Rapper Too Short quit smoking after he wrote the ten-minute-long “Freaky Tales” and then found that he didn’t have enough breath to perform it live.
In the 1980s Japan introduced forest bathing (being around trees) as part of its national health program. Known as shinrin-yoku, Japan has official forests based upon their unique physiological and psychological effects. The essential oils of trees (phytoncides) reduce stress and boost immunity.
There was a study to determine contamination levels for computer keyboards in the average office setting. One keyboard had to be removed after testing because it was found to be five times dirtier than a toilet seat, home to 150 times the acceptable limit of bacteria, and was a health risk to its user.
Teflon was introduced by DuPont in nonstick cookware in 1946 and was the very “forever chemical.” These types of chemicals are linked to many diseases, never break down in the environment, and are now present in the blood of nearly every American adult and newborn baby.
A study conducted in 195 countries, over a 26-year period, concluded that there is no safe level of alcohol consumption. The researchers admitted that moderate drinking may protect against heart disease, but found that the risk of cancer and other diseases outweighs these protections.
The Ice Bucket Challenge money produced a drug that extends ALS patients’ lives by 7.5 months.
Otto Von Bismarck challenged his political nemesis (and pioneer of social medicine) Rudolf Virchow to a duel, allowing him to choose weapons. Rudolf decided upon sausages. One sauage would be safe, the other infected with parasitic larvae. Otto recinded the challenge.
In the 1960’s an American doctor tested if his patients could develop immunity to cancer by injecting them with cancer cells without their consent. He went on to be president of the American Association for Cancer Research.
Frequent pizza eaters in Italy have been found to have a relatively low incidence of cardiovascular disease and digestive tract cancers compared to infrequent pizza eaters.
The Canadian Medical Association voted in support of a ban of Mixed Martial Arts in Canada. They argued from a physician responsibility standpoint they could not overlook activities which cause injury and trauma to Canadians. They had previously come out against Boxing for similar reasons.