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Julia Winter

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Pediatrician with a Master's Degree in Nutritional Sciences. Moved to Portland, Oregon in the summer of 2013. Took Geoff Lawton's first online PDC in 2014.
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When I lived in Wisconsin, it seemed like Holstein steers were considered "hamburger beef."  I can't say I have any personal experience with it.  I'd be a little concerned that they will require at least some grain to gain weight, since their genetics are developed on being fed more than just grass.

Dairy cattle are not dual purpose - they just don't make good beef.  You might want to get two and plan on eating them yourself, before you sell them to others.  (Two because cattle don't like to be alone.)
4 days ago
I think walnut oil could work well.  It's not as saturated as coconut oil, but I don't think that's important if you're using it to brush your teeth.  Generally brushing is effective because it removes any bits of food (that the bacterial colonies could utilize to fuel tooth decay) and it disturbs and partially destroys the bacterial colonies.

Coconut oil has a reputation for being anti-bacterial and I honestly don't know how that works.  Walnut oil doesn't have that reputation, as far as I know, but I don't know much about walnut oil (other than it is delicious, and expensive, and a source of omega threes).
1 week ago
Thanks for another interesting video, Matt.  FYI, my professors pronounced vagus "vay-gus," but I'm sure it's pronounced differently in different places. 

My definition of constipation is similar to yours, but it includes the consistency of the stool.  If the stool is hard it has a tendency to clump together and make large "rocks," and that's not good.  The frequency of stool passage isn't really important - it's the ease of stool passage.  A breastfeeding baby can go days between BMs.  This is because most of the milk is absorbed, but also because a baby doesn't move around much, and moving around is a stimulant for your gut moving.  If you eat a couple bites of food and then you have abdominal pain, that's often constipation as well.  (OK, if you eat a couple bites of food and your abdominal pain culminates in diarrhea, that's obviously a different thing, although also a demonstration of the gastrocolic reflex.)
1 week ago
Erica has a patreon account, and is posting a lot of excellent content there:

(Of course I would be remiss if I didn't note that Paul Wheaton, the Duke of Permaculture and proprietor of this website, also has a patreon: )

Word to the wise: if you are a patron, there is more content available to see.  It's a way to directly support creators you appreciate.
2 weeks ago

Patrick Kniesler wrote:you can find the short scratch version. It is not complete, but still backed up by citations.

I'm not sure if this link will work:

The gist seems to be that red meats are blameless.

That link didn't work for me, but this one does:  ; "Gout - the missing chapter from Good Calories, Bad Calories"

The argument is that sugar or more specifically fructose, is responsible for gout.  Fructose raises blood levels of uric acid.
2 weeks ago
I think a sort of cob is used as mortar.
2 weeks ago
Looking good - have you been able to cover that wood yet?  (I'm having a hard time using my Kubota because the tires are a little worn and I don't have enough traction now that it is wet.)
2 weeks ago
As I get older, my sleep gets more interrupted.  My mom, who is nearing 80, has a good attitude about night time wakefulness.  She says she just lies quietly and tells herself that she is still resting her body.  Of course, it helps if your schedule is more flexible.
2 weeks ago

Matt Walker wrote: Some day I will probably do a gene test, now that they are so common.  Do you know if the usual ones test for this?  I suppose I'll go look into it.  Thanks again!

Apparently 23 and me will test for them.  There's a test I can send on my patients that is aimed at psychiatric medications (it generates a list of recommended and not recommended medications in multiple categories) and it includes testing for at least a couple MTHFR mutations.
2 weeks ago
Matt, have you had any gene testing?  Specifically I'm wondering about the MTHFR mutation.  You can read about it here:

It's not especially associated with gut problems, but it is associated with depression and issues with B-vitamins.  The B vitamin issues may be bypassed via an all meat diet, sort of like the vitamin C issue,

Aside from that, wow, Matt, I'm sorry you had to go through all that, and I'm glad that you've found something that works for you!  I've had occasional gut issues (mine seem to be stress related, as in finals week when I was a student)but I can't imagine having an unhappy gut most of my life.  I'm glad your PCP is cool, and I'm sorry the first gastroenterologist you encountered was an old fart.
2 weeks ago