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Long run - still contemplating grains - more raw veggies

Monday, February 13, 2012

Today I ran 11 miles, average heart rate 135, total time 2hrs. 31 min., avg. speed about 4.4 mph, slight improvement over last week. The weather was too cold for me taste and not as sunny as I had hoped. Afterwards I got pretty cold and tired and ended up taking a nap for about an hour with a hot water bottle and some cuddly dogs helping me to warm back up. I found that I really don't need water on the run if I hydrate well ahead of time in these temperatures. Total calories burned about 1400. I'm still trying to decide if I want to only do one more long run next weekend or 2 over the next 2 weekends. The second alternative would give me only one week to taper but I have the feeling that because I'm running at a low heart rate that 1 week may be enough. I'm open to recommendations though.

I'm still enjoying grains and some lower-carb sugar alternatives. I'm planning to take a look at the glycemic index and glycemic load of a variety of grains, beans and sweeteners this coming week.
We've been eating far more raw vegetables this week and I enjoy the taste. I'm not used to having to spend so much time in the kitchen, though. Will have to see if I can get my daughter involved in some more food prep.

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MAGGIE101857 2/13/2012 6:29AM

    Great run!!! emoticon

Eating healthy does take a lot of time - and work! I feel like I if I'm not at the office, then I am in the kitchen whipping up yet another healthy meal for my BH and myself. Fortunately for me, I fit in the time for my workouts before anything else!!

If it were me, I would do just one more long run and then start to taper. I am not a fast runner either....but I think I would apply the same "rules"....! emoticon

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CONRADBURK 2/13/2012 5:51AM

    I am impressed by your athletic ability! That is a long run! There is a book by Loren Cordain called "The Paleo Diet for Athletes" that may be able to give you some healthy alternatives for your carbs. I have not read the book as I am not an amateur athlete, but I believe he advises to eat things like sweet potatoes, which are a higher carb vegetable that is a better alternative to potatoes.

I am happy with just walking for exercise. At age 57, a two-hour hike for me is a good workout!
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I made a tracking mistake - this is annoying

Saturday, February 11, 2012

When I tracked my food for 2 days in mid-January I did not check that all the macronutrients of the foods I listed had actually been recorded, big mistake! I found out that they were not. On one day I ate 3 cups of yogurt and my protein was low. It turned out that the system did not automatically provide the macronutrients, just the calories, even though the brand and type I ate came up. This makes the nutrition tracker completely useless in my opinion. I just don't have time to double-check everything and enter it by hand. Fortunately I don't need to rely on it. There must be a better way than the Spark nutrition tracker. Even using an old-fashioned book would be easier.
Thank God with eating lower carb I can just follow basic principles without tracking.

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NDTEACHER1 2/14/2012 8:44PM

    I don't pay the tracker much heed either. According to it, I am always under on protein and carbs and I know that is not the case.

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EILISH99 2/12/2012 1:45PM

    I use another site to track my foods. I really hate that the tracker here will not show me the fiber intake for my foods, or the net carbs. Those are the important things to me. But it is a pain to have to use two different places to keep track of things.

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PATTYCAKE17 2/12/2012 9:54AM

    Mistakes are good when we learn from them. Sounds like you aren't alone in the tracking errors. I used to make poor choices on my Weight Watchers menus, but because I tracked, I learned from them, and have gone on to do much better. Hope everyone's suggestions will help you. emoticon

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ORGANIC811LFRV 2/12/2012 9:24AM

    Eating raw vegan you don't need to use the tracker. The tracker is primarily for those eating "healthier" and still not eating real 100% nutritional food choices. Sorry but very true.

Dairy robs the body of calcium hon. Calcium is taken from the bones to nutralize the acidic load given to the body from the dairy. Also dairy contains casein a known carcinogen. I'd prefer to hear people using soy - organic of course! - far more than any dairy.

Calcium is plentiful in the plant kingdom. Eat enough of that and you won't have any calcium deficiency. Also, have you ever heard of anyone dieing from cacium or protein deficiency? Nope! It's all promoted by the meat and dairy people to buy more of their toxic crud.

Sorry I vented. LOL


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KIM--POSSIBLE 2/12/2012 8:53AM

    Sorry that happened, I know it is frustrating. When a food is entered by another member, often everything isn't there. It takes a little more time, but I do pull up the entire nutrition info and check it against my package to make sure it is the same thing and everything is there. I usually find that there is at least 1 that is the same, though I may have to look at a couple of them first. Once you get the hand of entering foods, it doesn't take that long. It is time consuming, but I have found it worth the time.

My time is limited, with kids, work, grad school, and other responsibilities, but I found that, when I didn't track, my weight went up and I felt bad. I wasn't eating any more or that much worse, but I wasn't conscious of my carb and sodium intake, and those two things make a huge difference for me. Spark breaks it down for me so I don't have to try to remember ever little detail throughout the day.

Keep tracking and making those healthy choices! You are doing great!

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CONRADBURK 2/12/2012 7:48AM

    The SparkPeople tracker is excellent! It is so awesome! I noticed the same thing about ground sirloin. I noticed that the ground sirloin entry did not have the vitamins and minerals entered. This is the case for many of the food entries. I had to select the sirloin, which had all the nutrients, including the zinc. Many of the entries for food nutrients are taken off the Nutrition Information on the back of the package, which is not complete. I would suggest that in the case of yogurt you select the closest one and go with that. The first entries that show up on the list are the complete ones and the following ones are incomplete and have been entered by other sparkers. It is not difficult to add a food entry, and I have done so on several occasions, though my entries have been incomplete. I suggest that you not give up on the Nutrient Tracker because a certain food is not listed. If you think about it, the Food Tracker is a marvelous invention! I love tracking and have learned so much from using it and from my SparkPeople friends. Thanks so much to all of you!
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MAGGIE101857 2/12/2012 7:25AM

    Good comments all! I agree that most people are initially focusing on the calories in, calories out....and unless you have other health issues, you may not be focused on the "details". I think that comes later in the journey, and for everyone it is different. I started using MyFitnessPal over the weekend - it has a scanner and pulls up so much information - it was very very interesting to look at the nutrients the last two days and see where I stacked up (calories great but was shocked to see my sodium since I don't add salt to anything)...quite an eye opener!!!

Spark isn't perfect and it seems that in the last week, many people are commenting on their frustration with the nutrition tracking. I think the advantage to this site is meeting all of you and being able to share what we are learning along the way! Hopefully everyone will stay on board and supplement where needed! emoticon

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HOUNDLOVER1 2/11/2012 9:58PM

    I've learned from all the comments. Thank you.
For me it would be the most important to track carbs since I believe it is carbs that matter the most whether someone is successful in losing weight. For some people sodium is very important. I like the idea of tracking vitamins but it would not work because vitamins are better absorbed from some foods than from others and in some cases not at all from supplements. This is true for some minerals as well. If in doubt natural foods are probably the best if you can find them unpolluted.

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EJOY-EVELYN 2/11/2012 7:06PM

    I hear you! I check each item I place in my "favorites" so that the complete nutrient content is in tact . . . especially for the seven key nutrients I track the most. A lot of the items people enter may or may not have sodium, and I really want to get as accurate a listing as possible. This is what makes this tracker so much better than Weight Watchers as I want this total food content, not just what points I have eaten.

My biggest regret is that our labeling does not require total vitamin content. If it that important to me, I'll key in my own variation of a product based on whole foods listed on a nutritional analysis web site. (I keyed in my own egg white (33 grams) for just such reasons -- however, this takes time to do properly.)

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-LINDA_S 2/11/2012 6:16PM

    Dontcha just hate that? It's like the almighty calorie is the only thing that counts! I was just trying to find some kind of Thai food to put on my tracker for dinner, and they all just listed calories under the ones that said Thai food estimate. I don't care about the calories! So I ended up with something that had a bunch of carbs and put it on anyway. At least it had all the macronutrients. It might be hard to go low-carb at a Thai place anyway, but I'll try. And at least I can be dairy and whet-free without much problem.

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KENDRACARROLL 2/11/2012 3:04PM

    Birgit, people who are just starting out probably have enough to do by just counting calories :) At least that's how it was for me. The rest comes later, after you gain some experience and more knowledge.

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LISEIGHT 2/11/2012 3:03PM

    I too just quickly check if I need to use someone else's input. I have such a huge stock of stuff I have entered myself as favourite that I rarely need it!
I know a fair bit about nutrition too, but I just like the ese of having it all calculated adn tracked for me, on this one site. The whole idea of tracking somewhere else and the time that would take, hoooo gives me shivers!

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HOUNDLOVER1 2/11/2012 1:43PM

you are right, I don't need the nutrition tracker but I understand that it is important for a lot of people.
Kricket, I have heard good things about the tracker on livestrong.com as well. Just wanted to share this because I figured I was not the only one who had trouble with it.
I certainly don't want to discourage anyone from tracking, just wish it were easier. People who are just staring on their weight-loss journey have enough problems to solve already. emoticon

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SEDGEY 2/11/2012 1:17PM

    Whenever using the tracker and choosing an entry input by a member, I always do a quick check on the "view nutritional info" button to make sure that all the information was entered. If not, I use another one.

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MARTHASPARKS 2/11/2012 12:19PM

    Birgit, you know enough about nutrition that you don't need to use the tracker. It's beneficial for people who need to track to stay on track, for those learning about nutrition, and those trying to modify their eating habits for weight loss. You don't really fit in any of those groups

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KENDRACARROLL 2/11/2012 12:14PM

    I use the nutrition tracker as a general guideline.
Many member-entered foods on SP have incomplete info.
Plus, do you really know that food labels are accurate?
Check out the tracker at livestrong.com, maybe you'll like that one better.

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TAMPATINK67 2/11/2012 12:11PM

    I understand the frustration. Yesterday when I recorded the Spaghetti Squash Marinara dish from Ruby Tuesdays, I found a few other Spark people had already recorded the dish. When I looked at my final day, I was low on carbs (and that's a vegetarian dish...). The person who recorded it entered only calories. I went to the company website for the full nutritionals, re-entered calories and macronutrients provided, and the day made more sense.

I guess it's like any other database that allows end-users to input items - garbage in, garbage out!

I'd unfortunately learned this lesson a few months ago, but guess I got lazy about pressing the "nutritional info" button under the add to tracker button (to see if the other uderhas added macros or calories only) when the item was clearly entered by another user (USERNAME will be in parenthesis) after the product name/description.

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PCOLAGATOR 2/11/2012 12:10PM

    All the nutrition information that Sparkpeople provides is correct and complete. If you chose to use information created by a user then you have to deal with the possibilities of inaccuracies

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Some more running improvement

Friday, February 10, 2012

I just had my best run since starting to use the Maffetone method. I ran for one hour, covered 4.7 miles, so 4.7 mph and average pulse was 134. This is taking into account an increase in speed for the last 1/4 mile. Ending heart rate was 152.
It will be interesting if this improvement will carry into my long run this weekend.
I could also tell my legs were finally getting a little bit of a challenge again. They feel a little tired now. I really like running by time rather than by distance.
Looks like my plateau and then regression is over for now. So now I have hope of actually improving my time from last year's half marathon of 2hrs. 47 min.
I have not decided at what pace to try to run the half-marathon yet. I still have 3 weeks and will wait and see how the next two long runs go. Instead of increasing miles I'll will run both of them for 2 hrs. 30 minutes and see if I can cover more ground during that time.
It was cold and foggy outside so now I'll reward myself with some nice vegetarian lentil stew with melted cheese on top that my daughter made for us yesterday. Yum. emoticon

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KKINNEA 2/14/2012 12:50PM

    When I ran my marathon this weekend, I chatted with one of the guys I coached/paced about Maffetone - I think he's going to check it out!

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SPEEDYDOG 2/14/2012 9:19AM

    Great work. I am going to need to check out the "Maffetone method"

Thanks, Bruce

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ONUTHIN125 2/13/2012 7:02PM

    emoticonKeep up the good work! emoticon

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FREELADY 2/10/2012 10:52PM

    I love hearing about new approaches.

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TAMPATINK67 2/10/2012 8:21PM

    Nice progress! emoticon

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Figure Skating day

Friday, February 10, 2012

I had so much fun today. My confidence at figure skating is growing. I'll never be as good as my daughter who is already working on several jumps after just a couple of months of lessons. But my balance is getting better and I'm working some leg muscles and core muscles that don't get much of a challenge when I run, especially glutes, so it's a good form of cross-training. I always really enjoyed figure-skating as a kid but we did not live close enough to an ice rink to go very often and I never had lessons. Now that my daughter is getting lessons I get to watch and learn along with her. Today I've started working on one-foot spins and the waltz jump. I can tell that my balance is getting better with backwards crossovers in both direction and also with using inside and outside edges when skating backwards. As my confidence grows I bend in the knees better which results in much better movement. The other day my daughter took some video which helped me to see what I need to work on.
Some of my experiences from balance in horseback riding and running transfer to ice skating and that helps a lot. Fortunately there are a lot of free videos to learn from on youtube that I can look at to help me along as well.
I'm getting used to having much more energy in the late afternoon and early evening so I did not even think about it much. I have to assume that it is due to a wheat free diet since I did not change anything else.

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ONUTHIN125 2/12/2012 1:20PM

    emoticonSounds like fun! emoticon emoticon

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MARTHASPARKS 2/10/2012 10:08PM

    Oh what fun!

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FRAN0426 2/10/2012 6:53PM

    I skated a lot outdoors growing up and loved it. It is a wonderful exercise, and enjoyment rolled into one. My daughter took lessons and was in a skating club (all indoors ) for several years---so nice you can work on your skating and learn along with her. Keep up the good skating.

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DEC2DEC 2/10/2012 10:10AM

    I'm glad you're having fun. I would love to skate again some day. I did it as a pre-teen and LOVED it.

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FREELADY 2/10/2012 7:40AM

    You inspire me to try this again!

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    Good for you! I love skating, but not the cold, so I choose to rollerskate. There's nothing better to me than leaving the stress of the day on the skating floor, or in your case, ice. Best wishes to you!

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ORGANIC811LFRV 2/10/2012 6:08AM

    Not only great exercise but enjoyable as well. It's wonderful to skate.

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LISEIGHT 2/10/2012 5:17AM

    Wow, that sounds amazing! Fun and workout all in one! Well done you for doing something as an adult that too many would consider only for kids! I am not surprised you feel energised from it: you are mixing the grace of dancing and sliding with physical exertion, fun, and fresh air! Good on you!

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"Playing God" documentary - a few thoughts

Thursday, February 09, 2012

I'll start by saying that this topic is really messing with my mind and my emotions. There are a lot of questions that it raises and it's hard to find any answers. I usually am fairly good in separating my emotions from my convictions on an issue but with this stuff it gets very difficult.
After I watched the first 5 minutes of "Playing God" I was already wondering if should finish watching it. The topic seemed overwhelming and it is for me. Of course the "head in the sand" approach does not ever work, in fact, it is the most dangerous approach to take in the long run whenever we are dealing with uncomfortable and/or possibly dangerous realities.
So I decided to take this slowly and do more research.
For now I want to share some thoughts about the first topic in "Playing God", the one about transferring the gene of a spider. This gene is responsible for making a particular amino acid which enables the spider to make a safety thread which is stronger than any other known material and can save the spider's life at a time of threat. The gene that is responsible for this amino acid is transferred to goats that produce it in there bodies and it is harvested from their milk and made into silk. The goats look totally normal on the outside. Here is the difficult part: I like goats, I've owned them before, and I'm trying to figure out how I feel about these goats being used to make silk. The animals in the video were well-taken care of, well-socialized to humans and trained, gently handled and kept in a humane enclosure. I'm sure they lead a better life than most animals used for large-scale milk production or meat-production. But I'm not sure that their babies could safely drink their milk. There is something very unnatural about this.
Humans have used animals for their own benefit since the beginning of time and sometimes one could see that as a symbiotic relationship. Meat animals exist because people eat meat and I'm not a vegetarian. As long as the animals are humanely raised and slaughtered and have a good quality of life in a natural environment I can accept that their life is not perfect because neither is that of any living creature.
Few farm animals these days are naturally bred, fed and raised. But something about this is different. It almost feels more wrong because the difference in these animals is so subtle, invisible to the eye and possibly invisible in it's long-term effect. If I saw a goat with legs and tail of a dog or the head of a bird I'd somehow be less concerned because it's easy to recognize.
The small stuff is a lot more like what I just talked about in the book "Wheat Belly" - small changes that have huge implications we are not aware of and may not be aware of for a long time to come.
In the meantime the video showed how almost anybody can manipulate genes easily these days with minimal lab equipment and virtually no previous education or experience. Inserting these genes into humans only takes a syringe and very minimal anatomy knowledge and there are experiments under way to insert non-human genes into humans.
The question is if there is any way to say that the potential risk is justified because of the potential good that is possible. What is the best possible thing that could happen? Solving the problem of major diseases like cancer? What's the worst possible thing that could happen? The destruction of our planet? I don't have any of the answers. I hope somebody does. The only thing I think I can do is to listen to the only one who has the right to play God - God.

What does all this have to do with diet and exercise and healthy living? The reason we want to be healthy is to fully live our lives. We all need to find the balance between living in the present and enjoying the blessings we have right now and wisely investing in the future for our sake and that of the next generations.

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PAPAMIKIE 2/10/2012 3:43PM

    One has to keep in mind that we have been manipulating gene for hundreds and hundreds of years, and that nature (part of Godís process) alters genes all the time. Generally if the changes we make are too extreme, the process fails. When we cross a male donkey stallion (called a jack) and a horse mare we get a mule and when we cross a stallion horse crossed to a donkey jennet we get a Hinnie. Both male and female mules have all the correct "parts" but they are sterile and cannot reproduce. A VERY few (about 1 in 1 million) mare mules have had foals, but these are VERY, very rare. No male mule has ever sired a foal.

Zebroid is the generic name for all zebra hybrids. The different hybrids are generally named using the portmanteau convention of sire's name + dam's name. There is generally no distinction made as to which zebra species is used. Many times when zebras are crossbred, they develop some form of dwarfism. Breeding of different branches of the equine family, which does not occur in the wild, generally results in infertile offspring. The combination of sire and dam also affects the offspring.
A zorse is the offspring of a male zebra and a female horse. This cross is also called a zebrula, zebrule, zebra mule or golden zebra. The rarer reverse pairing is sometimes called a horbra, hebra, zebrinny or zebret. Like most other animal hybrids, the zorse is sterile
So in both example our mucking about results in an end of the line, that is animals that can not create off spring.

This results in a requirement in the natural order of things of gradual progression.

We runners know that most running injuries are caused by too much too fast, so I teach Chi Running which has built into gradual progression.

The difficulties about the kind of genetic manipulation being done directly is that it can have huge benefits, could cure cancer, diabetes, etc and it could equally cause things that are just as bad or worse.

It seems to me that God put into the system a wonderful process that allows adjustment to the system, but that mostly this process happens at a reasonable pace, and with checks and balances that we do not really understand. However, the process has allowed for various pandemics and other events that radically change the situation of life on earth.

The big questions is if we as human are wise enough to assess which changes are we should be making.

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DEC2DEC 2/10/2012 10:08AM

    Humans scare me. We are sooooo dangerous to this planet and its inhabitants. I truly -- sincerely -- pray we never conquer the issues keeping us from long-distance space travel. We don't need to infect any other world.

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ORGANIC811LFRV 2/10/2012 6:11AM

    Not only does the subject disturb me but to me it's more disturbing what this sort of manipulation is doing to the commercial food supply, the earth, the water ways and much more.

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JANETELIZABETH1 2/10/2012 1:32AM

    I'm disturbed by this video too but not surprised. I think in reality these things have already been going on for quite a few years. Remember Dolly the sheep? Cloned animals are now in the food chain, whether we like it or not. I think the basis of a lot of research could be used in evil ways, eg to treat the mentally ill or those who don't 'fit' into society....they could call it behavoiur modification and it would sound very 'reasonable.'
Re the goats, what about humans who drink goat's milk and eat their cheese?
With all man's research and studying, it is a fact that more people are dying today of food related diseases and conditions.
Every so often a new epidemic is predicted...quickly we are told it has now become a pandemic!! These things frighten the people int getting shots as a preventative measure!! We know that 'Tamiflu' was a huge big Pharma plan and now there are countries who have huge stock piles of the stuff....yet the avian flu that would to be killing hundreds of thousands of people never arrived!! I would guess that some people got 'flu' as normal at that time of year but they were given the shot.
I'm just demonstrating how the people can be manipulated and controlled. But maybe that's another subject?

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    This is so chilling... "But I'm not sure that their babies could safely drink their milk. There is something very unnatural about this." And how will they keep track of the goats who now have this trait? HOW? Oh my...

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NDTEACHER1 2/9/2012 8:06PM

    Sadly, too often men have a way of messing anything up because they find an evil or dangerous motive for discoveries. They do want to be God, to disprove his existence but that is not possible. It is fascinating information but at the same time I find some of it very disturbing.

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