Healthy Atheists

Without good health our lives are not well lived. Lets discuss all topics that will enable us to live healthier & happier lives...
  • Adrian

    I look forward to the group developing. This area is a passion of mine, having once been very unhealthy and overweight, and as a former spokesperson for the Vegetarian Society, which involved a great deal of information on these subjects. The Weight Control/Loss group here is interesting, but, by definition, it is more limited in scope.
  • T A A

    Interesting idea for a group. I bet there'll be plenty of controversy here, as the relationship between food and body is one of the least proven-demonstrated ones in the scientific context, with conflicting evidence published every single day it seems. I look forward to more.
  • Adrian

    Thanks for that doone; it confirms what i suspected, that the support network and community is the factor, not the belief. All we need to do is build similar communities for the nontheistic, and that's another excuse for faith groups struck off the list! Is Think Atheist such a community?
  • StarWarsHippie (aka Tom)

    I try and stay healthy but 16 years of drug and alcohol addiction has left me in very poor shape. My pancreas barely functions and my stomach is paralized but I do eat healthy and exercise. Well It's not really so much intense exercise so much as I walk every where I go so I get in about 15 miles a day.
    Thank you for the invitation to this group. I look forward to getting to know people on this site better.
  • Misty: Baytheist Living!

    Tucson Safeway had blueberries on sale for 99 cents a package! (6 oz box)
    I got four!
  • Sydni Moser

    Good to know, but sadly I don't live near a Safeway market... Blueberries are sky high here on Long Island.
  • Sydni Moser

    Now that's amazing Doone. Wow! Thanks for posting...
  • Adrian

    Doone, do you know what the context is? Is this US or worldwide?
  • Adrian

    Great post, Doone!
  • Adrian

    A report by the UK Department of Health gives indications of why so many more people are obese now than in the sixties, and gives clues to the changes we can make to reverse that. It's pretty obvious to most of us, I suspect, but nice to see research confirming it.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/8538496.stm
  • T A A

    Of course, women used to wring the wash by hand and whip foods by hand, I still practice whipping eggs with a fork. I used to really like that little hand mixer. The article mentions we have longer lifespans, but I think we should do longevity studies that exclude anyone long term healthcare issues, such as maintenance pills and hospital requirements. I'd be willing to bet that discounting all "high-maintenance" people, we'd see our lifespans aren't better than before. We delude ourselves me-thinks :)
  • T A A

    In a 1974 book, Ivan Illich (philosopher) demonstrated, amazingly, that cars hadn't really contributed to faster humans. To reach this conclusion he added up all the time that our car costs us in life: hours of work required to earn enough money to buy and insure it, hours spent idling, hours spent in maintenance, hours spent, etc; divided by the actual amount of miles travelled. Surprisingly, with all time included, cars actually increase our overall cumulative speed to 5 mph!!!
    Was it really worth it, I think I liked horses better :)
  • Adrian

    Yes, T A A, I have seen studies that have shown that our average healthy years of life have changed very little since WW2, even though our average lifespan has increased significantly. I have also seen a report many years ago that said the average traffic speed in London was actually slower than it was in the times of horsedrawn traffic, though that was before the congestion charges were introduced. Sorry, no references for those articles; both a long time ago.
  • GOPI KANTA GHOSH

    I am in a good company here...thanks all of you
  • Sydni Moser

    "The world’s food supply is safer that it has ever been, but everyone—vegan and confirmed carnivore alike—needs to be careful about what we put in our mouths."

    True enough, but given the many other health hazards of eating meat a vegetarian or vegan diet is still considerably healthier. I became a vegetarian not for health reasons, but because I hated to eat the flesh of animals that were tortured and endured a life of pain and suffering. Nice to have learned so much about the health benefits of not eating meat, but for me it's just an unexpected plus.
  • T A A

    Seems like it would be a form "visualisation" which all athletes do, so it makes pretty good sense...
  • Adrian

    Aye, it has been known for a while that simply mentally visualising yourself exercising actually has a measurable effect on muscle density. Crazy, huh?

    Athletes visualisation seems to work in a similar and complementary fashion, with the visualisation increasing "muscle memory" of the required movements and actually boosting performance. I was being taught this back in the late 80s when competing as a mountain biker. I still use it when climbing a particularly steep hill or preparing to chop wood etc
  • Sydni Moser

    Serotonin May Hold Key to Halting Osteoporosis


    A drug that reverses Osteoporosis in mice looks like a promising candidate for treating human version of the disease.
  • T A A

    More pill pushing instead of prevention! We know most of the causes of osteoporosis, lack of fat percentage during key adolescent years, healthy food intake and weight bearing exercise. Researchers should be looking to clarify beyond doubt the causes of osteoporosis instead of just thinking about profits...
  • Sydni Moser


    It's Time to Fix The Broken Food Safety System

    **Take Action to Protect Your Food**


    The Senate is working on a bill to reform the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA is supposed to make sure fruits, vegetables, processed foods and imported foods are safe, but many of the food recalls over the last couple of years have exposed their deeply flawed system.

    The current Food Safety Bill still needs some work. Less than one percent of food that's imported into the U.S. is inspected for food safety. We need strong standards for imports that will protect consumers. Additionally, we need to make sure the FDA standards work for farmers and processors of all sizes, and include flexibility, not one-size-fits-all rules that are geared toward the largest operations.

    We won't get many chances to fix our broken food safety system, so let your senators know how to make the food safety legislation stronger to protect the food that ends up on your plate:
    http://action.foodandwaterwatch.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY...
  • Cheryl Pantano

    Eat fruit on an empty stomach to get the full benefits. If you eat other foods, the fruit just ferments and causes problems.

    http://nutrition.hotexercise.com/power-foods/eating-fruit/
  • Sydni Moser


    Mind Over Meds

    "Leon Eisenberg, an early pioneer in psychopharmacology at Harvard, once made the notable historical observation that “in the first half of the 20th century, American psychiatry was virtually ‘brainless.’ . . . In the second half of the 20th century, psychiatry became virtually ‘mindless.’ ” The brainless period was a reference to psychiatry’s early infatuation with psychoanalysis; the mindless period, to our current love affair with pills. J.J., I saw, had inadvertently highlighted a glaring deficiency in much of modern psychiatry. Ultimately, his question would change the way I thought about my field, and how I practiced."

    Check Out This Discussion in THE THINKING APE Group.
  • Johnny

  • Cheryl Pantano

    Johnny, good short video. Being Vegetarian, I agree. I always like to try to make a colorful plate.
  • Sydni Moser


    Love Fresh Vegetables? How about growing your own? If you are already a seasoned gardener or would like to learn to become one, join the Green Gardening Group and share your talents and learn new tips.
  • Adrian

    Now that one, doone, might just stand a chance with some of the evolution deniers! :-)
  • Sydni Moser

    You might be interested to check out this discussion, Deconstructing 'Myths About Suicide' that I posted in The Thinking Ape.

    Psychologist Thomas Joiner has studied suicide his entire professional life — and says much of what we assume about suicide is wrong. In Myths About Suicide, Joiner explains why we have so many misconceptions about this heart-wrenching facet of human behavior.
  • Sydni Moser


    'Green' exercise quickly 'boosts mental health'

    From BBC News:

    Just five minutes of exercise in a "green space" such as a park can boost mental health, researchers claim.

    http://www.3quarksdaily.com/3quarksdaily/2010/05/green-exercise-qui...
  • GOPI KANTA GHOSH

    Thanks...it is great...but what shall we do in a city without green space?
  • Adrian

    Lobby your local authority to create green spaces, citing the article? Guerilla garden wasteland to create your own green spaces?
  • Sydni Moser


    Do check out this discussion: DAIRY: 6 Reasons You Should Avoid It at All Costs or Why Following the USDA Food Pyramid Guidelines is Bad for Your Health (VIDEO)
  • Adrian

    And it's delicious, Dallas!
  • Sydni Moser


    Check out this article, Are Organic Foods Worth the Price? And Do They Live up to the Hype? in the Vegetarian and Vegan Group. LINK
  • Sydni Moser

    Treeman: Search For The Cure


    36-year old, Dede, from Indonesia is afflicted with a terrible disease that is encasing his body with tree like roots.

    Thick branch like growths on his hands and feet make him incapable of carrying out even the simplest tasks. He can no longer work, therefore, he cannot provide financially for his 2 teenage children.

    The tree like roots on Dede’s body grow up to 5cm a year and he has hundreds of smaller growths all over his face and body.

    American dermatologist, Dr Gaspari, hears of Dede’s story and goes to Indonesia to meet Dede. He finds that Dede suffers from the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), or common warts.

    Dede’s case is extreme, because he has a low immune deficiency that has allowed the virus to flourish to a massive, deforming infection.

    Though Dr. Gaspari offers to try to cure Dede with drug treatments, Indonesian doctors have moved forward with surgeries to remove Dede’s warts.

    Watch the full documentary HERE:
  • Sydni Moser


    Film Description:
    American agriculture has in many respects been the envy of the world. U.S. agri-business consistently produces more food on less land and at cheaper cost than the farmers of any other nation. What could possibly be wrong with that? According to the growing ranks of organic farmers, “slow food” activists and concerned consumers cited in the new documentary Food, Inc., the answer is “plenty.” As recounted in this sweeping, shockingly informative documentary, sick animals, environmental degradation, tainted and unhealthy food and obesity, diabetes and other health issues are only the more obvious problems with a highly mechanized and centralized system that touts efficiency — and the low costs and high profits that result from it — as the supreme value in food production.

    Continue Reading Here:

    http://www.pbs.org/pov/foodinc/film_description.php

    WATCH the Preview Here:
    http://video.pbs.org/video/1402965302/

    WATCH "Food Inc." on Netflix as a Play Now Selection HERE:

    Watch Filmmaker Robert Kenner talk about why he made Food, Inc. (16:37) on PBS Here:
    http://video.pbs.org/video/1473870422/
  • Sydni Moser

    Watch the FULL documentary, FOOD INC. on Youtube:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1xNerb4yE8