October 27th, 2010

Say you were in a different line of work – the prisoner relocation industry, for instance, and the year was 1790€¦what's your most significant business challenge?  Well, if you were doing business out of England, transporting your cargo to Australia without killing them would likely be right up there. Finding themselves with a homeland prison system bursting at the English seams in the 18th century, the British government began hiring ship captains to transport masses of prisoners to Australian penitentiaries.  Unfortunately, rough seas of the crossing and ineffective nutrition and medical care along the way took a fatal toll on the individuals being transported – 30% mortality rates per crossing not uncommon.  Over time, the toll also cost the British government.  […]

October 19th, 2010

Remember one year ago when H1N1, the disease formerly known as swine flu, blew the global sale of surgical masks through the roof? Outbreak scares like that pound home the unavoidable fact illness is contagious. But how about healthy behavior – is it contagious too? Can the company we keep, our social networks, impact our individual health status? New research shows not only might our immediate social connections impact our healthy (or unhealthy) behavior, but the social networks connected to ours may as well.  Health, it turns out, might be as contagious as illness. The most notable new research, culled from several decades worth of quantifiable Framingham Heart Study health risk data (including social links between study participants) reveals that healthy behavior like […]

October 7th, 2010

Pop quiz – what's the leading cause of premature aging and death? According to a new article by Dr. Joseph Mercola, physician and New York Times bestselling author, increased insulin and leptin receptor resistance. Translated into common language – too much sugar and processed foods combined with insufficient exercise. Make lifestyle adjustments around these pitfalls and the author notes the reward would likely be a 90% elimination of high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and high cholesterol conditions. That's it – less fructose, regular exercise. Simple.  If health and longevity are that easy, why aren't we all doing it? Probably because it's more complicated than it sounds and few people are provided with the information they need to make the right […]

October 1st, 2010

Glimpse any two minutes of the popular television series Mad Men, a compelling mirror of 1960's American culture, and chances are you'll see at least one of them smoldering between someone's fingers or lips.  In the boardroom.  On the airplane.  In the living room, kitchen and family car.  Even primary physicians during patient visits are smoking them.  Cigarettes are so prevalent on the set of Mad Men, it wouldn't be surprising to see the line item "Lucky Strikes" hover at the top of the production budget. Did our culture really embrace smoking that handsomely a mere few decades ago?  Have we truly reversed the direction of this single tenet of unhealthy behavior? The good news is our culture has made […]

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