Interesting experiment though, maybe I'll try it...
--------It's political correctness gone mad!
I think it takes a couple of days for the famine response to kick in though.--It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?
The two thyroid hormones have many actions. One of the most important is to regulate the metabolism of nutrients and the consumption of oxygen in cells (i.e., the metabolic rate of tissues).
The hormones also stimulate the contraction of heart muscle and increase heart rate, stimulate nerve function, and increase the utilization of cholesterol and other nutrients
Presumably a slower heart rate reduces energy consumption to a degree though, and sounds like less cholesterol etc is wasted.
So it's not all bunk. But I do suspect that most people mentally exaggerate the effect. ``Oh, I'll just have to eat this ice cream right after dinner instead of right before I go to bed. Then I won't get fat.''
One of these days, I'm going to write a junk science book called the ``The Red Hot Chili Pepper Diet'' all about how consumption of capsaicin speeds up the metabolism. But the real secret to the diet will be that once one starts putting extremely hot chili peppers in everything, one eats far less.
Lost half a stone within a month.
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To say that it's purely a public sector thing and therefore purely this government is clearly balls. Anyone who has worked in corporate IT (or any other job that requires thinking) for the decade or so must have seen it. I am probably going to land in the shit at work because two directors asked me to change a "45" to a "60" in a config file (well, they asked me to make the system ... nevermind) and I did it. The official process takes a minimum of two weeks as it involves convening a meeting of about 6 senior people - which is bloody hard.
Anyhow, the point I wanted to make is that in a lot of large organisations, justifying how you spend your time ends up being more important than what you actually do.
As an aside, I am tempted to boycott the appraisal process this year. It's a lengthy process involving scoring in a large selection of "competencies". Before I waste my time, I want someone to admit:
I'm health and safety rep which means loads and loads of beauracracy and can be very tedious, but in this case I think it's justified. It needs to be thorough.
As for appraisals, I don't have to do any of that bullshit so yes, the public-sector-only argument is pretty flawed.