In the news today:
You shouldn't blow your nose when you have a cold.
Blowing your nose to alleviate stuffiness may be second nature, but some people argue it does no good, reversing the flow of mucus into the sinuses and slowing the drainage. Counterintuitive, perhaps, but research shows it to be true.
E: But isn't constant sniffling the most annoying noise in the world?
Daily multivitamins do no good.
In a study of 161,808 women who were part of the government-funded Women’s Health Initiative research effort, doctors from 40 centers around the country collected data on multivitamin use. While research shows that people who eat nutrient-rich diets filled with fruits and vegetables have lower rates of heart disease and cancer, it hasn’t been clear whether taking a daily supplement results in a similar benefit.
After following the women for about eight years, they looked at rates of various cancers and heart problems among the 42 percent of women who were regular multivitamin users, and compared them to those who didn’t take vitamins. The researchers found no evidence of any benefit from multivitamin use in any of 10 categories studied, including no differences in the rate of breast or colon cancer, heart attack, stroke, blood clots or mortality.
“I don’t want to disparage people who take multivitamins — it’s their choice as a consumer,” Dr. Neuhouser said. “What we’re presenting is the science showing it’s neither beneficial nor harmful. If they want to choose to spend their dollars elsewhere this might be a good place to do so. Perhaps they can buy more fruits and vegetables.”
E: Vitamins are far inferior to food for delivering nutritional content. They are food with all the food removed, that is, not food. In January I committed to eating fruits and vegetables for dinner every weeknight for three weeks. I felt great and lost 8 pounds.
Mediterranean diet is good.
Mediterranean Diet May Prevent Mental Decline
A Mediterranean-style diet appears to be good for the brain as well as the heart.
E: I don't know this diet, but I'm guessing fruits and vegetables and olive oil.