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Health Myths - Part 2
Mar
28
2014

Especially good for the thyroid is supposedly salt that has been fortified with iodine. It is true that the thyroid needs iodine to function smoothly. But it is also in bread, milk products and fish. If you have a balanced diet, you do not need iodized salt.

But what about salt in generally? Does it really increases blood pressure? One does not exactly know. However, since salt is important for our body, one may already take in up to six grams per day.

Cholesterol is harmful – but only the LDL cholesterol which stick at the vessel walls. If these fatty deposits become to thick it can promote atherosclerosis and heart disease. HDL cholesterol, however, solves the fat from the artery walls and transports it from the body. In this respect, cholesterol is good too. And as long as you have a higher HDL than LDL level you are on the safe side. In order not to risk problems with the LDL cholesterol, you should be on a balanced, low fat diet and ensure adequate exercise.

Often eggs are associated with cholesterol – especially with the harmful cholesterol. This, too, is a legend. Anyone who has a cholesterol metabolism disorder should be careful the rest can eat as many eggs as he wants.

Children hate it when you tell them that they should eat salad because it contains many vitamins. Now you can relief them from doing so because it is not true. Salad does have a lot of folic acid, which the body needs, but vitamin can be found much better in other vegetables and fruits.

Several small meals are supposed to be better. This, too, belongs to the realm of legends. In fact it does not matter at all at what time of day you eat. That also means that you do not get fat when you eat late in the evening as some believe but studies have proved to be wrong.

And last but not least, a health myth that has nothing to do with diet, but is very popular: humans do not use the full power of the brain. Usually it is said, we only use 10 percent, some say 25 percent. In reality, however, we use all areas of our brain. Studies have shown that there are no inactive parts.

Mar
20
2014

„Berlin is Over. What’s Next?“ the not to be taken seriously website gawker.com titled last month. The headline caused severe shock waves in Berlin's media and a South German newspaper took the occasion to take a closer look on Berlin's to tourism.

Mar
14
2014

Traditional home remedies are amongst the most effective health tips. Most of them help against colds, running noses, tensions or minor injuries. However, there are always health tips that just belong into the realm of legends. Almost all tips that have to do with enjoyment are part of this.

Up front is the popular digestif.

Feb
27
2014

Feeling down and spiritless more often than you can afford or want to? If it is hard for you to get your work done because you just do not feel in the mood for it, probably something is stealing your motivation and power. For this there can be many reasons. To begin with, there might be too much what you have to do: take care of the children and the house besides having a job as well. This problem is quite complicated to solve because it requires other people to support you.

Feb
17
2014

text by Martina Conradt

On 20 December 2013 Wasem only wanted to pursue his favorite pastime: to play football. A bit of normality in a country still struggling to come to terms with its most recent past. The eleven year old boy plays along with his friends on the football field of his sports club in Zawya while another boy from the neighborhood is wielding a weapon next to them. "Bang, bang, I'll shoot you down," he shouts. What was meant as fun between adolescence boys turned into a tragic accident in an instant, when the weapon unexpectedly fired a single shot and injured Wasem.

Feb
14
2014

Winter always is a hard time for golfers even if they are willing to go to the course and play in windy and rainy conditions. But let's be honest: for most of us golf is a game we prefer to play on a dry, sunny and warm but not to warm day. Inasmuch winter does not leave us a lot of choices. We either have to travel to find more suitable courses, resort to indoor driving ranges or just practice certain swings and movements at home. The classic is elaborating the putting game during office hours with the help of a strip of carpet and a coffee mug laying on its side mimicking as the hole.

Feb
6
2014

Today the Berlin International Film Festival starts its 64th edition. More then 400 films will be shown within 10 days. Most of them are shown as world premiers or for the very first time outside their country of origin. In the main section of the festival 23 movies from 21 countries are shown of which 18 have their world premiere in Berlin. Of the 23 movies 20 will compete for the Golden and Silver Bear-Awards. With more than half a million sold tickets per year the Berlinale is the biggest audience film festival of the world.

Jan
30
2014

Sometimes one can really kick oneself for one's own stupidity. Three weeks ago – the time BEFORE winter hit Berlin – I went out running on the old Tempelhof Airfield. It was a beautiful day, with about 10 ° Celsius too warm for the season. The sun shone over the field and on the old airport building. It was a fantastic view. More people were out then usual enjoying the day as I was. I only wore socks with my long, warm running tights. Therefore my ankle lay bare more or less because of the gap between the tights and the socks.

Jan
17
2014

Great! - That is just the news everybody loves to read: “Dieting makes you fatter” the British Guardian titled. Adapting this finding one does not have to even try to loose weight. And that right after the holidays when many people have the feeling that they have eaten too much during that time and now have the urgent desire to do something against it – like dieting! Which also means the article came just in time because now offers, tips, articles and posts (like this one) tackling the issue of dieting are springing up right and left. And I must say it was about time that someone speaks out against the dieting madness. Is dieting not just something which is used to correct mistakes in eating habits made earlier? Mistakes one is willing to repeat after fasting is over, so that nothing is won? Why not change ones behavior altogether and make dieting obsolete?

Dec
18
2013

The spine is not called backbone for nothing. It holds and supports the whole body. So that it can do this successfully it needs strong muscles that keep it straight – that support it. Only if the upper body is upright, the internal organs are free from pressure. A stooped posture presses them together. This can lead to chronic health problems, especially together with obesity. The oxygen uptake is impaired and regular back pain in normal necessary activities can be developed such as walking, standing or carrying heavy loads.

Dec
13
2013

It is not unhealthy to just take a bite between meals. It should not only always be chocolate or sweets. After all, the definition of certain meals a day is an achievement of civilization and has no evolutionary reasons. On the contrary, it is even better to have several small than two big meals per day. But also here there are different theories.