“White Noise Free” for Android or iPhone/iPad has great sounds for getting to sleep. We liked “extreme rain,” “shower,” “train,” “beach,” “ocean waves,” “boat,” “chimes,” “crickets,” and “stream.” In fact, we were amazed by how many sounds we liked; normally we like one or two and the rest are stinkers. The sound quality was quite good. If you wish, the app lets you mix sounds, such as thunder, rain, and a clothes dryer. OK, skip the clothes dryer.
HealthcareMagic.com gives you a doctor’s opinion from a generalist for $15, $35 for a specialist. It might not be any better than going to a doctor’s office, but at least it’s quicker and cheaper. Joy asked an orthopedic surgeon why she had femur pain; she broke it years ago as a teenager. He said it was probably either osteoporosis or osteoarthritis from the old injury. The pain was gone the next day, however, when she simply stopped doing a certain yoga move.
The Wall Street Journal did a big story on the $3000 Stir Kinetic M1 stand-up desk, which promises to eliminate the dangers of too much sitting, a habit some say is as bad as smoking. Joy found a free alternative.
Using her desktop computer, Joy made…
Some insurance companies pay you for getting fit. Ours doesn’t, but the free app “Wellcoin” (iOs) (Android) earns you discounts for healthy behavior. Cheaters are apparently welcome. When Joy was filling out their questionnaire, she put down “Twinkies” as her healthy snack choice and right away she earned five points. In fact, it gave her “health points” no matter what she put down. (Joy hasn’t had a Twinkie since she was 12. Bob has had only one bite in his life — can’t stand em.) She got triple the points if she took a picture of something healthy and clicked “verify.” The Wellcoin community weighed in immediately to judge her handful of unsalted almonds. Tap “Marketplace” to see discounts of […]
The information you get from “fitness” bands may be off by as much as 40 percent, according to Gregory Welk, an Iowa State University kinesiology professor, who tested seven of them. The top two bands were off just over 15 percent and the worst one was off 40 percent. There were $1.4 billion worth of these fitness trackers sold last year and the market continues to be hot. Professor Welk admits they’re still a valuable tool to achieve fitness.
NutritionFacts.org has the best videos we’ve ever seen on health topics, including heart disease and cancer. Today we learned that while pesticides are found almost universally in the blood of people eating conventional foods from grocery stores, it’s not clear whether this causes health problems. Surveys are difficult, because there are so many variables. Fruit flies are easier to study, for example, but not surprisingly, insects eating insecticides fare poorly. We also learned the most effective way to remove surface pesticides from fruit and veggies: put a little salt in the water when you wash them.