How Swimmers Can Prevent Headaches

Swimmers’ headaches can be caused by two different things. One is swimming in too cold water. We and our spouse are swimmers. She has been swimming longer than us, so knew why I was suffering one day. In our case, it was too-cold water, and when the pool learned about the problem, they posted the temperature at the entry for several days. The other cause is swim caps or swimming goggles.

The Covid-19 Isn’t the Only Reason People Are Fat

Not all countries have the same eating habits, but the ones that have abundant food. over-eat and under-exercise. Over-eating in the United States was proven by research by Brian Wansink. His research was compelling (if memory serves we bought his book during a Cornell reunion), the Wall Street Journal referenced him saying that overweight waiters may inspire restaurant customers to eat and drink more. Unfortunately, Wansink was cheating on his research to make it more newsworthy. The Wall Street Journal’s OVERHEAD column did some pizza research that showed the largest pizza-makers sold a lot more during the COVID. But there is also the good news that scientists found that the coronavirus attacks fat tissue. And you are not alone.

 

Kiwano Horned Melons Look Ugly But Taste Awful


We are an adventurous eater, so we bought a kiwano horned melon in Safeway, based on an article in Parade magazine. It was esoteric-looking, which was surprising at a store that is so mainstream. When we were preparing a small plate of fruit for breakfast we were baffled as to how to eat it. The Web advised us to slice it open and spoon the pulp directly from the rind. We are brave eaters of new foods, but this fruit exceeded our limits. Other fruits such as cantaloupes have seeds and goo inside them, but people (including us) throw the seeds and goo away. Apparently, it is a popular snack in Africa.

Why can’t I Buy Bread in Stores that is as Good as I can Make Myself?

In yesteryears, there was a popular bread named WonderBread. Nutritionists said, “It’s a wonder it doesn’t kill you!” And there was a saying about the miracle of sliced bread. Today you can buy a variety of tasty and nutritious loaves—sliced or unsliced–from competent bakers or at farmers’ markets. But even those loaves don’t satisfy as much as ones that you have made yourself. We grew up next to our grandparents, and we loved it when our grandmother gave us a still-warm loaf (which was raised next to a wood-burning stove) for our next meal. In our case, we purchased a bread machine (ours is the Zojirushi), which does most of the work and ensures that our timing of the mixing and raising are correct. Most of our value-added is in choosing a recipe (we refer to The Bread Machine Cookbook, by Donna Rathmell German), assembling the ingredients, making sure that it is behaving properly in the early stages, and carefully removing the loaf from the machine (it doesn’t surrender its bounty without effort). The pandemic underscored the benefits of home baking.

 

Podiatrists Either Do Too Much or Too Little

We’ve had both types. We have a bunion on our left foot, which was inherited from both parents, which is common.  For several years we did nothing except buy full-foot custom orthotic inserts. Then for several more years, we went to a podiatrist (at a multiple-doctor practice) who did nothing except confirming that I had a bunion. After that, we went to a podiatrist who did slice a narrow chunk of flesh and nail off a toe on our right foot. He told us that he does a lot of surgery, and one day he offered us the alternative of surgery or a cortisone shot. We chose the shot. Then we went to a different multiple-doctor practice for three years, with a different podiatrist each year. The first two podiatrists did nothing, the third prescribed a small, simple, inexpensive orthotic which was all we needed.

Dr. Fauci: Star of TV and Cartoons Section


Several centuries ago, William Shakespeare wrote, “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” Thus has the name of Dr. Anthony Fauci become a household word, for a wide range of ages. One measure of his value has been that President Trump attacks him because he is afraid of the truth that Dr. Fauci brings to us.

Forest Fire Smoke Can Kill from Outside and the Coronavirus Can Kill from Inside

The forest fires in California and other Pacific states not only burned down a lot of trees and residences but also killed people by either being burned to death or poisoned by the smoke.  The air quality has become so bad that knowledgeable people have been checking a dedicated webpage before they venture from their homes. And they have recently have purchased some sort of air purifier.

Simple Exercises for Staying Fit During the Coronavirus Era


Many people have lots of time and need to stay fit. Some are walking every day. But they also need to do things to maintain their strength and flexibility. Pushups and situps are ideal because they don’t take much space or time. How effective they are depends on how many repetitions they do and how they do them. Pushups are simpler and the main technique consideration is how wide apart their hands are. How many one should do depends on their age and gender.  Situps use different muscles and there is a wider range of positions of one’s arms. How difficult it depends on where you put your arms. It’s basic engineering. Your body is like a bunch of chunks of meat: head, arms, torso, abdomen, legs. If you extend your arms over your head your situps will be a lot more difficult than if you keep them along your legs. Some people are fans of “crunches”, which are shorter and harder motions. Your choice is like choosing a religion.