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.

Friday, December 29, 2006

Health Notes
This is a video which discusses the new weight loss drug Excalia. I must admit that Alison Stewart asks all the right questions in this interview. I’m not sure she got all the right answers. For example, she asks Dr. Ken Fujioka what happens when a person stops taking Excalia? The answer is that the person would regain the weight he or she had lost. That’s one answer, but what I am wondering is, what happens to a person’s brain? I know that when a person stops taking an SSRI, sometimes there are lasting and disturbing side effects. Are there any lasting and disturbing side effects when you stop taking Excalia? I’m not sure I have the answer to that.

Here is a very good discussion of the drug flibanserin, the possible new Viagra for women. I think this is somewhat controversial, and I’m not sure where I stand on it. One thing that occurs to me is that we seem to be turning into a nation of pill takers. Is that good? Ask people like Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World.

What is the best remedy for Alzheimer’s disease? So far the answer seems to be education and intellectual activity, not a pill.

Here is an article on healthy herbs and spices, including oregano, cinnamon, ginger, and turmeric.

Eating too much fish might expose a fetus to too much mercury, whereas taking fish oil might be really good for fetuses. How can that be? Most any good fish oil, Carlson, for example, is free of such contaminants as mercury, lead, PCBs, etc.

Those who take Echinacea might want to think twice. Taking it seems to increase certain bacteria in the intestines, which could lead to problems.

I thought this was interesting: most Americans now would support changes in public policy that would address the problem of obesity in this country. That is really great. It makes me think there is hope for us after all. If we could support something like this, maybe we could support other initiatives that would improve our health.

Speaking of obesity, check this article on belly size, obesity, and heart disease.

I have been reluctant to mention this because I was not sure if it was a joke or if it was serious. This article, however, is published in the Sydney Morning Journal, and the discussion seems to contain a number of serious references, so I think I will just go with it. Research on the brush-tailed possum seems to suggest that this animal might help in treating enlarged prostate (BPH) in men. Apparently the possum’s prostate grows and shrinks seasonally, and if scientists could find out what causes that shrinkage, then maybe they could develop a medication that would help shrink the prostate in men. Read the article for better understanding.

Is there a link between female infertility and a reduced risk of breast cancer?

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