Public Health Timeline

September 18, 2018

Here is a timeline, as best as I can recall without doing any pesky research, of public health advice from the Media:

1950: Meat, starch and dairy will keep you healthy.

1962: Make your kids drink juice. It has vitamins.

1965: mercury is good for your teeth. Fill your cavities with it.

1969: Eat wheat germ to be groovy.

1973: Bread is a wonder food. Replace all meals with bread.

1975: Older adults should take an aspirin a day if they don’t want to die of a heart attack.

1978: Juice is all sugar. Keep it from kids or they will get diabetes as their teeth fall out.

1983: Bread will kill you. Eliminate it from your diet.

1984: Cholesterol clogs and kills.

1985: Eggs have cholesterol and should be avoided at all costs.

1986: Tofu is good for you. Look – Asians eat it and they live forever.

1987: Flossing is more important than brushing.

1990: Meat, starch and dairy will immediately kill you.

1991: Moderate daily alcohol consumption will prevent heart disease and add years to your life.

Later in 1991: Alcohol is poison; avoid at all costs.

Still later in 1991: The secret to longevity is daily alcohol consuption.

1992: Eat only meat and fat. Carbs are from Satan.

1993: Coffee will burn a hole in your stomach

1994: Coffee is a super antioxidant. Drink more of it.

1995: The cholesterol in eggs won’t hurt you. Eat an egg a day.

1996: What is wheat germ? Whatever it is, we don’t sell it here.

1997: mercury fillings are insane. Remove them at once.

2000: Drink 50 cups of water a day, you idiot.

2002: Some cholesterol is bad, some is good. No one can possibly know which is which.

2003: Most people get plenty of vitamin D from the sun.

2004: Coconut oil is bad for you again.

2005: Tofu is evil. Something about hormones and GMOs.

2006: Coconut oil will kill you – don’t even look at it. Too late.

2007: You can exist on a diet of pure coconut oil.

2008: Everyone on the planet is dying of vitamin D deficiency.

2009: Get a mammagram

2010: Stay away from mammagrams

2011: Maybe get a mammagram

2012: Forget what we said about water. Just drink… some.

2013: There is no clinical benefit to flossing.

2014: We were just kidding about cholesterol; it doesn’t hurt you.

2015: Coffee dehydrates you.

2016 and a half: Coffee doesn’t dehydrate you.

2017: Eat crickets. Eat fermented crickets raised on organic turmeric and drizzled in mushroom extract.

2018: Older adults who take an aspirin a day will immediately die.

Those are the ones that come to mind. But I haven’t yet looked at today’s headlines; is alcohol bad or good again?


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Celebrity (Donald Trump) Uber Alles

June 27, 2018

Thanks to the Dead (or recently retired) Kennedys

I am Emperor Donald Trump
Born again with fascist cravings
Still, you make me president
Rule of law has now gone ‘way
I am now your king today
Now I command all of you
Betsy Devos will Control your school
And Erik Prince will do security too!
Celebrity Über Alles
Über Alles Celebrity
White Nationalists will control you
‘Cause you’re afraid of other points of view
I’ll put Stephen Miller on the Court
The confirmation will be short!

Welcome to 1954
Are you ready for the Third World War?
You too will meet the ICE police
They’ll jail you and they’ll steal your niece!
Come quietly to detention camp
You’d look nice as a drawstring lamp
Don’t you worry, it’s only a shower
You’ll see your baby in less than an hour
She’ll go quietly to Tender Care
We’ll deport you and keep her here!

Don’t worry, it’s for a cause
Feeding Trump Corporations’ claws
Die on a brand new poison gas
North Korea or Canada
Making money for President Trump
And all the friends of President Trump
Celebrity Über Alles
Über Alles Celebrity

Close your eyes, can’t happen here
Bernie Sanders on white horse is near
The Nazis won’t come back, you say
Praise Trump or you will pay
Praise Trump or you will pay!

Celebrity Über Alles
Celebrity Über Alles
Über Alles Celebrity
Über Alles Celebrity

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Trick Your Brain into Mindfulness & Wellbeing

June 3, 2018

Here are some mindfulness brain tricks which I find astoundingly effective.

1. Come Back into Your Body

Imagine that you have been dead for a while, doing whatever people do in the afterlife, and suddenly you find yourself back in time, in your body. You might think, “Oh yeah! I remember this body!” What do you see and feel? Perhaps you only have one day back on Earth in your body.

When I do this, I find that I really appreciate everything – the sensation of being alive, the air, the sun, the use of my hands…. In fact, any pain or discomfort I may have been feeling dissipates completely or becomes an intriguing sensation of life. Tiredness goes away. My posture even improves. It’s pretty amazing.

2. Focus on What Doesn’t Hurt.

We all have physical and/or emotional pain, and we know that we can be distracted from that pain. One interesting way to distract yourself is to focus on all the things that don’t hurt! Perhaps your backs killing you… but your earlobes feel fine. And there’s nothing wrong with your elbows. Catalog all of the parts of your body, and your life, that feel pretty good. Perhaps you have a job and can pay rent. If not, maybe you have the money to buy a tasty lunch. Or you have someone who loves you. Or you live with a cute pet. There’s so much that doesn’t hurt and, in fact, is pretty good.

3. Back in Time

Have you ever fantasized about going back in time and warning yourself not to make a wrong choice that negatively affected your life? Why wait? Imaging, right now, that your future self has come back in time to warn you not to make a bad choice at this very minute. What would your future self be saying? And will you listen? If you’ve gone through all the trouble of time travel, it must be an important message that you have for yourself.

4. Smile!

This is one I didn’t come up with myself. It’s a well established fact that smiling releases chemicals that can positively affect your mood. And a better mood means less stress which means better health. Force yourself to smile for a couple of minutes straight – it can be the most fake smile you can muster, but it may help. And don’t think you don’t deserve to smile. The Universe needs you at full working capacity, so take the time to tinker with the engine. Smile.


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Daisy Portals

May 4, 2018

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The Universe is on the side of justice

May 2, 2018

In every age of history, people have thought the world was about to end.

But I have hope, because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.

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Messages Sent!

April 14, 2018

We send messages to the world!

Messages! That’s our job. We send them through Twitter & through bombs. Sometimes we send them through hush money. Here are our some of most recent messages:

Hello world! We can blow you up!

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Are Rock Lyrics Sexist?

April 5, 2018

I’ve always despised the sexist lyrics of Simon & Garfunkel’s Homeward Bound, which includes the despicable lines:

Home where my love lies waiting
Silently for me.

What a great role for a woman: to lie in bed silently until her man, who’s out on the road seeking public adoration, bestows his presence once again upon her. Is she allowed to eat during her bed-waiting time? Is she allowed to speak once he has returned? We may never know. But it got me thinking:

Are Rock Lyrics Generally Sexist? Here’s an easy way to find out: Reverse the pronouns! Let’s try it with a few popular songs from throughout the decades:

  • From the hit Elvis song, Baby, Let’s Play House:

(This song reached #5 on Billboard’s Country Singles chart in 1955)

Well, you may go to college,
You may go to school.
You may have a pink cadillac,
But don’t you be nobody’s fool…

Now listen to me, baby
Try to understand.
I’d rather see you dead, little boy,
Than to be with another woman.

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