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How to Build Bone Mass (Tacos)March 29, 2014

Impact exercises like jumping and running build bone mass.

I don’t mean to suggest eating tacos builds bone mass–these are simply the two (unrelated) topics of this weekend’s post.

What does build bone mass is impact exercises like jumping and running. This was explained in two recent articles from theNew York Times (registration required):

Exercises to Strengthen Bones

High-Impact Exercise Is Good for Your Bones

Maintaining bone mass is important as we age. Studies are finding that weightlifting and non-impact exercising like biking and swimming don’t add bone mass, despite their many other health benefits.

Hopping helps:

 

In general, activities that involve impacts with the earth, such as running and jumping, are the most effective way to improve bone health, according to Dr. Jon Tobias, a professor ofrheumatology at the University of Bristol who studies bone health. They create ground-reaction forces that move through your bones and stimulate them to “remodel” themselves and add density, he said. They also entail strong muscular contractions that tug at and slightly bend attached bones, redoubling the stimulating effects of the exercise.Sprinting and hopping are the most obvious and well-studied examples of high-impact exercises. In one recent study, women ages 25 to 50 who leaped like fleas at least 10 times in a row, twice per day for four months, significantly increased the density of their hipbones. In another, more elaborate experiment from 2006, women who hopped and also lifted weights improved the density of their spines by about 2 percent compared to a control group, especially if the weight training targeted both the upper body and the legs. Women whose weight training focused only on the legs did not gain as much density in their spines.

Those who need to build bone mass most might not be up to impact exercises:

 

So, Dr. Tobias says, young people and healthy adults should probably pound the ground, at least sometimes. Sprint. Jump off a box 15 inches or higher at your gym and jump back up. Hop in place. A study by other researchers published in January found that women between 25 and 50 who hopped at least 10 times twice a day, with 30 seconds between each hop,significantly increased their hipbone density after four months. Another group of subjects, who hopped 20 times daily, showed even greater gains.Alas, a kind of Catch-22 confronts older individuals who have not been engaging in high-impact exercise: Their bodies and bones may not be capable of handling the types of activity most likely to improve bone health.

This suggests starting impact exercises before bone loss becomes an issue. The articles don’t mention jumping jacks, a staple of physical education classes, but I reckon that sort of low-impact routine would work for those fit for that sort of exercise (and be sure to get checked out before starting any new fitness regime).

Though none of the studies cited mention hitting a heavy punching bag, I would guess martial-arts-type punching and kicking activity would count as impact exercise.

OK, on to tacos. When the 12-hour days pile and and we’re exhausted, tacos offer a quick homemade meal for a few nights. Cook up a pot of Mexican-style beans (a pressure cooker helps speed the process considerably) on Sunday and the leftovers can be heated as needed. (Cocina De La Familia: More Than 200 Authentic Recipes from Mexican-American Home Kitchens is a good source for Mexican-style recipes.)

The great thing about tacos is the flexibility of the ingredients; they’re especially easy for vegetarians and those avoiding gluten, as corn tortillas are the foundation. Possible toppings include lettuce, avocado, leftover steamed veggies, red and green peppers, tomatoes, salsa, sriracha sauce, cilantro, flavored firm tofu, any type of cheese you favor–the list is long indeed.

Tacos can be elaborate or simple, a meal for guests or one tossed together in a state of famished exhaustion.

Here’s a taco composed of beans, stir-fried zucchini and onions, avocado, salsa and feta and parmesan cheeses:

Here’s a taco meal assembled in a few minutes at the end of a crazy-long day. The tacos are just beans, avocado, lettuce, cilantro, sriracha and some thinly sliced sharp cheddar. The two vegetables are also quick: steamed asparagus and chard from the garden which was leftover from the previous evening: From the Garden to the Table in 20 Minutes (February 22, 2014)

Not only is it easier to eat at home at the end of an exhausting day (if you have some leftovers and corn tortillas), it’s healthier and tastes better, too.

 

CrossTalk: Cold War 2.0?

http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Sandstorms-from-Sahara-Desert-land-on-Wicklow and Dublin-neighborhoods.html

Photos By Thomá Aengus O Cléirigh

Forget the reds under the bed – Dubliners awoke to a red dust all over their cars on Sunday and there’s more to come, all the way from Africa.

The strange dust has been identified as red sand from the Sahara, transported to Ireland courtesy of exceptionally strong African winds.

The super strong winds caused the sand to be displaced from the Sahara Desert.

It is now following a path up through parts of Europe and the displacement is set to continue for the rest of the week, according to Ireland’s official weather service Met Eireann.

The Irish Independent is also reporting that the red dust will lead to a boom for Dublin’s car wash business after motorists awoke to find a fine layer of reddish-brown dust coating their paintwork.

The paper reports that winds blowing from the south and south-east are expected to bring more dust in coming days with dust storms in North Africa responsible.

Met Eireann forecaster Harm Luijkx told the paper, “These fine particles are dust and soil rather than sand. Sand is too heavy to be carried this far by the wind.

“Met Eireann has received calls about the phenomenon from around the country. It is possible more dust will come.”

The sandstorms may alter Ireland’s sunsets according to the paper, which reports that Africa’s orange and red sunsets are often the result of dust in the atmosphere.

Luijkx added that Ireland’s sunsets are usually quite clear as the winds normally come from across the Atlantic where there is no air pollution.

He said, “Sometimes, with winds from the east or south-east, Irish skies have some haziness because of air-borne pollution from Britain or the Continent.

“When pressure is high, those particles of pollution can build up to increase the haziness, but high pressure is not an issue at present in Ireland.

Read more: http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Sandstorms-from-Sahara-Desert-land-on-Dublin-neighborhoods.html#ixzz2xYEOjBoN
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What the Heck is Going on Out There? (Banking)

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World Bank President James Wolfensohn speaking... World Bank President James Wolfensohn speaking at the opening of the Annual Meetings’ Program of Seminars; Prague Congress Centre (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As written in the “What the Heck is Going on Out There (Multinational Corporattions)”, which is part 1 of this article, I wrote that there  wasn’t enough money in the pockets of consumers to maintain high profits, and thus the Multinational Corporations went to the stock market to earn the profits high enough to keep the shareholders happy. This article is intended to help explain the other side of purchases  and to explain what is going on in the financial industry in today’s lousy economy.

There was a time when banks lent out their own money, but things have changed haven’t they. We do not know how things changed, the banking business is above scrutiny and awash with secrecy, and now the characters that brought about the changes…

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Rebranding TCD

Brian M. Lucey

I have to say that I have mixed feelings about this rebranding. Part of me says great, look at things with a fresh eye. A greater part of me says that its a monstrous waste of time and money (about €100k we are told).

TCD, Trinity College Dublin, is a brand. Its one that has stood the test of time for literal centuries. It is, along with a very few others, one of the few global brands we have for Ireland. We are told that we have to change the name to Trinity College, The University of Dublin, as people in Chindia get confused. Hmmm. Do they get confused as to what MIT is ? Or Caltech? I doubt it. They may be momentarily confused as to whether it is an independent university or not but is that reason enough to meddle with something that is time proven? I…

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THE BRAIN DOES NOT CREATE CONSCIOUSNESS. YOUR THOUGHTS

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In a recent interview on Waking Times aired on The People’s Voice Network, Dr. Eben Alexander, Harvard Neurosurgeon presents compelling scientific research in the field of consciousness that examines the unfolding reality that the brain does NOT create consciousness. Misleading concepts that focus on reductive materialism have kept us in the dark about the true nature of the human soul and its integral part in our evolution as spiritual beings.

“The old paradigm of birth to death represents an outdated concept that is woefully inadequate in defining the unfolding reality of expanded awareness,” he stated in the interview with Waking Times. “Materialist science is at the end of its days as most scientists are changing their views. The old concepts are soon to be relegated to the same dust bin as ‘the earth is flat’ as we develop a more mature understanding and transcend old beliefs.”

Supported by worldwide research that is now delving into the concepts of string theory that involves a complete reworking of our outdated and limited views of space/time means that we are now entering a phase where science will greatly expand its boundaries. The foundation of the research begins with the clear understanding of the “Soul”, or conscious spirit, that exists outside of the body and is eternal.

“Consciousness is at the core to unfolding all of reality”, states Alexander.

The brain operates the body based on input from the personality, but the higher intelligence, or subconscious, is the mechanism that controls the body, and that is the soul that we have yet to acknowledge or even begin to understand. That is the free will component that exists long after the body stops. Near-death, paranormal, mysticism, past life memories, and akashic records are now a common thread that drives home the conclusion that there exists a soul within the human body that transcends the human experience. As we acknowledge the essence of our soul, we let go of the limitations of the illusional earth-based mentality and reach out to the greater cosmos of life. Many additional realms exist beyond the earth and in other dimensions of time/space. As spiritual beings, we can easily access these places.

Edgar Cayce, the father of holistic medicine, pioneered the concept in modern times that we are indeed “spiritual beings having a human experience”, but this is only a re-emergence of what our ancestors already knew!

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