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Stupid Germs

weather: sunny
outside: 15°C
mood: germie

Dear Germs,

You got Husband Guy, but face it, your attempts at pioneering a settlement in my throat and sinus ARE NOT WORKING. About every other day in the last week, you have had something of a Boink Fest, but know that the weekend is coming up. I can get plenty of sleep on the weekend. I will smite each and every one of you with NeoCitron.

Thank you, die quickly.

Dear Universe,

Don't encourage them.


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Sep. 27th, 2002 01:53 pm (UTC)
that is cute :)
Sep. 27th, 2002 02:40 pm (UTC)
*teehee* Thanks =)
Sep. 27th, 2002 11:15 pm (UTC)
Mr. T. sez
eat your veggies and take your vitamins!
Sep. 28th, 2002 10:14 am (UTC)

#1: You need at least 15+ different kinds of veggies a day to keep up with all the nutrients you really need. This is hard when you're just cooking for 2 =P

#2: Asians don't absorb over the counter vitamins (even multivitamins like Centrum Forte). It has to do with our ancestors always eating cooked food. Westerners come from an ancestry of eating more raw food.

Store vitamins were based on Western research, done by Western researchers, done on lab animals (rats, mice, rabbits, etc.) that are mostly herbivorous and who eat mostly ... *drum roll please* ... raw vegetables. And most of them don't split up their human subjects by race.

As well, vitamins are isolated nutrients. The human body was never meant to take nutrients in isolation. It very well could be that 99% of an orange is comprised of Vitamin C, but there are hundreds of minerals and vitamins in an orange that work with Vitamin C in a whole system of chemical reactions - some of which the medical community understands, some of which they do not.

If you want vitamin C, eat an orange. If you want OPC-3, eat a grape with the skin and eat the grape's seeds. Most of the OPC-3 is in grape seeds. B1, B2, B12, C, plant protein and all kinds of other things, cook with soybeans.

It's just hard to eat so many different things all in one day.
Sep. 28th, 2002 11:51 pm (UTC)
yeah, i knew that (except for that specific part with OPC-3) but the mr. t in me couldn't resist: "i pity da foo' dat mess with mr. t. drink your milk! and stay in school!"

i don't take vitamins either. i get my fill of vitamins through regular food intake.
Sep. 30th, 2002 08:50 pm (UTC)
Asians and vitamins?
Where did you hear about #2?

Damn, if that's true, that really sucks. That means I've been wasting a lot of money on vitamins over the years...
Sep. 30th, 2002 09:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Asians and vitamins?
Where did you hear about #2?

I've known about this for a long time... I thought it was common knowledge... but maybe not, I don't know.

Asian thing aside, humans aren't meant to be taking isolated nutrients anyway.
Sep. 30th, 2002 10:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Asians and vitamins?
humans aren't meant to be taking isolated nutrients anyway.

Nutrition does involve too complex of chemistry to expect changing only one or a few components to help. But on the isolation thing, I thought that was why it was taken with food, so it was more like "fortified" foods... Or are those useless too (beyond the first problem of complexity)?
Sep. 30th, 2002 10:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Asians and vitamins?
Re: taking vitamins with food

I was never taught [how] to take vitamins, just that they don't work, so I don't really know. I suppose it makes more sense to take it with food...

I do know that even whole foods nowadays because of genetic manipulation, pesticides, etc. aren't as good for you as before.
Oct. 2nd, 2002 07:00 am (UTC)
Re: Asians and vitamins?
I do know that even whole foods nowadays because of genetic manipulation, pesticides, etc. aren't as good for you as before.

And I was going to put this in the other comment but I think it's closer to this...

Personally, I believe that what you put in your body is less important than what you do with your body; food gives energy, and short of simply not eating green vegetables and fruits, I suspect that in a first world nation, it's pretty hard to truly screw up nutrition and end up with detrimental deficiencies. I think activity and lifestyle are more important in regulating body function than nutrition, at least insofar as nutritional "fads" go.

It would be pretty hard to eat enough pesticides to harm yourself unless you had an asymmetric diet, and genetic manipulation arguably dates back centuries; because of selective breeding, you end up with plants and animals that wouldn't survive without human support. Short of hunting and gathering, all our food is "engineered".
Oct. 1st, 2002 06:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Asians and vitamins?
I thought that was why it was taken with food, so it was more like "fortified" foods...

Sorry to dig this up again but I just remembered this: =)

I had also heard that the amount of each nutrient that is written on the vitamin bottle, represents the maximum recommended daily intake, not an average intake. This would seem to mean that they're assuming you're not eating any other food. (?!?!)

And again, I'm not familiar with the way vitamins and traditional dietary supplements work, so I can't say that that's true for sure. But, I imagine it wouldn't be very hard to find out (ask a doctor or pharmacist; search on a reputable medical website; etc.). It may also be written on the bottle itself... you'd think they're supposed to disclose that kind of info. =}
Oct. 2nd, 2002 06:59 am (UTC)
Re: Asians and vitamins?
Well, in reply...

I think it has to do with what you mentioned before, incomplete absorption. So they overload the pill so that you might actually absorb something out of the pill when it dissolves. Besides, placebo effect is a wonderful thing. :) Hooray for marketing.

... And asking for information is a good idea... except that nutrition is such a lucrative market (witness the booming market in nutritional supplements and herbs and organic foods) that half the "research" is corporate funded, and people in nutrition are quite frankly mixed up. I don't trust anyone in that field, neither the faithful who swear that ______ is a panacea or the naysayers who say it causes ______. There's a reason biochemistry is such a headache; because living organisms are so complicated.
Sep. 28th, 2002 08:12 pm (UTC)
There's some weird virus going on at my work..they are dropping..litteraly ..like flies. It is scary. I don't want to get sick!
Sep. 28th, 2002 08:50 pm (UTC)
I think it's the change in the weather. It's warm enough that when you're moving around, you still get warm and sweaty like the summer, but it's a fair bit colder out, so it's easier to catch a cold.

Oct. 1st, 2002 05:06 am (UTC)
Let me know if that works. You might be on to something.
Oct. 1st, 2002 09:07 am (UTC)
What? The NeoCitron? or the letter-writing?

The NeoCitron definitely works =) But I can't take NeoCitron right now =P Which I'm sure is partially why the letter-writing campaign didn't quite work.

Germs did have a party over the weekend. But not an overly big party because I slept well-ish, I'm glad to report =)
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