Thursday, January 22, 2009

Geo-Thermal Energy: TOTALLY! long-term Sustainable

A bit off topic, but totally Darwinian. Geo-thermal energy. Let's suck heat from the Earth's core. Yup, that's sustainable. I think those boys at NASA can tell you the difference between a planet with a warm core versus one without. I hate to sound all Hollywood, but if the Earth's core were cold we wouldn't have the planet we have now. Not even close. So what happens when you slowly cool the Earth's core to power civilization for the next hundred years, and more? The scenario clearly plays out like oil - an unsustainable strategy that will ultimately lead to the demise of environment that is required for humanity to live on Earth. You and I will be long-gone by then, of course.

Back in The Day, nuclear power was ultimately sold as a spent-fuel problem we'd solve in the next decade or two based on our, um, Ego-Curve projections. Didn't happen. (Still might, lots of bright people working on it.) Let's be sure to hold the Geo-Thermal folks to a higher standard before we stick society's power-hungry siphons into the heart of the planet we stand on.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

What's in it for me

This post, before I continue the story, is the Full Disclosure post: I'm not selling anything. I don't want your money. Ok yes I do, but this blog isn't about that. Instead, I'm just going to relate my own personal journey and hope some other folks resonate. Nothing more, nothing less.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Gone - all Man-Made food

Sick and getting sicker. That's what I was 24 months ago. The Doc had me on cholesterol medication and wanted to put me on blood pressure medication. I had a marble-sized lump on my wrist. My penis broke - had to start taking Viagra. My blood pressure was 135/95, and going up each year. My triglycerides were, um, 'sky high'. I felt absolutely horrible. Every joint ached. Same with every muscle. I groaned in pain every time I bent over to pick something up.
I was 40 pounds overweight, wearing 40 inch pants. And depressed. I don't mean I was 'feeling down', I mean I was suffering many of the symptoms of clinical depression.

When I 'just couldn't take it anymore', I finally did it. I threw out all the man-made food in my fridge and cupboards, and filled the empty spaces with fruits, veggies, nuts, berries, and fresh cuts of meat. I bought a good cutting board and a good knife. And I made myself a promise - for the next 48 hours I would pretend I was a cave-man, subsisting on only that which grew out of the soil, or pooped upon it. I would prepare all my own food. I would consume nothing that had been through a manufacturing plant, or came in a bottle, can, or box.

Within 24 hours, I got amazing results: My depression lifted almost completely. My joints and muscles started moving without pain. At the end of 48 hours I was a 'new man', although I was still overweight and had all my other problems. In my next post, I'll describe what happened in the first 30 days of my new program.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

The Downside - Plagues

When a new bacteria or virus arrives (via travel or mutation) it can sometimes wipe out most or all of a population - usually it's 'most' because a few individuals in the population will likely be different enough from the rest that the bacteria can't compromise them, at least not fatally. The same thing is true of environmental disasters - a river dries up and the animals that depend on it move away or facing dying of thirst. A few hardy souls can survive without the river, because their particular physiology (due to the usual inheritance and mutation factors) can do with far less water. They survive, reproduce, and thousands of generations later we have a whole population of animals adapted to survive on minimal water.

A sudden food source change will have the same effect. Those that can survive on the revised food source will do so and reproduce. Those who cannot will perish with few children. Thousands of generations later, we have a population adapted for the revised food source.

Where were your genes 1000 generations ago? How about 50,000 years ago? What did your ancestors eat? This is important, because it tells you what food you're biologically adapted to eat. Did they eat Domino's Pizza or Coke? How about Campbell's Soup or Kraft Dinner?

What happens to a population when you suddenly change it's food supply? Are your family and friends overweight and struggling with various ailments? High blood pressure, diabetes, coronary disease? IBS, high cholesterol, depression?

The current epidemic of disease in North America, in my opinion, is hugely related to the sudden change in food supply we've had in the last 50 years. And we're getting sick and dying (or trying, propped up by modern drugs) because of it.

Next post I'll tell you what happenend when I removed all the 'modern' food from my own diet 24 months ago.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Evolution 101

To get things rolling, here's a simple but accurate description of evolution, as science understands it today: Every birth of a lifeform may contain random mutations in it's genes, which usually results in that particular lifeform having slightly different traits than it's peers - like an extra thumb, or an immune system that can resist one of the local bacteria, or a second eye, or a better elbow, or freckles, etc etc. Or maybe nothing at all.

Life as we are discussing it always attempts to reproduce, and then eventually dies. The longer it lives, the more children it is likely to have. Those children may carry any mutation the parent had when born, plus any random mutations of its own. That second eye, freckles, has a likelihood of being passed on. And the more children the parent has, the more likely those children will have a greater number of grandchildren, and so on, and so on.

Over thousands and millions of generations this effect causes a greater and greater number of the population to have that trait.

Next post - The Downside of All This - Plagues

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Darwin's Health

In this blog I'll take my rudimentary knowledge of evolution, apply it to the food we consume and the pathology visible to all in today's media, and tell you how that connection saved my life and turned me into an almost-skinny (but still bald) person. Today I'm 6-foot one, 188 pounds (86 Kg), and wear 32-inch (waist) pants. In the before-times, I was 220 pounds with a 44 inch waist. Read on - the rules are few, and no, you can't eat anything you want. But at least you're never hungry. And you'll save a bundle on food.