It has become clear to me that nature has certain rules. Nature involves layers of cycles. That sounds obvious, but modern life seems to be all about figuring out how to deviate from nature's cycles and get away with it. In my experience, it doesn't work. Only when we submit to nature's cycles does nature rewards us.
I spent the entire year of 2023 intermittent fasting. Having clear eating and fasting windows each day proved to be a major benefit to me. It gives my body and mind time to process and time to rest. Processing food consumed takes up a massive amount of your body's energy, so giving it a break can be extremely beneficial.
Another important cycle of nature is the seasons. Living in Michigan's Upper Peninsula makes being in tune with the seasons easy because it's a reality you cannot escape. This wasn't such an obvious cycle in my prior environment on the California coast. I am now carnivore as it is winter. My acclamation to carnivore this winter was much easier as it is my second winter on the diet. To be honest, I was looking forward to it. I get sick of the insulin spikes from carbs and the bacterial "voice" that is always asking for more glucose.
To tie the points about cycles and seasons together, I can say with certainty that I am a true believer in oxalate accumulation. Mainstream health and medicine doesn't like anything it can't measure or test in the blood, which is why it hates metals and oxalate. As a person who was very overweight from a young age, I can say that if you've consumed enough food to get fat, then you've consequently consumed an excessive amount of oxalate. Oxalate accumulation is a lot like fat accumulation on the body. If you take in more than you can process out, it has to go somewhere and where it goes depends on where your body is weak.
If you are new to the topic of Oxalate, I wrote a blog on it that may be helpful to read first:
I also suggest you check out Sally K Norton. She is very knowledgeable and rational, and is the only one out there that seems to be talking about seasons. If we where eating a small amount of oxalate in the summer and then very low oxalate in the winter you would not have a problem. This is how people ate in generations prior to mass, industrialized global farming. However, in the modern world we have every food we could want at our fingertips, and have even found ways to blend, juice, and powder high oxalate foods. We have nut butters and nut milks and "healthy" smoothies with 100x the amount of oxalate the body can safely handle.
I have a particularly high level of oxalate accumulation because I ate enough food to make me fat early on in life, and then tried to get healthy by becoming a vegan. As a vegan, my diet consisted primarily of green powders, nuts, chia seeds, smoothies, and other high oxalate foods. I became so sick as a vegan and I didn't understand why. I was also struggling with metal toxicity from amalgam fillings in my teeth. My body had no fat soluble vitamins to detox from the metal poisoning or vegan diet. While I was consuming all this oxalate, I was also over-consuming fiber, which destroyed my gut. I knew nothing about oxalate at the time, and the people selling me all the super foods sure didn't mention it.
In an effort to feel better, I fasted and ended up with kidney stones on both sides. Why? My body dumping massive amounts of oxalate now that I had taken a break from consuming it. I got in a car accident and they took an x-ray of my neck. There were no signs of damage from the accident, but the doctor pointed out that he could see my arteries in the x-ray. That's how calcified I was! So naturally, I thought calcium was the problem. So I started avoiding calcium in my diet. Well, if you're eating high oxalate and the body doesn't find calcium in the gut, it will pull it from other parts of the body.
The point is that most people accumulate oxalate their entire life. The real problem with oxalate is that the people trying to be healthy are often the ones consuming the most and suffering the most because of "super foods" that naturally would never be available to the extent they are today. I have always been the type to consume a massive amount of anything I thought would improve my health. It is hard to get over our mistakes. I pride myself on learning, hoping that the newest thing will replace the old thing. Others never hold their own beliefs to same standard they hold others to. My health has never been better. I loved many high oxalate foods and spent so much time and money on "health" that thinking about it makes me sick, but I'm so grateful I got out of that old program.
I feel like I'm reverse-aging as oxalate accumulation seems to fit with aging; getting calcified from the inside out. At the end of the day, almost every voice on the internet is selling something. The vegans, the supplement gurus, even the carnivores who demonize plants and don't even eat eggs... but still drink coffee. The sheer amount of conflicting information is overwhelming and most often very misleading, because context is so rarely considered. Sometimes I think about starting a YouTube channel or blogging more regularly, but then I think about the internet. I see how the internet has hit critical mass. The search now determines the answer because there is an abundance of information "proving" any position. Type in "benefits of...." or "dangers of..." and there you have it. I don't have a group where I fit in but I'm certainly not selling anything that keeps me from looking at the truth. I have removed my addictions to a point where I can tell that very few people are aware of their own charge potential. I now see spirituality as quantum physics and charge potential.
All I can say is my health is improving and has been for several years now. Sometimes less is more. Sometimes the best things aren't the most exciting.
Life has been good to us out here.
I'm here if you need me.
Rob Alexander is on a journey to learn not just about health but everything else.
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