Tuesday, September 20, 2016

"The curse of MANXIETY: How men worry themselves to death"

Daily Mail:  Men who suffer from severe anxiety are twice as likely to die from cancer than men who do not, a study has found.

But women with the mental health condition were at no greater risk, researchers said.

They suggest anxious men may be more likely to ‘self-medicate’ their anxiety by drinking and smoking more than women, both factors that increase the likelihood of getting cancer.

Women may also be quicker at going to the doctor – allowing the cancer to be detected earlier, making it easier to treat.

A study of 15,938 Britons looked at those who had also been diagnosed with generalised anxiety disorder. The disorder is characterised by excessive, uncontrollable worry about many areas of life, the researchers said.

Symptoms can include muscle tension, insomnia, an inability to concentrate and restlessness. A total of 126 men (1.8 per cent in the study) and 215 women (2.4 per cent) were found to have the disorder in the study.

Via Drudge: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3797444/Men-worry-death-women-don-t-suffering-severe-anxiety-TWICE-likely-die-cancer.html


edutcher said...

So, does this mean the Lefties don't hate us anymore?


Leland said...

WTF? The notion is that if your anxious, it causes cancer? If they are a transgendered male with anxiety, they get cancer more often too?

Do they teach correlation is not causation in college anymore? Heck, it could be completely the other way around. Perhaps the anxiety is caused by the body responding to yet undiagnosed cancer.

I think there should be a new law. Each of these studies must identify any and all grants provided to fund the study; and if any of it comes from a government source; then the personnel that approved the grant should be identified. That way, taxpayers will know who should be fired for mishandling funds.

Chip Ahoy said...


Did you say you want a suit to last you until the end of your days?

This is no small decision. And when you have money pouring out of our ears like Trump it's no problem at all, hardly a second thought to suit up the athletic lad to accompany him onstage. That kid was remarkably well-fitted. And you don't see that with young athletes bursting out of their suits. Off the rack patterns and machine made suites are simply not fitted for mesomorphs. It's not a matter of size. It's a matter of shape. A matter of very specific shape. And that's why good suits are expensive.

One time I went into Neiman Marcus and shocked by the prices on manikins I asked the saleswoman there "What makes these Italian suits so expensive?" They were displaying suits in 2 to 4.5 thousand dollar range. She seemed happy to explain the differences. She was very patient with me, actually, while being somewhat excited with the opportunity to lay it all out. She was very detailed about considering I was only 22 at the time.

We walked back to a fitting area so she could better show details. She covered everything. Very detailed. She compared less expensive suit to very expensive suit. The thing that stuck in my mind was how she described the Italians tailors used their thumbs to press and shape the shoulders as they hand stitched the seams, forcing them into shape so they aligned perfectly. And now my eyes go directly to the stitching around the shoulders. It's a thing. I notice right off how deplorable the stitching of most off-the-rack suits around the shoulders, puckering and bubbles all over the place, cut too deeply or too shallow like the comedian I mentioned so that his arms appear crammed into his suit when he crosses his arms. it's horrible.

*Tim Gunn voice*

The patterns used to make suits are averaged to fit every body along the lines that you noticed, mesomorph, endomorph ectomorph. So they fit nobody well. They all must be altered multiple places, while precision machine manufacturing allows too little fabric for adjustments. And the fabric itself is not up to the task of being let out and re-sewn. Then there's the element of the Tailor's expertise of pulling here, loosening there, tugging there, allowing here. You end up with a mess that doesn't hang well and moves even worse. That is why a good well-fitted suit is expensive.

A thing this important is at the level of buying a car.

[why are men's suits so expensive]

Lots of good stuff in results. These results explain quite a lot and they clear up a good deal of apprehension. I think they'll go far in getting you used to the idea of buying something you'll really like and prepare you to lay out the Benjamins for a product that's really great.

I like the first one where the tailor is asked all the time why he charges so much for a men's suit while others ask why sells his work so cheaply. Some people understand what's involved and others simply do not. (While some men look great in suits no matter their awkward form while other guys with great bods look like they plucked something off a rack.)

10 ways to spot a cheap suit is another good one.

$200 suit vs $2,000 suit by the same people is very good.

You know, if you're ever in Hong Kong be sure to buy a suit or two. It'll be totally worth it and if you don't then you miss an excellent opportunity.

These are not my opinions. These are hard facts.

Sixty Grit said...

I used to be in the wool business and I had some wool that cost something like $100/yd back in the '80s. That was as fine a wool as I have ever seen - and cheap wool looks and feels like cardboard in comparison. Once you have seen good wool you never want to have a suit made out of the cheap stuff again.

In Florence, back when I had a job and walked around smoking expensive Cuban cigars I had sparked up using a burning $100 bill, I admired the Armani suits in the windows, and even up until, say, around the year 2000 I thought I could amortize the cost of a suit by wearing it often.

Now, it seems less likely - changing the oil in my vehicles, running a chainsaw, getting covered with sawdust - those are just not suitable activities.

I agree - the shoulders are obvious keys to quality. Set aside style and cut, just look at how the darned thing is put together. The less obvious details are telling, too.

Sadly, I am not going to Hong Kong, nor Saville Row, heck, even the thought of a trip to the mall down the road is daunting.

Okay, I laughed at that ad "You'll hate the way you looked!" - ain't that the truth.

As with all handicrafts, some people understand the amount of effort required to produce a good quality product, while others will never get it, no matter how you explain it. Been there, done that.

And the hundred dollar bill thing was a joke - have I mentioned lately just how cheap I have been my whole life?

On to other, more practical subjects - I have been watching a Netflix show about maths - you know those Brits - can't spell or speak correctly, and the narrator talks about the history of maths, from ancient Egypt, to Mesopotamia, to Gweece, then up through the Chinese and Indians and Italians and the Fwench.

I just got to the part about Gauss who as a youth, invented the heptadecagon, a regular 17 sided polyhon which can be constructed using a compass and a straight edge. Very clever. I like the results. Now it is time to see if I can incorporate one into my work. I shall become gaussian.

chickelit said...

Gauss was on the old 10 DM note; Euler was (still is?) on the SFr 10 note.

Sixty Grit said...

I knew you would know of the Gauss-man. The narrator says that Gauss may have been the greatest mathematician who ever lived.

The Bwit goes on location to discuss the history of maths, and while in Basel, sits down with one of the Bernoulli offspring and one of Euler's descendants stops by and they all sit around getting drunk toasting to all the great proofs and theorems and maths in general. I was amazed at how those families have persisted. I mean mine has, as well, just not in the same place. Probably has to do with having to leave town or something.

ricpic said...

Florence Italy or Florence South Carolina?

bagoh20 said...

So now it's vicious cycle of anxiety about cancer and cancer. Thanks alot.

ricpic said...

All structured clothing is an affront to a self-respecting man. Go with the soft stuff. Be who you are. Show the world. I hope I've inspired y'all with that call to arms.

Sixty Grit said...

Firenze, capital of Tuscany, Itlee. As with the St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, one is able to walk up to the top of the dome on the Duomo and walk around the cupola. From there one gets a great view of the campanile and the baptistery. I have read that the marble facade is green and pink, but never noticed.

After spending days walking all over the city, from the Academy to the Pitti palace back to the library where Michaelangelo's stairs are, and all the museums in between, by the time I got to the gallery where the Botticellis are all I could say was "Uffizi, don't fail me now!"

AllenS said...

Where I live, men work themselves to death. Why retire? What kind of life is that?

virgil xenophon said...


I was in Hong Kong on R&R in '68 and bought two cashmere sport coats which I still own (and they still fit!) as well as a shiny grey sheen Shark-skin suit with the 40s style peaked lapels (which never seem to go out of fashion.) I also had a bunch of shirts made at East Compound Tailors in Taipei, Formosa (when visiting my cousin who was a one-star--then--USAF Chief of Staff of the old now defunct Taiwan defense command) as well as bought several v-neck cashmere sweaters there for 8$apiece!!! Which I also still have!

AllenS said...

virgil, I went to Bangkok for R&R also in '68. Luckily, I didn't bring anything home.

Amartel said...

Sixty is funny. The steep shuffle-hike to the top of the Duomo in Firenze is claustrophobia inducing. Speaking of anxiety. Then you emerge from the hundredweight human-oil coated tunnel of horrors and halitosis half way up only to be greeted by this shite.
The view from the top is quite spectacular, though.

ndspinelli said...

I ate the b est steak I have ever eaten in Firenze. Now, I lived in KC and Chicago and have eaten in fine steakhouses there, Texas, Vegas, etc. But, this steak, and it was just a sirloin, was melt in your mouth. I love the Eyetalians. They don't ask you how you would like your steak, it is served rare. Tuscany is where you eat steak in Italy. Not down south!

Sixty Grit said...

Hey, edutcher, have you seen the picture on Drudge now? I know your wife always talks about Mrs. Clinton's eyes being weird, all I can say is, boy howdy!

edutcher said...

What I noticed when she gave her acceptance, but this is far worse.

The Blonde can't believe.

virgil xenophon said...

@Allen S./

It wasn't an official R&R but four of us jumped in an O-2 and flew to Bangkok from DaNang for the weekend once. Stayed at the then new Siam Intercontinental. Fresh whole pine-apples were only 25 baht (5cents) at Don Muang airport then. Bought my Mother a fire opal dinner ring there and a 144 piece set of bronzeware + case for a good friend who was getting married back in the states. Cost me a whole $76 bucks IIRC..

Amartel said...

ndspinelli- yes! Tuscany has great steak places. Best steak I had was in Montepulciano- hill town south of Florence. Not badly affected by the earthquake si far as I can tell.