Saturday morning musings

Wow! What fascinating way of treating something! Researchers at Mayo Clinic injected a woman with a massive dose of measles to... get her rid of her cancer.

Like, wow. Would you have thought of that?

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Kim Hill was talking to Aubrey de Grey on Radio New Zealand National just now. Aubrey specialises in the topic of aging - namely, in ways of stopping aging. (Have a look at his TED talk, if you wish.)

As they were discussing cell division and replacement and yada-yada-yada, he said something about the human body working better at the age of 20 rather than, say, when it's much older than that.

It made me wonder: if I could "stop" my body from aging at a certain point and if I could then keep it like that for a certain amount of time, what age would I choose?

Would it really be 20? I'm not sure.

I know it would be from before I had The Kid, ie from before my abdominal muscles got cut through during my Caesarean section - I'd kinda like that part of my body intact again. But 20? Probably not. 25 maybe.

But what I'm also thinking is, this whole idea of "stopping" - I would only do it as far as my physical body goes, but I would not want to go back to my 25-year-old self, mentally!

I like where my personality has come, over the years, and will probably enjoy where it goes in the future also - I would not want to be my 20-year-old self again, not for all the internal... struggles that were going on at the time. I am much more comfortable in my own skin now than I was back then, and I am much less people-dependent (or, to be precise, people's opinion dependent) than I was back when I was 20, and I would definitely prefer keeping it that way.

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Going through this experience of gestational diabetes now (oh my god, how I would LOVE to eat chocolate again!), it's made me realise how many foods and desserts I have left untried so far.

Almost every day - or radio, on internet, in people's conversations - I keep on coming across foods that I do not know the taste of, and cannot really try now either because of how rich/sweet they are.

And it's probably not the healthiest of approaches, but hell, I think I am going to have a new-found appreciation to all things deliciously rich, gooey and decadent. So many foods to try yet!

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And to finish off: I would so not want to live where Australian spiders live. Geesh!

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