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Quinn + Tonik Vol. 43: Buzzards Gotta Eat, Same As Worms

Quinn + Tonik Vol. 43: Buzzards Gotta Eat, Same As Worms

**Please note none of this is FDA approved, or medical advice. Go see your quack for that.**
This Q+T was inspired by numerous DQ characters who had asked us about supplements.
With the recent, sad, passing of culinary warrior Anthony Bourdain (may he rest in Valhalla with a fully stocked bar, and those dudes from Joe Beef cooking up a storm of poutine for him), we heard a lot of a phrase we hadn't heard much in 25 years.
An old flat-mate of DQ used to say he had heard he should treat his body like a temple, but preferred to treat it like a fairground attraction. His theory being that by the time he needed help we would be able to acquire new body parts from 7-11 the same way we buy coffee. Things didn't quite turn out that way. Either for him (after a stint in the fanciest rehab in the UK he became a drug counsellor and now runs the Australian Prison Service substance abuse support program), or for the 7-11 premonition.
It's certainly true that medical science has made incredible advances in many areas, and we've gotten a lot closer to off the shelf parts than the Jarvic Heart but there seems still to be no replacement for trying to give nature the best chance.
Despite this simple reality, our constant quest to live longer and better (which for the most part is succeeding) hits speed bumps all the time, often of our own making.
When Fleming accidentally discovered penicillin it gained rapid acceptance as a panacea for all infections. Research into other promising areas ceased, only to be re-awakened almost a century later as antibiotics slowly ceased to work. Antibiotics became standard treatments for all and sundry, handed out like candy. Unfortunately we didn't know we were planting the seeds of our own destruction by napalming our microbiome every time we used them, and our immune and metabolic systems with it. Not to mention building colonies of superbugs in our food chain through misuse and over-use of a technology we didn't really understand.
Then there are the financially driven car crashes we have alluded to before (see Q+T Vol. 35) - governmental nutritional advice for hundreds of millions of people secretly high-jacked by the sugar lobby leading to dietary recommendations which have ruined the health of most of the developing world. Mass obesity, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer's and other nutrition-related conditions which will fast have sugar looked back upon as the tobacco of the 21st century.
And an FDA which approves operations like the arterial stent, invented by an Argentine interventional radiologist and implanted for decades in poor unwitting characters who had been led to believe it would save their lives. Not just lead to the creation of a private plane club for the surgeons who undertook the work; despite no empirical evidence ever having shown that they are beneficial, and, in fact, having shown they can do more harm than good.
So, it's tough to know whom to believe. On the one hand you have the agencies and parties sanctioned by the governmental agencies. Your local doctor. Who for the most part learned from his studies how to pass tests. Often based upon outdated or outmoded science. And the medicine of the old guard controlling the syllabus and guarding their position in the food chain. And on the other, the so called "snake oil" salesmen and quacks. The problem is it's tough to know which is which much of the time. Especially once you do some digging.
Take Linus Pauling, for example. One of only four people to have won the Nobel Prize twice. Arguably the reason people take supplements. And in his case, most notably Vitamin C (along with the proteins Lysine and Proline). To cut a long story short, he noticed that only mammals which had mutated to no longer metabolize their own Vitamin C have heart disease. And noted that all physical structures of the body, arterial walls among them, require collagen. Which requires Vitamin C. Without sufficient amounts of Vitamin C, eventually you get scurvy and die. But before that acute situation is reached, he proposed that our body uses a fail-safe backup system to repair damaged arterial walls when insufficient concentrations of Vitamin C are available. Thus leading to plaque, and "heart disease".  Regardless of whether you buy into this or not, the logic is compelling. And certainly a lot more compelling than the argument which held sway for decades and had his research confined to the loony tune fringes of medical science. Because we all know that eating fat and cholesterol causes heart disease, right? Wrong.
And thus, with our good health in mind, let's read from the bottom up, pour ourselves a drink, and ponder the appliance of science (or at least empirical evidence) to wringing that last ounce of party out of life.

watch: the outlaw josey wales


We would have used an image of Clint Eastwood. But the last time we did that in an e-mail to our mailing list we received a cease and desist letter from his attorneys. Apparently he was concerned that we were quoting a certain movie featuring a magnum 44 in relation to our movie ties. The ones you can buy here.
Nonetheless The Outlaw Josey Wales is a firm favourite we've watched more than a few too many times. We highly recommend this tale of retribution at the hands of a lone warrior. Needless to say in the context of this week's Q+T the Carpetbagger character makes us chuckle. But as in life today, this snake oil salesman is a constant in the story from beginning to end. Caveat Emptor was just as true then as it is now.
We'll leave it at that, and let you sit back, cocktail in hand, and enjoy a seminal gunslinger movie which wasn't a remake of Kurasawa.



buy: jade

While on the topic of supplements and superpowers we should, of course, raise the subject of certain magical cloths. In particular one which some might say imbues the wearer with mystical powers. Made from the finest finest super 160s wool infused with jade it is simply in a class of its own. Bathed in Jade which has been crushed and dissolved to super-saturation point. Which may lead to not only a luxurious finish, but also perhaps magnetic force-fields and other special wizardry.
Why not come by to investigate this, or one of the many other options we have to suit you up in a manner which will have mere mortals eating out of your hand in no time.




ponder: supplements

Sometime in the 1990s DQ read some research which piqued his interest. It was the sharp end of the wedge on the health benefits of certain polyphenolic compounds. In this particular case, resveratrol. Derived from the skins of red grapes. It's no wonder he drinks so much Burgundy. But he's also been taking it as a supplement ever since.
He's always had a healthy interest in reading medical reports, journals and other stuff of note in the worlds of chemistry, biology and physics. Which some of you may know he was pretty good at academically in his youth.
And he's often asked how despite having treated his body as a fairground attraction the odometer doesn't seem to show as many miles as it perhaps should.
So along with Resveratrol, here are a couple of other things we think you should do the research on (and we mean do your own research on, and probably chat with your quack about):
As with much snake oil, no human studies have been undertaken. But animal studies have shown that resveratrol slows the degeneration of our cells.
Saw Palmetto
Propecia (Finasteride) is fine. But it does also state on the package that it is so toxic that pregnant women should not even touch the pills as that may lead to serious damage to the fetus.
So if you want to inhibit the conversion of your testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) by blocking the enzyme 5-Alpha-Reductase (which catalyses the conversion) perhaps have a look at this natural remedy which has been used forever outside the USA. It's the DHT which makes your hair fall out and your prostate swell. So inhibiting this conversion can do wonders. Hims puts the case pretty well.
CoQ10 is another enzyme which is present everywhere in the human body. It is necessary to convert stored energy into muscle movement. And is most concentrated in the heart muscle. Interestingly, the original studies of statin drugs said CoQ10 should be added to the formulation of statins as they reduce this co-enzyme in test patients. But this did not happen. We're still not convinced the cholesterol argument is even valid (over 50% of heart attack victims have low cholesterol; have a read about C-Reactive Protein and other inflammation as alternative risk indicators if you are interested.) But if it is, and statins are being used to reduce the levels of these essential building blocks of our endocrine and other systems, perhaps CoQ10 should be considered. Here's an interesting piece which reviews some of the arguments and provides some good links to read to form your own opinion.
This one has received a lot of instagram traffic of late. And is the feature photo above. Nicotinamide Riboside. Yet another Co-enzyme. This time interesting enough that a group of Nobel Laureates and Harvard professors have put their reputations behind it. Research indicates that it has many beneficial effects. Not least of which is reducing the rate at which your telomeres shorten. Which in lay terms tends to indicate how long you will live. Longer telomeres. Longer life. Here's an interesting gut related article which highlights the benefits of NAD+ as well as our old friends fasting and ketogenic eating.
Citrulline + Arginine
Your endothelium is perhaps the most important part of your cardiovascular system. It is the thin lining of all of your arteries. Which expand and contract to allow your blood to flow. In order to do this you need Nitrous Oxide (NO). Citrulline supplementation has been proven in many studies to increase the production of NO and improve cardiovascular function. Don't just take our word for it. Have a read of this. And do your own research. Interestingly, it is best taken in a 1:5 ratio with Arginine.
So that is it. We're not doctors. And this is not medical advice. But have a read. Do some digging. And come to your own conclusions.




inhale: quinn rosé


Does it contain resveratol? Perhaps. Will it make you live longer? Probably not. But then there is more to life than living for a thousand years. You need to live a little. and this juice will certainly help with that. Life simply looks better through Quinn Rosé tinted glasses. Made just north of St. Tropez using locally harvested Cinsault, Carignan, Grenache and Syrah grapes. Light, dry, and refreshing with hints of melon and peach. Literally, just the way it should be.





read: the biography of an extraordinary honey


When Missionary Sisters arrived in a remote part of New Zealand in the mid 19th century they brought with them a tradition of bee keeping. And so raised bees. Unfortunately, the settlers and missionaries alike found its taste to be very poor due to the bees feasting on the pollen of the Manuka trees found nearby. And it was a bitch to get out of the combs.
This would have been the end of beekeeping in this area, or at least close to this particular strain of New Zealand tea trees. Had it not been for an astute observation made some way along the way.  As for some weird reason it seemed the local indigenous population did not get sick. And they also seemed to eat a lot of honey from wild bees feasting on the Manuka pollen. Research eventually showed that this honey had powerful medicinal properties.
Have a read of this fascinating story. And sit and digest the power of medicine forgotten in the classrooms of modern science. But still as powerful as it ever was.




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cocktail: the bees knees


What better way to start (or finish) than with a restorative. Gin, of mother's ruin fame. Full of Juniper. Which some may remember we discussed many a Q+T back in Vol. 5: "Asthmatic Pay Dirt." Our preference for this one is Ford's Gin. But anything will do in a pinch.
Take a shaker, fill with ice, add a healthy measure of gin, together with 2 tablespoons of good quality honey, and 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lime juice. Shake vigorously then strain into a glass. Add a twist of lemon if you like.
Bottoms Up!

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