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Thiamine: Why You Need It, Where to Get It

By joeylott / March 26, 2017

This is part of the series of notes for The Everything Diet (see introduction here). Thiamine, also known as vitamin B1, is the name given to the nutrient that prevents and cures beriberi – a malnutrition disease that can make people absolutely miserable and eventually kill them if not addressed. Our bodies use thiamine for a […]


Introduction to the Everything Diet

By joeylott / March 25, 2017

I have an idea for a new book that I’d like to eventually write. And I had the thought that I could make notes for the book here in the form of posts. The working title of the book is The Everything Diet. No, it is not intended to advocate for eating large amounts of […]


Horsetail (Shavegrass) and Safety – Part 1: Thiaminase and Vitamin B1

By joeylott / February 21, 2017

Horsetail (shavegrass) is used as a traditional herb for a variety of purposes. And contemporary research has shown that apart from the high mineral content, horsetail may support bone health [1], contains antioxidants [2], and have a handful of other benefits. But if you do a search for information about horsetail on the internet, nearly […]


Vitamin K2 Benefits – Part 1: Heart Benefits

By joeylott / February 19, 2017

Vitamin K2 is a fat-soluble vitamin that most people don’t know much about. But what they don’t know may be indirectly hurting them. Because vitamin K2 has important health benefits. In fact, in order to be considered a vitamin, a nutrient must be shown to be essential for health. Vitamin K2 meets that criteria. It […]


Is Bentonite Clay Safe for Internal Use?

By joeylott / February 16, 2017

A lot of alternative health sources promote bentonite clay for all kinds of proposed health benefits. But is it safe for internal use? This is something I wanted to know because I believe that I have received benefits from ingesting bentonite clay. But I also had concerns about the toxic metals (lead, arsenic, cadmium, mercury, […]


Is Health a War?

By joeylott / February 7, 2017

The metaphors and stories we are immersed in can have sometimes profound effects on us. I’ve noticed that the dominant metaphor for health in the mainstream (and much of the alternative) culture is one of war. Much of disease is said to be caused by infectious organisms. Sufferers of disease are often called warriors. We’re […]


Dietary Religion, Dietary Agnosticism

By joeylott / February 5, 2017

Have you ever converted to a dietary belief system? I have. Lots of times. I was a vegan. I was a raw foodist. I was a fruitarian. I was a paleo convert. I was a low carb believer. I was a Peatarian. Each time I adhered to a dietary religion, I tried to do it […]


How I Recovered from Anorexia Nervosa

By joeylott / February 3, 2017

This post is about how I recovered from 20 years of anorexia nervosa, compulsive exercise, orthorexia, and general eating disorders and body dysmorphia and self-hatred. While this is about my experience, I’ve read enough and communicated with enough people who have struggled with or do struggle with these problems to believe that my experience is […]


Is Coffee Good or Bad for You?

By joeylott / February 3, 2017

Butter, eggs, sugar, fruit, fiber, dairy, meat, and coffee. What do all these things have in common? Answer: people commonly have strong opinions either for or against them. We want to know, are these things good or bad for us? Today I’m going to look specifically at coffee. But before I get to the nitty […]

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