Humans and Animals
Whilst this article goes a little into the way researchers think that dogs react to and deal with people I think it raises a larger point.
In the past ten years or so a number of studies have shown that the level of “thinking” that we were all taught was going on in many animals has been grossly underestimated.
When I was in high school the position was that when it came to thinking we humans we at the top of the heap because we could reason and resolve problems to do with survival.
Not only could we evaluate and adapt to our environments but we could also evaluate situations where the better course was to adapt the environment to us.
We could not only deal with the present but we could use observations of the present coupled with memory of the past to formulate forward thinking plans for the future. We were taught that this was what differentiated us from any other animals.
However that recent research I spoke of earlier seems to have blown a lot of that away.
Experiments with Crows have shown an amazing ability on their part to solve problems over and over again whilst the researcher kept changing the solution they would need.
With other birds they have shown not just ability to adapt the environment but also the ability to record information and use that information as part of a forward thinking plan.
So it is no wonder that dogs have worked out how to look at human faces and adjust their behaviour appropriately.
On top of that, I just think it’s better for human to have animals around anyway no matter what the research says!
What If You Only Drank Soda?
I find it amazing that as the evidence of how badly our lives are affected by the intake of excessive amounts of sugar rolls in we are still doing almost nothing about it.
It’s like this strange scenario where researchers are saying more and more that the evidence clearly shows that excessive sugar is literally killing us and there is uproar.
Then someone says well the sugar industry and money and jobs etc so we have to keep doing it.
And then people say oh well, we need those jobs and that money so we will just keep killing ourselves and making our children sick and prone to dying young!
Is that where we are?
Makes no sense to me at all.
You know a bun is just a differently shaped piece of bread, that’s the bottom line on them really.
Bread is simply flour, water, yeast, salt and a little sugar (a little people!) to get the yeast going and that’s about it!
Sometimes a recipe for bread contains a little oil as well and this is generally as a flavor enhancer as well as adding a little longer life to the loaf.
When you look at it from that perspective it’s not exactly rocket science.
So you just have to know that whenever anything else is added beyond the ingredients listed above in order to make a plain bread product you know the driving force is NOT better bread.
It is always better profit and as soon as profit walks in the door it seems that health concerns get kicked to the kerb.
Just check out some of the ingredients in your average fast food bun for an idea!
6 Common Misconceptions About Cancer
Unfortunately cancer as a prominent subject in the field of health has been around for quite a while and looks like being around for a while longer.
Every day we are probably getting closer and closer to a solution to this terrible disease and more importantly, getting closer to the facts regarding causes.
Like many health subject that have been around for a while cancer has gone through “the news cycle” many, many times and has by now built up a formidable array of misconceptions and old wives tales.
As a subject it is still in the mystery box which makes it particularly prone to opinions getting mistaken for facts and anecdotes being mistaken for solid evidence.
So in light of that check out the video below to reset your thinking on the subject and maybe blow a few myths out of the water.
I saw this recipe the other day and though I would include a link to it.
When you read the ingredients of many commercially produced deodorants it all gets a little shocking very fast.
Many of the chemicals in there are pretty nasty and the idea of covering a very porous area of your body with those chemicals just has to be a bad idea!
Unfortunately for many people using a deodorant is a must so that leaves the person needing it but not liking it in a pretty bad situation.
I personally haven’t seen anything that works as well as those commercial deodorants except for the one I use which is a herbal compound that is Chinese.
Don’t ask me what’s in it because I have no idea except that there is cinnamon in there somewhere because I can smell it!
So in light of that maybe give this probiotic mix a try and see if it helps in a totally non-toxic way.
- The Best Probiotic Homemade Deodorant
I will be the first one to admit that Psychology Today is not exactly up there with my most frequent sources of information for weekly blog posts!
I do tend to keep away from the psycho-babble end of town.
I don’t really do it because I think they are all bad, I just try to keep away from the tendency to overthink and over analyse things that those wacky guys tend to encourage.
I did however this week come across what I think s a very smart article on the problem many parents are facing with regards to technology.
I personally love new technology and I am a total new toys kind of person but I am also smart enough to understand that the basis of most new technology is that of motionlessness.
Just about everything we and our kids have access to these days through new technology results in a lack of physical movement and that’s really not a good thing.
In the article there are some commonsense tips on keeping balance between the availability of and access to new technology and leading the kind of active life kids should be leading to be healthy.