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Women’s Fitness Magazines Are Bullshit….

From Jezebel…..

They promise to tone, transform, fix, and whittle your body, but all women’s fitness magazines really do is help you lose all that flabby self-esteem you’ve spent years accumulating. How are they bullshit? Let us count the ways.

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February 9, 2011 Posted by | Blogs, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Health, Media, Sports, Updates, Women | , , , , | Leave a comment

Stop watching TV and go out a do some exercise……you’ll live longer!

According to this piece in the LA Times all that TV watching is shortening your life……

Watching television for hour upon hour obviously isn’t the best way to spend leisure time — inactivity has been linked to obesity and heart disease. But a new study quantifies TV viewing’s effect on risk of death.

Researchers found that each hour a day spent watching TV was linked with an 18% greater risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, an 11% greater risk of all causes of death, and a 9% increased risk of death from cancer.

The study, released Monday in Circulation, a journal of the American Heart Assn., looked at health data among 8,800 men and women older than 25 who were part of the Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle Study. Participants recorded their television viewing hours for a week, and researchers separated the results by amount of viewing: those who watched less than two hours of TV a day, those who watched two to four hours a day, and those who watched more than four hours a day.

The subjects also had oral glucose tolerance tests to determine blood sugar and gave blood samples to establish cholesterol levels at the beginning of the study. People with a history of cardiovascular disease were not included. In a follow up about six years later, 87 people had died due to cardiovascular disease and 125 of cancer.

Researchers found a strong connection between TV hours and death from cardiovascular disease, not just among the overweight and obese, but among people who had a healthy weight and exercised.

People who watched more than four hours a day showed an 80% greater risk of death from cardiovascular disease and a 46% higher risk of all causes of death compared with those who watched fewer than two hours a day, suggesting that being sedentary could have general deleterious effects. The numbers were the same after the researchers controlled for smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, an unhealthy diet and leisure-time exercise.

“What we showed was that irrespective of a person’s exercise level, sitting for four or more hours watching television was linked to a significant increase in risk of death compared to watching lower amounts of TV,” said Dr. David Dunstan, lead author of the study and professor and head of the Physical Activity Laboratory at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Victoria, Australia. “The message here is that in addition to promoting regular exercise, we also need to promote avoiding long periods of sitting, such as spending long hours in front of the computer screen.”

To him, the results weren’t unexpected. “When we’re in that sitting posture, we’re not using our muscles, and we know from extensive evidence that muscle contractions are important for the body’s regulatory processes, such as the ability to break down glucose and use it as energy.” That can cause insulin resistance, which can trigger a spike in blood sugar levels, possibly leading to type 2 diabetes.

Dr. Prediman K. Shah, director of the cardiology division of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, agreed. He pointed out that muscles become deconditioned when not used, triggering harmful physiological changes. “If your activity is slowing down, you metabolize cholesterol less and synthesize it more,” he said.

Even sporadic exercisers who sit for long periods need to increase their daily activity.

“The physical activity we do over a 24-hour period is important,” says Dr. Gerald F. Fletcher, a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., and a spokesman for the American Heart Assn.

That means taking the stairs instead of the elevator, gardening, walking the dog . . .

“For couch potatoes, sitting on your duff is hazardous to your health,” Shah said. “The bottom line is keep moving.”

jeannine.stein@latimes.com

Note:…I do get a bit sore sitting here for hours typing this stuff…….

January 13, 2010 Posted by | Education, Entertainment, Health, Media, Other Things | , , | Leave a comment

Stop watching TV and go out a do some exercise……you'll live longer!

According to this piece in the LA Times all that TV watching is shortening your life……

Watching television for hour upon hour obviously isn’t the best way to spend leisure time — inactivity has been linked to obesity and heart disease. But a new study quantifies TV viewing’s effect on risk of death.

Researchers found that each hour a day spent watching TV was linked with an 18% greater risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, an 11% greater risk of all causes of death, and a 9% increased risk of death from cancer.

The study, released Monday in Circulation, a journal of the American Heart Assn., looked at health data among 8,800 men and women older than 25 who were part of the Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle Study. Participants recorded their television viewing hours for a week, and researchers separated the results by amount of viewing: those who watched less than two hours of TV a day, those who watched two to four hours a day, and those who watched more than four hours a day.

The subjects also had oral glucose tolerance tests to determine blood sugar and gave blood samples to establish cholesterol levels at the beginning of the study. People with a history of cardiovascular disease were not included. In a follow up about six years later, 87 people had died due to cardiovascular disease and 125 of cancer.

Researchers found a strong connection between TV hours and death from cardiovascular disease, not just among the overweight and obese, but among people who had a healthy weight and exercised.

People who watched more than four hours a day showed an 80% greater risk of death from cardiovascular disease and a 46% higher risk of all causes of death compared with those who watched fewer than two hours a day, suggesting that being sedentary could have general deleterious effects. The numbers were the same after the researchers controlled for smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, an unhealthy diet and leisure-time exercise.

“What we showed was that irrespective of a person’s exercise level, sitting for four or more hours watching television was linked to a significant increase in risk of death compared to watching lower amounts of TV,” said Dr. David Dunstan, lead author of the study and professor and head of the Physical Activity Laboratory at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Victoria, Australia. “The message here is that in addition to promoting regular exercise, we also need to promote avoiding long periods of sitting, such as spending long hours in front of the computer screen.”

To him, the results weren’t unexpected. “When we’re in that sitting posture, we’re not using our muscles, and we know from extensive evidence that muscle contractions are important for the body’s regulatory processes, such as the ability to break down glucose and use it as energy.” That can cause insulin resistance, which can trigger a spike in blood sugar levels, possibly leading to type 2 diabetes.

Dr. Prediman K. Shah, director of the cardiology division of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, agreed. He pointed out that muscles become deconditioned when not used, triggering harmful physiological changes. “If your activity is slowing down, you metabolize cholesterol less and synthesize it more,” he said.

Even sporadic exercisers who sit for long periods need to increase their daily activity.

“The physical activity we do over a 24-hour period is important,” says Dr. Gerald F. Fletcher, a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., and a spokesman for the American Heart Assn.

That means taking the stairs instead of the elevator, gardening, walking the dog . . .

“For couch potatoes, sitting on your duff is hazardous to your health,” Shah said. “The bottom line is keep moving.”

jeannine.stein@latimes.com

Note:…I do get a bit sore sitting here for hours typing this stuff…….

January 13, 2010 Posted by | Education, Entertainment, Health, Media, Other Things | , , | Leave a comment

Sex is good for your heart!

I heard this one this afternoon on CNN……Sex is good for you!…..Kyra Phillips actually got a little red discussing it……But hey!…this is good…good news!……..

Tiger Woods is gonna live to be a ripe old man, huh?……( I couldn’t resist that….sorry Tiger…..)

Note:….interesting link on Phillips on the Letterman Show……

January 8, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Health, Media, Men, Updates, Women | , | 6 Comments

From CNN Video…….Why women have sex……..

From CNN video………something to make you smile……….

October 1, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment, Health, Other Things | , , , , , | Leave a comment

President Obama….the ‘public option’ will not be a deal breaker…………….

I just checked the Sunday front pages and what do I see?…………Several pieces on how the \’public option\’ has been pushed aside for non-profit health insurance co-ops by President Obama along with the House and Senate leadership……..

SURPRISE…..not really!….

I have argued here since the beginning that Obama NEVER really bought  in the ‘public option’ thing…..and he didn’t…..after pointing that fact out in his speech, everyone has finally realized that he was serious about  that…….So, this morning I see the President’s marching orders pasted all over the place……….and they seem to be……

We want a Healthcare bill….Period…..We will make the bill palatable for some republicans to cast their votes for it. This the party line folks…….Either you are with us…or against us…….

September 13, 2009 Posted by | Healthcare, Politics | , , , , , , | 13 Comments

President Obama….the 'public option' will not be a deal breaker…………….

I just checked the Sunday front pages and what do I see?…………Several pieces on how the \’public option\’ has been pushed aside for non-profit health insurance co-ops by President Obama along with the House and Senate leadership……..

SURPRISE…..not really!….

I have argued here since the beginning that Obama NEVER really bought  in the ‘public option’ thing…..and he didn’t…..after pointing that fact out in his speech, everyone has finally realized that he was serious about  that…….So, this morning I see the President’s marching orders pasted all over the place……….and they seem to be……

We want a Healthcare bill….Period…..We will make the bill palatable for some republicans to cast their votes for it. This the party line folks…….Either you are with us…or against us…….

September 13, 2009 Posted by | Healthcare, Politics | , , , , , , | 13 Comments

Obama reinforces his Brand…….

I already wrote that I didn’t see the speech…and since NOBODY has written in any comments here…… I  took a look at a piece in the New York Times that sampled reaction from all over the country.…..what I seem to get was the fact that President Obama shored up his ‘brand’ last night.

As I thought……nothing really changed. He wants a Healthcare  bill…….. Period……the more comprehensive….the better…but he’ll take it with , or with-out the public option (something I have pointed out from the beginning), he’ll even take it with a threshold ‘trigger.

But , after reading the piece, I understand that the president reset the discussion back from the misinformation, shout downs and  basic adversarial direction that the Republicans had things going since congress took its summer vacation……

While doing that in the speech…he also put himself back in good graces with the left, and progressives, in his party, (who still will probably not get the option, but have the president at least looking like he’s fighting for it )….accordingly, Obama\’s number have risen again in the polling…….I said before….. he’s listening and his people are good……but in the end he’s gonna need the Republicans and the Blue Dogs….with the liberals, and progressives in his party having to join him, lest they be left behind…….

September 10, 2009 Posted by | Healthcare, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

An indepth (in Twitterese) review of the Obama's Healthcare Bill……..

If you are interested….. Take the time to check this out…….

Peter Fleckenstein has gone thru the entire thing and gives his one sentence reviews of the whole bill……(he originally twittered it)….this from the Hive 2.0 blogsite.…..Some , no,  a lot of stuff will blow your mind.. ( like the government setting prices for ALL private health plans, auditing ALL business private plans, and having realtime access to everyone’s records)

Remember this is the dream list…..it WILL BE radically pared down in the end by Congress………..very few people understand this…….there will be a bill folks……whatt it looks like in the end, is anybodies guess………

September 6, 2009 Posted by | Healthcare | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

An indepth (in Twitterese) review of the Obama’s Healthcare Bill……..

If you are interested….. Take the time to check this out…….

Peter Fleckenstein has gone thru the entire thing and gives his one sentence reviews of the whole bill……(he originally twittered it)….this from the Hive 2.0 blogsite.…..Some , no,  a lot of stuff will blow your mind.. ( like the government setting prices for ALL private health plans, auditing ALL business private plans, and having realtime access to everyone’s records)

Remember this is the dream list…..it WILL BE radically pared down in the end by Congress………..very few people understand this…….there will be a bill folks……whatt it looks like in the end, is anybodies guess………

September 6, 2009 Posted by | Healthcare | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment