Sunday, July 14, 2013

Kesehatan Suplemen Makanan - Panduan Konsumen

Suplemen makanan kesehatan adalah salah satu menjual produk terpanas di pasar hari ini. Total konsumsi mereka nilai miliaran dolar di AS sendiri. Survei terbaru menunjukkan bahwa lebih dari setengah dari orang dewasa di AS mengonsumsi suplemen membuat makanan sehat dalam berbagai bentuk, seperti tablet, kapsul, bubuk, gel lembut, topi gel dan cairan.
Peningkatan konsumsi suplemen makanan kesehatan dapat dikaitkan dengan kesadaran masyarakat tentang masalah kesehatan dan peningkatan standar hidup di masyarakat kita. Banyak penelitian telah menunjukkan bahwa ada korelasi yang erat antara kesehatan dan gizi. Kekurangan pasokan nutrisi dapat melemahkan mekanisme pertahanan tubuh kita, menyebabkan masalah medis dari penyakit umum untuk penyakit yang lebih parah dalam jangka panjang.
Ada berbagai jenis suplemen makanan kesehatan, termasuk macronutrients (asam amino, protein, asam lemak esensial), mikronutrien (vitamin dan mineral), enzim (enzim pencernaan dan enzim antioksidan), probiotik (bakteri menguntungkan dalam usus), dan suplemen herbal . Suplemen ini memiliki fungsi yang unik dalam tubuh kita. Mereka baik penting bagi kehidupan dan kesehatan yang baik, memodulasi sistem kekebalan tubuh kita atau membantu dengan detoksifikasi hati, pencernaan, kejelasan mental, dll
Banyak orang berpendapat bahwa tidak perlu mengkonsumsi suplemen makanan kesehatan selama Anda memiliki gaya hidup sehat dan makan diet seimbang. Meskipun hal ini mungkin benar, faktanya adalah mempertahankan gaya hidup sehat dan diet yang tepat sulit dicapai oleh banyak orang.
Selama beberapa dekade terakhir, revolusi hijau telah mengubah praktek pertanian di seluruh dunia. Kami menggunakan lebih banyak pupuk kimia, lebih pestisida untuk menanam produk pangan dalam rangka meningkatkan hasil panen dan memperpendek masa pertumbuhan. Akibatnya, nutrisi tanah dan populasi bakteri tanah yang menguntungkan habis dengan cepat, dan produk kita tumbuh saat ini mengandung kurang mikronutrien dari sebelumnya.
Sebuah gaya hidup stres, kebiasaan makan yang tidak tepat, diet seimbang dan peningkatan paparan bahan kimia seperti polusi lingkungan (udara, air) dan pestisida, obat-obatan, hormon, logam berat dalam makanan juga melemahkan tubuh kita secara bertahap.
Meskipun suplemen makanan kesehatan dapat bermanfaat bagi kesehatan kita, konsumen masih harus memilih produk dengan hati-hati. Saat ini, ada sedikit regulasi pada kualitas suplemen makanan kesehatan. Komposisi beberapa produk makanan kesehatan mungkin tidak cocok dengan klaim label dan kualitas bahan baku dan produk jadi tidak dijamin. Oleh karena itu, konsumen seharusnya hanya membeli dari produsen makanan kesehatan terkemuka, membaca label dengan hati-hati dan membaca literatur terkait lainnya.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Random Card Of The Day: Scottie Pippen Stadium Club 93-94 High Court

Preview: Upper Deck Football 2013

2013 Upper Deck Football releases in April and brings back some favorites from last year such as the College Mascots as it continues the series of them. It also brings a pretty impressive autograph list including the possible #1 pick in Geno Smith. The card set is 50 base cards and 200 rookies.

In a box you should find:

6 cards per pack
20 packs per box

Product Arrival Date:
April 9, 2013

Break Summary: (on average)
Three (3) Autographs in every box!

Get Four (4) 1995 SP Football or 1995 SP Prospects cards per box!
One (1) rare parallel numbered to 10 or less per case!

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Interesting Update on the Sandy "Hurricane Deductible"

Yesterday the NHC released an update to its hurricane reanalysis page which lists Sandy as a hurricane in the state of NY, but not NJ. The new update is consistent with the recent Sandy assessment, but far more back and white -- a storm is is or is not on the list as a hurricane.

In New York following Sandy this happened (emphasis added, and for more background go here):
The New York State Department of Financial Services and Governor Cuomo informed the insurance industry that hurricane deductibles should not be applied. The decision was based on the fact that the storm did not sustain hurricane-force winds while over New York.
The State and Governor were incorrect in that judgment, according to the NHC. What that implies is that a bunch of homeowers (technically/legally) may owe insurers a refund (if they have already been paid for losses) or are owed less in payments under their insurance policies (if they have not been paid).

In practice, there is unlikely to be a large public demand for enforcement of the hurricane deductible, and insurance companies may decide that it is not worth their effort, as most had their losses covered by reinsurers. Will any reinsurers take a closer look? I'd guess it is unlikely, and if they did we might never hear about it anyway.

As a case study in the application of "evidence-based policy" you won't find a better one than the hurricane deductible. Sometimes "evidence" matters, sometimes it does not. Sometime we care about whether it matters, sometimes we do not.

Contra Atheismum--Part 2: Pascal's Wager Reconsidered

Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. . ."

Blaise Pascal is famous for his wager. It is very simple. If there is no God, the Christian and the atheist go to the grave. If God exists, the Christian goes to heaven while the atheist goes to hell. In short, the Christian has nothing to lose in believing, so being a believer is the smart way to bet. Naturally, it isn't this simple.

Atheists will point out that there are other possible gods other than the Christian deity, so being a Christian may anger Allah or Yahweh or Odin or whoever. In addition, it seems unlikely that God would honor the cynical faith of someone making a bet they simply wanted to win. Sincerity in belief must count for something.

It is not my aim to answer those objections or defend Pascal's wager. I never found the argument compelling or convincing. This is because of a fundamental problem with the argument. The rewards of Christian belief are probable because they are found in an afterlife that may not exist. The rewards of atheism are certain because they are found in this life which does exist. Those who use the wager argument never reckon with this issue. But I reckon with it.

The atheist argument is very simple. Atheism liberates you in this life to live however you please. Atheism does not promise you the loving care of a deity or the promise of life after death. But it does promise you freedom from guilt, moral dilemmas, and the like. In fact, freedom is the only thing atheism gives you because it can't give you anything else.

Atheism is essentially materialism. The only thing that exists is physical matter. There is no such thing as God or the immortal soul. You may as well add in other non-material abstractions such as truth, goodness, and beauty. Ultimately, these are merely sensations and opinions. All of life can be reduced to random processes,  molecules, DNA, etc. Happiness in this life is nothing more than hedonism. Pleasure is the only good. Pain is the only evil. Even these are merely the judgments of sensations since good and evil are just the responses of our nervous systems to various stimuli.

I think a better wager is to reconsider what Pascal was getting at with no appeal to the afterlife. Let's look at the stakes purely from the atheist standpoint that all that exists is this present world and this present life. What is there to gain from being an atheist as opposed to being a Christian? What makes the atheist stance more commendable than the stance of a religious person? In other words, how does atheism make you happier than religion?

The evidence is pretty overwhelming that religious people live happier lives than atheists. Polls indicate this. Religious people are healthier, more optimistic, and live better family and professional lives than atheists. Atheists tend to depression, angst, cynicism, and suicide. If religion is a delusion, it is a happy delusion. As such, the atheist has no counterargument to this. If hedonism is the rule, you should be religious because it makes your life more pleasant. This is essentially the truth behind Marx's claim that religion is the opiate of the masses.

I know of few atheists who champion theft, murder, and rape as good things, so atheists claim to unbridled freedom is ultimately bogus. Atheists are quite happy with morality when it serves their purpose such as the protection of their property and persons. But they don't like morality or religion when it comes to their sex lives or which substances they want to put in their bodies. So, for the sake of an orgasm and a marijuana high, atheists expunge religion.

Now, I am sure there are atheists who would disagree with my reductionism of their reductionist philosophy of life. They would make the claim that we must believe in things that are true and not believe in things that are false. But this is a moral stance that belies their worldview. Why should I choose a less pleasant life for the sake of truth? Why is truth higher than pleasure?

I do believe that truth is higher than pleasure, but this belief comes from my religion. It can never come from atheism. If you believe in either truth or pleasure, it only makes sense to believe in God. To not believe in God is to forsake both truth and happiness which is why atheists tend to misery and lies. As I pointed out in part 1, atheism is self refuting. Will this be a persuasive argument to the atheist? Of course not.

The best answer that an atheist can give to this argument is to point out that it is possible to have a pleasant life without religion. This would be Epicurus. That will be addressed in another part of Contra Atheismum. But the atheist must also admit that it is possible to have a pleasant life with religion. So, the choice is clear. Is it better to have an unpleasant truth or a pleasant lie? And if the choice is between an unpleasant lie and a pleasant lie, isn't the pleasant lie better? And what if there exists a pleasant truth? The only right answer to this thorn bush of dilemmas is the Catholic answer.


Random Card Of The Day: Jay Buhner Pacific Collection 1995