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8 years ago
phantom
I bought some bralettes from Victoria's Secret once... Wore one for about three hours. My whole chest swelled up. My skin was so sore and tender, it was horrible. It took a week until I felt normal... pretty horrifying, especially from an exposure you'd think is benign. Quick google search revealed class action lawsuit against VS for formaldehyde in underwear poisoning women. P.S. Vic
Forum: Other Health Related
9 years ago
phantom
If anyone decides to do an extended fast (and I've done plenty), water or juice, it would be EXTREMELY interesting if you could track and log your pH here. It would serve as an excellent knowledge base for the community. I am concerned because I stumbled upon a journal of a fruitarian who developed a dangerous level of ketoacidosis while fasting, so much that he had to be injected with SODIUM
Forum: Living and Raw Foods Discussion (Vegan)
9 years ago
phantom
How dangerous is it to actually make kombucha? When I make kimchi, I sterilize the jars beforehand, and then everything is good to go. Plus, it's full of natural pathogen-destroyers like garlic, ginger, loads of spicy pepper, sea salt... I have heard of two deaths from kimchi in the history of the universe. Not bad, since it's been done for 1000s of years. But what about the 'bouch?
Forum: Living and Raw Foods Discussion (Vegan)
9 years ago
phantom
From experience, as one who breathed lots of air, played with animals, did the algaes, seaweeds, etc., my B12 stores lasted about seven years... and then crumbled VERY QUICKLY over the course of a year. I had blood work done when I was entering into my darkest days and it never showed any problems. High-grade oral supplements offered a noticeable improvement, but alone were not enough to ma
Forum: Living and Raw Foods Discussion (Vegan)
9 years ago
phantom
Thanks for your thoughtful responses, everyone. I don't know what else to say, other than that, life is a journey! But I definitely need to stay strong and healthy so I can have the strongest, healthiest kids... and get them closer to that ideal. You have to dig on that 30badsucks site, but there is some thought-provoking material. There's lots of anti-vegan propaganda, there are militant v
Forum: Living and Raw Foods Discussion (Vegan)
9 years ago
phantom
So wouldn't loading up on analogues be a moderately-detrimental-to-possibly-bad idea? Say I put some spirulina in my smoothie and then pop a B-12 supplement. Would that being an analogue interfere with absorption of B-12? Would I absorb more from my supplement by abstaining from spirulina? I have no idea if any tests were ever run for something like this. B-12 supplements (though I never bl
Forum: Living and Raw Foods Discussion (Vegan)
9 years ago
phantom
I highly recommend researching the importance of DHA in the brain and how it is synthesized from plant-sourced omega-3s before making any decisions about fat percentage. You can supplement with vegan, algae-sourced DHA. It's probably one of those things I should have been all over when I first went raw but had no idea about. Fats are like gold for the brain (read about coconut oil and a
Forum: Living and Raw Foods Discussion (Vegan)
9 years ago
phantom
I've been on the fence about posting this here, as I've been a part of this community for my entire raw journey, many years, and it's likely borderline ban-material, so I apologize in advance. This is just the truth and my thoughts stated respectfully. I do think it's an experience that should be shared, but I will not push the out-of-bounds areas of this subject beyond this post. It is all r
Forum: Living and Raw Foods Discussion (Vegan)
9 years ago
phantom
Question: do b-12 analogues (such as the ones found in spirulina) INHIBIT uptake of real b-12? Just something that crossed my mind the other day...
Forum: Living and Raw Foods Discussion (Vegan)
9 years ago
phantom
Some big chain stores won't even sell products with "non-GMO" printed on the label. I try to support companies and farmers who keep bright the torch of vigilance. BT toxin doesn't just explode the stomachs of bugs, it makes pigs give birth to empty sacks of water and hamsters to grow weird hairs on the insides of their mouths.
Forum: Living and Raw Foods Discussion (Vegan)
9 years ago
phantom
I will SURVIVE! I'm all for the ram horns... ethically obtained, of course.
Forum: Living and Raw Foods Discussion (Vegan)
9 years ago
phantom
You could make a milk blending the butter with water, it's just $$$$$$$$$$$$$. $18/jar or something ludicrous around here. Tasty, though. <3 www.upayanaturals.com has it in bulk, so you can save a bit of coin if you want to commit to eating lots of it. For recipes that require something really fibrous, like mature coconut shavings, the butter wouldn't work. Otherwise, you can pretty m
Forum: Living and Raw Foods Discussion (Vegan)
9 years ago
phantom
There's the fact that it's heated (probably to extremely high temperatures, as per industrial standards), canned (cans are no good)... and it's like mac-n-cheese sauce. Real coconut doesn't make milk like that and it sits entirely differently in my stomach. I always feel sick if I do eat the canned stuff. I've had some of those "raw cakes that sneak it in" and it's always resulted in a
Forum: Living and Raw Foods Discussion (Vegan)
9 years ago
phantom
A part of me died inside going raw because it meant no more Thai curries. Well, canned coconut milk is disgusting, anyway, but young coconuts? Awesome for water but NOT for thick sauce. So I've been researching, and it's time to get SERIOUS. I don't have the cash for an electric mature coconut shredder, or the time for a traditional Thai coconut straddling shredder... so I found something like
Forum: Living and Raw Foods Discussion (Vegan)
9 years ago
phantom
I got my lock from this website: But they also sell blockers if the damage has been done. I'm a fan of www.stopsmartmetersbc.ca They have all kinds of nice document templates you could easily modify for your region. When I was staying with some family, my fiancee, fortunately, was home and able to chase the installers off the property. He had to stand in front of the meter and rep
Forum: Other Health Related
9 years ago
phantom
Those maps of projected contamination also do not take into account that contamination of the seas has been ongoing and unabated for a year and a half now... with plans for containment/entombment and no end in sight.
Forum: Other Topics (not health related)
9 years ago
phantom
Can you detail more about what you would do for the adrenals? Thanks!
Forum: Living and Raw Foods Discussion (Vegan)
9 years ago
phantom
Who supplements DHEA? Why or why not? What do you use? I've read that the precursors in wild yams, etc. will NOT actually metabolize into DHEA. And where the HECK does the other stuff come, labs or dead animals? O.o
Forum: Living and Raw Foods Discussion (Vegan)
9 years ago
phantom
Great links, John. Fats are where it's at. Does anyone know more about spirulina and algae specifically as a source for DHA?
Forum: Living and Raw Foods Discussion (Vegan)
9 years ago
phantom
My allergies disappeared when I was raw. ...until I moved to the west coast, and now they are terrible. So, there's obviously something I am extremely sensitive to. I have been vaccinated. Maybe nothing will change that. And unless you want to lock yourself in a padded white room and obsessively eat only 100% organic, and make sure every single microbe that enters your body is 100% organ
Forum: Living and Raw Foods Discussion (Vegan)
9 years ago
phantom
I've always found Jainism interesting. I don't really belong to anything, but Jainism is definitely the framework that resonates with most of my spiritual experiences. The main tenant of Jain vegetarianism is strict NONVIOLENCE. This means if a creature was harmed to get the food item (yes, even cows and chickens), it's off the menu. Honey is out. And even some root veggies like carrots are ou
Forum: Living and Raw Foods Discussion (Vegan)
9 years ago
phantom
Even if it's more digestible raw, and even if you milked your own pet cow in a totally vegan way, it's still chock full of cancer-causing estrogens (there was another recent Harvard study published in the news), and IGF-1, which is serious fuel for cancer cells. So I'd have to argue and say, while less detectible a la the digestive tract, cow's milk is still nasty stuff causing great disturbances
Forum: Living and Raw Foods Discussion (Vegan)
9 years ago
phantom
I go to one of these... except it's free and run by Mother Nature. The SPRING. <3 Lots of places to charge for alkaline water...
Forum: Living and Raw Foods Discussion (Vegan)
9 years ago
phantom
All the farmers' market produce I find is like that... because it's FRESH! It hasn't sat forever on some shelf, in some truck, etc. It usually gets picked the day before and is just... amazing. It's also really cheap to get fresh food with no sprays. This is the happiest time of year for me. I am going to cry when the markets are over.
Forum: Living and Raw Foods Discussion (Vegan)
9 years ago
phantom
There is a FEELING I get about food, plants being intelligent, something difficult to put into words. It is sacred, and perhaps inherently ineffable. BUT, there is a distinctly DIFFERENT feeling I get... when walking past one of those candy stores at the mall, painted with neon colors and weird-shaped people with bugged out eyes, squiggly lines, it's a bright, synthetic, chaos. And it makes me
Forum: Living and Raw Foods Discussion (Vegan)
9 years ago
phantom
I would just like to add that... if you make your own fermented foods... like I do... Do it somewhere WARM!!!! I used to live in a house that was so cold, it took 6 days for the kimchi to get sort of fermented and it was still pretty lame. I don't think it was ever 68 degrees there. X.X Now I live in a nice and WARM (72-80, it's summer and I love it!) house, and my jars of kimchi explod
Forum: Living and Raw Foods Discussion (Vegan)
9 years ago
phantom
I can't think of the name of it... there was an AMAZING Robin Williams movie about life after death (if anyone is particularly pondering the subject at the moment). Heaven and hell are both on earth. Earth is what we make it. We have the power to recreate Eden... so that's what I'm working at. I'm trying to be there already as much as possible, some days I am and some days I'm not. I also
Forum: Living and Raw Foods Discussion (Vegan)
9 years ago
phantom
Sorry if I sounded harsh. This whole apple thing has me REALLY ANGRY. GMOs aren't good at all... but before this it was, more or less, processed foods only. Now it looks like there are some crazy people eyeing the fresh fruit supply. But people are pushing back... and it's awesome and invigorating to see. The big vote in California is on my birthday this year.
Forum: Living and Raw Foods Discussion (Vegan)
9 years ago
phantom
I'm not confusing GMO with cross-pollination, thank you. I am concerned about the genetic integrity of life on this planet after GMOs cross-pollinate with natural species. My point is the horrific side effects seen repeatedly with animal consumption of GMOs can be forced onto every living creature on this planet, regardless of choice or intention, if GMOs cross-pollinate natural species. Th
Forum: Living and Raw Foods Discussion (Vegan)
9 years ago
phantom
The long-term sterility effects are more of what horrifies me. Like BT corn making pigs give birth to sacks of water instead of babies: Hamsters going sterile after three generations of GM soy feed: And, generational damage. GM grass suddenly starts producing cyanide after eight generations and kills a field of cows. This apple company has its eyes on peaches and cherries.
Forum: Living and Raw Foods Discussion (Vegan)
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