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.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Health Notes
You know, you hear a lot about how this vitamin does this, and that vitamin doesn’t do that. My attitude about vitamins is this: any particular vitamin may or may not help prevent a certain disease. But if we eat a varied, healthy diet with lots of nutrients, then in all likelihood we will be healthy.

We eat a lot of soup. The soups we eat are mostly vegetarian, in some cases vegan. Here is an article on how eating soup might help you lose weight. Eating a lot of creamy, high calorie soups, however, might not help anyone lose weight.

Eating vegetables might limit the mental decline associated with aging.

Is it harder for women in their 40s to lose weight than women in their 20s? Here is an article with tips on avoiding weight gain during the holidays. And here is another really good article on healthy eating and weight gain during the holidays. A lot of this information is good if applied at other times of the year too.

Cancer patients, particularly those with breast cancer, need to watch their alcohol consumption.

Here is a good discussion of dietary fat. One thing it says is that monounsaturated fat lowers LDL cholesterol and raises HDL. That’s great. I eat quite a few pistachio nuts, which contain a lot of monounsaturated fats.

After giving antibiotics to all those kids with ear infections, now they say that most ear infections may heal on their own. Thank you.

In my experience, pharmacists offer to explain medical prescriptions to patients who need help, but I guess some people still get it wrong. “Nearly half of adult Americans have trouble understanding and using basic health information, and dosage error is the most common medical mistake associated with low health literacy.”

The dark side of living in a developed country? More than a million people die prematurely each year due to air pollution. This pollution includes “gases such as ozone, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide and sulphur dioxide, as well as tiny particles found in air,” which are thought to lead to respiratory infections, lung cancer, and heart disease.

Is there really a link between losing height as we age and developing heart disease?

Here is an article on exercise and fitness for people who are overweight.

People who watch their calories but don’t exercise may experience bone loss as well as weight loss. (December 11/25 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine)

Here are some exercises for people who don’t have time to exercise.

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