Leading neurologist David Perlmutter says our low-fat diet is causing brain disorders — but the damage can be reversed. When it comes to preserving our brain’s health and our mental faculties, we tend to think that it is not really up to us. It’s a matter of luck whether we become senile or not, because it is down to our genes.
Some key events in the fight over tobacco during the last 50 years:
1964: U.S. surgeon general report concludes smoking causes lung cancer.
Sitting down all day is bad for you, or so doctors say. There’s been a burst of interest in standing desks, but they’re not that easy to use, and it’s hard to motivate sitters to stand.
Stir, a company founded by a former Apple engineer, says it has the answer: a table that will nudge you to stand, with a gentle, one-inch rise and fall of its surface. If you take the suggestion, the table rises to standing height.
For many years, the LGBT community has experienced disparities in the health system as people have been denied the same rights as heterosexual Americans, have been found to have a high percentage of preexisting medical conditions and have experienced difficulty finding affordable health insurance. Now members of the LGBT community can have a sense of ease, as the Affordable Care Act and last summer’s Defense of Marriage Act ruling bring new health care rights and protections.
Under the ACA, insurance companies cannot discriminate based on gender identity or sexual orientation, meaning members of the LGBT community cannot be denied coverage or charged more for being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
Fifty years ago, ashtrays seemed to be on every table and desk. Athletes and even Fred Flintstone endorsed cigarettes in TV commercials. Smoke hung in the air in restaurants, offices and airplane cabins. More than 42 percent of U.S. adults smoked, and there was a good chance your doctor was among them.
Imagine: You’re lying in your shorts on a massage table, your face either pointing upward or buried in one of those massage-table doughnut holes. A practitioner enters the room and sticks tiny, hair-thin needles all over your body, turning you into a veritable porcupine. Then he or she lowers the lights, turns on some cosmic New Age music and leaves you there to ponder the universe and wonder what the hell you’re doing. You might find yourself asking, as I did, “What good can possibly come of this?”