Wowza, there are some real gems from the world of health and nutrition news this week. Enjoy!
What a smart move! A man who suspected he might have testicular cancer took a home pregnancy test to see if his level of the hormone beta human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) could be detected. hCG is the hormone that flags pregnancy but is also present in higher levels for men with developing testicular cancer. His test came up positive prompting him to visit a doctor. Smart or weird? I like it…thinking outside the (pregnancy) box may have saved this man’s life!
“It does not protect as promoted. It’s all a sales job: it’s all public relations.” A pretty bold statement from Michael T. Osterholm, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy on the effectiveness of flu vaccines – especially for children and the elderly. Check out this story from the New York Times which offers a refreshing alternative perspective to need for flu vaccines.
Someone help this kid balance his blood sugar! A 9-year-old in Ukraine stole almost $4000 from his parents for the purchase of candy. Yikes.
A funny little study presented at the American Heart Association’s annual meeting suggested that there are four tell-tale signs that indicate a predictability for future heart issues; a receding hairline, baldness on the top of your head, creases in the earlobe, and fatty deposits around your eye.
As if you need more reasons to include coconut oil in your diet – here are 13 Evidence-Based Medicinal Properties of Coconut Oil.
Infographics had a poignant image depicting the number of choices really available to consumers. Made me think!
THE DAILY DL (Dalai Lama):
“The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self.”
– Dalai Lama XIV
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