Month: April 2007
Worker Bees’ Daily Bites:
There’s a country where obesity is highly desirable. Mineral cosmetics may be worse for you than the regular cosmetics. And we’re all abuzz over the latest mold. (You’ll see…)
Not Exactly Rubenesque
Sugar Shock reports that in Mauritania, women are aggressively encouraged to be morbidly obese – to the point of daily force-feeding of gallons of camel milk to female children in some cases. But before you go pointing fingers at this unhealthy and upsetting cultural oddity, remember that we are living in the land of the Heart Attack Grill and the 2,700 calorie onion appetizer. The difference is that we seem to be willing to become obese.
We just can’t get over this burger. For the millionth time.
You’ve all seen those countless ads – and dozens of new drugstore products – touting the alleged natural, healthy value of mineral cosmetics. Ladies, this may be another case of quackery. We thought that whole marketing concept seemed a little weird. “Metal is healthier for your skin than…wait, metal?”
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Mold You Don’t Want to Scrape Off and Sue Your Landlord Over
We recently linked to blogger Moldybluecheesecurds’ (yes) snippet on school nutrition reform. Moldy was nice enough to review our site, so we want to give a quick shout out! Be sure to visit this thought-provoking political ‘n social commentary blog if you’re into such topics as Iraq, oil, Uncle Sam, and global warming. We’re not really political (except when it comes to health!). But if you are, you just might like this frequently updated blog.
Meet Good News!
Think getting healthy is an uphill battle that makes summiting Everest look like a walk in the park parking lot? Think again! These people did it, and you can, too!
“Formula” for Obesity
We Americans seem to be having trouble with babies these days (for the love of intact ceilings, don’t tell the Fuji). First, New Scientist reports that the weight standards for babies are ridiculously high, paving the way for widespread obesity. And rotten teeth in the tiny tots is a growing problem thanks to things like soda and “sports drinks”. Little chicks deserve better!
Merely Meaning It You don’t have to be a Star Wars nerd to remember Yoda’s words: “There is no try. There is only do.” Despite the green and the wrinkles, that little guy was on to something. The difference between trying and doing – between wishing and being – is possibly the most significant factor in living the life that will fulfill you versus merely existing. We all know those people who “try” to improve; we also know the people who simply get things done. From the outside, getting things done (and doing them well) can look like luck, or connections, or timing. Certainly these things can be part of the equation. Positive thinking and action gets you pretty far, but others’ actions are their own, and can either help or hinder you (and there’s usually not a whole lot you can do about that, despite what purveyors of The Secret might have you believe). But I think there’s something different going on here. Problems and disappointments just don’t add up under the current try vs. do system. Yoda was on to something, but not everything. I believe that very few people are truly malicious, and yet: we are constantly let down and disappointed by others, whether that’s individuals, groups, organizations, institutions. How is this possible? And the fact that we are by nature “self-interested”, while true, still doesn’t explain why people hurt each other, let each other down, or, you know…try to get better. Let me ask you: – How many of you have ever been hurt by someone whom you know seemed to mean it when they said they wanted to be better…but nothing changed? – How many of you have been baffled by someone’s words and actions being completely incongruous – baffled because you know they meant what they said? (If that’s not cognitive dissonance…) – How many of you have really agonized over whether or not someone meant what he or she said? Because meaning it would make all the difference? Think of all the movies and shows – especially dramas and romantic comedies – that feature heart-to-hearts discussing this very issue: “Did he mean it when he said…” “But if she meant it, then…” Guess what? Not only is trying not the same as doing, but meaning is not the same as doing, either. Does a person mean what he says? Big deal. Meaning does not equal being. Only doing equals being. I believe if people realized this – that a person can still fundamentally mean what he says and never live up to it – we’d be a lot better off. We give “meaning what you say” a lot of weight in this society. A lot. As long as you meant it: meaning those words implies sincerity, honesty, genuineness. “I just have to know that she meant it.” The real reason we give “meaning it” so much weight is because we have met those rare people who actually do what they say. What they … Continue reading “Do You Mean What You Say? Big Deal.”
A friend alerted me that Technorati isn’t showing some of the links on my blogroll. Oops! Here’s the list (ever-growing). Sorry if anyone felt left out all this time!
Health, Food, (no) Carbs, Friends and Fitness:
Health Wonk Review
Weight of the Evidence
Body, Mind & Solar
Six Until Me.
Health News Blog
The Daily Rx
Julie’s Health Club
Men’s Health Blog
The Fitness Insider
Recovox Daily News
The Health Care Blog
Livin’ La Vida Low Carb
Lean and Hungry Fitness
A Hearty Life
Laurel on Health Food
The Insomnia Blog
Moms Organic House
Lose Weight With Me
Low Carb Freedom
Waisted in the Wasteland
I Ate a Pie
Supplement News Blog
The Good Human
Dumb Little Man
Centre for Emotional Well-Being
The Last Psychiatrist
Marketing & The Man
Health Care Vox
Big Pharma & the FDA
Environment & World
The Good Human
Other Great Blogs and Sites
Junk Food Blog
Junk Food Science
Time Eye On Science
Eye on DNA
While it’s admittedly not health-related, I feel I must share with my readers the trials and tribulations of creating a blog tagline. It’s gotten to a point where it’s beginning to take a toll on my keyboard, so while no one’s health is being harmed in this painful process, I have to say, I really do miss the E, L, S, V, C and A keys. This entire effort (cue trumpet: Ultimate Tagline), otherwise known as ongoing torture akin to being slowly kneaded to death by your daughter’s cat, has consumed more time than I care to admit. Tell a visitor, in four seconds, what your blog is about and why they ought to read it. Yes, friends, sit-up king Sisson of low-carb healthy living has been foiled by the quest for ten great words. Frankly, I’d rather go back to competing in Ironmans than face the task of writing the Ultimate Tagline. The Bees, Lord bless ’em, sensing my intensity – or maybe just desperation – even started a tagline wiki for all of us to generate a running list of ideas. At this point, I’m considering just making the tagline a hyperlink to the wiki. One of my Bees even took a Personal Day with the simple justification of “the tagline” before dejectedly shuffling home. That, with the lone tear, was too much. I promptly gave her a vacation and a raise. I know it’s fine for a tagline to be matter-of-fact. Simple. Many blogs don’t even have taglines. But the challenge exists; therefore, I must hack it. I present, for your consideration, perusal, and amusement, the evolution of the MDA tagline: [really long list of “exciting!” adjectives] (No one can remember them.) Better than bran muffins. (Oh, wait. Everything is better than bran muffins.) It beats bran. (So does a pestle and mortar.) Will blog for health. (MOTO.) Putting the zing in amazing. (The only thing amazing about this is how lame it is.) Shaking the tree is just the beginning. (…of a really bad tagline.) Health doesn’t have to rock your world to shake your tree. (Focus group says: too Mae West!) Doing my part to p*ss off the self-righteous health establishment! (Health establishment intact, valued viewers offended.) Who got the juice? (I don’t even drink juice.) Get the juice. (Again with the hypocrisy. Sisson, get it together, man!) Do something right. (Such as penning a good tagline, for example.) If you don’t love my blog, I’ll give you an apple. (This could get expensive. There’s the foodborne illness issue with which to contend.) If you don’t love my blog, I’ll hit you with an apple. (Focus group says: too aggressive! I say: I think we can work with it.) Juice. Pucker. Bite. Flavor. (Great. I’ve described an apple.) Welcome to the Primal side of health. (Eden called: they want their archetype back.) Join me in my crusade to take the boredom out of health! (Nearly 500 passionate subscribers now, but is this… crusadery enough?) Doing … Continue reading “Evolution of the Tagline”
Like red wine and grass-fed steak, good-quality chocolate is one of those decadent treats that miraculously manages to be healthy (within reason, of course). Leave it to the food producers of America to mess up a good thing.
I just happened upon a terrific food processing news blog run by one Dean Best. He reports that Guittard, a fine chocolate maker, is trying to get consumers inspired to fight new regs that would allow milk substitutes and cheap vegetable oils in chocolate. The reason? African cocoa production is down, so rather than let profits suffer for a few quarters, food producers would rather give you a lesser product.
You see this all the time – toilet paper is famous for getting thinner and lower in quality as the prices continue to rise. There are hundreds of examples, but in general, sleazy companies desperate to keep profits up will either pass on the expense to the customer or reduce the product’s quality – or both – rather than finding other ways to cut costs. “Sleazy” might seem like a strong word, but it’s deserved.
Here’s an idea: make a product that’s so good, you can’t help but succeed. (Or, just keep blaming the marketing department.)
You loyal readers know I almost never mention my own supplement company, Primal Nutrition. For one thing, I believe the products speak for themselves. For another, the purpose of this blog is to provide an insightful, enjoyable health community, whether you’ve ever been a customer or not. But this time, I do have to say something about this entire issue of short-changing the consumer, because I’ve proven a company can be an ethical exception to the rule of sleaze. There’s just no excuse – period – for short-changing customers. In ten years, I’ve never raised prices on my signature product, the Damage Control Master Formula, despite major production cost increases. I regularly update the formula based on new research, and over the years, I’ve continuously increased the quality and value. I make less money, but the funny thing is, by putting customers first, Primal has continued to flourish – more than ever.
Don’t be messin’ with my chocolate!
Worker Bees’ Daily Bites:
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Waisted in the Wasteland has a must-read post about what Big Agra may be doing with all that bad pet food. We’re all for recycling, but this is going too far! Who wants to eat plastic?
Question of the day: do any of you make your own pet food?
Calling All Health Hacks!
Have you checked out Lifehack? (Not Lifehacker, a hot blog which helps you “geek to live”. Lifehack features healthy news and personal development ideas in addition to techie tips.) This is a terrific article on some of the healthiest foods for energy and longevity. Mark pointed out that he doesn’t think drinking 8 glasses of water daily needs to be a hard-and-fast rule of health. What do you think about that? Be sure to visit this great blog and add your own healthy food suggestions to their list. When you add your knowledge to bloggers’ articles, everyone learns a little bit more, so don’t be shy!
Obsessed with Big Moo?
Catch this hilarious video spoofing Big Moo from Stephen Colbert. (via Veggie Chic)