Harmless #Virus Causes #CeliacDisease

AutoImmuneTriggersFor people who don’t know the pain and discomfort people with gluten intolerance face, you’re living care-free in a gluten-filled world. However, for people who suffer with the condition that can lead to anguishing pains, discomfort, bloating, and a litany of other lagging health maladies – listen up. Researchers believe they’ve identified the harmless virus that brings the pain into your gluten-intolerant world. The funny guy who causes the not-so-funny condition is a virus known as reovirus.  The reovirus is typically known for causing upper respiratory infections in childhood that are typically thought to be mild. Fast forward to life as a wheat-loving, barley-consuming, rye bread sandwich-eating consumer and we see a different side effect of this mild virus: gluten intolerance. Now what? Researchers hypothesize that the timing of the reovirus introduction may  be a crucial piece to whether or not a person goes on to develop the autoimmune response to gluten leading to Celiac Disease or just a gluten intolerance. More research is needed but if I had a dog in the race, I’d think this is like the introduction of milk to a child who develops Type 1 diabetes. It’s all about timing. The reovirus may be another dog in the race but gluten introduction may be the key player in this game of Clue. We’ll see what future studies reveal.

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#Alabama is #Stressed More than the Rest of #US

ALWhat culminates the mother lode of stress in our lives? Ask a thousand people that question and you’ll get a thousand answers. But according to a new study, Alabama is the most stressed state in the US. The parameters by which the answer was found include: work, money, family, health, and safety. How is it Alabama takes the booby prize for this dubious distinction? They have the 2nd lowest credit scores in the US. The overall health of Alabamaian (is that a word) is poor. Plus the state is up there in the number of hours worked per week. So the average person in Alabama works their butt-off, has less-than-ideal health, and their credit is probably as good as their health. Yeah. Let’s see if we can do something to help a sibling state rise above the muck. Any suggestions?

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What’s Your #Price to Stay in #Bed

bedstudyFor how much money would you be willing to stay in bed for 60-days? If you’re a healthy man who’s a non-smoker, you may be in luck. Researchers are underway finding participants for a study to evaluate the effects of microgravity on the body. We’ve seen how astronauts after returning from space have weakened muscles and have lost bone density. The study is designed so that participants live in a “simulated” environment where they don’t put their full body weight into the gravitational pull for 2-months? Here’s why 24 men will undergo a battery of tests before the experiment begins. The experiment is staying in bed in a specific position, for 60-days. Everything will happen in bed. Use your imagination of your daily activities and go wild with it. Participants will be paid handsomely for their ‘lock-down’. Would you stay in bed for $17,000. Would you still do it if it had adverse effects on your health 30-years down the road? Your mileage may vary.

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#Canada is a Nation of #Crybabies

crybabyThis headline is not pretty for diplomacy with our next door neighbor. A study has found that Canada is a nation of crybabies.  Before you come at me with fire and pitchforks, this is a Brush study that analyzed the data from 28-studies of North America, parts of Europe, Australia, and Japan. There’s good news about this study, though. It really is a measure of how long babies cry. Babies are supposed to cry. That’s their vehicle of communication until they’re old enough to verbalize their needs.  I wonder if that translates to Canadian adults being better communicators? Silver-lining, folks!

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Beware the #AmericanDream

American-DreamDreams. We’ve all got them and plenty of people won’t admit to it. That’s not your problem. You’re proud to be a dreamer. But consider this: is the American Dream killing us? Sir Cynical may be on to something by not professing to these dreams. At one point in time, the life trends were on the upswing, Less dangerous work conditions, less grueling labor, easier wear-and-tear on the body seems to look bright. However, the upswing took a down-tick when the “American Dream” took on a new meaning. Reading further along this article shows that college-educated black and Hispanics are actually living longer (i.e., living the dream). However those who are not college-educated, as is the case with any race, have shorter life expectancy. So the take-home lesson is not about the house and the white, picket fence. It’s about a college education. Don’t chase paper before you get a degree in-hand. Is that what you get from the article? Just for kicks-and-sniffles, there’s mention of President Trump in here, too. It’s the ‘uneducated’ majority of the country that is the reason he was elected. I’m confused. They told me in school it’s not the majority vote but the electoral college who decide the resident of the White House. Ohhhh. I get it now. It’s the “American Dream” killing us because they’re the reason Trump’s President. Weird. I really thought this story was about being college educated.

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#Cancer Increase in #GenX

colorectalWhy are colorectal cancer rates rising among the younger generations in the US? Although this type of cancer is one of the most preventable, the  detection measures are woefully inadequate. Since the 1950s there has been a steady increase of colorectal cancer in each generation. As a side note, family history has little to no bearing on the increased incidence. Colorectal cancer is tricky because it’s easily dismissed as hemorrhoids. Why else would you have blood in your stool? Being constipated is a nuisance for many people. It doesn’t necessarily mean colorectal cancer, right? Weight loss is high on many  ‘do to’ lists. Why question it when it’s happening – especially if your intentions are to lose weight? Knowledge is power and having the power to make informed decisions early is the key to being triumphant with colorectal cancer in people under the age of 50. If you were looking at colorectal cancer, would you want to know sooner than later?

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Today #Facebook Says It’s My #Birthday

FBLet me preface this post by saying I love birthday wishes, in anyform. I prefer the ones via text but I’ll always appreciate it any way I can get it. This punchy princess explains why she’s less-than-thrilled with the flood of birthday wishes that crowd her wall on her birthday. How much do you love her description of birthdays an “aging ceremony’? Priceless! The best part of her article recaps the styles by which people leave birthday wishes on walls: lots of punctuation marks (especially exclamation points), HBD, and witty inside jokes. She puts forth a suggestion of birthday etiquette for the Facebook greeting: don’t feel obliged to wish me happy birthday if you haven’t made an attempt to contact me in the last 364 days. Anybody agree? Birthday rebels on Facebook tend to take the road less traveled and unilaterally respond to no one to the slew of birthday wishes on their wall. What is your opinion on Facebook birthday wishes? Again, I love them!

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#Mind, Matter, and #Materialism

materialismMaterialism might as well be a 4-letter word. When we refer to a person as being materialistic, it’s kind of implying that they’re more concerned about the name on the product than the integrity of the product, itself. That being said, how does our mindset influence the amplitude of the materialistic sound byte in our head? So the rabbit hole I slid down to find this essay was a simple Google search for “mind”. Here I  find myself on the page that was ripped from Sheldon Cooper’s head, from Big Bang Theory. I completely understand the need to overgeneralize something that seems silly like materialism to undermine its importance of it to someone not like-minded. However this neither validates nor nullifies the fact it exists. I don’t see the need to bring quantum mechanics into the discussion of mind, matter, and materialism. What I see if that some people make the best decision they can at any given time. Materialism is fueled by marketing. Marketing makes the world of sales spin. How do you perceive materialism in life: is it a necessary evil or a subliminal status symbol?

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#Dresscode for @United Shakes #SocialMedia

leggingsWhen the going gets tough – don’t let your kids wear leggings on a United flight. The flurry of social media outrage stems from a United employee flying for free with her husband and kids. Flying free wasn’t the problem, it was the leggings her kids wore on the flight. As an employee of United, there is a dress code for the integrity of the airline. Leggings are not part of this esteemed outfit.  Considering all the hoops you need to jump through in order to travel nowadays, it’s not the worst idea in the world to slap some leggings on your kids to make your flight. Those rules don’t apply when you’re flying free. You’re an employee of the airline. Yes, the family was flying for free. Yes, the airline has integrity to uphold and a dress code by which they want their employees to represent. However, unless her kids are on the ‘do not fly’ list, isn’t this a nonissue? Those Spandex leggings are not going to bring the flight down. Let them wear their leggings, for crying out loud. The social media I cry says it all. Check out the coverage on Twitter. United hasn’t made headlines in a while. Could this all be a shameless plug for attention and polarizing opinions, like Ted Koppel accused Sean Hannity of doing? S’not the worst technique to grab attention. #stayrelevant

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#TedKoppel Shots Fired @seanhannity

FoxIt took me a few minutes to process what happened this weekend between Ted Koppel and Sean Hannity. Did you see it? There was more shade in this clip than on a Bravo Housewives reunion (pick your franchise). By definition, polarization is said to be a division into two sharply contrasting sets of views or beliefs. On Sunday morning, Ted Koppel accused Sean Hannity of polarizing America in its political views. In so many words, Koppel told Hannity that his audience is unable to discern real news from editorial content. To this notion, Sean Hannity stuck-up for his audience and was clearly offended. It’s disappointing to know that Ted Koppel is making a blanket statement about the people who pay attention to Sean Hannity in their news endeavors. Personally, I find Fox News to be a bit more lively than the typical news networks. I like it salty when the dish  is usually served bland. How well can you discern real news from editorial fodder?

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