Wednesday, May 25, 2005

The Lord giveth...and at the same time taketh away?

Life. Oxygen. H20. These 3 things are normally conceived of as being inextricably linked. Yet, many contemporary studies, albeit controversial, seem to say that oxygen, our life-blood, may actually be carcinogenic. It can cause heart damage, cancer, cataracts, and a weak immune system.
"What?!", you ask, and "sad but true, according to these studies", I respond. What exactly am I talking about?
I am talking about the war on terrorists; I am talking about freedom and the will to live.
I can just see the next newsflash: President Bush declares that all persons harboring free radicals must cease and desist immediately, under threat of war.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I am talking about the war between antioxidants and free radicals.
You may have seen these terms being thrown around liberally, almost whimsically. However, my theory is that these new-fangled fancy terms and the "problems" they create/solve are nothing but a marketing gimmick; they only exist to provide the already rich with more money, and to make ourselves feel good about ourselves after eating unhealthy food products (i.e. caf french fries and froyo).
"So what exactly are free radicals?", you ask. Simple: they are oxygen molecules floating around our bodies, apparently wreaking havoc by binding to all kinds of daily body processes, at least according to these studies. And the antioxidants come to the rescue, they oxidize the oxygen molecules and strip them of the ability to mercilessly bond to other molecules, effectively eliminating their destructive power.
This conjures up the image of that old Listerine commerical where the bottle is a swashbuckling musketeer, fighting germs in the ominous and foreboding caverns of our mouths within which permacetti torches cut a swath of light through the palpable darkness.
Even if this were to be true, are Pom and Naked juices our only savior, Odwalla health bars our fibery, peanutty knight in shining armor? Notice that it is precisely these products that boast raw antioxidant power, the ability to "fight those pesky free radicals without swinging a punch", that also come with hefty price tags. $4 for antioxidants?
"Yes, if we are to stay alive! It's pikuach nefesh!"
Actually no, you see, the truth is that it's all a marketing gimmick. Regular fruits and vegetables are loaded with the selfsame antioxidants; they are not in scarce supply to only be found in pomegranate juice and in a mango-fruit-tango antiox smoothie. So what are antioxidants?
Vitamins. Vitamins C, E, and the carotenoids (e.g. beta-carotene) are antioxidants. They are also found in selenium. These are all naturally occurring antioxidants, and mangoes are especially rich in antioxidants. Incidentally they happen to taste really good and may qualify for best fruit ever in Tabak's Best-Fruit-Ever Contest.
So basically we are being ripped off by cutthroat corporate pirates who rally to the banner of "good health" to win our gullibly given trust.
The bottom line is just to listen to what mom always said and you'll be fine: get your vitamins.
Or in Bengy's case: "Comece suas vitaminas".

Mazel Tov!

Congratulations go out to one of our own!

(Link goes to Porn site - DO NOT CLICK!!!)

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Cinnamon Toothgel- UCH!

Well after many days of trying to track down Diana, I finally met up with her last night at about two am. Tabak, I must thank you for the kind gesture of hakaras hatov; Diana gave me your little gift. For those of you who haven't been following the blog, well, start following!

So Tabak got me, for some reason that I hardly understand, four samples of those new Crest toothpaste expressions in those flimsy plastic perforated tubey things that are impossible to open, until you finally resort to using your teeth to rip them. Tabak, Diana said that your favorite flavor is the cinnamon one, and you wanted to share that with me. I'll have you know though that I HATE the cinnamon flavored toothpaste gel stuff. Stupidly, I made the mistake of buying a giant tube of that the beginning of this year, and I dread brushing my teeth. Here's the problem with the cinnamon toothpaste- it's gel, and it's RED. So when you brush and rinse and spit, little globs of red gel no doubt stick to the sink. Every single morning and evening, I'd have to not only brush, but also scrub out the sink! I don't know if this happens to you Tabak, but I hope you don't leave little red gel globules in the sink. Paste for some reason doesn't really do that sticking thing. Anyhow, thanks again for it. (Oh, and did Diana happen to conveniently pick this up from the dentist's office?)

I hope all you guys- the ones still in Stern and YU- did well on your finals. Now that finals are just about over, it's time to get bloggin' again!

Friday, May 13, 2005

Down with Tyranny

For all those who thought the SOY Seforim Sale was enslaving, read this article and appreciate your freedom. To be honest, I didn't read through the whole article; I felt the headline said it all.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005


El presidente y su esposa. Posted by Hello

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Hail the Chief

Everybody congratulate our new inside man! Shmulik has made the leap - he is the new President of the Yeshiva Student Union. Will he retain his SOY roots? Don't be afraid to tell him what you think. He says on his website that he wants to hear your feedback.

Monday, May 09, 2005

The Real Mother's Day

Camp SOY
For all those of you who missed it the first time around, you have an opportunity to repent for your sin. Today is Diana's Hebrew Birthday. Happy Birthday Diana!

Thursday, May 05, 2005


This pic will introduce those who don't know Josh to Josh's back, and those who know Shmulik to Shmulik as a toddler. If I'm not mistaken this picture was taken last year and is on shmulik.org, the official site of Shmulik's beis hamikdash.  Posted by Hello

Monday, May 02, 2005

Hakaras Hatov

I've decided that not enough people have Hakaras Hatov to YU. I don't get it. The place isn't perfect, but I think just about everybody gets some positive things from it, whether socially, academically, or something else. But all I ever hear is YU bashing. I know people are apathetic on campus, but that is better than trashing it. The place really does offer a lot, and while we don't need to be obsessed with it, we should at least be thankful for it. And look back on the good times we have. Because any bitterness is really a reflection of us and our inability to be grateful. Share the good times while you can. And even afterwards.

Get back to Work!

Welcome back to school!

Awww, all you poor little things. Spring break is over, and now you have to go back to your little classes. Your little backpack is probably digging into your little sunburned shoulders. I feel so sorry for all of you that have to suffer through school - a whole week of it - before finals, and then summer break.

I spent my break...nowhere, doing...nothing. Just showing up at work as usual. Welcome to life after Camp SOY! Love it while you can.