Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Voting For Women - It Wasn't Always Allowed

Most people don't remember that only 87 years ago women didn't have the right to vote. As a matter of fact, women were arrested and beaten for picketing for the right to vote. The "Night of Terror" occurred on November 15, 1917, when the warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his guards to teach a lesson to the suffragists imprisoned there because they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson's White House for the right to vote. For weeks, the women's only water came from an open pail. Their food--all of it colorless slop--was infested with worms. When one of the leaders, Alice Paul, embarked on a hunger strike, they tied her to a chair, forced a tube down her throat and poured the liquid into her until she vomited. She was tortured like this for weeks until word was smuggled out to the press.

Some women won't vote this year because they have carpool duties, need to get to work or feel their vote doesn't matter. Remember women had to fight for what we take for granted. Whether you vote Democrat or Republican, take part in the process and take the time to vote.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Why A High Protein Diet Works

There's a new understanding of why a high protein diet works. Research published in Prevention reported a study conducted at Yale University where 12 women were given one of three liquid lunches that had the same calories. One liquid lunch was pure protein, one was pure carbohydrate and one was a mixed drink that contained both. At dinner, each person ate alone in a room and had access to an all-you-can-eat buffet. The women who consumed the high-protein lunch ate 31% fewer calories from the buffet than the high-carbohydrate group. The people who had the mixed drink cut their calories 20%.

Since the key to successful dieting, is to cut calories, a high-protein lunch will let you do that without your feeling deprived. So...eat protein at lunch and then enjoy what you select at dinner.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Teens May Actually Not be Completely Responsible

MRI brain scans were performed on healthy children and teens in order to track the way the brain matures from ages 5 to 20. The National Institute of Mental Health and the UCLA researchers found that a "higher-order" brain center, such as the prefrontal cortex, doesn't fully develop until young adulthood. This means reasoning and other "executive" functions are the last to mature. So...when your teenager is being unreasonable, it may be because reasoning hasn't come online in that part of the brain yet. Just hope they'll hit 19 or 20 real soon.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Prostate Treatments Have Similar Outcomes

Research published in Radiotherapy & Oncology compared the prostate cancer treatments of surgery, external beam radiation or implanting radioactive seeds with 1,800 patients over seven years. They found that the outcomes for all three treatments were excellent for all the patients so long as the cancer has not spread beyond the prostate. So... pick the treatment you prefer with confidence.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Older People Need Social Contacts

A study published in the British journal Ageing & Society found that older people who were stuck at home with a lack of contact with other people had emotional difficulties. To this, the researchers have found that being alone is also a health hazard.

This lack of contact with others contributed to elevated blood pressure, higher mortality rates, as well as, depression and suicide. So...if you have an elderly parent or friend, make sure they maintain social contacts in their lives.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Are Your Kids About To Be Drugged?

In 2002, President Bush created the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. This commission is now planning to screen every school child for ADHD, depression, social anxiety disorder, and behavior problems. Sounds like a good thing? Maybe not. Are all 52 million of our kids so screwed up that they all need to be tested? I remember taking a Psych 101 class in college. Every disease I read about I thought I had. Just because you read through a list of symptoms and think you have them does not mean that you should immediately start taking drugs.

Putting millions of more kids on drugs is not the answer. What can you do to stop this with your kids? It's simple. When you get a consent form from the school, refuse to sign it. Without your permission, they can't test your child and they can't give them drugs. So...say thank you but no thank you.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Artifical Sweeteners Can Make You Fat

Researchers at Purdue University have found that consuming artificial sweeteners, such as saccharin may impair your body's natural ability to monitor the number of calories you are consuming. The researchers found that we have an unconscious ability to control the number of calories you consume which helps to control overeating. Artificial sweeteners cause us to lose that ability.

The rats in this study ate three times as much food when they had drinks sweetened with saccharin vs. when they were given drinks sweetened with real sugar. So...anybody for a Super Big Gulp at 7/11?