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By Steve Sharpton, Parsons Training Center, Tucson, Arizona
February 16, 2017
Well, another Valentine’s Day has come and gone and people are most likely working hard over the last couple days due to the amount of abuse they most likely put their body through. C’mon, we all know you and your significant other went out for some kind of dinner, most likely something lavish, and indulged in the throes of culinary passion. That is the great thing about this holiday, which is actually a cute excuse to actually show someone you love them. Of course, I see a lot of people get all pissy and angry and proclaim it’s inherent fakeness. I look at it this way…at least you have someone. Call me weird I guess, for I do like things that most men would not find very appealing I guess. I like the fact that my sister is always buying clothes for my pups, for it often times saves me the societal shame of doing it myself. Of course, this also means that I have to take the occasional photo of my dogs dressed up, but hey, it’s cute. Either way, I like to dress them up from time to time, especially when it gets a little chilly and they need to get their jackets on. I always wanted to dress up my dogs back in the day growing up, for I always thought it was the funniest and coolest thing. I mean if it was good enough for Spuds MacKenzie, then it was good enough for my dogs. Either way, the world in the 1980s was odd, for the market of doggie accessories and clothing really didn’t exist. So yes, this is a great time to live in. I also find cutesier art movies to be rather cool as well, for they are not as coyly manipulative as a typical rom com and they have some actual substance to them. I speak of this because one of my favorite Films—Amelie—is coming to The Loft and I have never seen the film on the big screen. I was a typical dude back then, mostly intrigued by graphic violence and hard core twists when it came to my indie fare, so this was a welcome surprise. Who would have thought I would go full circle and take such different approach to film watching? Anyway, I guess my tastes are evolving these days, for I still feel quite enthralled by slightly sappier story telling (the non-Disney manipulated narratives of course) but it doesn’t mean I will stay up late and watch something about bloody revenge and anger like John Wick 2.
So I guess this series of rants today will be a nice set of rants, something that is a little less judgmental but still in the realm of calculated anger. This will definitely make some people angry at my work place, for I find myself potentially falling into the trap of constant snacking and drinking while there. Heck, I find myself talking to so many people per day that I often times don’t even have time to drink water. But oh well, onward with the nice rants!!
KIDS AND SODA
One thing that is still odd in my everyday life is the fact that I gave up soda…or “pop” as you midwesterners like to call it. Before we get into the semantic black hole that is this controversy, I just want to give a few details about why I gave up the syrupy goodness that was soda. I just did it by accident! Now here is what happened, I had a 12-pack of soda and it had been lingering in my fridge for quite a while. I completely stopped paying attention to it, and literally did not drink a soda for nearly two months. This was early in the dietary change that ultimately became my ethical stance in life, but it was rather odd when I decided to come up with this change. From a guy that was drinking possible 100 gallons of the stuff a year to not even a drop, it is quite a turnaround. Now I had to plow through the last of my sodas before I finally made the decision to give the stuff up, and it proved b a pretty easy decision. On February 11, 2013, I officially gave up soda forever and truthfully, I really don’t miss it. Considering the things I have learned in respect to sugar and how much your average soda has, it is a wonder I am still alive and kicking despite the copious amounts of that stuff I used to drink. It took me a little while longer to officially give up energy drinks, but I still got the job done. Anyway, aside from the sugar side and the conspiracy that I have about soda (as in the formula is perfect to eat with high-fat foods, thus “engineered” to enhance the taste of said products), the stuff may be causing some other issues with young children. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/315812.php
Now it is no secret that the secret weapon for soda companies is through kids, but some new evidence is providing some additional links as to why people are suffering more liver issues these days. With fatty liver disease on the rise in the United States, some researchers are finding that kids who drink soda more often are more likely to develop liver problems as they get older. The main reason so many people get fatty liver disease these days is the high amount of arc acid in the body, which can lead to Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD). Conducted within a small study of kids, the researchers witnessed a high likelihood of Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH) amongst the children that drank some form of soda during the week. NASH is a form of fatty liver disease, accomplishing the same effects where fat is built up around the liver and ultimately causes problems with the way the liver is able to work. If completely left untreated, the participant could be ultimately forced to get a liver transplant. Now the problem with the study in question is certainly the size, for the children involved were few and already considered obese. It certainly leads to some other holes in the logic, for many of the kids already had bad diets from the sounds of it. However, the researchers did point out that high concentrations of high fructose syrup (which is the primary source of sweetener in sodas) is independently associated with high doses of uric acid, which in turn leads to inflammation and NASH. We’ve already established that the sugar content in sodas is inherently bad for us. Why is it a surprise it is bad for us in general!
GIVING YOUR BODY’S CELLS NEW MEANING
One thing I really speak quite often about is the rise diabetes in this country. While a greta many of us like to point out the hilarious Wilford Brimley meme of “diabetus,” a lampooning of his rather famous commercials back in the day, it is a disease that doesn’t seem to go away. While Type 2 diabetes is steadily growing due to poor dietary choices in the life of the average person, type 1 diabetes is a problem that is lifelong and so far has no real cure. Even though we have created complex and amazing technology that has allowed people to control their insulin levels through electronic reading devices that look like old iPods, the fact of the matter is the life of a type 1 diabetic is difficult. Insulin costs are quietly and steadily going up in costs, all while people are getting upset over medication that benefits very few people on a daily basis. Either way, we are not here to triage the importance of one societal disease over the other, but considering the fact this condition is still causing as many issues as it is is rather discerning.
While type 2 diabetes is primarily linked to diet and lack of good health, type 1 usually begins at a young age (though it has been noted to start in older people as well). The pancreas, which produces insulin for the body, is the main culprit with people that have type 1. With no definitive way to produce insulin in the body, it has to be supplemented through external forces. But perhaps there is a way down the road. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170213083736.htm
While we have tried cracking the code of diabetes by seeking out a cure, modern science might be focusing too much on injectable ideas like pills and modified insulin. Instead, some researchers at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC) figured out a way to potentially reprogram liver cells to do the work of pancreatic by giving them a so called “identity crisis.” The main problem for the pancreatic cells is the loss of islet cells from the pancreas, which is a result of the body turning against itself and destroying these cells. In a twist that sounds like some crazy weird science, the researchers took the idea of pulling out liver cells—which they described as being underutilized—and reprogrammed them outside the body to take on more of a role within the pancreas. These modifications to the cells came in handy when experimenting on mice that had diabetes. When the researchers injected the mice with the reprogrammed cells, their blood glucose levels normalized and created a much safer and healthier environment for the body. While many might state there is a huge difference between humans and mice, the research is promising in the idea that cell therapies can be applied to people. We shall what happens in the long run with these type of studies, for the cynical view of the health care system is why try to cure something when you can merely treat for a lifetime. Hopefully, the ethical choice of trying to fix the problem takes precedence over the idea of straight treatment.
LIE TO THE PUBLIC, PAY THE PRICE!!
A couple years ago, PepsiCo had to pay a massive amount of money to various plaintiffs (i.e. intrepid law firms) after falsely advertising their Naked drinks were all organic. Of course, that was a deception who it was discovered that some 11 extra ingredients were added to the mix and therefore did not make the drink 100% organic. Nine million dollars is a fart in the wind for a company as large as PepsiCo, but it did lead to some changes to the product. We have seen protein drinks and other health related foods take the dive when they have been proven to engage in false advertising, bit in the theme of drinks and diabetes related matters, 5-Hour Energy has been proven to be a farce. http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/judge-orders-5-hour-energy-to-pay-43-million/
Truthfully, this comes as no surprise to me, for that stuff is pretty dangerous when you really think about it. Anything that tries to paint itself better than what it truly is is always something dangerous in my book. Heck, even when Four Loko had its much harder and sugary chemical make-up back in the day, they at least had the good sense to put a warning the can. Now the worlds ruined because some idiots don’t know how to read (and yes, I liked the original formula!). It is kind of strange how we demand so much from certain products but demand so little from others. It always leads me to wonder about the psyche of the American public. Were you to really expect that a drink that supposedly had no caffeine but magically made you awake was really doctor approved and safe? Now I suspect the company will have a quick turnaround and recover rather quickly, but that doesn’t say too much about the future of the product. I remember drinking two of those in one day…I was not in a good place. It was a lot like the day where I had my first taste of coffee…and then drinking a whole pot in the process. Yeah, I got paranoid that day waiting in line for Star Wars Episode 1, but it made for some interesting conversation. I also did my first horrible thing in my life, under the influence of caffeine of course. I had a copy of Metallica’s album “Garage, Inc.” and didn’t really want it anymore, and some guy ironically had the same album. The difference is he got his from the gestapo puritans of Walmart. typically you would think the cuss word would be “reversed,” but instead the album simply had “bleeps.” Right in the middle of the damn songs. We exchanged the CDs and sold the CD to Zia Records with out them being the wiser. Somewhere out there, some guy is probably relaying old funny stories about the time he bought that tainted CD. Sorry bro…sugar and caffeine are horrible drugs!!
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