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CDC: Antidepressants most prescribed drugs in U.S. -
Topic: Health and Wellness 4:06 pm EDT, Jul  9, 2007

"Doctors are now medicating unhappiness," said Dworkin. "Too many people take drugs when they really need to be making changes in their lives."

High blood pressure drugs were the next most-common with 113 million prescriptions.

Stress "illnesses" are the cause of the 2 most prescribed drug types in this country.

CDC: Antidepressants most prescribed drugs in U.S. -

ABC News: Red Bull Not the Best Mixer
Topic: Health and Wellness 2:42 pm EST, Jan  2, 2007

An 8.3-ounce can of Red Bull contains 80 milligrams of caffeine, about the same amount of caffeine as in a cup of coffee. By comparison, Coca-Cola contains about 34 milligrams of caffeine per 12 ounces. Full Throttle energy drink contains 144 milligrams of caffeine per 16-ounce serving, while 16 ounces of Rockstar contain 150 milligrams of caffeine.

For a healthy adult, 200 to 300 milligrams of caffeine a day is considered a moderate amount, according to the American Dietetic Association.

Some cool info buried in an standard "oh won't someone think of the children" article.

I consume way more than 5 red bulls in 30 days.

ABC News: Red Bull Not the Best Mixer

John's War with Melanoma is over
Topic: Health and Wellness 1:32 pm EDT, Sep 20, 2005

Rattle wrote:
Sad news, Overcode passed away on Saturday, September 17th.

More information and a guestbook is on his home page

Valhalla welcomes its latest hacker. John, may you Rest in Peace.

From this last blog entry:
Nothing wrong with wishful thinking

John's War with Melanoma is over

BBC NEWS | Health | US probes Viagra 'blindness risk'
Topic: Health and Wellness 3:52 pm EDT, May 27, 2005

] US probes Viagra 'blindness risk'
] US health officials are examining reports
] of varying degrees of blindness among a small number of
] men using the anti-impotence drug Viagra.
] The FDA says it has as yet found no evidence that Viagra
] is to blame for the condition.

"Some say quit or I'll go blind, but it's just a myth"
-Greenday, Longview

BBC NEWS | Health | US probes Viagra 'blindness risk'

Health and Fitness Calculators
Topic: Health and Wellness 6:00 pm EST, Feb 21, 2005

] This Health and fitness calculator from Includes:
] Blood Pressure, Body Mass Index, Heartrate Zones, Ideal Weight,
] Percent Body Fat (Circumference), Percent Body Fat (YMCA), Risk
] of Chronic Disease.

I've been surfing around the web trying to find free exercise resources, like how to properly use gym equipment, count calories, etc. You'd think that as diet-obsessed as our country is, this would be easy to find. Quite the opposite though, the vast majority of stuff out there is nearly 98%+ advertising, "buy my book before I tell you anything" or "lose weight fast" BS.

Every so often though I find something useful -- Free sites that are relatively low on ads, which actually have some useful information or tools. This is one of them, with a webpage that has several handy little utilities for calculating various fitness percentages.

Other sites with relatively good information to ad ratios: (I'll get around to meme-ing them at some point):

The Pumping Station... oh god Elonka is posting porn again! :-)

Health and Fitness Calculators

RE: More Evidence Vegetarian Diet May Cut Cancer Risk
Topic: Health and Wellness 7:02 pm EST, Feb 24, 2004

radical_edward wrote:
] "After following more than 10,000 people for 17 years,
] investigators found that vegetarians were 15 percent less
] likely to develop colorectal cancer than meat-eaters."
] More people should face the reality: Eating a vegetarian diet
] is simply good for you.

... [sigh]. I always am worried about dietary studies. For Example, they rarely take into account other factors then eating, such as the persons lifestyle, exercise, stress levels, etc.

As you are anti-Atkins (as I am), I show you a prime example. Last week NBC's Dateline was all about the Atkin's diet. Several Atkins people were pointing out that in the 1950's and 1960's, would ate lots of red meat for dinner, and eggs, bacon and sausage for breakfast, and we were fine. then, they said, because the US government created and promoted the food pyramid and so we became very fat in the 1970 and 1980s, and that continues until today.

This completely overlooks the number of blue-collar vs white-collar jobs, the activity levels of these folks, rising economic needs that forced both parents to work and thus the increase in processed foods that were bought, the growth of fast food, the insane amount of calories in food today (I doubt they had 1000+ calorie hamburgers @ BK in the 1950s), the increased sized of portions of todays food, the increase in disposable income of child to buy food, the increase in marketing to kids and sales of food products by kids, etc.

[deep breath]

In short the entire argument these folks were pushing was based on figures that you couldn't compare. While this may not apply in this study on vegetarians, I always kind of never take these things as seriously as I should.

RE: More Evidence Vegetarian Diet May Cut Cancer Risk

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