Monday, January 5, 2009

Three Interesting Thoughts

Living In The City Is Bad For Your Brain. I knew it! According to researchers, just being in an urban environment impairs our basic mental processes. After spending a few minutes on a crowded city street, the brain is less able to hold things in memory, and suffers from reduced self-control. The culprit? Lack of nature. Studies have demonstrated, for instance, that hospital patients recover more quickly when they can see trees from their windows, and that women living in public housing are better able to focus when their apartment overlooks a grassy courtyard.

Living Like Jesus For A Year Is Very Difficult. Could you live like Jesus for a year? This pastor tried! "I've concluded that I am a follower, but I'm not a very good one," Ed Dobson said. "If you get serious about the Bible, it will really mess you up." Messing him up enough to witness for Jesus in bars, pick up strangers needing rides and voting for a Democrat who he believes best reflects Christ's teachings.

Diet Soda is Worse For You Then Regular Soda. In 2005, Sharon Fowler and her colleagues from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio presented eight years of research data that explored the link between obesity risk and soft drinks. According to the WebMD summary of the study: For regular soft-drink drinkers, the risk of becoming overweight or obese was: 26% for up to 1/2 can each day, 30.4% for 1/2 to one can each day, 32.8% for 1 to 2 cans each day, and 47.2% for more than 2 cans each day. For diet soft-drink drinkers, the risk of becoming overweight or obese was: 36.5% for up to 1/2 can each day, 37.5% for 1/2 to one can each day, 54.5% for 1 to 2 cans each day, and 57.1% for more than 2 cans each day. For each can of diet soft drink consumed each day, a person’s risk of obesity went up 41%!

1 comment:

loewent said...

and the article on diet soda doesn't even go into the neurotoxic effects of aspartame. It makes breathing difficult for me, I always get the hiccups when I have diet pop.