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Lack Of Focus

I have way too many things.  My wife and I are in the process of getting rid of clutter that has over run our house and I have just only now realized how much crap we have.  As I sort through everything I have collected, I wish I had spent this money on something more meaningful.  I have so many clothes I never wear.  They have been sitting in my closet and drawers wasting away.  In my basement I have an unused Mig welder still in it's box.  I haven't even taken it out of the box.  I own too many domain names.  I own around 10 of them.  Before purchasing a new domain, I always believe I will follow through and actually do something cool with it.  I never do.  My having too many things is not due to an emotional attachment to possessions.  It is something much worse.  It's a lack of focus.

Capsaicin in hot peppers is good for you


Capsaicin is the substance that gives hot peppers their kick.  It is also what gives hot peppers their health benefits.  Recent studies have found that capsaicin can destroy lung and pancreatic cancer cells without damaging the surrounding cells.  This might explain why certain countries like India, who have a diet high in spicy foods, have lower occurances of some cancers compared to western countries.  Studies have also shown capsaicin may protect against the buildup of cholesterol in the blood.  Eating foods chilis high in capsaicin reduces insulin requirements which may aid in the prevention and treatment of diabetes.

Hot Peppers

Many people falsely believe hot peppers irritate the stomach but there is no evidence to suppoprt this.  In fact chilies actually lower the output of gastric acid.  eating hot chilies daily can recude the risk of peptic ulcers by over 50%.


Below is the top 10 hottest peppers in the world.  To give some perspective, a habanero pepper has about 100,000 to 350,000 Scoville heat units.  


  1. Carolina Reaper - 2,200,000 SHU
  2. Trinidad Moruga Scorpion - 2,009,231 SHU
  3. Pot Douglah - 1,853,936 SHU
  4. Trinidad Scorpion Butch T - 1,463,700 SHU
  5. Naga Viper - 1,349,000 SHU
  6. Pot Primo - 1,268,250 SHU
  7. Bhut Jolokia (Ghost Pepper) 1,041,427 SHU
  8. 7 Pot Brain Strain ~1,000,000 SHU
  9. Other 7 Pot Varieties 800,000 - 1,000,000 SHU
  10. Red Savina Habanero 500,000 SHU

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Traditional Climbing


Traditional climbing is a type of rock climbing in which a climber places all protective gear and removes it when a section is completed.  The protection placed while climbing is not permanent and after a climb is completed no trace is left behind.  Since protection is placed while climbing, it can be argued that traditional climbing is more dangerous than sport climbing which has permanent protection already present before climbing.     


Climbing Rack
A climber's set of protective gear as a whole is referred to as a "rack".  The typical climbing rack can vary from one climbing area to the next due to differences in the rock.  For instance, due to the high number of horizontal cracks on routes in the Gunks , tricams can be  a good choice for a rack.  What a standard rack should consist of is a matter of personal opinion and can become a heated debate between climbers.  

Some examples of protective gear that would be found in a climbing rack.  

  • Aluminum, steel or brass nuts and stoppers
  • Hexagonal shaped chocks
  • Slings
  • Spring loaded camming devices
  • Tricams

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Gear Placement

Gear placement is an important skill necessary for safety.  Knowing how each piece of gear works, when to place a piece, and how to place said piece can be the difference between life and death.  Taking a fall onto a misplaced piece gear can be tragic.  There are some great resources online regarding gear placement but nothing is better than real life gear placement under the supervision of a guide or more experienced friend.  When starting out traditional climbing, always climb with somebody more experienced who can teach you all the ins and outs of this sport.  Don't think you know what you're doing because you watched a couple youtube videos on the subject.    


Flu shots save lives and are safe

Flu season is around the corner and I would like to emphasize the importance on getting a flu shot.  I have had the flu one time in my life and hope never to get it again.  Recently on my facebook feed, I stumbled across a link to some “information” about avoiding flu vaccinations due to mercury and aluminum.    

"Avoid flu vaccinations as most contain both mercury and aluminum, well-known neurotoxic and immunotoxic agents." Dr. Mercola

Instead of the flu shot, the doctor recommends taking a natural remedy of oregano and melaleuca oil.  What dangerous information to spread around!  Flu vaccines are safe.  Hundreds of millions of Americans have received flu shots without adverse effects.  Although it is possible to have side effects from the vaccine, most people don’t and those who do have mild symptoms.  The risks of having the flu far outweigh the risks of getting the vaccine.  Please do yourself and your family a favour this season and get a flu shot.    

Duct Tape Can Be Used To Treat The Common Wart

The usual treatment for the removal of the common wart is cryotherapy.  Cryotherapy invovles using a substance like Liquid nitrogen to freeze the wart.  1 to 4 treatments of liquid nitrogen are usually required.  So what if I told you duct tape was a more effective treatment for warts than traditional cryotherapy?  


Small wart, big blister

That was the finding in the following study that can be found here.  In the study, one group was given liquid nitrogen treatments on each wart for 10 seconds every 2 to 3 weeks for up to 6 treatments.  The second group had duct tape applied directly to the wart for a  maximum of 2 months.  Both groups had their warts measured during return visits.  85% of the duct tape patients vs 60% of the cryotherapy patients has resolution of their warts!  It turns out duct tape is a better treatment for warts than cryotherapy!