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I see diabetic eye disease (diabetic retinopathy) nearly every day in my practice as a board certified optometrist in a large group practice. About a year and a half ago I examined four lean men about my age who were recently diagnosed with adult onset diabetes (type 2 DM or T2DM). Most diabetics I see are obese, but these men were skinny like me. My body mass index is about 22. 

These encounters with newly diagnosed lean-adult diabetics led me to examine my diet which was heavy with “healthy” whole grains as shown on the USDA Food Pyramid. My breakfasts were usually “heart-healthy” oat meal or Cheerios with milk, two slices of whole wheat bread and Smart Balance spread or a plain bagel with low fat cream cheese, and black coffee. I was doing the right thing eating things that were healthy for my heart. My lunches and dinners weren’t much different -- healthy! I thought.

Then I realized the tremendous carbohydrate load I was ingesting each day might put me at risk for decreased health, perhaps toward being a lean adult-onset diabetic like the four patients mentioned earlier.

My interest in ketogenic eating evolved from the application toward reversing diabetes to it’s powerful anti-inflammatory power, as inflammation seems to be the source of many of the diseases of civilization (hypertension, heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease which is now considered type 3 diabetes).

I started a strict ketogenic diet two days before Thanksgiving 2017 and have been 99% faithful since, straying from the diet rarely and  mildly only when away from home and with little food choices. My carbohydrate intake is <25 gms/day, sometimes much lower and my fat intake is high as tracked with a free app Lifesum.  A typical breakfast is ~ 1000+ calories, 95% fat, 5% protein (2 eggs and cheddar cheese fried in 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil/butter/bacon fat combination and 2 thick slices of bacon, black coffee. 

I told my primary care physician about my ketogenic diet during a physical exam in August – he said  nothing pro or con. The blood work results below include lipid panels done prior to keto, during keto, and my experiment with 1800 milligrams of  Cholestoff daily while on keto.

The “Std Diet” is how I ate without regards to anything. The dates "Std diet" (pre-keto),  8/2018, 9/2018, and 11/2018 are blood draws and analysis dates. 
 
      Std Diet             Keto 8/2018         Keto 9/2018            Keto + Cholestoff 11/2018        “Desired value”
Chol   190                 291                          287                            234                                              <200
 
HDL    76                   80                             83                              84                                                  >40
 
LDL     105                 195                          189                            135                                                   --
 
Trigly   43                  64                             53                              61                                                  <150
 
Chol/HDL  2.5            3.6                           3.5                             2.8                                                   <5.0
 


The ketogenic diet (low carbohydrate, moderate protein, high fat):
Increased my cholesterol from 190 to 291, a 53% increase. Bad. :(
Increased my LDL from 105 to 195, an 86% increase. Bad.  :(
Increased my triglycerides from 43 to 64, a 49% increase. Bad. But still <150. Good! :)
Increased my HDL from 76 to 83, an 10% increase. Good.  :)
Decreased my weight by 15 pounds. Not desirable in my case. I was skinny already.
 
The addition of 1800 mg of Cholestoff daily for 5 weeks until the 11/2018 blood analysis did lower my cholesterol from 287 to 234, an 18% drop. And it lowered my LDL from 189 to 135, a decrease of 29% without any side affects. 
 
I ordered  the lab work of 9/2018 and 11/2018 myself online via directlabs.com. You can too, without your physicians’ approval – the lab will send the results directly to you.
 
One analysis I had done that I did not include in this report is the Quest  Cardio IQ analysis of my lipoprotein subfractions, that is, the LDL particle number and sizes. The sizes of these cholesterol particles is perhaps a more important cardiovascular health biomarker versus the LDL. 

My Lipoprotein (a) (Lp, little “a”) is extremely optimal @ 15 nmol/L, and this biomarker is also now believed to be highly important in cardiovascular health assessment. I’m happy with that. 

So, these cholesterol numbers would likely make most physicians and cardiologists start me on statins, but my HDL, triglycerides, Lp(a), and weight are normal. And I'm not sedentary -- I do high intensity interval exercising.  I think there's a reassessment of what is “normal” cholesterol levels for eaters of lots of carbohydrates and what’s considered “normal” for those in ketosis and who are lean.  For now, my doctor’s just watching, and I’m enjoying the fat. 
 
Dag
 

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New Gatorade Zero should be called Gatorade 1 Carb or Gatorade 5 Calories, or something,

https://www.gatorade.com/products/sports-drinks/gatorade-zero-thirst-quencher

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I've been listening to CHU on 3330, 7850, and 14670 KHz for the past 30 minutes: There are no time pips and no announcements, but the signal is strong.

I've never heard CHU as a quiet carrier before.

There's no mention of any testing or absence of time pips on the National Research Council Canada (CHU) web site.

Dag

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22 Meter Band / FL beacon 13555.520 KHz CW
« on: May 25, 2017, 2351 UTC »
I have activated a very low power milliwatt beacon on 13555.520 KHz sending  "FL" in slow speed CW (QRSS3) where each dit is 3 seconds long.

The antenna is a dipole in my attic and the sunspot minimum is nearly upon us, so it's not a great time to launch QRP signals, but there's still some good propagation occurring on 22 meters.

I also have a FSKCW beacon "FL" on 13555.465 KHz which will be temporarily deactivated while I test the CW circuit on 13555.520 KHz.

Dag

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Other / Three carriers: 6993.015 KHz +/- 10 Hz Dec 13 2014z i
« on: December 13, 2015, 2056 UTC »
I am hearing 3 strong carriers on 6993 KHz:

6993.017 KHz, another up ~10 Hz, and a third down ~10 Hz from the 6993.017 KHz "center" carrier.  It sounds as if is some faint modulation of two of the three carriers, perhaps a fraction of a Hz.

 Very strong in central Florida: S8-9. I've not heard this before.

What could it be?   

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Utility / DEA HF comms: still active?
« on: November 07, 2015, 1247 UTC »
I used to hear lots of SSB HF communication from the Drug Enforcement Agency in the late 1980s and early 1990s, usually ground-to-air drug interdiction traffic.

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was one callsign I heard often which I think was a ground-based operation center as it was always a consistent copy and would be frequently in contact with what sounded like aircraft flying in the Caribbean or around central America tracking boats loaded with cocaine (my guess).
 
I've not come across any in a long time and the reports of intercepts seem absent.

Where'd they go?   What frequencies are likely to be active, if any?

Dag

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Other / Pips 8912 KHz 1736 UTC 03 OCT 2015
« on: October 03, 2015, 1738 UTC »
Pips on 8912 KHz USB about every 10 seconds.

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Other / Pips 10237.8 KHz, 26 SEP 2015
« on: September 26, 2015, 1102 UTC »
While listening and watching for "common and precious" beacon on 10237 KHz, I heard an occasional pip on 26 Sept 2015 before sunrise east coast USA.

One pip each 10 seconds 10237.86 Khz heard nearly consistently over about 45 minutes.

I did not copy the "Common and precious" CW beacon.

The large "<" tip points to each pip.
Dag


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HF Beacons / Sawtooth hifer beacon 13554.40 KHz
« on: June 27, 2015, 2321 UTC »
I've constructed a sawtooth hifer beacon on a dial frequency of USB 13554.40 KHz running a few milliwatts into a homebrew multiband ladderline-fed-MFJ-tuner tuned zig-zaggin' attic dipole up about 15 feet/3 meters. The signal should show somewhere between 725 Hz  and  750 Hz on the spectrum display at the aforementioned dial frequency: the drift is due to ambient air temperature changes.   

The circuit is an NE555 in astable mode and an EPSON SG 8002 oscillator and some old junk box parts on a prototype breadboard with a lot of alligator clips.

The calculated time constant of the NE555 with resistor/capacitor that I'm using show a completed cycle each 343.78 seconds or 5 min 43 seconds, but I  suspect the capacitors/resistors I have are not of tight tolerance. Hence the time it takes to complete one cycle may be off a little, but it looks pretty much in agreement on my spectrum display.

The frequency shift of the sawtooth is about 3 Hertz and with the narrow frequency shift and slow oscillation of the sawtooth, it takes a slow waterfall to see it.

It runs 24 hours/day using a 7 volt wall wart.

I would appreciate some reports and screen shots to test the consistency of copy before I rebuild it Manhattan-style on copper clad pc board in an insulated enclosure to minimize drift.

Should I move the frequency? Are there other ISM signals on the same frequency that may interfere? Codar?

I intend to construct a new dipole or vertical for this signal, and possibly get it solar powered with a night-time battery voltage source if it proves relatively copyable.

This beacon looks nearly like a straight line on a spectrum display of 3 seconds/dot and 10 seconds/dot. It clearly shows it's sawtooth character at 30 seconds/dot and 60 seconds/dot.

Thank you.

Dag

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HF Beacons / SIW beacon in slant CW mode 13554.71 kHz APR 18 2015
« on: April 18, 2015, 2245 UTC »
I am seeing SIW in slant mode CW (dits show ~ 5 Hz upward deflection, dahs show ~ 5 Hz downward deflection) as seen with ARGO software using 10 dots/sec setting on 13554.71 kHz USB dial frequency.

50 Hz above SIW is EH beacon best seen @ 3 dots/sec setting.



Dag

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HF Beacons / V1RGO/B 13561.50 kHz CW
« on: April 11, 2015, 0235 UTC »
I easily copied "V1RGO/B" on 13561.50 kHz,  CW ~ 8 wpm repeating it's ID until fadeout at 0232 UTC.

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Shortwave Broadcast / HFD 5006 kHz and 8006 kHz
« on: April 05, 2015, 2355 UTC »
Does anyone know anything about radio station HFD?

It's listed here:   http://www.shortwaveschedule.com/index.php?station=24230

I'm unable to find information about it.

Dag

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HF Beacons / Pips 8974 kHz, one each 10 seconds
« on: April 03, 2015, 2342 UTC »
I hear pips, one each 10 seconds, on 8974.0 USB.

The screen shot shows them: http://1drv.ms/1D1ViGh

Dag

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On April 1 2015 at 2330z I was monitoring 13554.91 kHz USB with ARGO QRS
spectrum display. There was no activity.  

At 2334z a square wave appeared for about for about 120 seconds, then stopped.  See the  link below for the waterfall capture. I started the QRS view within a second of the appearance of the signal.

At 2346z "EH" become started, about 10 hz lower exhibiting a slight drift occasionally, and has been steady for over an hour.   Maybe EH was in testing mode for a few minutes? I don't think so as the shape of the square wave on this unidentified signal doesn't match the "EH" square wave when viewed on the waterfall display. 

This is a screen shot of the short-duration square wave copied on 13554.91 kHz + 590 Hz:
http://1drv.ms/1CyFo4P

Dag

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