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The Case of the Allergic Bride

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Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Sep 09, 2015 | Comments (15)
Category: Health, Wives, Divorce

Margarita Photodermatitis

A Florida man recently suffered second-degree burns on his hands as a result of making margaritas. It wasn't the tequila that did it, but rather the combination of lime juice splashing on his hands and Florida sunshine. And this happens to people often enough that the threat posed by margarita-making has been described and named in the medical literature. See "Margarita Photodermatitis" in the New England Journal of Medicine - March 25, 1993:

Phytophotodermatitis elicited by lime juice is caused by the absorption of furocoumarin, a lipid-soluble 8-methoxypsoralen, into keratinocytes and its covalent binding to keratinocyte DNA after exposure to long-wavelength ultraviolet A radiation. This reaction irreversibly damages the DNA and is clinically evident as erythema, burning edema, and vesiculation within 24 hours after exposure. Healing is heralded by desquamation of the necrotic epidermis and ensuing hyperpigmentation.

Phytophotodermatitis involving fruits and vegetables has been described most often as an occupational hazard among citrus workers and celery harvesters, because these foods contain high concentrations of furocoumarins. Isolated cases have also been described after nonoccupational exposure. One of the largest outbreaks was reported among 12 children in a day camp who were making pomanders from limes.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Jun 09, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Health

Unfortunate Allergy

Some women, aproximately 12%, are allergic to their partner's semen. Even worse, some men are allergic to their own semen. The allergy causes some nasty reactions in both cases unfortunately.


France has enacted a law limiting excessively thin models from working until their BMI reaches a minimum level set forth in the law. Fines and even jail time can be leveled against fashion houses and modeling agents trying to use models that are thinner than the law allows. Its about time we quit letting vanity destroy our little girls.
Posted By: patty | Date: Sun Apr 05, 2015 | Comments (13)
Category: Addictions, Eating, Design and Designers, Fashion, Food, Nutrition, Health, Disease, Mental Health and Insanity

Spring Ahead 2015

Heart attacks increase 25% the Monday after spring ahead and decrease by 21% the Monday after fall behind.
Posted By: patty | Date: Tue Mar 03, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Health, Disease, More Things To Worry About

Put Men in Girdles

Dr. Peter Steincrohn's 1969 book (available used on Amazon) promised to reveal how one could be "lazy, healthy, & fit." For years before he published the book, Steincrohn had also been writing newspaper columns in which he promoted his formula for health. The secret was girdles.

He felt that all men over 40, in particular, should be wearing girdles just like their wives (this was the 1960s), because he believed that girdles promoted good circulation and thus meant the heart didn't have to work as hard pumping blood. Wearing a girdle, he promised, would "add years to a man's life."

The Abilene Reporter-News - Nov 23, 1964
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Feb 27, 2015 | Comments (1)
Category: Health, Books, 1960's

Men’s Spa

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jan 21, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Health, 1960's, Men

Check the Neck!

Beware of the "neck-breathers" among us!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Aug 29, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Body Modifications, Health, Medicine, PSA's

Clysmic Water



Source of B&W image (in back page advert section).

If this ad were selling bottled elk urine, I'd buy the stuff. Luckily, the product actually sounded beneficial.


Source of text.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Aug 15, 2014 | Comments (10)
Category: Art, Business, Advertising, Products, Health, Regionalism, 1900's

Its Good For You

Hydrogen sulfide, the stuff that puts the smell in farts, is actually good for you. So claims a study by the University of Exeter. So the next time your spouse or significant other subjects you to a 'dutch oven' just know its because they love you!

Picture from Yahoo Images.
Posted By: patty | Date: Sat Jul 12, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Health
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