Archives for December 2008


I have been feeling sick the last couple of days. I am around 120 kids all day, and I taught an evening adult education class last week too, and somewhere along the line, I caught something. I didn’t get a flu shot this year. I had been mulling not getting one this year anyway, especially after some recent headlines suggesting the flu shot may not be as effective as once thought (from the New York Times). Well, fate intervened, and when my school offered free flu shots, I was about 3 minutes too late to get a free one. It’s not that long of a story, but basically I was leaving town right after that to visit my brother, so I picked up Jennifer and packed a few things in the car, and by the time I got to school, the nurse had just left.

I am the type of guy that likes to try natural remedies before going to the doctor. I honestly am not sure if I have a cold or flu at this point, but I know that my sinuses are possibly infected. I am feeling a lot better today. Yesterday, I began the day out in the bitter cold, pushing a peanut across a street downtown for charity (along with about 50 others). That didn’t help my sickness, so I spent the afternoon napping, and missed a party I really wanted to go to later in the evening. Last night, I was reading a little bit about Vitamin D and infection, so I took about 6000 IU of it. I also took Quercetin, a flavonoid found in onions, and Bromelain, an enzyme from pineapples. When taken on an empty stomach, both are said to help clear out the sinuses. I take the Quercetin buccally, which means I mix it with a little water, and swish it in my mouth for a minute, and it absorbs in the mucous membranes in the mouth. I usually feel an almost instant sinus-clearing effect. Speaking of sinus clearing…I also drank a concoction I made, which consisted of 1 habanero pepper chopped, a bouillon cube, a little olive oil, and water. The mixture tasted like super-spicy chicken soup, and boy did it clear the sinuses!

This morning, I woke up feeling much better, and will be heading to church in about an hour, and probably going to the Y this afternoon.

Some Good News on the Weight Front!

Yesterday I weighed myself, and I am the same weight I was before I visited my parents over Thanksgiving! In fact, I am technically about a pound lighter than the last weight I logged before I left for Thanksgiving vacation. This is really good news because I ate quite a bit over Thanksgiving break, and I am not just talking about Thanksgiving Day itself. I also know I gained some muscle over this period, since I saw strength gains in my lifting, which means I actually lost a little fat over the break. I chalk this up to curbing my eating, even though I still ate plenty. I also exercised quite a bit over the break to blunt the impact of the Thanksgiving calories. Whatever happened, I was relieved when I weighed at the Y today.

In other good news, I benched 170 today, 30 times, which means I am basically benching more than my weight, and 30 reps to boot. That is really cool!

Regular Family Meals Reduce Drug Use

…at least for girls. A new study shows that teenage girls who regularly eat meals with their families have a 50% lower chance of using alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. Unfortunately, the same result was not found for boys.

I guess we shouldn’t be too surprised. Family meals have been a staple of civilized societies for years.

A Good Deal at DNE Vitamins

I got an email today from DNE Vitamins, offering a Buy-One-Get-One-Free deal on all of their brands of Vitamins (including their main brand, Nature’s Harbor) for the time period around “Cyber Monday.” The code is CYBERMON, and is valid through tomorrow (December 3rd). However, when I ordered online, the invoice didn’t reflect the offer, even though I typed in the code. I had to call DNE to get the deal, but the lady on the phone was helpful, and I got a great deal on quite a few supplements I take regularly. DNE’s regular prices on supplements are very competitive, so this deal is pretty great, which is why I wanted to share it with you.

I first discovered DNE back in 1993 or 1994, when I was bored in study hall in high school. I would go to the library and read health magazines, and call companies that advertised in them to see if I could get free products, or in the case of DNE, a catalog. I got quite a few free supplements that year.