Parkinson’s Disease Is Irreversible


P arkinson’s Disease is a progressive, degenerative, irreversible condition for which there is currently no cure. Parkinson's Disease occurs due to damage and loss of brain cells.

The symptoms for Parkinson's begin slowly, but get progressively worse. These include tremors (shaking), slow movement, rigidity (stiffness), anxiety, dementia, memory loss and more. Parkinsons Disease UK has more details.

Remember, Parkinson's is progressive, degenerative and irreversible.

Browsing the web I came across:
Marilyn Deaton, 60, of New York dined almost exclusively on fat for a month and saw some improvement in her Parkinson's symptoms. The results, included modest improvements in balance, tremors and mood.
The lady goes on a diet, loses 26lbs in weight and improves her Parkinson's Disease. What is this wonder diet?

The Science Of Spiciness - Video



Rose Eveleth

Short video on spicy food, how and why we experience them.

Sugar More Addictive Than Cocaine


Rats Prefer Sugar To Cocaine

PLoS ONE. 2007; 2(8): e698.
Published online 2007 Aug 1. doi:  10.1371/journal.pone.0000698
PMCID: PMC1931610
Intense Sweetness Surpasses Cocaine Reward
Magalie Lenoir,# Fuschia Serre,# Lauriane Cantin, and Serge H. Ahmed*
Bernhard Baune, Academic Editor
Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1931610/

Background

R efined sugars (e.g., sucrose, fructose) were absent in the diet of most people until very recently in human history. Today overconsumption of diets rich in sugars contributes together with other factors to drive the current obesity epidemic. Overconsumption of sugar-dense foods or beverages is initially motivated by the pleasure of sweet taste and is often compared to drug addiction. Though there are many biological commonalities between sweetened diets and drugs of abuse, the addictive potential of the former relative to the latter is currently unknown.


Arthur de Vany - Evolutionary Fitness



Talk On Evolutionary Fitness And Diet

Talk in two parts. Part 2 is the first part. Part 1 is the second part.

Confusing, but that's the way it is.

Active Isolated Stretching - Video 5

Five Videos Using Active Isolated Stretching

  • Contract into stretch position
  • Apply light pressure
  • Stretch for two seconds
  • Relax and repeat

Video #5 - Shoulders & Neck, Biceps & Triceps, Pectorals

Active Isolated Stretching - Video 4

Five Videos Using Active Isolated Stretching

  • Contract into stretch position
  • Apply light pressure
  • Stretch for two seconds
  • Relax and repeat

Video #4 - Calves, Shins, Feet, Abdominals.

Active Isolated Stretching - Video 3

Five Videos Using Active Isolated Stretching

  • Contract into stretch position
  • Apply light pressure
  • Stretch for two seconds
  • Relax and repeat

Video #3 - Abductors, Adductors, Quadriceps, Back & Obliques.

Active Isolated Stretching - Video 2

Five Videos Using Active Isolated Stretching

  • Contract into stretch position
  • Apply light pressure
  • Stretch for two seconds
  • Relax and repeat

Video #2 - Hips, External Rotators, Hamstrings, Adductors.

Active Isolated Stretching - Video 1



Five Videos Using Active Isolated Stretching
  • Contract into stretch position
  • Apply light pressure
  • Stretch for two seconds
  • Relax and repeat
Video #1 - Hips, Internal Rotators, Hamstrings.

Stretching - Good Or Bad?


Thoughts On Stretching

I stretch. I have no proof it helps, but I feel good with a post-workout stretch, as opposed to no-stretch. I stretch and hold for 20 seconds, as generally recommended in exercise books and published papers.

I still have unresolved issues regarding stretching. I read several articles on stretching, the general consensus being its beneficial, but with no degree of certainty and some doubt.

Instinctively and intuitively I know stretching is good, but I don't have the scientific evidence to back this view.

The World Turned Upside Down: The Second Low-Carbohydrate Revolution

I Am Reading

If you want a well thought out comprehensive case for going low-carb, read The World Turned Upside Down: The Second Low-Carbohydrate Revolution.

Richard David Feinman is Professor of Cell Biology at State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY.

As a biochemist Dr Feinman has a better understanding of the intricate workings of the body's complex systems, than most medical doctors.

Prof Feinman argues the case against carb consumption and its deleterious effects on health. He also disassembles the case against eating saturated fats.

Phytic Acid In Food



What is phytic acid and why should I care?

P hytic acid is the storage form of phosphorus found in many plants, contained in the bran or shell of grains, nuts and seeds. Herbivores easily digest phytic acid, but humans cannot.

What does phytic acid do?

Phytic acid binds to minerals and prevents them being absorbed into the body. These include iron, zinc, magnesium, copper, etc. We easily absorb minerals when phytic acid is not present. Phytic acid also interferes with certain enzymes such as pepsin and trypsin.

What should I do?

Minimise consumption of beans, legumes, grains, nuts and seeds. This will allow the body to fully absorb the minerals present in foods. Nuts and seeds both contain much higher levels than either grains or beans.

Do Not Stretch While Cold



Warning!

S tretch after exercise. Not before. At the end of exercise, while your muscles are hot, supple, elastic, flooded with blood, oxygen and nutrients. Stretch.

I read Doug McGuff's book, Body-By-Science, a few months back, in which he does not recommend stretching. McGuff explains that stretching does not improve strength. I like McGuff and I like his work. I disagree with him on this one.

McGuff may be correct, it will not improve strength, but I reckon it will improve flexibility.

I followed McGuff recos for about a year, doing High Intensity Training, to failure. I still train to failure each session at the gym. I now stretch at the end of each workout. I do 30 to 45 minute on machines, then 15 minutes of stretches. Stretching has made a huge difference to post workout and flexibility.

The Driver - Movie

The Driver (1978)

L aconic, stoic, professional getaway driver Ryan O'Neal, outmanoeuvring Bruce Dern's obsessive, dirty cop, who's trying to set him up for a bank heist. Some crazy stunt driving through late-70s downtown L.A.  Car chase in the warehouse is played out like a chess game.

Walter Hill showing Nicolas Winding Refn how its done.

Go watch it.

Name: The Driver
Year: 1978
Director: Walter Hill
Stars: Ryan O'Neal, Bruce Dern, Isabelle Adjani
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Runtime: 91 min
Rating: 7.2 / 10

Wild Tales - Movie

Wild Tales (2014)

T otally hilarious black comedy from Argentina, composed of six separate stories of tragic events that happen to hapless protagonists. Spanish with English subtitles.

Must watch.

Name: Wild Tales
Year: 2014
Director: Damian Szifron
Stars: Darío Grandinetti, María Marull, Mónica Villa
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Runtime: 122 min
Rating: 8.2 / 10

Safe House - Movie

Safe House (2012)

P osted to a safe-house in South Africa, a CIA greenhorn, finds himself entrusted with the protection of a rogue agent, after the safe house is attacked. On the run from unknown adversaries. without help from his employers.

Fast paced action with performances from Washington and Reynolds. Surprised it got such a low score on IMDB. It probably deserved at least a 7 / 10.

Give it shot.

Name: Safe House
Year: 2012
Director: Daniel Espinosa
Stars: Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery
Runtime: 115 min
Rating: 6.8 / 10

Side Effects - Movie

Side Effects (2013)

A young woman murders her husband after taking a new anti-depressant drug prescribed by her psychiatrist. She has no recollection of the event due to drug amnesia. Is she innocent of the crime?

Another Soderbergh movie. Good performance from Law and Mara.

Worth a look.

Name: Side Effects
Year: 2013
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Stars: Jude LawRooney Mara.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Runtime: 106 min
Rating: 7.1/10

Mad Max: Fury Road - Movie

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

B ig explosions, car crashes, tricks on wheels, stunts, chases and little else. Dialogue is tired and predictable. Characters are shallow, stoic, distant and uninteresting. Charlize Theron is surprising good, as is Tom Hardy.

The movie is very well shot, with some beautiful colours. Aside from the explosions and crashes, there's little else to watch or engage.

Save your money. Go skating instead.

Name: Mad Max: Fury Road
Year: 2015
Director: George Miller
Stars: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron.
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi.
Runtime: 120 min
Rating: 8.5/10

Human Destructiveness - Book

I Am Reading

Human Destructiveness by Anthony Storr

Discusses the psychological and biological roots of aggression and violence in animals and in man.

Common Agonist / Antagonist Muscle Pairs

Muscle work in pairs. When one muscle contracts, its opposite relaxes, and vice versa. That allows the lifting and lowering to happen. (Flexion / Extension). If the opposing muscle does not relax, the action cannot occur, not matter how hard the active muscle contracts.

Opposing muscles are called agonist / antagonist.

Short list of common agonist / antagonist muscle pairs.
  • pectorals / latissimus dorsi
  • anterior / posterior deltoids
  • trapezius / deltoids
  • abdominals / spinal erectors
  • left / right external obliques
  • quadriceps / hamstrings
  • shins / calves
  • biceps / triceps  
  • flexors / extensors forearm

The Worlds Best Sugar Free Barbeque Sauce

The Worlds Best BBQ Sauce

Ingredients

1 Tbsp butter or coconut oil
1 cup sweet onion, diced small
1 Tbsp soy sauce
3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp dry mustard powder
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1 tsp chipotle chili powder
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
1 1/2 cups homemade chicken stock (or beef or vegetable)
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/2-1 tsp stevia powder (or sweetener of choice)

Muscle Protein Breakdown After Resistance Exercise

O n training forums, there are questions and recommendations on the amount and timing of protein intake. Much of it, I take to be hearsay, speculative and anecdotal.

The findings in the study below, indicate that muscle protein breakdown and synthesis does NOT occur 60 minutes after resistance exercise. It appears to start 180 minutes or more after exercise.

Much of the talk and recommendations of taking high protein shakes and meals immediately before, during and after a workout, seem to be unfounded and misplaced.



The Future of Oil - Video

The Future of Oil (2006)

A nother take on the oil situation, with less talk of doom and the end of civilization. Prof Roland Horne, of Stanford University, explains how much oil we have left. Gives the history of oil production, Peak Oil, and current oil exploration.

There's approximately Two Trillion barrels of oil left on earth, but we'll only be able to extract half. We've used around One Trillion barrels to date, with demand growing as China and India develop, and catch up with the west.

A Crude Awakening - The Oilcrash

Peak Oil Documentary (2006)

I f you haven't heard of peak oil, here's a primer for what's in store when the world runs out of oil. Its hard to comprehend how oil is so ubiquitous. It's everywhere and in everything, from our food, our cars to our clothes, footwear, medicine, phones and more. It's in everything.

Essential viewing.

Runtime: 94 mins.

Solaris - Movie

Solaris (2002)

A psychologist is dispatched to a space station orbiting an uncharted planet, to resolve the strange problems experienced by the on-board crew.

Well made psychological movie by Soderbergh. I don't like much of his work, but I did like this one.

Give it a shot.

Name: Solaris
Year: 2002
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Stars: George Clooney, Natascha McElhone
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Runtime: 99 min
Rating: 6.2 / 10