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Monday, July 17, 2017

'Tis Passing Strange

Tomatoes

I don't read most of the studies on this or that curative for cancer. A balanced diet is usually a common sense approach to life. This time it's different because I really like tomatoes (hot/cold/fresh/cooked/in salsa/in just about everything) and it plays to my bias.

The new study of how nutritional interventions can alter the risk for skin cancers appeared online in the journal Scientific Reports.
Jessica L. Cooperstone, Kathleen L. Tober, Ken M. Riedl, Matthew D. Teegarden, Morgan J. Cichon, David M. Francis, Steven J. Schwartz, Tatiana M. Oberyszyn. Tomatoes protect against development of UV-induced keratinocyte carcinoma via metabolomic alterations. Scientific Reports, 2017; 7 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-05568-7
It found that male mice fed a diet of 10 percent tomato powder daily for 35 weeks, then exposed to ultraviolet light, experienced, on average, a 50 percent decrease in skin cancer tumors compared to mice that ate no dehydrated tomato.

The theory behind the relationship between tomatoes and cancer is that dietary carotenoids, the pigmenting compounds that give tomatoes their color, may protect skin against UV light damage, said Jessica Cooperstone, co-author of the study and a research scientist in the Department of Food Science and Technology in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State.

There were no significant differences in tumor number for the female mice in the study. Previous research has shown that male mice develop tumors earlier after UV exposure and that their tumors are more numerous, larger and more aggressive.
"What works in men may not always work equally well in women and vice versa." It's sexist, misogynistic, and may also be homophobic to suggest this. But it doesn't mean that it's less true.
I'd write about the curative properties of bacon, combined with tomatoes (with lettuce) in a sandwich, but that would be Islamophobic and would send people scurrying for a safe space while howling that I need to check my white privilege. (Last time that I looked, it was fine in case you wanted to know. There's no reason to check it.)

The Russia Connection


The proud, elite, wealthy, lying, smug, evil, corrupt, wicked, nasty mainstream media thinks that Hillary's skulduggery with Russia is meaningless but Donald Trump's team's mild and innocent contact with the Russians constitutes a high crime. Such is the insanity that has gripped Manhattan Island and the Washington DC Beltway (while the rest of the country ignores them).

I now turn off Fox News when they want to talk about this or that stupidity. It may mean something to CNN or the progs, but it's bullshit in any normal part of the country. And nobody wants to step in that sort of thing, even though the people at CNN seem to bathe in it and love its perfume.

Instead of asking themselves why they lost people’s trust, the media instead asks why the people had lost trust in them. Those are two separate questions and we should not be surprised that the mendacious, filthy, smug, lying, corrupt, elite mainstream media asked the wrong one.

White Wolf Mine Project (an update)

A few of you are following this ordeal and process and have e-mailed. Coconino County has reviewed the plans twice, has found fault, has returned them and we are in the third review process. Maybe the third time's a charm. We can't begin excavation until that is complete, but my sense is that it's not that far off.

As expected, the day after Ramadan ended, I received a full offer on the house. There are a lot of sand people who want to live in the shadow of the mosque.

Three (of a total of 5) grandsons. All
want to play at the White Wolf Mine.
 My daughter, Emilie, is in school, which means that I had to stay in SoCal or I had to move to Phoenix. Because of the CALEXIT situation, it was more convenient for me to move locally and she was happy for that as well. The move to a really nice rental (more in the country) is in progress and I'll be out well before escrow closes. 

I tumbled from a ladder the day before yesterday, reminding me that I'm no longer 25 years old. I lay there, testing parts to see if something was broken or seriously out of alignment. Everything was where it needed to be, except that it hurt more. I still made it to my grandson's championship pony league (baseball) game.

The sort of unique, boutique consulting work that I do has been brisker this year than it has ever been before. Thank you President Trump. It's made the price tag creep of the project easier to swallow. Price tag creep was something that I anticipated, and I expect it to slow its momentum, but you (dear readers) and I know that it won't stop completely. 

32 comments:

  1. Not sure I agree with the tomato/cancer thing. I eat some sort of tomato concoction if not daily, several times a week, and I am having cancer frozen off every time I go to the dermatologist. Even setting here looking at some pealing from last weeks treatment. Just don't tell me that the Waffle Hose causes cancer. That could get you hurt. And perhaps you should place some mattresses around the ladder next time. And congrats on selling the casa so quick and good luck with all the moves.

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    1. These studies where the stuff rats with concentrated this or that are far from conclusive. I think that you're safe at the Waffle House (which is sort of a cathedral if you like waffles, and who doesn't?).

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    2. Lycopene is a potent antioxidant and no fan of cancer, but then again, I'd eat tomatoes even if they weren't good for me.

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    3. Right? Tomatoes aren't crack, but they taste wonderful and make everything else taste great. Can you imagine a pizza without tomatoes?

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  2. They only work if pronounced in an English accent. That's tomarrrrtoes. #fact

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  3. Glad you're OK. I bashed my ribs the other day and they're still sore, which puts a dent in riding, shooting, fishing. I guess we don't bounce quite as well we used to.

    As for the networks, well, I turned them off long ago, unlike tomatoes and bacon which are great.

    Good luck with the WWM!

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    1. I did have the common sense to hire the bulk of the move done by those younger and less prone to aches and pains.

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    2. Learned the hard way, my friend. Always the hard way.

      (advice) "Don't pee on that electric fence!"

      (me) "It'll be fine." ~~~~ARGH!~~~~

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    3. Sounds like something I would want on my tombstone... "I'll be fine." :)

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    4. Mine will say, "I told you that I wasn't sick."

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  4. You know what a news junkie I am but even I have turned off the news...I CAN'T STAND IT! I'm equally distressed (but not surprised) at the ignorance of the news media and the general population when it comes to historical perspective...READ PEOPLE READ!

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    1. The ignorance of the public speaks to the election of Obama - twice (once can be forgiven), and to the thought that "other people's money" is the path to prosperity.

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    2. Yes, I don't watch the news much anymore. I'd rather watch reruns of Law & Order.

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    3. Anything really. Except the shopping channel, the Oprah Winfrey Show re-runs, or the homosexual network (BRAVO) .....ok, there's a lot that I wouldn't watch. But the news is right up there with the Kardashians.

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  5. I had one of those cancer preventing white privilege sandwiches for supper last night, and it was so good, I engaged in a second helping of islamaphobia. I understand the homegrown variety of tomatoes not only prevent cancer, but can slow the aging process.

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    1. Maybe it's the bacon, not the tomatoes?

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  6. OUCH! One of the reasons I don't climb anymore. I used to scoot up a radio tower like a monkey (is that waaaacist?), but I really don't want to break anything these days. I start getting pretty shaky any time I'm more than 10' off the ground!

    I just got the market report on Fort Collins from Zillow, and all the zip codes we're looking in have gone from being "hot" to being buyer's markets, and the prices are dropping.

    Good luck with getting the county to sign off on "Rev 3" of your plans. I can hardly wait until groundbreaking for the WWM!

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    1. Just in case you haven't been immersed in the world of Zillow enough, they lie. The value of my house varied daily during the time that it was for sale from $690K to $750K, and nobody knows why that was. Likewise, Zillow showed that the Phoenix Valley rental situation was normal until I went there.

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    2. Their "Zestimate" can be spot-on, to wildly off by 25% or more. I take it with a grain of salt.

      I tend to agree with their market analysis as far as the zip codes and properties I've been closely watching for the last several years, although it seems to lag reality by some weeks or months. I look at days-on-market, and the price history for the properties I'm interested in. When I see one I like, I save it, even if I think the price is out of line for the area it's in, and even if it's above our "cap". Sure enough, the ones I watch don't sell until the prices on them drop.

      And I've been keeping track of the "sold" prices, too, for the last three years. They've been dropping in the areas I'm watching.

      The last agent we talked to when we were there a few months ago was telling us (as they all do) that the market was "Hot, Hot, HOT!", and if we didn't buy quick, we'd be priced out, and soon! I told him that out of all the properties I'd been watching for the last several years, that I'd noticed the prices dropping. He said he didn't think that was correct, but when he pulled up the aggregate sales figures for the entire area, he saw that for all properties in the Fort Collins area, the final selling price was 95% of the listing price!

      He then looked at the zip codes were were looking in, and found that for a couple of areas, the final selling price was 80% of the listing price, and for one area it was 75%.

      I thought he was going to have to change his shorts when he looked at the figures!

      I've never looked at land or rentals, so I have zero experience with those, but for this sample of several hundred houses in my area of interest over the last 3~4 years, I think I have a pretty good idea of what the market is doing.

      I agree, though, that their pricing and "Zestimates" are worth what you "pay" for them!

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    3. Nobody is paying for my Z-estimate, but it bounces up and down daily. It's weird. I had a good idea of what houses were worth when I priced this place. There are a lot of sand people buying in the area, and to their credit, they have helped keep prices stable and competitive. Eventually the neighborhood will be all sand people, where as now it's about 50%.

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    4. That was a joke, son, a joke I say....

      Yeah, every agent I talked to didn't have clue about how it was calculated, but they all agreed it's NOT very accurate.

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  7. Yes, tomatoes. Decades ago we planted some super sweet cherry tomatoes. Our youngest was still in diapers then, and we almost had to put a leash on him. If he got into the tomatoes un-attended, his diaper was history.

    And yes again, we do not heal as fast as we used to. About a year ago, I parked my truck next to a diagonal divider with a curb, deliberately to protect the driver's side from any "door dings". I left the truck in 'park' and my brain in 'neutral', stepped out to walk across the street, and forgot all about the curb. Landed mostly on my left arm and shoulder. Took about nine months to heal up and get full movement without any pain.

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    1. Sorry about the prang. Nine months is a LONG recovery. Yes, well, I figure that I'm made of steel and can't bend - until I do.

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  8. Love tomatoes. Doing some diet stuff trying to eliminate lectins. Seems the skins are loaded with lectins but the rest of the fruit is fine.

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    1. I'm not sure what a lectin is. (tick-tock - while I look that up)

      "Plant lectins, also known as phytohemagglutinins, are noted for their particular high specificity for foreign glycoconjugates." I think that means something like "the angle of the dangle equals the heat of the meat"...but I'm still unsure.

      Lectin binds carbs, which means lectin is bad?

      You need to blog more about this over on WSF, the blog.

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    2. All I know is, a little lectin goes a long way.

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  9. Hmmm, BLT for dinner sounds good! :-)

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    1. With some potato chips on the side and made a pickle?

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  10. Really glad to hear you didn't hurt yourself.
    Glad the move(s) is going well, and that your house closed already! Congratulations!
    I wish we would turn off the MSM and FOX, but hubby hasn't gotten over his need to listen yet.
    Be safe!

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    1. I sort of dropped on the concrete with a thud, but nothing seriously hurt besides this and that muscle -- and my pride.

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