The anti-anti-vaccination movement?

I often see anti-vaccination advice. Aside from the possibility of your kids getting whooping cough or complications from mumps, one problem is that avoiding immunization for your kids could endanger babies who are too young for immunization. Here’s a page about some unfortunate cases of non-vaccination. Now, excuse me while I go pick up my check from big pharma. 🙂

Apples is poison! (not)

You may have heard that apple seeds are poisonous. I looked it up here. Although it’s true that apple seeds contain a tiny amount of a cyanide compound, it’s not anything your body can’t absorb in such small amounts. Not to mention the fact that apple seeds have a protective covering that would allow them to make it all the way through your digestive system. (It wouldn’t be in the tree’s best interest to kill us before we could plant the seed.) So go ahead and eat that apple core! (unless you’re a homeopathÂ…in which case you believe even one molecule of something can have an effect on you…good luck with that)

workin' in a hole mine, mulberry days

The church helped in someone’s landscaping and home improvement this weekend. My post hole digging skills were refreshed. I hadn’t done that since working at the trailer park when I was younger. I also proved my incompetence in trying to screw things together that didn’t have the precision of computer screw holes. Lesson learned – don’t use screws on anything except computers. I also troubleshot a couple of peoples’ computers. I realized some of the problems in novice computing. It’s illegal to download music for free, but there are legal websites where you can listen to it for free. It’s illegal to download movies for free, but you can go to hulu.com and legally watch movies for free. If you’ve never even heard of the concept of piracy, how do you tell the difference? And then there are all the nasty tricky “anti-spyware” programs that actually put spyware on your machine. Windows is always warning you you’re unsafe if you virus scan with Trend Micro Housecall (Vista incompatible…yay) on the web instead of a known installed program. In the end, what realistically happens is that the machine becomes virus-laden and slower and slower. The kids go to music sharing sites and you have 20 toolbars on Internet explorer all “helping” you. I really couldn’t think of any tips for a novice to insure they wouldn’t be having the exact same problems within a few monthsÂ…aside from avoiding Windows, which would make lots of stuff incompatible (Netflix Watch Instant, Office docs in Open Office, etc.) It seems the current price of using the internet is that you either have to spend insane amounts of time becoming an expert or just accept your dual core machine running like a 386.

For my own personal future reference, it’s allergy time. Tilting the head downward in the slightest results in an unsightly torrent. Juniper pollen is medium. Mulberry pollen is high. The Sudafed does nothing, but I just noticed it’s the useless phenylephrine instead of the real pseudoephedrine. Pseudoephedrine can be used for meth, so they seem to be trying to phase it outÂ…or maybe only sell it behind the counter. Albuquerque pollen count

Turns out it’s a cold.

The dinosaur was framed! The Phantom of the Rapid Ride!

Sean often gets nose bleeds…possibly from our dry climate. He got one in bed the other night and it got on the mouth of his stuffed tyrannosaurus rex, so it looks like the dinosaur had attacked him.

On the Rapid Ride bus this morning was a middle-aged man with glasses dressed, for the most part, like Zorro…but without a mask. Black cape, hat, and clothing. Black leather gloves and a walking stick. A special scarf to tie his black ponytail back. I hope it was a costume, but it looked rather too high-quality to be a costume.

feline saline

Vanessa is going to visit relatives in Kansas for a week. She gives our cat biweekly saline injections for kidney failure. So, while she’s gone, it’s either $130 in vet boarding costs or me giving the two injections to the cat. I chose to learn how to do the injections, which is ordinarily the last thing I’d think of doing. But if I think if it as making $60 per injection, I guess it makes more sense. I practiced doing it the other day and was cringing the whole time.

denti$t

Went with Vanessa and Sean to the dentist yesterday. I asked why they don’t seal adults’ teeth. She said insurance usually doesn’t cover it for adults, but they would do it if you paid for it. Their dentist is swank! Hygienist uses dentistry software with a picture of the dental office. Special light equipment to measure crevices in the teeth. My dentist’s office is a house and my former dentist hadn’t changed his wallpaper and furniture since the 50s, it seemed.

straight from the horse's mouth

I was reading this description of acupuncture straight from the horse’s mouth (acupuncture.com)

The ancient Chinese believed that there is a universal life energy called Chi or Qi present in every living creature. This energy is said to circulate throughout the body along specific pathways that are called meridians. As long as this energy flows freely throughout the meridians, health is maintained, but once the flow of energy is blocked, the system is disrupted and pain and illness occur. Imagine rivers that flood and cause disasters or an electrical grid short-circuiting that causes blackouts. Acupuncture works to “re-program” and restore normal functions by stimulating certain points on the meridians in order to free up the Chi energy.

Yeah, just as useful as the zodiac.

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I often talk about products that let me down. Time for a product that goes beyond the call of duty. Let us broach the subject of personal hygiene. After much experimentation, I believe I have finally found the key to an antiperspirant that works all day. Look for something with as much of the main aluminum-based active ingredient as possible. I’d suggest Mitchum Sport gel with a maximum 25% of the aluminum-based ingredient.  (I also suggest scrubbing.)  Here’s how antiperspirant works by using aluminum. FDA article about the cancer myth.