Seeing almost 1000 posts…

…makes you want to run and hide. Which is why Sci put off checking her Google Reader for so long…she is also CURSING those people who don’t believe in putting things below the fold. I’m looking at YOU, Built on Facts and Starts with a Bang. But I’m looking at you with LOVE.
But there are things I missed. It is possible you missed them, too. (Is the comma in that previous sentence obligatory? Or is it like the Oxford comma?)


1) As some of you may be aware, Sci has given her diet over unto the goddess for a makeover. Turns out I am quite the carby little muffin. Sci always thought of herself as a pretty good eater, but apparently she is wrong. I am now trying to look for ways to get lean protein and veggies, on the CHEAP. And I do mean cheap. Grad student stipend, you know. Also, let it be know that I crave carbs right now. A lot. Seriously. One english muffin a day or whatever does NOT cut it. Pass the bread, please. And the pasta, and the pizza…sigh…
Dr. Pal has also decided to reformat his diet. So at least we’re suffering together. He has already lost FAR more weight than Sci. Sci, however, is a seriously active little thing and hopes to pass on the home stretch.
2) As an add on to this diet thing, Dr. Isis posted a GREAT post on hyponatremia. Being a runner, Sci has read a lot about this in Runner’s World and now fears it like the devil. Definitely something worth checking out.

An Aside: Seriously, Runner’s World. I am tired of seeing, every month, a variation on “run your first, or fastest, 5k/10k/half-marathon/marathon/ultra/tri” EVERY MONTH. Also, all the diet stuff is getting me down. You are supposed to be my happy antidote to Shape magazine, which only makes girls feel icky (“I lost 85 lbs by eating only boneless skinless chicken breast and rice and working out 10 hours a day, and YOU CAN TOO!!”). Can’t we have some science? What about that new idea of running as close to barefoot as possible? What are the fors and againsts? And though it might indeed be good in the long run, are there dangers for injury in the switch over? What kind of switch over should be done? Answer the REAL questions, please. An article on hitting the wall, the symptoms, and prevention would also be lovely. Shape up. Or I’m shipping over to National Geographic, even though their small print sux when you’re on the elliptical.
*ahem* Anyway…
3) Open Lab! Check out the entries! We’re up to almost 300. It’s gonna be some stiff competition in here, folks. But keep them coming in. Hopefully, Sci will not screw this up, and Open Lab will be totally awesome. Of course it will be.
4) In the realm of SCIENCE, there’s been some good posting up from the new Dr. Leigh on the pharmacology of marijuana, and Drugmonkey has a post on pot and stupidity.. There’s also a post up about addiction from Razib at Gene Expression. I can’t say I agree with his opinion, but more on that when Sci gets around to it.
5) Oh yes, He went there. Ethan of Starts with a Bang shaved his head and waxed his chest for charity!! Check out the photos and videos. I maintain that it’s less than mad-sciencey, but it’s for a good cause.
6) Drugmonkey has another excellent post up on animal research, this one focused on Pharma.
7) There’s a great post at Laelaps on the emergence of bipedalism.
8) Awesome post from AK on cortical pyramidal neurons. A bit thick for those of you not in the field, but a lovely rehash of what I was just learning these past few weeks.
And last but not least, Dr. Pal has a post on AltMed. A nice review for those of you not necessarily familiar.

7 Responses

  1. I have tried the South Beach Diet. Yes, I’m embarassed to even say that. It’s a low-carb, healthy food diet that gradually introduces carbs into the diet. It works, though I don’t know whether it’s the low-carb or just the associated calorie restriction. It’s a low-calorie diet to be sure, and quite expensive if you follow the recipes in the book. I also found it difficult to stick with it.
    Anyway, the point I wanted to make is that the starving feeling when you all of a sudden deprive yourself of carbs does go away. I thought I was going to die of starvation at first, but after a few days, I was fine with the reduced carbohydrates. If I was still hungry after eating the recommended servings, I simply ate more. I still lost a considerable amount of weight, and after that initial pain, never felt hungry.
    You might try something similar for a few days. It might break the dependence on carbs, and then progress to Dr. Isis’s type of diet, which is very similar to the later stages of the South Beach diet.

  2. The Oxford comma IS obligatory, dammit!

  3. Don’t get me started about the Oxford comma.

  4. Don’t get me started about the Oxford comma.

  5. Thanks for the boost, Sci…
    I did my best not to be “[a] bit thick for those of you not in the field“, but the field itself is sort of thick. I tried to get in somewhere midway between the “gee whiz” type of explanation that doesn’t give enough detail so a reader can grok it and the technical explanations that are somehow always full of thermodynamic equations. I don’t think I did as well here as I did with the Neocortex post, but (IMO) it was a more challenging task.
    As for low-carb diets, my own experience is that there are two types of carb-craving: a short-term that is part of general hunger, and a longer-term that fires up over a week or two, and appears (to me) to be independent of general hunger.
    For hunger, I’ve found a good anodyne to be a ketogenic meal after at least 6 hours fasting and 24 hours without a carb binge. I prefer 25-80 grams of protein, with a ratio of total calories grams of protein of 16-20, and no carbs whatsoever. This will generally kill further hunger, after perhaps 1-2 hours. In my experience it stays killed until you eat again, but it that next meal contains carbs (more than a trace), the hunger will come back.
    I don’t know what to do about the long-term carb-craving, except perhaps every few weeks a big carb binge (400-500 grams in one meal), combined with a longer term diet low enough in carbs to make up for the binge(s).
    Finally, I notice that you mention Laelaps’ post on the Kivell & Schmitt paper, but not mine (or afarensis’). That’s OK, but I’ll mention that I just (20 minutes ago) put up a guest post by Aaron Filler, MD, PhD, FRCS (author of The Upright Ape) that goes into more detail about this theory. You heard it here first, and (as of posting this comment) it’s not even up on ResearchBlogging.

  6. Sorry, AK. I noticed Laelaps, sad I missed Afarensis. And of course I do not have precognition (yet, I assume that comes when I get the PhD), so missing you totally wasn’t my fault.🙂
    Mrs. Whatsit, that Oxford comma reference was JUST for you.🙂 I personally am a fan of the Oxford comma. Sorry.
    Oh, it’s not a starving feeling from lack of carbs. I just…crave them. And since they made up such a huge part of my diet before, it means that I’m missing a lot of the foods that I’m used to. Right now I’m requiring myself to eat two servings of veggies and one of protein for every grain. Definitely fills you up and the grain isn’t as appealing.

  7. Sorry, AK. I noticed Laelaps, sad I missed Afarensis. And of course I do not have precognition (yet, I assume that comes when I get the PhD), so missing you totally wasn’t my fault.🙂
    Mrs. Whatsit, that Oxford comma reference was JUST for you.🙂 I personally am a fan of the Oxford comma. Sorry.
    Oh, it’s not a starving feeling from lack of carbs. I just…crave them. And since they made up such a huge part of my diet before, it means that I’m missing a lot of the foods that I’m used to. Right now I’m requiring myself to eat two servings of veggies and one of protein for every grain. Definitely fills you up and the grain isn’t as appealing.

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