Worker Bees’ Daily Bites
Howdy, pals! Here’s the latest from the world of health:
We have no comment, but if you’re interested in the stem-cell debate, here’s today’s best summary of the flare-up. Here’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s take.
In fact, wait…yes, it is definitely time for a Sherlock Award! Congratulations, Journal of Pediatrics!
We’re sort of hesitant to come right out against the flu shot. There are definitely folks who can benefit from the flu shot (e.g. tiny tots and seniors). And now that it doesn’t contain brain-bashing mercury, maybe it’s not so bad.
Still, we think it’s generally a good idea to find safer, more natural ways to boost your immunity during flu season that won’t make you sick (while a flu shot doesn’t give you the flu, it will give you a little bout of the sniffles for a few days). Really nutritious foods like veggies and good fats, plus a powerful antioxidant multi, can do a lot to ward off the flu. Also, exercise and quality sleep are key immune boosters.
Our only other beef with the flu shot is that it doesn’t always fight the right flu. If you’re traveling or in an area with multiple strains, you basically got a little cold for nothing, cuz you’re gettin’ the flu.
To be fair, here’s our favorite blogging doctor’s pro-flu-shot stance. Since tens of thousands of people still die from the flu (and not bird flu, people), he/she could be right, after all…discuss, Apples!
Just one more story on the increasing trend to boost brain health as you age. It’s important! We recommend eating fish like wild salmon to boost your brain health, since we can’t (hey, we’re bees).
What’s going on in your state? What do you do about health care? Do you think federal dollars should go towards helping people make better nutrition or exercise choices in addition to regular health care (or instead of)?
There will be a lot of debate about this issue in 2007. What’s your take, Apples? For starters, we’d like to see more real, accurate, up-to-date nutrition information. We’d also like for Uncle Sam to stop being a big pansy and stand up to food manufacturers and their sniveling little lobbyists. We’re also not fans of Labelman (snicker). What kind of inflamed, flabby, uninspiring nutrition superhero is this? This is the best our tax dollars can afford?
Smart Fuel, just in time for the weekend!
End the work week on a healthy note with some piping hot green tea. Green tea (and in fact, all tea) is rich in antioxidants called polyphenols. These little nutritional buddies are great for your cardiovascular system and love your liver. The polyphenols in green tea – catechins, theaflavins and thearubigins – are not only fun to try and pronounce, they’re really potent free radical killers.
Here’s how to get the most from your tea:
- Steep for as long as possible. The longer you steep, the more you reap.
- Use loose-leaf tea if you can. If you use bagged tea, make sure the leaves get good and soaked. Be aggressive with your spoon. The tea won’t care.
- Avoid bottled green tea. Not only does it make a barrel of crude oil look affordable, but it’s not the best way to get antioxidants. Different companies have different steeping standards, and quality varies greatly. Plus, there’s usually sugar and other junk added in.
Worker Bees’ Daily Bites
What’s up, Apples? All kinds of great health news for you today. Here’s the latest you’ll want to click:
1) Fine…But It’s Still a Frankenfat
So, we don’t really have a comment on this. What goes on with this line of reasoning? Who thinks this stuff up? “Take bad fake fat. Fake it some more so it has some good in it. But it’s still bad fat. Sort of.” Huh? Here’s an idea: stop playing God with food! Oh yeah. Sorry. We promised no comment. People may never stop eating potato chips; should scientists just try to make them slightly less terrible for you? We just don’t believe this is the best humans are capable of. We’re only bees, of course…
2) Never Too Late to Feel Great with Folate
After it became common knowledge that women needs lots of folate to prevent birth defects, things started to improve. For a while. The government has conducted two back-to-back long-term studies to see if women are getting enough folate.
Surprisingly, levels are way back down again despite all the folic flapping. The researchers think it’s a combination of obesity rates increasing and supplementation rates decreasing. The moral? Stay lean, eat greens, and take a multivitamin, for goodness’ sake. (If for no other reason than to make us quit with the folate rhymes!)
3) We Knew It!
This just in: soap and water are just as good at removing germs as all those fancy-schmancy hand sanitizers. Repeat: soap and water are just as good. Hand sanitizers are the bottled water of the germ-conscious set.
Here are the facts for all you beloved germophobes:
- Alcohol-based sanitizers do a good job of killing bacteria IF you use a lot of the goop. Most people only use a little squirt and that’s not really enough. Also, these hand sanitizers kill good bacteria along with the bad. We would die without good bacteria, so it’s something to think about. Besides, remember that most of the really nasty stuff is viral, not bacterial (flu, colds, HIV, meningitis, tuberculosis, etc.).
- Which brings us to the next fact: while sanitizers will not always kill viruses, hand-washing will. That’s because soap isn’t a killer – soap is just a slimeball (literally). Soap helps bacteria and viruses slide right off your hands, which is why you need to “soap up” for at least 10 rigorous seconds before rinsing. Soap doesn’t kill, it just gives germs the slip.
More clickativity from around the web:
Bad Days Continue for Big Pharma: 8,000 people aren’t wrong.
Here’s an excellent interview with Dr. South Beach Diet about the need to prevent heart problems instead of digging around in people’s arteries like they’re rusty pipes. The invasive world of stents and scrapes is expensive, dangerous, and just unnecessary.
You can prevent heart problems with some easy lifestyle choices:
- Eat vegetables at every meal.
- Go easy on anything starchy, pale, processed or sweet (or better yet, avoid altogether).
- Get cardiovascular exercise at least 90 minutes a week:
jog, walk, swim, run or play a sport
- Don’t smoke.
- Drink in moderation.
- Minimize physical and emotional stress.
- Watch the sodium!
- Cut out fast food and junk food completely.
Regardless of whether you are taking a comprehensive multi-vitamin that provides you with full spectrum nutrient support; it is always important to eat a well-rounded diet as you can’t expect vitamins to completely make up for poor eating habits. So which foods should you incorporate into your eating plan? A good place to start is the World’s Healthiest Foods website. This site has compiled a list of select vegetables, fruits, beans, meats and grains they consider to be at the top of the nutrition ladder. Each item on the list has a detailed profile describing its health benefits, nutrient information, and how it is best stored and enjoyed. The site also offers over a hundred recipes using these foods and provides a recipe assistant to help find the dish that is right for you. If you would like in-depth information about anything from bell peppers to flaxseed, as well as suggestions on how to integrate them into your diet, check out this comprehensive resource.
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