Tuesday, August 17, 2010

TED Talk Tuesday: Dean Ornish says your genes are not your fate

I like this talk because when so much in life feels beyond my control, it's nice to feel like there are a few things I can control. Also amusing to me are the studies showing that alcohol in moderation actually produces sundry health benefits, since I was always taught that alcohol is one of the roots of evil, maybe even the long tap root that reaches down into the groundwaters of depravity. Suck it, WoW! For the uninitiated, WoW in this instance is referring to the Word of Wisdom, not World of Warcraft. I like the "Additional Information" tab, where we learn that prophets have told us that the forbidden "hot drinks" means "tea and coffee" (also shown to be good for you in moderation) because I guess the Lord couldn't just tell us that himself.

Happy Tuesday, everyone!


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  1. just found yr blog :D

    anyway, WoW. Apparently to a few of my rather active LDS friends, the WoW only applies to *hot* drinks. Hot coffee, hot tea. Iced is totally fine.

    I'm pretty sure that's not what the church means--they're far too strict for that kind of allowance, slippery slope and all--but it always makes me giggle. Everyone's interpretation. Personally I encourage it.

    I also giggled a LOT when I finally read the WoW in detail and discovered the allowance for beer.

    But that's not right, either. Obvs the Lord meant some other mild barley drink.

    So glad we have those prophets to sort out what the Lord says. He's so confusing sometimes, esp when he's not or just says nonsensical things like "no hot drinks."

    Dug the video, btw. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thanks, Lisa!

    I also find it amusing how many LDSers shun coffee but have no qualms with coke!

  3. Or Energy drinks....:D Thanks for the video, very interesting and good to know!

  4. haha, you'd be surprised! the girl who introduced me to the church GASPED IN HORROR once when I accepted her non-member brother's offer for a pepsi :O

    And she's not the only one who is against coke. GBH himself once implied that caffeine should be avoided. It wasn't straight up "the prophet hath said" but he doesn't have to be direct with many members. It was enough for my husband and I to give it up for a spell. "Eh, we don't need it anyway right?" we said. which is, of course, code for "Don't get it, but whatever. Follow the prophet."

    And yanno the energy drink thing was in the Ensign not too long ago.


  5. Lisa, that's the other side of the coin: the hardline ultra-orthodox who take everything to the extreme. *cough*my mom*cough*

    There's just too many freaking rules, and then everyone argues about what's actually a rule and what isn't and has to keep tabs on who's following and how well. Feminist Mormon Housewives actually had a great post about this a few weeks ago.

  6. Hot tea is forbidden? Also, I'm going to go ahead and pretend that you told World of Warcraft to suck it.

  7. Yeah, World of Warcraft can suck it too as far as I'm concerned.

  8. Awesome vid. And short for a TED Talk.

    My sneakers (and my brain) are calling. I need to get walking again.

  9. I like to post short talks every now and then, helps break things up a bit when it gets too cerebral around here. :-)


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