Health Advice



Looking up From a Lockdown

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Crepitus: those popping, creaking and cracking sounds that your joints make. It derives from the Latin word for "rattle." The word "decrepit" goes back to the same root.

Phobia of the Week

Dishabiliophobia: fear of undressing in front of someone.

Food for Thought

Carrots are a good source of beta carotene, which is the precursor of vitamin A. But the full nutritional benefits of carrots (i.e., vitamin A helps reduce "bad" cholesterol) require the presence of an active enzyme called BCO1, which helps convert beta carotene into usable vitamin A.

How much BCO1 your body produces is genetically determined. Some people with less active levels of the enzyme need other sources of vitamin A. That may be up to 50% of the population, which should turn to animal-based sources of vitamin A, such as milk and cheese.


Best Medicine

Some people say leafy greens are best for colon health, but fiber makes a good No. 2.


"Vegetables are interesting, but lack a sense of purpose when unaccompanied by a good cut of meat." -- writer Fran Lebowitz (1950-)


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