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Archive for December, 2006

22 Dec

Did You Know?

WORKER BEES’ DAILY BITES Did you know? Gut bugs don’t just make you gain weight – bacteria cause ulcers, too. Ulcers cause inflammation elsewhere in the body – enough to cause atherosclerosis! In terms of blood sugar impact, yams (sweet potatoes) typically have half the sugar of regular potatoes. Now there’s some health knowledge to […]

22 Dec

Fun Clicks

WORKER BEES’ DAILY BITES 1) Mistletoe Won’t Cure Anything…But It Still Breaks the Ice The holiday version of snake oil? 2) Baby Einstein or Go Fish? Fish oil is superior to both olive oil and annoying videos when it comes to raising smart kids. Technorati Tags: Baby Einstein, fish oil, snake oil, mistletoe

22 Dec

The Trees Aren’t Stressin’

Of course, they are trees. Sara here, with a few extra holiday tips: – Consider having your holiday meal delivered from a nice restaurant. No one will know. Really. And you can always bribe that little nephew who figures it out. (There’s always one, isn’t there?) – Hire a maid service from one of those […]

22 Dec

Holiday Survival Guide, Part II

Isn’t it telling that we even think of the holidays as something to survive? And yet, we do. If that’s not a clear indicator of stress, I don’t know what is. I think a great deal of the immune suppression, weight gain and poor moods many people experience during the holiday season is not necessarily […]

22 Dec

Smart People Eat Sulfur

SMART FUEL This week’s Smart Fuel is a collection of foods that are sulfur-rich. Such foods are excellent for inflammation-related complaints ranging from arthritis to skin rashes. (Sulfur is necessary to help repair and rebuild tissues, bones and cartilage.) These foods are especially great to eat in winter, when both skin and joints can take […]

21 Dec

Clickativity Scene

Worker Bees’ Daily Bites 1) Gosh, thanks, Labelman! The FDA has created an interactive online tool to help people better understand the Nutrition Facts Label. Visitors to the site learn to “Make Your Calories Count” with the help of Labelman. Yes. The program helps explain percentages, serving sizes and caloric information. The Nutrition Facts Label […]

21 Dec

Holiday Survival Guide, Part 1

Oh, the holidays. Before you say “bah, humbug!”, rest assured we’re going to help you stay healthy. Everyone knows the holidays are a spare tire waiting to happen. Alcohol, rich desserts and indulgent carbs are practically throwing themselves at you, begging to be eaten and taking it personally if you don’t. You know what we’re […]

21 Dec

Magic Mushrooms & the Boy Who Felt No Pain

The world of drug development is complicated, fascinating and sometimes, just plain wacky. Here are two new potential drugs-in-the-making which may have some excellent therapeutic benefits (hey, not all drugs are bad): Ok, Which Frog-Licker Figured This Out? Call it accidental scientific discovery, but I suspect at least one of these researchers has a rebellious […]

21 Dec

The Sisson Spoof

Technorati Tags: Snickers, most popular candy bar, junk food, spoof

20 Dec

Wednesday’s Mix: Tastier Than Mesclun

WORKER BEES’ DAILY BITES Almost Deserves a Sherlock Award… The New England Journal of Medicine has announced that Vitamin D is so good for you, it might even help prevent multiple sclerosis, a tragic and degenerative disease of the nervous system that affects about 350,000 people. Actually, the study is really worth checking out, although […]

20 Dec

Are Germs Making You Fat?

A fascinating article in New Scientist discusses the impact that germs have on your weight. In short, our digestive tracts are host to millions of microbes that aid in fermenting and digesting food. There are germs that help break down carbohydrates, germs that help digest fats, and so on. What’s fascinating is the new finding […]

20 Dec

Living Long and Strong

The average life expectancy for American males and females born after the year 2000 hovers between 75 and 80 years old, respectively. Which side of the average you may fall on has a lot to do with things you can control. These include maintaining a well-rounded nutrient-rich diet, getting enough sleep and water, managing your […]

20 Dec

The Buckler Brief

EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT: Choline Choline is a B vitamin. It is essential to the body’s functions and it is found in every cell. Choline can be produced in the body, but not in adequate amounts. Choline works in concert with other vitamins, particularly Folic Acid and B12. WHAT IT DOES: Choline […]

20 Dec

Generation XXL

Health Day News published an article on children’s health this morning, and here’s the quote that made me pause: “Being overweight or obese is the most important health issue facing children in the United States, a new survey finds.” I remember a time when the most important health issue a kid had to think about […]

19 Dec

Tuesday’s Buzz

WORKER BEES’ DAILY BITES Yo! All kinds of news you’ll want to check out today, Apples. Here’s the best of it: Bite My MDA The FDA says it wants stricter warnings on the dangers of over-the-counter pain pills like ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and naproxin sodium. Since thousands of people die every year from painkiller-related problems (even […]

19 Dec

Risk, Schmisk

What are you more likely to be afraid of: A shark or a candy bar? Driving in your car or flying on a plane? Falling out of your bed or being hit by lightning? The flu or avian flu? It’s interesting how we humans assess risk. It turns out, we’re pretty bad at it. Our […]

19 Dec

Black Tuesday for Black Cohosh

The latest study doesn’t look good for black cohosh. Here’s the clickativity. Our take: The study was performed by the National Institutes of Health (your friendly government agency), and looked at just over 300 women – so, not exactly a conclusive study. However, size does not always matter – a good study is a good […]

19 Dec

The Fuming Fuji Says No to Macaroni and Cheese

The Fuming Fuji is outraged at the marketing of toxic food, especially when it’s aimed at the small fry. This week, the Fuming Fuji has decided to have a serious problem with macaroni and cheese. But, Fuming Fuji, you ask, isn’t mac ‘n cheese at least rich in complex carbohydrates, calcium and protein? The Fuming […]

18 Dec

All the News You Want to Click

WORKER BEES’ DAILY BITES Howdy! Here’s the latest & greatest from the world of health news (of course, with our views): Where Studies Get Tricky More breast cancer news. A study of about 2,400 women found that non-hormone-receptor breast cancer survivors who ate 20% fat in their diets had a lesser chance of cancer relapse […]

18 Dec

Tell Me Something I Don’t Know

HRT is all over the news again. This, from Newsday: “Statistics from a major study revealing that rates of the most common form of breast cancer dropped dramatically between 2002 and 2003 are being greeted with applause and skepticism as the medical and advocacy communities digest the news.” Yes, it’s a tough one to chew. […]

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