 5 years for more research to catch up and more variety becoming available. 

    Mice studies show some pretty darn exciting results in obesity, diabetes, IBD. Consider reading "10% Human"  if this stuff interests you. Potentially this could even be helpful for authism

    I'm definitely looking forward to poo-clinics transpoosion becoming widely available 

  12. Find better friends. Cut ties with those people to a minimum and focus on your own development. 

    If you are not blessed with masculine genetics (from what you write I assume you may have some predominant feminine features that are a source of mockery?) you will have to compensate for it in your life with sharp mind, intellect, humour, self-confidence served from other areas of your life, strong sense of purpose and intuitive wisdom. The earlier you start working on those things, the earlier you'll outgrow those peacocks. 

    I would also consider doing some physical fitness. Gaining some muscle will increase your self confidence and even if you are shorter (I am making assumption, maybe not) you can gain peer respect by developing some musculature. 

    Find what you are passionate about and start investing energy and money into it and fuck everyone who disagrees. You cannot please those people so don't even try. Don't worry about that girl either, you will meet other, better quality women once you develop yourself enough they will start getting attracted to you 

    Hope that helps 

  13. I'm sure there are bound to be videos on proper burpees, jacks etc. In terms of landing it is important to distribute the weight while landing. So for example with burpees don't just land like a rock on the ground slamming the feet in one go (people tend to do this once they get fatigued) but slowly distribute the weight from toes to heels and make sure not to lock your knees but bend to soften the landing. 

    A proper burpees is like a circular motion that doesn't stop but one thing leads to another. It has to be soft, gradual and controlled rather than hard landing with locked knees 

  14. I'd probably start with retesting and comparing results to your first breath tests just to see if round 1 was any successful. If not, you may need to swap around the antimicrobials. I'd even consider speaking to a herbalist to create a powerful antimicrobial blend for you. These things work better in synergy than isolated and you need a master in herbs to really know what to use and when and in what amounts. 

    I've had decent results elsewhere with SIBO using a combination of goldenseal, wormwood, oregano oil and psylium + strong probiotics in combination with a strict 100% LF diet and later on some gut-maintenance protocol. 

    5 hours ago, Vision said:

    I know about neem, but what should I look for when buying it? What brand? 

    I wouldn't just throw random stuff at it. Get a strong blend from a good herbalist. Herbs on their own are usually not that expensive. 

    5 hours ago, Vision said:

    Taking L-Glutamine and Quercetin during a round of treatment?

    These are excellent in the second phase once the antimicrobials have been finished. If you suspect a degree of intestinal permeability, then glutamine has by far the best evidence out there. 

  15. 8 minutes ago, Guardian said:

    Neglecting the possible effects of long term drug exposure on the psyche.

    yes, agreed this is a general issue with pharmacology, especially polypharmacy. Lack of long-term holistic solutions and leaving people on meds for decades. Absolutely agree that this is a huge huge problem 

    9 minutes ago, Guardian said:

    On onset, people could have had normal range brain size

    Brains of people with long terms mental health may often undergo some atrophy of the executive regions such as prefrontal cortex or cingulate cortex and hypertrophy of regions such as amygdala which creates a vicious cycle and makes it harder to treat. But I'm not sure to what degree this is relevant in terms of wider population and "normal brain" size/weight. Might just be academic speculation rather than a crucial point. 

    12 minutes ago, Guardian said:

    Animal control group

    Animal research does have a huge value in early stages when lack of human data is available or it would be unethical to conduct human studies but once the research availability grows, animal trials start losing their value. 

    14 minutes ago, Guardian said:

    People that were given least-neuroleptics treatment had lower abnormalities: "...The least-treatment group showed increased total cerebral WM over time in contrast to WM volume reductions among patients in the most-treatment group (mean regression slopes, 1.30 vs −0.64, respectively)..."

    Not disputing the results. They are indeed scary findings. But they are aware of the limitations. When you conduct observational study, there is just way too much that can interfere with your results as much as we'd love to see a direct association, it cannot be drawn as simply despite those results. 

    "Our results must be interpreted in the context of additional limitations. Identifying an association does not necessarily indicate a causal relationship. Furthermore, observational studies involving long durations such as ours inevitably preclude use of the “gold standard”: a random-assignment controlled trial. The current study could have been strengthened by having control groups, eg, schizophrenia patients assigned to deferred or no antipsychotic treatment or healthy volunteers treated with antipsychotics for comparable periods. However, ethical standards in human subject research prohibit such comparison groups. The small number of schizophrenia patients in our sample who received no antipsychotic treatment did not allow for meaningful statistical analyses. "

  16. 37 minutes ago, Guardian said:

    "During longitudinal follow-up

    The longitudinal study being an observational study within a single geographical region does not have enough strength or statistical power to suggest a correlation or causation relationship. The best they can do is hypotheses generation. You will notice that the study does not say A causes B. They are aware that more research needs to be done. 

    While I agree that this is a disturbing finding I wouldn't straight away assume that everyone who takes these drugs end up with cortex atrophy. 211 patients isn't that huge of a study. There is just too many confounders and potential biases in here (recruitment, choice of treatment etc) here that could influence it. For example patients with schisophrenia are often more likely to smoke and we know smoking is a risk factor for neurodegeneration. These patients are more likely to have a junk food diet, sleep deprivation and recreational drug abuse. 

    So the question is, is it really the drug or an overall behaviour? 211 people longitudinal study won't be able to catch that relationship. You need a prospective cohort of 50,000+ (hundred even) across different populations to determine a statistically strong relationship.

    Obviously drugs are never an ideal long term treatment but sometimes this is what prevents the patient from killing themselves or becoming deluded and instable. In the long-terms they are probably not the best line of treatment though but they keep the patient sane so that the problems can be worked on for example by working through some shadow work, nutrition therapy, herbs, mindfulness etc. But without those drugs, the patients wouldn't be able to ground themselves.  Or at least not in the short term 

  17. On 16/09/2021 at 5:21 PM, blessedlion1993 said:

    Any recs? 

    On the top of everything that has already been said, I'd just add this. Make sure you don't automatically assume that any health problems you currently experience (whatever they may be) are caused by systemic heavy metal toxicity simply because that has been a popular topic on the forum. Groupthink can be a seductive beast.  Common symptoms of fatigue, neurological symptoms, digestive irritation, mood problems etc could be caused by a variety of other things as well. Ofcourse, some of those may indeed be caused by toxins but usually that's not the case. 

    A lot issues can be fixed by fixing one's sleep, diet, sitting:not sitting ratio, stress elimination, mindfulness practice and maybe doing some basic medical testing like blood/stool tests. For example, I've seen some pretty groundbreaking changes just from people starting to eat proper breakfast and sleeping a bit more. 

    Just saying :) Make sure to eliminate all the most obvious triggers and mediators first before you go down the detox rabit hole 

  18. 15 hours ago, Khr said:

    Right now I wonder if it’s causing some issues I am not aware of.. What if it is the reason my left eye sees better than my right eye as it’s getting more Oxygen? I also noticed my nails grow faster on my left hand. Is it possibly caused by my deviated septum? Or is this just nonsense? 

    It is not an unreasonable line of thinking but the anatomical structure of the respiratory apparatus, does not support the idea. And @undeather can probably correct me on the anatomy. But once the air leaves the nasal (or oral) cavity it is moved into the trachea (single tube) and then to lungs from where it escapes via diffusion into the bloodstream. So even if one of your nostrils took in more air, overall the air eventually gets mixed and the body gets equally oxygenated. You would have to have some severe respiratory & circulatory disorder to get insufficient oxygenation which would be followed by skin discoloration before it affected nails or eyes. 

    It may be that you expose your right hand (being right-handed) to more mechanical stress and friction and with eyes it could be genetic, my partner has one eye weaker than the other since she was a kid. 

    No advice on the septum, surgery is probably the only way to fix that. 

  19. 52 minutes ago, Khr said:

    just wonder if this is because I am lacking iron or something is off

    maybe, hard to tell. Do you often feel tired? Do you yawn a lot? Any hair loss, fragile nails, skin dryness? Dark circles under eyes? 

    You can always ask for some basic bloodwork from your doctor if you mentioned you get fatigued a lot. They will usually be able to include at least Ferritin, B12 and folate in the test.