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By gzt (Mon Mar 08, 2010 at 01:23:17 PM EST) gzt, spock, angel food, star wars (all tags)
I've had that song stuck in my head for a while. My wife wasn't familiar with it, and it's hard to explain how the song goes to somebody who doesn't know it. "Doot dee doot dee doot dee dootdee..."

We watched Star Wars last night. It was, alas, the "fixed up" version. The clean-up in some scenes is good, but the additional crap is terribly annoying. Unfortunately, there is no version available that has clean-up but no additional crap. Seriously, guys, we don't need the comic relief of little creatures running around or storm troopers falling off of beasts of burden. I was nodding off toward the end despite myself. Quite enjoyable. It's the first time Teh Wife and I have watched Star Wars together. GEORGE LUCAS, WHY DO YOU SCREW UP EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH THESE DAYS?!

Oh damn, I have a conference call in a couple minutes where I'm telling people how to use this bloody tool I made like two years ago. I tried to make it user friendly. And... that went well, they seem a bit brighter than the last people to handle it.

Experimenting with high bar squats. Did 315# for a few easy triples. They stress me in a much different way from low bar squats. I only did triples (instead of 5s) because I'm still getting accustomed to them and it feels like the thing holding me back is maintaining tightness, just like front squats, so triples are better than higher rep sets. I think I'll be acclimated by next workout, though, so I'll do 315 for 3 sets of 5 and then add poundage accordingly in the coming days. No elbow pain. That's still a disappointingly low weight. Then the bench sets just rocketed up after the squats. Huzzah.

Whether supplements are worth it. It's interactive! I forget whether I stole this from somebody's diary here or facebook or what. Not surprisingly, vitamin D and fish oil are high up there. Also not surprising: vitamin C supplementation is not really worth it unless you have scurvy. Mildly suprised by probiotics, they seemed like hyped-up hippie nonsense. Noticed: they didn't have anything about bone health in there, ie calcium and vitamin D. They'd be right up there at the top, especially for women. But, anyway, this thing isn't perfect, it's not the definitive word on what's good and what's wack, but there is some value a lay person can take away (I say that as a layman).

Hmm. My credit card rewards account says I have 25,000 more points than I should have. Like a pinch on the neck of Mr. Spock (SPOCK!). If it sticks around, I'm redeeming it. Hmm. It shows up in print on my statement. I think that means it's mine...

Have you got any angel food? Maybe... a cake?

It's time for lunch.

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supplements by garlic (2.00 / 0) #1 Mon Mar 08, 2010 at 03:20:52 PM EST
I was hoping it was going to talk about diets and supplements. My research implies that it's a good idea for vegan's to take b13, D, calcium and iron. It didn't show if a 40 day vegan needed to worry about it.

40 days by gzt (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon Mar 08, 2010 at 03:33:59 PM EST
Unless you're on a McDonald's diet or are a competitive athlete, what you do for 40 days isn't going to matter.

Okay, that's kind of false. You can get anemic from lack of iron in 40 days. Calcium is more of a long-term thing. Vitamin D should be supplemented for everybody. I don't know if you can get anemic from lack of B12 in that timeframe, but it wouldn't hurt to supplement.

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b12 deficiency by garlic (2.00 / 0) #3 Mon Mar 08, 2010 at 03:51:24 PM EST
should take a while I believe, but it's effects are not reversable like most other vitamin difficiencies seem to be.

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well, that depends... by gzt (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Mar 08, 2010 at 03:56:51 PM EST depends on severity and duration. I don't think 40 days is enough for irreversible damage even in the worst case.

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sort of relatedly by garlic (2.00 / 0) #5 Mon Mar 08, 2010 at 04:25:34 PM EST
that is awesome by gzt (2.00 / 0) #7 Mon Mar 08, 2010 at 05:10:37 PM EST
I didn't know scurvy was so hard.

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B12 by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #8 Mon Mar 08, 2010 at 06:58:55 PM EST
Assuming you've not had the relevant part of your small bowel removed, you should go 15-20 years without vitamin D from a healthy adult level before getting any damage from it.

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Saw that by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #6 Mon Mar 08, 2010 at 04:36:03 PM EST
I had to stop mentally mocking my wife for the probotic stuff she swears by.  I was also shocked that St. Johns Wort actually works.

I found it amusing that Creatine was up there, but for "cognitive enhancement".
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hmmm by littlestar (2.00 / 0) #10 Mon Mar 08, 2010 at 07:17:10 PM EST
I'd hold off on stopping the internal mocking. Everything I have read says probiotics is malarky being eaten in yogourt. Think of what your stomach does to things you eat; now, what is it they say the probiotics are supposed to be doing after being digested? Hmmm....


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Spores by lm (2.00 / 0) #11 Mon Mar 08, 2010 at 07:38:56 PM EST
Tough little buggers.

I did a bit of research into the topic back in 2003. At the time, there was quite a bit of evidence that L. Acidophilus in probiotic foods could survive to the intestines and take up residence.

The most interesting thing, I think, is that the probiotic supplements (powders, pills, etc.) on the market at the time mostly didn't actually have many live organisms. But yogurts and kefirs and the like had plenty.

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Interesting by littlestar (2.00 / 0) #14 Tue Mar 09, 2010 at 06:23:34 AM EST
I'm certainly interested, I have gut issues and had initially read they were possibly useful but of late have read a number of papers saying the effect is insignificant, even if a few spores do make it into your gut. But, new things are learned everyday, I shall continue to read on the subject, if they would help I'd be happy to have more spores take up residence in my gut! 


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There's also prebiotics. by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #15 Tue Mar 09, 2010 at 10:02:13 AM EST
Which I suspect are more significant. They're the things like soluble fibre and the like, which are not digestible by people, but are relatively easy for symbiotic bacteria to break down.

I think.

And oily fish is good for the bowel.

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2003 was light years ago as far as research goes by lm (2.00 / 0) #16 Tue Mar 09, 2010 at 06:18:20 PM EST
If you're interested in the topic and hit Google Scholar to search on `probiotic' and `efficacy', you'll find a good number of relevant articles.

If any of the articles interest you, send me the reference and I'll check to see if I have access through one of the electronic databases at the university. If I do, I can pass along a copy. My university doesn't have a medical school so I might not have access to the most interesting journals. But I can offer what I can.

Kindness is an act of rebellion.
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Indeed by littlestar (2.00 / 0) #17 Tue Mar 09, 2010 at 08:53:13 PM EST
The studies I was reading saying that they don't do much are from last year and this year, so I have to agree with that statement. It's hard to keep up with the world of research. :)


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Hee hee hee by littlestar (2.00 / 0) #9 Mon Mar 08, 2010 at 07:15:25 PM EST
I could hear that song in my head when I read that.

I found the link very confusing and not well presented, probiotics is at the top (in the strong, blue) AND in the bottom slight? And both probiotics and St.Johns wart being presented as strong is not in keeping with anything I have read of late. Sooo... it seems like a neat idea, but dunno how much real data value it has.


If you play with the interactive.... by gzt (2.00 / 0) #12 Mon Mar 08, 2010 at 07:53:07 PM EST
...when you hover, it tells you what things the bubble in question is for. so it's good at one thing and questionable at another. I'd review recommendations before acting on what a bubble graph tells me.

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What? by littlestar (2.00 / 0) #13 Tue Mar 09, 2010 at 06:11:36 AM EST
But I had been making all current plans based on bubble graphs??? Isn't this good!?!!? D-uh-oh.


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