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  1. There are hazards to fasting. Hunger is not a problem.
  2. I evaluate doctors for myself, not for others. I don't need status. This is the Objectivist virtue of intellectual independence. I do not let government evaluate doctors for me.
  3. Nobody said fasting is a panacea. I don't know where that idea came from. You assume without evidence that Alan Goldhamer knows ONLY chiropractic. Alan Goldhamer probably knows more about fasting than anyone else on the planet. (Loren Lockman might disagree.) Supervising fasts is a specialization. So far as I know there is no government recognised qualification to be a fasting supervisor. Having an MD is not a qualification to supervise fasts. Most MDs know little or nothing about fasting. Typically they do not study fasting in medical school, and typically they have no experience with fasting. To be qualified to supervise fasts, they must go thru internship. One example of how ignorant an MD can be about fasting is one wrote that the body can't tell the difference between voluntary and involuntary, and he used this to debunk fasting. The difference between fasting and starving has nothing to do with voluntary. The body certainly can tell the difference between burning fat and burning muscle. Do not use examples of starvation to debunk fasting. That is gross ignorance. I am not impressed by that kind of ignorance. With a little effort you can learn the difference between fasting and starving. At the risk of oversimplification, the difference is the difference between burning fat and burning muscle. They are very different and they feel different. Usually when the body is in fat burning mode, there is no hunger. When the fat runs low and there is danger of burning muscle, hunger comes back. About Loren Lockman. Do not confuse between him and Alan Goldhamer. They are 2 different individuals. They have disagreements between them about how to supervise fasts. Do not judge one by the other. Loren Lockman is a risk taker. He says symptoms are ALWAYS either healing or detox, which I don't believe. That attitude would scare me. There is a story from Steve Solomon about a man went into signs of mineral deficiency as early as the 10th day. So Dr. Moser and Steve Solomon immediately took him off the fast and fed him the greenest veggies in Steve Solomon's garden. (The greener the veggy the richer it is in minerals.) If Loren Lockman had been on that case, he would have regarded the symptoms as either healing or detox and would have continued the fast and the result would have been a disaster. Symptoms are -usually- healing or detox, but not always. One of the duties of the fasting supervisor to be be alert to real problems. Some people have health problems that can show up during a fast. I don't think Loren Lockman does it right. Every fast I ever did was without supervision and I always had a rule for myself, if anything goes wrong I terminate the fast. Fasting is not supernatural and I don't know where this stupid idea came from. Perhaps it came from Franklin Hall. You can look him up. Franklin Hall was a religious leader who thought fasting gives you a better telephone connection with God. But I don't believe in God and I have no use for religion. Fasting is simply total rest. There is nothing supernatural about total rest. It is almost a law of physiology that when 2 major physiological processes are happening at the same time, there is a trade-off between them. Each is at the expense of the other. Fasting, properly done, merely puts the body in full healing mode. Sometimes things happen that seem almost supernatural but it is not. There is a story about a blind man who got back his sight during a fast. When all of the body's energy is used for healing, sometimes unusual things happen. But it is not supernatural; it is physiology. About my spinal cord tumor. I'm learning all the time. I made some very serious mistakes in years past; but I'm no longer making them. The fat lady is not singing yet. If I beat the tumor, I will have bragging rights because the medical profession says it can't be done.
  4. I don't evaluate doctors by government approved credentials.
  5. What is your point? Do you have a point? Can you tell me the name of someone who has more knowledge about fasting and more experience in fasting than Alan Goldhamer?
  6. The Use and Abuse of Tobacco by John Lizars, M.D. (Edinburgh: 1856, 1857, 1859, reprinted, Philadelphia: P. Blakiston, Son & Co, 1883) Read the whole book. http://medicolegal.tripod.com/lizars1859.htm TOBACCO. Snuffing, smoking, and chewing are bad habits, and we advise any gentleman who is not hopelessly abandoned to either, to give it up.—Medical Circular. -viii- NOTICE TO THE EIGHTH EDITION IN this Eighth Edition I have made some alterations, chiefly as regards arrangement; but I find, that less or more of a desultory character must necessarily attach itself to a brochure, intended merely as a vehicle of Practical Observations. The reader will see that I have found myself called upon to make some allusion to the recent attempts [1831-1833] at that fatal operation—excision of the tongue. The object of the Author will be attained, if his Observations have any appreciable tendency in arresting the progress of excessive Smoking, by drawing the attention of the Public to so important a subject. It is difficult to estimate, either the pernicious consequences produced by habitual Smoking, or the number of its victims among all classes, old and young. The enormous consumption of Tobacco can be ascertained from -ix- yearly returns made by the Government Custom-House; but its physical, moral, and mental deteriorations, admit of no such tangible analysis. These, although certain, are slow and imperceptible in their development, and it is therefore impossible to ascertain the extent of the injury which the poisonous weed inflicts upon the public health, or the alteration it must necessarily effect upon the character of its inhabitants. The consumption of Tobacco is stated to be, in 1853, 29,737,561 pounds, thus showing an allowance of considerably more than a pound, on an average, to every man, woman, and child, in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. The prevalence of Smoking has been of late greatly on the increase, and the use of the narcotic commences with the young from mere childhood. Such a habit cannot be more lamented than reprobated. The injury done to the constitution of the young may not immediately appear, but cannot fail ultimately to become a great national calamity. JOHN LIZARS. Edinburgh, South Charlotte Street, 1859. -x- Table of Contents Advisory viii Preface: Notice to the Eighth Edition ix Chapter I. General Characteristics of Tobacco 13 The Introduction of Tobacco into Europe 13 The question of its intention for the Use of Man discussed 15 The Botany and Chemistry of Tobacco considered 15 Physiological Effect 20 M. Fiévé [1857] 21 Chapter II. Practical Observations on the Use and Abuse of Tobacco 23 Contagion from Cigar-smoking 23 Syphilis propagated by smoking tobacco 23 Condition of Paris 24 Effect on a Fever Patient 25 Local Effects on the Mouth 26 Ulceration of the Lips, Tongue, Gums, Mucous membrane of the Mouth, Tonsils, Velum Palati, Pharynx 26 Constitutional Effects enumerated [1854] 27 Dyspepsia from use of Tobacco 30 Diarrhoea 31 Effects in Cholera 32 Disease of Liver 32 Congestion of Brain 32 Apoplexy [1830] 33 Palsy 33 Mania [1854] 34 Loss of Memory 34 Amaurosis 34 Deafness 35 Nervousness 35 Emasculation 35 Cowardice 36 General Effects 36 Quotations from various Authors, and narrations of peculiar cases of poisoning by tobacco 38 Chapter III. Communications and Extracts 53 Opinions of Dr. Prout [1840] 53 Boussiron [1844] 54 Dr. Pereira 54 Orfila [1817] 55 Sir Benjamin Brodie 55 Dr. Cleland [1840] 56 Dr. Johnston [1855] 56 King James I [1604] 59 Rev. Dr. Adam Clarke [1797] 63 Mr. Solly [1856] 65 Dr. Wm. Henderson 66 Mr. Fenn [1857] 66 Dr. Tod [1856] 71 Mr. Anton 81 Mr. O'Flaherty 81 Dr. M'Cosh 81 Camden 83 Mr. Erichsen [1857] 105 Account of Hospitals for the Insane in the United States [1843] 107 Report of the Penna. Hospital for the Insane [1849] 108 Communications from numerous Scientific men in illustration of the evil effects of Tobacco 109 the Half-Yearly Abstract of Medical Sciences 111 Dr. Laycock [1846] 112 British Anti-Tobacco Society 118 Cases reported in the Lancet [1857] 124 Dictionnaire des Sciences Médicales [1821] 132 Darwin, &c. [1794] 136
  7. Chris Langan is a puzzle. According to Jordan Peterson, IQ is the best predictor of a bunch of things.
  8. Here is a video of him shovelling horse manure. with an IQ of 200.
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    So far as I know it was just pain, no deformity of knuckles or very little. That was in the 1980s. I didn't buy all her groceries, just most, for me and her both. I bought what I wanted, mostly fruits and veggies, and she accepted it. I tried to suggest to her that the diet had nothing to do with the vanishing of the pain but she was convinced the diet did it.
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    Addiction is different for different people. Some people get addicted to alcohol; some don't. Some people get addicted to gambling; some don't. A quick search shows that some people get addicted to tylenol. A little anecdote about arthritis pain that probably doesn't prove anything. Many years ago my mother had arthritis pain. I did most of the food shopping for the family. I asked my mother what I should buy. She left that to me to decide. Her arthritis pain vanished and stayed gone. I don't know if this was a coincidence or not.
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    I explained how I see drugs for high blood pressure. I went slowly and tried to make it as clear as I could. You did not explain how you see drugs for high blood pressure. Your response was quack quack quack. What am I supposed to make out of your response? Perhaps you have no response but instead have a blind trust in the authority of mainstream doctors and perhaps to you anything contrary to mainstream doctors is automatically quackery. I understand that most people think MD stands for Medical Deity but I don't worship doctors (not even the good ones) and I don't take orders from doctors.
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    Pumpkin seeds for zinc. The only supplements I take are those I can't get enough from food. They are kelp for the iodine, vitamin D when I don't get enough sun, methylcobalamin (the best form of B12). I started taking these after I quit salmon. (I'm not sure what all this has to do with North Korea.) In NK you probably would have difficulty getting your nutrients.
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    If you like to do research on the internet, you might want to do some research on the dangers of painkillers. From the little I know, it seems painkillers can be extremely dangerous and can be addicting. I'm not motivated to do the research myself because I don't take drugs and never have pain.
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    Does that mean you can't explain what's wrong with what I wrote?
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    Name calling ('whoopee') is another fallacy. Using such words as 'idiot' and 'bigotry' tends to put a damper on rational discussion. I am not convinced that drugs are based on rigorous Objective epistemology. I will explain my rejection of drugs by a reasonably concrete example. High blood pressure. You can take a HBP drug and it will lower blood pressure, no doubt. Who can argue against that? All the peer reviewed scientific studies and the experience of doctors and experience of patients shows that it lowers blood pressure. Fact. I'm guessing you would call that rigorous Objective epistemology. Anyone who argues against this drug is an idiot and a fool and whatever other nasty names you can think of. Are we on the same page so far? Ask an important question. Why does the patient have HBP? Dr. Johnston told me "We are not good at causes", speaking for the whole profession. Most symptoms are not the problem but a body response to a problem. In the case of HBP it might be plaque in the arteries, causing obstruction to flow of blood, requiring higher pressure to produce an adequate flow of blood. I'm not saying this is the only possible cause but it is a possible cause. So the HBP drug works if by 'works' we mean merely that it lowers blood pressure. And there is plenty of scientific evidence that it lowers BP. So what's the problem? Does it remove the plaque? No. The obstruction to flow of blood is still there, requiring more pressure to produce an adequate flow of blood. So what we have now is an inadequate flow of blood. Plus the drug is a poison, which is why it works. Well along comes someone who believes in 'natural remedies'. Chinese herbs. Maybe this is better because it is natural. Not so. Natural does not mean good. Poison ivy is natural. So is snake poison. This guy goes to a Chinese herbalist and get a herb that lowers BP just as the drug did. Does it remove the plaque? No. It produces the same result, inadequate flow of blood. Plus it is a poison. Chinese herbs are just poisonous plants and that's why they taste bad. What is the correct procedure? Remove the plaque. Then with the obstruction to flow of blood removed, there is no need for HBP. How do you remove the plaque? Ask how the plaque got there. Maybe diet had something to do with it. Maybe a change of diet would help. You don't need to go to a doctor to do that. The above is just one example of the rule of thumb that most symptoms are body responses to a problem, not the problem itself. Another example is pain. What is pain? Pain is a flashing red light. You can stop the pain by a drug (a poison). What did you accomplish? You stopped the flashing red light. The problem is still there but you don't know it. And as usual the drug is a poison and that's why it works. Obviously many more examples could be added.
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    It was merely a point of logic, not an accusation. Perhaps you are looking for a fight. I'm not. It is a common fallacy. Say something about Islam, get accused of being a hate monger or a racist. Disagree with some doctors, get accused of hate mongering doctors. (I learn from many good doctors but I disagree with all of them on something, without hatred.) Call Kim Jong Un a monster, the speaker has personal problems. You probably can find this fallacy on a list of fallacies. .
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    Interesting game. First side to move loses. If NK strikes first, Pyongyang gets turned into a smoking hole in the ground. If USA strikes first, China steps in, followed by all hell breaking loose. Conclusion: nothing will happen.
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    I did not say that you did.
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    Does anyone here say Kim Jong Un is not a monster? If so, how do you support that statement? Calling Yaron Brook and Craig Biddle hate mongers to prove that Kim Jong Un is not a monster is not valid reasoning. (Even if they are hate mongers. (which I don't believe))
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    Maybe Kim Jong Un's bad health and bad health habits will soon kill him. That would be easier than assassinating him.
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    This is long but worth listening to. Yaron Brook explains why Trump should not talk with Kim Jong Un.
  22. Chris Langan has a plan to prevent unfit people from making babies. You might ask who would judge who is fit to make babies. Chris Langan would be willing to do that job.