Generation #StupidSex or No Thanks?

A study finds that more teens nowadays are abstaining from sex. However the teams that engage in sexual activity are choosing to do so with high-risk behavior.

The CDC reports that in approximately 25-years, the number of teenagers who engage in sexual behavior has dropped 54%. The survey is still anonymous so it’s unlikely it’s because kids are more willing to admit to their deeds than they were 25-years ago. However, those who fess are bold to admit they’re not necessarily safe about it.

But the bad news about the sexually active crowd nowadays is that they’re not nearly as worried about sexually transmitted infections as their parents or significantly older siblings. The rate of teens using condoms is 10% lower than it was in 1991.Are you a part of the stupid sex group or the abstinence alleys? Often times, the stupid mistakes we make as sexual teenagers can follow us well into adulthood. The abstaining alleys are gaining the experience of purity as the cold, tough world will adulterate them eventually.

As a socially awkward overweight teen who blossomed into a somewhat respectable-looking adult, I’m glad I was sheltered from so much of Pandora’s Box has shown me in the last 10-years. However I will say that the judgement of a teenager compared to that of a 40-year old adult are like asking a 14-year old to file your taxes. Useless.

As the study point out – a majority of teens nowadays are avoiding the forbidden fruit of sex. However those that take a bite – are doing so without condoms. Why make the kind of mistake in your teen years tot might haunt you for the rest of your life? If you’re willing to invest the time for a place to do it, invest a few bucks for an insurance policy it won’t affect the next few years of your life. Hope for the best but ensure the impossibility of the worst.

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Consistency is Key in the Longer #LifeHack

Eating a healthy diet and regular exercise are only one part of the equation to longevity. A study shows us that having the same doctor looking after your health for at least 2-years is a good sign for longer health.

Continuity of care is especially vital for people who life with chronic conditions, mental health contingencies, and complex needs. To make it short-and-sweet, that’s pretty much the majority of people. Facts.

So keep in-check with one specific doctor is shown to help increase lifespan. On many levels, this is good. A consistent physician known your ‘regular’ weight, blood pressure, state of mind, and generalities  of which a new physician would be unfamiliar. Add to that the comfort level in seeing the same doctor and you’ve got a winning combination.

For those who have kept the same Internist or general practitioner for the last 2-years, you’re one-third   a way to the crown. Eat a balanced diet, avoid overeating at all costs, and get some regular exercise and your biological clock will keep time better for you. Heck! This study says there’s no limit to our lifespan. You up for it?

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Guess Who Wants Your Dick Pics!

Wow. Listen up if you’re the kind of guy who likes to share his manly parts for the sake of science. A professor is conducting a study based on your penis size and the quality of your life. What’s this all about?

Here’s the gist of it. A Missouri State University professor is conducting a study and looking for 3,600 guys (over the age of 22) wanting to share their package pic and fill-in the blanks on a quality of life questionnaire.

It’s actually a pretty interesting concept. This  sociology professor noticed many years ago that a man’s self-esteem, romantic relationships, and mental health were healthier in more endowed men. It took her a while but now she’s ready to embarks on the nitty gritty on the research.

The study involves  filling-out an online form, sending measurements of your flaccid and erect penis, and an optional interview with the grand dame herself. Who’s into it?

If I had to make one suggestion to the professor it’d be to send a form ‘thank you’ letter to any guy willing to put himself out there for the sake of judgement. Just let him feel good, regardless of the rings to the tree or the inches to the worm.

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Coffee to Protect the Aging Heart

With all the folks out there who run on Dunkin – we finally have another thing to celebrate in caffeine. A study out of Germany shows how caffeine improves heart health and enhances the ability to generate power to the body.

Researchers found that caffeine optimized the blood flow in the cells lining  the heart. As we age, people dismiss their dwindling endurance as part of getting older. But this new research may bust that myth.

Exactly how much caffeine provides the rejuvenating effects in the aging heart? Although the study was conducted on mice – the human equivalent is about 4 to 5 cups of coffee per day.

Coffee wears the crown reducing heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Now another feather goes into the cap for coffee. This research shows it may hold the  key to anti-aging your heart.

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Blue Light Cutting Down on Overdoses

As the opioid epidemic picks-up speed across the US, retailers are fighting back aggressively. Who knew they’d be fighting back with blue lights?

A few convenience store chains have installed blue lights in the bathrooms. The blue lights are not for the reason you would suspect or at least it’s not why I thought they were doing it.

I was thinking maybe the blue light was something magical like those “Happy Lights” sold on Amazon.  Not quite. Blue light is all around us but when it’s coming from a blue light bulb – you’re significantly increasing the risk of macular degeneration. It also causes digital eye strain.

Blue lights are designed to make it harder for addicts to find the vain. Although many people suggested that an addict is not going to care about the lighting especially if they’re ‘joesing’ for a fix…this method has significantly cut the number of overdoses in the tester locations.

Even though the blue light tactic is intended to mess-up addicts accuracy  for shooting up, it’s proven to be beneficial to their health because they are not overdosing. As for getting to the end goal – doesn’t matter how we get there as long as fewer people are overdosing in convenience store bathrooms.

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Stigma of Mental Health and the Status Quo of Suicide

It’s not surprising that the rate of suicide has increased 30% between the years of 1999 and 2016. A curious coincidence is that the rates of depression and anxiety have risen alongside the suicide rate. Add to those statistics the living nightmare of the opioid epidemic and it’s starting to paint a grim picture.

In the ‘baby boomer’ generation, mental health had a stigma attached to it that painted an unflattering picture. Nowadays, mental health professionals and physicians realize the negative impacts stress can have on the body, mind, and soul.

Is it the case that this reporting of suicide just more accurate in the day and age of technology? The CDC didn’t just recently start to keep tract of these statics. But the speed at which we can learn of such news is astounding.

Legislation is being proposed to remove the judgmental tone attached to suicide. Saying that someone has committed suicide is akin to saying someone has committed a crime. The lack of compassion and understanding of what pushes a person to make such an irreparable choice for their life needs to be understood.

Understanding is a powerful tool. Distress, arguments, and distance are oftentimes rooted with misunderstanding. It’s tough to find a middle ground with someone who is unwilling to engage in the mere effort of understanding. However compassion can carry dead wood a lot further than blissful ignorance.

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Tick Bite Leads to Meat Allergy

Have you heard about this crazy side effect from a tick bite? Some people have reported an allergy to red meet after they’ve been bitten by a tick. As it turns out – this is documented and acknowledged as clinically true.

The meat allergy is triggered by a tick called the Lone Star Tick. The symptoms appear a few hours after eating meat. They include symptoms like hives and potentially anaphylactic shock.

The immune system in people is as different as a fingerprint. So the different types of meat allergy that result from the Lone Star Tick bite could vary. The allergy is due to a reaction to a type of sugar found in beef, lamb, pork, and other red meats.

Although the Lone Star Tick is named after the marking on its back, the allergy is now documented across many states. The ticks are very small but in all cases of tick bites, check your whole body if you venture into the woods, especially if you’re a carnivore.

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Loneliness Breaks Hearts

Nowadays, more people live alone than ever. Those loners may consider taking in a housemate or a dog after they read the study that finds lonely people are at a greater risk of dying from heart disease.

As luck would have it, the peace a quiet offered to you in solitude become stressful and burdensome  to your heart’s health. How great is the risk? Both men and women who were lonely were more than twice as likely to die from heart disease.

It needs to be understood that the study was able to distinguish between people who lived alone in a healthy mindset and those who were lonely. Make no mistake, it’s quite possible to live alone and be incredibly healthy.

Ask yourself these two questions: am I lonely and do I have a support system in place to help when I feel lonely? Although some people regale in their “alone time”, some people a terrified by being alone.

Here in the US, we have over 300 million people. Even if you choose not to share your home with anybody, you can step outside your door and share a conversation with someone  Do yourself a favor. Even if you don’t ask their name, the mere experience of social interaction is good for everybody involved. Now we tout its heart benefits, too. Reap the boomerang effect of positivity.

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Probiotics Could Help Combat Stress

By this stage in the game, people know the gut plays a vital role in your immune system. Your immune system can keep your body in great shape to defend against all the bad things that can impair health. But a study is showing us that the use of probiotics can be quite helpful in combating stress.

Even the title of the study is Greek to most but the point of it shows that a strong microbiome is especially resilient to stress. What makes your microbiome stronger? Probiotics. Don’t be intimidated by the word mycobacterium. Certainly it’s not something you want to accidentally incur but if you’re giving it by way of a vaccination, like in this study, it seems to work well for dawning the “give zero ducks” cape.

So how can we get our paws on this Popeye can of spinach? It appears many companies have been working on such magical vaccines and they’ve been applied to conditions like Tuberculosis. BCG anybody?

Everything in my head ties-in to diabetes. BCG has been identified by Dr. Denise Faustman of the Massachusetts General Hospital as a Type 1 diabetes treatment. Can undue stress trigger Type 1 diabetes? Quite possibly, according to an increased incidence of T1D diagnosis shortly after an earthquake in California.

So what can you do if a BCG vaccine is not on the top of your to-do list? Beef-up your probiotic ingestion. Easy ways to do this are: drink kombucha, eat sauerkraut, and balance it out by adding a well-rounded probiotic.

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Third Type of Depression

A new study says that there is a third type of depression. Considering the two types of antidepressants treat an imbalance of serotonin or norepinephrine, it makes sense why so many people are left feeling defeated even after treatment for depression. It’s not treating the cause of their condition.

People with diabetes are prone to depression. Many people with diabetes who are put on antidepressants are never adequately treated and continue with the chronic existence of their depression. This may be a new option to help people with diabetes stabilize their moods. For the record: glucose lows and highs can affect mood, too. I wonder if this helps remedy the third cause of depression.

The reason I mention this is because when I saw the propensity for retinal disease and kidney disease – I almost immediately saw the parallel to diabetes. The abnormal length of the cilia in the neuron in the brain were fascinating but oh so telling.

Perhaps the 30% of untreatable depression cases are due to glucose imbalance. The protein was identified in the study. The correlation is activity in subjects. Activity is fueled by glucose. Glucose is imbalanced in people with diabetes. The population affected with diabetes or prediabetes is in the ballpark to that of people living with untreatable depression.

Go figure.

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