Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Book Review: Yoga Anatomy

I'm so impressed with this book. Especially as it was recommended in one of those cheesy "buy 10 books for 1 penny" brochures. I disregarded the flyer, but checked out the book on It had some great reviews, so I ordered it.

I was pleasantly surprised to receive a thick book (not a flimsy thing) filled with illustrations of all the muscles used in each yoga pose. I practice yoga, so it's helpful to look up different poses and see what's happening in the body. There's also a lengthy and informative chapter on breathing and how the rib cage and diaphragm work. So even if yoga is not your thing, this book can teach you a lot about the anatomy of your body.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Book Review: The Dirt on Clean

A wonderful book full of random tidbits on the history of dirt. I had a ball reading this book--it goes from funny to gross to hilarious to jaw-dropping good fun.

The book delves right into the history of bathing. Or rather, not bathing. Back in the day, people thought washing was bad for the health and bad for the spirit. There are lots of juicy facts throughout the book. Some of my favorites: King Louis XIII of France (1600's) had his legs first washed at age 5, and had his first bath at the age of 7.

There was a time when there was no room called a "bathroom". So in the 1750's in France, it was the custom to find a stairway to urinate on. Meanwhile, feces piled up in the corridors of Versailles, to be cleaned once a week.

The author talks about the history of soap, deodorant, and bad breath...and how the idea of marketing and advertising for a product first came into play.

I also found it ironically funny that the author's last name is "Ashenburg".

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

This just in: San Francisco has drinkable water. Or not.

The SF Chronicle reports that in a recent test of the water supply in San Francisco, no contaminants were found.

Before you toss all your bottled water, beware. The article goes on to say that this contradicts an earlier study which found sex hormones in the SF water supply.

Huh? Something sounds little fishy to me...I'm sticking to my Brita filter for now.

Monday, March 10, 2008

creaky joints. ouch.

I found out that I have arthritis in both my knees a few years ago. I'm really bow-legged (thanks Dad), and according to my doctor, the angles at which my femur (thigh bone) and lower leg bones hit my knee are way off from normal. So there is a lot more friction around my knee, and hence the arthritis. I recall he called me a genetic anomaly, or something of the sort. He's an older guy, and has certainly seen his share of knee problems.

I found the creaky joints website has lots of good info on creaky knees. I'm also a big fan of Dona supplements for my knees. Apparently Dona is a prescription medicine in Europe---so it's good quality, and it has lots of research to back up it's claims.