[FoRK] McDonald's in Japan

Stephen D. Williams sdw at lig.net
Fri Nov 19 07:51:37 PST 2004

As the statisticians say: "In the long run, we're all dead."

It could be that Japanese that move here suddenly stop being as active 
by walking less, driving more, etc.
Or it could be physical adaptation to diet.  Many things in your body 
have a wide range of possible operating efficiencies based on normal 
ranges, flow, etc.  This includes sweat glands, capillaries in various 
areas, arterial wall muscle, kidney function, etc.

I was an extremely competitive distance runner in high school when I 
weighed 135lbs, had zero body fat, and ran 3000 miles per year.  One 
day, I noticed that I lost 8 pounds through sweating in one long run at 
100 degrees in 95% humidity in 45-60 minutes.  I looked it up in an 
encyclopedia: I exceeded the recorded maximum sweat rate by a 
significant amount.  That's the key part of being a 'heat trained' runner.

Why I didn't invent Camelbak back then, I'll never know.  It seems so 
obvious now.


Gavin Thomas Nicol wrote:

> On Nov 18, 2004, at 3:12 AM, J.Andrew Rogers wrote:
>> On Nov 17, 2004, at 8:37 AM, Gavin Thomas Nicol wrote:
>>> Various studies *have* shown a link between diet and health issues, 
>>> such as breast cancer, where soy-rich diets before puberty reduce 
>>> cancer incidence rates significantly (there are less conclusive 
>>> studies about the benefits on older women). Even then though, what 
>>> the exact relationship is remains unclear.
>> While at the same time there have been studies that show strong 
>> correlations between soy and glandular problems (in young people) and 
>> substantial cognitive decline (in older people).
>> Basically, we're screwed.  All this stuff kills us one way or another.
> Yes, but still, it doesn't hurt to pay attention. I think that in 
> addition to eating carefully, you have to stick to your diet. 
> Statistically there is a correlation between health problems and 
> sudden changes in dietary habits... for example, there is a higher 
> incidence of cancer in Japanese that move to the US, and change to a 
> US diet vs. Japanese Americans brought up on a mostly US diet. Again 
> though, none of this is conclusive because, at the end of the day, you 
> cannot apply truly rigourous scientific methodology to human subjects.
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