June 15th, 2007


Breakfast Thoughts

There is something especially satisfying about eating locally grown food that has ripened in the sun. I have been eating apricots from Lonely Dell every morning in my smoothies. They are sweet and have that special sweet sunshine magic about them. YUM.

I have made my usual thermos of yerba mate to take to work, and soon I will jump on the bike and go there. A road closure between my home and work has made my commute substantially longer, and my legs are already bulking up. My body amazes me. All it takes is a couple weeks of bounteous exercise and decent diet, and I get strong.

The kitten is snoozing on the desk by my right elbow. My body is sore from all the yoga classes. The sun is pouring in my eastern windows. Outside the window the mint plant is blooming purple, and the hummingbirds come to feed. Their buzz awakens the kitten and she springs into huntress mode.

Lyme Disease cases double, Fish oil good for everything

June 15, 2007: In the News
Lyme Disease Cases Double in U.S.: CDC
According to statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of cases of Lyme disease has doubled in the U.S. since 1991. (that's 16 years) More than 21,000 cases are now reported every year, making it the most common illness transmitted by insects or animals in the country. The CDC says these figures are most likely an underestimation as not all cases are reported.
As Reported by CNN

Fish Oil Shows Promise in Brain Disorders
Fish oil is increasingly showing promise as a complementary medicine. There is evidence that fish oil supplements rich in omega-3 fatty acids can help treat bipolar and attention deficit disorders in children. A small study found a 30% reduction in manic symptoms with no side effects among children diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
As Reported by Chicago Tribune
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Do you know someone who is a walking disaster area?

from LiveScience
Updated: 10:31 a.m. MT May 24, 2007

Why some people are walking disaster areas:
Smart people don’t automatically make smart choices, research reveals

People who are walking disaster areas — the types who bounce checks monthly, miss flights and vomit on the boss at the company picnic — are the same people who have poor reasoning skills, new research shows.

Reasoning abilities are influenced by intelligence and socioeconomic status, but they may also be skills that can be learned and honed with practice, says a "decision scientist" at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Many people are affected by the way that information is framed, marketed or spun, as in advertisements, thereby exhibiting poor decision-making skills, says Wändi Bruine de Bruin. But people with strong reasoning skills make the same choices no matter how information is presented to them.

The rest of the article.