Wheat is to Wheat as Humans are to Chimps

 

Wheat Belly.
William Davis.
You will see that what we are eating, cleverly disguised as a bran muffin or onion ciabatta, is not really wheat oat all but the transformed product of genetic research conducted during the latter half of the twentieth century. Modern wheat is no more real wheat tha a chimpanzee is an approximation of a human. While our hairy primate relatives share 99 percent of all genes found in humans, with longer arms, full body hair, and lesser capacity to win the jackpot at Jeopardy, I trust you can readily tell the difference that that 1 percent makes. Compared to its ancestors of only forty years ago, modern wheat isn't even that close.
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Has wheat been so altered by genetic research that it no longer healthy to eat?
Dr. Davis will be making this argument. I wonder if it has ever really been healthy in the quantity that we eat it.

Triangulation – Top People in Tech

 
When you look at the guests that have been on the show, there is no doubt that Leo is able to attract some of the leaders in Tech to talk .

PodCast Info

Show: Triangulation
Host(s): Leo Laporte
Synopsis: Every week Leo talks to the smartest people in the world about the most important topics in technology.
Format(s): Audio & Video
Duration: approx. 60 minutes
Frequency: Wednesday 3:00pm Pacific
Web Site: twit.tv/tri

Outsize – Over, Under, and now Outsize

 

Wheat Belly.
William Davis.

I know oversized and undersized but had never heard outsized. First thing I thought of when checking out this word was the scene from Princess Bride:

Buttercup: Westley, what about the R.O.U.S.’s?
Westley: Rodents Of Unusual Size? I don’t think they exist.

Sentence: If this thing called wheat is such a problem, then removing it should yield outsize and unexpected benefits.
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Definition:

out·size   [out-sahyz]
noun
1. an uncommon or irregular size, especially one larger than average.
2. a garment of such a size.

adjective
3. Also, out·sized . being unusually or abnormally large, heavy, extensive, etc.: a rack of outsize dresses; an outsize puppy; pampering an outsize ego.

Origin:
1835–45; out- + size

Source: Dictionary.com

Oct 092012
 

Wheat Belly.
William Davis.
amazon.com
LibraryThing
GoodReads
Google Books

On August 12th, 2012, nearly a year after being published and having popped on to the top-ten list 16 times, Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis finally made it to the #1 spot on the New York Times Bestseller list under the Hard Cover Advice & Miscellaneous category. Except for one week as #2 it has remained at the top spot for the last 3 months. The contrarian Wheat Belly message, that eating “healthy whole grains” is ineffective, fattening, and downright destructive, appears to be growing.

Book Info

Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health
by William Davis
Publisher: Rodale
Published: 08/30/2011
ISBN-10: 1609611543
ISBN-13: 978-1609611545
Started: 10/07/2012
Finished: 10/31/2012
Source: Amazon
Reason: I decided to read this book because it was mentioned frequently on the numerous Low-Carb websites and podcasts.
Format: Hardback

Publisher Synopsis

A provocative look at how eliminating wheat from our diets can help us lose weight, shrink unsightly bulges, and reverse a broad spectrum of health problems–from acne to diabetes and serious digestive disorders.

Since the introduction of dietary guidelines calling for reduced fat intake in the 1970s, a strange phenomenon has occurred: Americans have steadily, inexorably become heavier, less healthy, and more prone to diabetes than ever before. After putting more than two thousand of his at-risk patients on a wheat-free regimen and seeing extraordinary results, cardiologist William Davis has come to the disturbing conclusion that it is not fat, not sugar, not our sedentary lifestyle that is causing America’s obesity epidemic–it is wheat. How this once-benign grain–now genetically modified almost beyond recognition and found in virtually every course of every meal–has come to have such a profound and deleterious effect on our collective well-being is one of the great untold health stories of our generation.

In Wheat Belly, Dr. Davis exposes the truth about modern-day wheat, deconstructing its historical role in the human diet and the agricultural evolutions that have created a hybrid grain that has a greater impact on blood sugar levels than pure cane sugar and many of the addictive characteristics of a narcotic. He sheds light on wheat’s connection to weight gain as well as to a host of other adverse effects from diabetes to heart disease to immunologic and neurologic disorders like celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and dementia.

Finally, to help listeners dependent on wheat products make the move to a wheat-free diet, he presents a clear-cut action plan packed with food and lifestyle tips, meal plans, and recipes.

Informed by decades of clinical research and backed by case studies of men and women who have experienced life-changing transformations in their health after waving good-bye to wheat, Wheat Belly is an illuminating look at a familiar food as well as an affirmative life plan for regaining health and losing unwanted pounds.


Author Info
William Davis, MD, is a preventive cardiologist whose unique approach to diet allows him to advocate reversal, not just prevention, of heart disease. He is the founder of the TrackYourPlaque.com program. He lives in Wisconsin.

Oct 092012
 

Living La Vida Low-Carb

Von and I have both been eating the same basic foods for the last 4 months yet I have lost twice as much weight as she has. Why is it that guys seem to be able to lose weight easier than gals? I was listening to Jimmy Moore’s interview of Jenny Ruhl from back in January. Jenny Ruhl has the website Blood Sugar 101 and is the author of the book of the same name. When Jimmy Moore repeated the oft quoted, “Oh you men have such an easy time losing weight,” Jenny Ruhl mentioned something I had not considered as an answer to this question.

That’s because you’re not necessary metabolically, if the famine comes they’ld rather you starve to death than the breeding females.

It makes sense that human metabolism was designed so that if a famine comes men are more expendable for the survival of the species. A woman’s body is designed to hold on to fat whereas a man’s body is designed for other tasks. This may offend sensibilities but it seems like a good answer to me.

Garrulity – diarrhea of the mouth

 

I have known a few people who truly do not know how to quit talking. It can be interesting when they are good story tellers and you have nowhere else to be but if the conversation always drifts to trivia or people you don’t know it gets old quick.

One of the best quotes I ever heard was from Trey Ratcliff quoting his dad, “I may not be much, but I am all I think about.” Those of us who are not shy in groups have a tendency to talk about ourselves and our family. The sign of a good conversationalist is someone who is always drawing out other people and bringing them into the conversation.

Sentence:

Dr. Clitheroe was a distinguished lawyer respected beyond the borders of his native Derbyshire, and accordingly regarded as an asset to the bench despite his garrulity which arose from a belief that the validity of a judgement was in proportion to the length of time spent in arriving at it.


Page: 75

Definition:
    gar·ru·li·ty [guh-roo-li-tee] noun

  • the quality of being garrulous; talkativeness; loquacity.
    gar·ru·lous [gar-uh-luhs, gar-yuh-] adjective

  • excessively talkative in a rambling, roundabout manner, especially about trivial matters.
  • wordy or diffuse: a garrulous and boring speech.

Origin: 1575–85; < French garrulité < Latin garrulitās. See garrulous, -ity

Source: Dictionary.com

Sentence:

Dr. Clitheroe was a distinguished lawyer respected beyond the borders of his native Derbyshire, and accordingly regarded as an asset to the bench despite his garrulity which arose from a belief that the validity of a judgement was in proportion to the length of time spent in arriving at it.


Page: 75

Definition:
    gar·ru·li·ty [guh-roo-li-tee] noun

  • the quality of being garrulous; talkativeness; loquacity.
    gar·ru·lous [gar-uh-luhs, gar-yuh-] adjective

  • excessively talkative in a rambling, roundabout manner, especially about trivial matters.
  • wordy or diffuse: a garrulous and boring speech.

Origin: 1575–85; < French garrulité < Latin garrulitās. See garrulous, -ity

Source: Dictionary.com

Sep 272012
 

Trust Me, I'm Lying.
Ryan Holiday.
amazon.com
LibraryThing
GoodReads
Google Books

Just heard the interview of Ryan Holiday on Leo Laporte’s show, Triangulation. I loved the stories he told of how he, himself, manipulated social media and thereby traditional media to get attention for his clients. We must always remember that the ‘news’ is being sold to us and we can buy what we are being sold or always be checking if the emperor has any clothes.

Neither the book or ebook version is available at my local library yet so I placed a request for the book in their suggestion box as well as adding it to my ‘wish list’ just in case I run out of reading material and wonder what to buy next.

Book Info

Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator
by Ryan Holiday
Publisher: Portfolio Hardcover
Published: 07/19/2012
ISBN-10: 159184553X
ISBN-13: 978-1591845539
Started: 12/07/2201
Finished: 12/31/2012
Source: Mid-Columbia Library
Reason: Heard Leo Laporte interview the author on the podcast Triangulation
Format: Hardcover

Publisher Synopsis
You’ve seen it all before. A malicious online rumor costs a company millions. A political sideshow derails the national news cycle and destroys a candidate. Some product or celebrity zooms from total obscurity to viral sensation. What you don’t know is that someone is responsible for all this. Usually, someone like me.
I’m a media manipulator. In a world where blogs control and distort the news, my job is to control blogs—as much as any one person can.
In today’s culture…
1) Blogs like Gawker, Buzzfeed and the Huffington Post drive the media agenda.
2) Bloggers are slaves to money, technology, and deadlines.
3) Manipulators wield these levers to shape everything you read, see and watch—online and off.
Why am I giving away these secrets?  Because I’m tired of a world where blogs take indirect bribes, marketers help write the news, reckless journalists spread lies, and no one is accountable for any of it. I’m pulling back the curtain because I don’t want anyone else to get blindsided.I’m going to explain exactly how the media really works. What you choose to do with this information is up to you.

Ryan Holiday is a media strategist for notorious clients such as Tucker Max and Dov Charney. After dropping out of college at 19 to apprentice under Robert Greene, author of The 48 Laws of Power, he went on to advise many bestselling authors and multiplatinum musicians. He is currently the director of marketing at American Apparel, where his work is internationally known. His campaigns have been used as case studies by Twitter, YouTube, and Google and written about in AdAge, the New York Times, Gawker and Fast Company. He currently lives in New Orleans and writes at RyanHoliday.net.

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