How Dangerous is that Airport Body Scanner?

Lots of people fear body scanners at the airport. They shouldn’t. The amount of radiation you get from airport body scanners is incredibly small. How small? I’ll tell you in the video.

Lots of people fear body scanners at the airport. They shouldn’t. The amount of radiation you get from airport body scanners is incredibly small. How small? I’ll tell you in the video.

Can Yogurt Cure a Vaginal Yeast Infection?

Yogurt cannot cure a vaginal yeast infection. Antifungals cure vaginal yeast infections.

No.

The candida yeast lives normally in the vagina. When it overgrows, however, it causes a yeast infection, leading to itching, redness, white vaginal discharge, and burning upon urination.

Since yogurt contains probiotics, which help promote healthy bacteria, someone, somewhere, thought it would reduce the yeast. It’s an interesting idea, but it doesn’t work.

It’s better to treat a vaginal yeast infection with an antifungal cream such as miconazole which attacks the fungus. Don’t stop using it as soon as you start feeling better. Finish the treatment, or it might come back.

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The Life Lesson that Golfer Adam Scott Taught Us All on Sunday

Pro golfer Adam Scott teaches us a lesson about the importance of gratitude.

By most accounts Adam Scott choked on Sunday. He had the lead, the swing, and the confidence. He should have won the Open. He lost.

The lesson he taught us was not how to collapse but how he handle a loss like a champion. When asked about his loss he didn’t makes excuses, he didn’t berate himself, he didn’t fire off positive statements about how he’s gonna get them next time. He simply expressed gratitude:

“I managed to hit a poor shot on each of the closing four holes. Look, I played so beautifully for most of the week. I shouldn’t let this bring me down.”

Scott was grateful to have played so well in one’s of golf’s greatest tournaments. Studies show that expressing gratitude in a journal or to others leads to more happiness, optimism, and better health.

At the end of the day today, write down something for which you’re grateful. That’s a lesson from a pro that will elevate your game.

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Obesity is Linked with Increased Pain

Obesity is linked with increased pain.

You remember “no pain, no gain” — 1980’s. Jane Fonda. Aerobics. Leg warmers.

Today, we’d like to you think “less gain, less pain.” We’ve known for years that weight gain increases joint pain in arthritis sufferers. Now, according to new research from Stony Brook University, excess fat may be associated with increased inflammation, which can actually trigger chronic inflammatory conditions such as arthritis.

In the study, people with higher BMIs (body mass index) reported higher rates of intense pain. Why?

  • Excess fat leads to increased inflammation which leads to pain.
  • Depression can lead to pain, and many obese people are depressed.
  • People suffering from pain may avoid exercise, which can help reduce inflammation.

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5 Ways to Fend Off Cravings

5 ways to fend off food cravings.

Everyone, including your spinning instructor, succumbs to cravings, even if she won’t admit it.

Here are five ways to fend off food cravings:

1.  Procrastinate: You know you’re good at this. Tell yourself you’ll eat it later and do something else. Most times, you won’t get back to it.

2. Toss it: The peanut M&Ms you hid behind the Kashi cereal in your pantry are calling you. Throw them away, and take the trash out. Then see #3.

3. Get moving: When a craving grips you, walk your dog, turn on your Wii Just Dance, or tackle that mountain of clutter on your desk. You’ll feel self-righteous, which is a powerful antidote to food cravings.

4. Drink up: Mild dehydration can cause feelings of hunger. Drink a tall glass of cool water, wait 10 minutes, and see if that craving doesn’t go away

5. Change your habits: Cravings are often psychological. So remove food triggers. Associate Jay Leno with a nightly bowl of ice cream? Change up your routine to break the pattern.

How about you? Got strategies that work? Share them with us below.

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What the FDA’s New Sunscreen Labeling Rules Mean for You

How to read the FDA’s New Sunscreen Labeling Rules

The FDA has recently released new sunscreen labeling rules. Here’s what important for you to know:

1. Sunscreen vs. sunblock: Only “sunscreen” can appear on the label. “Sunblock” will no longer be allowed since they can’t block the sun or prevent skin cancer and aging.

2. Broad spectrum: Look for sunscreens labeled “broad spectrum” which means it protects against both skin-burning, cancer-causing UVB rays and skin-again, cancer-causing UVA rays.

3. SPF of 15 or higher: Only sunscreens with an SPF 15 or higher can claim to reduce the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging.

4. Water Resistant: Sunscreens can no longer claim to be “waterproof” or “sweatproof.” A “water resistant” claim must specify whether it provides 40 or 80 minutes of protection.

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Don’t Pimp, Protect Your Ride

Installing UV-blocking films on your car window can help protect you from sun damage.

UV protect your car windows

Wrinkles and skin cancers are more common on your left side in the U.S. That’s because you get plenty of UV radiation through your car windows. Why not pimp up your ride and tint the windows? Because it’s against the law (at least here in California.)

Tinting is a driving hazard because it obstructs your view; it’s a safety hazard because an officer can’t see in your car when you’re pulled over.

Instead, install UV-blocking films such as LLumar, which block up to 99% of harmful UV rays. And don’t bother writing me after Highway Patrol has written you a ticket for having tinted windows. My letter to the judge, however convincingly written, won’t help you.

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