6 Totally Unexpected Ways To Ruin Your Health

I got an email from Quality Health talking about circumstances that ruin your health, here's what they had:

1. Using the computer. In the age of the Internet, few Americans
go a day without using a computer. Although your seemingly harmless
computer may be the center of your work-life, it can have real-life
health effects. Eye strain, carpal tunnel syndrome, neck and back
strain are possible issues associated with long hours spent in front of
the computer screen. Furthermore, a study conducted by Statistics
Canada found that adults who spend over three hours a day sitting in
front of a computer are more likely to be obese, which carries inherent
health risks.
2. Being in debt. Possessing large amounts of debt can cause
physical and mental tolls, an Associated Press poll found. According to
the survey, of those with reported "debt stress," 27 percent had ulcers
or digestive tract problems, 44 percent had migraines or other
headaches, 23 percent had severe depression, and 51 percent had muscle
tension, including pain in the lower back. Apparently not all the pain
is located in the wallet.
3. Biting your nails. Thumb-sucking and nail-biting are common
childhood habits, but only five percent carry the practice into
adulthood. Aside from unsightly fingertips, severe nail biting can be a
sign of anxiety or compulsive behavior. Biting one's nails can
transport infections such as the flu or the common cold. What's more,
it can transfer pinworms from the anus region to the mouth. Severe
pinworm infestation may be associated with an increased risk for
appendicitis. This seemingly innocuous habit is also related to various
dental problems, including gingival injury.

4. Consuming a lot of sugar. This sweetener invades our diet
through sucrose, dextrose, and high-fructose corn syrup. The average
American consumes an astounding two to three pounds of sugar each week.
Although high sugar intake raises your risk of obesity, simple sugars
may cause even more harm than expected. For instance, high amounts of
sugar in a person's diet can aggravate asthma, boost susceptibility for
heart disease and hypertension, cause mood swings, and hasten the
growth of gallstones.
5. Not getting married. Proud singletons may be taken aback by
this one: not getting hitched may be detrimental to your health. Data
collected by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on age-specific death
rates in Australia showed that married people have lower death rates
than non-married people in almost all age groups, for both men and
women. The reasons for this finding are debatable, but the fact
remains: married people live longer.
6. Getting divorced. The National Institute of Mental Health
asserts that the most powerful factor of stress-related physical and
emotional illness is marital disruption. Researchers have found that,
when compared with their similar married counterparts, women who have
separated from their husbands for one year or less had poorer immune
function in five out of six immunological evaluations. In the broad
category of total cancer mortality, men showed an increased risk when
they were divorced or separated.

After looking at this….I guess I'd better stop blogging and get hitched(for real).


Hurricane IKE

We are about to experience one of the biggest baddest hurricanes since Hurricane Andrew.  I have to admit….I'm  little terrified, and hoping Ike doesn't come through demanding that we "eat the cake".