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Vitamin & Mineral interactions chart
Sneaky Vitamin and Mineral Interactions

Taking A, C, iron together is good.
But don't combine iron calcium or zinc.

Taking Calcium & D together is good. (and E, Selenium, Zinc). (and A).

Most minerals compete with each other.
Magnesium & Zinc reduce absorption of calcium, and vice versa.

But I have Calcium+Magnesium+Zinc tablets... is that a good thing? Ie., if you're taking more of one of them, you should take more of the others too, to make sure you don't get deficient in them? Or is it pointless to take them together?


Every once in a while I read something that makes me think "I should try supplementing with ***, maybe it will help my ***."

The latest such *** was magnesium. I had read that if you're deficient in magnesium, that can prevent vitamin D from being absorbed (and possibly vice versa, that taking a lot of D can make you deficient in magnesium). Both Qiao and I already take vitamin D supplements. I also read that magnesium deficiency can cause "nerve and muscle problems, such as muscle twitches".

So I thought, maybe taking magnesium will help these nerve issues I've been having. (And more lately, knee/joint issues.) I read that even though magnesium is plentiful in food, many people are deficient in it. For a while, I was taking one Tums tablet each morning for extra calcium. But maybe taking extra calcium like that without extra magnesium, was bad. I had since stopped taking the Tums anyway, due to quandaries as to whether doing so was any good.

Then I looked for magnesium supplements in the store, and found the above-mentioned Calcium+Magnesium+Zinc combo (each tablet ~33% RDA), and decided to try it. I don't like swallowing a lot of pills, so I've been crushing 2 tablets with a pill crusher each morning. If I mix the crushed tablet with a small amount of Kashi cereal (the kind which is like shredded wheat) and soymilk, it tastes ok. (Other things I tried mixing it in with, even a different kind of cereal, didn't taste good.)

According to the 2nd article, fiber decreases magnesium absorption. Kashi cereal and the other stuff I eat for breakfast tends to be high in fiber. (Fiber is supposed to be good for you!) But hopefully not enough to nullify the potential benefit of the magnesium.


Before that, rather recently actually, *** was Vitamin K. I don't even remember why... maybe for my bones or teeth.

According to this page on vitamin K, it works together with vitamin D. So maybe it's good to take the calcium/magnesium/zinc, and the D, and the K in the morning all together. Along with my cereal and soymilk, which provides some fat for the fat-soluble D & K vitamins.


Those dancers I posted vids of, their hand movements: Reminds me of how I tend to move my hands while dancing. (and OMG, that Illan dancer reminds me of !me! somehow, like that is totally how I would look dancing, if I had a flat chest, and if I were still young and flexible.) (BODY ENVY) But at the moment, I can't even imagine moving my hands and wrists like that without them getting very achy. I'm quite sure the best remedy for that would be for me to get more sleep, as opposed to any supplements. I do try, I really do.

Edits post again: Now, not to say that I'm old or decrepit. I am still rather flexible, just a bit out of shape, and these achy wrists don't help. I know I still got a pretty damn good body for the most part. But still, BODY ENVY, like that is totally! how I should look.
In that performance, he even did the !spinning! thing exactly like I used to like doing. But my *old*decrepit* head can't do it anymore without feeling sick and dizzy from it.
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These dancers are amazing.

Video title: Фестиваль"Шемахинская баядерка" Яна Кремнева
(Festival "Shemakha Bayadere" by Yana Kremneva)
Posted by: Tany Cat
URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLmepH3L7r8

Video title: Habibi Lal, КИРА ЛЕБЕДЕВА, Украина | TRIBAL BEAT FEST 2016 (Kira Lebedeva
Posted by: TribalBeatDanceCompany
URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZApMxLmpIhQ

There are quite a few male bellydancers too.

Video title: Tribal Fusion Belly Dance - Eliran Amar at Tribal Fest Budapest
Posted by: Eliran Amar
URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tx23z-ytjO0

Video title: Rachel Brice & Illan & Mardi Love @ Tribal Fest 13
Posted by: Tribal Fest 13 Halfway to Halloween
URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJtaN5it3cQ

Shima Uta

Monday, March 13th, 2017 01:08 am
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It did snow. I saw it. I went outside. I went back to bed. I slept until 2:45pm, not even counting the time change.

I'm still getting over my cold, though starting to feel better. On Friday afternoon, I took a pseudoephedrine tablet, from an old package I still had. The expiration date on the package was 2010. It actually did clear my nose up for a little while. I went to bed fairly early (for a Friday) - 1:30am, as I felt so sleepy. But I wasn't able to fall asleep until 3 hours later. Now I'm afraid to take any of those tablets again, in case that is what kept me awake so long. But the other medicine I have, with phenylephrine, didn't seem to help my congestion much if at all.

Came across this video today. The song is Shima Uta. So emotionally expressive. So fluffy hair. Something mesmerizing to me.

Video title: The BOOM - 島唄 ( Live )
Posted by: SilentFace007 さんのチャンネル
URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_-OZfn1Zhk

The music reminded me of this album, also Okinawan style: Peppermint Teahouse. It is possibly the most upbeat album of music I have.

Then came across this video.

Video title: 13ºOkinawa festival 2015 -Mirukumunari- Kudaka Majushu
Posted by: 8shinji7898
URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARW2oHVM5Rk

(Starting at 3:26, a cute black dog joins the performance.)

I wondered why there would be an Okinawan Festival in Sao Paolo, Brazil, of all places. Did all those many performers travel from Okinawa to Brazil for the festival? Then I read about Okinawan emigration and the many people of Japanese ancestry who live in Brazil.

The song on that last video is "Mirukumunari" by Hidekatsu.

leave it

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 02:54 am
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Leave It On the Floor - a touching ball-scene musical with several catchy tunes. From 2011. Available streaming on Netflix.

The Carter character looks very attractive to me. Very androgynous. How I wouldn't mind looking. Photos of the same actor without the dreadlocks don't look nearly as special though. Funny how a hairstyle can make such a difference.


Youtube channel: streetstar - lots of good dancing/voguing.


beijing opera

Sunday, October 25th, 2009 07:29 pm
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I got to see a performance, "Highlights of Classic Chinese Theater", yesterday. The performers were a group of students of Beijing Opera, from China. They performed episodes from various plays. The costumes and make-up were fantastic. Some parts reminded me of my own dancing; there's certain movements I do when dancing, which are like theirs. I probably picked up those movements from various things I watched when I was younger.

The last episode was a fight scene between 2 warriors in the dark. The stage was not dark, but the play was based on them not being able to see each other. It was wonderful.

If any of you have the opportunity to watch a performance of Beijing Opera, I highly recommend it.

Next week there is going to be a performance of Chinese folk dancing at the Koger Center. I am thinking of attending that one too.
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how come saturnian and saturnine mean such different things?

i don't understand this california recall thing. okay, so i
wasn't paying attention... why is it happening? why don't they
want to keep the current governor?

that lj-postcard thing reminded me, i have left-over postcards
from germany. so i think i'll just send them to people...
anyone want one?

at the greek festival today...
i'm so.... *.
around so many people, i'm so... uncomfortable,
although i don't really feel it. i feel so.... unbelonging.
different. sticking out. what am i doing here?
i feel like i could cry... (my period is coming, maybe that's why.)
but, no, don't cry. relax...
i don't feel anything... distracted. trying to blend in. no, not trying
that at all, just being myself, thinking about anything but myself...
looking for things to focus on, my gaze darting here and there.
discomfort is something you recognize when it leaves you.
i could dance to the music... i should dance...
it would be weird. but i should, then maybe i would relax?
thinking about it makes my pulse thud... now i'm really uncomfortable...
relax, it's just a thought... i might dance, but what about my purse?
it's too heavy to wear while dancing, even though it's a fanny pack.
and i couldn't just leave it on the table... what to do?
i can't dance with it. i can't leave it here...
she would watch it, but not if she wanted to dance too...
the music will be over soon. don't get up just when the music's ending;
that would be embarrassing...
thwarted by a purse!!! or maybe not.
relax. let the thought go. i won't dance. just sit and relax. it's
okay now... damn damn damn. this is so uncomfortable, even though i
can't really feel anything but the music and the noise and nothing,
and i just focus on the colored lights and on the little kids playing
and on a person here and a person there, and on this and on that...
and the music's really nice, but it's over now, inside and outside,
so we leave. and i return home to my own little cube of space where
noone can see me, and i'm okay, but i remember... i'm so *.

to spin

Saturday, July 19th, 2003 02:28 am
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a whirlwind

i spin sometimes

like a dervish;
like wonder-woman doing her transformation thing.

i have always done this, since i was a child.
though back then,
it was less likely to make me feel
headache or nausea afterwards.

i haven't noticed other people doing this,
not even children.
why don't they?
do they?

it's such a feeling
like flying
my arms are wings
like being on an amusement park ride,
but it's me in control of the motion...

someone asked once, "don't you get dizzy?"
"only when i stop," i replied.

holding a sheet,
it ripples in the centrifugal wind
like a sail...

i move
and the world spins around me
i dance
in the center


dare i do it outdoors, though,
in the sunshine,
where others could see?

it would look most odd.
i can imagine the conversations...
"she's weird. you can see her in her backyard sometimes,
spinning around and around...
she's gotta be nuts!"

ah, another embarrassing thing that i could do,
in order to spite my embarrassment.

it would be so bright, though,
the greens and blues merging around me,
and the sun above.

if the sun were directly overhead,
i could look up,
and it would be steady as i spun...