1. Anonymous said: (Continuing on) Also, are there other reliable websites that I can find more about ebola? I've been reading the news but I want to find out more about ebola specifically because my sister travelled overseas a month ago and I'm scared that she might have gotten it or came contact with another person who got it...

    (i didn’t get the first part of your ask so I’ll just reply to this bit. Sorry!)

    1) I would suggest the CDC’s website here or your local equivalent to the CDC. If you’re in Great Britain, go here. You may also check the general WHO website here

    2) if she develops flu like symptoms and you’re worried, take her to the hospital TELL THEM WHERE SHE WAS. Hospitals are mad fucking careful about diseases like this and can and will run blood tests. 

    Generally, the CDC, WHO and whatever your local governmental health institute is should be reliable. Usually facilities that deal with tropical diseases also have their own websites with information up and you should be able to google it out for your state/country to find the nearest one. If there’s no near (or you can’t find it) and you think you have contacted such a disease, go to ANY hospital, they have ways to get specialists to you (or you to specialists) on their own. 

     
  2. frowns at the internet. do lemons have any good properties backed by science?

    The following program –The Master Cleanse– has been tested and approved since 1940 all around the world and is constantly reported as the most successful diet of its type. As the originator of this superior diet once stated: “I humbly and yet proudly offer it to you, confidant that you will receive vigorous good health from its use”

    The Master Cleanse is a Juice Fast. It’s a liquid diet that provides a healthy amount of calories and nutrients specifically suited for weight loss and cleansing, all while resting the digestive system and allowing the body to heal naturally.

    Stanley Burroughs - Author of the book “The Master Cleanser“, continues to state: “This diet will prove that no one needs to live with their diseases. A lifetime of freedom from disease can become a reality. The Lemonade diet has successfully and consistently demonstrated its eliminating and building ability.”

    1. First, squeeze Fresh Lemon Juice.
    2. Then add Rich Maple Syrup, and Cayenne Pepper into Pure Water.
    3. Drink a minimum of six to 12 glasses throughout the day whenever one is hungry (For the Lemonade diet recipe with exact measurements, scroll down this page)
    4. Take a laxative before bed.
    5. instead of the morning laxative, you can do the Salt Water Flush.

    Every day of The Master Cleanse that you overcome the psychological need to eat, you feel a growing sense of control that motivates you to complete the process. The Master Cleanse is by far my favorite of the Detox Diet Recipes.

    1. Ease-In: 3 Days of Slowly removing processed foods from your diet.
    2. The Lemonade Diet: 10 Days to Lose Weight Fast, and Feel Great At Last
    3. Ease-Out3 Days of slowly eating more and more complex foods.
    4. Mix each of the following lemonade diet ingredients into a large glass:

      • 2 Tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice
      • 2 Tablespoons Rich Maple Syrup
      • 1/10 Teaspoon of  Cayenne Pepper Powder – or to taste (as much as you can stand)
      • 8 ounces (250 milliliters of Pure Water)

      Little tip: Roll each lemon firmly between your palm and the counter. Put sufficient downward pressure as you rock the lemon back and forth under your hand. You are softening the lemon to make the extraction of juice more efficient.

      • 1. Store your lemons on the counter to ripen, NOT in the fridge. Enzymes are dormant in the fridge. You want those enzymes. If you buy 50 lemons in advance, as most people do, store 40 in the fridge at a time and take the 10 most ripe lemons out for your first day or two.
      • 2. Next, cut the lemon and juice each half on the juicer (If using an electric juicer you may want to juice the whole allotment at once, since you will not be sure how many lemons will yield the proper amount of juice. You may initially find you will waste a lemon or two).
    • 3. Add the rest of the lemonade ingredients into the glass, mix immediately, and drink. I like to drink the glass quickly because it seems to hit my hunger spot quickly. I usually only drink when I need to, and when enough time has passed to allow for a nice spread over the day as I try to manage my daily quota.
    • 4. Drink your lemonade as soon as you can after you made it (5-10 minutes after it was made). If you allow the lemonade to sit with the Cayenne pepper in it too long as it will steep. The lemonade will get too spicy and that may prevent you from drinking enough lemonade during the day.

    There is no such thing as a working diet that works like that. Weight loss that’s supposed to stay off needs to be done with consistent change, not by minimum eating for a while and returning to your old diet. That’s a good way to get a yo-yo-effect and let’s not forget that people who try to elongate the diet (fasting, really) period might end up lacking a bunch of nutrients (here).

    Next, yes lemons are good because eyyyy vitamins, especially vitamin C. 100g of lemon cover 64% of your recommended daily intake (here) but people can easily have problems with the pH of the lemon. 

    Next the enzymes bit. This is bullshit because the enzymes will quickly be back to body temperature once you consume them. take a sip of fridge cold liquid and hold it in your mouth until it’s not cold anymore. See, that quickly. 

    There are no studies supporting that this diet will do anything for you beside making you very hungry for a bunch of days. There are no studies that even prove that the ‘detox’ effect is a thing mostly because in these circles of ‘dietitians’ not just is the term ‘toxin’ poorly defined, your body has pretty good systems for eliminating these things. These systems are known as your kidneys and liver. 

    So yeah are lemons nice? Yes they are.

    Is the ‘Master Cleanse’ a good idea? Nope. 

     
  3. Saw this on fb today. -.-

    I have many requests to re-post this! So here it is again!

    Great information!! Cinnamon and Honey…! Drug companies won’t like this one getting around. 
    Facts on Honey and Cinnamon:

    It is found that a mix of honey and cinnamon cures most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also note honey as very effective medicine for all kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without side effects which is also a plus. Today’s science says that even though honey is sweet, when it is taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm even diabetic patients. Researched by western scientists:

    HEART DISEASES: Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, put it on toast instead of jelly and jam and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol and could potentially save one from heart attack. Also, even if you have already had an attack studies show you could be kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of cinnamon honey strengthens the heart beat. In America and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as one ages the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and the veins.

    ARTHRITIS: Arthritis patients can benefit by taking one cup of hot water with two tablespoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. When taken daily even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week (out of the 200 people so treated) practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain — and within a month, most all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis now started walking without pain.

    BLADDER INFECTIONS: Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder….who knew?

    CHOLESTEROL: Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water given to a cholesterol patient was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, when taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol-could be cured. According to information received in the said Journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.

    COLDS: Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and, clear the sinuses, and it’s delicious too!

    UPSET STOMACH: Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also is said to clear stomach ulcers from its root.

    GAS: According to the studies done in India and Japan, it is revealed that when Honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.

    IMMUNE SYSTEM: Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacterial and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles (where DNA is contained) to fight bacterial and viral diseases.

    INDIGESTION: Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food is eaten relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals

    INFLUENZA: A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural ‘Ingredient’ which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.

    LONGEVITY: Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Use four teaspoons of honey, one teaspoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of boiling water to make a tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans increase and even a 100 year old will start performing the chores of a 20-year-old.

    RASPY OR SORE THROAT: When throat has a tickle or is raspy, take one tablespoon of honey and sip until gone. Repeat every three hours until throat is without symptoms.

    PIMPLES: Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it off the next morning with warm water. When done daily for two weeks, it removes all pimples from the root.

    SKIN INFECTIONS:Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin Infections.

    WEIGHT LOSS:Daily in the morning one half hour before breakfast and on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. When taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.

    FATIGUE: Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, even when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, when taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M., the vitality of the body increases within a week.

    BAD BREATH: People of South America, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water first thing in the morning so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.

    HEARING LOSS: Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restores hearing.

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    Damn I should make bingo chart for this shit:

    Citations needed: check of all checks. 

    Miracle cure for everything: check

    Pretending all honey is the same: check

    Pretending all cinnamon is the same: check

    pretending several kind of diseases are the same: CHECK.

    Massive amounts: CHECK (2 tbs of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon honey? ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND?!)

    Ignores medical facts: CHECK. You know, like influenza which is a viral infection. Or the ‘white blood cells contain DNA’ it’s true but it’s completely irrelevant. Or the #100 year old will do task of 20 year old’. How gullible do these people think you are? HONEY AFFECTS DIABETICS THE SAME AS REGULAR SUGAR DOES BECAUSE SURPRISE HONEY IS SUGAR (here). 

    So you know, not just is this thing wrong, it’s endangering people by making claims about diabetes that are in no way true. You can get hyperglycamia from honey and if you shovel it into your mouth without following up with insulin, ‘coma’ is along the lines of things that can happen to you so how about maybe everyone stops lying to people about magic cures. 

     

     
  4. 01:42

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    Reblogged from sciencefriday

    Tags: science appreciation post

    sciencefriday:

No, this isn’t a sea serpent - it’s the amazing oarfish! These rare creatures can grow up to 30 feet long and have acellular “jelly” bones.

    sciencefriday:

    No, this isn’t a sea serpent - it’s the amazing oarfish! These rare creatures can grow up to 30 feet long and have acellular “jelly” bones.

     
  5. Anonymous said: Is it possible to have no ovaries or no testicles? And consequently no gametes?

    it’s possible to have gonads that never differentiate out to anything resembling testes or ovaries. Those are usually known as streak-gonads. 

    It’s also possible to have absolutely no gonad tissue. Here's a case of a 46,XY patient that looked phenotypically female. And here's a case of 46,XX that's also been completely without gonads. 

    Both cases seem to be fairly rare, the 46,XY case mentions that only 6 more patients were known in literature at 1973. The 46,XX cases seem to be more common but the literature doesn’t always distinguish between ‘dysgenesis’ in which case streak gonads might be present, and ‘gonadal agenesis’ in which case no gonads are found. Complete absence seems to be somewhat rare still. 

     
  6. now a bajillion people are going to reblog this and go “HAHA SEE SJWS ARE STUPID AND BAD”

    If people want to do that they absolutely don’t need my help, they can pick your random, run of the mill, ‘learning a second language and eating food from other cultures is appropriation’ person. Or one of the ‘trans men are the worst’ people of their various flavours (when you get TERFs and supposed trans activist agreeing on such a point you really really have to worry). There are enough people with horrid, at best uneducated, opinions who hide their abusive tendencies under the social justice umbrella and they don’t get called on their bullshit often enough

    I was asked for my opinion, my opinion is: if you want to do activism for equal rights (or human rights) don’t start on tumblr. Start elsewhere and once you’re solid on your basics and issues, then maybe move to tumblr. Don’t start it here. Tumblr is not a good place to be introduced to ANY serious issue. 

     
  7. 10:43

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    Reblogged from libutron

    Tags: science appreciation post

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    libutron:

The curiosities of the Blue dragon nudibranch
Commonly referred to as the Blue dragon nudibranch, Pteraeolidia ianthina (Nudibranchia - Facelinidae), is a remarkable species of sea slug native to the Indo-Pacific region.
This is an extremely elongate species up to 5cm long, with large, curved arches of cerata (the projections on the upper surfaces of the body) along the length of the body. The cephalic tentacles have two distinctive dark purple (or blue) bands.
Although the body color of this nudibranch is translucent tan, the cerata, which are mostly blue or dark purple, lavender or golden brown, give the nudibranch most of its apparent color.
The Blue dragon nudibranch has many amazing survival strategies. When touched, the nudibranch will “flare” its cerata and the nematocysts will discharge on contact (it is one of the few nudibranchs with a sting strong enough to be felt by humans though usually not in areas with thicker skin such as the palm of the hand).
It is also able to autotomize (lose or detach) the posterior part of its body in order to distract, or free itself from, a potential predator. Later, the missing portion can be regenerated.
Another curiosity of this species is that the cerata contain zooxanthellae of the genus Symbiodinium that exhibit the capacity for photosynthesis, and they grow while reside in the sea slug. This symbiotic relationship with the algae helps the adult nudibranch to overcome a period of food shortage by getting photosynthetic products.
References: [1] - [2] - [3] - [4]
Photo credit: ©Sylke Rohrlach
Locality: New South Wales, Australia

    libutron:

    The curiosities of the Blue dragon nudibranch

    Commonly referred to as the Blue dragon nudibranch, Pteraeolidia ianthina (Nudibranchia - Facelinidae), is a remarkable species of sea slug native to the Indo-Pacific region.

    This is an extremely elongate species up to 5cm long, with large, curved arches of cerata (the projections on the upper surfaces of the body) along the length of the body. The cephalic tentacles have two distinctive dark purple (or blue) bands.

    Although the body color of this nudibranch is translucent tan, the cerata, which are mostly blue or dark purple, lavender or golden brown, give the nudibranch most of its apparent color.

    The Blue dragon nudibranch has many amazing survival strategies. When touched, the nudibranch will “flare” its cerata and the nematocysts will discharge on contact (it is one of the few nudibranchs with a sting strong enough to be felt by humans though usually not in areas with thicker skin such as the palm of the hand).

    It is also able to autotomize (lose or detach) the posterior part of its body in order to distract, or free itself from, a potential predator. Later, the missing portion can be regenerated.

    Another curiosity of this species is that the cerata contain zooxanthellae of the genus Symbiodinium that exhibit the capacity for photosynthesis, and they grow while reside in the sea slug. This symbiotic relationship with the algae helps the adult nudibranch to overcome a period of food shortage by getting photosynthetic products.

    References: [1] - [2] - [3] - [4]

    Photo credit: ©Sylke Rohrlach

    Locality: New South Wales, Australia

     
  8. 10:28

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    Tags: AnonasksOff Topic

    Anonymous said: In all seriousness, what do you think of the social justice warriors here on Tumblr? It concerns me that they are constantly making things up to define their genders, sexualities and even associating themselves with head mates (imaginary friends) as well as 'other-kin' where they are 'an object in a human vessel'. What's worse I think it's so toxic that they treat the term 'trigger warnings' so lightly because it just debases the trauma that people who genuinely have PTSD go through.

    oh boy. 

    I think tumblr has a tendency to enhance the worst traits of any given group of people. In otherkin you got people like Tsu and Felkes with massive audiences and in social justice circles you got people like Redd and Riley who are plain old toxic. 

    I think I talked about certain aspects of tumblr culture before, like its tendency to put people on pedestals so high they’re rivaling the Mt.Everest and then gt upset when they inevitably fall off. 

    In itself, social justice is a wonderful concept, but like with so many good things, tumblr has created a echo chamber where sensible people are easily drowned out by the extreme-minded minority.

    To get on an example, I think that people realizing that sexuality is complicated is a good and being more open about it is a good thing, but then the reasonable ‘I want to talk about my experiences as X-sexual’ turned into ‘I have X experiences, that’s a sexuality now’ and then you got the dreaded lithsexual (i think they renamed it recently to Akio sexual?) and a sexuality that#s basically ‘not now, I’m emotionally exhausted’. Like, that’s not a sexuality that’s a part of the normal emotional life of a person.

    So social justice itself is a wonderful concept but imo one should try to get involved in places that are less filled with people crying for your blood when you fuck up. Tumblr is not a good place to be introduced to ANY subculture because what you get on tumblr is inevitably the loud, extreme voices shouting over everyone else. 

     
  9. 02:29

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    Tags: Anonasks

    Anonymous said: a menstrual pad. look up Pad Gardner. he believes he's a pad on the inside & is working to become a literal pad for real. or I can send links if you'd like? not sure how tho

    No worries, I googled him. i wish I hadn’t but i did. 

     
  10. Anonymous said: How do you feel about the otherkin that believes that he's a pad? (he got his name changed to Pad - Pad Gardner)

    … what sort of Pad are we talking about here and is this a really real person. 

    Edit: never fucking mind I googled that and and I’m pretty sure the dude has a fetish problem of some kind. That’s the sort of people who give otherkin a bad name.