A guy I'm friends with on Facebook mentioned having very high blood pressure and asked for advice. Hilarity ensues.
(I'm paraphrasing for the most part--quoting directly seems kind of douchy[er?] somehow)
Response #1: passion fruit juice - apparently it lowers blood pressure "super fast" (sugar lowers blood pressure? Really?)
avoid salt (eh, not sure about the salt--isn't it false that it effects blood pressure?)
eat garlic (again, not sure about this one--I know garlic cures a lot of little problems, but not sure about this one)
drink lots of water - something about peeing lowers blood pressure (news to me--could be something I don't know, but it sounds weird)
Response #2: Eliminate stress (eh, I kind of agree, but that's more treating a symptom than the actual problem)
Response #3: Eat healthy and exercise (too bad most people don't know what that means)
Response #4: See a doctor and get some medicine to lower it (like statins? Yeah, great idea) while you work on diet and exercise (see above)
Response #5: Shift to a mainly plant-based diet and try to avoid animal products (this was my favorite--CW at its best)
Response #6: Dates and figs lower blood pressure (fruit again? Is this more CW nonsense, or is this something I don't know)
Response #7: Me telling him to watch the documentary Fat Head with a link to it.
I hope he listens to me instead of them. Tho I admit I don't know everything about how to lower blood pressure, a lot of the above (fruit, garlic, etc) sounds kind of snake oil-ish to me.
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In hospital after having bub early sunday morning, and I'm brought breakfast in the birth suite. 2 midwives have already confirmed with me by this time that I am 'gluten free' (grain free was wayyyy too hard apparently)
Breakfast consisted of toast with condiments and weetbix with skim milk. I told the lady I was intolerant, and she picked up the milk with the apology 'I'm sorry, but I don't have any soy milk on the trolley. ..' WTF?
Explained it was wheat I couldn't have, so she picked up the toast with a vague murmur that they didn't have any gf toast, and to make sure my food preferences where on the system, as telling her face to face wasn't sufficient...
It's been in my notes since May...
Not a CW moment but I was pleasantly surprised to see this in my local park about feeding the ducks bread:
I'm watching the telly right now and there is a news article on how it's not fat that makes you fat but bread! (So far so good).
It's a good article aside from the fact that the man who is presenting it is fat and unhealthy himself
but the biggest point
"We now think it's bread that make you fat, because it has lots of starches in it" I literally choked on my tea. and it continues. "We suspect that these starches influences the glucose level in your blood, and that, that is the reason why when lunching with bread you have a afternoon dip."
(by now I am laughing out loud)
It continues, "bread influences the blood sugar levels and studies have shown that people who had a stomach reduction surgery aren't craving a lot of food like bread anymore, but we still don't know exactly why?"
OMG!!! I still wonder how much they are paid by the pharmaceutical industry to appear so stupid on telly!!!
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