Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Healthy Eating (and Drinking)

Being the beneficent person that I am, I've scoured the internet (well, the BBC News website) for a comprehensive guide to what to eat (mainly drink, as it happens) to protect you against various ills. You may wonder about the wisdom of restricting myself to a single source of advice, but I think I've come up with a fairly balanced and easy-to-stick-to diet. To protect against: Alzheimer's: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3951003.stm Parkinson's: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/1933596.stm Cancer: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/1916798.stm Osteoporosis: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/1984181.stm Heart disease: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/1452341.stm Heart attacks: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/389059.stm Heart attack damage: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/1966033.stm Tooth decay: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/1344892.stm General bad health: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/2280353.stm Pretty much anything:http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/170557.stm In contrast, be warned: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3759948.stm http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/1935431.stm http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3909085.stm My featured wikipedia page this week (and perhaps ever) is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Heroic_Fictional_Scientists I found it while trying to prove to some Dutch people that Van Helsing was (in the book at least) a Dutch Doctor. I also found a long and slightly bizzare list of fictional things, which includes links to a list of fictional characters predominantly seen wearing sunglasses, a list of fictional mixed drinks and a list of Jewish superheros, among much else. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archive_of_fictional_things Reporters Without Borders have released their third worldwide press freedom index. The countries that comes first are all notably excellent, especially: Denmark, Iceland and the Netherlands. The USA came joint 22nd with Belgium. The UK came a disappointing joint 28th with Hungary and El Salvador. Surprisingly, North Korea came last. Even after that State of Mind documentary and everything. http://www.rsf.fr/article.php3?id_article=11715 And to finish, I once again have to mention a recent death (this is becoming worryingly frequent). In this case it is, of course, John Peel, who seemed to me, to be a great bloke as well as being incredibly important to British music. I was surprised at just how shocked and upset I was when I read the news. For a slightly different link: http://www.wordiq.com/definition/John_Peel

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