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    01-17-2017, 09:35 AM
    Wow, great advice. Thanks and duly noted. My plan is just what you said, 3-4 nuts a day. I am aware of the possibility of danger, but it seems pretty easily avoidable. I'll also take mold into consideration. One thing that seems a bit strange to me is that beef seems to have a moderate amount of Selenium, and I usually eat some beef every day, so I wonder how I could be deficient in it. I suppose it's possible that I simply have a predisposition and never eat Brazil nuts or sea food, which is higher than beef in Selenium, so I could still be deficient, but I was hoping to find a clearer sign in order to assure me that this is actually going to have an effect. I'm wondering what kind of effects other people have noticed. I assume you did this, since you note that I will see results. Have you taken Brazil nuts as a form of nutrition, and if so, how did it work for you and why were you taking them?
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    01-17-2017, 03:47 AM
    I really don't know. Sounds different from mine. Mine weren't brown. They were just little bumps and looked "seedy". They were never any bigger than about half a dime in diameter, usually about 1/4 the size of a dime. And no, I never noticed any on the feet.
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    01-17-2017, 12:51 AM
    Just little lumps of skin that would always appear on my hands. Some on my palms, some on my fingers. Usually very small. I tried to treat them cryogenically once, but they always grew back... then after college I just realized one day that I didn't have them anymore and I haven't seen a single wart since. I think I only ever had about 5 or 6 at one time.
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    01-17-2017, 12:45 AM
    I'm never on anyone's list. :( I blame my relatively low post count and not starting enough thought-provoking threads. Also, I have met a few people from here, most notably Theo and LE (on Skype) and ChristianAnarchist (in real life). I don't really have a list of people I would like to meet. I'm not that curious about the lives of other forum members, so I guess I can't really complain about not being on anyone's list. Suzanimal would be interesting to meet, I'm sure. Especially if she was single. :p A quote comes to mind: Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.
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    01-17-2017, 12:26 AM
    Thanks. Yes, I'm hoping it's a vitamin deficiency and that I can cure it with vitamins. If it's something weirder, then that would just rock my paradigm of how the world works because it just doesn't make sense to suddenly develop a weird disease and then there's nothing you can do to reverse it. Like a ticking time bomb it just starts randomly and stays that way forever... I really don't buy into that, although I know the popular mantra of allopathic medicine is "there is no cure", which is really disturbing and defies all common sense. If it was congenital, then maybe I could understand that, but developing something in your 20s that never goes away just doesn't make sense, unless it's a mental disorder, which is a lot more complicated because it involves consciousness as well as physiology.
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    01-17-2017, 12:17 AM
    Yeah, my globus sensation (lump in the throat) has been almost constant for 6 years ever since September 2010. I can almost nail it down to the day it started and it's been over 6 years since then. I also thought I had asthma and was on inhalers, but I'm also not so sure that was ever the problem. I used to have these weird heart palpatations when I was doing strenuous workouts. I could feel the "butterfly" feeling in my heart accompanied by weakness and it would come on kind of like an asthma attack, causing me to feel really strong heart palpatations and become fatigued easily. What's weird is I was usually fine. Once in a while, though, I would have a workout where I would experience this and I just kind of had to mark it off as a bad workout. Other days I felt strong and heart was beating normally. I just assumed it was asthma because I would get out of breath, but that doesn't seem to explain the heart weirdness. I took a natural breathing supplement and that usually helped me avoid situations like that, but that still doesn't mean it was asthma. I had several ways of dealing with asthma and allergies, natural remedies that worked wonders, but they were only temporary solutions to what seemed to be more of a theme with me, so I'm guessing I was just plastering over a more long-term deficiency in some vitamin or mineral. Like I said, though, I can almost tell you the exact day it started, both the globus sensation and the muscle myotonia. It got progressively worse over the course of 2 or 3 months and then it's been like that ever since. The heart palpatations started quite a while before that, so they may be connected in some ways as I've heard myotonia has some effect on your heart as well, which makes sense because even now I absolutely need at least 8 hours of sleep or I'm very fatigued during the day. It's been a constant thing with me ever since my teenage years, struggling with allergies, asthma and finally myotonia. The allergies don't seem to be a problem anymore. I rarely get hay fever anymore, although I'm noticeably allergic to cats. Usually if I feel like my allergies are flaring up now, it means I have a cold and what used to work on hay fever doesn't help with colds, so I've concluded I no longer have hay fever. It seems I've mysteriously grown out of some things, including the hay fever as well as the warts I used to get on my hands, which I had all the time starting in high school and they all mysteriously disappeared after college. I'm mostly just musing here, but hopefully you can find some useful information in there. The lump in my throat isn't just in intense situations. Sometimes it's worse than others and it will annoy me for a few weeks then I will feel ok for a few weeks and then it will come back for a few days, go for a few days, etc. It's never completely gone. I can usually tell it's still there, but there are certain times it bothers me more than others, but the timing doesn't seem to have any rhyme or reason to it.
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    01-17-2017, 12:02 AM
    I've decided to try some Selenium. Has anyone had experience with this? Does it help? I'm just going to eat some Brazil nuts since those are supposed to have all the selenium anyone needs. I've heard of Dr. Wallach and apparently he has some expensive supplement program, but I'm not sure why that would be necessary.
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    01-16-2017, 06:54 PM
    No, but that seems to be a vague description that doesn't really pinpoint my symptoms like what I saw in the videos did. When I saw it, I knew it was exactly what I had because I had experienced what I was seeing and I could distinguish every little detail about what they were going through. So thanks for the input, but I think I've found the problem and it doesn't merely have to do with "reduced stamina". There are more videos out there of how muscles in the face, hands, legs, etc freeze up when contracted and cannot relax. I've experienced these symptoms in all the same places and what I see in these videos is a mirror reflection of what I've been going through.
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    01-16-2017, 06:50 PM
    I did see that. This is the first time I've ever even heard of this condition despite having it for so long, so I'm still checking things out. This opens up a whole new explanatory framework that I never had access to even though it was right at my fingertips. All I had to do was ask. Thanks for the info, I will check into Selenium and let you know what happens.
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    01-16-2017, 09:01 AM
    Perhaps the title is a bit strongly worded, since what I have is more of a "condition", but nonetheless, I wanted to share this. It's kind of long, so if you're not into the tragic story of my life and rebirth, then you may not want to read this. I had struggled for years to find out what was ailing me since September 2010 when it all began. I was running on a full scholarship at the University of Richmond when I got a slight cold before a cross country race one day. I noticed something a little "off" that I couldn't quite put my finger on during the race, like my heart was working harder than it needed to. I had run through several minor illnesses before that, but this one was different. Over the course of the season and the following year, I began to notice the globus sensation, or the feeling of a lump in the throat. I was still running relatively well, keeping up with my teammates in practice, but I complained that this mystery illness was holding me back and I tried in vain to describe what was happening. Various doctor's visits were to no avail. Despite the fact that I was a star runner in high school and was keeping up with the team in college pretty well, I insisted that I could be running even faster if it weren't for these little annoying symptoms that developed over the course of the season. By the end of the season, I could hardly manage to run anywhere near what I was capable of. Despite this, I served as a good 4th or 5th man on the team that made our school's historic return to XC nationals for the first time since the 80s. I felt a mixture of elation and melancholy after that team victory. I knew I was sliding fast. Nationals was the worst race of my life. I felt so good and physically ready when I wasn't competing, but the second that gun went off and all the adrenaline rushed through me, I was dead in the water. My legs wouldn't move and I brought up the end of the team that day. I had lined up next to the likes of Matthew Centrowitz, now a world champion in the mile, hoping to actually compete with them. What I didn't realize was that I had a genetic disease and it had, for no particular reason, decided to rear its ugly head at that point in time, when I was 21 and a budding professional athlete. This claim is not without merit, mind you. My sister is actually a professional marathon runner and finished 7th at the US Marathon trials, missing out on her Olympic bid, but not by that much, especially in a stacked field. I could have been great. Despite this drawback, I continued to try everything under the sun to get my energy back, to rid myself of that damn lump in my throat that reminded me something was STILL wrong with me. I continued to run, but the running was very laborious now. I had to work extremely hard just to keep my legs moving, and keeping up the rigorous training schedule I used to have was out of the question. Fast forward to senior year. My coach and I had a good relationship, both of us being country boys from West Virginia. We shared a bond and he took particular interest in me because I was really good at running up until this point. I had red-shirted the track season and spent all summer finding crackpot ways of healing myself, thinking I was being affected by electromagnetic fields and, convinced my mercury fillings were the problem, I spent good money to have them removed. I don't regret that, but the following year was one of the lowest points of my life. I went into the year realizing that my attempts to cure myself had been futile and, despite having kept fit by still running all this time, I decided to not go to the XC camp that our team attended every year because I was simply too slow. I would hold everyone back. That was a tough decision. I grasped at every last straw that I could, trying to convince myself that I could salvage my running career somehow. I maintained a connection to the team, coming to practice and helping out, but...
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    01-16-2017, 12:29 AM
    Wouldn't be popular among men in either time. As for women, the relative popularity would be lower, but I hesitate to say it wouldn't be "popular." Either way, although the dynamic may have shifted a bit, I'm not about to accept the way things are today as necessarily any better than they were before. That's making a very big assumption. Women still, by and large, adopt different roles than men, and this difference, ironically enough, is largest in the Nordic countries, where the most has been done to equalize them. None of this is really relevant to the fact that there are relatively clear gender roles, despite the fact that those roles have shifted from time to time. They have always been distinct despite the behaviors characterizing those roles having changed, so I'm not just talking about the general relativism that you seem to be focusing on. I'm talking about the distinction between the gender roles that remains constant even when the characteristics of those roles change over time. They're not independent of each other, because although certain characteristics of a certain sex do change, it is both sexes that accept the change to some extent. Except those things aren't based on biological reality. It's not necessarily the novelty of it that's disturbing, it's the ideological attempt to mainstream and normalize it. Things do change over time, but people can usually tell whether that change is being driven by popular consensus or a bunch of ideologues who are trying to override the present consensus with propaganda and authoritarian control over people's social behaviors.
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    01-14-2017, 08:50 PM
    I will say it's not all bad for me now since I actually did find something of an "out" in teaching English abroad and I now earn a decent salary doing this. Because my college was paid for and I was fiscally aware as a teenager, I never went into debt. I bought my car with cash, never racked up credit card debt, never spent beyond my means, and lived with my parents until I moved abroad, hardly spending a dime on anything except food and gasoline. Now, because I did this, I have a tremendous fiscal advantage over my peers from a similar background because I can actually save money and I anticipate being able to buy a decent house with cash in the next 3 or 4 years. This, along with my accumulating experience on the work market, should set me straight after my previous misdirection.
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    01-14-2017, 08:45 PM
    I don't think it's that simple. It depends somewhat on your location. If you live in a more urban area, then I would expect you to find some minimally skilled job with a college degree. Out in the sticks, where I'm from, I have to commute at least 30 miles to the nearest decent-sized town just to find any jobs that aren't blue-collar (not that those are bad jobs. I have great respect for those who do those jobs, but I simply don't consider that my life's passion) and require a minimal amount of skill to do which a degree would qualify me for. What's more, I chose my degree based on circumstances at the time that would change later during my education and I ended up not really being able to use my Political Science degree, especially way out in the country. I know this is partially due to my lack of foresight, but I was really passionate about athletics in college and didn't anticipate having to give that up due to unforeseen circumstances. I believe that, if I lived in a place where more white-collar opportunities were available, I would have been able to find some desk job with my Political Science degree, but I simply didn't think such a change in circumstances would cause me to lose my original trajectory. I simply considered myself curious about politics, so that's what I decided to do just for the sake of being in college and participating in sports. That, to me, is part of the problem. So many people are told that they MUST get some kind of degree, no matter what it is, to prepare them for real life, but they don't realize at the time just how bad that advice is because they aren't brought up to consider future mitigating circumstances. All they know is that they must go to college at all costs because that is the way life works. It's a shame, and I don't think it's entirely the millenials' fault that they don't look ahead that much at that age. Some do, but some people like me, didn't consider future mitigating factors. I was lucky in that my college was completely paid for by my athletic ability, but I still didn't really get enough guidance on how I should consider which major to choose. This is a problem with many gifted athletes in that they lack perspective because they can't imagine any pursuit more fulfilling than their athletic goals, and that's how I thought. I didn't want to consider those less fulfilling 9-5 "jobs" because I was special. Now I'm not special, and life is hard. I didn't consider myself special at the time, but I knew little about how the world really was apart from my chosen dream path which I eventually had to abandon. Only a very chosen few actually make it on the path that I had chosen, and I didn't consider how things might change at the time because I was too passionate about chasing that one dream.
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    01-14-2017, 04:33 AM
    They were doing it for different reasons. Men do it for status and power, just like they do today, except to a different degree. Women do it for beauty and social status (albeit to a somewhat lesser extent than men), which is different from the status that men pursue. Nothing has really changed, although the fads have. They both still do it and they are doing it for they same reasons they've always done it, which is based on their biological gender. It may seem to be a change in mindset to you, but it's not really. It's just that the metric has shifted. We still view moving toward the feminine a tactic of emasculation, which it is in this societal context. If the men had purposely done what women did back in those days, they would have said the same thing. The behaviors are still fundamentally distinct and we can usually predict the reasons people do it based on their gender.
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    01-14-2017, 12:04 AM
    I want to wipe that self-righteous look off his face. You can tell when humility is fake, and it makes it look incredibly smug.
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    01-13-2017, 06:20 PM
    I'm with him; there is no way I would let my kid play football. We are just beginning to scratch the surface of the effects of CTE. Nope, no way.
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    01-11-2017, 11:13 PM
    I think you're probably overestimating the amount of actual support Trump has here. People don't like him for his policies. They like him because he's different, because he pisses people off. They don't like his wall. Sure, a wall might stop some illegals, but most of us realize that it's absolutely wasteful and is not really the problem. This would be a good thing to try to communicate to the Trump administration, but I really don't think you'll find a lot of real support for Trump. I like him and I like that he won instead of Hillary, but he seems more like a big galoot with business sense than he does a sensible president with sensible policies.
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    01-11-2017, 04:09 AM
    Yes, I'm aware of that, and it's already illegal. The point is there's always a gray area and this is their way of dealing with it now. Perhaps the problem wouldn't be as dramatic if we could separate the government from the airline business. We just don't know, but I don't see the need for any further legislation.
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    01-10-2017, 11:43 PM
    You're right. Maybe with the government out of the airline market, we wouldn't have this issue. Who knows. But are you suggesting we need a law to regulate this transaction simply because the government supports and in some sense controls the airline business?
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    01-10-2017, 11:39 PM
    Sorry? Transaction? What's the word?
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    01-09-2017, 11:33 PM
    Congrats to Clemson! That one hurt...bad.
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    01-07-2017, 11:12 PM
    I see. So, not the parties actually involved in the deal, then...
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    01-07-2017, 10:23 PM
    Who gets to decide how many times restitution it is?
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    01-07-2017, 09:47 PM
    1.3 billion. Sounds nitpicky, but when you consider that that difference is almost the entire US population, it's not.
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    01-07-2017, 09:36 PM
    Well, yes, but not every time something technically fits under the banner of "fraud" are we immediately justified in screaming bloody murder. Fraudulent practices occur at smaller levels all the time and nobody bats an eye. In this case, they're not actually intending to defraud you, but they figure that in the case that the known likelihood of you being defrauded does occur, you can and will be both swiftly informed and compensated without any need for legal trouble. If you really think it's worth it to invite the government into this transaction, then just be aware of what you are compromising in terms of freedom. I personally wouldn't make that trade, and that's why I don't think you should, either. Because your sensitivity to imperfections in the market affects my freedom.
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    01-07-2017, 09:02 PM
    It's not the Olympics, though.
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    01-05-2017, 06:41 AM
    They may be weak and lazy... but old? This is the first time I've seen Democrats accused of being old. Almost their entire voting base is under 35.
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    01-05-2017, 12:13 AM
    On the other hand, there does seem to be quite a bit of evidence that it has occurred, or at least that it was at risk and could easily be done. I am aware of the media manipulation they use, but I'm still curious as to what the conversation would look like between the ones being culled and the elites controlling them, or if the candidates are even aware that it is taking place. I assume they must be aware, or else how could the elites control them? At what point do they become aware that they are pawns, or are they raised from birth as a "chosen one", like Hillary Clinton, unbeknownst to the masses that this person was chosen long ago for a specific role? I'm just mystified by the idea of what's actually going on behind the scenes. Are the chosen candidates all aware of their role and the outcome of the election long before they even declare their candidacy? Clearly some of them, such as Ron Paul, can make it onto the big stage without being a part of this, but boy do they stick out like a sore thumb and are treated as such. Are all of the culled candidates chosen by TPTB aware of the existence of TPTB and are simply "trying out" by being the most plastic figure among the idiots who are obviously vying for the position? What's it like to even play a role in that, as I'm sure TPTB don't control just ONE candidate but many? I'm just not sure if they are all aware of exactly what their role is as they're doing it. If they're not chosen at birth by connections, then when exactly do they "sell their soul"? How did they find, say, Barack Obama? At what point did he become aware of his destiny and how did he get there?
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    01-04-2017, 08:35 PM
    What I want to know is, how these people are culled. What criteria does one have to fill before that telephone call from Nathan Rothschild or whoever the fuck runs this country to get ready for their turn to be president? Do they know what the outcome will be while the campaign is still ongoing or are the string-pullers keeping them in the dark about that up until election day? What's it like to be a chosen one of the ruling elite?
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