Let’s Eat #Monkey and #Piranha for #HeartHealth

amazonPETA is going to have me on a stick but the headline is clickbait, not a real dinner suggestion. Next time you’re complaining about a bad meal, be grateful for the fact you’re not eating monkeys and piranhas. Although maybe we shouldn’t pass judgement just yet. Their diet may also be the reason their people have the lowest rates of heart disease in the world. Enter the Amazon…and no, it’s not the one everybody knows as the online shopping source. People of the Amazon are very active, hunting and perpetually on the move. Yes, their diet consists of monkeys, piranhas, and other animals not indigenous to our land but it may be the activity, more than diet to thank. The people native to the Amazon have the lowest incidence of coronary artery disease, whereas the people of industrialized nations tend to be the highest. Perhaps it’s due to their diet being less than 15% saturated fat, whereas here in the US we measure almost 35%. We take statins, working lunches, and telecommute. They use plants to treat ailments, physically work for their food, and technology doesn’t rule their lives. The stark difference of coronary artery disease in 80 year olds in the US versus the Amazon is the proof in the pudding. In the US, 91% of this age group have CAD whereas only 15% have it in the Amazon. The idea of eating monkey are piranha may break your heart but your lifestyle choices will make all the difference in how healthy it stays.

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#ClubDrug to Treat Severe #Depression

ketamineThere’s a reason most people in the club look like they’re having the time of their lives. It may be that there dancing and moving to music that exhilarates their minds but it also could be a club drug like special K. Doctors are beginning to acknowledge the validity of using ketamine to treat severe depression. An effective drug class hasn’t been introduced since the 1980s. The gold standard of antidepressants are known as SSRI, or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, work by increasing serotonin in the brain. Serotonin regulates mood, emotions, and other body functions. However for patients who live with severe depression that doesn’t improve with an SSRI may benefit from treatment with ketamine. The drug, which is approved for use as an antiseptic, is used off-label for patients who are unaffected by SSRIs. Ketamine is classified as a “disassociative drug” and used to put people to sleep for surgery. As a club drug it’s a hallucinogenic. For severe depression it’s administered in low doses. When someone is on the cusp of struggling to live and pulling the plug, ketamine has been shown to work within hours. Doctors who’ve used ketamine to treat patients with severe depression are treated every few weeks. Sometimes when the typical treatments for depression are ineffective, perhaps it’s worth trying something that works in a different way?

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Where Are You on the #Happiness Ladder?

happinessMonday, March 20 was International Happiness Day. In light of this joyful holiday, let us pay homage to the happiest city in the world: Norway. The ‘subjective happiness‘ of these areas is assessed for the “happiness Report”. The question that is asked of people to gauge their happiness is imagining a ladder. The top rung on the ladder is the best possible life and the bottom is the worst possible life. On which rung do you see yourself? People of Norway, Denmark, Ireland, and Switzerland are highest of the ladder of life whereas Syria, Tanzania, Burundi, and Central African Republic ranked along the bottom. Over 150-countries in the world took part in the World Happiness Report. If an inspiration quote can be offered to help raise you on the ladder – the reminder is that it’s a ‘subjective happiness’ quiz. If the subject is you and you’re the one creating the obstacles in life…do yourself a favor and adopt these tips for seeking happiness. It’ll payoff for a lifetime!

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@Walmart Frozen Pizza #Recall

walmartUsually recall headlines don’t grab my attention but after the infectious disease docs warned me that I’d be a goner if I got listeria, here I stand on my soapbox. The reason listeria is so dangerous to me is because I have diabetes and I’m immunosuppressed because of my kidney transplant in May 2020. Thanks for doing me a solid, mom! For the rest of the country, listeria can result in a fever, stomach pains, and diarrhea. For some, it can cause a house of pain. Those people include, but are not limited to, pregnant women, elderly, and anybody else who’s a few soldiers short of a full blown immune system. That being said, Walmart’s distributor of frozen pizza has issued a recall for possible listeria contamination. The 16-inch pizza made by RBR Meat Co. is sold as “Marketside Extra Large Supreme Pizza” with lot code 20547. If your heart was set on pizza, everybody lives near a Domino’s. You’re welcome.

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#HungerGames the #GameShow

hungergamesRussia doesn’t mess around. The mother ship of the KGB is launching a game show essentially like the ‘Hunger Games‘. It almost sounds like Big Brother: Savage Edition. Contestants are permitted to fight, rape, and even murder in order to win the game. This feels so wrong and the object of this game is to stay alive until April 1, 2018. Waivers have been signed. Liabilities are understood. Let the games begin on a remote island off Siberia, where it’s harder to hear the screams.  Typically when you win in a game show, you get prizes like vacations and money. In Russia’s game show – you can walk away alive. This brutal game show is making me dig deep for the good things out of Russia like Yakov Smirnoff. I’ll keep him in mind and thank goodness he made his mark here in the US. There’s so much more to him than ‘what a country’.

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The #FrenchFry Experiment on #Mars

potatoesWelcome to the space age, folks. Here and now, Global Potato Research is a thing. It’s not just a scene out of “The Martian” either. This experiment was a proof of concept that if civilization as we know it ended – how could we survive? Given the uncertainty of extreme weather conditions and anything else that is erratic in life (everything), scientists embarked on an experiment to see if potatoes would grow in Mars-like conditions. This experiment isn’t about product excellence. It’s all about the minimum needs to grow a potato. The most robust variety of potato will be determined in future experiments. The experiment was setup to mimic the air pressure, temperature, air quality, and nutrient delivery in the “soil” of the planet. If you’re a french fry fanatic, this is your jam. Come hell or high water – you’ll never be without your potatoes. What a world.

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Robots #MindReading to Correct #Mistakes

mindreadingHow amazing would it be if robots could read your mind to fix all the problems in the world? Well it’s not quite that comprehensive yet but it’s a good start. A robot named Baxter is able to read your mind to self-correct. The brain behind Baxter is actually yours with electrodes connected. Baxter response based on satisfaction or displeasure picked-up by the electrodes. This is a prototype of a robot that will someday be used for industrial tasks. It really would be so helpful if something like this could be developed more discreetly for people in every day society. In the age of technology and angry birds flying everywhere in our world, mind reading could be an asset to survival. I’m already brainstorming for names like ‘Thinking Cap’ or ‘Intuition Extension’. My puns are killing it.

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Americans Are Drinking More #BottledWater Than #Soda

sodastreamAmericans are drinking more bottled water than soda. To what do we owe the serendipitous change? The study that points-out this fact also notes that the bottled water options have surpassed the soda options on shelves. It doesn’t take a genius to figure-out water is way healthier for you than soda. But wouldn’t it be awesome if it was solely-based on people choosing to be healthier? It sort of is due in-part to the sugar-scare. People want the healthier alternative to soda but the ‘marketing trick of the century’ is that consumers don’t realize they’re paying for tap water in a nicely packaged containers. Don’t fault people for the style in which they’re consuming their water. Slow clap for them because they’re making the healthier choice. Soda’s so yesterday. In fact, you can church it up at home with this nifty device called the Soda Stream. Make it and take it anywhere. Save a few bucks! Say bye-bye to PBA bottles and hola to the deniro in your pocket. It feels like this study was funded by Soda Stream. Well played, Beverage Marketing Corp.

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Nowadays People Have Less #Sex

springloveThose ladybugs didn’t get the memo but humans, like Cartman say, ‘I do what I want‘. Sad but true, a study shows that people are having less sex today than they did back in the late 90s. It’s more statistically significant for people in relationships. Compared to yesteryear, couples are having sex an average of 16 fewer times per year and ‘free agents’ are having sex 9 fewer times per year. Researchers think it has to do with depression, later start in marriage, and smarphones. Google it. Relative to the article featured on Wednesday – does anybody see a vicious cycle here? Less sex fosters moody people with less productivity. Is there such a thing as a male ladybug?

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The True Safety of #YellowCabs

yellowcabIf your only reference for yellow cabs is from the scene in “Elf“, you may think the yellow ones don’t stop. But according to this study, perhaps it was the brainchild of the yellow cab commission? Only looking at color of taxis, the study found that yellow taxis are more visible in traffic and the vehicles have a lower incidence of accidents. Dark colored cabs, ride-sharing vehicles, and any other ‘non yellow’ modes of transportation just blend like camouflage in the concrete jungle. Don’t be a statistic. Judge your taxis on their color. Feels wrong to say that but the study says it’s the truth.  If safety is the deciding factor for you, there’s always the bus or flying. What if this whole study is just sitting on a throne of lies?

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