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Not that I think of myself as anywhere near old age, I don’t even think of my parents as old age people, but I do find information interesting. This is some interesting information I discovered today.

After the age of fourty (ish I’m guessing) the delicate balance of muscle buildup and muscle breakdown slides towards breakdown. Nothing to be too worried about – the action of buildup and breakdown is constant throughout our lives, but in the younger folk it’s a bit better balanced.
So, at the age of fourty, muscles start to breakdown at a rate of 0.5 – 2% per year.
This breakdown can be reduced or even stopped by increasing the amount of leucine you consume.
“Where can I get this ‘leucine’ and how much does it cost?” You may be asking. Well leucine is actually an amino acid that is found in and extracted from food. Meat and fish is an excellent source of leucine, one of the best. If however you’re a vegetarian (seems to be all the rage), there is still hope. Leucine can also be found in the following:

  • Cottage cheese (Mmm)
  • Peanuts
  • Sesame seeds
  • Whole grains
  • Eggs
  • Leafy vegetables
  • Pulses, soya beans, lentals etc.

So there it is, eat well and sensibly and things will be fine. As with most things in life….

Just recently I had a bit of a problem in my mouth. Some kind of swelling near the back where you might expect wisdom teeth to be. To take action against this I brushed my teeth more thoroughly.
This seemed to work. I was also tempeted to start using mouthwash but didn’t.

Here is my question: Do you use mouthwash?
Do you actually notice the difference and if so in what way. If it’s merely a fresher breath experience then I’ll probably not bother, but if you find that you get noticably cleaner teeth I may well have to give it a go.
Also if you don’t use mouthwash, why not?

It is a question I was going to pose to my friends but I thought I’d open it up to the wider forum that is the internet (or my friends but without the cost of a phone call).

Reading around, online, as I do I came across a link to this:Dangerrrr: cats could alter your personality. I read it, and thought it was an April fools gag. Except it was published in September.
The upshot of the article for those that can’t be bothered to read it is this: Cats carry a parasite called toxoplasma gondii, this can be transmitted to humans. This is not such a big deal as (assuming your immune system is ok and you’re not a featus) it doesn’t cause any major problems. It can however have an effect on your personality. Men become more aggressive, scruffy and antisocial. Women however, suffer from the ‘sex kitten’ effect, they become more fun loving, less trust worthy and more desirable.

Reading this I thought two things: Firstly what a load of B.S. ™ and secondly women seem to get a much better deal.

I got curious and did a bit of digging. It seems that there is indeed a parasite in cats called toxoplasma gondii, and it can be passed to humans. The possible change in personality has been measured but not conclusively. It can be contracted by eating contaminated food. Or playing with kitty litter.
Simply put the eggs or larvae (or whatever they are) are found in the cats feces, the final life stage of the parasite is in the cat, if you see what I mean.
It can be quite a nast little thing, if you’ve got AIDS, or have a generally weak immune system. Apparently this can include pregnant women and babies.

Seeing as at least half of the British cat population has the parasite, well I’d advise you to stop eating that cat feces.
Something I’d advise against anyway to be fair.

If it’s snowing, and settling, don’t go for a run. There is a possibility that you’ll end up with a cold.

Although to be fair I think it may have just brought on the cold I was already getting a bit quicker.

Well last night I was incredably pleased with myself as I managed to cook some salmon steaks in the oven with no sauce or anything like that.
Cooked wrapped in foil with lemon, pepper, garlic and some crushed chilli flakes for 25-30 minutes at 200… served on a bed of rice infused with the garden goodness of minted peas and subtly enhanced with chopped red pepper…

Admitedly this isn’t a particularly difficult or complex recipe, but it is the first time ever I’ve tried to cook ‘proper’ fish. By this I mean NOT fish fingers or tuna-from-a-can.

Master chef here I come…
or not

… thankyou please come again. Pretty much sums up the business of being an osteopath.

Yes I’ve visited an osteopath, my offended back didn’t fix itself. At least not all the way, so I decided something needed to be done!
Yesterday I had to take the afternoon off work and spend an hour being examined, cracked, and then rounded off with electric shocks… No it’s not as bad as it sounds, but it certainly felt pretty damn weird. Like a twitching. Apparently its better than a massage at reaching the deeper muscles and where the muscles attach to the bone.
To be honest I was quite disappointed to find I wasn’t getting a massage. In the same way that I was disappointed to find that the problem wasn’t magically fixed (Shazam! justlikethat). Apparently there were all kinds of mis-alighments going on and he needs to see me again next week to see if the ‘manipulations’ have held.
So that’ll be another £70…

Damn I hope I don’t need to many of these sessions, it could skint me. Especially seeing as I’ve just paided for a skiing holiday in March and have to pay my credit card off for the purchase of a nikon D70….

Quite frankly slightly worried.

I’ve just finished reading the rather interesting, if quite long, article called The way we eat now. It’s all about the increasingly alarming ‘fat’ epidemic hitting the USA. It’s from the harvard magazine so it’s from the American perspective. If you’ve got a free half-hour I’d recomend it as an informative read, if you don’t have half an hour free, well make time damnit, its not like reading this is mega important!

Anyway, one of my thoughts from reading this is that the general British and European opinion which goes along the general lines of ‘Yeah fat Americans, they deserve what they get’. This opinion is worryingly short sighted, simply for the reason that the figures seem to point out that we are rapidly following the same road to potential disaster.
I am in a fortunate position in that I don’t have any kind of health problem, and neither do any of my friends (and coincidentaly the majority of my readers…:P ) but it’s still something that I find concerning for the general population.

Live healthy people, it may not be cool in some cases, but then again neither is being really, really fat.

p.s. No spam today, I’m trying not to get my hopes up too early.

My nose drips, my throat is sore, I sneeze for an occupation and my eyes are ichy. I think I’m dying!
This was my reaction (being a standard guy) last week when I caught ‘a bit of a cold’. In my defence it wasn’t just a bit of a cold, it was a full blown cold, with slightly above average temperature and everything!
As is so often the case, the major sympoms of this hit at the weekend. I had an inkling to my possible predicament on thursday, and being fairly organised for once, I put some Lemsip in with my pack-lunch for work on friday. This was a lifesaver.
However I was slightly put off by the claims on the box for Lemsip, they went something along these lines:

Headaches [tick]
Aches and Pains [tick]
Runny nose [tick]

Now seeing the funny side of most things I noted that this could easily be mis-read to be claiming to give you these symptoms.
Perhaps I shouldn’t have looked at these in this light, because, sure enough after leaving work and getting to the train for my trip down to my parents I had; a headache (fairly normal with a cold), a runny nose (a staple of a cold), and an aching lower back. Now this was the worry bubble for me, you see I’ve never, in all my 24 years of life on this planet, experienced aches and pains as being a symptom of a cold. And to top it all off I had a sore throat too!
This was something that led me to believe that perhaps the criminal masterminds at lemsip had made their ‘Cold and flu’ hot drink powder give you all these problems. Exactly as it claims on the packet. PLUS of course the sore throat, thus tempting you to ‘upgrade’ to the new and more expensive product in their line.
Very suspicious indeed!
So be careful out there gentle reader, somethings could well be EXACTLY as they appear!

Also in my humble opinion its much better to ‘stop and flop’ when stricken with a cold than trying to drug yourself up and power through.

*It is very probable that this is all rubbish ramblings by Rob and Lemsip is not run by criminal masterminds [I have to put this is because I never got round to writing a disclaimer about humour and opinion]

We’ve all heard the saying ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’ which of course is all very nice, it even rhymes. But with all the fun a capers of rhyming saying, do we actually know how good apples are for us?
I’m my quest for randomness this question cropped up so I’ve done some research. The short answer is that they are supprisingly very good for you, much like bananas, but thats a different story.
Here are some little know facts about the health benifits of apples:
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Today I decided to monitor the amount of water that I get through while at work. The reason for this randomness was a conversation with my cousins over dinner last week. They informed me that if you drink too much water you can stretch your kidneys! I don’t really know what that means but it sounds pretty painful, and also apparently it will mean you can’t drink alcohol or coffee or any other foodstuffs that make your kidneys go through a bit of effort.
So I’m currently up to my sixth glass, each glass being roughly half a pint makes three pints of water (so far) at work… considering its advised to have eight glasses a day, I think I’ll be ok 🙂