Americans who ate a diet rich in animal protein during middle age were significantly more likely to die from cancer and other causes, compared to those who reported going easy on red meat and dairy products, new research suggests.
Their findings below point to age-dependent effects of protein intake, possibly mediated by a growth hormone known as IGF-1.
High protein intake is linked to increased cancer, diabetes, and overall mortality in middle age (50-65)
High IGF-1 levels increased the relationship between mortality and high protein intake
Higher protein consumption may be protective for older adults over 65
Plant-derived proteins are associated with lower mortality than animal-derived proteins
Clearly it’s not science just yet…but chances are, most of us are overdoing our protein intake. A low-protein diet means only 9-10% of calories come from protein — ideally, plant-based. That’s a total of 48g (1.7 oz) of protein a day for a 60kg (132-lb) person, and 64g (2-1/4 oz) for an 80kg (176-lb) person.
And in our old age (when we begin to lose our muscle mass and become more frail), moderate or even high protein intake may be protective…maybe. If all this is too confusing, just stick to a sensible diet of largely plant-based protein…in moderation. You can’t go wrong with tofu. :)
If you’ve planked on a yoga mat, slipped on flip-flops, extracted a cell phone from protective padding or lined an attic with foam insulation, chances are you’ve had a brush with an industrial chemical called azodicarbonamide (ADA). In the plastics industry, ADA is the “chemical foaming agent” of choice. But one thing is clear: ADA is not food.
Going back to my Pepperidge Farm. Not buying ‘Sun-Maid Raisin Bread’ anymore. Better check the list for yours.
Fifty-four days before takeoff is, on average, when domestic airline tickets are at their absolute lowest price. The next best: between 104 to 29 days before your trip.
A ticket is at its highest price on the day before the flight. The second-highest is two days before the flight, the third-highest is three days before… and so on, all the way to 13 days before the flight.
Here are the “magic numbers” for some common international destinations:
Europe: 151 days
Asia: 129 days
The Caribbean: 101 days
Mexico: 89 days
Latin America: 80 days
Obviously this works only if you know what you’re doing in 54 days — because $200+ change fee per ticket! :/
Advocates tackling the nation’s homeless problem are thinking small — The “Tiny House Movement,” once an architectural component to a downsized life, is now becoming something much bigger: an escape from chronic homelessness.
A way for everyone to live with dignity and respect…not to mention safety and protection from the elements, including law enforcement. And using salvaged materials, California artist Gregory Kloen says he can build them for less than $100 each!
I love the watchtower at the top — probably the only place you can stand up and stretch out without bumping your head on the ‘ceiling.’ :)
Architect Stephen Atkinson designed this minimalist cabin (above) for a client living in Durango, Colorado. The white house features a kitchen and bathroom and open concept living area that holds the home’s wood stove. The front of the house has a covered patio which is the same size as the home’s interior.
Treehouses high up in the air —
And a ‘skinny little’ — but permanent — home in Japan.
Also: LittleDiggs - The Big things that make Small spaces livable — 500 sq ft or smaller.
It’s too bad that Korean leaders have come to view the reunification from the point of view of economic and other self-serving interests. Unfortunately, unlike with marriage, they can’t choose their perfect partner — they are one people, after all. Both Germany and Vietnam have managed to come together with their other halves. There’s no reason why the leaders of the two Koreas shouldn’t swallow their pride to do what’s right for their people.
Peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula is priceless. And who knows what the real benefit of coming together will be? If not its rich brother/sister to the South, who else is supposed to help the impoverished nuclear North? Don’t be a cheapskate, guys! Just know that when you help others (or your own), you always end up helping yourselves even more.
AT&T’s free international messaging announcement follows on the heels of a similar roll out from Verizon earlier in February. However, America’s two largest carriers are once again, playing catch-up to T-Mobile, which announced unlimited international text messaging and talk in October.
The move by all three carriers may also be a reaction to the popularity of smartphone messaging apps. Services such as Whatsapp, Line, BBM, and Viber offer unlimited messaging to any other app user around the world over Wi-Fi or wireless broadband.
Most of these messaging platforms offer their services for free. Whatsapp charges $1 per year and new users can try out the service for free for the first year. And similar to BBM and Viber, Whatsapp plans to start offering voice calling services in the spring.
So the pressure’s on — and that’s why cheap international calls and texts are coming to people without a contract. Ha!
Pope Francis on Monday announced a sweeping overhaul — the first in 25 years — of the Vatican’s bureaucracy, creating a new economic secretariat.
According to the Vatican, it is to “simplify and consolidate existing management structures, improve oversight, internal controls and transparency and provide more support for the Vatican’s works for the poor.”
Quiet and humble Pope from Latin America is quite a doer — he gets things done. Pope Francis for President!<3<3
"We don’t have a final case count, but it’s probably in the neighborhood of 25 cases, all in California," said Dr. Van Haren, a Stanford neurologist. The median age of those stricken is 12.
"The cause of most of these cases is not known. Some clinical and laboratory features, such as the pattern of inflammation seen in the spinal cord on MRI, are consistent with a viral process," according to the California Department of Public Health.
Van Haren suspects the culprit is an enterovirus. That is a family of viruses that includes polio but also the milder hand, foot and mouth disease, common in infants and children.
One more vaccine we’ll be waiting for — meanwhile, WASH your hands!