August 23rd, 2012


Thing to Think About/Thursday Diet Update

Cousin Sharon died at 69. She's ??% Indian. I can't remember anyone saying her mother was diabetic, but Sharon did die after blacking out. I knew nothing of this information, and nobody in the family seemed to have any idea what killed her, even though an earlier attack resulted in an inconclusive hospitalization which found nothing suspicious/treatable.

Sister of Fortune by Lindsay McKenna, page 126-128, "...Diabetes is endemic to Native Americans, and it runs in my dad's family. The doctors warned him that if he had kids, the disease would skip a generation, but we'd have low blood sugar -- just the opposite of diabetes, which is high blood sugar. That's why I always carry protein bars with me. I can't afford to have my sugar drop in the middle of a flight."...

"... me fainting dead away..."

..."Low blood sugar means the body isn't able to pull stored sugar into the bloodstream."...

...Vickey held up her hand and ticked off each symptom by touching her splayed fingers. "Cranky and irritable. Then I get light-headed and dizzy. And if I'm stupid enough not to eat a protein bar at that point, yeah, I could faint. But I don't let it get that far.I control it, just as my dad controls his diabetes with his diet. After he was diagnosed with it, my mom put him on a strict regime and he's been fine ever since."...

..."Can you take anything for your low blood sugar?"

"I eat a lot of small meals daily, plenty of protein, and stay away from most carbs, especially pasta. My body, unfortunately, converts starchy carbohydrates to fat instead of energy I can use. Not a good thing."


"My father's people all have my built -- lean and tall."…

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BBC on Adultery

Are attitudes to adultery outdated in some western nations? The British social scientist and author Katherine Hakim argues that in the UK and the US, married people should adopt much more relaxed, guilt-free and tolerant views about sexual relationships outside their marriage. She set out this thesis in her new book, The New Rules. There she argues that British and American people should be more like those in Scandinavia and southern Europe, where she says adultery is far more accepted. But attitudes in Britain on this subject are quite mixed as we found out when we asked people on the streets of London how they felt about extra-marital affairs. (plays "Your Cheating Heart" by Patsy Kline as people comment.)

Don Daiman spoke to the author Katherine Hakim to find out more about her call for what she's describing as a new 21st century morality. And he also spoke to the newspaper columnist Ann Atkins, who writes on relationship issues.

First, a question for Katherine Hakim. Why does she think a more tolerant attitude to adultery is a good thing?
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