23Feb

Save Your Teeth Save Your Health Paleo Quick Tip of the Day podcast

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Your dental health is at least as important for your overall quality of lifestyle and health as is the health of your organs, your cardiovascular system, or your musculature. With a healthy and inflammation-free set of teeth and gums, your mouth will be a source of strength, a means to convey high quality nutrition into your body.

The problem is that nowadays, the vast majority of people have hugely deteriorating, plaque covered teeth by a quite early age. In fact, it is often stated the over 75% of Americans have gingivitis, which means that their teeth are badly infected, and will probably not last them throughout their lives.

Teeth and gums that are so inflamed will develop pockets of pus beneath the gum line. This can result in receding gums, bleeding, and eventual tooth decay and loss. Pain and extreme expense are the result of this occurrence, along with huge expense. Also, this inflammation spreads throughout the entire body, vastly increasing the risk of hearth disease, along with other circulatory diseases.

In addition, as people age and lose their teeth, and find it more and more painful to chew, they avoid many nutritious, hard to chew foods, and switch more and more into eating soft fruits and pastries- bad, inflammatory foods that further fuel the decline of their health.

The solution is quite simple: eat a paleo type of diet! This means avoiding grains and sugars for the most part. Grains not only turn to sugar right in your mouth, they also tend to stick and coat your mouth with the damaging plaque that erodes tooth enamel. Contrarily, eating a diet of good meats, real fats, (avoid vegetable oils!), and other foods such as vegetables and some fruits will leave your mouth undamaged. Also, they will provide ample nutrition so that your own body can remineralize your teeth as you go, keeping your teeth forever strong and vital.

Also, eating fermented vegetables will do the opposite of grains in your mouth, since the beneficial microbes in them will remain in your mouth, crowding out the undesirable types that cause damage and decay. Of course, brushing before bed, preferably with a Sonicate type of electric toothbrush will help immensely, as well. But remember, out paleolithic ancestors had good lifetime teeth without brushing at all, since they only had good, real foods to eat!

But today, brushing is prudent, and definitely helpful. Just use a light touch (don’t bear down), and do not use commercial toothpastes with their assorted harmful chemicals- a mix of sea salt and baking soda is what I use, and it is not only cheap, but it works wonderfully. Ironically, the latest research shows that flossing actually does more harm than good, by pushing pockets of inflammation further into the gums. So, don’t floss!

There are two more things you can do instead, however, that are far more effective-

1. Pull coconut oil between your teeth, swishing it around your mouth as you shower. Do it for about 15 minutes a day, and you will vastly improve the health of your mouth, as the anti-bacterial power of the coconut oil literally smothers and bad bacteria in your mouth, which you later spit out, leaving you with a fresh, clean, healthy mouth!

2. If you do have some gingivitis or infection in your gums, there is a very effective and cheap fix- get some white oak bark powder. I got some online for about $3.50, postpaid. I had a small area that was infected towards the back of my jaw, right by my right rear molar. It had been there, not advancing, but not retreating, for years.
For a couple of weeks, I put a small pinch of the white oak powder between my cheek and the gum line, much as guys do with the harmful habit of chewing tobacco, after I had brushed before bed. The powder acts as an astringent, and it literally draws out the infection through the action of the tannins within it.
It is amazing- within two weeks my gums were totally healthy! Now, I have added a sprinkling of the white oak bark powder to my sea salt and baking soda toothpowder, just to further protect my precious tooth health. I suggest you do and do likewise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

19Feb

Lair of the Wulf chapters 7,8,9, AND 10!

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Because, as we all know, proper diet and exercise are not enough- heroic, ancestral tales are also essential!

5Feb

Lair of the Wulf audio book reading of chapters 5 and 6

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Because heroic tales around a campfire (or elsewhere!) are paleo too...

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1519059175

29Jan

Lair of the Wulf Chapter 4

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Tales around a Paleo campfire continued, with the heroic tale by Simon Stanton "Lair of the Wulf", which is the second book in the A Barbarian in Chicago series.

22Jan

Lair of the Wulf audio book chapter 3 reading

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Audiobook reading of Chapter 3 from Lair_of_the_Wulf.jpg

15Jan

We are Here to Create!

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Importance of Creating

“At dawn, when you have trouble getting out of bed, tell yourself: ‘I have to go to work – as a human being. What do I have to complain of, if I’m going to do what I was born for – the things I was brought into the world to do? Or is this what I was created for? To huddle under the blankets and stay warm?’”- Marcus Aurelius

I am utterly convinced now of the importance of creating something as part of a healthy lifestyle- a paleo type of lifestyle!

It’s not all just about eating right, sleeping well, keeping in touch with your “tribe” and family, and doing proper exercise in the beauty of nature. Of course, as I go about ad nauseum on my podcasts and blogs, all of those things are just crucial to total health and well-being. But there is one more aspect of life that, if ignored, will leave you ultimately unfulfilled and even not fully a realized human being- creation!

Now, I don’t mean you have to sculpt statues or paint works of art. (Although those would be great!) I just mean, you need to have things that you work at, things that use your skills to realize the creation of something, anything really, of value. And it could just be of value to you, even if no one else appreciates what you create, heck- maybe you are like Van Gogh, and will be revered after your death. It doesn’t really matter though- it needs to be something that fulfills you.

Maybe you love to cook, and you take one day to master a particular recipe- great! You are a creator- for that day. The thing is, though, you need to create pretty much daily, or at least most days. We are not meant to live our lives to be “entertained”, but sadly, in our modern processed food world, most of us increasingly are relying on “processed entertainment” to keep us occupied.

Even if you get up early as I recommend after a good 8-9 hours of sleep, exercise thoroughly from your head to your toes, drink your fat-laden coffee and your green smoothie, and then meditate or pray for 20 minutes… well, that’s not enough. Not really, although you will be amazingly healthy after a bit of living like that, and will look and feel great. You will be vibrant and alive with healthy energy, and will enjoy going to the grocery of the farmer’s market, stocking your larder, and planning wonderful family meals.

Let’s say you also have an ample income, and are quite secure in your home life and financial situation. You go to a great church, you volunteer and do things for charity, and are giving by helping out with friends, family, and neighbors. All of that is wonderful, and your life will be quite full and fulfilling to a large extent.

But- if you fill your quiet time, your time alone, by watching movies, reading books, watching televised sports, and surfing the internet randomly… you are not a fully autonomous, fulfilled human being. You will feel a lack. That is a lack of creative purpose!

Remember when you were a young boy or girl- when you awakened in the morning, you could scarcely wait to jump out of bed and start in on your latest infatuation! Whether it was your dollhouse, or your little fort you were building with your brother, that creative endeavor was so exciting and energizing that you could hardly stand it to stay in bed one more instant- you wanted to create.

This want, or need to create never leaves us. We leave it, moving on to more “grown up” pursuits, usually making money takes over. And making money, while necessary, it is so easy to let it consume us. After you have enough, when you can live a relatively relaxed life without material want, (which is the state of most Americans today, whether they realize it or not), it is time to recognize your true calling. To create!

To grow a garden, or sew a quilt. To make music, or write a book. You can build a hot-rod, or restore a motorcycle. The point is, it doesn’t matter what your subconscious- your right brain- tells you would fulfill you. But you have to listen! You can’t drown out that little inward voice by binge watching Netflix or Amazon Prime video for hours, or studying up on the NFL fantasy football stats. Not even by reading great classics of literature, although that is great in and of itself, that is still “consumption”.

And we are all, all of us here, I firmly believe- to create.

And, just as in ignoring our evolutionary biology by eating modern processed fake foods will destroy us physically and mentally, leading us down the pharmaceutical drug based yellow brick road of sickness and the symptom-masking dependence on ever more and more drugs and medical procedures-

So will ignoring the biological, evolutionary imperative need to be creative crush both our clear vision of just why we are here, and what we are here for- it will crush our spirit.

Whatever your prime directive is, it is within you. Don’t stifle it, and most especially don’t stifle it in the endless acquisition of, and fascination with- money! Your true, evolutionary, paleolithic, right-brained intuitive self, the one that jumped out of bed instantly to get to work on the latest creation as a child knows- that is just a distraction, a distraction from our real purpose.

We are here to create.

8Jan

Ten Commandments of Health for 2017

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JayWalk.JayTalk-10 Commandments of Health for the New Year!
December 31, 2016
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1. EAT REAL FOOD- this may seem obvious to you- "Of course I eat real food, what other kind is there? Well, in our modern, processed food jungle, there are all too
many fake, "food like substances" that really don't qualify as food. Such as fast food, genetically modified and engineered substances like modern wheat, vegetable oils and margarine that are industrial seed oils only fit for machine lubricants, all kinds of candies and soda pop and artificial sweeteners and I can't even begin to list them all! Just remember: if it's from a bag or a box, it's probably not real food.

2. Drink a Green Smoothie Daily. "Well that doesn't sound very Natural or Paleo!" I can hear you say. Sure, you can just eat about a pound of greens, cruciferous veggies, some berries, every day. And you and put turmeric and coconut milk on them, wash them down with green tea mixed with ginger, and also quaff some kefir mixed with kelp powder... but wouldn't it be easier by far to just put them all in a Vitamix for a week's worth all at once, put in canning jars in the fridge for breakfast each day? Or even to make a daily one in a Nutribullet each day?? Besides, it saves a LOT of chewing, and all the fiber is still all there.

3. Sleep 8 hours per night. This does't sound too sexy or earthshaking either, does it? But, that is just the point- there really important things that you do on a regular, daily basis, make all the difference in your health and wellness. And sleep is every bit as important as our next commandment, although no one brags about it like they do:

4.Exercise Daily. This includes stretching! Everyone loves to talk about how much, and how avidly, they exercise! Or, almost everyone. Especially those who exercise too much- the crazily chronically cardio, who seem to think the most important thing in life is to burn more calories than anyone else! (It's not- we are human "chemical factories", not machines, that only run on calories burned. Our complex systems run on hormones, amount of muscle and bone built, and most of all on NUTRIENTS. We need high quality, natural, REAL FOOD. (See Commandment #1)
We all need strength work, walking (preferably barefoot), along with some cardio- however, if you do high rep bodyweight resisted exercise, you are combining strength work with 'High Intensity' cardio, all together. Skip the weights, (along with the long distance cardio) and try this instead!

5. Meditate and/or Pray. They are much the same- by putting practical, immediate conscious thought away for a time, we commune through our unconscious self-our subconscious mind- that part of us that represents our truest self, with the divine and with that Nature that is all around us. 10 - 20 minutes per day is adequate for most, and just like adequate sleep, it enables us to be our best selves.

6. Cultivate Your 'Tribe'. Now, your tribe could be lots of things: your family and relatives, your neighbors, your church body, or even a close group of good friends. Or any combination thereof; only you know who is truly important to you. Don't let them slip away! We are all social people, and an individual without a tribe is a sad thing, destined for unhappiness and dissatisfaction with life.

7. Do Not Eat Fake Foods. This is the antithesis of commandment number 1, which is so important we need to point out its negative side- bad processed foods. "Love your body as you love yourself"- don't load it with various poisons and anti-nutrients that will compromise your health, leaving your vulnerable to auto-immune and other diseases. Skip the Oreos, the jelly-belly's, Taco Bell and McDonald's, chips and doodles. They really do destroy health, just not right away. Like cigarettes, they have been chemicalized and loaded with all sorts of enticements to our bodies to make them almost irresistible. Don't even dabble in them, they are that addictive.

8. Divest Thyself of Crutches and Casts. Let me explain: when you use crutches, your legs grow quite weak rather quickly. Just as if you have to put a broken arm in a cast, it withers to a fraction of its former size and strength. Granted, those are necessary, short term: but by wearing shoes all of the time, or eyeglasses, or even sitting in chairs all of the time- you are doing essentially the same thing.
Shoes lock your feet into little "casts", and the small muscles, tendons, and the entire structure of the foot itself deteriorates, kind of collapsing, and depending on the cast of the shoe for its very shape and support. And foot ailments, such as plantar fasciitis, flat feet, and all kinds of toe ailments are born!
Best "shoes" for times you can't go totally barefoot? XERO SHOES
Eyeglasses do the same, over time, to your eyes! You will need stronger and stronger prescriptions if you rely totally on glasses and contacts- try to take them off as often as you can, such as when you are at home, or in your yard. Practice gazing at the horizon as our ancestors did, who never needed glasses because of it. And take frequent breaks from staring at screens!
And as to chairs: try to sit on the floor at home, instead of a chair or the couch, as much as possible. This is crucial, not just for your legs, but for your spine! We are ground based creatures, and if we literally "hang out" in little body supports like car seats and chairs for most of our lives, we will not only have back ailments and ever-weakening lower leg structures- we will be early candidates for "lift chairs", and then we will REALLY deteriorate quickly.

9. Do Not Take Drugs. And I don't mean just recreational drugs, I mean especially prescription drugs! We have been fed a line about how illegal drugs are the worst- bad as they can be, the amount of people killed and addicted to PRESCRIPTION drugs is far, far more! There is really no comparison- all drugs have side effects, and usually they are worse than the symptoms they are prescribed to mask!
Just say "NO"... to your Doctor!

10. Avoid Modern Medicine. I don't mean if you get hit by a bus, or shot- in those cases, you need emergency care! The problem is in ongoing, so-called "preventative care and medical procedures and drugs".
Iatrogenic is a term meaning death by doctor. This is a cause of more deaths than heart disease, (#1) and cancer (#2). Shocking? Here are the yearly figures :

106,000 Non-error, negative effects of drugs
280,000 Infections in hospitals
45,000 Other errors in hospitals
12,000 Unnecessary surgery
87,000 Medication errors in hospital

250,000 Total deaths per year from iatrogenic causes

I don't blame most doctors- most mean well, but they are working in a broken system, where the administrators, who want to extract the most money from the clinic as possible, are far less concerned with actually healing disease. But, also, most doctors have been taught in medical schools that have been co-opted by the pharmaceutical companies, and they make sure that most of the curriculum revolves around- prescribing their drugs.

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18Dec

Heroic Tales around a Paleo Campfire- Lair of the Wolf, chapters 1 and 2

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Today, we start the book Lair of the Wolf, the second in the "A Barbarian in Chicago" series.  Wulf has escaped to his tribal homeland from decadent Chicago, and the police and the army are cominig to "extract" him for punishment.  books2read.com/u/3JKoBe

14Dec

Do it Now- Try Everything Paleo

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I’m sorry to be so corny about my subject this week, but lately I’ve come to think that this kind of sums up the whole “life” thing. I mean, it is so wonderful to have the knowledge and ability to control our own health! It would have been inconceivable just a few years ago when we all thought that the government and medical clinics knew it all, and if we just relied on them, as we relied on mechanics to keep our cars going, we would be healthy and happy forever! For a price.

And now, we have the Paleo diet and lifestyle, with all the research and the incredible wealth of scientific papers and books that back up the amazing effectiveness of just cleaning up our diets, as opposed to medicating ourselves to death. The power really is within us to regain and enhance our health and fitness. Not in the hands of far-off doctors and clinics and government agencies that will “save us”!

And so, all should be well and good- we know what to eat: real foods, pastured and natural meats and eggs, vegetables and fruits free of chemical pesticides, grass fed dairy, coconut oil and some sweet and white potatoes.

And we know what not to eat: grains, especially wheat rye and barley, anything GMO, processed and “low fat” foods of any type, fast food and especially SUGAR.

And then, there are all the incredibly intuitive things that our great grandparents knew and we are just now rediscovering to be crucial:

1.Good Family and “tribal” relationships between friends and family
2.Solid sleep each night, at least 8 hours, in a totally dark room
3.Daily or near daily contact with Nature, immersed in a forest, or at least spending time in a park
4.Physical exercise on a regular, every day basis, including some form of strength and resistance training, lots of ground based sitting, squatting, and stretching.
5.Regular quiet moments of reflection and inwardness, either through religion and prayer, and/or via meditation.

Of course, clean air and water are also crucial, but we all have to do there just the best that we can. For me, these two things alone are worth relocating to a more rural environment, but not everyone has that option. Just do the best you can, and try not to live in or near a really large, polluted city. But, if you can’t fix this, don’t worry about it for now. Just concentrate on the five points I just listed.

I really think those are the BIG BULLET POINTS OF PALEO! There are lots of refinements and tweaks that can be explored, and I do that here on a weekly basis, and in my own life. You should too! Make “being healthy” one of your hobbies.

BUT, those five points, along with the guidance of what to eat, and not to eat- that is the key!

Why do so many either not start changing their lives to comply with these simple guidelines, or else do it for awhile, maybe a month or longer, and then stop and go back to their SAD American diet days? Reversing all the undeniable good they did for themselves and their health?

Why do they decide to give up, and go back to eating cheese doodles and all the other sugary crap, and get back on the highway to headaches, heart attacks, autoimmune disease and body destroying pharmaceutical drugs along with endless surgeries?? Is eating fast food really worth that!!??

Looked at logically, of course it isn’t. But, unfortunately, most Paleo adopters do “fall off the wagon”, with some hardly even getting on, or else just subjectively “choosing” those more painless parts of it, and then claiming that the rest are “unimportant” at least to them, because they are immune and special.

I am saddened by these choices. I know just how beneficial a paleo type of diet can truly be, how liberating, how self-enhancing of mind and body! So, I am glad to say that Robb Wolfe is writing a book on the subject, called Wired to Eat, which is almost completed. Here is the link: http://robbwolf.com/2016/12/07/wired-to-eat-coming-soon/

You can read about it there, but in essence he is speaking about how our biology is working against us in this matter of health, since our paleolithic ancestors (and us!) are hard-wired to want to:

1. Eat as many calories as possible, especially “sweet” ones that maximize body fat storage
2. Move as little as possible, so as to no jeopardize those precious fat stores

This is our body speaking to us, and it explains why we are so reluctant to do what is the best for ourselves in this current NON-PALEO world we live in, where calories are everywhere, and to work, strive, and move are actually optional. This sets us up for having our biology work against us!

It sounds like Robb’s book may really help a lot of folks to get around all of this. Some of us just manage to “rebrainwash” ourselves through podcasts, books, and the internet research to follow through with our diet and lifestyle. Most don’t.

If you are one of those who started the Paleo Lifestyle and then later thought “the hell with it”….

It sounds as if this book is for you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29Nov

A Small Town Postmaster audio short story

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Again, a tale spoken, this time before the fireplace as Winter sets in...  by Jess Thornton, and from Mailman Tales.

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