Cleanliness Is Essential When Godliness Is Improbable

I love reading comics, at least the ones that come free in the newspaper, online or in book form at the library. Ones that I don’t mind paying money for are few and far between but there are at least 3;¬†The Far Side, Baby Blues and Sinfest. Even thought they are online I’d still pay for them because they are that funny ūüôā
The Oatmeal is pretty good too but not spend worthy

Anyways another thing semi-related to the title (it involves showering….and swearing?) is Jenna Marbles!!

My sister showed me her YouTub videos and while being vulgar she sure is funny!

Background info: Vlogger and GoGo dancer with a Masters degree in Sports Psychology
Here’s the Vid let me Know what you think of any of the Links!

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I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. (But I’ll settle for paper cuts)

After googling (yes it’s a verb) “challenge yourself”, and there is a boring¬†round about story of how¬†I came to do this – starting with an essay,¬†I saw that this is a very popular goal for people. I can see the appeal, it allows you at New Years to have a go-to resolution, or gives you something to fill out on those goal sheets that used to come attached to our report cards. (ignoring the fact that the ‘used to‘ means¬†we no longer have to fill those out)

What’s your New Years resolutions?
while not having any I think I’ll challenge myself more!

It’s up there with loosing weight, eating less _____, and other general physical, domestic, material and lifestyle improvements.¬†

Anyways I came upon this blog: http://www.danahuff.net/¬†it’s where I got the title as well, by Franz Kafka and hell if I know who he is…

And for those of you who like reading… she has book challenges! Such as

Steampunk Challenge: Clockwork angel, Leviathan, and the Hunchback Assignments are a few of the titles listed under reccomendations

Books I Should Have Read in School but Didn’t: We all have a list of books we feel we should have read, probably in school, but for a variety of reasons, we didn‚Äôt. This challenge will allow all of us who feel we should have read certain books, whether they are classics of literature, or children‚Äôs books we seem to be alone in missing, to read those books!

The Gothic reading Challenge: GIANT list http://gothicreadingchallenge.blogspot.com/p/50-gothic-books.html

The Once Upon A Time Challenge: <- you get it

The Where Are You Reading Challenge: read a book about a country, state town and map it!

The GLBT Challenge: Read a book about GLBT or by an author that is

So if you’re ever stuck in a rut and don’t know what to read, try a challenge = something to brag about!

Let me know if you have tried a book challenge, are thinking of trying one or if you are thinking of your own challenge!

We are out living our brains.

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Way back when, we used to die early, before a disease could slowly kill us off. But now that we are living longer thanks to medical knowledge, we are seeing the effects of long life.¬† And in this case, it’s not exactly a healthy one.
In 1970, Americans spent about $6 billion on fast food, in 1997 $100 billion on fast food, Americans now spend more money on fast food than they do on higher education, personal computers, software or new cars. They spend more on fast food than on movies, books, magazines, newspapers, videos and recorded music – combined. http://www.mcspotlight.org/media/press/rollingstone1.html

Though¬†you may be obese, don’t worry you won’t die from it!¬†There are surgeries¬†and gyms. But while your body can live until 93, your brain may not.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† *Background info*In type 2 diabetes, your body’s cells sometimes¬†ignore the insulin created by the pancreas. Insulin is necessary for the body to be able to use glucose for energy. When you eat food, the body breaks down all of the sugars and starches into glucose, which is the basic fuel for the cells in the body. Insulin takes the sugar from the blood into the cells. When glucose builds up in the blood instead of going into cells, your body needs to produce more insulin for the cells to react to the glucose. The high insulin levels damage small blood vessels,which don’t help at all with blood circulation in the brain.*

              A big factor in Type 2 diabetes deaths is the increasing levels of nitrates in the food we eat.

            Nitrosamines are chemical compounds, most of which are carcinogenic, and are produced when the food preservative nitrite combines with amino acids in the stomach.
Read more here: *http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2009/07/06/nitrate-environment-study.html*

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† The Nitrosamines also affect the brain, it is now known that Alzheimer’s is basically diabetes of the brain. The brain is not reacting to the insulin because the neuro transmitters (they “carry” thoughts and memories) are being broken or deteriorated¬†by the nitrosamines. So this means that the “wires” that carry your memories are being “cut” and the insulin that helps repair them is not being allowed in. We need the right amount of insulin to make our brain function properly.
*http://www.drozfans.com/dr-oz-in-case-you-missed-it/dr-ozs-advice/dr-oz-alzheimers-diabetes-link-foods-that-cause-alzheimers/*

So how are we getting these nitrites? Well some of them are our favourites.
-Smoked Meats such as bacon, smoked turkey from the deli counter and ham.
-Processed¬†Foods specifically processed cheeses –¬†everybody knows that McD. is poisonous, now we know exactly why, it deteriorates your brain.

But there is hope, the damage can be reduced if you start soon.

  • Lentils provide a steady stream of glucose to your brain. Glucose, a sugar and key source of energy for cells in the body, is the only fuel your brain can use. The high fiber content of lentils is a key component in keeping your brain in optimal shape. The fiber regulates the release of the glucose, providing a steady stream of fuel that powers your brain cells.
  • Chia seeds¬†are high in omega-3 fatty acids and have been found to keep the arteries of the brain clear of plaque. They nourish the brain by helping communication between brain cells. Sprinkle some into your yogurts, cereals and salads, or munch on them alone.
  • Brazil nuts are an excellent source of healthy, or monounsaturated, fats. They are also high in magnesium, a mineral that‚Äôs essential to the transmission of signals between the brain and the rest of the body. Almonds, walnuts and cashews are also excellent brain foods. Eat a fistful of brazil nuts or mixed nuts a day.
  • Coffee can protect the brain. One study found that coffee can help keep the blood-brain barrier intact; this barrier acts as a coating, and protects the brain from unwanted materials and damaging elements, like harmful cholesterol. Another study showed that coffee may also improve short-term memory. Coffee is high in antioxidants; Americans get most of their antioxidants from coffee. Drinking one or two cups a day is healthy, just remember to use modest amounts of milk and sugar.
    http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/brain-foods

Watch the Dr.Oz episode (pt. 1) here:

http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/alzheimers-breakthrough-pt-1