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*  Is anger bad for your health?   An article in the American Heart Journal evaluated 785 adults, interviewing them to see how they dealt with anger.  Three categories of anger were rated; “constructive anger” (discussing their anger to resolve the situation), “destructive anger justification” (blaming others for one’s anger) and “destructive anger rumination” (brooding over incidents).  In a 10 year follow-up, people with destructive anger justification were more than 30% more likely to have developed heart disease.

*  In a study at Texas A&M University, researchers found that during an average 17.5 minute office visit, only 58 seconds were spent discussing physical activity and only 83 seconds were spent discussing nutrition.  So even though everyone is agreeing that prevention is better than treatment, no one is going there!  This is largely because there is no medical reimbursement for prevention, as opposed to high cost diagnostics and pharmaceuticals.

*  What not to eat:  Aspartame, also know as Equal, NutraSweet, or Spoonful, is associated with 92 adverse effects, from headaches, dizziness, and wheezing, to memory loss, seizures, and death.  MSG is in almost all processed foods, even when they say “mo MSG added”, because it is formed during the manufacturing processed foods.  It is a neurotoxin and can cause rashes, migraines, depression, and seizures.  Corn, soy, canola, and cottonseed are almost all genetically modified, and their derivatives are in most processed foods.  Since we do not require any labeling of genetically modified foods, there is no way to study health effects, which is very convenient for Monsanto Corp., and maybe not so much for the rest of us.  Artificial colors (or, FD&C colors) are derived from cola tar, a carcinogen.  Much of the rest of the world has banned these additives.  What to eat – actual foods made with actual ingredients.

*  Repetitive stress injuries have increased with the increase in work-place computers.  One in every three dollars of worker’s compensation pays for repetitive stress injuries.  With more than 600 muscles and 200 joints, the human body is not made to sit at a desk and type / mouse all day.  People are designed for movement, and prolonged sitting wreaks havoc.

*  A 2012 warning on the label of statin drugs indicates that they can cause memory loss.  Statins are very widely prescibed for lowering cholesterol, and over 32 million Americans are taking statins daily, forever.   The new label also tells patients that fatigue, loss of appetite, stomach pain, or jaundice can indicate the onset of life-threatening kidney disease as a side-effect.  For most people, exercise and a healthy diet can normalize cholesterol levels with none of the risks of statin drugs.