Mostly random assimilated thoughts

Should we go into the sun? Even somebody with cancer? Trolling different web and facebook posts by people with skin cancer, it would seem SPF 2Billion, sun blotting hats and clothing, and generally adopting a vampire lifestyle is the rule of the day.  Yet the answer is more complicated than that. A recent study underscored the need for D, ‘Vitamin D deficiency (≤20 ng/mL) is associated with an increased incidence and worse prognosis of various types of cancer including melanoma.’ This is interesting considering that some older studies I have read suggested that something like 2/3 of the US is V-D deficient…so add this to list of cancer causes along with breathing, eating, drinking, reading this blog (so sorry) and 10,000 others.

But how much D do we need and how should we get it? I have had some naturiopaths say more is better (up to 20K IU/day) but it seems like the general consensus is between 1,000-4,000 IU/day. Which is interesting if you consider that 15 minutes in the sun delivers a much larger payload of 15K IU. Wouldn’t it seem like supplementing at higher levels make sense as our bodies are potentially wired for bigger doses? Perhaps the n-paths are right. Either way that four letter word ‘moderation’ seems to be in order, whether chugging vitamins and/or heading into the sun.  The latter is important for mental health (and if you are me you need all the help you can get in that later category).

Guess what? Exports predict melanoma death rates will fall by 2050. When I first saw that headline I thought, ah, DERP! I mean I should hope so. My next myopic thought was, “Lotta good that does me.” But when actually reading more than headlines there was a lot of interesting commentary here, again referring back to the sun. Medical advancement and newer treatments will lead to lower mortality rates but also a greater awareness and appreciation for the dangers of UV radiation. As I have said before, gone are the days when it was cool and even considered healthy to plop down with a mirror and baby oil for 10 hours of some serious human bbq’g by the pool.

While not mentioned as part of their skin cancer reducing equation/prediction,  technology as it applies to treatment and diagnosis will likely play a part in all this as well. A team of Stanford scientists are developing an artificially intelligent (AI) diagnosis algorithm for skin cancer that might change the way medicine operates.…hopefully eventually coming to smart phone near you…I know I could have used this, or at least my highly paid dermatologist with the awesome hair and surgically enhanced chin could have. I am not bitter, actually I am not, really I am not, not, no, just saying he really could have used it and while the algorithm and technology is obviously expensive to produce this is an example of how computing technology really could make a difference in the treatment of illness… as well as perhaps replacing human workers… leaving us more time for useful and meaningful pursuits such as hours of mindless playing of Call of Duty 2 on “the boys” Xbox.

I wonder what the Master Video Game Maker thinks about me playing a simulation (Call of Duty) within a simulation? That is if its true what Elon and some theoretical physicists say? “Elon Musk said that the odds are “a billion to one” against us living in “base reality.”

Or if not living in a simulation perhaps a different kind of artifice? That relatively “old” theory (you know like 10 or 15 years) that we are living in a holographic universe keeps popping up over the year. “A UK, Canadian and Italian study has provided what researchers believe is the first observational evidence that our universe could be a vast and complex hologram.” For whatever reason this creeps me out a bit more than the simulation idea. Are we on stage? If that is the case I am going to ask for the writer/director role. I convinced I won’t f it up too bad 0-;

Finally, this has nothing to do with the above other than the fact that it happened today (or did it? Or did it happen a few million different ways before or at the same time) but I got quite lost running @ palmer lake today for a few hours (around 2 more than planned) and leaping over fat mountain lion tracks and jumping over bear poo land mines (okay the whole leaping/jumping thing is a bit of stretch). This served as a reminder, in this list context, of the golden rule while hiking in Colorado.






At least I had Bassnectar along for the ride.