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Diet Soda and Metabolic Syndrome

Bad news about a recent study on Diet Soda from The New York Times. You can read more up-to-date health news by clicking on the blue type.

Published: February 5, 2008
Researchers have found a correlation between drinking diet soda and metabolic syndrome — the collection of risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes that include abdominal obesity, high cholesterol and blood glucose levels, and elevated blood pressure.

The scientists gathered dietary information on more than 9,500 men and women ages 45 to 64 and tracked their health for nine years.

Over all, a Western dietary pattern — high intakes of refined grains, fried foods and red meat — was associated with an 18 percent increased risk for metabolic syndrome, while a “prudent” diet dominated by fruits, vegetables, fish and poultry correlated with neither an increased nor a decreased risk.

But the one-third who ate the most fried food increased their risk by 25 percent compared with the one-third who ate the least, and surprisingly, the risk of developing metabolic syndrome was 34 percent higher among those who drank one can of diet soda a day compared with those who drank none.

“This is interesting,” said Lyn M. Steffen, an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Minnesota and a co-author of the paper, which was posted online in the journal Circulation on Jan. 22. “Why is it happening? Is it some kind of chemical in the diet soda, or something about the behavior of diet soda drinkers?”

February 14, 2008 Posted by | Cold Drinks, Diet / Weight Loss, Family Issues, Health Issues, Living Conditions, News | 6 Comments

Valentine Day Sunrise


Psalm 50

1The mighty one, God the Lord,
speaks and summons the earth
from the rising of the sun to its setting.

February 14, 2008 Posted by | Kuwait, Living Conditions, Lumix, sunrise series, Weather | 14 Comments

Napoleon NOT Poisoned!

There is one person in my world who will really care about this article, and AdventureMan, this is for you. Happy Valentines Day, sweet man!

(You would not believe the places I have visited because of AdventureMan’s fascination with Napoleon – his room as a student, his room as a young soldier, countless small, obscure museums, any Napoleonic battlefield in France, Germany, Italy and Belgium!)


Scientists Say Napoleon Wasn’t Poisoned
By Robin Pomeroy, Reuters
Posted: 2008-02-12 19:18:08
Filed Under: Science News
ROME (Feb. 12) – Italian scientists say they have proved Napoleon was not poisoned, scotching the legend the French emperor was murdered by his British jailors.

Italian scientists said they have disproved a theory that Napoleon, here in an undated portrait, was fatally poisoned by his British jailors in 1821. The former French emperor’s captors were believed to have killed him with arsenic while he was in exile at Saint Helena, an island located in the South Atlantic.

Napoleon’s post-mortem said he died of stomach cancer aged 51, but the theory he was assassinated to prevent any return to power has gained credence in recent decades as some studies indicated his body contained a high level of the poison arsenic.

“It was not arsenic poisoning that killed Napoleon at Saint Helena,” said researchers at the National Institute of Nuclear Physics and the University of Pavia who tested the theory the British killed him while he was in exile on the South Atlantic island in 1821.

The Italian research — which studied hair samples from various moments in his life which are kept in museums in Italy and France — showed Napoleon’s body did have a high level of arsenic, but that he was already heavily contaminated as a boy.

The scientists used a nuclear reactor to irradiate the hairs to get an accurate measure of the levels of arsenic.

Looking at hairs from several of Napoleon’s contemporaries, including his wife and son, they found arsenic levels were generally much higher than is common today.

“The result? There was no poisoning in our opinion because Napoleon’s hairs contain the same amount of arsenic as his contemporaries,” the researchers said in a statement published on the university’s website.

The study found the samples taken from people living in the early 1800s contained 100 times as much arsenic than the current average. Glues and dyes commonly used at the time are blamed for high environmental levels of the toxic element.

AdventureMan, I know you will want to read the rest of the story. You can read the entire article at AOL News HERE.

February 14, 2008 Posted by | Detective/Mystery, Family Issues, Health Issues, Leadership | , | 9 Comments

Bulletin: New Kuwait Traffic Laws

From today’s Arab Times:

New traffic law enacted: e-mails

KUWAIT : Several people on Monday received e-mails and SMS messages on the new traffic fines allegedly imposed by the Interior Ministry. Sources at the Ministry refused to deny or confirm the messages but said a new traffic law will be implemented soon.

(Comment: Holy Smokes! Did the bloggers and e-mailers get it right???)

February 14, 2008 Posted by | Adventure, Bureaucracy, Communication, Entertainment, ExPat Life, Humor, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Local Lore, Social Issues | 3 Comments


My apologies to all the bloggers / commenters who got sent to SPAM last night, even regular, known commenters. I think WordPress is trying out some new things in the background (just my guess) and I am sure the situation will improve, but meanwhile – my apologies! I have noticed when you get sent to SPAM, it doesn’t even show up for maybe 24 hours – AAARRGGGHH!

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