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technology isn’t good for your health (yet more studies show) but there are ways to be mindful

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

For as long as technology has become a part of our daily life (cordless/cell phones, microwaves, computers…) there was been back and forth debate over the damage these devices do to our well being.  Well, it’s looking like we’re still being told to hang up the phone!  The radiation coming out of it when we make calls might be doing permanent damage, according to a new body of research that’s been cropping up.

According to hundreds of studies that link EMF exposure (the rays coming out of your phone) to Alzheimer’s disease, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), brain fog, cardiovascular disease, miscarriage, infertility, insomnia, learning impairment, as well as anxiety and depression.  Lovely.

Because cell phones are such an important part of our lives, this seems like an unavoidable problem.  However, here are some ways to decease your exposure:

1. Text, don’t talk, whenever possible.
2. Use speaker mode to keep your phone as far away from your head as possible.
3. Go offline — turn off your cell phone when you’re not using it and shut off your wireless router at night. (You’ll be amazed how much more soundly you’ll sleep.)
4. Get your phone out of the your pocket; men who carry their mobile there have lower sperm counts than those who don’t carry a cell phone.
5. Avoid tight spaces (buses, elevators, trains, and subways) where your phone has to work harder to get a signal out through metal.
6. Buy low, choosing a phone with a low SAR (specific absorption rate) number.
7. Replace your cordless phones with corded land line phones.
8. Don’t cradle your laptop–putting it on your lap exposes your reproductive organs to EMFs.

ozzy osbourne has some interesting dna results

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

We all know that Ozzy Osbourne was the lead singer of Black Sabbath.  We know that he bit the head off a bat.  We know he’s referred to as the “Prince of Darkness.”  We did NOT know that Ozzy is a man of science.

Ozzy Osbourne is one of the only people in the world who’s had his entire genetic code deciphered!

According to researchers at Knome, a company which specializes in analysis of human genomes, Ozzy’s blood sample reveals that he has inherited some DNA from the extinct race of Neanderthals.  Aside from his Neanderthal background, Ozzy is also a distant relative of Russian tsar Nicholas II, King George I, and outlaw Jesse James.  Cool!

Here’s what Ozzy has said about his reasoning for getting his DNA analyzed:

“Given the swimming pools of booze I’ve guzzled over the years–not to mention all of the cocaine, morphine, sleeping pills, cough syrup, LSD, Rohypnol…you name it–there’s really no plausible medical reason why I should still be alive.”

“Maybe my DNA could say why.”

Pretty interesting stuff.  Heh, I like that he can acknowledge the medical marveling we’ve all experienced when it comes to him still standing.  My, I’d just love to see my entire lineage …hmm, well, would I?

cool new dna security gadget

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

In London, they’ve recently developed a new, high-tech, really cool gadget called SelectDNA, which is a canister filled with a spray that contains synthetic DNA.

Here’s how it works: If a criminal attempts to break into a place that has this device, an employee can hit a panic button, which simultaneously alerts the police and shoots out a fine mist from the canister, which covers everyone in the room.  Every batch of spray in a particular canister will have a unique DNA signature, which glows blue under ultraviolet light, so police can connect burglars to the scene of a crime!  How wild is that?!

Here’s what Andrew Knights, managing director of SelectaDNA, has to say about the product:

“It will come off within a number of hand washes, but if you run through a spray it’ll accumulate on the inside of your nostrils and ears and under the fingernails; areas that are difficult to get off.”

Looks like they’re already using this spray in hundreds of retailers and banks throughout the U.K., Europe, and New Zealand. They’re not in the U.S. as of yet, but the company is currently in talks with U.S. companies.

Pretty neat idea.  I’m interested to see if these become popular in the U.S.  I don’t see why not.

lady gaga hits the BILLION mark on youtube views!!!!

Friday, October 29th, 2010

There is no stopping the woman, and I love it.

Over the weekend, Lady GaGa became the first artist in YouTube history to reach a BILLION views on the website!  Between Poker Face, Paparazzi, Bad Romance and Telephone, little monsters have linked in a total of 1,000,059,920 times (and counting)!

Wow!  THAT is an accomplishment! (Not to be surpassed by anyone, anytime soon either!)

Once she heard the news, GaGa got right on her Twitter to thank her loyal friends and fans, saying:

“We reach 1 Billion views on youtube little monsters! If we stick together we can do anything. I dub u kings and queens of youtube! Unite!”

A Queen of youtube, eh?  I like it!  Congrats to my favorite current artist around.  Her videos are amazing.  They’re little works of art.  Nobody tries as hard as her.  I’m so glad (and not at all surprised) to see so many people identify with someone who stands for “the weird kid/outcast” in all of us.  It exemplifies that (A) there are a lot of people out there that needed that sort of icon to take what they will from and identify with and (B) some people will always be ready to jump on a band wagon, as GaGa has been dubbed the “it” thing, these sheep jumped …kind of funny considering what she stands for.  Hey, sheep feel different too, this is why they cling to the herd.

All of these accomplishments from ONE album release!  To say I cannot wait for Born This Way and all it will bring on is a bit of an understatement.

Hooray for The GaGa!  Keep doing what you’re doing Lady…

the walkman is over

Friday, October 29th, 2010

I’d say the Walkman lost its relevance long ago, but now it’s official.

After more than 30 years on the market, Sony has decided to end production and sales of their Walkman portable cassette players.  The final batch was produced in Japan back in April of this year and as soon as they’re sold, there will officially be no more.  Since 1979, over 200 million Walkman cassette players have been sold.

Sony does say however, that they will continue to make and sell their CD and MiniDisc-based Walkmans.

Speaking as a product of the 1980s:  Sure, we all love our iPods, but the end of the Walkman is an end of an era!