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Maggie Wolfe Riley

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Dec 30, 14

It's hard to find actual scientific data amid the sea of opinion out there on probiotic use. This is an excellent resource and a good starting point for further research.

  • Categories of probiotics in use today
  • lactic-acid bacteria (LAB)
  • Prebiotics such as lactulose, inulin, psyllium, and other oligosaccharides (found in onions, garlic, asparagus, leeks, artichoke, bananas, tomatoes, wheat, oats, soy beans, and other plants) are nondigestible food ingredients that stimulate the growth or activity of bacteria in the GI tract which are beneficial to the health of the body

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Aug 30, 14

The best science indicates that more guns leads to more deaths

Aug 25, 14

Most hunter-gatherer diets resemble classic omnivory - about 70% of calories coming from plants. Not much meat, but just enough. Hunting is only a part of the hunter-gatherer lifestyle, and the mainstay is gathering, since hunters were not successful on a consistent basis - so meat was a bonus. A needed one, but not the backbone of the diet.

Also - variety - as we come from greatly varied backgrounds, their diets varied greatly... omnivory is the ability to find food in many different sources, and omivory is what made our brains larger - omnivores have to think, to figure out what is edible, how to make something edible, and to learn where and how to find food. It's an ongoing process.

  • Sometimes I’ll get a call or email from someone five years after the last contact and I’ll think, oh right, I hated that person. But they would never have known, of course. Let’s see if I still hate them. Very often I find that I don’t. Or that I hated them for a dumb reason. Or that they were having a bad day. Or much more likely, that I had been having a bad day.
  • People silently struggle from all kinds of terrible things. They suffer from depression, ambition, substance abuse, and pretension. They suffer from family tragedy, Ivy-League educations, and self-loathing. They suffer from failing marriages, physical pain, and publishing. The good thing about politeness is that you can treat these people exactly the same. And then wait to see what happens. You don’t have to have an opinion. You don’t need to make a judgment.
Jun 20, 14

It's VERY common for people to think that if you are in a wheelchair, you cannot stand or walk at all. People assume "paralyzed." But the range of reasons why people may be using a wheelchair is very wide.

Apr 17, 14

Great advice - some of which I can see playing out in my 88-year-old father-in-law's life right now. Planning is key. *Realistic* planning.

Mar 26, 14

This drives me CRAZY! I'm glad to know I'm not the only one.

Feb 25, 14

This is an excellent description of procrastination with tips on how to overcome it. Brick by brick.

  • One possible response, of course, is to decide that no obesity policy is possible, because ‘science is undecided’. But this is a moron’s answer: science is never completely decided; it is always in a state of change and self-questioning, and it offers no final answers. There is never a moment in science when all doubts are gone and all questions settled, which is why ‘wait for settled science’ is an argument advanced by industries that want no interference with their status quo.
  • History is not kind to authorities whose mistaken dogmas cause unnecessary suffering and pointless effort, while ignoring the real causes of trouble
Feb 05, 14

I love Russell Brand! This is well-written and powerful, and I couldn't help but hear it in my mind in Russell Brand's voice as I was reading it.

Feb 05, 14

Interesting - I had a health class once with a teacher who, otherwise very anti-drug, thought heroin should be legal (for medical use) in this country. She said it allows people to remain lucid while pain-free rather than doped up, as with morphine. The fact that there are high functioning heroin addicts out there supports this. So many people have problems with chronic pain, and of course, any painkiller has drawbacks and side effects and can do damage used long-term, but if well-controlled and medically supervised, it seems we may be not only leaving an important tool out of our medical arsenal, but be allowing many people to die because of addiction. One more point of note - tobacco is more addictive than heroin! Wow.

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