Alcoholic Poisoning

A few recipes from the straight forward, very practical and ingenious food branch of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) to cure hangovers from drinking to much alcohol.

a. 15 g tea infused in boiling water for 10 minutes. Drink a large cupful.
b. Put 15 g of withe sugar in 30 ml vinegar. Dilute with hot water, and when the sugar has completely dissolved drink.
c. Take 60. g black soya beans. Add a suitable amount of water and heat until boiling, then drink.

Reference:
Eating Your Way to Health: Dietotheraphy in Traditional Chinese Medicine
P. 66
ISBN 711901885X

My personal tips in order to avoid a severe hangover after a drinking binge:
(water, protein, sugar, salt, vitamins)

Drink a large amount of water
Eat a protein rich snack (ex. eggs and bacon, herring or salmon)
Spice with salt
Take a vitamin pill or a vitamin C
Drink Orange Juice

The body should of curse rest (sleep) to be able to recuperate properly. Drink 2 big glasses of water before going to bed.

The day after. Some light exercise and appropriate massage to relieve tensions may be in place after the circumstances. Some people feel that a walk helps. My girlfriend recommends a warm bath for the feet with herbs – against colds and others symptoms of discomfort!

Links:
Hangover wikipedia.org

The emotion of information

It is generally recognised now that, although we have all these amazing decision-making strategies, people generally make decisions based on emotions.

Focus
What emotions also do is focus your attention. For example, if I was really angry with you, my attention would be focused on you. If I’m just curious about something, I would still have that level of attention but it would be much softer.

Information
Emotions also regulate the flow of information. So, if I’m really angry with you, the information flows from me to you. If I’m curious about something you’re saying, the information flows from you to me.

Energy
Emotions also regulate the flow of energy. So, when you have a strong emotion, the energy is going out of you. That’s why anger is so draining. When I’m curious or interested, I’m sucking in the information. So, emotions have a huge amount to do with our thinking.

Reference: BrainMagic

Todays Quote

Nuclear powered vacuuum cleaners will probably be a reality within 10 years.
— Alex Lewyt (President of the Lewyt Corporation,
manufacturers of vacuum cleaners), quoted in The New York
Times, June 10, 1955.

This morning when I opened my terminal on my local computer a new tcsh shell popped up with this strange thought provoking cookie! “Fortune” is a well known little nifty Unix app that servers the cookies. You can find fortune cookie files all over the net. And you can easily write your own cookie files with your own profound sentences and make them into .dat files with “Strfile” that is readable with “Fortune”. Take a look at the man fortune and man strfile. Unfortunately not all Unix systems today comes with the fortune app out the box – but then go and hunt for it!

Btw I found some profound quotes at the goblogua yesterday that I have compiled into a goblogua.zip file for download for use with the Fortune app (Right click to download – both files are used and remember to leave the .dat part out i.e. just Fortune goblogua ).

Why should 10 stupid men rule over 1 wise man?

Because they know better! Plato was wrong.

At the moment I am reading an interesting book that makes me turn pages with an amazing ease and in the same manner do away with my preconceptions of the wise.

The argument of the book is that chasing the expert is a mistake. We should stop hunting and ask the crowd. Chances are, the crowd knows much better and is much more accurate that any individual or small group of esoteric experts. This simple fact of science is especially true in problems of cognition, coordination and cooperation.

“The best way for a group to be smart is for each person in it to think and act as independently as possible.” “Diversity and independence are important because the best collective decisions are the product of disagreement and contest, not consensus and compromise.”

Given the right circumstances this is one of the best arguments in favor the free market – stripped of all other ideological nonsense! Its one of the best praises of individuality I have ever heard. This thesis of the crowd reinforces my belief in democracy.

Book reference: The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki, Randomhouse 2004

Just War in Iraq 2003

In November 2003 I received the Master of Law degree from University of Copenhagen. My final dissertation “Just War in Iraq 2003” was in International Law .

The plan was to make “Just War in Iraq 2003” into a living wiki document, but that never happen for several reasons.

Thank you for the overwhelming interests in downloading “Just War in Iraq 2003“. More than an amazing 50.000 copies has been downloaded over the Internet. You can still download it in pdf format from:

http://home24.inet.tele.dk/dr-dyhr/JustWarInIraq2003.pdf (now point to the bellow link!)
http://dyhr.com/speciale/JustWarInIraq2003.pdf
http://thomas.dyhr.homepage.dk/JustWarInIraq2003.pdf

You are welcome to contact me at thomas@dyhr.com.