Many people take time to think about the year just passed and the new one arriving; some of these memories are not necessarily happy or positive ones, but many also show amazing growth and achievements of ourselves and those we love.
Last year, I was probably sitting in this same chair in an internet café in Tanzania as I am today, taking a brief break from the insufferable temperatures, my active volunteer work with natives and my photo-journalism. Last year, I was in incredible pain much of the time (compliments of OA of course) as my right knee continued to completely disintegrate. I am forever grateful for my incredible orthopedic surgeon in the U.S. (as well as my healer in Africa) who have made radical changes in my life. The healer suggested I change my diet to help my body heal better (a small change that excluded spicy foods). My surgeon was astounded, when four weeks after a total knee replacement including a patella, he observed that my incision was completely he...
Fat is bad, right? I'm not talking about the fats we eat
here. I mean the fat on your body. The less fat, the healthier you are.
Everyone knows that.
But maybe everyone is wrong.
New research in the laboratory of C. Ronald Kahn at the Joslin Diabetes
Center suggests that some fat, namely subcutaneous fat, may actually be healthy
and may protect people from getting metabolic diseases like diabetes .
There are two basic classes of fat in the body: brown fat
and white fat. Brown fat seems to serve as a heat source, and this is an
important function in many animals. For example, newborn lambs have brown fat
around their kidneys, and when they're born in subzero weather, this fat is
burned to produce heat and keep them from freezing to death.
I used to breed my sheep, and if I found a dead recently
born lamb, I could look at the kidneys to see if they contained brown fat. If
they did, the lamb had probably been stillborn. If the brown fat was gone,
[Humor] In a sometimes-futile attempt to keep up to date with diabetes news, I scan at least the titles of about 40 blogs every day, plus the table of contents from almost 40 scientific journals when they come out. Diabetes news is coming so fast and furiously these days that it's sometimes really overwhelming, and I need to take a break to laugh. Sometimes the titles of news reports do just that for me. Here are a few of them, along with my thoughts in italic: Difference Between Fish and Humans Um, actually, I don't need a scientific study to figure that one out. US -- Russia Polar Bear Treaty ratified We're having so much trouble getting along with other nations. I'm glad at least the polar bears are making peace. Endangered Wild Ox Given Lifeline Isn't that one of those things you wear around your neck so you can say, "Help! I've fallen and a lion is eating me." Mental Disorders Are...
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