Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Sick as a Dog - A Dog with a Flu

Twenty months and flu free, thought that was doing pretty good. All that hand washing helped to avoid billions of the microscopic fellers. Oh well, one of those stray, colorless bugs is bound to cross your path from time to time, and you just have to ride it out. Though, you still wonder, just how did I get that. It makes you wonder could it be symptoms of listeriosis, whose malicious work doesn't appear till up to 90 days after consuming that bacteria. Don't think so at this point, but just in case, nice knowin ya.

Today, people who have diabetes and heart disease might also be wondering after hearing more news about that man-made villian, our dear dark friend, Bisphenol-A. It's been in the news frequently in the past two years, because the chemical which is linked to cancers, is found in plastic bottles with the number 7 on the bottom. Now BPA is linked to diabetes and heart disease.

British researchers, who published their findings on Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, analyzed urine and blood samples from 1,455 U.S. adults aged 18 to 74 who were representative of the general population.

Study subjects whose BPA readings were in the highest 25 per cent had three times the odds of developing cardiovascular disease and 2.4 times the odds of developing diabetes compared to subjects whose BPA levels were in the lowest 25 per cent.

If you drink from plastic containers or a water cooler at work, you might want to have a look at the number at the bottom of the bottle. If you can reduce the risks of something potentially harmful, why not... One moment, this flu is calling again. Better give it some attention or this house arrest will go on indefinitely.

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