Dumping Iron will be out this week, a drawing, and a free book

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The release date for my new book, Dumping Iron, has been moved up to this Thursday, March 17. You can pre-order at the link. This will be the e-book version; I hope to have the paperback version ready at about the same time or very shortly thereafter.

Anyone who leaves a review at Amazon will be entered in a drawing to win a $100 Amazon gift card. To enter, leave a review before April 17, 2016, then send a link to your review to [email protected], with the subject heading “Review”. Keep in mind that Amazon may take up to 48 hours to post reviews, so plan accordingly.

In other book news, today and tomorrow only you can pick up a copy of my book Top Ten Reasons We’re Fat at the low, low price of free. Get it here.

Finally, the site is undergoing a redesign, and if you have any opinion on it, please leave a comment.

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Murray says March 15, 2016

Thanks for the free book, Dennis, and thanks for making it free on non-US Amazon sites, if in fact that was your doing.

On the matter of why we get fat, have you ever looked into the part played by the decline of smoking in the obesity epidemic? It’s well known that nicotine is an appetite suppressant, and I have a recent personal anecdote along these lines.

I’ve never smoked, but I used snus for a few years on and off, because hey, I like nicotine. Snus never did anything for me weight-wise, and over the past few years, my weight had stabilized in the mid-190s (6’1″, late 40s) after soaring from my youthful baseline of 185 lb to a maximum of 220 lb on my old high-carb/low-fat diet.

But I got sick of the taste of snus, and last year decided to try vaping at a low-medium nicotine level of 6-9 mg/ml. (Yes, vaping is douchebaggy, but I try to be discreet, and so what? I enjoy the taste.) My weight immediately began to plummet after I started vaping, and I lost 12 lb in a couple of months, stabilizing back at my teenage level of 185 lb, but with more muscle as a result of bodyweight workouts. It’s since gone as low as 179 lb with Lenten fasting, but taking up creatine seems to have added a few pounds back.

Another data point: my wife also took up vaping, and herself lost about 12 lb in very short order, stabilizing somewhere in the 130s.

But it got me wondering whether smoking cessation has played an unacknowledged role in the obesity epidemic.

By the way, I was in the States for business a couple of weeks ago (Portland, OR), and holy cow, fat Americans are really fat. It always boggles my mind.

    P. D. Mangan says March 15, 2016

    Hi Murray. Undoubtedly lower smoking rates played a role in increasing obesity. I saw a report awhile back by some economists who concluded that it only accounted for a small fraction (<10%) of the increase. But my seat of the pants calculation - OK, no calculation, I just thought about it - says that the number should be higher. Your experience bears out the weight loss effects of nicotine.

    PS: It's curious that snus didn't cause you to lose weight but vaping did. Maybe something to do with that strong, fast hit of nicotine.

    Also, I was unaware that vaping was douchebaggy. But I guess I can see that.

Shaq says March 16, 2016

Hi Dennis – Looking forward to the book, since the release coincides with the results of a recent blood test. Lots of data, but I’m not sure which is most important: Total iron, Total Iron Binding Capacity, Transferrin Saturation and Ferritin…?

I don’t want you to give away any info from the book, but any details you are comfortable sharing are most welcome!

    P. D. Mangan says March 16, 2016

    Hi Shaq, the only iron measure that I use in the book (or elsewhere) is ferritin. The others can be important in specific cases, mainly deficiency. I cover the gamut in the book, but if you’d like to tell me more, like what your ferritin is, I may be able to comment on it.

Shaq says March 16, 2016

My ferritin reading is/was 208.8 ng/mL. In the “standard range,” but it seems high based on reading your work. Thanks…

(sorry for the out-of-thread post, but I evidently had a java script issue)

    P. D. Mangan says March 16, 2016

    Well, although in the normal range, that’s too high for good health, as I discuss in my book. Men with a ferritin over 200 have a 2.2 fold higher risk of heart attack, for instance. So, lowering your ferritin may be in your best interest. In a nutshell, any ferritin above the minimum, which is about 50 or so for a man, damages health.

Allan Folz says March 16, 2016

if you have any opinion on it, please leave a comment.

Well, since you asked… I don’t like it. It has the look and feel of a click-baiting, self-improvement site aimed at the 100-110 IQ middle-market. If that’s what you have to do to move product, I won’t begrudge someone the mercenary exigencies required to make a livelihood. But if I were coming here for the first time, I would be immediately turned off and figure that it’s not for me.

Personally, I think you’ve had a nice following of discerning, and pretty sharp, readers. Indeed, the large number of comments on the IQ post while back showed how many and how sharp. This new look and feel does not match that type of site.

I hate to sound all retro-grouch, but it reminds me of what happened more than one magazine I was subscribed to back in the day. They would start out b&w on acid paper with a unique “story” in a personal, distinctive voice. After a few years, and for no reason I personally perceived, they would make a change to color glossy. Inevitably, they lost their voice, I lost my interest, and eventually let the sub run out.

OK, to end on some more concrete punch-list type things. All of which I preface with IMHO:
* “Home” page should be the blog. Simple one column, most recent post on top.
* Fewer stock photos all over the place, especially don’t need them so large (or even at all) on the “Related Posts”
* Categories side-bar: Meh. Anyone actually use those. They always seem like a waste of very prime real-estate to me.
* I will say thank you(!) that links do not open a new window or tab
* And thank you for keeping the recent comments side-bar. I’d make it longer and higher up the page.

Hope this doesn’t come across too critical. Best Regards.

    P. D. Mangan says March 17, 2016

    Allan, I bet you have no idea how difficult it is to sell books or make money from a blog. People want free information, and if you ask them to pay for it, 99.9% will not. If I limit my blog to the over 120 IQ crowd, then I’ve just limited myself to about 5% of the population – and they don’t want to pay for information either. So basically if I make my site look like click bait, it drives away the smart people, and if I use a lot of text, it drives away everyone else. As for stock photos, WordPress has an SEO calculator, and it tells you that if you don’t have a photo, your post will not rank well in search engines. Basically I’m screwed if I do and screwed if I don’t.

jrm says March 17, 2016

I am reading Dumping Iron. About the Sardinians you write,”In fact, of the seven different metals measured, the two with the highest inverse relationship with age were iron and selenium” (reference 14). So..this is the first time I have come across a reference to excess selenium having a negative effect on age. Have you seen other references?

    P. D. Mangan says March 17, 2016

    No, I haven’t, and that really struck me. I think selenium needs to be reevaluated as to its health benefits. I’ve stopped taking anything with selenium in it.

Allan Folz says March 17, 2016

Hmm, I can’t leave this as a direct reply. I remember another person making a comment that they had this problem as well. Might be worth looking into.

As for my reply…

You have my sympathies and condolences. I co-founded a start-up selling educational apps… which is to say I wouldn’t be surprised at all. I’m always amazed when anyone makes a go at selling books and blogs.

But you describe a pretty cool idea: there are ad-blockers and sites with alternate lay-outs for mobile browsers, how about sites with alternate lay-outs optimized for the “taste” of the reader. Supposedly Google knows me better than myself, they should roll /that/ into the next version of Chrome.

Seriously, I wish you best of luck. To be honest, I have bought your books in the past more as expressions of appreciation, gratitude, and support than expecting to learn anything new vs. what’s on the blog (though obviously, they have had new stuff). I know this doesn’t pay the rent, but if you ever find yourself in Portland, look me up. At least you’ll never have to buy dinner or a place to sleep in this town. So you got that going for you, which is nice. 🙂

jrm says March 17, 2016

A second comment about Dumping Iron: I am concerned about the use of chelators because they can remove other minerals. I feel a need to look up each chelator to see if they remove zinc or magnesium. Can you comment on how to avoid inducing other mineral deficiencies? How would one know?

    P. D. Mangan says March 18, 2016

    They have a higher affinity for iron than for other metals, so deficiencies in the others are unlikely.

Jer says March 30, 2016

I was more in favour of the less visually impacting older website. it was a “less is more” type of website a la Google or an apple product. but this new one is fine. I liked your twitter feed being on the side as well in the old one.


    P. D. Mangan says March 30, 2016

    Thanks, Jer. I hear you. Unfortunately people have low attention spans these days and like flash over substance. So for the masses out there, you’ve got to get their attention. The site as it looks now is actually considerably toned down from what my designer guy had at first. I’m trying to strike a balance between selling and taste. Hard to do sometimes.

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