Chicken Little (small_chicken) wrote,
Chicken Little
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Same Shit, Different Day

There's an anti-obesity vaccine that researchers have made. It's against grehlin, one of the neuropeptides involved in hunger-satiety. Bind up the grehlin, and the obese mousies stop eating and lose weight. I still haven't decided whether it's the coolest thing ever or the most terrifying thing I've ever heard of. I mean, regardless of where you stand on the issue of obesity, an immunization against a self peptide is wicked cool--they've been trying to do this to cancer for eons. On the other hand, HOLY FUCK YOU'RE BASICALLY GIVING SOMEONE AN AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE. Granted, grehlin and buddies are probably not as necessary as, say, acetylcholine (the neurotransmitter that patients with myasthenia gravis develop antibodies for). In the relative scheme of things, the peptide neurotransmitters form a relatively small percentage of the neurotransmitters used. But that doesn't make them any less important. Can you imagine developing neuropathic pain because your endogenous endorphins got gobbled up by the very antibodies used to make you lose weight? And neuropathic pain is a bitch.

But on the subway this morning there were two guys talking...about diet pills. I don't know about you, but I've always thought that that was the province of women. One guy was telling the other about these organic apple cider pills that (he swore) made him drop twenty pounds. I'm thinking, "Should I tell them that there's only one way to do it? Eat right and exercise?" Seriously, though--I always thought of men as doing the whole gym rat thing, and women as the ones using diet pills. I also thought that nobody could possibly be that gullible as to actually buy diet pills (well, maybe amphetamines) but I guess I was wrong about that, too.

In the end, I decided not to interrupt them. Not because they were so delusional as to be dangerous (besides, I could outrun both of them if I had to), but because the effort would've been wasted. I mean, fifty years of nutrition science, all to prove that Mom was right--eat your god-damned vegetables. Everything in moderation. Actually, if you think about it, the yogis in India had it right for 5000 years, and probably the Chinese had it right for 10,000. And now, 7500 years (halfway in between, I figure) we have Dr. Weil from Harvard telling us the exact same shit.

FYI: we are not talking about modern Chinese and Indian food. Anything that's neon-colored was never meant to be consumed except as a poison or an adjunct to getting wasted.

SSDD, indeed.

Oh, and: because I've hit writer's block
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