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Comment The backwards approach to fitness is the problem. (Score 3, Insightful) 958

Everyone I know equates a good diet with being healthy. A more important aspect is the activity level and physical exercise. When I was a state champion level gymnast my health was amazing. I had six pack abs at the age of eleven because I worked out and trained 20 hours a week. During that time I ate mcdonalds every day. I ate fries at school. Milkshakes, candy bars. Any source of calories I could get. And my health was phenomenal. Everyone (but women especially for some reason) seems to think that a 'healthy' diet is the answer when what they really need is to work more. I'm not saying healthy eating is bad. But if you don't use your body it will never truly be your tool and always be something your working against rather than working for you. Use your body or it will atrophy in every way.

Comment Re:inb4 (Score 5, Insightful) 200

It must be nice to jerk yourself off with a story like that. You're absolutely right. Millions of scientists and doctors and pharmacists are all fucking conspiring to sell your kids ritalin! Are the corporate overlords also making you get vaccinated? It must be nice where you live, being able to stick your head in the sand and make up stories about why things don't exist rather than looking deeply for reasons why they DO.

Submission + - The world's first wearable Programmable T-shirt and it's software. tshirtOS (youtube.com)

p00kiethebear writes: I recently facebook'd an old friend and found out that he was part of a project called tshirtOS which bills itself as the worlds first programmable wearable t-shirt. According to the website "tshirtOS has a flexible, washable LED screen that can be programmed via a smartphone app to display any message, image or animation you want."

Comment Stupidest thing I've ever read. It's not 5 times.. (Score 2) 294

It's only five times the dose of other hydrocodone tablets available. Doctors are going to always over prescribe opioids. If this one wasn't available then it would be a different one. I will say though that hydrocodone has a much more euphoric high. It might make it more desirable over existing oxycodone options. It should be noted that doctors already prescribe hydrocodone in these doses. This just means that chronic pain patients will only need to take 1 pill instead of five.

Just because one new tablet becomes available doesn't mean there is going to be a sudden mass explosion in the number of pain pills available on the street. If people weren't ODing on this drug then they'd be ODing on one that's already available. But somehow we interpret people dying from overdose on a new pain killer as being 'added' deaths. When statistically the death would have happened on one pill or the other.

Comment Heaven and Hell (Score 1) 745

If this is a simulation, couldn't the programmer have created a set of conditions for objects that have reached a stage classified as 'conscious' to have that consciousness saved and relegated to a 'heaven' or 'hell' at the point of their 'death'. I wouldn't program a universe without creating conditions for 'life.' Maybe everyone goes to a heaven where all other consciousnesses are stored or maybe the programmer was a sadist and everyone goes to hell regardless of actions or maybe since it's all an experiment what he THOUGHT he was programing as a 'heaven' is actually hell for us.

Comment In the sushi world we have a word for passionate.. (Score 4, Insightful) 533

In the sushi world we have a word for passionate chefs... It's 'shokunin' You'll find in Japanese dictionaries that it's defined as 'artisan' but the connotation implies so much more. A shokunin comes to work and does the same task every religiously. Relentlessly trying to improve his technique. He cares only for perfection. Where other people see 'work' he sees 'duty.' He wipes his knife clean after every cut. When he cooks rice he removes or adds half a tablespoon of water at a time to ensure the amount of water is correct. He sharpens his eyes over years and carefully learns to identify and pull parasites from fresh fish, making them safe to eat. He cooks perfect folded eggs in a square pan never allowing it to burn at any place and ensuring each layer is evenly folded and cooked. He takes no breaks until the last customers is served. He works because, more than money, more than fun or pleasure, he desires to be better. Not only does he practice the physical techniques, he sees socializing with the customers over the counter as a skill to be practiced. His conduct and comportment do not waiver inside or outside of the restaurant (his temple) At my restaurant I may hire an average sushi chef to make rolls or to prepare fish in the back. But the person I hire for working behind the bar, unless he's my personal apprentice that has learned to work the way I had to, I would only hire a shokunin. When he works there he represents my business and my restaurant and I know he will outside of work in his daily life as well. Passion is important. But I would never pretend to say that passion was required for the easier and less formal jobs, some people just need a paycheck and as long as their work is good, I can respect that. The person who's responsible for putting a face to the company must be a master.

Comment Re:What is it then? (Score 1) 246

Lack of physical activity? Are you serious? I was training in gymnastics for sixteen hours a week when I was diagnosed. I was winning state and regional medals until I was fifteen.

The fact that you honestly think a kid who only exercises 16 hours a week is exerting himself shows how much life has changed.

When I was a child in the 1960s, every kid I knew exercised hard for at least 30 hours a week until they were old enough to drive cars. We didn't call it exercise, though; we called it "being a kid".

BECAUSE WE HAD NO COMPUTERS OR GAMEBOYS. In fact my parents had the only color TV in the neighborhood until the late 60s. Nobody's mom worked, and most mothers did not let kids watch TV in daylight hours; and every one I knew walked or biked at least a couple miles every day routinely.

My parents' generation also had to hand-wash clothes and dishes - but they still played outside more and harder than my generation, because they hadn't any TVs or air conditioning. My 90 year old mother still walks a mile a day and .

People under 55 don't realize how sedentary we have become. Most of them can't even comprehend how enormously strenuous life was only two or three generations ago, when homes were heated by shoveling coal or splitting wood, and parents did not ever let kids lay around underfoot indoors. Many of us have evolved for hard work in unconditioned environments - and the reason our kids have ADHD may well be because they aren't getting enough exercise for their brains to develop properly. Don't discount the idea just because you think you were a jock. My 90 year old mother can still pick strawberries for eight hours with one half-hour break at noon - will you be able to when you're 90? It's unlikely, I think.

I was a regular kid as well. I rode my bike everywhere. I climbed trees. I played soccer at recess and tag. The 16 hours on top of it is 4 solid hours, 4 days a week doing athletic conditioning, stretching, giant swings on the high-bar. Power tumbling. Vaulting. Running two miles straight. We're talking about an 8 year old child at a competing level in all around gymnastics. This isn't playing and chasing eachother and playing backyard soccer. This is conditioning the body and mind to be able to perform feats that would seem super human to others. I doubt you were doing double back flips off the high bar and doing back handsprings for 20 minutes straight. Nor did you have 8 pack abs at the age of 11. 16 hours of competitive gymnastics training is not the same as the twice a week gymnastics class you put your son into where they play games and practice hand stands. Lifestyle has become more sedentary but every night I worked at the gym I went home with aching muscles and was completely physically and mentally exhausted. You just assume that after 16 hours of training I went home and played video games. I had a childhood as well asshole. My martial arts training has kept me in shape as well, when I am 90 I will still be training god willing.

Comment Re:What is it then? (Score 1) 246

What you're describing is a lack of discipline. Yes, speed does help with that (short-term). But, as with any drug, there's a down-side, too.

Here we go again, More people who know exactly what the problem is. There was no lack of discipline. A full time gymnast can't win medals without the discipline it takes to focus on and visualize their routines. Furthermore my career in martial arts afterwards couldn't have been accomplished without discipline. You all think you're so clever and have all the answers. But you never saw the world from behind my eyes. It's always the same with you people, it's as if you believe every human being experiences the world around them exactly the same as yourself and because you can't share MY subjective experience you can only assume that it's an issue of 'a lack of discipline.'

Open your mind and try to imagine for half a second that the subjective experiences of every human being are not identical to yours.

Also, I know the article is about prescription drugs which I didn't talk about at all. I'm not sharing my opinion on that, only trying to explain. If I hadn't been treated with medication though, it would have been much worse. I don't think for a second though that it should be the first line solution to the 'problem.'

I find it even more ridiculous that both you and the anonymous reply below both seem to know exactly what my diagnosis is from reading only a couple of paragraphs. Though I don't remember either of you giving your credentials as doctors of behavioral psychology.

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