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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Blood Pressure

Soon I will be writing a post about how to lower blood pressure. It's going to be about a hot new natural supplement I discovered which is derived from Japanese soybeans. I'm writing this in a Hemingway style because I love trying to emulate the great man's writing. Anyway, the point of all this talk is that there's another way to lower blood pressure and that's relaxing online by visiting sites that you like, such as this one on interesting sale items which is called simply Sale.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Caffeine Withdrawal Migraines

Caffeine withdrawal migraines are caused by the lowering of blood pressure in the head when coffee is stopped. This lowering of blood pressure is the result of increased adenosine absorption. When you hear the story in the above video you will see that this problem is very real.

Friday, March 6, 2009

J.D. Salinger's Diet

Fruits and vegetables are the staples of a good diet. Also protein and fats. J.D. Salinger is now over 90 and his diet is very carefully controlled. He doesn't like meat cooked at high temperatures. He used to eat lamb patties cooked at a low temperature, according to Joyce Maynard. One time he went to dinner with friends and he refused to eat because the meat was cooked at too high a temperature. He would probably have loved these Plum trees.

Thursday, March 5, 2009


There is no way I would buy simply asparagus even if I went to Peru where asparagus is the primary crop. There are just too many other vegetables I like and I would be tempted to purchase tomatoes and carrots as well as potatoes and cauliflower. Sometimes I can go an entire week and not see any asparagus farms when I visit Peru but usually I see them every day. Despite the popularity of this vegetable there are many even in Peru who do not enjoy asparagus. Truly they are individuals who need to look seriously into options like term life insurance online quotes.

Why Caffeine Withdrawal Produces Headaches

Most coffee drinkers get a headache if they don't have their morning fix. Scientists now know why. The caffeine in coffee is similar in structure to adenosine, an inhibitory neurotransmitter that causes calming, relaxation, sleep, and also a dilation of blood vessels and a lowering of blood pressure. Adenosine is essentially a tranquilizer. When coffee is consumed caffeine binds to adenosine receptors in the brain. The body then produces extra adenosine receptors to soak up circulating adenosine. But when caffeine is stopped, those extra adenosine receptors soak up all the circulating adenosine and this causes a dilation of blood vessels in the brain which leads to a headache. After a day or two (or up to a month in some coffee drinkers) caffeine withdrawal headaches cease because the number of adenosine receptors diminishes to a normal level again.

  1. Brody, Jane E. 1982. "Bodily Interaction Found To Explain Caffeine Withdrawal Headache." New York Times. April 24. (Accessed Mar 2, 2009.)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Why I Go to the Gym

I go to the gym four or five times a week and there's one good reason why. It's not to lose weight. It's for general strength and cardio conditioning. Working out at the gym is good for many parameters of health. But it does nothing to help you lose weight. As Gary Taubes points out in Good Calories, Bad Calories it's a myth that exercise keeps your weight down. Exercise burns calories, that's true. But not many. And it increases hunger. So it doesn't on average result in more caloric expenditure compared to calories consumed. The only thing that helps lose weight is cutting the carbs. But back to my main point about the value of exercise. I have known this since I was in my early twenties and have never forgotten the lesson. But I personally don't own any strength equipment. And that's why I love going to the gym. They have everything!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Panamanian Safari

The feathers in the hats I brought home from my recent trip to Panama have all been photographed numerous times but there is nothing I like more than to photograph them in the light of the setting sun near the banks of the Ramapo River. I have always been interested in the crusades but I never realized that my Panamanian trips counted as crusades and that my safari hats counted as crusader gear. Perhaps I need to take another trip to the warehouse of surplus.