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To be honest, I have developed a certain level of cynicism about medical studies and doctors’ recommendations. Too often, they reflect the conventional wisdom of the moment, and are likely to be contradicted within weeks by yet another study.

However, I do make exceptions. Like when the study tells me something I may not have known, but am really, really glad to learn.

Like this one.

Reuters reports that “researchers from the Department of Food Science & Technology at the University of California, have found beer is a rich source of silicon and may help prevent osteoporosis, as dietary silicon is a key ingredient for increasing bone mineral density.”

Drink beer. Develop strong bones.

Works for me.

Reuters seems to be on a roll this week. It also had a story the other day about how the consumption of alcohol seemed to promote heart health in Spanish men, reducing the instances of heart disease in people who drank as opposed to people who did not.

The sample seems fairly sizable - more than 15,000 men over a decade of study.

That’s the good news.

The bad news...Spanish women did not seem to enjoy the same benefits of alcohol consumption.

One of the great pleasures of my life is that every once in a while, I get to taste something extraordinary and way out of price range. This week, it was the 2007 Barnett Vineyards Rattlesnake Hills Cabernet Sauvignon that goes for $135 per bottle. Now, I have no idea what makes this wine so expensive, and I’m not nearly schooled enough to be able to tell the difference between it and a cab half its price.

But it was delicious.

The other wine I want to recommend to you this week is a lot less expensive - about nine bucks a bottle. But the 2008 Los Ailos from Argentina, which is 60 percent Syrah and 40 percent Malbec is rich and smooth and just a little bit spicy. And yummy.

Every once in a while, I get reminded that life is so much a matter of perception. For example...we were at dinner last night commenting on the fact that Sunday is Valentine’s Day, and my daughter - showing a flash of sardonic wit that reminded me of, well, me - said it shouldn’t be called Valentine’s Day. “It should be called ‘Singles Awareness Day,’ she said.

Laugh out loud funny, I think.

I just finished watching a six-part documentary called Monty Python: Mostly The Truth - The Lawyer’s Cut, and I recommend it heartily to anyone who loves the Pythons...or just wants to get a sense of how and why this groundbreaking comedy troupe evolved. What is remarkable about it - beyond the clips that remain hysterically funny more than 40 years later - that the individual interviews with the five surviving Pythons show people who seem remarkably candid, generally sympathetic and charitable, and fully at ease with their individual and group achievements.

It is a wonderful piece of work. I loved it.

That’s it for this week. Have a great weekend.

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