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I must have missed the declaration of war on pubic hair.
It must have happened sometime in the last decade because the amount
of time, energy, money and emotion both genders spend on abolishing
every hair from their genitals is astronomical.  The genital hair removal
industry, including medical professionals who advertise their specialty
services to those seeking the “clean and bare” look, is exponentially
growing.
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KevinMD / By Emily Gibson, MD
August 9, 2012

Doctor: Pubic Hair Exists for a Reason --
Our Obsession With Hairless Genitals
Must End!

A doctor explains why Americans'
penchant for a hairless pubic area is
dangerous to our health.
UPDATE 1-'Nightmare bacteria,' shrugging off antibiotics, on rise in U. S.

Tue Mar 5, 2013 3:30pm EST

(Adds information from CDC news conference)

By Sharon Begley

(Reuters) - "Nightmare bacteria" that have become increasingly resistant to even
the strongest antibiotics infected patients in 3.9 percent of all U.S. hospitals in
the first half of 2012, including 17.8 percent of specialty hospitals, public health
officials said on Tuesday.

"Our strongest antibiotics don't work and patients are left with potentially
untreatable infections," Dr Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, said in a statement. He said doctors, hospitals and
public health officials must work together to "stop these infections from spreading."

At a news conference, he added, "it's not often that our scientists come to me
and say we have to sound the alarm, but that's what we are doing today."
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GMOs aren’t the only nasty thing from Agribusiness. Breeding for mass
production instead of taste and nutrition has cost us. Little produce in
supermarkets has flavor worth the trouble of eating, & the lack of
nutrition is destroying health.
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I wondered if I was losing my sense of taste? BM
Farmers Market Tomatoes, by Isa Sorensen (Mapless In Seattle)
Why American & European Fruits And Vegetables Have No Flavor?  
November 13, 2012  by Ravi Mantha


Shingles Goes Epidemic: Chicken Pox Vax to Blame, February 18,
2013 by Heidi Stevenson

Chicken pox vax gives little protection, kills & maims many, and
treatment may kill children who’d have lived through the disease.
So more children probably die now from vaccines & chicken pox
than died of chicken pox before modern medicine. Worse, the
vaccine may be triggering a new epidemic of shingles.

Shingles is rapidly becoming epidemic, and the indirect cause is
the chicken pox vaccine. Since shingles is the reemergence of
chicken pox, that does seem counterintuitive. Nonetheless, the
facts do prove the connection.

Once they enter your body, chicken pox viruses never leave. It
doesn’t matter whether the virus entered by natural infection or by
injection of a live attenuated virus in a vaccine. The virus, called
varicella, hides in the central nervous system along a nerve root,
and any nerve root will do. Normally, that’s not a big problem—
but the situation is changing.
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Antidepressants Can Cause Sudden Death  February 13, 2013
by Heidi Stevenson

Most antidepressants cause a change in the electrical pulse of the
heart, which changes the rhythm of the heart beat. It’s called an
extended QT interval—and it can result in sudden death with no
warning of any kind: BMJ study.

The antidepressant citalopram—brand names Celexa and
Cipramil—has joined a growing list of drugs that can cause sudden
death by stopping the heart. The study, published in the BMJ[1],
found that the drug causes lengthening in the QT interval, a part of the
heart beat cycle.

Several drugs are noted for this issue. The most famous is
methadone, noted for sudden death in some individuals, especially
when dosage is increased too rapidly. There are no symptoms
indicating a risk. A perfectly normal person will literally drop dead.

More Complete List of Drugs that Prolong the QT Interval

A 2004 article in the New England Journal of Medicine discusses
prolongation of the QT interval. It listed the known drugs that can
cause it[3]. They were:
■Disopyramide
■Dofetilide
■Ibutilide
■Procainamide
■Quinidine
■Sotalol
■Bepridil
■Amiodarone
■Arsenic trioxide
■Cisapride
■Calcium-channel blockers: lidoflazine
■Antiinfectives: clarithromycin, erythromycin, halofantrine,
pentamidine, sparfloxacin
■Antiemetics: domperidone, droperidol
■Antipsychotics: chlorpromazine, halperidol, mesoridazine,
thioridazine, pimozide
■Methadone

Sources:
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Sex or Oven Cleaning - the Age Old Dilemma

By Jenny Isenman from TheSuburban Jungle | Parenting – Fri, Mar 1, 2013


Sex or Oven Cleaning? Hmm...

That's the question I was faced with the other night... and after a
decade plus of marriage, I chose to clean my oven. No, that was
not a metaphor.

Recently, I attended one of those a sex toy parties, which a friend
of mine was co-hosting. Upon entering, I was quickly introduced to
our other host, the "Sexpert."

"Jenny this is Julie, she is a penis expert." No joke, that's how she was
introduced. This made me wonder why people don't introduce me as
something cooler.

"That's funny. I'm somewhat of a penis expert myself," I said, buffing my nails
on my shirt as if cleaning an apple. Then I blathered on something about not
being a pro like her, because I don't want to jeopardize my amateur status.
You know, for the Olympics?

Jenny what the hell are you talking about? Did you just mention
the Olympics?
The Olympics of what -- hand-jobs? Just shut up, already.
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Aspirin Linked to Lower Risk of Deadly Skin Cancer

Melanoma Skin Cancer Risk in Women Could Be Reduced by Aspirin Use (Read
original article to view video)

By KATIE MOISSE(@katiemoisse)
March 11, 2013
Aspirin, a drug
famous for fighting pain, may also guard against melanoma -- the
deadliest form of skin cancer, a new study found.

The study of nearly 60,000 post-menopausal women found those who used aspirin
regularly were 21 percent less likely to be diagnosed with
melanoma, while aspirin use for
five years or more was tied to a 30 percent reduction in melanoma risk.
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7 Nutrition Bars that Are Worse Than Candy

By Mother Nature Network (mnn.com) | Spring
Shape Up Guide – Mon, Mar 4, 2013
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Sunday, Mar 3, 2013

Cocoa could be the new brain drug (Original Article)

Studies show that high levels of a natural compound in raw cocoa called
flavanol lead to greater cognitive function.
By Daisy Yuhas

Topics:
Scientific American, Brain, Cocoa, Chocolate, Alzheimer's Disease,
Life News

This article originally appeared on
Scientific American.

Cognition-Boosting Compounds

It’s news chocolate lovers have been craving: raw cocoa may be packed with brain-
boosting compounds. Researchers at the University of L’Aquila in Italy, with scientists
from Mars, Inc., and their colleagues, published findings last September that suggest
cognitive function in the elderly is improved by ingestinghigh levels of natural
compounds called flavanols found in cocoa. The study included 90 individuals with
mild cognitive impairment, a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease. Subjects who drank
cocoa beverage containing either moderate or high levels of flavanols daily for eight
weeks demonstrated greater cognitive function than those who consumed low levels
of flavanols on three separate tests that measured factors that included verbal
fluency, visual searching and attention.

Exactly how cocoa causes these changes is still unknown, but emerging research
points to one flavanol in particular: (-)-epicatechin, pronounced “minus epicatechin.”
Its name signifies its structure, differentiating it from other catechins, organic
compounds highly abundant in cocoa and present inapples, wine and tea.
The graph below shows how (-)-epicatechin fits into the world of brain-altering food
molecules. Other studies suggest that the compound supports increased circulation
and the growth of blood vessels, which could explain improvements in cognition,
because better blood flow would bring the brain more oxygen and improve its function.
whimsical curiosity and exemplifies the hazards of reading too much into
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Antidepressants Can Cause Sudden Death  February 13, 2013
by Heidi Stevenson

Most antidepressants cause a change in the electrical pulse of the
heart, which changes the rhythm of the heart beat. It’s called an
extended QT interval—and it can result in sudden death with no
warning of any kind: BMJ study Sources:
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...
.10 Super-Healthy Foods You’re Not Eating Yet
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By The Editors of EatingWell Magazine | Spring Shape Up Guide  Mar 22, 2013
By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., Nutrition Editor, EatingWell Magazine

Kale, quinoa, Greek yogurt. All are super-healthy foods you should be eating--
and chances are you already are. Looking for a new über-healthy food to add
to your repertoire? Check out this list! Whether your diet could use a health
tune-up or already is the epitome of health, we think you'll find at least one
food on this list to add to your diet.

1. Chia
Health-conscious eaters are getting serious about--and going crazy for--chia
seeds (yes, like the "pets"). It's no wonder: they deliver as much protein as
some nuts as well as heart-healthy alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), the plant-based
omega-3 fat. Per tablespoon, chia delivers 2 grams protein, 4 grams fiber and
1.75 grams ALA. Chia seeds may have celebrity status as the newest
superfood fad, but they've been around for centuries (they were prized
by the Aztecs). The seeds absorb liquid easily, gelling and making a
creamy addition to oats and pancakes. That property also makes them
easy on sensitive stomachs, says David C. Nieman, M.P.H., Dr.P.H., of
Appalachian State University. "Some other seeds, like flax, are harder to
digest because they have more lignan, a tough fiber," says Nieman.

2. Coconut flour
The popularity of coconut doesn't end with hot-right-now coconut water and
coconut oil. Coconut flour is a healthy way to add decadent coconut flavor to
baked goods. As for health benefits of coconut flour: it packs a whopping
5 grams of fiber per 2 tablespoons (with only 2 grams of total and saturated
fat) and it's gluten-free. Coconut flour has health benefits for people with diabetes,
too: adding coconut flour to baked goods lowers the glycemic
index (a measure of the rate that a food increases blood sugar). In your
market, look for coconut flour near other gluten-free flours.

3. Vegetable smoothies
Smoothies are often a tasty delivery device for fruit. But adding vegetables--
especially spinach and kale to make green smoothies--is all the rage these
days, possibly thanks to a renewed interest in juicing. Even beets and sweet
potato are making an appearance in smoothies (not together and typically in
combination with fruit).
Try it for yourself with our Healthy Smoothie Recipes
for Green Smoothie with Kale & More.Read More