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Sugar Still Bad; Remembering a Little Thing Called Silence

News links worth noting today:

Dietary Sugar and Macular Degeneration

Starchy, sugary fare that rates high on the glycemic index [1] increases your risk for macular degeneration [2] (our leading cause of vision loss). Aside from reducing – or eliminating – your refined carbohydrate intake, focus on prevention as well. For example, antioxidants can help keep your eyes healthy as you age. Think green and red vegetables, fruit, fish, nuts, eggs, and a fish oil supplement. Nix the sugar, folks.

Noise Pollution

Remember silence? Yeah, me either. Even in remote locales like the beaches of Thailand [3] or my own exurb backyard, noise from jets is an ever-present disturbance. In London, it’s apparently so bad, that city’s residents are calling it a threat to mental health [4]. Constant loud engines, honks, alarms and sirens: certainly not something with which our ancestors [5] had to deal. I’m sure someone’s going to tell the Brits they’re being pansies. But I’m inclined to think that persistent, low-level stress of this sort is more serious than we know.

Further reading:

My Escape from Vegan Island [6]

The Definitive Guide to Insulin, Blood Sugar and Type 2 Diabetes [7]

My Carb Pyramid [8]

Boost Your Serotonin Naturally [9]

[tags] glycemic index, macular degeneration, health news, noise pollution [/tags]