Category Archives: Scientific Studies

Not-so-scientific studies we perform with total disregard with the scientific method, no controls, and most people won’t know they are in one of our studies. But we still post them and you’ll like it.

Is Coffee Healthy?

Considering all the past concern about possible health risks from drinking coffee, newer reports of coffee’s possible protective effects may leave many people confused.

Overall, recent studies suggest that coffee (regular and decaffeinated) may offer a variety of health benefits against diseases such as cancer and diabetes. However, coffee may not deserve a place in the same category with other healthful foods like vegetables, fruits and whole grains.

Laboratory studies suggest that the anti-inflammatory, antioxidant compounds in coffee could help reduce risk of cancer. Coffee also has a tendency to speed the passage of waste through the digestive tract. Potentially, this may lessen the time that cancer-causing compounds spend in contact with the intestinal tract, which could reduce the risk of colon cancer. Population studies, however, tend to split between coffee intake having no effect on or reducing risk of breast and colon cancer.

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Hypnosis for quitting smoking

Smoking is hazardous to health. We all know it. However, there are many people who start smoking even after knowing that it is not good for health. It is very easy to start smoking. Anybody from a chain smoker to one who smokes occasionally or just a few cigarettes every day will tell you this. When it comes to quitting smoking, one has to be extra careful and work upon the will power.

Smoking is so widespread and common that some people find it hard to believe that there are actually treatment centers for those who want to give up this vice, just like there are centers for alcohol rehabilitation for alcoholics.

A person can stop smoking for some days. However, the urge of having a fag is so strong that it is very difficult stay away from it. Here, you tend to get back to square one even after you decide to quit smoking.

Hypnosis is a process that has made a great impact on smoking. Most people who have tried it, agree that hypnosis can help quitting smoking.

When quitting smoking, one faces mood swings, lethargy and intense craving that are hard to resist. Hence, when you want to quit smoking, you need to take help of a hypnotherapist. A hypnotherapist will help you come out of the blues you experience when quitting smoking.

If you are a chain smoker or smoke occasionally, you can take help of a hypnotherapist to quite smoking. Here, you are able to get into a state of dream where you get a feeling of relaxation from head to toe. When undergoing a hypnotherapy, a person easily responds to suggestions. A hypnotherapy uses several positive suggest that may help a patient to curb his cravings for cigaretters. The reason is that on tends to get relaxed after hypnosis and feels less stress. When you tend to be free of stress, you don’t crave for cigarettes.

There are many people who don’t agree that hypnosis can help quit smoking. They think that during the period of the treatment, the patient is easily able to control his urge to smoke however, the moment the treatment is over, the urge to smoke arises again. However, this has not affected the popularity of hypnotherapy as a solution to quit smoking. You would find many hypnotherapists practicing hypnotherapy for quitting smoking. Iowa and Indiana have maximum number of hypnotherapy clinics.

The most important thing to take care of is that your will power to stay away from the cigarettes need to be combined with hypnotherapy. In short, hypnosis for quitting smoking will only help you if you want to quit smoking.

Hypnosis is not a new concept. It is a state of mind where you tend to take suggestions and advice easily. You are ready to respond to whatever treatment is give to you.

Many people have claimed that hypnosis has worked for them. Hypnotists use several methods to help their clients quit smoking. One of the most popular methods is where they may tell a person to relate smoking cigarettes with an extremely bad smell. They also associate the thoughts of smoking with a positive anti smoking message.

If you want an instant fix to your problem, hypnosis may not help but the therapy can help you cultivate a strong desire to succeed.

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Weird Drinking Laws

The United States has its fair share of weird laws (what is up with having to pay taxes?), but there are few laws that achieve the level of oddness that certain American drinking laws attain. Underage folks may find the “21 and over” rule to be weird. People wanting to buy beer seven days a week may find the fact that liquor stores are closed on Sundays in many states to be strange. There is a wealth of addiction treatment information available online for all types of addictions, from cocaine to nicotine. Those who like to stroll around a park with an uncorked bottle of wine may find it bizarre that open containers of alcohol aren’t allowed in many areas. But, the oddness that the above laws emit is nothing compared to the peculiarities of those below:

Don’t use the “R” word: According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BAFT), the word “refreshing” can’t be utilized when describing alcohol beverages. That forces us, the alcohol consumers, to describe beer as brisk, gin as invigorating, and wine as reviving. That’s right BAFT, we have a thesaurus.

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Battling Teen Migraines

Below are some causes that might trigger teen migraines  and a handful useful steps on how parents can help their suffering teenagers. Migraines are painful and can last a long time while interfering with your day to day life. This is especially true for teenagers. Here are some possible causes and solutions to help your teenager through their migraine problems.

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Iowa Themed Gift Basket Ideas

The holidays are always around the cornergift baskets just in case you’re running late!

As you travel through Iowa you will begin to see the meaning behind the terms, “Corn State” or “Hawkeye State” as the state has been phrased. Bordered by Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Missouri, the state of Iowa has produced some celebrities to make not of. Former present of the United States Herber Hoover called Iowa his home. The state also is birthplace of the jazz musician and swing bandleader Glenn Miller. Anyone who loves cowboy movies would be thrilled to find out that John Wayne is also a native to the state. There are many historic events that Iowa has claim to. It’s also here that the Lewis and Clark expedition has been connected to.

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The Red Oak – An Interview

Following Smoother’s post on Aug 1, I decided it would be great to interview a local hero, the Red Oak.

Steel: So, I hear you’re a variety of oak that is native to North America.  Also, I hear you grow very rapidly and favor acidic soil.

Red Oak: <rustle, rustle>

S: You must be the strong, silent type.  Maybe those questions were too hard for you.  What about this one: I hear your main characteristic is something about shiny strips. Other oaks have similar strips, but those normally occur only on the top. The strips on you go all the way down and are one of the quickest ways to identify you.

How does it feel being identified with shiny strippers?  Not only at the top like your friends, but all the way down?

RO: <rustle, rustle>

S: Okay, you son-of-a-bitch, you better start talking or we’ll end this right now.  Are you bitter about something?

RO: <rustle, rustle>

S: You think you’re so important, mister lumber, and can’t sit down for this interview.  Well, then screw you! (Exits)

RO: <rustle, rustle>

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The Red Oak - One quiet son-of-a-bitch

The Red Oak – An Overview

The red oak is also called the northern red oak and although has been widely cultivated in Germany and Australia, it is native to North America. If you are considering using this tree, here is an overview.

The northern red oak is a variety of oak that is native to North America. The tree grows very rapidly and favors acidic soil. Its native range is from Northeastern United States and Southeastern Canada although it is found as far south as Georgia in the United States. In the forests, the tree grows to heights of from 115 feet to 141 feet. Trees grown in the open tend to be a bit shorter, but often have thicker trunks.

The main characteristic of the red oak is its bark which has ridges topped with what appear to be almost shiny strips. Other varieties of oak have similar bark ridges and strips, but they normally occur only on the upper portion of the trees. The ridges on the red oak go all the way to the bottom and are one of the quickest ways to identify the tree. The branches tend to grow at right angles from the stems which produce a rounded narrow head.

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10 Ways to get Drunk for Five Dollars or Less

(this is meant as a joke – don’t take this seriously)

Top 10 Ways to get Drunk for Five Dollars or Less

Number 10. Be a frosh (freshman).

It’s not true that every frosh can be knocked into unconsciousness by waving a tom Collins under their nose, but as those of us who go hunting for frosh on “New Kids night” at the local dance holes know, the phenomena is not rare. Frosh are usually young, inexperienced, and sometimes even illegal to entice into your boudoir. If anyone can get drunk on five bucks, it’s them.

Number 9. Be female.

Chivalry is not dead! While you ladies can’t expect guys to risk their life, or miss an episode of star trek for you, you may still be able to get some alcohol out of them. Try standing around the bar, sipping water with a grimace on your face. Dress smutty. Smile at guys as they walk by, the drunker geekier the better. If you want to get more than one drink out of a guy start talking about how hot it is. Act intoxicated. Become even more friendly. At an appropriate time have a friend come by and “save you”, then move on to the next guy.

Number 8. Try Medication.

Sleeping pills. Allergy pills. If it says “do not take alcohol with this drug” or “do not operate a motorized vehicle while under the influence of this drug”, it must be good! Intelligent students such as ourselves, while not having a shred of pharmaceutical knowledge, can see that these statements are a plot by alcohol producers to keep us buying large quantities of booze.

Number 7. If it ends in ‘ol, drink it!

Alcohol isn’t the only intoxicant ending in ‘ol’. Methanol, Butanol and Propanol are all fine safe intoxicants, often available at bargain prices. Stay away from aerosol, cholesterol, and drool.

Everclear Alcohol

Number 6. Sleep Deprivation and Sickness.

For some reason, your body doesn’t want you to have any fun, and actively fights alcohol -enhancement. When you’re sick, and tired, your body’s defenses are at their lowest. This means its often one of the most cost effective times to get plastered! Best of all, if you puke, you can blame it on the flu.

Number 5. Try Antifreeze

Hey, ten thousand deranged alcoholic street people can’t be wrong!

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Antiperspirants and Cancer (aluminum chloride)

certain driIf you sweat a lot, or have some body odor when sweating, or suffer from a form of excessive perspiration (hyperhidrosis), the antiperspirant/deodorant has been a great answer to your problem. I used to sweat constantly. I would sweat when nervous, I’d sweat when it’s hot or even cold, and I’d sweat by just doing nothing. That’s when somebody recommended Certain Dri. It’s worked great so far. I use it off and on… maybe once every 3 days for about 2 weeks then I don’t use it again for about a month. If you’re interested in this product you can buy it at Wal-Mart, Amazon.com. It’s highly effective. Certain Dri contains aluminum chloride.

Anyway, let’s talk about antiperspirants and cancer.

A friend of mine told me that antiperspirants cause breast cancer. This is the 3rd time I’ve heard this so I did some research. 2 times from women, 1 time from a man. I did some searching on the internet using Google can came upon the US Gov website explaining this issue.

You can read the full report here.
Here’s an excerpt from the article.

breast examThe Cancer Myth
The rise of the Internet has made it easy for false health claims, scary stories, and rumors to reach millions of people in a matter of minutes. One such myth says that antiperspirants may cause breast cancer.

According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the breast cancer-antiperspirant myth first appeared in the form of an e-mail in the 1990s, and continues to resurface and recirculate about every year or so. The false information suggests that antiperspirants contain harmful substances, which can be absorbed through the skin or can enter the body near the breasts through nicks in the skin caused by shaving. The e-mails also suggested that antiperspirants keep a person from “sweating out toxins,” resulting in the spread of cancer-causing toxins via the lymph nodes.

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Why Wendy’s will take me to anywhere in the continental US

So, if you didn’t know this, Wendy’s has this little thing going on that if you collect coupons off the cups (medium or Biggie sizes only), you can get free Airtran tickets. So, most times like this, you’d think that you’d have to collect 150 for one ticket, but not at Wendy’s. All you need is 64 for a round trip ticket. That’s it.

Now, I have been collecting these the right way. Almost everyone I have spoken to said I should give $50 to some 16 year old to steal me some cups. But I didn’t. I have eaten at Wendy’s almost every day since the beginning of November. Ugh. Not that it’s bad. Just like if I had drank that many Diet Mt. Dews it would have killed me, eating at Wendy’s that much may kill me. But at least I don’t eat the fries. Did you ever check out “The Smoking Fry” special feature on the movie Super Size Me? The moral of the story… don’t eat fries. Ever. If only I had a camera to document my Wendy’s quest…

The $2 Lunch

Okay. So I decided to save some money on lunch today, and decided that a $2 budget should suffice. I hear you yelling “DOLLAR MENU!”, but if you include tax, this pushes you over the budget. And water is free, but screw water. So I decided to go to the local Handimart. A 32 oz drink was 89 cents. Then I found the DOLLAR SANDWICH section. The only two worth trying were the ham sandwich, which ended up being empty, and the pizza burger because the other ones looked like someone had already eaten them and put them back.

I heated up the sandwich and brought it up to the counter to pay my $1.98 including tax.

Cashier: $2.52
Me: I thought this was a dollar sandwich.
Cashier: It rings up as $1.51, and doesn’t say “dollar” on it. You total is $2.52.
Me: I need more pennies. I’ll be right back.

So I payed the rest of my bill and ate my lunch. Therefore, I submit that a $2 meal is virtually impossible unless you trick a friend into buying you food. Or if you like dirt. Cause dirt is free. And tastes like pizza burgers.