Wednesday, July 29, 2009


I received an email in my inbox today which i subscribe from They send frequent emails about health reports and evaluations of recent literature and findings. I receive on today that got me thinking of how people pick and choose the "health" aspects of thier life. This one piece of literature stated that vegatarians and vegans are 12 percent less likely to develop cancer than meat eaters and the advantage is particularly marked when it comes to cancers of the blood, which becomes a shocking 45% less. OK that speaks to me... How about you??
It brought me to thinking about how this fact does not effect others. 45% LESS. People are not willing to sacrifice but they do like to add things to their already established habits. ie. My dad will not change what he eats- but will add vitamins daily- a whole handful and those nuts with the "good fats" for an evening snack. He reads all about the literature to find the best vitamins but the glaring evidence about not eating meat and having a overall 12% chance less likely to develop cancer. Why wouldn't you change this???? Think about it.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The 411 on SPF

Nutrition Action newsletter arrives in my mailbox bimonthly. The most interesting, newsfulled, health and diet magazine full of facts and all the "juice" i love. The feature this time was "The Skinny on Skin". It takes about how there is no evidence of antioxidants on skin aging, age is no the cause of wrinkles- sun exposure is, sugar does no cause wrinkles, sunscreen is safe.

The best feature of the article is the explanation on the SPF number. I have heard so many things about what that number really means. A sunscreen with SPF ( sun protection factor) of 30 is twice as good as an SPF 15, right... WRONG. If applied properly a sunscreen with SPF of 15 blocks about 94% of sun's UVB rays, SPF 30 blocks 97%, and one with 45 blocks about 98%. It also says how much to use.. Apply half a teaspoon each to your head, neck and each arm, and at least a teaspoon to your chest back and each leg = 6 teaspoons. A 6-8 oz bottle should only last a few days. Be careful of UVA and UVB, SPF only protects against UVB. The UVB causes sunburn, suntan, and skin cancer. UVA can cause skin aging and skin cancer. UVA sunscreend must contain 1 of the 5 following ingredients: avobenzone, ecamsule, oxybenzone, titanium dioxide, and zinc oxide. As much as I love the sun, and a suntan, i do not want wrinkles.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Looking for the inspiration with perspiration

So most of you wo read my blog know what has been occuring with my knee over the past few months. If not here it is in a nutshell. On the beach in Costa Rica day 2 of 8 for a yoga retreat with wake up yoga and a macaw lands on my back and i freak out and try to run away. A twist and snap I knew my menicus was torn. Made it through the rest of the week and 1 month til I couldn't take it anymore. MRI positive for lateral meniscus tear and no view of the ACL Went back to old durgeon from '01 when I did this the first time (on an inflatable obstacle course). Went under the knife for a scope and possible-menisectomy, ACL revision, or repair... Turnned out to be a lateral meniscal repair with bone grafting after old hardware removal. Walk in extension for 7 weeks... took up swimming....lifing weights and alot of life modification. Havent' worked in 7 weeks and it is a weird feeling. Have been working on my tan hard. I have been looking for the inspiration due to times of depression throughout the 7 weeks. Found most of it while at the gym and pool. -The laady swimming next to me for over an hour was 90 on one side and the man on the other side had both knees replaced. - next day met a man who is in remission from cancer and works out at the gym everyday.
So many people have over come more than me, but the truth is when it happens to you it just plain old sucks and i want a pity party. The inspiration has helped but there is always that minute bit of selfishness. I am on the upswing now. Just has surgery #2 yesterday to reconstruct the ACL. Surgeon seems to feel positive, so should I......