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Archive for August 28th, 2011

Final draft of 5th edition submitted

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Oofta! Am I glad to upload that. Next steps: CreateSpace will let me know (probably tomorrow) the results of their review of the files (which will be fine: the files have been approved multiple times and correcting typos won’t change anything). Then I order final proof copies, and I expect I’ll receive those by Thursday or Friday. If they look good—and I just went through the PDF and everything looks fine—then the book is published: before Labor Day! Yay!

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28 August 2011 at 12:09 pm

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Shaving and the ladies

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Interesting article. I didn’t realize that shaving the armpits dates back to 1915 but shaving the legs only to the 1940s. Removing hair from the pudendum, however, dates back centuries and is from a Muslim tradition.

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28 August 2011 at 11:23 am

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Solutions to common problems: Which book to read next?

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28 August 2011 at 11:08 am

Low omega-3 levels played role in military suicides

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Interesting report by Melissa Healy in the LA Times. I take two 1g capsules of wild salmon oil with breakfast and again with dinner, avoid vegetable oils other than olive, sesame, and grapeseed (overwhelmingly I use olive oil). When I eat beef (rarely now), I eat grass-fed beef and I avoid catfish and tilapia (farmed and fed cereal and soy, with the result that omega-3/omega-6 levels are completely out of whack). I had fresh sardines yesterday and do eat sardines regularly. My breakfast cereal is 1/4 c oat bran, 1/8 c chia seed (high omega-3), and 1/8 c hulled hemp seed (high omega-3), which I have with one egg. All because some years back I read an article in the New Scientist.

Healy’s report begins:

In a finding suggesting powerful psychiatric benefits for a component of fish oil, a study published Wednesday has linked military suicides to low levels of docosahexaenoic acid and found that service personnel with higher levels of DHA in their blood were less likely to take their own lives.

The study, published this week in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, looked back at the medical records of 800 U.S. servicemen and women who took their own lives between 2002 and 2008, and compared them with the records of 800 service personnel — matched for age, gender and rank — who had no history of suicide attempts.

Men whose records showed they had low levels of DHA in their blood were 62% more likely to have been suicide victims than those with the highest levels.

The study suggests that low DHA levels were an even stronger predictor of suicide than a far-better-recognized risk factor among military personnel: whether the service member reported having had direct exposure to allied troops that had been killed or wounded.

Suicides among U.S. military personnel, particularly Army soldiers and Marines who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, have risen steadily since 2001 and reached a crisis point in 2008, when more than 20 of every 100,000 servicemen and women –roughly twice the national average — took their own lives. Between 2005 and 2009, 1,100 U.S. servicemen and women took their own lives, and in 2010, the Defense Department said 295 active-duty military personnel committed suicide.

The spate of suicides — in a population that traditionally has had lower suicide rates than their civilian counterparts — has stirred deep concern within the military. Last year, a Defense Department task force called for better suicide-prevention programs, wider use of community expertise in suicide prevention and efforts to destigmatize help-seeking behaviors by U.S. service personnel. The task force also called for more research that could help identify those at greatest risk of attempting suicide and determine how best to help them.

This study, conducted by researchers from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, the National Institute of Alcohol and Alcohol Abuse, may help identify a simple fix for service members going into harm’s way: supplementation with . . .

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28 August 2011 at 7:26 am

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