Janet Marshall is the editor of The Free Lance-Star's Healthy Living section and Healthy Life Virginia newsletter. She thinks most things are fine in moderation.
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Germs, brains and cleanses
I’ve struck gold lately when searching some of my favorite health news websites. How lucky can a person get when a quick scan turns up quirky and informative stories on germs, mothers’ brains and juice cleanses? Here are some fun reads:
- I couldn’t resist clicking on this headline on the Los Angeles Times website: “Is a toilet bowl cleaner than your kitchen sink?” The link takes you to a story by an Arizona writer focused on a physician who calls himself “Dr. Germ.” In talking about everything from kitchens to laundry rooms, he serves up delights like this: “Your grandfather had cleaner underwear than you.”
- A New York Times story on a juice cleanse starts off this way: “A month ago I went on a juice cleanse. You know what it cleans out of you best? The will to live.” Find it online at http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/28/fashion/28Cleanse.html?ref=health
- Another New York Times piece caught my eye, this one on a parenting blog. The headline: “Mothers’ Brains Are Bigger.” You can read it at http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/10/28/mothers-brains-are-bigger/?hp
There’s a lot of serious health news out there; finding some with a little humor in them is a nice Halloween treat.