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« Reply #2565 on: August 18, 2012, 03:45:02 PM »

I am about to read "Wheat Belly" which is now a best seller. I have seen the author's full lecture on-line.

Wheat drives appetite. Wheat has been so hybridized that it no longer resembles the original plant, the stuff that people made bread out of in biblical times.. It has something akin to an opiate within it , so it is addicting.

One slice of whole wheat bread spikes your insulin higher than a spoon full of table sugar or a bowel of Ice Cream.


Every time you think something is good for you, they come out with a study telling you that it's the worst thing in the world. Surely wheat bread has to be healthier than white bread?


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« Reply #2566 on: August 18, 2012, 05:44:16 PM »

I am about to read "Wheat Belly" which is now a best seller. I have seen the author's full lecture on-line.

Wheat drives appetite. Wheat has been so hybridized that it no longer resembles the original plant, the stuff that people made bread out of in biblical times.. It has something akin to an opiate within it , so it is addicting.

One slice of whole wheat bread spikes your insulin higher than a spoon full of table sugar or a bowel of Ice Cream.


Every time you think something is good for you, they come out with a study telling you that it's the worst thing in the world. Surely wheat bread has to be healthier than white bread?


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A wheat bread addiction is something I just haven't been able to manage.
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« Reply #2567 on: August 18, 2012, 09:36:48 PM »

I am about to read "Wheat Belly" which is now a best seller. I have seen the author's full lecture on-line.

Wheat drives appetite. Wheat has been so hybridized that it no longer resembles the original plant, the stuff that people made bread out of in biblical times.. It has something akin to an opiate within it , so it is addicting.

One slice of whole wheat bread spikes your insulin higher than a spoon full of table sugar or a bowel of Ice Cream.


Every time you think something is good for you, they come out with a study telling you that it's the worst thing in the world. Surely wheat bread has to be healthier than white bread?


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Nope.. Whole Wheat bread will spike your insulin higher and faster than white bread, table sugar or ice cream...

Conclusion: Eat more Ice Cream   Roll Eyes
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« Reply #2568 on: August 18, 2012, 09:42:01 PM »

I am about to read "Wheat Belly" which is now a best seller. I have seen the author's full lecture on-line.

Wheat drives appetite. Wheat has been so hybridized that it no longer resembles the original plant, the stuff that people made bread out of in biblical times.. It has something akin to an opiate within it , so it is addicting.

One slice of whole wheat bread spikes your insulin higher than a spoon full of table sugar or a bowel of Ice Cream.


Every time you think something is good for you, they come out with a study telling you that it's the worst thing in the world. Surely wheat bread has to be healthier than white bread?


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A wheat bread addiction is something I just haven't been able to manage.

Many people display signs of withdrawal when they give up grains.. I know I did... I had cravings for bread for weeks too. Over it now.  
When people are given drugs that are normally given to heroin addicts to block the opiate pleasure stimulation, they lose their taste for Wheat too.
It also drives hunger. That is why food scientists have snuck it into so many foods, they know you will eat more.. $$$$$

Here is the lecture if you dont want to read the book or find out more first:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VklT8uL8yo
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« Reply #2569 on: August 20, 2012, 04:13:17 AM »

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« Reply #2571 on: August 20, 2012, 02:07:13 PM »

I am about to read "Wheat Belly" which is now a best seller. I have seen the author's full lecture on-line.

Wheat drives appetite. Wheat has been so hybridized that it no longer resembles the original plant, the stuff that people made bread out of in biblical times.. It has something akin to an opiate within it , so it is addicting.

One slice of whole wheat bread spikes your insulin higher than a spoon full of table sugar or a bowel of Ice Cream.


Every time you think something is good for you, they come out with a study telling you that it's the worst thing in the world. Surely wheat bread has to be healthier than white bread?


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Nope.. Whole Wheat bread will spike your insulin higher and faster than white bread, table sugar or ice cream...

Conclusion: Eat more Ice Cream   Roll Eyes
So you're saying that wheat is s-wheat?
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« Reply #2572 on: August 21, 2012, 04:18:09 AM »

http://www.amazon.com/Prussian-Officer-Stories-Cambridge-Lawrence/dp/0521289858
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« Reply #2574 on: August 25, 2012, 09:51:14 AM »

The Burning Tigris by Peter Balakian.Primarily account of the Armenian genocide (& includes the Greek & Syrian also) by the Ottomans. I just finished it & it is most thorough & discusses implications up to the present day.

http://www.harpercollins.com/books/Burning-Tigris-Peter-Balakian/?isbn=9780060558703   
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« Reply #2576 on: August 27, 2012, 09:01:09 PM »

Finished Jurassic Park a few days ago, now half way through The Lost World.  Excellent books.  Very philosophical. 
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« Reply #2577 on: August 29, 2012, 06:56:11 PM »

If you could describe Ayn Rand and Objectivism, what would it be?

Satanism without the Satan stuff.
I was looking for an old book I posted awhile back and totally forgot about this comment.

You know it's funny because I was reading up on Anton LaVey the other day and he did incorporate elements of Objectivism into Satanism, so that's no mere coincidence.

But, where Objectivism turns a cold and hostile shoulder to altruism in all its forms, Satanism's attitude is, if being altruistic benefits you (whether in the long- or the short-term), or makes you feel good, then, by all means, get down with your, erm, good self.

The weird metaphor that comes to mind is that where Objectivism expects you to keep the action figure in its original casing to preserve its condition and value, Satanism recognizes that it's much more fun to take Optimus Primal out of his box, and have him battle Megatron and Strawberry Shortcake for control of the rubber duck.
 
Maybe orthodox Objectivists leave the world with fewer scratches and stains (though, I doubt it) but Satanists tend to have a lot more fun--and that's largely what matters (that, and having a sense of purpose), when you only get one go-around on the carousel.
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« Reply #2578 on: August 29, 2012, 06:58:55 PM »



Oooh, an Orthodox book I've actually read!

I am reading One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
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« Reply #2579 on: September 01, 2012, 07:56:07 PM »

Bought 7 books tonight at the used book sale at my parish. They're all short (some merely booklets) and I'll probably read most of them over the next week or two...

Sacred Symbols: A Study of the Major Symbols of the Orthodox Church, Vol. 2, by Fr. Anthony M. Coniaris (166 pp.)
Meeting the Incarnate God: From the Human Depths to the Mystery of Fidelity, by Met. Philip and Joseph Allen (93 pp.)
Rule Of Pachomius At Tabenna Or The Asketikon (38 pp.)
An Outline of Orthodox Monasticism (20 pp.)
Contemporary Moral Issues: Facing the Orthodox Christian, by Fr. Stanley S. Harakas (185 pp.)
The Ministry of the Church: Image of Pastoral Care, by Fr. Joseph J. Allen (232 pp.)

I don't know the title of the 7th book because it's in Greek, and all of this is being Greek to me. It's something about St. Nektarios. I bought it figuring I'd learn Greek. Someday. Hopefully.
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« Reply #2580 on: September 01, 2012, 07:57:29 PM »

Oooh, an Orthodox book I've actually read!

I've really been enjoying it. In fact, when I'm done with it (probably tonight) I'm gonna reread it so I can do a book review of it (I didn't take notes the first time through).  angel
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« Reply #2581 on: September 01, 2012, 09:37:23 PM »

Gods in the Desert: Religion in the Ancient Near East.

The Quran.
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« Reply #2582 on: September 01, 2012, 09:38:56 PM »

Gods in the Desert: Religion in the Ancient Near East.

Sounds interesting... what time frames and cultures does it cover?
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« Reply #2583 on: September 01, 2012, 11:59:21 PM »

Well, after I finally got around to starting God in Pain, I read a few chapters into it, and decided that enough of it was going over my head that I'll put it aside for now and get back to it some time in the future.

About the same time, I discovered that the Hayden Library at ASU has a greater collection of books on the Karaites than I have ever seen in one place (which isn't hard, because the most I've ever seen at any other place were two), so I'm about to start An Introduction to the Karaite Judaism: History, Theology, Practice, and Custom by the al-Qirqisani Center for the Promotion of Karaite Studies; then I'll move onto Karaite Exegesis in Medieval Jerusalem by Miriam Goldstein, a part of the Texts and Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Judaism series; then Karaite Judaism and Historical Understanding by Fred Astren; followed by The Karaite Encyclopedia by Nathan Schur; and then I'll start reading On Becoming a Person by Carl Rogers (which I recently received from Amazon).
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« Reply #2584 on: September 02, 2012, 06:00:57 PM »

Gods in the Desert: Religion in the Ancient Near East.

Sounds interesting... what time frames and cultures does it cover?

It covers Egyptian, Mesopotamian and Syro-Palestinian religion up until the Persian conquests, although it deals with Isrealite religion up through the early Hellenistic Period. I've only gotten partway through the Egyptian part, but it's very interesting. I'm already connecting dots with Biblical concepts. The book is very objectively written.

The author is Glenn S. Holland.
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« Reply #2585 on: September 06, 2012, 10:02:00 PM »

^ Thanks for the info Smiley
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« Reply #2586 on: September 06, 2012, 10:02:46 PM »

Jesus: Uncovering the Life, Teachings, and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary, by Marcus J. Borg
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« Reply #2587 on: September 06, 2012, 11:11:07 PM »

Alexander Pope's translation of Homer's Odyssey.

It's exquisite. I'm beginning to think this is the only way to read Homer in English.
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« Reply #2588 on: September 06, 2012, 11:12:18 PM »

Alexander Pope's translation of Homer's Odyssey.

It's exquisite. I'm beginning to think this is the only way to read Homer in English.
I trust your authority because the translation I read in high school was dreck.
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« Reply #2589 on: September 21, 2012, 12:06:57 AM »

This Business of Music: The Definitive Guide to the Music Industry, by Krasilovsky, Shemel, et al.
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« Reply #2590 on: September 21, 2012, 12:38:12 AM »

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« Reply #2591 on: September 21, 2012, 09:19:54 AM »

A Man is His Faith:Ivan Kireyevsky and Orthodox Christianity by Fr. Alexi (Hieromonk Ambrose) Young
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« Reply #2592 on: September 27, 2012, 10:32:29 AM »

Mountain Nature: A Seasonal Natural History of the Southern Appalachians, Jennifer Frick-Ruppert
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« Reply #2593 on: September 28, 2012, 01:07:59 AM »

Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!


I just finished Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys, its nowhere near as breathtaking as American Gods was, but it was not meant to be.  It was shorter, less developed, but a generally more fun and less intensive read.  I liked some of the characters and the insights symbolized, such as how the Devil is the Tiger who we all fear, and he inhabits even our most mundane tribulations such as a bad day in the office with the boss, let alone life and death struggles.  The metaphor was eclipsed when the everyday evil of the big-headed office boss suddenly turned arbitrarily into a psychopath killer, showing us indeed that the Devil is the Devil regardless of the scale of his evils, and we need to always be on our toes like Saint Peter warned us about.

Oh yeah and how spider bites are unpredictable because the spiders' think its funny, and that some hats require you tip them to the side and to almost have to dance with swagger just to wear them properly Wink

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« Reply #2594 on: September 28, 2012, 11:56:16 PM »

Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction, by Paul Bahn
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« Reply #2595 on: September 28, 2012, 11:57:31 PM »

The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald
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« Reply #2596 on: September 28, 2012, 11:59:57 PM »

I read Common Sense by Thomas Paine for my History to 1865 class.
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« Reply #2597 on: September 29, 2012, 12:10:50 AM »

A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn.
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« Reply #2598 on: September 29, 2012, 12:24:04 AM »

Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn.

Text book for US history? Zinn's isn't too bad.

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« Reply #2599 on: September 29, 2012, 12:48:51 AM »

Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn.

Text book for US history? Zinn's isn't too bad.

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It's a second book to supplement the standard textbook.
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« Reply #2600 on: September 29, 2012, 02:26:46 AM »

The Heavenly Banquet : Understanding the Divine Liturgy / Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis.
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« Reply #2601 on: September 29, 2012, 09:57:32 AM »

The Heavenly Banquet : Understanding the Divine Liturgy / Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis.

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« Reply #2602 on: September 29, 2012, 10:50:53 AM »

I am a little over 1/4 way through it.  I like it.  The author sticks to the basics and leaves the allegorical and mystical interpretations to Church Fathers and scholars who have already written about it.  It is organized well, as the basic commentary is the main text, while the author gives a little more detail in footnotes and some other studies marked in a different color.  He usually leaves his own opinions in the footnotes and other studies marked in a different color, so readers can choose how much detail to take in when reading each chapter.
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« Reply #2603 on: September 29, 2012, 10:52:21 AM »

Currently reading:

House of Leaves, by Mark Z. Danielewski
St Silouan the Athonite, by Archimandrite Sophrony
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« Reply #2604 on: September 30, 2012, 07:52:14 AM »

Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn.

Text book for US history? Zinn's isn't too bad.

stay blessed,
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It's ok to read, but it needs a heavy balance- like almost every history book out there. I have come to understand that there is no such thing as an objectively written history book. So in order to understand history, read authors from as many perspectives as possible. Even then, as Bob Marley said, "half the story has never been told." If you really want to understand human history and human destiny, all you need to do is read the Bible. The rest is just details conveyed with political bias.


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« Reply #2605 on: September 30, 2012, 10:59:19 AM »

It's called "Overcoming Autism."

I bought it two years ago, but never got the chance to finish it, so I am trying to now  Smiley
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« Reply #2606 on: October 14, 2012, 02:09:10 AM »

Way of the Ascetics, by Tito Colliander
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« Reply #2607 on: October 16, 2012, 04:34:33 AM »

The Napoleon of Nottinghill by G.K. Chesterton
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« Reply #2608 on: October 16, 2012, 04:57:17 AM »

Crime and Punishment - Dostoyevsky
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« Reply #2609 on: October 16, 2012, 05:14:07 AM »

Crime and Punishment - Dostoyevsky

My wife's favourite. She eventually wore me down into giving it a go (I gave up arguing after finding out Kafka was a fan) and I loved it. It's really hard to follow who everyone is until you get your head around the patronymics, though. For some reason if you alternate between referring to someone by their surname and their father's first name according to no pattern I can discern it completely confuses my ageing brain.

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