Another reason for growing your own & eating well-


Just bought a brand new yogurt maker, to make the thick homemade Greek yogurt that I love with a friends’ honey on top, oh is it ever good!


Mark, in a vegan diet not just iron and B12 but glycin, proline, carnosine, carnitine, chondroitin, choline, long chain omega 3, taurine, copper, zinc, vitamins D and K2, and retinol. If eating locally, also selenium and iodine. Some of these are produced by the body but not in sufficient amounts, specially in the late years. Some of these, like retinol, depend on your genes (there are genetic markers for decreased carotenoids absorption). Regrettably our ancestors have eaten mostly meat for 1+M years, in the process extinguishing 26 types of megafauna just in Eurasia. in the process also prodigiously shrinking out gut and expanding our brains.

And here we are, many of us unable to thrive on diets too different from our ancestral diet. I get 35% of the calories from cabbage that a gorilla would get, thanks to my puny gut, and not just that, but the difference is all fats (short chain fatty acids), and probably also fewer minerals and vitamins, since these depend on proper fermentation too.


A problem I see is that even for someone as well informed as you it can difficult to tie all the threads together! There are so many variable between individuals, just for starters. But it certainly sounds like you’re well on the way.

In the meantime I just try to eat a decent and varied diet, leaning towards the mediterranean model. Wish I liked fish more!


It’s not so difficult. Eat red meat (grass fed), fats (except seed oils), and vegetables (only those that agree best with my gut). some fruits. I will post about plant toxicity some other time because today I am swamped.


Some plants can definitely pose problems. I was a vegetarian for many years before having kids, and was a very, very unhealthy person. I was young and wanted to save all the animals after watching videos on factory farming. I cut out all meat and replaced it with soy products. Soy is an endocrine disruptor when it is not properly prepared. This means it mimics estrogen in the human body. This has effects on every body system. I had symptoms that were similar to what someone going through hypothyroidism would experience.

Soy is in just about every packaged product out there. It’s very difficult to avoid. There is a lot of debate about soy, though, some studies showing it is great for the human body (anti cancer for example) while other studies show the opposite. This study goes into how each individual has a different ability to break down soy products depending on the makeup of their microbiota…which makes the differences found with all of the different studies more understandable.

It’s a very long study but here it is if anyone’s interested:


I tested both myself and daughter for 150 foods. for both of us, the #1 allergenic food is soy. We do have a lot of similarities as you may expect, but for example I get almost zero reaction from coffee and am allergic to cocoa. She does get a reaction from coffee and near zero from cocoa.


Fitting for this topic…





the worse part is not the urine, is the added sugar!


I never heard of any recalls… guess the public has just been rolling the dice, occasionally eating Pee Flakes and Urine Krispies.