Coffee break

I took a 4 day coffee break before resuming coffee intake this morning. I had the last coffee on Wednesday afternoon. By Thursday morning, I was experiencing throbbing headaches by then I had to slow down to complete my work. (Plenty poop though!) This continued on Friday which made for a miserable start to the weekend. (Again plenty poop!) These headaches continued the next day (Saturday) where I continued to pick up on the leftover work.

Sunday couldn’t come by fast enough. I went on a morning run which somewhat cleared my head and I could get down to some semblance of proper work. The throbbing headaches had lessened in intensity and speed but became much manageable.

Monday morning (today). I thought of resuming coffee intake for a test. Started up the Nespresso machine and hot black coffee soon came pouring out from the machine’s spout. This is one of the better flavours I had but I didn’t seem to get the usual coffee whiff. This time, it seemed to smell like regular expresso.

Finished the coffee over ten minutes while watching the news.

Then it started…

First came the eyes which started to water… that was strange… then the nose started to go runny with five episodes of hard sneezing with mucus output.

Allergies? Nope.

Near instant inflammation? Perhaps.

I’ll be cutting coffee intake from now onwards, for arbitrary days forward. I’ll like to see how the body reacts.

Will human transplants change biometrics?

9 December 2019

A transplant patient developed the DNA of his donor, it has emerged.

Chris Long, from Reno in Nevada, had a blood test three months after receiving a bone marrow transplant.

Results revealed his DNA had been “replaced” by that of his donor, a German man 10 years his junior.

Four years later, the donor’s genetic material was found in Mr Long’s cheeks, lips and semen. While levels fluctuated over time, only his chest and head hair were unaffected.

Fish food

Caught my eye when reading the online news this morning.

Antidepressants found in brains of fish in Niagara River

The discovery of antidepressants in aquatic life in the river raises serious environmental concerns, says lead scientist Diana Aga, PhD, the Henry M. Woodburn Professor of Chemistry in the University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences.

“These active ingredients from antidepressants, which are coming out from wastewater treatment plants, are accumulating in fish brains,” Aga says. “It is a threat to biodiversity, and we should be very concerned.”

Wastewater treatment facilities have failed to keep pace with the growth of Americans taking anti-depressant drugs, which has risen 65 percent between 1999 and 2002 and 2011-2014, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Treatment plants typically ignore these drugs, which are then released into the environment, Aga says.


I had an inkling of this madness when a study found drugs in the River Thames but this takes the cake since Red meat is bad, Vegetables has levels of pesticides.

Now, does the AVA test for these? I would think the risk of drugs found in sea-dwelling fishes is much lesser than those caught from rivers close to human inhabitation.