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RE: - PowerBar founder Maxwell dies of a heart attack - Mar 20, 2004
Topic: Health and Wellness 11:44 pm EST, Mar 21, 2004

IconoclasT wrote:
] w1ld wrote:
] ] ] Brian Maxwell, founder of the multimillion-dollar
] ] ] PowerBar empire and a former world-class marathon runner,
] ] ] has died of a heart attack, friends said. He was 51.
] ]
] ] hmm.. He must been eating too much of his own product.
] It's Jim Fixx deja vu all over again. To those of you too
] young to know that name, He was the Marlboro smoking marathon
] runner and author who popularized the sport of running; his
] 1977 bestseller The Complete Book of Running, is credited with
] helping start America's fitness revolution. He died of a heart
] attack while running in 1984.

I remember all to well Jim Fixx "Mr. Grape Nuts" keeling over from a coronary back in '84. Though I didn't know he was a smoker!?!? What the fuck is that all about? Reminds me of a meme a few weeks back where one 'tard said "cure lung cancer and we can smoke safely". Jim Fixx must have thought "Since I'm a athlete, I can smoke all I want and its a wash."

Guess not Jim. -LB

RE: - PowerBar founder Maxwell dies of a heart attack - Mar 20, 2004

If you are what you eat, then sue
Topic: Health and Wellness 8:38 pm EST, Mar 12, 2004

] So as America gets wider, the nation's personal ethics
] are underexercised. It doesn't matter if, over time,
] people's bodies are telling them to eat less. It doesn't
] matter if the media constantly hector the public on the
] dangers of over-eating and junk food. It doesn't matter
] that lack of exercise is a big factor in the thickening
] of America.
] Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., complained in the
] Washington Post, "We're talking about a public health
] problem for which our government has not taken
] responsibility." Actually, Uncle Sam has begun airing TV
] ads telling Americans to exercise more. But if
] individuals won't take responsibility for their weight
] gain, why should their government?

Indeed. Personal responsibility? What's that?

If you are what you eat, then sue

New treatment works like 'liquid Drano for arteries'
Topic: Health and Wellness 12:53 am EST, Nov  5, 2003

] Intravenous doses of a synthetic component of "good"
] cholesterol reduced artery disease in just six weeks in a
] small study with startlingly big implications for
] treating the nation's No. 1 killer.
] "The concept is sort of liquid Drano for the coronary
] arteries," said Dr. Steven Nissen, a Cleveland Clinic
] cardiologist who led the study.
] Larger and longer studies need to be done to determine if
] the experimental treatment will translate into fewer
] deaths, but the early results are promising, said Dr.
] Daniel Rader, director of preventive cardiology at the
] University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
] The treatment used a laboratory-produced version of an
] unusually effective form of HDL, the good cholesterol
] that helps protect against heart disease by removing
] plaque, or fatty buildups, from the bloodstream.
] "This is clearly on the level of a breakthrough that will
] have far-reaching implications," pointing the way toward
] a rapid treatment for fatty buildups, said Dr. Bryan
] Brewer, chief of molecular diseases at the National
] Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

New treatment works like 'liquid Drano for arteries'

What do women want?
Topic: Health and Wellness 6:51 pm EDT, Aug 20, 2003

Men have eagerly embodied their reputation as the sexually enthusiastic half of the population, and yet this study seems to suggest that women, deep down, are really thirsting for more. But, according to one of the study's coauthors, Northwestern psychology department chairman J. Michael Bailey, the study really just reinforces what we already know: Men are sexually simple, and women are not. "I think it really shows us how much we don't know about women more than it shows us what we do know," he says.

Interesting article about sexuality and the different means of arousal for the various gender roles.

What do women want?

Masturbation Reduces Risk of Prostate Cancer
Topic: Health and Wellness 1:44 am EDT, Jul 18, 2003

Australian scientists have shown that the more men masturbate between the ages of 20 and 50, the less likely they are to develop the disease that kills more than half a million men each year.

Don't let those nuns convince you that it's a sin!

Masturbation Reduces Risk of Prostate Cancer

Wrigley patents anti-impotence gum
Topic: Health and Wellness 4:38 pm EDT, Jun 16, 2003

] Wm. Wrigley Jr., maker of Juicy Fruit, Big Red and
] Doublemint gums, is expanding its definition of
] doubling your pleasure. The Chicago gum
] company has been granted a U.S. government patent to
] develop a gum that contains a dose of the generic
] chemical in Viagra.

OH the cruel practical jokes one could play... "Want a stick of gum?"

Laughing Boy

Wrigley patents anti-impotence gum

BBC NEWS | World | Africa | Africa 'needs anal sex awareness'
Topic: Health and Wellness 3:35 pm EDT, Jun 16, 2003

] A study published in The Journal of Sexually Transmitted
] Diseases and Aids claims awareness of the risks posed by
] anal sex is ignored in many of the continent's health
] campaigns.
] However, HIV experts reject the findings, maintaining
] that vaginal sex is the main route of transmission for
] the Aids virus.
] The study by researchers at the University of Tuebingen
] in Germany proposes that anal sex, both heterosexual and
] homosexual, is the second biggest cause of HIV
] transmission in Africa.
] They say there is a presumption that anal sex simply does
] not happen in Africa and many educational programmes have
] therefore neglected to cover what they call an
] "embarrassing topic".

First off, it seems odd to hear the phrase 'anal sex' in the news.

But this story really does need more attention than a Beavis-and-Butthead chuckle. In the sidebar, it mentions this fact:

"There are 42 million people in the world living with HIV or Aids. Seventy percent of them are in sub-Saharan Africa, where Aids has already killed more than 14 million people. The overall infection rate in the region has stabilised, but the number of deaths each year is expected to rise further."

14 MILLION. And just under 30m of the 42m with the disease on the entire planet are on one continent. However, if you look at the "Success Story" sidebar, it notes that aggressive safe sex campaigns have lowered the HIV prevalance (in females) in Uganda from 27% in 1992 to 9% in 2000 - so it's not a lost cause. But the current governmental administrations need to understand that these kinds of programs need to be supported in African countries, and not to cut funding to overseas programs because of any pro-life/pro-choice stances. Cutting funding to these programs means that people will die - and that's not very pro-life, is it?

BBC NEWS | World | Africa | Africa 'needs anal sex awareness'

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