What is Restless Leg Syndrome?
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is actually a thing! RLS is unfortunately one of those conditions that slightly imitates normal behaviour so many people hear if it and wonder why it is a thing.
If most of us sit in the same position for a long time it is inevitable that we begin to fidget and move around.
My guess is that it is an old response built into the body to cause to to move once in awhile as proper body function is achieved by a moving body.
However RLS is an entirely different proposition.
With RLS the person cannot stop moving ar at least shifting the position of their legs.
This can make sleeping almost impossible and very often sufferers even though they can fall asleep cannot stay asleep to achieve sufficient rest.
In other words RLS is an extreme version of our own natural need to move and can lead to many other associated problems.
Brand Name vs. Generic
Over the years in the food and grocery industry there has emerged a form of product that we called Generic Brands.
Generally speaking generic brands are a low cost alternative to branded products but over the years have slowly been given the attributes of being inferior in quality.
Possibly this is true in some cases but very often it is not. the reality is that most generic branded products are made by the same people who are making the branded product!
The difference is only in the packaging and the difference in price comes from the distributor or store ordering very large amounts generating a discount at the manufacturer level and then marking up the price less than the branded versions.
For example a big supermarket chain places a single huge order with a producer.
They get a discount because of the size of the order. Also included will be that the producer packages the product in a “No Name” or generic package.
On top of that the supermarket chain then marks up the product less than anyone else figuring that if they make a little less profit on each item but sell many more items they come out of it fine.
One of the downsides to the whole supplements industry is that they have a long history of over-marketing their products so it gets pretty easy to shoot them down.
The reality is that taking supplements should be looked at from the point of view that you are taking something that is supplemental to something else.
In other words if you are taking a supplement but not consuming the thing that it is supposed to be supplemental to then you are going nowhere.
Vitamins and minerals sold in supplement form are only going to be effective in any way if the basic diet that they supplementing is present.
The body’s ability to absorb supplements in pure form is very low and the way they are supposed to be taken is in conjunction with a complete diet… not just a glass of water!
The link to the article below covers a report on just how low awareness levels are amongst U.K. males regarding prostate cancer.
The reason I have included it this week is because I don’t really believe this is just a U.K thing.
Despite a number of awareness campaigns in Australia and the U.S. it seems that most men still hang on to the idea that prostate cancer is something that happens to other people.
Of course the frustrating part of this is that early detection and treatment gives some pretty good results but the key is early detection.
Corns and Callouses
I remember as a kid seeing my grandmother’s feet for the first time and being horrified at the sight of them!
They had these big lumps on them and I couldn’t work out what it was that I was looking at.
Eventually I discovered they were called corns.
The thing that struck me once I had found out what they were and how they formed was that I couldn’t understand why my grandmother insisted on wearing the same shoes.
It was (at time painfully) obvious that her shoes were the problem but she would never give up on them!
I used to look at those feet squashed very obviously into shoes that were not the right size and feel sorry for her toes which must have been packed in like sardines in a can.
This is an important article.
Day after day I come across all sorts of “studies” that show this is good or this is bad or whatever.
Just as often and with only a little digging I soon uncover that the report has been biased in some way in order to promote a product.
It is the sad truth behind a majority of “studies” you see in the press and on the internet.
Check out the article below for a reasoned method of inspection what you see when you come across these “studies” so you can understand them fully.
Honey Board not too Happy
I am guessing the Honey Board were not so happy with these results.
Most likely they funded this study with the certainty that they could later use it to promote their products.
Basically it was to show that honey as a sugar source was less dangerous (or even healthy) when compared to high fructose corn syrup or cane sugar.
Unfortunately for the Honey Board it turns out that it didn’t really matter what the source of the sugar was, they all triggered higher readings for indicators of heart disease.