Tastes Better

7 Reasons WFPB Tastes Better

  • Fresh local ingredients. Best ingredients. Know how to pick and chose for ripeness and flavor.
  • From scratch. Know what’s in and what’s out.
  • Whole foods. More complex flavors.
  • Time. Slow cooking. Develops flavors. Fermentation, etc.
  • Aromatics and vegetables. Vegetables are base of flavor. Know way more about vegetables now.
  • Herbs and spices. Depth of flavors. Know way more about spices now.
  • Aligns with personal tastes.

Made choice to make WFPB taste better than previous SAD (gourment junk). Invest time and effort into research and practice kitchen skills. Search, record, adapt and adjust recipes. Cook 3 meals a day from scratch, 1,000 meals a year, for more than a decade. Only so much taste range in biology of human nature. But amazing taste for good food. More enjoyment from food. Depth of experience of ingredients, recipes and health.


Spanish Vocabulary

  • Must be fun to be sustainable.
  • Expect learning language to take years. Not months.

Language Parts

  • Vocabulary. Common words (depth).
  • Grammar. Complete sentences (accuracy).
  • Fluency: Speed, pause, memory (speed).
  • Accent: Pronunciation (clarity).

Vocabulary is one part of language learning.

Babies and Kids

  • 2 years: 300 words (vacation)
  • 3 years: 1,000 words (flashcards)
  • 4 years: 2,000 words (Duolingo: 2,000-5,000 words, A2 speaking)
  • 5 years: 5,000+ words (no frustration, B2)

It takes kids years, not months, to learn their mother tongue. Why should it be different for adults? Vocabulary learning is continual, occurs at every level, using every tool.


  • Native speakers 20,000-35,000 words (C2)

My Vocabulary

  • My Spanish Vocabulary is probably ~15-20k words. With different tests I’ve achieved 5,000, 17,000 and 20,000 words.
  • I’m watching TV series and reading novels in Spanish.
  • Comprehension reminds me of grade school, when learning to read, and I didn’t always know every word.
  • I don’t stop to look up words, unless they are reapeated, and seem important.

Vocabulary Tests

17 Minute Languages

  • https://www.17-minute-languages.com/en/Spanish-placement-test/
  • Good for beginners. Not very good for repeat tests.
  • Type of test: Yes-No Spanish (honor system). Basic, Intermediate and Advanced words.
  • My vocabulary: 5k words. Suggest C2, but suspect that’s an exageration.
  • Javier’s (8yrs) Spanish: 4,400 words
  • Violet’s (9yrs) Spanish: 3,800 words



  • Difficult test for beginners.
  • Type of test: Synonyms and antonyms. Spanish to spanish multiple choice. More uncommon and rare words.
  • My Spanish vocabulary: 17k words. Top 8%. “Professional white collar level”.
  • My English 30k words. Top 0.25%. “Shakespeare”. (Average US 20k)
  • Javier’s (8yrs) Spanish: 3,522, Last 39.35%, “Your vocabulary size is like that of a 4-year-old kid in Spain!”

Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (Spanish) and Ghent University (English)

  • http://vocabulario.bcbl.eu (Spanish) and http://vocabulary.ugent.be (English)
  • Difficult test for beginners. Good for repeat tests. New words each time.
  • Type of test: Real or fake words. Don’t guess yes. Wrong yes answers punished. Requires keyboard.
  • My Spanish vocabulary: 20,000 words. (36% of 60,000 words. Not as bad as it seems. 60,000 * 1/3 = 20,000 words) “Este es el nivel de una persona no nativa con un nivel alto.”
  • My English vocabulary: 45,000 words (76% of 60,000 words. Not as bad as it seems. 60,000 * 3/4 = 45,000 words) “This is a high level for a native speaker.”

Adults are better test takers than kids. We understand much better the rules and psychology of tests.

Food Causes Noncommunicable Diseases

  • For many people, the cause of noncommunicable diseases is a mystery.
  • Assume future discovery or medical breakthrough.


  • Cause already known. But not integrated into science and medicine.
  • Knowledge and practice is fragmented and uneven.
  • Reversal already practiced by small minority.


  • Food dominates all causes. Proven reversal with food alone.
  • Multiple diseases reversed with common food.
  • Diseases share common biological mechanisms and pathways.
  • Small growing minority of clinics offer successful dietary interventions.
  • Small changes slow disease. Large changes stop or reverse.

Science of Reversal

  • Cardiovascular: Ornish (RCT) and Esselstyn (study)
  • Cancer: Ornish (RCT) and T Colin Campbell (lab)
  • Diabetes: Barnard (RCT)

Work of last 40 years. These people should recieve Nobel Prize. Commonly people have more than one condition and medication. Most common diseases and risk factors caused and reversed by food.


Dean Ornish, International Journal of Disease Reversal and Prevention, 2022

A New Unified Theory of Lifestyle Medicine

  • Full references
  • Requires account (free).

Dean Ornish, Plantrician Project

Unifying Theory on Lifestyle Medicine

  • Video for professional audience.

Noncommunicable Disease Top Killer

  • Almost 75% of deaths globally. Not even close.
  • 0.4B in past decade, 41M per year.
  • Has been last 25 years. Billions.

Noncommunicable diseases have been top killers in Industrial countries for last 150+ years: UK, US, Germany, France, Canada, Australia, etc. What is new is developing countries last 25 years: Mexico, India, Brazil, etc. Infectious disease and malnutrition are receding as issues.

Not viral respiratory disease, fatal only when underlying noncommunicable disease (99.1%).


WHO: Noncommunicable Diseases

  • 41M deaths per year, 74% of all deaths globally.
  • Cardiovascular, cancer, chronic respiratory, diabetes (over 80% of total)
  • Diet, exercise, tobacco and alcohol (pleasure trap)
  • Noncommunicable disease = chronic disease (vs communicable disease = germ)

Food Top Killer

  • The most important article I will ever write.
  • We all know someone who died. Often multiple someones.
  • 0.5 billion preventable deaths worldwide in last decade.
  • Can almost everyone be wrong?

Food Top Killer

  • Food is top killer worldwide.
  • Noncommunicable disease is top killer worldwide. True.
  • Food is cause of noncommunicable diseases. True.
  • Is this true?
  • How is this possible?

World Without Disease

What if we eliminated chronic diseases?

Our kids might read of heart attacks, strokes, cancer and diabetes in history books. Diseases the occured in the twenty-first century, but have since disappeared after the discovery of their cause. Just like earlier nineteenth century diseases pellagra, beriberi and scurvy.

Cardiology and oncology wards would be empty. Most people will be attractive. Obesity, cavities, acne and baldness will disappear. Populations will grow, with longer childhoods, increased fitness and fertility, less suffering and longer life. Food will be cheap and abundant, as farms grow less fodder and more produce. Gluttony will be treated like drug addiction. Hospitals and doctors will focus on emergency medicine.

Just like earlier nineteenth century nutritional diseases, the cause has already been discovered. Most of society holds on to outdated ideas. The new ideas filter and are integrated and accepted and integrated slowly. Some will never accept the new ideas. But the benefits to the new generations are too great.

Learn Spanish

Learn any language. Just practice. No hacks.


  1. Flashcards (app)
  2. Duolingo (app)
  3. TV Shows (streaming)

Waste of Time

  • Classroom Spanish (traditional)

Did not learn Spanish in 3 months. Takes years. Currently watching and following TV shows in Spanish. Practice listening. Become familiar with frequent words, phrases, expressions and slang. Hundreds of hours. Thousands of hours. Not frustrated any more. Can have conversation. Can talk on telephone. Native speakers still much better. Can not write easily. Little writing practice. Can not read literature easily. Literature often works by using uncommon words.

Language Levels

  1. Beginner: basic conversation (frustration) flashcards, Duolingo, toddler books
  2. Intermediate: fluent conversation (without frustration), TV shows and movies
  3. Advanced: Group conversation, deep conversation, humor, writing

Darwin A Scientist?

Was Charles Darwin Scientist?

  • Observations only.
  • No experiments, except some pigeons.
  • No randomized controlled trials.
  • Natural and sexual selection in biology.
  • Evolutionary psychology.

Darwin is one of my favorite authors.

  • Voyage of the Beagle, 1839, is a very readable adventure.
  • Origin of Species, 1859 (natural selection)
  • Descent of Man, 1871 (sexual selection)
  • Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals, 1872 (evolutionary psychology)

Herbivore Not Omnivore

Assumed humans can eat plants or animals. But what if eating animals makes us sick, and eating plants does not? Can we still say we are omnivores?

Omnivore Evidence

Omnivore evidence from cultures past and present.

  • Anthropology (hunter)
  • Archeology (bones)
  • Modern (us)

Scientific Error

  • Error not attributing chronic diseases to animal foods.
  • Prehistoric technology allowed animal foods. (Prehistoric Error?)
  • Not biology. No claws or fangs.
  • Not instinct. No attraction to raw meat.

Omnivore Society

How to explain omnivore societies?

  • Survival (Edge Case)
  • Big Error (Technology Trap?)

Scientific Correction

How to overturn the omnivore myth?

Anthropology (Hunter Edge Case)

  • Eskimos have heart disease. (Hunter Edge Case)
  • Peru desert fishermen have heart disease. (Hunter Edge Case)
  • Egypt elite have heart disease. (Wealth Edge Case)

Archeology (Bones)

  • Bones (non-organic) easier to find that seeds (organic).
  • Evidence of fiber in poop.
  • Evidence of starch in teeth.
  • Evidence of starch on tools.

Food Principles

Principles are highest order or level of type or quality. Ideas below assume evolutionary biology. Belief in special creation may have biased previous generations of scientists and doctors.


  1. Common-Rare
  2. Whole-Part
  3. Plant-Animal


In natural habitat, we didn’t optimize digestion of rare or processed foods. Just was not necessary. Evolution (natural selection) did supply us general purpose digestion that was good enough for occasional foods. But are we optimized for any ideal foods, or are we general purpose feeders, remains question of science and opinion.


We are animals, not machines. Animals eat foods whole or minimally processed, as found in nature. Apart from pulling fruit from a tree, leaves from a bush, tubers from the ground or meat from a bone, animals don’t really process food. Humans may have changed that by using fire to cook, but adapted to cooking over millions or hundreds of thousands of years.


But are we optimized for any ideal foods, or are we general purpose feeders, remains question of science and opinion. If eating exclusively plants food prevents and reverses chronic disease, that’s good evidence for plants being ideal foods. Our evolutionary family, hominids or great apes, are herbivores. They primarily eat vegetation, fruits and nuts. Some do occasionally eat meat, insects and honey. This does not make them carnivores, or even omnivores. Animal forms have evolved over time from carnivore to herbivore and back, often many times. All animals have general purpose digestion. We should require extraordinary evidence to prove we are omnivores. Our anatomy suggests we should eat foods similar to other hominids or great apes. We lack claws, fangs, etc. Our vision is attracted to images of produce markets, while generally disgusted by images of butchers. Paleontology suggests we ate animal foods. But bones make better fossils than leaves. When paleontologists look for plant fossils, they find them. Anthropology suggests we eat animal foods. But modern non-civilized humans are confined to the most barren habitats on the planet. By contrast, evolutionary and ancient human probably occupied habitats that were abundant in plants and animals. All of this suggests that plants are ideal foods, and animals are occasional or backup foods.