Generally, hot dogs are filled with a blend of meat made from trimmings of fat and starch or “cereal filler”. Then sealed up. Big companies such as Nestle, General Mills, Kraft, Cambell’s, Hillshire Farm and Heinz won’t reveal where their meat comes from. A study in 2007 found that eating processed meat increased the risk of getting bowel cancer. There wold be 4,000 fewer cases of bowel cancer if people had less than 70 grams of processed meat a week. For example, one hot dog contains around 30 grams of processed meat.
A man thought to be in a vegetative state is able to tell scientists that he is not in pain. “We have scanned him several times and his pattern of brain activity shows he is clearly choosing to answer our questions. We believe he knows who and where he is.“
In 1957, a terminal cancer patient was given a worthless drug that caused his tumors to “melt like snowballs on a hot stove.” When he found out it was proven worthless, his cancer returned. He was given a placebo version and it went away again. He learned the truth, then died soon after.
A woman (registered nurse) was watching the show “Flip or Flop” on HGTV and noticed a lump on hosts neck. Emailed production company to make them aware and host ended up having thyroid cancer and didn’t know.
A man has survived on pizza alone for 25 years. Beyond the fact that his diet is completely horrifying, he also has diabetes and frequently gets low blood sugar.
Before antibiotics, patients with syphilis were sometimes purposefully infected with malaria. This was because the bacteria that causes syphilis doesn’t fare well at higher temperatures (a blistering fever is a side effect of malaria).
For those who have trouble sleeping researchers say that 1 week of camping, without electronics, resets our biological body clock and synchronizes our melatonin hormones with sunrise and sunset.
Lack of exercise kills roughly as many people as smoking does.
A Green Bay Packers fan used to donate blood often to afford tickets to games. He learned later on that he had a potentially fatal blood disease that was preventable through blood donation. He had unknowingly been saving his life the entire time.
In a 2008 Duke study, patients received painful electric shocks. Afterwards, $0.10 cent placebo pills alleviated pain for 64% of study participants. $2.50 placebo pills reduced pain for 85% of participants. So it is: expensive placebos work better than cheap ones.