I know that when you want to know stuff, you come straight to 2nd Cup first, even before Wikipedia or Oprah. I don't blame you. I'm down with all the cutting edge info that you need. Pretty much.
Of course, it helps that you readers sort of hint that something might be a good post topic, and then I'm all over it like I thought of it myself.
First item: This info comes from a reader/researcher I'll just call "Jorge." And now a word about coffee and dementia.
Following is a small excerpt from a NY Times article:
A team of Swedish and Danish researchers tracked coffee consumption in a group of 1,409 middle-age men and women for an average of 21 years. During that time, 61 participants developed dementia, 48 with Alzheimer’s disease.
After controlling for numerous socioeconomic and health factors, including high cholesterol and high blood pressure, the scientists found that the subjects who had reported drinking three to five cups of coffee daily were 65 percent less likely to have developed dementia, compared with those who drank two cups or less.
People who drank more than five cups a day also were at reduced risk of dementia, the researchers said, but there were not enough people in this group to draw statistically significant conclusions.
Well then. I'm going to suggest we all go get a refill right now in our non-ugly mugs. And then I'm going to suggest that people who drink five or more cups a day were too quick to be captured and studied, and that's why it appeared as though there were not enough from which to draw significant conclusions.
Lesson: Drink more coffee, or ... something ... about your brain. Without coffee.
Second point of interest, regarding beauty: I received a lovely email message this week inviting me to participate in a study called, "women in need of an extreme shape makeover." Well, thank you very much. And may the 2nd, 3rd and 4th biblical plagues of Egypt rain down upon you for your kind suggestion. Or perhaps a falling anvil could give your head "an extreme shape makeover."
Addendum to 2nd point: Newsflash! According to Lemondrop, watching TV makeover shows makes women feel less confident. Hello, Mr. Obvious Ace Reporter. But don't leave out all of the home makeover shows, either. I can personally confirm that watching too many makeover shows when wearing my shiny aqua biking shorts under my Curious George t-shirt while sitting in my 20 year-old La-Z-Boy against the wall with the grandma wallpaper border and the dusty ficus tree makes me less confident in general. In fact, it makes me want to eat some cheese puffs.
Cheese or Onions? According to the source listed above, women's b.o. smells like onions, whereas men's smells like cheese. Eww. I'm going on the "no appetizer" diet for a while.
And those are my health and beauty tips for today. I forget his name, but maybe that guy sitting over there in his own personal library corner will bring me another cup of coffee if I ask nicely and tuck in my "I Heart My Yorkie" T-shirt. That is, if he wants a rose at the rose ceremony.