I was particularly taken by this article I came across this week in yet another example of the glorification of alcohol abuse.
Whilst governments across the planet have taken various steps to avoid this from being done probably one of the worst situations because of its pervasive nature is the inclusion of alcohol abuse as a seemingly normal activity of life in the media.
Sports people being associated with alcohol sales is an obvious example but in my opinion the worst is when the use or overuse of alcohol is portrayed within movies and T.V. programs as not only being normal but being glamorous and desirable.
To this end I think the whole Mad Men preoccupation with alcohol and making it seem sophisticated is a dangerous route to take.
Well I’m not sure a tax specifically on soda is really going to make that much difference.
In an ideal world if there was a tax on soda and especially on those containing certain levels of either additives or sugar, if revenues raised were 100% spent on public education programs then perhaps that might get things rolling.
But the truth is that once a government has the cash from the taxes it gets very hard for them to stay the course and do something like that.
OK, if you are still drinking energy drinks and have managed to be living under a rock for the past 5 years possibly it is time for you to take a look at what’s really going on there!
Take a deep breath!
Just bear in mind that the title of this article refers to improving eye health, not eyesight.
There have been many theories and techniques expounded over the years with regards to curing eyesight problems and if any of them had been successful we would all know about them by now.
However there are steps you can take to help your eyes stay healthy and as a result at least keep them functioning to the best of their ability.
This particularly applies to anyone spending long amounts of time using their eyes at a fixed distance which is very unnatural.
I was surprised to come across this infographic this week because I swear I have read numerous articles about the superiority of sweet potato over ordinary potatoes.
Turns out that although in an overall sense the sweet ones do win out (barely) they both have advantages and disadvantages that pretty well put them on a par.
About 50 years ago we mistakenly blamed fat as the culprit of numerous diseases with heart disease being at the top of the list.
This gave rise to the low-fat craze and since then the results have been that we now have heart diseases at epidemic proportions being the number one killer of people worldwide.
I think that would indicate we didn’t really get that quite right!
Here are 5 natural fat burning foods to kick-start your metabolism and help you shed some pounds.
Kraft Singles Loses Endorsement
A couple of weeks ago it was reported with some either alarm or amusement depending on your point of view that the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics had somehow managed to endorse Kraft Singles.
It turns out that they were in some way trying to raise awareness of the need for kids to get enough Vitamin D and Calcium but had somehow managed to get themselves a little bamboozled by the marketing geniuses at Kraft.
Clearly they didn’t see that one coming and have now announced steps to backtrack on the move due to the negative aspects of appearing to endorse a cheese product that seems to contain very little cheese!
Watching Weight Watchers
I have never really thought much of the whole Weight Watchers program.
I am sure that there have been many people who have applied it and have had success.
My problem with it has always been the idea of prepackaged meals somehow being good for you just because they help you lose weight.
Sure if you stick to the program you will most likely lose weight but at what cost to your long term health.
FoodBabe this week has done a great article on the Weight Watchers “Smart Ones” line of products revealing that it may all be good for weight loss it may not all be good!
The use of kratom, known mostly through word of mouth as a way to manage withdrawing from opiate painkillers is beginning to gain traction.
More people are learning about the properties of the plant preferring to go the natural route to break addictions.
With about 2.4 million Americans ages 12 and up addicted to opiate painkillers (National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2014) and more becoming addicted each year, the pharmaceutical industry stands to lose a great deal of revenue.
Numerous people are kicking painkillers to the curb and embracing a natural approach to alleviating pain.
This plant is now being scrutinized as the “new legal high” and is the subject of a media frenzy, with journalists jumping at every opportunity to get a story.
Even at the cost of potentially turning the public against kratom, articles are cropping up left and right with misinformation, presenting it as a designer or synthetic drug.
I guess no real surprises here.
A recent study in Sweden (with similar heart disease rates as the U.S. Showed quite clearly that by following the usual rules and without any drastic measures the rate of heart attack drops significantly.
- Moderate alcohol consumption of one to two drinks per day
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Eating a diet of fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, dairy products, fish and whole grains
- Regular exercise of at least 40 minutes per day
- Avoiding cigarettes
Of the 200 study participants who happened to practice all five healthy behaviors, only three had heart attacks. Other studies have found similar results in women who have a healthy lifestyle.