American rock band Cage the Elephant changed their name from 'Perfect Confusion' after a man with mental health issues ran up to the lead singer after a show in Tennessee, grabbed him and just repeatedly shouted "You have to cage the elephant, you have to cage the elephant." spin.com/2010/07/why-they…
The majority of the alcohol industry's sales come from so-called problem drinkersβ€”people whose drinking is destroying or risking their health. theguardian.com/society/2…
Today I learned of the "Vitamin D Paradox" among black people. Researchers couldn't understand why black folks had better bone health while 80% were chronically Vit D deficient. They discovered black folks make less of a protein which interferes with Vit D. They have less overall but use it more efficiently. npr.org/sections/health-s…
The Plasma Economy, in which poor Chinese farmers were paid for plasma extractions from 1991-1995, attracted 3 million donors, 40% of whom contracted HIV due to low health and safety standards. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
A medical fetish company donated medical scrubs to a UK hospital after requests by UK National Health Service reps. The company bills itself as β€œthe only online store 100% dedicated to Medical Fetish, Kink and Roleplay” with β€œgenuine medical grade items.” nypost.com/2020/03/31/fet…
A study of 3,599 commuters in 4 European cities found that people who commuted daily through natural environments reported better mental health. "Natural" was defined as outdoor spaces including forests, street trees, parks, reserves, & all types of waterbodies, both public & private. isglobal.org/en/new/-/ass…
The World Health Organization identified homosexuality as a mental illness through 1992 dw.com/en/germanys-gay-so…
Most cats are lactose intolerant so giving them cow's milk can actually cause significant health issues rd.com/advice/pets/can-ca…
The ideal resting position for one's tongue is pressed against the roof of one's mouth rather than letting it β€œsettle” at the bottom of one's mouth. And poor tongue posture can lead to several aesthetic and health problems. healthline.com/health/ton…
Approximately 11% of people have a mental health condition globally. solelysunshine.com
β€” World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes "occupational burnout" as a syndrome resulting from chronic work-related stress, but does not classify it as a medical condition. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occ…
Heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury struggled w/drug addiction & mental health issues for years. When he first fought Deontay Wilder in 2018, Fury donated his entire $9 million purse from the fight to charities that specialize in providing housing for recovering alcoholics and addicts goodnewsnetwork.org/boxer…
The discovery of radium ignited a health fad in the early 1900s that saw it being used as a medical cure-all, in lipsticks, chocolates, toothpaste, water, health spas, treatment of impotence and chicken-feed! theatlantic.com/health/ar…
A toothpaste was sold in early 20th century Germany which was slightly radioactive because it contained small amounts of thorium. Its radioactivity was promoted as imparting health benefits and the product is exemplary of the radioactive quackery which thrived in those times en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rad…
Regularly hugging a loved one can increase oxytocin levels and lead to better overall health. pennmedicine.org/updates/…
Scientists have found that people who abstain from alcohol are also more likely to lack social skills, have higher levels of anxiety and have more mental health issues than those considered heavy drinkers. nhs.uk/news/mental-health…
UK has started Minister of Loneliness, currently held by Tracey Crouch, after growing consensus that loneliness is a public health concern. time.com/5248016/tracey-c…
Utah's Health Dept attempted to distribute free Utah-sex-jokes condoms with saying like "Enjoy your mountin'", "Explore Utah's Caves" and "Sl,UT" before the governor stepped in to stop the theme (but not the condom distribution). myarklamiss.com/news/nati…
Prior to the flu pandemic (1918) being reported in St. Louis, Dr. Max Starkloff had local physicians on high alert and wrote about the importance of avoiding crowds. As health commissioner he closed schools, theaters, and prohibited public gatherings. The city had the lowest U.S. mortality rate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max…
During 1944 Harry S. Truman wasn't the original VP candidate. Henry A. Wallace, FDR's VP from 1940, was up for reelection in 1944 and was progressive but conservative leaders of the DNC were concerned for FDR's health and realized that the VP would replace FDR so they replaced him w/ Truman senate.gov/about/officers…
The 10 most obese countries in the world are all located in Oceania according to data collected during a World Health Organisation study in 2016 about the prevalence of obesity among adults. Nauru is the most obese. factsinstitute.com/rankin…
HMOs are a type of sugar found only in human breast milk. They are not digestible by the infant child. Instead the feed the 'good' intestinal bacteria, thereby increasing the health of the infant's intestinal microbiome. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hum…
Singing has amazing health benefits such as: Works the lungs & tones intercostals/diaphragm, Improves sleep, Benefits cardio, Relaxes muscle tension, Improves posture, Opens sinuses/respiratory tubes, Could decrease snoring, Releases endorphins, Boosts immune system, Improves Parkinsons symptoms en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
Teff, the staple food crop of Ethiopia, is a highly nutritious "superfood" like quinoa. After US and European health food trends created a huge demand for quinoa, prices skyrocketed in Bolivia, where it is a staple food. Fearing their own food shortage, Ethiopia banned the export of teff in 2006 edition.cnn.com/2015/12/1…
In 2013, a service dog named Kirsch and his owner were both awarded Master’s degrees in Mental Health Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. Kirsch received his for attending all of his owner’s classes. dogtime.com/trending/1841…
Mosquitoes perform musical duets before mating.Male mosquitos "buzz" at between 550-650 Hertz while females buzz at about 350-450 Hz. When female mosquitos fly close to male mosquitos, they harmonize their wing flapping as a signifier of good health and fitness.If they can't,no copulation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mos…
Today I learned about "Present Bias" where we give more weightage to payoffs that are closer to the present time when considering an option between two future pay-offs. According to research, managing present bias leads to better prospects in wealth and health. models.substack.com/p/pre…
According to the Health and Safety Executive, cows are the "most deadly" large animal in Britain fwi.co.uk/business/busine…
In 1999, multinational cigarette company Philip Morris attempted to convince the Czech Republic that smoking was highly beneficial to the country's economy, as more people would die earlier, hence allowing the government to save millions on health-care, pension and public-housing. edition.cnn.com/2001/BUSI…
Smelling hydrogen sulfide (AKA farts) is good for your health, as a study conducted by the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom and University of Texas says. healthline.com/health/dig…
Today I learned of the 1947 NYC smallpox outbreak, which was stopped through aggressive public health policy led by health commssioner Dr. Israel Weinstein, leaving only 12 infected and 2 dead hollander-waas.com/blog/t…
Some people Consider Dandelion plant a pesky weed yet it may have Potential Health Benefits according to Evidence based article written by licensed nutritionists and dietitians and contains scientific references. healthline.com/nutrition/…
Stanford researchers offered kids 1 marshmallow now OR 2 if they waited 15 mins. Only 1/3 of kids waitedβ€”later in life, they had better health, school/job performance & relationships. However, newer studies clarified that socioeconomic factors, rather than willpower, helped explain the results latimes.com/science/scien…
The average human body temperature has decreased over the last century and is likely due to improved health. Temperature of men born in the early to mid-1990s is on average 1.06 F lower than that of men born in the early 1800s. med.stanford.edu/news/all…
Junior Seau, Hall of Fame NFL linebacker, killed himself by shooting himself in the chest as opposed to the head so that scientists could research his brain. The National Institute of Health later confirmed his depression symptoms were caused by Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed…
San Francisco had an outbreak of BUBONIC PLAGUE in 1900–1904 that killed 119. While city officials acted quickly to contain it, California Gov. Henry Gage covered it up to protect the powerful railroads and other businesses. Some newspapers helped by defaming the city health commissioner. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
The FDA says you can drink up to 4 cups of coffee a day without seeing any negative health consequences. healthline.com/health/how…
Johnny Rotten, the lead singer of the Sex Pistols who was nicknamed for his poor-health teeth, has had to have major dental work as he got older. youtube.com/watch?v=tVP6E…
Calorie for calorie, nutrient-dense foods benefit your health much more than nutrient-poor ones. The β€œcalories in versus calories out” model fail to take this into account, reducing its relevance when it comes to your health. healthline.com/nutrition/…
Today I learned of St. Martin de Porres - the Catholic patron saint of mixed-race people, barbers, innkeepers, public health workers, and all those seeking racial harmony. He was the illegitimate son of a Spanish nobleman, Don Juan de Porres and Ana VelΓ‘zquez, a free woman of African-Native American descent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Though typically used for physical health, Tai Chi is a martial art taichiforhealthinstitute.…
The publication of a global study on cocaine use by the World Health Organization was banned in 1995. Excerpts from the study conflicted with accepted views such as "occasional cocaine use does not typically lead to severe or even minor physical or social problems" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coc…
A 13-year-old opened a hot dog stand in front of his home in Minnesota, causing a complaint to the health department. Instead of shutting him down, the inspectors helped him bring his stand up to code and paid the $87 fee for his permit out of their own pockets. cnbc.com/2018/08/05/jaequ…
The Lucky Iron Fish is a fish-shaped cast iron ingot boiled in water to treat iron-deficiency anaemia developed by Canadian health workers in Cambodia in 2008. It was created to prevent villagers from rejecting treatment, as the fish is a symbol of good luck and happiness in their folklore en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luc…
Today I learned of Horace Fletcher, "the Great Masticator", who argued that food should be chewed to a liquid before swallowing. He claimed great health benefits from this, including beating college athletes in strength and endurance at the age of 58 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hor…
Today I learned of king penguin, Lala who was injured and nursed back to health in Japan. He didn't leave so the family adopted him and lived in a air-conditioned room. He walked around the neighborhood and got himself fishes from the store. He lived with the family for 10 years before dying of old age in 1996. youtu.be/11xs9mFKObs
Suntanning your butthole does not have any health benefits cosmopolitan.com/sex-love…
The average human body temperature has been dropping by 1/20 of a degree Fahrenheit per decade, since being established as 98.6 in 1851. The reason is improved health and thus reduced population-level inflammation; heat is a symptom of inflammation. medicinenet.com/script/ma…
Flushing cat poop may pose a health risk. If a cat carries the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, the parasite can travel long distances in water and may not be eliminated in a citys sewage treatment system allowing it to reach the drinking supply. wusa9.com/article/news/ve…
91 year old Jimmy Carter became cancer free after months of treatment for a deadly cancer that spread to his brain. His doctor said, "He's a physically and mentally active individual who's in the best health possible for someone in his age group..." cnn.com/2015/12/06/health…
Today I learned about the Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis, a clinical study on African American men where they went deliberately untreated by medical professionals as part of a 40-year experiment by the US Public Health Service. Cited as "arguably the most infamous biomedical research study in U.S history" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tus…
As a way to ensure their health, it is a taboo to touch the Queen as well as other members of the royal family unless they initiate the handshake, hug, etc. bbc.com/news/uk-40668579
The scientific name of rice is Oryza sativa, and it is not related to Cannabis sativa. Sativa, sativus, and sativum are Latin botanical adjectives meaning cultivated often associated botanically with plants that promote good health and used to designate certain seed-grown domestic crops. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ory…
The United States Public Health Service is one of seven uniformed services in the US (i.e. Army, Navy, Marines, etc) but consists entirely of officers and has the mission of β€œprotecting, promoting, and advancing the health and safety of the nation.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Indian Maharaja Jam Sahib adopted 640 Polish orphans during WWII. He brought the children to the royal palace in Bombay, had a dormitory built for them, and brought in Polish teachers and chefs so the children would feel at home and "recover their health and forget the ordeal they went through". historycollection.co/that…
, There is a center in the NIH called National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health and that some of their projects include whether magnets can cure migraines and whether lavender scents improve wound healing and more. Answer: both do not. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
The United States ranked 1st in six out of eight categories in a recent Oct 2019 Global Health Security Index measuring health security. It also ranked 2nd (behind the UK) in terms of rapid epidemic response and mitigation. ghsindex.org/wp-content/u…
Esther Pohl Lovejoy, the first woman health officer in a major U.S. city, prevented an outbreak of bubonic plague in 1907-1908 and brought public health priorities to Portland by working for pure food & milk, improved garbage collection and inspection of school children for communicable diseases oregonencyclopedia.org/ar…
Today I learned about Dr. Elena Bodnar who, in 2009, along with her team, invented a bra that can be converted into 2 face masks... She won the "Ig Noble prize for Public Health" for that. youtu.be/Kxf3HK21BWI?t=15…
From 1939 to 1972, the United States Public Health Service conducted a number of tests regarding the impact of untreated syphilis in unknowing subjects. The revelation of this led to the passing of the National Research Act, requiring informed consent from human participants in medical studies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tus…
The World Health Organization offered paid internships for the first time in 2018 to boost access for those applying from developing countries. About 1,200 interns are accepted each year yet fewer than one in four of those chosen are from low-income countries bbc.com/news/world-456057…
For a period of time in 2010, Ozzy Osbourne was the health columnist in the British Sunday Times happymag.tv/ozzy-osbourne…
The idea that walking 10,000 steps a day is best for your health has no basis in science, but instead started as a marketing campaign for a Japanese pedometer (Manpo-kei, "10,000 step meter"), released after the Tokyo Olympics in 1964. The 10,000 number was selected because it sounded good. theguardian.com/lifeandst…
The United States has a strategic stockpile of mechanical ventilators, for deployment in a national health emergency aarc.org/resources/clinic…
According to one analysis of military veterans in the Uk, 50,000 are coping with mental health conditions, 10,000 are in prison, on parole or on probation and 6,000 have no permanent address. inews.co.uk/news/uk/armed…
Gouldian finch young have unusual mouth markings that biologists find intriguing. One study showed the markings might help finch parents judge the health and age of their chicks. Another study revealed the glowing bumps outside of the beak reflect light, serving as a built-in beacon for feeding. audubon.org/news/whats-we…
The sale of condoms in the colours of the Australian Aboriginal flag won a public health award in 2005 for the initiative's success in improving safe sex practices among young Indigenous people. abc.net.au/news/2005-11-1…
There's a restaurant called the Heart Attack Grill that serves "Quadruple Bypass Burgers," buttermilk shakes, and gives free burgers to people over 350lbs in an effort to promote "good health." youtube.com/watch?v=d-DDb…
In a study of the mental health of students, higher levels of prayer were associated with better mental health as measured by lower psychoticism scores. However, in Catholic schools, higher levels of prayer were also associated with higher neuroticism scores. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eff…
According to the National Health Service, among other sources, it is technically best to not rinse your mouth after brushing your teeth. nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-…
The quarantine flag, also called the β€œYellow Jack”, is an international signal flag that was last flown during the 2002-03 SARS outbreak. The flag is flown from a ship that is either arriving in port with known serious health problems or that has been placed under quarantine. maritimeprofessional.com/…
Fish have small, roundish, special ear bones called otoliths located near their brains that provide the fish with balance, knowledge of their velocity, and hearing, however, ichthyologists can study otoliths to determine a fish's age and health just as dendrochronologists study tree rings. fishbio.com/field-notes/f…
The Australian Department of Health made cigarette packaging Pantone 448, considered by researchers to be the "ugliest color in the world." They initially referred to the color as "olive green", but the name was changed after concerns were expressed by the Australian Olive Association. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan…
Birds' beaks are not a solid, exposed bone, but instead are a bony structure covered in translucent living tissue that can change color at different times of the year, when they are breeding, or based on their diet/health. birdwatchingdaily.com/bir…
With regards to health, obesity is a far more widespread threat than malnutrition. telegraph.co.uk/news/heal…
Donating blood has a range of health benefits for the donor, including reducing blood pressure, blood glucose and low-density lipoprotein/high-density lipoprotein ratio. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blo…
"light" cigarettes are designed to fool testing machines by diluting the smoke. The tests show less tar and nicotine, but smokers don't see any health benefits. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ven…
Today I learned of a rare condition called "retrograde ejaculation", in which men don't ejaculate when they orgasm. The semen is instead released into the bladder and later flushed out when they pee, causing no actual harm to their health. menshealth.com/health/a19…
Since 2007, the top 1% in the US (those earning above $300,000 per year) are spending less on material goods, while middle-income groups (earning around $70,000 per year) are spending the same but trending upward. Instead, the 1% are spending more on things like education and health. bbc.com/worklife/article/…
Burning candles is bad for your health, making homes as polluted as a typical Beijing apartment sciencenordic.com/chemist…
A 2004 American Public Health Association (APHA) resolution called for a moratorium factory farms for growing antibiotic resistance of pathogens, drinking water contamination from waste, severe respiratory problems in workers, and illnesses among people living nearby jhsph.edu/news/news-relea…
Respiratory exposure to propylene glycol (vaping) disrupts molecular circadian rhythms and likely increases health risks in a similar fashion to working night shifts, or irregular shifts. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
There is a mood disorder called Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) which is estimated to affect 1 in 3 people who have normal mental health throughout most of the year exhibit depressive symptoms at the same time each year, most commonly in winter. psychiatry.org/patients-f…
Virginia Apgar, physician and creator of the scale for evaluating neonatal health, was also an accomplished amateur violinist and luthier. mentalfloss.com/article/8…
Peanut butter was originally created for people in health spas and sanitariums as a protein rich food that didn't require chewing. Rich visitors popularized it amongst their friends and it was initially seen as luxury food. newyorker.com/books/page-…
Today I learned about a Siberian Husky named Togo. A sick pup the owner's wife brought back to health. He was a trouble maker and given away as a pet, but Togo trekked back to the original owner. He is considered a hero dog for delivering medicine in Alaska. All modern Huskies are related to Togo. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tog…
In the Philippines, some Catholics volunteer to be non-lethally crucified on Good Friday. Sterilised nails are driven through their palms and they are hung on crosses. Ruben Enaje has been crucified 27 times. Philippines Department of Health advises tetanus shots before crucifixion en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cru…
"Going with your gut" is a real thing. There is increasing evidence of a "second brain" in the guy called the Enteric Nervous System and the relationship between digestion, mood, health, and cognition. hopkinsmedicine.org/healt…
People With Tattoos More Likely to Also Have Mental Health Issues psychcentral.com/news/201…
; Forest Bathing (shinrin-yoku) can improve your health and wellbeing theguardian.com/us-news/2…
Air duct cleaning provides no benefits and actually makes indoor air quality worse. Despite all the hype, there are no associated health benefits, cost savings or increased system performance. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed…
Charity sky dives - on average - cost more money for the health service than they make. Each pound raised for charity cost the NHS Β£13.75 in return due to injuries picked up by people doing charity sky dives. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1…
In 1869 an electric shock left Dr Cyrus Teed believing he was the messiah. Teed convinced followers that the Earth’s surface is the inner crust of a hollow sphere and that he would rise from the dead. Upon Teed’s death, they left him in a bathtub until Florida health officials forced his burial en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyr…
When the show of comedian Benny Hill was cancelled, it devastated him and his health started to decline. However, fans of his show continued pushing for a new series. A company saw this and sent him an offer for some specials. It arrived in the mail on the same day he died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
A study found that participants who wrote gratitude letters while in therapy expressed significantly better mental health than those who didn't. greatergood.berkeley.edu/…
According to the EPA, handling most receipt paper (aka thermal paper) is likely dangerous to your health, due to the high levels of BPA, and using hand sanitizer before handling a receipt exponentially increases the amount of the chemical you absorb into your body. newsweek.com/hand-sanitiz…
Bird strikes can be a biohazard / health risk to maintenance personnel due to the avian flu and there are guidelines for bio-safety issued by IATA (international Air Transport Association) and the WHO. iata.org/contentassets/f1…
Loneliness is labeled an epidemic worthy of a public health intervention in USA. Loneliness and weak social connections are associated with a reduction in lifespan similar to that caused by smoking 15 cigarettes a day and even greater than that associated with obesity. sitn.hms.harvard.edu/flas…
The snow bunting is the most northerly passerine in the world. Unlike most passerines, the snow bunting has feathered tarsi, an adaptation to its cold harsh environment. Males that sing more frequently are preferred by females since it indicates greater foraging success and overall health. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sno…
Scientists say that parents shouldn’t discourage their kids from eating boogers based on findings that snot consumption is good for overall health: snot contains a rich reservoir of good bacteria, and eating it can strengthen the body’s immune system & prevent bacteria from sticking to teeth telegraph.co.uk/science/2…

Please note that this site uses cookies to personalise content and adverts, to provide social media features, and to analyse web traffic. Click here for more information.