FDA Finally Admits Chicken Meat Contains Cancer-Causing Arsenic

FDA Finally Admits Chicken Meat Contains Cancer-Causing Arsenic

Biggest Test Yet Shows Einstein Was Wrong About ‘Spooky Action at a Distance’

Biggest Test Yet Shows Einstein Was Wrong About ‘Spooky Action at a Distance’

Celebrate Mother’s Day with strong bones.

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6 brutally honest reasons why your intentions don’t matter, but your actions do

In the world I live in, intentions mean very little. Your actions do, though.

This seems obvious. We’re living during a time of constant propaganda and lies, so it makes sense to judge people based on what they do rather than what they say or intend to do.

We could take this further.

What matters to me even more so than your actions is the consequences of your actions. This means that intentions do matter, but only insofar as they cause you to engage in actions that make your life and the lives of people around you better.

Below I’ve shared 7 reasons why your actions are way more important than your intentions. But first, I want to share what provoked this article.

Sam Harris: The podcaster who believes what you think matters more than what you do

Seeing as I think it’s fairly obvious that actions matter more than intentions, I was surprised to discover that the American author and podcast host Sam Harris believes that “ethically speaking, intention is (nearly) the whole story.”

Harris is the author of Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion and is an incredibly popular modern day public intellectual. He’s followed by millions of people.

I encountered Harris’s perspective on intentions in his fascinating email exchange with Noam Chomsky.

Harris tried to argue that Chomsky has never thought about the ethical importance of intentions when it comes to American foreign policy. Harris suggested that the 9/11 terrorist attacks (killing several thousand people) were far worse than Bill Clinton’s bombing of a Sudanese pharmaceutical factory (resulting in the deaths of over 10,000 people), because of the difference of intentions.

Here’s what Harris said:

“What did the U.S. government think it was doing when it sent cruise missiles into Sudan? Destroying a chemical weapons site used by Al Qaeda. Did the Clinton administration intend to bring about the deaths of thousands of Sudanese children? No.”

The families of the tens of thousands of people killed by Clinton’s bombing would unlikely be comforted with the knowledge that Clinton’s intentions were pure.

Chomsky was brutal in his response to Harris (and I encourage you to read the dialogue in full). He wrote that if Harris had have done some more research, he would have discovered that in fact Chomsky has spent decades considering the intentions of foreign powers in their imperial acts:

“You would have discovered that I also reviewed the substantial evidence about the very sincere intentions of Japanese fascists while they were devastating China, Hitler in the Sudetenland and Poland, etc. There is at least as much reason to suppose that they were sincere as Clinton was when he bombed al-Shifa. Much more so in fact. Therefore, if you believe what you are saying, you should be justifying their actions as well.”

Can you imagine the outcry if we were asked to judge Nazi Germany on the consequences of their actions based on the intentions of Hitler?

This for me strikes to the heart of what’s wrong in the modern day and age.

We’re so quick to justify our own worldview based on intentions rather than the actions we’re carrying out. It’s most pronounced in the political landscape, where politicians will say one thing and then go ahead and do another.

But rather than judge something based on ideology (or professed intentions), we should instead examine the consequences that result from actions.

I think that in general we are so focused on our intentions and don’t pay enough attention to what we’re actually doing with our lives.

Having good intentions is an important part of the story; but our intentions don’t interact with the physical world. They don’t shape society, culture and the planet.

Our actions do.

It’s time to start living our lives based on our actions and not our intentions.

6 reasons to start focusing on your actions right now

Here are 7 reasons to start focusing on your actions right now, as reported by Paul Hudson.

1. You’re defined by how you treat people, not by how you justify your treatment of them

Just as every government has an ideology that drives justification of its policies, we also have our own narratives for why we treat people in certain ways.

Yet these narratives change over time. But the way we treat people will live on.

2. You’re defined by what you pursue in life, not by your reasons for pursuing them

I used to fall into this trap in the early days of building Ideapod. I would tell everyone that we were building a place to organize the world’s collective intelligence so that ideas could be better put to use. I even used to speak about upgrading human consciousness (without really knowing what that even means).

Now, I’m much happier to be judged on what I’m actually in life as opposed to the reasons for why it mattered. It’s incredibly liberating and has given me extra freedom to get things done.

3. You’re defined by the people you surround yourself with, not by your excuses for keeping the wrong people around

This was a hard lesson to learn. Over the last few years, I consciously made sure that the people I spend time with shared my values about actions mattering more than intentions.

It created a big shift. My friends now are the kinds of people who get things done rather than constantly talk about getting things done.

I had many excuses for keeping the wrong people around me. Usually these excuses were tied to my reasons for what I was pursuing. Once I let go of these reasons, I didn’t need to make any excuses for the people in my life.

4. You’re defined by your beliefs, not by why you believe them

It matters way more what you believe than the reason you believe something. You can’t live life justifying your beliefs by explaining that your parents taught you something, or that’s how you were educated. You are an individual and you have the autonomy to change what you believe.

5. You’re defined by the way you love, not how you feel when you love

The shaman Rudá Iandé said to me once that his greatest moments of love didn’t come from the way he felt, but from how he acted in certain situations.

This was something I needed to hear. As I’ve written about before, I’m 36 and still single. I feel like this fairy tale emotion of love is absent from my life.

But when I look back at how I treat people, I can see that the love is there (and sometimes it’s not – I’m working on this!). It’s there because it’s actions of love that matter far more than how it feels.

6. You’re defined by the life you create, not by the excuses you manage to adopt along the way

Nothing defines you more than the life you have created for yourself. It is the sum of all your creative expressions and acts, your passions, your beliefs and your choices.

Despite what Sam Harris suggests, it doesn’t matter what you intended to create. It does matter what happened from your actions.


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5 ways to deal with a narcissist once and for all

A narcissist is a unique and challenging type of personality that can make you want to scream if you encounter one.

Not only are narcissists profoundly obsessed with themselves, but they also can’t understand when others are not equally obsessed.

Narcissists can be especially difficult to deal with if they are members of your family. It’s hard to confront someone who you are close with, but when it comes down to it, it’s either them or you, and believe us, you don’t want to have to deal with a narcissist any longer than you have to.

So suck it up, speak your truth, and make a plan on how to deal with a narcissist with these helpful tips.

1) Know That it’s an Ongoing Battle

Here’s the thing about dealing with a narcissist: you are in the tough spot of being stuck between a rock and a hard place.

If you don’t speak to the narcissist in your life, you continue to suffer their wrath; but if you do speak up, be ready to incur that wrath.

Just understand that saying what you think is important to any relationship, so whether or not it causes problems between you, just know that it can’t be worse than it already is now.

2) Take Their Power Away

One of the hardest part about dealing with a narcissist is that they take a lot of your power away.

They might not even mean to do it, but we allow people’s thoughts and opinions to take hold of us and it can cause us to limit ourselves because of it.

If you want to know how to deal with a narcissist, don’t allow their words to have power over you.

3) Smile and Nod: How to Deal with a Narcissist Effectively

If your efforts to speak to the narcissist in your life have gone unattended, just resolve to let them say what they need to say – sometimes it’s like these people are going to explode if someone isn’t paying attention to them – and smile and nod.

Don’t feed into their nonsense and don’t offer any advice or words of wisdom. If you haven’t been able to break through to them in previous attempts, it’s unlikely that you will be the one to make the breakthrough with them. Just keep smiling.

4) Don’t Take it Personally

Here’s the thing: narcissists are all about themselves. If they say or do something to you, it’s likely that they actually don’t mean to hurt you, but they mean to raise themselves up.

So don’t take it personally if you are suddenly offended by what they say to you. Remember that many people who are narcissistic suffer from depression, poor self-esteem, and come from a string of attempts to gain control over their life without success.

They project that failure on other people and they try to make it seem like they are doing better than everyone else.

When you look close, you can see that these people are barely hanging on, so cut everyone some slack, including yourself, and just let it go.

However, if you decide to speak up against the narcissist in your life, drawing attention to them when they offend you is probably the best way to get them to see that they are hurting real people in their lives.

5) Cut Them Loose

If you have tried to deal with a narcissist in your life and it hasn’t resulted in any relief for you, it might be time just to let them go.

Sure, they’ll try like hell to stay in your life, but you can’t let them drag you down with them.

They are a walking, talking, ball of sadness and bad attitude and you don’t need any of that in your life.

While you might feel guilty for cutting ties with a narcissist at first, soon you’ll be feeling lighter and more free than you have in a long time.

And, here’s the thing: they aren’t going to care. As long as someone – anyone – is paying attention to them at every turn, you won’t be missed.

That’s just the reality of living with a narcissist in your life. So get them out of your life as soon as you can so you can get on with your life in a way that doesn’t leave you feeling like you’ve been in a tailspin having an argument with a brick wall for days.

Save yourself the trouble. Walk away.


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How to be your own guru and find the answers within

The Chinese philosopher and writer Lao Tzu once said: “Care about other people’s approval and you become their prisoner.”

This has been one of the toughest lessons I’ve had to learn in life.

The quote suggests that what you make of your life is up to you.

You need to take responsibility for your life. You need to do this for yourself. When you care about people’s approval, you give away your power.

It’s hard to take responsibility for your own life. The way to do this is to recognize that the answers lie within you.

Rezzan Hussey has written a brilliant book explaining exactly how you can take responsibility for your own life. In My Own Guru Hussey provides a universal process for anyone who wants to live a better life through self-knowledge.

This book is a unique contribution to the self-development genre. Most self-books claim to have the perfect solution for whatever challenges you face. All you have to do is believe what they’re telling you and you’ll soon see massive changes in your life.

But the problem I find is that these books inadvertently ask us to find the solution outside ourselves. Hussey, on the other hand, focuses her book entirely on helping the reader to find the answers within.

As Hussey says:

“Personally, I have found it challenging to avoid using personal growth material like I’ve used other things: as a way to stay fascinated rather than to implement. There is a gulf between knowing and being, and in that gap lies our freedom.”

The rewards of knowing yourself better are immense, according to Hussey:

“Knowing yourself better really does bear remarkable fruits. For instance, now I know the true meaning of emotional self-reliance; not the kind where you’re avoiding people for fear of being hurt. I can create my own happiness and contentment on demand. I’ve basically reclaimed my power – the power I did not know I had given away. I have become my own guru, and I believe that anyone can by changing the way they pay attention.”

My Own Guru distils complex ideas into accessible takeaways. Although Rezzan goes into impressive detail about human psychology, everything she writes has a practical element to it. Not only will you learn why understanding yourself is so important, but also exactly how to do it. It’s also fascinating and at times humorous read about how the ideas in the book have personally helped in her life.

One chapter I particularly liked was on responsibility, one of three “reality red pills” (along with mindfulness and acceptance). She outlines the ability we all have to adjust our perceptions of important events in our lives. I think we can all relate to having had ‘negative’ experiences, but how negative these really are is just a matter of perspective. Re-framing these events, as Hussey suggests, is a pretty powerful thing to do.

I also liked where Hussey touched on a few benefits of “knowing yourself” that are less apparent (at least they were for me). One that stands out was how self knowledge can make us more compassionate and better placed to benefit those we care about. In other words, becoming self-aware isn’t just an exercise in self development, it helps us help others too. I like the sound of that.

My Own Guru provides a peek into the author herself. You’ll discover that Rezzan’s a mid-30s, yoga loving, blogger and writer. She’s been on a decade long and multi-country journey to understand herself better.

This book is a delightful culmination of her (brief) lifetime of learning and caring.


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Autologous chondrocyte grafting promotes bone formation in the posterolateral spine


Background context

Pseudarthrosis following spinal fusion remains problematic despite modern surgical and grafting techniques. In surgical spinal fusion, new bone forms via intramembranous and endochondral ossification, with endochondral ossification occurring in the hypoxic zones of the fusion bed. During bone development and fracture healing, the key cellular mediator of endochondral ossification is the hypertrophic chondrocyte given its ability to function in hypoxia and induce neovascularization and ossification. We therefore hypothesize that hypertrophic chondrocytes may be an effective bone graft alternative.


Spinal fusion procedures have increased substantially; yet 5% to 35% of all spinal fusions may result in pseudoarthrosis. Pseudoarthrosis may occur because of implant failure, infection, or biological failure, among other reasons. Advances in surgical techniques and bone grafting have improved fusion; however pseudarthrosis rates remain unacceptably high. Thus, the goal of this study is to investigate hypertrophic chondrocytes as a potential biological graft alternative.


Using a validated murine fracture model, hypertrophic chondrocytes were harvested from fracture calluses and transplanted into the posterolateral spines of identical mice. New bone formation was assessed by X‐ray, microcomputed tomography (μCT), and in vivo fluorescent imaging. Results were compared against a standard iliac crest bone graft and a sham surgery control group. Funding for this work was provided by the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, the OREF (Grant #16‐150), and The Caitlin Lovejoy Fund.


Radiography, μCT, and in vivo fluorescent imaging demonstrated that hypertrophic chondrocytes promoted bone formation at rates equivalent to iliac crest autograft. Additionally, μCT analysis demonstrated similar fusion rates in a subset of mice from the iliac crest and hypertrophic chondrocyte groups.


This proof‐of‐concept study indicates that hypertrophic chondrocytes can promote bone formation comparable to iliac crest bone graft. These findings provide the foundation for future studies to investigate the potential therapeutic use of hypertrophic chondrocytes in spinal fusion.

8 Ways to Get More From Fitness Trackers

These days, chances are good that you’ll spot someone sporting a fitness band or watch on their wrist wherever you go. Maybe you even have one of these activity trackers yourself.

So have you thought about getting them for your kids? Though they’ll have different goals than you or your adult friends, your children might be motivated to move more when they wear a tracker. (Just 15% of kids get the 60 minutes of daily exercise that they need.)

Try these tips to help your kids get the most from these gadgets.

1. Get a wearable when they’re ready. Just because they’re walking or heading off to preschool doesn’t mean your little ones are ready to record their every movement. Kindergarten or first grade is a good starting point for using a tracker. Earlier than that, and they’ll probably be too young to get the point.

2. Choose the right device. Although they might envy the colorful wristband or fancy screen on your device, your kids might be better off with a tracker specifically made for them. Wearables made for children display stats more simply (they’ll light up when kids have been moving for a certain number of minutes, for instance). That makes them easier for young kids to use and understand. Bonus: They’re also generally less expensive than trackers for adults.

3. Don’t focus on steps too early. In kindergarten and first grade, kids aren’t old enough to really comprehend big numbers — so a goal of 10,000 steps a day, which is the general recommendation for grown-ups, can be overwhelming. Instead, have them aim to be up and moving for 60 minutes a day. Then remind them of all the ways they can get to that goal — running around the backyard, playing basketball in the driveway, or having a dance party in the den.

4. Save steps for middle school. Tracking steps can also be a question of anatomy: Little kids generally take more steps a day because their legs are shorter. So the 10,000-steps-a-day goal doesn’t make sense for them. Don’t focus on that target until they’re around 13 or 14 and have longer legs.


5. Make it fun! Once your kid has gotten the hang of his device, you may need to keep him interested in racking up steps or minutes of activity. Create a family challenge where everyone sets a goal and tries to beat it. You can track everyone’s progress through a smartphone app or a chart on the fridge. Or how many minutes or steps would it take to walk across your town, to the next state, or to Disney World? Help your kids figure it out, and see how far they can go.

6. Set separate goals. Give each of your kids their own challenge to make competition fair and more fun. If your 10-year-old is competing with your 6-year-old, they’ll probably hit very different numbers throughout the day — and you don’t want your little one feeling down because she can’t keep up.

7. Go over their numbers nightly. Set aside some time every evening to talk about the activity your kids got throughout the day and what they might do differently tomorrow. If they only exercised for 30 minutes, for instance, you can suggest that they take a 20-minute bike ride after school and a 10-minute study break to shoot hoops or do stretches. Ask for their ideas about what they’d like to do to up their activity — if their goals involve stuff they like, they’ll be more inclined to go for it and get moving more.

8. Track together. If you want your kids to track more moves, get yourself off the couch, too! Plan time every day to move together as a family, whether it’s taking a walk together or kicking around a soccer ball after dinner. You’ll rack up more activity on your devices and teach them that moving is a fun part of everyday life.


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Dangerous E.coli Outbreak In Romaine Intensifies

Fourteen more people have fallen ill with dangerous E. coli infections that have been traced to romaine lettuce, making this outbreak the largest in over a decade.

New cases were reported in the last few days in Mississippi, Tennessee, and Wisconsin — three states that had previously been unaffected, according to the CDC.

e coli illustration

The most recent illness started on April 20.

So far, 98 people from 22 states have been sickened in the outbreak, including 10 who developed a life-threatening type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome. No deaths have been reported.

In a press briefing Friday, investigators from the CDC and FDA warned consumers to continue to be careful when eating romaine lettuce.

Though the growing season in Yuma, AZ, the apparent source of the outbreak, is over, experts said they couldn’t be sure the threat had passed.

“The most important thing for people to do is to avoid eating any romaine lettuce unless they can confirm that it wasn’t grown in the Yuma, AZ, growing region,” said Matthew Wise, PhD, deputy branch chief for outbreak response at the CDC.

“When in doubt, don’t buy it or don’t eat it,” he said.

This E. coli outbreak is now the largest since 2006, when more than 200 people fell ill after eating contaminated spinach.

Investigators say the bacteria that are making people sick are especially aggressive because they produce a kind of toxin called Shiga toxin 2, or Stx2.

The toxin binds tightly to the cells that line the insides of blood vessels, and ultimately “destroys the lining of the blood vessel,” says Robert Tauxe, MD, director of the division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases at the CDC.

Some people get kidney failure when it interrupts the blood supply to the kidney, Tauxe said. Many people get bloody diarrhea when the toxin attacks their stomach and intestines. The infection can also cause strokes when it interrupts the blood supply to the brain.

A typical E. coli outbreak sends about a third of victims to the hospital. In this outbreak, half of people infected have needed hospital care.

So far, investigators have identified one farm, Harrison Farms in Yuma, AZ, that was the source of eight cases of illness that occurred at a prison in Alaska. There, inmates were served lettuce from whole heads of romaine grown on the farm.

“This farm is not currently growing any lettuce,” said Stic Harris, DVM, director of the FDA’s Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation Network.

All of the lettuce grown on the farm was harvested between March 5 and March 16 . Because that lettuce is now past its 21-day shelf life, investigators say a recall isn’t possible.

Because other illnesses have been tied to bagged, chopped lettuce, investigators say this one farm doesn’t explain the full extent of the outbreak.

“Most of the illnesses in this national outbreak are not linked to the romaine lettuce from this particular farm. We’re investigating dozens of other fields as potential sources of the chopped romaine lettuce and will continue to share information as it becomes available,” Harris said.

E. coli bacteria are often spread through the poop of animals like cows, sheep, goats, and deer.

In the 2006 outbreak, investigators found that cattle from a neighboring farm were free to wander into a stream that irrigated fields where spinach was growing.

Investigators say they will be looking for similar points of contamination in this outbreak.

This is the second time in weeks that tainted romaine lettuce has been linked to E. coli infections. In late December, E. coli infections in Canada and the U.S. were linked to romaine lettuce, but investigators couldn’t ultimately determine the source of the contamination.

The FDA says this new outbreak is not related to the earlier one.


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Can You Avoid Foodborne Illness?

About 48 million people become sick from a foodborne illness every year in the U.S., or about 1 of every 6 Americans, the CDC says.

Many cases are mild, causing simple discomfort up to misery from nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramps for 24 to 48 hours. But 128,000 of the people affected need to go to the hospital, and 3,000 die.

Any food can be infected with more than 250 foodborne diseases. Bacteria, parasites, viruses, chemicals, and toxins can contaminate food.

Pregnant women, young children, older adults, and people with a weakened immune system (such as people with diabetes, liver or kidney disease, or HIV or getting cancer treatments) are especially vulnerable.

“People think of foodborne illness as short term, as something that may sicken them for 24 or 48 hours,” says Barbara Kowalcyk, PhD, assistant professor of food science and technology at Ohio State University, Columbus, and co-founder of the Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention. While that may be the extent of it for many, ”there may be long-term health outcomes like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and reactive arthritis that have been associated with foodborne illness.”

While it’s unlikely you can avoid foodborne illnesses entirely, you can greatly reduce your chances by:

  • Knowing which foods are most likely to be affected.
  • Knowing where the most risk lies.
  • Learning safe food-handling techniques.

On the ”Most Likely” List

Foodborne illnesses are linked to certain foods more than others. On the CDC’s most likely list:

  • Chicken, beef, pork, turkey
  • Vegetables and fruits
  • Raw milk, cheese, other dairy products
  • Raw eggs
  • Seafood and raw shellfish
  • Sprouts
  • Raw flour
Food can become contaminated in the fields, during processing, or at other places  in the food production chain. Animal feces may contaminate produce. Poor conditions in a manufacturing plant may allow bacteria to grow. Restaurant workers who don’t wash their hands properly can spread disease. A field irrigated with contaminated water can affect fruits and vegetables before harvest.

Cross-contamination can lead to foodborne illness, too. For instance, if you prepare raw chicken on a countertop, then use the unwashed surface to prepare vegetables, bacteria or other toxins from the raw chicken may contaminate the produce.

Among the common germs leading to foodborne illness are norovirus, salmonella, campylobacter, Clostridium perfringens, and Staphylococcus aureus.

Probably the biggest surprise for most people is that  produce is on the “most likely” list, says Dana Hunnes, PhD, MPH, senior dietitian at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. “Raw produce is the most common [cause], in my experience, followed by animal protein not cooked to the proper temperature.”

Eating In vs. Eating Out: What’s Riskier?

According to the CDC, foodborne illness outbreaks are more likely to begin at restaurants than at home.

But Hunnes says some foodborne illnesses occurring at home may be mild and passed off as something minor.

To dine out smarter, check a restaurant’s inspection score, which many are now required to post, Kowalcyk says. If you order a dish with eggs, meat, fish or poultry, be sure it’s thoroughly cooked, she says. ”When in doubt, send it back.” And if you send it back, be sure to ask the server also to give you a new, fresh plate with the fully cooked dish, she says.

If an outbreak involves a food from a certain region, ask your server where the ingredients in the dish you want come from. If they can’t tell you, reconsider your order, she says.

Larger chain restaurants tend to be more aware of outbreaks and recalls, Kowalcyk says. “They have food safety staff that are often monitoring.” However, she says, it doesn’t necessary mean they always follow through.

Staying Safe at Home

Staying aware of outbreak and recall news is vital, Kowalcyk says. Once you hear of one, “check the pantry and refrigerator to be sure you don’t have recalled products in your home.”

Kitchen habits count.

  • When preparing meat, poultry, and eggs, always use a food thermometer, Kowalcyk says. She prefers a digital model, which she says is more sensitive. To know the temperature needed to cook different foods thoroughly, refer to this chart.
  • “If you are handling raw eggs, make sure you wash your hands and clean the surface,” Kowalcyk says.
  • If you use a sponge to clean up, ”throw it in the dishwasher daily to sanitize it.” Sponges are an excellent breeding ground for germs, she says.
  • Between handling different foods, wash your hands with soap and water.  “Using a paper towel is best,” Kowalcyk says. “Bacteria that isn’t sticky will come off during the washing, but others will come off with the friction of the paper towel.”
  • “Keep cold foods cold” and vice versa, Hunnes says. “Don’t freeze, thaw, and freeze. Once a food is thawed, use it.”
  • Produce should be washed with soapy water and rinsed well.
  • “Wash all utensils extremely well.”
  • Refrigerate food that is perishable within 2 hours, the CDC says, or 1 hour if the outside temperature is 90 degrees or more.

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