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October 31, 2011 at 8:00 AMComments: 1 Faves: 0

The Week in Health

By Smarty More Blogs by This Author

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

10/24 - Fishy Business! Fish is Mislabled with Higher-Priced Names

10/25 - Hunger Cause "Food Swings"

10/26 - B.O. is a GOOD Thing With the New Perfume Pill

10/27 - Health Food of the Week: Coffee Benefits By the Cup

10/28 - Think Your Car is SO You? You're Probably a Road-Rager!

10/29 - IQ Scores are Less Permanent Than We Thought

10/30 - Do Vitamins REALLY Kill? 5 Reasons Why Experts Refute The New Study

Monday, October 24, 2011
Fishy Business! Fish is Mislabeled with Higher-Priced Names

The shocking results of a 5 month investigation by the Boston Globe were released today. Purposeful mislabeling of fish is not only occurring, it's running rampant!

In their review, investigators took fish samples from 134 restaurants, grocery stores and seafood markets which were then sent off to Canada for DNA testing. Though going into this fully prepared to find offenders, the results were more than they had ever imagined. 48% of the fish tested were being marketed and sold as a different type of fish! Even T.G.I. Friday's was found guilty as their "Key West Grouper" was actually exposed to be lower-quality (and priced) Vietnamese catfish. READ MORE!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Hunger Causes "Food Swings"

Have you ever noticed your foul morning mood improves after lunch?

Today, Marjorie Nolan, spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association explains the phenomenon of "hanger"(pronounced like anger with an h), a cute name for a less cute problem - hunger induced anger.

It all comes down to blood sugar.

Blood sugar, you see, is specifically affected by our intake of proteins and carbs. The more you eat, the higher your blood sugar will rise. The less you eat, the lower it will fall. After several hours without any food, moderate hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) can set in - and that's when we get a little cranky. READ MORE!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
B.O. is a GOOD Thing With the New Perfume Pill

A new product, currently in development, promises to make smelling like B.O. a GOOD thing.

Working with our natural metabolism, synthetic biologist, Sheref Mansy  says "Swallowable Parfum" will use our skin as an atomiser, releasing fragrant molecules with our own perspiration. Like a “biologically enhanced second skin synthesized directly from the natural processes of the body,” she explains.

Okay, I know what you’re all thinking....

...this thing is going to go gangbusters! Who WOULDN’T rather swallow their perfume than go through the time and effort to actually spray it on?!

....But, oh no! Won’t I just smell like everyone else then? ;)

Not to fear. READ MORE!

Thursday, October 27, 2011
Health Food of the Week: Coffee Benefits By the Cup

Though it's been the subjected of heated debate within the scientific community, coffee lovers rejoice this week as several intriguing new studies have emerged to sing praises for the beverage.

How good should you feel about your coffee habit?

Well... how much are you drinking? READ MORE!

Friday, October 28, 2011
Think Your Car is SO You? You're Probably a Road-Rager!

What’s your car like?

Is it large or diminutive? Boxy or sleek? Is it decked out in bumper stickers, messy and “well loved”? Is it clean and pristine, smooth lines and air freshener?

Do you feel like your car expresses YOU well?

That may not be such a good thing.

According to recent studies, the more you identify with your car, the more likely you are aggressively drive it. “…individuals may view cars and the road space they occupy as their territory and will seek to maintain control over it and defend it as necessary." explained the study authors. READ MORE!

Saturday, October 29, 2011
IQ Scores are Less Permanent Than We Thought!

Few tests have higher social and emotional stakes than that of the intelligence quotient, or IQ. The results impact the manner in which we see ourselves in a way not even much dreaded college entrance tests can.  

That's because unlike these college tests, the end result is not a measure of our study skills and dedication, but a measure of our brain’s very ability to learn. The number we are given is a stamp that labels us “above average”, “average” or even "below". :/

Even more nerve wracking, is the idea that this score will remain ours for the rest of our lives. The once average would always be average, the once below, would always be below - until now. READ MORE!

Sunday, October 30, 2011
Do Vitamins REALLY Kill? 5 Reasons Why Experts Refute The New Study

The results of a 22 year study shook up the health community this week as it asserted –  contrary to many prior studies - not only are vitamins NOT good for you, they may actually SHORTEN your life! Did you miss that one? Here's a short synopsis:

Study Synopsis

The supplement intake and overall health of 40,000 women were followed for a span of 22 years and in the end, they looked at health and death records. According to the results, women who took one or a combination of the following had increased mortality rates


- Vitamin B6
- Magnesium
- Iron
- Zinc
- Copper
- Multivitamin

The increase in rates ranged from 2.2 % increased mortality for multivitamin users to a 18% increased mortality for copper users. Though the study included only women, researchers say these statistics apply to men as well. READ MORE!

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1 Comment

  • I enjoyed reading the blog about B.O. being a good thing because of a perfume pill. So crazy to think about and I wonder what the side effects would be. Like Erin said in that blog post...what if someone ended up smelling like a skunk?

    I also enjoyed reading about the mislabeling of fish. I will be more careful when I order at a restaurant or buy something at the grocery store.

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