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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:
>> @tinysubversions <https://twitter.com/tinysubversions> Did you
>> know that the widespread modern overbite is attributable to
>> the adoption of forks? theatlantic.com/health/archive…
>> — Shane Liesegang (@OptimistPanda) June 4, 2013
>> 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.
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.
>> 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
>> after reportedly mimicking the Apple founder's diet.
>> "First of all, the fruitarian diet
>> 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
>> 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
>> 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
>> 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
>> 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
>> 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.
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