Ketogenic Diet Fixes Damaged Kidneys

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… and the low-carb vs low-fat vs no-meat debate rages on

New Findings:

Researchers from Mount Sinai School of Medicine have for the first time determined that the ketogenic diet, a specialized high-fat, low carbohydrate diet, reversed impaired kidney function in people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.  They also identified a previously unreported panel of genes associated with diabetes-related kidney failure, whose expression was reversed by the diet.

Query This:

It is my very rudimentary understanding that the human bio-engine, in the main, is composed of two components: fuels and building blocks.

The fuels are made available to the human engine by processing (breaking down) carbs, fat, and protein.  The by-products of these processes are uniquely different fuels with uniquely different stresses on the body and uniquely different waste products.  There is a pecking order.  Carbs are always first, and in their absence, the human engine consumes fat, and in the absence of either of these it consumes muscle tissue.

The building blocks are essential amino acids, essential fatty acids and vitamins.  The prior two essential components are most commonly acquired from protein and fat. Vitamins on the other hand come from diverse sources, and oddly enough protein is one of them (as in B12).

In light of the above study, are they saying the human engine is healthier when consuming far less carbs than the average person does today. In fact, is it that this regime actually repairs the overtaxed body (which presumptively got that way from over consuming carbs).  Continuing, how do you feed the human engine less carbs against more fat and protein and deal with the contemporary understandings about the problems that these sources of fuel and building blocks bring to the table.

As I do my research on Vegan diets, I’m so much more confused as these diets are overwhelmingly stocked with foods that are predominantly carbs.  I must quickly add that my Vegan research has more than hinted at the B12-deficiency inherent in Vegan diets.  That said, what other short comings might there be and why if these are known does the American Medical Community seem so inclined to push what are essentially higher carb diets?


… so much more reading to do.


Why So Open?

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… Somethings are best understood within the context of personal endeavor 

In so much as this endeavor – Seen But Not Heard – is an open journal containing articles on personal and social matters, there are going to be writings posted here that will leave some readers wondering why I’m putting this information into the public arena where “strangers” might see it.  I’m expecting that it is these very items, the personal items, which will offer a clearer understanding of how and why my “tamer” writings have a deeper foundation than just a cursory interest or popular relevance.

The articles herein on Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome are illustrative.  When I write about healthcare and, in particular, universal healthcare managed by bureaucracies including both private insurance carriers and governments, I can’t help but bring my unique and relevant experiences to bear.  So, with careful consideration I’m writing about a serious medical condition that has haunted me my entire life.  As will learn reading through my journal my gestation, development, maturation and now aging processes have been dramatically impact by a congenital aberration called Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome.  This all to real experience has taken me, my parents, my wife and kids on numerous journeys, some more enlightening than others.  Routine medical practices, once in a lifetime medical practices, medical insurance practices, workers compensation practices, struggles with employers, access to public buildings, government health care (military style) and social security disability have all been unusually eventful for us.

I hope by being open about these my neighbors and friends will equally share in my passion to better these institutions through active citizenry, rather than leaving it for the other guy to figure out.  I do believe in many ways we are our brothers keeper and I’m hopeful our society never degrades or devalues this ideal to the point that we feel so isolated and alone that we seek solace in self-imposed caves or hobbit holes.

My Motivation to Write

Every now and then you read something that challenges your understandings, and absent concrete thought or memory your preconceived notions. I think it a benefit to friend, or simply those with a passing interest, to write about these as I’m sure many fall into the same arena as I. And, why not share!

Brother Edward, a passionate thinker and teacher introduced me to critical thinking. He once said that all knowledge went through a regular and common metamorphosis or cycle of development, of evolution if you will. This process is an ongoing cycle of thesis, antithesis, and thesis. Little did I understand then, but now adopt, that this progressive process is far and away the most constructive and timely habit of critical thinking that is practiced by humanity.

Those who profess the antagonistic approach, the one and only truth approach are fooled by claims that science comes to proven final truths; therefore, they think that truth is or must be an exclusive captive of a puritanical adherence to one scientific outcome. Were this true, then Einstein would not have challenged Newton, nor approved of those who now challenge the man himself. Think, once we knew that the Atom was the smallest component of life, now we see others.

We need to have the courage to hear and seriously consider counter-thought and submit it to testing to determine if it rises to the level of legitimate antithesis. If it should, we then need to agree we were not of folly to have believed otherwise, but merely an honest seeker of truth. To this end, I will write. I will encourage counter-thought. I will examine and re-examine. I will acknowledge when conversation and investigation compels me to rewrite. This I shall do to the day I die and be grateful that learning is a life long event and surely when it stops, I stop.

So, here is to a long life and life-long learning. Here is to expecting and honoring the antithesis.

Meaningful Unity of the Natural and the Spiritual

… you might be surprised

[The human mind is unable to conceive of the four dimensions, so how can it conceive of a God, before whom a thousand years and a thousand dimensions are as one?  [No matter] I want to know how God created this world.  I am not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element.  I want to know his thoughts. What I see in Nature is a magnificent structure that we can comprehend only very imperfectly, and that must fill a thinking person with a feeling of humility.  This is a genuinely religious feeling that has nothing to do with mysticism [religion for the sake of religion].  Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind.  My God transcends a personal God avoiding dogma and theology and favoring the meaningful unity of the natural and the spiritual.  What separates me from most so-called atheists is a feeling of utter humility toward the unattainable secrets of the harmony of the cosmos.  In the view of such harmony in the cosmos which I, with my limited human mind, am able to recognize, there are yet people who say there is no God.  [Do remember] when the answer is simple, God is speaking.]

by William Anton Lee (…sort of)

Meaningful Unity of the Natural and the Spiritual

The aforementioned piece is a “voice” from the grave.  It is a collection of thoughts Albert Einstein penned.  Yes, Einstein. He may unwitting be the father of “Intellectual Design”; that is, before it was hijacked by modern-day “Institutionalists” who are taking a page from the Pharisees of old Jerusalem.  I bet you thought Einstein was an atheist.  An even better bet is that you believe the God of our American founding fathers was uniformly the popular construction of the Christian God.  Are you curious?  Start digging and take time to read original material not some mouthpieces’ version of history.

Category Intro: Jefferson Project

These are keystone ideas and principles of Thomas Jefferson. Why this project? As a young child of Washington, DC, the writings of “the man in that beautiful round building” always intrigued me. Simply put, this much older child desired to know more about him and chose to hear him in his own words. Developed principally by reading Jefferson’s words from his memoirs, correspondence, and other writings because there seems no better foundation to understanding a man than to listen to him directly.

Category Intro: Mutterings

Their are times when you say what is on your mind without weeks of research. Sure you risk saying things that under closer scrutiny needed to be more thoughtful, even more nuanced. But these are the times when being socially engaged includes responding in the heat of the moment to something you read or someone who posted on your favorite web-based social network. I thought archiving these here would encourage me to re-read these days later and challenge myself. What was I thinking?