I remember Dark Matter director/stunt coordinator John Stead coming into my office one day, looking down at the supplements crowding my desk and throwing me a concerned: “Joe, man. Are you okay?”

In retrospect, I probably didn’t need to be taking so many, but I’d just read a Men’s Health article that outlined the most important supplements a man my age should be taking – which happened to amount to approximately 12-15 pills daily.

I know, I know.  I hear that supplements are unnecessary and you get all the vitamins and minerals you need by just eating properly.  But who has the time to eat properly?  Which is why I do a multivitamin every day.  And vitamin D because, according to my doctor, I’m low.  And zinc for .  Oh, and resveratrol for its antioxidant properties.  And that’s pretty much it.

In addition to a mega-pack containing: vitamins A, D3, E, C, B1, B2, niacin, pantothetic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, folic acid, biotin, calcium, phosphorous, iodine, magnesium, zinc, copper, manganese, potassium, selenium, silicone, choline, inositol, fish oil, DHA, EPA, glucosamine, MSM, catechu, skullcap, etherium, adamantium, inertron, naquadah, and Element Zero.

Now that I think of it, I probably don’t need to double up on the vitamin D and zinc.

Well, I’m looking to finish up a first draft of this series overview (an adaptation of sorts) for top of next week when I can start working on my new feature script.  Hopefully, by that time, I will have received notes on the outline for my second TimEscape script.  And further news on that out-of-nowhere opportunity that presented itself earlier this week.  And that other BIG project that sits, poised to either land or crash in spectacular fashion…sometime in February.

It also looks like I’ll be heading to Montreal to dogsit for my sister in the coming weeks.  Akemi, who has been watching way too many coronavirus youtube videos aint exactly thrilled at the prospect of me being out of town for an extended period, but I reassured her that we should have full confidence in our government that doesn’t seem at all concerned by the prospect of a pandemic.  In fact, they seem downright disinterested.

Anyway, I’ve been thinking of switching my reading up a little by checking out some graphic novels.  Any recent must-reads to recommend?  Any can’t-miss classics to suggest?  Feel free to inundate my comments section.

Still eyeing March for business/dog adoption-themed trip to L.A.  Pitch a few projects.  Take a few meetings.  And hopefully adopt a senior pug or two.

What’s new with you?

12 thoughts on “January 31, 2020: I think I might be etherium-deficient!

  1. All my current meds are either Blood Pressure (apparently I need a LOT to keep that under control) and the new diabetes drug that I recent got prescribed. I still don’t think I have diabetes…
    All the symptoms the doctor can see (my balance issues, the blind spot in my eye, etc) are all from my brain surgery. It was “pre-op, fine.. post-op, balance, blind spot, etc)
    He keeps saying “those are all signs of diabetes!!!!” and I’m “yes, but.. that’s not how I got them!”
    Many arguments over the past few months.

  2. So far I’ve been lucky. I take a D3 supplement, blood pressure pill, & duloxetine for nerve pain & that’s it. Up to this point my blood tests & physicals have somehow come up fairly healthy even though I live on fried foods passed by hand through the window of a random establishment. Knocking on 60’s door I know that soon everything will begin to show wear & I probably won’t continue to be so lucky, but I’ll enjoy it while I can.

  3. Well, I thought you were looking a little low in unobtainium, but I didn’t want to say anything.

    Regarding the virus, I think people should be much more concerned about regular old influenza:

    “CDC estimates that influenza has resulted in between 9 million – 45 million illnesses, between 140,000 – 810,000 hospitalizations and between 12,000 – 61,000 deaths annually since 2010.”


    That’s annually!

    Oh, in other news, my back feels much better!!

  4. Just finished rereading Warren Ellis’ Nextwave, laugh out loud funny satire. Greg Rucka’s Lazarus series is depressingly believable scifi.

  5. Nah… I got nutttin’. Except to say that you shouldn’t fly with the pandemic because of the air recirculation issue. Otherwise, you’re in no more danger in Montreal than at home. I’d be more worried about you flying to L.A. next month. Pan means everywhere, unfortunately.

    Have nice night!

  6. Your mega vitamin pack, the one that also has that crucial ingredient so hard to get naturally from good balanced meals – the one with the naquadah an excellent find. Good Luck on getting some of those projects accepted – most especially, the TimeEscape one and/or the other BIG one. Not having your work regularly available in series form is disappointing. Hope that all changes soon.

  7. I’m on a multitude of prescribed meds for my multitude of health issues I take a multi-vitamin and D with Calcium plus B Complex. I actually wish I could figure out what supplements would boost my immune system though maybe not as I couple auto immune diseases in addition to that mega bunch of other health problems. Stay well. Good health is priceless.

    Hope all your projects come together nicely and you can get all your dream ones in particular to obey your every whim!

  8. Joe: “What’s new with you?”

    Just returned from a five-day trip that stretched to eight days.

    Husband & I flew to Orlando, FL, last Friday to meet up with a friend. We had a good visit.

    As we prepared to leave Tuesday, Husband developed some worrisome symptoms, including chest pain. I called the EMTs.

    Long story short, 32 hours later he was released from hospital, feeling much better. Tests were negative /normal, so we’ll follow up with his regular MD next week.

    I have nothing but good things to say about Fairfield Inn /Sea World, Orange County Fire /EMS, OrlandoHealth /Dr. Phillips Hospital, and Enterprise Rent-a-Car.

    PS: While Himself was resting, I did some shopping and sightseeing. I miss Florida; spent time there off & on 1950s—‘80s.

  9. It’s not that vitamins don’t help, it’s that the study all the Establishment news sites keep referring to are using cheap multivitamins with a number of flaws.

    Regarding cheap multivitamins, the vitamin D is way too low. You can’t absorb iron if you take calcium at the same time. 40% of the population has a MTHFR gene mutation that makes the folic acid addition harmful – methyl folate can be life-changing for those people if they’re not Ashley getting too much folic acid from enriched flour. The magnesium in magnesium oxide isn’t bio-available (aka dirt). Vitamin C should be taken repeatedly throughout the day. The naquadah – they should be paying YOU to dispose of their production waste.

    So, yeah, a pile of pills is what you end up with if you do all your research.

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