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Post-Thanksgiving Hallucinations

I guess i ate too much tofu because it seems to me that this article says:

An antidepressant may help worms live longer by tricking the brain into thinking the body is starving, U.S. researchers reported on Wednesday.

...and that's just crazy.


By fnord12 | November 23, 2007, 2:39 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (1)| Link



I Got Your Healing Touch Right Here

I'd file this under "Science" but that would just be causing trouble. And we haven't got a section for "Magick" or "Junk Science" so here you go.

It's not traditional medicine but patients love it: an unconventional therapy called the healing touch that is gaining acceptance in some U.S. hospitals.

The technique uses light touch and deep breathing to address energy imbalances, its advocates say. Though research on it is limited, the therapy is practiced at 30 U.S. hospitals and by nearly 2,000 certified therapists, according to Healing Touch International, based in Denver.

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"Pain medication takes the pain out but doesn't make you feel good or calm."
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A healing touch therapist will gently touch or glide his hands through the patient's energy points or affected areas, such as shoulders, feet and forehead. The practitioner concentrates on each point for a few minutes.

Lisa Anselme, executive director at the Denver organization, said the method was not meant to stand alone.

"Healing touch is not intended to replace standard treatment. It's a complementary therapy," said Anselme, a registered nurse and healing touch practitioner.

Jackie Levin, a nurse who coordinates the NYU program, said the treatment works well for people with anxiety, depression and stress associated with surgery and cancer treatments.

Sounds alot like the energy healing i learned. I will not make any claims about the effects of using this technique to cure your problems, but, at the very least, it's very soothing as long as you're not freaked out by the person doing it on you. And so what if it's a placebo effect? If it makes them feel more comfortable, more relaxed, etc etc. and it's used in addition to "real" medical practices, what's the problem? It's the same as fluffing someone's pillows so that they're more comfortable. It's not really doing anything to fix the problem, but if the person feels better, they do have a better chance of improving faster. The negatives would be a) people who think you can use this to replace standard treatment and b) people who take advantage of others and charge lots of money for the magickal, mystical, cure all. This should NOT be thought of as a cure-all magick bullet. It would be seriously irresponsible to portray it in such a way. And imo, this sort of stuff ought to be free (cause who the hell knows if it's doing anything).

If hospitals are starting to include this as part of their complimentary treatment, mebbe someone will start doing some real scientific experiments to either validate or invalidate this technique. Right now, what you get is a bunch of anecdotal evidence which is annoying and of questionable credibility at best.

Most of you prolly think it's all hooey and i wouldn't blame you. It's completely and totally out there. It's crazy talk. But i believe in ghosts and karma, too, so don't look to me for logic.


By min | November 16, 2007, 3:21 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (6)| Link



Uh...Bob?

Why aren't you trying for this title?

A South Dakotan may be new world-record holder when it comes to swallowing Tabasco sauce. Levi Johnson of Tea drank 5.5 ounces of the hot sauce, or nearly 3 bottles, in 30 seconds at a sports bar in that community.

The Guinness Book of World Records lists the previous record at 5.07 ounces. Johnson's feat must be verified by Guinness publishers before it is considered official.


By min | November 16, 2007, 3:07 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link



High School Skinning Demonstration

I present this to Wanyas who's sooooo particular about who posts what type of things on this blog.

Superintendent Alvin Lievsay said a student's parent promised to bring in a raccoon for the exercise, but surprised teacher Jerick Hutchinson by bringing the animal in a live trap. Lievsay said Hutchinson, "who used to work in a slaughter house," took the animal outside to the back of his truck Friday and shot it with the nail gun. Lievsay said no students witnessed the raccoon's death.

How many of you didn't get a raccoon skinning demo as part of your science curriculum? Makes you realize how inadequate the education system is, doesn't it?


By min | November 14, 2007, 3:36 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (5)| Link



Terrifying

Best error page ever (needs sound).


By fnord12 | November 13, 2007, 4:42 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link



Better or worse than giant lego men?

Doritos ashore.


(h/t to Mike)


By fnord12 | November 12, 2007, 8:08 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (2)| Link



No One Trick Pony

China's not just about lead in toys, you know.

U.S. safety officials have recalled about 4.2 million Chinese-made Aqua Dots bead toys that contain a chemical that has caused some children to vomit and become comatose after swallowing them.

Scientists have found the popular toy's coating contains a chemical that, once metabolized, converts into the toxic "date rape" drug GHB, or gamma-hydroxy butyrate, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission spokesman Scott Wolfson told CNN.

"GHB is this drug that in low doses actually causes euphoria," said Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent. "In higher doses, it can cause people to go into a coma. It can cause seizures. It can cause something known as hypotonia, where all your muscles just become very flaccid.

"And it can cause people to become amnestic, ... which is why it became a date-rape drug," Gupta said.

"So this is nasty stuff, and it appears that the chemical is actually converting into it in the body."

The arts and craft beads, aimed at children 4 years and older, have been selling since April at major U.S. retail stores as "Aqua Dots" and in Australia under the name "Bindeez Beads."

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Melbourne-based Moose Enterprise Pty. Ltd. recalled Bindeez Beads on Tuesday after three children in Australia swallowed large quantities of the beads and were hospitalized.

Look, here's the thing. Like feeding their kids bubble tea and whole fish with the bones, this whole date rape drug in paint beads is a test of intelligence and ability. The kids who don't choke to death on tapioca balls flying at high speeds through a straw or on fish bones are fit to continue living. Kids who can't get through this test of survival, who are too stupid to know not to swallow paint beads, or say, magnetic barbie dog poo, just don't make the cut. The Chinese are just weeding out the weak. What's the problem?


By min | November 8, 2007, 2:44 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link



Thas Nae Alcohol, Laddie

Tis only the blood of Christ I've been takin' a wee nip of.

Celebrating more than one mass a day may push Roman Catholic priests over the alcohol limit if tougher drink driving rules come into effect in Ireland, a leading clergyman said on Friday.

Altar wine is an essential part of the eucharist, the ritual in which Catholics believe the priest turns bread and wine into the body and blood of Jesus Christ. A priest drinks a small amount of the wine during the mass.


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Because the ranks of the Catholic clergy are thinning out, priests -- especially in rural areas -- often drive to several churches on Sunday to say mass for congregations who have no resident clergy.

"You could be over the limit trying to travel between maybe two or three churches on a Sunday morning and coming back again," Father Brian D'Arcy told Reuters.


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Father Iggy O'Donovan from Drogheda, north of Dublin, said members of the congregation could always help finish the wine if too much was left over.

"The day that the celebration of the eucharist becomes a defence for drunk-driving -- I am afraid it beggars belief," he told RTE radio.

Father Iggy???

The blood of Christ isn't about to go bad, is it? Couldn't they just, i dunno, refrigerate it for next week's eucharist? It's already gross and full of everybody's backwash. I don't think a week in the fridge could possibly make it any worse.

Also, it's the blood of Christ! It's not alcohol. Who's getting drunk off of Jesus' blood? The Roman Catholics do truly believe in transmogrification, right? So there's no problem.

When are the Catholics going to admit that they're just pagans? I mean, really. All the ritual and the drinking of ritualistic blood and they're somehow not pagans?

Pagans.


By min | November 6, 2007, 11:27 AM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (4)| Link



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