Wednesday, June 20, 2007


Many things have happened in the world in the last few days that have made me re-assess the ethics and beliefs of individuals and groups of people and also re-assess the things they do. And I always seem to come back to WHY and not come to a logical answer which my brain can comprehend. I was searching the internet and came across this quote on a website that discusses all thing BUDDHIST

"With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion."
~ Steven Weinberg

It is now 5:20 am and Beauty is WIDE awake and watching Winnie the Pooh videos on YouTube and she is bouncing around as happily as Tigger........AND singing Christmas Carols! Please sing some disney songs and record them on YouTube Belle , Beauty and I would love it. A friend in Beauty's class also has sleep problems and the other night was awake at 1am, stayed awake until school time and stayed awake all through school! All I can say is that I hope his poor mum caught up on her sleep when he was in school. Lack of sleep makes me physically want to be sick, sleep deprivation is not a nice thing.

Here are some of Beauty's friends.

Well according to the following report my love of bread and all carbs means that I am less at risk of bowel cancer.

Low-carb diet 'cancer risk' claim
Meat counter
Low carbohydrate dieters can eat larger amounts of meat
Low-carbohydrate diets may increase the risk of people suffering bowel cancer, scientists have claimed.

Researchers from Aberdeen's Rowett Research Institute believe there is a link between eating less carbohydrate and reducing cancer-fighting bacteria.

The Rowett study saw 19 overweight men given three diets containing different levels of carbohydrate.

Low-carbohydrate diets, such as Atkins, have their critics, however supporters say studies have shown effectiveness.

In the long run, it is possible that such diets could contribute to colorectal cancer
Prof Harry Flint
Rowett Research Institute

The researchers said they had discovered a link between consuming carbohydrate and the production of a fatty acid in the gut that protects against colorectal cancer.

The acid, called butyrate, is produced by bacteria and helps kill off cancerous cells.

The researchers said they found low-carbohydrate regimes could cause a four-fold reduction in the cancer-fighting bacteria.


A high carb diet puts me at risk of the following

A high-carbohydrate diet increases the risk of heart disease.


Harvard University researchers surveyed 75,521 women between the ages of 38 to 63 participating in a larger Nurses' Health Study. The women did not have any history of diabetes or heart disease. Using dietary information the women provided, the researchers calculated a value they called the glycemic load for each woman, based on the carbohydrate content of the foods consumed and calculations of how that food would increase blood sugar. The calculations also controlled for the amount of fat the women ate. Ten years later, 761 women had developed heart disease, 208 of whom had died from the disease.


A High-Carbohydrate Diet With Added Sugars Doubles Your Risk of Breast Cancer, Says New Research


High carbohydrate diet implicated in pancreatic cancer

Just GOOGLE The Risks of a High CarbDiet and be impressed at all the research that has been done in this area.


Research proves that research can prove just about anything

A new book pays tribute to winners of the Ig Nobel Prize, writes Mark Egan in New York.
Why do teenagers pick their noses? Why does toast usually fall buttered side down? Frivolous questions perhaps, but to Marc Abrahams, this is serious work.
Abrahams is the founder of the Ig Nobel Prizes. Like the Nobel prizes, which laud the world's brightest minds for writing top-notch literature or making the world a better place through scientific achievement, the Ig Nobels are awarded once a year.
Since 1991, Abrahams has been handing out prizes to people whose achievements "cannot or should not be reproduced".
One of the first winners was the former US vice-president Dan Quayle, who took the education award for "demonstrating, better than anyone else, the need for science education". Among the gaffes that won Quayle his Ig were: "It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it."
Now Abrahams has compiled a book, The Ig Nobel Prizes: The Annals of Improbable Research, which offers insight into some of the most bizarre research ever presented with a straight face.
Among the classic research recalled is a scientific paper penned by three Scottish doctors entitled "The Collapse of Toilets in Glasgow". After three patients in six months showed up in their emergency room with injuries sustained while sitting on lavatories, the intrepid doctors decided to investigate.
"Excessive age of the toilets was implicated as a causative factor. As many toilets get older episodes of collapse may become more common, resulting in further injuries," the doctors wrote in their groundbreaking 1993 paper.
"An obvious way of using a toilet without fear of collapse is . . . not to sit down, but to adopt a hovering stance," the paper offered by way of a solution.
For Abrahams, the key to winning an Ig is to have produced something where "the only reaction that is at all reasonable is that it makes you laugh and you think about it afterwards."

And there was me looking forward to eating copious amounts of bread again.

1 comment:

Steve said...

The Ig Nobel Prize sounds an excellent idea! I love the Dan Quayle quote. No wonder the planet is going down the toilet (but only if we hover above it)!




An Irish Blessing

(A Blessing from St. Patrick)
May the road rise to meet you,

May the wind be always at your back,

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

May the rains fall soft upon your fields,

And, until we meet again,

May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.