Medlin Law Firm - August 2018



The Best Ways to Cool Your Mouth After Eating Something Spicy So, what can you do to beat the heat? For heat brought on by chili peppers, you want a beverage that contains compounds capable of binding with the oiliness of capsaicin. The best compound? Fat. Whole milk will help, but here are some even better alternatives:

When you pop something spicy into your mouth, it’s always good to have a cool beverage nearby. You never know when you’re going to need to put out a fire. But when your mouth feels like it’s going up in flames, some methods of cooling are better than others. Let’s get this out of the way first: Water and soda are two of the worst ways to cool off your mouth after eating something spicy. Water, soda, and even fruit juice will simply spread the heat around, meaning that fiery sensation will only last longer. To combat the heat, it’s important to understand where that sensation comes from. Many spicy sauces and dishes get their heat from capsaicinoids, or specifically, capsaicin, an oily compound that loves to stick to your tongue. It’s important to note that capsaicin is not water-soluble. Chili peppers are a primary source of capsaicin. Other foods, such as mustard, radish, horseradish, and wasabi, get their heat from a compound called allyl isothiocyanate. This compound does not usually stick around as long as capsaicin.


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And for those who are lactose intolerant or vegan, soy milk and peanut butter can help too. The higher the fat content, the better!

What about those other foods, like mustard and wasabi? Unlike capsaicin, allyl isothiocyanate is partially water-soluble. This means water and soda will help cool you down — but you still can’t beat dairy. The next time you eat a habanero pepper or put too much hot sauce on your eggs, having a glass of half-and-half on standby can be a lifesaver. It may sound a little weird, but your mouth will thank you.

WHAT TO DO IN A BICYCLE ACCIDENT Many drivers don’t pay enough attention to bicyclists. If fact, research has suggested that even when drivers are looking directly at a cyclist, they fail to recognize and react to their presence, leading to many unfortunate “looked but failed to see” crashes. While riding, you can’t correct for a driver’s selective attention, but you can be prepared to deal with the aftermath of such a dangerous collision. Do Not Repair Your Bike As hard as it is to see your bike damaged, you should leave it in its post-accident state. The same goes for any other damaged property from the crash. These items are key indicators of the severity of the impact. If you have a personal injury attorney, they can hold these items for you to preserve them for examination during the claims process.

Many car-on-bicycle crashes result in catastrophic injuries. You may have to be immediately whisked away to the emergency room. If you are able to remain at the scene, however, there are important steps you should take to preserve your rights as a cyclist. Call the Police As with any accident, it’s best to get law enforcement involved. The men and women of Fort Worth PD are experts at analyzing the scene of a crash. Having their expert eyes can help get to the bottom of the cause of the crash, and the police report they write is an invaluable piece of evidence when pursuing an insurance claim.

Get Advice From a Professional Because of the complex intersection of bicycle and traffic laws involved in car-on-bike collisions, having a professional Texas personal injury attorney review the details of your accident can help you understand your legal options. These experts, like the attorneys at the Medlin Law Firm, can help you negotiate with the insurance companies or represent your case in a court of law. Bike accidents involving negligent drivers often lead to severe, long-term injuries. Pursuing a claim can get you the resources you need for medical treatment, and it holds the inattentive driver accountable. From all of us here at the Medlin Law Firm, please watch for cyclists. | Pg. 2

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