How to Hold Your Breath for 3 Minutes

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Remember when you were a kid? All the weird challenges and contests you’d wage with your friends? There’s a good chance that breath-holding was one of them. Who can hold their breath the longest, right?

I was always good at this when I was young, but I’m not that young anymore. I’m 53, but I held my breath for two minutes and 47 seconds last Thursday. And I could have gone longer, but I was bored. My body wasn’t aching to breathe. My brain wanted to move on to something more stimulating than watching the stopwatch on my iPhone.

I’ll tell you how you can amaze your friends with championship breath-holding feats in a moment, but first, you should know why my 2:47 record is pretty amazing. I read recently that the average adult can hold his breath for only 30 to 40 seconds, so I blew that away. You can, too.

Election Year Debauchery

In case you missed it, I do a lot of political stuff. Especially in election years. In 2015 and 2016, I did more than usual. Besides blogging, rallying, traveling, knocking on doors, going to meetings, and keeping up on the latest news, election season also includes more drinking, periodic smoking, less sleep, horrible diets, and less exercise. In other words, at the end of an election cycle, I’m lucky to be able to breathe at all.

And, as I said, this past election cycle was more intense, if anything.  I should also mention that I considered the election season over on January 20, not November 8.

So how did I manage to hold my breath for 2:47 just a week after my quadrennial debauchery ended?

5-Day Water Fast

You might be thinking I worked out, ran, ate nutritious foods, and all the other stuff you’re told will make you fit and strong.

That stuff might work, but that’s not what I did. Instead, I did nothing sort of.

Instead, I fasted on only water, a few cups of black coffee, and a few cups of green tea for five days. In other words, I consumed about 6 calories over a work week.

You’re probably wondering how fasting can help you dazzle your friends. And it’s all about energy.

Your Body Is Like a Car

Your car probably runs on a variety of fuel blends. Some cars can run on 85% ethanol. All gasoline cars can run on up to 100% petrol.

Your body runs on two kinds of fuel: glucose and ketones.

Glucose comes from carbohydrates like sugar and wheat. Ketones come from fats like olive oil and beef fat. Our bodies have evolved to work well in a variety of conditions.

But glucose and ketones do different things to our bodies over time. Just as high ethanol stresses your car’s engine more than petrol, glucose stresses your body more than ketones. For example, glucose gives off far more carbon dioxide exhaust than ketones do. And that’s the secret to holding your breath.

Why You Ache to Breathe

That terrible urge to take a breath doesn’t come from lack of oxygen in the blood. It comes from too much carbon dioxide. When your body is running on glucose and you hold your breath, your brain will scream for air very quickly. But when you’re running on ketones, your blood will have lots of room for CO2.

When you fast on water for an extended period, your body has to run on stored fat; aka, ketones. Depending on your diet before the fast, your sex, your weight, and your metabolism, it takes two or three days for your body to burn off all the spare glucose. In my case, I went into full ketosis on day 4 of the fast, Thursday. Your mileage may vary.

When I tried to hold my breath last Sunday, before I started the fast, I could get one minute, fourteen seconds (1:14) before it became very uncomfortable. My only exercise during the week was a daily 30-minutes walk/run on a treadmill, far less than my usual powerlifting workouts. Yet, in only 4 days, I increased my breath-holding abilities by more than 100%.

That’s because I had very low blood glucose levels by Thursday. I was running on the stored fat in my body.

Thursday and Friday Were Great Days

You might think I must have been lethargic, weak, and miserable after three days without food. But it was the opposite.

After one meal on Sunday and no food for four days, Thursday and Friday I felt fantastic. My senses were sharper than ever. I could smell things in the woods that I’d never smelled before in my life. When the wind changed direction, I smelled completely different things. These smells, which I could not identify, were interesting, not repulsive. Not necessarily delicious-smelling, either. Just a little fascinating because they were new.

My mind was sharp as a Ginsu knife. I had moments of hyperactivity followed by lulls, either. I got a lot done.

But the most amazing benefit from my fast was patience. I simply did not feel anger, frustration, or annoyance for those last two days despite numerous situations that usually drive me crazy. Like people who couldn’t operate a self-checkout scanner at Schnuck’s. Normally I want to yell at those people. During my fast, I simply watched and listened as the cashier explained the process. I felt like a grown-up.

For More on Fasting

I’m not a doctor, and a lot of doctors hate fasting. I think it’s because fasting offers amazing health benefits that hurt the healthcare establishment. You should learn more about fasting’s benefits, dangers, and history.

The best resource I’ve found is The Quantified Body podcast. If you’re interested, here are three recent blog entries, with links to the podcasts, that will let you know the science behind this amazing, free healthy process:

5-Day Water Fast Results

5-Day Mimicking Fast Results. This is a great method if you think a full water fast is too much.

10-Day Water Fast Results

“Water Fasts” as a Potential Tactic to Beat Cancer with Dr. Thomas Seyfried

Plus, here’s a great, fun post about someone else’s 5-day water fast. You’ll enjoy it.

Will You Try It?

Let me know in the comments if you’re interested in more on fasting. I find this potential lifesaving tool fascinating and enjoyable. I’ll write more about my experience and my research if it’s something you’d like to know more about. I’ve learned that fasting (and ketogenic diets) might help prevent Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s in addition to their proven suppression of diabetes, obesity, and most cancers. In fact, fasting has been shown to make traditional cancers way more effective and eliminate the horrible side effects of chemotherapy. Plus, ketogenic diets have effectively helped prevent epileptic seizures since the 1920s.

So let me know if you find this interesting and want to know more. I’ll hold my breath.

 

 

Unprotected Sects

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The television activists at CNN look like college seniors who learned upon returning from winter break that credit requirements for graduation were just upped from 120 hours to 180 hours. And there ain’t grandfathering!

Diehard NeverTrumpers attack Trump supporters on social media like bitter, divorcing spouses locked in a pitched custody battle. And there ain’t no reconciliation!

Establishment Republicans, Democrats who count on union support, the more radical unions like SEIU and NEA, Planned Parenthood baby killers, and tenured communist professors shriek like hormone-crazed adolescents in fall-down hysterics.

Spoiled Hollywood knuckle-dragger elitists blather like untreated schizophrenic alcoholics in a failed 1960s UCLA Film School student project.

And working class heroes, the guys you’ve never seen without a ball cap, who were “displaced” by the elites’ greedy schemes to rid the world of people unlike themselves—the “unprotected” people of whom Bill Clinton said they “work hard and play by the rules”—those long-unprotected millions go about life exuding a fresh sunshine quiet optimism.

For the people who shower in the evening, it’s Morning in America Again.

Donald J. Trump’s first whirlwindhyperloopmagnettrainrocketship of a first week left the Washington old guard feeling old, slow, and unprotected. And the frenzied speed of this First Week of American Greatness poured salt on the wounds of the stumbling elites. Trump moved so fast, so wildly that lifelong Reagan worshipers (like me) had to re-evaluate our presidential-preference rankings only one week into Trump’s America. Dilbert creator Scott Adams described it best:

In only a few days, Trump has made us question what-the-hell every other president was doing during their first weeks in office. Were they even trying?

Hard-left-fake-news blog Politico described the week this way:

President Donald Trump’s first seven days in office were historic, chaotic, often astonishing and sometimes unsettling. With a flurry of provocative executive orders, surreal events, unapologetic falsehoods and did-he-really-say-that tweets, Trump continued to obliterate political norms, serving notice that the gaze of history won’t change who he is. He made so much news and did so many unorthodox things that it was hard to keep track of everything that was changing in Washington.

While Trump’s official actions came so fast only The Guardian seemed able to keep track with this handy list of 20 first week actions, Trump’s genius for scrambling reporters’ brains protected his work from their fake-news, propagandist lies:

Everything Donald Trump does is strategically calculated to achieve a goal. His communication is designed not to simply convey his gut feelings, but to make people focus on one thing — call it a decoy — so he can do six other things while they’re distracted.

That’s from Dr. Keith Albow, a psychiatrist, writing on FoxNews.com. Dr. Albow explains something very important:

For journalists who still don’t get it, here it is, again, in direct terms: When Trump says something like “If I were you I would take your camera and look at the size of the crowd,” he is actually saying, “Let’s debate crowd size, again, because otherwise you might ask me questions about my real and historically powerful plans and ideas, which I don’t trust you to report on fairly, anyhow.”

Scott Adams says much the same:

You’re probably seeing the best persuasion you will ever see from a new president. Instead of dribbling out one headline at a time, so the vultures and critics can focus their fire, Trump has flooded the playing field. You don’t know where to aim your outrage. He’s creating so many opportunities for disagreement that it’s mentally exhausting. Literally. He’s wearing down the critics, replacing their specific complaints with entire encyclopedias of complaints. And when Trump has created a hundred reasons to complain, do you know what impression will be left with the public?

He sure got a lot done.

It was the most productive week of any president in US history by leaps and bounds. Twenty official policy actions, countless strategic distractions, and 24/7 control of the news cycle. The media elite are Trump’s unwitting accomplices in everything he does.

Which brings us back to the plight of the elites.

Remember how Peggy Noonan labeled the establishment and the people last year? The protected and the unprotected:

Those who come to this space know why I think what happened, happened. The unprotected people of America, who have to live with Washington’s policies, rebelled against the protected, who make and defend those policies and who care little if at all about the unprotected. That broke bonds of loyalty and allegiance. Tuesday was in effect an uprising of the unprotected. It was part of the push-back against detached elites that is sweeping the West and was seen most recently in the Brexit vote. (Link available here.)

Call it “protection reassignment.”

Donald Trump needed only one speech and one week to turn the tables on that Elitist Protection Racket. Now, the people feel protected and the (former?) elites feel naked and afraid. Those sniveling elitists are America’s new unprotect sects.

Anyone feel bad for them?

 

American Steel

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I know people, and you probably do too, who are out of work from the United Steel Granite City (aka Granite City Steel) closure. It’s disheartening and depressing for people who worked hard all those years, thrown into the street because of bad trade deals and stifling regulations.

But President Trump has ordered the Keystone Pipeline renegotiated to require American steel pipes. That’s great news for our friends and neighbors in GC.

Today, Mr. Trump is expected to sign executive orders to begin construction of the border wall, construction already authorized and funded by Congress. That construction, too, will include American steel.

Isn’t it great to get our fine steelworkers back to work?

Winning.

Black Lives Don’t Matter to American Liberals

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President Trump (who, by the way, has accomplished more in two days than Obama did in eight years) saw Chicago’s horrific crime statistics and warned the mayor and the governor to get to work or he’ll fix it himself. Seventy-five percent of murder victims in Chicago are black.

Immediately, leftists, who apparently enjoy all the carnage in Chicago, attacked Trump’s call for fewer shootings and murders.

Think of that. LIBERALS WANT MORE MURDER! Take a look:

I have no idea who this Mike Elgan is, but it seems he wants the federal government to let black people in Chicago die. Maybe he wants black people everywhere to die, who knows.  Whatever his twisted motives, it’s telling and disgusting that Mr. Elgan equates saving black lives with fascism. His friends should set him straight, if they’re any better. (H/T The Gateway Pundit and ZeroHedge)

If you had any doubt that Donald Trump is the ONLY person who can fix America, you probably didn’t appreciate just how rotten some Americans have become.

For the record, I hope and pray there are far fewer shootings and murders everywhere because I’m not a Mike Elgan.

But stay tuned. Tomorrow my president tackles immigration and national security.

Featured image clipped from http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/blog/chicago-75-murdered-are-black-71-murderers-are-black

Terrible Day for NeverTrump—Great Day for the Constitution

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One way to summarize Donald Trump’s first business day in office is to say he followed through on many, many campaign promises. Another way to look at it is that Trump slaughtered NeverTrump. Both explanations are accurate, but one is the cause, the other the effect.

First, you know I pay very little attention to Facebook. Too much craziness over there. But friends of mine do occasionally send me screen shots of things they find outrageous. So I know what a lot of NeverTrumpers were posting last year, even after the election. None of those NeverTrumpers expected Trump to do what he said he’d do.

Boy, does NeverTrump look like a bunch of fools today? By doint what he said he’d do, Trump drove the last nail in NeverTrump’s coffin.

[Read how Trump Meant It All]

Here’s a brief summary of what Donald Trump has done since November 8:

  • Saved or created 1.3 million American jobs
  • Appointed the most conservative, most qualified Cabinet in US history
  • Affirmed his commitment to drain the swamp and serve only the people of the United States
  • Bombed the hell out of ISIS on Day One
  • Placed a hiring freeze on the US government (except for military)
  • Ordered government agencies to resolve disputes with citizens in the best interest of the citizen*
  • Met with CIA rank-and-file, receiving numerous standing ovations
  • Signed Executive Order halting further implementations of Obamacare
  • Signed Executive Order banning use of US tax dollars for abortions overseas
  • Signed Executive Order pulling US out of TPP
  • Restored bust of Winston Churchill to Oval Office
  • Called Benjamin Netanyahu
  • Met with business executives, promising 75% cut in regulations, huge cuts in taxes, and warning that they will be severely punished for moving US jobs overseas
  • Met with union leaders, receiving long round of applause
  • Received accolades from Teamsters Union for pulling out of TPP
  • Reaffirmed his commitment to Scalia-like appointment to Supreme Court

That’s an amazing list of accomplishments that NeverTrumpers said would never happen. And in just one working day as President!

These actions are completely consistent with everything Trump said he’d do. And they’re completely consistent with his broad philosophy of government: the government is there to serve the people, not the other way around.

But I’ll go futher: Trump is already shaping up to be the ultimate movement-conservative president in US history. In other words, he’s running ahead of Reagan at this point.

[Find out Sean Spicer exposed the press’s psychosis.]

NeverTrumpers ought to read Ken Masugi’s fantastic article on American Greatness. Masugi points out that Trump’s inaugural address was the strongest defense of the Constitution in more than a century:

In truth, no inaugural address has defended the Constitution so vigorously since Abraham Lincoln’s First Inaugural, because none so directly confronted the foundational threat to the Constitution in Franklin Roosevelt’s First Inaugural.

Because Masugi’s piece is so important, I’m going to include an extended quote for you. It’s very important. But I really want you to go read the whole piece.

Masugi argues that Trump’s speech surpassed Reagan’s when it comes to rolling back the intrusive power of government bureaucracy. Please read this carefully:

Since 1933, all presidents, Republican as well as Democrat, have accepted this willfulness, which destroys the rule of law and even the pretense of constitutional government. Only Ronald Reagan forthrightly resisted this temptation:

From time to time, we have been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. But if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else?

Thus, Reagan argued that ordinary Americans are heroes, who can live quite well without a bureaucracy over them. But President Reagan had insufficient powers, forcing him to compromise with a House of Representatives controlled by Democrats.

Yet President Trump never even mentioned the Constitution, his critics whine, so why accept a campaign rally speech on this solemn occasion as a defense of the Constitution?

The short answer is that since Reagan, 16 years of Democratic presidents plus 12 years of Bush Republican presidents have solidified the hold of the administrative state over America. This coup against republican government is the subject of Trump’s ire and the popular anger that propelled his unlikely election.

Look, I know how NeverTrumpers became misguided and mistrustful of Trump. I was, too, for a time in 2015. I wrote a book about it.

But it’s time for all people of the right to recognize the opportunity before us now. Donald Trump is the conservative savior we’ve been asking for. He’s the only one we’re going to get for many, many decades to come. If you don’t make the most of this golden, God-given opportunity, you will take it to your grave. And, if you take this to your grave, those of us who warned you to open your damn eyes will dance on it.


*In his Obamacare EO, Trump made history according to Judge Napolitano. Via Fox News:

Napolitano said that the order directs agencies to “dial back the severity of the enforcement and [not] to punish a person or a state for what you think is their non-compliance because it might not be non-compliance in a couple of months.”

Napolitano added that he’s never before seen a president say “you will exercise your judgment against the government and in favor of the individual. That is truly revolutionary and is exactly what [Trump] promised he would do.”

Sean Spicer and the White House Press Corp Proved Me 100% Right

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It’s great to be right.

Yesterday I told you that White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer played the White House press corps by telling the truth. But the press corps and many Americans have a psychosis that literally replaces some words with other words. It’s not dyslexia. It’s far worse because it’s selective.

In this case, Spicer said “witness” but journalists everywhere repeated, “attend.” I wrote about it here.

Well, today, Spicer explained the situation to a psychotic journalist almost the same way I did. Listen closely to this exchange:

Note: Starts at 25:30 mark.

Any reasonable person now realizes that journalists are psychotic. Even though they wrote down that Spicer said “witness,” their minds operated as if he’d said, “attend.”

I am right.