January 3, 2008

Medical Myths – like ‘Dim light ruins eyesight’

Researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine made a list of common medical beliefs espoused by physicians and the general public. They included statements they had heard endorsed by doctors on multiple occasions. The result is a seven-item list of medical and health myths that are widely repeated by doctors and in the media, all of which either aren’t true or lack scientific evidence to support them.

Here’s the summary:

  1. People should drink at least eight glasses of water a day
  2. We use only 10 percent of our brains
  3. Hair and fingernails continue to grow after death
  4. Shaving hair causes it to grow back faster, darker or coarser
  5. Reading in dim light ruins your eyesight
  6. Eating turkey makes people especially drowsy
  7. Cell phones create considerable electromagnetic interference in hospitals

See the full story here: ‘Dim light ruins eyesight’ and other medical myths

December 30, 2007

In 2007: A Year In Retrospect – From JibJab.com

One helluva video that pretty much sums it all up – from Global Warming to Britney’s horrifying VMA show to Marty Scorsese finally winning an Oscar.

“Don’t” take it easy!

God bless and have an amazing 2008!

– Ravi Jayagopal

How To Create a Calmer Household

Kids running everywhere? TV blaring at its loudest and the ping, ping of video games driving you insane? Meanwhile, neighbors and friends keep dropping by and your spouse is hiding in the downstairs bathroom waiting for peace to descend… Does this sound awfully familiar? If so, then it might be time to start instituting some peace across the household and to try and lead a slightly calmer life together.

Full story: How To Create a Calmer Household

December 27, 2007

Are You A “Helicopter Parent”?

Vicky Tuck, the principal of Cheltenham Ladies’ College, claims that some mothers and fathers are hindering their child’s ability to learn and become self-sufficient because they are constantly hovering overhead, supervising and directing.

The trend towards parents confiding in their children and treating them like mini-counsellors is also preventing children from being carefree and learning from their mistakes, she believes.


The term “helicopter parenting” was coined by Madeleine Levine, an American clinical psychologist, who claimed in her book The Price of Privilege: “Kids are unbearably pressured not just to be good, but to be great; not just to be good at something, [but] to be good at everything.”

Full Story: ‘Helicopter parents’ hinder children’s learning

December 8, 2007

Parenting Imperfect: Realities of life hard to break to kids

Very good article about kids and preparing them for reality…

Most talks about the unpleasant realities of life can wait. Taxes, for example, can be back-burnered until your kid actually has an income. Heartbreak, too, can wait until after puberty.

The talk about death isn’t quite as predictable.

The Diva has known about the concept for a few years. For her third birthday, we got her a five-gallon aquarium and a score of pink tetras. One month into her fourth year, we’d already flushed most of them.