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  1. On 01/05/2024 at 9:24 PM, aurum said:

    There is definitely something comforting about a childhood home. My parents still have ours, and there is something nice about being able to visit as an adult. Everything feels very familiar, stable and safe. It's kind of like a rock in a world that sometimes can feel crazy, confusing, scary and tumultuous.  

    yeah, that's exactly how I feel about my family home. It is more of a habit thing rather than something I think is essential but it feels like you have a safety net, in case things went terribly for you in life, you have a place to return. On some subconscious level, it gives me a sense of security. 

    On 01/05/2024 at 9:45 PM, Snader said:

    but for example in Finland you pay so much interest at the moment that many of my friends have decided to rent instead of buying. It doesn't seem to be a good investment at the moment and people tend to prefer putting money monthly into stocks and other investments instead, to be able to invest into housing later, when economy is more stable.

    It is not great at the moment in the UK either. The interest rates are high and increasing and I am honestly scared to mortgage my ass for 40 years. One way or the other I still have to pay either a landlord or the bank, it kinda feels like the house will never truly be yours until you're like 75 and can finally pay it off. Although people's income changes and you can re-mortgage to adjust terms. 

    On 01/05/2024 at 9:45 PM, Snader said:

    Also if you are handy

    not particularly :D but I hear this is something that can be learnt. 

    On 01/05/2024 at 9:45 PM, Snader said:

    would be more concerned about the area; Is it safe, is there possibilities for hobbies, good schools and other important services? The form of living doesn't affect a child per se, unless there are some status indicators at play.

    yeah, I pay a lot of attention to those factors. Not only you want a safe neighbourhood but you want to make sure there are sufficient nurseries, elementary schools, places for kids to do hobbies, infrastructure (so that you don't have to cab your kids around for 12 years), at the same time if the area is too overinflated with lot of rich movers, expect high council tax but also increasing cost of the property. 

    On 01/05/2024 at 9:45 PM, Snader said:

    What are your thoughts on the matter, do you have some specific (for example personal) insecurities around the subject of renting vs owning?

    I am mostly worried about making a wrong choice and burning up tens of thousands of pounds on a  mistake. Like buying in wrong area or buying something that is in poor condition and then needing to sell it under-price. I am worried about tying myself down with expensive mortgage and creating a massive pressure that will impact the family psychologically. 

    On 01/05/2024 at 9:45 PM, Snader said:

    Getting a child is huge, as well as buying your first own apartment. If there are no hard reasons, then maybe it wouldn't hurt to first go through the first phases of parenting to see how it feels in terms of housing, and after that make the next possible move to considering buying an own house.

    In Slovakia, where I come from, people generally have a mindset of "you must not bring a child to this world if it doesn't have a home" meaning you need to own before having a kid. I don't know if I agree with that but it is deeply rooted in my head. Like that you shouldn't be moving with a kid or be at risk of being evicted by a landlord when you have a baby. I think it is a very old school mentality and people nowadays rent while having kids. We want to start trying later this year closer to a wedding and might start looking at prices of flats around here as well. Maybe the step one would be to consider owning a flat and then moving to a house later. I'm trying to be openminded but I'm also being overly cautious. Thanks for your comments, I really appreciate it!

    On 02/05/2024 at 10:54 AM, Davino said:

    There are huge government helps in this regard, check them out. You could save a lot of money, contact a lawyer or an expert on the matter for advice to see if any option suits your family needs.

    I will check this out, thank you! 

    On 02/05/2024 at 10:54 AM, Davino said:

    The principle problem with mortgage is that it's SPECIFICALLY designed be hard to understand and messy, to the best interest of banks. On top of this, laws change continuously and jurisprudency is a pain in the ass. So don't feel stupid or ignorant, the whole system is designed for this.

    yeah, it does feel like that.

    On 02/05/2024 at 10:54 AM, Davino said:

    here are millions of different types of mortgage, for as little as I know, as a rule of thumb, static payments over time are usually better than those that change, although they will tell you: You will pay more Sir. Which can be true, but you know how much you pay each month, no surprises, and that gives peace and power of planification.

    Seems like I've got some research to do. Thank you for all your insights, appreciate it! 

    On 12/05/2024 at 1:04 PM, Rishabh R said:

    Even tough I have no experience with this but when I was a child I lived in a rented house in a colony then my parents bought an apartment. Even tough it was painful for me to leave my old house back, I think that buying is better option so that you are independent in regard to your house 

    thanks! There is definitely something to owning that you don't get from renting but maybe in the end it is the environment you create for the kid. Kids don't get worried about bills unless they see their parents being extremely stressed or their parents directly involve them in those debates, which I don't think is right. 

    On 01/05/2024 at 10:30 PM, mmKay said:

    ADHD us perspective. Surprisingly good.


    this was surprisingly insightful, thanks for sharing.

    21 hours ago, Leo Gura said:

    But I wouldn't do it if it meant going into lots of debt and tying yourself up with 30 years of work to pay it off.

    See technically you are always tying yourself even if you rent , right? Unless you can muster enough capital that you can just pay it off in a few years. I had that sense of security as a kid and only now, years later, I can appreciate how much it actually helped my emotional development. Have you ever talked about this in video or a blog? Would be interested to learn more from your experience. 

    15 hours ago, RawJudah said:

    In the UK, the housing market is insane! In a nice area a 2 bedroom house is like £200,000. 
    Renting in the UK is also ridiculous. A lot of people have to move back in with their parents because they thought they could pay the rent, but in fact they can’t. 
    Houses are for families. Absolutely. Renting a flat is not for families. Buying is very permanent, and renting is very casual. 

    thanks! I like this perspective. Agreed, it is crazy over here but it is no better elsewhere. I think for people who have household income of at least 70K you're mostly fine being able to handle mortgage, childcare and everything else. But on low income, UK living is difficult. 

  2. 30 minutes ago, Nilsi said:

    Doing heavy compound lifts like squats, deadlifts, bench presses, and such multiple times a week, as you seem to suggest, strikes me as quite a lot. Mentzer recommended one workout per week, or even less frequently.

    The aim of that training is to go heavy but not to the point of complete exhaustion, in fact you don't want to go to that point as it may trigger a catabolic response through a lot of circulating cortisol. You kinda want to feel like "that was a hard session but I could do a bit more if I had to" . As such 3 such sessions per week are doable but I think it is not appropriate to a beginner as there is a prerequisite that some foundations are already in place. 

    In the end it comes down to what you write in the second paragraph, what your goals and aims are. If you want to stay mostly lean, mostly similar body weight, and just exercise to stay in shape, then once or twice a week might be enough, but I think if the goal is different, it might not be enough. 

    I like being a little bit bigger and absolutely love being strong and feeling that my body can take more than average person's. It is kinda egotistical and vane but then, we can't all be saints! It's part of my branding of my health business as well as, in this industry, people judge you based on knowledge and competency but also based on looks. 


  3. @Nilsi I am not very familiar with Mike's story, The issue I have with that whole bodybuilding period is that I don't believe any of those guys were ever clean. Whether you look at Franco Columbu, Sergio Oliva, Kevin Levrone,  Mike O'Hearn, Dorian Yates - all of these guys were on high volumes of steroid cycles. Potentially even someone as lean as symmetrical as Frank Zane would have been enhanced. But ofcourse we can't prove anything. Maybe Mike was different and extremely genetically gifted? Maybe. But I think there are limits to natural development as most bodybuilders already train at peak of human capacities and those who are natural and those who are not look nowhere near the same. 

    The most prominent is how they look when they cut and how lean they can become during a severely catabolic diet. This is where steroids protect you from severe loss of muscle tissue. 

    According to nattyornot  https://nattyornot.com/mike-mentzer-use-steroids/

    "Mike Mentzer believed that natural bodybuilders should introduce long rest periods between training sessions to ensure proper muscle and joint recovery. According to him, pro bodybuilders get away with frequent high-volume training thanks to the steroids in their systems." - I would agree with this. 

    But then they go on about this (I dont know if this is true or not) 

    "According to another legendary bodybuilder, Casey Viator, who was close with Mike Mentzer and his brother Ray Mentzer, Mike used to take about 2.5 grams of Deca a week, along with other drugs such as Primobolin and Dianabol. Here’s an excerpt written by Nelson Montana, author of The Bodybuilding Truth:

    “I have fairly recently trained down in Florida with top pro of the 70’s and early 80’s CASEY VIATOR. I asked him directly about steroid use in the 70’s and this is what he had to say…. and I quote…

    ‘Don’t let anyone fool you about our low doses. We were just as reckless with steroid use as they are today.’

    I asked him when the big doses started….

    ‘The big doses started around 1974 and yes we were all right on top of it. Yes we ALL used GH back then and it was from real cadavers. The GH we all used was called CRESCORMIN and nobody was going to morgues to get it’.

    I wanted an example and I told him about what I heard my mentor, and his friend and former training partner, Mike Mentzer used……only 400 of deca/week and 30 of d-bol/day.

    CASEY LAUGHED and then said this….Mentzer used up to 2.5 grams of deca a week, God knows how much primobolin acetate, along with d-bol and growth, so as I said don’t be fooled about our low doses as we were just as reckless as theses guys are today.”

    I love this 

    If all drug usage is discontinued, the muscle industry will collapse because people will suddenly realize that their idols don’t look nearly as impressive naturally. Therefore, the incentive to buy supplements and training programs will drop. This will lead to the bankruptcy of many companies.

    in summary 

    I think if you enjoy the training and it brings you results, carry on with it, just err on the side of scepticism where claims are being made about what is naturally achievable.

    If you are relatively new to weight training you will make gains on any training routine because your body is unused to this level of mechanical stimulation. It is only after you get the newbie gains that you start noticing how your body responds to different ways of training. 

  4. 1 hour ago, Nilsi said:

    Are you able to increase the intensity (weight or reps) of all these exercises every training session?

    Not every session, but I am gradually increasing the weight I can handle on an almost weekly basis. For example I've gone from being able to squat 90kg for 8 times to 140kg for 8 times within about 5 months. In the same time, I've gone from 80kg*8 benchpress to 100kg*8g. At the same time my bodyweight has only gone from 88-91 so I assume either some fat loss happened or this shit activates other, secondary pathways that enhance peak strength. 

    Shoulder press I went from 45kg * 10 to 75kg * 6. My back and my grip have always been weak, so I progress the slowest with pull-ups and pendlay rows. Given that I've been lifting since 15 and made all the newbie gains long time ago, this is the most progress I've made from consistent training for the past 12+ years. 

    But there are days when my strength dips. What fascinates me the most about this type of training is that when you do the same thing over and over, you can calibrate your performance and monitor the impact of, for example, fasting vs. having breakfast. You can monitor the time of the day when you are the strongest vs. when you are the weakest. I find 11-12 AM to be my golden hour; I always thought it was 6 p.m. Sleep quality has a drastic impact on this as well. Hydration does not have as much of an impact which surprised me but caffeine does, to some degree although overcaffeination (> 1 espresso) actually made me shaky and weaker on that day. I have not tried creatine or any supplement, maca would be interesting to try. 

    SO I've kinda been geeking out with Chat GPT and excel spreadsheet , observing variables and modifiers that make difference. It is the most fun I've had lifting since my early 20s honestly, I'm 33 now. 

    Btw I did not invent this training. Full credit to William Charters https://www.instagram.com/charters_william/

  5. This is definitely a good start even for an experienced lifter. Deadlifts and dips are perfect but I'd push back on smith machine squats and still encourage you to do unsupported squats. If you are worried about balance, use the safety rails that catch the bar if you lose balance and make sure to start light. Don't add more weight unless you can confidently do 8-10 reps. It is important to master the form properly before loading weights, a knowledgeable PT or a lifting coach would help you. 

    As for the rest of this split, they are all like Tier 3 exercises, very isolated, single joint and not anabolic stimulating enough.  You would probably see better improvement by adding a standing shoulder press instead of lateral raises and something like wide pull-ups instead of biceps curls. The standing triceps cable press is imo one of the most useless exercises for a non-steroid user.

    Overall this is a solid training and likely to lead to some improvement but if you built it around unsupported full body compound training, you would make 30-60% more progress in the same time. Honestly, the more I do this, the more convinced I am that split body training is a giant pile of rubbish that has been sold by steroid users to the natural community for too long. It doesn't work for experienced lifters like you and I, it is a waste of time, leads to exhaustion, injuries and overtraining and guys then have to rely on 250g of protein per day to stimulate sufficient muscle synthesis. I am not convinced that eating that much protein is harmless despite lack of evidence. 

    If you go full body, you become so anabolic that you can easily make gains on a vegan diet with a little bit of hemp protein. I weigh 91 kilos, eat about 140-160g of protein per day (90-95% of that from plants) and have been making consistent strength gains on this program, unlike anything I've ever done before. It blows my mind how effective this routine is. 

    What you need is: 

    • squat or deadlift
    • benchpress 
    • wide pullup 
    • standing shoulder press 
    • pendlay row 
    • dip 
    • some form of abs where your legs aren't hooked to a bar, and you actually have to engage your core at 100% capacity. 
    • all free weights, no machines , no cables. 
    • 48-hour break between training as the peak of protein muscle synthesis occurs between 24-36 hours post-training. 

    That's it. Try that and let the results speak for themselves. Ofcourse it is still a good idea to do some form of functional training like gymnastic rings, TRX, rope climbing and some occasional HIIT like boxing, Tabata etc so that you continue increasing your V02 Max because the heavier you lift the harder your cardiopulmonary system gets challenged. 

    When it comes to weight training, for a natural lifter, this is as good as it gets. 

    But if this feedback doesn't resonate just ignore it :)

  6. Could you find a part time job in Sweden? What is the annual fee for the course? 

    Otherwise the question might be, not just "How do you pay the fee" but "How do you survive in Sweden for 5 years given it is one of the most expensive countries of Europe?"

    Northern Europe countries with their liberal politics probably have some form of support for overseas students, other than scholarship directly by the Uni. Perhaps also worth exploring your options there. Look at what the Swedish government offers. 

    Also worth maybe checking if Indonesian government offers anything that could be of use to you? Like the Erasmus exchange course but tailored to this particular case 

  7. Hey, 

    There are many reasons why it could be so. It could be a compromised immune system in general or a prior infection (e.g. COVID) that has taken hold of you. It might also come down to your lifestyle, diet or living environment. Sometimes, immune system is also weakened by a challenging life circumstances. 

    Here is a non-exhaustive list of things to look into  

    • long-COVID - a possible and somewhat likely explanation given it was the trigger
    • low iron - significant contributor to weak immune system 
    • low vit D / zinc / selenium / protein / hypocaloric diet/
    • low antioxidant status (e.g. glutathione, vit E, selenium etc) or even antioxidant depletion if your body was, for example, struggling to produce sufficient glutathione because your levels of proline, glycine and other amino acids was low during a period of high stress or while experimenting with restrictive diets, fasting etc - this is a speculation without testing. 
    • chronic stress, burnout, redundancy any situation that requires you to "burn the candle from both ends" 
    • living with someone who is often sick 
    • living in a "sick building" - mould contamination, loud noises, poor air quality, poor water quality (old piping, high chlorine levels) 
    • thyroid - anything and everything could be anchored in thyroid hormone imbalance 
    • insufficient sleep quality / length 
    • insufficient or excessive physical activity 
    • temperature at your home - too cold / too hot 
    • some form of low-grade allergic response - pet, food item, environmental 
    • undergoing a major life transition (career, housing, childcare, caring for an elderly, bereavement) 

    If I was to guess based on the little info I would write you a referral and sent you off to get your full iron panel, vitamin D and thyroid assessed. Then I would ask you to make sure you are eating enough and that your diet is covering all your essential micro and macro nutrients. You can easily track a few days in Cronometer and see what's missing. I'd also critically assess your - exercise routine, sleep and stress levels. 

    Once those are all checked and good, move down the list 

  8. 19 hours ago, Princess Arabia said:

    Are you aware that there are people on only fans teaching cooking classes and other non-sexual things

    Completely off topic

    19 hours ago, Princess Arabia said:

    Why don't you go and tell that to Mary Magdalene or Eve from the garden of Eden and not to mention the countless nude pics and artifacts and art work in museums where people cherish those nude pics because they don't look at them for sexual gratification. Open your mind. Seems like you're projecting your own inner feelings towards sexuality here and the showing of the beautiful human body.


    19 hours ago, Princess Arabia said:

    Seems you're pretty familiar with OF to be having this much information to share but you're trying to deter her from a place you're oh so familiar with. Her whole story seems to be one of class and not of some tickle me IG trash model but you're still on her as if she's thinking of whoring down the town and plasting herself all over social media doing the twerky twerk.

    Sorry to come off on you like this, Michael, but when I read your comment, it just seemed very judgemental and like you are pretty familiar with OF but didn't like it for some reason and now it's all bad and you can't see the other side of the spectrum. 

    Don't have a subscription, never had a never will pay for porn. I've seen some leaked content, that's true, nothing too flattering. OP is free to do whatever she desires but of she was completely convinced this is the right way for her, she wouldn't have raised this topic on the first place. 

    Don't assume everyone who discourages OF is a dirty pig that spends hours a fay watching porn, seems like a shadow of yours @Princess Arabia

    There is a reason it has become a severely despised website among men and it is not because men despise female artists expression. OF Is a low class porn side. That's the brand it carries and that's the mark any content creator will be chestised with. 

  9. 2 hours ago, MsNobody said:

    If you are spiritual you cannot do this, you need to dress in a certain way and only show the side of you that will be accepted

    not necessarily, there are no rules other than what each of us imposes on ourselves. Nobody is saying, "You must not do OF". You are a free woman with free will; do whatever you like. All we're saying is "Think about the potential long-term consequences of your choices"

    You are young and beautiful, and obviously, many guys would pay to see more. But one day you may look back and wish you could take that choice you made in the heat of the moment away. 

    If you do decide to pursue this path, I truly wish you success and fulfilment on it ^_^


  10. I'm going to be blunt because someone has to be.

    3 hours ago, MsNobody said:

    before you think I'm just selling my body,

    That's exactly what OF is and that's what anyone who subscribers to a "content creator" on OF understands.

    Only fans no different from any other trash porn website with the pay wall being only difference.

    I think the deeper reason is that maybe you are worried that quitting your job as an architect will significantly cut your income and being IG and YouTuber might not be enough to provide you the same level of financial security so you're creating a delusional fantasy that somehow OF content is aligned with your healing so you can excuse your moral distortion because i bet deep down you know it's a terrible choice of "hobby/career" , hence why this post came up to be because you were kinda hoping for the forum to talk you out of it 

    ... Furthermore 

    No amount of spiritual mambo jumbo wrapped nearly in fluffy words like "healing, trauma, release, manifestation, acceptation" will cover up the fact that once you start posting nude content on OF, you're selling yourself off to the lowest bidder and with it your dignity and divine feminine purity.

    There is a reason OF is single hand navigating friendly app, because that's the expectation you create, you become a jerk off material to bunch of adolescents and if you become popular enough your content will leak anyway.

    Please for the love of god have some self respect. You can pursue true sexual expression through tantric experience and I'd encourage you to do that but don't do it in a such shallow way

    Also, worth mentioning, the competition on OF is absolutely staggering and so while you may be posting intimate content, the level of ROI -return on investment (or more precisely ROLD - return on lost dignity) might be pretty bad unless you are exceptionally good at creating tickle content on IG and if that's the path then... well, none of this will change your mind.

    Whatever you choose, may all the divine guide your path 🙏


  11. 8 minutes ago, StarStruck said:

    I didn't know you were into Asians.

    not asian porn stuff :D but I seem to be getting a lot of their prank videos for some reason 


    9 minutes ago, StarStruck said:

    The mammal dopamine system has an appetite similar to the appetite of your tongue. TikTok and porn is just fastfood. It spikes the dopamine but you don't really get any substantial.

    that's a nice way to put it 

    9 minutes ago, StarStruck said:

    meditated on this actually. Try feeling your body after using TikTok or porn. It makes you empty because it robs you of your soul (intuition). It dulls it.

    Yeah I've noticed that. I'd even draw a direct correlation between inner feeling of anxiety, inadequacy and misery proportionally growing with each minute I spend on that platform 

  12. What scares me is how efficiently these apps derail you. Just a simple thing like looking at my work calendar could lead to a 25 minute doom scroll giggling at Asian reels like an imbecil. Then i "wake up" and it's like i was in a state of trance completely forgetting what I was about to do.

    I'd consider myself fairly disciplined with decent ability to focus but my ability to pay sustained attention has definitely been impacted, same as everyone else's i guess.

    Social media have completely abandoned the original purpose where FB has become a cult of fake accounts, IG an amusement park for the lizard brain and YouTube still sort of sitting on the edge deciding what it wants to become, their reels aren't all that bad and o consistently get reminded good quality content all the time.

  13. 11 hours ago, NoSelfSelf said:

    Renting is only good if you have a bussiness to invest  so you use that money to invest so, since when you buy you at zero lets say.

    When you think about it its better to get credit from the bank and use it for a house rather than paying same amount on the rent and in the end you have a house...

    At some point you need to own something renting at older age is no good if you not secured.

    Thank you for your perspective. I think the argument that you pay but eventually you'll own is one of those I try to use myself to justify the purchase. In UK, where I live plenty people rent till older age and many are doing fine but it does introduce some element of uncertainty 

    7 hours ago, universe said:

    'd say that if you plan on staying in the area it's good to buy. If you think you won't then rent.

    Yeah , that's a good way to look at it. I'd say I'm pretty good with the current area so that goes in favour of that argument. Thank you! 

    4 hours ago, Davino said:

    Buying should be thought as an investing for your family, it's one of the most important life decisions to take

    Indeed. I feel like you're never quite be ready to start because most people will never have to money to spot buy and eventually most will end up with a mortgage but I've got pretty used to paying rent and paying "rent" to a bank is kinda similar isnt it? You're just left on your own if things go south 

    4 hours ago, Davino said:

    hings that my parents always told me, don't buy anything near rivers, volcanos, too close to the sea or any potential dangereous areas.

    Yeah, good call. I've seen house floodings when we lived in Wales a lot and that kinda of stuff terrifies the shit out of me, there go your life's worth of savings. 

    4 hours ago, Davino said:

    To buy you also need to understand the flow of the real-estate market, it changes and a lot. You should consider when to buy and also that you can make offers for less the price than what the house is being sold. You offer money and after one year a bit more and if the owner needs the money it will pressure him, this technique works better than just paying what it's asked for

    Do you have any tips how can I educate myself more on the dynamics of the real estate market without googling directly? Happy to be referred to a book, Youtube channel or a good blog website. 

    4 hours ago, Davino said:

    lthough be careful with squatters.

    say more

    4 hours ago, Davino said:

    lso consider that there are places that offer renting first and then option to buy,

    Interesting! Never heard of this hybrid model, I don't even know if this exists in UK. Kinda like a trial run, right? 

    4 hours ago, Davino said:

    There are also flats for young people offered by the government for emancipation and familify life at least for some years and many many other things worth checking.

    Yes, I'm pretty sure the UK government has some form of support for young families. There is also the ISA scheme in which where you start investing in an annual scheme, you get tax deductible benefit each year towards house purchaseI will look more into that as well, good call. 

    4 hours ago, Davino said:

    Regarding mortgage you need to pay extra extra care of how it's done, don't hesitate to change bank if you need to. This is a life decision and how the conditions of these agreement are, is of utmost importance. It's also good if the mortgage allows for extra payment if you have extra money that month, there are times where speeding up mortgage will become handy. Don't be in a rush to do any of these, probably number 1 mistake people make is rushing, never ever make a decision while being in a rush regarding any of these, no matter if you lose "a great opportunity" really take your time, you will thank yourself in the futur

    This is honestly my greatest fear. I don't understand the mortgage system very well and I know you mortgage and then remoprtgage and the APR might change from year to year so you're kinda always on the edge hoping you're not going to be overpaying your house by 10-15% in the end with regards to inflation and interest increase. Any tips on how could I educate myself more on this? Besides the obvious like asking Chat GPT, I prefer something consistent and structured that goes step by step. 

    4 hours ago, Davino said:

    There are a million other things I could have said, I do have quite an experience on this sector so excuse me if this was all over the place just wanted to give as much value as possible. Wish you the best in this new life chapter! Take your time with your partner to have clarity on all of these. Feel free to ask more questions if you need to.

    Thank you, this is brilliant. You've given me loads to think about. I've made notes in my Notion journal to educate myself more on these things. 

    Anything else that comes to mind that would be worth knowing about, please feel free to share anytime :)

    @Applegarden8 thank you! Who knows when that will be, from the look of it, we might be 50 by the time ceasefire is officially signed. 



  14. Hey guys, 

    I'm curious to hear your opinions whether you have bought or haven't or have been thinking or have a position on why yes or why not

    My partner and I are getting married this year, want to start trying for a kid and the thing that naturally comes along with that (in Eastern Europe where i was born) is owning your own property. 

    I am aware of the trap of materialistic ownership. I am at a stage where I can't afford to buy but I can get a mortgage with the current income would be able to afford it. 

    So my question is. Do you think it is important for a family to own? I think a flat rather than a house for a starter would be good. 

    Is it important for a child to be growing up in an owned house? Like, is there something there, some form of inner security, feeling of comfort or something along those lines that is never quite fulfilled when renting? Could you traumatise a child in some way but, say renting vs owning? 

    Technically when you have a mortgage you still rent but your landlord is now a bank which may or may not be better. 

    I'd love to be in a position to spot buy but I can't muster 350K at the moment at will :D

    @aurum @Emerald @Leo Gura  @Carl-Richard - tagging you guys because I know you're roughly my age and above so might have gone through something like this already but would very much love opinion of anyone else who has or hasn't. 


  15. 14 minutes ago, mmKay said:

    You're looking for mineral derangement that mercury specifically causes.

    This is interesting, first time I hear about mineral derangements caused by heavy metals. Interesting persepctive, I'll have to explore that further. Either way, an interesting conversation, few takeaways I didn't know about. 

    What does the AC group say about biopsy as a possible assessment of HM. Tissue biopsy for example? 

  16. 13 minutes ago, mmKay said:

    eing in the "high percentile" or "low percentile" refers to the amount of a specific mineral or metal present in your hair compared to a "healthy " reference population. If your result is in a high percentile, it means that the concentration of a particular substance in your hair is higher than what is observed in most people in the reference group. a low percentile indicates that the concentration is lower than what is common among the reference group.

    Yes, but OP's levels are all, on average spread below the median (50%) that's all I'm saying. He is embarking on the protocol based on inappropriate test with poor quality of evidence and while being in "normal" brackets. 

    I don't dispute the AC process itself, full admition I have no experience with this protocol, I know you have become an expert so I wouldn't argue on the protocol per se. More like, does the OP need it? 

    Also don't forget about think-tank groupthink type of mindset of these groups. E.g. XYZ symptoms - HM toxicity. 

    To a man with a hammer every problem is a nail. 

    I am not a member of the group but know someone who has been, a close friend I'd say. He gathered that despite the advice is strongly correlated with AC's book, overall there is a trend in the group to neglect holistic health approach - tell me if you this is incorrect. 

    There are many factors that influence your ability to absorb and remove heavy metals, your diet and lifestyle being significant factors. I hope these things are being considered when people blast their liver with a cocktail of supplements that are 100 times higher than recom. safe dosage, otherwise we are engaging in green pharmacy 

    That's all I have to say on this , thanks for your response! 

  17. On 27/04/2024 at 5:13 AM, Sabth said:

    $140k. That's all I need for now. 

    I'm all for dreaming big and giving yourself major life goals but that's a BIG number to aim for. Most people who have been on the work market for 30 years don't have 50K sitting on their bank account. 

    For a start, consider lowering your standard and start maybe with making 1000 a month? That is an easily achievable goal even if you have no prior work experience. 

    1. Step 1 - create a CV even if you have no prior experience, base it around your traits, education and anything else you can 

    2. Step 2 - google "[name of your town] Jobs" and start applying. 

    I know you've been raising posts like these before and to 100% of suggestions people give you, your response was negative or you ignored them. 

    Are you actually prepared to take an action and do what you must to find a job or is this just a tick box exercise so you can say to yourself "I tried and it is not possible" 

    I apologise for harsh response but softness won't get you far in life and all the compassionate stuff has been said on your previous posts of similar nature. 


  18. On 27/04/2024 at 1:36 AM, - Adam - said:

    I don't know what the reference interval is based on, but I score low on essential elements compared to it.

    I hope this won't sound patronising or anything like that and forgive me if it does but don't you think it would be a good idea to understand the test results before you stuff your body with a cocktail of pills? Why don't you contact the company and ask them to interpret the results. The way I read this is that all of your results are between 10th to 30th percentile. If this is based on average population data, it translates to "your levels of HM are below general average which is good" - tell me if I'm reading this ioncorrectly. 

    I mean, from reading this I see that you have already decided to diagnose yourself with HM overload even before having the test so the results were kinda meaningless. 

    Again, sorry if this is too patronising but I think sometimes an ounce of extra caution will go a long way. Your symptoms, whatever they are could be caused by your diet, lifestyle, insufficient sleep schedule, imbalanced body composition, poorly managed stress etc. Don't assume the worst by default. 

    If it is indeed HM overload then the protocol described above is probably a good one to embark on. 

    Just 2c , ignore if it doesn't resonate.