All things Slobocratic

by Brad Nelson   6/22/14

I’m inaugurating the Health/Fitness blog on StubbornThings. This is where you can go to just lament getting older and/or to offer advice for how to live forever — or, short of that, how to live better.

This will include topics in regards to psychology as well. Hell, anything you can think of that will broadly fit this category and that you think would be of interest to others.

Please don’t offer just links to other articles as the suggestion for a blog post unless you include some commentary of your own. Yes, if you want to have a blog posted here, it will require a bit of work…which is appropriate considering the topic of “fitness.”

That said, don’t be afraid to share your hard-won knowledge on how to live healthier, how to be more fit, or just how to achieve a better state of mind.


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About Brad Nelson

I like books, nature, politics, old movies, Ronald Reagan (you get sort of a three-fer with that one), and the founding ideals of this country. We are the Shining City on the Hill — or ought to be. However, our land has been poisoned by Utopian aspirations and feel-good bromides. Both have replaced wisdom and facts.

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12 Responses to All things Slobocratic

  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Few will probably see this new blog entry unless I comment on it, so I’ll comment on it. 🙂

    First off, the older I get the less I like hearing about people obsessing over their health. Yes, I deeply sympathize with anyone who has a health problem. That goes without saying.

    But shoot me if I ever become one of those people whose main topic of conversation is one’s health woes. We’re all getting older. We’re all breaking down. And we’re all going to die. Despite the obsession of our culture with staying forever young, this is so. And what we may lose in physical ability we can make up for in wisdom.

    Or so that has always been for formula. I’d love to see this blog filled with many unexpected submissions in regards to the topic. There must be many ways of approaching this subject that aren’t boring and that don’t sound like one, long, running complaint about getting old.

    Mr. Kung was the inspiration for this topic because of his Magic Elixir drink that he introduced to me and which I talk about in the Slobocracy blog post. He also thought that a health/fitness blog might be a good idea. Let’s see where this all goes.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      My own view of health is that my own is mediocre — and the frightening thing is that most of the people I associate with locally are even worse off. At least Elizabeth and I aren’t diabetic, nor do we have Crohn’s disease, shingles, or the aftermath of a stroke.

    • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

      As a card carrying member of the “Old Farts Club”, I am proud to say I am still moving around, albeit at a somewhat slower pace.

      Yesterday evening when visiting Braums, we ran into a woman who worked at a restaurant we used to frequent. I recognized the face but couldn’t place where I had seen it. She came up and said hi to us and said I had lost so much weight that she didn’t quite recognize me, but when she saw my wife and son, she knew who we were and where she knew us from.

      A small remark like hers is nice to hear and helps me maintain the impetus to keep on losing weight.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        I can certainly get around, which is very handy when visiting a bookstore (such as Barnes and Noble this past Friday, making use of some coupons that expired this weekend) or grocery stores. If I do enough of it, my legs can remind of it for a day or so, but even then I can still move. (We renewed our joint membership in the Louisville Zoo and plan to make occasional visits, though I doubt we’ll ever again do the whole zoo in one day.)

        As for weight, when we went to the Memorial Day weekend picnic at Sweeden Missionary Baptist Church (where my father and many other family members were buried — see my Memorial Day item — and I have my own grave site complete with headstone), my cousin Becky thought I’d lost weight since last year. I hope she’s right.

        • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

          I went into a quaint little book store in Port Gamble today. I love browsing through book stores. But because I’m pretty much a Kindle-only person now, I end up buying very little.

          But it was kind of neat the way the bookshop was set up. It was on the bottom floor of an old house. You’d just walk through the house and go to different sections. The Kitchen (which still looked like a functioning kitchen) had cookbooks spread all over the place.

          I think because of electronic books it’s going to be tough for this lady to make a go of it. But I wish her all the luck.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        That is nice to get a compliment. So far I haven’t gotten any.

        I went out and did 14 miles on the bike in and around Port Gamble today where there’s a gigantic piece of land that has miles of good trails.

        It was mostly sunny with just a little bit of haze in the sky which kept the temperatures from reaching higher than the low 70’s. I actually don’t mind it if it’s rather warm when I’m out hiking or biking. Sweating is good for you!

        I saw a deer, a couple squirrels, and lots and lots of trees. It’s just at the end of the season for salmonberries which seem to peak at about mid-June, so I did at least get a few of those. And at the end of the day, I dropped by a local fruit stand that was in that small, historic town and bought some obscenely large “organic” bananas. I have no idea what an “organic” banana is, but these are big boys. Darn near porn stars. I look forward to ripening them and adding them to Mr. Kung’s Magic Elixir.

        It’s nice to be able to get off your butt and do stuff like this. I know as I get older, I may not be able to. I think many medical problems are just due to carrying too much weight. I’ve got 10 more pounds I want to drop and then I’ll see if I can sort of hover there.

        I went out hiking the previous day up on Green Mountain. There were a lot of people out in the sunshine. I like being in good enough shape to do this kind of stuff. I do not want to end up in one of those motorized carts that some people use to get around. But we’re all destined for the grave, so there’s no getting around that.

        • Timothy Lane says:

          Fourteen miles? When I was a Boy Scout in Greece, we ran the actual Marathon. I made it half-way (and that took 5 hours, by which time some people had already finished). No way I could do that today.

  2. Pst4usa says:

    This may not fit in this area, but a simple magic trick to prevent mosquito bites, that has worked for me, it is to take 800 IU of vitamin E twice a day, for several days before going into the lions den of mosquitoes. (or anyplace that is well know for a mosquito problem).
    I was given this trick by a naturopath years ago, and it has been tested many dozens of times and it has been 100% effective.
    The theory is that the mosquito will land on you, but you will smell very bad to the mosquito and he will look for something or someone better tasting.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Thanks for the tip, Pat. It’s definitely getting to be that time of year. I might try that. And I always have a can off “Off” in my car. That seems to help. Smells like crap, but it does help.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      I would advise caution about vitamin E. Elizabeth ended up in the hospital a few years ago at least partly (perhaps) from overdosing on it (technically, the problem was excessively low potassium in her blood). Note that vitamin E, like vitamins A, D, and K, is fat-soluble and thus accumulates in the body. This can be dangerous; in the famous Mawson/Mertz Antarctic expedition, Mertz died of symptoms that sound like vitamin A overdose 9perhaps from eating Husky livers).

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        Okay, I’ll take that caution under consideration, Tim. That makes some sense. I understand that perhaps one cannot overdose on Vitamin C (because the body apparently does not and cannot store it up) but that apparently is not the same for other vitamins.

        As long as I don’t substitute “Easy Off” for “Off,” I think I’m going to be okay.

      • Rosalys says:

        I was taking vitamin E and my doctor advised me to stop, so I did. Something about studies showing it’s harmful if taken in too large doses – being fat soluble probably accounts for this.

        I have heard that taking large doses of B12 can ward off mosquitoes. Being water soluble it is sweated out easily, and being bitter the ‘skeeters don’t like it.

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