I try not to get into facebook debates as the platform lends itself to defensive arguments instead of knowledge-seeking conversation. I did however, see a post about veganism that I commented on. I'm not against veganism. I think anyone should be free to eat anything they want. However, I am against the idea that any one diet should be everyone's diet. So in response to a comment I wrote This......
Why I eat meat. (a post to a vegan)
I am a former vegan. I pushed the religion and even opened a vegan health cafe. I have said and heard all the arguments. I was sick and got sicker until I found out my “vegan guru” had been eating fish and eggs the entire time. In an act of desperation for my health I ate an egg. Within minutes my brain started to click on. Fish even better. After 20 years of no red meat I ate beef. I was terrified like the vegan god would send me to hell. Flesh eating murderer. Then I started learning about health. Diets are based on light environments. If you are at the equator in the sun you can be a vegan but the further north you go the less carbs are available and the worse the effect of carbs on the body. I am not anti-vegan but vegan in the right context. I do not think Native Americans of Inuits where less spiritual for eating meat. They where entrenched in their environment. One with nature; circle of life type stuff. I am against a push toward universal veganism for the same reason I am against a push toward universal meat-only diets. There is no one-size-fits-all diet but veganism in the wrong environment is dangerous. I am healthier than I have ever been and I eat more meat than I ever have. This is not random.
If you wear nearly no clothing, spend your life outdoors in India at an equatorial location subjected to little to no Wifi, then I encourage a vegan lifestyle. If you are reading this on a computer surrounded by Wifi and florescent/ LED lighting from above and on your screen, and fully clothed when you are rarely outside, then you may want to have another steak.
There are important substances found in animal products - most notably DHA which needs to be converted from plant form into the usable animal form. B-12 along with animal fats are also important. Iron contains more electrons than magnesium, meaning that red (iron-rich) blood is a better electron source than green (magnesium-rich) plant blood. Veagnism must be reserved for high light, equatorial environments. This is how it has always been historically and you'll be hard pressed to find a super healthy vegan that doesn't also have a great tan. The light environment should determine the diet and the more indoors we are the more meat is required in order to maintain the same level of health. I think we forget this because we have the convenience of accessing foods from all over the globe because of technological advances, but don't be fooled.
Veganism has the potential to be a first world, out of touch with nature, egotistical belief system and is promoted by the sugar and processed food industries for profit. Any vegan should watch the Lion King. I went to the movies yesterday and saw a preview of the new Lion King and it was a happy reminder. The circle of life. Everything in nature is cooperating and competing. Eating and being eaten in perfect balance. The further we get away from this the more we will try to draw arbitrary lines about when consciousness starts and stops. With eyes? With a face that looks like yours? Or is life always changing no one part more or less important than another?
How much life is in a plowed field. Are cow souls more important than gopher souls? The Vegan "guru" that started me down my sick vegan path once said "if they had to kill the animal they wouldn't eat it." But standing there in the vegan cafe looking around at the "superfood" powders from all over the world I responded "if you had to grow all this stuff you wouldn't eat it either, you'd need a steak."
The rise of the carnivore diet is a testament to the effects of veganism as many people who were vegan have reintroduced meat into the diet and have had amazing health recoveries. It will be interesting to see how this progresses. I am not against veganism but I am against misinformation that may lead to a person getting sick from following a diet that they shouldn't due to their environment.
If you follow this blog then you know my focus is on increasing charge for health. Everyone should get off processed food whether it be vegan or not. Marshmallows are vegan. Meat alternatives are filled with gmo plants and quality always matters. Remember the answer to every question is "it depends." Learn about your environment and your body. Don't fall for bad studies paid for by sales people or marketing cranking out bad info to keep you confused and buying useless products.
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Welcome to Part 2
In the last Blog I explained why EMF and artificial lights are stressors with potential to make other stressors in your life less manageable. I'm going to continue with a stressor I'm currently withdrawing from, which has been one of the most impactful stressors and one that virtually everyone in our society is on. I'm talking about caffeine.
A few weeks ago I gave up coffee and shortly after all forms of caffeine including my beloved chocolate addiction. I am a true caffeine addict so I know what you're thinking as you read this. The fact is no one with stress, anxiety, or sleep issues should be consuming this drug as it contributes to those issues. In the same way no one drinking a beer should be surprised if they aren't sober, no one consuming caffeine should be surprised about anxiety, sleep issues, and so many more negative effects. Just one cup of coffee is enough to keep measurably reduced blood flow to your brain. Caffeine in any form spikes the sympathetic nervous system, putting you in fight or flight mode. This prevents healing, weight loss, and prolonged stress. I finally realized I have struggled with anxiety for 20 years and have also been on some form of caffeine for 20 years. This means my nervous system has been taxed by a drug this entire time. I now have no idea what my adult life is like without that constant flood of stress hormones running through me. It's not enough to go off for a day. I need at least 60 days 100% caffeine free to even have a baseline (I don't like citing sources but there's a lot of great data and info on the specifics of caffeine in the book Caffeine Blues). It will certainly take my nervous system a long time to recover from being taxed for so long, even if the drug is out of my system. I realize the vast majority of our society is on this drug so it is almost impossible to get a baseline. It takes the body weeks to months to repair fully and most studies on caffeine (done by coffee drinkers for coffee sellers) look at a person on coffee one day and off the next which is no better than testing someone on heroin and someone withdrawing from heroin. Better to compare a person not on heroin at all to really see. Coffee, tea, chocolate, soda and on and on. Who is really off this stress drug?
Take a close look at anyone, especially anyone in alternative health claiming to be bulletproof. Perhaps they just found a legal drug to get you hooked on. It's good for business and bad for your health. I'm sure you will here more about this from me as I have found that my few weeks off caffeine has been one of the most humbling and beneficial steps in health I have ever taken. This worsens the effects of EMF and artificial light (mentioned in part 1) and leads me directly into the fourth stressor I'm going to talk about: over-training.
I've been that guy. The guy at the gym with the shaker cup filled with some caffeine-filled, neon-colored drink lifting way too hard just to feel strong. With my skin exposed to florescent lights, surrounded by tech devices, all in the name of health. This is the culmination of all 4 stressors. Overtraining in general is a problem. It is fun to feel strong but we often push ourselves to exhaustion piling on a massive amount of stress on an already stressed body. I'm not saying to stop exercising but I will say If you are in the longevity phase of life (35+ years old) then it would be wise to shift from growth to longevity by doing far less aggressive wear and tear on the body. I see people pushing themselves so hard and not loosing weight. They seem to look worse and worse and have a sympathetic-dominant nervous system. They never recover, chronically adding to an already stressed life. What's even worse is caffeine is a constrictor and lifters are trying to increase blood flow. When you mix caffeine with substances that dilate the body has a very tough time since it can't do both at the same time. I believe over training, and caffeine are intimately connected. I did this for a prolonged period of time, learn from my mistakes. If you want to look good and lose weight or build muscle, engage the repair and restore mechanisms of your body and know that caffeine consumption will not allow for this.
Remember that health is contingent upon the body's ability to repair itself. The higher the stress, the lower the charge meaning the less power the body has to regenerate itself. There are countless stressors in this life. Some are unavoidable while others are voluntary. Remove what you can and the ones that remain will be more manageable. I call this margin. As your margin increases, so does your health. No one pushing a substance like caffeine that clearly pulls you out of rest and repair wants you to be healthy. These are hard truths but if you go into your doctor's office for anxiety or sleeplessness and find a cup of coffee under LED lighting waiting for you to just be sold some drugs, you may want to reconsider your strategy. Very few people are willing to look at EMF, tech, caffeine and excessive exercise as problems. Guys, if you're overly stressed your testosterone will be low. Women, if your worried about wrinkles no amount of collagen in your coffee will stop the caffeine in the coffee from disrupting skin cell repair any more than adding collagen to a beer will keep you looking good.
If this blog is stressing you out, stay tuned. Part 3 will have some solutions to the 4 stressors that I have covered in this blog series.
Stress is a major factor in illness. This seems to be commonly agreed upon but not commonly dealt with. I say this because I have been on a healing path for years but feel like I am just starting to finally tap into the removal of stress. When I say stress I mean anything that taxes the body or puts it in the fight or flight state engaging the sympathetic nervous system. It is important to note that stress in short bursts can be good (eustress). What I am referring to is long-term stress that keeps your body from entering into the restoration process.
There are stressors everywhere in the modern world and everyone is different so what I'm going to point out are the factors that have impacted me that I did not know about in the past. Addressing these stressors will make traffic or spilling your breakfast on your clothes on the way out the door more bearable. The more you remove stress from your life, the more manageable remaining stress will be. I don't know if there is anything more important for your health than removing stress. This ties directly into my recent blog Sleep In The Modern Age Along with many other past blogs.
I'm going to target 4 stressors that stick out to me most. Sure, eating clean, stop smoking/drinking and any number of others could have made my list but these are the ones I feel have the biggest bang for their buck and are most often overlooked.
In the image above you see a person lets call him Sam. Our friend Sam is 40 and has been feeling out of shape so he started the day early with a pre-workout drink (full of caffeine) and heads to the gym for some heavy lifting (under junk LED lights). He pushes himself super hard and is running late. Off to work where he will be sitting for extended periods. He is now over trained, drinking more coffee in an effort to be "bulletproof", sitting and staring at a blue lit screen with is wifi phone in his pocket, his cordless mouse, his wireless laptop. Are you starting to see the picture?
4 causes of stress to look at:
All 4 of these will steer the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) off course, resulting in Sam's health to be diminished overall. I'm not going to dive too deep into the SNS but when you are in a fight or flight state for prolonged periods, good luck avoiding illness, loosing weight or having a good mental /emotional life or relationships. The overuse of the sympathetic system causes a magnesium deficiency that in turn causes many more problems in the body. Magnesium is key for relaxation and does hundreds of functions in the body. The more stress the faster you burn magnesium.
Electro-magnetic frequencies from our tech are stressing our cells to the max. Anyone who knows me knows I'm focused on telling the EMF story but outside of just being bad for the functions of your cells I'm proposing that EMF may be a primary reason you overreact or have a bad temper. We may not feel the effects of EMF directly since it's sub-sensory, but the constant bombardment of frequencies from tech is higher than ever and is only going to get worse as our addiction to tech increases. We have convenience from our "smart" tech but this is dissonance to the harmonic frequencies of our bodies that are also electro-magnetic. Just go to Health Blog Index if you're new to the blog. There is a lot of good information on EMF there. The take-away is to remember that the tech environment is adding to stress in a major way meaning that it is that much more important that you get the controllable factors under control.
Fake Light -
This one goes along with EMF as light is a frequency generated by electro-magnetics. It stands apart in the sense that we use artificial light so often (day & night). Artificial lights are changing all the time and getting worse as technology becomes "greener" (stripping more frequency out to increase efficiency, harming you more). Incandescent bulbs vs. LED is a good example. Most street and traffic lights are LED and now even new cars have them. I pay a lot of attention to my light environment and if you are concerned with stress you should too. Remember that the light from our tech is excitatory....it is a literal stressor that triggers the dopamine channels in your brain and engages the stress mechanisms directly through the eye.
Get a pair of blue blockers from The Store to help protect yourself.
Here is a brief video on light.
I'm not done, stay tuned for Part 2 where I will have some solutions. Until then talk a deep breath and go for a walk in the sunshine.
Those aren't my teeth but they could have been. The cause of my illness was right under my nose. This is a story of metal alloys in teeth and its affect on health. I have a long history of health struggles and these struggles revealed to me that dental health has heavy implications and is commonly overlooked.
I was raised in the inner city of Rochester New York, we didn't have much money or understanding of health back then. I was taken from my mother at birth and passed around until I was adopted. My birth mother was not well when she had me and we get our mitochondria (light converters of the cells) from our mother. It's safe to assume I have poor quality mitochondria compared to most and am therefore prone to low charge.
One of the things I remember most from childhood was the dentist. I would get fluoride and metal fillings and I reacted so fast and so violently that I would shake uncontrollably and my parents would often have to pull over on the way home so I could vomit. I became very overweight and depressed. I lacked energy and felt bad. Fast forward to me as an adult in California after having a life of various low charge issues from, obesity to addiction, depression. With good intentions, I went on a vegan diet (a low charge diet if not in an equatorial region with lots of time outside in the sunlight). I was trying to get healthy and read about the dangers of metal in teeth. I went to a dentist get the metal extracted. The dentist drilled them out and I got sick. Very sick. Over the next 3 years I had massive health issues with my brain, heart, kidneys, gut and so many other issues. I found myself divorced after a 10 year marriage and many people who knew me thought I was a hypochondriac. I was blacking out and lucky had a friend crash at my place one night who was able to help me after a particularly bad fall. My brain wasn't working well and I started making preparations for my death as I knew that was coming quick if things continued as they were.
I have always been a very cognitive person and the feeling that my brain couldn't function was unbearable. I couldn't make sense of things and I still have very blurry memories of this time. What had happened? The dentist that drilled the metal out failed to protect me from the exposure. He didn't drill all of the metal out left some of it exposed directly to my nerves and then covered it up with composite fillings, so I had no idea. Off gassing from hot and cold foods and beverages was going directly into my nervous system. I was being poisoned.
I went to a new biological dentist who exposed this unfortunate truth. He asked me "who's trying to kill you?" He safely extracted the remaining metals and from there I began a path of healing that has taken several years. I thought I was going mad when I was sick. "Mad hatter" historically comes from hat makers who went insane. Mercury and other heavy metals were used in the hat making process at the time and was later discovered to be the cause.
In the modern age metal exposure is still bad but far worse is how these deadly toxins interact with wireless frequency. Metals conduct and pick up frequencies just like an antenna. Non-native EMF from tech causes metals to leach more aggressively and has worse effects on low charge people. The more metals from any source we contain, the worse the effect of wireless tech will be. Our tech is depleting our electromagnetic charge so fast that issues that were bad before are now deadly.
So many diseases are rooted in low charge (aka mitochondrial issues). Everything from depression and sleeplessness, to joint pain and gut issues. This blog is about boosting charge first for overall health and then dealing in chemistry second. This is a relatively unique idea since both mainstream and alt health fixated on chemistry and deficiencies. The real deficiency is not raw materials but electromagnetic charge needed to power the repair process.
As always reduce or remove as much wireless tech from your life as possible, especially in your home and sleep environment. Turn off all smart devices and cut breakers at night before bed.
If you have metal fillings in your teeth and you want to get it removed, use a dentist who will:
-Use a dental dam to block the exposure
-Use an air hose over the nose to breath (most of the metal particles in the air from drilling are inhaled straight into the brain)
-Use a vacuum to suck the metals from the mouth and air
-My dentist even opened the window in the office
Learn about charge in connection to toxicity. Here is a short blog post where I explain how some people get toxic and others don't ...One has low charge and the other doesn't.
Get a Magnetico Sleep Pad
Long before I knew anything about the quantum aspects of health I stumbled upon the magnetico. I was still having issues with metal poisoning and Dr. Bonlie who created the magnetico was a dentist who had also been metal posoned. He explained that the only real way to detox a brain (as the cells don't divide) was to use magno-chelation which increases the charge of the cell so the positively charged toxin can be expelled through the blood stream. I had tried every detox I could find including NAC to high dose Vit C. Only when I got the magnetico did I really find relief and over the past few years I have learned everything I can about magnetism to understand how this powerful tool gave me my life back. I share this often with my readers because I know how it works from personal experience.
Dr. Bonlie did testing and found that fillings do not off gas when on a magnetico. Getting metal fillings removed can be dangerous and expensive and if I could pick between removal and getting a magnetico I would make the make the magnetico the priority. It also does many other beneficial things for increased charge and health. In the wifi world we live in the magnetico is a must.
Check out Resources & To Do Lists for more helpful info or remember My Brain Is For Rent. I am happy to work with you to ask the questions and find solutions that may be missed by others stuck on chemistry.
A friendly reminder that your body is smarter than you.....If you don't use it your body stops making it. Muscles take energy to produce so if you stop using your muscles, the body intelligently stops making them. The same is true with your brain.
In a recent conversation I was explaining how taking testosterone in the form of cream or an injection will shut off the production of testosterone in the body. The response to that statement implied that the body was making a mistake. Remember that the body you are in evolved in an environment that no longer exists, one with no inject-able testosterone. The body is intelligent so it never wastes energy. If you take it you won't make it. The body checks how much testosterone it should produce and if there is testosterone present then it does not produce more. This is why tampering with hormones is such a slippery slope down a path with no baseline. Modern society does not realize that the current environment is exactly what would be done in a lab to reduce testosterone and disrupt hormones. Taking hormones in the same environment that reduced hormonal production simply tells the body to stop making whatever is taken.
The wrong question will never provide the correct answer.
Many of our tests are fundamentally flawed. Many people who want to be in ketosis drink powdered ketones and then use urine to test. If a person is not consuming glucose foods and they are still alive then ketosis is in affect. Drinking ketones and then testing for ketones in the urine as excess waste is very silly. Drinking ketones will stop fat loss as the body will use the ketones for fuel instead of tapping into fat to get them.
Another example is vitamin D. This is connected to light and has many functions in the body. If you test low for vitamin D and then supplement vitamin D and retest you will find vitamin D in your system. This does not mean you are better off. It is like thinking that because coffee comes in coffee cups you can just buy a bunch of cups to increase the amount of coffee.
So many of our tests are totally ridiculous but they help us feel a false sense of control, keyword false. Many people in alternative health are very concerned with alkalinity. I call this the alka-lie because your body has different parts different PHs for different functions. If a person says they want to alkalize the body ask them which part. The stomach for example is supposed to be very acidic. Many of the alkaline solutions people take involves putting an alkaline substances directly into the acid bath that is the stomach. Breathing is the key to balancing a persons alkalinity and acidity. This is bad for business because it's free. Ant- acids are just alkaline tablets so if you want alkaline water just put a Tums in it.
I could go on but the truth is that we are far less able to have tests as we would like. Controlled environments are difficult to produce especially because the body is never fixed it is dynamic and always engaging different programs at different times for. The question of when is much more valid in the conversation of tests than we think and reveals that we can make predictions (think in terms of a bell curve) but not absolutes.
Many health practitioners give blanket advice as if it is so easy to tell what a persons issue is. In my experience, everyone finds the problem to be within their specialty. If you have ringing in the ear a chiropractor will likely say you need an adjustment, a naturopath will likely give you a homeopathic, an MD will likely give you a pharmaceutical. Others will muscle test you for this or that, an ENT may schedule a cleaning, your friend may give you an ear candle. Any of those things may help but sound is frequency. Our ears pick up some and not others, but when you are exposed to frequency variations based on unnatural frequencies from technology, they mix with the frequencies your brain puts off and create a ringing. This may be why you have ringing at night and not during the day as your brain puts out its repair frequencies at night.
I am happy to say I'm not a doctor and won't give medical advice, but I do ask questions. My time in alternative health has exposed me to so many people with good intentions that don't know much about deeper levels of health. Many of the solutions promoted are silly and misunderstood at best. I see how nice it would be if muscle testing in the way people often do it was reliable. How nice it would be if there were devices that could fix all our problems. How nice if juice increased electro-magnetic charge. How nice if just putting everyone on a keto diet solved all our problems. The environment we live in (frequency-wise) is completely different than it was even 5 years ago. This blog is all about how tech affects health and tech has changed and continues to change at a rapid rate. Modern tech doesn't sleep so what was true in the past may no longer be true today. Could it be that the vast majority of our problems have everything to do with low electro-magnetic charge and far less to do with the deficiency story that makes alt health so much money?
The reality is it is up to you. Start with your environment and work backwards from there. Ask questions, and never take advice from a person that can't explain what they are doing and why. Why has no one started a muscle testing measure that does not involve human error? Observation alters outcome.
My Brain is for rent. If you want help figuring out the whys and practical solutions to issues you haven't found working solutions to in mainstream or alternative health, I am happy to help. The difference is I don't offer my solutions in a bright, shiny package. I offer simple, straightforward, sobering steps that require real effort and consistency but yield real results.
First a quick explanation about what moment this particular blog post is being grown in.
I'm off today, got up and did very hard work out. Had my bi weekly carb up which I feel like I needed but of coarse like everything else the moments before Christmas are often better than the moments after. I'm now at the park in the sun shine. I have been to this park a hundred times and I have never come over to the spot i'm sitting in and it was surprisingly difficult to get my brain to make a new path over here but I did it. Here I am. i wish I had brought a cup of coffee and I'm listening to my good friend Conor Oberest (who I have never met but spend a massive amount of time with) ok on the post.
I have been trying to figure out how to make the things I'm learning practical. I've tried to strip it down for myself. Everything can be made more complex but sometimes making the complex simple is more impressive.
Lesson 1 - Learn
Lesson 2 - Discernment
Lesson 3 - Action
Lesson 4 - Patience
Lesson 1 - Learn - I mean information here - learning to learn is a good place to start
This involves figuring out what you don't know but want to
Learning is like picking up a sword and learning how to use it. This is a long process and will take years for mastery if that is the goal. The skill must be learned. This is the how.
Lesson 2 - Discernment - this is what has been on my mind lately
It is not enough to be a sword master but then you have to be able to know when, where and in some cases who to use the sword on if at all. Sometimes the greatest power is having the ability to use a sword and to not use it. This is very different than not using the sword because you don't know how even though neither one is using a sword.
Remember in the analogy the sword is truth, your truth. Most people never learn the truth of themselves, if they do they then may struggle with lesson 2 not realizing that even though a truth is truth it may not need to be used on someone else at a certain place or time. It is for you alone and if it is true it doesn't need to be externally defined so if you find yourself defending your ideas realize that you are showing where the weaknesses are (yes this blog post is for me)
Lesson 3 - Action - using the sword - once you know how to use the sword of truth and when to use it (far less than the ego would like) you use it even if you use it on a stone - it must be kept sharp a sword that isn't used is not a sword but maybe a paper weight instead. Take action in your life. This involves personal responsibility. You know what you can change and what you can't. A short person can react to being a short in any number of ways. He can get a ladder, he can learn to jump, he can accept his situation for inner peace ect. The one thing he can't do is magically grow tall. Only you know what you can and can't change about yourself. There is nothing worse than having a tall person tell a short person you just aren't believing enough to grow taller. Know yourself and don't let friends or society or social media or your past self tell you about your process. They don't know your insides and my guess is that a person who builds ladders will suggest ladders to a short person even if the short person is in the middle of learning to jump. It is up to you to go back to Lesson 2 and use discernment to know what you really want.
Lesson 4 - Patience
You have learned how to use the sword, when to use the sword, you have used the sword now you wait. This process must be repeated and the final lesson is the patience to let the this build into mastery. I have talked alot about a brain being like a tree in past blog posts and the tree must have time to grow.
I had a friend once who would constantly mention how she quit smoking weed for a month 4 years ago so she didn't have a problem with it. I didn't care that she smoked but it clearly had become a burden to her and "quitting" a thing for a month four years ago is at best a vacation. You see there wasn't enough patience to let the stopping grow into quitting.
Why these 4 Lessons? because every time I think about my situation and what I am frustrated with or don't like I have to ask myself am I applying these 4 lessons. I need to keep learning, I need to keep discerning, I need to keep doing and I (hardest lesson of all) must be patient enough to wait for the first 3 to grow in my life.
Knowing this 4 lesson process it also helps me to know that some things just aren't worth it or aren't worth it right now. I am not closed to who I will be in the future but also am aware of my practical time, energy and recources at this moment. You are the only one who know what you should be doing. Maybe suruviing is what these 4 lessons should be apllied to. maybe thriving? Only you know yourself. I myself have no excuses for my life. There are many swords and I dont know how or when to use very many of them but I am and will have fun doing these 4 lessons ...there is always another truth sword so have fun with it.
This is the best way to use the sword of truth in your life. Respect it. It will cut you just as easily as it cuts someone else. But this life is filled with lies that require a truth sword to not get deceived and lead into a a trap where you have to lie to yourself and everyone else to survive the reality of the situation you find yourself in.
Often the process of learning these 4 lessons is a lonely path. People perfer the known to the unknown. Stay true and keep your sword sharp.
If you are reading this thank you for being a part of my process.
If you didn't read Neurogenesis Vs Depression Part 1
Theres the link. So heres the thing to know about recovering from depression or at least how I did.
-This takes time - 3 weeks to start and maybe years to really rebuild. All depends on how much damage there is. For me I knew my brain was torn down so I made a conscious effort to rebuild it optimally.
-The things you are doing to survive are probably adding to the problem. No way to grow and shrink the brain at the same time....No Way.... no third way, no cheats. Hard truth deal with it.
-No one can do it for you
The good news is that some of these things you can do while you are still in it. The more you do right the more you will recover. Many people are what i call institutionalized or victim people. They don't want to change they want to complain about why they can't. This is not for them.
also it will effect you socially either way-
If you start down the road to recovering from depression (a sunken or hollow brain) by growing your brain and being happy people will not know what to make of it.
People are used to you being depressed and if you are in their life then it is probably because you are the person they think of to feel better about themselves. Not always but sometimes. This applies to spouses, friends everyone. How will you know? People will leave. They will cheat. They will find aw ay to keep you the same. they will consciously or subconsciously try to keep you less than. They will caution you about being too smart, too fit, too happy......and so on. Pay no attention to these people. Let them go. They never loved you or cared about you they just loved feeling better than you.Very few... ( meaning 1 person) in my life made it through my transition and this person doesn't live near me. I'm sure there are lots of people who would love to think that i'm the same old depressed mess I was in my past life.
Ok now on to the to do list - this is in no particular order and is not everything for more ideas go to The Archive page. These are just things specific to neurogenesis and depression.
(see disclaimer in the footer)
Just try these things for 3 weeks - do them - just do them if you are an addict do them while your drunk or high just do them - it doesn't matter if you think they are ridiculous there is deep brain science behind all this
- eat fish and sea food - lots as much as you want (not fried)
-eat healthy fats (as much as you want)
-go keto (eggs, bacon, beef, butter ect)
-stop sugar all forms the less the better
-move - any type of movement, exercise or other wise
-get nature and natural light - as much as possible
-get your bare feet on the earth
-take cold showers or get cold
-stop looking at screens without blue blocking glasses
-Intermittent fasting - eat in a small window start where you can and go from there try to get to a 6 hour window
-take lions mane mushoom (I recommend mushroom wisdom)
-Take lithium oritate (advanced research) I used
-sleep ....but wake up in the morning and look at the sun (not through a window) before you look at your phone
-meditate - (even iof its only for 5 min)
-deep breathing (even if its only for five minutes
-Try to stop or reduce addictive substances
eat lots of dark chocolate but nothing below 70% better if you tough it out and eat 100% or 90% I make my own savory chocolate
Anything that boosts neurogenesis will off set depression. The more you learn anything the better your brain will be. So if you have any interest start there. if not get interested in finding interests. Try things see what sticks. I now have such along list of things to learn about that I don't have any time to be depressed or to have those old addictions I used to struggle with.
I plan on doing a Part 3 to this series so stay tuned. Please share with anyone you know struggling form depression or getting a benefit from SSRI's as they will benefit even more if they had these behaviors and routines in.
The real key -
-constantly say What If (even if its a what if things get worse you can spin it because they haven't gotten worse yet) and say Then What? keep following it and before you know it things will cycle back. Everything in the universe in cycles. (nothing lasts forever just sometimes its a very long time which lets us learn the only lesson that can remove power from death....patience)
Just remember that the more time you spend forcing your brain to challenge and battle closed negative thinking the more your brain will grow and every battle matters. Look for the excuses.
I go excuse hunting in my mind I search myself for the thoughts I am afraid of and challenge them. IO don't always win but I am now standing in my mind like a blood samurai with dignity instead of a weak little bitch like I was just bowing down to any difficult thought that I couldn't handle.
Maybe your heros aren't really brave at all maybe they are just acting like their heros. Act like yours.
Make this a good story. The only reason depression exists is to give us something to conquer. I'm not grateful I had it.
Absolutely everything I think seems to be both obvious and profound to me.
When I was younger I was a fat heavy cigarette smoking, alcoholic. I was strategically trying to have various dopamine releases dosed out over time to stay in a perpetual state of spike with no crash......This doesn't work.
Just trust me if you take anything away form anything know that there are no cheats. The low is always equal to the high. This is the law of the universe. Guess what is on the other side of the mountain a valley. Now that you know you can enjoy the hike and realize that change is the only constant and thank god or else we would be faced with the one problem that nature or god or whatever you'd like to call it has which is boredom.
I could talk about this forever but I kind of don't want the secret to get out because if too many people figure out that everything that exists will swing back the other way then there will be no fear, no villain, no fun for the universe to be a hero. So on the the neuro genesis.
I have been into fractals for a long time. I have long thought of a brain being a certain kind of tree in our body.
When I was an alcoholic I was unknowingly chasing dopamine and destroying neuro genesis and my brain. You see alcohol stops the stopper of dopamine in the brain so that you feel good all the rest, the vision issues, the stumbling around, the slurred speech, the black outs all the rest is neuro toxicity or short ( maybe not so short term) brain damage. I did not know this. I just knew that I didn't feel good and that certain behavior made me feel better. I was self medicating strategically.
I didn't have enough neurological margin to make it through the day to invest in long term happy so I had to settle for short term highs. I was depressed. Think about the word depression. Here is the definition
Ok i't s me again. The thing I want you to see is not that I cut out #2 ( it was the great depression econ stuff and I didn't want to get distracted) anyway a sunken place This is a depressed brain.
The point a shirking brain feels depressed and a growing brain feels happy.
A depressed brain relies on short term dopamine highs and a long term happy brain has sustainable serotonin. Dopamine and serotonin are neurotransmitters. They are always changing and I'm not trying to absolutize one over the other but I will say that SSRI anti depressants stand for Selective Serotonin Re uptake Inhibitors meaning that the re uptake of serotonin is stopped altered so there is more of it.
So why is it so hard to break free of depression? Lots of reasons but the one I wanna point out is that neuro genesis is when the brain is growing. This is common in kids because they are learning so much so fast it's common in people who are engaged in all kinds of behaviors that increase neuro genesis.
But happiness is reserved for people that can handle change. The reward of being open to learning is a brain that grows and in turn a happy person. But here is the hard part. When the new pathways in the brain are happening it is like the birth of a new version of you. Giving birth (I've heard) is painful but rewarding. So is giving birth to new ideas and in turn a new brain. If you watch the two videos below you will see one is Neuro genesis and the other is a seed on a 21 day slow image.
21 days is significant because that is about how long it takes for new neuro connections to happen. When I was drinking I was trying to make it through the day. I could never seem to get far enough ahead to make it the 3 weeks to learn and in turn be happy so I just kept living pay check to pay check in my brain depressed.
Realize in the video above (either one) that you are both the roots growing and the ground that is why it is so painful to learn and change. Plus I consciously or subconsciously worried that if I became a happy person I wouldn't be me anymore. I was a drinker, I was a punk and city boy, a smoker I didn't wanna loose myself by becoming some hippy nature guy typing on a health blog while doing my intermittent fasting.
I didn't know better. When you see the plant grow at no point do you think its no longer the same plant even though it is different as it grows. It is safe to change. The change will take time (at least 3 weeks) and you won't hardly notice it.
So growing brains are happy. In part 2 I'll tell you the things I did to get the margin to make it through my days and the weeks required for me to grow my brain along with what you can do to break out of any rut you find yourself.
Just give birth to those new ideas about you being happy. Alcohol and other chemicals stunt and kill out idea babies the same way it does real babies.
Part 2 on the way until grow your brain and be happy.
Loose skin is proof of progress.
After having grown up a fat kid I can say that I still see myself that way.
I was always very self conscious about my weight. I was the kid with the the shirt on in the pool. The kid with the huge cloths to try and cover myself up. I learned to be funny but not because I like it but because it was a distraction. i learned that the words you have such a cute face and lets just be friends are far worse than insults. I learned that people can be cruel. I also learned that the more you try to hide the more attention you draw not only to the thing your hiding but to your own lack of confidence.
My recent weight loss transformation has been good and bad. I got down to a crazy light weight. One that was unsustainable. It was fun to be in such a small body but my real goal was to get rid of my loose skin. I wanted to see if it was possible. I ended up down more than 100 pounds from my highest weight in life and 45 from my start.
I have thought that a body that is skinny then gets fat can return to skinny easier than a body that was never skinny growing up. I don't have science to prove it but it seems to be the case in terms of loose skin. You see around my body and waist especially I have stretch makes all over. these are skin wounds that never quit return to normal. I have tried everything you can imagine for this. Even at my low 166 weight I still had the loose skin.
I spend most of my time learning for health but more brain health as that is my real passion. Being worried about loose skin doesn't seem to be a good use of thought but it is something I think of every time I see myself now. You see I don't have any fat to speak of on my body except around this loose skin area.
I hope to encourage myself and other with this post.
Loose skin is proof of progress. Scares show the battles you have survived.
I know under my loose skin is a 6 pack. I know how hard I have worked to naturally become a person that no one would have ever known was fat. Most of this is in my head and I don't think anyone at this point would call me a fat person at this point but I still grab my loose skin and feel that I am. Some day I may have it cut off. I think people who do that make perfect sense. Especially if you have lost far more weight than me and the skin is just hanging off your body. In my mind surgery for the removal of loose skin is different than surgery to have your fat removed or your stomach bypassed or something that would induce weight loss with out discipline. No hate on people who have done that it just wasn't my path as I my external is just a reflection of my internal and I needed to discipline my mind.
So to everyone out there like me who just looked in the mirror saw your six pack that is honey coated and felt like you haven't done enough. You are awesome. Do it all for health and let the skin be what it is.
A reminder of how far you have come.
I stopped eating red meat when I was 16. I did this because I wanted to loose weight sand new absolutely nothing about health. Instead I eat a bunch of bread...error.
I moved to California at 30 from Indiana . In small town Indiana I was "healthy" because I didn't drink coke or eat fast food. When I go to California I really started getting exposed to new health ideas. I met a vegan guru who got me convinced that veganism was the way to go.
I even started working selling a vegan health product and for a few years I worked with this person starting a vegan health cafe. I was a vegan. I had a community. I was special. I was ethically superior and far more healthy and everyone else was going to die of a heart attack soon, or so I thought.
The problem was that I was very sick. There are a number of reasons for me being sick and I would not say veganism was the only cause of my sickness but I will say that the worst thing to do if you are already sick, especially toxic, is start an extreme diet that will reduce charge and increase toxicity. I was being told as I got sicker that I was detoxing and that it was a good thing. This is a common error in alternative health. Sometimes there is a healing crisis and other times the thing you are doing is just causing a crisis. How do you know?
Wait before everyone gets up in arms let me explain. My understanding of diets in general is that light is the primary factor. The Eskimo and the person at the equator eat different. The Eskimo needs to be cold to condense the mitochondria for higher energy out put. Th Eskimo needs to be ketogenic as fat contains more calories than protein and cards. The Eskimo needs to eat lots of fish for dha to convert sunlight to dc current in the body. Plus in nature there just aren't many carbs available.
The person at the equator has tons of light, they can be vegan. Carbs grow on trees year round. If you give a banana to an Eskimo the light it contains from photosynthesis will communicate to the Eskimo that it is summer in the winter causing a circadian glitch.
Let me be clear any one who gets off a standard american diet of junk food is gonna get better. Vegan ism in my experience is a first world, out of touch with nature, egotistical religion. That was my experience. i don't care personally what anyone eats. If you are at the equator consider veganism, if you are an Eskimo don't even think about it. Everyone in between should make themselves subject to the seasons.
I have found that there are a number of essential substances that I can't get from plants. I mentioned dha earlier and had my genetics done. Omegas from plants don't convert well and my genes convert them very poorly. I stopped being a vegan a few years ago. Why? I was desperate to feel better. The guru vegan was eating eggs and fish all along. When I asked him about this he said salmon swim up stream to die so there is no bad karma for vegans to eat them. True story, that ridiculous. I have found based on my location the healthiest diet is a cheating vegan diet. Since most vegans I know who cheat actually do well.
I don't want to get into ethics too much but there is agriculture and if you have seen land cleared for plants no life is there. What is more important a cow or a gofer? I don't know it's just what I ask vegans because it shows the problems with the ethics of the thing.
I stopped being a vegan with eggs and as soon as I ate that egg it was like my brain turned back on. Then fish then after not having red meat since I was a 16 I started eating beef and other meats, oysters and on and on.
If you have seen my sight you will see I don't eat much and when I do eat it is very high quality so most people aren't talking to me when looking at meat eater.
Meat eaters who have fried carbs with meat are different. vegans who drink vodka are different. Anyone can be more or less healthy on any diet. I have found what works for me.
Like most religions veganism will stay around but I have a feeling if people couldn't cheat that nature would solve the problem of veganism pretty quickly. Now the carnivore diet is gaining popularity. vegans created this with their extremism. I think the carnivore diet has many of the same problems as veganism. Why deny yourself basic beneficial substances for a label. I will say if I had to do one or the other I would no doubt be a carnivore.
I feel much better not being vegan. This is my experience. I will say that vegan or not most people are eating too much too often. Keep it balanced my friends.
Rob Alexander is on a journey to learn not just about health but everything else.
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