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Ford Mondeo Mk3 Front Right/Off Side Window Regulator Mechanism 1S71F23200AB
Ford Mondeo Mk3 Front Right/Off Side Window Regulator Mechanism 1S71F23200AB
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5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived promptly, good price. Mechanic fitted it. no issues. Job done., 24 April 2015
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Arrived promptly, good price. Mechanic fitted it. no issues. Job done.


Garden Patio Teak Folding Armchairs with Cushions x 2
Garden Patio Teak Folding Armchairs with Cushions x 2

5.0 out of 5 stars Well made, arrrived on time and undamaged. Nice coulour to wood, look good., 24 April 2015
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Made of quality hardwood these folding garden chairs have an appealing pale cinnamon colour when new and seem to be well made.

Slightly off-topic, I know, but my old teak table was looking worse for wear. Expecting only modest results I used a deck cleaner and renovator on it, rubbed down with a stiff wire brush, removed the build up of mildew and mould, then washed off with pressure washer. Next I liberally applied a ceder coloured deck oil, several coats in fact. The cleaning product and brushing cleaned and open up the grain, just is it said it would, and this meant the wood soaked up the oil. Job done, table looked much more presentable and cared for. Anyway . . . .

. . . These new chairs replaced the two old folding armchairs that had to be ditched, they look great with the renovated table, and they should not look out of place with the four old armless chairs once they get the TLC they need. Something old, . . .something new, . . . . blah, blah.

Last words. Chairs arrived undamaged, in undamaged boxes, and well with the window time for delivery. Good deal, nice work. Now its up to me to keep them clean and oiled.


The Big Questions: Philosophy
The Big Questions: Philosophy
by Simon Blackburn
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Are we humans a mere ghost in a complex machine? To what extent are we pink robots with some measure of consciousness?, 22 Jan. 2015
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As adults we trend to forget just how curious we were when were children. We had so much to learn. We were born into the world with all the hardware, ears, nose, eyes, etc., and yet we have no memories that go back that far. One of my earliest memories goes back to an age of about 30 months old, or perhaps 36. I recognise the incident as one of my earliest memories, I was certainly pre-school, and yet I can only estimate my age at the time. In all likelihood I hadn't then learned to count, and my perception of time would not be what it is today, why and how could I be certain about my age that counts as my earliest first memory?

I wrote the above because while we are born into the world with our senses, we are not born with a fully fledged perception to interpret the signals these senses may send to the brain. The brain is there in the physical sense, but it is blank canvas in the cognitive and perceptive sense. The level of perception and understanding we take for granted today simply wasn't there when we entered the world. Neuroscience cannot explain how the brain works, or how the brain of a child differs from the brain of an adult, not with specificity of detail, it can only do it most general terms. The brain is 'hardware', and the hardware is comprised of great many cells called 'neurons', and babies have the hardware, but there is not much in the way of software installed.

Now that we are adults everything that we know, and what we think we know, a bank of memories, motor control, balance, and a great many emotional responses, equate to a suite of applications installed upon a smart-phone, or tablet, or pc. We spend a lifetime building our suite of applications, and according to a leading neuroscientist (Sally Greenfield) these 'applications' are scripted to the trillion-trillion ways in which one neuron can connect with other neurons that make up the brain. It's worth thinking about, because your neurons had to make so many connections for you just to be able to read this, and mine had to make a few more to write it. For all that is known about human physiology and neuroscience there is so much going on that cannot be properly explained.

If science is about asking questions, verifying observations, and providing explanations, then the advance of science has tended to side-line philosophy, perhaps. Scientific understanding has advanced exponentially in the last 100 years. Despite this there remains a lot that is not yet properly understood, much that has never been considered as a topic for study, and a huge bundle of stuff around us that we take for granted. And the business of growing into adulthood, and the influences we are subjected to as adults, has us trade of what we know, and what we allow ourselves to think we know, and has us lose the level of curiosity we possessed as a child. Adults have a bundle of answers, and simply do not ask so many questions.

The asking of questions for which definitive answers are not yet available is now the lifeblood of modern philosophy. It always was, its just that science has returned some of the answers philosophy used to address and discuss. Philosophy makes a concession; even if the answer lies beyond our reach the asking of the question and discussion of the various directions in which the answer might lie remains a constructive thing to do. Philosophy ventures to discussion of topics and questions that have yet to be fully mapped by science. So philosophy is about exploring uncharted cognitive territory and it has to survey the landscape as best it can. Theology equates to the drawing of a map without ever having conducted a survey. Then dogma insists the map is right, and we should trust it, despite the landscape has never been surveyed.

I never perceived that philosophy could be so down to Earth and so humble a subject. Philosophy isn't about providing answers for its readers, and the best philosophy isn't about providing its readers with questions either. The gold standard in philosophy and its writing is about four things; demonstrating the worth of asking questions, provoking thought, making the exploration of uncharted territory a pleasure, and promoting the benefits of retaining an open mind. Hence if judged against these four gold standard and simple criteria then this book by Simon Blackburn is an example of gold standard philosophical writing.

The great beauty of this book is that the chapters are short and amount to bite-sized essays. They are written in simple and plain English, and any use of less familiar terms is kept to a minimum.

We are each, largely, a ghost in a machine, by the way. We are far less than half as rational as we could be, we hold a great many opinions that we think hold true but don't really, and most of our thoughts and behavioural responses are done on autopilot. We have a complex physiology beneath the skin that takes care of much routine business so our consciousness doesn't have to. It escapes our attention just how much is done for us. Species in the animal kingdom carry on like pink robots. Much about their behaviour is scripted and not determined by reasoned choice. Humans are just the same but with greater margin of intelligence who think they deploy intelligence more frequently than they actually do. Plants have responses too, in the least they detect the time of year and behave accordingly, but in the main they are rooted to the spot and need not navigate their environment to find food, a mate, or enlightenment. Plants are green robots with limited responses. Animals are pink robots that can navigate, humans are pink robots that can map as well as navigate, and humans can navigate a cognitive world as well as a physical one, but simply do not explore so often as they could.

Purchase this book and enjoy. Surveying matters we can barely understand is a pleasurable thing to do. You might think the book a bit vague or lightweight in content. That's the point, really, the starting point, the launchpad, and the rest is up to the reader.


Biological Effects of Cholesterol Oxides
Biological Effects of Cholesterol Oxides
by Shi-Kaung Peng
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars The content simply has not reached people in sufficent numbers nor had suffient influence of medical sceince. Better that it had, 3 Dec. 2014
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The Biological Effects of Cholesterol Oxides was published in 1991.

At the date of publication the book stood as a comprehensive and summary review of what was (then) known about cholesterol oxides. Its contributing editors and authors were closely involved in researching the diversity, the biochemistry, and the physiological functions of cholesterol oxides. They themselves had personal involvement in research in the field and personal involvement contributing to articles on the subject matter that appeared in peer review journals. The book documents the totality of knowledge surrounding cholesterol oxides as was the case in 1991. There is also a review of the history of cholesterol science and how cholesterol oxides came to be recognised as a field worthy of specific and additional research and study.

There are, at least there were, 49 alternate and naturally arising known and identified oxides of cholesterol. They have alternate properties, they arise, or may arise, by alternate means of cholesterol becoming oxidised, and they appear to behave a bit like hormones, having some involvement in biochemical process control and or feedback. Enzymes may be involved in the process of synthesising certain cholesterol oxides, thus suggesting some legitimacy of function in biology or human physiology, contact with free radicals, reactive oxygen species, or hyper-oxides may induce certain cholesterol oxides to form from cholesterol, and certain cholesterol oxides are known to form from simple autoxidfation if exposed to air. Interested parties would be better to read the book in full than trust my words in this.

About ten cholesterol oxides can form from simple exposure to air. Between the years of 1913 and 1974 this fact and simple reality seems to have blighted cholesterol scieine. Tow Russians, Anitschow and Chalatov were the first to successfully induce experimental atherosclerosis (in the Rabbit as was the case) and they did so by adding cholesterol to feed. Positive induction of atherosclerosis was a genuine experimental result that was repeated in rabbits and in other species, but if you concluded that cholesterol itself gave rise to the result you would be mistaken. Circa 1950 one Dr Ancel Keys did think cholesterol was the agent that gave rise to positive induction of experimental atherosclerosis in Anitschow's and Chalatov's rabbits, and he was mistaken. Nonetheless despite the mistake Keys went on to fashion a medical hypothesis that cholesterol was the causal agent giving rise to atherosclerosis and the advance of heart disease. The cholesterol hypotheis lives on to this day.

The cholesterol hypothesis has a history of contention but it is widely accepted. It is howver no longer a hypothesis that is evidence based. Only a complete absence of evidence supports the cholesterol hypothesis which means the hypothesis is no better than a bad guess.

Unbeknownst to Anitschow and Chalatov, or to Ancel Keys, it was not cholesterol in the feed that gave rise to the positive experimental outcome, it was instead certain cholesterol oxides that contaminated the cholesterol that was added to the feed.

In the history of investigations into the effects of raised cholesterol methods of manipulating cholesterol levels in the blood had resulted in mixed experimental results. Using hormoes to give rise to higher levels of cholesterol in experimental subjects did give rise to indications of the advance of athersoclerotic plaques whereas doctoring feed did. But in time parties that had handled cholesterol in the lab had descibed it as unstable and prone to become oxidised. This was investigated and in 1974 Hideshige Imai et al reported that exposing rabbits to pure cholesterol did not give rise to atherosclerosis, whereas cholesterol contaminated by cholesterol oxides did. Imais work was the catalyst for the further investigations reported in the book.

Clearly the news and cognitive gains made between 1974 and 1991 haven't travelled far beyond the interest of those involved, becase the rest of the world and his dog are insistent that cholesterol has atherogenic properties. Cholesterol has never produced atheroscelerosis in experimentation; it just seemed that way on account a basic confounding error – nobody considered the scope for autoxidation and contamination until rather late in the day. Hence wile the result was genuine the interpretation for its cause was not.

I would shy away from sounding conclusive about the real cause of atherosclerosis but the reader of this book would begin to entertain the peorpect that three cholesterol odes may have some bearing upon cause:
1, cholestane-triol (cholestane-3B,5a,6B-triol).
2, 25-Hydroxycholesterol
3, 7-Ketocholesterol.
Cholestane-3B,5a,6B-triol undermines viability of smooth muscle cells in arterial tissues. It leads to necrosis of the same. 25-Hydroxycholesterol ramps up cholesterol synthesis in macrophages (thus accounting for they sew to foam cells. It ramps up cholesterol synthesis in hepatocytes too and perhaps is factor driving hypercholesterolemia. While something that has been discovered and reported more lately is that in the sulphated form sulphated-25-hydroxycholesterol (or 25-Hydroxycholesterol-sulphate) has a comntrolling influnce over cholesterol synthesis reigning it back.

We should not be surprised that cholesterol oxides might work in ways that our not at odds with our perceptions and understanding of hormones because cholesterol itself is the foundation molecule from which all the steroidal hormones are fashioned. Hormones derived from cholesterol determine gender across many fleshy species, and they give rise to the urges that encourage reproduction by intercourse. That's a great advance upon leaving reproduction to a chance visit by a pollinating insect.

The reader of The Biological Effects of Cholesterol Oxides would be left with little grounds to persist in believing the dogmatic outlook that cholesterol causes heart disease, and that would be a benefit for everybody, simply because it doesn't.

Stress (of various sorts) causes heart disease, because stress causes additional biochemical oxidative stress, and it is combination of oxidative stress and relative methyl deficiency that ages us and undermines prospects of lasting wellness, it would seem, and according to certain published authors. That's what the evidence points to, even if the dogma wags its' finger at some place else.

Somebody should undertake a contemporary review of experimental atherosclerosis that can fill the gap as may exist between 1991 and 2014. The Biological Effects of Cholesterol Oxides would be a most excellent place to begin.


The Incredible Human Journey
The Incredible Human Journey
by Alice Roberts
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars Charming and engaging .. .. .., 11 Oct. 2012
If Dr Alice Roberts was born in 1973 and The Incredible Human Journey was published in hardback in 2009 then it and DR Roberts has to be revered for the measure of accomplishment. Alice is a charming and engaging presenter and there is no doubt that the TV series that this book complements would have delivered new answers and new questions to a newly initiated audience. Then if that audience was fired with enough interest to read this book then that could be no bad thing. For someone not yet turned forty years of age she has registered some enviable achievements and this book numbers among them.

Despite that Dr Roberts describes herself as an academic medical doctor with a primary interest in human anatomy, whose experience of clinical practice is extremely limited, Alice herself is not a hard-edged academic, and certainly not a cutting edge academic of human evolution and migration. But the diversity of interests she has, allied to her charm and ability to engage an audience are her strong points. One gets the impression Alice has the capacity to take up with a new curiosity and develop an essential appreciation for her own benefit and interest, then she seems highly capable of taking her new-found interest forwards and repackaging it for the interest and benefit of others. What she delivers is a 'spirit', a 'distillation', and 'essence' of contemporary thinking and leading academic advance, and she does this in a way that can attract the attention of an entirely new and largely popular audience. She is a 'go-btween', and a 'conduit', promoting interest amongst a new audience.

The knowledge base around the whole 'Origins' issue -- the origins of the Universe, the evolution and dynamic state of our Earth and Solar system, and the 'origins of us' is hugely dynamic and subject to constant advance and revision. This was recently brought home to me when I chanced upon an old edition of Encyclopedia Britannica (EB) and a prefatory essay written by Henry Smith Williams (HSWi) (1863 - 1943). The essay appears in the tenth (1902) edition of EB (Vol. 27) and makes a reappearance in part as a contribution to the entry on CHRONOLOGY in the 11th edition whose first publication was in 1911. Here's an extract:

"When Queen Victoria came to the English throne, 4004 B.C. was still accepted, in all sobriety, as the date of the creation of the world [.. ..][and] it was nothing less than a rank heresy to question the historical accuracy and finality of chronologies which had no other source of foundation."

Like Dr Roberts HSWi was a graduate of medicine. Unlike her he had experience of clinical practice. Very much like her he had wide ranging interests including a fascination for ancient history, archaeology, and 'origins'. He was evidently clear in his mind that evolution is a key to understanding and that human understanding itself undergoes a process of 'evolution'. In his essay which is quite lengthy HSWi is championing his cause and challenging the 'stick in the muds' to be more open-minded. Even in 1911 persons were still dogmatic about the age of the Earth, its creatures, and civilisation, when dogma was being challenged by more authentic indications stemming from the emerging disciplines of geology and archaeology. HSWi advised we contemplate the age of the Earth to be the order of millions of years and not thousands. We now date the age of the Earth as 4½ billion years old. Stumbling upon HSWi and his essay made me realise just how dynamic our evolving appreciation of 'origins' is!

That's just the point; there is so much conjecture surrounding human evolution, human migration, and human colonisation of all quarters of our Earth. There is so little 'hard evidence' to go on. But the tools used to examine the evidence are improving all the time. It is no wonder cognition of the subject matter is so dynamic. It is no wonder one assessment of the 'facts' can be so quickly revised to another. The book isn't intended to be cutting edge and fully up to date. Dr Roberts is infected with interest in a topic that others study in hard-edged academia. She taps into her especial capacity to charm and engage to infect others with her infectious interest(s). Dr Roberts is a go-between and a darned good one. But I have one criticism.

When I chanced upon that antique edition of EB and HSWi's intriguing essay I was intent on looking up 'CHOLESTEROL'. There wasn't an entry. Entries made the leap from CHOLERA to CHORLEY. I didn't expect to learn much new about cholesterol but I did wonder how attitudes can change. You see, one of my major interests is cholesterol. After studying cholesterol quite intently I wonder how the majority of the medical profession can persist with believing that cholesterol is causally involved in heart disease. Like the dating of the Earth to 4004BC pinning causality for heart disease is pure dogma, and it crops up in The Incredible Human Journey (p173 in the hardback edition). Dr Roberts visits the Evenki people of Siberia and recounts her experience. She invents a paradox to equate to the 'French paradox.'

The Evenks are an ethnic group of people who inhabit northern Siberia - and also equally cold and remote regions of China. They survive as hunter-gatherers and rely on hunting reindeer. Their lifestyle is largely nomadic and traditional, and tradition has it they maintain a fallback strategy of herding some barely domesticated reindeer herds too. If a hunt does not result in the kill of wild reindeer then numbers from the herded stock can be culled for the pot.

The Evenki waste nothing. They drink the blood, relish the hot liver, regard the eyes as a delicacy, and consider raw brains to be both very tasty and very healthy. Chopped fat is eaten, sometimes cubes of frozen reindeer milk, and the flesh is boiled in water resulting in meat swimming in a sort of fatty broth.

"A diet like the Evenki's should set the heart disease alarm bells ringing, but, [..] the Evenki appear to have paradoxically low levels of 'bad cholesterol' in their blood. [..] Studies of other northern indigenous people have also shown strangely low rates of heart disease; [..] very sadly there have been recent reports of rising rates of heart disease in Siberian and Alaskan natives as they move away from traditional lifestyles. The modern lifestyle diseases of heart disease and diabetes are spreading into the far north. *" (Writes Dr Roberts)
* Ebbesson et al. Lipoprotein profiles in Alaskan Siberian Ukip Eskimos. Artic Medical Research 55: 165-73 (1996).

Here's my assessment offered only in good faith; everyone must engage with the facts and make up their own mind. Via reading the work of several cholesterol authors I feel I have engaged with the facts and made up my own mind. Neither saturated fat nor cholesterol has any direct causal involvement in the advance of heart disease.

If "modern lifestyle diseases of heart disease and diabetes are spreading into the far north" observed in populations of "Siberian and Alaskan natives as they move away from traditional lifestyles" then there can be no 'paradox'. Dr Roberts has had a meeting with a pure instance of 'cause and effect' and missed the significance entirely because in certain medical circles directing criticism the way of the cholesterol hypothesis and 'cholesterol con' constitutes rank heresy even now. Well on with the book and nearing the end that's my only criticism.

Of course it is inevitable there may be weakness creeping in to Dr Roberts reporting of the 'facts', of course she draws heavily upon the work of other academics more deeply involved in this field of work, and of course her contribution may date quickly, but the great strength of this work is that it is an entry point for a new-starter to get quite well acquainted with many constructive and conjectural issues in a highly readable account. I like her part travelogue, I like her personable touch, for these are culturally and anthropologically constructive and engaging where description of the people she meets are concerned.

If you fancy a bit of fun visit the Gutenberg project on-line, navigate to the 11th edition of Encyclopedia Britannica, then find the volume containing CHRONOLOGY, and scroll down to the second half of the entry to read HSWi's contribution.


Earthing:The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?
Earthing:The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?

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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Earthing' is a most primal need: It should never be equated to a therapy., 9 April 2012
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Before you read this book allow yourself to contemplate the question,"which species do not have permanent or regular conductive contact with ground?" Then permit yourself to contemplate the conditions that prevailed in proximity to the very origins of life itself. Evolutionary biologists cannot pin down the origins of life precisely, but they do converge in general towards likelihood that early life, or the establishment of the kind of chemistry and chemicals that could be built in to life, began somewhere in proximity to deep ocean vents. The primordial soup in which life was conceived was a) conductive, b) and electrolyte, and c) had an established electrical contact with 'ground'. Put these two considerations together and you'll get as close as you are able to confirmation that grounding is an essential requisite for life. Humans need opportunities to ground out with the same basic and primal need that we need water to drink and air to breath.

Biology and human physiology is not just about biochemistry - it is about bio-electrics as well. All life, including us, is built around chemistry that can trade proton gradients.

Ober, Sinatra, and Zucker have written a most charming book about something that is so fundamental it requires medical textbooks and medical methodology to be rewritten. Something this fundamental and this insightful is bound to be received with mixed reactions. Take your lead from history and accounts of reactions to truly ground breaking advances in knowledge. When a major new paradigm does emerge that is far closer to objective reality than that which preceded it the levels of opposition from people invested in the outmoded paradigm are astounding and embarrassing. We're supposed to be the intelligent ape after all. 'Earthing' is the thesis of our time that's shows just how easy it is for the human kind to overlook the simplest but most important of things right there before him.

Ok, hard evidence is scant. But soft evidence and plural anecdotal reports are plentiful.Best of all though, Ober began with intuition and applied good sound reasoning and curiosity to develop one of the most important theses since Einstein and Relativity.

the evening after reading this book I rigged some copper wire, a croc clip, and a regular 3-pin plug to effect a trial (Don't try this at home folks unless you know exactly what you're doing). Overnight it halved the pain threshold on a persistent elbow injury. It did something to the quality of my sleep, and it did something for my wakefulness and energy levels despite never getting enough sleep and rising at 3am.

Do not underestimate the importance of this thesis.
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The Sound of Laughter
The Sound of Laughter
by Peter Kay
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

3.0 out of 5 stars File under social history: Growing up in Bolton in the Kay dynasty (die-nasty or die laughing?), 10 Mar. 2012
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Reviews and ratings are mixed.

A large part of this book is comprised of inconsequential drivel, but some of that drivel is quite well observed and funny. There's the brash and the subtle and at least one instance of skilful irony. It was the deft and fleet-footed reference to a gathering of folks sipping 'fair-trade coffee from plastic cups' - no build-up, no highlighting of the irony, perhaps Kay came up with the phrase but failed to recognise its worth. the instance is distinguished for being uncharacteristic; he milks most other comic moments.

Kay recounts some fairly inane stuff but lacks the inventiveness that, say, Milligan has for embellishing a tale of fairly bog-standard working class experiences and rites of passage. Kay is a talent to be reckoned with on stage but this work is not Peter kay in his best setting.

But,.. .. Big But! .. ... VERY BIG BUT!

There were occasions when I laughed truly uncontrollably. The kind of laughter you cannot control. The kind that lasts that bit longer than is usual. The kind that you cannot stop even after the moment when your minds says, 'I'll stop laughing now'. The kind that causes the eyes to water. The kind of laughter that makes your sides hurt so you'd like to stop - but can't. I do not normally laugh readily but there were occasions when I lost it completely. I did actually require hospitalisation for the treatment of 'split-sides'. I felt I had to come by and tell you. I only paid £1.50 for this title in a charity shop. Had I paid full price I could as likely have required treatment for depression.

The guy has talent but this work falls short of showcasing that talent.


The Great Cholesterol Con
The Great Cholesterol Con
by Anthony Colpo
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.30

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Objectivity results from depth of research, 10 Mar. 2012
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There are two books that strike me as being particularly distinguished for their quality. Then something about their qualities, their authors, and their distinctions strikes me as bearing some similarities. Each discuss ill health and chronic disease within the contextual setting of the diet and each are stuffed with content that runs against orthodoxy. Each are astounding for the extent of their research and in turn each are distinguished for being written by persons who are not medically trained and who are not formally trained in nutrition either. Finally another similarity too .. ..

.. .. The authors in each instance began a journey of discovery from similar starting points; each acknowledged they had gained weight, each resolved to address the issue, and each set about going on weight loss diets. Initially they adopted regimes that sided with orthodoxy and got nowhere, then they elected to try different methods eventually rejecting orthodox beliefs that 'low-fat is better'. By such experimentation they each found that diets that include fats and go against the low-fat orthodoxy actually worked for them, and that set them upon their respective journeys of further discovery, research and writing. 'Trick and Treat' (Barry Groves) is one, and 'The Great Cholesterol Con' (Colpo) is the other.

Colpos tenacity and determination shows in the extent of his research. Despite absence of formal qualifications of a university level education he has a clear grasp of the issues, can organise the issues and content in his mind, then relate it for the benefit of the reader in a way that is highly expedient. Colpo compensates for his lack of medical training and gravitas by being thorough in his research. By seeking to establish adequate levels of gravitas to pull of the stunt of writing a highly qualified argument while not really holding pertinent and recognised qualifications himself he actually out-performs, perhaps, other cholesterol sceptic authors who are medically qualified and experienced. It is a tour de force that Colpo acknowledges took a huge slice from his live whilst researching.

So far as I can recall everything about this volume indicates a conscientious quest for objectivity, and whilst sounding authoritative and objective Colpo demolishes the myth that either saturated fat and/or cholesterol have a part in the advance of heart disease.

I would caution coming to any conclusions about cholesterol and 'the con' from reading just one author or volume, but if you did then I direct you to Colpo.

I've ventured into the work of McCully, Graveline, Ravnscov, Masterjohn, Briffa, Kendrick and Groves, and each I feel has lent some independent components to the view I hold. That said, the general overview and outlook conveyed by Colpo does sit very well in sync with the kinda composite view I derived from several authors. I don't think you can go far wrong with Colpo although Kendrick is the more entertaining and easier read.

Malc Kendrick attempts to be witty (and succeeds) whereas Colpo is business-like. Kendricks version of events carries forward some degree of suspense whereas Colpo takes you methodically around the bases that make up his reasoning and argument.

Incidentally, while none of us can be conclusive about what does actually contribute to heart disease, and while McCully, Masterjohn, Kendrick, and Colpo each disclose their own thoughts upon this, Kendricks view seemed to me at first to be the least likely but after the passing of time I recognise it for elements that seem to me to be very promising. Colpos discussion of likely cause(s) is characteristically analytical and just as promising, though he doesn't come down so much upon a single aspect. He shows evident respect for some of Kendricks earlier work. Kendrick homes in upon stress and I seem to recall Colpo intimates a preference for lipid peroxidation which in turn sits in tandem with Masterjohns pet theories.

Ravnscov, Kendrick, and Colpo each offer volumes that would make satisfactory entry points into cholesterol scepticism. If your interest extends only to one volume and you want the full cholesterol sceptic tour with a business-like presentation and very evident efforts in the direction of balance and objectivity then Colpo is your man.

Chris Masterjohn has a web presence carrying his reviews of some of these books including Colpos.

Neither Kendrick nor Colpo, whose books share much the same title, offer the benefits of an index. With Kendrick I find I can thumb my way to chunks of content of special interest. With Colpo I find there are more snippets and passing mention of certain studies and research that I might want to return to. Without an index I struggle.

Groves takes an expansive look at many illnesses that afflict western societies, so his work isn't particularly targeted at heart disease and the cholesterol con, but 'Trick and Treat' has content that is very much geared to discussion of cause and consequence and discussion that links consequence with inexpedient diets. Groves, if you like, points out the cholesterol con and a groundless medical hypothesis has driven people to a low-fat diet that has resulted in ill-health. He illustrates the consequences of this 'con'. The chapter upon multiple-sclerosis came as an eye-opener for me.
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Fedora Bible 2011 Edition: Featuring Fedora Linux 14
Fedora Bible 2011 Edition: Featuring Fedora Linux 14
by Christopher Negus
Edition: Paperback
Price: £33.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars Deserving of 'Bible' in the title?, 12 Sept. 2011
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People sometimes refer to the Bible as 'The Good Book'. Such people likely do so from a perspective of 'faith'. I do not write from a perspective of being one of the faithful but I do so from who, from limited familiarity, considers the Bible, in common with the other other great founding texts of the long established religions, to be party to content that is instructive, valid, and wise. I try to be as objective as I can in my reasons for thinking founding religious texts have great merit and value and I tray to be as pragmatic as I can in any promotion of any sense that these texts are great theses concerned with history and socio-political history that to my mind constitute the very beginnings of social science. Howsoever anybody regards the Bible or the fellow texts it is difficult to deny they are expansive and comprehensive in the scope of events, circumstance and topics that they cover. Stemming from such expansiveness, there is, I think, scope for misunderstanding, that can be (doesn't infer always is), reflected in the application and practice of religion.

Something that is apparent to me is that the Fedora Bible is and expansive and comprehensive volume that caters for the needs of the novice, the intermediate, and likely advanced users of the Fedora flavour and distribution of the Linux operating system. The Fedora Bible doesn't especially pander to the needs of novices and 'newbies' but it does contain content that is pertinent to their needs.I came to this release of Fedora (14) as someone who has installed and worked with Ubuntu in various guises since 8.04 and found it conducive to my requirements and productive needs. I have an Apress (R) volume dedicated to Ubuntu and cut my teeth reading that. I have run live cds of other distros and my view is that Fedora is now the way to go for me. I have a successful installation of Fedora 14 on one of my machines and I found migration simple enough without a companion book. Nonetheless I figured a book would be helpful and I now have this edition of the Fedora Bible.

What I've come to realise is that the authors have gone out of their way to be thorough and so the volume does contain the answers to many questions. They have gone out of their way to be clear so that the reader can be confident any given answer may apply to a clear and specific case. But so many cases are covered. In some ways how many cases and circumstances that need to be covered is a function of the needs of the reader - and the needs of the reader are commensurate with levels of prior familiarity and experience. the down side is that a novice may find that reading text given over to a case that may not apply to them may be a bit bewildering, BUT, if the reader comes to realise that covering several cases is a contingency given over to an ambition to be thorough, then it gets easier because the reader can filter in the case that applies to their needs and filter out cases that do not. The upside is that a novice could progress with experience and familiarity to 'intermediate' or 'advanced' status and not outgrow the book. There are ways in which the book is future-proofed from any advance in ability on the part of the user. Considerable time may pass before my level of experience advances to a level where I want to know answers to questions that are beyond the scope of this book. Along the way I just need to exercise a little care discerning which parts are most commensurate with the level of my familiarity and most applicable to my needs.

An aspect of the Fedora distribution is that the distribution will not compromise where the ethics of free (as in libre and not as in beer) so the distribution has no utilities that breach, nor even get close to breaching issues that arise from licensing or patents. As a result Fedora is short on codecs needed for the full multimedia experience connected with browsing video content, streaming video, or playing music and video from closer to home and off an hdd or optical drive. So many people who elect to install the utilities and codecs that can facilitate these functions and experience will want to know what to do. So far as I can tell the Fedora Bible goes to town on this, covers many eventualities and explains what to do. So far as I can tell content is reliable and so far as I can tell the use of the terminal is encouraged. Put the two together and the process of installing additional repositories, then downloading and installing additional software from within a terminal will contribute to a feeling of power and confidence in an initiated user. Go for it, Dude! Or, if you prefer, take the graphical (GUI) root if you prefer cos there's mention of that method too.

What my review boils down to, I guess, is that the content is sufficiently expansive and comprehensive to demand a tadge more patience and a bit more responsibility on the part of a novel reader than would something that dumbs-down a bit to cater for the less experienced user. There is no concession to dumbing down in this volume while every effort appears to have been made to clear and comprehensive. People (novices) who may but this volume may experience a trade off. They might just have to be objective enough to establish which answer pertains to their question, but as they advance they can expect to keep on finding answers to the questions they're likely to ask as the progress. Some people may simply remain 'confused'. There are grounds upon which the use of the term 'Bible' in the title is justified.

There are times when simply trusting what we're directed to believe or do can be an indication of convenience or sign of weakness, when just a little more willingness to truly understand things can be greatly liberating and empowering. That's part of the appeal of Linux operating systems over rival operating systems, don't ya think?
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The Great Cholesterol Con
The Great Cholesterol Con
by Dr Malcolm Kendrick
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chelesterol is a con - want to know why?, 19 Aug. 2011
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1, Some crap science several decades ago by Ancel Keys
2, Feeding rabbits upon a novel diet, one that evolution had not prepared their physiology for, killed them.
3, Wrong conclusions drawn from [3].
4, Directing humans to modify diets away from the attributes of diets that evolution has prepared us for has not assisted in promoting good health. A proposition that could have been more helpfully derived from [2]
5, A hugely profitable industry (statin drugs) has been established around crap science.
6, It has long been reasoned that Keys science was not robust. It has always been contentious. Even now when the etiology of heart disease is known to involve inflammation, not elevated cholesterol as Keys errantly directed, the science of manipulation and profit triumphs over the science of reason.

Want to be left in no doubt?
1, Read Dr Malcolm Kendrick.
2, Follow Dr Malcolm Kendricks advice and read Dr Duane Graveline.
3, Search the Internet for 'The Cholesterol Truth'.
4, Read Jack Challem and/or other authors would understand inflammation (Briffa, Eades, Sears, Groves)
5, Follow a blog, 'A Good Look at Good Health'.
6, Take an interest in Weston Price and learn about eating foods that we are well adapted to.
7, Consider reading material that discusses the failings of a particular kind of money (the most common kind) so that you can understand the incentives of money, and outcomes that arise, are very much to do with aspects of its design and attributes.


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