From the category archives:


Depression and Diabetes

by Ed

Two separate articles in the news, today, grabbed my attention. One links the balance of fats in our diet to depression, while the other links depression to diabetes.

So, it seems that eating the wrong balance of fats in your diet can lead to depression and depression can lead to diabetes. I have always been fascinated by the mind-body connection, and I enjoy reading about scientific research that proves the connection, because doctors seem very slow to accept it

In case you did not go to the article on fats, I’ll let you know what they are talking about. It has been known for some time that getting more omega 3 fatty acids and relatively less omega 6 fatty acids, is good for our hearts and keeps inflammation down. We get omega 6 fatty acids, primarily from the vegetable oils we use for salad dressing and cooking. We get omega 3 fatty acids primarily from fish. Increasing your fisch consumption and decreasing your use of vegetable oils will improve your health and, according to the latest research, your mood.

Take a vacation

by Ed

Today’s tip is to take a relaxing vacation every year. It’s good just to have a change of scenery, every once in a while. That’s what I am doing. I’ll be back in about a week.

Exercise against Dementia

by Ed

Study shows why exercise boosts brainpower.

We have so many reasons to exercise. The latest is that it keeps our memory in good condition. Researchers have found that exercise improves blood flow to the part of the brain that is responsible for memory, and builds new brain cells there. The more you exercise the less likely you are to get dementia as you age.

Antibacterial socks…Are we crazy?

by Ed

Even before antibacterial soaps reached our local supermarkets, we knew overuse of antibacterials was a very bad idea. The problem is that they don’t kill all the bacteria, and the ones that survive are highly resistant to being killed. We are creating superbugs. Also they kill good bacteria, which we need, as well as bad ones. It now turns out that there are further health problems with antibacterial chemicals.

Triclosan, the major antibacterial ingredient, when mixed with the chlorine in your water, creates chloroform, a toxic chemical that happens to cause cancer. For more details see the article at Environmenatal Science and Technology Online.

What else are they putting triclosan in? It boggles the mind. Clothing, kitchen utensils and cookware, keyboards and mouse pads, deodorants, cosmetics, toothpaste, etc. In our fear of bacteria we have gone absolutely crazy. We have managed to coexist with bacteria for many thousands of years, I am sure we’ll manage a little longer. Unless we kill ourselves first.

The crazy world we live in

by Ed

This is not a tip, it’s news, but I was so amazed I had to share it. I don’t know why I was amazed, everyone knows governments are more interested in power and money than the wellbeing of their citizens, but this one was a jaw dropper.

It seems the government of Indonesia has stopped sharing information about the nasty bird flu virus, H5N1, because they want to make money off of it. They have made a deal with an American pharmaceutical company, and they are claiming intellectual rights over any strain of the virus discovered in their country.

Here is the story on the BBC News site: Fears over Jakarta bird flu deal