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Steam-cleaned?

Steam-cleaned?

Ladies, have you ever considered the benefits of steam-cleaning your privates? Well, famed super-genius Gwyneth Paltrow is here with a testimonial:

Gwynnie went into more specific detail adding: “We’re burying the lede though, because the real golden ticket here is the Mugworth V-Steam: You sit on what is essentially a mini-throne, and a combination of infrared and mugwort steam cleanses your uterus, et al.”

Praising the unconventional treatment, the blonde actress said: “It is an energetic release—not just a steam douche—that balances female hormone levels.

“If you’re in LA, you have to do it.”

Tikkun Holistic Spa is located in Santa Monica, not far from the Pacific Palisades home the Oscar winner now resides in.

Clearly “Gwynnie” has too much time on her hands. One wonders if she hasn’t “consciously uncoupled” from reality altogether.

Meanwhile, I’m never going to look at a woman renting a steam cleaner from the grocery store the same way again…

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I knew it!

"Health hazard"

“Health hazard”

Vegetarianism is bad for you

Population-based studies have consistently shown that our diet has an influence on health – a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is recommended.

But some people go overboard and just eat meat. Or just eat vegetables. Evidence for health benefits of exclusive diets is scant. Vegetarians are considered healthier, they are wealthier, they are more liberal, they drink less alcohol and they smoke less – but those are a lot of variables in health that don’t necessarily result from being a vegetarian.

A cross-sectional study taken from the Austrian Health Interview Survey AT-HIS 2006/07 found that vegetarians are actually less healthy than normal eaters. Subjects were matched according to their age, sex, and socioeconomic status leaving 1320 people – 330 vegetarians, 330 that ate meat but still a lot of fruits and vegetables, 300 normal eaters but that ate less meat, and 330 on a more carnivorous diet.

After controlling for variables, they found that vegetarians did have lower BMI and alcohol consumption but had poorer overall health. Vegetarians had higher incidences of cancer, allergies, and mental health disorders, a higher need for health care, and poorer quality of life.

As a result, vegetarians take more medications than non-vegetarians.

Now, as the article points out, this is just one study and, if anything is certain in life and science, there will be other studies showing just the opposite.

Still, this is one of those moments that gives me way too much satisfaction. There is an annoying subset of vegetarians (1) who take their dietary choice as a sign of their moral superiority. Not all, of course; some are vegetarian for religious or health reasons. But, there is that smug faction, and shoving a grapefruit in their face is a temptation I cannot resist.

Yes, I am weak.

And I take my steak on the rare side of medium-rare. Don’t want to get cancer and go insane, after all.

Footnote:
(1) And bicyclists. No, you do not in fact own the road and the sidewalk.

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“Like… dude!”

Face it, we all know people who are living, walking, potheaded proof of this:

Cannabis smoking ‘permanently lowers IQ’

Teenagers who regularly smoke cannabis are putting themselves at risk of permanently damaging their intelligence, according to a landmark study.

Researchers found persistent users of the drug, who started smoking it at school, had lower IQ scores as adults.

They were also significantly more likely to have attention and memory problems in later life, than their peers who abstained.

Furthermore, those who started as teenagers and used it heavily, but quit as adults, did not regain their full mental powers, found academics at King’s College London and Duke University in the US.

They looked at data from over 1,000 people from Dunedin in New Zealand, who have been followed through their lives since being born in 1972 or 1973.

Alternate subhead: “Reason Magazine* staff writers hardest hit.”

*(Much as I like the mag, they do seem to obsess over their legalize marijuana crusade.)

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There’s an app for that. Seriously.

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I’ve been experiencing quite a bit of pain, recently. First is my upper left arm, where the muscles act as if they’ve been punched if I move them a way they don’t like — which is most ways, the last few days. Massaging it doesn’t help. I’ve also been suffering with a tender/tight Achilles tendon in my left leg, which can leave me limping for a few minutes until it stretches and relaxes — which it sometimes doesn’t do.

So, I’m going to see an acupuncturist on Friday morning. I did this once before, one-two years ago, when I was going through similar pain in my right arm. The improvement was amazing, even if I did for a while look like a relative of Pinhead from Hellraiser.

My encounter with traditional Chinese medicine last time was fascinating, so I’m actually looking forward to this visit.

Bring on the needles.

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