Health stops on the internet highway.

All Things Conservative discusses the research that shows that government healthcare kills 1,000 new borns every year in the UK.

People who control their impulses and are goal oriented are less likely to get Alzheimer’s, says Reuter’s Health.

People who were highly conscientious — those in the 90th percentile with scores of 40 or higher, had an 89 percent lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease than those who ranked in the 10th percentile, with a score of 28 or lower.

The researchers also found that conscientiousness was linked with a slower rate of cognitive decline and a lower risk of mild cognitive impairment, a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease.

This study uses self-identification on the part of Catholic priests and nuns. I would think that they would be much more conscientious than the general population.

Too much TV for very young children is related to behavioral problems according to this Reuter’s Health article.

While early TV viewing had no effect on kids’ behavior if they watched less TV later on, children who were heavy TV watchers at 2- and 5 years of age had more attention and sleep problems and behaved more aggressively. And children who had TVs in their bedrooms at age 5.5 had more sleep problems and duller emotional reactivity than their peers with TV-free bedrooms.

Cell phones may cause or increase brain cancers.

My mom is still in surgery.

It is taking longer than they said it would. And they know all her problems.

Hopefully she’ll be out and in recovery soon.

She had the first of five surgeries she needs today. Today’s was a knee replacement.

Update: She is now out of surgery. It took 2.5 hours, an hour longer than they expected. She is in recovery. They expect her to be there for 1.5 hours.

The boys and I should go see her, but today is not a good day for that.

Exercising more

I’m trying to get in shape for the Bike the Bend ride in November (10, 19, 32, 53, or 59 miles) and the MS150 in April.

Two months ago I wasn’t doing any exercising.

Since then I’ve gone from 20 minutes a day 3x a week to 30 minutes a day 4x a week to 1 hr a day 3x a week plus 30 minutes a day 1x a week.

Today I rode my bike 12.4 miles. It took me longer than an hour, but I’m not sure how much longer because I forgot to check my watch when I actually left. (I looked when I was going to leave, but then I remembered it was trash day. So I went back in and took out all the trash.)

Anyway, I’ve gone from 2 miles a day to 12 miles a day. That’s good.

I think I’d like to do the Bayou Bend ride at 19 miles, but if I’m really building up, which I should be, maybe I’ll stretch myself to do the 32 miles.

Right now that would be three hours. The courses are only open for five hours, so I couldn’t do anything more than 32 miles.

One of the websites I looked at said you’re required to carry a liter of water for every mile. I wonder how big my water thing is.

I’ll also need to buy a helmet.

And I really should look into buying a skinny wheel bike. Too bad we didn’t start serious bike riding before I cleaned out the garage and got rid of our skinny bike.


Someone in England’s been carving heads, leaving them at folks’ places, and “no one” can solve the riddle. It’s in the BBC here.

But I don’t see that “twinkle twinkle little star does love blaze less from afare” is a riddle.

It’s a question. And the answer is either a clear NO or a clear YES.

The paradox can be observed in these two aphorisms:

Out of sight, out of mind.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

I don’t think either of those proverbs is wrong. I think they apply to two different situations. If the “love” is not strong, not committed, or just a crush, then when the people are separated, they care less about each other.

If, however, the love is strong, is true, and is committed, then being apart from each other actually can strengthen the relationship. That doesn’t mean that lovers should stay apart from each other, but that being apart from each other won’t end the relationship.

I recall why I started avoiding nightshades.

Pain. Lots of pain. Full body pain. And exhaustion. Needing twelve hours of sleep a day. And slowness of brain. My mind is on a loop repeating old rhymes I can’t remember the ends of.

I am allergic to nightshades. For the last six weeks I have been carefully avoiding them. I’ve been working out. I’ve been eating right. I’ve been exercising.

Finally, this Thursday I had a good day all day long and only needed seven hours of sleep. I was so excited. Friday was good too, pain free and energetic. I slept seven hours Friday night.

Saturday I ate out with the family and I forgot to ask them to put the tomatoes on the side. I had two dishes that had tomatoes on them. R and I removed the tomatoes, but I ate the food they had been placed on anyway.

Saturday night my legs hurt and I had trouble sleeping. I moved to the couch. When I got up Sunday morning I was having trouble walking, so I took an allergy pill.

Then for lunch on Sunday we went to a Mexican restaurant. (It was my dad’s birthday. We had tried NOT to go to one, but where we were trying to go was closed.) I got one bite with tomatoes in it. I may have gotten food that was cooked on the same grill as potatoes.

So yesterday afternoon I slept three hours, got up for church, played cards with friends, and was asleep before ten. Today I did not get up until ten minutes ago. I just didn’t have the strength/energy.

At the most, I have gotten the equivalent of a single slice of tomato over the weekend. And my legs hurt, my feet hurt, my lower back hurts, my neck hurts, and I am sluggish.

Just in case I forget WHY I don’t eat nightshades, hopefully this blog entry will remind me.

I am in so much pain I don’t want to go exercise. But I need to, desperately. So I am going to.

The question of the morning is, would taking an allergy pill take the edge off the pain without putting me to sleep?

And do I have enough energy to get off this couch and get outside and exercise?