Category Archives: health

a natural clothes wash and dry by hand

growing up mom used to wash our clothes by hand in a metallic barrel with two rolling pins atop. after many years using washing machines, today i opted to wash my clothes by hand using Dr. Bonners Hemp and Tea Tree Soap as the detergent. the rational is simply if the soap is Ok for your gut bacteria, it’s fine for the flora. this is a practice i started on the farm earlier this year out of shear necessity to save $ and as it turned out gobs of time and effort.

i had just spray showered with Dr. Bonners Hemp and Tea Tree Soap using three pints of water to include washing a pair of low-cost Walmart clogs (ya they’re plastic but that is another story to unfold). the pros and cons: 1) it’s cost free minus the cost of the soap verses $10  total for $5 for wash and dry plus $5 truck gas. 2) low carbon footprint, 3) it took 15 minutes total labor verses 2.5 hours total for a 1.0 hour round trip and wait of 90 minutes machine wash and dry, 4) seven gallons of total water were used, 5) there is a sun light and day heat wait for a natural dry with leisure time to wait verses sitting amongst a slew of droning machines and a timely removal of clothes from wash and dry machines, and 6) assurance for a clean bucket verses not having known if the previous wash was soiled or chemically laced.

there are definitely points for improvement such as 1) replacing the plastic bucket (which is really my hijacked bucket for clean clothes), 2) find a way to squeeze the clothes between two rollers but i suppose someone has crowdfunded (or will) an iRockNRoll washing machine already, 3) wear of sustainable clothing fabric such as hemp, flax, and bamboo all which i imagine may dry faster.

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thee of lower coin, enlight footing upon Gaia

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an enlight footing upon Gaia

thee of fewer coin

belly full and a warm bed,

art thy belly empty?

belly full and a warm bed,

doth thee a warm dwelling?

belly full and a warm bed,

doth thee a restful slumber upon sleep?

bereft of coin for daily needs,

the bitter cold of winter winds,

hath numbed thou fingers.

find a land upon Gaia,

enlight a steadfast mission to build,

wood, mud, straw, and steel elements of Gaia,

a tiny home warm dwelling.

thee of fewer coin,

an enlight dwelling be devoid of an impinge for coin,

as it breaths with sun juice and water from air,

pray be your sustenance,

lay gently growing roots upon a mosaic of flitting fish,

aspiring tesselate of reflect sun light upon thy face.

thee of fewer coin,

that thy coin for a warm bed be a hundred fold less,

that thy belly be full from coin saved.

that thy entitle to land and home with,

sun juice,

water from air.

embrace Gaia,

and stave shackles of heavy coin,

years of life taken by contract,

when the elements of Gaia,

hath lay bare before thee,

with,

thy spirit, 

thy eyes, 

thy hands, 

build.

thee of fewer coin,

that thou may measure a day in life express,

a stick with greater meaning,

as Rand piques,

of what is man’s worth?

so may you ask,

pray be light a day’s demand,

shall i awaken with the sun?

which mint stick will bare a sweeter tea to thy?

hath thy partaken with a neighbor a trade of thine herbs for potatoes?

hath thine child taken thou book again to read stealthily below the tree?

thee of fewer coin,

hath thy fallen far?

pray be with thy falling,

there be a spark inspire.

thee of fewer coin,

thee who hath taken to wheel from sunrise to sunset,

to dwell in a place of wage,

now dwell freely upon a tiny home,

a body, mind, and spirit aligned with Gaia,

a ponder,

a question of yore,

what is thy worth?

in fairness,

dare ye pique,

worth to whom?

all whom’s and concomitant ancestry,

these hath been all of Gaia,

therein,

let whom be a wellness with Gaia

a realign of Rand’s question,

what be thy wellness with Gaia?

thoust gaze on a sunset,

a reflect rest on thine tiny home porch,

a sweet warm mint tea in hand,

of window sill harvested,

seeped after a boiled water,

thine wellness with Gaia,

that been a oneness with Gaia.

thee of fewer coin,

in thine health of body, mind, and spirit lay thy greatest wealth.

that thee may hath fewer choices,

be they with life express,

to dwell in a tiny home as this,

be an awakening with Gaia,

and more so,

an awakening of what is not of Gaia.

an isle walk by items of sustenance,

hath only a few,

a life force awakening with Gaia.

thee of fewer coin,

cast aside all cleverness of materials,

ask thee only one question,

will thy body, mind, and spirit fair well,

upon a mint plant rooted,

in the soiled ashes,

of thine now burnt tiny home?

thy spirit rejoice upon awakening,

to a wide expanse of rolling hills,

sprouting life expressions.

hath ye forgotten,

to endear oneself to this land of Gaia,

and only then,

design, build, and dwell,

flow life expresses with Gaia?

thee of fewer coin,

hath thy exclaimed,

i am cold!

hath any one care?

hath not mine kind expressed a learnt lesson,

thine wellness begins with being one upon a land of Gaia,

only then,

to aspire a build of thy design,

to dwell in delight of chirps,

warmth of morning sun,

a snow capped mountain aloft,

and upon dusk,

a restful slumber in warm bed comfort.

thee of fewer coin,

this land of Gaia be a dwelling path to freedom,

to life express in a day as  thee see fit.

thoust first freedom be,

a dwelling upon a land of Gaia.

thoust second freedom be,

a shield,

comfort from elements of Gaia,

the rain,

the cold,

the snow,

the wind.

that this tiny home shield hath,

sun juice, 

water from air.

thoust third freedom be,

a day of serenity,

fertile to nurture thoughts,

open to kind acts,

pray be this day,

a dawning sun warm,

one taking from and returning to Gaia.

therein these freedoms,

thoust be one with Gaia.

from the exponent of knowledge of thine kind,

aspire a few designs materialize in mine tiny home,

to be closer to Gaia,

embraced by a warm sun juice blanket,

an enticed water droplet from air.

thee of fewer coin,

saunter to thine sprout jar,

upon window sill,

bathed in sun juice morn,

seedlings sprouting stem and root,

a symphony of effervescent stems,

each praying in arched clasped leafs,

a delight feast of bio-alive nutrient,

each bite,

a plosive life force,

rejoice thine body, mind, and spirit,

a saved time of wheeled transport,

a saved two fold of coin,

a saved stout vigor in day,

a saved life force of breath.

two age-reverse and nootropic pills

general info on a new science of an age-reverse to youth and nootropics

thought to share a summary of the science of combining two supplements for age-reverse and nootropics that has emerged the past year. you can search for “Nicotinamide Riboside” and “Pterostilbene” to find a plethora of science based articles. i will be testing both soon.

here is a general introduction to NAD+,

https://greatperformersacademy.com/health/7-foods-that-will-naturally-increase-nad-and-restore-your-youth

and a general science intro,

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/beyond-resveratrol-the-anti-aging-nad-fad/

Pterostilbene

typically compared to resveratrol, for oral ingestion resveratrol has a 20% bioavailability whereas pterostilbene is near 80% at doses of 56-168mg/kg.

https://examine.com/supplements/pterostilbene/

Nicotinamide Riboside

TRU Niagen is made by ChromaDex and is FDA approved is a well reviewed product having Nicotinamide Riboside Chloride 250mg.

here is a probiotic connection to NR, where the author states “probiotic supplementation with Lactobacillus acidophilus La5 and Bifidobacterium lactis Bb12 increased the nicotinamide production”,

“Yeast NAD+ Boosts Cognition, Endurance, Longevity”

https://www.realnatural.org/probiotic-yeasts-stimulate-nad-increase-metabolism-longevity/

my next Amazon order will be,

“TRU NIAGEN – The world’s most advanced NAD+ booster 250mg Per Serving (60 capsules/125mg)”

http://a.co/1UyozBP

“Pterostilbene 100mg Capsules (Third Party Tested) Made in the USA, 60 Capsules by Double Wood Supplements ”

http://a.co/fut9mTw

note: Amazon reviewers for this Pterostilbene product report “focus”, “brighter complexion, less pain in my joints and body, more energy and clarity of mind”, and “greater mental clarity”

ALTERNATIVE NAD+ SOURCES:

Nicotinamide Mononucleotide

at this time most folks know of Nicotinamide Riboside (NR) from marketing, thanks to it’s patent such as in the product Basis by Elysium Health. although NR ingested is converted to Nicotinamide Mononucleotide (NMN) and NMN is converted to the desired co-enzyme Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NAD+). NR is patented and is not found in blood serum. NMN is not patented is found in blood serum.

there was a patent battle in 2017 over the production of Nicotinamide Riboside described here,

“So, why is Basis and Nicotinamide Riboside more well known than NMN? The fact it is PATENTED, which allows for huge profit margins that can be plowed into advertising.”

http://alivebynature.com/basis-niagen-by-elysium-health/

i’m tempted to purchase the lower cost non-patented NAD+ precursor Nicotinamide Mononucleotide (NMN). although, i’ve opted to purchase TRU Niagen 250mg Nicotinamide Riboside because of this review:

By Larry on March 19, 2018

“The mice study that is referenced showed 300mg/kg NMN only increased NAD+ in liver and muscles by 14% for a few hours. This pales compared to a similar study on mice that showed 185mg/kg Nicotinamide Riboside increases 100% for much longer time.”

“Finally, niacin can be converted to NAD, but this, again, involves an inefficient metabolic pathway and taking large doses causes uncomfortable side effects.”

“NMN 250mg Serving Nicotinamide Mononucleotide Direct NAD+ Supplement, Anti Aging DNA Repair & Healthy Metabolism (2x 125mg Capsules 60ct).”
http://a.co/dlAFKG0

as an alternative to products explicitly labeled NMN or NR, i’m left to wonder if this Niacinamide product has NMN or NR in a significant percent. in reviews, folks are reporting less anxiety, depression, smooth skin, and as a sleep aid to be taken by evening only.

this is one cautionary note to avoid taking too much Niacinamide,

https://www.needs.com/product/NDNL-1408-01

“For example, it is well known that NAD can be produced from L-tryptophan (an amino acid found in many foods), but this is an inefficient and unreliable process; the amino acid is likely to be utilized for other functions in the body. Nicotinamide can also be converted to NAD, but too much can inhibit certain critical processes.”

“NOW Niacinamide 500mg,100 Capsules”
http://a.co/6xGp18D

a sprout, avocado, spirulina, kelp, and turmeric brain sauce dish washed with Rooibos and choline

this is a picture of my typical lunch these days before mixing it into a mesh. it is way filling and the brain boost is amazing. upon hearing that phosphatidylcholine increased curcumin bioavailability, i started to washed down my turmeric dish with a glass of water having a mixed tablespoon of TWINLAB Choline Cocktail containing 375mg choline dihydrogen citrate. the flavors were definitely not complementary. i accidentally discovered a flavorful mix by adding a choline teaspoon to  a Rooibos tea sitting about. the powder contents of an Alpha GPC having 300mg of L-alpha glycerylphosphorylcholine.

regarding food as medicine, using a small amount of coconut oil, i cook up tofu which contains phosphatidylcholine and heat the turmeric brain sauce to activate the turmeric although the quercetin in the white onions and capers are diminished in quality so first toast the tofu cubes then add the turmeric brain sauce and lower the heat to the lowest stove level. for me as a male, this is an occasional once a week meal to avoid an estrogen increase.

the fatty oils in avocado help to increase turmeric bioavailability. spiralina and kelp came just for the ride. you can see how to grow lentil sprouts from a few of my other blog posts.

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here is a quote from one research paper,

“Male Wistar rats received 340 mg/kg of either unformulated curcumin or curcumin formulated with phosphatidylcholine (Meriva) by oral gavage. Curcumin, the accompanying curcuminoids desmethoxycurcumin and bisdesmethoxycurcumin, and the metabolites tetrahydrocurcumin, hexahydrocurcumin, curcumin glucuronide, and curcumin sulfate were identified in plasma, intestinal mucosa, and liver of rats which had received Meriva. Peak plasma levels for parent curcumin after administration of Meriva were 5-fold higher than the equivalent values seen after unformulated curcumin dosing. Similarly, liver levels of curcumin were higher after administration of Meriva as compared to unformulated curcumin. In contrast, curcumin concentrations in the gastrointestinal mucosa after ingestion of Meriva were somewhat lower than those observed after administration of unformulated curcumin.39 These results suggest that curcumin formulated with phosphatidylcholine furnishes higher systemic levels of parent agent than unformulated curcumin. In an attempt to increase the aqueous solubility of hydrophobic drugs, Letchford et al., showed a 13 × 10 5 fold increase in curcumin solubility in a polymeric micellar formulation containing methoxy poly (ethylene glycol)-block-polycaprolactone diblock copolymers (MePEG-b-PCL).71”

you can find the curcumin and choline link at, “Bioavailability of Curcumin: Problems and Promises”

 

an IQ actualization day

the year 2017 ends today and i thought to post an actualization story.

one morning late last year while leaving my farm to head into town, feeling elated at the elated state of mind from nootropics that morning, i was on the phone with my brother and described my elated state of mind then thought to ask him an actualization question.

what would you do today if you discovered you’d awaken with an IQ of 200? he paused long. “well i’d start doing the things i’ve dreamed about. starting a new career, earn well, finish school, and enjoy my time staying at home.” ok i said. what if you awoke to an IQ of 170? another long pause guess he was imagining where this was going. “well hmm… basically the same. start a new career and go to school”. then i progress to ask him about awakening with an IQ of 150, 120, then finally with the IQ he currently has. mind you, i’m an ardent critic of the nature of means by which an IQ test is administered but it remains a basic assessment of our accumulated knowledge. “ya i guess it’s the same answer”. by then i asked him “so… why aren’t you doing that now?”.

we both laughed it off but the philosophical implication remains stuck like an alien creature attached to my brain. why aren’t i doing that and why doesn’t everyone? it’s been over a year now and i think i found a simple answer aside from the typical response “well i got stuff to do today…” kind of response. the answer for myself is to decide options today based on principal. as a Taoist seeing the value of my day as decisions i’ve made when my head lays to rest is germane to my thought DNA. small decisions based on principals i’ve adopted, as basic as they may appear, form small action steps working toward long term personal goals and shape a purpose to my being.

day 3 of a 24/7 zen-like state of mind vegan diet

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am on day 3 of a 24/7 induced zen-like state of mind vegan diet variation. my 12 year old niece handed me seven of these bands she created. hope to replace the expedient plastic bands with colorful hemp fibers. hope to earn a third today. the first day of a diet is always the hardest. having performed this diet twenty years ago with only lentil sprouts and water for thirty days, i knew at at the very least a 24/7 induced zen-like of mind begins on the third day. the bands are a helpful visual feel good reminder to keep to the diet. a Google Music subscription is playing a yoga meditation radio station. the absence of ads is peaceful. i’m feeling peaceful. it gets better as the days progress.

i’ll loose any sense of humor. a zen-like state places my mind to absorb news of tragic events without the twists and turns to humor. the later being like heat energy and the concomitant opportunity costs. in a zen-like state of mind, the minds eye becomes keenly aware of life forces and the law of attraction being a natural given, attention of the minds eye can translate to light energy.

this diet is an experiment to accentuate the effects of nootropics i’ve haphazardly discovered to date with a zen-like state of mind lentil diet experiment i lived twenty years ago.

below is a quick synopsis of the diet intended for days Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. the rest days are essential to keep homeostasis. for a busy schedule, you can alternate between nootropic and rest days regardless of the day of week.

A NOOTROPIC DAY =======================

upon waking exercise, supplements, and nootropics

a fast bike ride and ten minute swim

1/3 cup cold brew organic coffee, 1 cup organic coconut and almond milk, one spoon raw unfiltered honey

200mg Modafinil sublingual

Alpha Brain 3.6g packet sublingual

400mg Acetyl L-Carnitine HCL + 200mg Alpha Lipoic Acid sublingual

Dr. David Perlmutter’s Probiotics Men 50 & Wiser chased down by an organic kale gulp

two small Qunol COQ10 sublingual takes

early breakfast

an organic carrot and/or celery

cereal of 1 cup previously boiled quinoa, coconut and almond milk, a diced organic fruit (banana, apple, etc..), raw and unfitted honey.

early lunch

a master cleanse drink of a full lemon, papaya slices, pineapple slices, cayenne pepper, Bragg’s Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar, red grapes, all topped with ice, and water drink in a large thermal cup. to be refilled throughout the day with new ice and spring water. all contents are eaten by 6pm.

a lentil sprout culling harvest, a highly bioavailable turmeric sauce, an avocado, organic humus. optionally combined with a coconut oil sautéed meal of tofu, kale, garlic, onion, jalapeño, Emerill’s Original Essence.

upon sleep

air popped popcorn, 1/4 cup organic olive oil, a flat teaspoon of Emerill’s Original Essence. 5mg Melatonin. 200mg Magnesium Glycinate. one pill of Theanine Serine.

A REST DAY

upon waking exercise and supplements

exercise. a fast bike ride and ten minute swim

Dr. David Perlmutter’s Probiotics Men 50 & Wiser chased down by an organic kale gulp

two small Qunol COQ10 sublingual takes

early breakfast

an organic carrot and/or celery

cereal of 1 cup previously boiled quinoa, coconut and almond milk, a diced organic fruit (banana, apple, etc..), raw and unfitted honey.

early lunch

a master cleanse drink of a full lemon, papaya slices, pineapple slices, cayenne pepper, Bragg’s Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar, ice, and water drink in a large thermal cup. to be refilled throughout the day with new ice and water. all contents are eaten by 6pm.

a lentil sprout culling harvest, a highly bioavailable turmeric sauce, an avocado, organic humus. optionally combined with a coconut oil sautéed meal of tofu, kale, garlic, onion, jalapeño, Emerill’s Original Essence.

upon sleep

air popped popcorn, 1/4 cup organic olive oil, a flat teaspoon of Emerill’s Original Essence. 5mg Melatonin. 200mg Magnesium Glycinate. 1/2 pill of Theanine Serene.

fixes for a fear of public speaking

Guarana to help alleviate a fear of public speaking?

Guaranasuppose you can take this anecdotally, it works for me and that’s the only evidence i have. i’m now trying to figure a schedule to consume Guarana 400mg to go along with my daily nootropics. by shear dumb luck after my San Diego AirBnb fellow roommate Greig handed me a few OTC supplements of Guarana, i discovered Guarana 400mg in particular helps to me to overcome a fear of public speaking. however, as a developer happy to be introvert, Guarana 400mg helped to deliver progress on daily morning team scrum meetings. Guarana at 200mg was barely below threshold. i’m on a vigil for some neuroscience news to back this up 🙂 but for now i’m running with it.

 

 

 

Inderal (as Propranolol)

wow! things have changed the past decade when the only suggestions were typified by the response of a friend co-worker professor “take a shot of vodka” – i did just this on one contract site and it almost cost me the job from a performance hit especially as daily scrum meeting are early morning. a Google search for “medication fear public speaking” popped-out Inderal as a top forum favorite.

from Medication for public speaking phobia?,

Propranolol (beta blocker) works great, has very little potential for abuse, is safe, and is inexpensive in the generic form. I use it a couple of times per year when I have to give a presentation. Works like a charm for me. Atenolol is another option and is very similar to Propranolol. I would stay away from benzodiazepines (such as Valium, Xanax, Klonopin, and Librium). posted by alex1965 at 8:41 AM on June 18, 2016 [2 favorites]