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Thursday, April 19, 2007

This Week in Health, Fitness and Science

A Good Week For:
  • Michael Jackson: Researchers have found a genetic link to the rare skin disease Vitiligo. Vitiligo is a skin disease where skin cells that produce pigment, Melanocytes, are destroyed leaving white patches of skin. Michael Jackson is said to suffer from Vitiligo and new research may help treat this disease.
  • Roofers: A new study has shown that Tai Chi may boost older adult's immunity to Shingles virus, Varicella Zoster. Shingles is an infection in sensory nerves that manifests as nerve pain and fluid filled vesicles. Varicella Zoster is the same virus that causes Chicken Pox, their is now a vaccine that can help prevent both of them. Shingles really doesn't have anything to do with roofing or the craft of building a roof. Nonetheless, It's my personal opinion that the elderly should stay off the top of their house, even if they perform Tai Chi or not.
  • Mud Wrestling: Scientists at Bristol University think they have found a link to depression and the bacteria Mycobacterium Vaccae. M. Vaccae is a bacteria found to inhabit both dirt and the human gut. It has been implicated in an improvement in the quality of life in cancer patients by activating neurons that produce serotonin. Deficits in serotinin are linked to depression, and drugs like Prozac help boost brain serotonin levels. Hmmm, me thinks this is another reason that mud wrestling leads to so much joy and elation!
A Bad Week For:
  • Keith Richards: Since large amounts of Niacin, a B Vitamin, which is used by individuals trying to beat a urine drug test has been shown to be very toxic. Excessive Niacin has caused some individual's problems such as liver toxicity, heart palpitations and acidosis.
  • Keith Richards: Keith Richards reportedly said that he snorted a mixture of cocaine and his deceased fathers cremated remains. Some people keep the cremated remains in an urn, some spread them across a forest, but Keith Richards keeps them in his nasal cavity real close to his brain. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say, off the record of course, that maybe all those years of Niacin toxicity finally caught up with him! I've heard some weird stories and heard of other routes of drug administration.... Anyways no one wants to know about Heroin suppositories, especially the late Mr. Richards!

1 comment:

Simon said...

The Keith Richards story is false. Here is a statement made by him later to Rolling Stone -
"The complete story is lost in the usual slanting! The truth of the matter is that I planted a sturdy English Oak . I took the lid off the box of ashes and he is now growing oak trees and would love me for it!!! I was trying to say how tight Bert and I were. That tight!!! I wouldn't take cocaine at this point in my life unless I wished to commit suicide."