Episode-1725- Expert Council Q&A for 2-5-16 — 25 Comments

  1. So is there a place for human-powered electrical devices at all [such as hand-crank emergency flashlights and radios and such] or is Steven suggesting that the entire concept is pointless?

      • Almost a fool’s errand. It just occurred to me that if one is going to be producing energy anyway, it’s not a bad idea to do something with it.

        Do you still feel that- if it were affordable – an exercise bike that charged a battery would be pointless? Sure it’s small potatoes, but it’s being done anyway.

        • IDK depends I guess on the embodied energy and cost of the components. If one is going to exercise for an hour every day anyway the extra energy may as well be harnessed in my opinion.

          I think a lot of tech in the future will do this, there are already bridges where 100% of the lights on them are powered by generators run by the vibration on the bridge from cars going over it. Clothing is being made that charges an iPhone while you walk around.

          None of this will save polar bears but it all adds up. You move and have a phone on you anyway, why not have it charged up all the time by moving. Stuff like that makes sense to me. Small hand crank radios as a back up to a back up to a back up make sense, anything beyond stuff like this I am with Steve on.

  2. Ben Falk, I don’t know if you read these messages or not, but I was wondering if you might be able to expand a bit on a rephrasing of the core question asked of you today; how do you provide 80% of your calories? The foods you mentioned, kraut, other fermented foods, and squash, are delicious and nutritious, but not protein or calorie-rich foods I do not believe.

    Phrased another way, would it be possible for you to list out a few days of what you eat? Maybe that would give us a few ideas of how we could change our diet to allow us to grow more of our own calories?

    • Don’t want to speak for Ben but based on Facebook I think he picked up a LOT of deer this year. He raises a lot of geese now to and most graduate in fall, he makes stock all winter from the left overs after cooking. He does a run of chickens every year. Stuff like that all adds up.

  3. This isn’t the first time I’ve heard you say that doctors “put you on a med” and that they intend for you to take it for the rest of your life. I got put on high blood pressure meds like that. After listening to your thoughts on this, I shopped around for a doctor/physicians’ assistant who would even talk to me about the possibility of coming off of the blood pressure meds. Key for my situation was to lose weight, start exercising, and get more sleep. I lost 19 lbs, do the proverbial 20 minutes of exercise 3 or more times a week, and, well, I’m working on the sleep thing. Under the direction of my PA and twice daily monitoring of my BP, I’ve been able to reduce my BP meds by half. As my weight goes down to “normal” for my height and age, and I continue to increase my activity rate, we are anticipating that I will be able to go completely off of them in the next 6 months. Thanks for some inspiration to get this done. Appreciate all you do!

    • KM, Unfortunately Western Medicine (Doctors) and the drug industry, are completely interlinked for maximized profit. In order to keep the machine running at full profit, they must keep us on a host of drugs that don’t work in order to keep us sick. People are amazed at how simple it is to get on track with proper diet and exercise, such as I teach in my Primal Power Method series. This stuff isn’t rocket science, but trying to find a someone in the medical profession who teaches this today is incredibly difficult. For us self reliant/survivalist starting with our health is key to living the life we want to live. Keep at it, and you will see some great results.

  4. Be sure to check local laws regarding roadkill and talk to local warden if you don’t get the answer you are looking for. In KY it is illegal unless you get a tag from the game officer, but if you talk to him it is fine as long as you give them a call to give them weight sex etc. Roadkill Venison Sirloin Kabobs over rice is hard to beat. In fact I think I’ll do that tonight.

  5. Thanks Jack.. Had a typed a long reply on my phone and then hit submit and it was lost. Seems like phone responses to this don’t go through. Anyway, i’ll try again:
    Typical dormant-season meal in past five years here:
    -upon waking, chaga, reishi, nettle tea, sometimes coffee with cream from a local farm and a little maple syrup from on site. the shrooms foraged here nearby.
    -11am or ideally later: lunch of duck, goose and chicken eggs, garlic and onions and hot peppers, cooked in butter from a vermont farm. with kraut and kimchi from on site here.
    -dinner of lamb sausage with kale from the greenhouse, kraut or kimchi, hot peppers, onions, garlic all from here…cooked in duck or goose fat from our birds, with potatoes, radish, other root cellar veggies of ours.
    The above changes with lots of squash mixed in.
    Meats in past years have been venison instead of lamb, goose from 50 we raised, beef we trade for trees with a neighbor.
    Breads from local farms for snacks as well as which often inlcude:
    pecans bought from a lady in the midwest, pistachios bought from the local coop, peanut butter sometimes, dried mango from far away
    seaberry and elderberry syrups from here with our honey
    dried apples and pears from here.
    we eat lots of butter from off site and some cream too…
    But that’s a pretty good run down…

      • In the fridge in ball jars.
        We also buy chocolate and coffee quite often! It’s pretty easy living. Getting to 80% pus over time has been great and educational and shows us what we need to do if we need to get there or beyond that over time if conditions necessitate. But with work, a wife and other family needs, sometimes being hard core isn’t practical and we back off, go out to eat, buy food we COULD have grown and processed etc. Important to know how to grow and process more though if needed and have the soil nd space and tools prepped to do so.

  6. Blood tests and fasting– I have followed the 8/16 hour routine for eating/fasting for about three years, and I also went ketogenic for 8 months to get an idea of the effect on sports performance. What amazed me about all of this was the variation in measuring blood sugar, ketone, lipid profile, and blood pressure. In fact, if you are pricking your finger in the morning to get a blood sample, do it three or four times and look at the variation. In fact, look at the variation from 5am to 10am. You will be amazed at the spread. You may also see a variation from summer to winter.

    Be very cautious about drawing conclusions from single sample blood tests unless of course they are multiples of what is considered normal and you are showing severe physiological symptoms.

    As far as fasting is concerned, which goes along with nutritional ketosis, you might also consider the relationship to cancer. Cancer cells only survive in the presence of glucose, and cannot metabolize ketones – betahydroxybuterate. Thomas Seyfried (Boston College) has revived the metabolic theory of cancer, and is researching the ketogenic diet as an aid to treatment of cancer. Increase the blood serum ketone level, and you can reduce the severity of the current cancer treatments – cut it out, burn it out, or poison it. Ketogenic diets are not a cancer cure, but may be an effective aid in cancer treatment, at least to the extent that the treatment does not kill the patient.

    Note that a 100 mg/dl blood glucose level equates to a blood serum ketone level of about 5.5 mmolar. Don’t eat for 48 hours and you will find that the blood serum ketone level easily approaches the blood sugar level. Quantitatively this is huge, and it is not difficult to imagine that it has huge effects on cell metabolism throughout the body. Look at epilepsy treatment, and current research related to dementia and Alzeimers. ONR (Office of Naval Research) has even funded research to evaluate the use of exogenous ketones by Navy Seals employing closed system breathing apparatus; the idea is to prevent oxygen poisoning related seizures ( )

  7. Jack, you spoke about picking up deer roadkill, how do you assess if it is still good, and how long it has been dead? Could you go a little more in depth?

  8. Buying honey in bulk vs. crystallizing: Quick solution – transfer from your five-gallon bucket to quart mason jars while it’s still liquid. This way, you have 3# units of honey, and you can more easily heat it if it’s crystallized. No need for water bath or pressure canning. Just sanitize your jars and lids first. Fill ’em, cap ’em, and put ’em away.
    Disclaimer: Be sure to follow all government recommendations for processing food. Do not follow the directions of people on the internet. This process is known to cause serious death and/or injury in the state of California. ;-P

  9. Jack.
    Re: Your mead making gathering.

    A friend of mine was pretty seriously obsessive about brewing. So much so that he turned his garage into a brewery in effect. He had the capacity to brew something like 40 gallons of beer, wine, or mead at a time. But he would rarely make them alone. This is what he did…

    Periodically, he would send out a notice that we would have a brew party. He would send out the recipe for that party and ask “who is bringing what ingredient?” One particular party that I remember we were making a Belgian Triple, which calls for a bunch of honey. I, being a beekeeper, supplied the several gallons (IIRC) of honey.

    The format:
    1. It was a pot-luck. Everyone showed up and brought food and family.
    2. We brewed… whatever.
    3. We drank the results of the LAST brew party.
    4. ***Those who donated ingredients left with a bucket of must or whatever we were brewing.
    5. The host finished brewing the rest and kegged it or bottled it… ready for the next brew party.
    6. Rinse. Repeat.

    Just an idea, but this worked great for us for several years. One of that crew actually ended up starting their own successful brewery in this region (Raleigh NC).