Archive for the ‘health’ Category
A Pinch and a Punch for the first of the Munch! I know it should be month,
From today August 1st to 7th World Breastfeeding Week. There is lots of room here for very smutty jokes, but I’ll leave that up to you and your imagination.
Breastfeeding is very important for the growth of a child, a good way for mothers to pass on antigens to their offspring and a brilliant way to bond.
Your beautiful kitchen could be poisoning you! I though it was very funny when I started reading it. “Granite, as it turns out, contains levels of uranium, which is not only radioactive but releases radon gas as it decays.1” According to the article it can also contain other nuclear materials such as thorium and potassium, although I can’t exactly remember when potassium became nuclear.
I found a nice Mash-Up which scraps news sites and populates a Google Map with the data gathered from these articles. Sadly they don’t populate it too well, where the article says The Hague they just have a pointer in the centre of the country. It’s very nice for a beta.
Last night I was Tag Surfing and saw the article The therapeutic power of blogging. Blogging has given me an open platform to express things that I would normally only absorb and a good platform to publish the results of the investigations I would have performed anyway.
In the article I linked to in my previous post my father pointed out the following Freudian slip:
The little blue pills cheer us up because they give the brain what it has been missing.
Prozac comes in Yellow and Green capsules, the little blue pill which cheers us up is Viagra.
I was reading about Prozac in the Boston Globe article Head fake: How Prozac sent the science of depression in the wrong direction, apparently you should “… think of depression in terms of atrophied brain cells, rather than an altered emotional state. It is called ‘depression,’ after all. Yet these scientists argue that the name conceals the fundamental nature of the illness, in which the building blocks of the brain – neurons – start to crumble. This leads, over time, to the shrinking of certain brain structures, like the hippocampus, which the brain needs to function normally.”
Prozac was working to help rejuvenate the braincells, but scientists were misled by the fact that serotonin levels were increasing. “The effectiveness of Prozac … has little to do with the amount of serotonin in the brain. Rather, the drug works because it helps heal our neurons, allowing them to grow and thrive again.” Prozac isn’t a happy pill, but a healing pill. “In this sense, Prozac is simply a bottled version of other activities that have a similar effect, such as physical exercise.”
“There is some evidence that they may protect the brains of younger and middle-aged people from damage – but their effect on the ageing brain is less clear.
“The latest study suggests phytoestrogens – in high quantity – may actually heighten the risk of dementia.”
The study is not yet conclusive.
Apparently “[t]he latest study also found that eating tempe (Tempeh according to Wikipedia), a fermented soy product made from the whole soy bean, was associated with better memory. … the beneficial effect of tempe might be related to the fact that it contains high levels of the vitamin folate, which is known to reduce dementia risk.” (Also see Lack of folic acid dementia link)