Yesterday started off on a great note. I got up, hopped on my treadmill, and completed this pyramid workout:
Repeat Minutes 0-8 2 more times
For the last 5 minutes on the treadmill (I wanted to get to 30 min total) I alternated running 8.0 for 30 seconds and resting 30 seconds.
Then I spent the day at school but man oh man, it was a beautiful day! Look at this view along the canal yesterday:
And now for your daily dose of science! I found this talk on Ted.com and I think it explains things really well. So often, we as consumers are influenced by what the media has to say about science. This and this cause cancer…. add this herb to your diet… do what Dr. Oz tells you. While some of the things we hear on TV and read in magazines are valid (and I’m never against encouraging someone to live a healthy lifestyle even if we don’t know whether or not it prevents cancer), a lot of the things we see and read are total bogus.
I think it’s very fitting to have this post because I just received a product in the mail today to review for my blog. It’s a pretty wacky product and makes some intense claims, so I’m looking forward to trying it out and researching the actual scientific evidence behind it.
Here is the vide0- You will be glad you watched it!
At school yesterday, we were given access to tons of different databases. The one I’m most excited to use right now is called Natural Standard. It provides evidence-based literature for alternative therapies. I think this will be an amazing tool because I’ve already had patients bring in boxes of tea that they read would help them lose weight. When they ask me if it’s okay for them to drink, I can turn to this site to find out!
The site gives each alternative therapy a grade A-F, A having the most scientific support, and F having the most negative scientific evidence.
To put it to the test, I looked up chia seeds because I’ve heard countless good things about them and I must admit, I love them in my smoothies and oatmeal 😉 I found that only one manufacturer of chia seeds had been studied, but received a grade B for cardiovascular protective effects and preventing atherosclerosis. There are preliminary studies on anti-cancer effects of chia as well. But I was shocked to find all the interactions these little seeds can have with drugs! For example, don’t use chia if you’re on a blood thinner!
I think I will be using this website all the time to check out the latest health claims. I looked up Acai berries because I always see people shouting the benefits of acai from the rooftops! Turns out, they don’t even give acai a grade because there is insufficient scientific evidence to make a judgement.
Now, I know there are lots of great nutritional supplements that just aren’t studied thoroughly because that’s not where the money is for pharmaceutical companies blah blah blah. But I think this is still a great tool to check things out.
If you ever have any new health product you want me to look up, send it my way!
Lastly, thanks for all the great jewelry advice yesterday. One of my mom’s friends has an amazing Etsy shop for jewelry and was nice enough to give us all free shipping if we use the code “wenzel”. Check it out!