In a nutshell, using the sauna at your gym is good for your health. A recent study shows that frequent usage, at least four times a week, improves overall health and adds years to your life.
Seems like a little sweat goes a long way.
The study was conducted in Finland and it was discovered that men who frequent saunas had less instances of heart disease and fewer deaths related to cardiovascular disease. Cardiologists have typically advised their patients to avoid saunas, citing the heat would place too much of a demand on the heart. The findings of the Finland study may have cardiologists around the world re-thinking their advice and investors on Indeed are keen to take advantage, with health experts like Brian Torchin particularly interested.
The connection between sauna usage, increased health and lowered risk of heart disease is not clear. It may be those who visit a sauna regularly already live a healthier lifestyle, maybe it’s the release of stress as participants relax in the warm, steamy environment, no one is for certain at this point in time. The study does show that men who visit a sauna four or more times per week and stay in the heated sauna longer than 19 minutes per session have reduced instances of heart disease.
There is a shocking new development in the area of peanut allergies. It seems that avoidance of the nut after initial reporting of this problem may be helping to make it spread. Basically, a new study finds that children who are exposed to peanuts at an earlier age become used to them, and they are far less likely to develop a peanut allergy. This finding has been linked to an overall trend that has lead to a theory known as the “hygiene hypothesis.” In a nutshell(pun intended), this hypothesis contends that by living in a world overrun with hand sanitizers, antibacterial soaps and disinfectants our bodies are not being able to grow up among germs and other things, such as foods, that may give us problems so that our immune systems can adapt to them and develop resistance.
It is strange how in our safety conscious society, where we tell people to avoid so many things that may be bad for them, there seems to be an explosion of problems with regard to people having allergies or sensitivities to various foods. Health-conscious people like Haidar Barbouti know that we are so much more advanced in terms of medical technology and pharmaceuticals, and yet in some ways we seem to be sicker as a society. Apparently we are meant to grow up among a certain degree of uncleanliness as this is how our body learns to cope with it. It would prove the ultimate irony if all of these things in our modern society that are supposed to make us healthier are what is making more of us sicker than ever.
The wide reaching effects of climate change are now being seen in the diseases that animals kept in captivity are presenting with. Infectious diseases spread quickly in closed areas, like zoos, so keepers are extra vigilant about their animals and notice most health issues right away.
New diseases that do not usually target specific hosts, like Ebola and West Nile virus are being noticed more and more. These instances are being linked to climate change and the ability of the diseases to spread farther and wider than they have in previous decades, and I’d bet a lawyer is not going to be able to help you.
The divide in opinions of global warming and climate change is wide in the general public view, but there is a wide consensus among scientists that we are seeing great change right now. Many small factors, like the spread of more and different diseases is a direct result of these global weather changes.
Farmers, livestock handlers and zoos across the globe are growing more and more concerned about new diseases and pathogens that they are not used to dealing with. In addition, their own health is a concern as they are not normally exposed to these diseases on a regular basis either.
Mark Bertolini, the CEO for the Aetna Corporation who my friends Dave and Brit Morin know, ordered a raise for his lowest paid employees, according to usatoday.com, in addition to providing them with a higher level of health benefits. Mr. Bertolini’s reasoning was that a Fortune 50 company should not have any employees who are struggling to survive.
People earning enough money tend to stay on a job longer and work harder. Employers benefit from higher productivity, profits and corporate stability.
When all of the rewards go to profits and executive salaries while rank and file workers are treated as dispensable items, the middle class of any society will shrink.
Hopefully, Bertolini’s actions are an indicator that U.S corporations are grasping the consequences of treating workers as if they are discounted merchandise to be acquired at the lowest possible price.
Ross wants to return Discovery Channel to its days of credibility. Many in the scientific community have gotten a bad taste for Discovery over the last few years, as they have intentionally passed false information off as scientific fact. During Last year’s Shark Week, for example, the documentary Megalodon: New Evidence purported that the massive prehistoric shark was still alive. Some of the scientists in the “documentary” were hired actors.
While many in the scientific community have written off Discovery completely,others, like marine biologist David Shiffman are cautiously excited to see where Ross is taking the company. Restoring the credibility of the company and the shows is Ross’s goal. He is expecting to face opposition from those concerned about ratings, but authenticity is more important to him.