Health Advice



Oxygen Bias

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Q: Why do things taste weird after you brush your teeth, especially orange juice?

A: Chemicals in toothpaste mess with your taste buds, specifically sodium lauryl ether sulfate (SLES) and sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), which help make toothpaste foamy.

Both SLES and SLS suppress tongue receptors that perceive sweetness while simultaneously breaking down the phospholipids (a kind of fat molecule) on the tongue that usually inhibit bitterness. In combination, they accentuate the taste of bitter things while reducing their perceived sweetness.

Fit to Be Tried

There are thousands of exercises and you've only got one body, but that doesn't mean you can't try them all:

The "marching glute bridge" sounds vigorous, but for the most part, you're lying on the floor. Position yourself face up on a mat with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Lift your hips off the mat into a bridge.

Keeping your right knee bent, lift your right foot off the floor. Try to keep your hips still.


Hold for five seconds and then slowly lower your right foot to the ground, keeping your hips lifted. Lift your left foot off the ground to repeat on the other side.

Curtain Calls

A 28-year-old Illinois man named Daniel Wyman drowned after he and a companion inadvertently blew a hole in the bottom of their boat with an M-250 firecracker -- the equivalent of one-quarter a stick of dynamite.

The two men were tossing firecrackers into Fox Lake in an effort to kill fish when a gust of wind blew their 14-foot aluminum boat over a tossed M-250 still floating on the surface. The resulting hole caused the boat to sink 300 feet from shore. Wyman's friend swam to safety, but Wyman drowned.


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