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Things Are Good: Habits for Happiness

It turns out that just by doing some small changes to your daily routine you can dramatically improve your happiness. By adding very small habits to your day you can see big change! It’s not only for happiness but you can also use habits to alter other aspects of your life.

The key is not to think about grand, sweeping changes, but rather, small ones. Fogg would say very, very small. Back at Stanford, Fogg used his research to develop the “Tiny Habits” formation by keeping it deliberately simple. It runs counter to the way we think about changing habits. (Read more…)

Left Over: Wheat a Minute – Sez Who?

Wheat Belly arguments are based on shaky science, critics say Scientists dispute claims in best-selling book, fifth estate finds

CBC News Posted: Feb 27, 2015 11:00 AM ET Last Updated: Feb 27, 2015 11:00 AM ET

 

You may refer to it as ‘shaky’ science, but those of us who have noticed a big difference in our health and our waistlines would tend to disagree..one has to wonder who financed these ‘critics’ and if the wheat lobby or those who make massive profits on such junk food as ‘cold’ cereal and white bread are prepared to out themselves…full disclosure (Read more…)

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Smoking = Stupidity

I don’t know how to sugar coat this in some politically-correct, sensitive, caring way that doesn’t overtly offend anyone, but if you haven’t already figured this out by now, here it is: smoking is stupid. Really stupid. Even worse, smoking makes you even more stupid while you do it: Researchers tested the IQs of more […]

Politics, Re-Spun: Looking for Heroes?

I’ve been watching The Book of Negroes this week. I have no words. I only recognize justice, integrity, brutality, acknowledgement, witnessing, story telling and a myriad of other foggy responses.

It’s easy to also ponder qualities of heroes.

Then I read this from earlier this week, and nodded. Do you get it?

Anishinabe Women Protest Energy East Pipeline on Family Day

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February 16, 2015

‘Protect the Water, For Future Generations’: Message being shared today with local families, starting at Market Square at noon.

Kenora—Dozens of Anishinabe Women, their families, and supporters converge today on Market Square at (Read more…)

Things Are Good: Mindfulness Meditation Effective in Improving Sleep

Mindfulness meditation is already pretty great, and it keeps getting better! Not only can it help you go amongst your day in a more thoughtful, productive, focussed manner, it can even help you sleep!

A six week trial of getting people who had trouble sleeping to mediate proved to help them get better rest.

Importance Sleep disturbances are most prevalent among older adults and often go untreated. Treatment options for sleep disturbances remain limited, and there is a need for community-accessible programs that can improve sleep.

Objective To determine the efficacy of a mind-body medicine intervention, called mindfulness meditation, to (Read more…)

Things Are Good: Drinking Coffee Regularly Decreases DNA Damage

I start my day with coffee and writing a post about good news. Today those two things merged rather well: it turns out drinking coffee regularly can lower the chances that one’s DNA will get messed up.

DNA is always doing bizarre things and if those things get too bizarre then it can cause some very bad mutations. For some reason coffee keeps your DNA doing the right thing.

As one commentator on Reddit said:

Their findings indicate that those who drank 750 ml (~3 cups) of coffee per day experienced 27% fewer strand breaks in white blood cells than (Read more…)

Things Are Good: Discard These 20 Things to Improve Your Health

There are some minor things you can do around your home to improve your health and the health of the planet. These things range from where you plant trees and what you buy, Time magazine has looked in the opposite direction: what to throw away. They have a list of 20 things that (if you’re buying) you should discard.

Your stash of diet soda

If you haven’t already, you may want to reconsider your diet soda habit—especially if you’re trying to lose weight. A much-buzzed-about study published in the journal Nature found that non-caloric sweeteners such as saccharin (Sweet-n-Low), sucralose (Read more…)

Things Are Good: Wear Lycra, Live Longer (And Ride a Bike)

Here are things that have proven time and time again:

Bicycles are a great way to get around. Exercise helps your health. Bicycles are a good source of exercise. Exercise can make you happier. Bicycles are a sustainable transportation solution. Exercise reduces mental strain. Bicycles + exercise can slow the aging process:

Scientists who analysed the physiological functions of more than 120 regular cyclists aged between 55 and 79 failed to find any of the obvious signs of ageing that they would normally observe among people of the same age.

The volunteers – 84 men and 41 women – had (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: Yet Another Logistical Solution to Homelessness

So, Utah has been eradicating homelessness by giving people homes. The bonus is that it’s easier and cheaper to provide social services to people when their housing needs are met.

From Amsterdam, we see yet another logistical solution for emergency housing while we have a national dialogue on a national housing plan.

A rich country like Canada should have no difficulty developing a national housing strategy that solves homelessness and unaffordable housing.

The houses will rent for 700 euros a month, or about $900. It’s a little less than someone might pay for a cramped single room in the city, (Read more…)

Things Are Good: A New Perspective on Depression

Depression seemed to be talked about more last year than in previous years thanks to celebrities revealing their troubles with the affliction. There’s also been more research into depression. With more people thinking about and looking into depression we get new perspectives on the issue.

Now, some researchers are arguing that depression could be a symptom of lifestyle decisions and some influence from our evolution. The evolution aspect is rather interesting because it could be interpreted that depression is a reaction to help one person not infect others with communicable diseases.

So if people with depression show classic sickness behaviour (Read more…)

Northern Insight / Perceptivity: Political success, program failure

In February 2013, shortly before the provincial election campaign began, the BC Liberal Government made an announcement about a new program that was to be funded with over $100 million: GP For Me A Success Says Government

Friday, February 22, 2013 10:23 AM

The Province has announced new incentives and supports to work towards ensuring every family that wants a family physician, can have one by 2015…

It is now 2015 and the objective has not been achieved. But, that surprises no one involved in delivering medical care to British Columbia residents. The announcement was a pre-election ploy by the (Read more…)

Trashy's World: Bring on 2015!

Like any year, there were ups and downs over the past 12 months. However, 2014 was unfortunately a bit more about downs, than ups. On the positive side (cuz I like to mention good things first): First, and most importantly, the kids are thriving. My eldest is working full-time in retail and had come to […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Set Walmart and Target Afloat, Please

Monty Python was onto something with their sailing financial pirates, I think. “Over 260,000 tons of plastic waste in oceans, study shows“ Why buying dollar store crap will come back to haunt you and your grandchildren:

The scientists have stressed their estimates are “highly conservative, and may be considered minimum.” They only took into account the floating plastic garbage, disregarding the waste found on shores and on the seabed.

Another unaccounted for type of plastic is one that can only be found “within organisms.” Researchers believe that large portions of “microplastics,” less than 5mm in size, could (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Who Needs Water Anyway?

A delusional remark in a CBC article: “Canada, which has long been criticized for being heavily dependent on shipping natural resources to the rest of the world.” Our Prime Minister, and Saskatchewan’s Premier spend millions, hundreds of millions actually, to tell Canadians and the world how many resources we should be sending elsewhere.

Consider the stat from Gasland II, where about 60% of some wells’ casings are expected to fail within 30 years. Naturally that stat is going to err on the sensational, but even the more conservative ~10% estimates are extremely worrying. “Leaky plumbing on energy (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: “People are going to die”

First Nations Financial Transparency Act: Watch Pam Palmater put the Canadian Taxpayers Federation in its place. “We don’t even have enough money to have websites, how the heck are we supposed to post it online?”

“What’s non-essential on a First Nation?” Palmater asks Evan who is quoting the Conservative government. “We have suicides every day, contaminated water, we have a major housing crisis, food and security in the North that Minister A. (#LyingLeona) could[n’t] care less about. What’s non-essential in a First Nation? People are going to die, if there is not enough funding for (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: Who Are the Main Caregivers for People with a Parkinson’s Diagnosis?

It’s women, of course, who pick up the slack when our healthcare system neglects people. It’s either picking up the slack or being the excuse for systemic neglect.

The main informal caregiver was typically a woman (62%), lived in the same household (72%), and provided assistance on a daily basis (76%). For the most part, the recipient’s spouse was the main informal caregiver (64%).

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/141119/dq141119b-eng.htm?cmp=mstatcan

June 3, 2011 The Social Determinants of Health (1) March 14, 2014 Don’t Tolerate Ignorance About the Minimum Wage (0) October 15, 2013 BC’s Child Support Clawback Hurts Kids (4) (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Who Are the Main Caregivers for People with a Parkinson’s Diagnosis?

Things Are Good: Talking About Mental Health

Smashing Magazine is best known for geek and design issues, recently they published an article out of the norm. It was part of {Geek} Mental Health Week. Christopher Murphy wrote about his struggle with his mental issues and encourages others to speak up, and for people without mental health issues to respect and listen to those that are struggling.

It’s a good thing to get rid of the negative stigma around discussing mental health.

Mental health is an issue, it shouldn’t be a stigma. If more of us address it, openly, we’ll be able to address some of the problems (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Cancer Time Machine

One disturbing part of modern life, is that no one will escape this Earth untouched by cancer in their life somewhere. It’s a toxic environment we’ve created for ourselves, and with lifespans well past what they used to be, cancer is most likely to catch up with our bodies.

I dare say Minister Raitt’s perspective on cancer stories is sharply modified this year, opposed to her view five years ago.

“But it’s sexy,” Ms. Raitt said. “Radioactive leaks. Cancer.” vs. “Transport Minister Lisa Raitt is scheduled to undergo surgery on Tuesday to remove a “solid growth” on her (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Thug Kitchen – Healthier Living for Everyone

The following post has a higher than usual amount of profanity (for DWR, anyway). You have been warned.

Eating right is hard. Eating horribly wrong is so very easy. Are we all doomed to clogged arteries, pickled livers, and malnourished obese children? No! Thug Kitchen is here to save us all! What started as an awesome blog is now a cookbook with it’s own trailer!

What makes Thug Kitchen so special? There are lots of health cook books out there, but you may have noticed a slightly unusual tone in the trailer. From the Thug Kitchen FAQ section:

[Thug (Read more…)

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: The Ebola Panic

Ebola has gripped the imagination of North American media and been spun into a terrifying spectre looming like a horseman of the apocalypse over us. So widespread has it become that Jenny McCarthy, one of the top wingnuts of quackery and pseudomedicine, and poster girl for the pro-measles-pro-mumps parents, felt compelled to pipe up with her […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: RCMP Fails to help Member; He Dies

The Mountie made famous last year by the media and the RCMP for being punished while smoking medicinal marijuana while in uniform, has died of an undisclosed cause. He was facing sentencing for charges in the fallout of the scandal last year.

cartoon life: More on the hopefully boring and uninteresting state of me

In My biggest disappointment is that I didn’t gain any superpowers I mentioned the surprise incident. All the puzzles bits aren’t yet in place, but it looks like a seizure caused by a warning stroke, or a TIA, or Transient Ischemic Attack. The bubble test, where they run some oxygenated fluid, like a carbonated software drink, through your heart shows an intra-atrial shunt, likely a PFO, or Patent Foramen Ovale, which is a small hole which allows stuff to pass through that shouldn’t.

About a quarter of the population has such a thing. And in a history of an (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Harper claims to champion the health of women and children in developing countries

Prime Minister Stephen Harper now claims to champion “the health of women and children in developing countries,” heads to New York to address the UN General Assembly for the first time since 2010.

The post Harper claims to champion the health of women and children in developing countries appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Things Are Good: Lose Weight by Taking the Bus

Obesity is a health problem in North America and this is due to modern lifestyle choices. One choice is to live far from work and commute using a car (this has led to environmental problems in addition to health problems) which means that people physically move less than before. Some new research now points out that you can lose weight and keep it off by ditching the car and taking transit!

So now you can better manage your weight while reducing pollution!

In the study, which looked at 40,000 households throughout the country, men weighed around seven pounds less when (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Amazing Discovery

Have you heard about the amazing discovery the Harper Government is responsible for?

No, not the Franklin Expedition which remained known to the Inuit for almost 200 years through oral history, I’m talking about the discovery in Ottawa that the federal government isn’t maintaining important national landmarks related to science.