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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Fem myror är fler än fyra elefanter.

No use trying to make sense of this entry. It is just things that make me feel good.

Baklängesmarschen: Walking backwards although nobody knows why I do it.

Smiling at people on the other side of the planet.

Attacking the Honolulu Marathon course, esp., the finish all by myself.

An apple and a chocolate shake after a long run.

Liking people I don't know, just as much as, the ones I do.

Saying "terima kasih" and "sama-sama" even though people don't understand.

Searching for that special song. The last one on the demo.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Marie Serneholt is on SVT

Marie Serneholt is on Swedish and Portugese TV. She is beautiful, talanted and intelligent, but it is often difficult to tell that from her albums and videos.

Molly Sandén & Ola Svensson

Click here for Brothers on TV4

Talang 2009

I occasionaly watch Talang 2009 on TV4. The URL of TV4 is The clip I really like is Rebecka Karlsson.

Fun Signing

I don't know how people can stand all the boring videos about sign language. Signing should be fun or why do it. Here are the fun ones:

An adorable baby...

Adorable kids (trying to ignore the ice cream truck)

Schlager signing...

One for the old folks...

Here is the slow motion version for those who forgot to take their vitamins and can no longer keep up with the kids.

Let's not forget to have a go at Russian signing.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

FDA Outlaws Food

It is thought that treatment with benfotiamine leads to increased intracellular thiamine diphosphate levels, a cofactor of transketolase. This enzyme directs advanced glycation and lipoxidation end products (AGE's, ALE's) substrates to the pentose phosphate pathway, thus reducing tissue AGEs. In humans, pyridoxamine protects against methylglyoxal. However, in the United States, the FDA ruled in January 2009 that pyridoxamine must be regulated as a pharmaceutical drug because it is the active ingredient in Pyridorin, a drug designed to prevent the progression of diabetic nephropathy.

In response to a citizen petition filed on behalf of a pharmaceutical company, FDA has determined that products containing pyridoxamine (a form of vitamin B6) are not dietary supplements within the meaning of FDC Act § 201(ff) and “may not be marketed as such.” Although pyridoxamine is a dietary ingredient within the meaning of § 201(ff)(1), FDA determined that pyridoxamine is excluded under § 201(ff)(3) because: (1) pyridoxamine is authorized for investigation as a new drug for which substantial clinical investigations have been conducted and their existence made public; and (2) there is no “independent, verifiable evidence” of prior marketing of pyridoxamine as a food or dietary supplement. Among the conclusions reached by FDA:
• an “article authorized for investigation as a new drug” includes not only the active ingredient (i.e., pyridoxamine hydrochloride), but also the active moiety (i.e., pyridoxamine);
• consistent with the position taken by FDA in Pharmanex v. Shalala, 2001 WL 741419, the “mere presence” of a substance in the food supply, even at high levels in foods, does not alone constitute marketing within the meaning of § 201(ff)(3)(B);
• affidavits, without more, are insufficient to support a claim of prior marketing.

I don't know about yours, but my vitamin supply of pyridoxamine will run out in another 3 months. If that is the way the FDA feels about things, it seems like they should all become vegetarians to eliminate pyridoxamine from their diet and be within the spirit of their ruling. Maybe I should have put a list of all the supplements and food I consume so the FDA would know that food is normal food and not drugs. Lawyers are so silly!

Healthy Supplements

There are very few supplements by themselves. For the majority of supplements, they need to be consumed in conjunction with a nutritionally balanced meal. This includes most of the vitamins and minerals people take. It usually says in the instructions that the supplements are to be consumed with a meal or with food and water. People ignore this at their own peril. For example, taking a large dose of niacin alone may be harmful by using up the available methyl groups and preventing normal methylation, but be really helpful when taken with healthy meal to lower cholesterol, etc. Likewise, chromium when taken alone can damage DNA and generate free radicals, but when take with a balanced healthy meal can have healthful benefits as is evidenced by the lowering of hemoglobin A1c levels, etc. Even vitamin C which is usually thought of as an antioxidant produced oxidative byproducts which are one of the chief causes of damage to the cornea. In short, most supplements must be taken in conjunction with a nutritional balanced, healthy meal in order to provide the desired effects.


Sometimes perfection is not enough. what could be more perfect than Jessica Andersson's famous performances?

Somehow, I miss the open air and the atmosphere of this one:

Maybe it is more healing:

For me, fame is a more step by step process like it was for Linda:

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Kareoke Heaven

You participation is required!
It's kareoke time. Here is your dream partner:

Why do people keep asking her to sing in English?

Hear is why:

She thinks she needs a touch of Elvis to sound truly American.

Can you see?

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Jóhanna Guðrún Jónsdóttir

Jóhanna is a talented singer and songwriter.

Carola's Best

I think I need a few more years to figure out which of Carola Maria Häggkvist's songs I like best. Maybe she has not sung it yet!
Nevertheless, I prefer the dancing dancing in this one:

A reprise and "All the Reasons to Live"

Finally some tears (Tears always seem to be in blank and white.):


Transcription factor NF-kappaB/REL is activated through complex phosphorylation processes to signal a response to injury and infection. It is very important in protecting the body from infectious agents, but can get out of control. Overactivation leads to heart disease, joint destruction, cancer, tumor proliferation and a variety of other deadly symptoms of inflammation. Consumption of curcumin from turmeric , as well as, Korean angelica extract and perhaps Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) can be used to turn off this pathway when it is a problem. Drugs, such as disulfiram, olmesartan and dithiocarbamates also do this. Likewise, consumption of luteolin from olives helps to suppress NF-alpha, as well as, interleuklin-1. Genistein in soy isoflavones helps prevent NF-kappaB activation by NF-alpha. In summary, a diet of turmeric, soy, olives, fish, and Korean angelica are some of the foods that may help chronic inflammation when used in conjunction with a healthy, balanced diet.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The Pregnant Lady

There are big steps to fill this year at Diggiloo.

The Ganier Plague Spreads

Soon all my favorite blondes will be the same lovely shade of brunette. I hope the Chinese like Charlotte's new look. Thank goodess it hasn't spread to the kids.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Guess their Hair Color

Close you eyes and try to guess the hair color of Linda and Sanna in these videos. For extra points you can try to guess Charlotte's last name. Hint: She is married to Stockholm-based Italian restaurateur Nicola Ingrosso, brother of Emilio Ingrosso who was married to another Swedish singer Pernilla Wahlgren in the 1990s.
Does Linda sound like a brunette in the winter?

Does she sound like a blonde in the summer?

Does a blonde sound different from a brunette?

What color hair do you associate with this song?

Did you notice something fun about these videos?

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Some Funny Videos

I got tired of the Kangaroo!

The kind of music Russia should have!

Fragile as Glass

Skör Som Glas från Molly Sandéns debutalbum "Samma
There is some irony in having this song on her debut album. If you don't know why, it is better that way. Molly is fine. I love the song.

Håller andan en stund = Hold your breath for a while
Tiden står still = Time stands still
Jag vill va' här i tystnaden innan dagen blir till = I want to be here in the silence before the days become
Och du ligger brevid = And you are next
Men så långt här ifrån = But so far here
Jag är så rädd för att förlora dig = I am so afraid to lose you

Du är allt som jag har önskat mig = You are everything that I have liked
Du är den som får mig att förstå vad kärlek är = You are the person who makes me understand what love is
Du får förlåta mina tårar = You may forgive my tears
Hur ska jag göra för att kunna hålla kvar (Ooo) = How can I do to keep the (Ooo)
En kärlek skör som glas = A love fragile as glass

Som den tunnaste is = As the thinnest ice
Mellan himmel och hav = Between sky and sea
När jag inser hur lätt vi kan förlora det vi har = When I realize how easily we can lose what we have
Vill jag va' här och nu = Do I va 'here and now
Våga ta varje chans = Dare to take every chance
Och leva varje ögonblick med dig = And live each moment with you

Du är allt som jag har önskat mig = You are everything that I have liked
Du är den som får mig att förstå vad kärlek är = You are the person who makes me understand what love is
Du får förlåta mina tårar = You may forgive my tears
Hur ska jag göra för att kunna hålla kvar (Ooo) = How can I do to keep the (Ooo)
En kärlek skör som glas = A love fragile as glass

Som ändå gör mig stark = Which still makes me strong
(Oooh) (Oooh)
Övervinner allt = Overcome all
(Aah) (Aah)
Du är allt = You are everything
(Oooh) (Oooh)

Du är allt som jag har önskat mig = You are everything that I have liked
Du är den som får mig att förstå vad kärlek är = You are the person who makes me understand what love is
Du får förlåta mina tårar = You may forgive my tears
Hur ska jag göra för att kunna hålla kvar (Ooo) = How can I do to keep the (Ooo)
En kärlek skör som glas = A love fragile as glass
En kärlek skör som glas = A love fragile as glass

Saturday, June 6, 2009


The Best Entry at Eurovision 2009 symbolizing Freedom

The Worst at Eurovision 2009 symbolizing The Darkest Kind of Slavery

A song representing Georgia is not allowed, but a song taken from a Georgian composer is allowed as Russia's entry. What could be a more political statement from Eurovision and Putin? Russia's entry is the one with the sinister political meaning as the Russian invaders in Georgia continue to demonstate.

Sesame Seeds

This is a reminder for me to eat some sesame seeds. Like all healthy foods, sesame seeds are unhealthy because they some essential nutrients. In particular, as a source of protein they are lacking in lysine. (The warning symptom that comes from eating incomplete proteins is often the desire not to eat protein.) Sesame lignans inhibit the delta-5 desaturase enzyme that causes dihomo-gamma lineolic acid (DGLA) to be converted arachidonic acid influencing metabolic pathways as shown in the figure above. It reduces lipid peroxidation rates and is thus sometimes added to fish or safflower oils.

Dietary sesame seeds affect the expression of genes related to fatty acid oxidation in a manner similar to isolated lignan compounds. In particular, they affect the mRNA levels of many enzymes involved in hepatic fatty acid oxidation. Equally important is their affect on the proteins involved in the transportation of fatty acids into hepatocytes and their organelles. Their dramatic effect on the transport of vitamin E has been extensively studied in terms of plasma levels and increased concentrations in the skin. They also effect the regulation of hepatic concentrations of carnitine, CoA and malonyl-CoA. It is very apparent that sesame lignans stimulate hepatic fatty acid oxidation by affecting the gene expression of various proteins regulating hepatic fatty acid metabolism.

The Complete List of Healthy Foods

1. Mothers milk for infants.
2. A balanced meal for everyone else.

Whenever someone accuses me of eating something healthy, I remind myself that no food by itself is healthy.

Friday, June 5, 2009

The Nature of Obesity

Obesity may be triggered by something as simple as a selenium deficiency or as complex as a lifestyle. It is often aggravated by misguided attempts to treat the symptoms rather than the root cause. The following are typical symptoms:

Insufficient blood flow. Stem cells turn into fat cells when there is insufficient blood flow to support other types.
Insufficient 5’-monodeiodinase. This prevents the activation of the thyroid T4 hormone causing muscle wasting and reduced lipid metabolism.
Excessive cytokines like interferon-gamma. This activates indolamine 2,3-dioxygenase which degrades tryptophan reducing serotonin levels. This activates the body’s usual method of countering low serotonin levels by increasing the consumption of carbohydrates.
• These three effects work synergistically leading to cirrhosis of the liver, generalized inflammation, metabolic syndrome, hormone imbalances, and rapid aging.

These symptoms might lead one to suspect that exercise, administration of T3 and tryptophan, reduced consumption of carbohydrates might be effective when this generally makes the situation much worse. It is generally too complex to try to sort out what is wrong with a person’s diet. Meal replacement is easier and has been more successful in practice.

Healthy Eyes

Many people do not realize the problems with glare when driving at night are a symptom of cataracts. Or if they do, they do understand that their are steps short of surgery they can take to ameliorate the situation. Polarized glasses only treats the symptom, when one should be more concerned about preventing the condition from getting worse. Always remember that driving can be a very dangerous activity when some people on the road around you are blinded by glare. Remember these options. Consult an eyecare professional. Use CAN-C eyedrops. Eat the proper nutrients your eyes need. Clean your windshields and glasses. Perhaps polarized glasses might help until you get your eyes fixed. Finally there is cataract surgery.

This video gives a somewhat misleading idea of how CAN-C eyedrops work. Their beneficial effects occur through a somewhat different mechanism. Carnosine and histamine are bad for the eyes, but CAN-C is good. Carnosine and histamine levels in the viteous humor do not increase with its use.

Good nutrition is also needed for healthy eyes.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

That's Agnetha!

Do you find yourself watching childrens programs just to hear your favorite singer?

Even Snow White? Now you can learn the dwarf's names in Swedish.

Or dubious films? How can they put Per Gessle and Agnetha's music in vampire films? I love this funny world where some early ABBA costumes look like super heros to some.

In the Studio

That's Charlotte!

Do you have trouble finding a singers best songs because her name is mispelled a dozen different ways. I have saved you the trouble. Just ignore the spelling.

This song is also the title of one of her Swedish albums:
I Din Röst