The Tao of Politics

One of my main concerns is: how can I make a difference? There are thousands of political blogs out there. It’s easy to get lost in that ocean. So I may blog about politics on occasion, or I may blog about health issues, depending on where my interests lead me, and where I feel I can contribute something of significance.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Here are two articles about how scientists are enhancing wheat to make it more nutritious. (I am reminded of the Woody Allen movie Love and Death where he jokes at great length about wheat.) I find this interesting because the articles are about the same research, yet they seem to come from such different points of view. One article says scientists cloned a gene from wild wheat to make the crop more nutritious. The other article does not mention cloning. It says conventional breeding techniques were used, and that there was no genetic modification. As with any clone, I would be a little dubious. But I just think it is interesting to compare these two articles. That is one way to arrive at the truth.

People who gamble are more likely to have health problems such as “increased heart rate, angina, and liver disease.” (November 2006 issue of Psychosomatic Medicine.)

Here is an article on working out in the winter, with some suggestions on what to eat. Some people experience foot pain. This could be due to plantar fasciitis. Stretching your foot may help. (Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery) “Sit with one leg crossed over the other and stretch the arch of the foot by taking one hand and pulling the toes back toward the shin for a count of 10. The stretch needs to be repeated 10 times, and you need to do at least three stretching sessions a day.” While you’re busy exercising your body, what about exercising your brain?

Taking a lot of Lipitor may significantly reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Is there a link between Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes? I don’t know, but some things you can do to try and avoid both are: if you're overweight, lose weight; exercise; eat a “low-fat diet that contains whole grains, fruits and vegetables and fish.”

Don’t want to get sick this winter? Wash your hands.

Those who are obese run a greater risk of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. (see also Wikipedia)

This article talks mainly about Indian cooking. I include it, however, to illustrate that healthy eating does not need to be boring.




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