imageThis is rather amazing. – to the point that I figure I should share it with you:  I am now a pound lighter than I was when Elaine and I took off on our cruise 13-days ago.

The numbers?  I put on 7-pounds during the cruise.  No, I wasn’t particularly proud of it, but lately I have been eating on a regular diet of two meals a day, within 8-hours of each other because of a lot of research I’ve been reading on apple cider vinegar.

One upshot of the reading was to find out that modern dietary ideas – like multiple meals per day – are not really how humans grew up in the wild.  Instead, people apparently used to walk around, looking for food, hunting and foraging, until they found something.

Then they ate to their hearts content….and moved on,

There’s a rhythm, apparently, to how this works.

When ancient ancestors had a meal, it often raised the blood sugar.  The blood sugar converted to fat, the fat was stored.  No mysteries to that.

But according to the data I’ve been reading (before going on the cruise), when the body is not given additional food (remember the wandering off part?) the first calories consumed were the easy-to-get-to sugars. 

Once those were gobbled up, the stored fats were eaten next by the cells.  And, at the tail end of that, the next to go were the heaviest of the fats – the kind that tend to accumulate around the belly in old men like you-know-who.

The idea comes into focus that eating kicks off this sequence of blood sugars increasing, fat storage, sugar burning, and finally fat burning.   Which is why people have different “breath” throughout the day.  Good breath mostly after eating but once the body moves into hard fat conversion, there’s likely some ketosis.

The part of ketosis that matters, when comes to eating habits, is this bit on the mechanics of ketosis from Wikipedia:

“During the usual overnight fast the body’s metabolism naturally switches into ketosis, and will switch back to glycolysis after a carbohydrate-rich meal. Longer-term ketosis may result from fasting or staying on a low-carbohydrate diet, and deliberately induced ketosis serves as a medical intervention for intractable epilepsy.[6] In glycolysis higher levels of insulin promote storage of body fat and block release of fat from adipose tissues, while in ketosis fat reserves are readily released and consumed.[5][7] For this reason ketosis is sometimes referred to as the body’s “fat burning” mode”

What I’ve gotten back into is waiting until Elaine gets up and cooks breakfast, instead of cooking my own.

Her schedule, and mine are offset a good bit:  I’m up at 4 AM writing.  She rolls out sometime between 7 AM and 8 AM…and gets hungry around 8:30 so that’s when food appears.

What this means is that instead of “breaking the fast” of overnight – which is where the word breakfast comes from – I’m adding about 4 1/2 hours to my fat burning time daily by eating when she gets up.

Then, I eat my second meal of the day by 4 PM, which means being up and about 3-4 hours after eating, which helps resolve lots of old-people problems like acid reflux.

But none of this should lose 9-pounds in less than a week. 

What Else was Going On?

Therein lies the tale…

For some reason, part of my “home chemistry experiments with my body” had not yet gotten to the bottle of apple cider vinegar pills that were coming up on my personal testing.  Now I’m into it.

Long-term readers will recall the idea here:  Make up a notebook for yourself and then systematically go through what works well for you as you test every vitamin and supplement you can get your hands on.  There is quite often something in the way of a supplement (or mineral) that when taken will change how you feel.

For example, when I want to learn at an accelerated rate, I will take Source Naturals Huperzine A, 200mcg, 120 Tablets.  The effect of taking one of these bad boys is that within an hour, there’s a marked improvement in mental acuity. 

Taken with a baby aspirin and a small something to eat, it is my “before flying” routine.  Since flying an airplane is a somewhat complex task where you need to have all your faculties, I figure anything that can bump up short-term IQ a bit is worth doing.  So a half cup of coffee, food with lots of protein, and a Huperzine A – plus a baby aspirin – I’m good to fly.

By the way, the baby aspirin is not to keep away pain or prevent heart attack.  Although, sure, it may do these things.  The real reason to take the aspirin is that it increases the body’s uptake of oxygen. 

I can actually tell the difference on the treat mill, too, as well as mental acuity on long flights where we’re up at 7,500 feet, or higher.  (We have oxygen, too, but don’t always carry it unless flight at 9,500 and higher is planned.  Requirements roll in (going from poor memory, 12,500 feet) for supplemental oxygen, but another long discussion…not this morning.)

So there was this bottle of apple cider vinegar pills (similar to High Potency Apple Cider Vinegar 625 mg 180 Caps by Swanson Ultra) in my test queue and I began the four week trial period on those.


I was shocked.  9-pounds gone!  I doubt the rate of weight loss will continue as high, but to even lose 3-pounds a week would be phenomenal.  Hell, a pound a week would be fine.

There were a number of dietary changes between the cruise ship weight and this morning’s.

On the cruise ship we ate three squares a day.  Breakfast, lunch, and fabulous (bringing tears to your eyes and triglycerides or your cardiologist’s) dinners.

Restaurant food is generally much higher in sodium (salt), than we’re used to eating around here.  We are using ,Morton – Lite Salt Mixture that contains half the sodium of regular salt, with the balance of saltiness coming from potassium chloride…and since potassium is good for body chemistry….

Shipboard we had alcohol before and with din-din.  A cocktail (or two) and wine (or sake) with meals.

And I ate breakfasts. Better (or worse if you’re on a scale)  NCL has the same French bread taste that shows up in a good light, airy baguette.   And butter….for the bread, for the lobster dipping, and…say…hold out your hand, let me smear some on there, too….

So LOTS of differences in diet.

But the main thing I was shocked with was how quickly the pounds (and then some) has fallen off.

The only major change (other than no bread, no alcohol, two meals in 8-hours and then fasting between, and no added salt except Lite and no French bread or carbbies) was the addition of the apple cider vinegar (ACV) tablet with the morning pill selection (and a large amount of liquids [coffee] with the morning stack.

Take it, or leave it…THIS IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE.  See your doctor or healthscare provider.  Search benefits of ACV, though, and I think you’ll be impressed and may wish to add it to your personal chemistry testing.  That’s still (until the buggers at the FDA start regulating supplements because of regulatory capture by the Big Pharma Mafia) one of the few areas where we’re relatively free.

Which no doubt means its days are numbered, too.  My expectation is that Codsex Allementarius will be shoved down our throats (along with mandatory GMO crap) sooner than later.

Me?  bitter?

X-Rays and Heart Valves

Say, here’s an interesting read for you, which may be especially significant if you have kin who have hard X-Ray treatments for cancer:

Hi, George,  I came across this information and wanted to get a ‘heads up’ to as many people as possible. The demography of your readership may include people who should have this information.  

It seems that anyone who has had radiation therapy to their chest area may be at risk for heart valve disorders.  The success rate for heart valve replacement is apparently excellent, as long as the patient’s heart hasn’t actually stopped. 

The incidence of this long-term side effect of radiation therapy is growing especially for people who had Hodgkins lymphoma, as more people are surviving for longer.  A very simple check anyone can do is to use a stethoscope  and actually listen to their heart (you can always test one at a pharmacy).  It should sound drum-like.  If instead, it sounds like a washing machine, walk, never run, to the nearest healthcare provider for a cardiac ultrasound.  If you have access to a regular physician, make this info available, to determine if an cardiac ultrasound might be advisable to establish a base line,  even if your heart sounds ok.  In Europe people are routinely checked every 5 years after cancer radiation therapy to the chest area (not simple x-rays).

A study that was not corporately funded was done in Texas, is at

Love your blog –  these uncertain days make not having any money to worry about almost a positive thing. In the meantime, we keep carrying on carrying on and every bit of information helps.

Worth passing on.  Thanks!

Our Publishing Schedule

Say, here’s a reasonable question (or it is to me, anyway):  How many times per week should UrbanSurvival be published?

The reason I ask is that I’d sure like to sleep in more – and not burn so much of my “vacation” writing.  Peoplenomics, our in-depth and market newsletter is presently a twice-weekly feature, although originally, it was just once a week – on weekends.

On the other hand, Peoplenomics pays for server space an the odd bit of software or equipment around here.  The total income from UrbanSurvival is a whopping $600 per month.

All of which leads me to asking a question of you, dear reader, so put on your management consulting hat and send in advice.

Here is the present schedule:  Mon-Sat, up at 4 AM to write both Urban and Peoplenomics.

My choices are:

A.  Change nothing

B.  Move the publishing time of Urban to something like 10-11 AM

C.  Cut Urban completely (the name since 1997 has been ripped off by millions, so it has less marketing value) and move everything to Peoplenomics which is more distinctive…

D.  Reduce Urban to three days a week, Keep Peoplenomics at 2…

Or, anything else that comes to mind.

I enjoy writing, don’t get me wrong.  But there’s so much time into the daily column that many important (to me) projects like finishing my novel, get shoved to the back burner.

Sometimes, while standing in the forest, it’s useful to inquire about trees.  So here’s your chance to provide reader feedback.  No clear-cutting allowed.

Move Over Clive Cussler

If you – like me – and enjoy the occasional Clive Cussler novel, you’ll find a visit to the Paul Allen site worthwhile.

Seems that the Microsoft billionaire has taken a page out of a Cussler novel and gone deep sea venturing – finding the 863-foot long remains of a World War II Japanese battleship Musashi off the Philippines.

I’ll be making multiple contributions to the exploration work when Windows 10 is released.

As we read up on Allen’s 414-foot motor yacht Octopus, we can’t help but notice the similarity to the vessels operated by Cussler’s hypothetical research agency NUMA – the National Underwater and Marine Agency.

Since Cussler is a marine historian. we can’t help but wonder who is Allen’s analog to St. Julien Perlmutter – the rotund historian of the Dirk Pitt novel series.  Or, is it Dirk Allen?  Hmmm…

Co-authored with Justin Scott, Cussler’s next set of deposit slips should begin sliding in March 12th when his latest book, The Assassin (An Isaac Bell Adventure) is released.  Different from the Dirk Pitt adventures, which are mainly water-focused, the Isaac Bell series is about an early 1900’s detective. 

And, speaking of novels, yes, I want to finish mine..but time is the curse of the working class.  I’m on hold at the 51,000 word mark.

Ya’ll come back tomorrow and write when you break-even…