"Standing is stupid/Crawling's a curse/Skipping is silly/Walking is worse," Shel Silverstein wrote in the illustrated children's book "A Light in the Attic." He was funny, for sure, but wrong, oh so wrong.
It turns out it's too much sitting that'll do you in before your time. By not moving your muscles, you lower the production of good-for-you...Read more
When Sonny and Cher recorded "The Beat Goes On" in 1967, did they know that beets are a standout vegetable packed with phytonutrients and complex vitamins that reduces bodywide inflammation and supports a healthy cardiovascular system? Probably not, but they did have a pretty La-DEE-da-DEE-DEE attitude. But, it's true.
If you're old enough to ...Read more
When SpongeBob SquarePants gets drunk on ice cream in his self-titled movie, he rants, reels and generally steps in it! Seems a sugar buzz can put even a high-strung animated character on a Rocky Road. Well, now researchers are declaring that cartoon story is not so make-believe.
"Sugar is the alcohol of childhood!" says a panel of doctors, ...Read more
Last December, when nine NHL players from the New York Rangers, the Anaheim Ducks and the Minnesota Wild all came down with the mumps, teams gave all players who wanted them booster shots of the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine.
Since a mumps vaccine became available in 1967, incidents in the U.S. have plummeted from around 186,000 cases ...Read more
Like a lot of guys, comedian D.L. Hughley avoids checkups: "My wife knew I was horrified of doctors. [She] said, 'You haven't been to the doctor in four years, so I set up a physical for you. Since you're in your 40s, you're going to have a prostate exam. They call it a 'digital exam.' I thought it meant a camera!"
Whether you're like D.L. and ...Read more
Pressure to perform at work, school or home can cause a lot of self-imposed stress and pain. It's "something you feel when you don't know what the *** you're doing," says Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. And he sure proved that in Super Bowl XLVIII, from the game-opening 2-point safety for the Seahawks right down to the last fumble. Although ...Read more
When Morgan Spurlock went on a fast-food binge for his documentary "Super Size Me," he not only packed on pounds, he felt increasingly awful. And it wasn't just because of all that bad food in his gut. Seems that eating a really high-sat-fat diet actually alters the genes that control your muscle metabolism!
Researchers from the department of ...Read more
New Age writer and self-help author Natalie Goldberg has said: "Whether you're keeping a journal or writing as meditation, it's the same thing. What's important is you're having a relationship with your mind."
That relationship can help you let off steam and reduce your stress response. You can complain and rant to your heart's content; you're...Read more
The Most Unusual Pet Ever, Henry our Great Blue Heron and his adventures 2nd EditionSondra Perry
Connecting children to nature with the help of Henry the Heron. A funny and heartwarming story that also happens to be true! Accompanied by beautiful watercolor illustrations. Children of all ages will love this book. Sondra Perry masterfully creates pictures with her words as we follow the ...
When the West Auckland Old Farts soccer team takes the field, you might assume from their name that they're not very serious about winning. But you'd be wrong. The members of that football club in northern Australian have effectively cleared out the cobwebs (they actually trounced the rival Glenfield Cobwebs twice one season) that can come from ...Read more
Yogi Berra once confided, "I didn't really say everything I said." We're not sure if he said that before or after he said, "Take it with a grin of salt." But anyway, that's what we're doing when it comes to giving you advice on salt, because there is so much conflicting info out there that you have to, well, you know -- what Yogi said.
The ...Read more
If you're watching the NBA playoffs, you're seeing a lot of head fakes from the likes of B-ball All-Stars LeBron James and Stephen Curry. These moves open lanes and get them to the basket. And when Bad Carbs and Proteins fake out your head (and they do), they go right by your brain's defense and straight to your basket, too, for a slam dunk!
Wow! That's Dora the Explorer on a box of frozen treats. And you know what Dora's discovered inside that box? High fructose corn syrup, liquid sugar and a bunch of great dyes. Good sleuthing, Dora!
But wait! Her image is there to attract, not educate, young consumers, and it works, making bad-for-you food youngsters' top picks. That's why the ...Read more
In a 1984 Dry Idea antiperspirant commercial, football coach Dan Reeves was asked about the three "nevers" it takes to be a winning coach. He answered: "Never let the press pick your starting quarterback. Never take a last place team lightly. And, really, no matter what the score, never let 'em see you sweat." But sweat you must if you want to ...Read more
The Urban Dictionary defines "fat-head syndrome" as someone who acts like a blowhard. But researchers at Louisiana State University's Inflammation and Neurodegeneration Laboratory have found that a diet high in saturated fat (more than 13 percent of calories from sat fat) can cause a lot more than a bad case of know-it-all-itis! It affects your ...Read more
Anthony Bourdain ("Parts Unknown" on CNN) and Andrew Zimmerman ("Bizarre Foods" on the Travel Channel) made their careers by eating exotic -- and sometimes hard to swallow -- foods. Zimmerman says the 10-year-old tofu at Taiwan's House of Unique Stink (that's its name!) is horrific, and Bourdain admits Icelandic fermented shark, hakarl, is ...Read more
Even though the first fecal microbiota transplants to treat Clostridium difficile were performed on people around 1958, the Beatles' 1967 "It's Getting Better All the Time" couldn't have been referring to the treatment's growing effectiveness. But we have to admit, it's true -- the success of FMTs is doing just that.
Those of us in the medical ...Read more
"Lettuce," said Charles Dudley Warner, American author and pal of Mark Twain, "is like conversation. It must be fresh and crisp, so sparkling you barely notice the bitter in it." And just like good conversation, lettuce can be rapid-fire or low-key when it comes to delivering its nutritional messages.
A recent study in the Journal of ...Read more
When the Visigoths pillaged Rome in 410 A.D., they ravaged the once mighty empire and caused alarm all around the Mediterranean. Today's pill-aging (too many pills!) is shocking doctors and patients as they discover the harmful effects that can come from being overmedicated.
A recent study from Thomas Jefferson University shows one kind of ...Read more
In 1966, when Donovan crooned "I'm just mad about Saffron/Saffron's mad about me," we don't think he knew it takes 70,000 to 250,000 purple saffron crocuses to make one pound of the amber-red seasoning. (It's made from dried stigma, the part of the flower where pollen germinates.) No wonder it costs $75 or more an ounce.
But its delicate flavor...Read more
One million viewers a day tune in to ESPN's "Pardon the Interruption" to watch Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon debate, inflate and rant about the latest sports news. Their style is in-your-face and high-rev. If you don't like it, you can turn it off.
In real life, when high-rev, interruption-filled behavior might be a sign that your ...Read more