Tag Archives: Health

Too tired, again

cfsI was getting ready for my yoga class this morning, when I realized: I can’t do it. I’m just too tired.

Everyone gets tired, but chronic fatigue (CFS/ME) is different. Because normal people rest and then they’re not tired any more. People with CFS can rest and they still feel tired. Before I got CFS I simply didn’t understand this. I know you won’t either. Continue reading

How to live to 100

100yearsoldIn my Live to 100 series I’ve examined various places around the world (the Greek island of Ikaria, the Japanese island of Okinawa, Andorra, Spain, Australia and Iceland) where the population enjoys exceptional longevity and good health into old age, and for each place I extracted a list of rules for healthy living. Now I’m pulling these together to find out what’s common to all or most of these locations. In short, I am about to reveal to you the secret of longevity.

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Negativity, responsibility & blame

If I Cut You, Will You Bleed For Me?Have you ever wondered why we exhibit negative behavior? Click to read more …

I’ve been following Heather’s very interesting blog for a while now, and am learning a lot. I have written about avoiding negative behaviour myself on this blog, but I’m aware that I don’t always do what I say. Sometimes my blog is angry in tone and I write negatively and offend people. With hindsight I realise that I could have approached the same topic positively, rather than seeming to react against things I disagree with.

Interestingly, Humans are Weird also blogged about negative behaviour just recently, so I feel a theme developing. It seems to me that we could all learn to get along much better together, but only if we approach the problem rationally like Heather and actually teach people how to do this. Just wanting to be nice isn’t enough.

Listening to some politicians arguing on the radio this morning, I know there’s a long way to go, so the sooner we get started the better.

Foods for energy

foodsforenergyA couple of months ago I read and reviewed a book called Dr Susan’s Chronic Fatigue Cure. The book suggested a number of foods that may reduce energy. This is of particular interest to people like me who suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Dr Susan suggests that the following foods can be energy-draining: red meat, lactose, gluten, chocolate, coffee and alcohol.

Since I read the book, I’ve been carrying out a scientific experiment on myself, to see if these foods really do have an effect.

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Stepping stones to Transhumanism

googleglassThe Consumer Electronics Show (CES2014) currently taking place in Las Vegas is packed full of smart glasses, like Google Glass.

Wearable tech is poised to transform the way we interact with technology. With a pair of smart glasses, you can begin to feel like superman, taking photos and recording videos of anything you see, and with the almost telepathic ability to interact directly with the internet and with your own automated personal assistant.

Don’t doubt that this will happen, just so long as the cost is affordable and the tech works in a convenient way. After all, just a few years ago, how many people would have imagined that we would be carrying smartphones everywhere and that email, Facebook and other social media would be just as important as face to face communication?

Smart glasses are just the latest in a long history of creeping augmentation of our abilities by technology. Observers of technology call this transition “Transhumanism” and predict an inevitable and exponential increase in how this impacts on our lives. Continue reading

The GMO debate and the lightning conductor

stopgmoGenetically modified crops generate intense anger on both sides of the debate.

Those who oppose it, such as Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth, cite the risk of some kind of unpredictable disastrous effect on Nature.

Those who argue in its favour point out that millions of children could be cured of blindness if genetically-modified rice were used to feed people in the third world. In fact, vitamin A-enhanced rice could prevent up to a third of the world’s child deaths. And that’s just one example of the benefits.

The stakes couldn’t really be higher on either side of the debate. It’s imperative that the world makes the right decision about this issue.

So here, I’m asking, “How do we make the decision?” Continue reading

The Chronic Fatigue Cure

drsusanA while ago I wrote about how I suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME). Since then I have been contacted by many fellow sufferers and that article has become the most popular on my blog.

Recently I was lucky enough to be sent a book to review. It’s called Dr. Susan’s Solutions: The Chronic Fatigue Cure and is written by Dr Susan Lark, MD. Continue reading

Speaking in tongues

sanskritpose… continued from Triangle.

Yoga is hard, and it’s made harder by the fact that everything in yoga has a Sanskrit name. Most Sanskrit words are easily translated into English. Thus, popular yoga postures translate as “Extended hand big toe posture” and “Three limb face foot forward intense stretch posture.”

These sound difficult and painful, and that’s because they are. Continue reading

Live to 100 the Icelandic Way

vikingIceland. It’s a cold country far, far away. It has the third highest life expectancy in Europe. And it’s an annoying anomaly in my study of countries with high life expectancy. The other countries where people live long, healthy lives tend to be hot and sunny.

So what’s special about Iceland? Why do people live such a long time? Do they hibernate in Winter? Continue reading

What Facebook thinks I want

facebookFacebook knows me intimately. It knows where I live. It knows what I say. It knows what I like. It knows more about me than any other advertising agency in the history of the world.

And yet, this is Facebook’s data model of me:  Continue reading