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01/09/15 Americans now spend over $2.7 trillion dollars on health care each year. This is roughly one out of every six dollars spent and is more money than is spent on food. Top this fact with the estimation that approximately 20% percent of health care spending is spent for nothing because of system inefficiencies.

10/15/14 Pinkwashed trivia: The Dutch national health system looked at 25,000 mammograms taken on ladies over 69 years old and found that they were 2,000% more likely to have their lives ruined by mammogram over-diagnosis/misdiagnosis than to be saved by mammograms.

10/11/14 Count your blessings trivia: Some 805 million people - about one in nine worldwide - live with and will probably die with chronic hunger

09/30/14 The DNA of emotions trivia: Negative emotions cause the two strands that comprise human DNA to wind more tightly where positive ones relax the DNA strands in just 2 minutes.

09/10/14 Glossing over the trivia: Most people don't realize that it is agriculture - not transportation - that is the greatest contributor to greenhouse gases globally. This fact is glossed over by the Al Gore groupies and hundreds of other green groups.

08/28/14 Case and point trivia: According to JAMA, states that have legalized marijuana for managing chronic pain have 25% fewer deaths from prescription painkiller overdoses each year.

08/15/14 Miniscule trivia: A virus is 100 times smaller than a single bacteria cell which is 10 times smaller than a human cell which is 10 times smaller than the diameter of human hair.

08/07/14 At the rate we are headed trivia: More than 80 million people will have dementia by the year 2040, driving up health care costs and burdening families ~ Pitt School of Medicine.

07/30/14 Chewing on trivia: Vitamin C tablets make your mouth acidic enough to dissolve tooth enamel. If you take chewable Vitamin C tablets, brush your teeth afterwards.

07/29/14 Standardizing salmonella trivia: Did you know that the USDA standards allow 7.5% of whole raw chickens sold at the grocers to carry salmonella but there is absolutely NO limit for contamination in chicken parts?

07/24/14 Shaking up the trivia: The good news is that a shake at a fast food restaurant provides about 400 mg of calcium. The bad news: it also supplies up to 600 calories along with at least 9 grams of fat!

07/23/14 Mediterranean trivia: Greek women have a 50% lower incidence of breast cancer and Greek men an 80% lower incidence of prostate cancer than Americans.

07/22/14 Passively smoking trivia: More than 40% of children have at least one smoking parent and every year some 600,000 people die worldwide from the passive inhalation of tobacco smoke.

07/17/14 Kissing up to trivia: Psychology research reports that 59% of men and 66% of women have ended a budding relationship because of a bad first kiss.

07/16/14 Southpaw trivia: Men born in the winter months of Nov, Dec, or Jan are more likely to being left-handed than those born during the rest of the year.

07/15/14 Urgency trivia: Urinary incontinence occurs in approximately 15% of women and about 50% of them do not respond to conventional treatments.

07/10/14 Heavyweight trivia: 69.2% of Americans over 20 are now either overweight or obese. Americans fork over $40 billion a year for weight loss products but about 80% who lose weight regain the weight they lost... plus some!

07/09/14 Take-out trivia: According to the CDC, you are four and a half times more likely to contract food poisoning at a restaurant than at home.

07/08/14 Married to trivia: Studies show that married people are generally healthier and live longer than unmarried people. Married people wear their seatbelts more, are more physically active and watch their blood pressure closer.

07/03/14 The heart medicine of trivia: The first “heart medicine” was developed 1799 from the common plant, digitalis purpurea and is still used in heart medications today to slow the pulse and increase the amount of blood pumped per heartbeat.

07/02/14 High fiber trivia: High-fiber foods are both filling and nutritious while helping you poop good. Did you know that boosting your fiber intake actually reduces the number of calories your body absorbs from the food you eat?

07/01/14 Irritating trivia: Knuckle popping does NOT cause arthritis, enlarged joints or any other harm. But it can cause arguments, divorce and other altercations...

06/26/14 Studying the trivia: There has never been even one medical study of vaccinated vs. unvaccinated children. No one knows the short-term or long-term side effects of the current 49 toxic doses of 14 different vaccines that a child receives by the age of 6.

06/25/14 Less than hairy trivia: Americans spend some 800 million smackers on hair restoration surgery each year. According to the American Hair Loss Association, 40% of hair loss sufferers are women.

06/24/14 Busy as a bee trivia: Bees consume over eight pounds of honey for every one pound of honeycomb wax they make. This means that one bee would fly 150,000 miles - six times around the earth - just to produce one pound of beeswax.

06/19/14 All it takes trivia: A mere 1 millionth of a gram of plutonium can cause cancer. One pound of plutonium distributed evenly on the earth would give every person on earth cancer.

06/18/14 What are the odds trivia: The odds of dying in a plane crash are 1 out of 10 million. The odds of suffering a hospital error are about 1 out of 10, according to Reuters.

06/17/14 Infectious trivia: According to the CDC, 18 million courses of unnecessary antibiotics are prescribed in the US annually for the common cold and 50 million are prescribed for viral respiratory infections. Hint: antibiotics don’t work against viruses…

06/12/14 Why I grew a beard trivia: The fact is that the average American Man will spend some 3,500 hours of his life shaving.

06/11/14 Spud trivia: The number one vegetable in the US is the potato with 84 pounds each year consumed per person! One third of spuds end up in the French fryer and 5% become potato chips.

06/10/14 Expectancy trivia: Even though the average life expectancy in other countries can be longer than in the US, after the age of 80, you have a greater chance of living longer in the US.

06/05/14 Full of corn trivia: Biofuels made from corn release 7% more greenhouse gases compared with conventional gasoline.

06/04/14 Dizzy-making trivia: Alcoholism can be a double-whammy for hip fractures and bone breaks. Not only does excessive drinking increase falls, but it also decreases bone density.

06/03/14 Diminishing return trivia: Beef requires 7 pounds of feed for a measly 1lb of weight gain. Fish however have about a 1-to-1 return ratio on feed to weight gain.

05/30/14 Foundational trivia: One-fourth of the bones in your body are in your feet. There are 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles and tendons in one foot.

05/29/14 Turncoat trivia: Once a farmer decides to turn to organic production, it will take three years before any crop could receive the federally approved organic seal.

05/28/14 Defective trivia: There are more birth defects in children conceived during spring planting where farmers spray nearby crops with pesticides.

05/27/14 Shaving the odds trivia: The odds of a moderate to serious injury from shaving are 6,585 to 1.

05/26/14 Eggshell trivia: Organic brown eggs are no more nutritious than organic white eggs. Egg shell color only indicates the breed of chicken it came from.

05/23/14 Irregular heartbeat trivia: People who take NSAIDS have a whopping 84% greater chance of suffering atrial fibrillation within 30 days and a 76% greater risk long-term.

05/22/14 Pooling trivia: The CDC reported nearly 5,000 emergency room visits in the year 2012 due to swimming pool chemical injuries.

05/21/14 About half of trivia: Over 147 million people - nearly half of Americans - live where pollution levels make the air unhealthy to breathe.

05/20/14 Coinkidink trivia: America's obesity epidemic began at the same time the government started cramming a "low-fat" diet down our throats. But that’s actually no coinkidink…

05/19/14 Trivialities of autism: Johns Hopkins reports that antidepressants use during pregnancy may be responsible for tripling the rate of autism among boys.

05/16/14 First trivia: Egyptians used toothpaste over 4000 years ago, by mixing crushed pumice stone with vinegar.

05/15/15 Seniors on benzodiazepines given for anything from sleep disorders to anxiety have a 60% percent higher risk of dementia than other people.

05/14/14 Keener trivia: Women have a keener sense of smell than men do, especially around ovulation.

05/13/14 Not so freebie trivia: Drug companies hand out $16 billion in free drug samples every year.

05/12/14 Brainy trivia; The living brain is the consistency somewhere between jelly and cooked pasta.

05/09/14 First BM trivia: A study of the first bowel movements in hundreds of infants found that 84% contained mercury and 27% contained lead and DDT - even though DDT was banned decades ago.

05/08/14 Projecting trivia: Medicare spending is projected to top a trillion dollars a year by 2023!

05/07/14 Any excuse for chocolate trivia:Chocolate may be a more effective cough remedy than cough medicine, according to a study at Imperial College London.

05/06/14 A breath of trivia: Your ribs move about 5 million times a year as you breathe.

05/05/14 Couch potato trivia: People who watch a lot of TV every week also have double the risk of gallstone symptoms compared to those watching just a little TV. Regular exercise can actually reduce the risk of gallstone attacks by up to 40%!

05/02/14 Bouncing-oops trivia: Trampoline accidents send close to 30,000 people - mostly children, to the ER ever year with broken bones.

05/01/14 Organic foodie trivia: Organic fruits and vegetables make up a mere 3.5% of the total produce market in the US.

04/30/14 Diagnosed to death trivia: Diabetes diagnosis doubles the chance for pancreatic cancer diagnosis. The 5 year “survival” rate for pancreatic cancer with conventional treatment is about 1%...

04/29/14 Ending it trivia: Attempting suicide is a crime under military rules and yet, at least 22 veterans commit suicide each day, according to the Veterans Affairs Department.

04/28/14 Longevity trivia: Men turning 65 years old this year live an average of 16 more years. Women live another 19 years.

04/25/14 Thick and thin trivia: The average person gains about 2 pounds a year between the age of 18 and 30.

04/24/14 Safe in the seat trivia: 80% of child safety seats are improperly used. Stop by your local fire station and they will help you see if you are keeping your child safe in the seat.

04/23/14 Aging the trivia: By the year 2015, all baby boomers will be 50 years old or older.

04/22/14 Infectious trivia: Every year in the US, over 2 million people are victimized by hospital-derived infections and over 100,000 people die from them.

04/21/14 Bloody trivia: Men have about 1.5 gallons of blood and women have just under a gallon.

04/18/14 Grading healthcare trivia: The 2011 HealthGrades reports the rate of hospital-related medical harm estimation to be over 40,000 people - a day.

04/17/14 Watered down trivia: In the year 2009, as few as 2,500 Americans died (supposedly died) from the swine flu. In 2009 you actually had a 40% greater chance of drowning in water.

04/16/14 Headed for an overdose trivia: Grapefruit juice can significantly boost the concentration of certain drugs in the bloodstream like: cholesterol-lowering drugs, calcium channel-blockers, tranquilizers and some antihistamines.

04/15/14 Majority of trivia: Two thirds of all deaths are directly affected by improper diet, according to the U.S. Surgeon General.

04/14/14 Swimming in trivia: Swimming for exercise is a great fitness activity. The cooling action of the water allows for more exercise and less fatigue.

04/11/14 Securing trivia: Unsecured television sets are a hazard. 28 children were killed by toppling television sets in one year alone.

04/10/14 Thirty ton trivia: Over a lifetime a person eats about 60,000 pounds of food - roughly the weight of about 6 elephants.

04/09/14 Supplementing trivia: Americans spend over $32 billion a year on more than 85,000 different combinations of vitamins, minerals, botanicals, amino acids, probiotics, and other supplements.

04/08/14 Trivia from Harvard: Over half of women who get annual mammograms for 10 years can expect to have a false positive mammogram that requires additional toxic mammograms - around 20% of these false positives result in unnecessary biopsies.

04/07/14 Left trivia: Women over the age of 40 are 128% more likely to birth left-handed child than 20 year old women.

04/04/14 Reducing nothing trivia: Xanax is shown to reduce panic attacks during a two-month period but just try to reduce or stop the medication and panic attacks increase up to 400%.

04/03/14 Colorful trivia: Human eyes are composed of over two million working parts and can distinguish almost 7.5 million colors.

04/02/14 Antique trivia: 5,000 years ago, Sumerians thought the liver made blood and the heart was the center of thoughts and emotions.

04/01/14 Brainy trivia: The brain makes up a mere 2% of our total body weight and yet the brain demands 20% of the body's oxygen and calories. Did you know that cholesterol makes up 15% of the brain by dry weight?

03/31/14 Coconutty trivia: The milk inside young coconuts can be an emergency substitute for blood plasma.

03/28/14 Up in the air trivia: 20% of all airline passengers catch a cold after a two-hour flight.

03/27/14 Crashing into trivia: Men generally drive faster and take more risks than women, Male drivers are three times more likely to be killed in a car crash, but female drivers have less crashes per-mile basis and also boast a lesser severity of crashes.

03/26/14 Windsor Knot trivia: A tight tie can cause a glaucoma-like effect and high blood pressure to the brain. Never a good idea…

03/25/14 Taking acetaminophen (Tylenol), during pregnancy increases the chances of the child developing ADHD by up to 37%! The longer you take it, the greater the risk.

03/24/14 Creeping me out trivia: Some 15 million Americans are allergic to cockroaches with skin irritation, hay fever symptoms, or asthma associated with cockroach allergy. Just the thought makes me itch…

03/21/14 Staying alive trivia: According to Rutgers University, if all adult smokers in America had quit smoking five years ago, there would have been an estimated 15% fewer overall deaths in the United States since.

03/20/14 Unique trivia: Just like your fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is uniquely different.

03/19/14 Sharp as a razor trivia: Disposable razors have thinner blades than other razors. The more you use a disposable razor, the more germs it collects, and the greater the chance of getting a nick will become infected.

03/18/14 Booboo trivia: The first Band-Aid Bandages were three inches wide and eighteen inches long. You simply cut off how much you needed.

03/17/14 Boning up on trivia: There are 206 bones in the human adult body and over half of them are in the hands and feet (54 bones in the hands and 52 in the feet).

03/14/14 The unmentionable trivia: A typical bowel movement could have up to 100 billion potential disease-causing organisms. Some of these end up in the air and settling onto fixtures after flushing - even with the lid down.

03/13/14 Sleepless child in Seattle trivia: A recent study found that four out of ten children suffer from regular sleep disturbances.

03/12/14 Doubling down trivia: Taking just four acetaminophen per week for four years running will double your risk for blood cancer.

03/11/14 Prolific trivia: One single bacteria cell can multiply to become more than 8 million cells in less than 24 hours.

03/10/14 Moneystress trivia: People who have a hard time handling the stress of money troubles are twice as likely to develop severe gum disease.

03/07/14 Stress relief trivia: Banging your head against a wall burns 150 calories an hour (and it feels so good when you stop).

03/06/14 I dream of trivia: The average person has somewhere over 1,460 dreams a year.

03/05/14 Weighing in on trivia 69.2% of Americans over the age of 20 are either overweight or obese.

3/04/14 Viral trivia: Viruses that cause the common cold and flu are spread through the air when an infected person coughs, sneezes or simply breathes. Sneezing helps your body get rid of infected cells and an average sneeze will spread over 100,000 virus cells up to 30 feet away.

03/03/14 Insanity trivia: According to SaneVax, Gardasil has a higher rate of side effects than any other CDC-recommended vaccine for children over 7.

02/28/14 Couch potato trivia: You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television. Now, if your were napping while watching TV…

02/27/14 Average ole Joe trivia: According to the CDC, the average American eats at McDonalds more than 1,800 times in their lifetime.

02/26/14 LOL trivia: Laughing lowers stress levels and strengthens the immune system. A six-year-old laugh about 300 times a day and the average adult laughs as little as 15 times a day.

02/25/14 Perishing the thought trivia: The word gymnasium comes straight from the Greek word gymnazein - "to exercise naked."

02/24/14 Population trivia: There are more bacteria in your mouth than there are people in the world.

02/21/14 Talking about trivia: Motorists talking on cell phones are more impaired than drunk drivers with blood-alcohol levels above 0.08.

02/20/14 Really sad trivia: Antidepressant use doubled between 1996 and 2005. The sad part? Depression rates have gone up from there. Is it working?

02/19/14 Computing DNA trivia: A single sperm has 37.5mb of DNA information in it.

02/18/14 Attraction to trivia: The research in love attraction shows that 55% of attraction is through body language, 38% from the tone and speed of the voice and 7% is from what is said.

02/17/14 Circulating trivia: An estimated $25 billion is spent each year in the US to treat chronic skin wounds - mostly related to poor blood circulation.

02/14/14 Devastating our children trivia: By age of three, 3 out of 4 children have been prescribed antibiotics and 1 in 4 had received steroids or anti-reflux medications.

02/13/14 Acute trivia: Women who have used HRT have a 57% increase in the risk for acute pancreatitis compared with women who had never used HRT.

02/12/14 Royal flush trivia: One toilet flush sends airborne particles up to 6 feet away. Keep your toothbrush at least six feet away from a toilet to avoid this bit of nasty spray…

02/11/14 Doctors are humans too trivia: William Stewart Halsted, the father of American surgery, was addicted to cocaine.

02/10/14 SAD diet trivia: Study participants who consistently ate fast food were 40% more likely to develop depression than those who ate healthier.

02/07/14 Not so trivial choices: The lifestyle choice of smoking brings 1.8 million new cancer cases a year of which 1.6 million are fatal.

02/06/14 Forgetful vaccine trivia: People 55 years of age who receive the flu vaccine each year for 5 years in a row increase their risk of developing Alzheimer's disease a whopping 1,000%!

02/05/14 Addictive trivia: Physicians are just as likely as the other people to abuse illegal drugs, but 5 times more likely to abuse prescription drugs.

02/04/14 Muscling in on trivia: Men over 50 lose muscle at an average of about 2% per year. At that rate, men lose some 30% of their muscle between 50 to 70 years of age.

02/03/14 Captive customer trivia: Bothersome pain afflicts half of community-dwelling seniors in the US.

01/31/14Can you hear the trivia: Obesity can increase the risk of hearing loss by 25%.

01/30/14 Didn’t wash their hands trivia: Clostridium difficile spores were recently found on the hands of 23% of doctors, 19% of nurses and 42% of nursing assistants.

01/29/14 SIDS trivia: A mere 100 mg a day of vitamin C given to an infant prevents SIDS. Not one baby in over 20 years, given “Klenner's/Kalokerinos Ascorbate Therapy” in the recommended quantities is known to have died.

01/28/14 Seeing through haze trivia: Half of every person over the age of 80 is looking through cataract haze right now.

01/27/14 Real deal trivia: Substituting plant oils in place of wholesome butter can double your risk of death from heart disease.

01/24/14 Coding on trivia: There is now 48 different medical codes for injuries from spacecraft. Try code V95.45XA for "spacecraft explosion injuring occupant, initial encounter." Now try V95.45XD, or "spacecraft explosion injuring occupant, subsequent encounter.

01/23/14 Ridiculous coding trivia: There are 19 different medical codes specifically for injuries inflicted by orcas.

01/22/14 The death of trivia: The average time between admission to a hospice program and death is about 26 days.

01/21/14 Blocking trivia: Casein proteins in cows’ milk hinder the absorption of iron in the human body.

01/20/14 Study this trivia: Vaccinated boys are 279% more likely to have ADHD, 120% more likely to have asthma and 112% more likely to have autism than un-vaccinated boys.

01/17/14 The heart disease of trivia: More than 787,000 people in the U.S. died from cardiovascular diseases in 2010. That's about one of every three deaths in America.

01/16/14 Absolutely no correlation trivia: Women blink nearly twice as much as men but men get hiccups more often than women.

01/15/14 Exposing the trivia: Americans are exposed to over 84,000 different chemicals in foods, drinking water, household cleaners and yard and garden chemicals daily.

01/14/14 I smell a rat trivia: Rats on daily doses of pravastatin (AKA Lipitor) for a mere 18 days, suffered memory impaired learning over the last few days of treatment.

01/13/14 Scary trivia: Last year in the US, 26% of women who died from cancer died from lung cancer (75,852 women). Breast cancer accounted for 15% deaths in women (about 43,000).

01/10/14 Staggering numbers trivia: The flu shot has 50,000 ppb of mercury while 2 ppb mercury is the mandated limit in drinking water. 200 ppb mercury in liquid waste renders it a “toxic hazard”. One flu shot is 250 times over-the-limit for "toxic hazard".

01/09/14 High percentage trivia: Lung cancer accounted for 19.4% of cancer deaths last year.

01/08/14 Smelling a rat trivia: While being fed GMO corn, up to 80% of female rats developed tumors - an average of three giant tumors!

01/07/14 This is not genetics trivia: Men now have a 200% greater chance coming down with prostate cancer than their own father had.

01/06/14 What you eat trivia: The Grocery Manufacturing Association reports that 70% of all grocery store food now contains GMOs.

01/03/13 Broken promise trivia: The pre-election Obama said: "We'll let folks know whether their food has been genetically modified because Americans should know what they're buying."

01/02/14 Chia trivia: Just a few ounces of quality chia seeds contain as much omega-3 fatty acids as nearly 2 pounds of salmon... as much magnesium as 3 pounds of broccoli... and as much calcium as 2 cups of whole milk.

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