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Home > Blog > When it comes to health, trust your body
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Sunday, May 22, 2005 1:46 PM
When it comes to health, trust your body
Anita Sharpe on Health & Wellness

Last year -- or was it the year before? -- experts were still advising us to drink eight glasses of water a day. For much of the past decade, gigantic bottles of spring water were fashion accessories in the best social circles. (I tried drinking eight glasses once, felt waterlogged and never did it again.) Now, of course, the eight-glasses theory has been debunked.

As recently as yesterday, you were at risk for being reported to DFACS if you failed to slather your kids with sunscreen before sending them to camp. Today's news? Hold that Coppertone. Dr. Edward Giovannucci, a Harvard medicine prof, says the risk of getting cancer from a vitamin D deficiency is 30 times greater than getting skin cancer from too much sun. (Wearing sunscreen prevents the skin from absorbing vitamin D from sunlight.)

Dark chocolate is good for you (my body knew that.) Red wine is practically a miracle drug. Ditto.

I predict the next big medical news will show that we are doing irreparable harm to ourselves by working out in a gym 5-7 days a week. At least, that's what my body is telling me.



5 comments

Derek Woolverton - 5/24/2005 2:02:52 AM
A friend and I once drank an entire 5-gallon bottle sitting on the water cooler to see if we could (with the help of some fresh flour tortillas - we were doing the late shift in a tortilla factory). Don't know if it made us any healthier, but we sure had to use the rest room a lot that night.
anita - 5/23/2005 11:08:34 AM
I honestly think one of the reasons we have such a problem with weight in America is because we are so extreme: we exercise like maniacs, or not at all. We gorge ourselves or starve.

If you look at Europe, more people eat food that tastes good and stop when they're full. They walk, bike and garden. In other words, they listen to their bodies.
Mark - 5/23/2005 10:14:28 AM
While I understand the humorous intent, it can be a little irresponsible to make fun of exercise, in case it gives any more lazy, obese, dehydrated people one more excuse to stay on the couch.....We currently have a little problem with that here in the U.S., you know...
David - 5/23/2005 10:05:27 AM
I drink about 16 glasses of water a day. Less than that and I feel parched! To each his or her own :).
Mary Schmidt - 5/22/2005 7:40:23 PM
If we all tried to keep track of what was good/bad for us...we'd never get out of bed (no, wait a minute - that's probably bad for us...)...or we'd be huddled under the bed with a roll of duct tape and a bottle of vodka. Good sense, moderation, and not confusing worry with preparation - that's the ticket. And, if skin cancer was that big a risk - wouldn't most of our pioneer ancestors out west died horrible deaths? (Sure, the atmosphere is changing, but still...)

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