Bake It Out

Greetings from Chaos. The last few nights the puppygirls have had me awake two and three times each night. Lack of sleep is a stressor. Stressors increase cortisol and cortisol damped immunity. Bottom line: I’m sick.

I went to exercise anyway. Creating an artificial fever is a good way to fight infection. (See Vasey’s article in InnerSelf if you don’t believe me.) Athletes – and athlete wannabes like me! – do it through sustained exercise.

I also came home and took a hot bath then curled up for a nap, covered in blankets. My mother used to suggest I ‘bake’ it out of me and she was right.

However, it is not just the heat fighting the germs. There is scientific evidence that certain types of immune cells do better in a warm environment. In a December 13, 2011 article in ScienceDaily it was reported CD8+ cytotoxic T cells ‘like it hot’.

T cells are macrophages, ‘big eaters’. There are a number of different types of T cells and I don’t believe CD8+ cytotoxic T cells have a thing to do with AMD as other T cells have been suspected to.  Of course, I could be dead wrong. However, it is a good way to get me back on the topic.

Oh! Another detour: I am taking turmeric for the inflammation in my rotator cuff tendon (killing me now because I ramped it up in yoga. Someday I might learn.) Searching the combination turmeric + age-related macular degeneration I discovered turmeric is an antioxidant. It is recommended by all sorts of websites with natural, earth, sun, alternative, etc. in their titles. The take home message on this is: it is a supplement and has not been proven to do anything for AMD. It is helping my tendonitis. Sample of one. Take it for what it is worth. Do your own research. Pay your money and take your chance.

Since I am still feeling a little rough, I will probably just introduce the topic Lin wants me to cover and come back to it later. The topic is Seeing AI from Microsoft. I had the 1.0 (or whatever) version on my iPad and got very very strange results. This was with identifying people and scenes. I did not use any of the other programs contained in the app because I already have programs to do much of that stuff on my iPad. Basically, I did not need the redundancy.

I am proposing I look at all of the new things 2.0 does and compared their performances to the performances of the apps I already have. Sound good? Can we make this a class participation project? I would like to hear what you think?

The first positive thing I noticed was the app upgraded automatically. That was a plus! Let us look at short text and see what we think.

Written December 23rd, 2017

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