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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Why Is There No Consensus?

The only way to lose weight is to cut carbs. Well, maybe weight loss supplement will help a little. The method of cutting carbs is rather simple, until you look at the nitty gritty. Atkins suggests cutting carbs and increasing protein and fat. This has its own rewards and problems. One of the advantages is reduced fat. But is this really an advantage? Certainly at this time of day, we know that fat consumption is not the villain it was one thought to be. Clearly there is a long way to go before we reach consensus.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

How to Get Ahead in the Health Business

The health field is like any other, including jobs in finance. What this means is that there is potential for new entrants as long as a basic understanding of the fields is in place. The education you receive as an undergraduate and graduate are the key to building your future career. Not everyone will succeed in every field they enter, however those who persevere will always come out on top. As Woody Allen said, "Eighty percent of success is showing up."

Monday, December 21, 2009

Caffeine - How to Avoid Addiction

This is a good video on the proper and improper use of caffeine.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Tea and Seaweed - Potent Combo for Weight Loss

I do not believe in weight loss pills, and yet occasionally I try one. I liked Fucoxanthin because it was made of Japanese seaweed and had a lot of research to back it up. I do not believe in most diet pills, but I was surprised to find that a new one, called Solo Slim, has Fucoxanthinin it as one of the chief ingredients. I can back up the research on this plant substance. This item also contains decaffeinated tea, which is something else I also occasionally take in pill form. Ray Kurzweil is a big supporter of tea catechins, such as Epigallocatechin. You still have to cut the carbs, though, don't get me wrong.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Sheep Melatonin Hair Tonic

Melatonin has been used in Australia to grow hair on sheep. Now Swiss herbalists have included melatonin in a hair tonic (Asatex) for humans.1 Usually thought of as a sleep inducer, melatonin also blocks DHT in the scalp when applied topically. A recent study concluded that "topically applied melatonin might influence hair growth in humans in vivo."2 But care is warranted when using this miracle growth cream. Too much applied to the scalp can make you look like a wild sheep. (Photo: Australian man who used too much of the miracle cure.)

  1. http://www.asatex.us/product-E.html (accessed Dec. 12, 2009).
  2. "Melatonin increases anagen hair rate in women with androgenetic alopecia or diffuse alopecia: results of a pilot randomized controlled trial." T.W. Fischer, G. Burmeister, H.W. Schmidt and P. Elsner. British Journal of Dermatology. Volume 150, Issue 2, Pages 341 - 345. Published Online: 19 Feb 2004. http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/118747037/abstract (accessed Dec. 12, 2009). doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2133.2004.05685.x.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

The True Value of Leisure

No one says it better than Henry David Thoreau. We need to unwind by getting away from the hectic world of our urban environment. The best way to do this varies from person to person, but for many individuals a vacation is one of the most effective means of relaxing and defusing. A trip to the vicinity of nassau bahamas, for instance, would fit the bill. This is by no means the only place one might visit, but it is certainly one of the most popular, and for good reason.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Fiber May Not Be So Good for You . . .

New ideas are the bread and butter of the press and also of thinking individuals. Scientists can debate the value of fiber, for instance, but no one has done more in recent years to go against the mainstream thinking on this important subject than science writer Konstantin Monastyrsky. His Web site debunks the myths about fiber's value, and puts into question the old nostrum that we should add more fiber to our diets for better health.

References
  1. Gutsense.org, the Web site of science writer Konstantin Monastyrsky.

The Reason It's Called Listerine . . .

Ever wonder why Listerine is called Listerine? Well, it was in the 1870s that English surgeon Joseph Lister discovered that his patients had a much better outcome it he washed his hands and his scalpels before operating on them. He used stainless steel drums to hold the surgical instruments. Today, of course, we all know how important it is to clean the hands and remove colonies of bacteria. Thanks must go to Lister for starting us on this road to cleanliness.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Why Thoreau Was Right

The more I think about it, the more I agree with Henry David Thoreau, one of America's greatest thinkers. The woods is where we ought to go to collect our thoughts and rejoin Mother Nature. But when in the city, I certainly respect companies like American Standard sink, and all they are doing to bring nature into the bedroom and boardroom, so to speak.