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Terry Byrne

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This thread is about a gentleman who has expanded the boundaries of science/medicine. I brought him up in a thread started by Paul about ways to micro warm ourselves/our immediate personal space/climate in order to save electrical energy.

I thought that many would be interested in the other ways he has affected science/medicine. He shows that people can do things internally that medicine always believed were not possible.

If I have put it in the wrong section or if this isn't an appropriate topic for Permies, feel free to dispatch it without notification.

I'll let you decide for yourselves. Anyone that can climb to 23,000 feet on Mt Everest in shorts and open toed shoes/sandals is doing something right.

He was injected with bacterial endotoxin and he was able to produce immediate immunity to these. These studies have been done in Europe and in the USA - National Academy of Sciences of the USA.

Voluntary activation of the sympathetic nervous system and attenuation of the innate immune response in humans


"Hitherto, both the autonomic nervous system and innate immune system were regarded as systems that cannot be voluntarily influenced. The present study demonstrates that, through practicing techniques learned in a short-term training program, the sympathetic nervous system and immune system can indeed be voluntarily influenced. Healthy volunteers practicing the learned techniques exhibited profound increases in the release of epinephrine, which in turn led to increased production of anti-inflammatory mediators and subsequent dampening of the proinflammatory cytokine response elicited by intravenous administration of bacterial endotoxin."

4 months ago
My apologies. Someone presented him in the first post on this page. [Bows deeply so no one can see red face]

I haven't read the whole thread so I don't know if this guy's ground source greenhouse has been discussed.

Nebraska retiree uses earths's heat to grow oranges in snow

Lots of useful links from this google hit for "nebraska greenhouse oranges".

4 months ago
The Japanese style kotatsu can be easily applied to western kitchen or coffee tables also. The trick with them is that the parts of us that get colder are the extremities, usually legs and feet. When that lower portion is kept comfortable [not warm because that it very relative to each person]  our upper body, with its mass and heater in the core stays comfortable.

Kotatsu uses a very low temp, often infra red heater. The small volume it has to heat and the comforter that contains the heat so well means that it can easily overheat that small volume.
4 months ago
Here is something we all could consider. I believe that humans have gotten too "attached" to heat and they unconsciously believe they need more than they actually need. When I wake up my house is right around 0C/32F when it is really cold OS = -40c/-40F. My house stays usually no higher that 10C/50F at anytime tho' I do wear warmer clothes. None of Paul's ideas tried yet tho' when I lived in Japan, my house never received any heat, just I did under the kotatsu.

"Warmer" overnight OS lows of -30C/-22F sees my present house a toasty 5C/41F in the AM. In my bed I am never cold with flannelette sheets, a comforter and 0C/32F sleeping bag to pull over me when needed.  

But getting used to cooler temps isn't all that difficult and I am not quite the expert Wim Hof is. Our recent ancestors who never had central heating all did the same thing. Houses went down each night to freezing or below and then were brought up to "comfort" level with the wood stove.

Below, some links to a fella, Wim Hof, who shows us we have more ability to stay warm than we think we do.

Science Explains How the Iceman Resists Extreme Cold
MRI scans reveal that Wim Hof artificially induces a stress response in his brain


He swims in ice and climbs Everest. Meet tough guy Wim Hof
Put down that jacket. Take off the boots. One of the world’s top explorers teaches how to endure extreme cold in your bare feet

In 2007 Wim “the Iceman” Hof attempted to become the first man to climb Everest in his shorts. No duck-down swaddling, oxygen tanks or goggles. Just the shorts and a pair of open-toed sandals. However, when he got to 24,500ft he got a nasty twinge. “So I had a deep mental conversation with my foot and it reported frostbite. I appreciated it was the right thing to turn back,” he says. “Extreme cold is a teacher. The lessons come to you through the body. You just listen.”

Hof still set a record (“highest ascent in only shorts”) and the 57-year-old Dutchman’s ability to withstand cold through breathing and mind control has made him a media star. He is part scientific specimen, part alpha male extremophile,…

4 months ago
There is a gardener in the state of Washington that has used this method for years. He plants by spreading the mulch and putting in the seeds/... . Says he never has to ever water. I always get the name mixed up with Victory gardens and I can't remember the name right now to provide a link. The name has some connection to religion - the gentleman is very religious.

Found it.
4 months ago

Might I ask, where is the Cider Press forum?

James Landreth wrote:

What I would like to do is to come up with a system of raised concrete rainwater tanks that could store water collected off of my buildings.

Does this seem doable? Does anyone have advice or recommendations? I’m hoping to avoid plastic due to leaching and such.

Aren't concrete tanks an awfully expensive way to collect/store rainwater?
4 months ago

r ranson wrote:I'm thinking of designing a calendar for 2020 and maybe printing a few extra for sale.

I find it very difficult these days to find a functional calendar with big squares and lunar cycles.  

There's a lot of little details - like my calendar will go from January 2020 to Jan 2021 inclusive (because doctors are always making appointments for January back in June and we need next year's calendar before this one comes out)

At first, I was just going to do something simple with pictures of the farm and have enough printed for next year's Christmas Gifts, but after talking to a few people, they want the same thing I want in a calendar.  So maybe I need to make more?

The questions:
A. What do you want in a wall calendar?
B. What do you hate in a wall calendar?
C. What about the picture page?  Love it?  Hate it?
     C.i. if you hate it, what would you rather have?
    C.ii. If you love it, what is your favourite kind of picture?
D.  Would you buy something like this?

A. Decent size squares to write NB items. B. Too small squares and uninteresting pics. C. Love great pics, don't like generics. C ii. Nature, farm animals, especially babies. D. If it matched my likes.
4 months ago
The Elements of Style is revered by many but not by those who study grammar and syntax. E B White was not a scholar. He was mostly a journalist/author.

The Land of the Free and The Elements of Style
William Strunk and E. B. White have a vice-like grip on educated Americans’ views about grammar and usage. Yet
almost everything they say on that topic is wrong.
Geoffrey K. Pullum


50 Years of Stupid Grammar Advice
4 months ago