Saturday, May 3, 2008

Deliver Me

FBI Agent Scully Tribute
Deliver Me by Sarah Brightman
No full video, here's alternative
Awesome fan XF2 & leaked trailer
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X-Files 2 Movie is returning: July 25, 2008!! 'I Want To Believe' You can't handle the truth...

Paranormal, supranormal, ab-normal....

What is n-o-r-m-a-l these days? In America?

Apparently according to the data in the latest report in Forbes magazine in Feb 2007 (so the data is probably worse now), America ranks 9th for being most 'obese'. They state that 74.1 % of Americans over the age of 15 years old are overweight.

Studies are now pouring in showing obesity and carrying extra weight are causing early heart dysfunction in children, teenagers, young adults and adults. What is causing this metabolic derangement? High carbohydrate intake provokes hyperinsulinemia (elevated insulin levels). The more evident the features of metabolic syndrome, the more cardiac structure changes and abnormalities are being seen in the general population. This report from Poland (unfortunately only the abstract is in English) demonstrated the value of changing nutritional factors which not only improved obesity in children age 7-15 but also normalized lipoproteins: by reducing 'sugar, sweets, cereal foodstuffs and fat' (i.e., high glycemic c-a-r-b-o-h-y-d-r-a-t-e-s).
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