The Omicron Scam
- Created on Friday, 24 December 2021 21:34
I have said before that this Omicron craze started with one woman doctor in South Africa who had a patient come in, whom she just presumed had Covid, but his symptoms were different from what she was used to seeing. They were milder and briefer. She said he got better in a couple days. But, after assuming that he must have Covid, she went on to assume that it must be a new Covid variant. So, she collected a sample from him and sent it in to the South Africa CDC, and what they did was sequence it.
In the medico-illusory world in which we live, the mechanics of their arcane testing is hard to understand. But, in the test, they take the sample, and they do not identify any particle in it, and remember that it’s a hodge-podge of stuff, some stemming from you and some being foreign, and then they start duplicating. But, what are they duplicating? They are duplicating short strings of DNA that correspond to the “primers” that they put in. And typically, they put in 3 primers. To get a positive test, all 3 primers have to duplicate. In the case of this patient of the woman doctor, they found that one of the primers was not duplicating.
Now normally, that would indicate a negative test because they are all supposed to duplicate. But, in this case, they already decided that this man had Covid, and that it was a new variant. So, they went on with their insane fantasy and decided that a portion of the virus, had mutated so tremendously, so radically, that one of the primers did not duplicate. So, something that previously would have been called a negative test, they were now calling a positive test, and the hallmark of Omicron.
And that made it very easy to mine the world for Omicron cases; just tell the operators that if you do the PCR test and the spike protein primer fails, that isn’t failure; that’s success. You just found a case of Omicron.
The blatant insanity of this, and the very deep-seated and very evil corruption of it is frightening. They didn’t discover anything except that their own mouthwatering lust to find a new boogeyman for the world to tremble over has no limits. These people are like addicts. They get a rush from this. “Yes! A new variant!”
And now, in response to all this, Moderna has announced that they expect to have a new Omicron-specific vaccine ready by early next year. And remember that next year is just 8 days from today.
So basically, what they have done is lower the bar on the PCR test so that more positive test results can occur. And it’s no surprise that many of the people testing positive have either no symptoms at all or mild cold-like symptoms, like the man in South Africa who started it all.
And I have to wonder about that guy. Why the hell did he go to a doctor when he had extremely mild symptoms that cleared up in 2 days? So, I think to myself: imagine if he had just stayed home; put the efffin’ television on to distract himself while he was getting over it; and then gone on with his life. This whole Omicron craze could have been avoided.
But, alas, it probably just would have delayed it. Someone else would have come in, and it would have been more or less the same thing. Or, what if that woman doctor had retired last year? But then again, there are surely others like her. The bottom line is that when you’re looking for some imaginary thing as lustfully as these people are, the chance that they’re going to find it is close to 100%. In this case, they pounded the square peg into the round hole one way, but if necessary, they would have done it another way- whatever it takes to keep their beloved plandemic going.
What’s the difference between Omicron and a cold? A positive test
- Created on Wednesday, 22 December 2021 01:15
That may sound sarcastic, but it is the reality. When an “expert” was asked to compare a cold and Omicron symptomatically, he went down the list, and most of the symptoms overlapped. But:
“The one symptom you can experience with Omicron and not a cold is loss of smell. However, many people with the coronavirus don’t lose their sense of smell and Barrett says it’s not a ‘useful tool to differentiate between the two.’ With both infections giving off similar effects, self-diagnosing is not a safe option. When experiencing any of the mentioned symptoms, the only way to know for sure is to get tested.”
But wait. We know that some people test positive for Covid without having any symptoms at all. So, why couldn’t they be an asymptomatic Covid carrier who happens to have a cold?
And the fact is that any time your nasal passages are inflamed, as they are in a cold, your sense of smell can be affected because that’s where the olfactory nerves are, and when they are inflamed, they don’t work as well. But, it’s not something that people often think about. How often do you think about your sense of smell and how often you are smelling something?
The whole bit about loss of smell distinguishing Covid is bull. This is from the Cleveland Clinic: “Anosmia may be caused by an infection, such as a cold or flu.” I suspect that was written before Covid.
But, with the Covid mania people have become focused on it, so they’re looking for it. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Then, I found another article which said that if you get tested, stay at it.
“The first few Covid tests may be negative, but if you have Covid, the tests are likely to become positive within a few days.”
So, even having a few, which means several, negative tests, they want you to keep doing it in the hope of getting a positive test. But, why should a person do that? They have, what seems to be, a cold. So, they should just rest and sleep as much as they can, and fast or eat very lightly, and lay low. What difference does it make what the label is? Why should it matter to you? It’s something that your body has to work through- no matter what you want to call it. The proper treatment is just what I said. Being obsessed with testing is not something that the cold sufferer needs.
I have also seen it stated repeatedly that if you have cold symptoms, that you’ve probably got Covid. But, how could they possibly know that? Did colds go out of style? Did the Covid virus beat up the cold viruses?
Last year was a record low for the flu, and I have a strong feeling that it will be the same this year. They are in a frenzy to diagnose Covid.
It’s alarming to me that so many “experts” repeat this stuff, when they don’t know anything. They are just repeating the mantra. Remember that this is a virus that, that though it travels from person to person through the air, they can’t catch a single one of them. The test they are doing does not test for a whole Covid virus. It is looking for a very tiny sequence of bases, 100 out of 30,000, that they say is the signature of the virus. Yet, they admit that if you repeat the cycles enough times. that anybody and everybody will test positive.
If I had cold symptoms, I would not be the least bit interested in getting a Covid test. I would just assume that I have a cold and act accordingly.
The bottom line for me is that if the only difference between Omicron and a cold is a positive Covid test, and the test is bogus, (and it is) then it’s a perfect storm to drum up thousands, maybe millions of new Covid cases, based on both an illusion and a delusion.
Why do people want medical help for this when almost all of the people who have died from Covid have died in the hospital? What makes them want to go there? It's because they are panicked, as they were trained to panic. Well, I would not panic, and I would not go to the hospital. I have never in my life sought medical attention when I had a cold or flu, and I recovered every time. I would not participate in this mad science game that they are playing.
How Mad Science gets sold
- Created on Saturday, 18 December 2021 19:47
A friend sent me this article touting the idea that if you get fully vaccinated and then get Covid anyway, that then you’re going to get super-immunity. So, you see, really it’s a good thing.
And note that the term “breakthrough infection” is just a euphemism. I don’t call it that. I call it evidence that the vaccine didn’t do a damn thing for you. And remember that no matter what happens, they are always going to defend the vaccine. If you get a mild case of Covid with the vaccine, you would have gotten a worse case without the vaccine. If you get a severe case with the vaccine, you would have gotten a life-threatening case without the vaccine. And if you die after having been vaccinated, then you surely would have died sooner if you weren’t vaccinated. So, it gave you precious time with your loved ones. It’s a “heads I win/tails you lose” situation. And there is absolutely nothing that these people won’t stoop to claiming.
But, concerning antibodies, the practice of vaccination long precedes the discovery of antibodies. According to vaccination lore, the practice of vaccinating goes back to ancient times, but the first “scientific” vaccination occurred in England in 1796 when Dr. Edward Jenner concluded that cow pox, which milkmaids often got on their hands with pustular lesions from handling cow udders, was related to small pox. So, he took some pus from a milkmaid’s pustule and injected it into an 8 year old boy. The boy got acutely ill for several days but recovered, and then Jenner declared the boy to be immune to small pox.
But, how could Jenner possibly know that? Because the boy didn’t go on to get small pox? That’s ridiculous because even during the worst of times, there were plenty of people who didn’t get small pox. What about all the people who didn’t get injected with pus and who didn’t get small pox? How were they protected? How did they avoid getting sick? And why couldn’t the boy have been protected the same way?
So, it was NEVER a reasonable assumption that anything good was done for that boy, but that didn’t stop Harvard and Oxford and Cambridge and other hallowed institutions from heaping praise on Jenner and granting him awards and honors.
The discovery and history of antibodies has always been closely tied to vaccination. The search for them was sought precisely to justify vaccinations. The first reference to them was by Behring and Kitasato in 1890, but the first to claim to identify the molecular structure of antibodies was Edelman and Porter in 1959.
Your body has the innate ability to resist pathogens, including pathogens that it encounters for the first time. This resistance involves a myriad of responses, including fever, inflammation, and the activation of certain cells, particularly white blood cells, which attack the invader. The process does NOT depend on having specific antibodies to the invader in advance. There are too many pathogens out there, and your body can’t possibly retain specific antibodies to all of them. It is ridiculous to think that human survival depended on that.
I’ll give you an example. Let’s say you get a kidney transplant, and that your good pal Charlie is the one who donates a kidney to you. Well, obviously, your immune system is not going to accept Charlie’s kidney and will immediately reject it. And that’s why they have to give you anti-rejection drugs. But, it’s not as though you had any pre-existing anti-Charlie antibodies. It's not as though you were ever immunized against Charlie. It happens anyway. Your resistance to having his cells in your body is innate. It doesn’t depend on prior exposure or having made any adaptations in advance. The mere presence of his cells in your body activates the immune response- even though you don’t have anti-Charlie antibodies.
Do I, at this moment, have any anti-Covid antibodies in me? I have no idea, but it wouldn’t bother me in the least if I don’t. And I certainly wouldn’t do anything to try to acquire anti-Covid antibodies. “Oh no! I don’t have anti-Covid antibodies! I’m at risk! I’m going to die.” It’s just medically-bred paranoia. I’m sure there are all kinds of antibodies that I don’t have. And overall, my white blood cell count is low. I just had blood work done recently. The normal range for WBCs is said to be 3.4 to 10.8 and mine was 2.9. And it says that it’s low: out of range on the low side. But, the fact is that it’s been that way for decades. And there are doctors whom I respect, such as Ray Wolford, who have said that when people eat well and take care of themselves, that they tend to have lower white cell counts. If my body needed more white blood cells, it would make them. I have a smaller number because that's all I need. And my differential count was perfect with zero immature cells and zero abnormal cells. So, my body isn’t under any stress at all from this. If it was, I would be sickly, and I'm not.
So, I’m not worried about it, and I’m not worried about my antibodies either. The whole idea of antibodies is mostly just a vaccine promotion campaign. The whole idea of them is just something they latched onto, first, to justify, and then, to sell, their damn vaccines.
More Cholesterol madness, in my opinion
- Created on Sunday, 12 December 2021 07:01
Dr. Michael Gregor made a video about heart disease in which he starts by showing you that atheroslerosis starts early in life, in the teen years, and plaques start forming in the 20s, and by the 30s, there are prominent plaques, even in the coronary arteries. No doubt this is a dismal situation. But, what’s causing it? Dr. Gregor assumes it is LDL cholesterol. And let’s be clear: he thinks that the mere presence of this substance in the blood causes heart disease.
But, that is crazy because cholesterol is a totally normal constituent of the blood, and it is a ubiquitous substance throughout your body. Every cell in your body waterproofs itself using cholesterol. The first and most essential thing a cell has to do is distinguish itself from its environment, and it does so by depositing cholesterol in its outermost membrane. It’s cholesterol that is the citadel between cell and non-cell.
And you know, of course, about the role of cholesterol as the building block of all steroid hormones, including estrogen and testosterone, and let’s talk about it. Testosterone levels vary widely in men, and I mean many fold. There are men in the 200 range, and then there are men who are over 1000 in their total testosterone. And frankly, I’d rather be high than low, and fortunately I am. And I don’t take testosterone. I wouldn’t do that unless I was extremely low because once you start doing it, your testacles start to atrophy. So, if I was low, I would do things to try to boost it higher naturally. Taking testosterone should be the last resort. You don’t want to rush into that.
I don’t assume that having high testosterone (about 900) is doing me harm. So, why should I assume that the building block of testosterone (cholesterol) does harm? I had blood work done recently, and my total cholesterol was 158, and that’s where I want it. I don’t want it below 150. And that’s from eating a vegan diet. So, all that cholesterol was generated by my body, and I assume it made it because it wanted it. And I am very glad that my body has no trouble making cholesterol, since I’m not eating any.
In the video, Dr. Gregor acts like it is undisputed that cholesterol causes heart disease. He likens it to smoking causing lung cancer. Can you imagine? How dare he compare a normal and esssential body molecule to cigarette smoke?
In the video, Dr. Gregor cites a group of African-Americans who have a genetic defect in the PCSK9 gene that causes them to have, on average, 28% lower LDL cholesterol. And they have 88% less heart disease. That’s impressive, but 28% lower LDL is commonly achieved with drugs, yet, you don’t see anything close to 88% less heart disease in them. So, it’s just an assumption that it’s the lower cholesterol in the blood that accounts for the 88% reduction. Supposedly, they achieved this 88% reduction in heart disease risk with an average LDL of 100, but, if all it took to prevent heart disease was to get your LDL down to 100, it would have been wiped out by now.
Then, Dr. Gregor waxed on about how low can you go. Your LDL cholesterol, that is. 70? 50? 30? How about 15? Try for even lower. Then, Dr. Gregor asks if LDL cholesterol can ever be too low? Maybe he thinks the ideal amount is zero.
There is an interesting test to find out whether you have heart disease and it’s called Coronary Calcium. I wouldn’t do it just because it involves ionizing radiation. But, I accept that you shouldn’t have calcification going on in your heart; it’s a muscle not a bone. So, ideally, your coronary calcium score should be zero.
But, did you know that there are people who have high LDL cholesterol, like 190, who have zero coronary calcium, and after 10 years, they still have zero coronary calcium? It’s true.
Now, the irony is that I’m in favor of the plant-based diet, and I eat it myself. So, I’m not getting any dietary cholesterol either. But, my total cholesterol is in the 150s, and my LDL is about 100. Sometimes a little more, and sometimes a little less. But, I am satisfied with those numbers, and I wouldn’t dream of doing anything to try to change them. And I think it’s crazy to do so. You don't try to regulate your blood potassium, do you? Your body has set points for everything, including cholesterol. Deciding that "Fire: bad/So is cholesterol" is just plain stupid.
Mock ‘em, I say
- Created on Saturday, 04 December 2021 14:45
Someone put this up on Facebook, and this was my response.
They have sailed over the Cuckoo’s Nest
- Created on Saturday, 04 December 2021 04:57
The medical world is sick. Sick and twisted. It is a deranged profession, as they practice their pseudo-scientific religion. And the reality of that is nakedly clear, especially when you look at the eruption over Omicron.
Are you aware that this whole thing, this whole worldwide clamor and obsession with Omicron started with one female doctor in South Africa? This is what she said, and it is frightening to think that this is what jarred the whole world into a frenzy:
"In 8-10 weeks, we had not seen any new COVID-19 cases. We were out of our third wave. So when around November 18, a patient came to me complaining of a viral infection, it didn't make sense. I tested him and found him and his whole family positive. All had the same type of symptoms, related to COVID like fatigue, body aches, scratchy throat, cough. No one really complained of a fever. This was not typical of the Delta variant, which we have seen a lot of cases of. I raised an alarm to the advisory committee. Our scientists looked at this and realized it's a new variant," said Dr. Angelique Coetzee.
So, because a guy showed up with flu-like symptoms that did not include fever, she concluded it must be a new Covid variant. Then her “scientists” quickly agreed.
She was quick to point out though that, so far, all cases have been mild, with no severe symptoms or hospitalizations and with normal oxygen levels. And she said that recovery time was 2 to 3 days.
2 to 3 days? So, all this fuss over something with the severity of a very mild cold?
Note that they already decided it was a new Covid-19 variant before doing any lab testing. Did they forget that people have been getting sick this way forever? With fatigue and malaise and scratchy throat and body aches? It wasn’t new. Why couldn’t it have been a mild case of flu? Why did it have to be a new Covid variant?
Now, let’s look at the timeline. It was on Thursday, November 27 that Dr. Coetzee and her South African scientists announced their discovery, all starting with this one guy with a scratchy throat that cleared up in a couple days. The very next day, Europe announced its first case of Omicron in Belgium. Before the weekend was out, Australia, Britain, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Israel, Italy and other countries had all found cases.
How is that possible? This is insane. It’s like a sci-fi movie.
What it comes down to is: genome sequencing. You know that nucleic acids are comprised of long strands of nucleotides, and those units, the nucleotides, are considered the genetic alphabet. There are reportedly 30,000 nucleotides in the Covid-19 virus. A variant presumably has undergone changes in the sequence of nucleotides.
So apparently, very quickly, mad scientists came up with a new test to identify the newly mutated viral genome. It was already decided and settled on that that’s what it was.
Now remember that in all forms of life, genes have to be replicated, and a mutation is a mistake in the replication. Supposedly, the whole process of “Evolution” is driven by mutations, which although they are mistakes, sometimes deliver good things, good adaptations, and all by accident. And then they get "naturally selected," and this is responsible for all the genetic diversity and evolution of the species on the planet. I don’t buy it, and neither do these guys:
But usually, the idea goes that the mutations occur over very long periods of time. This idea of viruses mutating in very short periods of time, like weeks or months, is unique. There is no other form of life that supposedly mutates that fast and that often.
It is very arcane, but basically, the way the PCR test works is that they take exudate from a person, which is a complex mixture of things; they apply reverse transciptase to it to convert the RNA to DNA. Then, they heat the DNA to separate the strands. Then, they cool it and apply the polymerase enzyme which causes duplication. But first, they have to decide what they’re going to duplicate. They’re not trying to duplicate the whole virus. So, they apply "primers," which are very short strands of DNA that basically tell the polymerase what part to duplicate. They assume that the whole virus is in there, but when it comes to duplication, they just try to duplicate chosen pieces; what they consider to be the signature pieces of the virus. So, for instance, if the whole virus is presumed to be 30,000 nucleotides long, they may try to duplicate a 100 nucleotide piece of it. But not just one 100 nucleotide piece; usually 2 or 3.
So, the primers cause duplication of specific very short strands that they consider to be the hallmarks of Covid 19. Then, other DNA fragments called “probes” are added, which are flourescent. These flourescent probes then combine with the duplicated material until there is enough flourescence to trigger the registering of a positive test result. So, the flourescence is like the bell going off. It’s the thing that says “Bingo.”
You know how dipstick urine tests involve a color change, say from orange to purple? Well, in this case, what they look for is not a color change but a change from non-flouresence to flouresence.
So, that’s the overview of the PCR test for Covid. When the South African scientists, drooling with excitement, started testing samples hoping to identify the new variant, they noticed that one of the probes wasn’t working at all. Apparently, that strand wasn’t being duplicated by the PCR test. So, that became the first hallmark of the new strain, that it didn’t contain the “S” gene that corresponded to that probe.
I don’t think there is any point in trying to delve further into this technically. The fact is that they have never once isolated or identified a whole, intact, complete Covid-19 virus anywhere in the world. This whole time it’s been the presumption that the pieces they duplicate stand-in for the whole virus. And now because a certain piece isn’t getting duplicated, they’ve decided that that’s the hallmark of this new strain of the virus.
So, what is really going on? What’s going on is that a guy in South Africa had malaise and a scratchy throat for a couple days, and they are blowing it up into a global crisis. Super-fast, they have adjusted all their testing so that it’s Omicron, Omicron, Omicron wherever they look. The whole thing is nothing but an illusion.
There is no new strain. There is just a new paranoia. It’s just another feeding frenzy among the deluded “scientists” who are the Stepford Wives of the Covid industry.
I’ll be perfectly honest with you. I’ve done quite well. I haven’t had a fever in decades. The last time I got the flu was around the mellennium, and I was down for about a week. But, that’s the last time I got it, and this is nearly 2022. Since Covid began, I have not gotten it nor any colds or flus. Over the years, I've had some minor colds, but not severe enough to want to stay in bed. I have never had pneumonia in my life, that I know of. I did have inguinal hernia surgery in 2020, and that worked out well. The maverick surgeon I went to in Florida really fixed me up, and I mean that I’m as good as new. And I healed fast too.
The point I’m trying to make is that, based on my experience, if I did get malaise and a scratchy throat, I would not be the least bit interested in finding out if I had “Omicron.” I would handle it as I have before. I would just let my body work through it, without suppressing symptoms. I would rest and conserve. I would sleep as much as possible. And if there was loss of appetite, I would respect that and not eat. I would allow myself to recover naturally and spontaneously. I would not take Ivermectin or antibody cocktails or anything else. And I would stay the hell away from doctors.
What's going on today is not science. It is religion; a pseudo-scientific religion that is based on dogma, ritual, and phony tests that are designed to find exactly what they are looking for.
The new Covid variant announced today: Omicron
- Created on Saturday, 27 November 2021 04:45
Stock markets around the world tumbled in response to the news. Is it anything we should take seriously and act upon? No, it is not. And I would like to remind you that what they claim is that whole live Covid viruses are transferred from one person to another just from talking or even just breathing in proximity. So, it should be very easy to obtain whole Covid viruses, all 30,000 base pairs. If they travel through the air from one person to another, then you should be able to intercept them en route. So, why can’t they do it? Why do they have to settle for tiny fragments of RNA that they assume came from the Covid virus and duplicate that? To this day, they have never come up with a single complete Covid virus.
And the same applies to the variants. They are not finding a whole virus variant. Again, it comes down to pieces of RNA. You see, they let a computer program tell them what the hodge-podge of genetic fragments in a person’s sputum should look like and how it should be proportioned. And if what they find deviates from what the algorithm says, then, wahlah, it’s a new variant. If I said the process was arcane, it would be a gross understatement.
And remember that when they say they have “isolated the virus” what they mean is that they have done things to induce a certain pathological effect on a group of cells in a petri dish, using a very complex mixture, and if they see the pathological effect, they say that, in so doing, they isolated the virus. It isn’t isolation at all. I am reminded of the Prego tomato sauce commercials, where the Italian chef is stirring the sauce, and when someone asks him, does it have this, does it have that, he keeps repeating, “it’s in there.”. And that’s what they’re telling us that the Covid virus is in there, even though they can’t separate it from everything else.
Of course, most people know nothing about this and have no ability to grasp it. All they know is that “scientists” determined it, and since “science” is the bedrock of modernty, it must be true what the scientists say. But, scientists are human beings, and like all human beings, they are subject to being programmed, to being indoctrinated, and the whole of medical education is an indoctrination.
What science has become is a dogma in which beliefs are held firmly, and all data that comes in are then interpreted according to those beliefs.
Science is NOT supposed to be biased, but medical science is the most biased thing in the world.
For example, there is the belief that the Covid vaccines are effective. So, when a surge breaks out in a community that’s heavily vaccinated, or perhaps almost completely vaccinated, they will scramble to come with something, anything to explain it and avoid concluding that the vaccines don’t work. For instance, they’ll say that the problem is that though the vaccines protect, the reason cases are soaring among the vaccinated is because they need a booster, that the protection they previously had wore off.
Even if one were willing to accept that, what good is a vaccine whose benefit wears off in months? Is this going to be a new way of life now, for people to get vaccinated for Covid every six months? Do you want to live like that? Why would anyone want to live like that?
But, it’s just an assumption- the most attractive assumption they could think of. Seriously, how can they speak of the protection wearing off when they never established there was any protection in the first place? They assumed people were protected, and now they’re assuming that the protection is wearing off.
Or, they’ll suggest that in a heavily vaccinated state like Vermont where Covid is surging, it must be the small percentage of unvaccinated who are driving it. But, for that to be true, then the occurrence rate in the small group of unvaccinated must be a multiple of what it was before in order to shift the total into record territory. But, there is no basis to believe that.
Ireland is 90% fully vaccinated, and it just had its greatest Covid surge.
What, are they going to blame the 10% who are unvaccinated? Are they completely out of their minds?
In Los Angeles, the most vaccinated areas now have the highest Covid rates.
What is happening right now is frightening. And I’m not talking about what the theoretical virus and its theoretical variants are doing. I’m talking about the well-oiled religion of Covidism spreading its hallowed dogma and bogus science everywhere- into all the halls of force and authority and power, as well as into the fearful minds of people.
And whether you agree with me or not, I hope you’re smart enough to realize that there is no reason to think that the discovery of new variants is finished. As long as they keep looking for them, they’ll find them. And as long as they keep doing the PCR test, people will continue to test positive for Covid. As long as they keep doing what they’re doing, this “pandemic” will go on forever.
Since glucose has damaging reactions with proteins, why shouldn’t we avoid carbs?
- Created on Thursday, 18 November 2021 12:38
I notice that many of the low-carb and no-carb advocates, including doctors who advocate those diets, like to talk about glycation reactions in which the reaction of glucose with proteins causes damage. It’s also associated with aging. It makes sense to them that the way to avoid this is to avoid carbohydrate as much as possible, even completely. However, it is not sound thinking, in my opinion, and I’ll tell you why.
You know that your body has two states of being: wakefulness and sleep. You know that it switches back and forth between these two states on a circadian basis. When you’re healthy, the “switch” that controls the daily transitions is very efficient, and you don’t spend much time in a transitory state. You go quickly into sleep from wakefullness, and you quickly reach full awakeness and mobility when you come out of sleep. It’s nice when the whole process is very efficient, isn’t it?
Well, there’s a similar thing the occurs metabolicailly in which the body has two states: eating and fasting. When the body is in an eating state, it is burning sugar, glucose for energy; not exclusively, but primarily. But, when the body is in a fasting state, it burns primarily ketones from fat, and it burns much less sugar.
The body stores very little carbohydrate. There is glycogen, which is “animal starch” stored in the muscles and in the liver, but it gets used up very quickly once a person starts fasting. From that point on, if the body were to continue burning sugar, the body would have to break down proteins to make it, and when fasting, your body does all it can to limit protein loss. It has to break down proteins some in order to provide amino acids for vital functions, both structural and enzymatic. However, it doesn’t want to break down proteins for fuel, just to burn. That would be like burning the furniture to stay warm. So, since the body stores caloric energy mostly in the form of fat, that’s what it seeks to burn during a fast in order to spare bodily proteins.
So, in the normal operation of the human body, it goes into ketosis when it’s fasting, and it also happen in various states of sickness. But, it’s not supposed to happen under normal eating conditions. In other words, you’re not supposed to go through life in a perpetual state of ketosis. In ketosis, you have bad breath; you have a bad taste in your mouth; you get dehydrated. You’re not supposed to go through life like that.
And the body is determined not to go through life like that. As I have emphasized before, human break milk is the sweetest milk of any mammal. So, what happens within the body of a nursing mother who is eating a carnivore diet? Her body undergoes massive gluconeogenesis, and the result is that her milk is just as sweet as that of a carb-eating mother. Milk composition is a highly regulated thing. As long as her diet has enough calories, and is sufficient otherwise, she will churn out that sugar for the baby. The difference in milk composition is quite small despite massive differences in macronutrient consumption, and it’s quite amazing.
So basically, the body cannot be talked into or forced into the low-carb mantra. It wants what it wants, and it will move heaven and earth to get it. So, the body of the nursing mother will churn out sugar, through its own metabolic conversions, so that the baby gets what it needs. But, what about the baby? What if the mother weans the baby to a no-carb diet, where it goes from sweet milk to non-sweet meat, fish, and eggs and nothing else? Then, the body of the baby will do the same thing and start churning out sugar via gluconeogenesis.
So, very low carb and no carb diets turn the body into a sugar making machine. And the sugar that it makes from glucogenic amino acids and from the glycerol portion of fats is just as likely to undergo glycation reactions with proteins as the sugar from plants. But, the unrefined plants at least contain antioxidants and polyphenols and other things that help limit the damage.
Being in a state of carbohydrate deprivation and ketosis while eating is quite stressful for the body, and it results in a raising of the cortisol level, which is a stress hormone. And one of the effects of cortisol is to increase blood sugar. Now, people vary a lot in this regard, but in some people, the blood sugar can shoot up very high as a result of this mechanism.
When it comes to blood sugar, what you want is normality. You don’t want your blood sugar to be abnormally high or abnormally low. When you eat a very low or no carb diet, you are teaching your body to be carbohydrate intolerant. So, let’s say that you are eating that way, but then you stop eating that way, and resume eating a normal amount of carbyhydrate- which you consider a binge. You won’t tolerate it well. You’ll incur a greater spike in blood sugar than the person who is used to eating carbohydrates on a regular basis.
No one is going to avoid glycaton reactions completely. For instance, they test the blood for glycated hemoglobin, and normally, it’s a little over 5%. So, that means that 5% of the hemoglobin in the blood is damaged. But, it never goes to zero. And it would be alarming if it did. You would probably be dead if it did. If hemoglobin A1C gets too low (below 4.5) it is associated with increased all-cause mortality and cancer.
So, does that mean that there is something beneficial about having 5% of the hemoglobin in the blood damaged from glycation? I rather doubt it. It’s the conditions that led to the A1C getting that low that are harmful.
The right way to proceed, in my opinion, is not to adopt the extreme measure of avoiding dietary carbohydrates but rather to keep your carbohydrates unrefined, since whole foods affect the body very differently than refined foods. And that includes something as simple as eating a whole apple rather than drinking apple juice. It’s far better to eat the whole apple.
Then, the second thing is to control for calories. It’s one thing to limit carb consumption by radically skewing the balance of protein, fats, and carbs, but it’s another thing to limit carbs by limiting calories overall. We know beyond a shadow of a doubt that caloric reduction is the most proven life extension technique. It’s been proven in animals large and small. Of course, it’s never been tested similarly on people because it would mean controlling their calories for their whole lives, and it isn’t practical to do that for 80 or more years, and it would be inhumane. But, they have done experiments in which they controlled for calories in people for short periods and compared markers for aging, such as telomere length, and saw impressive results.
So, I say eat whole unrefined foods and be attentive to calories. I don’t say to live life with a calculator every time you put something in your mouth because that is no fun. What you need is a general plan to limit calories. When you make fresh fruits and vegetables a big part of your diet, it is going to automatically reduce calories because these foods are so high in water and fiber which have no calories. Eating a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables is the most painless way to eat low-cal because you still get to eat. You get to eat a lot.
But, as far as the balance between proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, rather than trying to limit carbs within the group, or limit fats within the group, the one you should really want to limit is protein. Remember that most of the calories you eat are for fuel. It’s stuff you burn. And you don’t want to burn protein. You want to get enough protein to meet your structural, enzymatic, and functional needs (to make things like neurotransmitters) but you don’t want to start burning the furniture. Hydrocarbons are for burning, and that means carbs and fats.
And keep in mind that I do NOT advocate ultra-low-fat diets, such as Pritikin, McDougall or Esselstyn. There is absolutely nothing wrong with eating healthy fats. But, you have to remember that fats are more calorically dense, and since the most proven thing is to control for calories, you have to factor that in when you’re eating high-fat foods, such as nuts.
I suppose in the end it comes down to one thing: balance. But, avoiding carbohydrates completely as a dietary tactic is extreme. It is extremely extreme.