Category Archives: Science

It’s Smart To Be Healthy

A Special Guest Post By: Chris Steurer

We all know that getting healthy can bring  tremendous amount of positive results in our lives… but did you know that being healthier can also help you become smarter?

774 - Neuron Connection - Pattern

Perhaps this sounds like a strange idea, but when you break it down, it can clear up some speculation.

1. The brain is a part of the human body

2. When we are healthy all the parts of our body are able to function properly.

4. Being healthy can help your body better maintain one of its most important parts, the brain!

Strange has turned into simple.

The overall health of our brain and our bodies can have a major impact on how well we are able to perform certain cognitive functions.

If we partake in unhealthy activities such as smoking or becoming overweight, we increase our risk of unhealthier brains and cognitive abilities. In order to keep our minds in tip-top shape, we must take care of our bodies’ health and well-being. Who knows, perhaps increasing our health can also help us increase our wealth?

Diets + Depression = Weight Gain

Just a Spoonful of Antidepressants

A while back, I found out that I was suffering from bouts of depression. I started on the typical SSRI’s and ended up gaining a significant amount of weight. Due to reversing my progress, I wanted to get off of them.

How could I diet if these pills were not giving me a fair chance?

I started to think about genes and the fat ones that I inherited from my family. Just because I was predisposed to becoming obese didn’t mean I had to be obese.

There must be a way to not suffer from negative side effects, especially for drugs that a lot of people depend on.

But I realized that when I started walking for exercise, my endorphins kicked in, making me feel great both mentally and physically. There was something that I could physically do to not only beat the side effects of weight gain, but make myself feel better as well.

Now I am taking a more proactive attitude of not letting things just beat me down.

I know what will happen if I go off the pills; I’ll emotionally eat.

Major weight gain. Major depression.

I can stay on the medication; I’ll just need to keep walking, one step at a time.



mmmm... fizzy soda

Do you drink two or more soft drinks per day? A new study released today links sugary beverages with pancreatic cancer. However, this link is only for people drinking SODA, those who drink mostly fruit juices did not have the same risk. But Michelle over at the Fat Nutritionist points out the study didn’t take into account whether these soda drinkers were also smokers. The leader of the study, Mark Pereira of the University of Minnesota, said that people who drink that amount of sugary soda also have other poor health habits.

How do we know for sure if soda really increases your risk for pancreatic cancer? We don’t.

“Although this study found a risk, the finding was based on a relatively small number of cases and it remains unclear whether it is a causal association or not. Soft drink consumption in Singapore was associated with several other adverse health behaviors such as smoking and red meat intake, which we can’t accurately control for,” said Susan Mayne, Ph.D., associate director of the Yale Cancer Center and an editorial board member of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

So, as with all studies that are released, the findings aren’t definitive. They don’t know for certain. The soda could have been a factor or it could have been the smoking, or eating red meat. I love how the news takes these findings and reports them as the sworn gospel of truth. I’d like the news media to start reporting what these studies don’t cover and tell us the real truth, which is… maybe it does, maybe it doesn’t.

— Pattie Lee

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