Students May Need Counseling after ‘Required’ Diversity Training

By Celine Ryan | 22 June 2018

  • Minnesota State University will have counselors standing by to comfort “student leaders” who have an “emotional response” after being required to attend a new diversity training.
  • MSU announced Wednesday that it is rolling out two new diversity trainings this fall, saying it is “expected” that faculty supervisors will “make this training required for student leaders.”

CAMPUS REFORM — Minnesota State University will have counselors standing by to comfort “student leaders” who have an “emotional response” after being required to attend a new diversity training.

MSU announced Wednesday that two new 90-minute workshops on social justice and diversity are being implemented for “student leaders” this fall, noting that staff/faculty supervisors are expected to “make this training required.”

“Counseling staff from Hendrix will be available to speak with students who need to leave the training to talk during or after the program.”

While the announcement does not provide a comprehensive definition of what constitutes a student leader, it does state that “examples of student leaders/workers include: Student Athlete Advisory Committee, Office Assistants, Resident Assistants, Student Orientation Counselors, etc.” […]

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Russia to Offer Refuge to 15,000 South African Boers

There is a story in Russian-language media that looks very promising to hard-pressed Boers in South Africa. If it materializes, then Russia deserves a lot of credit for both a humanitarian step and as a smart national investment. Russian reproduction rates are low, so this demographic infusion makes great sense.

The story comes from this source and this is the translation:

The descendants of the Dutch colonialists of Africa – the Boers – can migrate to the North Caucasus as refugees in the near future. Representatives of this people in the near future plan to visit Stavropol and find out how you can move to the region.

In the beginning of July, the delegation of the Boers headed by Dr. Jan Andrian Slebus is scheduled to visit in the North Caucasus, the Komsomolskaya Pravda was told by the press service of the Ombudsman’s Office in the Stavropol Territory. Guests from South Africa want to talk with the Cossacks, with the local population, Stavropol politicians and religious figures.

If the regional authorities approve and support the Stavropol Region, more than 15,000 Boers may be resettled from South Africa for farming, which is not acceptable for modern living conditions in their homeland. It is also planned that in the case of the success of the first batch of settlers, other Boers may settle in the Crimea , the Krasnodar Territory and the North Caucasus republics.

Since 2007, the Union of Slavic Communities of Stavropol — which emerged from a split within Russian National Unity — has been active in coordinating Russian-nationalist initiatives, supporting the actions of militant Cossacks and opposing ethnic Cau­casian migration into the Krai.

Increasingly, Russians are questioning whether they want the North Caucasus republics to remain as part of the Federation. According to a 2011 poll, a fifth of the Russian population supports separating the North Caucasus republics from Russia and almost half of Russians believe life would improve in the country if the North Caucasus republics were to become independent. The ethnic Russian population is less than 4 percent in Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia.

Stavropol Krai is increasingly seen by some in the country as the last bastion of Russia in North Caucasus. It is 81% ethnic Russian, and the assumption made is that Afrikanners/Boers as migrants will appreciate the gesture from Russia and be loyal citizens. That is precisely how immigration policy should work — and it’s a lesson the U.S. and Europe should adopt. Stavropol Frai has a population of 2,786,281.

Australia has had an excellent experience with white South African immigrants and is pushing for more. Turnbull Attorney General Christian Porter pledged in April to help at-risk farmers applying for visas, telling the Australian newspaper, “The more South Africans in our local community the better.”

Porter’s own Perth electorate of Pearce had more than 5,000 South African-born residents at the last census, which recorded 2,656 Afrikaan speakers living in the seat. Now he wants to welcome more.

“More than any other place in Australia, South Africans have made their home in the north coast of WA, in my electorate. They are hardworking and make a huge contribution to our local community,” Porter said.

With Cyril Ramaphosa in control in the Republic of South Africa (RSA), time may be running short. There has been an increase of late in murders and attacks on white farmers in RSA. As is typical of any hidden ethnic cleansing, the data is convoluted and difficult to ascertain. To put this in proper perspective, it appears that attacks run under a thousand a year and murders under a hundred. However, the threat of land seizure without compensation has been made by government officials, including the president.

With abuses and basic rights violations against whites increasing in South Africa, the concept of “right of return” has been put forth. The alternative term is “right of abode.”

Hat tip to Russia and Australia for generating a strong policy response. Where is Europe, especially countries like the Netherlands, Germany and England — the original places of origin for the Boers.

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The truth about painkillers: They do more harm than good

(Natural News) When you’re in a lot of pain, your first instinct is often to do whatever is necessary to make it go away. You might normally prefer natural treatments, but when a throbbing headache or excruciating backache sets in, you can’t reach for that pill bottle fast enough. Unfortunately, however, painkillers of all varieties…

Rosemary essential oil is a natural way to reduce stress

(Natural News) Most modern applications of rosemary have to do with its distinct smell. Research published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine suggests that the herb’s fragrant essential oils can be used for stress relief and as a treatment for mood disorders. Everybody goes through one form of stress or another. It’s the…

Introduction to Shin Splints: A Condition Characterized by Pain in Your Lower Legs

Your tibia, also known as the shin bone, is a long bone found between the ankle and the kneecap. It plays a very important role in your posture, movement and everyday activities because it carries the brunt of your body’s weight.1 The fibula, which is a second, thinner shin bone that acts as support for the tibia, can be found on your lower leg as well. It runs parallel to the tibia and supports the tibia in holding your weight.2 If pain develops in this entire area, you may have a condition known as shin splints.

The Causes of and Risk Factors for Shin Splints

Shin splints are mainly caused by overuse and constant strain on your legs. As a result, pain develops in certain tissues or muscles in your shin bone. The condition is common among athletes, especially those who specialize in running. It’s estimated that shin splints account for 13 to 17 percent of all running-related injuries, making them a common occurrence.3

Other factors that influence the development of this condition include a sudden increase in physical activity, particularly in those who are beginners in a sport. Running on hard surfaces can take a toll on your legs as well, along with wearing old shoes.4 To determine the cause of your shin splints, your doctor will need to diagnose your affected leg and review your medical history. Imaging scans may be needed to find out if the condition has other causes, such as a fracture.5

The Pain in Your Shin Can Be Caused by Something Else

Shin splints are not the only condition that can cause pain in your shin. Other conditions that can cause shin pain include:

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD): This condition is similar to coronary heart disease, wherein plaque builds up in your arteries, only this time, your legs, not the heart, are affected. Aside from pain, you may experience cramping, leg weakness and wounds in the skin that won’t heal.6

Stress fractures: These are small cracks in the shin bone that can cause swelling and pain in a focused area.7

Tendonitis: An inflammation of your tendons, tendonitis can develop in your Achilles tendon, causing pain in the surrounding tissues of the joint, including your shin.8

Sprain: A sprain is basically a torn ligament, and causes pain and swelling when you try to move your ankle.9

This Guide Will Help You Learn All About Shin Splints

Shin splints can recur, and if they are not treated right away, it may affect your quality of life. This guide will help you learn all about shin splints, including which parts of your shin are affected, how to treat the symptoms and how to prevent the pain from returning.


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Get Rid of Shin Splints

Types of Shin Splints

Shin Splints Treatment

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A Critical Look at ‘The China Study’ and Other Diet Plans

By Dr. Mercola

Denise Minger is perhaps most noted for her comprehensive rebuttal of “The China Study” some eight years ago. She’s heavily vested in the vegan versus omnivore battle, having cycled through vegetarianism and raw veganism, finally coming full circle to being an omnivore.

Minger took to vegetarianism when she was just 7 years old. “I was eating steak one night at dinner and almost choked on it. I developed some kind of phobia surrounding things with meat textures and went vegetarian overnight,” she explains.

Raw Veganism Took a Toll on Health

However, during the 10 years she remained a vegetarian, she began developing food allergies, including wheat and dairy allergies. “By the time I was a teenager, I was really health-conscious,” she says. “I had to get into that whole scene just to stay healthy.” At age 15, she discovered the raw vegan movement and got on the 80/10/10 diet, promoted by Dr. Douglas Graham. The diet is based on the hypothesis that we should eat what other primates eat, particularly frugivorous chimpanzees and bonobos.

“I was reading about it online at the age of 15 without having any background in human biology, physiology or anthropology … I fell into this trap of logic, that humans are the only animals that cook our food. We’re the only animals that eat this species-inappropriate diet, [so] I went raw vegan overnight,” she says. “For one year straight, [I ate] nothing but fruits, vegetables and some nuts — all uncooked.

I did great for the first month, as most people do when they stop eating crappy foods. After that, I started losing weight and muscle. My hair was falling out. My energy levels were fluctuating like crazy. I was in high school at the time, taking the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT). My brain fog got so bad at one point that when I was taking the SAT, I would read the question and by the time I got to the end I couldn’t remember what the first part said …

The kicker for me, because I’ve always taken great care of my teeth, was at the end of this period of raw veganism I had 16 cavities in my mouth, after a lifetime of what had previously been perfect dental health … It was actually the dental health issue that really turned my mind around … At that point, I had to let go of the vegan philosophy. I had to start questioning things …

That’s when I came across things like the Weston A. Price Foundation, which [details] what humans have been eating that has supported health in the past. I learned about the paleo movement — different forms of health-conscious omnivory. That’s where I ended up. It was a process.”

Debunking ‘The China Study’

As mentioned, Minger produced a very comprehensive critique of “The China Study” which is the scientific justification for many vegan positions. Her analysis — which some suspected to be funded by the meat industry — was actually undertaken while recovering from an accident. At the age of 22, she was hit by a car while riding her bicycle and shattered her elbow. Her convalescence afforded her the time to work on this project.

“I got a huge book of the raw ‘China Study’ data. I love numbers. I have fun with correlations. I have fun looking at patterns. My brain gets happy. I spent about two or three months poring over the data. I needed a project, because I had nothing else to do.

I was poring over the data and that’s when I realized I needed to write a critique of the book. So much of what [author T. Colin] Campbell said was not supported by his own data. I just felt like if there’s anything I needed to do in life, it was going to be this.

I didn’t expect anyone to read it. I had a little blog. I like to say I had six readers, five of which were my mother on different computers. I didn’t realize at the time how much interest the critique would gather; how much interest there was in that book itself. I hadn’t really seen the rivalry upfront between the vegan and the paleo worlds. When I released this critique, I didn’t know it was going to be that influential,” she says.

Minger developed quite a bit of notoriety as a result of that critique, especially in the vegan community. She’s been vilified by many, including Campbell, who wrote personal rebuttals to her commentary on his work. Some have gone so far as to characterize her as someone who’s promoting processed food.

The Case for Lowering Protein Intake

For all its drawbacks, there are benefits to veganism. The biggest one, from my perspective, is that vegans have — compared to those who eat the standard American diet — a significantly lower protein intake. I think there are valuable insights that can be drawn from that, which can be integrated into a low-carb paleo approach. Minger agrees, saying:

“For the protein issue, what I find interesting is that whenever we look at the actual China Study, for example, when you look at their food intake, it’s much different in terms of the types of animal parts they consume than what we see in America.

The protein issue is complicated, but I will say that high methionine intake — for example from muscle meat — [needs to be balanced with] glycine. You get that by eating the entire animal, the skin, tendons, connective tissue — all the stuff that Americans typically discard …

In the China Study, you don’t see them eating steaks and chicken breasts at every meal. Even the lower animal product-consuming societies, a lot of them eat insects. A lot of them eat the weird parts of the animal. I think that’s imperative for staying healthy on an omnivorous diet. Because the way we eat meat in America is pathogenic. It’s not healthy. But it’s not necessarily because animal products are bad for you …

What was amusing to me, because it was completely left out of ‘The China Study’ book, was that the healthiest populations were the seafood eaters … They had the best health outcomes. The only disease that they had more of was liver cancer. That was because they were living in humid areas where aflatoxin was more prevalent … But it wasn’t because of the animal protein. It wasn’t because of the fish.”

This makes sense considering the importance of long-chained omega-3 fats: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Those who restrict themselves to a plant-based diet are only getting alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) which, while being a precursor for EPA and DHA cannot be converted at significant, therapeutic levels.

Protein Cycling

Clearly, the composition of the animal protein is a significant issue. We don’t want processed foods. We don’t want meat from factory farms that is contaminated with glyphosate (due to contaminated grain feed). But there’s also the issue of the amount. Many are simply eating far too much protein, which (when consumed in excess) activates mTOR, a pathway involved in both aging and cancer. Pulsing higher and lower amounts of protein also seems a wise strategy.

“When we look at historical groups of humans, the animal food intake was generally on the lean side. We don’t have year-round access to these big fatty animals … It’s going to be seasonal when it occurs at all,” Minger says. “I’m reminded of a study on Australian aborigines. They put people out in the wild to try to acquire foods from their environment and survive on that …

Their fat intake ended up being something like 8 to 12 percent, because the animals were so lean and the lean protein intake was consequently much higher. I have trouble believing that animal protein itself is going to be a problem. I think what might be a problem is this consistency thing — the idea that eating the same foods year-round, without any fluctuation in the composition of the diet, is healthy. I don’t think that’s the case …

I think things like protein cycling might be therapeutic for humans. I think that even carb cycling and going through different periods of different macronutrient intakes instead of always being low-fat or always being low-carb [is a good idea]. That’s probably what the human body is best adapted to.”

Macronutrient Cycling — An Overlooked Component of Optimal Health

In deconstructing and assessing the low-carb, high-fat approach, Minger concluded the lack of high and low nutrient cycling was one of the main problems, especially long-term, and particularly for women. “I do one-on-one consulting with people,” she says.

“A large group that I have come in contact with are women who’ve done low-carb. Their thyroid function is tanking. They’re gaining weight. They feel terrible. Their hair is falling out. It happens with men too sometimes, but I think women, hormonally, are more sensitive to the lack of carbohydrates.”

She’s also found evidence suggesting chronic lack of carbohydrates may be having an adverse effect on your gut microbiome. In his commentary, “Sorry Low Carbers, Your Microbiome Is Just Not That Into You,”1 Jeff Leach with the Human Food Project details the likely shifts found in the gut microbiome composition of people who consume low-carbohydrate diets. Whether or not those shifts are wholly detrimental or not is still unknown, but it’s worth keeping an eye on.

Minger is equally ambivalent about long-term, chronic high-fat consumption, as some of the evidence suggests it may increase gut permeability and the transport of endotoxin from gram-negative bacteria into the bloodstream, which increases chronic inflammation and related health problems.

“On one hand, we see people switching away from the standard American diet to low-carb. Yeah, they’re going to feel great. Yeah, they’re going to lose weight. There’s going to be this initial honeymoon period, just like I had with raw veganism. My question is what happens over the course of many years on a large scale … I’m wondering what the bulk of the evidence is going to show. I don’t know if we really know that yet.”

From my perspective, I think there are compelling reasons to suspect one might run into problems, for many of the reasons Minger cites. It appears nutrient cycling (i.e., cycling between higher and lower amounts of fat, net carbs and protein), and also cycling between high and low calorie intakes (fasting and feasting), are foundational criteria for optimal biological functioning.

The challenge is to find that happy balance. When writing “Fat for Fuel: A Revolutionary Diet to Combat Cancer, Boost Brain Power, and Increase Your Energy,” I dove deep into the scientific literature looking at this aspect of health.

Cyclical Ketogenic Diet Is Ideally Combined With Cyclical Fasting

First of all, the late Dr. Joseph Kraft showed that using sensitive oral glucose loading and testing insulin levels that insulin resistance is pervasive. Based on a more refined definition of insulin resistance, at least 80 percent of the population have diabetes in situ,2,3 which means they’re insulin resistant even though their fasting glucose is normal.

This is where low-carb can be really useful, yet it alone will still not be enough for many. A lot of people need to get even more aggressive and do fasting. Once you’ve done that for a while and resolve the insulin resistance, you need to cycle net carbs (total carbs minus fiber) back in.

“Low-carbohydrate eating … is a great tool to lose weight, and lose fat around the organs. You start improving insulin sensitivity because of that weight loss, and because of the reduction in the energy surplus that many people are constantly surrounded with. But I use the analogy of a [broken] refrigerator.

Your refrigerator breaks. You can do one of two things. You can say, ‘OK, I’m never going to buy any perishable food again. Everything I’m going to buy is going to be dry goods as long as the freezer or the refrigerator is broken.’ Or, you can fix the refrigerator.

Low-carbohydrate diets are like saying, ‘Let’s not use our refrigerator anymore.’ Let’s not use our carbohydrate metabolism pathways anymore. Let’s just avoid those. It’s not actually fixing the issue. As anyone who knows who’s been low-carb, you go low-carb for a while, and then you reintroduce carbohydrates and, whoa, it’s terrible.

Your blood sugar goes crazy. You feel awful. It’s like, ‘Wow. The carbohydrates are terrible.’ No. It’s because your body is no longer working to metabolize them efficiently.”

The converse can also occur. If you suppress insulin for too long, your blood sugar will tend to rise from hepatic gluconeogenesis. If you reintroduce carbohydrates at that point, it will raise insulin and lower your blood sugar. You can also eat too much fat; since fat is high in calories, the excess calories alone can lead to weight gain. As mentioned above, protein intake also needs to be regulated to avoid mTOR activation.

Traditional paleo is frequently high-protein, high-fat, similar to the Atkins approach. But you’re not going to get all the benefits unless you restrict protein. As a general rule, I recommend limiting protein to half a gram per pound of lean body weight, to ensure you’re getting the protein you need for muscle maintenance and repair. The answer is not to cut protein out altogether. You do need some, just not the enormous amounts most Americans are used to eating.

Focus on Nutrient Density

When asked what the best animal food composition might be, Minger stresses the importance of nutrient density over any specific dosage recommendations, as the ideal amount will depend on the type of meat you’re eating. “For my own diet, I focus on organ meats and shellfish,” she says. “Those are the primary foods I eat that are of animal origin. Oysters are my favorite. Nutritionally, if you look at liver and oysters, oysters are kind of like the liver of the ocean.”

People who shun animal foods due to ethical concerns about eating something that is highly sentient can also take heart in the fact that oysters lack the central nervous system “that would make them equivalent to a cow.” “There’s a bivalve vegan movement, where people are vegan with the inclusion of certain shellfish. I think that can go a long way for people to balance out a vegan diet,” she says.

As for cooking, Minger recommends using gentle methods to avoid the creation of carcinogens associated with high-temperature cooking. These byproducts “seem to be driving the correlation between meat consumption and different cancers that we see in observational studies,” she says.

“Whenever you look at a study that actually controls for the cooking method, typically once you take away the high-heat kind of strategies for cooking your meat, the correlations with various diseases start to diminish, if not disappear completely.” Byproducts created during grilling and frying include heterocyclic amines and polyaromatic hydrocarbons that form carcinogens. So, don’t overcook your meat, and balance muscle meat (steaks) with organ meat and other animal parts.

How Minger’s Diet Has Changed Over the Years

When asked how her diet has changed over the past seven years, and what insights changed her approach to eating the most, Minger replies:

“I started out really fruit-based from my raw vegan history. I would eat a ton of fruit in the morning; smoothies … In learning more about the gut microbiome, learning about digestive-resistant starch; different forms of fiber and their effect on the body, I’ve been incorporating more legumes, lentils and potatoes that have been heated and cooled [to increase] the resistant starch content. I think that has helped a lot.

I’ve also flipped my diet in terms of staggering macronutrients throughout the day. I used to start with a lot of carbohydrate and not much else (in the form of fruit). Now, I usually start with a lot of protein and vegetables, and have my high-carb meals at the end of the day. I find that helps with sleep, energy levels [and] focus.”

It’s worth noting that legumes may not be ideal for everyone, especially if you have autoimmune issues. I’ve previously interviewed Dr. Steven Gundry, author of “The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in ‘Healthy’ Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain,” on this issue, and I believe his theories are solid.

Minger, who does a lot of work with autoimmunity, agrees lectins can be problematic if you are susceptible to autoimmune problems, whether caused by genetics, lifestyle, antibiotic use or gut microbiome issues. “At that point, the lectin problem can be real,” she says.

“There can be a legitimate reason to avoid foods that are high in certain lectins, especially the ones that are individually triggering autoimmune responses. But for people with a healthy gut microbiome, I don’t see that being necessarily bad, because if you look at human history … the lectin content of wild foods is generally pretty high.

There’s going to be a long adaptation period for us to learn how to coexist with those lectins in our diet. I think [the larger issue] is that the modern environment is creating a really unhealthy microbiome that’s making it so some people cannot handle what should be a natural lectin load. That’s my takeaway right now, subject to revision.”

Critiquing the Blood Type Diet

In preparing for this interview, I watched some of Minger’s latest material on YouTube. One of her most recent videos was a Weston A. Price Foundation presentation in which she critiqued Dr. Peter D’Adamo’s blood type diet, detailed in his book, “Eat Right 4 Your Type.”

I tried this diet back in the ’90s and had to quit because it made me diabetic. My personal take on it is that while his recommendations for blood type O, which is about half the population, is consistent with what I believe is a healthy diet, it doesn’t seem to work well for the other blood types. According to Minger:

“The fundamental issue with everything he’s saying is that it’s all wrong. The premise of his diet — that foods have different lectins [that] interact with what’s expressed on our blood cells to cause issues within the blood, which then causes inflammation and disease — there’s absolutely no mechanistic evidence showing that we can obtain high enough levels of lectins from certain foods, and that those foods will specifically interact with our specific blood type to create these problems.

That evidence just isn’t there … [He may have had] a lab, but there are problems with the research actually being published. It certainly hasn’t been replicated by other researchers. It’s more of a, ‘This is what I found. You have to take my word for it, because I wrote a book and I have a [medical] degree.’ There’s a certain, ‘Just trust me. I’m a scientist,’ behind that. If there’s anything I don’t like, it’s that …

What fascinated me … [was that] our ABO blood group can actually influence the composition of our gut microbiome for people who are secretors — people who secrete their blood type antigens on the surface of mucous cells throughout the body, the saliva and the gut, the gut in particular.

Let’s say you’re a blood type A and you’re secreting the A antigen on different cells within the gut. There are going to be certain bacteria that use that antigen as a food source and as an attachment site. Those specific bacteria are going to be more attracted to your microbiome. They’re going to set up camp there, in a way that they might not be doing to somebody who’s a blood type O. You’re actually going to start shifting the proportion of different bacteria because of your blood type.

Tied into this is the idea of being a secretor versus a non-secretor. Most people are secretors. They will express their blood type antigens on the surface of different cells throughout the body. About 20 percent of the population are non-secretors.

For this group, regardless of what their actual blood type is, they have a much higher risk of a lot of digestive diseases, a lot of different health conditions in general, related to the fact that their microbiome is fundamentally different. It’s providing a lack of attachment sites for different bacteria. So, there is an influence of blood type on different things going on in the body. It’s just not through D’Adamo’s theory.”

Awesome Omnivore

After taking a professional hiatus, Minger is now working on a few new projects, including an e-book called “Awesome Omnivore.” The book is a how-to guide for eating animal products in a way that minimizes potential risks and maximizes nutrition, including guidance on balancing methionine and glycine, differences in A1 versus A2 dairy, how to prepare meat to reduce carcinogen exposure, how to modify your animal food consumption based on genetics, and how to combine meat with other foods to reduce the absorption of heme iron to lower your risk of intestinal cancer and other health problems related to excessive iron.

High iron increases oxidative stress and can cause serious mitochondrial dysfunction. I have a genetic condition called thalassemia, which predisposes me to high iron levels. I have to be really vigilant about keeping my iron level low for these reasons.

As explained by Minger, because the molecular structure of heme is so similar to chlorophyll, if you eat lots of green leafy vegetables with your steak, the chlorophyll will inhibit absorption of some of the iron. “That alone is going to make that meal probably, on the whole, healthier for you,” she says.

“There’s this kind of dichotomy — you have the vegetable eaters and the meat eaters. The meat eaters are not usually eating enough vegetables to offset the heme issue. But if you look at studies that actually adjust for that one variable, the link with meat’s problems tends to disappear.

It’s, again, veggies to the rescue. But it doesn’t mean that you can’t eat meat too. Anyway, the book is going to be a collection of things people can do to ensure that the meat they’re consuming, the eggs and the dairy products (if they’re doing that), are as healthy as possible.”

Plant-Based Paleo

Minger is also working on a book about plant-based paleo, designed for people who are committed to avoiding animal products, for whatever reason. The aim of this book is to provide strategies to help you stay as healthy as possible for as long as possible within the limitations of a plant-based diet.

“There are vegans who have survived a long time on their diet. It’s not impossible. The human body is incredibly adaptable. But we need to understand what’s working for those people.

We need to understand that there are a lot of genetic components that go into being able to convert plant-based nutrients into their active forms. Take beta-carotene, for example. People who have really good conversion of beta-carotene into retinol, they’re probably not going to run into reproductive issues, teeth issues, skin issues or eye issues, like I did.

But for about 45 percent of the population, there are mutations with the BCMO1 gene that prevent that conversion from being efficient. If you have two very common polymorphisms, your conversion rate is going to drop by almost 70 percent.

Another less common mutation will tank your conversion by 90 percent. If you’re a vegan, you’re not eating any preformed vitamin A, and if you have some of those mutations, you’re going to have problems pretty quickly. How do we work with people’s genetics? How do we work with their dietary limitations?

Supplements would be good. I’d love for people to take cod liver oil if they can get over that one issue. But you need to be really aware of your specific conditions … I have those BCMO1 mutations. My vitamin A conversion is terrible. That’s part of the reason that eating liver was a huge boon for my diet. It’s my first concentrated source of vitamin A that I had in a decade, more than a decade.”

Lifelong Learning Is Key to Staying Ahead

As nutritional science keeps moving forward, we’re bound to learn new things about what we currently think of as factual. For example, Minger touches on evidence suggesting really low-fat intake may actually improve carbohydrate metabolism.

“We have the Randle cycle. There’s competition between free fatty acids and glucose in the bloodstream for use as fuel. I think we have enough evidence to say pretty clearly that when you combine fat and carbohydrate within the same meal, if you’re a healthy person — you’re going to see a reduced blood-glucose response, but you’re going to see the same amount of insulin secretion.

Fat doesn’t decrease the insulin needs of your body when you’re eating carbohydrate. It kind of amplifies it. There have been studies where they’ll take a potato, feed it to a diabetic, then repeat the study with butter added … The more butter added to the potato, the more insulin the diabetic needs to use to deal with that meal. There’s an interactive effect, even within the span of one meal, between fat and carbohydrate …

I don’t believe in staying at one [end of the spectrum, i.e., high-carb or high-fat] forever. Obviously, you need fat-soluble nutrients. You’re going to need some fatty foods that are highly nutritious too. At the same time, you’re going to need to cycle in more carbohydrate to deal with the long-term consequences of ketogenic diets …

“I believe there’s a way to integrate everything. What it comes back to is all the warring diet communities need to let go of the ego and communicate with each other. Stop saying, ‘We own the truth.’ Start listening to the other side and be curious about why things are working for them.

For me, that’s the way I’ve learned best — by challenging what I believe. Because if what I believe can be dismantled, then it’s not a good belief to hold. You need to constantly revise your theory about the world, about nutrition, about everything. It needs to be in a state of flux.”

Luscious and Creamy Keto Cacao Milkshake

Recipe From Paleohacks

Milkshakes are popular refreshments, but here’s the catch: Traditional milkshakes, especially those that come from fast-food restaurants, usually contain copious amounts of pasteurized milk, refined sugar and artificial flavorings, all of which are detrimental for your well-being.

Pasteurized milk is derived from cows raised in concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), making it the perfect breeding ground for bacteria that cause foodborne illnesses. Meanwhile, excessive consumption of refined sugar and artificial flavorings may predispose you to heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, obesity and other chronic health problems.

The good news is you can still enjoy milkshakes without compromising your health. Try this guilt-free, low-carb Keto Cacao Milkshake recipe from Paleohacks — it combines healthy ingredients to create a creamy and chocolatey drink, minus the health risks.

Keto Cacao Milkshake Recipe

Prep time: 5 minutes
Serves: 1


1 cup coconut milk
1/2 avocado
1 tablespoon coconut oil
3 tablespoons raw cacao powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Stevia, to taste (optional)


  • Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend on high until smooth.
  • Transfer to a glass and serve immediately.

Raw Cacao Powder: A Delicious Treat for Your Health

Most of the benefits of raw cacao powder are associated with its two major constituents: polyphenols and resveratrol. According to a 2011 study in the journal Antioxidants and Redox Signaling, cocoa contains more phenolic antioxidants, particularly catechin, epicathechin and procyanidins, than most other foods.

Studies have shown that these compounds may help inhibit neuronal death caused by free radicals and promote neuronal survival and synaptic plasticity, ultimately improving memory, learning and cognitive function, and reducing the risk for age-related cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease and stroke. , They also may provide anticarcinogenic, antimutagenic, antiproliferative and chemoprotective properties.

Resveratrol also contributes to cocoa’s neuroprotective properties, as it crosses the blood-brain barrier and alleviates inflammation in the central nervous system, which may cause neurodegenerative diseases. According to a study in the Journal of Agricultural Food and Chemistry, cacao ranks second next to grapes among foods that contain the highest amount of resveratrol.

Cacao is also a good source of healthy fats, nitrogenous compounds like theobromine and caffeine, and various minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, copper, iron, zinc and magnesium. Together, these nutrients may help provide the following additional health benefits:

Better cardiovascular health

Lower blood pressure level

Improved insulin sensitivity

Lower risk of obesity

Improved liver function

Reduced stress levels

Improved visual health

Better gastrointestinal health

Healthier skin

Why Are Avocados Amazing?

Avocados are a staple food in the ketogenic diet, since they’re rich in healthy monounsaturated fats and low in fructose and carbohydrates. Other essential nutrients that they contain include fiber, vitamin K, folate, potassium, vitamin C, niacin, riboflavin and vitamin E, among others. Studies have shown that avocados provide numerous health benefits, including:

  • Helps improve your body’s absorption of fat-soluble nutrients: The healthy fats in avocado help improve the intestinal absorption of fat-soluble carotenoids like lutein, beta-carotene and alpha-carotene.
  • Helps lower bad cholesterol levels: A study published in the Archives of Medical Research shows that incorporating avocado in a high-fat diet helps increase the good HDL cholesterol levels, while decreasing bad LDL cholesterol, which may contribute to heart disease and Type 2 diabetes .
  • Aids in weight loss: According to a 2013 study published in Nutrition Journal, avocados may help lower body weight, BMI and waist circumference. They’re also associated with improved diet quality and nutrient intake, as well as lowered risk of metabolic syndrome.

Coconut Milk and Oil Make This Drink Extra Healthy

Coconut oil and coconut milk not only give this milkshake a luscious consistency, but they’re also an excellent source of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), a type of fat that’s efficiently metabolized in the liver and converted in ketones. Ketones are far better sources of energy for the mitochondria than glucose, as they do not produce excessive reactive oxygen species. MCTs may also provide the following health benefits:

Help promote healthy brain and thyroid function

Help improve heart health

Help reduce calorie consumption

Help maintain normal cholesterol levels

Help fight against disease-causing bacteria and viruses

Help inhibit inflammation

Cacao, Cocoa or Chocolate: Which Is Which?

The terms “cacao,” “cocoa” and “chocolate” are often used interchangeably, but there’s actually a significant difference between these three. Cacao (Theobroma cacao) refers to the small evergreen tree that produces the seeds called cacao beans, also called cocoa beans.

These seeds are dried, processed and ground to create cocoa or cacao powder. The processing method strips the cacao seeds of most of their fat content — this fat is called cocoa butter. The solid food made from the processed cacao seeds is referred to as “chocolate,” but if the seeds are not roasted before they’re used in food, then the chocolate you’ll get is specifically called “raw chocolate.”

To counteract the natural bitterness of chocolate, manufacturers remove most of its cacao content and flavor it with sugar and pasteurized milk, resulting in the health-zapping foods popularly known as milk chocolate and white chocolate. Be sure to avoid these, as they may put you at risk of high blood sugar levels and hinder your body’s absorption of beneficial antioxidants .

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