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Here's an excellent article by +GTrusted showing how pass-through USB-PD charging hub works on the +Plugable UsbC-Hub3P and the #madebygoogle Pixel (mini/Sailfish). It is much more advanced than typical powered hubs, since the hub has to "subtract" its own power usage from the USB-PD advertisement! This also highlights the "Pixel normally doesn't charge at 9v" issue I raised earlier -- since the hub "subtracts" power from 5v, 9v becomes preferred, and the Pixel (mini/Sailfish) asks for it.

Public caution: Due to a bug with the VIA VL100 USB-PD chipset, please do not plug the Pixel into the "charging" port of the Hub3p, nor use the Hub3p with an A-to-C cable on the charging port of the hub. You may cause harm to the Pixel/A-to-C host otherwise.

I personally hope Plugable updates this hub's firmware as they have with their others.
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Alkaline Water
Elixir or Bunk?

When people say:
"You must alkalinize your body."

You can respond with:
"What are you talking about? A healthy body drastically ranges in pH depending on the organ system and its function."

(They weren't told this at their MLM meeting where magic water cures every known disease.)

Note: pH refers to acid/alkaline level. The lower the number the more acid. When the stomach is functioning optimally the normal pH is around 1.2 (very acid!!). This is why drinking apple cider vinegar (which is acidic) actually improves digestion.

Blood pH
The pH balance of your blood stays within a very narrow range. If it changes too much you would go into a coma then die. For this reason it is ridiculous to think that any change in your diet will significantly affect your blood pH. If this was the case, we would never have survived as a species (that first pizza would've killed us off for sure).

Btw, checking your urinary and oral pH has nothing to do with blood pH. These numbers can change per meal making the conclusions people draw from them sometimes silly.

Buffer Systems
There are a handful of buffer systems that constantly adjust the climate of the body. The kidneys, for example, have two very crucial roles in maintaining the pH balance: to reabsorb and regenerate bicarbonate from urine, and to excrete hydrogen ions and fixed acids (anions of acids) into urine. 

Your body adjusts its pH so that you don't have to.

How Food Can Actually Affect pH
If you eat foods that damage your body, and subsequently damage your buffer systems, then you're in trouble. For example, eating a diet high in carbohydrates (especially processed) is associated with diabetes and related kidney dysfunction. If the kidneys are not functioning properly then the acid balance function will be compromised resulting in acidosis (bad). But this is not because the carbohydrate foods are directly changing your pH!

Notice on the chart that fruit is very alkaline but is actually not good for a diabetic because it's high in sugar.

Drinking Alkaline Water
Many of the claims are bogus and founded on false notions. With that said, these people are often experiencing improvements in their health. This could be for many reasons. If they joined a belief system then it could be psychogenic. Positive beliefs are powerful. In practice I come across many bizarre and unfounded ideas but if it helps the patient emotionally, and is not harmful, then I leave it alone. Joining MLMs can be very motivating. A person might start taking better care of themselves, exercise more, eat better, and of course drink more water all of which will significantly improve health.

It is possible that introducing large amounts of alkaline water into the stomach (which is normally acid) creates a compensatory response of the stomach to produce more acid thus improving its function. Digestion would improve short term but because the stomach is stressed it will be followed by a worsening of digestive function over time.

Claim: Cancer Grows in Acid
This is major oversimplification. Cancer is an opportunist and takes root in a compromised system. There are many aspects of that system to consider with each person being unique. Anyone pointing to the one and only factor is likely selling something. 

What to Eat?
The pH of many foods completely changes after digestion as the components hit the blood stream making this charts like this hard less useful. I see great foods above and below the neutral line. I suggest eating a whole foods diet low in processed foods and to see a doctor trained in clinical nutrition if needed.
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You're 2 minutes away from this delicious and healthy chocolate banana nut smoothie. It's a great way for the whole family to start their day! #smoothies   #delicious   #yum  
This chocolate banana nut smoothie recipe is delicious and healthy! It’s a great way recipe for a quick breakfast and one that the kids will love! Try it today!
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(Not) sharing your home network with guests Could I ask what your solution is to this concern illustrated by +Troy Hunt​​​​​​​​​​​? So far I've been… - François Simond (supercurio) - Google+
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Glad that a CEO wrote this. The U.S is behind as always

Big salute to Motorola. Wish you much success. BTW his post is direct to consumer

We like to think we have the best of everything here in the US, but it’s not always the case. One of the fringe benefits of my job is that I get to see how smartphones are sold in countries all around the world. Compared to many places, consumers here in the US get a raw deal. Buying a smartphone here just hasn’t been an awesome experience.
Why not? Well, for a starter, we’ve been a subsidy-driven market, in which carriers cover some of the initial purchase price of phones. On the surface, this looks like a great deal. A $600 or $700 phone for $200. A $400 phone for free! But it’s not free. We’ve simply ended up paying in other ways. We’ve paid with higher wireless bills, rigid contracts — which consumers don’t like  — and locked phones that destroy our ability to choose the best service. We’ve paid with bloatware and pre-installed apps that we can’t remove, and UI changes that slow the upgrade process, and often the phone itself. We’ve paid with a distorted market that artificially supports smartphones much more expensive than they need to be.

In much of the world it doesn’t work this way. Subsidies are rare. Phones are unlocked. Prices are transparent. Consumers have the power to choose. That’s the way it should be. And the good news is we’re beginning to see change here at home, as major carriers rethink contracts and subsidies and people begin to recognize the value of affordable, unsubsidized devices and more choice.
We’re really proud to be doing our part to improve the smartphone buying experience. If you watched the livestream of our launch earlier this summer, you may have noticed that here in the US, we’re selling the latest version of our flagship Moto X Style as the Moto X Pure Edition, and we’re selling it only online. This enables us to do some really cool things. First, because we sell it directly, we can offer Moto X Pure Edition as an unlocked, universally-banded phone that will work with any US carrier. Drop the SIM card of your choice in, and you’re good to go. Traveling overseas? No problem. You can also drop an overseas SIM into it and use an inexpensive local service rather than an expensive roaming plan.

Second, offering it online means that you’re not paying to cover the channel markup. So, while you don’t get a subsidy, you do get an awesome, flagship phone for $399, contract free so you can use it on the carrier of your choice and switch any time you feel like it. And it’s simply a better purchasing experience, especially if you use our Moto Maker design studio to customize your phone.
CNN just called the new Moto X Pure Edition the best Android smartphone ever. That’s great news, but a great phone deser…
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A quick bit on the differences in Chromecast/Google Cast and Apple TV/AirPlay. We think Chromecast is the clear winner.
The world of streaming devices and connected TVs has grown over the years, seeing multiple devices and attempts come and go over that same time. Two streaming standards have stuck through all the c…
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Alcohol and Fitness
No matter how hard we train and how well we eat at some point, most of us are going to face the question of alcohol. Unlike food which we can somehow excuse if it’s not quite ultra-healthy, alcohol is one of those socially acceptable extras that we know we shouldn’t indulge in but which most of us do.

Well, we can shelve the guilt and the anxiety about having derailed our fitness plan because, really, alcohol is not quite as bad as it is made out to be. Like most solids and liquids which we can safely ingest it plays a role in our dietary health, it helps balance some of our nutrition thanks to the bioflavonoids it contains and it can even protect our cardiovascular health.

Alcohol Calories – A Double-Edged Sword

What everyone asks when it comes to alcohol is do liquid calories count? The reason there is such confusion in alcohol calories lies in the fact that heavy drinkers as well as alcoholics do not appear to put on weight even when they drink an equal amount of calories that they get from food. Now, alcohol (which is essentially ethanol - two carbon molecules bonded to six hydrogen molecules and one oxygen molecule) is a paradox in the way it is processed by our bodies because the body essentially treats it as a neurotoxin and tries to get rid of it rather than digest it.

But now let's look at the science behind it all. Alcohol is not digested like other foods. Once alcohol is swallowed, it travels down the esophagus into the stomach and the small intestine. It avoids the normal digestive process and goes right into the bloodstream. About 20 percent of the alcohol consumed is absorbed in the stomach, and about 80 percent is absorbed in the small intestine. Because it is metabolized by the liver it can actually leave the body within a few hours (depending on the amount of alcohol you have drunk) plus its effects depend upon the blood volume ratio, so a taller man, for instance, will need more alcohol to begin to feel its effects than a smaller one who simply has not got the same volume of fluid in his body.

Because the body has no way of storing alcohol and an increasing accumulation of it is dangerous, it has to be metabolized. That’s a job that falls entirely to the liver. When the amount of alcohol in our bloodstream keeps on increasing because we are, let’s say, at a party and the shots keep coming, it finds its way to the brain where it breaches the blood/brain barrier and begins to affect the motorcoordination centers and the reasoning parts of the brain. That is the point where we actually begin to feel the effects of drunkenness (slurred speech and poor coordination as well as bad decisions).

If we are not heavy drinkers or if we are slowly sipping a glass or two of wine with a meal the calories contained in alcohol are indeed processed by the body and count in our total calorie intake from food and its consumption goes into the production of cellular processes and adenosine triphosphate (ATP) which our bodies use as energy. If however we drink considerable amounts of alcohol or if we are heavy drinkers in the sense that we drink a few glasses of wine daily the liver has a way of dealing with it through the microsomal ethanol oxidizing system. This, in effect converts alcohol into heat that is either used by the body to maintain its temperature or simply dissipated as heat.

The microsomal ethanol oxidizing system makes sure that the calories from alcohol do not count. Great as this may sound there is a serious downside to it. When the liver is super-optimized like this to deal with a heavy alcohol intake, its chemical compounds are not being used to deal with other toxins in the body which slowly accumulate. Furthermore, the high concentration of microsomal compounds react with other environmental and food intake substances to produce toxic compounds that attack the liver causing cirrhosis. Cirrhosis of the liver is a serious medical condition with life-shortening implications, so deciding that drinking a lot, regularly is a cool thing because the alcohol calories do not count is definitely not a good idea.

In addition the calories derived from each type of alcoholic drink are different. A glass of dry wine, for instance, will contain a lot fewer calories (though the same alcohol content) as a glass of sweet wine. The sweet wine is further fortified with sugars that increase its caloric content. A similar difference applies to, let’s say, malt whisky and a liquor cocktail with the latter being a lot sweeter.

A Little Alcohol is Good

As is often the case moderation is actually more than just a good idea. There are studies that show that specific types of alcohol, like red wine, for instance, drunk with food, have a beneficial effect on the body's cardiovascular health due to its strong anti-oxidant action and the high concentration of phenols (which help guard the health of major arteries). Other studies have also shown that other forms of alcohol (and beer is included in this) are actually good for the reduction of something called metabolic syndrome which contributes to the development of diabetes type 2 in adults, heart disease and hypertension.

There are even studies that show low-alcohol drinks like beer when drunk after a heavy training session are a great way to replenish electrolytes. The finding, which comes from a study at Granada University in Spain, suggests that the sugars, salts and bubbles in a pint may help people absorb fluids more quickly.

Past studies have shown that sensible drinking of one or two units a day can reduce the risk of heart disease, dementia, diabetes and Parkinson's disease, while the ingredients of beer - which include malted barley, hops and yeast - are rich sources of vitamins and minerals.

A Lot of Alcohol is Harmful

If we drink a lot of alcohol on a regular basis however, drink-binge or get blind drunk on the weekends, for example, we begin to affect the digestive ecosystem of the mouth (it can lead to mouth cancer), the functioning of the liver (which can fail) and the kidneys (which can also fail). The impaired function of the liver leads to the build-up of toxins in the bloodstream that affect cell function so that our bodies can no longer burn fuel effectively.

Summing up

Moderation is key when it comes to including alcohol in your diet. You needn't be overly anxious about a few drinks with friends on a night out or at a party and even a post-workout drink may be perfectly OK from time to time, but regular drinking or the odd heavy drinking are definitely a bad habit you need to try and change.

A glass of beer after a heavy training session can actually rehydrate you faster, especially in hot weather.
Drinking lightly with a meal or drinking occasionally is beneficial to overall cardiovascular health but the calories from the alcohol actually do count.
Heavy drinkers process alcohol differently than the rest of us but end up dying young from a whole lot of other health complications associated with rising toxins in the body and impaired cellular and liver function, amongst other endocrinal system problems.


Metabolic Syndrome
Pint of beer good after a workout
Why the Body May Waste the Calories From Alcohol
Nutrition and alcohol
Perspectives: Do Alcohol Calories Count? (pdf)
The Neurotoxicity of Alcohol (pdf)
A Glass Of Wine A Day May Help Control Type 2 Diabetes
Health benefits of red wine (pdf)
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Sprain vs Strain
common injuries

Sprains and strains are very common injuries. Here are some facts about sprains and strains from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Injury to muscle or tendon (tendons connect muscles to bone). Acute strains are caused by direct trauma, overstretching, or excessive muscle contraction. Chronic strains occur from prolonged, repetitive movement of muscles and tendons. 

► pain
► muscle spasm
► muscle weakness
► swelling
► inflammation
► cramping

In severe strains, the muscle and/or tendon is partially or completely torn, often incapacitating the individual. Some muscle function will be lost with a moderate strain, where the muscle/tendon is overstretched and slightly torn. With a mild strain, the muscle/tendon is stretched or pulled, slightly.

A stretch and/or tear of a ligament (connective tissue that joins the end of one bone with another). Sprains are caused by direct or indirect trauma to the joint which stretches or ruptures the ligament. 

► pain
► bruising
► swelling
► inflammation

A severe sprain produces excruciating pain at the moment of injury, as ligaments tear completely, or separate from the bone. This loosening makes the joint nonfunctional. A moderate sprain partially tears the ligament, producing joint instability, and some swelling. A ligament is stretched in a mild sprain, but there is no joint loosening.

► rest
► ice
► compression
► elevation
► physical therapy
► acupuncture
► surgery (severe cases)

Maintaining fitness conditioning and stretching is key to prevention. A healthy diet and good rest before athletic events along with drinking plenty of fluids can minimize injuries.
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Nice "How To" for Chromebook newbies!

The following article shows you how to find out detailed info about your Chrome OS device without the need for any additional apps or extensions.

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