[FoRK] Forwarded without comment

Stephen Williams sdw at lig.net
Wed Jun 12 11:04:39 PDT 2013

On 6/12/13 9:42 AM, Stephen Williams wrote:
> On 6/12/13 9:13 AM, Udhay Shankar N wrote:
>> http://fork-free.tumblr.com/
>>     @tinysubversions <https://twitter.com/tinysubversions> Did you 
>> know that the widespread modern overbite is attributable to
>>     the adoption of forks? theatlantic.com/health/archive… 
>> <http://t.co/Ak4pMV14rm>
>>     — Shane Liesegang (@OptimistPanda) June 4, 2013 
>> <https://twitter.com/OptimistPanda/status/341964618102611968>
>> Forks are unnatural. It’s our imperative to excise them from our lives.
> This _is_ part of our natural evolution.  Perhaps our main 
> brain-building mutation from other primates concerns having a weaker 
> jaw.  The fork may have been our latest evolutionary step, leading to 
> real science and civilization which seems highly correlated.
> http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2004/03/24-03.html
> http://www.nature.com/news/2004/040322/full/news040322-9.html

So, FoRK is to the evolution of the Internet as the fork was to the 
evolution of human society?  ;-)

> Various back-to-(supposed)-nature, various forms of vegan, etc. aren't 
> necessarily natural or healthy.
> http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/29/health/steve-jobs-all-fruit-diet
> http://health.usnews.com/health-news/articles/2013/02/07/ashton-kutchers-fruitarian-diet-what-went-wrong 
> http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/28/ashton-kutcher-fruit-diet-steve-jobs-pancreas-hospitalized_n_2566289.html 
>> Ashton Kutcher's leading role as Steve Jobs in the biopic"jOBS" -- 
>> which recently premiered at /Sundance/ 
>> <http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20668484,00.html> -- took an 
>> immediate and dangerous turn when, two days before filming began, the 
>> actor was hospitalized with pancreas problems 
>> <http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2013/01/26/ashton-kutcher-steve-jobs-sundance/1866023/> 
>> after reportedly mimicking the Apple founder's diet.
>> "First of all, the fruitarian diet 
>> <http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2013/01/26/ashton-kutcher-steve-jobs-sundance/1866023/> 
>> can lead to like severe issues," Kutcher told /USA Today/. "I went to 
>> the hospital like two days before we started shooting the movie. I 
>> was like doubled over in pain. My pancreas levels were completely out 
>> of whack," Kutcher added. "It was really terrifying ... considering 
>> everything."
>> By several accounts, including Walter Isaacson's 2011 biography 
>> /Steve Jobs/, the tech entrepreneur often went on fruit-only diets. 
>> In fact, according to Isaacson, it was the inspiration for his 
>> company's name: "I was on one of my fruitarian diets," Jobs 
>> reportedly told Isaacson 
>> <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/30/steve-jobs-last-words_n_1066211.html> 
>> of the decision to call the computer company Apple.
>> However, despite Kutcher's experiences, there is no evidence that a 
>> fruit-only diet leads to pancreatic problems and it is certainly not 
>> a risk factor for pancreatic cancer (the disease that killed Jobs to 
>> which Kutcher alludes). In fact, a diet high in fruits and veggies 
>> can actually /reduce/ the risk of pancreatic cancer, according to the 
>> American Cancer Society 
>> <http://www.cancer.org/cancer/pancreaticcancer/detailedguide/pancreatic-cancer-risk-factors>. 
>> Conversely, dietary risk factors for pancreatic cancer include 
>> meat-heavy diets and diets high in processed foods.

Fruit, in a balanced diet, is very good.  However, it is a well-known 
association that stressed organs tend to go bad more often than 
unstressed organs, probably due to a variety of mechanisms including 
poor reaction to pre-cancerous cells, which are common in everyone.  It 
is possible, maybe probable if the Kutcher reaction is common, that 
Jobs' diet killed him.

> Chronic inflammation, regardless of infectious agents, plays important 
> roles in the development of various cancers, particularly in digestive 
> organs, including Helicobacter pylori-associated gastric cancer, 
> hepatitis C virus-positive hepatocellular carcinoma, and 
> colitis-associated colon cancers. Cancer development is characterized 
> by stepwise accumulation of genetic and epigenetic alterations of 
> various proto-oncogenes and tumor-suppressor genes. During chronic 
> inflammation, infectious agents such as H pylori and hepatitis C virus 
> as well as intrinsic mediators of inflammatory responses, including 
> proinflammatory cytokines and reactive oxygen and nitrogen species, 
> can induce genetic and epigenetic changes, including point mutations, 
> deletions, duplications, recombinations, and methylation of various 
> tumor-related genes through various mechanisms. Furthermore, 
> inflammation also modulates the expressions of microRNAs that 
> influence the production of several tumor-related messenger RNAs or 
> proteins. These molecular events induced by chronic inflammation work 
> in concert to alter important pathways involved in normal cellular 
> function, and hence accelerate inflammation-associated cancer 
> development. Among these, recent studies highlighted an important role 
> of activation-induced cytidine deaminase, a nucleotide-editing enzyme 
> essential for somatic hypermutation and class-switch recombination of 
> the immunoglobulin gene, as a genomic modulator in 
> inflammation-associated cancer development.

>> Still, a fruitarian diet can be unhealthfully incomplete. Columbia 
>> University's Health Center reports that eating mostly or only fruit 
>> can cause deficiencies 
>> <http://goaskalice.columbia.edu/fruitarian-teens-are-they-stunting-their-growth> 
>> in essential vitamins and nutrients, including calcium, iron, zinc, 
>> vitamin D, B12 and other B-complex vitamins. It can also be too low 
>> in protein and fatty acids.
>> Although it sounds as if Jobs ate exclusively fruit, it's important 
>> to note that most fruitarians do not subsist entirely off of sweet 
>> fruits 
>> <http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/guide/vegetarian-and-vegan-diet>. 
>> While there are many definitions of the diet, those who call 
>> themselves fruitarians eat diets that include nuts, seeds, vegetables 
>> and small amounts of grains, beans, legumes and tofu.
> sdw


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