The Best and Worst Sunburn Remedies, According to a Dermatologist

IF the lactic acid in fact does something for you, then the doc goofed again, as there’s very little lactic acid in milk – unless you use sour milk! Milk contains lactose (a sugar) and casein (a protein) and fat, but that’s about it. Bacteria that can metabolize lactose by fermentation produce lactic acid – this is why yogurt, keifer or just plain soured milk tastes sour.

BUT, I doubt very much that lactic acid does anything to remove dead skin. Lactic acid is a very mild acid, and even in yogurt or sour milk, it’s very dilute. If it could seriously remove dead skin, you’d notice some exfoliating effect from spilling yogurt on the dead outer layers of your un-burned skin, which is certainly not the case.

The cool milk is soothing and moisturizing, which is fine, but let’s not roll out the pseud0-science to make it sound like some kind of dermatological breakthrough. Noxzema or any mild lotion would have the same effect.

I use aloe gel, but I make sure to get the 100% pure variety – many of them contain alcohol or other crap that makes sunburns worse.

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In Rodents Fed High-Fat Diets, Gut Microbes Boost Hunger, Trigger Obesity

After several hints that gut microbes may be key players in the obesity epidemic, a new study provides a mechanistic explanation of how the intestinal inhabitants directly induce hunger, insulin resistance, and ultimately obesity in rodents.

Source: In rodents fed high-fat diets, gut microbes boost hunger, trigger obesity

The percentage of fat in our diets (since the early 80s) has gone down, but protein stayed the same, and carbs have gone up to pick up the slack.

How to Cool Off and Stay Safe in Public Pools

The cool, glistening waters of public pools are certainly seductive on a hot summer day. But if they’re not properly maintained and treated, these public pools spread germs that can cause unpleasant illnesses and ruin the fun. Here’s what you need to know to stay safe (and cool) in a public pool.

Source: How to Cool Off and Stay Safe in Public Pools

“Another One Bites the Dust” works too, but you might not want to be caught humming it while doing CPR. 😉

You could teach swimmers to communicate their status over the water, the same way scuba divers do under it. If I point at a kid, they need to make a fist and tap the top of their head with it. That’s the “I’m okay” sign. If I don’t get a response, I need to go get you.  That said, I’ve swam in water where visibility is 6 ft at most, with goggles.

Eight Foam Rolling Techniques to Loosen Up Your Muscles

Sore, stiff, tight? We feel you. Take some time for self-massage. Used pre-workout, pre-stretching, or simply to start the day, foam rolling has serious benefits, including easing muscle soreness, correcting muscle imbalance, increasing range of motion, and preventing injury.

Some gyms have foam rollers, but it might be worth investing in your own. (They’re still way cheaper than a professional massage!) Rollers vary in size, firmness, and shape. Long rollers provide more area for stability and support, while shorter options are more versatile and convenient for travel. A soft foam provides a gentler massage than a high-density version. Some options include a grid-like design or a ridged surface, which helps target tough-to-relieve knots and trigger points.

Source: How to Foam Roll Like a Pro

Don’t be fooled by the expensive ones though unless you really want one.  The generic rollers are just as good. You can get them in all kinds of firmness levels depending on need, body weight etc.

I would caution against direct rolling of the IT band; with the lack of elasticity in connective tissues, it can lead to a plastic strain response and subsequent damage. Franklyn-Miller summarized the article here.

New Wearable Tech Can Make Hospital Visits More Comfortable

In the age of the Internet, you can do almost anything wirelessly. This is especially intriguing in the health care field where professionals can monitor the data of patients without having to be in the room.

Source: New Wearable Tech Can Make Hospital Visits More Comfortable

While this has all kinds of positive applications and impacts it is also part of the

  1. Biggest identity theft vulnerabilities today
  2. Part of a serious risk to human life

Why?

Because wireless hospital devices are the absolute most insecure in the world. There are literally almost no security protocols for medical devices within hospitals and they are exploding in number.

The Medical Screenings All Men Need, and When

No matter how fast medicine moves us towards treatments, preventive medicine will always be the most effective and cheapest way to keep healthy. Yesterday, we went over the most common screenings for women. Today we’ll look at men’s health screenings, when you should get them, and what kind of experience you’re in for.

Source: The Medical Screenings All Men Need, and When

Curious to know about colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopy preparation?

64oz to be drunk in 8oz servings every 15 mins – wasn’t awful tasting…similar to warm, flat, weak Gatorade.

As you’d expect, you’ll start with solid poop, then brown liquid to clear liquid.

What you don’t expect is the velocity which it shoots out of your butthole – near the end, I felt like I was jet propelled. It’s like your anus is blowing its nose FORCEFULLY.

I also didn’t expect how sore my butthole would feel afterwards. If you’ve had stomach flu where all you did was poop, you’ll have an idea how raw it felt.

Experts Call Olympics “Unethical,” Want Them Moved/Postponed—CDC Disagrees

With Brazil already swarming with Zika-loaded mosquitoes, hosting 500,000 foreign athletes and spectators for the 2016 Olympic games there in August poses unnecessary health risks and is downright “unethical,” according to an international group of 150 health experts.

Source: Experts call Olympics “unethical,” want them moved/postponed—CDC disagrees

I guess the big thing that would address my concerns is some quantitative treatment of the CDC’s argument: What is the % increase in the number of people traveling to Brazil — or the whole Zika-infested region — will the Olympics represent? If it is indeed a small percentage, then I could believe it’s true that it won’t cause a significant increase in risk of outbreaks in countries people are traveling from.

The numbers might be small for direct contact, but considering that a significant number of the athletes will be females in a child-bearing age range could exacerbate that.

Kratom, the Herb of Last Resort for Recovering Addicts, Is in Legal Trouble

Three times a day, every day, for around a year, Tim Weaver would slide a tablespoon of kratom into his mouth. He’d let the bitter, grassy flavor of the powder seep into his tongue, gulp a glass of water to swallow it, then gulp more to wash the fine particles from between his teeth. Within an hour, the panicky feelings and achiness that accompanied Weaver’s opiate withdrawal would recede. “I was able live again and not just feel like I wanted to crumple up in a ball,” Weaver said. And as time went on, he relied less and less on the plant until he didn’t need to use kratom at all.

Source: Kratom, the Herb of Last Resort for Recovering Addicts, Is in Legal Trouble

According to an importer, climate and soil in the US are not ideal for cultivating mitragynine speciosa at scale.  But a greenhouse should work.