Nutrition, Others

Opening up the Can-Troversy: Are Canned Foods Bad for You?

These days, it’s one of the most persistent messages we get from the healthfood side of the spectrum. Avoid canned food. Avoid processed food. Eat fresh food. It would be a lot easier to accept this as true if they weren’t simultaneously trying to hawk their very expensive alternative foods and ingredients.

So what’s the truth? Are canned foods really bad for you? Or is this an overblown scare campaign attempting to sell more expensive food?

canned food controversy

Accusation 1: Canned Foods Contain Bisphenol A (BPA) and That’s Bad

It’s true that BPA is a potentially toxic chemical. It has been linked with estrogen-like effects, leading to stimulation of mammary gland development (and possible breast cancer linkage), decreased testosterone, prostate size increase, alterations in immune function, and neurobehavioral effects. All of these were recognized when Canada called BPA a “dangerous substance.” It has also been linked to possible increases in migraines.
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Domestic Violence, Well-being

How to Attract a Financially Fit Woman (Hint: Be a Financially Savvy Man)

Arguments about money trigger worse fights than any other topic, and they are the biggest and earliest indicator that a couple is heading for a break-up, according to Kansas State University research. People fight over things such as differing beliefs about how money should be used, unmet financial expectations and disagreements about who controls the budget. If couples aren’t careful, stress over bills can ultimately destroy relationship satisfaction. Start prioritizing financial compatibility in your search for Ms. Right—and consider how you can make yourself an attractive financial partner as well.

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Family, Fatherhood, Fertility, Fitness, Health, Lifestyle, Nutrition, Stress

Be Careful Relaxing

The case of the month is an actual patient of The Turek Clinic.

He had been trying to conceive for the better part of two years with no luck. His wife was healthy, had very regular cycles and had been thoroughly “checked out” early on. He was eating great, maintaining a good weight, and certainly treating his body like a temple. In fact, with a lifestyle enriched with yoga and acupuncture, he was as relaxed a guy as I had ever seen walk through the door. All dialed in, yet no kid.

A Stress Free Life

Pretty much at a loss to explain his poor semen quality, but determined nonetheless, I delved a little deeper:

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Education, Family Issues, Growing Up, Parenting

Keeping Your Kids Safe Online

Here’s a great infographic provided by TeenSafe on the whats, hows, whys, dos, and don’ts of keeping kids safe from bullies online. Click on the image to expand it.
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Fitness, Sports

Put Down the Golf Club and Pick Up a Tennis Racket

As you get older it becomes more difficult to balance your vices, hobbies and workouts. Take a round of golf for example. For me, playing golf is a chance once a week to get some fresh air, relax and have a couple of beers and a cigar. The line between leisure and physical activity gets easily blurred when a buzz is involved.

Don’t get me wrong, 18 holes on a Sunday is ideal, but stop trying to convince yourself it’s your weekly workout as well. When it comes to staying active, there are more and more hurdles to overcome with age. Coordinating a pickup soccer game with busy schedules is nearly impossible. Knees and back pain after 30 minutes of pickup basketball are a reminder that you’re no longer 18. The camaraderie of a tight-knit baseball or football team is as elusive as finding four hours a week to spend on the golf course. These are luxuries all athletes once took for granted.
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