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9 Apr

Thoughts on the Rocks

Worker Bees’ Daily Bites

Radical thoughts to shake you up…or stir you into action. That’s Bee, Worker Bee.

#1: Feeling Restless?

The news out today is that restless leg syndrome increases the risk of heart disease. Ready for this? We say baloney. Restless leg syndrome is a curiously modern phenomenon that seems suspiciously correlated to obesity and lack of exercise. We’ll lay good honey on the bet that it’s not restless leg syndrome increasing your risk for heart disease; rather, it’s an unhealthy lifestyle that’s causing both health problems. Mightn’t physical discomfort, elevated blood pressure and clogged arteries be symptomatic of a common underlying problem? Say…a completely ridiculous lifestyle? Take one part fast-paced lifestyle, one part processed diet, and garnish with inactivity, and it sounds like the makings of a toxic CHD cocktail to us.

#2: Strange but True

Apparently, tai chi helps prevent shingles, a painful skin virus that makes chicken pox feel like a walk in the park. Scientists aren’t sure why tai chi works, but it does. Tai chi also helps stop bone loss, anxiety, depression, and skin problems. A rather motley assortment of health maladies are cleared up by this gentle Eastern exercise system, leaving us to consider but one conclusion: how much of our current health crisis could be resolved if we were simply less stressed?

#3: Seriously, What Is Going On?

Autism is up. Alzheimer’s is up. Suddenly every child has ADHD, and adults everywhere are feeling the weight of anxiety and depression. Unless someone is just making all this up, we’re beginning to wonder what the common thread is here. There is so much disease and illness, and the powers that be act as though this is a normal part of life. But why should poor health be the status quo? Something is wrong here. Might it be processed foods, which are high in fats that cause oxidative damage, sugars that cause type 2 diabetes and all sorts of related issues, and chemicals for which we don’t yet know the long-term safety? Because all we’re sayin’ is, something is strange about all this, and it’s not okay. Case in point: diabetes causes mental decline. The FDA and mainstream medicine insist that you can get all the nutrients you need from today’s food supply, that we’re healthier than we’ve ever been, and modern medicine and surgery are working super great.

Really? Because we’d like to see that evidence. As fellow Apple Crystal asks, when are we going to put two and two together?

9 Apr

Apple Fans

I’m not the only one.

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9 Apr

Great Advice. I Think…

Decorating classrooms everywhere:

“Know thyself – and thou shall know all the mysteries of the gods and of the universe.” – Greek maxim

Hold it, partner! Then again…

“Know thyself! A maxim as pernicious as it is ugly. Whoever observes himself arrests his own development. A caterpillar who seeks to know himself would never become a butterfly.” – Andre Gide

And again…

“Only the shallow know themselves.” – Oscar Wilde

My Monday Moment (well, Moment and a 1/2):

You are your own soul mate, and you are more than enough. Trust yourself enough to get busy living!

You don’t have to know right now.

9 Apr

The Weekly Health Challenge

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Arlete Flickr Photo

Here’s your weekly challenge from Mark:

Immerse yourself in something you find beautiful (and tell us about it this week in the Forum).

It’s gonna be a great week!

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