Monthly Archive for July, 2011

Well Damn!

Although Mrs. DrSam and I have set sail on the lifeboat and are no longer residing on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, we still consider it home and are saddened whenever we hear of folks having a hard time there.

First Hurricane, Katrina, then the BP Oil Spill, Now the Oyster Harvest is getting drowned by Mississippi River flooding in the Mid-West.

To all my former neighbors getting hurt by this, I wish you only the best.  Here’s hoping you guys catch a break soon.  You’re long overdue!


Beer Washed Pillow Cases. Hmmm.

I just read an interesting post over at the Geeky Housewife blog.

Apparently she read in some magazine from Rachel Ray that if you wash your pillow cases in diluted beer, it’ll help you sleep better at night.  She is planning on conducting a home trial herself.

The very thought of thus wasting perfectly good beer already has me thinking I’ll probably be losing some sleep over this.  Here in the lifeboat, beer is a precious comodity and not to be wasted!

She also says that the article claims that the beer must be a “hops variety”. While I’m not a dogmatically strict prosthelytizer of the Reinheitsgebot, I do feel that if it ain’t got at least some hops involved, it ain’t really beer! (Now I know that some shiners also use the term “beer” to refer to the fermented mash prior to distillation, but we all know that ain’t the sort of beer we’re talking about here.)

Having not read the magazine article myself, I’m assuming they’re recommending a beer that has a more pronounced hoppiness such as an IPA , for instance.   These guys occassionally make some stuff that’s hoppy enough to erode the enamel off your teeth.  Just kidding.  But yeah, that’s a hoppy beer.

Rather than watering down and diluting beer for this purpose, I think the housewife should just save some time and use straight Budwiser or one of it’s many watery clones (Corona, Miller, PBR, Coors, etc).

Anyway, I am looking forward to reading the promised report of her findings from her home trial.


Hot Coffee and Hot Tea May Protect Against MRSA

This is an interesting study that was recently in the Annals of Family Medicine.

Basically, the researchers wanted to find out if there was any association between drinking Hot Tea and/or Hot Coffee and levels of nasal colonization with MRSA.

Their findings do suggest that drinking Hot Coffee and/or Hot Tea may decrease the likelihood of nasal MRSA colonization.

I think it would be premature based on this study to draw anything conclusive, particularly with regards to the “Why” of any such protective effect, but it’s an interesting study nonetheless, and I think one that warrants further investigation.

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