I’m hoping to write today. A lot. I have a novella I want to be done.

So in aid of that, and since I did write a nice bit of words for the article on public reactions to self-publishing over at the Mad Genius Club today (which I highly recommend, because it’s not all my words and there is some good encouragement there for those who are independent in publishing), I’m leaving you all with a somewhat random selection of interesting items I have in open tabs.

Celiac Disease

Researchers in Norway have shown that the true cause of Celiac is autoimmune. Since I have memebers of my family who deal with this, I was very interested. Sadly, this also means it’s unlikely that a cure will be found, since autoimmune is the body running amuck, and no good ways to switch that off short of killing the body have yet been found. The only things we can do are in aid of controlling the runaway immune reactions.

Saturated Fat

Another study recently released indicates that the much-demonized saturated fats found in meats and butter are not, after all, the major culprit in heart disease as was formerly assumed.

The researchers did find a link between trans fats, the now widely maligned partially hydrogenated oils that had long been added to processed foods, and heart disease. But they found no evidence of dangers from saturated fat, or benefits from other kinds of fats.

The recommendation? Avoid processed foods, eat more ‘real’  food. I can do that – I’ve been doing that and feeding my family that way, too. I grew up cooking from ‘scratch’  and I kept the knack.

The Brain (and Pinky?)

They can make us better, stronger, faster… can they now make us smarter? Scientists working on genetically altering mice discovered a way to make them smarter. The drawback? Well, beyond the fact that one gene rarely expresses only one thing, the mice were less fearful. Which could, as the article noted, lead to risk-taking behaviour. Ya think? 

The “brainy” mice were better at recognizing a mouse they had seen the previous day, the researchers said, and were also quicker at learning the location of a hidden escape platform.

They were also less able to recall a fearful event after several days than ordinary mice, and as PDE4B is also found in humans, this could be of interest in the search for treatments for brain conditions as well as mental decline linked to aging.

The experiments also showed that PDE4B-inhibited mice suffered less anxiety, choosing to spend more time in open, brightly lit spaces than normal mice, which preferred dark, enclosed spaces.

You don’t want that tab… well, maybe you do. If you’re in the market for a corset, Damsel in this Dress is having a very good sale. 

The link between the Church and Abuse

This is so spot-on it makes my skin crawl.

“My Christian upbringing in both my parents’ home and in my church home totally set me up as a target for an abuser. I was taught to be quiet and submissive, especially when I got married. I was taught that God hates divorce. I was taught that forgiveness always means reconciliation of relationships. I was taught that by my behavior and attitude I could change and “fix” my future husband when he sinned. And though I heard a lot about sin, I was taught that pretty much everyone who attended our church and said they believe in Jesus was to be considered a real Christian, no questions asked. These things and more set me up and put me on the abuser’s radar.”

I would add to this that a church faced with a young bride who has come to them for help, must not simply send her back into hell while offering marital counseling. The abuser’s classic reaction is of course to repent hard and fast, then to withdraw her from the vicinity of the church which had been her only sanctuary. He’s gotten what he needed from the church, and he can abandon it to focus on his prey.


5 responses to “Insert Tab A…”

  1. Reality Observer Avatar
    Reality Observer

    Whoa! Cedar! Reverse course, there. Celiac being proved as an auto-immune disorder is a GOOD thing. It means that there COULD be treatment, unlike many other diseases.

    Rheumatoid arthritis and psioratic arthritis are both auto-immune problems – and are treatable (I can personally attest to the effectiveness of Humira on psioratic arthritis). Now I see it being put up as a treatment for Crohn’s disease.

    It’s quite possible that Humira, Enbrel, Remicade, or some “next generation” of biologics will prove to work on celiac disease.

    1. Cedar Sanderson Avatar
      Cedar Sanderson

      Oh, no, treatment is very possible. A cure, on the other hand…

      Autoimmune is the body’s reaction to valid threats run amuck, targeting things that aren’t a problem, like gluten, or even our own self-cells. It’s not curable right now, with what we know. But you’re quite right that this makes a targeted treatment much more possible.

  2. Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard Avatar
    Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard

    Chuckle Chuckle

    Off topic but that “Insert Tab A” reminded me of the following from Cloud Castles by Michael Scott Rohan.



    End Quote

    Oh, it was very annoying to the Main Character when he kept getting that message but it was important. [Very Big Grin]

    1. Cedar Sanderson Avatar
      Cedar Sanderson

      Sounds funny! I’ll have to look the book up 🙂

      1. Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard Avatar
        Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard

        Part of Rohan’s Spiral series. The Spiral is a “place” created by mankind’s dreams and nightmares. Sometimes the Spiral “intrudes” into the Core (Our World). Most people of the Core forget what happens when they visit the Spiral and “overlook” what happens when the Spiral “intrudes”.

        Oh, the strangest things are found in the Spiral. Skull Island (of King Kong fame) was waiting empty when a person called “Monkey” paid a visit. [Wink]