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October 14, 2011 at 8:00 AMComments: 12 Faves: 0

The Week in Health

By Smarty More Blogs by This Author

The new and novel, weird and wonderful, week in health news. THIS Week in Health

10/8 - Broccoli - This Week's Health Celebrity

10/9 - Magnetic Honesty – Magnets Can Influence Whether People Lie or Not

10/10 - Polite Lies Cause Problems All Their Own

10/11 - Bad Prescription Makes A 23 Year Old Woman Look 50 Years Older!

10/12 - Sex Induced Memory Loss??

10/13 - Too Little Protein Leads to Overeating

10/14 - Sweet Tooth, Sweet Heart

Saturday, October 8, 2011
Broccoli - This Week’s Health Celebrity

Green veggies are enjoying the lime light’s glow this week as a barrage of new studies have come out promoting their health benefits. Studies published week reveal broccoli can:

Improve Your Immunity Turns out that cruciferous green vegetables provide our immune system with an important chemical signal. Said immunologist, Marc Velhoen, After feeding otherwise healthy mice a vegetable-poor diet for two to three weeks, I was amazed to see 70 to 80 percent of these protective cells disappeared.”  These mice had lower levels of antimicrobial proteins and were less susceptible to injury.  Intentional irritation of their intestinal tract was also much slower to repair than you would expect in healthy mice... READ MORE!

Sunday, October 9, 2011
Magnetic Honesty – Magnets Can Influence Whether People Lie or Not

A new report clearly demonstrats the power of magnetic forces on the mind.

Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is a device which uses the power of magnets to generate weak electrical fields. Used to affect brain cell communication, though rTMS is currently being used to as treatment for depression, scientists wondered if this device may have other applications. In the case of this study, they wanted to test the power of magnets against our tendency to lie....READ MORE!

Monday, October 10, 2011
Polite Lies Cause Problems All Their Own

We all know that lying is, in general, less than right, but then we reason that there are different levels of lie “wrongness”. 

There are the big, flaming “pants on fire” lies for which there is no excuse, but then there are  “half-truths” which we may grade as mostly okay and there are “white lies” which we may actually grade as more right than honesty!

Think of your friend’s garage band demo tape. Or your coworker with the new and…. “interesting”… hair cut.

What can you say when they smile and ask “So….whatcha think?!”...READ MORE!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Bad Prescription Makes A 23 Year Old Woman Look 50 Years Older!

Nguyen Thi Phuong was a beautiful, newly married, 23 year old woman when her doctor switched the medications she was on. Nguyen had been suffering from an itchy allergic reaction to seafood and her old medication wasn’t quite taking care of the problem. In hind sight, we’re sure she‘d rather live with the itching – within days of beginning this new treatment, her skin began to sag and wrinkle!...READ MORE!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Sex Induced Memory Loss??

As journalists quipped “While sex can be forgettable or mind-blowing...” as a surprising case shows this week, “…for some people, it can quite literally be both…”!

Arriving at the Georgetown University Hospital’s emergency room, a 54 year old woman was concerned she’d had a stroke. She explained to that she couldn’t remember anything from the last 24 hours and that her new memories were hazy as well.  The one thing she DID remember she said was having sex with her husband just an hour before.

According to doctors, the cause of this woman’s memory loss was a rare condition called “transient global amnesia” – a condition which can be induced by strenuous abdominal activity. The condition occurs almost exclusively in people between 50 and 70 and strangely, almost never happens to the same person twice....READ MORE!

Thursday, October 13, 2011
Too Little Protein Leads to Overeating

Though most doctors and nutritionist agree the Atkin’s diet extreme limitation on carbs is an unsustainable model for weight loss, a new study out this week does confirm the power of protein in our diets.

“Humans have a particularly strong appetite for protein, and when the proportion of protein in the diet is low this appetite can drive excess energy intake,” explained study author, Alison Gosby, PhD.

Gosby’s “protein leverage” theory proposes that the less protein a person eats (in comparison to fat and carbohydrates), the more calories they will need to eat to satisfy their hunger....READ MORE!

Friday, October 14, 2011
Sweet Tooth, Sweet Heart

Sweet heart. Sour puss. Hot head.

We use taste-related metaphors for people all the time.  Now, a new study shows there may actually be something behind them! Psychologists were particularly intrigued by the sweet descriptors – “honey”, “sugar” and “sweetiepie” - that we use to describe  nice, kind and caring people.  

Do “sweet people” have a “sweet tooth”?

In a study, participants were asked to rate their liking of 50 different foods from 5 major taste groups – sweet, sour, bitter, salty and spicy. They were also asked to answer questions related to their agreeableness....READ MORE!


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  • So, what does it mean if I like chocolate with sea salt or chili pepper in it?

  • @sprouty: Maybe it means you're sweet but adventurous. I love chocolates with unique flavors like sea salt, chiles, cinnamon, etc., but then again, I love trying weird new foods.

  • My favorite coffee shop makes a fantastic spicy hot chocolate. I never thought I'd like the combination, but I ended up loving it! The flavors are actually very complementary.

  • That's crazy about the woman aging 50 years! O.O So bizarre...I hope they're able to figure out exactly what went wrong and that treatment can help. It's sweet that her husband is sticking with her; that must be awfully trying for newlyweds.

    Great stories as always this week!

  • Have you all seen the movie " Chocolat' "?

    This woman, whose father worked at a pharmacy and whose mother was mayan tribes woman he met and married while traveling abroad looking for new natural medicines, open a chocolaterie in a small town in 1950's france. She says she can guess everyone's favorite type of chocolate. Some people she has take a sort of "ink blot" test, having them describe what they see in a spinning mayan calender. Others she can look at and just knows.

    This discussion reminds me of that. Are you a dark chocolate? White chocolate? Chocolate sea shells? Hot cocoa with chilli powder?

    I'm with you sprouty. I'm actually not much of a sweets person... u.u''... if I have chocolate, I like dark chocolate - special blends with sea salt or chilli or bits of cocoa nibs. I'm much more of savory foods person. Rich, fatty and salty is my food weakness. As for candy - I prefer fruity or sour candy.... sour patch kids.

    I feel like that pretty accurately represents me unfortunately. n.n'''

  • Oh - and I'm with Laura on the woman who aged 50 years! I can't even imagine what that must be like - for her or for her husband. It's like something from a horrible nightmare.

  • I also like chocolate with sea salt on it or better yet bacon! So i think dave may be right, sweet yet adventurous.

  • I'm hoping I don't have a sour personality (maybe I do?), but I do like lemon drops and dark chocolate.

  • No worries - I'm not a huge candy fan, but when I do eat it, it's most likely going to be sour! I also like very dark chocolate, which can be bitter...but I don't think I tend to be terribly sour or bitter myself :)

  • Well, they did say studies have yet to be done on the other major tastes...

  • I used to work in a chocolate/fudge shop...I should have paid more attention to the personalities of the people who got the super sweet stuff! There were definite patterns with other things, though.

  • I've always found it extremely interesting to try and guess what people were like based on the contents of their grocery cart. Food is such a huge part of our lives, it only makes sense that certain type of people would make certain types of food choices.

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