Health

Jun 052014
 

Reading this with my second cuppa coffee in hand before 7am, I question the genius of anyone who puts sugar in every cup.

9 Famous Geniuses Who Were Also Huge Coffee Addicts – HuffPo

Health Benefits of Coffee – WebMD

coffee beans

“There is certainly much more good news than bad news, in terms of coffee and health,” says Frank Hu, MD, MPH, PhD, nutrition and epidemiology professor at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Health Benefits of Coffee – WebMD

 Posted by at 6:47 am on Thu 06/05/14
Jun 042014
 

Read it and heed it: Sugar is poison.

3 Ways Excess Sugar Ravages Your Body | Fooducate

Is sugar the root cause of all our health problems? If you ask Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California, San Francisco, the answer is yes. The dose determines the poison, and Americans are consuming 2 to 3 times the daily sugar dosage they should be. The result is our current diabesity health crisis.

According to Lustig, who was interviewed earlier this week by Vox Magazine, excess sugar consumption has 3 negative biological effects on our body

1. Each sugar molecule is made of fructose and glucose. Fructose is metabolized in the liver. Too much of it overloads the liver and creates liver fat which in turn creates insulin resistance, paving the way for diabetes.

2. Sugar accelerates cellular aging. Basically all the cells in the body age faster.

3. Sugar is addictive, in much the same way as alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs are. Since it is available abundantly and not regulated like the other substances, we consume increasing amounts, leading to problems 1 and 2.


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3 Ways Excess Sugar Ravages Your Body | Fooducate

 Posted by at 7:47 pm on Wed 06/04/14
Apr 282014
 

I recommend this short, interesting article.

Food bacteria-spice survey shows why some cultures like it hot | Cornell Chronicle

Garlic, onion, allspice and oregano, for example, were found to be the best all-around bacteria killers (they kill everything), followed by thyme, cinnamon, tarragon and cumin (any of which kill up to 80 percent of bacteria). Capsicums, including chilies and other hot peppers, are in the middle of the antimicrobial pack (killing or inhibiting up to 75 percent of bacteria), while pepper of the white or black variety inhibits 25 percent of bacteria, as do ginger, anise seed, celery seed and the juices of lemons and limes.

The Cornell researchers report in the article, “Countries with hotter climates used spices more frequently than countries with cooler climates. …”

Food bacteria-spice survey shows why some cultures like it hot | Cornell Chronicle

 Posted by at 9:27 am on Mon 04/28/14
Mar 192014
 

2013′s updated Dirty Dozen produce list | MNN – Mother Nature Network

2013 Dirty Dozen List

The fruits and vegetables that rank the highest in pesticide load are known as the Dirty Dozen, and the EWG advises that if you can’t afford to buy all organic produce, you should at least buy organic versions of these 12 items. There are also two extra Dirty Dozen Plus vegetables on the list. The explanation for those is below.

  1. Apples
  2. Strawberries
  3. Grapes
  4. Celery
  5. Peaches
  6. Spinach
  7. Sweet bell peppers
  8. Nectarines
  9. Cucumbers
  10. Potatoes
  11. Cherry tomatoes
  12. Hot peppers

2013 Clean 15 list

The produce that ends up on the bottom of the list, those with the least amount of pesticide contamination are known as the Clean 15. If you can’t afford to buy organic, but you want to be exposed as little as possible to pesticides, these 15 fruits and vegetables should make up a good amount of what you eat.

  1. Mushrooms
  2. Sweet potatoes
  3. Cantaloupe
  4. Grapefruit
  5. Kiwi
  6. Eggplant
  7. Asparagus
  8. Mangoes
  9. Papayas
  10. Sweet peas – frozen
  11. Cabbage
  12. Avocados
  13. Pineapple
  14. Onions
  15. Corn

Dirty Dozen Plus category [follow the link]

2013′s updated Dirty Dozen produce list | MNN – Mother Nature Network

 Posted by at 11:47 am on Wed 03/19/14
Oct 252013
 

I smoked roughly a pack a day for about 10 years. I smoked hand-rolled Drum, fancy cigs with colored paper and gold filters (Balkan-Sobranie?), Kools, and, yes, Camels, with and without filters. My salad days were unintentionally self-destructive. I’m glad I’m here to talk about it.

Don’t start smoking — period. To hell with e-cigs — that’s bullshit.

The Tabaco Industry is the epitome of Corporate Immorality: sell people stuff that kills them. Don’t tell me about choice or freedom — this is a conspiracy to kill you for profit, supported by our government and our tax dollars.

Camels: 100 years and still killing – latimes.com by Robert N. Proctor

Camels were first sold in October 1913. Only 1 million were sold that first year, but this quickly grew to 425 million in 1914 and to 6.5 billion two years later. Twenty-one billion were sold in 1919, and by the early 1920s, nearly half of all cigarettes sold in the U.S. were Camels.

And though other “standard brands” were soon introduced — Chesterfields, Lucky Strikes and Old Golds — Camels still had a 30% share of the cigarette market in the late 1940s. By its 65th anniversary in 1978, the brand had sold more than 3 trillion sticks. Camel still holds the record for the most cigarettes sold in a single year: 105 billion in 1952. …

Cigarettes still kill about half their long-term users, despite industry bluster about filters, low tars and lights, none of which has made smoking safer. Cigarettes still contain arsenic and cyanide and radioactive polonium-210, the poison used to kill that Russian spy in London a few years back. Cigarettes cause one death for every million smoked, which means that the 4 trillion Camels consumed over the last 100 years have probably caused about 4 million deaths.

Robert N. Proctor is a professor of the history of science at Stanford University and the author of “Golden Holocaust: Origins of the Cigarette Catastrophe and the Case for Abolition.”

Camels: 100 years and still killing – latimes.com

 Posted by at 2:14 pm on Fri 10/25/13
Oct 022013
 

Michael Cadigan of Cadigan Law Firm PC says health exchange will save him $1,000 a month – Albuquerque Business First by Dennis Domrzalski Reporter- Albuquerque Business First

The New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange saved one Albuquerque small business owner $1,000 a month in insurance premiums Tuesday.
 

Michael Cadigan, president and owner of the Cadigan Law Firm P.C., said he signed up the firm’s four employees Tuesday for an insurance policy and got a quote that was $1,000 less a month than he’s currently paying.

“I was very pleasantly surprised. I thought it was going to be an administrative nightmare and it literally took me 15 minutes once I found everybody’s birthdates, Social Security numbers and ZIP codes,” Cadigan, a former Albuquerque city councilor, said. “They gave me a quote that would save me $1,000 over what I was paying at Pres [Presbyterian Health Plan], so I’m psyched.”

Cadigan said he chose a gold level plan, which pays 80 percent of medal expenses, for the firm.

“I selected gold and it gave me 17 choices and I signed up for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico,” Cadigan said. “I thought this was going to be an all-day thing, so I had a Diet Coke handy, was well rested and I had a good lunch, and it was almost disappointing” that it was so easy.

“I was blown away,” he said. “I hope it’s not too good to be true.”

Michael Cadigan of Cadigan Law Firm PC says health exchange will save him $1,000 a month – Albuquerque Business First

Link to New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange

 Posted by at 9:02 am on Wed 10/02/13