Why Do We Eat Animals?

Why Do We Eat Animals?Food from FitOldDog vegetable garden.

Why do we eat animals? We eat animals because we evolved to eat animals. Animals provide a highly concentrated, and somewhat storable, food/energy source, but we are really omnivores (consuming animals and plants). I'm sure we'd eat anything we could get our hands on, as the Ice Ages pushed us around (and pumped up our brains). When it comes to eating animals, or animal products, moderation is the real key, though ... Read more

How To Win Friends And Influence People, And Fix Your Running Injuries!

How To Win Friends And Influence People, And Fix Your Running Injuries!How to win friends and influence people, book by Dale Carnegie

To fix your relationships and your body, LISTEN TO THEM! I was raised in a family where no one listened, but talking never ceased. This caused me to interrupt as a kid, if I really needed something. There was no choice, but it set me up for very poor social skills as an adult. Fortunately, a good friend of mine, Byron, set me straight, and with a lot of work I interrupt less and less, and listen more and more. ... Read more

Toxicologists As Animal Advocates?

Toxicologists As Animal Advocates?Happy Rat

An athlete needs to be physically, emotionally and ethically healthy (and fiscally, for that matter), to which end I suggest that Toxicologists, and other scientists working in the field of Toxicology (The Science of Poisons), would make the most effective animal advocates during chemical safety testing. It's ironic that, as a veterinarian, I entered the field of Toxicology, because of a love of  the French ... Read more

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Half Ironman, Graft Versus Stent, Graft Won!

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Half Ironman, Graft Versus Stent, Graft Won!FitOldDog and Pauline, with AAA graft and AAA stent graft, before the 2015 Eagleman Half Ironman race.

Pauline and I had a very enjoyable, though hot, race at the 2015 Eagleman Half Ironman event, in Cambridge, Maryland, last weekend. Pauline left me far behind, but we both finished unhurt, unlike a number of people carried away in ambulances with heat stress or dehydration. Rupert (my Cook Zenith Stent Graft) and I were really looking forward to this race, not expecting a fast time, and not really competing with ... Read more

Share The Road, Share The Garden, Share The Planet For A Good Life!

Share The Road, Share The Garden, Share The Planet For A Good Life!Rabbit in FitOldDog's vegetable garden

We are lucky to live on this lovely planet, and learning to share the planet is a key part of enjoying our good luck! I came into my vegetable garden a few days ago, and saw something rush away, out of the corner of my eye. I looked around, and there he was, amongst the beans, keeping as quiet as a mouse. I found my iPhone (camera), tiptoed around, and finally managed a couple of photos before the ... Read more

Human Inspiration During A Bike Ride: “I Had To Decide Whether To Live Or Die, I Chose To Live,” Said James.

Human Inspiration During A Bike Ride: "I Had To Decide Whether To Live Or Die, I Chose To Live," Said James.DiNotte Lighting is great

When you ride a bike on the roads around here, it can be pretty dangerous, and people hurling abuse from fast moving vehicles is not unusual. Even hurling a beer bottle from time-to-time; it's rare to encounter human inspiration during a bike ride, but we did today! I was riding with Sue, along a fast, but fairly broad, two-lane road in the countryside.  Sue was in front. We always keep to single file, unless ... Read more

To Improve Animal Kindness And Market Share, McDonalds Could Sell An Organic Vegan Burger

To Improve Animal Kindness And Market Share, McDonalds Could Sell An Organic Vegan BurgerOrganic Avocado on sprouted grain bread.

In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don't try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present. Tao te Ching, as translated by Steven Mitchell. McDonalds Could Change The World For The Better. I have fond memories of the McDonalds Restaurant, in Geneva, Switzerland, back in the mid-1970s, because ... Read more

Why Do We Eat Animals? Genes, Memes Or Survival?

Why Do We Eat Animals? Genes, Memes Or Survival?Chimpanzee Diet Pie Chart

"Still the pioneer, Victoria determined to find what was missing and find the optimum human diet.   The Chimpanzee DietIn her search, Victoria discovered that chimpanzees have 99.4% of the same genes as humans. In addition, they have an incredible immunity to HIV and hepatitis C. What could make more sense than checking out what they eat?" Raw Food For The Beginner Every time I watch interesting animal ... Read more

Plantar Fasciitis And The Frenzel Maneuver

Plantar Fasciitis And The Frenzel ManeuverFrenzel Maneuver explained

Many years ago I had trouble clearing my ears, whilst SCUBA diving, then I learned the Frenzel Maneuver, and the problem was solved, but it took a while to learn. The same appears to be the case for plantar fasciitis, and now all I have to do is the FitOldDog Maneuver, and I'm running, walking and sitting again, pain free. The way I learned the Frenzel Maneuver, from a book, was to pinch my nose closed gently, put ... Read more

The Shadow Of Doom On Your Bike Or In The Vegetable Garden

The Shadow Of Doom On Your Bike Or In The Vegetable GardenThe shadow of doom over FitOldDog's brassicas.

Fate has a way of tapping gently on the door, in the form of a cabbage white butterfly or a timid driver in your bike mirror. The cabbage white foretells the destruction of your brassicas. So, apply your BT (Bacillus thuringiensis) before it's too late. The timid driver, sitting on your tail for ages, foretells your potential demise, because as sure as eggs are eggs, on the tail of the timid driver is a really ... Read more

Disclaimer: this publication does not provide medical advice. If you undertake or modify an exercise program, consult your medical advisors before doing so. Undertaking activities pursued by the author does not mean that he endorses your undertaking such activities, which is clearly your decision and responsibility. Be careful and sensible, please.