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Less Iron Linked To Longevity

Study of More Than 1 Million People Finds Intriguing Link Between Iron Levels And Lifespan. via ScienceAlert.

"We speculate that our findings on iron metabolism might also start to explain why very high levels of iron-rich red meat in the diet has been linked to age-related conditions such as heart disease."

I will live to 768 as long as science keeps focused on learning how to keep me alive.


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Consulting the experts

Eminem: His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy…

WebMD: Prolly cancer

Dr House: Nope. Lupus.


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I feel like Ibuprofen does all these things

It's basically just magic.


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The Unfairness Of Illness

Ugh. Sick and home alone watching youtube while Denise and Cadence enjoy a holiday party at the barn. Third illness this year. This year's flu shot missed the mark.


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My personal hell

Leaving the house half-dressed in the middle of the night to get myself medicine because I feel like a bag of ass while on a technical support call with a guy in another country who I can barely understand who has me on hold for 12 minutes while he looks things up that I already know the answer to. This is why people go apeshit and start harming themselves and others. Thankfully, I'm too lazy to harm anyone. Instead, I'll just quietly seeth and wish a short (maybe medium) list of people great harm in my head.


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The unexpected effect of red meat

Unexpected correlation of telomere length with the frequency of consumption of red meat indicates the need for further in-depth research and may undermine some accepted concepts of adverse effects of this diet on the health status and life longevity.

via the NIH

For those who follow the science of longevity, you will find these results interesting and worth further study. In any case, I’ve been on a severely reduced red meat diet for years, so I’m glad to read there may be another unexpected, positive benefit to that choice.


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Obesity in humans may be causatively linked to a pathogen

A limited study shows that obesity in humans may be causatively linked to a particular germ living in the host gut. Not likely the only cause, but a cause nonetheless. Elimination of the germ was linked to a ~30% reduction in fat and a decrease in insulin resistance.

Much more study needed, and by itself isn’t a magic bullet against fat, but its still a big deal scientifically.


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Is A New Organizational Structure Coming To Healthcare?

“No industry can grow continuously at a multiple of general inflation. It will eventually become so expensive that purchasers will simply abandon it.”

via kevinmd.com


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Hacking the President's DNA

The U.S. government is surreptitiously collecting the DNA of world leaders, and is reportedly protecting that of Barack Obama. Decoded, these genetic blueprints could provide compromising information. In the not-too-distant future, they may provide something more as well—the basis for the creation of personalized bioweapons that could take down a president and leave no trace.


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Universal Antiviral Drugs

Creating a single antiviral drug that could kill lots of different viruses is a longstanding dream of medical researchers. Beyond all the obvious benefits of such an honest-to-goodness wonder drug, an all-purpose antiviral would give us a much better chance of fighting back against outbreaks of exotic viruses like SARS and swine flu. As a minor but still rather nice bonus, it could also be that long awaited cure for the common cold.

via io9.com

Curing the various virii that plague us (quite literally) would be transformative to our culture and our species. I look forward to the day when we are no longer worried about bacteria and viral infection. And on a more personal note, I'm excited about the idea of dramatically increasing my lifespan. Each such advance, even those that don't pan out, improve the collective survivability of our species, but also the individual survivability of each of us. In other words, awesomesauce!


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Gentlemen we can rebuild him. We have the technology.

Bit by bit. Piece by piece. We are slowly learning to replace each part of the human body with a synthetic variant. Right now those variants are a downgrade from the original, but that won't always be the case. Soon enough, we will be able to upgrade parts of ourselves. Newer, stronger, faster, more durable, less prone to defect or disease, impervious to cancer or harmful bacteria. These new bodies will be better in every measurable way. But they will pose an existential question we've not had to work through before. Is there a point at which I'm no longer me, but rather a simulacrum of me, if I replace enough of my body with these upgrades and if so am I upgraded or replaced?


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The world gets a tiny bit better

The cure is an untenable solution for nearly everyone, whereas modern Western medicine allows a person with HIV to live largely AIDS-free in most cases. Still, this is an event of note. The man was (pending third party confirmation, of course) cured of the virus. That is friggin' huge.

Side note, this made use of adult stem cells, and not embryonic ones. With modern discoveries that allow us to take adult stem cells and revert them to pluripotent cells, adult stem cells have a vast potential.


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More movement on the “Tom will live forever” front

Yay me!

Researchers at the University of Cambridge hope to revolutionise cancer therapy after discovering one of the reasons why many previous attempts to harness the immune system to treat cancerous tumours have failed.


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Who wants to live forever?

me…

I can't wait for my robot body! I mean, whose idea was it to make this one out of meat? Not the sturdiest design. Cars aren't made out of meat. Buildings aren't made out of meat. There are better materials. I think I'd like a spherical, hovering robot body made from a ceramic reinforced, carbon-60 compound…with side-mounted machine guns. Yes, definitely machine guns.


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Ugh

I have a 102 degree fever.


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762, here I come!

Biomedical researchers at the University at Buffalo have engineered adult stem cells that scientists can grow continuously in culture.

Another brick on the road toward my own immortality.


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768

I WILL live forever. They are systematically curing everything that could come along to off me.


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16 things you need to know

16. Tom will never die. He is opposed to that course of action.


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Eat, Drink, Be Merry, Live Long, and Prosper!

Old news: Calorie restriction has a serious positive life-extending effect.

New news: We've isolated the gene responsible for this anomaly.

In short (for those too lazy to read the article), it appears that with some further study we may be able to invoke this longevity gene effect without the need to eat like a bird. I'm pleased and you should be too...unless you are a worshipper of a death cult, in which case you scare me and I hope I do not anger you, my creepy friend.

Only down side: Bryan, too, will benefit from this technology. Well, the bright side is that it gives me more time to plot his painful and humiliating demise.


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The hand of death creeps

So, last week I had some flu that put me down, then my wife got ill, then cadence got ill, the I had eye surgery, then I got better, then Cadence got better, then Denise got better, then Friday afternoon, I got ill again (stomach bug), then it goes away by Sunday only to have me with a sore throat Sunday night and this morning.

Damn you Bryan! You've poisoned me, haven't you?!? What is it? Polonium? Cianide? Crack and Tide? I hate you!

If I should die in the next week or so, let it be known that I point my (middle) finger Bryan-ward It was him. I know it. He did this to me---may he rot in that special hell reserved for child molesters and people who talk in the theater.


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Were you tone deaf?

About a month and a half ago, I posted an entry about an online test for tone deafness. A surprising number of people took the test and mentioned their results to me. Anyway, for that reason, I now link to the aggragated results of the tone deafness test as compiled by the original author of the test. The results were, to me, interesting---especially the bits about race.


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Are you tone deaf?

Test the quality of your musical ear. I scored a 72.2%. The scale is as follows:

Greater than 90%: World Class Musical Ability
Greater than 75%: Excellent Musical Ability
Greater than 60%: Good Musical Ability
Less than 50%: You may have a Pitch PErception Issue

It takes about 5 minutes or so. It was fun. Now you try.


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My inevitable march toward immortality continues

According to several sources online scientists in Britain have just announced substantial success in eliminating allergies from our lives.

They state that within 5 to 7 years that food allergies, hayfever, and the like could likely be eradicated. They have discovered that we are not allergic to the entire food or pollen grain but rather to certain proteins that are just a small part of them. They have identified these proteins and they are already testing a vaccine on humans. This is not an allergy shot as you may have experienced or heard of. Rather than being designed to get your body accustomed to the foreign substance over time through exposure, this method will eliminate your bodies need to attack said foreign substance.

Note that this has application in eliminating Asthma as well.

I'm achieving immortality one health discovery at a time.


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McDonald's Fries Are More Unhealthy Than Previously Accepted

According the Associated Press, McDonald's has changed to a newer and more accurate nutritional testing method that yielded surprising results about their fries. The new tests showed that McDonald's fries contain a third more trans fats than previous estimates.

How much fat does an order of large fries contain? 30 grams (up from the previous estimate of 25), of which 8 grams (up from the previous estimate of 6) are trans fat, believed to be the worst type of fat for heart disease and other arterial problems. This means that when you eat a large order of fries from McDonalds, you are ingesting the equivalent of a shotglass of pure, greasy fat.

McDonald's nutritional information is posted on their web site (where you can see the new values for French Fries) and it is of note that McDonald's menu is diverse and offers healthier alternatives. Additionally, though there existed some external pressure, McDonald's did release the results voluntarily as part of their ongoing project to make the nutritional data available to their patrons.

After the annoucement, McDonald's shares rose 17 cents to close at $36.36 Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange. Say wha?!?

Eat up, America.


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It calls to me

Must...have...Starbuck's Soy Hot Chocolate.


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Word of the Day: Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is an uncommon form of cancer, usually associated with previous exposure to asbestos. In this disease, malignant (cancerous) cells develop in the mesothelium, a protective lining that covers most of the body's internal organs. Its most common site is the pleura (outer lining of the lungs and chest cavity), but it may also occur in the peritoneum (the lining of the abdominal cavity) or the pericardium (a sac that surrounds the heart).

Most people who develop mesothelioma have worked on jobs where they inhaled asbestos particles, or have been exposed to asbestos dust and fibre in other ways, such as by washing the clothes of a family member who worked with asbestos, or by home renovation using asbestos cement products.

Symptoms of mesothelioma may not appear until 30 to 50 years after exposure to asbestos. Shortness of breath and pain in the chest due to an accumulation of fluid in the pleural space are often symptoms of pleural mesothelioma.

Symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma include weight loss and cachexia, abdominal swelling and pain due to ascites (a buildup of fluid in the abdominal cavity). Other symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma may include bowel obstruction, blood clotting abnormalities, anemia, and fever. If the cancer has spread beyond the mesothelium to other parts of the body, symptoms may include pain, trouble swallowing, or swelling of the neck or face.

These symptoms may be caused by mesothelioma or by other, less serious conditions.

In the United States, the average mesothelioma-related settlement was $1 million; for cases that go to trial awards averaged $6 million, according to a study by the RAND Corporation. Only a small fraction of the thousands of asbestos-related lawsuits in the United States every year are related to mesothelioma. In 2004, a bill in the United States Senate aimed a asbestos litigation reform failed to reach a floor vote. In January of 2005, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter announced he would again try to pass an asbestos litigation reform bill.

A separate bill introduced on March 17, 2005, the Fairness in Asbestos Injury Resolution Act of 2005 (FAIR act of 2005), seeks to ensure a set amount of compensation dependent on the symptoms of the victim. The range is from Medical Monitoring for victims with Asbestosis or Pleural Disease to $35,000 for victims with Mixed Disease With Impairment all the way to over $1,000,000 for Mesothelioma victims and nonsmoking Lung Cancer victims.

The above data regarding Mesothelioma was gleaned mostly from the wikipedia. Learn to love the LazyWeb. And before the rumors begin a-flying, the answer is "no". I do not have or know anyone who has this afflication. I really did just write about it as a "Word of the Day".


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I miss Jow Ga

I need to start thinking about how I'm gonna get back to Jow Ga. I miss it. Financially, I think it's doable with some serious planning, but in terms of time, I'm gonna have to get creative to fit it all in and still spend time with Cadence. It'll be better when she's old enough to go with me and take classes.


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Healthy Breakfast Muffin

This recipe makes 1 healthy sausage and egg muffin to enjoy guilt-free in the morning. Enjoy!

1 frozen Morningstar veggie sausage patty
1/4 cup of eggbeaters
1 English Muffin (I prefer Thomas English Muffins, but pick your favorite brand and flavor)

Bake the sausage in the oven at 350 for 10 to 15 minutes. Fry the egg in a pan over a low heat until it is the desired consistency (personal taste...I like my eggs quite dry). While the sausage and egg are cooking, toast the English muffin. Sandwich the egg and sausage between the two halves of the English muffin. Once complete, bite into your tasty new morning treat and send me a thank you note as payment for your inevitable breakfast bliss.

Healthy or not, this is some good stuff!


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It's a Soy Hot Chocolate morning

Not sure why, but it is. Must have Soy Hot Chocolate. Damn you, Starbucks, for your tasty liquid confectionary with a healthy twist!


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Chocolate Silk

I've tried Silk (Soy Milk) in the past and didn't much like it, but yesterday I drove through Starbucks and got a Silk-based hot chocolate. Pretty dang good! I think I may be doing that again.


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Diet

Well, it's official. I talked with Denise and I'm going on the meds soon. It kinda sucks, but I started this in my mid-to-late 20s and now I'm in my early-to-mid 30s. I think I've managed to stay off them long enough. I tried a few diet corrections recently which did not agree with me and I know what to change to keep going on the diet, but I'm just tired of it. I think I've done enough.


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NyQuil

Still feeling under the weather. I took some NyQuil last night before going to bed. Woke up today 2 hours late feeling like B.A. Baracus after a plane ride.


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Miserable

I've come down with something. If I die and the police read this for clues, I can only say that I myself suspect Bryan Andrewski of slowly poisoning me! He has the means, the motive, and the maliciousness...and, indeed, it would suit his personality perfectly to kill me in this cowardly way! But I let you draw your own conclusions.


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Jow Ga

I've missed 3 classes. This sucks. This refocused diet is taking its toll. Not happy about that.


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Diet

My diet wears on me sometimes. :( I am on a 2-week stringent period and it really sucks.


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