5 Steps to prevent Heart Disease

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Minimal exercise has the most benefit

“Benefits of Very Little Exercise Demonstrated in Medical Studies

        Activity                                                                       Benefit
       55 flights of stairs a week                                                33% lower death rate
       One hour of gardening a week                                        66% lower risk of sudden cardiac
       Walking one hour a week                                                51% lower risk of coronary disease
       Exercising 30 minutes just 6 days a month                    43% lower mortality
       Regular demanding household cleaning                         Lowered heart attack risk by 54%
                                                                                               in men and more
                                                                                                 than 84% in women”

        “Researchers reviewed 44 exercise studies and found that most of the benefits of exercise kick                    in with the first 1,000 Calories of increased activity each week...To burn 1,000 calories a week,
        or about 145 Calories a day, most people need to increase their activity slightly.”

              From Introduction to Clinical Nutrition, 2012, Third edition, Vishwanat Sardesai,CRC              Press,      p19

Friday, December 30, 2011

New York Times catches up on sea change in obesity

The Fat Trap

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Sponge Syndrome: another excerpt from new book

Sponge Syndrome: after reaching the state of reduced obese several compensatory mechanism causes weight gain on a relatively low calorie intake.  

1- Reduced basal metabolism
2- Reduced metabolism during exercise
3- Increased hunger due to several hormones: Insulin, Leptin, GLP-1
4- For diabetic and people with insulin syndrome; carbohydrate intake is driven to fat accumulation due to high insulin levels in insulin resistant people.
5- Driving cross country, fly for 8-15 hours are opportunites for fat accumulation
6- Periods of poor health and stress usually result in short periods of less exercise and more eating which causes rapid weight gain and fat accumulation.
7- Studying for exams- stress causes more eating with more prolonged sitting.
8- Writing books causes long periods of sitting.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Reduced obese excerpt from new book

Excerpt from New Book: The Tubby Approach to Diet and Exercise

posted Oct 3, 2011 9:59 AM by Brian Edwards
Diet and Exercise programs have and will fail because of the THE REDUCED OBESE PROBLEM.

Look at the people who have succeeded.  The National Weight Control Registry has a list of 6,000 people who have succeeded.  God bless them and God have mercy on them.  
In the Obesity Issue of  Medical Clinics of North American Sept. 2011 on p 945, Dubnov-Raz & Berry write “Both men and women(in the NWCR) consumed a low-fat diet (24%) and exercised to use 470 to 360 calories  kcal/d, respectively.  The net energy balance was 918 kcal/d for women and 1225 kcal/for men.  These reduced obese subjects ate an average of five meals a day and conducted a very regimented existence.”

Every commercial diet program must have a disclaimer at the bottom of their advertisement.

IF this product is successful you will become one of the REDUCED OBESE.
Adverse effects of this condition:
1-The leptin threshold (plateau or settling point) will be reached.
2-This will make you more hungry, decrease your metabolism and cause you to make more fat.
3-It will take you off your high calorie expending physiology (EE) and knock you over to a new energy expending physiology that will force you to be on a very low calorie, high exercise product for one to two years to get rid of many of the adiposites that make the leptin  and allow you to return to your previous energy expenditure physiology.
4- The result of being on this sub-starvation diet may scar your psyche similar to concentration camp internees. (see Ancel Keys study)

Saturday, December 24, 2011

I was told I can't go on my world cruise if I did not get a visa for Brazil.  Our third party company called us and told us they could not get the visa for us in time as the Brazilian embassy is overwhelmed by the number of application.  They told us to go to Miami and apply ourselves.  We drove down on Dec. 20 th and stayed at the Four Corners by Sheraton on Collins Ave. on the beach.  We did this to be certain to get to the embassy when it opened at 10 AM.  They were very efficient and told us to pick up our visas on Dec. 29.  Looks like we will go on the world cruise after all.

Friday, December 2, 2011


This pristine bay is visited by whales in Sept.  They come from the South Pole area and usually don't mix with the Humpbacks that visit Hawaii from the North in Feb.

The peak on the right was photo shopped in the movie South Pacific for Bali Hi.
In Hawaii they point to a peak near Princeville as the one that was used to photo shop Bali Hi. 

Thursday, December 1, 2011


Happu Bay accommodated our cruise ship.  There was a Club Med on the island that closed down in 2008.  This area is too remote to be over developed.  Hawaii gets as many visitors in one day as all of French Polynesia gets all season.  The result is less crowds and the coral is still brilliant in many areas.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Bora Bora

It is a beautiful island.  A friend tried to climb it but the locals wanted a fee to take him through some private land.  After snorkeling, there is not much to do here. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

South Sea Paradise

This a is private island of Paul Gauguin Cruise line off Taha's.   We can see Bora Bora in the distance from Taha's.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Nuku Hiva- almost an American colony

During the wars between the Te I'i and the Tai Pi, on October 25, 1813, the American navy Captain David Porter arrived in the frigate USS Essex, the flagship of his fleet of ten other armed ships. A shore party was landed and they claimed the island for the United States and constructed a small village, named Madisonville. A fortification, named Fort Madison, and a dock were also built, the latter to refit the Essex. Almost immediately Porter became involved in the tribal conflict. The first expedition into the jungle was led by Lieutenant John Downes, He and forty others captured a fort held by 3,000 to 4,000 Happah warriors with the assistance of several hundred Te I'is. The victory forced the Happah to terms and they allied themselved with both the Americans and the Te I'i. A second expedition was led by Porter himself and he made an amphibious assault against the Tai Pi held coastline. 5,000 Te I'is and Happahs accompanied the fleet in at least 200 war-canoes. Though the landing was unappossed, Porter's force of thirty men and a cannon led the march inland where they found another, more formidable, enemy fort. Thousands of natives armed with rocks and spears, positioned in a formidable mountain fortress, were able to fend off their enemies. The victory was short-lived however and Captain Porter followed up his landing with an expedition overland, bypassing the fort, to threaten the Tai Pi's village center in Typee Valley as the Americans named it.[3]
A warrior of Nuku Hiva with a spear and a hand fan by Wilhelm Gottlieb Tilesius von Tilenau, 1813.
When the column arrived at their destination it was November 30 of 1813. The first shots fired occurred after the Tai Pi's attempted to ambush the column, the attack was beaten off Porter issued a message warning that if the Tai Pi did not cease their resistance at once, he would destroy the villages. After a little while of waiting, the hostiles seemed to ignore the demands so the expedition advanced. A engagement ensued as the villages were burned. In the end, the Americans and their Te I'i and Happah allies had won at severe cost to the enemy, who sued for peace soon after. The next few months were peaceful until May 1814. The War of 1812 between the United States and the United Kingdom was in its third year and most of the American fleet was captured British privateers. At least six British prisoners were at Nuku Hiva during the American operations against the natives, not including a number who volunteered to fight for Captain Porter. But in December 1813, Porter left Nuka Hiva to continue raiding British whalers. He left behind only nineteen navy sailors and six prisoners under two midshipmen and United States Marine Corps Lieutenant John M. Gamble. On May 7, 1814, a group of the British sailors mutinied, released the six prisoners and attacked the fort. Gamble was wounded in the foot and taken captive with his remaining men on the corvette Seringapatam though the Americans were set adrift later that day.[4]
An Englishman, named Wilson, on the island was used as an interpreter by the American navy and on May 9 he convinced the Te I'i that Porter would not return from his raid which the natives were not happy about. Wilson eventually persuaded the Te I'is to cancel the alliance and attack. Six American sailors were on the beach at Madisonville at the time, four of the men were killed and one other man escaped wounded with a second survivor. Gamble was alone on the Sir Andrew Hammond, one of the captured British ships. While still recovering from his wound to the foot, two Te I'i war-canoes attacked the ship. The ship's cannon were already loaded so Lieutenant Gamble stumbled from one gun to another, firing them as fast as he could. Ultimately Gamble beat off the enemy attack single handedly but after the deaths of four of his men in town, there was no choice but to abandon the colony with the remaining seven, all of whom were either wounded or ill. After that the base was never again occupied by American forces. Captain Porter, who intended to sail back to Nuka Hiva, was captured at the Battle of Valparaiso on March 28, his claim on Nuku Hiva was never ratified by the United States Congress and in 1842 France took possession of the whole group, establishing a settlement which was abandoned in 1859.[5][6]

From Wikipedia

Survivor Beach from TV series

Black Biting Flies prevented the people from sleeping on the beach.  They slept on the boat according to our guide. 

Friday, November 25, 2011

Hiva Oa, Marquesas

Sacred site on the hill.

Gauguin Cultural Center in Atuona is a main attraction.  Gauguin attempted suicide while on this paradise.

Present population 1,986.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Polynesian Genetics in Fatu Hiva

Fatu Hiva is a very remote island in the Marquesas.  There are no fast food restaurants here.
"The population of the Marquesas Islands was 8,632 at the August 2007 census.  It is part of French Polynesia.  The 2007 population of Fatu Hiva was 587." wikipedia.
There are a very few cars.  People walk.  There is a lot of coconut.  

Monday, November 21, 2011

Fakarava, French Polynesia

Fakarava is located in Pacific Ocean
Location of Fakarava Atoll in the Pacific

Fakarava, Havaiki-te-araro, Havai'i or Farea is an atoll in the west of the Tuamotu group in French Polynesia. It is the second largest of the Tuamotu atolls. The nearest land is Toau Atoll, which lies 14 km to the northwest.  Fakarava has 701 inhabitants; the main village is called Rotoava. /wikipedia

Thursday, November 17, 2011

A Thing of Beauty

Pink's Hot Dogs.    On a low carbohydrate diet, I can eat this without the buns and onion rings.  Ecstasy,  the vegans similar to Catholic priests and sex have vowed to give up.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Palm Springs, CA

This valley has several little towns.   The weather was perfect and the Happy Hours are the best.
This is the Westin Mission Hills Resort.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Great Lakes Aquarium, Duluth, MN

Large lake sturgeon being feed by volunteer diver.  

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Tracy Arm, Alaska

Our cruise was diverted to Tracy Arm because a hurricane had blown in to the north. 

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Seattle, Washington

The weather in Seattle was perfect.  Cool and dry, warming up during the day.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hurricane Irene heading toward Florida

Hurricane hit shore at Cape Hatteras on Aug. 27, 2011.  We were lucky as it passed by us.
I was at the Obesity Society Conference in Orlando when it passed by, it was sunny and warm at the World Marriott.  

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Atlantis, Paradise Island

We left Nassau on Aug. 20th, only days before Hurricane Irene hit it hard.
Irene began bearing down on the Bahamas on Wednesday night, August 24th, bringing 115 mph winds to the area.  

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Village Museum, Bucharest, Romania

The Village Museum is an open-air ethnographic museum showcasing traditional Romanian village life. The museum  contains 272 authentic peasant farms and houses from all over Romania.

Second largest building in the world

Second largest building in the world.  Romania's Parliament.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Bulgaria Veliko Tarnovo Caravec Fortress

This was a good town to go shopping in.  I didn't have the time to go into the Fortress.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Synagogue, Vidin, Bulgaria

Beautiful Jewish Synagogue now in ruins.

Vidin, Bulgaria

There is a nice Fort on the river here as well.

Belogradchik Fortress, Bulgaria

"During Stratsimir's rule, the Belogradchik Fortress became one of the most important strongholds in the region, second only to the tsar's capital fortress of Vidin, Baba Vida." Wikipedia.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

VIminacium Stari Kostolac, Bulgaria

The Bulgarians have excavated a few of the ruins here.  If they ever finish it should be spectacular. 

The Iron Gate of the Danube

"The Iron Gates of the Danube River originally consisted of four narrow gorges and three wide basins spread over several miles of the river dividing Romania and Serbia. In the 1960s, a huge lock and dam was built to control the speed of the river and make navigating this section of the Danube River safer. Today, the river flowing through the Iron Gates is peaceful, and it is 130 feet higher than prior to the dam and power station. The effect of the dam can be felt on the river for over 100 miles, and two locks, spread more than 50 miles apart, anchor each end of the Iron Gates. Over 23,000 citizens living along the river had to be resettled after the dam was complete." Linda Garrison.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

St. Sava's Temple (Hram Svetog Save)

Beautiful orthodox church in Belgrade, not yet completed on the inside.

  One of the 10 largest church buildings in the world

Beer! What is it good for?

Universally, Beer is the safest beverage to drink and almost always decent.  I thought the Croatian beers were the best in Eastern Europe.  This is a Jelen beer I drank in Belgrade.

Monday, July 18, 2011

"War! What is it good for?"

Damaged water tower in Vokovar that has become a war memorial.   The Serbs destroyed Vukovar. 
The Serbs say their side of the story will come out some day.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Puszta Horse Show

These cowboys could stand on a supine horse as well. 

Hungarian Horse Show

To my surprise, I was impressed with this show.  This is the Boss. 

Friday, July 15, 2011

Budapest is the best

This is a place I would like to return to.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Flying Saucer Bridge

Street art in Bratislava

Bratislava, Slovakia

This is the mid-point between Istanbul and London?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Nietzche and Klimt in Leopold Museum

Church Heliger Franz of Assisi, Vienna, Austria

Church Heiliger Franz of Assisi at Square Mexikoplatz, Vienna, Austria

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Picturesque Durnstein

We stopped at two places on the Rhine this day.  Durnstein is small but very picturesque.

Library at Monastery

One corner of a wonderful Benedictine Library in Melk.

Marble Hall in Melk

The Marble Hall of Melk Benedictine Monastery.

Melk Benedictine Monastery

The library and marble hall are superb.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Europe's Largest Musical Organ

St. Steven church is always under repair.  The inside looks great.  The Organ Recital was fair. 

"Passau‘s Cathedral organ is now considered the largest catholic church organ in the world and Europe´s biggest organ with its 17.974 pipes and 233 stops. It is nowadays the official number five in the listing of the worldwide largest pipe organs. The organ of the Cathedral of St. Steven is outstandingly unique and truly a technical marvel, with its 17.974 pipes, its 233 ringing registers and its five carillons that could all be played from one console. "

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Regensburg, Germany

Saturday, July 9, 2011

The podium from which Hitler gave his speeches

Across from these bleachers, was a large parade ground where the Germans stood listening to Hitler during these large rallies.

Hilter's Colliseum

It was great to match up all the old film clips of Hitler's Rallies with the real place.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Bamberg City Hall, Germany

The little Venice of Germany.  Very nice.

Bamberg, Germany

"Bamberg is known for its smoked Rauchbier.
Bamberg is home to eight breweries, — an unusually high number for a city of 70,000." Wikipedia