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Ketosis - vs - Ketoacidosis

Congrats Newly Promoted Captain Hannah "HAIL" Slayton flying the jet below!!

Colonel’s Blog, Earthdate 19 May 2023…

Hey Y’all!

Happy Fast-Jet Friday!! Today’s pic of the Mighty-Mighty F-15E is newly promoted Captain Hannah “HAIL” Slayton flying in England this week. Congrats on your promotion, HAIL!! Today is a bit cooler with spitting rain and more rain in the forecast. Tomorrow should be mid-70s and sunny for the market where we will feature our GMO-free, pasture-raised, farm-fresh poultry for the first time. Having tasted it, I’d buy it! The next pic is us in front of the garden. The animals are good today, with the exception of the lamb you see Shelley holding in the pic above. It seems that her mother is not producing any milk. We’re not sure why, she doesn’t seem to have any udder, just skin and teats. We moved the two of them into a pen so we can bottle feed the lamb. We warmed some of the dairy cow colostrum we saved and froze from January and the lamb took right to it. In the past, we’ve had lambs that wanted to fight against the bottle but this one just sucked it dry. We don’t want bottle babies, but this one cannot survive without any milk. We’ll see how things work out…. There are 14 total now with more on the way. I posted a smattering of photos to give you an idea of what they look like. The other 13 and their moms are doing very well. The grass continues to grow and the beef herd is on the move. We wanted to take them across the creek today but we are supposed to get an inch of rain and the creek is already full, so we chose to keep them on this side and go across the creek next week. The brooder beef chicks are doing very well! We seem to have avoided the vitamin issue we had with the last batch by supplementing them from the beginning. We will move them outside this weekend. We made the trip to Oklahoma yesterday and got a trailer load of pallets. We estimate there are about 130 pallets, each with 3x 6’ 2x6s—2,340 feet of 2x6 and 3x 2 1/2’ 3x3 oak cross boards—almost 1,000 feet of oak 3x3. Today we’ve spent the day with the sheep and cows. The fuel pump quit on the side-by-side again so that took a while to pull it back to the barn. We’ll get another fuel pump tomorrow and get it fixed.

I’ve chatted about the dangers of sugar addiction. I’ve talked about the potential that cholesterol may not be the bad guy we’ve all been told. I’ve decried the food pyramid we learned in school, even said carbohydrates are the cause of many of the illnesses and diseases increasing in our population. Where does that leave us? What do I consider a healthy way of eating? For Shelley and I, a ketogenic way of eating is the answer. I’ll spend a few days chatting about keto and for today I want to contrast ketosis with ketoacidosis. Ketosis and ketoacidosis are two distinct physiological states related to the body’s metabolism of fats. First, definitions… ketosis, is a metabolic state where the body predominantly utilizes fat for fuel, leading to the production of ketones as a byproduct. Ketoacidosis: is a severe and life-threatening condition characterized by extremely high levels of ketones and uncontrolled acidity in the blood. Next, what causes ketosis and ketoacidosis…Ketosis: occurs when the body is in a low-carbohydrate, moderate-protein, and high-fat state, such as during a ketogenic diet or fasting. Ketoacidosis: primarily associated with uncontrolled diabetes (type 1 or poorly managed type 2) or alcoholism, where there is a lack of insulin or insulin resistance, leading to high blood sugar levels and excessive ketone production. This leads us to blood glucose levels. In ketosis, blood glucose levels are generally stable and within a normal range, while in Ketoacidosis, blood glucose levels are markedly elevated, often exceeding 250 mg/dL (13.9 mmol/L) in diabetic ketoacidosis. Another difference is in the levels of ketones in the blood. In ketosis, ketone levels are typically moderate and remain within a safe range. In ketoacidosis, ketone levels are excessively high, usually exceeding 10 mmol/L. How does your body react to each? When first going into ketosis, you may experience mild symptoms, if any, such as increased thirst, dry mouth, and temporary fatigue, as the body adapts to using ketones for energy. If in ketoacidosis, there are severe symptoms including dehydration, frequent urination, deep gasping breaths, confusion, abdominal pain, nausea, and potentially life-threatening complications if left untreated. I think these two conditions are often misunderstood and folks often think of ketoacidosis when they hear ketosis. To conclude, it is crucial to note that ketosis is a natural metabolic state that occurs in various situations, including during low-carb diets or fasting, and is generally safe for most folks. On the other hand, ketoacidosis is a dangerous condition that requires immediate medical attention and is mainly associated with uncontrolled diabetes or alcohol abuse. I hope this discussion has been helpful to understand Ketosis - vs - Ketoacidosis.

Local Farm Report for 18 May 2023:


30 Chicken eggs

19 Duck eggs

1 Goose egg

6 1/4 Gallons of milk.


Psycho & Shelley

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