fool of the week!

Quack, quack, quackery


And a sort of an Easter duckling, of the “awww cute” variety. She’s been featured on here before: welcome back to the girl with the boho goin’ on, blessed with perpetual youth: she may actually be around 10 years old; or maybe that’s dog years; or it’s a particularly fragrant and vapid Kept Woman born on 29 February… Perpetual youth: through perpetual puppyishness, bouncing around boisterously from one epic adventure and new love to the next. Telling you, I’m kind of glad she’s not on MUA all the time, or I’d find myself hooked and never get any work done. I do wonder how many people lose their jobs through incompatibility with MUAing activities, or CAUGHT CHEATING on their work. But back to our favourite puppy. Any more of this excitement and I’d, well, I guess first I’d always be on there, like obsessively following a thrilling and gripping TV show. And then my head would probably explode from all the OMG thrills. But the sweetness and light of said OMG THRILLS means that the explosion wouldn’t be messy and disgusting at all: it would be an explosion of fluffy puppies, rose-scented rainbows, sparkles, and to the tune of angelic choirs in perfect harmony.

More on the rainbows further down: I have a plan to combat SAD in the Atlantic Archipelago.

The lovely boho is a continuing inspiration to me and to this blog, and something/~one that keeps it going, keeps me believing, upholds my faith in human nature and its delightfulness, makes everything worthwhile, and always provides food for thought and comment. A saint, a hero, and a muse. (I, meanwhile, am probably fated to be just yet another mere Martyr To Piles.)

The latest:

Well, we should have seen what was coming with this:

But no-one would have expected this novel twist:

No-one really had a chance to get a word in edgeways, as our fragrant bloom, usually a slower and more passive provider of inspiration to others’ responses, forgot all about “what are your thoughts?” in her excitement, enthusiasm, and general ebullience:

I forgot to add the obvious, and oldest, most tried-and-tested, and cheapest form of sun protection: COVER YOURSELF UP. Anyone who’s been somewhere like the Sahara Desert, on or near the Equator, in the middle of summer, knows what I’m talking about.

HUNCH re. TRUTH: like vitamin C , beta-carotene, green tea, and other antioxidants, turmeric may contribute to increasing skin’s UV tolerance.

(Note that even ingested—as seems to be the intention here—rather than topically applied, there’s a risk of skin-colour-change with very high doses. YMMV and all that.) Topically applied, they can boost sunscreen performance (and indeed do some work on their own). None of that is foolish, but has research behind it. I mean, come on, it’s got to be the right, proper, and sensible thing to do if even sceptical grumpy old moi does it. Yes: I use MAP serum, witch-hazel, and rosehip seed oil; and I take vitamin C orally and eat plenty of fresh fruit & veg. And I do these to help fend off that lethal solar radiation. OK, I admit, I also eat healthy real food for other reasons, and one of them is because things like tomatoes, cherries, kiwis, raspberries, and strawberries—plus lots of other things whose names end in ~berry and pretty much any fruit out there—are tasty. For I am a simple soul of simple appetites.

BUT: let’s not be distracted by strawberries. Like I said, experimentation and resulting evidence needed. As whatwasthat added—the last word in the discussion above at 12:46AM (sorry, took the screenshots a while before…):

If you’re willing to take a chance with your skin… give it a shot. That drink is ridiculous though. There is no way I would believe that drinking that would make me not need sun screen. The whole “might” think in your paragraph above is just scary though. I don’t want “might” I want “DOES”!!! I’d rather spend more money on tried and true, than save money on a guess.


  1. topical application only (more further down on form)
  2. internal consumption only: and in what form? in food as part of a normal, ya know, food-based diet? like, as nature intended: in delicious curries?*
  3. or *shudder* in heinous barbarous artificial supplements and concentrates? “barbarous” as in “anti-civilised”: taking the pleasure, culture, and all value out of eating
  4. all of the above
  5. and in combination with other antioxidants
  6. compare to other lovely yellow things and things that produce fetching yellowish dyes: you know, saffron, onion, tea, … though turmeric wins over saffron on price, obv.
  7. add in examining  in vitro mechanisms, plus computer simulations
  8. DONE PROPERLY: methodologically properly, using a big enough test population, split-face/body, placebos, double-blind, over a long enough time, etc.

* TOPICAL TIP: for aaaaages (since I first started reading “turmeric is good for you” stuff, but mostly re. more serious medical conditions than, you know, vanity), I’ve been adding turmeric to our houmous. Also more olive oil, lemon juice, cumin, oregano, and black pepper. All of which are awfully good for you, and make houmous tastier too. Perfect.

I may (if I have the time, energy, and rereading such tripe doesn’t completely rot my brains and/or drain me of the will to live) do a fuller and more proper dissection of that “interesting [sic] article [dry heave sic].” Viewer discretion advised.

’nuff said

A short Google away:

In relatio veritas: see what Mr Durocher has to say about himself? how he presents himself in his LinkenIn profile? that tells you a lot about him. Even back on the NHT site, we get this:

free your mind, and…

Returning to our dear bohogirl10:

no more a slave to big companies […] find the truth and enjoy the freedom and the secrets of powerful and natural ingredients we can use to make our lives more simple and better without marketing and the companies interest for money and people’s consumption

Alas, poor dear: fooled. If it’s any consolation, our Paul’s not doing so awfully well himself—

—despite all the macho go-getting frat-boy businessy bragging; hey, maybe that’s proof that at least one of his magic miracle gel-based mojo products is working?—

—but which one, that is the question?

Aside from the obvious hesitations expressed by the sweet yankie above and by yours truly, and leaving the primary-source material above to the discretion of the individual intelligent reader: a note of caution: have you ever met turmeric? in real life? in the flesh, as it were: up close and personal?

Google image search: capable (for decades now) of revealing true material reality even to someone living in a cave.

A late entrant to the fray scuppered my hopes of persuading our dear boho to experiment on herself and keep us regularly updated (to check she’s being properly rigorous in her methodology) through before & after photos. Preferably lots of “during” ones too, covered in turmeric paste while drinking turmeric juice/gel. Maybe even while dressed as a turmeric root, so as to really get into the spirit of things and dig that core, fundamental, essential, root vibe. But no such vicarious and slightly vicious pleasures. As the generous and merciful rimbun put it (12:17AM):

turmeric paste is very yellow 🙂

OK. If you’re still sure, and sure it was actually turmeric you met… Some further notes of caution:

  1. do more research, ex. online searches for (actual science) journal articles using the terms CURCUMIN, CURCUMINOIDS, TURMERONE
  2. find more sources
  3. read sources
  4. weigh them up and compare them
  5. see how they’ve been weighed up by others
  6. next: metadata research…
  7. decide (this may take some time) which sources you deem to be credible
  8. if you still have a data/evidence gap, stck your neck out and experiment on yourself
  9. but first, of course, find out everything that’s to be found out (back to research and the biology & biochemistry books…) about turmeric
  10. then on with the experiments!

Suggestions on experiments:

  • different percentages/doses in the same base
  • using different bases (water, gel, paste, in emollient cream, etc.)
  • left on for a certain time, removed immediately, or left on as one would do with sunscreen
  • oooh, and how about turmeric tattoos?

Seriously: it would be fantastic. The world would be a much more colourful place if people were to go around covered in turmeric paste. Or tattoos. I certainly think it would be an improvement back in my countries of origin, where the sartorial choices of a large portion of the population are either
(a) pale and interesting a.k.a. GREY; inc. me; or
(b) YOU’VE BEEN TANGO-ED Oompa-Loompa orange.

One could add other food colourings to the paste, too. A properly multi-coloured rainbow population. I think that would all be rather jolly. Until the inevitable rain came. Up till then, it might all look something like this:

One comment

  1. gingerama

    UPDATE (morning of 2012-04-07):

    1. In response to boho’s “I’m tired of being a slave for these products…I want to find the truth and enjoy the freedom…and the secrets of powerful and natural ingredients we can use to make our lives more simple and better without marketing and the companies interest for money and people’s consumption…”

      Manda: That’s great, but if you want freedom the first step in getting it is to question what you read. Much of the information about skincare/beauty/whatever you read on the internet will be a advertisement of some sort, regardless of how natural the product it’s trying to sell is. Rule of thumb is if it doesn’t have sources and is presenting something to be a cure-all, be skeptical.
      Personally, I don’t mind regular old sunscreen but if you’re really put off by it, get some cheap zinc oxide powder and a big hat.


    2. Subsequent to rimbun’s “turmeric paste is very yellow :)”
    Siobhán: “I’ll keep using turmeric ONLY in food recipes not on skin.”
    Kay: “It does seem to have some good skin benefits, but the women who use it as spf look yellow. I’ve seen pictures of women who use it for sunscreen in Bangladesh and India and their face is covered in a yellow paste. I am going to try it as a mask but I am not going to walk around in public looking like one of The Simpsons.”

      (Siobhán LOLled at that)
      Cat: “Beware, I tried it as just a mask and was yellow for the rest of the day lol!”


    3. Leila, onto the sensible core of antioxidants: “Interesting…I drink carrot juice daily to help protect my skin. I still wear physical ss though :)”


    4. And, as is right and proper, we see The Triumph of Reason as a culmination (so far, so good, touch wood, etc.):
    Avi: “Just buy a proven sunscreen and know youre getting reliable protection;” and Manda: “2nd. Or enjoy the sun a little but wear a hat and avoid midafternooon *hides from skincare board*”

    Oops. It’s all gone a bit pear-shaped. Re. “some sun is good for you” the anti-sunscreen lunatic lobby has come out to play:
    bcakes: “just stay inside most of the time!”
    G has added (cos it’s true!): yay for caves! or, as I like to call them, “pubs” and “bars” (OK, plus “work”)

    bcakes (seconds after comment above; the girl does like to stir…): “if you have a healthy diet there isn’t a need to be obsessed about s/s. diet protects your skin”
    whatwasthat tries to temper this with humour (thumbs up, good strategy!): “It is good to enjoy a little sun! If were weren’t meant to have any we’d be nocturnal =)”

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