R.I.P., Leonard Cohen

Leonard was a moderately famous American songwriter and singer. He died a few days ago. He was Jewish. I don’t know if he ever accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. I’d like to think he’s in heaven now.

Judging from this interview in The New Yorker, his life was more interesting than most.

Jennifer Warnes did a whole album of his songs, entitled “Famous Blue Raincoat.” It’s very good.

Found: Another Green Tea That’s Not So Green

This one is Yamamotoyam Sushi Bar Style Green Tea.

Yamamotoyama sushi style green tea

Yamamotoyama sushi bar style green tea

For $18 USD I got a pack of 90 individual teabags. So, just 20 cents a serving. “Best before” date is September 2018, so I’m assuming it’s relatively fresh, but who knows?


I’ll admit there’s a slight green tint to this drink that is predominantly yellow. Thirty seconds after I removed the teabag, it was simply light tan. Taste is fine.

My recollection of the reviews at Amazon several months ago was that this was going to be a green green tea. I’ll not go through those reviews AGAIN.

Steve Parker, M.D.

PS: I was at a sushi bar four months ago, but drank warm sake instead of tea.

Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Raise Risk of Prediabetes 

These new research findings are from the Framingham Heart Study’s Offspring Cohort.

Those in the highest quartile of sugar-sweetened beverage consumption (I.e., six servings a week) has almost double the odds of developing prediabetes compared to the lowest quartile.

No similar association was found for diet sodas.

The higher risk for prediabetes may be related to insulin resistance.

Source: Sugary Beverages Raise Risk of Prediabetes | Medpage Today

New Study: Mediterranean Diet Prevents Cardiovascular Disease in British Adults

This tower is in Pisa, Italy

This tower is in Pisa, Italy

This won’t surprise you if you’ve been reading this blog for a while:

“Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, killing around 610,000 people annually. Heart attack affects around 735,000 Americans each year, while around 800,000 people are affected by stroke.

Adopting a healthy diet is considered key for reducing the risk of CVD, and numerous studies have suggested the Mediterranean diet fits the bill.

A study published in the European Heart Journal earlier this year, for example, found older adults who adhered to the Mediterranean diet were at lower risk of heart attack, stroke, and cardiovascular death than those who followed a Western diet.”

Source: Mediterranean diet linked to reduced risk of CVD – Medical News Today

Steve Parker, M.D.

PS: If you like having a healthy heart, you might like my books.

Practical Tips for Fasting From Dr. Fung

This guy had long spans of time between meals, perhaps days

This guy had long spans of time between meals, perhaps days

Yet another good post from DietDoctor! Why fast? Among many reasons is that fasting turns on autophagy, which helps clear the debris of daily living out of your cells, probably leading to longer life.

Click here for P.D. Mangan’s post on fasting and autophagy.

Dr. Fung at DietDoctor also warns about the danger of hypoglycemia for certain folks with diabetes. Read that part carefully.

Anyway, here are Dr. Fung’s top eight tips:

“Drink water: Start each morning with a full eight-ounce glass of water.

Stay busy: It’ll keep your mind off food. It often helps to choose a busy day at work for a fast day.

Drink coffee: Coffee is a mild appetite suppressant. Green tea, black tea, and bone broth may also help.Ride the waves: Hunger comes in waves; it is not continuous. When it hits, slowly drink a glass of water or a hot cup of coffee. Often by the time you’ve finished, your hunger will have passed.

Don’t tell anybody you are fasting: Most people will try to discourage you, as they do not understand the benefits. A close-knit support group is often beneficial, but telling everybody you know is not a good idea.

Give yourself one month: It takes time for your body to get used to fasting. The first few times you fast may be difficult, so be prepared. Don’t be discouraged. It will get easier.

Follow a nutritious diet on non-fast days: Intermittent fasting is not an excuse to eat whatever you like. During non-fasting days, stick to a nutritious diet low in sugars and refined carbohydrates.

Don’t binge: After fasting, pretend it never happened. Eat normally, as if you had never fasted.”

Source: More Practical Tips for Fasting – Diet Doctor

Steve Parker, M.D.

PS: I don’t feature fasting in any of my books, but I’ve gradually come around to seeing the potential benefits.

Remember Those Celebrities Who Said They’d Leave the Country If Trump Won?

Townhill has the list, including…

  • Jon Stewart
  • Amy Schumer
  • Lena Dunham
  • Al Sharpton
  • Samuel L. Jackson
  • Cher
  • Barbara Streisand
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Just a friendly reminder…

QOTD: Disaster Preparedness and Life In General

“Nobody is coming to save you.”