Archive for April 2008

Blood on the Saddle

April 25, 2008

I was 'rear-ended' by a car while out cycling recently (on 5th April).

A friend (Karl) asked me what my injuries were. I gave a brief run-down,
including the blood that ran from a deep gash below my knee.

(The bloodstains are still there 3 weeks later. What staying power!)

He then launched into the lyrics from a cowboy song, two versions of which
appear below.

I got a good laugh out of it.


There's blood on the saddle and blood on the ground,
And a great great big puddle of blood all around;
A cowboy lay in it all covered with gore
And he never will ride any broncos no more.

Oh, pity the cowboy all gory and red,
A bronco fell on him and bashed in his head.
There was blood on the saddle and blood on the ground,
A great big puddle of blood all around.


There's b-lood on the saddle,
There's b-lood all around.
And a great big puddle
Of blood on the ground.

Oh, pity the cowboy,
So bloody and red.
His pony fell on him,
And mashed in his head.


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Latest study on diet and acne

April 25, 2008

Some recent correspondence. (I don’t have acne, but this will be of interest to those who do).

“On 25/04/2008, at 4:57 AM, Wiley Long – Dietary Cure for Acne wrote:

A study was published in the April issue of the Journal of Dermatological Science looking at the composition of skin oil, and how it is affected by diet: The effect of a low glycemic load diet on acne vulgaris and the fatty acid composition of skin surface triglycerides.

What the researchers wanted to know was how the oil composition would be changed by a low-glycemic diet. They also measured “sebum outflow”, or how much oil the skin was producing on the different diets. A low glycemic diet somewhat similar to that recommended in The Dietary Cure for Acne was given to 31 subjects, for 12 weeks, and compared to those eating a normal high-glycemic diet.

Here’s what they found: the subjects on the low-glycemic diet had a lower amount of mono-unsaturated fatty acids compared to saturated fatty acids in the oil on their skin, than did the subjects eating the high-glycemic diet.

More importantly, their skin produced less oil, and they had less zits!

If you’ve been following the program, I’m sure that doesn’t surprise you.

P.S. – Through our website, you can also access the DVD, along with previous issues of The Paleo Diet Newsletter.

Wiley Long
Business Director
Paleo Diet Enterprises LLC
2261 Shawnee Ct, Suite 101
Ft. Collins Co 80525


Below is my ‘Amazon’ review on Prof. Cordain’s book, ‘The Dietary Cure for Acne’

Ground-breaking book based on solid science, April 11, 2008

By Steve L (Australia) –

The Dietary Cure for Acne

Having a scientific background (I am a veterinarian), I tend to read popular books on nutrition with a jaundiced eye. Happily this book – along with its companion volumes – The Paleo Diet and The Paleo Diet for Athletes – is refreshingly different.

Firstly Professor Cordain is a well known scientist and researcher with a proven track record in peer-reviewed scientific literature. His work is regularly reviewed by the top experts in the relevant fields.

Secondly, Dr Cordain argues his case well and backs it up with solid evidence, as opposed to pseudo-science and flimsy conjecture.

Science of course is always evolving. Some conventional scientific wisdom is based on a faulty foundation. The conventional wisdom on diet and acne appears to be a case in point. When a better theory comes along, it initially meets resistance. Science, after all is done, by human beings. And the new theory has to be well and truly tested.

In my opinion, The Dietary Cure for Acne has a much stronger scientific foundation than the conventional wisdom that diet has little or no effect on acne. But, if you are an acne sufferer, what do you have to lose? Give the ‘The Dietary Cure’ a go for at least 4-6 weeks. At worst you will have gained nothing. More likely you will be overjoyed that you decided to test the theory for yourself.

One of my children suffered with severe acne – and the recommended treatments – to little avail. The scars remain. I wish I had known about the approach outlined in ‘The Dietary Cure’ 20 years ago.

Get the book; give it a go. And, if you think it is just about acne, you are in for even more (pleasant) surprises.

Steve L -AUS