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Friday, November 17, 2017

MY OPTIMAL DIET

Literally, there are thousands of diets.  MedicalNewsToday lists the nine most popular:
  • #2  The Zone:  balance of 40% carbs, 30% fats and 30% protein--loves olive oil, avocado and nuts
  • #3  Ketogenic:  reduce carbs, increase fat (lot of fat in coconuts, avocados, nuts and oily fish...but they are all good)
  • #4  Vegetarian:  vegetables and no animal-based, except for eggs, dairy and honey
  • #5  Vegan:  only consume plants (in the USA, 70% of those who tried, gave up)
  • #6  Weight Watchers:  diet, exercise and support network (but the company is struggling because most diets are free...but don't work)
  • #7  South Beach:  unrefined carbohydrates, plus some fat
  • #8  Raw food:  no processed foods, with 75% uncooked (including, as one specific diet, raw carnivores)
  • #9  Mediterranean:  plants, fruits, beans, olive oil, some fish and poetry, (my computer stuck that in--should be poultry) and 4 eggs/week, plus wine (click on the right graphic to actually read it)
U.S. News and World Report provided the following:

1. DASH diet
1. Mayo Clinic Diet
1. Weight Watchers      
2. Mediterranean diet
1. Weight Watchers
2. Jenny Craig 
3. MIND diet
3. Jenny Craig
2. Volumetrics



1. HMR Program
1. DASH diet
1. Fertility diet
1. Weight Watchers
2. Mediterranean diet
1. Mediterranean diet
3. Biggest Loser
3. MIND diet
1. MIND diet


1. Weight Watchers



1. DASH diet
1. DASH diet
1. Mediterranean diet
2. Mediterranean diet
1. Ornish diet
2. Flexitarian diet
2. Vegan diet
3. TLC diet
3. Ornish diet


3. Vegetarian diet

Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) matches well with my posting yesterday on hypertension.  There are numerous variations of this concept.

I digested some of the above, crystallized the melange into an ideal essence for me, and arrived at My Optimal Diet, where I emphasize the MY.  You don't need to be old, and it would help if you are un-poor, but My Optimal Diet is, essentially, my lifestyle :
  • Contrary to many experts, I believe that your weight can be controlled by neutralizing any energy (food) input with sufficient exercise.  There are also collateral benefits to moving about.  My biochemical engineering PhD knowledge is at the base of this fact.  You need to be able to control your mind, too.  Sitting too much will kill you over time.
  • While I'm at this, sleep is really important:
  • Minimize white foods:  rice, bread, salt and sugar, while avoiding substitutes like aspartame.
  • Abstain from trans fats (some margarines, shortening--naturally occurs in diary products, but minimally)
  • Balance your input.  Not too much of anything, but eat what you like, within reason, even bacon.
    • For example, I splurge on foie gras, Japanese wagyu beef, caviar and the like, but only in small (now and then, one-eight of a pound of foie gras, quarter pound of wagyu, half a teaspoon of caviar, for example) amounts.
    • And, incidentally, I do ingest white rice, but not as much as before.  I blame Rainbow Drive-In and Zippy's for their bentos, but some minor bingeing makes life wonderful and worthwhile.  Sure, bread, even white, with sandwiches, but drastically reduce cured meats with nitrites and other bad stuff.
  • I love seafood of all types, and the more fat the better, great for Omega-3 fatty acids.  I need to reduce the sodium added to sashimi and poke.  Someday.
  • I drink two alcoholic drinks/day, and sometimes more.
  • I once never drank coffee, but have upped that to one cup/day.  In combination with tea, I might have two cups combined/day, and hope to attain a total of 4 cups/day in the future.  While caffeine in them might actually increase your blood pressure, something about these potions prolongs your life.
  • I don't drink the equivalent of 8 glasses of water/day, but on days when I walk on a golf course, I easily exceed that amount.
  • I now consume a lot more salads, nuts (macadamias are my favorite) and fruits (but minimize fructose as much as possible), especially berries.
  • I eat too many forms of chips, and will someday soon need to reduce this amount.  But this is part of the social structure at 15 Craigside dinner tables.
  • I consume chocolates, dark and in moderation.  A slight worry is that most of the news you read about the healthfulness of chocolates are studies paid for by chocolate companies.
The best part about my diet is that it is not a diet but a lifestyle.  I don't measure or calculate anything.  I merely eat what I want (one reason I go through the ordeal of walking on a golf course) and enjoy life by maximizing pleasure, being aware that there are certain limits:
  • body requirements
  • finances
  • whatever else
My dining articles tend to be among my most popular, so you can get a flavor of My Optimal Diet just by referring to them.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

HOW TO CONTROL YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE

I CAN'T OVEREMPHASIZE FOR YOU NOT TO FOLLOW MY SOLUTIONS.  OF COURSE, SEE YOUR PERSONAL DOCTOR BEFORE DOING ANYTHING, AND TALK ABOUT WHAT I AM SUGGESTING.

I have had more than half a dozen postings on blood pressure.  Here was my latest, four months ago.  Then, of course, if you keep up with these things, the medical profession has again changed it's mind.  What was once okay for 140/90 has now been reduced to 130/80, adding 30 million more Americans to those in possible jeopardy.  Oh, that also means an additional 600 million endangered souls worldwide.

My initial reaction was, Big Pharma has struck again.  But, then I learn that this is one of those ailments where almost all the prescribed drugs are now generic, meaning relatively cheap.  Thus, perhaps this adjustment was made mostly to extend longevity, for there is little doubt now that hypertension does increase the risk of coronary artery disease, stroke, heart failure, peripheral disease, vision loss and kidney disease.

An important consideration, however, is that someone just added to the unsafe category does not necessarily need to go on pills.  Lifestyle changes can make a big difference:
  • reduce salt intake
  • sensible physical exercise
  • healthy diet
  • weight control--don't be morbidly obese, although, interestingly enough, a controversial posting I had last year suggested that OVERWEIGHT PEOPLE LIVE LONGER THAN NORMAL PEOPLE
    • I should indicate, though, that my personal doctor, and another physician, my neighbor, don't accept my contention
    • however, the latest evidence suggests a Body Mass Index at the high side of normal, even into the low side of overweight (around 25), could well increase your life expectancy
    • read this Journal of American Medical Association article
The above comes from the Mayo Clinic.  However, contradictory to their ten ways to reduce blood pressure, it is more and more appearing that caffeine from tea and coffee--four cups/day appears to be ideal--lowers blood pressure.  I, however, think Mayo is stuck on moral principles, for studies seem to also indicate that two drinks/day for men (only one for women) also lowers blood pressure.  I've personally made various tests (I carefully do experiments with my body, which I refer to as Pat the White Rat, as you'll see in the next paragraph) with wine and scotch to verify this assertion.

My problem is that my blood pressures have been mostly too high at home, but also, too low on a golf course:
  • 150-160 / 85/95 when I first awoke, with a pulse rate of 49-54
  • 160-180 / 90-105 when I missed a meal and got really hungry
  • 135-145 / 80-90 as my normal rang
  • 80-85 / 50-55 around the sixth hole when I quickly walked
So how can one both lower and raise your blood pressure?  I've largely succeeded:
  • Don't miss lunch, or any meal.  I fail a couple of times annually, but at least I know what to do about quickly dropping my pressure:  just eat something.
  • The waking up in the morning lows were long worrisome.  Here you have a worst case situation:
    • I'm hungry.
    • There is the shock of awakening.
    • My blood pressure increases when my pulse rate is low, and this is when it is the lowest (50 beats/minute).
  • However, I'm taking two blood pressure pills, Irbesartan-Hydrochhlorothiazide (12.5 mg) and Amplodipine Besylate (2.5 mg), which are at minimal prescription size.  The solution: 
    • While I'm not supposed to do this because the temporal adjustment is affected, I cut the larger AB in half, take one piece in the morning and the second at dinnertime.  Yes, my cutting technique is faulty, but they add up to one pill/day.
    • I wake up once or twice/night, so at some point around 3AM I take the IH, with three gulps of cranberry (there are more effective berries, but the cranberry at 15 Craigside is free) juice.  Apple juice and milk are not as effective.
    • When I wake up, my blood pressure is now around 135/80, which is 20 points lower on the systolic and 10 lower on the diastolic.
  • The golf course problem is something that was affecting me for long time without my understanding why.  When I walked on a golf course, I got dizzy picking up my ball in the hole around the 6th hole.  
    • I bought one of those wrist devices, and this is what I found on average:
      • before the first hole:  145/85
      • after second hole:  125/80
      • after sixth hole:  90/60 (and as low as 80/50)
      • after ninth hole:  100/65
      • after 18th hole:  135/80
      • at home after a bath:  110/65
      • after dinner:  130/80
    • What I was doing was to eat a large lunch, typically, a Rainbow Drive-In or Zippy's bento, then immediately went to play.  So I instead had a large breakfast, waited a couple of hours, then only had an apple for lunch around the 8th hole.  The results:
      • before the first hole:  140/80
      • after sixth hole:  110/70
      • after 18th hole:  130/75
      • at home after a bath:  110/65
      • after dinner:  125/75
I'm getting hungry, so I'd better listen to my body.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

THE FURTHER DECLINE OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY

Let me reverse the standard quote by saying that:

     You will fail, and maybe die, if you keep shooting yourself in your foot, and other body parts.

All those recent mass shootings and the continued support of Republicans for the National Rifle Association just add to the dismay.

Last year I posted on:


I went back and read it.  You should, too.

What I said then has been compounded by current events, for Republicans all over the country, figuratively, keep shooting themselves in the foot.  So much so that other body parts seem now almost inevitable.

Let me start with key congressional legislation floundering today.  The standard process which has worked since the founding of our country was to: 
  • introduce a bill--which must be offered by a member (although a tax measure has to start in the House)
  • have the bill heard through the appropriate sub-committees and committees so that the concept is perfected through bipartisan involvement
  • these versions must pass through both the House and Senate
  • as the products will be different, there will be a conference committee of the two houses to agree on a single bill
  • which needs to again be passed by both bodies
  • then, up to the White House for final signature or veto
So what has this Republican-control of the House, Senate and White House chosen to do?  They leave Democrats out of creation process, with what seems like almost unconstitutional coaching from the White House, prepare a Republican-only package for vote in each body, and with a scant majority of two votes in the Senate, expect to have the death of Obamacare and Tax Reform to help the rich immediately become laws.


Is that stupid or what?  Well, actually, Republicans thought this all made sense, for they had total control and there was not supposed to be any demurrals in the Senate.  After all, Obamacare got through only because the Democrats then had the majorities on both sides of Congress and Barack Obama as president.

Okay, but there was supposed to be some bipartisan interest in the tax bill, and Republicans really need this bit of success for the upcoming congressional elections next year.  So what do they do?  They re-insert a repeal of the Affordable Care Act pill into the tax reform package.  DUMB!  DUMB! DUMB!  Then, again, this could well be a ploy, the obvious bone, to later discard.  

What further has happened, of course, is that President Donald Trump has pissed off too many people and organizations.  Then, former judge Roy Moore (wearing the hat) of Alabama is implicated in a pervert scandal that appears now to jeopardize coverage of the Senate seat once held by Jeff Sessions.  Should Democrat Doug Jones beat Moore (a Sunday poll shows him ahead, 46-42), Republicans will still have a Senate advantage:  51 Republicans, 47 Democrats and two Independents, Angus King of Maine and Bernie Sanders of Vermont.  

Those above developments alone should not shake the Republican Party much.  What could decimate the order, however, is becoming pretty clear:
  • Moore actually beats Jones in Alabama, and this election will occur on December 12.  What will the Republicans do?
  • President Trump is indicted for his role in affecting the Presidential election.  Plus, we are now living in different times, known as the post-Weinstein sexual era, for there remains those sexual misconduct allegations:
Donald Trump, an American businessman and current President of the United States, has been accused of sexual assault and sexual harassment, including non-consensual kissing or groping, by at least fifteen women since the 1980s.

There will be many more accusations unfolding, and might add that a couple of years before being elected U.S. Senator, Al Franken was accused of similar "manly" actions by a radio anchor.  He apologized, but the talk is that he could well be kicked out of the U.S. Senate.  President Trump?  He is still considering suing those 15 those possible liars.  He certainly won't be booted from the White House, but this is a minor matter compared to cooperating with the Russians last year.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

THE LATEST PROGRESS ON THE BLUE REVOLUTION

Half of you reading this blog could well be first-time viewers, so let me begin with a short tutorial on what exactly is the Blue Revolution.  I can send you to SIMPLE SOLUTIONS for Planet Earth, which has a full chapter on this subject, but let me begin with several articles published in The Huffington Post:

Here is a 20-minute clip from a gathering hosted by the Seasteading Institute (SI) in San Francisco, providing further details on the Blue Revolution, and, in particular, the Pacific International Ocean Station, proposed by Blue Revolution Hawaii.  SI recently hosted a conference in Tahiti and has found another partner in this French colony.

Joe Quirk moderates an excellent summary of what is becoming the Blue Revolution.  You spend hours/day watching television.  In a fraction of that time, by clicking on what he has titled, The Eight Great Moral Imperatives, you, too, can become a Blue Revolution Pioneer.  Joe also recently published a book:


The Seasteading Institute, founded by Patri Friedman and Wayne Gramlich, with funding by Peter Thiel, is leading the way towards a future of seaborne platforms in international waters.  They believe this future is now, and the effort should be entrepreneurial.

Blue Revolution Hawaii, working with SI, is using a more traditional strategy, with plans to design, build and operate a developmental floating city to best determine future marine economies and technologies.  We have already secured an endowment for the University of Hawaii to initiate the program.  While we, too, seek governmental and industrial funding to carry out this mission, we most seek an imaginative and dedicated billionaire to gain a legacy as the founder of the Blue Revolution, for the initial project, the Pacific International Ocean Station (PIOS), is anticipated to cost $150 million.  

While significant, it should be noted that the International Space Station (ISS) has already cost more than $150 billion, and is expected to crash back into Planet Earth within a decade without the formation of even one company.  Thus, for less than one-tenth of one percent of the ISS, PIOS will develop a range of sustainable ocean resources in harmony with the marine environment.  In fact, two  natural benefits could well be remediation of global warming and prevention of hurricane/typhoon formation.  

The next Economic Frontier will certainly not be Mars, but the Blue Revolution, with prospects for enhancing the environment.  The ISS is one of half a million pieces of observable space junk up there, and each one cost a lot of money.

So what am I doing to stimulate progress for the Blue Revolution?  Well, for one, I am responsible for that endowment to the University of Hawaii, and a post-doc from Nihon University is soon to arrive to help initiate some research.  I recently gave several speeches touching on this topic:
  • My talks to MENSA (at their Pacific Regional Conference in Honolulu)
  • A testimonial I provided in Tokyo (right) on the retirement of Tadashi Matsunaga as President of Nokodai, also known as Tokyo University of A&T.  Interestingly enough, a quarter century or so ago, Professor Matsunaga served as the first International Professor for the Blue Revolution at the University of Hawaii.  I suggested, as he now has nothing to do (which actually is not so, for he is even more involved now with too many things--former president of Japanese universities become especially important citizens) he might want to return to Hawaii to help lead this effort.

For the future, I was asked to present a talk in Las Vegas to the February World Aquaculture Society gathering, co-authored by Leighton Chong and Tetsuzan Benny Ron:

Blue Revolution Hawaii:  Proposal for a Pacific International Ocean Station.

Click on these two blog sites for more information:
While not yet organized as a real Blue Revolution activity, you can nevertheless from January of 2020 join me for a World Cruise.  Hopefully, Tadashi and Mayumi Matsunaga will be on board, for he was the one who stimulated this fantasy.  You can even help us select the cruise line:


Crystal for $30,955 could well be the Blue Revolution ship of choice.  Four months to cruise the world:


That itinerary is for 2018, so by 2020 maybe Crystal will truly go around the world...and probably cost more.  That is currently my problem, as these global journeys only feature cabins for two people.  I can barely afford myself, so a companion needs to be able to absorb her own cost.  Better yet, perhaps I'll find someone who could help subsidize my fare.  Amazingly enough, there are a few potential candidates who have progressed through either step two (join me for lunch or dinner so we can talk about it) or step three (a short cruise to determine if we are compatible).  Step one is just contact me.  Still searching for the perfect prospect, and some decision needs to be made by next year.

The key requirement for the Blue Revolution is to find that second billionaire (SI has Peter Thiel), or team of them, visionaries emboldened to develop the pathway for Humanity to ensure for a sustainable Planet Earth.  The sea around us is the most sensible and affordable setting to advance this cause, and the endeavor will only be attained with the right leadership and inspiration.


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Sunday, November 12, 2017

NOT A WONDERFUL WORLD

There are some things happening around the world that make no sense to me.  Let me start with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), one of Barack Obama's proud accomplishments.  Eleven of the 12 partners this weekend signed the agreement:  Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.

Note that China is missing.  That is because this effort was orchestrated as an anti-China move.  There originally were twelve members, but Donald Trump, as in the Paris Global Climate Change Agreement, summarily withdrew the USA.

Why?  All this had something to do with Trump's desire to deliver on his campaign promises, and, certainly, erase anything to do with Barack Obama.  During the Presidential Campaign, Trump was so deprecatory about China trade unfairness that the TPP was perfectly made for him.  But two things happened.  First, he now needs China's help with North Korea.  Second, the agreement, as all American trade agreements tend to be, is, indeed, replete with accommodations by the U.S. that compromise our industries.  We really have too long been too nice.  I actually agree with Trump on this point.

Shifting into more ominous developments, the Middle East is showing signs that could trigger the next energy crisis, and worse:
  • Qatar has not resolved a serious diplomatic crisis with Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt.  Qatar is about the size of the Big Island of Hawaii, but has 2.5 times more proven natural gas reserves than the U.S., being 3rd in the world.
  • Something is happening regarding Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Hezbollah, Yemen and Israel.  Saudi Arabia "kidnapped" the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, and actually asked Israel to attack Lebanon.  Somehow, Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, mysteriously has been involved in some of these actions.
Then, again, there remain a few certainties, as for example on Saturday night:

UPDATE, with video Roy Moore got the Saturday Night Live treatment tonight, with a cowboy-dressed Mikey Day as the Alabama judge, telling Beck Bennett’s Mike Pence that he’d marry his accuser to make things right with the boss – Vladimir Putin.

If you can stand a 30-second ad, watch this clip. SNL was especially caustic.

A second surety is world air pollution.  India remains where Los Angeles was in the 1950's.  This weekend United Airlines suspended flights into New Delhi.  Air pollution index highs up to 671 were why.  Here is the current map:

There is a 743 figure from Bangalore, but note that Coahuila, Mexico is at 815, and Istanbul, Turkey is up to 999.  Sometimes dust storms cause problems in Israel.

Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii?  34.  Beijing?  73.  But, ah, wait until January when people turn on their electric heaters run on electricity supplied by coal power plants.  Also, too, Beijing is in a basin, like Los Angeles, so troublesome air flow will compound the problem.  I've seen numbers as high as 1400 in Shenyang, one of many industrial cities worse than the capital.  Delhi today?  Down to 316 at the American Embassy.  Yet, in the suburbs, still at 743.  How bad are these numbers?

Air Quality Index
(AQI) Values
Levels of Health ConcernColors
When the AQI is in this range:..air quality conditions are:...as symbolized by this color:
0 to 50 GoodGreen
51 to 100 ModerateYellow
101 to 150 Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Orange
151 to 200Unhealthy Red
201 to 300Very UnhealthyPurple
301 to 500HazardousMaroon
Note: Values above 500 are considered Beyond the AQI. Follow recommendations for the Hazardous category. Additional information on reducing exposure to extremely high levels of particle pollution is available here.
100 (orange) is unhealthy, 300+ (maroon) hazardous.

Ah, but I can't begin your week with all this negativity, so let me end this posting with Satchmo's What a Wonderful World.  Also, what about Iz's gift to the World.  Access, click on full screen, increase the volume and start your day right.  We live in the only world in the Universe.  Let's make it wonderful.

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