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Monday, August 29, 2011

Oral Sadism and the Vegetarian Personality

Yes, it’s a joke. Oral Sadism and the Vegetarian Personality was an article published in the Journal of Polymorphous Perversity, which was sort of like Mad Magazine for mental health professionals. Here’s an excerpt from the article, supposedly a direct (but badly mistranslated) quotation from some German-speaking authority:
The man who kills animals for meat gives the pursued animal a chance to escape. How more and more sadistically cruel is the non-meat eating man. The keen theoretician must himself this question deeply ask—What is the likelihood that the tranquil carrot from its vicious predator successfully outrun can?
The article points out that in paranoid personality disorder, there is, by definition, pervasive and systematic distrust of people, while vegetarian personality disorder involves mistrust specifically related to the content of the dinner plate. “Individual thinks that there are pieces of dead animals on his plate…. In advanced stages of the disorder, individual suspects that there are minuscule animal by-products mixed with his food."

Some of the greatest hits from the journal have been published in two books: Oral Sadism and the Vegetarian Personality and More Oral Sadism and the Vegetarian Personality. Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Oil Your Hair, Not Your Food

If you put oil in your dog’s food, it supposedly makes his coat glossy. If we eat too much fat, we can end up with a coat that is too glossy, with too much oil on our skin and hair. But what if your hair is dry? Does that mean that you should eat more fat? Definitely not. To find cases of people with a genuine dietary deficiency of fat, you have to look at people who were being fed nothing but sugar intravenously. If your hair is dry, add oil directly to the hair, not to your food!

One effective way to add oil to your hair is with a hot oil treatment. I tried this yesterday and am thrilled with the results. My hair is curly and very thick, and it tends to misbehave, especially in the summer. So I heated up a few tablespoons of olive oil in the microwave for a few seconds (not too hot!) and applied it directly to my hair. I couldn’t believe how much oil my hair absorbed! So I heated up more oil and added that. I let the oil soak in for about 15 minutes, then I shampooed my hair: lather and rinse, no repeat.

My hair turned out soft and manageable. I think that next time I’ll try a mixture of olive and coconut oil, to see how that works!