Friday, July 29, 2011

What is Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol), and Why is it Important?

Vitamin D3 - Cholecalciferol

Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol) - The Nutrient of the Century

Vitamin D3 is a form of vitamin D. It is also referred to as cholecalciferol and calciol. Cholecalciferol is the raw form of the nutrient that humans obtain through exposure to sunlight. Calciol is the form the nutrient takes after it has been processed for use by the body.

Vitamin D3 is a secosteroid and a fat-soluble hormone. It is structurally similar to steroids such as testosterone, cholesterol and cortisol.

Humans can obtain vitamin D3 is a variety of different ways. First, the nutrient is naturally present in certain foods such as eggs and cold water fish such as mackerel, salmon and sardines. The primary means through which humans ingest vitamin D3 is direct exposure to sunlight, hence why it is commonly referred to as the "sunshine vitamin." Individuals who cannot obtain enough vitamin D3 through sun exposure and diet are advised to take a high-quality vitamin D3 supplement.

It is important for those who take vitamin D supplements to make sure the supplements they are taking are of vitamin D3 and not vitamin D2. Vitamin D2, also known as ergocalciferol, is made from plant-based materials. It is synthetic, and is not as bioavailable (also known as "bioidentical") as is D3. Cholecalciferol is five-times (or 500%) more bioavailable than Ergocalciferol, which means that D3 is converted into a usable form by the body at a rate five times faster than is the case with D2.

Vitamin D3 supplements have been shown to help to prevent a laundry list of diseases and illnesses.

Vitamin D Deficiency

Vitamin D deficiency, also known as vitamin D insufficiency, is a condition involving chronically low levels of 1,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol in the blood.

Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with an increases propensity for diagnosis of more than 30 different diseases, illnesses and health problems.

The complete list of diseases and ailments linked to vitamin D deficiency is below:
  • Breast Cancer
  • Skin Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • ADHD
  • Alzheimer's
  • Autism
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Allergies
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Depression
  • AIDS
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Rickets
  • Influenza
  • H1N1 Flu
  • Various Autoimmune Disorders
  • Osteoporosis
  • Lung Transplant Rejection
  • Asthma
  • Childhood Obesity
  • Chronic Pain
  • Tooth Loss
  • Gingivitis
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Arterial Stiffness
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Heart Disease
  • High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Lupus
  • Psoriatic Arthritis

For more information about diseases associated with vitamin D deficiency, please see the article about vitamin D deficiency appearing at the Vitamin D3 Blog.

Video: What is Vitamin D Deficiency?

Friday, July 22, 2011

One Thing San Francisco Got Right

As I was reading the news on my computer yesterday morning, I came across a headline in a San Francisco newspaper that would never appear in a Louisiana newspaper about a Louisiana industry or company: "Medical Marijuana Hydroponics Cultivation Company Announces Summer Products," it read.

The first line of the story was even better:
GrowOp Technology, the nation’s first medical marijuana-friendly hydroponics distribution company, announced today the launch of its 2011 summer product line up.
It has always baffled me how a state like California that is so backwards in so many ways could get this one particular issue right-on, while states in the southeastern U.S. that typically play the role of the calm, rational adult in a room full of crying children (New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut, etc.) could get this one so hopelessly wrong.

(Neo-Nazi legislator Ricky Templet thinks he knows better than
God which of God's creations should exist and which should not.)
 So while California is allowing its citizens to enjoy their First Amendment rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness (huh huh... I said penis, huh huh huh), and allowing their businesses to function free government intervention in a free market, generating revenue for themselves and the state, Neo-Nazi politicians in bankrupt Louisiana were busy turning back the clock all the way to the 1920's in enacting new prohibitions against recreational mood-altering substances.

Synthetic THC-like compounds have been an extremely popular (and until last week legal) product in Louisiana, as hard-working, tax-paying professionals and laborers would unwind with a little bit of the smokable potpourri, which they could enjoy and still keep their jobs since it wasn't illegal and didn't show up in a drug test.

Apparently, the taxpaying citizens having just a little bit of fun is more than Nazis like Louisiana State Representative Ricky Templet, who sponsored the abomination of legislation that has since become (a very bad) law.

Shame on you Ricky Templet of the National Socialist Party of Louisiana for once again seeing to it that Louisiana remains the laughing stock of the nation. Big Law Enforcement and their crooked lobbyists may increase their annual bribes to your campaign war chest, but you've done a horrible, horrible thing to the state of Louisiana and its citizens. It's a crying shame when California can honestly say that on at least this one issue, the voters and politicians of that state are more levelheaded and not nearly as irrational as a majority of members of Louisiana's state government.

Northshore Gas Station Hit with Lawsuit

A woman who slipped and fell in the parking lot of a Northshore convenience store has filed suit, alleging that the store was negligent is failing to clean up "oil or other slippery substance" that was present in the parking lot of a Kangaroo Express in St. Tammany Parish.

Julia L. Moore, also of St. Tammany Parish, claims she broke her wrist while attempting to break her fall after she slipped and fell in the parking lot after apparently walking over the allegedly slippery substance. Naturally, she is seeking damages to compensate her for her pain and suffering resulting from her injury, as well as for medical expenses. Ms. Moore claims her injury required surgery, and it's safe to assume she's either sporting a wrist brace or a heavy-duty wrist splint these days.

According to Michelle Keahey of, the plaintiff is accusing the Kangaroo Express (officially known as The Pantry Inc.) of negligence for "failing to maintain safe premises, failing to remove oil or other slippery substance from the parking lot area of the gas station and convenience store, failing to clean up or remove a spill after being provided constructive or actual knowledge of the spill."

The defendant had the case relocated to Federal District Court in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The #1 Drawback to Working with Internet Technology

I recently came across a fantastic post on a blog called Get Girls Not Game entitled: "The 7 Deadly Sins of Approaching a Woman That Will Turn Her Off Instantly."

Well, according to this list of the seven deadly sins, sin #2 is the one that keeps me from reaching paradise. It reads:
2. Not Understanding How To Tactfully Move Things Forward
Now I’m going to blow you away with a little insider dating secret… A woman is expecting you to move an interaction forward… and actually will get turned off if you fail to do so. Let me say this again: If you don’t move an interaction toward intimacy and get physical with her, women will actually LOSE their attraction to you.
I know, it might be hard to believe. But for example, if you’re talking to a girl for more than a couple minutes, she’s probably already thinking, “Okay, when is going to ask for my number?” or even, “Okay, so when is he going to kiss me?” And if you don’t do it—or fail to do it smoothly—then she’ll actually “cool off” and start thinking of ways to dismiss you: “I think we’re better off just being friends…”
And this goes for ALL aspects of women and dating… Confidently approaching a woman, going for the number, asking her out, kissing her, getting sexual… everything. If you hesitate or don’t know what to do in each situation, you will end up losing EVERYTHING. And you know it.
It is crucial that you understand how to tactfully move from one step to the next with a woman… from the approach, all the way to the bedroom.
In my younger years I never had to do anything. ANYTHING. They (countless gorgeous twenty-somethings) would initiate the conversation, chat me up and move things forward until I had rounded the bases and tipped my cap for the fans.

Well, one day it all just stopped. I remember what day it was and what activity it was that started my unfortunate reversal of fortune. In my mid-20's I started selling stuff on Ebay to help pay for my rent while I was finishing up with college. It turned into a career in web development, trading premium aftermarket domain names, social media marketing, SEO and so forth. In other words, for all intents and purposes I became a geek.

I'm still the same guy all the ladies were fawning over in high school and college. I'm still just as fit as I was when I was the star player on my college rugby team (and multiple sports teams in high school). It matters not. I have an uphill battle to fight.

Yes, the same guy who exerted zero effort in landing a babe that years later moved to Los Angeles to become an actress and model and at one point dated Shia Labeouf has to work for every base hit these days.

My personality hasn't really changed either. They (mid-20's single women - my target demographic... I'm almost 30 fwiw) seem to be programmed to be averse to guys who spend a lot of time around computers. Even successful guys whose careers involve lots of computer and in particular internet work.

For all you younger fellows that have yet to make up your mind about what you'd like to do for a living, if you decide upon internet work, make sure you sew your wild oats before embarking on your career, and if you have any desire to be married, you may want to find the lucky lady first as well. The alternative is to lie about what you do.

In any case, it's certainly something to consider as one of the major drawbacks of an otherwise exciting, mentally stimulating and very enjoyable line of work.

Author's Note: The other drawbacks include having to work insane hours, having to constantly learn new technologies - even after you've reached an age where you don't want to learn anymore, and bidding a permanent farewell to the feeling of being well-rested.

San Francisco Judge Gives Smokers One More Reason to Vote

A radical left-wing activist judge in San Francisco has upheld a discriminatory and unfair 20-cent per-pack tax on cigarettes, providing one more reason to smokers in the City by the Bay to start voting. Specifically, the judge provided San Francisco smokers with an extremely good reason to band together and vote out the thieves and swindlers who enact this sort of discriminatory legislation.

What would voters say if the judge had upheld a $3500 tax on gay marriage that didn't apply to heterosexual marriage? In San Francisco, if that were to happen there would be riots.

Why then does the public turn a blind eye and pretend it's okay to issue taxes on specific people according to their lifestyle? If it's not okay to tax homosexuals for activities that heterosexual people are not taxed for, then it is absolutely and unequivocally unacceptable for governments to tax smokers for cigarettes without taxing non-smokers an equal amount for not smoking.

The launch date for draws nigh. I am still planning to have the site fully operational by the time the 2012 Presidential election really starts to heat up. Hopefully, some of the Nazis in the United States government and local and statewide governments across the country will fall victim to an electoral backlash against politicians who tax smokers.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

What Happened to Silly Poetry?

I came upon something extremely disturbing today, and I'm not quite sure what to make of it.

While making a routine visit to, John Flower's website and blog about --- you guessed it --- silly poetry, I arrived to find that the site had been taken offline, and a bizarre message that appears to have been translated into eight different languages had taken its place.

The message stated that Silly Poetry had been discontinued due to John Flower's arrest on tax evasion charges. However, the somewhat humorous nature of the rest of the message raised doubt about the validity of the initial claim.

The full text of the English translation of the message now appearing at is as follows:
"Silly Poetry has been discontinued due to the owner, John Flower, being jailed on tax-evasion charges. He'd like to apologise for misleading you into thinking that he is a nice guy, and that he made you sign up for something as stupid as silly poems.
If you can bake, and your husband is into metal work, please consider sending him a cake."
If anyone knows what the deal with this is please let met know ASAP. John is a friend of mine, and needless to say I am concerned for his wellbeing in light of my discovery of the above message having been posted to his website.

If the above is true, if anyone knows where he is located or how I can contact his family please let met know as soon as you can. If there is any truth to the matter, I'd like to do whatever I can to help my friend.

Hopefully, this was all a big joke and will blow over soon. As for the possibility that it was not a joke, I ask that those of you pray please say a prayer for John.

I will post an update as soon as I've made contact with John and/or his family.

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