Starting a new chapter

We all have a book on life. You know, the one where you live and save memories too? At the moment in my life I have relocated over to London, UK, to begin a digital marketing career. It’s exciting right now but very busy hence my lack of blogging over the last load of weeks.

I sincerely hope everyone reading this is doing really well and writing their book life too. Are you?

Hopefully in a few weeks I’ll schedule in some blogging time.

It’s time to decrease sugar

For centuries sugar has been linked to dental decay. More recently there has been more research into sugar and the outcome is not great. Let’s analyse why sugar is bad for you.

Sugar and health

Sugar is actually good for those who require quick energy, for example, cyclists or marathon runners. Sugar is used by the body to make energy. Access sugar is likely to cause fat: Sugar makes people fat.

In the human body sugar is converted into glucose which is transported all over the body, literally in every cell, through the bloodstream. Eating too much sugar causes a constant sugar spike and this can be bad for your organs.

Nutritionally sugar is, for the most part, just sugar. There is no fibre or other minerals in sugar. Sugar should only be used by those who will use it up quickly.

Recently scientists have discovered that sugar contributes to: diabetes; heart problems (cardiovascular); alzheimer’s disease; and obesity. Sugar is bad for your body because it just makes more glucose floating around you blood unnecessarily.

Alzheimer’s disease

After I lost a family member to dementia, a part of the alzheimer’s umbrella, I started to look into what causes you to lose memory. The complexity of the brain is simply not understood and, therefore, the exact cause and treatment of alzheimer’s is unknown. Recently scientists have started to link memory problems with the western diet: Sugar is a large component of a western diet alongside read meat and bad fats.

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Sugar. Copyright from Wikipedia.

Tips for reducing sugar levels

  • The first simple step is to become more active. The more exercise you do the quicker your glucose levels will reduce.
  • Another simple sugar reducing method is simply standing for a few hours a day, say, 3 hours. Standing requires energy which reduces blood glucose levels.
  • Cut out direct sugar, for example, chocolate and the sugar tub that sits on your kitchen worktop or cupboard.
  • If you have a sweet tooth start to switch sweets with fruits. This is still sugar but there is other nutritional value in sweet fruits which is good for the body.
  • If you bake and you need sugar use coconut sugar instead of “normal” sugar. I have tried this and coconut sugar tastes lovely. In a nutshell coconut sugar is the lowest sugar in terms of glycemic index. This means that coconut sugar does not cause a rapid spike of sugar in the blood and is released slowly in the body.

Once you start to reduce your sugar intake take this a further step forward by, for example, choosing low sugar fruits, such as, kiwi and blackberries over high sugar fruits, for instance, the tropical family (pineapples etc).

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References

  1. Wikipedia. Sugar. [Online] [Accessed on 19th January 2014]
  2. Life experience

Is global warming made up?

Large companies are behind global warming; hence the increase of environmentally or ‘eco’ friendly stuff. This post analyses whether or not global warming exists or whether or not global warming is made up.

Global warming: Objective analysis

Rising air and sea temperatures means the Artic ice caps are getting smaller. However in the Antartica, ice is scattered due to wind and sea waves causing ice caps to grow and expand — ice caps are getting bigger.

Climate changes are taking place in the northern hemisphere, for example, Russia and Canada (in Europe and Western Alaska this is at a lesser extent). Certain regions are seeing climate changes but this does not mean global warming does exist. Climates, ever since we have recorded them, have always changed. The reports are trends and nothing else — there is no such thing as global warming.

A thorough study does state that human beings are causing some of the observed warming and cooling. Global warming as a concept is not wrong because humans are destroying the environment, which, alongside the shrinking and expanding ice caps, partly explains why temperature variations occur in the first instance. We need to take action.

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Mindmap of global warming. Copyright of StaticFlickr.

Human error?

The Antarctic sea has, over the last 35 years, expanded to an all new record high. Global warming is not really global since the whole globe is not heating up.

But have some places been reported to be at a record high? Yes. But these reports do not report that other places have been at their record low. In other words as 1 place heats up, another cools down. Weather changes are simply trends.

Look into this yourself. Most of my references, see below, are authoritative but after a quick search engine search please be a little cautious of media organisations and other money driven and influential industries because their ‘facts’ are not usually objective.

Whilst this post shows that global warming is made up there are some unknown questions, at least for now, they include:

  • Does global warming cause cooling too?
  • Should [global warming] be accurately renamed to [specific geo warming]?
  • When we run out of oil will mother nature have any consequences? I.e. are humans wrecking the plant which causes temperature fluctuation?
  • Our understanding of climates has really only started, as well as, the bigger environment itself.
  • When it comes to vector-borne disease our climate is 1 factor for spreading diseases. Do weather trends influence other things, such as, cancer?

In preparing this post I also watched a bit of David Attenborough’s documentary on global warming. He, unfortunately, claimed that global warming was real but he failed to note that ice caps are getting bigger, or, at least within the first 20 minutes. I was surprised the BBC and Attenborough himself did not carry out a full analysis before broadcasting the documentary. Watch media organisation’s with caution. They don’t always get it right.

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References

  1. Fischer, D. Thomas, S.M. Suk, J.E. Sudre, B. Hess, A. Tjaden, N.B. Beierkuhnlein, C. Semenza, J.C. (2013) Climate change effects on Chikungunya transmission in Europe: geospatial analysis of vector’s climatic suitability and virus’ temperature requirements. International Journal of Health Geographics. 12(51)
  2. Keller, C.F. (2003) Global Warming: The Balance of Evidence and Its Policy Implications. The Scientific World Journal. 26. pp. 357–411
  3. Machado, J.A.T. and Lopes, A.M. (2012) Dynamical Analysis of the Global Warming. Mathematical Problems in Engineering. Article ID 971641, 12 pages.
  4. Samenow, J. (2013) Antarctic sea ice hit 35-year record high Saturday. [Online] [Accessed on 26th December 2013 -- yes, boxing day.] http://is.gd/9dVttA

Turn your life around. Think, act and feel.

One of the simplest ways of turning your life around is to think positively. As soon as positive thinking becomes a habit you will start to feel better. How does positive thinking improve your life?

Let yourself off the hook

You do not need to have a mental health encounter to use some of the researched tools: Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) works on the principle that how you feel has a direct affect on how you act and think. In other words if you think positively you will start to feel and act positively too.

There is evidence that ‘faking it til you make it’ works and, in some cases, it actually works quickly. If you want to feel confident then start to reinforce that you are a confident person and start to fake confidence. This tricks your brain into thinking that you are confident and, therefore, you will start to naturally feel confident.

Feel better

All the fakeness does need to be taken at ease. Do not put lots of fake plasters over stuff to make you look and feel better. If something keeps going over and over in your mind do some good old talking and talk about your thoughts with someone, for example, a close friend or a family member. Sometimes a stranger can be good so look up some local charities and see what they have to offer.

You can change your life by turning your thoughts, actions and feelings around. The advantage with this model is that each directly effects the other. If you are putting on weight, for instance, you can start eating more wholefoods (the action bit) which will make you lose weight. Once you shed a few pounds you will start to look better: Self attractiveness makes you feel and think great. Best of all you can turn your life around simply by choosing 1 of the 3 components.

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Citation

  1. Fripp, P. (2000) Make it so you don’t have to fake it: 55 fast-acting strategies for long-lasting success. Executive Books.

North Korea: What, who and why?

North Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and South Korea used to be one country before 1910 — Korea. Whenever World War II ended Japan overtook Korea. Japan left Korea soon after. Russia’s Soviet Union took over the north whilst USA took over the south. This is how North Korea, as we know it today, became to exist: North Korea is a communist country.

North Korea or DPRK

North Korea is run by the Kim family. The current leader is Kim Jon-un who is also one of the world’s youngest leaders. Before he ruled his father and his grand-father ruled the communist state. The country prides itself on its “military first” policy whereby the country exists because of the army, Korean People’s Army, and vice versa. Korean People’s Army is the 4th largest army, by the number of active military personnel, in the world next to China, America and India who are first, second and third, respectively. North Korea’s large army keeps invasion at bay, however, they could be invaded if they strike other countries with air missiles, for example.

What are people in North Korea allowed to do?

A lot of things we take for granted in western culture cannot be done in North Korea. Protesting or deciding to move to another country, for instance, are forbidden in North Korea. Even going on the Internet is not allowed, expect to a small number of hand-picked individuals who also rank high by the communist government, but North Koreans do have access to computers and an intranet, a closed internet in which selected materials are selected an uploaded.

More recently smartphones have been smuggled into the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea which means people close to the South Korean boarder can pick up an internet signal. This is beginning to stop people from being brain washed.

North Korean’s who try to escape to another country are severely punished if found. Prison camps are heavily used to reinforce the “great government”.

Change and North Korea

Only recently the government have decided to provide for its people, for instance, allowing farmers to keep bigger cuts of their profit to feed their own family. In many regards North Korea is starting to change slowly.

Tourists can visit North Korea, with rumours that it will be possible to visit North Korea from European cities, but they must be accompanied by hand-picked guards most of the time. Exceptions to this include being in one’s own hotel room. There are also rumours that your hotel room may be bugged but this is not completely clear.

Free speech and propaganda

No North Korean has free speech. The government must look good at all times, as such, media and newspapers, for example, are all state run allowing North Korea’s government to look good in their selected news stories — propaganda.

Each of the 3 North Korean leaders are portrayed to have supernatural powers. Photographs are all edited to further enhance this.

North Korean school children learn a short story called “the story of the returned boots“. This story was created to begin to brain wash children into thinking that their great leader, an official term, is special and dear to their hearts. The story of the returned boots, in a nutshell, is all about Kim Jon-un playing with his friends in the snowy winter. He ran out of the house with soft wellyboots on and he began to notice his friends had wet trainers and, therefore, feet. Once he realised this he ran home to put non-waterproof trainers on so his feet could get wet too — the story of the returned boots. This indirectly states to the North Korean children that their leader is dear and kind. However the amount of people who die each year through starvation is not mentioned.

This is only an introduction to North Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, but I hope you get the idea that North Korea is a unique country. This is my main reason as to why I follow North Korean news daily. Within the near future I hope to travel to this “hermit kingdom” for the first time — no ordinary holiday at all. North Korea simply fascinates me.

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Reference

  1. Amnesty International. (2013) North Korea escalates border crackdown. [Online] [Accessed on 23rd November 2013]