This week there was another of those “sky is falling” reports that seemed to originate from a news agency somewhere.
The report quoted another study done on the effectiveness of flossing on overall long term dental health.
Essentially the entirety of that authoritative study was reduced down to one sentence stating that flossing had no effect on dental health and it was all pointless.
Stupid, stupid, stupid.
In fact that’s NOT what the report said and of course what the report said was very long and dry and all sciency and stuff and let’s face it, that never sold a newspaper ever.
So, one little piece was cherry picked and suddenly we all might as well stop flossing cos’ it is of no value.
So, what’ the real story?
Well rather than go into to it I’ll leave it for you to work it out because it is quite simple.
In the link below to an article by an actual dentist there is a study quoted where a group of kids were subjected to flossing in different ways.
One group had their teeth professionally flossed five days a week, one group professionally flossed once every three months and the rest just flossed themselves at home.
After 18 months the professionally flossed five days a week kids had 40% less cavities.
The other two group showed no change in likelihood of problems.
So the answer is not to floss or not, it is HOW to floss and how often. Simple.
What I Love About The Olympics
Well given that we are in the middle of the Olympic Games frenzy I thought it was only fitting that I include a video this week recognizing that fact.
Now I could have gone for a bunch of inspirational or sporty type videos but that’s a bit mundane.
Instead I thought I would go with something a little more spiritual and as usual I found there is no-one more spiritual than JP.
Watch and enjoy as he brings a whole new level of enlightenment to the athletic endeavours of our Olympians.
All About Statins
For quite some time now a group of drugs called Statins have been the “go to” medications for people at risk of heart problems due to high cholesterol levels.
Last year a science show on Australia’s ABC TV station which is an independent authority financed by the taxpayer did an investigative piece on this subject.
What they uncovered were some quite alarming things about the use of statins for heart patients and some of the more undesirable side effects and medical outcomes that were as a result of their use.
Of course at the time the medical profession in Australia were all up in arms over it and there were accusations flying all over the place.
Unfortunately the result of this hoo-ha was that the subject got lost in a wave of name calling and finger pointing.
I remember at the time thinking to myself there must be something to all of this because the reaction from the medicos was really over the top!
Well this week I came across another article on the subject and I think it is one that is well worth reading.
When you consider that the statin protocols were developed at a time when cholesterol was mass branded as an evil killer.
Since that time the whole landscape of how we look at cholesterol has dramatically changed but statins remain.
One of the main reasons that the results from practicing meditation are so varied simply boils down to one thing.
Did you actually do it and exactly how frequently/ regularly did you do it?
You see the benefits of meditation are widely and clearly documented not just from an anecdotal point of view but from real studies done under real scientific protocols.
However in the real world result are incredibly varied and this boils down to one thing.
In order to benefit from it you need to actually do it.
In fact not only do you have to do it, you have to do it often and you have to do it regularly without fail.
It is only then that the benefits start to kick in.
Unfortunately we live in a world where we have been lulled into the idea that something either works or it doesn’t and for it to work it has to work NOW!
This mindset drives the current atmosphere of endless medication and trips to the doctors for any and all complaints which have to be handled NOW!
A medical professional in any field has little choice but to go for the instant solution of the drug or medicine or painkiller knowing full well the person is most unlikely to adhere to any kind of long term therapy routines.
The same mindset goes for meditation.
Just about anyone that tries it and doesn’t look at it from a long term perspective will fail and thereafter state that it does nothing.
Whereas the trick with meditation is persevering through the period of no-change long enough to hit the benefits.
Let’s face it, the average person lacks that kind of persistence.
The same could be said for the thousands of weight loss diets out there.
The really good ones require persistence and permanent change of attitudes and that’s why people fall back.
One of the most successful ways to overcome this “falling off” phenomena is to introduce the concept of responsibility but not in the way most people think of it.
We have all heard the endless noise about taking responsibility for your own activities but the reality is that when it comes to something like meditation it all goes out the window pretty quickly.
The real way to make responsibility work is to make yourself responsible for another person and have another person assume responsibility for you.
Interestingly the average human will be far more effective in doing for another than they will for doing for themselves.
To that end, the next time you are thinking of taking a look at meditation as a practice, forget sitting alone on a rock somewhere.
Join a group and make sure it is a group where they all take responsibility for each other in persisting to a result.
Interesting news on the food front this week with McDonald’s announcing some fairly major changes to both the ingredients they are using and where they are sourcing those ingredients from.
They look to be changing the conditions under which the chicken meat they use are coming from as well as a few other including the use of antibiotics.
Probably when you take a look at it all in the cold light of day for the extremely health conscious it’s not much.
But I think it does indicate larger things afoot in the mass produced food industry.
The internet particularly has made it very difficult for them to keep getting away with things that the public are just not in agreement with.
It is getting harder and harder for them to just say, “Trust us, we wouldn’t do anything nasty!” and have the world believe them.
More and more it seems that at least in public facing entities like fast food outlets they are having to clean up their act before they suffer PR backlashes that are hurting their bottom lines.
The World of Sugar
I think we are pretty well beyond the point of discussing the evils of sugar and we all probably know deep down that it is not very good for us!
Given that the question is how to get your consumption of sugar down to a level that is acceptable.
Of course if you listen to the sugar industry we are all at an acceptable level regardless of what that level is!
On the other hand I don’t really follow the idea of having absolutely no sugar at all either.
There has to be a balance and there has to be a way of enjoying things that are sweet without going over the top.
Unfortunately in the past 50 years there has been an explosion in sugar production and that explosion hasn’t been tempered with by the usual economic factors.
Under normal condition this would lead to an over supply that would lead to prices dropping and then finally a reduction in the amounts being produced.
In the case of sugar not only has cane sugar production increased but so has beet sugar and corn sugar as well.
This is all fuelled by Government subsidies and the realization by big food that you can add sugar to anything to make is more palatable… and so they did!
My two cents worth on this is that in order to really check on what you sugar intake is you need to know you enemy!
It is very easy to look at soda drinks or any kind of soft drinks and identify that they represent a ridiculous amount of sugar.
But the reality is that this is only the tip of the iceberg.
To really get a grip you need to start checking the labels of everything, even things you wouldn’t think of as having any need for sugar in them.
You will probably find you are at least surprised or even shocked at just how far and wide the practice of adding sugar has become.