Ted’s essays

My turn for a setback …

Thursday, June 13, 2024 I rode my 2011 BMW (Jack of all trades utility bike) F650 GS to The Motorcycle Garage delivering “Jack” in for his 12,000 mile service intending to ride around some, then home on my vintage BMW R90/6 who had been ‘looked over’ by those shop mechanics.. The 1976 was not running or riding well. I filled up the tank with fresh 91 fuel to eliminate petcock setting errors or old gas syndrome. Suspicious of a brake malfunction, I did a ‘left hand pyrometer check’ finding reasonably warm rear drum and WAY TOO HOT TO GET NEAR front rotor. I proceeded to make stupid mistake #1: I rode out of the gas station. As front disk fought […]

Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, May 19, 2024

We are now 1 month away from this annual, international event that is now 12 years old … and growing bigger every year so far. This is primarily about a group of enthusiasts getting together and stylin’ through the city on bikes. It is also a fund-raiser for men’s health issues. Though not as much fun to talk about as breasts, testicular cancer and suicides kill more people every year. The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride has donated $45 million towards programs working to reduce those negative impacts. I am pleased to see that my closest ‘big city’ now has one being organized. My wife and I are seriously considering trailering our classics 1.5 hours each way to participate. Hmmmm: It […]

Keto diet as alternative to fasting for health

I have posted quite a bit about fasting, my fasts, the “hows” and why one should fast. However, fasting is difficult, and does have very real physical limits on frequency and duration. The proven, demonstrated healing benefits of fasting are amazing, and incredible those being introduced to the topic. The primary ‘magic’ comes from the body converting from a sugar/carbohydrate based fuel supply to a fat based one. After 3-4 days, the body enters a state of KETOSIS and the process of AUTOPHAGY begins – where tired, damaged and defective parts of every cell in your body are one-by-one, bit-by-bit replaced with new, healthy ones. … See my fasting instead of pharmacy post … Keto diets have very similar effects […]

Eating food is a tough habit to break

Today marks the 20th day of my 2024 January fast. I still have not eaten anything this year – and may not resume anytime soon. Last night I was reading my fasting journals from 2020 (9 days), 2021 (10 days) and 2022 (11 days). My physical reactions are similar each time I put my body into super-self-healing mode. Several of nature’s regeneration tools join fasting’s hyper production of Human Growth Hormone and Autophagy system to search-and-destroy invaders trying to compromise my health, while rebuilding healthy cells from toenails to hair, piece-by-piece. I still get tired early and have a slightly elevated temperature in the evenings. The body says “bundle up and rest”. So I bundle up and rest. Some directives […]

fasting puts me in awesome company

Here are some great quotations on fasting. It seems many of the great names in history found power in fasting – and said so quite publicly and clearly. Thinking about it, only recently did fasting fall into disfavor… supplanted by “fast food” … which, for nutritional value is far worse than nothing. The hunter-gatherer life our bodies are designed around fasted every time their local food source became scarce. As a regular thing, it is as natural as sunrise. A little starvation can really do more for the average sick man than can the best medicines and the best doctors. Mark Twain The best of all medicines are resting and fasting. Benjamin Franklin Fasting gives you confidence to know that […]

Ask your doctor if autophagy is right for you

I would be very surprised to find a pharma-prescription-writer who knew anything about autophagy, let alone about what a healing powerhouse it is. That would be a fun exercise to try out if you know something about it yourself. I have not eaten anything this year – I am completing my 10th day of a fast I hope to pursue for another 10 days. All motivated by autophagy and its almost amazing ability to enable our bodies to heal themselves – even curing things you did not know were out of whack. I was inspired by the impressively swollen lymph nodes in my neck. I resigned myself in November to undertake a fast, but decided I was going to […]

Rx: approaching a fast

On January 1st I began a water (only) fast. I posted about it here: fasting instead of pharmacy Over the last few days I have begun noticing some of the health improvements I was seeking. I also, as I wrestle with fond memories of food and eating, have been thinking about why I am able to do this. My wife read much of the same information I did, decided to do a fast herself, then resumed eating after a bit over 24 hours off the stuff. What’s the difference? Among other things, this is not my first one. I have done 9-11 day fasts before and know I can do it again. More to the point I want to […]

fasting instead of pharmacy

I am once again making myself visit the powerful medicine of fasting. I have been waiting for my immune system to kick a few problems, but that has not yet happened. It is time to bring out the serious troops. Normies hie themselves down to the diploma-ed drug pushers who have an extensive cornucopia of drugs for every side effect they prescribe. That is unattractive to me, hard to watch in others, yet I understand the draw. I considered scheduling a 20-day fast in December, but there were too many engagements on my calendar that would sorely tempt me towards social eating. It would have made a challenging task even more difficult as well as being rather anti-social to […]

two-wheeled psychotherapist

There seems to be a common thread in the motorcycle community that transcends all the different types of bikes and riding styles. Choppers, cruisers, sport, touring, dirt, racing, scooter, townie, trails, vintage … We may disagree significantly on how a bike should fit and function for us, but we agree on this main point. All of us find riding them to be theraputic. Riding a motorcycle is similar in that way to painting, making music, skiing, shooting, meditation, dance and so many other activities that require the full employment of our minds. There simply is no space in the conscious mind for whatever troubles or trivialities of life may sometimes bother us, once we get into the zone. The […]

road rage avoidance

My frisky young friend stopped by yesterday on the way home from picking up his frisky 2-stroke 250 Yamaha. We went for a ride around the block – a 7 mile or so loop that is half gravel/dirt and half paved. He, of course, was ‘on the pipe’ all the way as I plodded along riding Dr Zee at my own pace. The rain started almost immediately, but we went anyway. Near the half-way point, on the dirt, a newish pickup and newish Suburban were mostly blocking the road parked window to window while the drivers chatted. I stopped, then began to inch around the front of the Suburban that was aimed in the direction we were headed. I […]

Fasting Day 10 … The End

. This evening my 10 day fast ends. I have decided to cease this depredation. Eye, ear, nose and throat have returned to reasonable normalcy. Left lymph node shrunk to normal, right side is close. My skin has largely cleared up with little of the excessive dryness and flaking I had two weeks ago. My chest congestion has gone from severe bronchitis to tiny bits of flem expelling what it can of the nastiness in our air. Sure, I would likely see more healthy progress were I to continue, but I am just tired of it. I want to enjoy meals, an occasional beer or two, and a return to the social aspects of eating regular meals like, and mostly […]

Fasting along – Day 7 report

This was published a couple days ago at Bitterroot Bugle.com, but this evening I see no reason not to share here. Looking at a websearch on what others have shared about fasting, I tripped over a new-to-me phrase that fits well: therapeutic fasting. Upon finding out that I am fasting, the normal first assumption is that I am working for weight loss. Not that my 6′ 175-pound figure appears to be overly plump, but few can come up with another answer to “Why a person would skip meal after meal for days on end?” As I begin Day 7 of this fast, I weigh in at 163 … down 12 pounds. However my love handles are still apparent and […]