Beware of #Stealthing During #Sex

stealthingOnly an A-hole would do such a thing but this headline is alarming. Supposedly there’s a growing trend among straight and gay men called “stealthing“. The act involves men removing condoms during sex unbeknownst to their partner. Criminal justice experts refer to this as a “rape adjacent” act. Commonsense experts would say if there is DNA evidence left behind, it’s an open-and-shut case. Reading further into the article the comments hypothesize it was a slow news day. Albeit, heinous, self-centered and entitled – what kind of a man is so stupid he’s willing to leave his calling card behind at the scene of a crime? I pity the fool.

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#Climate Exacerbates #Alcohol Effects

warmalcoholIt’s 5 o’clock somewhere, says everybody who loves their adult beverage. A new study shows that people in colder climates are more prone to developing cirrhosis of the liver. Researchers believe this is due to coincidentally the lack of sunlight and warmth in the region, compared to drinkers who reside in warmer, sunnier regions. By no means is this study suggest to get your drink on in warmer climates but it does highlight the additional risk posed to people who live in colder climates. Life hack: setup a Zadro Sunlight 365, Artificial Sunlight 365 Days a Year as your designated drinking buddy. Drinking coffee regularly also decreases the risk of scarring to the liver. Choose your antidote wisely or just love your liver and drink responsibly, says your good judgement.

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Your #Food Vices Are #Genetic

Dieting Woman Craving For CakeBlame your food cravings on genetics. Cravings are not just based on yummy memories or the need to stress eat. Genetics and hormone regulation are explained by our cravings for something sweet or something salty. People who had the gene for obesity also craved chocolate, had a larger waistline, and expressed the oxytocin-receptor gene. Oxytocin is the ‘bonding hormone’. Of course those who express it crave chocolate. By no means is chocolate a replacement for bonding but its been known to fit the bill, in a pinch. Researchers are referring to these gene idiosyncrasies as ‘genetic variations‘. They help us understand why we crave certain types of foods or dislike others. Researchers believe that this may provide more guidance for developing effective dietary advice for treatment plans. We may be looking at a game-changer on the horizon for diets based on genetic variation and cravings. This new field of dietary science is referred to as neutrigenomics.

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#DietSoda Debacle Revealed

sodadietSay it ain’t so. All my life for as long as I can remember, only diet soda has passed these lips. Of course, when I have a low bG, it’s HFCS all the way up. A new study is showing that the consolation prize of drinking diet soda is an increased risk of stroke and dementia. Yay. Actually, the reality behind the scenes is that this study was not a ’cause and effect’ from diet soda and only shows it to be the case in one group of people. That group of people who were shown to have the highest risk of stroke and dementia were those who drank 3 or more diet sodas per week. The risk of stroke and dementia are actually 3% and 5% for the general population, not those who drink 3 or more diet sodas per week.  If you’re still uneasy with the clarified results, order a regular soda and “water it down” with seltzer. No aspartame in that mix. You’re welcome. Did I make the point loud and clear: 3 or more diet sodas per week. Now you know. Don’t be acting a fool with your diet soda habit. Keep it under control.

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Meet the Mysical #NakedMoleRat

NakedMoleRatBy no stretch of the imagination is this creature winning any beauty contests but he’ll give the judges in a talent show a run for their money. The naked mole rat is one of the only creatures that can survive 18-minutes without oxygen. Any human being is contenting with the brain dying after 3-minutes of hypoxia (lack of oxygen) but not the naked mole rat. Researchers learned of the naked mole rat’s super-human talent after a sadistic study. But what is it about these hideous-looking creatures that makes them so frugal with their oxygen needs? Well, let’s look at their extraordinary lifespan, compared to other mice. Naked mole rats live up to 31-years, whereas your run of the mill mouse can hang-on for about 4. So the magical protein that makes this possible is know as HSP25. This protein is like an exterminator of ‘dud’ proteins. These dud proteins can lead to conditions that would otherwise cut the lifespan of the naked mole rat short. How amazing would something like that be for people? We could do away with conditions like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and conditions that catalyze the aging process. The beautiful thing about HSP25 is that it’s responsible for optimizing cell health by discarding the ‘bad apples’ as soon as they appear in the cell. Another awesome fact about the naked mole rat is that its highly resistant to cancer. Does anybody else think we all need a little naked mole rat in our lives?

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Now @Uber Gives Unsolicited #Health Checkups!

uberUber is batting a thousand on public approval ratings…. said nobody. This video posted by a plus-sized model shows her Uber drivier questioning if she’s healthy. Maybe he’s just trying to coerce conversation. I get it. But whatever happened to simple topics like the weather or movies? Even the FDA is unsure of the standards by which ‘health’ is measured nowadays. I’m sure the growing number of  drivers in the Uber brigade are less-than-qualified to question someones health. That’s just my opinion. What’s yours on this trending topic?

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#PickYourNose to Fight #Flu

African clawed frogDie-hard nose-pickers will swear that there’s science backing their unsightly handsy habit. However, to their defense, researchers are looking into the possibility of using mucus to develop the next flu drug. Good news….or bad new, depending on how you feel about the aforementioned thought. The mucus for the drug is proposed to be frog mucus. But it’s a step in the right direction if it can help minimize an illness that kills more than half a million people worldwide every year. The slimy substance designed to protect the frogs skin is quite possibly the anti-viral medication that will protect and combat influenza among humans. See!!? Frogs have a purpose to serve mankind, after all!

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Rising #Trend of #Diabetes in #Kids

diabeteskidsResearchers are baffled as to why the incidence of diabetes has been increasing in kids. It’s not just type 2 diabetes, either; type 1 diabetes is making its mark, too. Studies between 2002 and 2012 for both types of diabetes are on the rise. Does anybody remember that the diagnosing HbA1c for diabetes was lowered at some point during that decade? Wouldn’t that be a reason more kids are being diagnosed? Not too be sarcastic but you can catch more whales with a butterfly net, no? If you’ve been in “the game” for a while, the clinical guidelines for diabetes diagnosis have shifted over the years. HbA1c values for diagnosis threshold in 2002 and 2012 respectively were 7.0 and 6.5. It’s quite possible that people have had blood sugars in the “diabetic” range all along but these changes of guidelines have identified either insulin deficit in Type 1 diabetes or insulin resistance in Type 2 diabetes. That’s just my opinion. I’m not a doctor but I’ve spent decades toying with logic to make sense of this quagmire. Not gonna lie It’s still puzzling.

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#Live Longer By #Running

runningWhen it comes to living longer – some of us have thrown in the towel. For those fighting the good fight, researchers say you can add a few years by running. Obviously people with bad knees will not be down for the lifelong challenge but those willing to go the extra mile will reap measurable benefits (no pun intended). It’s not just about the “runners high” but that definitely has a little to do with it. Runners live about 3.2 years longer than non-runners. Since were getting down to semantics for those who can sustain a decent pace, you need to put in 150 minutes per week. For those people who can run like they stole it at a high intensity pace, you only need to invest 70 minutes of your week. Honest question – can they just break this down into beats per minute? I hate when the gym has to fill out accident reports because I fall off the treadmill.

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Is Your #OliveOil Fake?

oliveoilWould you know the difference between pure extra virgin olive oil and a hybrid? So it turns-out that the extra virgin olive oil industry is plagued with bogus product. For profit and to make a pure product more bountiful for the batch, some shady manufacturers will adulterate their extra virgin olive oil to make more bottles per bunch. Is this bad for your health? The fake ingredients put into the extra virgin olive oil were chlorophyll, sunflower oil, and soybean oil. If you want to split hairs, soybean oil can definitely ruffle a few feathers. Obviously if you have an allergy to sunflower or soy you’d be in trouble. But the thing about chlorophyll is that it’s not bad for your health, per se. However, if ingested in large quantities, it can be toxic. At the end of the scandal, this is all about duping the consumer and charging a premium for a subpar product. As a result of the investigation, farms were confiscated, fines were levied, and an otherwise dubious practice has been exposed. If you’re an olive oil snob, you probably knew about this years ago. If you’re just a dollar-conscious consumer, heavily consider your purchase of extra virgin olive oil knowing its history. Can you really tell the difference?

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