20 March 2006

The First "Lesson"

Remember my unofficial health bible? Well here's our first lesson, and it's a question. What kind of stuff would you like to see here? I have factoids about why people who have heart attacks feel pain in other parts of their bodies, e.g.:
... The heart itself does not feel pain; it does not have specific pain fibers. The heart's nerves do not feel pain directly. But when something is going wrong with the heart, its nerves may become electrically unstable. And when they cross the spinal column, they may short circuit other nerves...

Source: Rozien, Michael F. and Mehmet C. Oz. "The Beat Goes On: Your Heart And Arteries." You The Owner's Manual An Insider's Guide to the Body That Will Make You Healthier and Younger. Harper Reference: New York, 2005. 32.
or I have steps for healthier bodies, e.g.:
Eat at least one handful of nuts a day. Nuts are an excellent source of both healthful fats and healthful protein; they also can be concentrated sources of flavanoids, an antioxidant...

You should eat three portions of fish per week. Fish, especially fatty fish like salmon and whitefish like cod or bass,is high in those omega-3 fatty acids... They appear to reduce triglyceride levels in the blood (high levels cause plaque buildup in the arteries), stabilize the heartbeat (reducing irregular rhythms), make platelets less sticky (reducing clotting), and may bring down blood pressure as well... The best fish are wild, line-caught salmon... mahi mahi, catfish, flounder (sole), tilapia, and whitefish.

Source: Rozien, Michael F. and Mehmet C. Oz. "The Beat Goes On: Your Heart And Arteries." You The Owner's Manual An Insider's Guide to the Body That Will Make You Healthier and Younger. Harper Reference: New York, 2005. 60-61.
I'm interested in both. I find the factoids fascinating. But the better living will come from the steps they tell you to take. Do you prefer one or the other? Let me know. Before I started learning stuff, I took the quiz. Here's one of the 50 questions:

What foods increase fertility rates?
Walnuts
Oysters
Calcium rich foods
Anything as long as it includes flowers, a couple bottles of wine, and a nice night of dancing
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Go ahead and vote. The answer is scheduled to appear in 48-72 hours, depending on how many people answer.

Also ahead this month, the Nick and Heather wedding. The post is under construction but will include many of the 100 pictures I took (I got caught up in the moment). After that, pictures straight from the east coast, where I will be heading on Wednesday to see my mommy, brother, and other family members. Stay tuned!