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one of my favorite articles on parasites - who knows what influences us... [Aug. 29th, 2014|07:45 pm]
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How Your Cat Is Making You Crazy

Jaroslav Flegr is no kook. And yet, for years, he suspected his mind had been taken over by parasites that had invaded his brain. So the prolific biologist took his science-fiction hunch into the lab. What he’s now discovering will startle you. Could tiny organisms carried by house cats be creeping into our brains, causing everything from car wrecks to schizophrenia?



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research proving scary stuff [Aug. 29th, 2014|07:40 pm]
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Zoonotic Infections: Your Pets Can Make You Sick

Suzanne Albrecht, PharmD, MSLIS
Freelance Medical Writer
Woodstock, Illinois

8/19/2011

US Pharm. 2011;36(8):41-50. 

Zoonoses are diseases that are transmitted from animals to humans. It is estimated that 75% of emerging infectious diseases are zoonoses.1 Zoonoses are a huge problem in agriculture with food-producing animals. Diseases such as mad cow disease, H1N1 flu, and avian flu are well-known zoonoses that have proved to be fatal in humans. This article, however, is going to focus on diseases transmitted by household pets. There are over 30 significant diseases that can be contracted from pets.2 According to the results from a 2007 survey by the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association, 63% of American households (71.1 million homes) had one or more pets.3

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links to non-profit ratings/watchdogs [Aug. 18th, 2014|08:18 pm]
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How to Choose a Charity Wisely
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quietly saving this here for myself [Jul. 23rd, 2014|08:29 pm]
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http://webdesign.about.com/od/windowshtmleditors/tp/best_windows_html_editors.htm
http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/web-mobile-gui-sets/
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I just can't get past Day 1 [Jul. 18th, 2014|09:25 pm]
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http://dressedtoat.wordpress.com/2014/05/27/30-day-ab-challenge/
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More fascinating analysis of our broken education system: http://www.curmudgucation.blogspot.com/ [Jul. 7th, 2014|08:43 pm]
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The Hard Part


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They never tell you in teacher school, and it's rarely discussed elsewhere. It is never, ever portrayed in movies and tv shows about teaching. Teachers rarely bring it up around non-teachers for fear it will make us look weak or inadequate.

Valerie Strauss in the Washington Post once put together a series of quotes to answer the question "How hard is teaching?" and asked for more in the comments section. My rant didn't entirely fit there, so I'm putting it here, because it is on the list of Top Ten Things They Never Tell You in Teacher School.

The hard part of teaching is coming to grips with this:

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What we should be eating - Part 2 [Jul. 1st, 2014|05:17 pm]
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The Healthy Eating Plate

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When it’s time for dinner, most of us eat off of a plate. So think of the Healthy Eating Plate as a blueprint for a typical meal, for yourself and your family. It’s similar in concept to MyPlate, with colorful quadrants reserved for vegetables (green), fruits (red), protein (orange), and grains (brown). But unlike MyPlate, it offers important messages about diet quality, not just quantity:

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What we should be eating - Part 1 [Jul. 1st, 2014|05:16 pm]
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Food Pyramids and Plates: What Should You Really Eat?


Introduction: The Best Guides to a Healthy Diet

Nearly two decades ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) created a powerful icon: the Food Guide Pyramid. This simple illustration conveyed in a flash what the USDA said were the elements of a healthy diet. The Pyramid was taught in schools, appeared in countless media articles and brochures, and was plastered on cereal boxes and food labels.

Tragically, the information embodied in this pyramid didn’t point the way to healthy eating. Why not? Its blueprint was based on shaky scientific evidence, and it barely changed over the years to reflect major advances in our understanding of the connection between diet and health.

The USDA retired the Food Guide Pyramid in 2005 and replaced it with MyPyramid—basically the old Pyramid turned on its side, sans any explanatory text. Critics lambasted the symbol from the get-go for being vague and confusing. So in June 2011, with great fanfare, the USDA replaced its much-maligned MyPyramid with a new simpler food icon, the fruit-and-vegetable rich MyPlate.

The good news is that these changes have dismantled and buried the original, flawed Food Guide Pyramid and its underwhelming MyPyramid successor. The bad news is that the new MyPlate icon, while an improvement over the Food Guide Pyramid and MyPyramid, still falls short on giving people the nutrition advice they need to choose the healthiest diets.

As an alternative to the USDA’s nutrition advice, faculty members at the Harvard School of Public Health built the Healthy Eating Pyramid. It resembles the USDA’s old pyramids in shape only. The Healthy Eating Pyramid takes into consideration, and puts into perspective, the wealth of research conducted during the last 20 years that has reshaped the definition of healthy eating.

Now it’s time to translate that research to your dinner plate: the Healthy Eating Plate. Just as the Healthy Eating Pyramid rectifies the mistakes of the USDA’s food pyramids, the Healthy Eating Plate fixes the flaws in USDA’s MyPlate. Both the Healthy Eating Pyramid and the Healthy Eating Plate are based on the latest science about how our food, drink, and activity choices affect our health.

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way more common than anyone thinks [Jun. 18th, 2014|02:34 pm]
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‘Thinking of Ways to Harm Her’

New Findings on Timing and Range of Maternal Mental Illness


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Postpartum depression isn’t always postpartum. It isn’t even always depression. A fast-growing body of research is changing the very definition of maternal mental illness, showing that it is more common and varied than previously thought.

Scientists say new findings contradict the longstanding view that symptoms begin only within a few weeks after childbirth. In fact, depression often begins during pregnancy, researchers say, and can develop any time in the first year after a baby is born.

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quote of the day [Apr. 13th, 2014|02:12 pm]
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"In that way I missed New York. I knew the city was not mine forever, that I would leave it. Perhaps I should leave it. Even after the New Orleans expenses, my savings account was growing, and travel was once again an option. I felt a frantic need to return and take advantage of everything New York provided. My time up north felt as if it were coming to a quick and harsh closing, and I didn't want to miss any of it. New Orleans, the storm, Perry, the river: they all reminded me not to take anything for granted. It all washes away, and we are all washed away with it. So when the ground is steady and the sky is clear, we should breathe deep until our lungs inflate against our ribs and hold in that one breath until we are light-headed with the privilege of being alive. The absolute privilege of being human.

I began to consider, upon the thought of "permanently" relocating, everything New York had made me. When I arrived, I was like a half-carved sculpture, my personality still an undefined image. But the city wears you down, chisels away at everything you don't need, streamlines your emotions and character until you are hard cut, fully defined, and perfect like a Rodin sculpture. That is something truly wonderful, the kind of self-crystallization not available in any other city. But then, if you stay too long, it keeps on wearing you down, chipping away at traits you cherish, character that you've earned. Stay forever, and it will grind you down to nothing."

pg. 192-193
Heads in Beds
by Jacob Tomsky
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Energy Management [Apr. 11th, 2013|05:24 pm]
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"I don't draw a very clear line between work and play. That's a problem sometimes, but it's generally the right way for me to go. I try to find ways to lighten the mood, and that's sort of the mantra - bring light to whatever you do. I think most of us focus on time management, and that's a big mistake. We should focus on energy management. Find the things that give you energy in life, and you know what? If those things take time, that's OK, because they're building you up and supporting you for the things that aren't easy to do." -Dr. Oz
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Good to know! [Jan. 29th, 2013|01:47 pm]
3 ways to download entire Facebook Photo Albums to your computer in a few clicks:
http://www.technolism.com/download-entire-facebook-photo-albums.html
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Part 1: A little learning is a dangerous thing [Jan. 1st, 2013|08:34 pm]
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From The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail-but Some Don't, published 2012

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"The world has come a long way since the days of the printing press. Information is no longer a scarce commodity; we have more of it than we know what to do with. But relatively little of it is useful. We perceive it selectively, subjectively, and without much self-regard for the distortions that this causes. We think we want information when we really want knowledge.

The signal is the truth. The noise is what distracts us from the truth. This is a book about the signal and the noise." pg 17
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Stress [Jun. 24th, 2011|11:00 am]
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'A lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience,
Raised a glass of water and asked, 'How heavy is this glass of water?'

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*A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.
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The Business of Being Born [Apr. 27th, 2011|07:42 pm]
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I sure do miss my flannels [Mar. 9th, 2011|10:55 am]
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Kierkegaard makes it to Quote of the Day! Woot! [Mar. 2nd, 2011|09:35 am]
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People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
- Soren Kierkegaard
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*grin* [Feb. 28th, 2011|11:50 am]
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There's an old saying about those who forget history. I don't remember it, but it's good.
- Stephen Colbert
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(no subject) [Feb. 17th, 2011|01:55 pm]
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The 10 Most Irritating, Least Helpful Parenting Tips Ever

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4. "Relish every moment of your baby's first years, because they'll be grown before you know it." You mean, time only moves forward? I had no idea! I thought we'd be like this forever and ever!...Collapse )
10. "If I were you, I'd just—" OH NO YOU DON'T. I know where this is going. Listen, unnamed distant acquaintance who last parented in the 19th century (it's true — I often get my unwanted advice from ghosts) you don't know diddly about my kid, and our relationship, and what works for us.
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quote of the day [Feb. 17th, 2011|08:59 am]
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People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them.
- George Bernard Shaw
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Attention all PUNdits [Feb. 10th, 2011|08:52 am]
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The fattest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.

I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian .

She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.

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quote of the day [Feb. 9th, 2011|11:19 am]
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"We can forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy is when men are afraid of the light."
-Plato
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I had to chuckle [Jan. 25th, 2011|07:36 pm]
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Growing Up Without a CellphoneCollapse )
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nifty [Nov. 22nd, 2010|10:21 am]
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Her name is Jenny Holzer and she does nifty public art like these Truisms.

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supply meets demand [Nov. 1st, 2010|03:23 pm]
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Work in the digital age
A clouded future
Online services that match freelancers with piecework are growing in hard times

May 13, 2010
San Francisco

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you, reading this here, is now ironic [Oct. 9th, 2010|08:42 pm]
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The effects of the internet
Fast forward
Fear of a fried future
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Humans like to believe they control the tools they use, even if Socrates, Marshall McLuhan and Ivan Illich are among those who have argued that often they do not. From the alphabet to clocks and printing, every major new technology has profoundly altered the way in which humans think. The digital gadgets on which we now depend, Mr Carr explains, have already begun rewiring our brains.

Neurological research has demolished the myth of the static brain. Neural networks can be rapidly reorganised in response to new experiences such as going on the web. Mr Carr surveys current knowledge about the effects on thinking of “hypermedia”—in particular clicking, skipping, skimming—and especially on working and deep memory. He draws some chilling inferences. There is evidence, he says, that digital technology is already damaging the long-term memory consolidation that is the basis for true intelligence.

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Dr. Weissbluth on Sleep [Oct. 5th, 2010|02:15 pm]
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if you want a little pure joy [Sep. 30th, 2010|08:47 pm]
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What a fantastic blog!! [Sep. 29th, 2010|02:17 pm]
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Sandy Toes and Popsicles
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Science Bob!!!!! [Sep. 27th, 2010|07:45 pm]
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You simply must check this out:
http://abc.go.com/watch/clip/jimmy-kimmel-live/SH005455790000/240442/257785

He has a website, wooo!:
http://www.sciencebob.com/
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literary tingles all over! [Sep. 3rd, 2010|09:40 pm]
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A beautiful heartbreaking story [Aug. 9th, 2010|03:24 pm]
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Why we love children (a forward I got via email today) [Aug. 2nd, 2010|08:39 pm]
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1) NUDITY
I was driving with my three young children one warm summer evening when a woman in the convertible ahead of us stood up and waved. She was stark naked! As I was reeling from the shock, I heard my 5-year-old shout from the back seat, 'Mom, that lady isn't wearing a seat belt!'

2) OPINIONS
On the first day of school, a first-grader handed his teacher a note from his mother. The note read, 'The opinions expressed by this child are not necessarily those of his parents.'

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the BEST website EVAR [Jul. 16th, 2010|08:38 pm]
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tee hee [Jul. 11th, 2010|07:38 pm]
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oh really? [Jul. 8th, 2010|11:16 am]
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I need to remember to look/read all this after we finish watching the series [Jul. 7th, 2010|08:42 pm]
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you are the harbinger of death kara thrace
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how true [Jul. 6th, 2010|10:36 am]
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Most people would rather be certain they're miserable than risk being happy.
- Robert Anthony
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I'm entertained [Jul. 5th, 2010|11:30 am]
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Israeli Soldiers Dancing in the Streets of Hebron

It happened on Casbah Street in the Jewish section of Hebron. The video starts with what appears to be a standard sweep of the area, when suddenly, things get busy and the music turns up.

Yes, these soldiers could be court marshaled for this, especially the part where they aim their M16s, but you have to thank them for their creativity. A little comedy in Hebron, a little lightening of the mood. Let’s hope either they don’t get caught, or that they were given permission to do this.



http://www.worldofjudaica.com/jewish-news/entertainment/idf-presents-tick-tock-kesha-in-hebron/353/18/
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song of the day [Jul. 1st, 2010|09:03 pm]
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Google quote of the day [Jun. 29th, 2010|09:09 am]
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"Give a man a fish, and he'll eat for a day. Give a fish a man, and he'll eat for weeks!"
- Takayuki Ikkaku, Arisa Hosaka and Toshihiro Kawabata
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Pinky, are you pondering what I'm pondering? [Jun. 24th, 2010|02:51 pm]
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I think so Brain, but burlap chafes me so.
I think so Brain, but Zero Mostel times anything will still give you Zero Mostel.
I think so, Brain, but how will we get the Spice Girls into the paella?
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Saying the right thing, at the right time [Jun. 17th, 2010|02:18 pm]
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Jack wakes up with a huge hangover after attending his company's Christmas Party. Jack is not normally a drinker, but the drinks didn't taste like alcohol at all. He didn't even remember how he got home from the party. As bad as he was feeling, he wondered if he did something wrong.

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interrrresting...maybe in my "free" time, ha ha [Jun. 11th, 2010|08:58 pm]
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http://www.livemocha.com/
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pragmatic existentialism [Jun. 11th, 2010|02:13 pm]
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PLAYBOY: If life is so purposeless, do you feel that it’s worth living?
KUBRICK: Yes, for those of us who manage somehow to cope with our mortality. The very meaninglessness of life forces man to create his own meaning. Children, of course, begin life with an untarnished sense of wonder, a capacity to experience total joy at something as simple as the greenness of a leaf; but as they grow older, the awareness of death and decay begins to impinge on their consciousness and subtly erode their joie de vivre, their idealism – and their assumption of immortality. As a child matures, he sees death and pain everywhere around him, and begins to lose faith in the ultimate goodness of man. But if he’s reasonably strong – and lucky – he can emerge from this twilight of the soul into a rebirth of life’s élan. Both because and in spite of his awareness of the meaningless of life, he can forge a fresh sense of purpose and affirmation. He may not recapture the same pure sense of wonder he was born with, but he can shape something far more enduring and sustaining. The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but it is indifferent; but if we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death – however mutable man may be able to make them – our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfillment. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.

From an interview the late film director Stanley Kubrick did with Playboy.

Thank you, rowr for posting this!
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the best news I've heard all day [Jun. 10th, 2010|09:40 am]
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Your life: Housekeeping woes

When you get to the point that the mess in your home is causing you stress, remember these three powerful words: Lower your standards.

Thank you Baby Center!
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How to give pills to cats and dogs [Jun. 8th, 2010|08:57 pm]
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not for weak stomachs [Jun. 8th, 2010|07:36 pm]
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Colbert is funny, but the video is GROSSCollapse )

Here's an article with photos and more video.
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facinating!!!! [Jun. 8th, 2010|03:45 pm]
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http://www.faceresearch.org/
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visualizing sugar consumption [Jun. 7th, 2010|07:28 pm]
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alt

They have a great blog too: http://www.sugarstacks.com/blog/

Be sure to check out the low fat analysis.
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