How Anesthesia Works
Without trying to jinx anyone on the subject I think its a good idea to understand the process of certain things and not just be a passive passenger.
Most of us will probably make our way through life without having to undergo an anesthesia but it is worth knowing exactly what is going on anyway.
We Need to Talk
On a slightly more somber note the article below links to something close to my heart.
The Movember movement started off in Australia a few years back now and was instrumental is demystifying the subject of prostate cancer in that country.
The organisation was in fact so successful with its program that they had an immediate and measurable effect on the reduction of deaths due to prostate cancers.
To put that into perspective you have to understand that prostate cancer was the number one killer of men in Australia as a result of some kind of cancer.
Their movement in the meantime has gone worldwide and they have now embarked upon their next target which is male suicide.
Given that 77% of all suicides in the world are men and that one man commits suicide every minute on the planet… as I say.
It is a somber topic but an important one that needs to be addressed.
Is Organic Food Worse For You?
One of the downsides to trying to pick your way through the minefield that is our food supply these days is not really knowing if what you are getting is actually what you are getting!
Take organic foods for instance.
Just about everything you read would tend to suggest that eating organic is far better for you than eating food produced by conventional means.
That when you buy organic you are really getting organic.
That organic means no pesticides or other nasties were used in the production of that food.
That somehow, organic is better not only for us but also for the environment.
These are all reasonable assumptions to make made even more so by the way organic is presented to us in the media and online.
However the truth is that it is all not quite so cut and dried and like most things in life there are some very big and quite obvious grey areas if you just take a look.
And the (Sugar) Beat Goes On!
Hehe! See what I did there with the title? Get it? Sugar beat, beet!
You have to wonder at what point Big Soda will start to wonder whether the money they are spending is really going to make a difference.
I guess they are going to follow the tobacco model and just fight it down to the last penny… and still not give up!
I have included quite a lot of information on the subject of the effects of sugar on health and the current push around the world for sugar taxes.
It is an ongoing story and there is a lot to cover but this week there were some great highlights.
First up the WHO put out a statement urging all countries to adopt sugar taxes especially on drinks.
I am sure that wasn’t a good day at the office for the kids over at Big Soda!
Then there came a report of how Coca-Cola and Pepsi had directly sponsored at least 96 national health organizations in an effort to kill off policy recommendations that were not in their best interests.
And finally the campaigns they are running just at a local level to try to stop city governments from introducing sugar taxes has just hit the 30 million mark and counting.
And a Win to Finish With
Sometimes when you take a step back and look at the overall landscape of the food supple it can all get a little overwhelming.
When you consider that the change in our diets and food over the past 80 years has been greater than that of the change that occurred since man first appeared you begin to understand why we have the health problems we do.
On the other hand it is also important to get that perspective and work it towards a more hopeful outlook on things.
In reality it is only 80 years of going down the wrong track, not thousands and on top of that it is pretty easy to spot the points where it all went off the rails.
We already know that mass produced food processes are not helping us with regards to health, that just because we don’t physically work much we still need to exercise and that as much as we love sweet things, its not all beer and skittles when it comes to food.
On top of that knowledge we now have a little thing called the internet!
Never before has it been so easy to connect with people and share information as well as distribute that information.
One of the great barriers to change in the past was that often only a small number of people had the information that said something needed to be changed.
Those people often thought they were the only ones with that information and could only distribute it to a very small number of people within their own sphere of influence.
This led to nothing happening on many issues or at least those issues taking forever to get changed.
These days one person can have some information and immediately announce to the world, “Hey! I have this information.”
Within minutes thousands or even millions of people can then have that information and suddenly others with similar or the same can connect with each other and before the day is out you have a “movement!”
There have always been those who have tried to be the focal point of such activities but again it was an almost impossible task.
These days anyone can set up a website and go into action.
The perfect example of this is FoodBabe.
She is sometimes right and sometimes wrong… who cares!
What she does do is effect change and that’s a good thing.