The Experimental Cocktail: The Last Two Current Ingredients

The current final two ingredients (as ingredients are subject to change after 4-6 weeks) are the two for which there is the least scientific data. That said, they offer a chance to kick some things into action.

First up is cinnamon. Yes, the spice. It’s also long been used for medical purposes (as with many spices). This write-up provides an overview of it’s uses and a good bit of data (such as it is). Frankly, there is a lot of potential there, though studies appear to be sparse and the governmental studies (unsurprisingly) are ambiguous.

One does need to be very careful, however, about the source and strength of the cinnamon. In short, there are two types of cinnamon on the market: Ceylon (True, or British) and Cassia (Saigon Cassia). While cinnamon would appear to have many positive aspects, one particular compound in it can cause liver damage or failure in high enough dosages. Cassia/Saigon Cassia has a (much) higher concentration of this compound. Therefore, I am taking a supplement made from Ceylon cinnamon.

While the governmental data is ambiguous, there are enough other studies (including some governmental) that indicate it can have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, positive blood-sugar and cholesterol activities, and anti-cancer actions. Some of what I’ve read also indicate it could be something of a catalytic in terms of helping the cocktail work. So, in it is.

The final ingredient has, frankly, the weakest scientific evidence — at least when it comes to anti-inflammatory properties. However, it does provide all the components needed for the formation (and restoration) of cartilage. The reason I’m taking it isn’t the alleged anti-inflammatory properties, it’s the chemical building blocks it provides.

There are 16 types of collagen, but Type II is a component of cartilage, while Type I and III are in your skin. While there are many sources of the amino acids that are collagen, what I’m trying to do is provide my body with easy-to-digest/absorb amounts of those that can help my joints, skin, and other tissues. So, I’m taking a supplement that provides Types I, II, III, V, and X. It is also Keto-friendly, which helps.

So, that’s the current mix. At this point, I’ve been on this cocktail for about four weeks. While I would prefer to be on it six weeks before saying antyhing, I probably will release some initial assessment next week.

BTW, if you care to help with the experiment, feel free to hit the tip jar in the top right corner, or use the Amazon wish list in the same spot as what I’m currently using is listed there. Thanks.

Thoughts And A Request

The news of al-Baghdadi is confirmed. Couldn’t have happened to a better man. Those so opposed to Trump that they are praising al-Baghdadi show themselves for what they are. Pity them, and hammer them into the ground.

On top of that, seems we took out the spokesman for ISIS on Sunday. There may have been a few other targets in there as well. Again, couldn’t have happened to better men.

The West, and Western Media, have largely ignored the horrors inflicted by ISIS. Sexual slavery, rape of captives (including at least one U.S. citizen who was then made a slave and had to serve as the wife of an ISIS leader), crucifixion of Christians (and others), burning prisoners alive, tossing gays off rooftops. Western media, particularly that in the U.S., are determined to cover stories that undermine the progressive narrative with a pillow, until they quit moving.

More on supplements tomorrow, but for today, a favor to ask. If you can hit the tip jar, or perhaps the Amazon wish list, up there in the top right corner, it would be appreciated. The supplements are expensive, as are some other steps I hope to take here soon. Also, I’m going to have to learn/re-learn how to shoot offhand. That is going to take ammo, range time, and probably even some coaching/instruction. Anything will help. Thanks.

Al Baghdadi Dead?

Announcement at 0900 Eastern today (Sunday). But, reports are already out that SF took him out/caused him to kill himself to avoid capture.

Christians are not supposed to celebrate the death of anyone, that any death is a loss. Well, I’m probably not in the few hundred thousand to get into heaven anyway, so bleep it. Thinking this is cause for a smoke and a drink.

Random Thoughts On A Friday Morning

The Katie Hill story has it all: power, privilege, sex, betrayal. A politician has multiple affairs with staff members of both sexes. How old were some of them? What’s more, it appears to have been a pattern with that politician. In the age of #metoo, it would be grounds for running that politician out of town on a rail.

But, this is a female politician of the democratic persuasion. The woman card has been played. The divorce/revenge card has been played. Major media outlets are focusing on that, while refusing to report on the events, and are doing their best to put the original, and highly professional, investigative reporting by Jennifer Van Larr at RedState into either a negative light (eeeevil conservatives!) or by pretending it doesn’t exist.

Stealing a great line, remember that modern journalism is all about covering important stories, with a pillow until they quit moving.

On this story, and on several others involving the inquiry now criminal investigation of the whole Russian hoax, it is also very clear (yet again) to anyone willing to watch that JournoList is (and has been) up and running. Most of us knew that was the case within weeks of the original being outed.

That outing has been the subject of a number of rumors: that it was by someone upset at the perversion of the journalistic code of ethics (it was); that it was by a closet conservative; that it was by someone who didn’t feel it was progressive enough (I can see that); or, take your pick.

I will say this: the new JournoList is to be commended for whatever security they put in place. So far, it seems to be holding, though I’m not sure for how long that will last. Remember, progressives always end up eating their own.

Quantum Computing, For Good Or For Ill

It may indeed be BS, will wait for my computer friends to say more. Meantime, we would do well to think about the results, both for good and for ill, that will come from this technology. It will come, after all, and we should be prepared for it.

Meantime, read what Rod Dreher and his readers have to say. Yes, I read Rod though we disagree on many things political (I do wish he would stop clutching his pearls and flouncing to the fainting couch any time Trump does something), and because he is one of the few out there doing real and serious reporting on sexual abuse and other scandals in all churches. His coverage of the Catholic Church is incredible, and his gets the problems some of us have with the Church. As for me, my faith in the spiritual Church is strong, but I fear I have no faith left in the institution erected by man. That, however, is a post for another day.

The Next Cocktail Component: Curcumin

Well, actually, I’m using a version of turmeric curcumin that also includes ginger and bioperine black pepper. Why?

Turmeric has been used in Asian and Indian medicine to treat arthritis since ancient times. It is not only a tasty part of most curry mixes, but the curcumin is believed to be the active ingredient in the fight against arthritis.

Turmeric has also been evaluated in treating a number of other health issues. Care is needed in dosage, as the turmeric/curcumin can act as a blood thinner.

The data, however, on the effectiveness of turmeric/curcumin is mixed. While some studies have shown strong effects, other studies don’t support those initial findings. While the data is mixed, one study showed the interesting result that it was more effective at preventing joint inflammation than prevention. Another study showed that it could help prevent cartilage inflammation.

While mixed, there is at least some data showing it could help. More than that, it could help prevent joint/cartilage inflammation — essential if I want to strengthen or rebuild irritated/damaged cartilage.

Now, why ginger? After all, ginger is a relative of turmeric and also shows anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, the studies on ginger show stronger results than those on turmeric.

Finally, there is peperine. This extract of black pepper is often sold under the trade name BioPerine. Peperine has its own anti-inflammatory properties, as well as some data that it can help with the absorption of other nutrients. The theory is that by including it with the ginger and curcumin, it aids both by helping absorb the compounds as well as adding it’s own punch to the mix.

Which makes sense. After all, for the body to absorb calcium, it takes vitamin D — which is why many calcium supplements contain some vitamin D. It is the same theory behind putting together glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM, and hyaluronic acid into a single joint supplement.

So, I chose a curcumin supplement that also included ginger and peperine. If it works, it should help with some of the cartilage issues as well as acting to block different types of inflammation (and different from the joint supplement).

Some Thoughts For A Monday

I’ve said for years, as the few of you still reading will remember, that any time the media all points at the same thing and shouts, look in the opposite direction. Anyone laboring under the idea that Journolist is dead is not paying attention.

Case in point, Hillary’s seemingly bizarre claim that Tulsi Gabbard is being groomed by the Russians to help rig the election via a third party candidacy. Nuts, right? Or, could it be Hillary killing two birds with one stone?

Hillary has a beef with Tulsi going back to 2016 when Tulsi left her post at the DNC and went to work for Bernie. Worse, she called out Hillary and the DNC for rigging the primaries. Thou shalt do nothing to thwart Hillary or to make her look bad in the press, after all. There is a reason the DNC has tried to thwart her campaign at almost every turn.

While not very well covered in the MSM, who in fact seem determined to cover the story with a pillow until it quits moving, the results of a State Department investigation into what Hillary e-mails remain (and keep in mind a lot of them officially were destroyed by her) were announced. It seems some 38 people, unnamed, were “culpable” in some 91 cases of sending classified info to Hillary’s personal e-mail that was unsecure. The same server that was sending copies of every e-mail to China…

So, you need to draw attention away from a potentially damaging report, and you have a grudge against a primary candidate who could indeed be a threat to whomever is the DNC “Chosen One” both in the primaries and as a potential third party candidate. You also have some additional constraints, including not wanting to do anything that would point towards the Ukraine where most people have missed the fact that a DNC server that was hacked is being held. What to do, what to do?

Hillary is many things, but stupid when it comes to politics is not one of them. She also still has friends and allies in the media; plus, she can trust the media to be itself. So let it rip.

Notice what is in the media? Stories about the “bizarre” allegation by Hillary. Multiple stories from multiple angles. Notice what’s not in the media? Yep.

Whenever the media all points and shouts, look around. There is always something, or even several somethings, they do not want you to see.