Nurse Angry has already come out of the closet as a vegetarian but today she will reveal the fact that vegetarians sometimes get their comeuppance. Today was one of those days. What luck that NA downloaded the WordPress app so she could capture the moment and share it with you as soon as she finished her lunch. Of which she ate only half, because the other half was made up of zucchini, which is just about the only vegetable she doesn’t like (along with some of the more seriously chewy kinds of mushrooms). It is the birthright of those of us  from upstate New York to be zucchini resisters, as we are exposed to allergy-causing amounts of the stuff from an early age. Nurse Angry would rather eat nuclear waste. She says: Just say no to excess zucchini!


Here’s what was left over after Nurse Angry had finished what was actually edible on her plate. If there is only a moderate amount of zucchini in a dish, NA will just eat it. But today the zucchin-o-meter registered an 8.5 on the Richter scale.

As the circumspect person she is, Nurse Angry did NOT leave the napkin note for the waiting staff to find.  Maybe next time.

Nurse Angry is not only happy, she’s excited. It may not be obvious what the “right” diet for human beings should be, or if there even is one that would be good for everyone, but it’s obvious to NA what it shouldn’t be, and that’s low-fat. NA would find it gratifying if the Stockholm school system would switch to full-fat milk and butter as well as serve snacks that consisted of something more than carbs. (A sugar ban in school would  make NA positively ecstatic, but it does seem like a bit of a pipe dream).

Nurse Angry asks herself how on Earth we allowed ourselves to be led to believe that reduced fat, often sugar-laden food products would be better than good old fashioned food? Who knew we were so… compliant?

Nurse Angry was dismayed to find that among about 100 kinds of yogurt at a NYC deli, there was only one that was full fat and without added sugar or other sweetener. Most were 0% fat. That doesn’t taste good without loads of sweetener so NA was really motivated to find the full fat yogurt. To which she added some walnuts and fresh fruit.

UP with fat, DOWN with sugar and other crappy carbohydrates!

Here’s the intro from an article by Dr David S Ludwig MD, PhD (New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center, Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts) in JAMA, published online on September 28, 2016. You can read the whole article here:

http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2564564

“The recent revelation that the sugar industry attempted to manipulate science in the 1960s1 has once again focused attention on the quality of the scientific evidence in the field of nutrition and how best to prevent diet-related chronic disease.

Beginning in the 1970s, the US government and major professional nutrition organizations recommended that individuals in the United States eat a low-fat/high-carbohydrate diet, launching arguably the largest public health experiment in history. Throughout the ensuing 40 years, the prevalence of obesity and diabetes increased several-fold, even as the proportion of fat in the US diet decreased by 25%. Recognizing new evidence that consumption of processed carbohydrates—white bread, white rice, chips, crackers, cookies, and sugary drinks—but not total fat has contributed importantly to these epidemics, the 2015 USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans essentially eliminated the upper limit on dietary fat intake.2 However, a comprehensive examination of this massive public health failure has not been conducted. Consequently, significant harms persist, with the low-fat diet remaining entrenched in public consciousness and food policy. In addition, critical scientific questions have been muddled.”

Get reading!

Carey has opened Pandora’s box. Since Nurse Angry  started writing again there seems to be no end to the non-subjects that pop into her head. And she has figured out that this is a good way to use those pesky leftover minutes during telephone hours. The ball is officially rolling again, so you might want get out of the way.

The original idea for this blog was that Nurse Angry was literally sleepless in Stockholm, and that together with general parenting issues. Having a small child, construction work, general city noise and two madly barking dogs upstairs almost did Nurse Angry in. But things have changed. Construction work and general city noise continue, but small child is now medium child and what’s more: the dogs moved out yesterday. Woof!

Nurse Angry started the workday by talking to the vacuum cleaner: “Did you do your job? No, not really. Get back in there.” She picked him up, put him back in the hallway where he belonged and shut the door. This little robot  is one of Nurse Angry’s favorite people. He’s surprisingly strong. He can move over the threshold and open the door into the waiting room if it’s not closed really hard. Nurse Angry has started thinking of him as one of the team. She hardly ever has to get the regular, boring vacuum out.

If you happen to be interested in industrial robotics, check out SVIA. There’s a cool, short film, Meet the Creatures which has human acrobats portraying robots.

Hooray for robots! They’re going to kick our butts in everything!

http://svia.com/

And speaking of creatures….”Clinton lured Trump out onto thin ice” was the headline in the Swedish newspaper that met Nurse Angry this morning. She is rubbing her hands together in glee. She CANNOT WAIT to get home tonight and watch the first presidential debate. This could be like watching the two toughest kids who were mean to you at school beat each other up.

For her next act, Nurse Angry will learn how to write a short, meaningful blog post.

Sweden is the land of strapping, healthy vikings, right? That’s what even the Swedes still want to think, but Nurse Angry has been here for 25 years and has watched the metamorphosis. People in Sweden are now, well…fat.

Nurse Angry has looked on in horror at the stupefying amounts of sugar consumed by the children around her, but she is even more distressed by how these amounts have become “normal”.  Nurse Angry turned herself into a persona non grata at school by questioning whether the kids should be given leftover cookies every afternoon. As if that wasn’t enough to make the people at the after school program despise her, she then contacted the principal. Who agreed with her(!)

Nurse Angry also wrote an email to the other  parents in her daughter’s class at one point, pointing out that it maybe wasn’t necessary for the children to eat 8-10 (or more) cookies when there’s an event at school. This missive was met with total silence. Not that she’s against the idea of being the crazed American anti-sugar parent by any means, but that subject just didn’t fly. She let it go.

Nurse Angry is currently on a literature binge that started when she was trying to understand why people of Asian origin more easily get type 2 diabetes (the insulin resistance kind). She was also trying to get a grip on the whole LCHF phenomenon. Being a vegetarian, Nurse Angry is basically not invited to the low-carb party, but as a seasoned gatecrasher, she felt like it needed some investigation.

In an attempt to excuse herself from reading the next book club book, Nurse Angry emailed her friend Nurse Nancy (the literary district nurse and accidental hemorrhoid expert), explaining that she had been plowing through books such as Ann Fernholm’s Ett sötare blod and Det sötaste vi har, Andreas Eenfeldt’s Matrevolutionen, John Yudkin’s classic Pure, White and Deadly, Robert Lustig’s Fat Chance, and most recently, Gary Taubes’ Good Calories, Bad Calories. And that the end was nowhere in sight. So Grief Is the thing with feathers (or any other work of fiction) is not on Nurse Angry’s current reading list.

Nurse Nancy wrote back: “Any bad calories  that were surprises? Some ways NOT rocket science.”

And if Nurse Angry is completely honest, she will say no, there weren’t. Not at this point. But throughout her reading spree she has gotten more than a few interesting (and some shocking) surprises, and not just about bad calories. The first couple of books were a warm-up, so to say, as it takes  a while for a new subject to become understandable on a higher level. Nurse Angry certainly knew that sugar was very bad indeed, but maybe not just how very, very bad. And the idea of carbs in general as potentially undesirable fodder for human beings was a new one on Nurse Angry. The insights gained would chill the heart of any vegetarian, and Nurse Angry is no exception (more on that in another post which will be called The Recovering Vegetarian).

Nurse Angry certainly did not realize that the dietary guidelines she learned in nursing school are basically a bunch of mumbo jumbo that was intended to prevent heart disease, but ended up just making everyone fat and miserable. That in itself is enough to turn your hair blue, but there’s more. Nurse Angry now thinks that low carb eating, which sounds like mumbo jumbo, is totally ok and does not turn people into greasy blobs of cholesterol, as cholesterol was not the problem in the first place. Does anyone else remember wondering why anyone would bother counting carbohydrates back in the 70’s and 80’s? We were counting calories, duh?  Well, now Nurse Angry has understood.

Fat-free anything and low fat/low calorie diets are so not helpful. The “eat less, move more” theory of weight loss needs to be completely canned at this point as it has caused more than its fair share of human suffering. Nurse Angry still thinks you should exercise, as it brings a wealth of health benefits. Unfortunately weight loss is not one of them.

She suggests everyone start doing some seriously selfish reading on the subject of nutrition right now, because government, the health care systems of the world, Big Pharma and the food industry don’t look like they’re going to be making changes any time soon. There’s too much money involved for some, and others are already having enough trouble winning elections without rocking the sugar boat. Once you get started reading it’s hard to stop. Seek out sources you find reliable. Or check out Nurse Angry’s new hero, nephrologist Jason Fung. Or Dr. Robert Lustig. Or Dr. Zoe Harcombe. Or Dr. Georgia Ede. Or Dr. Eric Westman. If you speak Swedish you can follow Dr. Annika Dahlqvist. Or why not Dr Andreas Eenfeldt on dietdoctor.com or kostdoktorn.se?

Find out more about metabolic syndrome, insulin and insulin resistance, dietary connections with Alzheimer’s, cancer and much more. It’s fascinating reading and you get to make up your own mind. Nurse Angry thinks the future looks hopeful.

Nurse Angry is back!

Sort of.

The ever hopeful and encouraging Carey kindly pointed out recently that Nurse Angry hadn’t written a blog post in three (3) years. Nurse Angry is not ashamed!

Ok, well, maybe a little. She is definitely a bad blogger.

Instead of a long-winded analysis of some random happening, Nurse Angry will now tell you a story.

Once upon a time, NA had a colleague in the orchestra who told her that someone had called her a bad violinist. Upon reflection, this wise woman answered by saying that she would rather people think she was a bad violinist than a bad mother. Now this is not the time or place for NA to expound upon her own maternal shortcomings (though it may come later as a blog post called “Nurse Angry doesn’t really like children all that much”, which would not be strictly true, but might be fun to write about). NA will content herself with agreeing to her colleague’s general assessment of the situation, and can only say that since she stopped playing in the orchestra she would rather be called a bad blogger than a bad mother.

But why be just a bad blogger when there are so many other things that it’s fun to be bad at?

You could be a bad public speaker, a bad cook, a bad driver, bad neighbor, or an all-round bad egg. And that’s just for starters.

Nurse Angry highly recommends being a Bad Feminist. It’s more fun and she is one herself. For more on this subject please see Roxane Gay’s book with that very name. While you’re at it you can read her novel An Untamed State and short story collection Ayiti. Nurse Angry had the privilege of being present when Roxane Gay was in Stockholm this spring. She’s a lady worth listening to!

You could also concentrate on having a bad attitude, bad luck, bad credit, a bad sunburn, bad teeth, a bad sense of direction, a bad hair day or any number of bad habits. As Nurse Angry works at the office of an ENT specialist, here’s one she can particularly recommend: https://nosepicking.wordpress.com/

Nurse Angry was tempted to sign off with a bad pun or a bad knock-knock joke. But that would be a bad idea.

Bad karma, anyone?

 

 

 

Nurse Angry has recently started working with an ear-nose-throat specialist. Tragically, this does not give her immunity to afflictions in said area. Ahhh, laryngitis! Nurse Angry wishes she could take a magic pill, but a virus is a virus so she’ll have to make do with fluids, voice rest and cough sedatives. virus1Awww, isn’t he cute!

Nurse Angry does not know how it is in the rest of the world, but in Sweden we convinced ourselves that the horrific, no-sun summer of 2012 was the cause of the epidemic of viruses that plagued us fall-winter-spring. But summer this year was wonderful and now everyone is sick again. Small person in the household has already been sick 4 or 5 times since going back to preschool and the teenagers have fared only slightly better. Not to mention the myriad illnesses of Nurse Angry herself. Only the Old Guy stays pretty much healthy, wealthy and wise.

Flu attack! How a virus invades your body: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rpj0emEGShQ

 Here in Stockholm (affectionately known as The Capital of Scandinavia, see earlier blog) nobody seems to know how to wash their hands or to cough/sneeze into the crook of their arm. And personally Nurse Angry thinks it is a bad idea to go to work sick or send kids to preschool sick. We’ve all done it but maybe we should rethink that equation.

The Big Picture Book of Viruses!! http://www.virology.net/big_virology/BVHomePage.html

Once upon a time Nurse Angry saw a TV program about viruses. It was scary.  This was back in the early 80’s. And at the end they asked one of the researchers “Who will win the war between man and the viruses?” He answered without hesitation, and Nurse Angry’s readers are smart enough to know what the answer was that has haunted her ever since. But there is an upside: we probably don’t need to be so worried about global warming because the viruses are definitely going to get us first. So party on. And pass the Cocillana. Tastes so strange that Nurse Angry just has to wonder what even stranger taste is being masked.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethylmorphine

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Aside from the fact that it is a bad photo. Waaaaaaaaaaaaah!

Actually, there are probably quite a few things wrong with this picture, but seriously, what’s with that SIGN? The one that looks like it’s hanging by a thread.  On the filthy wall. On the building housing Fastighetskontoret- the offices in charge of real estate owned by the city. Nurse Angry is not kidding.

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Note the nice little bit of raw concrete above the top of the sign- sign must’ve slid down a little, right? No. That is the way it’s supposed to be. Tilted.

Yes, that sign with the sickening slogan “Stockholm. The Capital of Scandinavia.” How uptight, smug and self-absorbed can a slogan be? Nurse Angry gets, well, ANGRY every time she bikes past it.
What was wrong with “Beauty on water”? It was at least true. Nurse Angry even prefers “The Venice of the North” and that’s a pretty appalling statement.

Luckily the perfect antidote is right around the corner. Nurse Angry recommends going immediately a  few hundred meters to your left to have a look at Stockholm City Hall instead. Ahhh, lovely. Thank you Ragnar Östberg!

http://international.stockholm.se/City-Hall/Pictures-of-the-City-Hall/

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Nurse Angry found herself speechless with surprise and moved nearly to tears one early morning when she spotted this deft and cheeky work of bathroom art in her own home. The thoughtful creator had probably used more energy tearing the toilet paper with such care as to leave 3/4 of a piece than he/she would have used by getting out a new roll.

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Nurse Angry has noted a new trend in toilet habits among the young. She calls it the iFlush. It should actually be called the iDontflush but that is a cumbersome epithet. The iFlush is what happens when folks go into the bathroom and sit a spell with their computer or other device of choice. Nurse Angry doesn’t have an opinion about what people do in there or how long they do it, but she does not appreciate the iFlush. And between you and Nurse Angry she actually calls it something unprintable.

 

Nurse Angry knows this is not as entertaining as So you think you can dance, but it could save your life.

Nurse Angry can be serious.

So you think you know how to wash your hands?

Because from what she sees around town (and Nurse Angry IS watching), pretty much nobody does. A few years back, when everyone was scared of getting swine flu, people were washing and disinfecting their hands (and their children’s hands) with true zeal. And guess what? All other kinds of infectious diseases were reduced that winter.

Think Michael Jackson was kooky with his white gloves? Nurse Angry would like to add that regardless of how often you wash your hands you do have to keep touching stuff. So. Don’t. Touch. Your. Face. Especially not your nose. Ever. Got it?

And if you pick your nose please wash your hands. Nurse Angry will send a complimentary nail brush to the first reader who sends a picture of themselves mid-pick.61QW8TAKZVL

So here’s the deal, according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention):

Want more info? http://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/

Bored? http://tv.yahoo.com/shows/so-you-think-you-can-dance/