Take a break and ... Work out at your desk
Want to get relaxed, stronger, and take a break at
the same time? Exercise experts quoted in Bloomberg Businessweek say
this is how to do it without ever leaving your desk:
For ABS and QUADS:
Sit half way forward on your
chair reach out with palms down. Bend and touch the floor, then sit up.
Sit back in your chair and hold onto the sides of the seat with both
hands. Lift both legs, cross one over the other. Switch and repeat.
For LATS and SHOULDERS:
Lean over your desk and
extend one arm out to the edge, palm up. Keep your chest down and lift
your arm slowly as high as you can. Repeat with the other arm.
For OBLIQUES and LOWER BACK:
Sit on the edge of
your chair, hands by your sides. With waist straight, lift one arm
toward the ceiling and extend the other toward the floor. Repeat with
the other arm.
For QUADS and GLUTES:
Move your chair to the side. With hands on the desk, heels together with
toes pointed out, bend knees, then straighten up and kick one leg over
to the seat of the chair. Move your leg down and kick it back up several
times. Then move the chair to the other side, bend, then do the same
with the other leg.
Repeat all of the exercises two,
three or more times.
A hormone for schizophrenia, autism, social disorders
Research suggests that inhaling puffs of oxytocin
through the nose may relieve some symptoms of schizophrenia, autism and
social anxiety. A naturally occurring hormone in men and women, it works
by helping neurons in the brain talk to each other.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, oxytocin
represents a whole new class of pharmaceuticals. It helps patients build
trust. Those with schizophrenia improve functioning and have fewer
In autism, patients using oxytocin
are more able to recognize other people's emotions. They trust people
more and behave more appropriately.
social anxiety build a better self-image.
Have adequate vitamin d before bone surgery
Your body needs vitamin D to form bone tissue, but
one study shows that almost half of patients had insufficient vitamin D
prior to orthopedic surgery, including hip and knee replacements and
Study results were published in The
Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. Deficiencies can often be corrected
in four to six weeks with supplements.
Disease test for organ donors
New CDC guidelines recommend that organ donors be
screened with the most sensitive test for infections including HIV and
hepatitis C and B viruses. The guidelines were recommended in September
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
wants the nucleic-acid test (NAT) to be used. It detects an infection
acquired seven days before testing. The present test measures antibodies
that may take months to appear.
through transplants is relatively rare, but from 2007 to 2010, 200 cases
were investigated. Some led to deaths of transplant recipients.
Stick with the recommendations on salt reduction
You might have read about the Cochrane Review, where
study authors say salt reduction has few or no benefits.
It's not so, says the American Heart Association, and the widely
publicized Cochrane Review is now discredited.
is sticking to its advice that salt intake should be kept at 1,500
milligrams per day or less. According to the Centers For Disease Control
and Prevention, their conclusions are based on studies of more than
12,000 adults. They show that each 1,000 milligram daily increase in
salt intake was linked to a 20 percent greater increase of all-cause
The CDC study spotlighted the importance of
potassium as a counterweight to sodium. They recommend increased
potassium and less salt.
Foods that include high
levels of potassium include sweet potatoes, tomato products, potatoes,
white beans, yogurt, halibut, soybeans, tuna, lima beans, winter squash,
bananas and spinach. The CDC also recommends cutting back on processed
foods, which are a leading source of dietary sodium.
Frank Capra Story: It's A Wonderful Life
Some years ago actor Jimmy Stewart told of the story
behind the now-famous Christmas movie It's a Wonderful Life. The
director, Frank Capra, was the son of Italian immigrants. Neither of his
parents could read or write.
Young Frank took jobs
before and after school but still got grades good enough to get into
California Institute of Technology. He graduated in 1918 and enlisted in
Army where he taught mathematics to artillery
officers in San Francisco.
The end of the war found
him with a bad case of influenza and no job. He took his guitar and
hopped a freight train to see the country, singing for his supper. Then
he saw an ad asking for an experienced movie director. Saying he was
"from Hollywood," Frank got the job and later made dozens of successful
films. Most reflected two of his strongest beliefs: "Love thy neighbor"
and "The meek shall inherit the earth."
He enlisted in
the Army again in 1941 and was asked to make documentary films. His Why
We Fight series was so good that he was given the Distinguished Service
After the war, Capra was handed a short story
by Philip Van Doren Stern. It was, he said, "the story I've been looking
for my whole life."
It's about George Bailey, a
businessman living in a small town. Things weren't going well. In
addition, he lost a large amount of money. He decided to end it all by
jumping off a bridge.
An angel named Clarence comes
down from heaven to save him, but he can't swim. So the despondent
George ends up saving himself, and the angel. In the end, George's
friends replace the missing money.
Capra wanted it to
be a film that says to those who can't afford an education, or lose
their job, or take radiation treatments, "No man is poor who has one
friend. Three friends and you're filthy rich!"
film didn't do well at first, which meant the end of Liberty Films,
Capra's company. But Capra lived to see the film begin to play on
television each year at Christmas.
It has inspired
many, especially the scene in which the angel tells George, "Strange
isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives, and when he isn't
around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?"
Stewart said: "It's a message that is needed in an impersonal world. We
do count, each one of us.