A fun one to put out there. Wholesome. Something to take your mind off perpetual global crisis and refocus on what it is you truly want in your one and only life.
...I arose yesterday morning, Friday, and did what I do the first thing every Friday morning (it's ritual now and sometimes I even know what day it is here, solely because of it). I make coffee and enjoy Mike Eades' latest issue of The Arrow. It arrives here 6.30-7.30am typically, which is Thursday afternoon for you States peeps. I think my time of arrival is better than yours neener neener.
In yesterday's issue, #63, he included a section I didn't expect to see from a renowned low-carb doc.
One of the things I was reminded of in reading the book is the value of vitamin C. I've always know this, of course, but I've never really taken vitamin C on a regular basis because it's water soluble, which means the body uses what it needs when you take it and you pee away the rest. If you take a gram of it, you'll get rid of most of it.
After getting re-motivated to take it after reading Dr. Johnson's book, I set about figuring out a way to take it so I could take it here and there throughout the day a bit at a time. I got some pure vitamin D, ascorbic acid, powder. (It's dirt cheap; you don't have to get the more expensive natural kind.) I shook out a little into a tiny bowl--MD has bowls of every imaginable size--and whenever I thought about it, I licked my finger, stuck it in the vitamin C powder, and stuck it in my mouth. The vitamin C was absorbed by my oral mucosa without even having to be swallowed.
When we measured out--by approximating--what I got in each dip of my finger, doing it 10-12 times per day gave me about a gram. But it was a gram taken a tiny bit at a time spread over the entire day. It doesn't take much. If you don't have the massive bowl inventory MD has collected over a lifetime, you can use a twist-off bottle cap for the same thing. It is very sour, so don't get too much at any one time or it will pucker you.
I thank Dr. Johnson for reminding me of the importance of vitamin C.
I read it and moved on since I've been on my own method of steady small-dose vitamin C throughout the day for some years. Yea, I have a big bottle of Kirkland Vit-C in the 1-grams you can get for cheap even here in Thailand, but I only pop one now and then because exactly what Mike says, "...the body uses what it needs when you take it and you pee away the rest. If you take a gram of it, you'll get rid of most of it."
What's my own method?
Orange Juice Shots!
I guarantee you'll like my method more than Mike's sour-finger method! But, with all respect to the low-carb doc, I'm writing this in a way where I hope for a "sounds perfectly reasonable" from low-carbers.
So here we go, from this rainy Saturday morning in south Phuket...Read More
I'd logged too few hours of good sleep for two nights in a row. So last night, I prowled and caroused early at the Usual Haunts—no mask or helmet on my GPX cafe-racer motorbike here in Rawai Beach, Thailand.
I returned about 21.30, intending for a 22.00 retirement with an 8-hr soak. Check emails and such. Don't touch that dial! (Netflix) That's what got me into sleep deprivation in the first place.
Here's one of the emails in the queue:
Just thought you'd like to chalk up a small victory.
Several years ago I was on the verge of giving up. I was what my father (a cardiologist) used to call a cardiac cripple. Walking a flight of stairs sent me to bed for 15 minutes to recover.
In desperation, I turned to the internet and found you. I was really interested in what you had to say about K2 and D3 and figured what the hell. It can't be any worse than the advice cardiologists have been giving to me for 20 years that if anything, sped up my disease. Against my family's skepticism, I embarked on the regimen. It was after my father's death, but I was reassured by several conversations he and I had late in his life where he lamented the direction of the medical profession in general, and the field of cardiology in particular. I think he would have approved.
Now coincidentally, I had just had three stents put in my circumflex coronary artery, but given that I'd already had 5 stents that all closed, a triple bypass where two grafts closed, and three heart attacks, I wasn't celebrating my new-found health.
In any case, something happened. Not instantaneously of course, but slowly, over time, I started to be able to walk increasing distances. Now I'm up to 3 miles at a 20 minute pace, three (and sometimes 4) times per week. A cath done recently because of an afib problem showed that against all hope, my three "new" stents were "clean and open" after three years. And I had never had a stent stay open for more than 6 months.
So I tell anyone who will listen (doctors, by the way, never listen) about D3, K2 and you. I can't thank you enough. It may not match with your beliefs, but I pray for your well-being, safety, and the "others" yet to discover you and get the same sort of life-changing help I did.
Thank you again.
Let's get one thing straight right off. Though one could possibly find statements to the contrary in this blog's 5,000-post archives, I do very much appreciate good thoughts, well wishes, and prayers directed my way.
Feel free to blow me a kiss, too.Read More
Did you know that Viagra was originally developed to treat angina?
During phase one clinical trials, where humans are given the drug for the first time to see what effects it may have, many of the volunteers were hanging on to their medication, rather than handing them back.
From a post I'll formally credit later
Viagra jokes are prone to writing themselves. Here's my try: "They developed Viagra for angina but ended up treating vagina." Not bad?
- My Viagra Experience
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- My L-Arginine Experience
- Viagra: The Drug For Everything?
- 69% Fewer Alzheimer's Cases With Viagra
- Confounders And Prophylactic Doses
- Final Observations
My Viagra ExperienceRead More
The title refers to an article in The New York Times by our favorite chubby-faced purveyor of conventional “wisdom” (Modern Ignorance): Tara Parker-Pope. I’ll get to that later. …In the meantime, a bit of a personal anecdote. I don’t recall exactly when I began taking vitamin D supplements, but it was likely around mid-2008. I……...Read More
This is the first of what may turn out to be two or more posts on Vitamin D today, and the focus is epidemiology. The next one will be a doozie, but this is an excellent set up. I had not known the background of Dr. John Cannell of the excellent resource, the Vitamin D Council until I stumbled upon this amazing account over the weekend. You're best off reading that, which might require 15 minutes of your time, but here's a few excepts to wet your appetite. In early April of 2005, after a particularly rainy spring, an influenza epidemic (epi: upon, demic: people) exploded through the maximum-security hospital for the criminally insane where I have worked for the last ten years. It was not the pandemic (pan: all, demic: people) we all fear, just an epidemic. The world is waiting and governments are preparing for the next pandemic. A severe influenza pandemic will kill many more Americans than died in the World Trade Centers, the Iraq war, the Vietnam War, and Hurricane Katrina combined, perhaps a million people in the USA alone. Such a disaster would tear the fabric of American society. Our entire country might resemble the...Read More
I'm on a bit of a project at the moment, but I wanted to shoot off another few tidbits about vitamin D. One physician's post on an endocrinology blog ("vitamin D' is actually a steroid hormone) put it thusly: I have included the references to each of these observations [...] and draw to your attention that these have all been published in the last six months. An important exploding area of epidemiologic research. (emphasis added) He goes on to cite seven studies, all published in the last six months. Do you want an idea of how big this is becoming? Click on this link, scroll down, and scan the headlines. Also, you can set up a Google Alert for 'vitamin d' as I have, and I get alerted to a number of new articled every single day. You can, of course, wait until I bring the best of the best to you, but I might miss something. I probably already have. Still, you're up against a lot of idiocy, much of it from people with MDs and PhDs after their names. For instance: Conclusions: Calcium and vitamin D supplementation did not reduce invasive breast cancer incidence in postmenopausal women. In...Read More
Since my last but fairly recent vitamin K2 post, Stephan has posted on K2 from the perspective of cardiovascular disease. Take a good look at it, as well the references he cites. Did you read his other posts on K2, as I suggested? If not, maybe now is the time. I previously wrote: You really owe it to yourself to look into this. Think of it this way: 60 years ago they were curing cavities in teeth by getting them to re-calcify using this exact thing. Now, think of what happens with a vitamin D deficiency; rickets, right? rubbery bones. Calcium. Other mineral salts. What you will find is that these vitamins, in combination, essentially cause your minerals to go everyplace they should, and no place they shouldn't (such as the walls of your arteries). Now here's some of the research Stephan dug up. Tissue-specific utilization of menaquinone-4 results in the prevention of arterial calcification in warfarin-treated rats. (link) Dietary intake of menaquinone is associated with a reduced risk of coronary heart disease: the Rotterdam Study. (link) High dietary menaquinone intake is associated with reduced coronary calcification. (link) Matrix Gla-protein: the calcification inhibitor in need of vitamin K. (link) Coincidentally,...Read More
I had occasion just a bit ago to reference a couple of of posts from the past concerning some unconventional treatments for cancer. Given that there are so many new readers and that this information is so important, I'd thought to highlight those posts. The first has to do with an ancient idea with and even more ancient basis. We didn't evolve side-by-side with refrigerators and freezers. In other words, food was often scarce, so we went hungry sometimes. And, even if food was plentiful, if we're anything like modern carnivores or omnivores, we probably get a pretty good hunger going before bothering to get food. After all, if plentiful, success was assured, so why sweat it? Incidentally, this is now my mode of operation. I never care that much about any particular meal. Hunger is relative, and not very important. Indeed, it's even sometimes enjoyable. Anyway, it turns out that normal cells insulate themselves against stress when you're fasting. However, cancer cells can't do that. The result: fasting protects healthy cells against the ravages of chemotherapy, thereby tipping the balance in the war of attrition that is chemo. Next up concerns the simple logic of macro-nutrient composition applied to...Read More