Stories about my findings (and experiments) in health, fitness, vitamins, nutrigenomics, longevity, dieting, recipes, and cooking. If you’re interested in U.S. health care policy issues, please visit ReformHealthCare.US, which is dedicated to that particular topic.

The Real Bears

So, there’s a video that came out a few months ago called “The Real Bears“. It’s a PSA (public service announcement) that talks about the dangers of drinking too many sugary drinks, particularly cola. In fact, it’s a spoof on the famous Coca-Cola bears. You know, the polar bears in those heart warming winter and Christmas ads? Now, while I do enjoy writing about health and fitness, PSAs aren’t usually worth mentioning. And I won’t lie, I won’t enjoy writing this. But that PSA did something no other has ever been able to do: it made me cry. Read more…

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Posted by Gnorb - July 15, 2013 at 9:00 am

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Going Vegan

New year, new me. Isn’t that the way it’s supposed to be? Anyway, the title says it all: we (by which I mean my beautiful wife and I) are going vegan. Mostly. At least for a little while. Frankly, I don’t know if it’ll stick (she loves beef, I love fish), but we’ll see where we’re at in a couple of months.  Read more…

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Posted by Gnorb - January 11, 2011 at 9:40 am

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Before and After: My Weight Loss Progress

A friend was over here this past weekend. At one point we were looking through pictures, when we stumbled upon a few which made us both take notice. They’re pictures of me from about 5 years ago and pictures of me now. I know I talk a lot about my weight loss, but this made it all that much more real.  Read more…

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Posted by Gnorb - October 1, 2010 at 8:20 am

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My Letters to Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite

For RSS Readers: Yes, this is a political post. My blog, my POV, generally uncensored (although I keep it pretty clean). Sorry if you don’t like. I rarely, if ever mix politics with anything else, but this was important. If you ARE interested in more articles like this one, please see ReformHealthCare.US, which I also run.

Recently I wrote my local House representative, Ginny Brown-Waite (R-FL) about health care. With all the news going on about it, I really wanted to make sure she knew what my wishes were. Maybe, just maybe, I wouldn’t be the only one and she could be persuaded to support a plan which brought about universal coverage without giving the health insurance industry a big wet kiss and a present. Read more…

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Posted by Gnorb - September 25, 2009 at 12:34 am

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The 48-Hour Bravo Esophageal pH Test: A Probe to Study Acid via Monitoring Capsule

My throat. It burns. And it’s been burning for far longer than I’d like to remember. Thing is, my doc isn’t so sure that my GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is really caused by too much acid splashing my esophagus. At one point maybe, but not anymore. No, he believes what I have is NERD, or non-erosive reflux disease. (Poetic justice?) To find out, he had me go through a study called the Bravo pH Esophageal Test. Read more…

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Posted by Gnorb - May 18, 2009 at 7:00 am

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Still Only Human: A Health Update

Neurology appointment today. Got the results from my brain MRI back, and had an EMG done. All good, nothing to report. Guess I’m not an alien after all. Seeing pictures of my own brain put that youthful fantasy to rest.  Read more…

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Posted by Gnorb - March 3, 2009 at 7:30 am

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Aubrey deGrey in Orlando (Got Any Questions You Want to Ask?)

For those in or near Florida: It was recently announced that Methuselah Foundation (site|blog) Chair and Chief Science Officer Aubrey deGrey will be in Orlando on May 12th. You can see details (and reserve seating) at I plan to be there, but don’t let that dissuade you. Come anyway.

For those who can’t attend: While I have my own set of questions to ask him on subjects mentioned in his book Ending Aging, I’m interested in knowing what you would like to ask him. I’ll take a list of these questions and ask… as many as I can, which may well be zero. If allowed, I’ll even record it and post it on this blog. (Probably won’t be allowed, copyright reasons and all, but I’ll try it anyway.) Posts your questions in the comments sections. I’ll update this post in a couple of weeks with questions I plan to take (if anyone asks any questions). By the way, if you’re a real hard-core anti-aging researcher (and someone with considerably more brains that lil’ ol’ me), you may want to check out his first book, Mitochondrial Free Radical Theory of Aging.

For those of you who don’t know who he is and are wondering why I’m so excited or why you should care: Click on these links and read: SENS, Methuselah Mouse Prize, Rejuvenation Research. Also, watch this (Flash) video from his appearance at the TED conference:

Finally, for those of you interested in these topics, here are a few links you’ll want to check out: Think Artificial, Fight Aging, Ouroboros, Aging Research, BetterHumans, Immortality Institute. You can also get a good number of TED videos on these subjects at the ImmInst forums. This is just a sampling from my RSS reader. If you have any links you’d like to add relating to anti-aging and related research, feel free to do so in the comments (within reason).

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Posted by Gnorb - April 23, 2008 at 8:54 am

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Path to Weight Loss: 254 lbs and the Diet that Got Me Here

One of the interesting side-effects of my recent digestive troubles the complete review I had to do of my diet. This has resulted, whether I liked it or not, in a drop in weight from the 276 lbs at which I stared this year to a current weight of 254 lbs.

I’m going up to Tampa this weekend to visit family, and my mom asked me to give her a list of what I can eat. So this post is for you, mom. Read it, enjoy, and remember that so long as the rules listed here are followed, I’m not limited to the foods mentioned herein. For the rest of you, here’s my very real, healthier eating regimen. It did not develop overnight, and every day I’m making improvements based on my research. Feel free to take what you like and discard what you don’t. Read more…

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Posted by Gnorb - April 22, 2008 at 8:33 am

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Is That the Sound of Cancer Being Cured?

I don’t really know, but John Kanzius just might.

The following video is from CBS and talks about how a guy in his garage, with the help of pots, pans, and hot dogs, may have discovered a way to treat cancer without all the side effects. Human trials for this method are about four years away, but if this pans out, then everyone reading this may be alive when the cliche saying “still no cure for cancer” is finally put to rest.

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Posted by Gnorb - April 15, 2008 at 2:27 pm

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Buying Medications and Herbs Online to Fix My GI System

The medical drama continues. Sort of. Except now it looks like we’ve started to find out what’s going on with me. In short, it looks like my gallbladder isn’t working right. Not gallstones, mind you — that came out perfectly clean — but rather that the muscle isn’t squeezing like it should. (It might explain why I sometimes feel a horrible back “pain” (bloating?) in my middle back after eating, like if I’m having a really bad spasm. As it turns out, lazy gallbladder is also a precursor to gallstones, which run in my family.) Luckily, the doc pretty much discounted the possibility of gastroparesis, which is great. I’ve been reading horror stories left and right about that and scaring myself into the next life. (The people in the Yahoo Gastroparesis group are constantly in my prayers.) I’m still waiting on a few tests to verify that diagnosis, however. Anyway, that seems to be, in large part, the cause of all my recent heartburn troubles, all of which are getting better.

So what am I doing to fix my digestive system? A lot, actually, and I’ll be doing more. Read more…

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Posted by Gnorb - March 27, 2008 at 9:32 am

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