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’s 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

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A List of Awesome – Sites

The internet, like china, is a big place and similarily can be full of gems and shit.
Here are a few gems.

http://www.dearblankpleaseblank.com – Procrastination AND chuckles

Examples:

Dear people who complain about our generation,
Remember who raised us.
Sincerely, your kids

Dear Taylor Swift,
If it is of any interest to you, Romeo and Juliet both kill themselves in the end.
Sincerely, Shakespeare

Dear Americans,
We totally agree with you about illegal immigration. Please allow us to show you to the nearest airport.
Sincerely, Native Americans

http://thesurfbird.com/  – For some lovely photography

Examples:

http://www.wordle.net/ – makes you feel artistic by creating word clouds from text you insert

Example:

http://www.mangareader.net/ –  Free. Manga.

Example:

^ Actually a girl...

 http://www.fastpasstv.eu/tv – Almost any show/Movie is on here to stream, so if you can’t watch it on say NBC because they only broadcast to US, you can watch it in good quality here as long as you use the WiseVid connection

http://www.etsy.com/ – A place for everything you never knew you wanted and everything you could ever need
Examples:

Wall StickiesHair/Hat PinResident Evil Zompie Apocolpse Travel Mug

 http://www.shopruche.com/ecofriendly-c-20.html – I feel pretty just looking at the clothes

Example:

http://www.modcloth.com – FAVOURITE – If i had loads of money I would run out quickly and need four closets.

http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/ – FAVOURITE – you know why

Example:

http://www.juliansmith.tv/ – Because he made this jelly fish sandwich for you.

http://stuffwhitepeoplelike.com/ – Exploitatvie ideas and creative ways to navigate white culture and social interactions. AKA making fun of stereotypes.

Example:

Ninja training – India

After scanning the CBC website for inspiration i came across the title  “Human Pyramids” which i didn’t think was very exciting but i was thinking of the cheerleading show ‘Hellcats’ so i thought i’d check it out.

 For future reference, this is how my brain works, like an engineer and a pot head had a child and its mind turned into a messy brainstorming sheet, (this actually happened) the paths may not make any sense but trust me they relate to each other.

And i found a new fantabulously awesome sport that looks extremly fucking hard. as in this takes dedication and looks like fun to try! i immediately wanted to get a pole and try it- also the whole candle on my head thing kinda scared me as fire and hair don’t mix well, they combust. now im sure none of you have any idea what im talking about so here is a link to the photo gallery

http://www.cbc.ca/commonwealthgames/photogallery/gallery.html?dataPath=/photogallery/sports/gallery_4016/xml/gallery_4016.xml

The sport/art/activity? is Mallakhamb and is an “accompanying excercise for wrestling”. to be honest i think it seems like a discipline in itself but i guess the hindu monkey god of strength, Hanuman, had big dreams for its wrestlers.  as you can see from the pictures and the descriptions it can be done by both men and women, the men use the pole and the women use a rope hanging from the ceiling for their routines. the mens routines involve team work strength and flexibility – they make pyramids and other structures(?)  all based on a pole. the womens routines i think may be harder since they have to balance a candle on their forehead while being synchronized, they also wrap a rope around themselves to do their poses. but not at the same time as they are using the candle, just for clarification 😛 I hope that i can find a video of a routine because with the candles, the colours that would (im assuming) make up their costumes and the acrobatics it would be like cirque du soleil – literally .