Let Thy Food be Thy Medicine

Apologies to Hippocrates for stealing the title of this post from his famous quote, but it perfectly reflects my focus recently.  I have been eating poorly (serious understatement) and want to reverse that.  I don’t come to this lacking information.  It has long been an area of interest for me.

I’ve watched a lot of documentaries on health, food, vitamins etc. and other health related films over the years.  Among them are:

Food Matters
Super Size Me
King Corn
That Sugar Film
Fed Up
Food, Inc.
Forks Over Knives
Hungry for Change
Fat Sick and Nearly Dead

These are just a few of the food-related documentaries that I have seen.  I am most certainly forgetting some that I saw years ago.  I am also sure that there are a ton of great docs out there I have never heard of – if you know of one not on my list, please let me know.

The latest thing I checked out on the subject however, was a book,  The Diet Myth: The Real Science Behind What We Eat by Tim Spector.  It is a fascinating look at how our health is affect – in fact, controlled by our gut biome.  The theory is that the bacteria that live in our gut could have more to do with our weight and health than the food we eat.  It also appears to play a factor in everything from our food cravings to how we metabolize what we eat.

The idea behind the book is that we can modify our micro-biome by what we eat and that in turn, will not only drastically modify our health but also make it easier to stick to eating the good stuff.

So what foods improve the makeup of your gut?  Well, as it turns out, it is as unique as you are.  Some people do great with added garlic, some need to eat more leeks and on and on.  There are a few things that seem to be beneficial to all.  Fiber is a big one.

I had thought that fiber going through the system sort of ‘scraped’ the plaque and bad stuff away, but the real benefit of fiber is that it stays together longer than other foods thus providing a source of energy for the bacteria throughout the trip through the colon, and intestines.  Staying together longer allows more varieties of your biome to feed throughout the trip.

Another thing that has been removed from most of our diets is food in its natural state.  As we process foods more and more, we kill the useful bacteria. In our all out water against bacteria, we not only kill the dangerous ones, but the ones we rely upon for our health.  This scorched-earth strategy has the effect of being more harmful than good.

The Diet Myth is a great read and worth you time. Check it out…  its really good stuff.

This book and others like it continue to show us how very little we know about our bodies.  Thousands of years of medicine have certainly not gone to waste but to think we understand it all is arrogant and dangerous.

Time and again, I have found that my cravings usually point me in the right direction.  Yes, I crave a Coke now and again and know that is not a good choice, but when I really pay attention to cravings it is exactly what my body needs.  I rarely crave really bad stuff and most of my poor eating is a result of eating out of boredom.

What are you experiences?

Chris Doelle

Steve Jobs is Not What You Think

When I saw the latest Steve Jobs movie advertised I thought, “Oh that will be interesting.”  Yes, it will be the same fanboy – rah rah stuff we always get, but because I am a fanboy of the computer revolution, I would like it.  When I saw Michael Fassbender as the lead, I thought, “geez, he doesn’t even look like Jobs.”  When I saw Kate Winslet was in the cast, I figured it was worth a shot just because I think she is great.  And I have to say that Seth Rogen did a wonderful job as Steve Wozniak as well as Jeff Daniels as John Scully.

michael fassbender - steve jobsThis is NOT Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999) (TV) Played by Noah Wyle and this is NOT Jobs (2013) Played by Ashton Kutcher.  This is more of the nitty-gritty, down and dirty Steve Jobs.  It is more like the book by Walter Isaacson (my review) because it is based largely on the book and co-written by Isaacson.

Fassbender once again surprised me with his performance. (He absolutely rocked 12 Years a Slave .) I completely forgot about my reservations about his lack of physical similarity and by the end, he WAS Steve Jobs.  His performance made this a film worth seeing – period.

This was a compelling story about Jobs as a person, not the glitz and showmanship, but the mind behind the man.

If you skipped watching this film because it seemed like “another Steve Jobs” movie, you missed the best one.  Grab this one and you will not regret it.

RATING 8 out of 10

Chris Doelle

Dec 29, 2015 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Chris Doelle’s Top Artists for 2015

Okay, so yesterday I posted the Chris Doelle’s Top Songs for 2015 and will follow-up now with the artists themselves.  These are the Top Artists for 2015 according to me:

Top Artists of 20151.  Billy Joel – 117 plays (+8)
2.  P!nk – 102 plays (+4)
3.  Zac Brown Band – 91 plays (+2)
4.  Tom Petty – 83 plays (+8)
5.  Billy Currington – 82 plays (-2)
6.  Train – 64 plays (+1)
7.  Kenny Chesney – 51 plays (+10)
8.  Jim Croce – 43 plays (NR)
9.  Johnny Cash – 41 plays (-8)
10. The Beatles – 36 plays (NR)
10.  Roger Miller – 36 plays (-6)
10.  Keith Urban – 36 plays (NR)
13.  Neil Diamond – 35 plays (NR)
13. Toby Keith – 35 plays (NR)
15. Harry Nilsson – 30 plays (NR)
16. Rod Stewart – 28 plays (-1)
16. Maroon 5 – 28 plays (NR)
18. Jack Johnson – 27 plays (NR)
19. Dierks Bentley – 26 plays (NR)
20. Darius Rucker – 25 plays (NR)
20. Luke Bryan – 25 plays (NR)

Interesting facts from 2015:

  • Train is in for the fourth straight year (#1 for 2012 & 2013)
  • Johnny Cash holds strong at #9 after coming in #1 last year.
  • Last year’s #1 (Imagine Dragons) had 88 plays – that would have only been fourth place this year
  • This year’s #20 tracks had 25 plays.  They would not have qualified for the list last year as it took 31 plays to reach the list.
  • 11 of the Top 20 were not in last year’s Top 20 and NONE of them are new artist.  It appears it was a throwback year.
  • The Beatles make the list for the first time because streaming music services finally have their music available.  I’ve never been a crazy Beatles fan, but the fact that it was music previously unavailable through places like Spotify and Pandora made me listen to them on a recent long drive.  It was enough to place them at #10 for the year.
  • Half (10) of the chart is made up of Country artists – up from 9 last year.
  • 2014 Top Artists
  • 2013 Top Artists
  • 2012 Top Artists
  • 2011 Top Artists
Dec 28, 2015 - Music    No Comments

Chris Doelle’s Top Songs for 2015

For the fifth straight year, I am chronicling the songs that I’ve played the most over the past year.  This is NOT a list of the most popular tracks in the world, in America or even in my town.  These are the tracks that I played the most in 2015.

There are tracked by last.fm (a site I discovered back in 2005) that keeps track of the songs you play on iPod, computer, iPad, iTunes and streaming sites like Pandora and Spotify etc.  It is simple to connect the service to your services and then you never have to deal with it again – other than to look at all the glorious data (yes, I’m a nerd.)

Let’s take a look at Chris Doelle’s Top Songs for 2015:

Bob Schneider - The Stars Over Your House - Top Songs for 2015

1. The Stars Over Your House – Bob Schneider (21 plays)
2. The Golden Age – The Asteroids Galaxy Tour (17 plays)
3. Wake Me Up – Avicii (14 plays)
3. Bang Bang – Jessie J (14 plays)
5. Chicken Fried – Zac Brown (13 replays)
6. Banana Pancakes – Jack Johnson (12 plays)
6. Take a Back Road – Rodney Atkins (12 plays)
6. Little Bit – Perrin Lamb (12 plays)
9. Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Deep Blue Something (11 plays)
10.Crazy – Gnarls Barkley (11 plays)
10.Stereo Hearts – Gym Class Heroes (11 plays)
10.Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 (11 plays)
10.Thinking About You – Calvin Harris (11 plays)
10.Best Day of My Life – American Authors (11 plays)
10.Real Life – Jake Owen (11 plays)
16.1,2,3,4 – Plain White T’s (10 plays)
16.Good Life – OneRepublic (10 plays)
16.The Lazy Song – Bruno Mars (10 plays)
16.All the Way – Timefiles (10 plays)
20.Semi-Charmed Life – Third Eye Blind (9 plays)
20.Ridin’ Solo – Jason DeRulo (9 plays)
20.All Star – Smash Mouth (9 plays)
20.I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing – Aerosmith (9 plays)
20.Bubble Toes – Jack Johnson (9 plays)
20.God is a DJ – P!nk (9 plays)
20.Voices – Chris Young (9 plays)
20.Pretty Good at Drinking Beer – Billy Currington (9 plays)
20.Let Her Go – Passenger (9 plays)
20.Ain’t Messin Round – Gary Clark Jr. (9 plays)
20.Centuries – Fall Out Boy (9 plays)
20.Cheerleader – Omi (9 plays)

  • Bob Schneider skyrocketed to the top of the song list with the only song I have ever played of his
  • Wake Me Up by Avicii was #2 last year an #3 this year
  • Imagine Dragons had two of the top three songs last year but nothing in this years list
  • Stereo Hearts – Gym Class Heroes was #12 for 2013 and returns this year at #10 (with one less play than the last time)
  • The Lazy Song – Bruno Mars was in the 2011 (#3) and 2012 (#17) lists
  • For the first year only one song had more than 20 plays
  • Chicken Friend – Zac Brown Band has been in the chart for four years in a row.
  • Billy Currington made the chart (barely) for the 3rd straight year
  • The top artist for the year (Billy Joel) didn’t have a single song in this list
  • It took 9 plays to tie for 20th position this year – last year it took 12
  • There were a total of 3,208 songs in 2015 (down from 3,408 last year)
  • For the second year in a row there were only two country songs in the top 5 – Chicken Fried was Top 5 both times.
  • 2014 Top Songs
  • 2013 Top Songs
  • 2012 Top Songs
  • 2011 Top Songs
  • 2010 Top Songs

Book Review – Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates

We’ve Had This Fight Before
Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates

I recently finished one of the most interesting books I’ve read in a long time – Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History by Bryan Kilmeade and I couldn’t wait to do a review.  Holy Moly is all I can say.

Yes, I had heard of the trouble in Tripoli… maybe a mention in passing in some college course or another book I read – can’t remember which.  But, what I learned reading this book was troubling on a couple of fronts:

1 – That such an important series of events in American history is not really mentioned in traditional school settings.  I understand we can’t put everything in every history book, but this is a pretty big deal.  We are talking about years and years of harassment, capture, slavery and murder of American sailors at the hands of the then-powerful Islamic Caliphate.  Most people will have some passing memory of the “Barbary Wars” but not remember much detail.  This book is rich in those details.

2 – The big takeaway is in the words of the Tripoli ambassador, “It was written in their Koran, that all nations which had not acknowledged the Prophet were sinners, whom it was the right and duty of the faithful to plunder and enslave; and that every Mussulman who was slain in this warfare was sure to go to paradise.”  The book goes on to describe that the first to board an enemy ship would earn himself one slave more than the share the rest received.

The book is extremely well-written and expertly paced.  It is the fastest page-turner I read all year thanks to the fascinating subject matter and how it applies to the headlines of today.

The entire time I read the book, I could see it as an epic mini-series.  I know that it would never be made because it doesn’t show Muslims in a flattering light, but it would be a great entertainment and highly educational.  The only fear is that a film (or mini-series) could easily ignore the facts in an attempt to be politically correct and would then do more harm than education.

If you want an entertaining book full of forgotten history… this is a great book selection.

by Chris Doelle

Nov 7, 2015 - Podcast, Writing    No Comments

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A Manifesto for a Better America

This will likely piss off everyone who reads this, but I figure you can complain about things or you can do something about them.

A Manifesto for a Better America

I think the first time I said it publicly was around 1990… the ONLY correct answer is “VOTE ‘EM ALL OUT!!!”

If they are incumbent, they must go! Stop trying to decide who is the better of two evils. If they understand it is a very temporary job, they will start doing what is right for the country instead of what is right for their “side” of the same corrupt coin.

Bernie Sanders may sound to Democrats like a better choice than Hillary… but him swinging things toward more socialism is NOT the answer.  There is already too much socialism in the country.  He is class-baiting folks because so much of the current socialism benefits the corporations and wealthy.  Adding more socialism may temporarily shift some money, but it won’t solve the problem.

As much as I like the policies of Rand Paul, he is an incumbent and brings with him a need to be re-elected.  Honestly, I think I like Rand Paul mostly because of his father.  Ron Paul was the only career politician I have seen that fought against Crony Capitalism and Socialism his entire career.  There are some things I disagree with him on, but that is what made our country great – our differences, not our sameness.

The Republicans are fighting for things I strongly believe in – the right to keep and bear arms – the importance of the family.  But come on, do the Democrats really dislike families?  I doubt it.  I think they just dislike what they see as corporate greed more.  Both parties have been taken over by the Orwellian-named – Progressives.

It is not a battle of Socialism vs Capitalism.  Capitalism hasn’t been practiced in this country since the Robber Barons started enacting laws to create their monopolies.   The “black market” is probably the closest thing to Capitalism that we will ever see.  You know why it works?  Because there are no government controls.

Yes, we need government to protect against threats (foreign and domestic) – that doesn’t mean invent them… or worse, create them through the endless game of real-life RISK – propping up dictators and shoveling cash and weapons to the guys on “our side” only to discover they are no longer on our side when they change their minds or we leave them hung out to dry.  Government should not be in many of the businesses they are in.  In our Constitution, it was made clear that the states are to determine anything not specifically spelled out therein.  Both the President and the Supreme Court should stay out of the lawmaking business.  Also, if there is an amendment I would love to see in that document, it is that each law (there will be few when the states regain their power) should only have one thing in it… not riders, add-ons, attachments and pork designed to grease the wheels and ensure things get passed.

Political Correctness is the most dangerous thing we face.  The idea that you cannot spank an unruly child is simply wrong.  The idea that telling someone you don’t like them is a “hate crime” is wrong.  The idea of a hate crime itself is more divisiveness.  It is designed to create an “us versus them” mentality.  Is there such a thing a “love crime?”  They are all hate crimes… no, they are all just crimes and should be punished equally.  If I see someone mistreating someone and strike the offender, the consequences to me should be the same whether the person I struck was white, black, hispanic, straight, male, female, trans, gay, an Eagles fan, liberal, mentally challenged or a politician.   If it is ruled that what I did was a crime, the punishment should be the same regardless of the victim.

With everyone afraid to say anything to anyone, nobody stands up for what is right.  What do you do when a gay man beats up a black girl?  Who do you defend?  Nobody… you lower your head and scurry away unsure of who you will piss off and whose rights you will be stepping on.  It used to be that people stepped in to stop the attack regardless of who the attacker was – without regard for civil liberties – only to stop the act.

This manifesto (I chose the name only because it sounds official… the problem is that now because I chose it as a literary device, I will be on a watchlist) is a perfect example.  Nobody comes out and says anything anymore.  We do “drive-by” commenting… sharing a meme that you agree with – but won’t paint you as too far in any direction.

The truth is in the middle… and the edges… it’s in the different… it’s in the nooks and crannies of thousands of detailed issues.  Instead, we are lazy and just pick a side…  or worse yet, try to straddle the line to be all things to all people..  that is what we have been trained to do.  STOP drinking the Kool-Aid…  START thinking for yourself.  I know, sounds crazy, right?

We all believe we think for ourselves.  We believe we have differing opinions.  And you know what… to some extent we do.  But, we don’t share them.  Why?  Because we fear being labelled as evil by one side or the other.  It is NOT evil to disagree on a subject.  It IS evil to manipulate us into being afraid to question – being afraid to talk with the opposition rather than lob jabs at their beliefs.  That is what we have devolved into – scared little parrots of the so-called right and left.

VOTE ‘EM ALL OUT and run for office yourself.  No, you don’t have to spend millions.  Start small – just get your name on the school board ballot and go a debate or town hall meeting.  Serve your term, vote YOUR conscience – that what your party handlers tell you.  Your goal should not be to make this a career.  When they discover they cannot sway you, yes… you will lose their support.  But who cares, you are out of there anyway.

This country was founded on a system that foresaw EVERYONE taking a turn in office and then returning to their farm or small business and enjoying the immense gift that this country was.  If you don’t want to run for office that is your choice, but if you vote for ANYONE that is currently in office, you are part of the problem.  No, that is me just doing that PC speak again… trying to temper it so nobody gets pissed… if you vote for ANYONE that is currently in office, you ARE part of the problem.

by Chris Doelle


Beware of random bills

cobra, coverage, lapse, bill,I switched insurance companies about four months ago and while getting things going with the new one was HUGE hassle, the letter I received in the mail recently was an even bigger shock… a bill for $1,445.36!!

It wasn’t from the new insurance company – it was from the previous one!

Yeah, they were billing me for COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act) because my insurance lapsed.  It didn’t actually lapse, but they billed me anyway.

After much wailing and gnashing of teeth (on the phone with their help line,) I discovered that it is just something they do.  They just send out bills like this to anyone that leaves their coverage.  The idea is that some of them will pay it.

I don’t know about you, but I find the practice extremely distasteful and borderline evil.  There are some folks that will pay those bills and more often than not, it will likely be some elderly person frightened to death that their insurance will lapse at a time when they need it most.  They will likely not have the energy to sit on hold, fight through the levels of people needed to get to the bottom of the issue and just pay it.

My only advice is to question bills you receive in the mail.  If they are confusing, find someone willing to take a look into it for you.

by Chris Doelle

Coming up for air… just a bit

Texas High School Football Has Abducted Me

LSGLogoBorderSo, long-time readers of the blog will know that this is the time of year when I disappear.  Newcomers, here’s why:  Texas high school football.  As you can see, my last post was July 27th.  That was about  month before Texas high school football got going.  That is because of Lone Star Gridiron, my Texas high school football website.  It really eats up every free moment during the season.

What have I done while silent here?

  1. Previewed every district in the state of Texas – what teams we expected to do well, what players are returning, history, notes etc. – a ton of stuff!
  2. Scheduled, recorded, conducted interviews, edit, and posted 11 podcasts a week!  Yes, every region of Texas gets their own show.  The format is me interviewing and talking football with a regional expert on the happenings in Texas high school football,  Plus a recruiting show and a coaches show.
  3. Highlighted the key matchups across the state… again, by Region
  4. Started doing a LIVE Friday night scoreboard show (from 9:30pm – 11:00pm) every Friday during the regular season (that will morph into a mid-week playoff show starting next week.)
  5. Edited over 50 intern/reader/contributor articles.  This ranges from just a few tweaks to some that are nearly 100% rewritten.  Along the way, I have helped shape the writers into seasoned sportswriters.
  6. Managed social media for LSG – posting and communicating with #txhsfb fans to the tune of about 60-100 posts a week across five social media sites.
  7. Compiling rankings of every team in the state every week by classification and sharing those out on the site.
  8. Began an interview series with Texas high school football coaches that we will be rolling out soon.

Oh yeah… and service my clients in my marketing company, manage my staff…  you know – the things that pay the bills :)

I’m sure there are 100 other things I do related to Texas high school football that I haven’t thought to mention.  It is a very time consuming but definitely a labor of love.

There is light at the end of the tunnel however.  This is the last week of 11 shows as the regional shows will drop off next week with playoffs starting.  There will still be 4 shows going but trust me, this is a big weight lifted.

Then, the fun starts – playoffs and championship games.  It’s kinda like a month of Christmas each week.

Rest assured, you will be seeing more of me here as the season progresses.  Thanks for waiting.

by Chris Doelle