Just yesterday, I talked with Jeremy Hammond and Bretigne Shaffer about vaccinations and medical narratives. One of the overall meta themes that was implicit in the conversation was the importance of doing research on your own and being ever-skeptical of established opinion. I’ve never much been into health, but in recent years I have become much more hesitant about just following the popular opinion. This includes, of course, those issues related to health from vaccination to weight management and beyond.

One year ago, I weighed 275. I’m 5’10”. This is very bad. Today, I am 165. This is healthy. To accomplish this, I had to do the same thing as with everything else in my life; namely, reject the common advice. I stopped focusing on calorie counting, on exercise (as a means of weight loss), on having a well-balanced diet. In fact, I have a profoundly unbalanced diet, in light of all the foods out there that would add more “balance.” I went full-on hardcore Bulletproof.

I am putting together some practical steps for people to read, because, upon seeing what I went through, others are curious and asking about it. I only eat beef, salmon, avocados, spinach, boiled eggs. And coffee with fat. Why fat? It powers your brain and convinces it that it is full. If you can convince your brain of this, you don’t struggle as much (after a year of doing it) with needing bread or sugar. I didn’t exercise. I do now, because it feels good and is fun. But I specifically avoided exercise during my 100+ pound loss because I needed to test that my body was having an adverse reaction to the food substances I was giving to it.

Weight gain, for me and so many others, is not per se about quantity. It’s about understanding how our bodies react to things. Instead of thinking of myself as “fat” I started to think of myself as inflamed, swollen, having an adverse reaction.

In other words, I rejected everything I grew up thinking about diet, the way the body reacts to substances (which of course includes vaccines!), and so on. Dissent and skepticism is something that is important to me when it comes to politics and economics and so on. But also when it comes to self-improvement, development, and making wise life choices. More on this theme, with thoughts on eating and productivity, to come.

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