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6 Feb

You Best Be Clickin’

Worker Bees’ Daily Bites:

You won’t believe what we dug up!

1) Food producers are racist

Or at least really, really devious. Not only does the food industry use emotional marketing ploys to get to children, they devote trunkloads of money and research finding ways to manipulate every possible demographic. The latest target: “utilizing” the Hispanic market. May we point out a) Hispanic is about as accurate as Caucasian, and b) while it’s fine to figure out what your shoppers might want, the following example from an industry report is downright manipulative.

This isn’t at all about providing a service a shopper can benefit from; this is about finding subtle, effective ways to use people. The most shocking part of all? This isn’t top secret. There’s no leak over at Food Processors Are Us. No bug, no source, no spy. It’s right out in the open. Every food product and service imaginable has online resources with this type of information. These sites don’t get advertised because they are not intended for the consumer. But they exist. Check out the clickativity above to see the entire revealing report, which only gets better – or worse – the longer you read. Comes complete with cheesy graphics.

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2) Getting a tan prevents skin cancer

You didn’t read that wrong. Though it seems paradoxical, spending a little time in the sun can stimulate the very immune cells that prevent skin cancer. So go fry to your heart’s content! No, just kidding, don’t do that. But a little sunshine every day won’t hurt a bit.

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3) Hey! Now, these are REALLLLY bad for you. Before, they were just really bad for you.

So, it has come to light that Big Puff has been adding additional nicotine to cigarettes since the late 90s. (Nothin’ says “I don’t care” quite like “I’m seriously, completely, totally trying to kill you. And not just a little bit.”)

Experts say the only way to combat the rates of addiction is to copy Australia and slap cigarette packs with really huge warnings. At first, this might seem silly, but think about it: every food product down a pack of Chiclets has to include details on every milligram of what it contains, plus nutrition information. By comparison, it is a little odd that cigarettes don’t have to state much of anything – considering they kill you and all.

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Web it out:

You won’t believe what deficiency disease is a growing problem in the richest country in the world (that’s us, by the way).

First Plan B, now the HPV vaccine debate. More states are considering requiring the shot for girls – and even boys. What are your thoughts, Apples?

6 Feb

The Tuesday 10

Sleep facts, minus the zzz:

10 really cool things to know about sleep, from getting more of it to fascinating facts!

10. Here are six tips for better sleep.

9. The ideal temperature for your bedroom is 60 degrees. Anything higher than 65 can diminish sleep quality. Pile on the blankets!

8. Excellent, if traditional, sleep tips. Doesn’t hurt to refresh your memory!

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7. Random sleep trivia with which to annoy people endlessly.

6. They aren’t just being lazy. Teens really do need to sleep in.

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5. We have a big problem with Big Moo, Big Puff, and all the other Bigs. This guy has a problem with insomnia.

4. Why we dream: it’s evolutionary.

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3. The stages of sleep. Each one is important.

2. This is a funky little blog about brain health, aging, and sleep. Get thee to it!

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1. The sleep-disease link.

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6 Feb

The Fuming Fuji Says No to Wonkazoids

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The Fuming Fuji is outraged at the marketing of toxic food, especially when it’s aimed at the small fry. This week, the Fuming Fuji has decided to have a serious problem with Wonkazoids.

But, Fuming Fuji, you ask, isn’t this a good way to keep tweens entertained during long car rides?

The Fuming Fuji says no!

The claim: “Now your candy’s got game,” says Nestle. This combination video game and candy dispenser is the latest wonderful Wonka offering.

The catch: Watching wax melt is more exciting than this game, which is a glorified diabetes dispenser. Even the Fuji knows a stupid video game when he sees one.

The comeback: Isn’t this a nice alternative to violent games? What harm is a little candy?

The conclusion: Candy is what is violent to young seedlings. The Fuji is going to make a Myspace page for Nestle. The Fuji will name it Pied Piper. Nevermind, that has already been taken. Perhaps Malicious Marketing to Munchkins is still available. Fuji will be right back…

The catchphrase: Nestle cares so much about children’s health, even the toys come filled with sugar!wonkazoid
Disclaimer: Mark Sisson and the Worker Bees do not necessarily endorse the views of the Fuming Fuji. Mostly.

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5 Feb

Wrinkle-Free News

Worker Bees’ Daily Bites:

The week’s off to an interesting start! Here’s the latest from the world of health.

1) Bird Flu Gets Real

From those news nuts over at The Lede: Culling has begun in the UK to curtail bird flu. Regardless, nobody should be eating chicken nuggets.

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2) This Just In: Kids Like Junk Food, Study Says

That’s Fit reports that kids are fatter than ever thanks to zero exercise and an abundance of junk food in everything from school cafeterias to Costco’s towering shelves. Is this a surprise?

We can all moan and groan about it, but better to be proactive. Maybe you have kids. Maybe you are a kid. Either way, these steps are non-negotiable when it comes to health:

- Daily exercise of some sort. It can be as basic as walking home from school, mowing the lawn, helping out with household chores, or walking the dog. But exercise is a must. Make it a requirement for TV and computer privileges. Worried about enforcing it? You make them brush their teeth, do their homework and occasionally even bathe. Add this to the list.

- Daily vegetable intake, preferably not fried. Whether you spend an hour on Sundays putting together baggies of veggie snacks, or whether you make them do it for themselves, get veggies into your kids! Kids love junk food. Their taste buds are literally wired for it. It’s probably not realistic to think they aren’t going to eat junk ever, but you can at least keep it out of the house. Always serve a salad for dinner, and keep washed fruit available at all times. Kids don’t mind peas or green beans – even the most finicky kids will eat a bowl of peas. Kids do crave starch, but keep those options green. Avoid the fries, tater tots, chips and other pale starches.

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- Lie. Tell them eating healthy will diminish acne, mood swings and body odor. (Actually, it’s not even a lie).

- Enact and enforce a zero-tolerance soda ban. As far as your kids are concerned, soda is Satan.

Kids are gonna do stupid stuff – you can’t watch their every move. But you have more influence than you may think, so use it. This means setting a good example, of course!

3) Tofi

Diet toffee? Tea-coffee? Hipster tofu?

No, TOFI stands for something else entirely, and it’s a…big…problem.

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4) Enviga’s Going Down!

Mark’s Daily Apple was among the first to debunk this ridiculous new “negative calorie” drink from Coke. Now the big guns are getting on Coke’s case, too. Aha!

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5) Making Single People Everywhere Feel Really Fabulous

Thanks, Scotsman. No, seriously, thanks. This study is small, merely highlights reasonable correlation (rating your own emotions: not exactly the gold standard of scientific inquiry), and also, it’s totally annoying. It makes sense that the more socially active and fulfilled you are, the healthier you will be. Studies prove that consistently. This is more about finding something sensational to whip up on a Monday. If we were betting bees, we’d lay good money that tonight’s news will start with: “Stay tuned: one more reason why you are doing everything wrong for your health!” Which isn’t really a risky bet, since that’s what they say every night. You’re not doing everything wrong. You’re here, aren’t ya?

6) Quote Me

Things Big Puff (that’s Big Tobacco, not Puff Daddy…er, Diddy…Diddly? Duddy?) really must regret saying. Thanks, Healthbolt. Also check out the Australian cig warnings. Subtle!

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