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The Head that Wouldn’t Die

The Head that Wouldn't Die

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I caught this story while listening to on public radio a couple of weeks back about a recent discovery to come out of Rice University’s Dept. of Biochemistry and Cell Biology. A faculty professor there, Janet Braam, found that some produce, which in her experiments included cabbage, responded to light and dark cycles, known as circadian rhythms, days after being harvested. Cruciferous veggies such as cabbage use these cycles to produce cancer-fighting compounds. For nutritionists, grocers, and food distributors, this finding will likely have a significant effect on the way fruits and vegetables are handled. By regulating the light and dark cycles to mimic nature, they’ll be able to coax the maximum health benefits out of their produce.

More info on Prof. Braam and her colleagues’ ongoing research can be found here.

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Happy “Ditch your New Year’s Resolutions Day”!

“Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.” -Mark Twain

By now, many of us have strayed from our intended New Year’s goals a bit, but are still determined to make 2012 the year that we overcome our vices or improve ourselves in some way. On a hopeful note, one study found that people who explicitly make New Year’s resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t make resolutions.  STAY STRONG!

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