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.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Health Notes

Here is what we are discussing today at The Tao of Health:

This article says that about 50% of cancers are preventable, and some things we can do to reduce cancer risk include: find out which cancer screening tests are appropriate based on age and family history, and discuss these with your doctor; be physically active most days of the week, and strive for 30 minutes of exercise on five or more days; eat a healthy, well-balanced diet; stop smoking. I would just add that, in order to prevent cancer you should probably not start smoking in the first place. Then you wouldn’t have to stop. Cigarettes should never be a part of your life. Then they wouldn’t be a part of your death. Also, a healthy lifestyle should be what you follow your whole life, not just something you adopt when you’re fifty, after you’ve spent decades leading an unhealthy lifestyle.

This opinion piece says pretty much the same thing as the above article, and seems to suggest that we spend some money on nutrition education and healthy school meals. I’m all for that. If you have healthy, informed children, then you are more likely to have healthy adults.

I personally think vegetarian is the way to go, but the corporations probably won’t let that happen anytime soon, if ever. If, however, we make healthy choices as children and adults, then in some ways it doesn’t matter what the corporations do – as long, of course, as there are healthy choices to be made.

Ketchup is said to have about five times the lycopene per weight as a tomato, and bottled water may be no safer than tap water. Here is more about those two assertions, as well other food trivia.

The American diet contains a lot of omega-6 fatty acids, mostly from the kinds of oil we use to cook – corn oil, for example. Too much omega-6 is not good for us. (Think prostate cancer, and breast cancer) Here is an article with discussion of the various kinds of oil, healthy and unhealthy.

Apparently Los Angeles can’t ban trans fat in its restaurants like New York City did. Such authority would fall under the jurisdiction of the state of California, not the city of LA. Did you hear that, Arnold? Maybe you want to add that to your plate of proposals.

Would you rather drink your fruits and vegetables than eat them? Research suggests that pure fruit and vegetable juices are just as healthy for you as are whole fruits and vegetables. The only problem I see with that is, if you drink your fruits and vegetables, you might end up having to urinate a lot more than if you were to eat them. That could be rather inconvenient to say the least. I don’t know, is it just me or are people always trying to find ways to avoid eating their fruits and vegetables? Geez!


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