1st quarter bad purchases update (albeit late):- 1. iPhone armband case (brandless from dealextreme, durable enough but not used more than twice) 2. New balance 758s (great running shoes but I’ve only run in them once, going paleo mainly to blame.) 3. timbuk2 customized large classic messenger (too large for daily use, might go up in usefulness when I find more time for travel/trekking or get a laptop.) 4. Whatever supplements I bought from GNC / nature’s farm (overpriced but more importantly of inferior quality. Iherb.com is my goto store now) 5. Hang Tan polotees (shitty quality fabrics but still used when I expect lotta hands-on work
Man I need to surf around more for gems like these. Unbelievable LoLz.
Sugar:The Bitter Truth is a must-watch, but be warned it is pretty much a lecture.
From the UCSF’s Osher Center of Integrative Medicine.
Been engrossed with researching and optimizing my approach to better health and saw the above video on Youtube. I’ve always been puzzled by why babies are being fed apple juice/mash when they can barely walk, and this isn’t even considering their still developing digestive systems (takes 6-8mths to fully ‘mature). Chubby babies are less cute to me now. :\
Access only to abstract(attached below) if you do not have an AJCN account. The data collated from extensive studies pretty much proves diets high in saturated fat aren’t detrimental to cardiovascular health.
Background: A reduction in dietary saturated fat has generally been thought to improve cardiovascular health.
Objective: The objective of this meta-analysis was to summarizethe evidence related to the association of dietary saturatedfat with risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), stroke, and cardiovasculardisease (CVD; CHD inclusive of stroke) in prospective epidemiologicstudies.
Design: Twenty-one studies identified by searching MEDLINE andEMBASE databases and secondary referencing qualified for inclusionin this study. A random-effects model was used to derive compositerelative risk estimates for CHD, stroke, and CVD.
Results: During 5–23 y of follow-up of 347,747 subjects,11,006 developed CHD or stroke. Intake of saturated fat wasnot associated with an increased risk of CHD, stroke, or CVD.The pooled relative risk estimates that compared extreme quantilesof saturated fat intake were 1.07 (95% CI: 0.96, 1.19; P = 0.22)for CHD, 0.81 (95% CI: 0.62, 1.05; P = 0.11) for stroke, and1.00 (95% CI: 0.89, 1.11; P = 0.95) for CVD. Consideration ofage, sex, and study quality did not change the results.
Conclusions: A meta-analysis of prospective epidemiologic studiesshowed that there is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of CHD or CVD. More data are needed to elucidate whether CVDrisks are likely to be influenced by the specific nutrientsused to replace saturated fat.
Regina Spektor on stage with the fantastic Reggie Watts backing up. Love the little things added here and there. Now I’ll have her albums on loop for the next few days again.
Got stopped on the way home today by employees from the Singapore Heart Foundation. They were raising funds (to tune of a minimum 10 dollar donation) that were to be put forward to public awareness programs.
I usually get out of these situations before a spiel kicks in but decided to hear it (her cute earnestness might have played a part). It didn’t go for much more than 20seconds than the 1 minute she asked for and so I asked for more information about this supposed public awareness information and where I could find it.
No brochures, not even a coherent statement could be extracted from said employee. I put forth (quite nicely) that I could not donate or contribute unless I was clear on the cause and that it was aligned with my own recent change in approach to eating/living healthy. I was then offered to look at the SHF’s annual report for information, which of course was completely irrelevant.
Think about all the public health education programs and information you’ve been force-fed or seen in passing for the last 20 years, how much of that has changed since then? There’s too much at stake in agriculture and world politics to change the way things are, and hell if I’m going to led to sub-par nutrition and long-term medications in my later years. Same problems with the global approach to environment problems, but I digress.
Major fail on SHF’s part for even organizing such public fund runs without a clear campaign structure. Stop wasting resources please, this goes out to every other public awareness campaign out there. Their website isn’t even worth looking at if one is serious about heart health. You could probably get the same information from a Health Education textbook in a primary school. Just look here for the usual food pyramid (tldr: 60% carb diets and control fat intake) that has never been proven to be ‘good’ in any study, let alone one that I’ll follow.
Just to lighten things up, here’s a trailer(Link) for House of Numbers, a real whackjob of a documentary. It’s an example of what ‘could-be’ happening around us. The selective interview cuts in the trailer alone is making me want to watch this contentious film.
Daily Show awesomeness.
Japanese kid getting rejected.
One of Buzzfeed’s The 20 Most Important Kids Of 2009 series.