Here’s something to consider this flu season. Check with your pharmacist to verify it won’t interact with your meds.

(Drink 1, 2, 3 or even 4 times/day)

1 clove minced garlic (antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral)

1/4 tsp grated ginger (anti-inflammatory)

Juice of 1 lemon (vitamin C)

1 tsp honey (antiseptic, antibacterial)

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (opens sinuses)

1/4 cup hot water (universal solvent)

1/4 cup room temperature water


(If nauseated either take with toast/ biscuit, or add water to make it a tea)

Gladiators: Barley Men

Some quotes (see article link below)

In the November/December ’08 issue of Archeology magazine, author Andrew Currey covered the recent findings by paleo-pathologist Karl Grossschmidt of Vienna, concerning the diet of ancient Roman gladiators. Grossschmidt and his colleague, Fabian Kanz, examined the bones of gladiators from a site in Western Turkey. Currey wrote:

But the biggest revelation to come out of the Ephesus cemetery is what kept the gladiators alive–a vegetarian diet rich in carbohydrates, with the occasional calcium supplement. Contemporary accounts of gladiator life sometimes refer to the warriors as hordearii–literally, “barley men.” Grossschmidt and collaborator Fabian Kanz subjected bits of the bone to isotopic analysis, a technique that measures trace chemical elements such as calcium, strontium, and zinc, to see if they could find out why. They turned up some surprising results. Compared to the average inhabitant of Ephesus, gladiators ate more plants and very little animal protein.

But the writers drew an odd conclusion:

Gladiators, it seems, were fat.

Their strange analysis is repudiated in part because:

Grossschmidt’s assertion that gladiators purposely “packed on the pounds” with a carb-heavy diet poses several problems. […]

The condemnation of excess bodyfat can also be seen in the late Roman writer Vegetius’s Epitoma Rei Militaris(Epitome of Military Science). Vegetius wrote specifically about ideal army recruits, but his requirements apply to fighting men in general:

So let the adolescent who is to be selected for martial activity have alert eyes, straight neck, broad chest, muscular shoulders, strong arms, long fingers, let him be small in the stomach, slender in the buttocks, and have calves and feet which are not swollen by surplus fat but firm with hard muscle. When you see these points in a recruit, you need not greatly regret the absence of tall stature. It is more useful that soldiers be strong than big.

Okay… so bring on those UNPROCESSED carbs in 2018!


Starving in Venezuela

I cannot sleep. I am reading a N.Y. Times story about babies dying of malnutrition in oil-rich Venezuela.


The stories frustrate me because the parents/caregivers are feeding them crap. At these ages (up to 3 years old) children should be breastfed, fat & sassy. The extreme poverty in Venezuela has affected the health of some mothers rendering them incapable of producing sufcicient amounts of milk, I get that, but I see the families dependent upon government to provide processed garbage food when traditional (unprocessed) high starch diets based on beans, rice, potatoes (supplemented w/ garden grown greens) would keep them healthier… along with a re-education about the nutritional superiority of breast milk for infants.

When I read that hospitals blame a shortage of (inferior) baby formula, and troops must keep crowds from stealing (inferior) processed carbs from bakeries, I know there is a lack of knowledge. There may also be a lingering relationship to the 1970s popularity of baby formula highly (and falsely) promoted as “superior” infant nutrition by American food corporations.


I’ve always suspected that the reason a plant-based diet has recently garnered wider acceptance is because governments are beginning to realize that a meat based diet is not sustainable on a worldwide basis. As nations like India & China have acquired wealth (and more so due to the social impact of multimedia) everyone seems to want to bathe in the excess of gasoline vehicles & rich western diets. On a large scale such opulence will destroy the Earth, as it already IS destroying the health of Western society.

Ironically, it is a return to the simplicity of our ancient ancestors – a life dominated by unprocessed food, intermittent fasting & a good degree of manual labor – that will make us strong.

In “food deserts” in the US (low-income areas that are dominated by fast food, with rarely a fresh green to be found) we are immersed in a sub-society of its own sort of opulence… the foodborne disease of Western excess. In poverty our people are dying as young adults from overnutrition. It seems most modern ethnic food has deteriorated and is now dominated by processed foods (animal fat, oil, flour, salt & sugar). It is reflected in our waistlines and in our ailing health on a cultural scale. Even meat can be viewed as (inferior) processed food because the animals eat the plant-based nutrients that we need, and we eat them. But it is not our genes, it is not our heritage, it is not our history! We once knew how to thrive.

Here’s an interesting read on the subject:


Okay… I’m going to crawl back under the covers and get some sleep. I’ll work on solving the world’s problems tomorrow. 😢

Las Vegas man cured of cancer after going vegan | Daily Mail Online


  • Rob Mooberry, now 43, was diagnosed with stage 4 colorectal cancer in 2012
  • He’d had a healthy diet and exercised when he was hospitalized with a perforated colon
  • The Las Vegas bartender underwent surgery, chemo and radiation therapy, and was downgraded to stage 3A
  • But he decided to take a break before his next bout to ‘detox’ with a raw vegan diet similar to Tom Brady’s alkaline diet
  • By the time of his next scan in early 2013, his cancer had reduced 80%
  • He declined further treatment and is now celebrating five years cancer-free