Monday, November 07, 2011
WARNING: LOVE CAN BE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH
Over the years there have been many scare campaigns to get people to wake up and live healthier lives. We all know smoking can lead to lung and heart disease. Excessive alcohol consumption over time can cause liver and brain damage. Eating fibrous roughage can help prevent colon cancer, yet excessive fiber intake can cause the silent, but deadly MGA (massive gas attack) leading to a severe dip in your general popularity. The mercury in canned tuna fish is harmful if you eat more than 1 can of tuna every 2 weeks over a prolonged period of time. Artificial sweeteners in the past were rumored to cause cancer. Sugar and caffeine have been on the medical community's hit list for years being the lead suspect in causing everything from hyperactivity to enlarged prostrates. The list goes on and on and have many people wondering just what is safe to ingest and what foods and activities should we avoid.
I remember getting a chuckle from an article I read a few years ago claiming bad relationships can lead to heart disease. Soon the term "broken-hearted" will take on a whole new meaning! I foresee people suffering from being broken hearted having the perpetrator arrested for attempted murder. Single people will no longer have to bear the stigma of being viewed as damaged goods. Single people will be able to proudly answer when quizzed about not having a significant other that they are choosing to live a healthier lifestyle to avoid dying at a young age. So, the next time when the possibility of having a relationship rears its ugly head, I need to ask myself how that special someone will impact my overall health. Will they be like alcohol and feel great for a short while, but become detrimental to my health over time or will they be like fiber causing some mild discomfort from time to time, but actually help prevent the really bad things from happening? At this point in my life, I'll forego the detrimental "alcohol" fix and go for the MGA "roughage"!