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Archive for January, 2007

23 Jan

Because Throwing Paper in the Wash Doesn’t Work

Howard Hughes would have loved this one. Just when you think you’ve seen it all…

22 Jan

Sting Operation

Worker Bees’ Daily Bites:

News for the men, news for the women, news for the kidlets…

1) First there was cellulite cream…now this?

This week in quackery: was it the metrosexual trend that got men worrying about things like body wash and, now, testosterone cream? We’re not complaining about the body wash, but who needs one more unhealthy, questionable miracle cure on the market?

Testosterone does diminish with age. But supplementing with hormones is a dicey proposition that we don’t recommend unless there’s a medical need. A better way to keep those hormones pumping naturally (make that several ways):

- Pump some iron, guys!

- For goodness’ sakes, go to bed before midnight once in a while.

- Easy on the beer.

- Overcome vegetable aversion. It’s not like they meow.

- Express yourself. You don’t have to start writing poetry, but find ways to let those feelings out once in a while. Sports count.

- Get plenty of antioxidants in your diet and enhance your intake with a good, potent multivitamin.

- Stick to healthy friendships and relationships as much as humanly possible. It’s good to be responsible and reliable, but don’t overlook the damage that too much stress can do to your body’s regulatory functions. We all age (well, except that guy in sales who thinks he does a great Austin Powers imitation). But stress has a big impact on how you age. Cutting back on stress does a lot more for your mojo than any Rx.

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2) No one said it was fun…

Women, especially young women, are avoiding their annual female exam like the plague. Hey, no one loves it. But five minutes now means prevention of potentially fatal STDs and cancer. Yeah, it’s annoying. And?

To learn about the new vaccine for cervical cancer, check this out. Your insurance should cover it, and if not, it’s pretty inexpensive.

3) If you want to live to 100, move here.

Just leave a note for the kids first. Or not.

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Web it out:

For the girls (but we know you’re looking, boys):

How Much Energy Is In a Kiss?

The reason for this clickativity: remember that it doesn’t really take a lot of calories to fuel your body, so choose them wisely. A little food goes a long way. Choose the foods that pack the most nutrition. Which definitely does not include a Hershey’s Kiss. Check out the category “Healthy Tastes Great!” at right for simultaneously delicious and nutritious foods.

Dog People: 1, Cat People: 0.

At any rate, this is cool health news. Remember that good health is a holistic, comprehensive endeavor. Concentrate on improving quality of life at home, at work, and at the dinner table, and you’ll feel great!

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Charity-Challenged Brains?

This is going to be all over the news in about 20 minutes. That’s because drug merchants (ahem) some people might not want this important news about antidepressants to get out. Though depression varies in magnitude and therefore treatment needs vary, there are many natural, safe ways to help improve brain function, mood, emotional health and overall wellbeing. Tomorrow’s Tuesday 10 will help get you started. Until then – stay healthy!

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22 Jan

Spin

Here’s a handy little example of the need to keep some health fears in perspective.

22 Jan

A Monday Moment

The Monday Moment is all about taking a minute to laugh, reflect, and step outside the work whirlwind that blows in every Monday morning.

This week, I’d like to point out Time‘s special edition issue entitled, simply, The Brain. I really recommend checking it out. There are plenty of fascinating ideas explored, but here are a few gems I want to highlight:

- The brain can rewire itself, even in old age. How you think and act literally becomes engraved in the mind over time. The good news is that you can forge new pathways. The significance of this is huge: the more time you spend thinking positive thoughts about yourself and others, the more your brain becomes trained to operate according to those thoughts. It’s not “fooling” your brain – it’s simply healthy for you, both emotionally and physically. Like the old proverb says, being cheerful really does keep you healthy!

- This really sinks in when you take a look at an astounding graphic that’s become a famous example of just how powerful our thoughts are. When scientists examined brain activity patterns, they found that reflecting on memories of faces and places is nearly as powerful as the initial, real interaction with those faces and places. Reflecting on people, events and places that are uplifting is nearly as powerful as the initial experience. The same goes for negative experiences. It’s something to think about.

You can check it out: clickativity.

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