HMP stands for Hank's Mystery Page.
This is the place where I select some thing, some event, some idea that
I believe has changed my life in a fairly substantial way. Or perhaps
I should say -- that I think has the ability to change my way of thinking,
being, eating, or doing in a substantial way.
I will keep the current HMP to one item and then refer to an archival
page for past HMP winners.
Believe me, they are all worth a visit.
Over the last few weeks, months, yes even years (we started in
October of 2005) of shooting the never ending Spider-Man
3 a whole
bunch of articles started pouring out in the NYT about research
that had been released over a new drug called Resveratrol.
Not only did we have a lot of time on our hands to read, discuss,
mull over and celebrate these findings because luckily enough for
us we are all big red wine partakers and the news just could not
have been better.
first report in the NYT stated:
Researchers at the Harvard Medical School and the National Institute
on Aging report that a natural substance found in red wine, known
as Resveratrol could offset the unhealthy, high-calorie diet
thought to underlie the rising toll of obesity in the United
States and elsewhere, if people respond to the drug as mice do.
Resveratrol is found in the skin of grapes and in red wine and
is conjectured to be a partial explanation for the French paradox,
the puzzling fact that people in France enjoy a high-fat diet yet
suffer less heart disease than Americans.
The researchers fed one group of mice a diet in which 60 percent
of calories came from fat. The diet started when the mice, all
males, were a year old, which is middle-aged in mouse terms. As
expected, the mice soon developed signs of impending diabetes,
with grossly enlarged livers, and started to die much sooner than
mice fed a standard diet.
The November 17th NYT article on the topic of endurance states:
A drug already shown to reverse the effects of obesity in mice
and make them live longer has now been shown to increase their
endurance as well.
Experts say the finding may open up a new field of research on
similar drugs that may be relevant to the prevention of diabetes
and other diseases.
An ordinary laboratory mouse will run one kilometer on a treadmill
before collapsing from exhaustion. But mice given Reversatrol,
a minor component of red wine and other foods, run twice as far.
They also have energy-charged muscles and a reduced heart rate,
just as trained athletes do.
''Resveratrol makes you look like a trained athlete without the
training,'' Dr. Auwerx (pronounced OH-wer-ix) said in an interview.
Dr. Sinclair has had a physician check his metabolism, because
many resveratrol preparations contain possibly hazardous impurities,
but so far no ill effects have come to light. His wife, his parents,
and ''half my lab'' are also taking resveratrol, he said.
In a nutshell:
Extended life 30% on average
Increases stamina 100%
Makes you thinner and leaner
Draw your own conclusions, but just in case you want to buy some,
it is already on the market. Oh yeah, and both reports talk about
that fact that after a few years of research, everyone in the lab
started taking reversatrol themselves. A clear sign that someone
has confidence in the findings.