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Ok, let me get this straight....

Dr. Siva-Jothy PROVED that life expectancy is diminished by increased sexual contact based on his experiments with insects. 

My grandfather had 10 children and lived to be 96 despite his penchance for alcohol and tobacco.  Several of my uncles (on both sides of my family) had five or more children and lived well into their 80's.


Miscellaneous / Re: Cold water tempering
« on: May 21, 2010, 07:31:58 PM »
Awesome.  You just made my day a little better.

Miscellaneous / Re: The Four Temperaments
« on: May 21, 2010, 07:25:46 PM »
I haven't played morality poker in a while, but I'm pretty sure that four temperaments beats seven deadly sins but they can't come close to the nine precepts.

Miscellaneous / Re: Cold water tempering
« on: May 17, 2010, 04:47:07 PM »
I once dated a Norwegian woman.  Whenever she took a shower, the water was so hot that the entire bathroom turned into a steam sauna.  The few times I was in there with her, I had to jump out because I felt like I was being scalded.  I can't say that I like cold showers, but I usually adjust the temp to tepid or room temp.

One of the most fun things I've done was the hot and cold plunge pools at the spa where my wife and I spent our honeymoon.  The hot was 110 degrees or so and the cold was just above freezing.  You'd sit in the hot for less than five minutes and then throw yourself into the chilly one for a plunge.  It was exhilarating and, I might add, that my skin was never so happy.  Of course, my skin condition might be attributed to the fact that I spent most of the week snorkeling and scuba diving so I was immersed in seawater for several hours a day.

I've tried to recreate this with sea salts in the tub with varying results.

If you do some research on hot springs, I think you'll find that they aren't as uncommon as we in the west think.  They are even prevalent in South America, especially around Nicaragua.

Exercises / Re: Joining the Navy. Need to improve my running.
« on: May 14, 2010, 01:25:39 PM »
When I did my final PT test, I sprinted until I was wasted and then power walked until I caught my breath.  I repeated this until I crossed the finish line and still finished in the top 10%.  Keep in mind that this was an unintentional thing as I knew nothing about the paleo lifestyle 25 years ago.  I just hated the boring slog of running at pace unless there was someone calling cadence.  Slow and steady does not always win the race.

Miscellaneous / Re: Body Fat example pictures
« on: May 14, 2010, 01:18:57 PM »
7% body fat, or in some body building competition examples 4% body fat, is unhealthy.  Yeah, it might be the epitome of body sculpting, but it's just not right to do that to your body.  The guy at 14% is probably the healthiest of the bunch even if he doesn't have the ripped abs on the 20% dude.

As far as the pictures of the women, the muscle pics are unappealing to me.  The paper thin skin is just looks odd on a woman.  I like my women with like I like my shakes (if I drank them), thick and smooth.

Miscellaneous / Re: Traveling to Italy
« on: May 14, 2010, 01:03:30 PM »
Pack food for the airport.  Fresh vegetables and fruit keep for a while at room temperature and you can always put an ice pack and some chicken in a ziplock baggie in your carry on.  Eating onboard the plane might be a conundrum, but there's nothing wrong with fasting for the duration of the flight.

Italy is one of the best places to eat as most cities, especially Rome, has fresh markets all over the place.  Processed meat is not an issue unless you make it one.

Italian food is not necessarily all dairy and pasta.  That's an American Italian thing.  The only place I've had fresher seafood was in Oregon on a commercial fishing dock.

Miscellaneous / Re: Two Double Nickles!
« on: May 14, 2010, 12:10:31 PM »
LOL, nice necro-post.  I totally missed this one when I was delving into the archives. 

I just have one thing to say.  While the foods we eat and the activity we engage in do have an impact on aging, everyone ages differently. 

I have a friend who's in his late 40's.  He trains like a bull within range of a cow in heat and ingests a daunting amount of supplements including all the latest fad supplements like hemodilators (NO2), Shotgun, Creatine, three or four protein shakes a day, etc.  He would show up to work with a shopping bag full of deli sandwiches and other crap and comment that he's lucky he had two jobs or he wouldn't be able to feed himself.  He could pass for his late 20's.  People have remarked that he looks like a really buff Lorenzo Lamas from his days on the TV show Renegade.

It is not just what we eat.  It is our total lifestyle.  You can eat all the fresh food you want, but if you sit in your cave and watch the idiot box all day, you're still going to be a pale, unhealthy, schlub.

Exercises / Re: Amosovís 1000 Movements for Joint Mobility
« on: May 13, 2010, 03:42:51 PM »
Then again, you and Mark could be just different personalities in the same body.  Just to be sure, take a bingo marker and stamp yourself on your forehead.  Take a pic and post it online.  If Mark posts within the hour and doesn't have the bingo marker stamp, file a restraining order.  If he has the bingo marker stamp, clean out his bank accounts and go on a cruise.  Win win.

Miscellaneous / Re: Body Fat example pictures
« on: May 13, 2010, 03:35:28 PM »
I'm somewhere in between the 14% and the 20% pics.  I'm still on the high end if you buy into the whole BMI thing.  I'm healthy and happy and I'm sure that's all that counts.

Miscellaneous / Re: What do you think of LASIK?
« on: May 09, 2010, 08:58:08 PM »
Here's my take on it, albeit uneducated.

My eyes have always hovered around a bit of nearsightedness, but I've always been able to pass the driving vision test at two lines below the required.  I would never consider having someone perform laser surgery on my eyes.

My wife, before I met her, was legally blind without glasses (cases in point: some of the guys she dated before me :).  She had lasik and now has excellent vision in both eyes.

It all depends on how extreme the problem is and whether glasses and contacts are that much of a bother.

I've heard that research, although I haven't been able to find any published papers after a brief search, has been done that proves that people who suffer from red shift color-blindness have better night vision and those who suffer from near-sightedness have better than average peripheral night vision, which would certainly account for an improved survivability factor.

Miscellaneous / Re: Neanderthin Hard to Find
« on: May 09, 2010, 08:41:48 PM »
If you're just interested in reading it, have you considered your local public library?

Exercises / Re: Methode Naturelle
« on: May 09, 2010, 04:34:12 AM »
That's brilliant, Kortoso.  It would approximate different daily activities.  It would certainly constantly challenge your body because if you pulled 4 or more cards a day, the likelihood of repeating a workout exactly would be very slim.

My friends and I used to "deck" exercises such as pushups.  Pull a card and do that many.  Rest while partner does a card.  Repeat.

This would work even if you assigned different exercises to different suits.  For instance, if you get a 4 of clubs, do four sets of sledgehammer drills; if you get a 7 of hearts, do 7 sets of 40 yard sprints; if you get a joker, lay in a hammock and eat pemmican :) I'll give this some thought and try to post more. 

Miscellaneous / Happy Mother's Day
« on: May 09, 2010, 04:13:11 AM »
Happy Mother's Day to my paleo friends.

With my wife at my side, I am pleased to announce the birth of our daughter, Saralynn Ruth Strauss, born at 6 lbs 11.9 oz and 20 inches on 5/7/2010 at 1:40 pm.  This is an especially happy mother's day for us.

Miscellaneous / Re: "THAT'S BLASPHEMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
« on: April 28, 2010, 10:29:25 AM »
Here... just try... ah... just.... read it *sigh*

I suppose the earth could seem flat if you're tone deaf.   Ba Dum Bum.

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