November 27th, 2001

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Spooky

There I was trying to fall asleep when I felt my heart skip a beat, and then another. Then it would beat correctly for a few seconds, and then there'd be another skip.

So I went to the emergency room, and yup, there were palpitations.

So they want me to see my doctor tomorrow and get set up with a cardiologist.

It's rather disconcerting to feel ones heart stop--even for a moment.
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Heart update

So I collected all of my paperwork and visited my doctor today.

The missed beats I was experiencing are considered to be benign, though apparently they're most common among women who are on birth control and who smoke. I do take medication that's similar enough to birth control.

I don't smoke however.

Well actually, because of those evil cars driving next to me I do.

The crud dripping out of those frigging metal monsters is loaded with neurotoxins, heavy metals, carcinogens, and all sorts of other fun pollutants--kind of like a cigarette.

It occurred to me that I've had this life long hacking cough, kind of like that of a smoker. Go air pollution!

Hmm, I wonder if it's possible to use scuba gear while biking?

Just because I'm unwilling to contribute to the pollution I'm more at risk to suffer from it. (Of course all of those fine drivers sitting in bumper to bumper traffic, you too are sucking down all sorts of unhealthy chemicals).

Maybe I should move someplace cleaner. Since the idea of a car free city in north america is just ludicrous, I've heard of a few car free cities in Europe.

And to think I was tempted to buy one of those killer devices. Pity the electric cars aren't available...
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More health updates

So the other thing that my doctor did during my visit is discover that I've gained 70 pounds in 10 years, and he really wants me to cut my weight back. He suggested one of the diet programs, I refused as they're actually designed for you to fail. (Or I'm assuming they are since failure rates are close to 90%)

So somehow I need to get more exercise and to eat more fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains. Well probably less grains as I think I eat too many of them as it is.

So I guess I need to figure out how much food I'm eating a day and how much exercise I'm getting, and see what I can do to improve things.

The reason I want to start with some kind of monitoring is because every time I've tried exercising for exercising own sake I eventually give up because there's no way for me to know how much or how little I've done.
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Auto exhaust

So I mentioned my belief that car exhaust is comparable to smoking to one friend who finds cars very convenient. So to help back up my case here's some references.

But to start off "UCLA researches studying somgs' health effects found that non-smokers living in smoggy glendora, california scored the same on certain respiratory health tests as chronic smokers from cleaner Lancaster." (Divorce your car!,, by Katie Alvord, pg 75

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