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Gyms Reducing Fees In These Harsh Economic Times

Posted in Fitness & Health with tags , , , , , , on January 3, 2009 by TheDiversePurse
Image courtesy of Neil Gould

Image courtesy of Neil Gould

January is a month where gym memberships usually soar as people make it a goal to get healthy and get in shape. But with many out-of-work, gyms such as Bally’s, 24 Hour Fitness, Club One, and Gold’s Gym are not seeing the surge in new members as in the past. CLICK HERE for deals offered by some gyms and tips on negotiating for more perks like free passes for friends.


Shrinking Breasts Caused By Coffee

Posted in Food & Drink, Uncategorized, WTF?! with tags , , , , , , , on October 28, 2008 by TheDiversePurse

I’ll only drink coffee if I’m either exhausted or recovering from a hangover, but for some people they just can’t get enough of that warm, tasty drink. Now scientists claim that drinking three cups of coffee per day can shrink women’s breasts. Studies showed that the ingredients in coffee have an effect on the female hormone estrogen. But don’t panic, ladies, you won’t see your breasts going from a D cup to an A overnight. Link! (via Daily Mail)


Eat Slower To Gain Less Weight

Posted in Fitness & Health, Food & Drink with tags , , , , , on October 28, 2008 by TheDiversePurse

A study out of London showed how fast people ate their food and what their waistlines were like. People who tend to eat quickly until full were three times more likely to be obese than volunteer participants were said they ate slowly until full.

Scientists claim that with the availability of cheap, fast food, and a more sedentary lifestyle a lot of people aren’t actually paying attention into what goes into their bodies. Environment is also a factor with most of the obese participants eating quickly while watching television. Researchers say the solution would be to eat slower in a calmer environment.

I’ve found that it’s worked for me because it takes a while for the brain to get the message that your stomach is actually full. So, take the time to enjoy your meal and relax! Link! (via Reuters)


Recent Plague Death Caused By Dead Lion

Posted in R.I.P. with tags , , , , , , on October 23, 2008 by TheDiversePurse

Biologist Eric York was only 37-years old when he passed away last October from the plague. How did this epidemic, that killed most of Europe in the Middle Ages, turn up again in Arizona in the 21st century?

Scientists believe York found a dead mountain lion at Grand Canyon National Park and wanted to study its cause of death as it didn’t appear to show signs of trauma besides that of a bloody nose. Because the park lacks a forensic lab, Eric took the lion carcass to his garage and performed a postmortem. That’s when, epidemic experts believe, a cloud of  bacteria must have been released when he cut into the animal, thus unbeknownst to him inhaling the deadly toxins. Three days later, he was found motionless on the couch by his roommate. Link! (via USA Today)


PS You May Have An STD

Posted in Fitness & Health with tags , , , , , , , on October 21, 2008 by TheDiversePurse

With an array of STDs out there that we must protect ourselves from, there is still a stigma of advising a lover, or former lover, to get tested as well if one contracts a disease. But website has made the news a little easier with their free service of e-cards that can be sent anonymously to those friends you think should get tested.

Since it started in 2004 in San Francisco, it has since spread to 10 other major cities throughout the United States and a European site is now in the works. With more than 50,000 cards sent to date, director of STD Prevention and Control Services in San Francisco Jeffrey D. Klausner believes this is a positive use of the web. “When you weigh the importance of getting people notified, that’s ultimately what needs to be done. By notifying them – even if it’s done anonymously, even distantly, even with an e-card – the benefits of getting someone diagnosed and treated outweigh the concerns of insensitivity.” Link! (via CNN)


Badass Of The Day

Posted in Fitness & Health, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on October 17, 2008 by TheDiversePurse

Veteran bluegrass musician Eddie Adcock has performed for more than 50 years at countless venues and now he can add the operating room as one of them. Well known for playing the banjo in a distinct and rapid style he recently noticed tremors in his hand.

Hoping to save his career and passion for playing and performing, Adcock underwent a brain operation, under local anaesthetic, while he played the banjo as doctors requested at the Vanderbilt University Medical Centre in Tennessee.

The surgery was sucessful of ridding Adcock of his hand tremor. He has since been released from the hospital and is on his way to recovery. Link! (via Daily Mail)


Beauty Is Pain

Posted in Fitness & Health, Travel, Uncategorized, WTF?! with tags , , , , , on October 15, 2008 by TheDiversePurse

I wish I were rich. That way I can take vacations and patronize decadent spas to destinations with exotic names like writer Anna Pasternak has done. She writes about her week long experience as she spends them at the posh Palace Hotel; the hottest place to detox as some magazines claim. The spa follows the doctrine of Henri Chenot; a “French expert in Chinese medicine” who’s developed a health system called biontology.

She endures acupuncture via electrical pulses to the face body, massage via the “cupping” method, and a rigorous diet to purge oneself of the unhealthy toxins. By day three, her mental and physical well being start to deteriorate. I am so dizzy I think I’m going to faint, so they help me shower off while I gulp honey from a minute packet. Then the doctor comes and I sit crying, obsessed by how hungry and lonely I’m feeling.” In the end she said it was worth it. Good read. Link! (via Daily Mail)