In one of his essays, the French philosopher Jean Baudrillard criticized health clubs as a descendant of the torture chambers of Inquisition Europe. In the same essay, he continues to critique them for catering to the wealthy, narcissistic and ultimately child-like. I think Baudrillard is full of beans. He can't have it both ways. It's too easy to call working out a torture and at the same time bad mouth people who work out as wealthy, narcissistic and childish. Yes, gyms can be weird places. The fluorescent lights, the mirrors, and the Top 40 soundtrack interspersed with loud grunts and heavy breathing reminds me, personally, of some kind of soft-core, made for cable movie. But I'm a gym apologist. I like the gym. I think there's a great deal of value in working out. And science undoubtedly agrees with me. We're animals and we need strenuous physical activity to remain alive and sane. Also, gyms usually have remarkable characters.
So you need more daily activity but you just don't have the time for it. Between work or school, the commute, fixing dinner and helping the kids with homework or doing your own, there's barely time to sleep, let alone spending a solid block of time at the gym. But guess what? There are plenty of small, less time consuming things you can do and eventually they'll add up.
An article on Yahoo Health states that Americans with children aged 18 years or younger are less likely to exercise and more likely to be overweight. While Yahoo Health News has never been the paragon of timely, informative heath information, isn't this ridiculously obvious, both in the study, and as an article?
Good news for people who love fantastic news: An article on MSNBC.com states that Italian researchers reported in a recent study, that dozens of people who were blinded or had their vision damaged by corrosive chemicals, had their sight restored with stem cell transplants from their own eye. Dr. Ivan Schwab, an ophthalmologist from the University of California, Davis, who has no affiliation with the study, calls it "a roaring success."
The procedure entails doctors removing scar tissue over the cornea and placing laboratory grown stem cells over the damaged eye. In some cases both eyes were injured by burns, in those cases cells were taken from an unaffected part of the Corneal limbus.
I always loved summer vacation. My mom, dad, sister and I would pile into the family station wagon and travel cross country to visit that spectacular theme park of magic and wonder on the West Coast. Sure, there were problems, like my mom's aunt Edna dying, and my father's frequent profanity laced outbursts. But even when we were all arrested for breaking into the theme park and holding a security guard, (played by the late John Candy) hostage, it was still a great time.
Wait. That actually didn't happen to me. Culture seeps into your brain like that. I used to think 'We Built this City' was specifically about my town. It's not.
Life is returning to normal around here at QuickMedical and once again, we want to thank all the vendors who came out to Issaquah, Washington to be a part of the Benefit and Open House.
Here at the blog, we'd like to remind you that this space is your space, this blog is your blog, too. News and information about your products is what we're aiming for, but a good story is even better. So email me and let me know-- what was your favorite part of the Open House? Anything hilarious happen? Anything scary?
To kick off the Open House, as you probably read right here, we had a Vendor Appreciation banquet, here in Issaquah. The QM team and vendors got to mingle, listen to great live music, eat, drink, and be merry. There were also awards. And the winners were...find out after the click.
Susan on the QM team passed this article along to me, about fear and anxiety of dentists and dental procedures. What struck me as the most interesting aspect of this article was that the author is a dentist named Rod Stewart. What struck me as the second most interesting aspect was that I realized I have very little anxiety about going to the dentist. I think it's because it feels like I spent my youth in a dental chair.
The QuickMedical Open House and Benefit for Children's Hospital is officially over. We had a blast! Thank you to everyone who came out, Children's Hospital and our amazing, amazing vendors, we love you!
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