Movie: Under our skin
A RI PBS is just airing a documentary from 2008 on the Lyme disease. I just never knew how scary the long term consequences of untreated disease are. It is essentially a bacteria related to syphilis bacteria, and has about the same comprehensive effect on all parts of the body/brain, with indications that in very long time scale causes ALS, MS, Parkisons, and Alzhaymers.
In the same time the movie shows to what degree the medical profession is corrupted by conflicts of interests, where the most influential doctors on IDSA are on payroll of insurance companies and/or own patents in research on Lyme.
- “World Health Organization Says Mobile Phones May Cause Cancer” (SlashDot; 2011.06.01) – http://science.slashdot.org/story/11/06/01/1219248/World-Health-Organization-Says-Mobile-Phones-May-Cause-Cancer
A new study by the World Health Organization (WHO) concludes that mobile phone radiation presents a carcinogenic hazard. Are cell phones going to be the new tobacco, then?” This seems to be a new interpretation of a long-tern WHO study of possible cellphone health risks that had “inconclusive results” last May.
- “WHO report: Cell phone radiation can cause cancer” by Rachel King (ZDNet; 2011.03.31) – http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/who-report-cell-phone-radiation-can-cause-cancer/49638
- “Cellphone Radiation May Cause Cancer, Advisory Panel Says” by Tara Parker-Pope and Felicity Barringer (The New York Times; 2010.05.31) – http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/31/cellphone-radiation-may-cause-cancer-advisory-panel-says/
- “Should You Be Snuggling With Your Cellphone?” by Randall Stross (The New York Times; 2010.11.13) – http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/14/business/14digi.html
- …. But the legal departments of cellphone manufacturers slip a warning about holding the phone against your head or body into the fine print of the little slip that you toss aside when unpacking your phone. Apple, for example, doesn’t want iPhones to come closer than 5/8 of an inch; Research In Motion, BlackBerry’s manufacturer, is still more cautious: keep a distance of about an inch. …
- <em.Brain cancer is a concern that Ms. Davis takes up. Over all, there has not been a general increase in its incidence since cellphones arrived. But the average masks an increase in brain cancer in the 20-to-29 age group and a drop for the older population.
- … subjects who used a cellphone 10 or more years doubled the risk of developing brain gliomas, a type of tumor. …
Related here: Taxonomy of cancers – https://eikonal.wordpress.com/2011/01/07/taxonomy-of-cancers/
- Instructables web site has a a collection of articles on running:
- Fuel efficiency for marathoners (HarvardScience) – http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2010/10/fuel-efficiency-for-marathoners/ – New research helps runners set the right pace for 26.2 miles
- Running Endurance Calculator – http://endurancecalculator.com/ [Java Applet]
- “Metabolic Factors Limiting Performance in Marathon Runners” by Benjamin I. Rapoport (Harvard Medical School and Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Division of Health Sciences and Technology) – http://www.ploscompbiol.org/mirror/article/pcbi.1000960.html
Abstract: Each year in the past three decades has seen hundreds of thousands of runners register to run a major marathon. Of those who attempt to race over the marathon distance of 26 miles and 385 yards (42.195 kilometers), more than two-fifths experience severe and performance-limiting depletion of physiologic carbohydrate reserves (a phenomenon known as ‘hitting the wall’), and thousands drop out before reaching the finish lines (approximately 1–2% of those who start). Analyses of endurance physiology have often either used coarse approximations to suggest that human glycogen reserves are insufficient to fuel a marathon (making ‘hitting the wall’ seem inevitable), or implied that maximal glycogen loading is required in order to complete a marathon without ‘hitting the wall.’ The present computational study demonstrates that the energetic constraints on endurance runners are more subtle, and depend on several physiologic variables including the muscle mass distribution, liver and muscle glycogen densities, and running speed (exercise intensity as a fraction of aerobic capacity) of individual runners, in personalized but nevertheless quantifiable and predictable ways. The analytic approach presented here is used to estimate the distance at which runners will exhaust their glycogen stores as a function of running intensity. In so doing it also provides a basis for guidelines ensuring the safety and optimizing the performance of endurance runners, both by setting personally appropriate paces and by prescribing midrace fueling requirements for avoiding ‘the wall.’ The present analysis also sheds physiologically principled light on important standards in marathon running that until now have remained empirically defined: The qualifying times for the Boston Marathon.
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Couple of days ago I got the submission on this blog about something called “Thick Black Theory”. Searching web shows that this is a new fad in the line of “Art of War”. Allegedly the originator of the theory is some chinese politician from 19th century who propagated the idea that in order to succeed you have to be ruthless and cunning.
It is likely a fraud: see following review at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/review/RQ7L19QQEA56J/ref=cm_cr_pr_viewpnt#RQ7L19QQEA56J. Also see following message at an discussion forum: http://forum.healingdao.com/general/message/18856%5C.
The WikiPedia page is also shady: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thick_Black_Theory.
Matt Furey’s article on TBT: http://www.mattfurey.com/thickfaceblackheart.html.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and other forms of grappling
Filipino martial arts
Related here: Martial Arts articles – https://eikonal.wordpress.com/2010/09/08/martial-arts-articles/
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| Chuck Norris superman meme – https://eikonal.wordpress.com/2010/01/22/chuck-norris-superman-meme
Cats are a primary carrier of the Toxoplasma gondii microbial (intracellular parasitic) infection that affects about 1/3 of current human population of the Earth.
- “How Your Cat Is Making You Crazy” by Kathleen McAuliffe – http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1969/12/how-your-cat-is-making-you-crazy/8873/
Jaroslav Flegr is no kook. And yet, for years, he suspected his mind had been taken over by parasites that had invaded his brain. So the prolific biologist took his science-fiction hunch into the lab. What he’s now discovering will startle you. Could tiny organisms carried by house cats be creeping into our brains, causing everything from car wrecks to schizophrenia?
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxoplasma_gondii – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxoplasma_gondii
- Apicomplexan cellular morphology (WikiPedia; 2010.07.07) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tachyzoites – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tachyzoites
- ToxoDB: The Toxoplasma gondii genome resource – http://www.toxodb.org/toxo/home.jsp
- Anti-Toxo: A Toxoplasma news blog and list of research laboratories – http://toxoplasmaparasite.blogspot.com/
- Toxoplasma mages – http://www.dpd.cdc.gov/dpdx/HTML/ImageLibrary/Toxoplasmosis_il.htm, from CDC’s DPDx, in the public domain
- Toxoplasmosis Research Institute & Center – http://www.toxoplasmosis.org/index.html
- Cytoskeletal Components of an Invasion Machine — The Apical Complex of Toxoplasma gondii – http://pathogens.plosjournals.org/perlserv/?request=get-document&doi=10.1371/journal.ppat.0020013
- The Culture-Shaping Parasites (Seed Magazine; 2006.08.16) – http://www.seedmagazine.com/news/2006/08/the_cultureshaping_parasite.php | http://seedmagazine.com/content/article/the_culture-shaping_parasite/
… In 2000, Webster reported that rats infected with Toxoplasma are less fearful of and, in some cases, can even be attracted to their feline predators. She surmised that the parasite subtly manipulates a rat’s behavior to increase the rodent’s chances of being eaten by a cat—the only animal in which it can reproduce—thereby upping the odds of the parasite reproducing. …
… researcher Kevin Lafferty argues that a significant factor in why some countries exhibit higher levels of neuroticism than others may be the prevalence of the parasite Toxoplasma gondii. The study also indicates that it may influence a society’s preference for strict laws, an expression of uncertainty avoidance, and its valuation of ‘masculine’ priorities such as competitiveness and financial success over ‘feminine’ values like relationship-building. …
…. “Toxoplasma appears to explain 30% of the variation in neuroticism among countries, 15% of the uncertainty avoidance among Western nations and 30% of the sex role differences among Western nations,” Lafferty said via e-mail. …
… Lafferty analyzed preexisting data on Toxoplasma prevalence and mean trait levels in 39 countries. He found a significant linear correlation between latent Toxoplasma prevalence and neuroticism with a few outliers, including the unusually neurotic nations of Hungary and China and the notably easygoing Turkey. …
… “We have the data showing that Toxoplasma-infected men are scored as more dominant and more masculine than Toxoplasma-free men by female observers.” …
- Sneaky Parasite Attracts Rats to Cats – http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=9560048, All Things Considered, April 14, 2007
- Toxoplasma overview, developmental stages, life cycle image at MetaPathogen – http://www.metapathogen.com/toxoplasma/
- Toxoplasma lecture, Robert Sapolsky – http://www.edge.org/documents/archive/edge307.html#tc
- Landon Donovan Needs a Cat (Could a brain parasite found in cats help soccer teams win at the World Cup?) (By Patrick House – Slate Magazine; 2010.07.01) – http://www.slate.com/id/2259350/pagenum/all/
… Toxo is one of the most successful parasites in the world and is found in almost every type of mammal. Goats, cows, pigs, sheep, humans. But it spends its time trying to get into the stomach of a cat, the only place where it can successfully reproduce. Thus the organism has evolved an unusual lifecycle relating to the brains of rats and mice. Rodents ingest little bits of Toxo from cat feces and Toxo goes straight to their heads. Once there, it scrambles the neurons around and reverses the animals’ natural aversion to cat urine. Soon after, a recently relieved cat returns to the scene and takes its supper. In other words, the rat plays taxi to the parasite, finding it a new feline host and completing the Toxo lifecycle. …
… Livestock fields are full of fertilizer made from, you guessed it, bits of cat feces. When the cows and goats graze, they ingest Toxo, and it sneaks its way into their brains. Eat one of these livestock uncooked and you’ll get Toxo in your brain, too. Thanks to the urbanization of cats (and their feces), almost a third of the human population now has a chronic, latent, and seemingly innocuous Toxo infection. This is, of course, an average: Rates vary a great deal from one country to another, from 6 percent in South Korea to 92 percent in Ghana. …
- Toxoplasmosis and Evil Cats (Disease of the Week! blog post; 2010.06.19) – http://diseaseoftheweek.wordpress.com/2010/06/19/guest-post-toxoplasmosis-and-evil-cats/
- Toxoplasmosis, cats, mice – and zombies? – http://underthesuns.wordpress.com/2010/06/08/toxoplasmosis-cats-mice-and-zombies/
- A game of cat and mouse (The Economist; 2010.06.03) – http://www.economist.com/node/16271339?story_id=16271339 – There is tantalising evidence that a common parasite may affect human behaviour
- Schizophrenia a result of an infection? (“Dr. Steve’s Blog”; 2010.06.03) – http://abetterstateofmind.wordpress.com/2010/07/05/schizophrenia-a-result-of-an-infection/
- New Findings Boost Theory That Infection Causes Schizophrenia (by Mark Moran; Psychiatric News; 2010.03.19) – http://pn.psychiatryonline.org/content/45/6/1.2.full
- Cats, rats, smart parasites and human behavior modification (The Daily Bite’s blog; 2010.07.03) – http://thedailybite.wordpress.com/2010/07/03/cats-rats-smart-parasites-and-human-behavior-modification/
- Toxoplasmosis and Other Words I Can’t Pounce Upon (“a word conjures a thousand pictures” blog; 2010.06.29)- http://jryanrosser.wordpress.com/2010/06/29/toxoplasmosis-and-other-words-i-cant-pounce-upon/
- The Husband’s Guide to Changing Kitty Litter (Mountain Momma Musings; 2010.06.10) – http://mountainmommamusings.com/2010/06/10/the-husbands-guide-to-changing-kitty-litter/
- The Scoop on the Poop (Terre Pruitt’s Blog; 2010.06.05) – http://terrepruitt.com/2010/06/05/the-scoop-on-the-poop/
- Toxoplasmosis affects human behavior? Maybe. – http://wyldraven.clanxanadu.org/2010/06/03/toxoplasmosis-affects-human-behavior-maybe/
- Cats Have Toxoplasma gondii – Zombie Making Parasites – http://anguishedrepose.wordpress.com/2010/05/05/cats-have-toxoplasma-gondii-zombie-making-parasites/
- but doc, we like our cats! – http://spiritandseed.wordpress.com/2010/04/27/but-doc-we-like-our-cats/
- Dr. Marty Becker on Diseases We Can Catch From Our Pets – http://ezquara.wordpress.com/2010/04/20/dr-marty-becker-on-diseases-we-can-catch-from-our-pets/
- Should people with toxoplasmosis be allowed to drive cars? – http://blogs.howstuffworks.com/2010/04/07/good-question-should-people-with-toxoplasmosis-be-allowed-to-drive-cars/
- DEADLY PARASITE DANGEROUSLY ALTERED – http://zombieresearch.net/2010/03/09/deadly-parasite/
- Why we wash our hands: Toxoplasmosis – http://suboptimist.wordpress.com/2010/05/07/why-we-wash-our-hands-toxoplasmosis/
… Where is it in your house: Your cat, the catbox or anything that has touched your cat’s feces (water, the floor, your dog’s mouth etc) and potentially the meat in your refrigerator. Given that so many people have clearly been infected, millions of new infections are probably happening every year, probably from infected farm animals.
What you can do to protect yourself: Buy and learn how to correctly use a home irradiator for your food. Short of that, cook your food well and keep pregnant mothers and babies away from cats and their end products. Resist the temptation to rub catfood on yourself and lie down in front of your cat (but such a temptation suggests that its too late for you.) …
- “7 Time-Wasting Mistakes You’re Making at the Gym” by Leta Shy (PopSugar; 2013.06.30) – http://www.fitsugar.com/Gym-Time-Wasters-30637782
- “8 Essential Strength-Training Exercises to Master” by Leta Shy (PopSugar; 2013.03.09) – http://www.fitsugar.com/Most-Effective-Strength-Training-Exercises-28394198
- “8 Reasons Why You Should Lift Heavier Weights” by Charlotte Hilton Andersen – http://www.shape.com/fitness/workouts/8-reasons-why-you-should-lift-heavier-weights
- 1 – You’ll Torch Body Fat
- 2 – You’ll Look More Defined
- 3 – You’ll Fight Osteoporosis
- 4 – You’ll Burn More Calories
- 5 – You’ll Build Strength Faster
- 6 – You’ll Lose Belly Fat
- 7 – You’ll Feel Empowered
- 8 – You’ll Prevent Injury
- “People who are more fit during middle age have less chronic illness in later years, study shows” By Michelle Castillo (CBS News) – http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-57501737-10391704/people-who-are-more-fit-during-middle-age-have-less-chronic-illness-in-later-years-study-shows/
- “The Scientific 7-Minute Workout” by Gretchen Reynolds (Wll; NYTimes blog; 2013.05.09) – http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/09/the-scientific-7-minute-workout/
- “In 12 exercises deploying only body weight, a chair and a wall, it fulfills the latest mandates for high-intensity effort, which essentially combines a long run and a visit to the weight room into about seven minutes of steady discomfort — all of it based on science. … “There’s very good evidence” that high-intensity interval training provides “many of the fitness benefits of prolonged endurance training but in much less time,” … The exercises should be performed in rapid succession, allowing 30 seconds for each, while, throughout, the intensity hovers at about an 8 on a discomfort scale of 1 to 10, … Those seven minutes should be, in a word, unpleasant.”
- These 12 phases are:
- 1) Jumping jacks
- 2) Wall sits
- 3) Push-ups
- 4) Abdominal crunch
- 5) Step-up onto chair
- 6) Squat
- 7) Triceps dip on chair
- 8) Plank
- 9) High knees running in place
- 10) Lunge
- 11) Push-ups and rotation
- 12) Side plank
- “Strength vs. Endurance: Why You Are Wasting Your Time in the Gym” by Mark Rippetoe (2014.01.29) – http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2014/01/29/strength-vs-endurance-why-you-are-wasting-your-time-in-the-gym/
- Medical professionals still steer older patients towards endurance, to their detriment.
- “Superset Your Workouts to Save Time, but Add Intensity” by Michele Foley (PopSugar Fitness; June 29, 2011) – http://www.fitsugar.com/Supersets-Add-Intensity-Save-Time-During-Workouts-962125
- “Warm up, cardio & games” – http://www.7weekstofitness.com/warm-up-cardio-games/
- “Can Jumping Rope Get You Ripped?” by Nick Bromberg (Yahoo Sports; 2011.05.13) – http://www.thepostgame.com/blog/training-day/201105/double-dutch-treat-can-jumping-rope-get-you-ripped/
- “What’s the Single Best Exercise?” (New Yourk Times; 2011.04.15) – http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/17/magazine/mag-17exercise-t.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all
But when pressed, he suggested one of the foundations of old-fashioned calisthenics: the burpee, in which you drop to the ground, kick your feet out behind you, pull your feet back in and leap up as high as you can. “It builds muscles. It builds endurance.” He paused. “But it’s hard to imagine most people enjoying” an all-burpees program, “or sticking with it for long.” …
… And sticking with an exercise is key, even if you don’t spend a lot of time working out. The health benefits of activity follow a breathtakingly steep curve. “The majority of the mortality-related benefits” from exercising are due to the first 30 minutes of exercise, … A recent meta-analysis of studies about exercise and mortality showed that, in general, a sedentary person’s risk of dying prematurely from any cause plummeted by nearly 20 percent if he or she began brisk walking (or the equivalent) for 30 minutes five times a week. If he or she tripled that amount, for instance, to 90 minutes of exercise four or five times a week, his or her risk of premature death dropped by only another 4 percent. So the one indisputable aspect of the single best exercise is that it be sustainable. …
- “Why Exercise Won’t Make You Thin” by John Cloud (Time online; 2009.08.09) – http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1914857,00.html
- “Are the Religious Prone to Obesity?” by Randy Dotinga (Bloomberg Businessweek; 2011.03.23) – http://www.businessweek.com/lifestyle/content/healthday/651145.html
- New research finds that people who frequently attend religious services are significantly more likely to become obese by the time they reach middle age. The study doesn’t prove that attending services is fattening, nor does it explain why weight might be related to faith. Even so, the finding is surprising, especially considering that religious people tend to be in better health than others, …
- Scientists have been studying links between religious behavior and health for years, and have found signs that there’s a positive connection between the two. The studies suggest that religious involvement — whether it’s private or public — is linked to things like better physical health, less depression and more happiness, …
- After adjusting their statistics to take into account factors such as race, the researchers found that 32 percent of those who attended services the most became obese by middle age … By contrast, only 22 percent of those who attended services the least became obese.
- What might explain obesity among those who attend services regularly? There are plenty of theories. … one possibility is that those who attend services, along with activities such as Bible study and prayer groups, could be “just sitting around passively instead of being outside engaging in physical activity.” Also, … “a lot of the eating traditions surrounding religion are not particularly healthy; for example, constant feasts or desserts after services or at holidays — fried chicken, traditional kosher foods cooked in schmaltz (chicken fat), and so on.”
- There’s another question: Why might religious people be obese yet still have good health? The fact that fewer are smokers might help explain that, …
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