|Today's Unfortunate Headline
||[Sep. 4th, 2008|10:04 am]
Courtesy of www.sciencedaily.com|
Black Footed Ferrets Sired by Dead Males
Dead Male Whats, was of course my first question. Okay, okay, I'm no dummy, after all, my first job offer out of college was working as a sales rep for a cattle insemination company. (No. Really. Swear to all that someone finds holy.) Actually sounded like a cool job...until I found out that in addition to helping a farmer choose the right bull semen for his herd, I was also the person who would be delivering it. In a more intimate fashion than just showing up with a trunkload full of sperm on dry ice. Hey, I've stood in near freezing mud with my arm up a cow's who-ha...but when I found out that my territory would be Central Pennsylvania...oh, no offence, but THAT was the dealbreaker. Four years was enough for me, and I was in a collegiate/intellectual enclave.
I can't spare the time to re-write that headline, though, since on the same website, I then read that lack of sleep depresses your immune system and that diet and pesticides and contaminants aside, we're dying of cancer and heart disease, etc. because we don't get enough sleep. Please note, 'they' always blame DIET for many of our modern ills, with data showing that once rural villagers with low incidences of cancer and heart disease move to urban settings and eat, GASP, a Western diet, they start to die of these issues at the same rate as someone living in a city. My pet theory is that while diet can contribute, it's lack of exercise, lack of a good night's sleep, crowding and stress are bigger factors.
So, while you'd think I'd be squealing with joy at this small bolster of evidence to support my theory (this theory, which is mine), I am now FREAKING OUT because not only do I mentally crave the Holy Grail of 8 hours of sleep, now I know that I'm KILLING myself, especially after last night, a night of weird dreams, waking up several times to limbs that had gone past numb and into excruciating pain due to loss of circulation, plus a lot of dog restlessness and cat bladder stomping. Agh! I can feel the tumor growing now!