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.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Health Notes

Here is what we are discussing today (with links) at The Tao of Health:

Binge drinking may lead to osteoporosis. High doses of vitamin D, or drugs like Boniva, may prevent some alcohol-related bone loss. Read the article for fuller discussion.

I thought this was interesting: there is a new website called It is said to be like joining a physical fitness gym where you engage in a series of exercises, but it’s all online, and it’s for your brain fitness. Interesting concept.

This article attempts to explain why some people have a difficult time sticking to New Year’s Resolutions. The gist of the article, to my best understanding, is that we all have something like two minds. One mind is emotional, doesn’t deal well with uncomfortable challenges, and tends to give up. The other is something like the Executive mind which helps a person do a task anyway, even if it is uncomfortable for awhile. People with better Executive control are better at sticking to their resolutions, quitting smoking, etc. They talk a lot about the Stroop Test, which you can try for yourself here.

According to this article, “The rapidly climbing obesity rates in the United States have created a higher risk of esophageal cancer linked to reflux disease.” Apparently there has been a 350 percent increase of adenocarcinoma in the past thirty years, which seems to be closely related to an increase in gastroesophageal reflux and Barrett's esophagus, which, as they say, may be related to increased obesity in this country. It seems to me that it would be a good idea for us maintain a healthy weight and to not overeat if we want to avoid conditions like these.

Oligo fructose, a natural fiber found in some foods, may someday help prevent obesity. There seems to be more information here at Wikipedia. And of course you can always search Google for other articles. (There seems to be some disagreement about the spelling of this term. Google spells it all one word, Oligofructose.)

I walk an hour per day. It has helped me lose weight, and I think it is just good for me otherwise. This article seems to agree. It extols the virtues of walking over aerobics, or gym workouts. I’m all for a good bargain. Walking seems to me to be the best bargain around.


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  • At 12:56 PM, Blogger AlvaroF said…

    Hi Ed,

    Thanks for the mention of our company. We agree it is an interesting concept :-) one that makes all the sense, in theory and practice.

    I like the brief summaries of a number of articles. In terms of the New Year Resolution one, that is a good understanding of what goes on but, just to add a biology point of view, we don't have "several minds" but a complex, integrated organ, the brain, which includes several areas like the neocortex (its Frontal Lobes are home to those "Executive Functions") and the limbic system (home to the amygdala and other emotional-focused areas), and a few other areas that interact with the rest of the body (and that are also important to reinforce or inhibit our resolutions).



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