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    • This took me way way way too long, but I had a good time doing it and learned a lot. I didn't know what I'd find going in but c'est la vie.

      Some prominent doctors and scientists have picked it up and shared it with great comments, so that made my day.

    • Great video, @Chris! I find your commentary on the Chinese diet to be especially interesting since as you know I'm learning Chinese. From the videos I've seen of Chinese diets, lots of veggies, little dairy, and a good amount of meat, but it depends on the region.
      I get the vibe that southern China eats healthier than northern China. Northern China tends to eat more meat and also tends to drink more alcohol as well. That's at least been my impression based on my studies of Chinese culture/cuisine.

    • Yeah, there's a documentary that Cornell University did on The China Study that you'd probably find very interesting. In the cold north they have no choice but to eat a lot of meat. The China Study was fascinating to me because something like 84% of the population are Han people who share similar genetics, at the time the study was done, they didn't move much, and their diets varied dramatically according to whether they were on the coast near the ocean, or near a river, or warm inland area, or in the north.

      The thing that jumps out at you is fresh produce makes all the difference.

    • New Year's Resolution #1: Eat more fresh produce!

      My mother, a devout follower of Ellen White and life-long vegetarian, made it to 97. She was a participent in the Loma Linda University School of Public Health longivity study; I filled out their final questionaire after she passed. Mom included eggs and milk in her diet for the first half of her life, then became strictly vegan. As a boy I hated eggs but she forced them on me because "they are good for you." By the time I learned to love eggs she was convinced they were "bad" for me! Dad followed the same diet and was apparently in great health when a brain aneurysm took him two weeks shy of his 77th birthday.

    • Fascinating! The Adventist studies, especially Adventist 2, is the closest thing we have to a long-term randomized control trial in nutrition. It's fabulous.

      They break it down into 5 types of Adventists — one who eat a little meat, three variations of vegetarians including pesco and lacto vegetarians, and vegans. I've deep-ended on the study and read a couple books about it and listened to the study director speak. The vegans really do stand apart in so many different ways, among them maintaining an average BMI of 22.5.

    • Interesting! My parents were pretty much in the green range of that chart, right on the dividing line between dark and light green. In my childhood I developed a milk allergy and quit drinking it but continued enjoying eggs. Then in middle age I began including poultry and fish. Last year my youngest son sent me The Complete Gude to Fasting and I've been following an intermittent fasting regime since; basically by eating the first meal of the day in early afternoon, a lighter meal about 5 or 6 hours later and fasting 17 to 18 hours before the next "breakfast". I've lost 10 pounds or so and feel much better. Thanks to your posts here on Cake I just obtained Fiber Fueled and am motivated to move in the vegan direction.

    • Well, Plant Based News, which has half a million subscribers, asked for permission to upload the video to their channel and I granted it. They changed the cover and title a little but already have 12,000 views in a few hours:

      Then someone from TED called and asked if I can do a modified version for them. 🤯

    • Thanks! Plant Based News like it enough they asked me to debunk a British beef industry ad that they could run on their channel. That's what I've been doing the last couple of days.

    • Superb video, Chris! Makes sense, too. It is my firmly held belief that I am blessed with the "world's greatest" granddaughters--three of them, in fact. But it is quite possible that you have, at the very least, the "world's second greatest" granddaughters. Excellent communicators right there!

    • Thanks Mark! I checked out your site and it looks like a great way to get therapy without having to go in person. Lots of fascinating questions there like how do you handle family members who have serious anger issues.

      The only thing is I would like to know more about the therapists.

    • Hello, Chris! Thanks for your message. It is indeed a great way to do therapy, while staying at home or any other, comfortable for you, the same way for clients and for therapists. Lots of my colleagues specilize in anger-management. Each therapist has thir own approach, so there is no generalized way to manage anger issues. We offer individual counseling, so any family memebr can join us.

      Once you are matched with a therapist you can view their profile, you can google them online, like on psychologytoday to see their info, what they work with etc.

    • I realize that you wrote this post back at the beginning of the year so it may be that having me add a comment now may seem anachronistic. But I think that if I had posted this comment back in January, it may not have been as "acceptable" to you as I hope that it now will be.

      (I used the word "acceptable" as an antonym for "annoying" but that may not have been the best word choice.)

      I'm not writing this in order to dispute with anyone but rather to provide something which for many of those who read this may provoke the same kind of reaction which tourists have towards a foreign custom or tradition which seems peculiar and regarding which the tourist has no rapport.

      In my worldview, longevity is like the last day of school (in a "normal" year) before summer vacation.

      I have only met one school child who expressed a desire that school might be extended beyond the last day of school. Most children are waiting with eagar anticipation for the final bell of the day.

      For me, life is analogous to the school year. During my life, I should live it the way that my Creator wants me to live it. But I have no desire to extend my earthly life. I do have desires regarding the quality of my earthly life so I go to physicians to help me with my health problems but the question of how long I might live is simply of no interest to me.

      I sometimes compare this life to the number of people who joined the military after December 7, 1941 who had spouses or someone they had been planning to marry. While they were stationed in other places they missed those whom they loved but many of them desired to remain in the military till the war was over. Yet they did not want the war to last for ten or fifteen years. In my mind, desiring to extend life is like unto desiring to extend a war. I serve my Lord with gladness while I am here but when He is ready for me to leave, I desire to go.