After a ten-hour surgery on Monday, Jeff Kepner, became the first person in the US to receive a double hand transplant.  After loosing both his hands to a bacterial infection, Kepner is in for intense physical therapy and a special anti-rejection protocol which includes a bone marrow transplant.
      - Coco Ballantyne, Scientific American


   I want to prompt this by saying, I never have to worry about being an alcoholic because after the coke, there is only so much liquid a person can drink.  I an addicted, I actually get grumpy if I have not had a hit in a couple days.  So, this is what it is doing to me...

    ..."In The First 10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. (100% of your recommended daily intake.) You don’t immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid cuts the flavor allowing you to keep it down.
   20 minutes: Your blood sugar spikes, causing an insulin burst. Your liver responds to this by turning any sugar it can get its hands on into fat. (There’s plenty of that at this particular moment)
   40 minutes: Caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, as a response your livers dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked preventing drowsiness.
   45 minutes: Your body ups your dopamine production stimulating the pleasure centers of your brain. This is physically the same way heroin works, by the way.
   >60 minutes: The phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium and zinc in your lower intestine, providing a further boost in metabolism. This is compounded by high doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners also increasing the urinary excretion of calcium.
   >60 Minutes: The caffeine’s diuretic properties come into play. (It makes you have to pee.) It is now assured that you’ll evacuate the bonded calcium, magnesium and zinc that was headed to your bones as well as sodium, electrolyte and water.
>60 minutes: As the rave inside of you dies down you’ll start to have a sugar crash. You may become irritable and/or sluggish. You’ve also now, literally, pissed away all the water that was in the Coke. But not before infusing it with valuable nutrients your body could have used for things like even having the ability to hydrate your system or build strong bones and teeth."...

There is supposed to be a caffeine crash afterward but I think I have become sensitized to it.  So for the rest of you, shoot another one in less that two hours.  Do that all day and you will be riding high and happy.  Until you need a liver / kidney / heart transplant and dentures anyway.

     -From Liz Lewis at


Radiologists predict oxygen-ozone therapy will soon become a replacement for back surgery in the United States for the treatment of herniated disks.  The procedure would consist an injection of the oxygen-ozone gas mixture into the disk.  The effect is comparable to back surgery, limiting pain and inflammation; all with out surgical recovery times.

     -Society of Interventional Radiology online, March 2009