There are 10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary, and those who don’t. –Unknown
After the catastrophe that was yesterday’s loss of all my writing (catastrophe to me; relief to some.) I am going to try again on the subject of idiocy that gets thrown about over the holidays.
If the posts look funny to you all, I’m sorry. Half the time when I put a space between two paragraphs, no space shows up when it is posted. But there’s nothing I can do to fix it, because in the draft version where you fix such things, the space is there.
The other half of the time, or when I try to get some space by adding several more “enter” hits at the end of the paragraph, it adds tons of space. Too much now. But when I try to reduce it to just one line’s worth, it goes back to having none. I’m not sure why this is.
But I think I’ve fixed it.
I’ll go on to other things now…
Against logic there is no armor like ignorance. –Laurence J. Peter
You knew it would happen. Thanksgiving is over, and now we must be subjected to a slew of articles about how to lose that holiday pound. Some of this advice is even packaged in implications designed to make you feel guilty: if you/us big fat Americans didn’t eat all this meat and all this fat at the holidays and get all fat and lazy and gorge yourselves/ourselves on fat and meat the whole world would be a better place.
Sorry folks. If you got a email saying there was a new blog post, it was true. There was. At the moment I tried to publish, it told me that there was an error and try again later. So in the meantime I was trying to edit it, and then the whole thing disappeared. It was of course long and now I don’t feel like starting over. I’ll try again tomorrow.
Just as a puppy can be more of a challenge than a gift, so too can the holidays. –John Clayton
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…
As Thanksgiving approaches and Christmas is not far behind, I have been noticing the articles online. Including a very grudgingly written article about how good manners dictates we provide food at our holiday for the vegetarian, for the people allergic to dairy, for the recovering alcoholic, for the people with nut allergies, for weird Aunt Sophie–and now, to top it all off, we have to accommodate those gluten-free nutjobs.
Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character. –Albert Einstein
When I say “finish up” of course I don’t mean that there’s nothing more to say. There’s always more that could be said, hence the continued existence of the Internet. And Alex Baldwin.
In the last few posts we talked about what cholesterol is, why you need it, why LDL and total cholesterol levels are not reliable markers for heart health, why HDL and your ratio of HDL to triglycerides is important as well as the fact that the real culprit in heart issues is ultimately inflammation.
…High cholesterol levels are really a symptom, not a cause of cardiovascular disease. Not understanding this fact, a lot of people take medicine to try to lower their LDL cholesterol levels artificially. Attempting to control through medication the enzymes that produce elevated cholesterol is analogous to playing pool with a rope. –Dr. Doug McGuff
We’ve already discussed how both LDL and HDL are lipoproteins that carry cholesterol around the body. LDL carries it to areas damaged by inflammation; HDL carries it back out.
When LDL particles are big and fluffy in size, they can easily be carried away by HDL and they are not so susceptible to oxidation, human “rusting,” that damages them and you. Very small LDL, sometimes known as VLDL, is very susceptible to oxidation and cannot be easily carried away by HDL. (of course all this is very simply put)
A good decision is based on knowledge, not numbers. –Plato
In the previous post we discussed some important foundational ideas when talking about cholesterol. Today we’ll start going into all this just a bit deeper, starting with what all those numbers mean and why I say that your total cholesterol number is meaningless for you, personally.
In scientific subjects, the natural remedy for dogmatism has been found in research. –Ronald Fisher
One of the most pervasive myths out there is that having high cholesterol will give you heart disease, and that eating cholesterol gives you high cholesterol. Like all good myths, there is a kernel–a small kernel–of truth to this. But in the main I’m just going to tell you right up front right now: this is baloney.
You can’t keep trouble from coming, but you don’t have to give it a chair to sit on. –New England Proverb
When I was visiting Brother #3 in this summer, he asked me:
Is there anything your magic diet doesn’t help with?
We both laughed–it was meant in jest, and he himself had seen some real benefits from changing up his way of eating. But what I said and thought at the time is: No. It does help just about everything.
Even though you weren’t there at the time, I’d like to clarify that statement for you. By it I do not mean that I think eschewing grains, sugars and Frankenfats and eating lots of saturated fat and meat is a miracle cure of any ailment. There are three things I do mean: