Tag Archives: heart attack

LIONEL PODCAST: I Know, I Hated Vegans Too.

Thus spake Plutarch:

Can you really ask what reason Pythagoras had for abstaining from flesh? For my part I rather wonder both by what accident and in what state of soul or mind the first man did so, touched his mouth to gore and brought his lips to the flesh of a dead creature, he who set forth tables of dead, stale bodies and ventured to call food and nourishment the parts that had a little before bellowed and cried, moved and lived. How could his eyes endure the slaughter when throats were slit and hides flayed and limbs torn from limb? How could his nose endure the stench? How was it that the pollution did not turn away his taste, which made contact with the sores of others and sucked juices and serums from mortal wounds?

What a killjoy this dude was. And the same goes for militant vegetarians and vegans. That’s not the point of this podcast. I just feel exponentially better after my two plus months of strict veganism. That’s two more months than I ever thought I could do. Me not consume flesh?!

I’m just a food vegan. I’ve not tossed my shoes or leather goods. Plastic just can’t reproduce the soothing crack of a leather whip. Anyhoo, provided herein is my new fascination with food and what it does to you. That’s all. No preaching.

Overtime Can Kill You

The American work ethic, that which lauds the workaholic, can kill you.

People who put in long hours at work increase their risk of dying from heart disease and heart attack, Finnish researchers report.

In fact, people who work three or more hours of overtime a day have a 60 percent increased risk of heart-related problems such as dying from heart disease, having a heart attack or angina, the researchers noted.

It gets better.

It is also possible that people who have more freedom over work-related decisions may have a lower risk of heart disease even if they work overtime, the researchers added.

Yet another possibility is that the chronic stress, associated with working long hours, has an adverse effect on health.

Dr. Gregg C. Fonarow, director of the Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center at the University of California, Los Angeles, said that “emerging data suggest that consistently working overtime may be associated with adverse health status including hypertension, sleep deprivation, lack of exercise and depression.”

There have also been studies suggesting a higher risk of cardiovascular events such as heart attack or stroke with excess overtime work, he said.

“There are a number of potential mechanisms by which excess overtime work could adversely impact cardiovascular event risk including increased stress, excess sympathetic nervous system activity, increased exposure to secondhand smoke, unhealthy dietary habits, less time to exercise, and individuals with excess overtime work being less included to seek timely and appropriate medical care,” Fonarow said. [Source]