Category Archives: Health – opinions


I got my covid shot (first one) two days ago, and I was overcome with admiration for those many many many individuals who were working in a parking garage, taking tabs on who comes in who goes out, asking about health and concerns, getting papers signed, directing the flow of traffic, entering and checking data, making follow up appointments, giving shots, standing by for the first 20 minutes post vaccination.  WHO WERE THEY? young women and young men.  WHO WAS MISSING? middle aged white men.  Just an observation.

BTW I was vaccinated to protect YOU, you, the people I dont even know and have nothing in common with.  And I am grateful to all the young people who were committed to YOUR health.

UC Health, thank you!

Science illustrations fun reminders: coronavirus charms, patterns for cross stitch, fridge magnets

Science illustrations fun reminders: coronavirus charms, patterns for cross stitch, fridge magnets — all made with some accuracy for the real SARS Cov 2 anatomy in mind. This has been an education for me, firstly in modeling proteins on RCSB and the pluses and lacks theirin, also for learning a little about virology, even more importantly, for releasing that pent up emotion over this crisis, having to work from home – which has its own problems and rewards and not knowing whether the crisis politically drive,  fear driven, whether this approach is good for society and the economy or bad for society and the economy, which leaders are telling facts which are telling fiction, and knowing the final impact will only be known in the passage of time).

BUT – here are some fun (at least fun for me) products of these last two months (made without apology and without fear).

metal framed coronavirus model keepsake refrigerator magnet
cute momentoes of models of the coronavirus coronavirus refrigerator magnet models coronavirus model refrigerator magnet with surfactant protein D model
coronavirus models around a decorated egg spike proteins and cross section model of coronaviruss on decorated egg counted cross stitch model of the coronavirus
tiny charm model of the corona virus one inch refrigerator magnet model of the coronavirus grey model of the coronavirus as a keepsake charm
three tiny models of the coronavirus charms two different colors of coronavirus models as charm keepsakes three cute little coronavirus charms as models
red and black models of the coronavirus used as charms for bracelets metal oval frame with coronavirus model refrigerator magnet counted cross stitch of a model of the coronavirus

Hands IN Food BIN

Does anyone but me see a problem here. Better question, does anyone anymore recognize the germ theory of disease to be valid. Or is everyone a “natural” scientist and have their own opinion.
Kroger has put out refrigerated bins (i think to copy Whole Foods) but do you see that the tongs that are used to individually pick up each item are just put back on top of the FOOD itself. Dirty hands, hands that have just picked noses, wiped babys drool, put their fingers around dirty Kroger shopping carts, handled raw meat packages. WOA… something is not right here. Wake up Kroger.

Strive vs strife

STRIVE: toil try fight struggle quarrel contend

STRIFE: fight battle conflict quarrel dispute

I wondered if these words were related, yes, in fact from the same root — in middle europe listed at somewhere around 1200.  It is interesting how the word strive has a positive spin, and the word strife has a negative spin.  BOTH could mean conflict, perhaps the former is internal conflict and the latter is external conflict.  just thinking out loud.

Sometimes I laugh – SP-D

I am trying to write a comment page about innate immunity proteins and the possibility of nano-superballs being used to configure and distribute such immune proteins (which, by the way is a logical next step in that research since at least two of the C-type lectins that are important for innate immunity actually do have fuzzyball multimer structures. Those would be SP-D and SP-A. When I saw this cute dimer of surfactant protein D I just laughed to myself, such a happy dancer.  This particular image of a surfactant protein D dimer came from a portion of an AFM image published by Arroyo et al, JMB, 430:1495-1509, 2018. Thanks to them for the laugh, and the inspiration to keep up the exercise program for the sake of good health.  This guy (girl) is just about to cross the half-marathon finish line.

What is interesting is the light and airy feeling, arms outstretched, legs in the air and the perfectly positioned ball (likely a loose CRD, ha ha) for a head.

Babies hate broccoli – video

I was looking at this cute video with dozens of little kids who turned up their noses when being fed broccoli ..this was on  facebook (i don’t know if i could find it to post it here) but after viewing the video i began thinking about what would cause babies to reject a food that i personally think is a really healthful part of our diets. Truth told, i dont think my mom fed us much broccoli as kids, sadly, and i didn’t eat much of it until my seventh decade.

The babies universally made cute screwed-up expressions, when asked to taste broccoli and spit it out. I began to reason that this video send out some of that “fake news” that never gets straightened out, and the take home message which was “broccoli is horroble” was the “wrong” message.  The message here  “i hate broccoli” is not the message that should have accompanied the video.  Instead of “i hate broccoli” the message should have been something like this:

What a marvelous instinct has evolved in babies that protects them from their urges to put things unknown in their mouths when mom and dad are not watching.  Foreign objects feel, taste, and smell different than the bland diet they are used to and such odd tastes, shapes and textures  (particularly like broccoli), would trigger such a “warning” response that having a vigorous negative response to such items would indeed be a very good instinct to have.  I have read where exposure to new foods in infants requires an enormous number of “trials” maybe upwards of 17 — at least that is the number that comes to memory, before an infant or toddler (and some adults) will try to eat a new food.  A marvelous instinct that has undoubtedly saved many many children’s lives.

HERE IS A NICE ARTICLE ABOUT introducing new foods, and foods in general from TODAY’s PARENT but it doesnt address food rejection in infants. THIS ONE DOES.