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KBBQ – The “K” Stands For “Kidney Failure”

After a 16 hour day at CUTC, the staff and I were ready to hit the sack to recharge for the next day. Then someone suggested the $8.99 late night special at Korean Grill House. Everyone was tired, but who could resist copious amounts of Korean barbecued meat? Certainly not I… and about 16 others.

After our late night snack, I mentioned to a friend how my nephrons were going to take a beating that night. My friend replied, “Yeah, you’re probably going to be pissing brown in the morning.” Since my friend is in medical school, I can safely assume “pissing brown” is, in fact, a technical term commonly used by doctors and medical professionals alike.

That got me wondering… how much meat is too much?

The average American requires 0.8 – 1.0 grams of protein for every kilogram they weigh. I weigh 63.6kg (140lbs) which works out to 50.9 – 63.6 grams of protein per day. Keep in mind this was calculated based on a sluggish life style. My recommend protein intake for an active lifestyle increases to 89g for endurance training, and 128g for resistance training.

A quick internet search reveals your primary meats (beef, chicken, pork) contain about 20 – 35g of protein per 100g. Okay… so I’m pretty sure I ate about 1.5kg of meat that day… if not more… Based on a conservative estimate of 25g of protein/100g, I would have consumed about 375 grams of protein that night… about 7x my recommended intake.

Crap.

So what happens when you OD on protein?

  • You become easily tired, as protein takes a lot of your bodily resources to digest. This is what the Atkins diet is based on: attempting to make it harder for your body to access theĀ  calories normally obtained from carbohydrates.
  • Your liver and kidneys are strained from breaking down extra protein into nitrogen. This may lead to kidney stones, and other related medical conditions.
  • Your intestines are made primarily for digesting starches. Traces of meat adhere to the lining of your intestines which over time may lead to appendicitis, colon cancer, etc. (This is why you need to eat fiber, which acts as roughage for your digestive system)
  • A lot more.

So am I dying?

Maybe. Most of these negative effects occur over an extended period of time. Of course, I’m pretty sure I consume more than the recommended daily intake of protein anyways… But I’m not a doctor – even if I was, I’d be too busy writing fancy medical journal articles such as “Pissing Brown and Other Colours That Shouldn’t Be Coming From Your Wang”

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I’ll just detox with three meals of salad and fruit after each meal I pretend to be a man eating dinosaur.

Cosmetic Engineering

I was an organizer for the 2009 Canadian Undergraduate Technology Conference which showcases and explores many cutting-edge technologies and scientific areas of growth. One of the seminars I attended discussed nanotechnology, focusing on the self replication aspects, and uses as a chemical vector to treat illnesses.

However, what really caught my attention was the application of nanotech in everyday cosmetics. Highly engineered materials are holding eyelashes, and adding colour (and whatever else makeup is used for) of the many, many attractive women I interact with in my everyday life (many). Have you ever wondered how some products give you 10x the lashes versus their leading competitors? The answer lies in good engineering… and nano-tubes, amphilic compounds, and a hilarious amount of other chemicals.

An example of nanotech in makeup, the infamous buckyball makes an appearance in recent facial creams. Its properties include deflecting UV rays (an invisible spectrum of sunlight which causes skin cancer – making you ugly) and absorbing free radicals (molecules which are highly reactive causing damage to organisms – making you ugly) which are harnessed to create a state-of-the-art product.

So who are the best cosmetic engineers?

European and American brands such as MAC and Revlon, are among the most well known, however, these companies invest millions towards marketing to the masses, and pulling in celebrity endorsements. Even with a large budget for clinical research, the turn around time to leverage new technologies may be much slower for large caps due to the red-tape chaos of large organizations and their investors. These companies are also run as corporations, where cost cutting is the norm.

I’m not saying these companies don’t make good cosmetics, but take a look at some Japanese products. Many of these companies concentrate on research and development, letting their products speak for themselves. The Japanese are also highly focused on innovation, and technology, not to mention their efforts in health and environment. They’ve taken over the electronic and automobile industries in the past, and it looks like the cosmetic market may be a new area to watch for Japanese dominance.

Check out the brands Ayura, Gatsby, Kanebo, Lunasol, RMK, Shiseido, Shu Uemura, and SUQQU to name a few.