MIND/BODY CONNECTION

Irritation Confirmation

Becky Holman

According to the September ’08 Prevention, if you often feel irritated with your partner—and vice versa—it may simply indicate that you’re healthfully engaged with each other, not ready for counseling. Researchers who conducted a study at the University of Michigan concluded that feeling irritated with your partner “means you’ve become comfortable expressing yourself over time. Relationships that are close and positive can also be very irritating.” Of course, if name calling, frequent yelling and violent threats are involved, it’s no longer minor irritation, and counseling may be necessary.


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2008 Arnold Classic

John Hansen

2008 Arnold Classic

The Arnold Classic has become the premier bodybuilding event of the year. Since its inception in 1989, it’s set new standards in entertainment, stage production and competition among the top professional bodybuilders in the world. The presence and celebrity of the contest namesake, Arnold Schwarzenegger, only add to the excitement.

Why Not Look Good All the Time?

Ron Harris

Why Not Look Good All the Time?

I have “dieted down” about two dozen times in the nearly 20 years that I’ve been competing. Stop and think about that phrase for just a moment. If you have to diet down to look good, that must mean you’re carrying too much bodyfat to be aesthetically pleasing. In my case—and I know it applies to the vast majority of bodybuilders out there—I’ve always spent far more time in off-season bulking modes than I have in looking good.

Incense Linked to Cancer

Dr. Bob Goldman

Incense Linked to Cancer

Individuals who regularly burn incense may be at an increased risk of developing cancer of the respiratory tract, claims a new study.

Published in the October issue of Cancer, the journal of the American Cancer Society, it’s the first investigation of incense and cancer risk, according to its authors. Incense is typically made from plant materials mixed with oils and, when burned, produces a mixture of possible carcinogens, including polyaromatic hydrocarbons, carbonyls and benzene.

Skin Cancer Answer?

Becky Holman

Skin Cancer Answer?

Arecent melanoma treatment was reported on in the September ’08 Reader’s Digest. Scientists took some white blood cells, the cancer fighters, from a patient with late-stage melanoma. They cloned the cells and then replaced them in the patient intravenously. The tumors disappeared within two months. Research on the treatment is continuing, but the procedure looks very promising for late-stage skin cancer.

Hugs for Health

Becky Holman

Hugs for Health

Have you ever heard of oxytocin? It’s a hormone released by the brain that induces bonding—as in strengthening relationships. It’s been shown to reduce stress hormones like cortisol, which can derail workout recovery. It can also help lower blood pressure and fortify the body’s immune system. How do you get more oxytocin? Hugs help release it, and sex causes it to spike. So if you’re feeling down, get physical—find someone to hug. Just make sure it’s okay with the huggee.