1) Weekend Pictures From The Web

Manila, Philippines: Thousands of Catholic devotees join a procession during the 404th Feast of the Black Nazarene

Myitkyina, Burma: Ethnic Kachin people dance during the Manaw festival to celebrate the new year

Puerto Principe, Haiti: People wait for food supplies at the Ministry of Women

2) Science Video

The video was made by the Riken Omics Science Center. This anime shows how molecular machines transcribe the genes in the DNA of every cell into portable RNA messages, how those messenger RNA are modified and exported from the nucleus, and finally how the RNA code is read to build proteins.

3) Diet Sense and Nonsense.

You have heard the expression “from the mouths of babes”, here is some nonesense about health from “the mouths of celebrities”

From the Sense About Science web site – http://tinyurl.com/34ff523

“This year, we have seen the biggest rise in dubious theories about how the body works, such as singer and actress Olivia Newton-John, saying that she takes digestive enzymes and plant tonics to boost her immune system. Other unusual ideas about boosting our bodily functions have prompted strange diets, from Naomi Campbell’s maple syrup, lemon and pepper regime to Girls Aloud’s Sarah Harding sprinkling charcoal over her meals.”

“In sport and fitness, cage fighter Alex Reid shared his tips for preparing for a fight (he ‘reabsorbs’ his sperm). David Beckham and Kate Middleton have been spotted wearing a hologram-embedded silicone bracelet which claims to improve energy and fitness. And Cheryl Cole reputedly extolled a weight loss regime based on her blood group.”

# Nothing is chemical free: everything is made of chemicals, it’s just a case of which ones.

# Detox is a marketing myth: our body does it without pricey potions and detox diets.

# Energy and fitness come from, surprise, food and exercise: there are no shortcuts.

Have you ever gone on a diet to either lose weight, or improve your health?

Losing weight can be hard, but it’s simple. You must burn up more calories than you consume. It does make any difference what you eat as long as your total calories go down. Of course a healthy meal plan is a different question.

The much publicied “Twinkie Diet” that nutrition professor Mark Haub went on for 10 weeks.

When I was diagnosed as a type 2 diabetic I didn’t a choice. Change my diet or die, how’s that for motivation. I was lucky that I was diagnosed early enough so that I didn’t have to make too radical a change. I did have to pay close attention to my carb intake, more than calories. I started with 75 total carbs a day, but I can maintain a healthy blood sugar level at 125 carbs. Once a week I reward myself and eat pretty much whatever I want.

The best advice I will give to anyone is consult a nutritionist to help you develop a meal plan that will work for you. Most importantly what ever your meal plan is you much enjoy what you eat, or it is not very likely you will keep to it.