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7 Feb

Get It While It’s Hot!

Worker Bees’ Daily Bites:

Mark’s favorite items from today’s health news.

1) FDA Approves Deficiency – er, Diet – Drug

Orlistat, an obesity drug, has been approved for over-the-counter use. It ain’t your mama’s diet pill – this drug actually has major side effects, and because it depletes nutrients from the body, must be taken with a multivitamin. Like ephedra before it, we’re giving this product a short shelf life. Unlike previous diet drugs, this is now going to be available at the local Rite Aid. The FDA reminds Americans that we must eat right and work out along with taking Orlistat. In case you were wondering, the FDA’s favorite glasses are rose-colored.

Life's Rosy When You Can Be Glib About Death

There are healthier – and easier – ways to lose weight, friends. Stick around for plenty of helpful tips, every day. We’ll keep you posted on all future Orlistat news, too.

2) Sleep Your Way to Slim

Yesterday’s Tuesday 10 focused on the importance of sleep (scroll down the page a bit to check it out).

Here’s another great thing that’s just been revealed about the connection between sleep and health. Slender days ahead!

is it bedtime yet?

3) For the nerds (you rock)

If you’re into breaking discoveries, and especially cancer news, this is an utterly fascinating new piece of information.

cells are slick little dudes

4) For the curious (you also rock)

If you’re just into really bizarre health news, this is for you.

7 Feb

It’s a Runner’s World

All you runners out there need to sprint on over to Runnersworld.com to take advantage of the numerous free training calculators and coaching tools. This site offers a pace converter and a cool tool that projects your finish times for a number of distances based on your current time for a given distance. It also provides a tool they call SmartCoach that will put together an entire training program for you depending on your level of fitness, what your goals are and how long you have to attain them.

Additionally, there are tons of other running resources that cover everything from stretching and recovery to nutrition and gear.

Whether you are training for a full marathon, or are a beginning jogger with aspirations to simply finish a charity 5 K, these useful tools can help you realize your goals.

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.

Here's a real gem from the report

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.

Not that darn sun again!

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.

Odds of death from these little guys: 1 in 3.

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!

Tea leaves predict: you will sleep well tonight.

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

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

This won't do any good.

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.

Pop!

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!

Brainready

1. The sleep-disease link.

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