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.

How Do I Tell My Friends I Can’t Afford To Hang Out With Them?

I’m generally happy with my life right now, but money makes it hard to feel free and spend time with them as we grow older. They can simply afford things—group dinners, group trips, concert tickets—that I can’t. Any advice on how to broach this subject with them, or focus our time together towards things in my budget instead of theirs? I don’t want to be a buzzkill.

Source: How Do I Tell My Friends I Can’t Afford To Hang Out With Them?

I’ve seen friendships ruined over this, particularly in regards to weddings. The bride or maid of honor are well off, so that means a Vegas bachelorette party, weekend spa for a shower, $300 shoes for bridesmaids. It can run in the thousands. This is planned without any regards to their friend’s finances. In fact, they are horrified and angry at even the slightest protest.

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.

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.

Make an Egg-Free Caesar Dressing Out of Cashews

In the realm of big salads with even bigger dressings, the Caesar—with it’s sharp garlic, salty anchovy, and sour lemon juice—is emperor of them all.

For most people, it’s addictive. But there’s a contingent that avoids Caesar salad because it requires a raw egg or two. (We’re not all Rocky Balboa, after all.)

While cooking through the entire January issue of Bon Appétit, I found the Caesar dressing even the most squeamish eater can indulge in. It swaps out the raw egg in favor of a different ingredient: cashews.

Source: How to Make an Eggless Caesar Dressing

I hope I’m not in too late with this but I can confirm cashews make some awesome creamy stuff— once I was fed a vegan “cheesecake” that was creamy-thick and delicious. (I just wish people would come up with original names for this delicious stuff though, shit’s ridiculous.)

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.

Surfer Whose Arm Was Bitten Off By A Shark Surfs On The Head Of The World’s Supposed Best Surfer

Thirteen years ago, Bethany Hamilton’s left arm was bitten off by a tiger shark while she was surfing on Kauai. Despite losing 60 percent of her blood, she survived, returned to surfing three weeks later, became the subject of a number of movies and books over the years, and appeared on a ton of TV shows like The Amazing Race. Meanwhile, she also continued to work as a pro surfer.

Source: Surfer Whose Arm Was Bitten Off By A Shark Surfs On The Head Of The World’s Supposed Best Surfer

Congrats Bethany!

That was 13 years ago?!  I’m starting to feel old…

Scientists Find Cure For Type 2 Diabetes in Rodents, Don’t Know How it Works

The cure for type 2 diabetes may be all in your head, a new study in rats and mice suggests.

With a single shot to the brain, researchers can rid rodents of all symptoms of the disease for months. The injection, a relatively low dose of a tissue growth factor protein called fibroblast growth factor 1 (FGF1), appears to reset powerful neural networks that can control the amount of sugar in the blood.

Source: Scientists find cure for type 2 diabetes in rodents, don’t know how it works

Oh sure. When some guy in a lab coat injects something into a rodent’s brain it’s call “science”. When try to inject something into a bear’s arm I get banned from the zoo and arrested for having heroin.