Monthly Archives: August 2016

The Blind Spot

okiamandmeA concert held by a friend of mine recently involved an interesting experiment. For one song we were all asked to listen blindfolded while Okiem played piano accompanied by a 10 piece orchestra. This was an interesting experience although at the time I did not realize that the blindfold handed out and stored in my pocket would prompt me to try another experiment later on that week.
I have just finished an excellent book called Tripping Over The Truth. A history of the flawed approach to tackling Cancer and how a perhaps more promising metabolic path first mentioned by Otto Warburg has for too long been ignored. One paragraph that really caught my eye was that blind people suffer less with all known cancers. One theory being that they are more in tune with their Circadian rythmns. In other words they are not effected by night time light and as a result sleep better and produce more or at least adequate Melatonin.
Now I am sure you can see (no pun intended) where this is going. There is plenty of research linking poor quality of sleep and the production of stress hormones such as Cortisol. There is also a growing line of thinking that stress may be the strongest factor in promoting heart disease. Certainly countries suffering large mass traumatic stress see big spikes in heart attacks. Now I have long been a believer that if you can for one minute just imagine how you feel on those odd days when you sleep uninterrupted like the proverbial baby for 8 hours the night before. Now imagine every day was like that. Where do you think your health would be ?. For that matter where would your life be?. I am sure you would be more successful in all departments as you utilize that fantastic feeling of well being that comes on those days.
Needless to say prompted by all this I have been experimenting with wearing a face mask during the night time. After the initial hi ho silver jokes I can report that I do seem to be sleeping deeper. If I can couple this up with my theory on fiber (check pea consumption in my case) and the elimination of night time bathroom visits then who knows I may even consider buying a white horse.

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Carbs and Saturated Fat

Mounting evidence suggests that a low carb high fat diet is healthy and part of our trouble has been the last 40 years or so of high carb low fat recommendations. Sat fat is not the devil unless it ends up being stored in your blood stream but consuming it does not guarantee this will happen. Simple carb’s seem to be the accomplice that promote saturated fat into the blood stream. As the speaker in this excellent presentation suggests, a marbled steak with lots of potatoes and rice can be a killer but with just vegetables its a different proposition.