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  1. This. You're going to have a hard time getting anywhere near the same range of equipment and exercises at home for even a fraction of that price, particularly if you don't have room or permission to set up a rack.
  2. Oh definitely. I'm just pointing out how it works kinesiologically. It might not even be relevant depending on what the poster decides to do.
  3. Which journals? Are they respected and peer-reviewed? Have they published research on vaccines and homeopathy? I posted evidence for everything that I claimed. You haven't done anything of the sort, instead appealing to anecdote. Any bias I have is based entirely on science. You don't need to be "neutral" about issues where one side is clearly unsupported by fact. For example, I'm not "neutral" about evolution or gravity or thermodynamics. And that's what I'm talking about. Homeopathy is quackery of the most obvious kind. There is no evidence for its efficacy or even for the fundamental mechanisms by which it claims to work. There's no research showing that it works, and plenty demonstrating that it's only as effective as a placebo at best. I posted links to back up my claims. Anyone who believes in the scientific method should find homeopathic medicine untenable. If, however, you choose to trust anecdotal evidence over actual science and research ... well, I guess there's nothing i can do to convince you. Believe me, I feel the same way. Nothing against you at all, and I'll readily admit that antivax and homeopathy get under my skin. The willingness to argue with you is a sign of respect. If I didn't care what you think, I'd have just moved on by now. OK, now Jenny, I don't care what she thinks. Jenny McCarthy is well-meaning but horribly confused, and her books are full of utterly incorrect science. She believes in the "green vaccine" movement (http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2008/06/05/green-our-vaccines-celebrity-antivaccina/) and is closely associated with Generation Rescue, which uses flawed trials (http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2008/05/17/some-monkey-business-in-autism-research/) and phone surveys (http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2007/06/27/fun-with-phone-surveys/) to trick people. She plays the meaningless "toxins" card (http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/index.php/toxic-myths-about-vaccines/), even incorrectly claiming that vaccines contain antifreeze, which is purely, scientifically not true. She was made a fool of in Time magazine when she couldn't back up her claims (http://skepticfamily.com/2009/04/01/jenny-mccarthy-vs-time-magazine/). For more concise explanations and links to research demonstrating conclusively the many ways in which she's wrong: http://www.stopjenny.com/WhyJennyIsWrong.html http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/index.php/the-jenny-and-jim-antivaccine-propaganda-tour-has-begun/ Again, she means well, and I don't think she's being deliberately dishonest, but the science proves her wrong. She has nothing to back herself up.
  4. OK, well, noted. Just in case PittyLove didn't know it was possibly illegal. Yes, I suspect this was the real reason you posted.
  5. Not every vaccine is 100% effective. Again, that's where herd immunity is important. It also helps protect people for whom the vaccine was not sufficient. It's about preventing a few isolated cases of pertussis from becoming outbreaks. And again, anecdotal evidence tells us nothing. I'm really not worried about that. This isn't about your intelligence. Frankly, it's about your knowledge. If I thought you were unintelligent I wouldn't be trying to convince you of anything. Instead, I'm urging you to do the research. Ignore anecdotes and look at actual evidence. Go read the studies. Familiarize yourself with the science. These are the same research methods and standards of proof that are behind things like asthma medications and antibiotics. If we made decisions based on isolated cases and anecdotes, we would still be stuck at trepanning and bloodletting.
  6. This is a joke, right? It must be. We're all part of a herd when it comes to disease. Of course! My son is fully vaccinated. I wouldn't have it any other way.
  7. On that note, vaccines are certainly non-vegan, and probably non-vegetarian by any reasonable definition, but in my opinion, sometimes you just need to go with the greater good. It's a responsibility as a member of general society. Please please please at least give consideration to a full schedule of vaccines.
  8. Oh jeez, calm down. Nobody's going to get prosecuted from this, so let's just leave the condemnation at home. Anyway, @xeni looked into this back in January, and it doesn't seem like it's generally worth it: http://boingboing.net/2012/01/10/why-the-raw-cannabis-juicing.html
  9. Yes, biomechanically. This abstract explains some of it: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8827313 (and this rehab document: http://www.orthopedicmanualphysicaltherapy.com/knee_rehab.html) Basically, compressive force is maxed at 90 degrees, as is posterior tibiofemoral shear, which puts stress on your PCL. As you move down past that point, the compressive force decreases. It's safer to move through that danger point than it is to stop.
  10. This is a massive misunderstanding of herd immunity and the actual dangers of refusing vaccination. Your child is not the only one at risk, and your agreement not to sue or send your child to school if an epidemic breaks out doesn't help prevent the epidemic from happening in the first place, nor does it protect the other students. Homeopathy does nothing, and anecdotal evidence doesn't change that. General info: http://www.1023.org.uk/ http://www.skepdic.com/homeo.html Studies show that homeopathy is no more effective than placebos: http://www.hutch.demon.co.uk/prescrire/ http://www.quackwatch.org/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/homeo.html Comprehensive study of homeopathic test studies from 1945 to 1995 (spoiler alert: they're horribly flawed): http://www.clubdelarazon.org/downloads/homeopatia45-95.pdf Studies and condemnations from the House of Commons STC and the CBC: http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/index.php/homeopathy-gets-a-reality-check-in-the-uk/ http://www.skepticnorth.com/2011/01/cbc-marketplace-investigates-homeopathy-a-review/ Also, homeopathy in place of traditional medicine can be fatal: http://whatstheharm.net/homeopathy.html And finally, just for fun: http://darryl-cunningham.blogspot.com/2010/06/homeopathy.html
  11. The worrying thing about 90 degree or parallel squats is that right around that angle is the point of maximum shear between the tibia and the femur, as well as maximum stress on the patella and PCL. A little bit above or below and those forces are drastically reduced. Note, though, that this angle is where your femur and tibia are perpendicular, not necessarily where your femur is parallel to the floor. That angle is actually slightly lower and safer.
  12. No. There is no alignment, and we will not be in any proximity to a black hole. 2012ers have been claiming that the Earth, Sun, and galactic center will be in alignment (which is not true), and that the alignment will cause something odd with the supermassive black hole (also not true). Black holes aren't magic. Beyond the event horizon, they aren't gravitationally any different from any other object of equivalent mass. The supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy might be several million solar masses in size, but it's also ridiculously far away. The gravitational effects of our own sun are, literally, one _million_ times more powerful. We could halve our distance to the center of the galaxy without any effect with respect to the black hole.
  13. Absolutely get vaccinations. Or rather, I know this is a personal choice, but I urge you strongly to get the vaccinations, even if you alter the schedule slightly. Vaccinations are vital for herd immunity, which is part of why schools are so strict about them. They also don't want deliberately unvaccinated children around other students who cannot receive vaccinations because they are immunosuppressed or otherwise incompatible. This includes newborns and the elderly. There is no link between vaccines and autism, period. Vaccines do not contain dangerous levels of mercury. Anyone claiming otherwise has been misinformed. From a pediatrician: http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2010/03/21/lifesaving_safe_vaccines/ Rebuttal to some general anti-vax claims: http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/index.php/vaccines-didnt-save-us-intellectual-dishonesty-at-its-most-naked/ Rebuttal of concerns about mercury/thimerosal: http://antiantivax.flurf.net/#Thimerosal http://skepdic.com/autismthimerosal.html Rebuttal to accusations of "toxins" in vaccines: http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/index.php/toxic-myths-about-vaccines/ http://www.harpocratesspeaks.com/2012/04/demystifying-vaccine-ingredients.html Studies show no link between vaccines and autism: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2008/05/12/vaccines-do-not-cause-autism/ Why the NVIC is so very wrong: http://www.skepdic.com/fisherbl.html Testimonial from an immunosuppressed MD: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/28/opinion/for-the-herds-sake-vaccinate.html?_r=2
  14. For what it's worth, if you hadn't told us to look specifically for the "deformity," I doubt I would have noticed. You look fine. I know you probably aren't going to change your mind about your body just based on this thread, but it's really fine. If I were you, and I absolutely wanted it fixed, I'd go with the first one. Better results, shorter recovery, and scars are bad-ass.
  15. All I can say is this hasn't been my personal experience, actually just the opposite. I haven't been on VF in a long time after I was treated rudely by many there including some moderators. They point blank told me that they didn't care about their health and that wasn't what veganism was all about. I understand that many, maybe most(?) vegans become vegans for other reasons besides health, which is fine. But if that is the case, then why put "fitness" and "health" in the title of their website. Oh yeah, I'm not going to defend VF. They're just as bad, probably worse. But VBB can be nearly as maddening.
  16. Wow, I was a little surprised to see this. From my experience, the folks here at VBB are much more open minded and less confrontinal and MUCH MORE concerned about fitness, health and nutrition than over there. Actually, some there admitted they had no concern about their health at all. Really, I am not sure why they even have the words "fitness" and "healthy" in their title/subtitle. VBB is also way too credulous and anti-science at times. Too much holistic crap and anecdotes, not enough real, verifiable evidence. It's just irritating because veganism already makes lots of people (most people?) think hippie-dippie, crystals and vibrations, homeopathy and wheatgrass.
  17. He is pretty much right, though. It can be hard, particularly at first and depending on where you live, and it's not as fun as eating whatever omni food you want. But that's not really the point. It's a sacrifice.
  18. And many other studies show significant differences based on nutrient composition. That's the problem. You can't trust any of these studies individually, and you shouldn't trust anything you haven't at least scanned yourself. This is true, but also mostly irrelevant. In terms of energy, a calorie is a calorie, but we don't ingest pure energy, as cool as that would be. We have to go through several steps to extract that energy, and then we use it in different ways depending on the needs of our bodies. Sometimes we don't use all of it, and sometimes it costs more to extract it.
  19. But that's a drastic oversimplification. Yes, 1000 calories of oil and 1000 calories of tofu contain the same amount of energy, but the delivery methods for that energy are quite different. For example, our bodies differ in effectiveness at extracting calories from certain types of food based on stomach acidity, enzyme content, intestinal flora, etc. As an extreme example, take 1000 calories of cellulose. Exact same amount of energy, but our ability to extract that energy is minimal. Cows, on the other hand, will get almost all of it. Also, the calories that we can use take different amounts of energy to extract and absorb based on their source. The more a food needs to be broken down before absorption, the fewer the net calories. Even the degree of catabolism differs based on nutrient type and the body's particular needs. Uptake and excretion are going to vary depending on serum levels, hormones, enzymes, etc. That's not to say "a calorie is a calorie" isn't useful, because it is. It's a great place to start as a basis for weight control, and most people probably don't need to go beyond it, but it's still a blunt instrument. It's imprecise, and it might not be enough for everyone.
  20. Congrats on the gain! Looking good. Also, love the Jo Chen Buffy icon.
  21. I'm a huge fan of the Maudite and Trois Pistoles. The Ephemere is also really crisp and refreshing.
  22. This weekend was the Jailhouse Summer Wheat, Breckenridge SummerBright Ale, Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest, and Unibroue La Fin Du Monde. The Jailhouse was pretty good. Light and refreshing, not too sweet. Summery, but not citrusy. The SummerBright was fine, nothing special. The Harvest was tasty, but not as much of a saison taste as I expected. More of an IPA feel. And the Fin Du Monde, of course, was delicious. As it always is.
  23. I really liked the Hoptimum, but it was just too strong to drink much of. I can do a half of one, or nurse one over an hour or two. Tough for parties, though.
  24. Oops, I just haven't been posting. Thinking about recent stuff ... the Sam Adams Homebrew winners were pretty good, particularly a Dark Night in Munich. Went through a bunch of He'brew, including a 13 and a 15, both delicious but deadly. The Victory Summer Love was ok, not great. Sweetwater Happy Ending was tasty this year. Oh, Sierra Nevada Hoptimum. Yikes. Strong, delicious, but very bold. A sipping beer.
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