- [2:27] Grain Fed Meat, Food Subsidies and Prices
- [9:20] Protandim
- [17:15] Dark Rings and Thin Skin Under Eyes
- [20:55] Oil Pulling
- [24:01] Aerobic Exercise After Blood Donation vs. Altitude Training
- [26:06] Building A Home Gym
- [32:17] Carb Backloading
- [45:08] Dawn Phenomenon
- [51:46] Whole Garlic Cloves
1. Agricultural Subsidies and Food Prices
Dear Robb and Gregg,
Congratulations as always on your great podcast guys, you are pushing back the frontiers of human misery on many planes.
This query might also double as a one for THE CONTROVERSIAL TRUTH podcast. I’ve downloaded but not yet listened to that one.
As an Australian, our standard meat is GRASS FED. Indeed we have to pay extra if we want GRAIN FED which is regarded as a luxury product. Obviously it is more expensive to make grain fed meat as you also need to grow grain and transport it and feed the cattle. This takes more labour, fuel and effort, and the cattle require more drugs and veterinary support.
Some people say that grain fed beef is to die FOR, I tell them it is to die FROM.
However when I visit your fair land, I am always shocked at the enormous price of meat, and shocked further that grass fed meat is more expensive again. People tell me that this is related to agricultural subsidy system where the farmers of corn and soy or sorghum or whatever cows are fed/poisoned with.
I am really interested in what the breakdown is, and for example when you buy a pound of beef, how much does it cost and how much agri subsidy does that represent. And how much of that goes to the farmer and how much to big business. What would your meat cost without agri subsidy.
Do farm workers in the USA get paid a shitload? From the amount you pay for beef, I would expect the average cowpoke must be paid 40 bucks an hour, ha ha.
I know that Jo Robinson in an expert on many aspects of this www.eatwild.com and I have not seen her name on your show but you totally need to get together as she is totally awesome, just like you guys. Enough humping your leg, you are totally on the same page and she has done some very interesting stuff and you probably already know each other and are joined at the hip like Siamese triplets etc.
Aside- everyone knows what grain feeding does to cow meat and pork etc, why do they have such trouble accepting it destroys human tissue in the same manner.
You would also know that Confessions of An Economic Hitman (why don’t you interview Perkins?) takes aim at agri subsidies as the USA then makes Mexican farmers compete without tariffs “on a level playing field (bullshit)” and then wipes them out with subsidised produce.
I tried to see if you had posted anything/podcasted about Protandim, so if you have and this is repetitive – I apologize – and delete this message!
I am a competitive triathlete/CrossFitter, and have seen steady improvement since going paleo 8 months ago. My CrossFit gym endorses Simply Pure Nutrients as a supplement/protein and I have began taking those recently and have been recovering better as a result – since both my volume in time dedicated and weight have been increasing due to the demands of competing.
I was approached by my coach to sit in on a webinar about Protandim, and he is going to give a month’s worth of samples to a few of his athletes (including me), as he hopes to sell this product at the gym. Wondering if you had an opinion on this supplement as far as performance and recovery go…and if you know of any side-effects and/or concerns I may have before taking it.
3. Bloody Undereye Darkness
Hey Greg and Robb!
First off, you two are alright. You’ve provided me with countable hours of learning and laughter. So thank you.
My question has to do with the perpetually thin skin and dark rings underneath my eyes. I’ve had this since I was a little kid, and nothing seems to get rid of them.
I lift a few times a week and have been eating moderately carbed paleo for nearly two years. I sleep 8-9 hours a night and shy away from alcohol most evenings, especially close to sleep. Whenever I get less than 7 hours of sleep, however, people ask if I got punched in the eye. Not kidding. It happened at the store this week, which made me make up the whole “allergies” bullshit response, because I didn’t really know what else to say.
Are there are nutrients I might be deficient in? The sun helps, but do I need to massage my face every twenty minutes to stimulate skin thickness there? I haven’t bled/donated blood in a while, so maybe I have too much and it’s pooling under my eyes. Or something.
Please tell me I’m doing something wrong and it’s not just shitty genes.
Also, if I do a handstand or look in the mirror upside down, that place underneath my eyes veins up and I wouldn’t doubt they’d just blow up if I didn’t stop.
I would be happy to send a picture if you want to feel sorry for me.
4. Oil pulling
While searching for other ways to use coconut oil I stumbled upon oil pulling. I’ve never heard of this before and wondered what your thoughts were on it. It sounds sort of crazy to me, but wondered what a pseudo scientist thought. Greg, feel free to make fun of my grammar or lack there of. Love listening to you guys each week!
5. Effects of Training After Blood Donation
Hi Robb and Greg,
I’ve read that after donating blood it takes 2-3 days for blood volume to get back to normal, but around a month, give or take, for red blood cells to be completely replenished.
My question is: Would aerobic exercise in this recovery state (once blood volume is up, of course), have essentially the same effect as altitude training given that not as much oxygen can be delivered to where it’s needed because of a lack of red blood cells rather than a lack of oxygen in the environment?
If this is the case, would it be a way to rebuild red blood cells faster after donating blood?
6. Building the Primal Gym
The Primalist says:
Greg and Robb,
I am not a masochist and so I haven’t listened to all of the podcasts, but I have listened to enough to know Gregg used to call himself Andy Dees and you guys have not yet formally tackled the issue of developing your own primal gym. I am sure there are many home warriors who are on a shoe string budget or who have limited time and cannot afford to attend a gym, but who nonetheless want to improve their overall fitness and take their game to the next level. With this in mind, what would the Robb and Greg think-tank develop for the at home enthusiast who wants to build a home gym?
To narrow the focus of this question down a bit, let’s assume that this hypothetical paleo gym would be designed for someone who wants to equally train for strength, power and endurance in order to improve their overall general fitness. What inexpensive items and equipment would fill this gym and what types of routines should the at home enthusiast concentrate on so as to not get hurt due to lack of formal instruction? I’m guessing no Olympic lifts?
Personally I am thinking this gym would contain a collection of free weights, kettle bells, sand bags, Bulgarian training bags, slosh tubes, a tractor tire or two, o-rings, a climbing rope and one large beard or mustache (might look something like this http://artofmanliness.com/2009/04/23/the-diy-gym-8-pieces-of-equipment-that-will-get-you-strong-save-you-money/ ). Those items alone would probably make a pretty formidable gym. Not sure what specific workout routines to employ with all these goodies though. What are your thoughts?
7. Carb Backloading (CBL)
Love the work that your doing, very much appreciated. I ran into a guy by the name of Kiefer who is emerging as a big presence in what might seem to be a growing following known as Carb Back Loading. I just wanted your thoughts on this diet protocol and whether or not you think this growth will continue or if the science just doesn’t add up and the broad masses will eventually figure that out.
Thanks for your feedback!
8. Paleo solution for the Dawn Phenomenon
Hi, Robb and Andy,
Thank you for changing my life. I’m a medical doctor working in India, and your 8th listener. I work mainly with patients suffering from the metabolic syndrome, and after finding spectacular, effortless success for myself (I lost 20kgs, and 8inches off my waist), now, advise all my patients a low carb paleo diet as an initial step.
I do get a lot of motivated patients, who succeed in going off insulin.
Some of them however seem to be suffering from the Dawn Phenomenon. I need to confirm that it is not the Somogyi effect, but, that is relatively easily fixed by slightly upping the carbs at night.
I’d rather not put T2DM patients on insulin, which is what the standard therapy is, for a situation like this. I can’t advise back squats or internal sprints to bump up their insulin sensitivity. Most of them also have severe knee and hip issues.
Do you have any suggestions as to how I can tackle this with minimal pharmaceutical intervention? I do have insulin and oral hypoglycaemics as backup, but I’d rather not use them if I have a choice.
I’d be grateful if you could help me out, even if it is by email. Cheers.
9. Garlic? I Hardly Knew Her!
Hey Robb and Greggg,
I’m a fan of using garlic supplementally as a blood cleaner/thinner. The common wisdom is that the more you cook it the less potent it becomes (I’m the same way).
The other day I peeled off a clove and thought “Hey, this is small like a pill”, so I took a swig of water and downed it like a vitamin.
Is there any benefit to doing it this way (other than the lack of garlic breath)? Is it bio-available enough for the body to use or would I be better off crushing it and rubbing it on my steak?
Thanks a bunch
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