Just got in from a whirlwind trip to New York, which ended up what with family and business obligations being the busiest trip there I’ve ever experienced. MD and I have just enough time to go through the mail, do laundry and head back to the airport to fly to Dallas for Christmas. Once back, we’ll have some time of our own.
I have to apologize yet again for not answering the many comments that have stacked up. I simply haven’t had time. But I will get to them, I promise.
The photo at the top of this post is St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Madison Ave. taken from our hotel room window a couple of nights ago.
Below is a photo of the two women in my life: wife and granddaughter. And below that is a photo of an exhausted grandfather and an even more exhausted granddaughter taken at about 1 AM, way past both of our bedtimes.
My harried schedule cut short my meeting with Gary Taubes so that I wasn’t able to convey to him the questions that many of you posted. I think I can talk him into either a guest post or a Q & A with answers posted. Gary and I were supposed to get together last Friday late in the morning. He had a lunch scheduled in the early afternoon, so we figured we would have plenty of time before to meet. I caught a cab to head down to our meeting place at 11th and 6th and got snarled up in all the holiday traffic and was abysmally late. By the time I got there, we were able to chew the fat for only 45 minutes or so. I tagged along with him to his lunch meeting, which was with Nina Teicholz, the journalist who wrote the great article on saturated fat for Men’s Health. (Gary and Nina are probably the only journalists who are low-carb friendly in New York.) I could only hang out for a few minutes with them before I had to scuttle back to midtown for yet another appointment. I got smart on the way back and took the subway to avoid the horrendous traffic.
I’ve got a bunch of posts in the works: new low-carb papers, vegetarian diets and free radicals, more Anthony Colpo silliness, the Anthony Colpo disciplinary post, and vitamin D.
While awaiting my scheduling problems to abate so that I can get back at it full force, here is a great article on the importance of vitamin D from the CBN, of all places. Be sure to watch the video. I tried to embed it and ended up crashing my machine. I think I’m the only person who can crash a Mac. If someone out there knows how to embed this video, let me know, and I’ll give it a try.
If you live anywhere in the northern US (and that’s above El Paso, Texas), in Canada or in Europe, you need vitamin D3 in pretty large doses. I take at least 5,000 IU daily during the winter and sometimes a 50,000 IU booster capsule if I’ve been exposed to a lot of sick people (for instance the lady who sat across the aisle from me on the flight last night and coughed the entire way). If you are like most of the New Yorkers I met and are fish-belly white, you need vitamin D. If you are African American you need vitamin D. Don’t leave home without it.
I’ll post again from Dallas. And, if I have my normal airline experience, I should have a lot of time cooling my heals at various airports tomorrow. If I do, I’ll catch up on all the comments that have stacked up. Pray for me.
New York to Dallas (and more on vitamin D)