Leeuwenhoek had stolen and peeped into the fantastic sub-visible world of little things, creatures that had lived, had bred, had battled, had died, completely hidden from and unknown to all men from the beginning of time. Beasts these were of a kind that ravaged and annihilated whole races of men ten million times larger than they were themselves. Beings these were, more terrible than fire-spitting dragons or hydra-headed monsters. They were silent assassins that murdered babies in warm cradles and kings in sheltered places. It was this invisible, insignificant, but implacable-and sometimes friendly- world Leeuwenhoek had looked into for the first time of all men of all countries. ~Microbe Hunters

Thursday, 4 April 2013


This is day D!! Unfortunately, DNP doesn't have much to do with lab work, except maybe testing for levels in the body. I could have picked a more relevant topic, but I wanted to talk about Dr. Oz. *muahaha*

DNP stands for 2,4- dinitrophenol which is an inhibitor of cellular energy. In the 30s, people took 2,4- DNP as diet pills. They could eat as much as they wanted, but they would not gain weight because their cells would not convert the food into energy, and thus would not be stored as fats or circulate in the body as sugars. This is actually very dangerous, so don’t try this at home. It increases the temperature of your body because the energy produced is just being lost as heat because, if you remember from Grade 11 thermodynamics, energy cannot be created or destroyed so if you intake energy, it has to go somewhere. That heat created can fry other proteins in the body and cause serious harm, especially to the brain. Ain’t nobody got time for that!

Word of advice: be weary of anything that sounds too good to be true. Take, for example, Dr. Oz's Green Coffee Bean Extract "breakthrough". Do you wonder why no credible sources have published any articles on his "magic pill"? You really don't need diet pills to lose weight. You need someone to take over your job, do all your housework, and pay your bills so you have time to exercise. A pill will not get rid of excuses. A pill will put it in your head that it's okay to watch TV and eat all the leftover Easter candy.  Don't go all googly-eyed on the fact that he is a "doctor". He said it himself that it's a "made for TV" study. Like, what does that even mean? TV experiments make bad science.

Darn good and sure of it,



  1. Amen, it's like the expression: there is no such thing as a free lunch. If its too good tone true, it most likely isn't true.

    1. I have never heard that one before!