Monday, August 25, 2014

Your Turn

Hi, Everyone!

I started this blog as a place to keep my story straight.  I see from the traffic report that about 700 people a day are now reading and a hundred or so have signed up for the email alerts.  I'm amazed.  I'm just not sure how many of these 'hits' are real people and how many are just spam-bots or web-crawlers searching for my bank account numbers or trying to get personal information for marketers.  I have a feeling the real number is around 100-150 people a day looking, but even that number amazes me.  I would like to ask that every 'real person' reading this leave a comment, even if it is just to say 'hi'. 




When I was a little kid, I loved my Weekly Reader and I still love on-going stories, like the "Adventures of Lew and Charlie" in the only magazine I still subscribe to, Fur-Fish-Game  (if anyone wants to learn how to hunt, fish, and live off the land, FFG is a must).   I'd kind of like to turn this blog into a place where you can just come and read for a while and then move on.  Maybe spark some new thoughts.  I don't have all the answers (yet).  I'm also going to play around with my new camera and try to put some cool pictures up that weren't just stolen from other people, like this one I took yesterday:

Mount Foraker, Alaska Range
 I doubt I will ever become a "real blogger" and I'm not interested in becoming well-known for this blog, but I do think I have things to say you might like to read.  Some of my best real life friends are  people I met through blog comments and various forums.  Like minds seem to somehow attract each other.  I'd also like to open this space up to anyone else who wants to write a blog post, just let me know, it's easy to do.  I'd love to see personal reports on health, fitness, or any hacks you have found that work (or don't work).  I intend to stay away from politics, religion, and drama, so if that's your thing--sorry! 

I came up with the name Vegetable Pharm as a way to complement Dr. Grace's Animal Pharm.   Grace has a great place where she explores the intricacies of the broken gut.  My focus will be more on the science behind the broken gut, broken metabolism, and poor health in general by looking at the foods we eat and the reasons we eat them. If you are trying to heal a specific problem, go check out Dr. Grace's blog, she has great information there.

I had originally intended to call this blog "Pica Nation."  I even had a cool mascot picked out:

Pica

But there's another kind of "pica":

Pica
Pica is the seemingly unnatural urge to eat things like dirt, clay, chalk, glue, and God forbid...raw starches.  They used to perform lobotomies on these poor souls, but now we're learning that pica is just a natural way that our second-brain, the one in our intestines, gets us to eat some vital nutrients we need as humans.  I think that many of the things we desire to eat today are a form of pica...chewing gum, breakfast cereal, candy, bread, tea, salad, and much more.  I hope to explore this notion in greater detail in the coming year.   


OK, your turn.  What would you like to see?  Are comments important?  What about frequency of blog posts?

Anyone interested in cancer prevention?   

Oh, and if anyone is using my blog-roll list to keep up with their favorite blogs and want any added to it, just let me know.  I love this feature, it saves me time in clicking on my blogs looking for updates.

Hope to hear from every person that reads this to the end, even you lurkers who lurk EVERYWHERE and never, ever comment--you know who you are, just give an anonymous nod.  

Thanks,
Tim

 

130 comments:

  1. also, thinking of trying the potato diet for a couple of days, but definitely want to add vinegar. That's what Lord Byron did, and he was a real romantic!

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  2. Keep up the RS blogging Tator

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  3. I'm not a bot either

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  4. Been doing potato starch for over a year. About 2 tablespoons potato starch in evening. Also cautiously building up Jerusalem artichoke. I'm not a bot.

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  5. Hi - not a bot - I keep coming here for any further tips to help rebuild my guts. Your comments on MDA, FTA etc. has really helped to the point where I think a full recovery is realistic.
    Thanks
    Rob

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  6. real person here, who really loves this blog/ your writing style. Coming here surely lowers my cortisol a bit. Stay funky fresh

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  7. also not a bot .. keep up the good work!

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  8. Hi from me as well. I hope you will become a 'real blogger'! I always enjoy reading what you have written.

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  9. Second try here at a comment . . . the preview functionality ate my comment.

    I'd like to hear your thoughts about The Microbiome Diet by Kellman. He briefly mentions RS. He favors prebiotic foods such as asparagus, carrots, garlic, jerusalem artichoke, jicama, leeks, onions, radishes, tomatoes. As for prebiotic supplements, he recommends inulin and some others. And the probiotic supplements are different than the ones generally seen on pro-RS sites.

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  10. I'm a real person. I've followed you around the web for a long time to get the latest on resistant starch and gut issues related to health. Your site is a time saver and I don't have to wade through repulsive topics. It would be great to have a place to record ongoing bad or good N=1 results for everyone to follow.

    I really appreciate all you do and your blogging style.

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    1. Same here. Love the info that keeps emerging. RS has been a major factor in improving my health after decades of fatigue and other issues...can't thank you enough, Tim!

      Energy!

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  11. Hi, I'm the same Kathy who emailed you last week. Thanks again for your response!

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  12. Keep up the good work. Don't rely on comment count, it is frustratingly hard to coment here.

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  13. Hi Tim,

    Thanks for all your work spreading the word in such a comprehensible and good humored manner

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  14. While I'm pleased a reasonable number of people have found this site I hope even more become regular visitors and sign up for updates.
    It's important more people understand resistant starch feeds the gut bacteria that create BUTYRATE that has a similar function as Vitamin D3 (unfortunately the sun doesn't shine in the colon).
    Here is a recent paper showing the role of gut bacteria in improving Diabetes
    Evidence for the Gut Microbiota Short-Chain Fatty Acids as Key Pathophysiological Molecules Improving Diabetes
    Let's hope more people get to understand why this isn't simply a short term faddish craze and start to understand how improving our gut microbiome can improve health.

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  15. Real person here in Naples, FL. Found you at FTA, which I have been reading for years. Thanks for all you efforts.
    Mike

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  16. Dear Tim,
    I am just epically grateful for your insights and generosity. They have made a real difference in my health. I lost an entire summer of my life due to VLC caused illness (insomnia, migraines, constipation). All the doctors I consulted were useless. Following your comments and posts around the web pulled me back into functional health!
    I would love to see an additional tab at the top of your blog for the subject of testing. Maybe people could post ongoing test results and symptoms? Also I love your no drama policy! I've got enough drahttp://publichealth.lacounty.gov/eh/event/Communityevent.htmma in my guts, don't need to find more when I'm looking for help.---your loyal lurker:D, Caliprimal

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    1. Ok, the functionality of this comment system seems a bit off, or maybe it's just my ipad?

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  17. Hey, I'm real too! -- Kathy

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  18. Hi, Sheri here. I'm a real person who enjoys and profits from your blog. Thanks!!

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  19. Young family physician from Slovenia (Europe) here. I too have followed you around the web for a long time and I find your personal story fascinating.

    I am interested in gut flora, fecal microbiota transplants as a potential treatment for metabolic syndrome, autoimune and gut diseases.

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  20. Hi Tim.
    Am in England and been reading your posts/comments for ages,so much info and so much advice generously given.I would say just keep digging up more info and self experimentation.
    I have a Hiatus Hernia and very bad Gerd.I have to take Omeprazole 20 mg twice daily as had a huge ulcer on my oesophagus and my mother died from throat cancer,so am very wary of stopping meds.Been on it 10 years and just found out you should only be on it 1 year max as it can cause Osteoporosis due to calcium and magnesium malabsorption,it also blocks vit B12 too.No doctor bothered to point this out.Just wondered how Omeprazole would affect RS digestion as think it slows it down.Changing the strength of your stomach acid would surely affect your gut microflora.

    Dave Chandler

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  21. I'm a long time FTA and PHD guy. Love that you started your own gig.

    Blog as much as you can. I like the real food aspect of getting RS and fiber. Lots of pics and recipes.

    Thanks for your hard work

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    1. 100% agree! Thanks Tator!

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  22. Hi, good stuff here

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  23. PS user & potato eater for the past year who has noticed an increase in allergy symptoms this year. Starting to think that the potato & starch might be the cause. I've noted that my skin gets itchy when washing potatoes and was wondering if anyone else reacts in this manner. Thinking of trying a different form or RS. Keep blogging!

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  24. Hi, Real person here in England, really interested and have just started adding RS to my diet in the past few days. Can I really feel the difference already???

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  25. Maile here also enjoying the blog Tim, thanks for putting it together

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    1. Trying desperately to comment here!

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  26. I discovered your writings (last year) and your new blog (a couple weeks ago), through Free the Animal. I like the nuts and bolts focus and simplicity of the site so far and its emphasis on RS, the gut biome, and the glorious potato.

    Keep us posted on the latest research regarding these topics but use language accessible to laymen--we can go to Animal Pharm, I guess, for the hardcore science and jargon.

    And, yes, to echo an earlier comment, review whatever microbiome books and articles come down the pike.

    Also, for the lazy among us (those reluctant to forever peel), do you have any insight as to what packaged, pre-sliced potatoes might be preferable in a pinch? I had a whole 3-serving bag of fries from, I believe, the Alexia(?) brand, felt great, and (alert Dr. Grace!) had the best morning after, ahem, event in recent memory.

    Keep up the good work, and I'm sure your blog will acquire the readership and recognition it deserves. You really do fill an important niche and have helped propel moribund paleo into a welcome direction.

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  27. Keep up the good work Tim!

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  28. HI,

    Cancer prevention, and T2D BS any time. Thank You

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  29. Hi Tim, I'm a real person, although this isn't my real name.

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  30. Cancer prevention, and T2D BS any time. Thank You

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  31. Another live body here. Thanks for what you're doing, Tim. I have a list of people that I am referring to your blog--relatives who need to here the facts from someone other then me. As for comments, I have learned a lot from comments on other blogs

    It will only let me comment as anonymous. Lori2
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  32. Hey Tim! Another real person here who will always be thankful you ran with this idea. I am the Diana, Type 2 diabetic that Richard did a brief RS post on last summer/ fall (I had lost 60 pounds after 5 years on VLC losing and gaining the same 25) I have now lost 80 pounds, my Type 2 is almost just a bad memory, my insulin sensitivity is supreme and I can eat potatoes, rice, beans, oats etc. with normal blood sugar curves! Thanks for putting the ideas out there, for all the research, all the writing, all the information...THANK YOU TIM!!!!

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  33. Hi Taterbot, I'm a total Spambot!

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  34. Hi Tim, another long-time reader here, from Wales :)

    I've followed you around the internet for a while now, and have even put together a file of all your most helpful comments from various blogs.

    I started upping my resistant starch about 6 months ago and have had very noticeable improvements in my depression, anxiety and allergies. Resistant starch, along with my homemade ferments, is the only thing that's positively affected my mood disorder; modern medicine and psychological therapies have been of no use to me.

    It's not only low-carbers who you've helped. As a vegetarian, I already ate plenty of carbs, but wasn't a fan of potatoes and bananas, and only used canned beans. A slight alteration of my eating and cooking habits, along with a supplement of potato starch has improved my life no end. I've got you and Richard Nikolay to thank for that. I'm delighted you've started your own blog as I'd much prefer to keep reading this information without an added side of politics which I find distasteful!

    Thanks for all the research and the sharing of information. I've subscribed to your blog so will keep reading avidly.

    Heather

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    1. Agree with Heather, looking forward to getting the science without the politics/religious/personal dogma aspect. You've enlightened many people, looking forward to good discussions on this site

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  35. Hi Tim. Read your blog and especially like the list on the right hand side of the main page. Trying to work my way through this mess like everyone else and I find the education so helpful. This area of science is really moving.

    Here's one for you that was just posted on PhoenixRising : http://news.sciencemag.org/biology/2014/08/gut-microbe-stops-food-allergies

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  36. Real person in AZ, good stuff here.

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  37. Thanks for all you do!

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  38. Hi Tim, I'm glad you have your own sandbox to play in and help keep us informed and inspired to improve our health.
    I started RS 5/13 and cured 40 years of dysbiosis. I entered an autoimmune hell about the same time, not sure there is a connection with RS but per Dr. Ayers' recent suggestion of adding Clostridium butyricum ( in AOR ) to dampen down an overreactive immune system, I'm doing much better. I wish I had tested my gut biota before I started the RS!
    Please keep writing to us.
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    1. Melinda, can I ask how much AOR you're taking?

      Debbie

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    2. I did not notice an effect until I upped it to 3 capsules a day and then there was/is steady improvement. It's been just about 4 weeks on that dose and I have no active flares this week.

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    3. Trying so hard to reply here! Thank you!

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  39. Hey, Thanks for everything your doing.

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  40. Hey- I am a real person. Glad you started your own blog on RS. Could not stand the language and content on the other blog you were contributing on the subject. Do not understand the shock factor over there. Thanks Again

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  41. Hi TIm,

    I keep getting knocked out. I must be a jerk. Love your lovely personality and that combines intelligence, humor, great info and good-naturedness. So keep it all coming. Anything food, gut and health related. Don't forget mental health.

    Thank you!

    Best,

    Debbie

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  42. So the comment that goes through is inane.

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  43. Long time reader of FTA and naturally gravitated to your great research on RS. Keep it up!

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  44. Hey Tim, finally I dont have to chase your post all over the web. Looking forward to furthering all discussions.

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  45. Another non-bot here. I'm delighted that you've set up your own online home and corralled so much useful information in place. Most (all?) of what's here has been prompted by your tireless research and generous sharing. I can't thank you enough for your efforts and your genial way of communicating.

    Comments? Absolutely. After all, I think most of us discovered you through comments you left at various places and have a learned a great deal from others who have shared their research and experiences via comments.

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  46. FTA Richard had a link - glad I found you. I need to do some catching-up.

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  47. Hi Tim. Real as always :) Lauren

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  48. Hello. Real person. Usually lurk.
    I love your blog and the sense of ease you bring.
    Would probably stop dropping by Free the Animal as I'd only discovered it a few months ago and just went there for the RS stuff, and instead hang here and at Grace's for the science.
    Hope you will write a book too. I find everything you write very accessible. (You and Grace would also make a great book, in addition to your own thing. There certainly seems to be enough material!)

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    1. I also want to send a big Thank You, as RS is changing my life. I've been unwell for many years and whilst I'm not there yet it feels like a big part of the puzzle. So kudos for putting it all together.

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  49. Hi Tim,
    Keep up the great work.

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  50. Hi Tim,
    Not a bot, just a lurker. Keep up the good work.

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  51. Hi and many thanks! Love the information you're bringing to light and how it's helping many, myself included. I'm even beginning to understand some of the science - and I always hated science in school.

    Human to a fault.

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  52. Greetings from Toronto, and thanks for all the work you have put into this in the last little while. Really appreciated! Looking forward to reading more from you in the future.

    Cheers,
    Rob

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  53. Hi Tim.

    I came here from FTA.

    Thanks for all your terrific work so far.

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  54. Hi Tim. I'm real.

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  55. you're a hero Tim. You should be given the Koufax award, although that's for lefties. haha. To give of your time so freely is an inspiration. I love PS. thanks.

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  56. Hello and thank you for your work, it is important and fascinating!
    Martin, Sweden

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  57. Tim, I've been reading your work on other blogs for almost a year now. I have learned so much from your posts. Glad to see you have started your own site. I appreciate the fact that you plan to stay away from politics and religion. Keep up the great work!
    -Cindi, San Diego, CA

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  58. Tim, I notice in your before after photos, when you were fat, your hair had color. Now you have a six-pack belly, your hair is white. Did your hair go white at the same time you trimmed your waist?

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  59. Hi Tim, I'm real also. On PS for half a year now. ( DM T2 ) Lost 17 pounds, again and my A1c back to 5.8. Slowing down a little bit, right now. Because I go for a holiday .
    But when I get back, I'm going further. Reversing diabetes !
    I read your blog with pleasure. Hang on in there.

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  60. Hi Tim
    Great blog. Keep it up.

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  61. Real person here. I've been following for a while Tim and I think that your insight have already put a lot of people on the right track to long-term health.
    There are two things I would love to get your opinion on: activated charcoal as a detox mean and apple cider vinegar

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  62. Hi Tim. Would like to learn more about the different reaction of normal people compared to those with immune/inflammation problems to resistant starch and other fermentable fibers. How do different types of fiber affect gut flora and immune reaction? Should (natural) antimicrobials and or (natural) anti-inflammatories be used in combination with fermentable fibers and which ones?
    Thank you for all your work, I really appreciate it.

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  63. Hi Tim,
    usually I am a lurker only.
    But your work is really inspiring.
    I am very happy that you started this blog!

    Cheers,
    F.

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  64. Hello...Thanks for all the great info...Love reading the comments...

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  65. Real person. Love the collection of info in one place. Been reading FTA, MDA, AnimalPharm, etc for about a year. Good days and bad incorporating these strategies but more good ones overall. Keep up the good work. Rhonda

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  66. Hi Tim. Thanks for this blog and for the useful information that you provide.

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  67. Hi, another fan not a bot

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  68. Hi! This is the first time I read this blog and I will subscribe to the feeds.

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  69. Hello Even Keeled Steele.

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  70. Hello Tim
    Thanks for all your sterling work.

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  71. Hi Tim, you're doing a great job. thanks.

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  72. Hi, from Scandinavia

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  73. Hakuna matata!

    Loving your work, Tim!

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  74. Your willingness to patiently share repeatedly in many forums as people become aware of this information is such a gift. Currently one of my favorite blogs.

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  75. Tim, thanks for all your work on RS. To think I used to be a Paleo Nazi and felt horrible. Now I'm 100% better and owe a lot of it to your work. Keep it up!

    Timmy Tucker

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  76. Hi Tim,

    i would also like to see a "Testing" tab along the top so that people could help find the best combinations of soluble fibers besides potato starch (arabinogalactan, FOS, GOS, inulin, etc - something along the lines of what Wilbur was doing) and also maybe develop a protocol to help get rid of the harmful bacteria while adding the good strains (which biofilm busters, herbal antimicrobials, maybe eradicate h pylori, etc.) Perhaps the site visitors could add to a wiki to increase the data.

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  77. Hi Tim,

    I am also a real person! A person from England who has greatly improved his health, and the health of those close to him, thanks to you. I am a lurker and have never even written a comment on any blog or forum as 'anonymous' before today!

    Glad that you have started your own blog and have gathered together all of your work/comments and all RS related topics into one place. It will be much easier for people new to this to locate all of this information now. The rest of us 'lurkers' had to hunt it all down by following you around on FTA, Marks Daily Apple, Animal Pharm & PHD blogs/forums!

    I admire you and what you have added to the body of ancestral diet knowledge and will be checking in on your blog regularly!

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  78. Hi Tim!
    Thank you for creating this blog!! Please keep it up! Your writing style is the best. Thanks for your work!! -Elizabeth.

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  79. Hi Tim, add me to your fan club.

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  80. Real Person, checking in. I first came to know you over at FTA and I'm happy I'll get to read your work over here now. Keep it coming! Thanks so much for helping change my life and health immeasurably for the better.

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  81. Another real person saying "Cheers!"

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  82. According to Feedly, 44 people subscribe to your bog through them. I'm one.

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    1. Me too! And it's now 47 people.

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  83. Reading and learning and loving this!

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  84. I feel reasonably real and I'm very happy to see you blogging, thanks for all the great info you've provided over the years here and over at FTA, MDA forums etc. I can only hope I will some day be as avid a reader of scientific studies as you.
    Cheers from Finland/Sweden!

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  85. Hi Tim. You Rock, keep up the amazing work. Thank you!

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  86. Hi. Real person here. Thanks for your hard work!

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  87. Keeping it 'real' here.

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  88. Followed you here from Free the Animal. In fact it was your input that was my main reason for reading FTA. You once took the trouble to answer a question of mine at Animal Pharm. Thanks for that. I will keep on reading, you do an amazing job and write really well. I'm another reader from England.

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  89. Real. Appreciative. Love your style.

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  90. Thanks for starting your own blog Tim, looking forward to it. Now excuse me, I have to get back to the Jennifer Lawrence photo dump.

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  91. Hello - Just found your site. Looking forward to learning about this!

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  92. I think therefore I am?

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  93. Hi - I'm real!

    I'd really welcome an overview of what to do if you have gut problems. I read the early recommendations that you (?) and Dr BG made but I gather that things have moved on while I haven't been looking.

    I've just discovered through testing that I'm missing some good bacteria (no lactobacillus and not much in the way of bifido) but there seem to be so many types of lactobacillus, for example, I don't know what to take. And there are so many different types of prebiotic that I'm just confused.

    Looking for a roadmap, I guess, and I suspect that a lot of people are in that position. I know that your book that you collaborated on with Richard Nikoley will be coming out at some point but that seems a long way off, from my gut's point of view!

    Really enjoying your blog. You're so generous with your help and knowledge. And it's nice and peaceful here!

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  94. Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

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  95. I popped over here a while back and didn't realize you were putting up so many new blog posts! Guess I got distracted by your tabs (interesting topics, lots to read).

    I'm grateful you're interested and willing to gather all this together for us!

    -Tanya

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  96. I'm a lurker at fathead and read the interview Tom did with you, grace and Richard. Love your advice 'bout eating real food rather than supplements.

    Enjoy reading your blog and your sense of humour.

    - Nikki

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  97. Found your blog a couple months ago - still not caught up on all the blogs and comments so not sure what "vital" information I am missing out on... But love your blog and all the information you share with the masses.

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