Category: To Good Health and Good Sense

Lean For Life

When I don’t want to keep every book I own, I write down the parts I highlighted in a journal. I named it ‘This is a journal of highlights from books given away” – for no other reason than space limitations. These are some highlights from Lean For Life:

Men lose weight about 30% faster than women.

Liposuction may cause fat to collect in other areas of the body.

Dementia is linked to long term dehydration.

Insulin is a fat storage hormone. Sugar dumps a lot of it in your bloodstream.

Aspartame is a neurotoxin.

I’m Not a Doctor but I Play One on This Blog

“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” (Mark Twain- attrib.)

The following information is from Dr. Mercola’s website:

Let’s say you have a study of 200 women, half of whom take a drug and half take a placebo, to examine the effect on breast cancer risk. After five years, two women in the drug group develop breast cancer, compared to four who took the placebo. This data could lead to either of the following headlines, and both would be correct:

“New Miracle Drug Cuts Breast Cancer Risk by 50%!”

“New Drug Results in 2% Drop in Breast Cancer Risk!”

How can this be? The Annie Appleseed Project explains: “The headlines represent two different ways to express the same data. The first headline expresses the relative risk reduction — the two women who took the drug (subjects) and developed breast cancer equal half the number (50%) of the four women who took the placebo (controls) and developed breast cancer. The second headline expresses the absolute risk reduction — 2% of the subjects (2 out of 100) who took the drug developed breast cancer and 4% of the controls (4 out of 100) who took the placebo developed breast cancer — an absolute difference of 2% (4% minus 2%).”

You can now see why clinical trials, especially those funded by drug companies, will cite relative risk reductions rather than absolute risk reductions, and as a patient you need to be aware that statistics can be easily manipulated.

As STATS at George Mason University explains: “An important feature of relative risk is that it tells you nothing about the actual risk.

Burqas For Everyone

Now that the sun and suncreens apparently cause cancer, we have three options as I see it:

  • Stay inside forever
  • Break into the abandoned Biosphere 2 in Arizona and become a squatter
  • Adopt the Burqa as your go-to fashion statement

I have not used sunscreens for years because whenever I read the list of unpronounceable ingredients and realized that skin is the largest organ and has tremendous absorption ability, it always felt like I might as well be applying it to my liver.

Seems I was right.

Dry Cry

Almost everyone I know who is older suffers from dry eyes. The artificial tears market is projected to be worth over $2 billion dollars in five years.

Dry eye syndrome is common because our work, play and socialization has shifted from working with our bodies, to working with our eyes.

Using computers reduces our blink rate by up to 60% due to concentration. Now we have to add blinking to our Things to Do lists.

Around 1890, William Horatio Bates developed a method that he said could improve eyesight, utilizing techniques like palming and the long swing. Aldous Huxley claimed it worked for him.

Blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelid) is sometimes a complication of dry eyes. There are clinical trials about demodex and tea tree oil dilutions, but this knowledge is not for the faint of heart. Do you remember watching a TV show years ago where they showed experiments with high power microscopes which revealed that there are microscopic things living on your eyelashes? If that grossed you out, forget that I ever mentioned the “D” word.

Wide awake now.

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