"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest her or his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease."
- Thomas Edison

Weekly Health Update: Monday, March 12th, 2012

Mental Attitude
Facebook. Social networking is the #1 online activity, used by 1.2 billion people worldwide. Nearly one in 5 minutes online is spent on social networking websites, and 75% of that is on Facebook. Facebook has 845 million active worldwide users. Researchers found the biological signals in the brains of Facebook users correspond to what they describe as the "Core Flow State." Core Flow is a state that people reach in which their skills are challenged and they are highly aroused and enjoying what they do, a biological signal that makes people want to repeat their experience. Some studies have found flow is linked to quality of performance and quality of life. 
Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, Feb 2012

Health Alert
Air Pollution. Air pollution at levels experienced by most Americans or considered safe by the Environmental Protection Agency is linked to higher risk of cognitive decline and stroke. 
Archives of Internal Medicine, Feb 2012

A Sweet Dessert In The Morning? In a surprising discovery, researchers found that dessert, as part of a balanced 600-calorie breakfast that also included proteins and carbohydrates, helped dieters lose more weight. On average, those in the group who ate dessert with breakfast lost just as much weight as the control group (no dessert with breakfast), approx. 32 lbs. However, after a 16-week follow up period, the no dessert group gained back all but 3.5 lbs and the group who ate dessert with breakfast lost another 13 lbs, on average. In the morning, the body's metabolism is most active and able to work off the extra calories throughout the day. Attempting to avoid sweets entirely can create a psychological addiction to these same foods in the long-term. Adding dessert items to breakfast can control cravings throughout the rest of the day. 
Tel Aviv University, Feb 2012

A Pulse. Champion cyclist, Lance Armstrong has a resting heart rate of about 32 beats per minute. Ideal normal pulse rates at rest, in beats per minute: Newborn baby: 120 to 160; Baby aged from 1-12 months: 80 to 140; Baby/toddler aged from 1-2 years: 80 to 130; Toddler/young child aged 2-6 years: 75 to 120; Child aged 7-12 years: 75 to 110; Adult aged 18+ years: 60 to 100; Adult athlete: 40 to 60. Checking your own heart rate: With your hand palm up, gently place 2 fingers on the thumb side of your wrist. You will feel your pulse beating. Count the beats for one minute. 
National Health Service

Bad Posture.
“The beginning of the disease process starts with postural distortions.” ~ Dr. Hans Seyle, Nobel Laureate

Dare To Compare. Comparing yourself to others with the same health problem can influence your physical and emotional health. Focusing on similarities between you and people doing well will likely lead to feeling good, as will focusing on differences between you and people doing poorly. But, if you focus on differences between you and someone doing well, or similarities between you and someone doing poorly, you'll likely feel worse.
Health Psychology Review, Feb 2012

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