Exercising sucks. I’ve always thought so. Yet I’m in pretty good shape these days. My secret: I don’t exercise much. Instead, I mostly play. Vigorously and often. Mountain biking is my latest (renewed) passion. I’m back into it in a big way after more than two decades of feeling too old.
And I gotta tell ya: No matter your age, ability or fitness level, you can’t beat a good trail ride for getting in shape and having a great time without the dreaded, unnatural, germ-infested, against-all-evolution act of exercising in a gym.
Seth Rogen, the highly productive comedian, writer, actor, director, producer, ceramic artist and now entrepreneur, smokes a lot of pot. “I smoke weed all day every day,” Rogen said recently on Jimmy Kimmel Live. “It is 100% intrinsic to my functionality and my life.” Amid all the self-deprecating humor and tangential streams of consciousness, the co-creative force behind such films as “Superbad” and “Pineapple Express” emphasized how rigorously he has tested each strain of marijuana sold by his new cannabis company.
Toward the end of the interview, the obvious question finally came up:
Kimmel: “Are you high right now?
Before heading out for my first of two Covid-19 vaccine shots, I worried I might not feel like exercising later in the day. So I dropped to the mat in our bedroom for 40 quick push-ups (my current max) and then did a quick set of curls. Afterward, feeling some mild shoulder soreness, I pondered a bike ride. But then I wondered: Would exercise before or after the shot enhance or inhibit vaccine effectiveness? And might getting my blood pumping make me feel better? Or worse?
There’s not a lot of research on this, especially specific to the Covid-19 vaccines…
Years of growing gastrointestinal issues you don’t want to know about — increasingly frequent need to go №2 with increasing urgency and lots of uncomfortable bloating and risky farting — grew so frustrating I recently embarked on a draconian, challenging, weeks-long diagnostic food journey.
I stopped eating almost everything.
At the outset, I limited my intake to a wee handful of relatively benign foods, tummy-wise, a mere 27 basic items even counting water, various spices and oils, and a multivitamin.
Call it another wave, another painful lesson, another avoidable surge. However you characterize the situation, Covid-19 is — yet again — poised for a heartbreaking comeback. And again, it’s from a high level of existing infections: With boatloads of people infected across America, the rising tide of new cases in more than half of U.S. states [NYT | WSJ] threatens to lift all corners of the country to higher levels of transmission, followed by increasing numbers of hospitalizations and deaths in the weeks to follow.
Plaguing the world for more than a year, the coronavirus has forced reckonings in everything from scientific understanding to heart-wrenching inequities in health care and the economy. Given the human tendency to ignore history, here, for the record, are seven vital lessons we can take from the Covid-19 pandemic, which could start benefiting us now and for generations to come.
Sanitizing groceries and drowning our homes with bleach was wrongheaded, in hindsight. That early advice reflected an outdated view of how the coronavirus, influenza, and other respiratory viruses spread, some of it based on experiments done in the 1930s.
The common wisdom that you can’t bullshit a bullshitter is a bunch of BS. Rather, people who habitually exaggerate stories and distort facts with the intent to persuade or impress others are more likely than straight shooters to be fooled by misinformation themselves, a new study of people in the US and Canada finds.
“It probably seems intuitive to believe that you can’t bullshit a bullshitter, but our research suggests that this isn’t actually the case,” says Shane Littrell, a cognitive psychology PhD candidate at the University of Waterloo in Canada and lead author of the research paper, published in…
Welcome back to the newsletter. After months of dreary coronavirus updates, this week let’s just focus on some cool, interesting and even useful science and health news. Feel free to let me know if that works for you…
New research adds a cup or two of good news to a pot of mounting evidence indicating that both coffee and tea — and apparently lots of it — can help people live longer, healthier lives. There’s just one catch: The evidence suggests you’ll want to eat well and exercise, too. Caffeinated drinks won’t make up for copious doughnuts and couch time.
Scientists have figured out how to hack into people’s sleep and communicate with them while they dream. The finding is a breakthrough in dream research and suggests study techniques that could be used to better grasp human consciousness.
The discovery was made during lucid dreaming, when people are aware that they are dreaming and, in some cases, are able to manipulate their dreams.
During the most common dream phase of sleep, called REM (rapid eye movement) and while dreaming vividly, some participants were able to follow instructions, answer yes-no questions and even do some simple math. …
With more contagious and perhaps deadlier strains of the coronavirus circulating, the Biden administration should forcefully acknowledge that airborne spread is a primary means of transmission, then take immediate action to strengthen measures to reduce risk, especially in schools and workplaces, according to a letter signed by 13 leading scientists and physicians with expertise in infectious diseases, aerosol transmission, and occupational health. The letter was sent to U.S. officials leading the pandemic response.
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