Worker Bees’ Daily Bites:
All the health news you love, none of the oily spotting.
1) The Modern Disease
Autism is more rampant than experts previously thought. The debate rages over the causes of autism: mercury poisoning, genetics, natal development – and myths abound. We’ll be bringing you updates, news and unique perspectives from medical experts soon, so stay tuned.
2) Why a Second Opinion Matters
Doctors are humans, and humans aren’t perfect. They make judgment calls just like the rest of us, so consider this news.
3) Men: You Now Have a Reason to Mow the Lawn
A new study proves that men secrete a powerful chemical that attracts women.
Worker Bees’ Daily Bites:
Quick bites before you start your weekend (go on, get out of here!).
1) Another Study from Denmark
This study was well-done (for once). And the news is pretty cool: a little coffee in the late stages of pregnancy is probably safe. Worker Bee Sara begrudgingly gives “the motherland” some credit.
2) Varsity Blues
You’ve probably heard the obesity-football ruckus this week about high school football players being too beefy. In general, yes, football players are bigger and taller than your average chess club member. But this study is a good example of why the BMI is…well…lame. Many athletes and extremely fit individuals – particularly men, including Mark – are “fat” according to the BMI, which simply measures inches and doesn’t account for muscle mass, muscle distribution, bone density or physique. If you need to lose a few, don’t you just kinda know it?
3) Billion Dollar Birth Defects
Birth defects are among the most expensive health care costs, running into the billions every year. Many birth defects can be prevented completely by avoiding alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and unhealthy foods. Environmental factors like exposure to chemicals should also be considered, and mothers are encouraged to avoid eating more than one weekly serving of fish from warm waters (where mercury and other contaminants are often more highly concentrated). Additionally, prenatal vitamins (really just an extra-potent multivitamin with plenty of folate) are a must, as is prenatal care.
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.
- 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.
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.
Just leave a note for the kids first. Or not.
Web it out:
For the girls (but we know you’re looking, boys):
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.
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!
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!
I don’t know whether to laugh or cringe at the bizarre-but-true existence of the Heart Attack Grill. Call it vulgar, call it wasteful, call it offensive – but someone’s eating there. A lot of someones. And I guarantee you they’re not healthy.
The Heart Attack Grill: the restaurant that so prides itself on inducing heart problems, the burgers have names such as “Double Bypass”. Of course, as John Stossel points out, no idiotic unhealthy venture would be complete without scantily-clad “nurse” waitresses. (Because if you’re going to infuriate the health experts, you might as well offend the better-smelling half of the population, too. The bizarre American intersection of fast food meat and female objectification – didn’t these guys learn anything in college? Did they go to college?). Everyone knows I’m no big fan of the food police. Also, I fully admit to a love affair with salad rivaled only by Popeye. But, considering the fact that millions of people every year are tragically affected by easily-prevented heart attacks (and the fact that a half-million die), this kind of gloating stupidity concerns me, if only because these men may be reproducing.
That beer belly is a better predictor of your heart disease risk than anything else, says this morning’s report from the American Journal of Epidemiology (a.k.a. stuff that happens to a lot of people and shouldn’t).
Click it out here.
The article also goes on to explain why the BMI (body mass index) is a pretty lousy way to determine obesity and disease risk. Not only is it on the overly-forgiving side, the BMI also neglects type of tissue (muscle vs. fat) and doesn’t account for dangerous adipose tissue around the midsection. Adipose tissue (fat) around the sensitive organs of our torsos is much more dangerous than a little fat elsewhere on the body. More on this later…
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