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Health Oddities of the Week

Over the last week I’ve stumbled across some rather odd health-related stories and photos, so I thought I would share them with you…

Sprouting is great for your health, just be careful where you plant them… (click for more photos of plants growing on keyboard.)




We all know that condoms are important for preventing the spread of STDs… Is this guy a walking condom dispenser?

condom recycling

Ever wondered what it’s like to have an out of body experience? Experts have found out that it relates to tricking your brain into thinking your body is elsewhere. Click to find out more.

out of body experience


So you think the FDA are bad? You’ll have second thoughts when you find out that China has banned Buddhist monks in Tibet from reincarnating without government permission. How bizarre is that?! (Keep reading…)


reincarnation banned


If you like this post please let me know and I’ll try and uncover some other health oddities for future posts.

What’s Really in Your Supplements?

This doesn’t really affect me as I live in the UK, however it appears that the FDA are going to be cracking down on health supplements. The problem until now is that supplements are viewed as being food which is something that some manufacturers have been abusing.

I remember seeing a TV show a few years ago about the appetite suppressing qualities of Hoodia. The presenter went to Africa to try it for himself, and sure enough he didn’t want to eat anything for 24 hours.

Unfortunately the world is full of people who would sell their Granny for a quick buck, which means many pills have appeared on the market claiming to be Hoodia when in fact it’s just caffeine.

The new rules set out by the FDA means that as of 24 August, this “will help ensure that dietary supplements are manufactured with controls that result in a consistent product free of contamination, with accurate labeling,” said Dr. Robert E. Brackett, director of FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

This surely has to be good news? The problem with many alternative therapies is that it can take some months for symptoms to improve, so you never really know if what you’re buying is the real deal.  The same thing goes with stuff like how to cleanse your liver.