The internet is great, isn't it?
Despite its many benefits there is the issue with information overload and how we are adapting to consume more data and stretch the limits of multitasking. But what is that doing to our brains?
There are not too many things I get evangelical about but as some of the people close to me know last year I made a few food decisions. During this past year I have watched (over the internet) this similar topic gain tremendous widespread attention and promotion.
The topic and points for consideration are broad but the one single item I want to mention here, simply because I feel so strongly about it.
Everything is a choice and we each have our own set of bias criteria, conscious of not, for deciding what and when something goes down our throat. But the one ingredient that most of us can't deny is not good for us and gaining a reputation as the deadliest substance on the planet - that little white sparkling powdery stuff, no not that class A drug but instead that simple ingredient that finds its way into almost everything we consume - sugar!
A recent 'twinge' in my left knee while jogging over some uneven turf in the park reminded me of these simple self treatment techniques and the vulnerability of our hard working knees.
Did you know the knee is the largest joint in the body? It also has a pretty tough job and is prone to injury unfortunately. Our knees take the impact for pretty much everything we do on our feet. Being literally two bones, femur and tibia, joined together by ligaments with only a wedge of soft cartilage (meniscus) as a cushion between them - they do an amazing job on the whole.
It's not only athletes who risk injuring their knees but most of us in our day to day can suffer one of these common conditions. If we are aware of them and be more mindful during our daily movements we should be able to reduce the risk. Let's take a look...
I have just read an intriguing insight into the obesity dilemma by Mike Gibney, Director of the Institute of Food and Health at University College Dublin.
Mike addresses the question - why do some people get fat? Is it our differing levels of self control and self discipline? Is the more appropriate query between genetic factors and our modern environment? Mike sniffs out any nonsense verdicts with his acute ability to read between the lines.
It may sound counter-intuitive when first telling someone suffering with arthritis of the knee that they should exercise to help relieve the pain. But, research suggests that some forms of aerobic, aquatic and strength training will ease pain and improve function.
But not every study is created equally and sometimes certain published claims don't stack up with what our daily hands-on experience is telling us. Some examples...
Acupuncture is known for its safe application with less adverse side effects compared to conventional pain treatments. For this very reason we expect to see a continued growth in its use with children.
You may hear acupuncture being referred to as an 'alternative' treatment based on ancient chinese methods of regulating the body's energy pathways. A more modern and western approach refers to medical acupuncture as a complementary treatment, now used by a great many medical professionals in a wide range of clinical settings. Chartered Physiotherapists are increasingly undergoing post graduate training in medical acupuncture as an adjunct to their treatment approaches and achieving very good results.
An intriguing title that certainly caught my attention. Dr Alessandro Demaio, a fellow at the Copenhagen School of Global Health and Harvard Medical School, writes an interesting article putting these two major global challenges into the same pot - based on a view that they are caused and solved by the same determining factors.
Read on to see how our carbon-intensive and labour-conserving lifestyles bring obesity and global warming together for a mutual response.
When faced with the task of losing weight the standard response has been for as long as I can remember to reduce fat intake. Someone got that advice wrong because it hasn't worked.
Read this interesting article explaining what happened in the 70's when the fat in our foods got replaced with sugar. Doc's vision for the future isn't so bright, sadly.