It's sobering to see the effects of our choices with the clarity of hindsight, especially when it comes to habits that we might not have understood previously. The effects of sitting for long periods of time, for example, are now coming to light and may be as deadly as many other bad habits.
Elderberry syrup is all the rage right now, but does it really work? Some studies show that it can shorten the duration of a cold (by the way, is anyone else wondering why we haven't mastered the art of wiping out a cold yet?) by days, but I have a hit and miss track record when it comes to natural remedies.
If you haven't yet heard, the coronavirus is making its way across the country with as many as 63 confirmed cases reported in the United States so far. The virus, which began in China, has taken over 40 lives and affected hundreds of people so far.
A lot of people are talking about Michelle Williams' Golden Globe speech where she addressed how life-saving abortion can be even when a medical issue isn't threatening you. Anyone who can get pregnant can have their lives completely altered by a pregnancy, which can result in everything from poverty to missed opportunities to medical issues that affect you forever.
When I read this story about a man who murdered his wife, then himself, after she got Alzheimer's and was too difficult to care for, I didn't feel misty-eyed like some readers. I was furious. We should live in a society that values people, no matter their abilities, and provides a safety net for care when a caregiver can't bear the burden. We should always have plans in place for people who need it.
When my kid was a toddler and had to get tested for TB, I was shocked. I always thought that tuberculosis was something in our past that wasn't anything to worry about today. After all, the most I've seen it mentioned are in fictional turn of the century TV shows and books.
Goldfish just announced that they are launching two new flavors that are more plant-based in order to get more veggies into kids' diets. The flavors, cheesy tomato and sweet carrot, sound pretty good, but they don't actually replace vegetables. When you read more closely, they are meant to be a snack option that's just a bit better for you than regular Goldfish crackers. Hmmm...
The first time I realized that many physicians deviate from evidence-based medicine was when I heard one doctor, which turned out to be the first of many, tell me that I needed to go on a diet. Despite being athletic and having a strong heart and good blood pressure at the time, each doctor I saw had a boon to pick with me. Not only did they ignore my good numbers and the fact that I already worked out daily, but they also ignored the fact that most diets fail. That's pretty much going against evidence, right?
Massachusetts is the first state to ban all flavored tobacco products, but more states are sure to follow as more deaths of children related to e-cigarettes are reported. Honestly is anyone really surprised by this? Just because the odor's not there doesn't mean the harm isn't, and with so many fun flavors, of course kids are going to get hooked. Sigh.