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Nµ30 Issue 2 Vol 1

Nµ30 Issue 2 Vol 1

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Published by David P. Greenberg

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A Note of Gratitude
Well, the premier issue of Nµ30magazine went off without a hitch. Actually, Iguess there was a hitch or two, but that’s notimportant right now. What is important is thatI’d like to take a moment to thank people for the massive support I’ve received in gettingthis project started.My wife is my anchor. She strugglesto see my vision, and works tirelessly to helpme realize it. My two trainers,Sifu Mai Duand Ilir Ymeri, both of whom have demonstrated patience and support, aboveand beyond the call of duty. Either of themcan beat me up, and neither of them has,yet.
 
I wish I could get shots of everybody. Here’s another one of Ilir.
I definitely want to thank
all 
of thepeople who have contributed to my fundingthroughhttp://www.gofundme.com/New30-Magazine.Many people can’t make afinancial contribution, but those individualshave given of themselves by sharing the linkand posting on theFaceBookfan page.There are the invisible contributionsof sites likehttp://www.scribd.com/,http://www.blogger.com andhttp://blogs.alternet.org.Without them, thisvaluable project would not be possible.The interview subjects, medicalprofessionals and product vendors who allcontributed of their time and treasure – notonly to the premier issue, but also to thisand future issues as well.A special shout out goes toImageWorks for helping me to secure mynew domain, on which future issues will beserved. Don’t click on that one, just yet.There are a bevy of coders and engineersworking ‘round the clock to make it ready,but they’re going to need just a bit moretime.My mother (yes, she has a web site)has been steadfast and overwhelming in her support of me prior to this launch, and her unflagging help, advice and support are stillgoing strong.Furthermore, lest we forget, I’vebeen fortunate enough to have one of Boston’s most talented young writers, Jack. The poor dog has pounded the bricks for thebetter part of his two years on this planet,and finally signed with Nµ30. You’ll beenjoying his wit and wisdom as a regular monthly feature.
 
Jack doing what he does best – sucking up the love.
Of course, the real heroes in thissaga are
 
, 
the readers. This is your magazine, and it couldn’t happen withoutyou. So, keep reading, and above all keepexercising. Exercise is
my medicine
and Iknow it can be yours as well.
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How’s this for gratitude?
 
There Are No Calories
What exactly
is
a calorie? Technically, a unit of thermal energy definedas the quantity of heat required to raise thetemperature of 1 gram of water by 1degree centigrade at atmospheric pressure.That would be equivalent to 41,840,000 ergsor just under 42 Joules. It is used as a wayto express the amount of static energyavailable in food. Food calories are actuallymeasured in a 1-kilogram water environment, so the value is 1000 timesgreater. Hence, the designation Kcal is usedin measuring dietary calories.Although the caloric measurementsof foods are stored in a database, thatdatabase was developed by simply placingindividual foods in water – in a temperaturecontrolled environment – and thenmeasuring the amount of temperaturechange. Thismethodology does, however, pose some problems.Primarily, that the amount of energyyour body takes in, vs. the amount it can
utilize
, are two different things. An uncookedegg, placed in a bowl of water, is capable of raising the temperature of that water to anamount commensurate with a measurementfactor of 70Kcal. That doesn’t mean that afried egg will deliver the energy of 70calories to your body. Nor does it mean youbody can use those calories, even if they aredelivered. The mechanism your body usesto convert food into energy is called your 
and different foods impact it indifferent ways.
Calories in foods are broken downinto 3 primary
.They areproteins, fats and carbohydrates. Your bodyuses proteins to create cells, and to providechannels for feeding the cells. It uses fats tostore energy, and to lubricate joints. Fatsalso provide a water source to cells. Finally,there are carbohydrates. This chemicalgroup is divided into two main subgroups,simple – consisting of starches and sugars,and complex – which are the
non-nutritive
sugars and dietary fiber. In some cases, fatscan be converted into simple carbohydratesthrough a process known as 
.Likewise, proteins can also convert intosugars via
.
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