To Eat or Not to Eat: You’ll Find Out If It Kills You!

Pardon the bad yoke!

Back in the ’70s, nutritionists noted that eggs provided too much LDL (bad) cholesterol in one’s diet, a prime factor for heart disease; and eating them on a regular basis should be avoided.

A couple of years ago, studies found harmful cholesterol was determined and triggered by saturated fats like those found in sausage, bacon and other processed meats. Alone, the amount of LDL in eggs was believed to be negligible.

According to the University of Michigan, egg yolks contain vitamins A, D, E and K, as well as lutein, and zeaxanthin: both of which “lower the risk of age-related macular degeneration and heart disease.

Two years later, after my having splurged on massive quantities of eggs for breakfast, the latest report states that 300mg of dietary cholesterol daily equals 17% higher risk of cardiovascular disease, and 18% risk of death.

Considering each egg consists of 186mg of cholesterol, more than one eaten daily can decrease one’s lifespan. I wish these damned nutritionists would make up their minds.

Back in the ’90s, my doctor recommended I take four globules of fish oil daily for keeping my cholesterol levels in check. I did so until 2013 and stopping after reading an article in my AARP Bulletin, warning against popping omega-3 fish-oil globules regularly in large doses, or eating fatty fish more than twice a week.

Why? Studies had shown that men with high levels of fish oil in their bloodstreams were at a greater risk for developing fatal prostate tumors. Damned if I did; damned if I didn’t. Not only could fish-oil globules knock me off, but my regular, beloved eating of fish could kill me too.

As a kid, I was told that letting a dog lick a wound was considered good for the treatment and healing of such, and would let a canine do so in many instances. Recently, I read about doctors having been forced to amputate a man’s legs and parts of his hands, as a result of sepsis from a dog’s licking a cut.

Another recent article stated a woman had lost limbs and eyesight to sepsis after a cat had licked her. Fortunately, I lucked out and escaped that diabolical fate, which makes me count my blessings.

Been good so far abiding by my Lenten abstinence with regards to not eating meat on Fridays, even though I’ve substituted eggs, fish, pasta and peanut butter for the former, not a very healthy alternative considering the topics covered in this weeks diatribe.

Also, my abstaining from posting and logging onto Social Media has been a success thus far. I don’t miss it or the aggravation of being ignored especially. There is life actually beyond being obsessed with the Internet.

Speaking of obsession, a woman crossed a barrier at the Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park in Arizona last Saturday, suffering serious injuries after being attacked by a jaguar within reach. You see, she was hell-bent on capturing a viral selfie to post on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, or whichever Social Media platform was her preference.

Vanity along with the animal’s sharp, swiping claws were responsible for the deep gashes left on her arm. The gal was lucky that’s all she ended up with. Guaranteed she took a selfie of herself in bandages to post instead.

So much for another informative tirade to digest. Thanks for stopping in and for your continued support.

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About Mike Slickster

As an early retiree with an honorary doctorate degree from the proverbial "School of Hard Knocks," this upcoming author with a lot of free time on his hands utilizes his expansive repertoire for humorous yet tragic, wildly creative writing that contains years of imaginative fantasy, pure nonsense, classic slapstick, extreme happiness and searing heartbreak; gathered by a wealth of personal experiences throughout his thrilling—sometimes mundane or unusually horrid—free-spirited, rock-'n'-roller-coaster ride around our beloved Planet Earth. Mike Slickster's illustrious quest continues, living now in Act Three of his present incarnation, quite a bit on the cutting edge of profundity and philosophical merriment as seen through his colorful characters, most notably evident in the amusing Thirty Days Across the Big Pond series, all of which can be found at Lulu.com.
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