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Subject:Detox this!
Time:05:35 pm
 I have a hairdresser that I have been going to for around 5 years now.  She does a splendid job and is very easy to get along with, so I have no plans of going to anyone else.  On the other hand, she has very unscientific ideas when it comes to health.  She often mentions "detoxing" and various other ways of improving your health, often following it up with a comment that "Western Medicine" has some reason for not wanting you to know about it, or at least is intentionally ignoring the health benefits.

Seriously?  Detox items often cost just as much as "Western Medicine," so I would think that the pharmapseudical companies would be all over it to make more money if it worked.  The problem is that detox is a combination of a waste of money, and just following the basic rules of how to be a healthier person that any doctor should tell you.  Eat better.  Give up bad habits.  You'll feel better!  Wow!

What, you don't believe me?  Well, then you won't believe this either:  http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7808348.stm

I'm posting it anyways, because perhaps someone on the edge will see it, and do some further research.  Detoxification?  It's just cleaning.  So get yourself some soap and wash up!  Eat better, and that will help detoxify you, because that's what your body is designed to do.  Most of that detox stuff is just snake oil, sold in the modern age.  In fact, I'd be interested in seeing just how much "Snake Oil" linament I could sell, if I advertised that it would clean your mind, colon and soul (in no particular order).  I may pay $20 for a 2oz thing of hair product, but I don't tell myself that it is doing anything for me besides making my hair stick up the way I like.

Edit:  Before anyone decides that I am condemning all non-Western medicine, that is not my intent.  I'm just pointing out one particular bit that is a big scam.  I expect that there is a subset of non-Western medicine that can be beneficial, but I also believe that if so, it has a scientific basis.  It isn't some sort of spiritual bullshit.  Neither is Western medicine flawless, but I trust the scientific method (which does not include "my cousin's friend's dog trainer told me that it worked for him") more than I trust trendy health treatments.
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Time:2009-01-23 08:45 pm (UTC)
I like to think I can take credit for the fact that you care enough to spend $20 to make your hair stick up. I recall a trip to Autin during which you changed your haircut for the first time in what was likely more than a decade. You may just be the world's coolest nerd. :o)

-M
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schmads
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Time:2009-01-23 09:04 pm (UTC)
You are indeed the person who is guilty for this. I still go to that same hairdresser at that same TIGI. I even mixed it up a couple times last year by getting highlights. Some Abercrombie jeans, a button up shirt and some Aqua Di Gio and one might almost think I'm not just a dork who spends his time programming and playing WoW.

How's life?
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Time:2009-01-26 10:00 pm (UTC)
I take great pride in the magic wand waving that took you from typical nerd to super spiffy nerd. :o) Highlights? Get out of town. That's just unheard of. Maybe if you would post a picture every millenia or so, or - god-forbid - join Facebook like the rest of the world - I would know about it! I am starting to think I wouldn't recognize you if I saw you walking down the street.

Life is good - working at a pharmaceutical company called Oncothyreon that works with cancer drugs. In the evenings/weekends I am working with another company that's a startup pharma company started by some friends and former co-workers. Generally keeping busy. Did I tell you I reconnected with Sabrina last year? She and I see a lot of each other now. She and I saw Chris Maxson for lunch a while back. I have a nephew now who is about 2 and a half months old.

What about you? WHat's new? How's Austin?

M
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schmads
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Time:2009-01-27 11:31 pm (UTC)
I'm now on facebook, and I even found some recent pictures! I never really take pictures of myself, and tend to be the "photographer" at any given event, so I had to make an effort. I'm pretty sure the fact that I'm wearing Dr. Horrible (http://www.hulu.com/watch/28343/dr-horribles-sing-along-blog) shirts in a photoset from a game convention gives away the fact that I'm still a total nerd.

That's really cool that you are getting to hang out with Sabrina again and got to see Chris as well. I almost wonder if I'd recognize Sabrina if I saw her again. It's kinda scary to me that it's been 10 years since I graduated from highschool.


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