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General => Health & Sports => Topic started by: random axe on November 06, 2008, 07:51:41 PM

Title: Weird Medical News
Post by: random axe on November 06, 2008, 07:51:41 PM
Got Migraines?  Then you might be much less likely to get breast cancer (http://www.newsdaily.com/stories/tre4a518l-us-migraine-cancer/).

Um . . . especially if you're a woman.

Seems to be an estrogen thing, but this seems like a promising line of research.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on November 06, 2008, 10:42:05 PM
Um. Thank Goddess!
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: Hedaira on November 06, 2008, 11:21:51 PM
Heh. Men can get breast cancer. It's rare, but it happens.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: random axe on November 07, 2008, 09:38:40 AM
Yeah -- I just figure the odds won't be lowered so much, for guys, since the odds are so low to begin with.

The same day, I also saw an article that "vigorous activity" may protect against breast cancer.  The article kept using that phrase and not, say, 'exercise', which made me wonder if they were getting at something.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on November 07, 2008, 02:30:14 PM
Best pickup line evar.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: random axe on November 08, 2008, 08:59:24 AM
Really?

"Nice breasts!  I'd love to help you protect those from cancer.  Vigorously help."

I think I'll stick with mesmerism.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on November 08, 2008, 01:39:54 PM
:harumph:

That's not what I meant! Well, not exactly.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: hajen on November 08, 2008, 02:19:42 PM
 :lol:  :rollin:
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: random axe on November 08, 2008, 02:39:14 PM
I am . . . not good with pickup lines.  I admit this wholeheartedly.  My sex-inducing speech skills don't come into play until a woman already knows me a little.

I am shy and reserved.  :batteyes:

Anyway,  :boobies:
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on November 08, 2008, 02:42:48 PM
Yeah, honestly, in my experience pickup lines are nothing more than ironic conversational icebreakers in situations where actually developing a relationship right there on the spot is out of the question.

Of course, that's always been out of the question for me. I just do not have that kind of effect on women no matter what I say!
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: random axe on November 08, 2008, 02:52:35 PM
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I just do not have that kind of effect on women no matter what I say!

Well, how about, Hey, baby -- I promise not to talk!


:bolt:


When I was a barfly in Florida, we heard endless bad pickup lines, and we used to make up parody pickup lines, well aware that they might work equally well.  "You'd look even more beautiful if you'd agree to have sex with me later!" or "We haven't met, but I was wondering if we could have sex first and then get to know each other afterward, assuming the sex wasn't too dismal." or "I'm too nice to ask for a blowjob in the parking lot, but maybe we could go back to my place." etc, etc.

But it's hard to do worse than lines you can actually overhear being used in bars.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: sm0k4 on November 08, 2008, 04:01:24 PM
A male friend of mine was partial to "I have a ten inch tongue and I can breathe through my ears".

Never saw it actually work though. The line, not the tongue.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: mo on November 08, 2008, 04:03:38 PM

When I was a barfly in Florida...

Wow. For a brief moment there, I had this vision of axe in Mickey Rourke's role of Henry in the movie Barfly (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092618/). 

:eek: That was ...odd.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: stormneedle on November 09, 2008, 12:46:31 PM
I am . . . not good with pickup lines.  I admit this wholeheartedly.  My sex-inducing speech skills don't come into play until a woman already knows me a little.

I am shy and reserved.  :batteyes:

Anyway,  :boobies:
I'm still no good at it. Marriage makes it harder - you know if you really mess up, you are most definitely going to see that woman again the next night, and she will laugh.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: random axe on November 09, 2008, 01:26:57 PM
Yeah, but she should laugh and give you a good-natured pat on the back, or tug on the crank.



I was the barfly who didn't actually drink booze.  That's probably why I noticed more of the weird shit going on around me.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: random axe on November 13, 2008, 03:28:22 PM
It's too early to be certain, and I haven't seen this widely reported yet, but there's a guy in Germany who seems to have been cured of AIDS (http://www.ajc.com/health/content/health/stories/2008/11/13/germany_AIDS_cure_transplant.html?imw=Y).

Guy had AIDS for over ten years.  They gave him a bone marrow transplant from someone who has a partial resistance to AIDS.  This isn't the first time -- it may be the third time the procedure has worked -- and they're not yet 100% sure it's worked.  If this method does work, though, it's the kind of thing that could probably be accomplished through gene therapy, and not necessarily require a transplant.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: whidB on November 13, 2008, 05:07:52 PM
Don't be silly. The only way to cure AIDS is to get rid of all the ho mosexuals...
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: eldiem on November 13, 2008, 09:14:36 PM
Don't be silly. The only way to cure AIDS is to get rid of all the ho mosexuals...

And the first way to do that is to make sure they can't get married and pass their genes onto their offspring. Way to take a lead on the fight against AIDS, California!!
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: Hedaira on January 16, 2009, 12:37:53 AM
Axe. The coffee.

http://barfblog.foodsafety.ksu.edu/2009/01/articles/food-safety-communication/id-like-to-compliment-you-on-the-shape-of-your-skull-coffee-can-be-a-hallucinogen/
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: NexR on January 16, 2009, 12:53:52 AM
Well that explains a lot!
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: random axe on January 16, 2009, 10:50:20 AM
:lol:

I agree with the first commenter on that page, though.  Did they control at all for other factors?  I'm sure sleep-dep is a much greater factor than dietary caffeine, and sleep-dep people probably drink more coffee. 

There's actually some research that says that schizophrenics are prone to not only drinking booze but also coffee.  Weird but easily googled.  Makes you wonder about that guy who alway gets shouty when ordering at Starbucks.

Personally . . . I think I blame the crazy, then the sleep, then the habitualism (you get used to it, and that probably makes you more prone), and then the caffeine.  Although there are certainly days when the caffeine level probably gets a little too high.

I think I mentioned this before, but . . . I have some of that Shower Shock caffeinated soap, but I've never unwrapped it.  You can absorb caffeine through your skin much faster than through your digestive tract (hold not-too-hot coffee in your mouth if you want to get the caffeine out of it fastest), and I don't need to increase my odds of falling down in the shower.  I always mean to get a soap dish and try it as hand soap, though.

Still.  Potentially embarrassing.  'Can't sleep!  Washed my hands!'
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: Talix on January 16, 2009, 11:34:45 AM
I have caffeinated lip balm.  Eh.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: random axe on January 16, 2009, 11:37:44 AM
:hmm:  That might actually get me to wear lip balm.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on January 16, 2009, 11:42:36 AM
I have caffeinated lip balm.  Eh.

well damn. I want some!

/resolves to :smooch: :tal: more
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: stormneedle on January 16, 2009, 12:46:09 PM
Yeah, but the downside is that you'd have to stick to the lips.  :knotty:
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: Talix on January 16, 2009, 03:34:03 PM
 :D
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: hajen on January 16, 2009, 06:48:33 PM
Not if the lip-balm wearer also washed in caffeinated soap! ;)


.... tangent: caffeinated lube  :trance:
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: random axe on January 17, 2009, 11:33:57 AM
They tried a caffeinated wang rub for men (er . . . I guess it would tend to be for men, now that I mention it), to make your ardor harder, but apparently the FDA made them take it off the market, or something.

[cue 'up all night' joke]

I also saw caffeinated nipple paint, in a catalog, once.  Long ago.  I don't entirely understand, but that applies to a lot of the things I've seen.

Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on January 17, 2009, 12:22:00 PM
Speaking as an official old person, I would say that caffeinated sex hors d'oeuvres sounds like a great idea.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: random axe on April 22, 2009, 03:46:32 PM
Nail after nail in the HFCS coffin (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/23/health/23sugar.html?ref=health), although I suspect the corn industry will manage to keep the lid open for another decade or more. 

Just a few months ago, the chemical process by which HFCS damages the liver and pancreas was finally demonstrated, coinciding with another careful study linking it to obesity.  Now this study shows fructose-sweetened beverages significantly raise LDL and triglyceride levels in obese people while glucose-sweetened beverages don't.

The authors of the study were quick to emphasize 'fructose' vs 'high-fructose', and both common kinds of HFCS contain both fructose and glucose, but the implications are clear, in this case, and I'm sure the authors are just trying to reduce how much flak they get from the corn lobby.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on June 02, 2009, 02:19:10 PM
Space headaches (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8078477.stm).

So much for my plan to move into orbit to battle migraines.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: random axe on June 06, 2009, 01:02:49 PM
This is great news (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/06/090605081151.htm) but it's somehow retarded that it's really that simple.  Basically, researchers have found that if you take someone who has lost their vision due to corneal damage, slap some stem cells on a pair of contacts, and then have the patient wear the contacts for awhile, their corneas heal.  Significant improvement in as little as ten days.

It's cheap and easy and you don't even have to stay in the hospital.  Maybe stem cells really are almost everything they're cracked up to be.  Weird.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: hajen on July 26, 2009, 09:33:12 AM
putting honey on herpes lesions heals them faster and better than acyclovir, without side effects (http://www.medscimonit.com/abstracted.php?level=5&icid=11736)
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: eldiem on July 26, 2009, 10:57:31 AM
Very strange.

I wonder if it matters the type of honey. The real question I have is..how'd they get the honey to stay on? I've never rubbed honey on my skin, but I wouldn't think it would absorb like creams and such. Hmm.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: Hedaira on July 26, 2009, 11:12:03 AM
Honey is allegedly good for your hair, but, I'm reluctant to try it. I've tried beer in my hair and that made it pretty happy. (The hair, not the beer.) Kind of expensive tho.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: Talix on July 26, 2009, 11:47:30 AM
Very strange.

I wonder if it matters the type of honey. The real question I have is..how'd they get the honey to stay on? I've never rubbed honey on my skin, but I wouldn't think it would absorb like creams and such. Hmm.

I'll give it a shot next time I have a break-out and report back.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: random axe on July 26, 2009, 12:06:14 PM
I'm not surprised that honey works -- it works well for lots of topical applications -- but I know nothing about acyclovir.  It wouldn't surprise me in the slightest if drug companies marketed a nothing-special treatment as a targeted remedy for a specific special malady, though, either.

Honey doesn't get absorbed into the skin much, I think, but it performs a number of important functions.  It prevents dehydration, prevents wound contamination (ie, it keeps other crud from getting into the affected area), and it's strongly antimicrobial.  The side-effects would be that it's sticky (and is good at staying sticky) and may attract ants, bees, etc.  :eek:  Not like you'd have to use a handful, though, and I suppose you could probably lightly powder it.  That might make it gum up, though.  Dunno.

But it's not so different from an OTC antibiotic cream, in a lot of ways.  Stickier and smells better.  :shrug:

I like that someone decided to test this.  Is it a folk remedy, I wonder, or were they just sitting around and dreaming up stuff to try?  I wonder if they tried peanut butter.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: the other andrea on July 27, 2009, 06:28:31 PM
And now I understand the origin of the game "Ants in the Pants."
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: Tripper on August 02, 2009, 10:09:13 AM
Honey is allegedly good for your hair, but, I'm reluctant to try it. I've tried beer in my hair and that made it pretty happy. (The hair, not the beer.) Kind of expensive tho.

Just use the stuff you're saving up for Fizzball from obscure Norwegian drinking holidays.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on September 03, 2009, 04:49:29 PM
Oh man, this would be almost as good as bleeding from the nipples (http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/09/03/blood.tears.mystery/index.html).
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: Encino Man on September 03, 2009, 05:07:53 PM
Oh man, this would be almost as good as bleeding from the nipples (http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/09/03/blood.tears.mystery/index.html).

*coughbullshitcough*

no way that's real
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on September 03, 2009, 05:18:21 PM
Of course. They're not even faking it well. But it would be cool.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: random axe on September 03, 2009, 05:28:39 PM
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almost as good as bleeding from the nipples

Um . . . his nipples or ours?



edit:  I do like how the doctors say 'We have no idea what this is.  It'll have to run its course.'

I mean, if the patient dies of it, then the symptoms will probably taper off.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on September 03, 2009, 05:39:37 PM
:hmm:

Can you die of fake ailments? I'm not ruling it out.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: random axe on September 03, 2009, 05:43:45 PM
New Scientist just had a little article on 'the nocebo effect'.



edit:  I should say that I totally believe that bleeding from the tear ducts, among other eye-ish places, is totally possible.  My recent eye injury had me (on the first night) bleeding from under my eyelid (ugh), which could certainly look like tears'o'blood, depending on what you expect tears of blood to look like.

That kid looked like he was using halloween makeup to simulate bleeding from the conjunctiva, but whatever.  Lots of people can blow air through their tear ducts (although, personally, I never would), and being 'able' to bleed from them would be easier than that.

I was just amused by the doctor apparently saying 'I don't know what's wrong with you, so just walk it off.'  The Middle Ages could learn a lot from that attitude.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on September 03, 2009, 05:53:51 PM
Oooh!

I love the 13 more things that don't make sense (http://www.newscientist.com/special/13-more-things) article.

I'm now going to try to convince myself I've got a terminal ailment.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: random axe on September 03, 2009, 06:24:16 PM
Too Much Gold Syndrome, eh?  Yes, I've seen that.  Sad, very sad.  After about forty to sixty years of vast wealth and the endless suffering that simply doesn't go along with it, the patient inevitably succumbs.

Tsk tsk.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on September 03, 2009, 06:42:34 PM
Ooh I like that one. Tragic. Debilitating. Paaaaaaaaaainful.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on September 03, 2009, 06:43:19 PM
But yeah, dang. what is up with your bleeding from the eye? Have you thought of banishing the cat overnight tonight?
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: random axe on September 04, 2009, 12:30:59 PM
I'm less and less sure it was the cat.  Last night, when I got home from work, I was trying to carefully disinfect the area -- which, all things considered, doesn't look so bad now; customers no longer stare at my eye -- and I felt something odd and poky.  With the mirror and the tweezers and the steady hand, I (yeesh, I might add) plucked from my eyelid what sure looked like, well, a wasp's stinger.  I didn't see barbs, but the thing was very small, and it sure didn't come out easily.  Not an eyelash; this was up near the top outer edge of the lid.  Not an eyebrow hair, either.  Beats me.

The injury seems to be healing a lot faster since I removed the thing (which I was tempted to keep, but, what, am I going to send it to The Lab?).  But there are at least two discrete punctures and a shallow scratch, so no way was, um, my pillow infested with wasps, or something.  Thank effing God. 

I did an obsessively careful check of the pillow and then, nevertheless, switched to a different pillow, but I honestly have no idea at this point.

Just so long as it never happens again.  My eye itself seems fine.  I might've very slightly scratched the cornea, but nowhere near the iris, and it's basically just the eyelid that's inflamed.  And, again, it's much better today.

:shrug:
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on September 04, 2009, 12:34:43 PM
what, am I going to send it to The Lab?

I probably couldn't get time on the SEM but there are some nice dissecting scopes around, so, you totally could have! ;)
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: random axe on September 04, 2009, 01:00:54 PM
:lol:  :thumbsup:

Yeah, but if I ever want to sleep again, I might be better off not knowing.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: random axe on January 19, 2010, 06:29:33 PM
New breast cancer treatment breakthrough (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/01/100119103735.htm) not only kills even large tumors but may reduce the need for mastectomies by 90%.  That's a lot.

Should work for certain other kinds of cancers, too, including brain, bone, and prostate.  And it should be cheaper than the gamma knife currently is.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: stormneedle on January 19, 2010, 07:03:44 PM
So you stand in front of the (old decrepit) microwave and get cancer, and stand in front of (new shiny) microwave to get rid of it. I like when the books balance.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: mybabysmomma on January 19, 2010, 07:24:02 PM
Just out of curiosity,,,what organs can't be held relatively still?,,,well other than I guess the heart.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: stormneedle on January 19, 2010, 07:28:29 PM
I'm guessing the gut, blood and lungs.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: random axe on January 19, 2010, 07:33:44 PM
And my mighty wang.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: Hedaira on January 19, 2010, 11:08:32 PM
 :rollin:
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: the other andrea on January 20, 2010, 04:47:08 AM
:spittake:
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: random axe on February 27, 2010, 08:30:44 AM
You've probably all seen that Jenny McCarthy's kid isn't autistic, after all, and she now says that she doesn't believe vaccines cause autism.  Oops! 

You can tell her science is good because it's based on a single personal case.  That's always a good methodology.  Also, a single datapoint changes, and she vastly alters her theory.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: random axe on February 27, 2010, 10:20:52 AM
There was also that story claiming that liberal, atheist, monogamous men are statistically the smartest.  BUT I ALREADY KNEW THAT.

The story also pointed out that those men are less likely to breed.  I ALREADY KNEW THAT, TOO.

Except that agnostics are QED smarter than concluded atheists.  :harumph:
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on February 27, 2010, 12:33:35 PM
There was also that story claiming that liberal, atheist, monogamous men are statistically the smartest.  BUT I ALREADY KNEW THAT.

The story also pointed out that those men are less likely to breed.  I ALREADY KNEW THAT, TOO.

Except that agnostics are QED smarter than concluded atheists.  :harumph:

http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1968042,00.html

Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: random axe on March 23, 2010, 02:18:25 PM
Yet another study confirms (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100322121115.htm) that the HFCS 'alarmists' were right.

Short version:  High-fructose corn syrup leads to far more weight gain per calorie than other sweeteners.  This isn't entirely surprising, as studies in the last couple of years were finally able to show how HFCS messes with the liver and pancreas.

Bonus:  HFCS in the diet produces obesity more reliably than a high-fat diet does.  And the HFCS produces particularly bad obesity plus high triglycerides.  Excess fructose ==> fat compared to excess glucose ==> glycogen.

Next up is how HFCS effs you up when it's in conjunction with a high-fat diet.  So the irony is that getting a Value Meal with a diet soda probably is significantly better than getting one with a regular soda.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: the other andrea on March 23, 2010, 02:41:35 PM
Suck it, Corn Lobby!  :detta:
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: pdrake on March 23, 2010, 02:53:47 PM
hey! i posted that same article yesterday on my FB page. good eye, axe.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: mybabysmomma on March 23, 2010, 02:56:49 PM
So did my other friend in Vegas,,,weird
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: Encino Man on March 23, 2010, 03:12:14 PM
Jewish Coke. It works bitches.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: random axe on March 23, 2010, 03:28:31 PM
HFCS haters of the world, unite!

Weirdly, this week, also, a study showing another newly discovered way that HFCS damages the liver and leads to insulin resistance (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100322204628.htm).

This is why the corn industry has been pushing so hard for ethanol.  I think they've known for some time they're going to lose this one, and they could be the next screwed-in-court Big Tobacco.  Forty years of killing almost everybody and at least twenty years of knowing it and not saying anything = time to change the company name.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: pdrake on March 23, 2010, 04:10:12 PM
So did my other friend in Vegas,,,weird

do i know your other friend?
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: mybabysmomma on March 23, 2010, 04:36:24 PM
The one I was telling you about that did some Cirque work
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: flipper on March 23, 2010, 05:05:51 PM
HFCS haters of the world, unite!

Weirdly, this week, also, a study showing another newly discovered way that HFCS damages the liver and leads to insulin resistance (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100322204628.htm).

This is why the corn industry has been pushing so hard for ethanol.  I think they've known for some time they're going to lose this one, and they could be the next screwed-in-court Big Tobacco.  Forty years of killing almost everybody and at least twenty years of knowing it and not saying anything = time to change the company name.

It's almost impossible to avoid unless you make everything from scratch.  It's an ingredient in almost anything in the grocery store, restaurant, etc.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: random axe on March 23, 2010, 05:24:59 PM
Well, it's easier if you're like me and typically eat only about five different things.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: pdrake on March 23, 2010, 05:30:01 PM
it's not that hard to get rid of in your diet. the only things that i eat with it are a few different sauces that i don't care to make myself, ketchup, A1 some other things like that. i consume them so infrequently that it doesn't matter.

sometimes it's a pain trying to find something you'll like and sometimes it's a little more expensive, but i've also found some great stuff.

i found this strawberry/rhubarb jam that's so freaking good i couldn't believe it. i'll post a link when i get home. i think they make it on some farm near you flipper. i don't think it even has sugar in it.

oh, and if there's something you like that has HFCS i bet there's a natural way to make it.

i found a recipe for home made fiber one oatmeal chocolate bars. it called for marshmallow cream, but you can make your own with light corn syrup.

i'm not saying i never slip up and grab something or have a soda, but it's about 90% less than a year ago.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: Hedaira on March 23, 2010, 05:36:24 PM
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oh, and if there's something you like that has HFCS i bet there's a natural way to make it.


I use Sugar in the Raw. Sparingly. People need to learn to back down on the sweets. The less of them you eat, the sweeter things taste. I refuse to eat the artificial stuff that belongs in Frankenstein's lab.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: random axe on March 23, 2010, 07:09:05 PM
I use the sucralose a lot -- in coffee, in other words -- just because of my teeth.  But sucralose is like the king of current artificial sweeteners.  There are consistently no adverse effects until you get at least a few orders of magnitude above a realistic daily dose.  Even I can't possibly drink that much coffee.

But for anything I'm not sipping all day long, turbinado / raw sugar is my favorite, followed by any good old-fashioned sucrose.  I still avoid soda 98% of the time, even if it's made with real sugar, because it's typically acidic.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: pdrake on March 23, 2010, 07:42:42 PM
you could try stevia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stevia).
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: pdrake on March 23, 2010, 08:07:09 PM
one of the best things in the world (http://www.madeincalifornia.net/shop/category/Pmountainfruitco.html)

heat it up and pour it on ice cream, eat with a creamy brie, put on hot sourdough . . .

no wonder my cholesterol is high.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: eldiem on March 23, 2010, 08:22:01 PM
you could try stevia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stevia).

At this pharm school I toured yesterday, they took us out to the herbals garden, where, during non winter times (like now, stupid Chicago), they have all kinds of stuff growing. One of the students giving the tour told us that she routinely would see one particular person come out and steal a stevia leaf for her tea.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: random axe on March 23, 2010, 09:19:46 PM
I've heard stevia is OK, but I'm actually happy enough with sucralose.  I know there's some preliminary evidence that stevia may actually have health benefits, and they seem to have pretty much ruled out the dangers they once thought it posed.  But for the moment I'm good with the sucralose.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: Encino Man on March 23, 2010, 09:27:28 PM
you could try stevia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stevia).

Stevia tastes like ass. Srsly. Worst thing ever.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: Encino Man on March 23, 2010, 09:28:11 PM
Stevia tastes like sweet bleach or something. It's horrendous.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: flipper on March 23, 2010, 11:57:03 PM
it's not that hard to get rid of in your diet. the only things that i eat with it are a few different sauces that i don't care to make myself, ketchup, A1 some other things like that. i consume them so infrequently that it doesn't matter.

sometimes it's a pain trying to find something you'll like and sometimes it's a little more expensive, but i've also found some great stuff.
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Oh I know I can find it plenty of things without it.  My point is just read the labels in the grocery store.  Most breads have it.  Bisquick even has it FFS.  Poptarts, granola bars, energy bars, many cereals, snack foods, sports drinks (except for Gatorade), frozen entrees, most condiments.  Sure one can go to Whole Paycheck and avoid it, but that gets pricey. 

And then you go to just about any restaurant and I bet you that it's in just about every dish.  Back when I was a restaurant manager, I used to read the ingredients on the soups/sauces/mixes/etc. and they all had it in them.  That hamburger bun at your favorite burger joint?  Yep.  Just about any soup base will have it in there.  Desserts.  Yep.



Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: Hedaira on March 24, 2010, 09:09:01 PM
Yeah. Before I moved to Kentuckeh, I went to the co-op and bought only whole, raw, local foods. I made pretty much everything from scratch. I weighed a hell of a lot less and was healthier. I wish there was an affordable option here. We have Whole Paycheck and Freah Market. FM is better than WP - but both are wallet-raep expensive.
The only thing that can pit a dent in the HFCS industry is a tobacco style class action suit.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: pdrake on March 24, 2010, 09:20:41 PM
i know what you guys mean about the paycheck. it may be a little easier for me as it's on the way home from work, probably about 1 mile from home, and i'm just a single guy.

it's the whole foods that was on top chef vegas.

sometimes i'll just stop in for dinner that night. if i'm careful and don't wander around i can get out under $10.

we have another market here called sunflower that's mostly organic. it's across town in a lower income area, so the prices are considerably lower, but, like i said, it's across town.

trader joe's isn't bad and it's a little closer. still, it's not a stop on the way home. gas is spenive and i hate to drive.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: the other andrea on March 28, 2010, 05:29:43 AM
Hey, melina, not sure I welcomed you the first time, I've been a bit preoccupied...

however did you find this place?
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: Tripper on March 28, 2010, 09:29:39 PM
I've never been a sweets person, but I do like my chocolate every now and then.  Since we started cutting down and not eating out, we've cut a lot of junk out and not even realized it.  Most of my deliberate sugar intake during the day goes into my coffee or sweet tea and when I have something with HFCS (like a candy bar) it's like I get a HUGE energy jolt.

And yes, I know that even though it says "Sugar" on the bag, it doesn't mean cane sugar unless it specifically says it.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: pdrake on March 29, 2010, 01:39:53 PM
gotta wonder what up wit' china.

moobs (http://www.timeslive.co.za/sundaytimes/article377002.ece/Oh--man--what-a-pair-of-boobs)
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: random axe on March 29, 2010, 02:06:06 PM
Reckless industrialization.

Actually, you look at urban / industrializing areas of the US or UK a hundred years ago, you see pretty much the same kinds of random freak-show misdevelopment and disfigurement.

It's all basically phossy jaw and mercury contamination taking on other forms a la The Exorcist.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: pdrake on March 30, 2010, 04:26:41 PM
while just verging on the edge of medical news it does have chinese weirdness written all over it.

way to toss a salad there chin. (http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/cucumber-in-rear-was-failed-suicide-bid/story-e6frfku0-1225847704304)
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: random axe on March 30, 2010, 05:29:35 PM
Uh, no, that wasn't likely a suicide attempt.  He fell on it in the shower, as they say, but used a different story when the doctors arrived.

Happens all the time.  Embarrassing but rarely fatal.  The peculiar excuse might be a good example of Chinese weirdness, though.  And maybe he doesn't have a shower.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: random axe on April 07, 2010, 08:46:24 PM
Sweet zombie apocalypse! (http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2010/04/07/Pathogenic-fungus-loves-brain-sugar/UPI-19631270663672/)
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: mrcookieface on April 07, 2010, 08:50:20 PM
I'm draining my cerebral spinal fluid right now just to be safe.

I made a bitchin' siphon.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: pdrake on April 07, 2010, 08:59:13 PM
sounds painful

are you going to keep it on hand? i know they recommend tupperware to keep things fresh, but i'd go with a real vacuum seal.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: random axe on April 07, 2010, 09:36:39 PM
Drastic measures aside, this lends credence to my theory that zombieism is probably treatable during the early stages with systemic azoles, like they give people for toenail fungus.  There are even some OTC meds, although dunno (yet) if they're strong enough to be effective.

Currently non-exotic CNS cryptococcosis tends to be really hard to treat -- you wind up on lifelong suppression meds -- but the zombieism variant seems to be less lethal, albeit more virulent.  It just instills, shall we say, an aggressive questing behavior.

If this turns out to be true, I'd like to point out that I predicted it over 25 years ago.  Of course, if this turns out to be true, we'll be up to our armpits in zombies.  But it might mean that if you get bit, there's another option besides Kill Me Now and Kill Me When I Turn.

Of course, it also brings up the point that brains are slightly sweet.  Maybe we can lure zombies away with an appropriate confection.  I bet I could make a pretty convincing-looking brain out of Zarex and Circus Peanuts.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: pdrake on April 07, 2010, 09:41:51 PM
tacos de cabeza
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: stormneedle on April 07, 2010, 09:49:40 PM
Diabetic Zombie Ketoacidosis and flamethrowers...
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: random axe on April 07, 2010, 10:03:20 PM
You people are weird.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: stormneedle on April 07, 2010, 11:06:52 PM
What? Too much sugar causes insulin deficiency. Too little insulin leads to too many ketones, and one byproduct of that is acetone. One match in a field of well fed zombies and the problem becomes one of ash removal.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: random axe on April 07, 2010, 11:37:09 PM
Even people who are sick from doing Atkins wrong don't become flammable.

Besides, zombies on fire isn't always an improvement over zombines not on fire.  What you want to do is set up a burn pit that's too deep for them to climb out of, with a funnel leading them in, and then set up appropriate bait on the far side.  Even fast zombies are mighty stupid.

Some malls and other big shopping centers have semi-truck loading docks that are below ground level, with huge concrete ramps that start off extra wide but narrow toward the bottom, where there's a concrete surround and big heavy metal doors.  Try that, with gasoline or kerosene, if you don't have time to get a backhoe, but follow fire-safety guidelines.  The ramp will have drainage grates at the bottom, so you may need to plug those up ahead of time. 

A lot of those ramps have gates at the top, but it's faster, easier, and safer to just park something across the entrance once you have a bunch of zombies in there.  Add accelerant, add spark, retreat, repeat.

I still think driving around and mowing them down in a parking lot is even easier, but you do have to have the right kind of vehicle to make it easy.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: flipper on April 08, 2010, 01:59:14 AM
I have a brain jello mold from Dave's Cool Toys.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: pdrake on April 08, 2010, 02:26:23 AM
i'm working on a gummi/gelli formula right now. (learned from a professional that it's not a recipe, it's a formula.)

bought real ingredients. it's amazing how much crap they put in jello.

oh, briannnnnnnsssssssss .. . .
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: the other andrea on April 08, 2010, 10:50:02 PM
I have a brain jello mold from Dave's Cool Toys.

I've got a brainz jello mold too, unfortunately it's buried in my Halloween tubs -- it really needs to be part of the everyday kitchenware.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: random axe on April 22, 2010, 05:22:54 PM
I told you (http://io9.com/5520282/toxic-airborne-fungus-from-oregon-spreading-across-west-coast).

I really should've finished that cryptococcus-zombie novel all those years ago.  Anyway, prep your chainsaws or whatever your deterrent of choice may be.
Title: Re: Weird Medical News
Post by: random axe on January 20, 2011, 03:25:34 PM
Quote
An increasing number of men are suffering from a syndrome I’ve dubbed Sexual Attention Deficit Disorder. [...] Men with SADD tend to find themselves getting bored or impatient during sex, and suffering from mechanical “male-functions”

From This article about the social and health effects of web porn (http://pagingdrgupta.blogs.cnn.com/2011/01/20/how-porn-is-changing-our-sex-lives/?hpt=Sbin). 

:huh:  I hate to break it to him, but a hell of a lot of men could test positive for 'SADD' during any historical period.