Diet Alternative For Better Health

Always looking for a healthier living ideas, I read up on the Paleo Diet. The Paleo diet is quite simple in its base foundation. Eat what our ancestors ate 10,000 years ago. Sounds pretty simple, and has a lot of common sense built into it.

I found Robb Wolf’s web page the most informative. Though the claims about the diet are questionable. I do not think there is a one diet sure all where we can cookie cut people into better health.

Basically following the Paleo Diet, it is okay to eat all fruits, vegetables, lean meats, seafood, nuts and seeds, and healthy fats. Sounds good so far. How can you wrong eating these foods? I really doubt you can.

The Paleo diet has been modified over the years, from its original basis of eating what our ancestors ate 10,000 years ago into another form where the word Paleo to describe the diet, does not really fit any longer. In a quest to further improve the Paleo Diet, grains, legumes (generally beans), starches, and dairy are not part of the diet.

Detractors of the Paleo Diet, and there are many, seem to attack the Paleo Diet, not on what it is, but by making comparisons to what we think our ancestors actually ate, and the choices we have today. In a lot of attacks on any diet, business interests seem to be a basis of the attacks, though it is never mentioned.

The meat and dairy industry have a lot to lose if diets like Paleo Diet ever took off. Some of the foods dairy cattle are fed on a regular basis are nothing remotely close to the home on the range diet you think dairy cows eat. Generally the same issue resides within the meat industry.

Problems meat and dairy animals experience is compensated too often with growth hormones and antibiotics. Even the better meats and dairy available may have been fed a diet of GMO Foods, which may or may not be as healthy when they are passed on to us in the meat and dairy we consume.

On the other side, meat and dairy are available due to better living through chemistry. Though in my experience, some foods only look like what they represent. That is where the comparison stops. Chemicals, DNA modification, and growth, and other hormones in our food supply is off topic for this post however.

From the perspective of a someone who feels better following a Celiac Diet, the Paleo Diet is very restrictive, and more expensive. The recommended meats are grass fed meats. Meaning a trip to the local grocer is unlikely to put many meat choices in your shopping cart.

Tastes good

A Cheeseburger and fries cost more than this meal

All Paleo Diet food should be organic which is a good thing. If nothing else organic foods generally taste better, so are more enjoyable to eat. Soy is questionable depending on where you are reading. For dairy substitutes, once cow, goat, and soy milk is removed one is left with almond, and a few other odd milk like products which are not fit for the weak of pocketbook crowd.

Legumes are to be avoided as they contain a chemical complex that is thought to be harmful for some people. Grains are not allowed as I understand it for the same reason.

On the bright side if you can afford the Paleo Diet, and you can be happy with the constraints of the Paleo diet, your health can only improve. I read an article yesterday that identifies emulsifiers as major contributors to stomach and intestinal issues like Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS.

In these days of our food supply being strongly influenced by chemistry, every person should strive to be a food expert. I know from experience that problems with food start slowly and hide well, masquerading as other causes like pollen allergies, colds, flu’s, arthritis and other common ailments.

Only when one is willing to sample a different way of eating, whether the Paleo Diet, or other less mainstream diet, can one better understand exactly what is making them feel less than perfect.

I have learned that most maladies that show up in our lifetimes start out slow, and progress in a stealthy manner. Everything from Shampoo, deodorant, to the food we put in out mouth should be suspect if we start feeling anything less than we did when we were ten years old.

I recommend you take some time and read about the Paleo Diet. It was founded in common sense and a need to move away from eating processed modified foods that are not healthy. Over the decades, the Paleo Diet has been modified to give everyone the best chance at a long and healthy life.

Even with expense taken into consideration, we should be eating as well as we can afford to eat. There is not a lot of difference in price between Nachos and Chips, and several healthier alternative foods. Eating poor quality food and slowly losing your health is not a good trade for more free time or more money in your pocket.

Life Arrives From Space?

I am really taken with this metal ball of life making material which was found on the surface of a high altitude balloon. I am surprised the story has not garnered more press than it has. Researchers sent up a high altitude balloon to collect dust and high altitude matter. Upon recovering one of the balloons, the scientists found what may be an out of this world surprise.

A tiny metal ball about the width of a human hair was found on one of the balloons, or so the story goes. The metal sphere hit with such force it left an impact mark which is how it was found.

Supposedly the metal sphere has little filaments on the outside and was photographed via x-ray of pushing out what is described as, “gooey biological material” from its center.

If it is from out space, how long has it traveled, how did it survive, and what it its purpose. If it were to hit someone in the eye, or arm, would it have penetrated the skin. Would we notice? Has it happened already? Can it reproduce or modify DNA?

Seeding Earth

Is this proof of space modified DNA?

I hope to learn more about this little metallic ball, and what it is all about, but it is looking doubtful. The silence about the metal ball is perplexing however. Do some of the worlds top minds have egg on there face from jumping on a life from outer space theory and have quashed the story? No one want to air their dirty laundry of course.

Conspiracy theories are out there about this metallic ball, I am sure. What this is and what it means. What I find interesting is it has garnered so little press and media attention. What could be proof of life from outer space, gets a few articles about this amazing find.

Religion has been strangely silent on the subject, or at least I have not read any commentary from a religious source. It would throw most of organized religion into turmoil if it can be proved that the little metallic ball came from anywhere other than planet earth. Perhaps an uproar would be more like it.

My guess is whatever it turns out to be is either turning into one of the closely guarded secrets of this decade, or it turned out to be something mundane.

Here is a link to one of the few articles about the little metal ball: Ball From Space

http://rt.com/uk/233507-metal-ball-alien-seed/

Lessons from a Fatal Accident

I found myself in a very surreal situation a few weeks ago. I want to share with you, as this could be you some day. Things happen, and they happen suddenly. This was one of those things.

I was at a stoplight on a busy four lane street. It was dusk. I was the third car in line in my lane. When the light turned green, the two cars in front of me took off as fast as they were able. Within seconds the front car hit its brakes and violently swerved to the right.

In an instant the second car did the same. I was looking at the cars wondering why they swerved out of the lane. I thought to myself, someone was hauling something and part of what they were hauling fell off the truck or trailer and was laying in the street.

Accidents happen quickly and without warning

Accidents happen quickly and without warning

I started slowing down looking in my rear view mirror deciding which lane would be safer to turn into. When I looked forward to the road surface, I saw a large something laying in the lane.

As I came closer, I thought to myself, that looks like a human body. I quickly turned into the right lane, and stopped on the side of the road. When I exited my truck, I was sure it looked like a human laying in the street. From here on what happened became very surreal.

My next thought was call 911. I had my work phone with me, but I turn it off after work. As I walked towards the form on the street, a woman was standing with her phone out and one finger over the screen.

I asked her if she knew what happened or knew the person on the street. She said no. I asked her who she was calling, and she said, “I’m calling emergency”. Unfortunately she was frozen in place. I asked to call 911 as I walked towards the body.

It was dark, and the lighting was not good. My first thought was it was sick prank, what else could it be. Someone threw a human looking dummy into the street thinking it would be funny watching vehicles swerve to avoid hitting it.

After some seconds of staring at the body, I knew it was not a dummy, and I also knew he was not alive. I am now standing in the middle of a fifty mile per hour four lane street with a dead body on the ground. No sign of an accident and no reasonable explanation of how it got there.

I think that pretty well describes the situation. As I stood there, I thought to myself, ‘people get killed doing what I am doing’, trying to do the right thing. I could not leave the body alone to get ran over by someone not thinking about their driving, so I stayed in the lane with the body.

I looked over to the woman who was still frozen in place, and this time I commanded her to dial 911. A few more people had gathered and two of them said they would call 911. The woman was likely in shock and probably could not remember the number to 911.

I remembered I had either a tarp or a blanket in the backseat of my truck. When the light turned red, I walked to my truck to get it. The woman was still frozen in place. I found a blanket in the backseat, walked back into the lane, and with the help of a person who stopped and put on their flashers so I would not get hit too, we covered the body with a blanket.

I saw a woman walking up the lane from a distance. there was a car with its flashers on stopped in the lane some distance away. When she was about twenty feet away she broke down, sobbing and crying she hit the man and did not mean too.

One of the bystanders told her to go to the side of road which she did. It sounds harsh, but I did not care if she stayed standing out in the street in front of traffic that probably did not see her. She was not my concern, and her actions did not fit what happened. I realized later, she was probably in shock too.

The police eventually arrived, two officers in two vehicles. One officer started controlling traffic, and the second came to where I was standing next to the body. After surveying the situation and listening to me telling him there was a dead man under the blanket, he lifted the blanket, and confirmed what I said.

The policeman stood, and announced to the five or six of us that were at the scene, that this was about to become a crime scene, and if we were not involved in the accident, or had pertinent information we should leave, unless we wanted to stay there three or four hours. Myself and the others who were not involved left the scene.

There is good learning here even though the situation is horrible.

Things happen which are way out of our comfort zone.

The two drivers of the two cars in front of me at the stoplight will have to live with their decision not to stop and render aid for the rest of their lives every time they are reminded of what they did.

Sometimes even with the best of intentions we are not able to do what we know we should do.

Risk taking is a personal choice. Not everyone should be willing to stand in a lane with a dead body with cars flying by on each side of you.

If people are already stopped and helping, and it looks as if you can not help too, it is probably best to drive on. Too many people could mean a second accident, as driver are sometimes too preoccupied.

The person who was killed deserves some of the responsibility for what happened. Crossing eight lanes at night, not in a vehicle, is an extreme high risk activity. It is horrible what happened, but it can not be undone.

When driving, pay attention to the road in front of you. The driver who killed the man IMHO, was unfortunately distracted somehow. She will have to live with what happened for the rest of her life. I would not want to be her, and I am sure you do not either.

If you are on foot or on a bicycle, skateboard, or something else, weigh the risk of street crossings carefully. The person hit and killed may have crossed this street at this time night thing often over time, and was safe every time, until this time.

Measles, Big Trucks, and Tuberculosis

This measles thing is scary. A few people living in your area decided in the past, the risk of vaccinating their children was too high. They performed a risk verses reward decision matrix. The risk of their children contracting a preventable diseases was lower in their estimation, than the risk of vaccination side effects happening to one of their children.

Where does that leave everyone else? If you drive a vehicle, you pay for insurance in case you have an accident. If you have money in a checking or savings account, you pay something to keep you money as safe as possible. Because you are reading this, you have passwords on your email, and social accounts.

In general people try to minimize the effects of a life changing event in their life. It is better to take a small risk than risk it all. People who have non vaccinated children feel they are in fact taking a small risk. They are really risking it all however.

Their children are not able to contract a little measles, a little polio, or a little other deadly preventable disease. Oddly enough these people are all around you. They are content to inconvenience you, put you at risk, even allow harm to come to you.

This is an all too common picture I took yesterday. An oversize truck in order to park as close to the door as possible, is partially in the handicapped parking spot. This handicapped spot is unusable to a handicapped driver. The truck is in its space on the driver side where the driver exits the truck.

You see these types of people in the fast lines in discount stores. They have an overflowing cart, and they are in the twenty items or less line ahead of you. The cashier is instructed not to turn them away. Money is money after all.

Do you go to the movies? You go early and pay your money to get the seat you want. Someone is sitting by the seat you want, all by themselves. They tell you they are holding the five seats around them and you can’t sit where you want. The held seats are not filled for another fifteen minutes.

Which brings me back to measles. In the early part of the last century tuberculosis killed almost three of every ten people. Tuberculosis was thought to be inherited as little was known of how disease was spread in those times. Some family members contracted tuberculosis while others did not. Tuberculosis was thought to be in the genes.

Tuberculosis was contained by two main methods. First sanitariums were created. Tens of thousands of people with tuberculosis where housed in what were essentially prisons which were kindly called sanitariums.

People with tuberculosis would be taken out of their homes and placed in one of these facilities until they were cured or more likely died. The second method of eradicating tuberculosis was a method of killing tuberculosis was finally discovered, modified, and used.

If only the cure for measles and disease where vaccinations are available were this easy. Separate out the non vaccinated and infected, and place them somewhere where only non vaccinated and infected people live. Then the only people they can harm is people such as themselves. The rest of us are too kind for this however, so we accept people will die because of other peoples indifference.This measles thing is scary. A few people living in your area decided in the past, the risk of vaccinating their children was too high. They performed a risk verses reward decision matrix. The risk of their children contracting a preventable diseases was lower in their estimation, than the risk of vaccination side effects happening to one of their children.

Where does that leave everyone else? If you drive a vehicle, you pay for insurance in case you have an accident. If you have money in a checking or savings account, you pay something to keep you money as safe as possible. Because you are reading this, you have passwords on your email, and social accounts.

In general people try to minimize the effects of a life changing event in their life. It is better to take a small risk than risk it all. People who have not vaccinated their children feel they are in fact taking a small risk. They are really risking it all however.

Their children are not able to contract a little measles, a little polio, or a little other deadly preventable disease. Oddly enough these people are all around you. They are content to inconvenience you, put you at risk, even allow harm to come to you.

This is an all too common picture I took yesterday. An oversize truck in order to park as close to the door as possible, is partially in the handicapped parking spot. This handicapped spot is unusable to a handicapped driver. The truck is in its space on the driver side where the driver exits the truck.

Unconcerned and uncaring. It's all about me.

Unconcerned and uncaring. It’s all about me.

You see these types of people in the fast lines in discount stores. They have an overflowing cart, and they are in the twenty items or less line ahead of you. The cashier is instructed not to turn them away. Money is money after all.

Do you go to the movies? You go early and pay your money to get the seat you want. Someone is sitting by the seat you want, all by themselves. They tell you they are holding the five seats around them and you can’t sit where you want. The held seats are not filled for another fifteen minutes.

Which brings me back to measles. In the early part of the last century tuberculosis killed almost three of every ten people. Tuberculosis was thought to be inherited as little was known of how disease was spread in those times. Some family members contracted tuberculosis while others did not. Tuberculosis was thought to be in the genes.

Tuberculosis was contained by two main methods. First sanitariums were created. Tens of thousands of people with tuberculosis where housed in what were essentially prisons which were kindly called sanitariums.

People with tuberculosis were taken out of their homes and placed in one of these facilities until they were cured or more likely died. The second method of eradicating tuberculosis was a method of killing tuberculosis was finally discovered, modified, and used.

If only the cure for measles and disease where vaccinations are available were this easy. Separate out the non vaccinated and infected people, and place them somewhere where only non vaccinated and infected people live. Then the only people they can harm is people such as themselves. The rest of us are too kind for this however, so we accept people will die because of other peoples indifference.

When is it an attempt to steal?

There is an article over on the Verge, about how person tried to take advantage of Amazon.com, when Amazon made a major price mistake on a product, changing the price from ~ $200.00 to ~ $60.00, and was rewarded with $20.00 for their trouble.

Here is a quote from the article:

“Like any other person who inhales the internet like life-giving oxygen, I saw news of this mistake immediately and took advantage of it within moments, receiving an order confirmation before Amazon made its fix.”

Here is one of the responses, which is fairly typical of all the responses that were not arguing about the legalities of Amazon refusing to make good on their advertised price.

“One time a guy revealed the Ralph Lauren employee discount code and I got quality underwear for less. I felt like a criminal and was so relieved when they honored it.”

Do Morals bottom out?

Do Morals bottom out?

I am not sure where these people keep their morals. Where do they draw the line?

Where does the morals gondola stop? Is it okay we pay extra for people who have no qualms about taking advantage of a situation because a company is faceless? What about doing this to friends or family?

Would you try to take advantage of a company mistake? How about a friends mistake where money is at issue?

Crunchbang #! Linux Development Ends For Now

Corenominal, founder and developer of Crunchbang Linux announced today on the #! forum he will no longer develop Crunchbang Linux.

To sum it up in a few words, development goes on, and there are desktops that did not exist when #! development and initial release happened. As stated better in Corenominal’s post, there was no easy to use Debian, Ubuntu, or LXDE desktop when #! was developed and released.

Here is a link to┬áCorenominal’s forum post.

I really enjoy using Crunchbang Linux. #! is the first Linux distribution that I stayed with rather than hopping off to another distribution after a few weeks to a few months. That is saying a lot. Over the years, I have tried out more distributions in the top 100 of Distrowatch listing than a reasonable person should. There was always something better in the next distribution.

We will have to wait and see what becomes of #!. I hope Crunchbang Linux lives on. There are many new and great Linux distributions to choose from however. Easy to use use and light on resources desktops, such as LXDE and XFCE. These two desktops are my favorite Desktops for speed and ease of use, after #! of course.

Voyager Linux, Cadillac Style Built on Xubuntu LTS

I installed Voyager Linux a few weeks ago on my desktop, and have been playing with Voyager on and off since. Voyager is Xubuntu dressed to the nines. Voyager makes no claim to be anything but Xubuntu with a fresh look and some modifications. Those add-ons and modifications make Voyager mighty pleasing to the eye.

In the speed department, Voyager is no slouch considering it is Xubuntu dressed up. I found Voyager to be crisp, fast and solid, even after updates, which is an area where other distributions have fallen flat on their faces. XFCE and Docky are running the desktop, with a quick launch bar on the right side, with links to all four screens, selected programs, and system stats.

Voyager is a French distribution based currently based on Xubuntu 14.04.01 LTS, giving it a rock solid base and a long life. I first heard of Voyager a few years ago. I tried Voyager, but at the time I was not swayed to move away from the distribution I was using.

Why is Voyager different? Voyager does not call itself a new distribution which it is not, but refers to itself as “a personalization Xubuntu”, which is correct. Think of Xubuntu all dressed up and ready to show off.

Voyager Linux

Xubuntu with excellent modifications

Voyager is Xubuntu upgraded even to include modifications made to in the Firefox browser. There are other software additions that fill gaps and add choices. A well thought out mixture of programs that everyone should find useful.

Voyager installation is Ubuntu install so I won’t bore you with it. Ubuntu has made installation as simple and boring as possible and that is what you get.

While I am on the fence about switching to Voyager in the moment, Voyager is made made for someone like me. I want fast over pretty, and I want pretty over base install. Voyager is as fast as Xubuntu and more pleasing to the eye. It will stay on my hard drive so I can play with it and see if Voyager reaches out and grabs me.

I enjoy XFCE for what it adds to the speed side of the Linux desktop. I do not enjoy XFCE in its basic state. I also am not someone who derives pleasure from dressing up my desktop. That is where Voyager shines. No one is going to see Voyager on your desktop and think it is too plain, or too slow. I imagine anyone who sees Voyager on your desktop will want to know what is, and where you found it.

In finishing, Voyager is Ubuntu dressed up for a very special Friday Night. Voyager comes in both 32 and 64 bit flavors. There is one fun quirk in Voyager, and that is the software center. Parts of it on the main screen are in French. I find it refreshing, and not a deterrent, as most of us already what programs we want to add.

If you want XFCE on your desktop and are not inclined to dress it up, but want a polished desktop and an excellent selection of programs, Voyager belongs on your computer.