There are ideas, which become so ingrained that we lose the ability to question them. This is a problem because much of what we believe today turns out to be wrong. And if we are not questioning then there is no progress.
On one hand this has never been easier due to technology and the ability for ideas to spread. On the other there is the increasingly shrill dogma of “experts” who seek to shut down any heresy against what is current thinking.
Artificial sweeteners are assumed to be helpful for those seeking to control or lose weight.
We are all guilty of multitasking to some extent, every time we check our phones whilst doing something else. The human brain does lose focus and it can take a while to get back on track with what we were doing. We cannot turn back the clock but we can be aware of our tendency to multitask and take steps to reduce it.This infographic is revealing.
King Canute famously sought to rule the waves. The story goes that he had his throne placed on the sand and as the tide rose commanded it thus;” You are part of my dominion and the ground that I am seated upon is mine, nor has anyone disobeyed my orders with impunity. Therefore I order you not to rise onto my land nor to wet the clothes or body of your Lord”.
Not surprisingly the sea did not follow the command and today we realize that nature does not bow down to decree or regulations. Or do we?
You may often hear people say that dieting is the most important factor in weight loss. What really counts however is the caloric deficit that you create and how you can personally best accomplish this deficit.
If you consider that there are 7,700 calories (32,250 kilojoules) in 1 kilogram of fat then creating a 550 calorie (2,300 kj) daily deficit will result in a ½ kg of body fat loss per week.
A book review on the over-rated role of modern medicine.
Title: The Role of Medicine: Dream, Mirage or Nemesis? (1979)
Author: Thomas McKeown
Publisher: Basil Blackwell, Oxford
In a book that is often grouped with Effectiveness and Efficiency (Cochrane) and Limits to Medicine (Illich), Dr McKeown attempts to calculate the role of medicine in the improvement in health seen over the preceding centuries. He also points out the current problems with medicine (in the 1970s, anyway) and makes suggestions for the future of medical practice, education and research. Fortunately, many of his suggestions have been realised, but unfortunately, the contribution of medicine to the continuing improvement in health remains overestimated.
I have written an article on the pros and cons of medical marijuana for Australian news websites. Click here to read it.
We might think that we’re getting enough sleep. But the quality of our sleep has slowly deteriorated over the decades. It all started with the invention of the light bulb, which made it possible to stay active and productive long after sunset. Then with TV, computers, video games, DVDs, tablets, and smart phones, it became easier to do just about anything from the comfort of our own home – and even our own bed.
My late mother was a lifelong non-smoker. She was also an opera fan. Hard as she tried to get me enthused about opera, it never quite happened. Carmen was my mother’s favourite. This week she would have turned in her grave.
For all the wrong reasons Western Australia made world news last week when the WA Opera Company cancelled a season of Carmen so as not to contravene its sponsorship deal with Healthway. This is a taxpayer-funded body charged with promoting health.
“Sit up straight and don’t slouch” may have been the best life advice you were ever given.
Did you know that your posture actually has a critical effect on your health and well-being?
Low back pain affects more than a quarter of Australians( [i]) costs the economy more than $1 billion directly and about $8 billion in indirect costs.([ii])
But the true cost of poor posture to your individual health may be far more significant.
The quit smoking drug Bupropion (Zyban) has been linked to high blood pressure and “adverse” cardiovascular events. And Vareniciline( Champix), also used in smoking cessation, has again been found to be the drug most commonly associated with suicide and homicidal thoughts.
There is no pharmaceutical agent, which does not have potential side effects. Not everyone who takes a drug will experience side effects. Most side effects are not serious and some settle after being on the drug for a while. Some are serious and require the drug to be stopped immediately.
When too many of us take too many drugs, there are consequences. These are both economic and human.