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Sunday, April 7th, 2013
Subject:Notice of Impending MLP Fan Fiction!
Time:7:04 pm.
cheerful
Actually, it's not impending anymore—both of the My Little Pony fan fiction stories I've written (thanks to my daughter's interest in the show) are complete and available on the web. My most recently finished story, Rainbow Typhoon, is even on the main page of Equestria Daily right now. IT'll fall off the front page within 24 hours or so. It was the first story I started writing and wasn't that good at first. It's much better now, but it's rating still suffers from those early days of crapiness. It could use some love in the form of Likes and Favs—that is, if you'd care to try reading it. :)

My other story, Words Failed Her, is much shorter and was finished half a year ago or so. It's consistently been in the top 10 stories (out of over 42,000 of them) according to whatever formula the site uses to create the Top Rated list. I don't know if this longer story will make it as well, but I think it came out far better than I could have hoped. :)
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Monday, April 23rd, 2012
Subject:Yo, Bro, how's the knee?
Time:12:20 am.
Hello. My name is Nonsanity, and I'm a Brony.

Okay, I have a bit of an excuse since I have an eight-year-old daughter, but wether I'd need that excuse or not... The world will never know.

Anyway, I'm writing my first piece of fanfic for her and could use some feedback on this first chapter (of a planned five).

I also could use suggestions for a cover art picture, as this is standard practice on fimfiction.com and other fan story sites. Something from ponibooru or posted on EquestriaDaily.com that might go good with the story.

It was just such a picture that gave me the inspiration for the story, but as it represents the final line of text I'll write, I don't want to use it as the cover and tip my hand. :)

Anyway, for all that feel up to reading some My Little Pony fan fiction, here's the link:

http://nonsanity.com/stories/dashsbigbadblow/

Though make sure you've seen the show first. Season 1 is on Netflix and 1 and 2 are on YouTube. And you should at least see the beginning two-parter before attempting to dive into fan fiction - just so you know the characters. [I cannot be held responsible if you get hooked.]
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Thursday, July 28th, 2011
Subject:The Littlest Fursuiter
Time:2:18 am.
pleased
For those that didn't see her hamming it up as a cute little kitten, here's a great pic of Cassie in her costume at Anthrocon this year. She LOVED performing in it and had a blast there. :)

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Thursday, June 30th, 2011
Subject:Anthrocon 2011
Time:1:25 pm.
Anthrocon 2011 is now over and I'm relishing the PCR. (I'm with Kage on that. I even had my own "STUFF!" issue after closing ceremonies.)

The Puppet Track seemed to go well enough, though the schedule fiascos had some impact on attendance. When the times for an event are different across the 5 different sources (program guide chart, program guide descriptions, official sched, unofficial iPhone app, unofficial Droid app) there's just not much a track lead can do. But turnouts were fairly good overall.

Jim Martin once again ROCKED, and with the excellent support from the A/V team in hooking up the Puppetorium with a cool rear-projection screen and hands-free mics, there were no technical snafus whatsoever.

As has happened before at AC, I spent so much time running things, I never really PERFORMED with a puppet. Really just a couple of the Hand-Libs improv skits, and that's it.

But I DID have a distraction this year. Cassie, our now 7-year-old daughter, came with us this year - and FURSUITED! Wow, but did she take to that like a kitten to cream! I'm so glad I got her suit finished in time. She had a blast with it, and wore it as often as she could. I'm starting to see more an more pictures of her popping up around the net. The thing we heard most while walking around with her in suit was "Oooooaaaah! She's so CUUUTE! Can I take a picture?" So there will probably end up being a LOT of them.

And... I'll say it here and now so that it's on the record...

Next year: NEW FLUFF AND SUCH VIDEO!

There. Now I've GOTTA. Everyone keep poking me about it to help keep me on schedule. ;)
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Monday, January 31st, 2011
Subject:Fur Trade?
Time:11:04 pm.
energetic
My daughter wants a fursuit, or at least a partial, and she wants it in royal blue and white. Now I have a lot of Monterey Mills gray seal fur left over, and wanted to see if anyone out there would be interested in a yard-for-yard trade of the gray for blue and/or white in the same MM seal. Just two yards worth of either should do.

I'd also be willing to buy someone's extra MM royal blue and white if they have extra.

And as a third option, if someone ELSE wants 2-3 yards or more of either fur, there is a place that sells 5 yard increments at $15 a yard, and we could go dutch to get just what we need. (Monterey Mills only sells it by the 15 yard bolt, which is why we still have extra gray on-hand.)

Let me know soon if you are interested, and feel free to spread the word elsewhere or suggest other places I might ask around.
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Wednesday, April 28th, 2010
Subject:Cat Limericks
Time:11:35 pm.
artistic
My daughter needs to bring a poem to school tomorrow, and she wanted it about kittens. So I wrote some limericks...

A momma cat had seven kittens
All black with white furry mittens
I picked up the third
Who nuzzled and purred
With whom I was instantly smitten

The Owl and the Pussycat sailed
On a boat, poorly built, that soon failed
Till the pea green sea
Soaked Pussy, and she
Plugged the hole with her tail and Owl bailed.

There once was a marvelous kitten
About whom great poems were written
She lived like a queen
But boy was she mean
And most visitors sadly were bitten
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Wednesday, March 24th, 2010
Time:12:03 am.
discontent
I think the word "force" is thrown about too much in discussions like the ones I've been having around my last few posts. Exactly what is meant by it changes like reflections in mercury. (This isn't Tatooine after all.)

I first ask myself, do they mean "forced to obey the law"?

Law is the collective outcome of centuries of arbitration. New laws are added, old laws are changed or removed when they no longer apply or when humanity's collective morality becomes more refined. (No more laws about burning witches, which once was considered a moral and just thing to do, but no longer.)

If that's what people mean, then I think being forced to obey the law on penalty of punishment WORKS for society. This sort of "force" is not a bad thing.

Then I ask, do they mean "forced to do something as part of my job"?

The employer is the definer of the employee's tasks and methods, except where such tasks and methods would break laws. The employee agrees to those tasks and methods as part of the terms of employment, with the knowledge that they can change over time. The employee can leave at any time to take a new position. If the training they chose to take only qualifies them for one type of job that they like (say garbage collection, for argument's sake) and they don't like the tasks or methods the job requires (dirty diapers), then that is unfortunate. But to use the word "forced" should be going too far with the word. They still have options. The options may not pay as well (ditch digger) or may require additional training (brain surgeon), but to say that there are no options would be incorrect. And to say one is forced to do something as part of a job is to say that they have NO options.

If that's what people mean, then I think they need to find a new path through life, one that is more pleasing to them. If the effort to do so is more distasteful than doing what an employer asks, then that is a CHOICE, not force. This sort of force is not a bad thing.

Then I ask, do they mean "forced into actions on pain of death, torture, or ultimate damnation"?

If so, then they must be religious. Man, sucks to be them.

So to summarize:

Forced by law (not a bad thing)
Forced by job (not really force)
Forced by religion (now THAT'S force!)

May the force not be with you...
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Saturday, March 20th, 2010
Subject:More on the Pledge
Time:1:17 am.
thoughtful
More on the pledge, and the divide over the two words that come before "indivisible"...

Personally, I said the pledge as-is for many years, since at that age it was just words. When I became aware of the meaning of what I had been saying for years I discovered that the pledge to our government included a proclamation of subservience to a character in someone else's story.

It wasn't a lie, per se, it was just an unfamiliar story slipped into what was meant to be a unifying pledge. I started putting a short silence in place of those two words...

And this was LONG before I found out that those very two words had been added into the text fairly recently, within my parents' lifetime. If I were to take a highlighter to a printout of the Pledge of Allegiance, those would be the two words I marked as odd. And lo and behold, they actually were interlopers.

There are many different types of non-theists, just as there are many different types of theist. There are the bombastic eliminate-all-religion-everywhere atheists and there are the "god hates fags" angry-sign-shakers like those from the Westboro Babtist Church. So I can't say that NO atheists are trying to eliminate all religion everywhere anymore than I can say that all religious people are moral, fair, and kind.

Those that seek to eliminate religious bias in our shared government generally aren't trying to eliminate all religion everywhere. No one (that I know of) is saying the pledge should be "...one nation, godless, indivisible..." anymore than polytheists are trying to make it "...one nation, under the gods, indivisible".

"Under god", "godless", "under the gods"... Each phrase excludes those that would prefer one of the others. Does there have to be a winner here? Are any of these worldviews so insecure that they MUST have this official confirmation chanted by every schoolchild?

Original, historical, traditional, unadulterated... These are often cited as cherished values of long-standing religions. Why not go back to the original, historical, traditional, and unadulterated Pledge?

Why IS "god" dividing the indivisible anyway?
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Thursday, March 18th, 2010
Subject:"I pledge allegence..."
Time:7:45 pm.
irritated
The following information was very well presented, I thought:

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"The constitutionality of the phrase ["under god"] has been the subject of litigation for years. This judicial ping-pong has grown tiresome," said Dave Kong, American Atheists Director of State Operations. "As long as these two words remain, the Pledge will continue to be a wedge in American unity, dividing us along religious lines. Congress needs to take the lead in restoring the Pledge of Allegiance to its pre-Cold War text and once again make the United States 'one nation indivisible.'"

Dr. Ed Buckner, president of American Atheists, added "The Congress of the United States acted in the 1950s with a reckless disregard for the indivisibility of this nation and in opposition to liberty for all when they inserted a plainly religious phrase into the Pledge. This nation has now—and has always had—many honest and decent citizens, including many who serve in the military, who worship no gods. Congress has no business pretending it can make religious decisions for citizens."

Edwin Kagin, National Legal Director for American Atheists, observed that "Our nation got through the revolution, a civil war, two world wars, and some other unpleasantnesses just fine without the god talk that is now causing many to confuse religious belief with patriotism.

"The minister who wrote the pledge didn't want religion in it and neither do we." As to the idea that "under God" and "In God We Trust" are not religious, Kagin asked, "I wonder how it would look if it was religious? If this is only 'ceremonial deism,' just what is 'un-ceremonial deism'?"
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I've heard some people argue that removing the inserted words "under god" will be letting the atheists "win" by making the pledge promote atheism. To me that sounds like comparing a room with an elephant in it to all rooms that don't have an elephant. And claiming that the main defining attribute of all those other no-elephant rooms is their lack of elephantness.

There are rooms [aspects of life] that should have elephants [gods], with hay on the floor [pews and altars and crosses]... And there are the rest that don't.

Particularly the one we all live in that has a no-pets rule in the by-laws. [The government.]

~ Nonsanity
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Monday, March 15th, 2010
Subject:Puppetry Practice
Time:5:11 pm.
energetic
I discovered a fun new way to practice puppetry: Random Video Chats

There are services that connect you randomly to other webcam users with a button to change to a new random person at any time. This button gets hit a lot, so you are constantly looking at new people. Unfortunately, many people don't follow the rules of what you can be... DOING on the cam, so those with delicate sensibilities shouldn't give this a try. In fact, I won't mention the specific site I use here. Contact me privately if you want to know it.

But with a puppet in front of the cam, this otherwise rather boring activity becomes a lot of fun, for all involved. Tag was my host, as he's the most expressive of my puppets (despite the fact that you can't even see his eyes... Or maybe because of it.)

Tag was very animated and always actively emoting for each new person. He would start with a fairly neutral expression for each new connection, but then would react to or imitate the person on the other end. Those doing what they shouldn't get shocked and repulsed expressions (Tag is an innocent little doggie), anyone that smiles or laughs upon seeing the puppet gets a laugh, and the shocked or confused people get either a laugh or an imitation of their own shock.

Because it was constantly new people, I could rehash the same reactions over and over to get them more natural and expressive.

And when I caught the fancy of someone, or someones, a conversation of sorts would ensue. This was hampered because I couldn't get my mic to work with the flash interface, so Tag was mute. Half the people he chatted with were also mute, resorting to typing comments in the chat window. Tag did this only sparingly, not having fingers (and me being at a bad angle to the keyboard and typing with my off-hand). Whenever possible, Tag responded visually.

"Where's your master, doggy?" Tag looks left, looks right, shrugs and shakes his head.
"Are you a boy?" Tag looks down at his lap, looks back up and nods.
"Or are you neutered?" Vast, vigorous head shaking ensues. Pauses to look down to check, then continues to shake head vigorously.

Signs come up from time to time with requests written on them, usually with the word "boobs" in them somewhere. Tag dutifully scans the lines of text, mouth moving as he does so. When he gets to the end, he looks down at himself then back up and shakes his head with a shrug. One sign was sideways with a lot of tickmarks on it. Tag tipped his head to the side and read "If you tip your head to the side to read this, I win." as a hand with a sharpie added another mark to the page. Tag laughed. (Oddly enough, I didn't tip my head, but I guess that doesn't count.)

Tag would bark at the camera, put his nose up close and sniff, howl, and lick the lens, among other actions. If someone was playing music, he'd dance along or sing, if he knew the words. If someone gave obedience commands ("Sit!"), Tag would do his best to immediately comply. Bouts of imitation would quickly escalate to ridiculous antics on the part of the humans. And if there was a stuffed animal of some sort within reach of the other end, it invariably ended up on cam for Tag to sniff or bark at.

All-in-all, great practice, great fun. People that had longer interactions with Tag usually had only complimentary things to say before moving on. If you want to work on making your puppets really POP, this is a great way to get the practice with a real self-selected audience that never gets bored with you. :)
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Monday, December 14th, 2009
Subject:A Modest Proposal
Time:5:45 pm.
artistic
I now have a modest proposal to make
As the world's population proceeds to inflate
Heterosexual marriage is BANNED
From this moment forward and at my command
All speaking of vows and exchanging of rings
Will be between people that sport the same... things
And know how to use them (and not just their own)
But forgo reproduction, their seed goes unsown
This "18 And Counting" (whoops! 19 it seems...)
Will now become nothing but hereto dreams
And the world will become a much gayer place
...Till will reach Singularity and shoot into space
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Monday, September 14th, 2009
Subject:Life Imitates Art (Unknowlingly)
Time:1:12 pm.
My father found this one and sent it to me. One guess why. :)



Yup! Space Teddies!

Those are actual teddy bears, and yes, they are where it looks like they are. You can even see the curve of the Earth behind them. Okay, while not technically in "space", they were pretty damn high up there! And it just seems SO familiar, doesn't it...?



Thanks to Cambridge University for creating a wonderful image in their quest for sub-£1,000 spaceflight.

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Sunday, April 26th, 2009
Subject:Fluff & Such's Invasion of the Bodystockings at Anthrocon '09
Time:4:32 pm.
That's right. Fluff & Such's next project won't be a music video, it will be a LIVE performance! (Well, there MIGHT also be a video too... Who knows?)


FLUFF & SUCH'S INVASION OF THE BODYSTOCKINGS

A sci-fi puppet musical featuring Nonsanity, the Fluff & Such cast, and a host of talented puppeteers.
  • Experience bone-numbing FEAR as hideous creatures from another world plot to take over Earth!
  • Be SWEPT AWAY by a forbidden and ill-fated inter-species romance!
  • THRILL to a climactic final battle to save our world! (Rendered in patented Puppet Slowmoavision™!)
  • GROOVE to the almost non-stop song stylings of Jonathan Coulton and Laurie Berkner!

The mysterious and secretive government organization, the FIB (the Furries In Black), is closely watching the actions of someone prophesied by enigmatic aliens to be either the destruction - or salvation - of Earth. Who's side will this wildcard take in the end, and will he get the girl along the way... Or will the girl get him? (Or is the girl even a GIRL?)

These and many more questions will be answered or patently ignored in...

FLUFF & SUCH'S INVASION OF THE BODYSTOCKINGS

(coming to an Anthrocon 2009 near you)


On a completely unrelated subject... Well, slightly related. (Okay, okay... Its pretty much the same thing!) Those "talented puppeteers" mentioned above might include YOU! I'm looking for hands that can act, and need your help. If you (or someone you love) have a talented hand (DON'T make me have to rephrase that!) then contact Nonsanity (gmail) to arrange a video audition. (Bring your own webcam or YouTube upload.) And make it snappy... The sooner the below-stage cast can be paired with the above-stage cast, the more time both will have to practice! Expect there to be at least two hours of rehearsal at AC prior to the show where the whole cast can run through the fun once for their own amusement. For those that have the technology, group video-chats can also be arranged prior to AC for rehearsals. And don't worry about having to perform songs you don't know - There will be a lot of puppet swapping to cover parts, so that fewer hands are needed to support the whole cast of characters. I'll be fully prepared to perform all leads in the musical numbers (I've had a lot more exposure to the music while crafting the play), but not every song is a solo and I'm sure my arm would appreciate some help from those "talented puppeteers". Then again, someone does have to play the mind-control zombies. That reminds me:
  • MIND-CONTROLLED ZOMBIES!
In the words of one (failed) FIB recruit: "Only the best of the best... of the pretty-goods..."

 ~ Nonsanity
 ~ Chris Innanen
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Saturday, January 10th, 2009
Subject:I cast Fainting Spell at the darkness...
Time:3:00 pm.
lethargic
There are any number of reasons that someone can faint. In this case, as one doctor said, if blood flow to the brain becomes reduced, the brain will shut down to protect itself.

I passed out once in high school. The whole band was in full tux regalia with their instruments on risers on the auditorium stage while a photographer took his own sweet time out in the audience. I was in the top back row under hot lights in a black polyester tux holding a euphonium for 45 minutes with my knees locked. I'm just lucky I keeled over forward instead of into the 6 foot drop behind me.

After a few minutes rest in the wings I was recovered enough to resume my position. I can tell the final picture came from after this event because my bow-tie was crooked. So that was from heat and lack of blood flow from the locked knees.

My father passed out in a Wendy's in Ocean City. He had recently taken up running and had spend all morning running along the beach. In his case, it was dehydration. It's too bad too, I think he was next in line...
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Friday, January 9th, 2009
Subject:Quackery
Time:5:39 pm.
I don't post to my journal that often. The last post was actually written as a forum posting on a different site, and I decided to cross-post it here. Mainly because of what I read on that forum...

I only read the one thread with about 30 posts in it (all about head/neck pain and colds), but fully 1/4 of the posters admitted to going to chiropractors for their head and neck pain. Most of them recommended others do the same. All of them - really, ALL of them - reported it didn't help one bit! And they recommended it?!? A few even mentioned trying acupuncture, again with no beneficial effect, and one mentioned homeopathy with no results stated (but one guess what it was).

Of course, none of these activities will do anything for a viral infection, as most colds are. Chiropracty, because bending the body won't kill off infected cells. Acupuncture, because whatever benefits people claim to get from acupuncture doesn't come from the needles actually penetrating the skin, but from the whole procedurearound it - as it has been repeatedly shown in studies using sham needles, particularly those that neither patient or practitioner can tell from real needles. And of course homeopathy, because its just... "magic" water! (OMG)

And so my post in that forum was mainly just to slip that last paragraph in. I quite like how it came out, and while I may tweek at a bit more, I think I'll be adding it to my forum posts whenever apropos. In fact, here it is again, just for good measure! MUAHAHA...

*WARNING* Be aware that both patients and medical practitioners fall prey to medical scams every day and never shake themselves loose. There are many still commonly used treatments that have been shown to do nothing (or actually harm) when given the most rigorous testing. Don't lose your money (or your health/life) because you couldn't be bothered to check. Ask your general practitioner questions and read any pertinent articles on QuackWatch.org or ScienceBasedMedicine.org for your own safety. Your health is SO important - Don't trust it to mere anecdotes and testimonials. There are people and organizations that test all this stuff HARD and WELL. Please don't ignore or dismiss them in favor of flashy advertising and word-of-mouth rumors of efficacy to the detriment of your health.



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Subject:Medical Mystery... SOLVED?
Time:3:34 pm.
sore
On Friday morning, my 4 year old daughter passed out without warning. She had fully recovered within 10-20 seconds, and seemed perfectly fine, but we took her to the emergency room for good measure. They tested for causes that would require immediate medical treatment and found nothing. The following Thursday she came down with a mild cold.

Over the weekend, my wife started having symptoms of headache, neck ache, nausea, dizziness, and blurred vision. On Monday night she passed out, also recovering within 10-20 seconds. Spent all night at the emergency room testing for causes that would require immediate medical treatment, and again found nothing.

Now I had had a week of head and neck pain followed be the onset of cold symptoms later in the day the Friday my daughter passed out. It is the following Friday and I'm feeling considerably better, through with still some lingering stiffness in the neck and some sniffles.

It looks like - and at least one doctor made the same suggestion - that all three of us are suffering from a viral cold that starts out with a week of head and neck pain that trails off into a week more typical cold symptoms. If my wife's nose starts running like crazy on Sunday, we can call this hypothesis valid. (At least enough to stop worrying about other things... Schwarzenegger: "It's NOT a tumor!")


*WARNING* Be aware that both patients and medical practitioners fall prey to medical scams every day and never shake themselves loose. There are many still commonly used treatments that have been shown to do nothing (or actually harm) when given the most rigorous testing. Don't lose your money (or your health/life) because you couldn't be bothered to check. Ask your general practitioner questions and read any pertinent articles on QuackWatch.org for your own safety. Your health is SO important - Don't trust it to mere anecdotes and testimonials. There are people and organizations that test all this stuff HARD and WELL. Please don't ignore or dismiss them in favor of flashy advertising and word-of-mouth rumors of efficacy to the detriment of your health.
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Friday, June 20th, 2008
Subject:Get Yer Website While Its HOT
Time:12:35 am.
excited
If you've wanted your own website, now is the time!

http://www.dreamhost.com/105321.html

Two years for the price of one from Dreamhost. I've used them for several years with nothing but great things to say about them.

The deal ends tonight. You don't have to say I sent you. I'm not getting paid or compensated in any way for this. Just passing word of a good deal.

(And yes, their humor is always like that. Their "monthly" newsletter is the most entertaining I've ever seen.)
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Thursday, May 1st, 2008
Subject:"The Fuzzy Brains"
Time:2:37 pm.
hyper
Oh, and here's the placeholder site for "The Fuzze Brains" project I want to do. :)
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Subject:More On "Boosting Your Immune System"...
Time:2:31 pm.
hyper
I've been researching this, and here's what I came up with:

The immune system has two types of responses, general and specific. The specific form is for when it detects something it's seen before, like a particular virus marker, and it activates a very directed response to that intruder.

The general form is for when the immune system can't identify the intruder, and the clinical term for it is "inflammation". This is a good thing in that it can fight off most non-aggressive intruders, but it's a bad thing in that prolonged inflammation can lead to hardening of the arteries and pulmonary complications - like heart attacks and strokes.

The trick with vaccines is to introduce just enough of a potential infective agent into the body that it trains the specific response but doesn't activate an inflammatory response. Almost all vaccines use broken up pieces of dead viruses for this, and they don't trigger the general response at all (or much).

So getting a shot won't shake up the hive, as it were, and get all our immune bees buzzing and ready. Even if it did, that would be a bad thing to do as a matter of course since causing inflammation when there really isn't any need for it has bad side effects.

The immune system is VERY complicated and muddled, and it is already working as best it can if you are generally healthy (no immune diseases). So "boosting" any part of it will likely throw the whole thing out of whack and make you sicker and/or more prone to getting sick.

So when a product says it "boosts the immune system", it either means absolutely nothing OR it means IT MAKES YOU SICK (causes inflammation). Somehow I doubt most of them are going for the second meaning, so...

It's bunk. :)

For a GREAT - and far better explained and more entertaining - version of this information, listen to Quackcast #22 - Boost Your Immune System And Die and it is SOOOO worth the 20 minutes of your life!
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Monday, April 28th, 2008
Subject:Boost Your Immune System
Time:3:33 pm.
aggravated
You've all heard those words before, haven't you. How could you not when so many products and activities tout this as a result. We've probably all heard the phrase so often that we take it for granted.

It means NOTHING.

I don't like to see my friends and family taken advantage of by unscrupulous marketeers. If there is one rule of thumb to go by in medical decisions that can cover the most ground, this is the one:

When you hear "boosts your immune system" you are being CONNED!
It's not the only handy rule of thumb by ANY stretch of the imagination, but its the one I suggest starting with.
It sounds so good... To boost (aid, assist, relieve) your (cool medical lingo) immune system, seems exactly what you'd want, eh?

It is, however, a load of fetid dingo's kidneys and an EXCELLENT way to identify a medical scam. (Or if you prefer: S.C.A.M. aka Supplementary, Complementary, and Alternative Medicines.)

Just look at Airborne, and the lawsuits that resulted from its unsupported claims. (And that's ignoring the fact that it has so much of certain vitamins that following its recommended dosage and taking a multivitamin at the same time could, over time, cause serious damage to you!)

Here's an excellent summary of this phrase by Steven Novella (and more):
Claims that nutritional supplements “boost the immune system” are a favorite in the industry. However, this is not a scientific concept. The immune system is a complex system of the body. It fights off infection, foreign bodies, and abnormal cells, such as cancer cells. However, it does so at risk to the host itself. The inflammation caused by the immune system often causes more damage than the infection the inflammation is fighting off. Reacting to foreign substances, in many individuals, can be exaggerated to the point of life threatening allergies. Also, there is an entire category of disease known as autoimmune diseases, in which the immune systems attacks its own body. They include many chronic and serious illnesses, such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and lupus. Because the immune system is a double-edged sword, any attempt at manipulating the immune system is also double-edged. Therefore increasing immune system activity is just as likely to be harmful to a person as beneficial.
But that's too much science for most people to want to learn. If this blog was read by a LOT of people, I bet many of them would skip over that paragraph midway through its third sentence. That's fine... You read LiveJournal for fun, not study-hall. But then how can everyone learn that sometimes what seems right and true just isn't, and people are taking advantage of you because of it?


Anyway, I know I've used this blog mainly as a news outlet for Fluff And Such Puppetry, but there IS a tie-in... I'm thinking about making a series of informative videos with the F&S cast that highlight some of the worst scams and fuzzy-brain-thinking out there in an entertaining way. If anyone thinks they might like to help with it, please let me know. I want to make sure I have enough material to last for a while before I start.

Hmm... Maybe I should call it: The Fuzzy Brains
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