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People who can't wear latex gloves may not be able to eat a kiwi!

My award for the the least things likely to be related, but somehow are, is the allergic reaction between latex gloves and fruit.

Though it's one of the more common allergies you'll find, which is why nearly every doctor, food handler and TSA agent may question you about it, it's hard to believe that it would impede on a persons ability to eat a kiwi!

The allergy occurs when after repeated exposure to products containing natural rubber latex, so the more you use it the less immune to the allergy you'll be.

Mucus membranes may absorb the latex proteins which causes the body to produce antibodies that react with them, causing the allergy to surface. But what's that have to do with fruit?

People suffering from a latex allergy are susceptible to being allergic to a number of different plant products, normally fruit. This is known as the aptly named latex-fruit syndrome.

Fruits and seeds that can flare up the allergy include bananas, pineapples, avocados, chestnuts, kiwis, mangoes, passionfruit, figs, strawberries and soy. Most, but not all of these fruits contain the naturally occurring latex, which explains why it can cause an allergic reaction.


A lack of physical activity is one of the leading causes of preventable death worldwide!

Believe it or not, sitting on the couch all day can actually kill you.

Research has found that people that live what is known as a sedentary lifestyle, meaning people without an active lifestyle, are more likely to day prematurely.

In fact, for people that sit for more than 4 hours a day have more than a 40% higher risk of developing health problems than people that sit fewer than 4 hours per day.

However, people that exercise up to 4 hours per week, are just as healthy as those that sit on the couch less than 4 hours per week.

Surprisingly, an inactive lifestyle can effect your health in numerous ways. People with inactive lifestyles are more likely to suffer from: anxiety, cardiovascular disease, deep vein thrombosis, depression, diabetes, colon cancer, high blood pressure, obesity, osteoporosis, lipid disorders, kidney stones, and lower back pain!

If you think you're living an inactive lifestyle, try going for an evening walk a few times a week, or taking your bicycle for a ride!


New World Colonial Settlers Died From Not Cooking Their Corn Correctly Like The Native Americans!

Did you know there's a proper way to cook corn so that your body can process it?

Nixtmalization refers to this process. While Native Americans knew of this process, the new world colonial settlers did not, and would use corn as a staple in their meals, without knowing that this process existed.

This resulted in many deaths due to malnourishment. If the maize isn't cooked properly, the human body cannot absorb the nutrients. Often, the maize would have to be cooked in limewater, which is full of alkaline.

The alkaline in limewater would help dissolve the hemicellulose in the maize (corn). This process is crucial when making maize into edible products for meals at home. There are many benefits to eating this type of corn over unprocessed corn. The nutrients and flavor in the processed corn is increased significantly versus unprocessed.

The nixtmalization process is used in other types of food like tamales, tortilla chips and more.


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You spend 40 minutes every day blind.

It's not that your eyes aren't working. Your mind is actually blocking images all the time, and refusing to process them. Whenever your eyes move, your brain doesn't process what would normally be very dizzying blurry images coming from the retina. To fill in the gaps of time, your brain creates an illusion for a fraction of a second to keep us from noticing. This is called "Saccadic masking" and it keeps us from experiencing motion blur.

Your brain replaces the blurry images with static images of your next object of focus. Whatever you look at after moving your eyes appears to stay still for a long period of time, because it is actually the same image stretched for a longer period of time to cover up the blur. This is called the "stopped-clock illusion", when the first second on a clock after you turn to look at it appears to take longer than all the other seconds.

Bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics, but for the past 90 years Russia has been using a therapy that overcomes that problem and has no negative side-effects!

Disease causing bacteria that have become resistant to antibiotic treatment is becoming an increasing public health concern.

Wound infections, gonorrhea, tuberculosis, pneumonia, septicemia and childhood ear infections are just a few of the diseases that have become hard to treat with antibiotics due to increasing use and misuse of these treatments.

Russia has been using an alternative to antibiotics for the past 90 years. They use bacteriophages.

A phage is a virus that attacks the bacteria with no negative side effects on the host organism (human) and beneficial bacteria like gut flora.

This reduces the chances of opportunistic infections that often occur during treatment with antibiotics.

Russia is currently using phages to treat infections that do not respond to antibiotics. Antibiotics can not penetrate bacteria that consist of cells sticking together, but phages are successful against these strains.

No therapies using phages are authorized for use on humans in any country besides Russia and Georgia—except for phages used to kill the bacteria that cause food poisoning.

In a recent study, 25% of bacterial pneumonia cases were shown to be resistant to penicillin, and an additional 25% of cases were resistant to more than one antibiotic. Although bacteria can become resistant to a certain phage, it can still be destroyed by another type.



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