Thursday, December 16, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
spiral. For example, once the adrenaline wears off, you face fatigue and
depression. So what are you going to do? You consume more caffeine to
get the adrenaline going again. As you might imagine, having your body
in a state of emergency all day long isn't very healthy, and it also
makes you jumpy and irritable.
The most important long-term problem is the effect that caffeine has on
sleep. Adenosine reception is important to sleep, and especially to deep
sleep. The half-life of caffeine in your body is about six hours. That
means that if you consume a big cup of coffee with 200 mg of caffeine in
it at 3:00 p.m., by 9:00 p.m. about 100 mg of that caffeine is still in
your system. You may be able to fall asleep, but your body will probably
miss out on the benefits of deep sleep."
Monday, November 15, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
‘One of the biggest benefits from the continuing plunge in DNA testing costs is going to be earlier diagnosis of cancers. One DNA test under development for colon cancer detection will be usable at home...
Since some cancers develop literally over almost 2 decades early diagnosis opens up the potential of finding and removing cancers long before they become life threatening. Once home tests of blood and saliva for DNA (and likely for antigens) to detect cancer become cheap and widely available the challenge is going to be to find the early stage cancers. Early stage means they will be small. How to find them?
If the tests can narrow down the cancer source to a single organ then excising the cancerous tissue might not be continue to be necessary. Eventually we'll be able go in for new replacement organs. If a test could, for example, indicate presence of a pancreatic cancer 10 years before it will metastasize then in 2030 the solution might be to start growing a new one in a lab. Get the new one after 6 months or a year and toss out the old one.’
Thursday, October 28, 2010
This "rebuttal" fails to address the biochemistry of fructose in the
liver, or fatty liver disease.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
I had this idea that we could take all the money companies and the government spend now on healthcare and give every single person the country a medical savings account. Everybody would get an equal amount, whatever that would be, except at first we might have to give more for seniors who would lose Medicare.
People can spend the account as they see fit on medical care/insurance/preventative care/nursing home care. I would disallow using it for medical marijuana.
They can invest the account as they see fit. When people reach retirement age, they could use a fraction of the account as income.
I also think that we should eliminate the income ceiling on how much people contribute to SS/Medicare.
From: Trout, Larry
This is a similar solution that JP and I finally agreed on with a modifier.
People would use their tax free HSAs for most medical expenses by price shopping.
Tax free insurance premiums would be paid by people for insurance covering unexpected severe health events, maybe costing more than 12,000 a year.
Insurance companies liability would be limited to maybe 50,000 or 60,0000 a year.
The Federal government would step in above this, essentially offering and a extreme high deductibility insurance to all citizens for free, protecting from extreme events and chronic conditions.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
"the chocolate benefit was greatest among people who consumed about 7.5 grams of chocolate daily."
... Based on this, it seems to me that the thing to do is to eat one "mini"
"fun size" piece of dark chocolate just once per day.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
word about the sugar, as explained in the video, but when I sent this
out in a mass email, nobody seemed to be interested. It doesn't help
that the video is 90 minutes long, but I think that it is well worth
Since this video came out, the American Heart Association has
recommended that people cut their sugar/fructose intake ...
Monday, September 20, 2010
Too much at one time makes me want to go to the bathroom. This is why
I sweeten my decaf tea with about 8% pomegranate juice, so I only get it
a little bit at a time. Right now, I put 10.6 ounces (by weight) in
every gallon of tea. That way I can make one 64 oz container of
pomegranate juice last for 6 gallons of tea.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Date: September 14, 2010 11:10:28 AM MDT
To: "Updike, L Robert
Subject: Indian superbug
'An infectious-disease nightmare is unfolding: Bacteria that have been made resistant to nearly all antibiotics by an alarming new gene have sickened people in three states and are popping up all over the world, health officials reported Monday.
The U.S. cases and two others in Canada all involve people who had recently received medical care in India, where the problem is widespread. A British medical journal revealed the risk last month in an article describing dozens of cases in Britain in people who had gone to India for medical procedures.'