London: Just one rasher of bacon a day can damage a man's fertility, while eating a portion of white fish such as cod or halibut every other day can improve it, researchers have suggested.
The study by Harvard University on 156 men in couples suffering problems conceiving examined their diet and the size and shape of their sperm.
Researchers found that men who regularly ate processed meat had significantly lower amounts of normal sperm, compared with those who limited the amount of foods like bacon, sausages, hamburgers, ham and mince.
On average, those who ate the equivalent of less than a rasher of bacon a day had 30 per cent more normal sperm than those who ate higher quantities of processed meats.
Women have been looking for birth control that men would willingly take; and now we have found it: Bacon is the answer.
Whenever I get into a discussion about Obamacare, I inevitably hear the charge that Jesus would want us to care "for the least of these," and Obamacare does just that. Usually, this statement comes from someone who is ambivalent or antagonistic toward Jesus and who thinks they can win the discussion by dropping his name. They may not think He is God, but if I do, His words should shut me up.
Jesus DOES tell us to care for the least in our society. He wants us to love orphans and widows. He does not want us to let any class of people fall through the cracks. After all, we are to let others know we follow Him by showing love to them.
Jesus also tells us to obey the laws of the land and "render unto Cesar what is Cesar's." At the same time, Jesus never curried favor with people in religious or political power. As a matter of fact, he blatantly and consistently set them straight. He rarely told them what they wanted to hear.
Jesus also tells us to be good stewards with the things He has given us. Stewardship is the primary reason I am against hiring a bureacracy (like the government) to do my charitable work for me. When I look for charitable organizations to support, I look for organizations that work directly with the people in need. A great example is the Springs Rescue Mission in Colorado Springs, Colorado. When I gave to SRM, I gave directly to the people who help the homeless of Colorado Springs. I could be assured that I was providing food, clothing, and job training to families who needed it.
When I let the government do my charity for me, I can be assured the government will act as a middleman and take some of my giving. Every bureaucratic office my money passes through will take a few pennies off my dollar. At the same time, anyone who has paid attention to Social Security and Medicare for the past few decades knows that congress can not keep it's dirty hands out of the sacred trust money for these programs. Not only do they raid the cookie jar regularly, but in the event of any interruption to government processes, or any threat of tax cuts, Congress will threaten that SSI and Medicare will be among the first programs cut when they should, by law, be among the last.
I am not a big fan of bureaucracy. The government is such a big organization that it is able to play a shell game with my tax money, diverting it from what should be paid, to what will ensure powerful people stay in power. Let me say that a different way, we often see tax hikes and increased revenue proposals that promise to spend money in a very specific and compassionate way, but after time, that money is mysteriously reallocated to the pet projects of members of the legislative and executive branches. This is not dependent on political party affiliation. Anyone in a seat of power can do it.
So it amazes me that we can start a talk about government provided healthcare, and the disciples of the Church of Big Government actually have faith in the federal bureaucracy and in insurance companies. They mock me for having faith in a God they can not see, but they put their faith in a system that has failed in the realm of social projects time and time again.
Who ever talks about their visit with the friendly and compassionate IRS agent who came to collect on back taxes?
How about those lovely FEMA neighborhoods? You know, the ones with the beautiful FEMA condos? You probably never heard them described that way. Instead, you probably heard of FEMA trailers in FEMA camps.
How often to you hear people talk about how empathetic their health insurance company was when they denied some critical level of patient care?
We have absolutely no anecdotal evidence of compassionate bureaucracy, but we are running full steam ahead to turn over our healthcare to a government/insurance industry hybrid in hopes that we will get something of value for free. I am astonished that so many people have put their faith in the same government and insurance industry bureaucracies that already do not give them what they want.
Bureaucracy. Cures what ails you. Made from the finest natural snake oils, shark cartilage, bull excrement, donkey hoof, elephant tusk, and other natural ingredients.
Yesterday, I was in Walgreens looking for clear gatorade for my son. He wasn't feeling well and I wanted to hydrate and replenish electrolytes from a drink that would not stain the carpet. I didn't find the clear gatorade in Walgreens (apparently they only carry neon colors), but I did see Texas Rain bottled water (see below). I am a naturally sarcastic person, so a few things jumped out at me when I saw the bottles of rainwater:
1. Texans sure are proud. I bet you won't find a single Texan anywhere drinking a bottle of New Mexico Rain, or California Rain, or New York Rain.
2. Ironically, in Central Texas, we have been in a drought. We need rain. Who knew that we were short because they keep bottling it up in Houston and Dallas before it can get to us?
3. It just happened to be raining here last night. Why should I pay for bottled Texas Rain when I can walk outside and get more than I can handle for free?
4. I considered asking a friend in Arizona to take a picture of an empty water bottle in his yard so I could photoshop a lable that said "Arizona Rain."
While I am not convinced that I should spend a dollar on a bottle of rainwater, at least not while it is falling for free this week, I have to say that I am impressed that they also sell rain water collection systems and they will wholesale the water under your own private label. Somebody out there try a bottle and leave a comment.
Chicken nuggets contain bone, organ parts, study finds
Stand-up comedians have long joked that some things, like the actual components of chicken nuggets, are better left mysterious.
Recently, Mississippi researchers found out why: two nuggets they examined consisted of 50 percent or less chicken muscle tissue, the breast or thigh meat that comes to mind when a customer thinks of "chicken."
The nuggets came from two national fast food chains in Jackson. The three researchers selected one nugget from each box, preserved, dissected and stained the nuggets, then looked at them under a microscope.
The first nugget was about half muscle, with the rest a mix of fat, blood vessels and nerves. Close inspection revealed cells that line the skin and internal organs of the bird, the authors write in the American Journal of Medicine.
The second nugget was only 40 percent muscle, and the remainder was fat, cartilage and pieces of bone.
Due to the Senate's uncompromising need to force government healthcare down the throats of every American, the Federal Government has shut down non-essential programs until a continuing resolution can be drafted that funds these non-essential programs.
What kind of impact will the shutdown have? The most important thing to realize about the shutdown is that it will not affect essential services.
The post office will still deliver mail
The military will still defend our country and get paid
Social Security and Medicare will still get paid
The border will still be patrolled (to the extent that they already do so)
The NSA will still spy on you
Obamacare exchanges will still open on time and their websites will still crash
Non-essential programs will close:
National Parks will be closed to the public
The White House will not give tours -- didn't they already stop White House tours?
Some goofy government studies will stop until they can be funded again
A lot of federal civilian employees will take vacation with delayed pay
Most of us will not be affected. In fact, we can celebrate that our money is not being wasted as fast. That said, we should still be compassionate. If you know someone who is being furloughed, bring them a meal and offer emotional support.