A friend pointed out that this is the first Passover in our part of the country that’s colder than the previous Channukah. The strange weather continues, but it didn’t keep me from opening day. MrsPal wanted to spend her birthday at the ballpark, and who am I to argue? It was chilly, but the sun hit us by the 7th inning, around the same time the game picked up. For those of you who don’t care about baseball, there are a few other health goings-on around the web.
At Jezebel today, Cassie Murdoch examined the pros and cons of eating one’s placenta:
Ever since January Jones announced that she consumed her own placenta after giving birth to her son, the world has suddenly been abuzz with discussion about why the hell a person would want to eat their own afterbirth. It’s a legitimate question…
No, not really. There are no compelling reasons to wonder if eating a hunk of your body is a good idea, unless you give birth on a desert island with limited food resources—and even then, it gives me the willies, but only due to my built-in biases against eating pieces of oneself (and the lack of a Nice Chianti on said island). Harriet Hall over at Science-Based Medicine covered the topic pretty well last year, concluding that there is no evidence that eating a placenta is good for you. If you simply feel like it, that’s your business, but don’t try to tell us that you have the support of us doctors. Murdoch didn’t bother to interview any of those, so it’s not the best medical piece ever written (which isn’t a shock from a piece called, “So You Want to Eat Your Placenta.”)
Michael Moore, the famously corpulent Lefty has started a twitter-buzz to get people to get outside and walk. It seems to have simply grown out of a tweet announcing his intention to go for a walk. What a great use of social media. As a nation, we are sedentary, fat, diabetic, hypertensive, and generally unhealthy. A little bit of walking (in safety) goes a long way. I hope this continues to catch on, despite a bit of hostility (“We’re not unhappy about u walking. We’re upset no one has run ur fat communist loving ass over.”).
Speaking of Michigan, Michael Moore’s home, did you catch the Tigers on opening day? Young Fielder could use to step away from the table a little earlier.
Speaking of the internet, PalKid is becoming more and more computer-savvy and wants to start using the damned internet more. I’ve been able to distract her so far, but now she wants to actually use email, youtube, etc. The whole thing is a bit terrifying for a parent. Searching youtube for seemingly-innocent videos of singing animals is often one click away from goatse. Parenthood’s a bitch.
Enjoy the weekend, folks.