Posts tagged: health
Im making tea because I can’t sleep. Because I can’t stop thinking and planning and organizing work stuff in my head. Because I haven’t mastered the art of controlling my own thoughts- I’ve read two articles recently on how this qualifies me as a retard. That’s fine. So, tea. I can’t sleep and decided against pills tonight. Because….I enjoy needless suffering? No, because Ativan gives me a vicious hangover and I don’t want to spend my Thursday not being able to remember my name or why I am sitting in front of a computer. Tea. The box of tea tells me:
Sit cross-legged or in a chair with spine straight and feet flat. Rest left hand on left knee with middle finger behind index finger and other two fingers locked down with thumb. Raise right hand to chin level with index finger pointed up and other fingers curled under thumb. Close your eyes and move index finger rapidly in small circles for 1-3 minutes. Then take a few deep breaths and relax.
Beneath this “Yoga to let it all go” exercise reads: Before doing this exercise or participating in any exercise program, consult your physician.
I took a picture to post with a joke along the lines of- I do yoga for hours everyday, I can stand on my head, hands, forearms and feet! I can bend myself in positions that make those around me hurt just watching- and how -I can handle twirling my fingers without hurting myself or needing my doctor’s permission. But I think the opening of this post might suggest I am of questionable intelligence. So I’m just going to STFU, drink my tea and go to bed.
A heart in good condition is shown at the left, and a heart from an alcoholic is shown at the right. Excessive alcohol consumption can cause a condition known as alcoholic cardiomyopathy, in which the heart becomes enlarged and weakened.
Day 17!! But what is considered excessive and how long must one drink excessively to do this kind of damage?
I stopped drinking 16 days ago because I wanted to try a different ADD medicine and although my doctor didn’t mention this, the pharmacist told me not to drink on it. Never? Not even wine? I asked. Well, maybe after you’re on it for a few weeks you can have a beer. If it has no alcohol in it. Was his reply.
The other day I was explaining the story behind my sobriety to the ex, who hasn’t had a drink in 6 years. Here’s how it went:
Me: …I really wanted to try _____ but I was told absolutely no drinking, so, I can’t drink
Ex: Really? Awww! It’s so cute that you think that!
I looked up the drug information and yeah. He’s right. I’ve known a few people who drank like most New Yorkers while on this medication, and the instructions said excessive drinking could cause moderate negative side effects, they did not say to avoid alcohol entirely. I’m avoiding alcohol, for no real reason anymore. I don’t have more energy without it, I don’t sleep better, my cerebellum is still out to lunch, and I’m not getting more done by having more sober hours. Maybe it takes a while to see the benefits of this lifestyle, maybe I need to get more that 4 or 5 broken hours of sleep each night before I see improvements.
Still, I’m content to not drink. The only real downside I’ve experienced so far is when I go out with certain acquaintances and discovered that they are painfully boring, have nothing to talk about aside from gossip and no interests outside of going out and drinking. Thankfully the majority of the people I know are incredibly dynamic geniuses and I’ll stick the hanging around them, unless they all decide to move to California.
FOOD—ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMICALS: BPA
The chemical Bisphenol A, or BPA, is used to strengthen plastics and is found in just about everything from water bottles to eyeglasses. It’s even on the cash in our wallets. There is now concern about what effect the chemical is having on our bodies. Research shows that it can lead to numerous health problems including cancer and diabetes.
BPA is everywhere, used to strengthen plastics in food and soda cans, eyeglasses, and water bottles. The Centers for Disease Control says 93-percent of us have it in our bodies. BPA mimics and can interfere with the hormone estrogen.
Erika Schreder, Senior Scientist at the Washington Toxics Coalition, says, “BPA…research [has shown it may] lead to diabetes, obesity, early puberty, cancer, a whole range of problems.”
Erika Schreder says it’s also in our wallets. “Money is indeed contaminated with BPA, likely because of the presence of BPA in receipts.”
Canada, the European Union and some states have limited BPA use. The environmental protection agency lists it as a “chemical of concern”, but has not restricted it.
Andy Igrejas said, “The public basically wants safer materials.” Igrejas is director of Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families. “I think we’ll see more companies start to adopt their own chemical policies where they will be, trying to weed out the known bad chemicals and trying to find out what they can find out about the other chemicals that are out there.”
The industry group American Chemistry Council says “BPA has been safe for decades.”
Regulation of 80,000 chemicals used in the U.S. has not been updated in 35 years.
Also See our blog supplemental pahe for tips on how to avoid BPA: http://chemicalfreeskinny.tumblr.com/BPA_Tips