6/14/2009 12:19pm, #201
6/15/2009 12:08am, #202
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sorry if i misinterpreted what was said since i didnt read the previous pages of this thread.
1. blood tests only cover the amount of nutrients in the blood and not within the cell although it does detect a lot of deficiencies like B12 and iron, etc. so this makes it particularly difficult to see if you have B vitamin (minus B12) and vit C defiency since those are both water soluble vitamins and dont stay inside the body for long (vitC has a halflife of 30 minutes)
2. even if you are malnourished your body will compensate (somehow*) so that it appears on your tests that you are getting all the vits and mins you need.
* sorry i cant be more specific its been a while since i did my life sciences so i cant remember the exact process i only remember it because i found it interesting.
i have a (slightly off topic) question for you russ, since you live in canada i was wondering what your thoughts on nurse practioners were. im a 3rd year nursing student and have been hearing a lot about them, especially since canada has a lot of them, however every nurse i talk to says they are just wanna be doctors and cant actually do that much, but then im hearing the NP's are setting up their own practices to diagnose and prescribe simple illnesses. just wondering what its like in canada.
6/15/2009 12:22am, #203
All I've really heard on the subject is that nurse practitioners have the power to prescribe drugs (don't know if that's true or not, it's just what I've heard). If any nurse practitioners have gone ahead and set up their own practice here, I haven't heard about it, but Saskatchewan has always been fairly resistant to change in that regard.
One of my friends' wives is a nurse, and looking at becoming a nurse practitioner. If you have any particular questions you'd like me to relay to her, I'd be happy to do so.
6/16/2009 7:06pm, #204
They all belonged to "the Russ"--partying members of Norway's graduating high-school class. Every year before final exams, these teens purchase and decorate old school buses or vans and then drive around the country celebrating the end of school. The Russ lasts for nearly a month and can cost each student up to £6,000. Many teenagers save up for the occasion and some finagle corporate sponsorships.“Most people do not do, but take refuge in theory and talk, thinking that they will become good in this way” -- Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, II.4
6/16/2009 10:04pm, #205
6/24/2009 5:31pm, #206
Also, it sounds like the NP practices here are mostly up in the far north.
6/27/2009 12:46pm, #207
More on the subject of sleep:
There's a lot of nuance to this post of mine. The big thing I want to drive home is that healthy, regular sleep is a delicate thing. Getting one thing wrong is enough to **** it up, even if you do almost everything else right.
Consider an extreme case: if every night, a guy comes into your room and fires off an air horn at 3 AM, nothing else you do matters - your sleep will be ruined regardless.
Or a less extreme, but more realistic case: if someone dreads laying in bed, awake and alone, they may put off going to bed until they're absolutely ready to drop, which is probably far too close to the time they have to be awake to get a full night's rest.
"Can a Night Owl Become a Morning Person?" is where I got the idea of not waiting until bedtime to take melatonin. It's a good article.
"Sleep Tourism" is another good article - not that we should all move to Turkey, but I've become a big proponent of the "cold room, thick quilt" school of sleep environment.
And to reinforce the importance of sleep to the tripod, see Tara Parker-Pope's "To Improve Fitness, Try Sleep" (NYT Well Blog). The research she's citing is somewhat suspect, but the principle still applies.
I also want to stress that there is hope. This morning I woke up, unprompted and fully rested, at 8:09 AM. Five years ago, that would have been a fucking miracle.
6/30/2009 7:35am, #208
6/30/2009 5:50pm, #209
6/30/2009 9:23pm, #210
I'm putting the histamine hypothesis to the test.
Doctor: "Don't do anything until you've talked to [new neurologist]."
New neurologist's receptionist: "Six month waiting list."
So I went out and bought some generic Claritin (loratadine), and I'm going to give it a test drive over the next week or so. We'll see what happens.