From LSD to the Dreaded Pink Slime. It’s Been A Week!
Some weeks are crazier than others. I’ve learned so much this week that I can’t possibly write a detailed post about all of it. I’ve decided to share some of the most critical information about a lot of different stuff with links to the articles so you can read the slimy and gory details for yourself.
Guinness Irish Stout- Let’s start with the highlight of the week and save the bad news for later. It’s St. Patrick’s Day!
I celebrated a little early by meeting a couple of close friends for happy hour yesterday. As I was driving to the place where we to meet up for cocktails, the radio station had the local beer distributor in the studio and they were talking about Guinness.
The knowledgeable beer guy said that Guinness in the can was the absolute best. (Once it is correctly poured into a glass of course.) Guinness puts a little widget in each can. This widget has a tiny hole in it. When the can is sealed and pressurized the air in the widget is compressed so that when you open the can, the widget aerates the beer making it more flavorful.
So we celebrated by enjoying a rich, frothy, flavorfully aerated Guinness last night in honor of St. Patrick. The Guinness web site describes the beer as ‘velvety’ and ‘bittersweet’. I agree, which brings me to my next amazing discover.
LSD Is Being Used To Help People That Suffer From Alcoholism – LSD, you know, the psychedelic drug that was popular in the 60’s, now shows promise of helping people that misuse alcohol. Researchers have found that a one-time use of LSD can reduce the cravings for alcohol for up to a year. Apparently the LSD provides the user with insights into their behavior, helps them become more self-accepting and initiates a motivation to change. The original research isn’t new, but was conducted in the 60’s and 70’s.
It’s estimated that more than 12 million people in the U.S. suffer from alcoholism and many don’t respond to treatments that are currently being used. The good news is the results of the randomized trials that were done 40 years ago are now being re-analyzed in hopes of finding new options. A re-evaluation of the studies done in the 60s and 70s may open the window for new, more effective treatments today.
Burnt Out and Emotional Eating In Women – The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that women who are burnt out at work don’t just eat when they are hungry. They eat when they are stressed, anxious, or depressed. The findings were based on a study that involved 230 women ages 30 – 55. All of the women were employed.
Surveys, using self-reported data, showed that 22 percent of the women had ‘some degree of work burnout’ and that as a group, they were more prone to emotional eating than the women that were not suffering from work overload.
The study did not find that the emotional eaters were overweight, but cited that people that have a habit of reaching for food for reasons other than hunger often don’t eat the most nutritious foods, and have more of a tendency to gain weight over the years.
This seems like a perfect opportunity for companies and organizations to develop strategies to reduce job burnout, which will result in long-term benefits for both the women and their employer and makes a case for importance of workplace wellness programs.
Here’s One For Men – Research done by the Harvard School of Public Health shows that drinking one soda pop a day can increase the risk for heart disease by as much as 20 percent in men. A study done on 43,000 men showed that men who drank soda had higher levels of triglyceride blood fats and proteins in the blood – both which are precursors for heart disease – than men who did not.
The research on the 43,000 men was done over a 20-year period. The soft-drink industry argues that the study is bogus and the increase in heart disease among the soda drinkers could have easily been caused by other unhealthy lifestyle behaviors over the 20-year period. No doubt we’ll be hearing more about this since it seems the debate is far from over.
The Infamous Pink Slime – I’m sure you’ve all heard about the recent findings that the pink slime is just absolutely everywhere. It’s in the McRib, school lunches, and even in the meat that we buy at the supermarket.
What exactly is pink slime? An “ABC World News” report by Jim Avila, says that Gerald Zirnstein, a former meat inspector for the USDA describes pink slime as ‘amonia-treated sludge that consists of meat scraps and unusable parts of a carcass’. Zirnstein no longer works for the USDA and grinds his own beef at home.
Let’s End On A Positive Note.
Which Cities Wear The Most Green – It may be too late to travel for an all-out St. Patrick’s Day celebration this year, but here’s some ideas if you want to plan a get-away
for next. Hotwire has compiled a list 10 U.S. city’s that do it up right for St. Patty’s Day. They are:
- New York City
- Los Angeles
- San Diego
A couple of those are well within my reach for next year without the cost of an airplane ticket. But for this year I’ll be celebrating at a local fund raising event, wearing the green and possibly enjoying one more can of Guinness or maybe a homemade Shamrock Shake!