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August 16, 2018

BehindTheMedspeak: Black licorice OD


Above: my licorice assortment as of 8:08 a.m. ET today.

Yesterday's 10:01 a.m. post elicited a most interesting comment


from reader Michael, to wit.:


I had my Crack Research Team©® look into this issue and they came back with the following caution issued last Halloween by the FDA:



Below, the video that accompanied the FDA warning.

I then had them take a deep dive into the medical literature on licorice abuse alluded to in the FDA warning; read exemplars herehere, and here.

Turns out the sequelae of licorice OD have been known for a long time, what with one of the reports cited above having been published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1968 — 50 years ago; it's just that the knowledge hasn't been evenly distributed. (See what I did there?)

One swallow doesn't make a summer, but on the other hand, where there's smoke, there's fire.

Life can be confusing.

I can say the following:

• I most certainly have been enjoying a lot more than two ounces a day of superb black licorice for at least the past month; I'd guess around four ounces on average, divided among different brands and styles of licorice from Australia, New Zealand, Finland, and the Netherlands:


• I haven't noticed anything unusual or untoward when it comes to my heart or blood pressure or running 5Ks in 90° heat.

Your experience may differ.

I don't recall learning anything about the hazards of black licorice back in med school, but maybe I did and forgot.

I mean, I matriculated at UCLA School of Medicine in 1970, so that wouldn't be out of the question.

Finally, this licorice ring:


Made of black silicone, for those who just.can't.get.enough.

$55 CAD (Jewelry page 1).

August 16, 2018 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Experts' Experts: Google Cache

Screen Shot 2018-08-12 at 8.14.57 AM

Google Cache refers to copies of web pages cached by Google.

Google crawls the web and takes snapshots of each page as a backup in case the current page is not available.

These pages become part of Google's cache.

These cached pages can be extremely useful if a site is temporarily down; you can always access them by visiting Google’s cached version.

August 16, 2018 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Skinny Jar Spatula


From the website:


Perfect for any baking or cooking job, it's long and narrow for tall jars and bottles.

Won't stain, lose shape, or retain odor.

Soft silicone.





August 16, 2018 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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