Sun exposure, skin cancer and hidden dangers of sunscreens

It is amazing how much of public opinion on any subject is formed by marketing efforts of manufacturers and promoters of a specific product, as opposed to scientific facts.   For decades, we have been preached that sun exposure is bad and a direct trigger of skin cancer and have been advised to put on high-SPF sunscreen any time that any patch of our skin gets exposed to sunshine for any period.  We have been marketed sun blocking lotions for any age (including those that were said to be safe for infants) because- God forbid they get some sunshine on their ultra-sensitive skin! The opinions formed by marketing and PR departments of giant manufacturers are extremely hard to change.  Even when […]

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Bench Press the Right Way

Bench press seems like an easy exercise to master – you lie down on a bench and push the weight up.  What can be easier, right?  After all, compared to other big compound exercises, such as deadlifts and squats, bench presses appear to be on the list of most gym enthusiasts who attempt them regularly, regardless of skill or experience. Well, there is just bench pressing and there is bench pressing properly, to get the best results.  The former may take many shapes – exercise machines, inclined or declined benches, light weights, smaller bars and no regard to proper form (which is what you usually see in most mainstream gyms).  But then again – this is a waste of time […]

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Is coffee bad for you?

The attitude toward coffee seems to have changed several times over the last few decades and  even now the range of these opinions is quite wide – some people would not touch coffee, blaming it for every possible symptom they experience, while some others swear by it and consider it a health elixir.  Some people consider caffeine bad and only drink coffee if it is decaffeinated, while people in some cultures drink 6 cups a day and seem to be doing OK.  Your head must be spinning by now and you might be wondering what to believe – but then again, if you have been reading this blog for any period of time, you realize by now that conventional advice and articles you might read […]

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