Some New Things I’d Like to Try Out This Month

Firstly, these are not necessarily ‘new’ things, but to me, inasmuch as I’ve only read or heard of them now, they are.

To satisfy my curiosity, I am therefore embarking on trying them out this month.

  • Technique for Generating Ideas

    Although I’ve been into meditation on and off ever since I can remember, I haven’t really utilized it for such purposes as generating ‘dazzling ideas’. Now that this guy (please watch video above) is suggesting his technique of generating ideas without expending energy by thinking, I have a mind to try it out at least for this month. Who knows, if this works, I just might make it a permanent activity.

    At least for now, I’m going to try this out to churn ideas for posts so I can increase the frequency of my posts in this blog.

  • Buteyko Breathing Exercises

    I’ve stumbled upon this breathing exercise while looking for information about breathlessness which I sometimes experience while sleeping. This always wakes me up and gives me some panicky feeling afterwards which then prevents me from going back to sleep.

    I am beginning to practice these exercises with the aim of proving the validity of Buteyko’s findings. Some of his suggestions go against the widely accepted ‘truths’ which our doctors and scientists today proclaim. Remembering Copernicus, Galileo, to name a few who stood their ground even when everybody were thinking otherwise, I decided to give this idea a try. Who knows, if his ideas are good, I’ll not only reap the benefits, I will also earn bragging rights for having proven him right.

    I got my inspiration from this source:

  • Getting Serious with Google Plus

    I admit to having relegated G+ to nothing more than one more Google failed experiment. I was sure it’s going the way of the Google Wave. Spoof.

    Lately however, Google seems to be exerting all efforts to make G+ better and better. Although it still haven’t matched Facebook in terms of features and looks, I’ve a feeling it will eventually outrank Facebook due to some mistakes FB made in the spirit of commercialism, as expounded by Anise Smith here:

    So, this early, while I am not necessarily deactivating my FB account any time soon, I might as well build up my G+ account and make use of it to not only get connected with my FB friends who have G+ accounts, but also to avail of whatever benefits it can give to my blog.

Three new things to check out within the next 3 weeks is probably enough to keep me busy now. Hopefully these will prove to be beneficial to me.

If you’ve tried these things before, or have any ideas about them, you can freely express yourself by commenting below.

Best Time to Exercise: An Hour After Eating

I was inspired to post this today after watching on TV a physician who revealed that most people are exercising at the wrong time and thus are not getting the best benefit from their exercise.

Watch video below

He said the best time to exercise is after eating – an hour after eating to be specific.

This prompted me to do a little research on the net. And sure enough, there were indeed supporting studies conducted around the issue.

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And while I thought this was a new discovery, it is actually a known fact several years ago. This page for instance which came out on the first page of the serp was posted around June of 2007. So is this one.

The study however needs some more follow up inasmuch as it involved only 12 people and thus involved only 6 who exercised an hour after breakfast and 6 who just sat idle.

The study found that not only did the group who exercised burn more calories (not surprisingly of course), but that although the group who exercised ate more on the next meal, they “actually took in fewer calories than their idle counterparts”.

I thought the study isn’t completely that scientific inasmuch as it not only involved just 12 people only but that it grouped them only as those who exercised after breakfast and those who just sat idle after breakfast. In this other [wpPopWizard item_id=kswppw_in1ine clickthru= newwindow=yes inltext=”<p>Exercise an hour after eating rocks!</p>” ]source [/wpPopWizard]however, it says that a Surrey University study grouped 12 folks into those who exercised before breakfast and those who ate after. Makes me wonder if somehow these authors had the same source and somehow bungled up the facts.

For those whose brows are still up with questions about what’s wrong with exercising before a meal, well, they implied that despite the general belief about exercising on an empty stomach as the best way, the reverse is actually more beneficial especially if you want to lose weight.

As far as I’m concerned, I think there’s no harm in trying out this schedule, though, I still believe that further studies need to be done in order to confirm the possibility of exercising after a meal as the best time to exercise.

But here’s more information from the IHRSA which will help you convince yourself about the supremacy of post-meal exercise:  Click [wpPopWizard item_id=kswppw_in1ine clickthru= newwindow=yes inltext=”<p>A pdf document about post meal exercise benefits especially to the arteries.</p>” ]here[/wpPopWizard] to read about post meal exercise benefits.

It says that within a 4 to 6 hour period after a meal, the arteries appear unhealthy, especially if you eat a high fat meal. During this post-prandial state, cholesterol can start to build up because the arteries lose the flexibility to expand in response to an increase in blood flow.

Physical exercise an hour after a (high-fat) meal, they found, not only reverses the damage to the arteries, but also enhances their functions, compared to exercise before a meal.

Here’s a youtube video that elaborates on this further.

Effect of Exercising after eating

What? You’re still unconvinced? It’s time you make a study of your own then.

Resveratrol For Us Soon, Too

So, this is the secret behind the ‘red wine is good for the heart‘ phrase that I’ve always heard everytime we drink wine. It’s Resveratrol. It’s a natural substance found in certain plants, grapes being a particular example, and thus resveratrol found its way in red wine.

For the academically inclined, resveratrol is a kind of polyphenol, specifically, a stilbenoid, which particular plants produce when being attacked by fungi or bacteria.

So far, I’ve heard only of experiments conducted on animals, the animals being fed certain doses of resveratrol. The reports are particularly interesting in that the results showed that resveratrol benefits are no less than amazing. The common denominator among the reports is longer life for the animals affected in the experiments.

Mice, for instance, even when fed high cholesterol high fat diets, significantly fared well than those which were not given resveratrol. The glucose/insuling metabolism of the mice given resveratrol remained normal.

When tested a specific kind of fish which normally have short life span, there was again a significant (56%) extension of life span. Amazing.

Other resveratrol benefits include reduced formation of neurodegenerative disease components, anti-inflammatory effects, reduced replication of viruses, anti-diabetes, and reduced risks of heart disease.

Again, thus far, experimental studies of resveratrol had been limited to animals only. However, with the very favorable results being collected by various laboratories, it won’t be long before the experimentation gets levelled up. And we humans will enjoy the benefits of resveratrol, too.

Flashing Heels Street Glider

Flashing Heels? Shoe Skates?

It was not very long ago that I documented my son’s introduction to and adventure with the wave board. I remember both of us having lots of fun with it as we learned how to use and maneouver it. This time around, and on the same store in the mall where we bought the wave board, we came by the street glider. It was my son who pulled my hand and pointed out the contraption that caught his interest. The street glider.

It comes by different names. Flashing heels, street glider, flashing roller skate, flash roller, shoe skates. If I were to choose, I’d probably call it ‘heel wheels’. Again, this skate innovation showed up in the US about a couple of years back. Again I wondered why these cool kid stuff did not get to reach the status of the good old skate board and the roller blades. What I mean is that, in movies and on tv, kids are most often shown still using the skate board or roller blades. Rarely, if ever do we get a glimpse of the wave board or the street glider. Or, perhaps I don’t watch tv and movies more often.

The Street Glider Learning Curve

The kid did not wait for me to get to the cashier to pay for it. He had the store clerk adjust it and put it on his shoes. The excitement on his face more than immediately justified the purchase. He immediately began climbing the learning curve and seems to be getting on with it quite nicely. When we got home, I tried it and after 5 minutes immediately realized that the learning curve is a bit steeper compared to that of the wave board. This, and my son’s request to not use it too long because he was afraid I’d deform it, especially after he saw the weight limit at 70 kilograms (although I’m way less than 70 kgs.), I decided to forego anymore practice for next time. Actually, I also would not want anymore spills butt first, like those when I first practiced with the wave board.

So, I opted to use the wave board instead. We had earlier bought new replacement wheels for the waveboard. We were thus a threesome that evening on the street fronting our house. Me on the wave board, my son on his street glider, and my 5 year-old daughter on her scooter.

Like I said in an ealier post, my son has a thing for wheels (or, don’t they all?). At 5th grade, he’d already had 6 kinds of wheels (trike, roller skates, bike, roller blades, skate board, wave board, in that order). I suppose it wouldn’t be long before he’d pull my hand and ask for real wheels that moves by itself.

Heel Skates with Flashing Wheels


Flashing Heels of Various Colors


Revisiting Binaural-Isochronic

I remembered that after a few weeks of tinkering with my then brand-new blog (this blog) and after learning about subdomains, I immediately created binaural-isochronic. Binaural-Isochronic is a sub-blog on which I spent most of my time during the first six months of obtaining this blog, to the point that it received more traffic than the main blog, In fact, it got PR1 first while the main blog remained without PR for quiet some time afterwards.

It was only natural for me to spend more time on it because I was, and still am, interested in its subject matter. It deals with binaural and isochronic entrainment. In a nutshell, entrainment is a science that deals with the synchronization of the brainwaves of both hemispheres of the brain which leads to optimization of its functions. People who are into meditation, yoga and any field related to the mind takes interest in this subject matter.

While I was inspecting my blog today, I happen to scroll down to the footer area and saw the binaural-isochronic section and realized that it’s been a long time since I last saw this subdomain’s dashboard. When I started this sub-blog, I was still ignorant about a lot of seo matters like keyword and on-page optimization, etc. Thus, I quickly headed over to it and did a quick inspection. It indeed needed a lot of tweakings for optimization purposes. The first thing I did is to deactivate the adsense injection plugin which is planting adsense at random places within the posts and sometimes breaking the formats of the paragraphs and images.

In case you’re interested, you’ll find the following posts at binaural-isochronic:

In the next few weeks, I’ll be doing some much-needed adjustments and tweakings to binaural-isochronic and see if I can jumpstart it again and increase traffic to it using whatever seo I’ve learned so far.

Circle Lenses: Latest Contact Lens Fad

I first had my first encounter with an actual circle lens when me, my wife, and my sister-in-law visited a beautician’s shop prior to a party my sister-in-law is attending. A beautician caught my attention because (s)he had overly-large irises. And she was also sporting pink and orange hair that were styled in a shabby-like manner making her look like an anime character. When I pointed her out to my wife, she said it’s the same kind of contact lenses Lady Gaga wore in her Bed Romance mtv. My sister-in-law, upon seeing how it enhanced the beautician immediately made a call to her optometrist friend’s shop and ordered a pair.

I did a little research on the matter and found that it can now be readily purchased online. No need for check ups. Anybody, even a 13-year-old can order online and thus wear it without her parents knowledge. I also found that there had been cases of people hospitalized due to eye infection from wearing ‘generic’ circle lenses purchased online. What had been just a $30 dollar purchase, and a few days of having ‘bedroom look’ eyes, had become a scary $10,000 hospital expense, and probably a lifetime of impaired sight.

The eyes undoubtedly are organs one shouldn’t tamper with like this without proper guidance. It’s a dark somber world in there if you lose it via a careless venture into beauty enhancements like circle lenses. Should you really want to look Gaga or anime-ish, it is advisable to take guidance from eye experts who know more about these precious human asset.

USAEyes: Lasik Patient Advocacy

Here are some facts about USAEyes, a council for refractive surgery quality assurance, which is a non-profit lasik patient advocacy organization.

  • The USAEyes website complies with the Health On The Net code standard for trustworthy health information.
  • USAEyes has been cited in Newsweek, US News & World Report, CBS News, National Public Radio, NBC Nightly News, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fox News, Associated Press, MSNBC, and Oprah!
  • The USAEyes CORE Patient Survey reports real-world Lasik results as reported by Lasik patients.
  • Patients use the USAEyes Ask a Lasik Expert forum to post questions and receive researched answers to their questions both before surgery and after.
  • The USAEyes 50 Tough Questions for Your Lasik Doctor can help anyone avoid a bad Lasik doctor.
  • Maybe Lasik is not right for you. At USAEyes, all the vision correction surgery alternatives like PRK, LASEK, Epi-Lasik, RLE, and PIOL are discussed in detail.
  • USAEyes evaluates the Lasik results of individual doctors and certifies if they meet their exacting standards.
  • A US Congressional subcommittee cited USAEyes as a reliable source of Lasik information.
  • Representatives of USAEyes have testified before the FDA about Lasik patient advocacy.

For more than a decade, USAEyes has been instrumental in helping patients learn important issues about Lasik and similar vision correction surgery.

Know more about USAEyes here or go directly to the USAEyes site.

Calories In An Egg New Data Collection

First, the facts for ‘weight loss systems’ enthusiasts. It is not surprising that folks who are on weight loss diets and who are interested in weight loss solutions are so particular about calorie counts and such. So, calories in an egg?.

Calories In An Egg Table

Egg Type Calories
small (37 g) whole raw 54 54
medium (44 g) whole raw 65
large (50 g) whole raw 74
extra large (58 g) whole raw 85
jumbo (65 g) whole raw 96
1 cup (~4.86 large eggs +/- 243 g)raw 347
fried egg large 46g 90
scrambled 1 cup (220g) 367
omelet 1 tbsp (15g) 24
hardboiled 1 cup chopped (136g) 211

This post just goes to show how nicheless and random my blog really is. Wifey got me involved in her quest for information regarding calories in an egg. Seems like her badminton and gym buddies had her interested in the sophistication of knowing the details of each gram of food she eats. As usual, google is my friend and I had the data in no time at all. Of course, I have to create a table in excel to present her the collected information. Most of the sites required me to do several clicks for each item I want to know instead of just laying out everything for me to print in one go. So, I thought maybe I could help other husbands out there who get to be unfortunate enough to be assigned the task of researching the values of calories in an egg (or wives who know the very complicated task of typing the phrase ‘how many calories are there in an egg?‘ in, say, google). Hey, the chide applies only to my wife. 🙂 Btw, she’s presently into this Herbalife Weight Loss Challenge thingy with her other lady office mates, drinking some sort of shake beverage and doing a few crunches in the mornings. They text their progress to their leader and it gets texted to all members of their group.

Of course, the above table displays just the type of egg and the corresponding calorie count. For the really diet-matters savvy, this may not be enough because they probably would want to know other related facts like total fat, cholesterol, sodium content, total carbohydrates, protein, vitamin content, calcium, etc.; in which case, the following links may help:

For interesting facts about eggs:

(Eat) Egg Now Peel Later

Be Rid of Reading Glasses

In a previous post, I have written about the laser-based corrective eye surgery called Lasik. There’s another corrective eye procedure which is not laser-based and is proven to be most beneficial for people aged 40 and above who requires reading glasses to be able to read. Presbyopia is the term given for this condition and is a “symptom caused by the natural course of aging”. Just as skin wrinkles, or hair go gray with age, the eyes condition deteriorates to presbyopia.

Reading glasses are small and light, but sometimes you might just grow tired of carrying it around or, of always forgetting (another symptom of natural aging) to carry it around with you. The fact is that there are a lot of people who suffer from presbyopia but are still as agile and lithe as any below 30 folks. And having to bring along reading glasses can become a negative factor both physically and socially.

So, has modern science and technology come up with something to cheer up the presbyopic crowd? Yes, of course. The safe, quick, long-lasting and sure-fire remedy for presbyopia is called NearVision Conductive Keratoplasty (CK). CK, by the way, is also administered to people who suffer from mild hyperopia. Unlike lasik, CK uses low energy radio waves to reshape the cornea and restore your eyes’ ability to focus clearly on nearby objects. You may read more details about this procedure at usaeyes.

General Pros:

  • Normally painless.
  • NearVision CK takes only a few minutes (20 minutes, more or less). You can go home right after the procedure is done.
  • Effectively restores near vision. You no longer need reading glasses to read.

General Cons:

  • Not permanent. May last only for a few months.
  • Not for people who wear pacemakers as CK equipment can produce interference with other electronic equipment.
  • Not for people who have other eye conditions beside presbyopia or hyperopia (e.g. strabismus, cataract, glaucoma).

If you are interested to avail of the benefits of Conductive Keratoplasty, it is advisable to spend some time in consultation with eye doctors who know best about this science like the eye doctors at the Stahl Eye Center. Stahl Eye Center has efficiently given service to countless patients for over 35 years and its *doctors are graduates from top universities such as UCLA, John Hopkins and Yale. It maintains three very accessible locations in New York including Manhattan and Long Island.

One notable expert in the field of CK is Dr. Thierry Hufnagel, a Stahl Eye Center associate. He has more than 26 years under his belt in Ophthalmology and Anatomic Pathology.

*The Stahl Eye Center doctors’ patient outcomes have been independently verified by nonprofit patient advocacy USAEyes to meet or exceed the national norms. Fewer than 100 doctors nationwide have attained this certification.

Lasik: Royal Road to Better Vision

After lugging for quite some time on top of your nose those pair of glasses, you have to admit having spent some moments thinking of how it would be like going without the hassle of wearing glasses. If there’s a way to live life without glasses or contact lenses, would you take it? Yes, of course. And again, yes, there is a way and they call it LASIK. Lasik is short for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, a type of eye surgery which utilizes laser technology to re-shape the cornea to reduce or totally eliminate the need to wear glasses or contact lenses.

Considering several eye surgeries, Lasik is known to be the most preferred surgery in the US, because with extensive studies done in this field, lasik has become even safer today. It is also the quickest way to get better vision. You can have your lasik surgery today, normally without feeling any pain, and be up and about in no time at all. Recovery takes only a few hours after the surgery and vision returns to normal in about a day or two. Studies and stats about Lasik results are elaborated here where it says that 99% report quality of life (improved) as expected, better, or much better. For more detailed information about lasik please go to lasik info where you will find why Lasik is better than other alternatives like PRK, LASEK/Epi-Lasik, etc.


Among several outstanding eye centers in the US that specializes in LASIK surgery is the Stahl Eye Center which has 3 clinics in New York (including Manhattan and Long Island) and has been serving eye patients for over 35 years. The center boasts of top doctors who are products of top universities in the USA such as UCLA, John Hopkins and Yale. Whichever eye clinic you finally choose, the doctors make the difference. At Stahl Eye Center, their top doctors offer one-on-one consultation and provide individualized care and use only the most advanced technology there is.

Personally, I think Lasik is the most convenient surgery worth taking. Whether you’re the athletic type (in which case, glasses are an extra inconvenience), or the non-athletic type, you most honestly know that glasses and contact lenses are taking some degree of freedom from you. Want to throw away those glasses and contact lenses for good? Then, take the royal road to better vision. Consider Lasik.