Tuesday, November 30, 2010
For doctors, it's attractive because it means they can recommend exercise - which is free, quick, and easy, at least for them - instead of spending the time and money on drugs or therapy. Governments like it for the same reason, and because it's another way of improving the nation's fitness. For people who don't much like psychiatry, exercise offers a lovely alternative to psych drugs - why take those nasty antidepressants if exercise will do just as well? And so on.
How does this fit with the very popular idea that exercise helps in depression? Well, many randomized trials have indeed shown exercise to be better than not-exercize for depression, but the problem is that these trials are never really placebo controlled. You can usually tell whether or not you're going jogging in the park every morning.
But it's bad news for doctors tempted to default to "get out and go jogging" whenever they see a potentially depressed person. Because if it's the meaning of exercise that counts, and you recommend exercise in a way which sounds like you're dismissing their problems, the meaning will be anything but helpful.
In clinical trials of exercise, the exercise program has, almost by definition, a positive value: it's the whole point of the trial. And the participants just wouldn't have volunteered for the trial if they didn't, on some level, think it would make them feel better.
But not everyone thinks that way. If you go to your doctor looking to get medication, or psychotherapy, or something like that, and you're told that all you need to do is go and get more exercise, it would be easy to see that as a brush-off, especially if it's done unsympathetically. The point is, if exercise doesn't feel like a positive step, it probably won't be one.
Harvey SB, Hotopf M, Overland S, & Mykletun A (2010). Physical activity and common mental disorders. The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science, 197, 357-64 PMID: 21037212
P.S. Five daydreamy posts for a rainy afternoon: Paris, canoeing, Iceland, the ocean, smooches.
(Photo by Aya Brackett)
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SUNDAY 26 DEC
DJ's to be announced
DJ BenzDJ Nun -LuciferDJ Rocky- (D2 Deep Bar)DJ Champ (Mixx)DJ Top (unlimited)DJ Double Sweet (Pioneer)DJ Yakuza
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WEDNESDAY 29 DEC - Progressive and Electro House DJ form Bangkok
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THURSDAY 30 DEC
SJ (France)- LUSH/ MoustachePanda Superstar (Thailand)- Glow BangkokMick Derbyshire (UK)- Club Experience BangkokDJ Squire (Canada)- Glow BangkokDJ Didi (Belgium)
FRIDAY 31 DEC NEW YEAR PARTY WITH DJTHAILAND.COM
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Monday, November 29, 2010
The high speed Catamaran was put into service only this month and will initially operate three times a week on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The trip takes about three hours and fifteen minutes. It departs from Ocean Marina in Pattaya at 8.30 a.m. and the return trip from Paknam Pran in Hua Hin is at 1.30 p.m. At each end there is mini bus transfer service. The one way ticket is 1,600 baht and a return ticket is 2,950 baht. During December 2010 this price is dicounted to 1,200 baht and 2,400 baht. For more information, please visit their website.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
What an exciting and interesting weekend! I was invited to the inaugural Sentosa Buskers Festival on 27th November. Together with reporters from The New Paper, we interviewed several performers and were given a tour of their dressing room before the first performance kicks off.
Set amidst Sentosa's charming outdoor setting, a professional cast of 10 international buskers are performing in the evenings between 4 pm and 10 pm from 27th November to 5th December 2010.
Victor Rubilar (Argentina) is a 4 times Guinness World Record holder. He not only juggles footballs, but spins them on his finger and tosses them from one side of his face to the other! Watching his masterful manipulation of the footballs makes my jaws drop! A pity I miss his bikini routine, I heard it is 'a surprising and unexpected act'. hmmm..... I want to go back with my boys to see his amazing performance.
Victor says to tell everyone that 'he's 26, single and very available and would like to meet Singaporean girls for a meaningful relationship.' :D
Watching Magic Brian (USA) perform is dangerous. He had me in stitches with his hilarious acts. He is such an energetic guy, flying all over the place, interacting and teasing his audience, putting huge smiles on their faces.
His comedy straitjacket escape show is a such a hit with the audience. Watch how he attempts to free himself within 140 seconds.
Glenn Singer (USA) has performed in almost every continent except Antarctica and China. He delights the audience with his 'zebra acts'. He is a humorous guy on and off the stage. He connects well with the audience and his act appeals to all ages.
His precious zebra companion always travels by his side on all his flights, not as check-in luggage. Warning : Do not touch his companion. :P
Rani Huszar (Australia) is gorgeous. To see such a ravishing beauty folds herself and fits into the tiny transparent box, my heart (and probably those of the guys) aches. She is a wonder to watch. Be mesmerized and also tickled by her performance.
Jeff (Canada) is such a hilarious and fun guy. Be intrigued and shocked by his quirky stunts. The ladies seated on the right and left of me couldn't stop laughing. Don't sit too close to the stage, watch out for the flying knife and hatchet. :P
Duke Dreamer (Australia) is a tall guy who re-invents himself as Mini-Me on a Cloud. Engaging the audience in his acts, he intrigues and captivates them, drawing lots of laughter and applause.
Kate Moir (Canada) is a young, pretty lady with many talents. She sews all her elaborate costumes herself. Besides statuing all over the world, she owns a small business back home. It's not her first trip to sunny Singapore, she was here for the Singapore Kite Festival in September.
The oppressive heat did not deter the audience from enjoying this Buskerfest. The performers were entertaining, professional and interacted well with the audience.
The reporters, two TV crew and I ran back and forth among the 4 venues to watch the entertaining performances. It was fun and I thoroughly enjoyed myself, laughing hard at the antics of the performers and casting all my worries to the wind. I have not had such great fun for some time and this fascinating festival is free for all.
Catch these world class performances at the Merlion Plaza, Imbiah Garden, and the areas outside Images of Singapore and Songs of the Sea on Sentosa island.
In addition to volunteering to perform with the buskers, visitors can also participate in the festival and win attractive prizes.
Spin and Win - Collect 5 or more stamps on the Sentosa Buskers Festival brochure to redeem prizes.
Me & My Favourite Busker - Take a picture with your favourite busker and submit the entry online at http://buskers.sentosa.com.sg. Stand to win a cash prize of S$1000!
Sentosa Buskers Festival 2010
27 Nov - 5 Dec, 4pm to 10 pm
Saturday, November 27, 2010
As Dr's Gabbai, Lisbonne and Pourquier wrote to the British Medical Journal, 15 days after the "incident":
The first symptoms appeared after a latent period of 6 to 48 hours. In this first phase, the symptoms were generalized, and consisted in a depressive state with anguish and slight agitation.In most patients, these symptoms, including the total insomnia, persisted for several days. In some of the patients, these symptoms progressed to full-blown psychosis:
After some hours the symptoms became more clearly defined, and most of the patients presented with digestive disturbances... Disturbances of the autonomic nervous system accompanied the digestive disorders-gusts of warmth, followed by the impression of "cold waves", with intense sweating crises. We also noted frequent excessive salivation.
The patients were pale and often showed a regular bradycardia (40 to 50 beats a minute), with weakness of the pulse. The heart sounds were rather muffled; the extremities were cold... Thereafter a constant symptom appeared - insomnia lasting several days... A state of giddiness persisted, accompanied by abundant sweating and a disagreeable odour. The special odour struck the patient and his attendants.
Logorrhoea [speaking a lot], psychomotor agitation, and absolute insomnia always presaged the appearance of mental disorders. Towards evening visual hallucinations appeared, recalling those of alcoholism. The particular themes were visions of animals and of flames. All these visions were fleeting and variable.
In many of the patients they were followed by dreamy delirium. The delirium seemed to be systematized, with animal hallucinations and self-accusation, and it was sometimes mystical or macabre. In some cases terrifying visions were followed by fugues, and two patients even threw themselves out of windows... Every attempt at restraint increased the agitation.
In severe cases muscular spasms appeared, recalling those of tetanus, but seeming to be less sustained and less painful... The duration of these periods of delirium was very varied. They lasted several hours in some patients, in others they still persist.
At first, the cause was assumed to be ergotism - poisoning caused by chemicals produced by a fungus which can infect grain crops. Contaminated bread was, therefore, thought to be responsible. Ergotism produces symptoms similar to those reported at Pont St. Esprit, including hallucinations, because some of the toxins are chemically related to LSD.
However, there have been other theories. Some (including Albert Hofmann, the inventor of LSD) attribute the poisoning to pesticides containing mercury, or to the flour bleaching agent nitrogen trichloride.
More recently, journalist Hank Albarelli claimed that it was in fact a CIA experiment to test out the effects of LSD as a chemical weapon, though this is disputed. What really happened is, in other words, still a mystery.
Link: The Crazies (2010) is a movie about a remarkably similar outbreak of mass insanity in a small town.
GABBAI, LISBONNE, & POURQUIER (1951). Ergot poisoning at Pont St. Esprit. British medical journal, 2 (4732), 650-1 PMID: 14869677
Friday, November 26, 2010
Sweet and simple birth announcement.
What a pretty idea to dress up chairs.
I forgot how good Nerd Boyfriend is. (Thanks for the reminder, Mary)
I'm loving the new Beatles ads.
10 perfect party dresses...
...and what to wear underneath.
This dessert table takes the cake.
Thumbs up for polar bear wallpaper.
Thanks for the amazing cookies, Amanda! We ate them in record time.
And, lastly, one of my sponsors, Merrymakers, is offering a 20% discount with the code CUPOFJO. They make funny dolls, including an awesome Abe Lincoln. And don't forget to order your holiday cards!
Have a good one. xoxo
(Photo by Rose & Crown)
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