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These Numbers Matter as Much as Your Weight

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BMIBody mass index uses your height to gauge if your weight is healthy, but even that's not foolproof. Your body type, ethnic group, and muscle mass can change the meaning of the number. For example, if you start exercising regularly, you may gain weight as you build muscles. When you're trying to lose weight to be healthier, there are other numbers you should pay attention to, too, instead of focusing only on the scale. Swipe to advance 2/15 Waist SizeBreathe out, and wrap a tape measure around yourself midway between your hip bone and ribs. No matter your height or build, if your waist measures more than 40 inches (35 inches for women who aren't pregnant), you probably have extra fat around your heart, liver, kidneys, and other organs. Besides needing a larger pants size, you're more likely to have heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea, and colorectal cancer. Swipe to advance 3/15 Blood PressureIdeally, you want your upper, or "systolic," numb…

Horse Herd Dynamics & the Art of Organizational Success

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"The horse herd is a 40-million-year-old system that not only succeeds, it thrives. This endurance defies the conventional definition of sustainability and invites us to learn something from these powerful, wise and sensitive animals. Allegorical use of horses as a window into the management of our own social organizations may seem at best romantic, and at worst a cheap stretch. We are not animals, we tell ourselves, and our brains function differently, and besides, horses cant balance a budget. But this thinking not only over estimates our superiority, it underestimates the intelligence of nature. And, in fact, as mammals, our brains are hardwired for the same need for safety and success as the horse. It is our nature-deficient culture that robs us of true insight, robbing us of wisdom that could prevent professional and organizational demise."

--by Kelly Wendorf, syndicated from equussantafe.com


I have a folding plastic chair that I keep near the horse paddock, home to a sma…

A New Test for 'Body Time'

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Do You Know Your 'Body Time'?

By Dennis Thompson
HealthDay Reporter


No matter what your watch says, your body may be on a whole other schedule. Now, scientists say they've created a blood test that pinpoints the timing of your own internal clock.

The TimeSignature test evaluates dozens of genes to reveal an individual's "circadian rhythm" -- the crests and troughs that occur throughout the day as your body and brain cycle between sleepiness and alertness.

"Everyone's clock ticks at a different rate. If you want to do personalized medicine, knowing the clock time of the patient is very important," said sleep expert Dr. Mark Wu, of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Two blood samples taken about 12 hours apart could provide a solid estimate of your internal clock, said lead researcher Rosemary Braun.

"By looking at a set of 40 different genes that are expressed in blood, we can pinpoint a person's internal clock to within an hour and a half,…

Can You Have Too Much of These Healthy Foods?

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Food FadsKale! Seaweed! Goji berries! When you hear aboout a food that curbs this disease or that condition, you might want to dive right in. If some is good, more must be better, right? Not so fast. The right amount of the right types of foods is great for you. But if you overdo it or choose the wrong kinds, it can backfire. Since every good-for-you-food has its limits, focus on the big picture. Swipe to advance 2/14 Too Many Brazil NutsSelenium is a nutrient that you need -- but only about 55 micrograms (mcg) of selenium a day. Just one Brazil nut has 68-91 mcg. That's more than a day’s worth! Too much selenium can cause problems including diarrhea, nausea, skin rashes, hair loss, and even serious effects like trouble breathing, heart and kidney failure, and heart attacks. Adults shouldn’t get more than 400 mcg per day. That’s no more than four or five Brazil nuts, if you don't get selenium from anything else. Swipe to advance 3/14 Picking Your Own MushroomsThese wild and wooly fu…

The Psychology of Self-Righteousness

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"When it comes to moral judgments, we think we are scientists discovering the truth, but actually we are lawyers arguing for positions we arrived at by other means." The surprising psychology behind morality is at the heart of social psychologist Jonathan Haidt's research. He explains "liberal" and "conservative" not narrowly or necessarily as political affiliations, but as personality types ways of moving through the world. His self-described "conservative-hating, religion-hating, secular liberal instincts" have been challenged by his own studies.

http://www.dailygood.org/story/1865/jonathan-haidt-the-psychology-of-self-righteousness-on-being/

Signs You’re Not Getting Enough Vitamin B6

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Whole Body ImpactThis hard-working vitamin holds many big jobs. It affects your mood, appetite, sleep, and thinking. You need it to fight off infections, turn food into energy, and help your blood carry oxygen to all corners of your body. While it’s rare to run low of it, you can’t afford to do so. Swipe to advance 2/15 Flagging EnergyIf your body is very low on B6, you can get anemia, which is too few red blood cells. That would make you feel tired and weak. Anemia can also come from not having enough iron in your body. Shortages of other vitamins, like B12 and folate, also may cause it. Swipe to advance 3/15 RashesSigns that you lack B6 can show up on your skin. Your body goes through chemical changes. That most often leads to a scaly, itchy rash, usually on your face, called seborrheic dermatitis. The rash may get more and more obvious with time. If you have a minor shortage, the symptoms could take months or years to show up. Swipe to advance 4/15 Dry, Cracked LipsYour mouth could be a goo…