Creek Jots 25 March 15
SITTING IS THE NEW CIGARETTE SMOKING:
If I was still advising patients about lifestyle choices, I’d most likely advocate that many of them cut calories but also reduce their sitting by half. “But my job requires computer work” they’d counter. And I’d say “There’s an app for that.” I’m considering a standing workstation for my desk at home.
THE RELENTLESS WHINE OF MOSQUITOES IN MY HEAD:
Tinnitus. Ringing in the ears. Mine is more like high-pitched insect noises. I mostly have learned to tune them out, to hear around the whine. But if I attend to them, the tiny wings are always there. It is a notoriously difficult condition to treat. Some claim there’s an app for that. (This method assumes you have your “tinnitus frequency” provided by an audiologist. Does Medicare cover such things?)
CEREAL KILLERS: ROUNDUP ON YOUR BRAN FLAKES:
As if this really surprises very many people who have been paying attention, it is now publicly stated that the active ingredient in Roundup–glyphosate–“probably” causes cancer, the WHO says. I haven’t seen the stats but I’m guessing this is on as sound a basis as the claim that cigarettes “probably” cause lung cancer. Now that maybe the gloves are off, the list of purported consequences to soil ecology, natural biodiversity and human health deriving from this “miracle herbicide” will make for unpleasant reading knowing that it will take generations to outlive Roundup’s toxic legacy.
Study: Monsanto’s Roundup Herbicide Probably Causes Cancer | Mother Jones