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Vera Nova

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Food is a huge thing in our everyday life. How does it effect your body and soul?

What do you learn? Do you know some diets that may heal you without any drugs?


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find out why our brains so badly suffer from gluten in our everyday food (in bread, pasta etc,) and from sugar, developing horrific brain problems and inflammation of all types. He has treated successfully many neuro-problematic patients with GLUTEN FREE DIET.

Healthy fat: extra virgin olive oil, sesame oil, coconut oil, grass-fed tallow and organic or pasture-fed butter, ghee, almond milk, avocados, coconuts, olives,nuts and nut butters, cheese (except for blue cheeses), and seeds (flaxseed, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, chia seeds).
Protein: whole eggs; wild fish (salmon, black cod, mahi mahi, grouper,herring, trout, sardines); shellfish and molluscs (shrimp, crab, lobster, mussels, clams, oysters); grass-fed meat, fowl, poultry, and pork (beef, lamb, liver, bison, chicken, turkey, duck, ostrich, veal); wild game.
Vegetables: leafy greens and lettuces, collards, spinach, broccoli, kale, chard, cabbage, onions, mushrooms, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, sauerkraut, artichoke, alfalfa sprouts, green beans, celery, bok choy, radishes, watercress, turnip, asparagus, garlic, leek, fennel, shallots, scallions, ginger, jicama, parsley, water chestnuts.
Low-sugar Fruit: avocado, bell peppers, cucumber, tomato, zucchini, squash, pumpkin, eggplant, lemons, limes.
Herbs, Seasonings, and Condiments: You can go wild here as long as you watch labels. Kiss ketchup and chutney goodbye but enjoy mustard, horseradish, tapenade, and salsa if they are free of gluten, wheat, soy, and sugar. There are virtually no restrictions on herbs and seasonings; be mindful of packaged products, however, that were made at plants that process wheat and soy.

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      Feb 6 2014: I've tried a diet like you say, lilly. But I didn't feel that good. But for five years now I've followed a diet that helps me a lot. I live almost entirely on skim cow's milk. Every day I drink about two gallons (7.5 liters) of skim cow's milk, and I hardly eat or drink anything else. It's excellent.
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          Feb 6 2014: well, lilly, in English as we speak it in America the word "diet" can mean two things. It can mean a special food regimen that you follow for a while, usually to lose weight. Or it can mean the way you eat and live all the time. In my case when I talked about a diet that is almost all skim milk, I meant the same as you, that living almost entirely on skim milk is a healthy way to live and eat. My experience is that it is much healthier than the way you mention, fruits, nuts, whole grains, vegetables, and a little bit of fish and chicken. I got the idea from the masai tribe of Kenya (in africa), if you've never read about the Masai they are pretty interesting. For one thing they live almost entirely on food from their cattle, milk and beef.

          By the way, do you find life pleasant?

          As far as I know, living on skim milk is not just good for the soft tissue, it is good for the entire body.
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          Feb 6 2014: what is your evidence that I'm wrong, lilly? I am telling you that I have tried a diet like you describe, and I felt bad physically. Then I went to my diet, and I felt much better. I don't think my body is very different from other people's, therefore I reason that if my diet makes me feel better, it would help other people feel better, too.

          Have you given birth? As a mother, you would have a particularly strong belief in milk, wouldn't you?

          Again, why do you think it takes 90 years to prove my diet is a good one? I've been on it five years and I'm doing great, surely five years is an adequate test?

          Again, do you not think you would enjoy and be healthy from a diet that was only raw milk straight from the cow, and fresh beef from a cow that has just been slaughtered and butchered?
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          Feb 7 2014: No, lilly, if I eat some other food, and only eat that food, I do not believe I will do as well as I do when I only consume milk. There is something special about milk. I think it has a lot to do with the form and content of the milk molecule, I think the mother's mammary gland takes the softest and best parts of what the mother eats, and this is the milk.

          To be more accurate, I really eat three foods, but they are all related to milk. As I said, I drink a lot of skim milk, usually about two gallons, or 7.5 liters, a day. Then sometimes I will drink pure cow's cream, which I buy in separate containers and drink separately. And also I do sometimes bend over when on a walk and tear off a little lawn grass that is growing down by the ground and eat it. This comes from my interest in cows, grass, and milk. Grass tastes good.

          I am trying to interest the medical establishment in my country in approving my diet as a safe, acceptable diet for human beings, and also testing it to see if it would help people with various diseases, including major ones like cancer and AIDS. The difficulty in getting it approved as a safe and healthy diet is that it is deficient in or entirely missing certain nutrients that the U.S. government recommends. While I do acknowledge these lacks, I nonetheless find that I feel better and am healthier on this diet than on any other diet I have tried, it appears to be acceptable in spite of the lacks. Thus I believe it should be approved, to try to achieve that I am now corresponding with the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (http://odphp.osophs.dhhs.gov/). I also have found that the diet has helped me with certain various kinds of physical discomfort, especially eye discomfort. I tend to think this is because of the softness of the milk molecule, and also because the diet helps a person lose weight. I think these factors might help many people with many diseases, therefore........
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          Feb 7 2014: I am corresponding with the National Institutes of Health (http://www.nih.gov/) to try to interest them in testing it on various diseases. The National Institutes is the largest U.S. government health research center in the U.S. Both the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (that I mentioned above), and the National Institutes of Health are parts of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (http://www.hhs.gov/), this is the larger umbrella department that, among other things, is now rolling out "Obamacare." (Have you heard of "Obamacare" in India?) So far these have been exciting and interesting projects.

          Now I don't understand your P.S. You're saying you've been on TED two weeks and you're getting offensive comments? Or you're saying you're not getting offensive comments?
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          Feb 7 2014: oh, sorry, lilly, one more thing, yes, cow milk might not be the best milk for a human. But it is the best I can do, as a 53-year-old man I cannot walk into a store and buy two gallons a day of human milk. But like I say, I seem to do very well on cow milk, much better than any other diet I have tried.
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          Feb 7 2014: thanks, lilly. Yes, I agree, this diet is very extreme and I think that if anyone ever tried to use it it would mostly be sick people if they found it helped them feel better. But please don't think this diet is not pleasurable. In fact, milk is delicious, I have drunk thousands of gallons of it and I still love the taste. Plus I love the liquid nature of it, is it very refreshing to be drinking only food in a liquid form. And it also means I never have to clean up a kitchen!

          You might enjoy an idea I shared with Vera. I got this idea of living on milk from the Masai people of Kenya, who are famous for living only on milk and beef from their cows. The Masai have a saying "If a man drinks milk and eats beef on the same day, he is a glutton." I think the idea is that if you take milk and beef on the same day, you are taking every last thing the cow has, you are leaving her nothing whatsoever of her own life. I believe the saying, so every day I must choose between drinking milk or eating beef. I always choose milk because the liquid nature of it is so refreshing.

          You're a very mysterious woman, lilly. Care to share any details of your life, where you live, what you do, married, children?
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          Feb 7 2014: You could, if you wanted, start your own thread about whether evolution in fact demands that people hate others or alternatively whether a belief in the inevitability of hate becomes self-fulfilling prophecy for those who hold that belief.

          As I understand the posts of yours that I have read, you express a popular view that males (or another group of privilege) have had such a defining influence on culture that those exposed to a male-defined culture can see only through a male-biased lens, with the whole, or the vast majority of, society adopting without question "male" tastes and values. Alongside this worldview is the notion that a greater culture-defining role for women early on would have resulted in a different culture, values, and practices in the current day.

          Some of the challenges that people have presented to your position are that women have across various cultures had a greater cultural influence than you perhaps acknowledge.

          There are many feminists on TED, both speakers and participants in conversation, if by feminist you mean people who believe that women should have the same opportunities for civic and economic participation as men.

          Those who have interacted with TED administrators have noted that a large proportion of the TED staff are women. Here is the TED staff: http://www.ted.com/pages/staff

          And here are the 49 TED talks specifically about women: http://www.ted.com/topics/women
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          Feb 7 2014: well, like I say, lilly, I mostly think it's sick people who would follow this diet, if they found that it helped them feel better. I should stress that it has not been proven that it will help sick people, I think it will but it remains to be investigated. But I also say again that the diet really is pleasant, milk is a delicious, lovely food.

          Well, I know you're not a nobody, for one thing you're an exceptionally intelligent person. But it would be interesting to know a little more about the practical circumstances of your life. What sort of work do you do, if any? Are there issues that you care about and come back to again and again, not only on TED but in your general life?

          Are you saying TED is threatening to toss you? That's strange. What have they said? Do you believe males have had more influence on the culture? But you haven't advocated that anything bad be done to males, you haven't said they should be hated or physically hurt or discriminated against? I can't see that your comments are out of line, lots of people would say males have had more influence on the culture.

          Just to be clear, with my diet it's not so much a case where it makes you feel actively good, it's more that it seems to reduce pain, and when your pain is reduced, you can enjoy life more and do more things.
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          Feb 8 2014: Yes, I feel very thankful I have discovered this diet. But tell me, Lilly, if you had to choose a diet like you described, fruits, fish, vegetables, chicken, nuts, or you could choose a Masai diet which is only milk and beef, which would you choose? You would agree that the Masai diet is pleasant?

          One thing that is motivating me to stay on milk is I noticed when I eat solid mixed food my urine smells bad, but when I only live on milk my urine does not smell as bad. In my mind this suggests that I probably smell better in general when I live on milk.

          I cannot agree that nature cares only about the group. A group is made up of individuals and each individual has a certain amount of self-love, which is natural.

          Well, Lilly, I enjoy trying to learn and acquire knowledge. I can use it to make my life more comfortable and interesting. I can share what I learn so others can make their lives more comfortable and interesting.

          To me TED is wrong on their threat to you, but in this case they hold the power, I guess. It is their website, so they make the rules.

          I myself don't know which sex does the most to create the culture. Where men influence the culture it is more obvious, forceful, it has more of a spotlight; women's influence is lighter, more subtle, but still powerful, I think.

          Is there anything you wish to do in life where you think a male-dominated culture is preventing you from doing it? What is it?

          No, I didn't choose my name, why do you ask?

          Could I survive all by myself, I don't know, possibly, why do you ask?

          No, I didn't choose my place of birth, why do you ask?
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          Feb 8 2014: oh shoot, lilly, I thought you would choose the Masai diet. Well, I think the Masai diet tastes better and actually is healthier, but it remains to be tested.
          I don't know how I smell to other people. Right now I have a cold, so I don't want to ask my friend to smell my breath. But I do know when I live on milk my urine smells better than when I go off milk, so I would think I generally smell better on milk.
          Why do you mention about how to know a village? Certainly you're right everyone has a right to speak. Most times it is the best idea that wins, it doesn't matter who it comes from. Are you saying people look down on you? What is your education?
          When you say the mind forming of man's education, by man do you mean the male sex? Or do you mean humanity, both men and women? Because if you only mean the male sex, I suppose TED will not like you saying this, they will say you are criticizing the male sex. But you know, it's not just educated men who sometimes look down on their fellow people, sometimes educated women look down on their fellow people, too?
          I hope you will follow TED's rules, lilly, as you are a very nice, intelligent person and I hope to follow you more on TED, so I hope they don't close you.
          Well, one cow can give from eight to 20 gallons of milk a day, which will feed four or five people. So I don't think it will be too crowded. I feel sorry when a cow is killed, but I care more about human beings, I want to see them fed well and healthy by milk and beef.
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          Feb 8 2014: You're saying our cells split? What does that mean, our cells split?

          When you say men form all early rules and forms and subjects of teaching, what are the rules you think they form, and what do you think are the ideas and practices they teach?

          But I find it hard to agree with you, lilly, because women also form rules in the home and teach their children how to behave and help their children learn about life. And women are important in schools, they teach class, some write the books the school uses, some decide what classes will be taught at a school?

          TED probably will allow you to say anything you want if you can back it up with evidence. So what evidence do you have that only men form the early rules and teachings?

          Yes, many will not follow this diet. But I hope I can at least cause the U.S. government to investigate whether it is a safe, healthy diet, my experience is that it is a safe, healthy diet that I think people would enjoy and have good health.
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          Feb 9 2014: Well, let's see. So you would say Moses created the Jewish God, lilly? And Moses is a man. But don't you think Moses was very influenced in his life by women, his mother, his wife, his female friends and associates? I think it's the same for all your questions. Even if a man invented something, he was very influenced by the women in his life. But you don't think so?

          If you believe women had no influence, and men had all the influence, what was the cause? Is it women being physically weaker than men that causes men to dominate? Or what?
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          Feb 9 2014: but another problem I have with you saying men are dominant is that in most cultures men have to court women if they want a wife, they have to ask the woman out, talk with her, show her his qualities and personality. And then she chooses if she will marry him. If it was as you say and men were dominant, then a man would just go up to a woman with a gun and say "Marry me, we'll go to the priest right now," and she would have to go.
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          Feb 12 2014: Well, I was talking to a librarian at my local community college here today, lilly. She was saying that in Germany in World War 1, the German women were very much behind the country going to war. They may not have made the official decision to go to war, but they did support it. She said it was the same for World War 2, that women in Germany hugely supported Hitler, women joined the Hilter Youth, you can see film of many women at Hitler's speeches giving the heil salute and looking like they agree with and are devoted to Hitler.

          Well, I believe that about 50% of the marriages in the world are arranged marriages. That is more than I thought. But still, in the 50% that aren't arranged, it is the woman who usually makes the decision to marry, the man has to date her, talk with her, show her his qualities, and then he asks to marry her. But she makes the decision whether she will accept. But I agree with you, arranged marriage is wrong if the woman is forced to it. Is this a topic you know much about? Maybe you should host a TED conversation about it?
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          Feb 13 2014: dear lilly, what do you mean "the original man story of early life"? Are you talking about the Bible, or what? What exactly do you think the story is, are you talking about Adam and Eve?
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          Feb 14 2014: Well, here in the United States the most powerful religion is Christianity. But from what I know, lilly, the major values of Christianity are peace, love, and forgiveness. So what are you talking about, man's testosterone of violence?

          From what I know, Jewish people also seek peace.

          From what I know, Buddhists also seek peace.

          Anyway, we agreed above that women also can do horrendous things. So if religion is violent, can't we say that women contributed to it?

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