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Archive for November 18th, 2007

Australia-Tolkien mashup

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Very cute. Click the map to see it whole.

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18 November 2007 at 8:11 pm

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Reading level

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I checked my blog’s reading level: College (Undergrad). I checked The Wife’s: College (Postgrad). Perhaps I should employ more polysyllabic works and a more convoluted syntax, along with longer sentences.

Nah. Too much trouble.

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18 November 2007 at 6:19 pm

Posted in Writing

Breastfeeding and breast shape

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Not all women are able to breastfeed their children, of course. Some who can, though, are concerned about the effect of breastfeeding on breast shape—that breastfeeding will make the breasts sag. The sort-of good news is that it’s not a problem: the effect on breast shape has already happened due to pregnancy. Recent research shows that it’s pregnancy, not breastfeeding, that causes the changes in breast shape.

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18 November 2007 at 4:34 pm

Posted in Daily life, Medical, Science

Omega-3 prevents type 1 diabetes in children

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Another reason to make sure your family eats enough omega-3:

Multiple studies have been published recently showing the power of omega-3 fatty acids to prevent Type 1 Diabetes in children. For example, one study out of Norway found that children with Type 1 Diabetes were far less likely to have received omega-3 supplements as infants than children that did not have Diabetes.

To examine the effects of Omega-3 supplementation on Diabetes in children, researchers at the University of Colorado began a HUGE study entitled, Diabetes Autoimmunity Study in the Young (DAISY):

The study was conducted in Denver, from January 1994 through November 2006 and included 1,770 children at increased risk for type 1 diabetes, defined as either possession of HLA genotype for a high diabetes risk or having a sibling or parent with type 1 diabetes. The mean age at follow-up was 6.2 years.

Researchers found a very significantly decreased risk in islet autoimmunity (a risk-indicator of Type-1 Diabetes) in children that received Omega-3 fatty acids:

The researchers found that 58 children developed islet autoimmunity during follow-up. Adjusting for HLA genotype, family history of type 1 diabetes, caloric intake, and omega-6 fatty acid intake, omega-3 fatty acid intake was associated with a 55% reduced risk of islet autoimmunity.

In the second part of the study, researchers examined another factor related to islet autoimmunity, the omega-3 content of erythrocyte membranes:

The researchers found that the omega-3 fatty acid content of erythrocyte membranes was associated with a 37% decreased risk of islet autoimmunity.

If you have Diabetes in your family history, you may want to consider giving your children pharmaceutical-grade fish oil.

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18 November 2007 at 4:18 pm

Posted in Daily life, Food, Health, Science

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The consciousness of the universe

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A very interesting theory is discussed in the NY Times Magazine today: consciousness comes from matter and thus is inherent in matter.

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18 November 2007 at 4:13 pm

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Working on the book

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I’m going to finish the semi-final draft today if…  well, no matter what.

My unconscious seems to be productive while I sleep. I woke up this morning suddenly knowing exactly the sequence the seemed right for the Nutrition chapter:

Calories: the basic requirement—you have to have enough to live. Of course, gross calories doesn’t provide much detailed guidance, but that is where one begins—that, and learning how to titrate caloric intake and outgo (exercise and activity) to keep one’s muscles in tone and weight stable.

Macronutrients: after the first cut (calories), one wants to know overall how the calories are constituted in terms of protein, fat, and carbohydrate, along with the quality of the protein (complete), fat (non-saturated, omega-3 vs. omega-6, etc.), and carbohydrates (glycemic index, refined or not). And fiber comes under consideration.

Micronutrients:  once the macronutrients are sorted out, one must pay attention to the micronutrients: getting the vitamins and minerals that we need. Humans can make their own vitamin D (provided they get enough sun, which few do), but not their vitamin C (unlike most animals). And they need to sufficient consume B1, B3, folate, iron, potassium, calcium, and other minerals. Plus we now know more about the requirement for phytochemicals. And we know that trying to get carotenoids through supplements rather than food simply does not work. So how does one select the right foods to get the micronutrients for optimum health. In the US nowadays, one can easily avoid pellagra, beriberi, scurvy, and goiter, but it’s still possible to have health problems from inadequate or improper nutrition. So a discussion of how to approach that.

Superfoods: a list of especially nutrient-rich (and, more to the point, micronutrient-rich) foods and why they should often be put into your shopping cart and on your table.

Tracking calories, macronutrients, and micronutrients: It’s important to know whether your diet is complete or has serious holes. I describe a couple of ways to track and analyze the foods you eat. You probably don’t need to do this constantly, but tracking carefully or a week or two every three months or so can help you continue to eat in a way that maximizes health as well as pleasure.

And that’s what I’ve been spending the day writing.

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18 November 2007 at 4:01 pm

Rooney Style 1 Size 1 Super and the Method

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This morning I took the Rooney brush and the Method Cube and the Shaving Paste and made my lather. I am careful now to not be stingy with the shaving paste. Even so, as I progressed through the shave, I found that I needed to restore the lather a couple of times by a brisk brushing of the Cube.

The razor was a Gillette President with a new Astra Superior Platinum blade. One one side of the blade, I felt a sharp corner—not sure whether it was blade problem or a razor problem, but it never produced a cut or a nick, just a little discomfort.

Still, the shave was quite good: 9.4. And the Rooney Style 1 Size 1 Super does seem to work as a Method brush, which means the Rooney Style 3 Size 1 Super would as well, since the differences between the two seems primarily to be the handle.

Finished with Geo. F. Trumper Coral Skin Food, and after that was dry, a little splash of Booster Lilac aftershave. Very pleasant.

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18 November 2007 at 9:47 am

Posted in Shaving

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