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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Brown Rice

There is some good case to be made that brown rice is better than plain white rice. This is based on the notion that white rice has a glycemic index that is worse. The idea has some merit and is intriguing. But the difference between the two may be minimal in the long run. Gary Taubes did a good amount of research and his work implicates insulin in heart disease and obesity.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

The type of sport you play

No true medicine exists to help the athlete and the man or boy or girl who tries to find a simple use for a pill. A substance used, whether legal or not, may find the user in a quest that will not work in the long run. So apidexin is an odd mix of an item that may not give the feedback one needs. Not enough real clinical data is available and I would avoid it.

Friday, July 9, 2010

DHEA for mood enhancement

Those who take vitamins live longer healthier lives, on average, all other things being equal. This is not only the premise of this Web site but the conclusion of a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. I think many people stop vitamins because the supplements don't make them feel any better. But if they took DHEA they might change their mind.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Tea for Two and Two for Tea

What a song! And what a topic. The fact is that Ray Kurzweil drinks a good amount of tea in addition to taking tea supplements. This means he's getting about ten cups of tea or more per day in supplement and liquid form. This is a terrific experiment in human nutrition and I think he deserves credit for his courage under fire. Go, Ray!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

We are not meant to live far north

Sun is the best. The vitamin content that is made in the skin is a good amount and the vitamin D is not excessive. The late case of the man who had an eczema treatment that did not work can be brought up. Some sunlight is essential for the treatment of this condition. Too much is rarely obtained, especially in the United States.

The Feedback in Sports Medicine

Attention depends on certain chemical balances. The use of polo boots or other items to increase athletic ability can also increase attention to the sport in question. The feedback from muscle receptors works to enhance fitness. This is one reason athletes use personal fitness trainers. The day may come when all sports can be played like this with indoor equipment.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Isaac Asimov

Here is a terrific interview with Isaac Asimov. He was a firstborn and had one younger sister. He liked writing more than going out to dinner.

What Does and Does Not Cross My Desk

Mick Jagger said he's trying to gain a couple of pounds. That, to me, is funny. He weighs 140 lbs and is 5'10". The sensa weight loss scam may not have crossed your desk, and it certainly has not crossed mine. In fact, I don't let much cross my desk unless I have a keen interest in it. This does not fall into that category.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

The book that will deliver the goods

Tongkat ali is one of the most underutilized and under studied herbs on the market today. The look at extenze side effects should suggest why. The market is focused on things that do not work. It does not and will not. Which is why Malaysia is so popular. And Indonesia. And the work of Chris Kilham. His book on the subject is better than most and worth a look.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

New EGCG Capsules

I promised to report on my new EGCG capsules, and I have good news. They are totally caffeine free. I am quite sensitive to caffeine. Even decaffeinated products keep me up at night. So I was wondering how I could get the benefits of green tea (and other teas) without the caffeine. Luckily I found a product that is 100 percent caffeine free. I take two of these a day and don't feel any stimulant effect from them at all. They're called Swanson EGCG Super-Strength Green Tea capsules, and they contain 275 mg of epigallocatechin-3-O-gallate (EGCG). They come 60 to a bottle. The price is right, too. With all the health benefits to be derived from green tea, I am glad I found this product.

Another product, which I have not tried yet, that has no caffeine is called NSI Teavigo (Caffeine Free 160 mg per 1-cap serving). It is sold by Vitacost. One problem with their catalogs, though, is that they usually don't list the ingredients (that appear on the ingredient label) in the catalog.

Conflict of interest statement: I am not affiliated with Swanson Vitamins, the manufacturer of GreenSelect Green Tea Extract, or the manufacturer of NSI Teavigo.

The Sun's Healing Power

Few and far between are the ways the sun has been used. The ancient adult acne treatments were focused on berries. Today we can forget the berries and focus on the research that works. The only thing the sun lacks is permanence. It is done in the day. Gone. Finished. Vanished. That means the ones who use it must rely upon a diurnal rhythm.