Friday, July 13, 2007

linking suncream and allergies

I suffer from hayfever, in the extremes of symptoms I probably lie some where in the middle but I would like to think I try and minimise the lifestyle choices to prevent or minimize the symptoms.

So, why would I buy this products, Banana Boat 50 I was attending on open swim in pure blue sky day, 28c and I would be in teh water for up to an hour. The risk of sunburn is high, so I felt this the best preventative step. Highest factor cream I could find that is water proof.

However, I recently read this information on the suncream that links the chemicals in the produt to allergies and the general wellbeing of your immune system.

From my mepath stories, I have already highlighed that to the best of my knowledge/ what I choose to believe that minimizing these risks are a top priority.

Why did I make the purchase, because I did not know all the information.

lifestyle linking weather

Weather forecasts are usually broadcast and unsurprisingly they focus on the weather, will it rain, snow, frost, warning of serious flooding. Oh, yes the odd, the NE wind will make is feel a lot colder so you may want to put on an extra layer of clothing. In the end of the we consume the information and then make choices, what to wear, what time to go skiing, walking, etc.

The first lifestyle linking weather service I use is weatherpixie, a primative icon that shows the clothing linked to the weather. No real perosnalization but you can see the day when I can personalize this to my existing clothes I own, how I am effected by wind chill, recommend new purchased base upon forecast weather that don't already own.

The WeatherPixie

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

lifestyle linking whisky

Living in Scotland, I am lucky to have the water of life on my door step. Distilleries to the north, south, east and west. I have met up with a few friends no longer living in Aberdeenshire in the last few weeks and to end the evening they share a wee dram of their favourite malt with me. I am greatly honoured to share their friendship and their choice of the water of life.

friends positive energy

I have been lucky enough to spend the last 10 days or so visiting/partying with friends. It has been fun all the way and the positive energy it gives is so good for your health. I need to make these trips more often, once every 5 years seems too long.

Friday, June 01, 2007

lifestyle linking sun glasses

One of my first lifestyle linking posts was on sun glasses. Would a more expensive pair be better at protecting my eye sight?

Since then I had to bin the sun glasses pitched in the posting. They broke. My current pair as just coming up for a year old. They are lasting well. However, the no.1 thing I now know about these sunglasses is that the polarizing coating on the inside and outside is flaking off. I did not even see this feature being mentioned on the product or in any comparison shopping website. Lets that put that another way, the no.1 feature that is now making the product, becoming increasingly un usable is not even listed as a feature. This sums up product retailing today. It does not link to the realities of the life I live.

In a lifestyle linking world, these variable will be at the forefront of product selection and creation. I will be able to say, given how I use sun glasses this product will last 2 years, this one 16 months and this one 12 months. I guess which one I would select given all other features are equal? Today, we make purchase decision based on the past, and that is how the product was not was made, not my life.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

me and green tea

I have started to drink more green tea. The main reason is that I have be reading information on skin cancer and green tea keep coming up. It is my choice where I focus my attention. I have some regular patterns of information sources I read and some times that throws up content that matches my interests. Other times I have to proactively search out information that interests me. This has combined to make me act. That fact is that I drink more green tea, now. I have to drink each day, that is the way of life and if by drinking green tea that fulfils task and it acts in a preventative manner to a risk (real or other wise I have) then my path through life is empowered.

This information, if I could own it all, I did create it all after all, should be used in other places. The creation of sun block for example.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

lifestyle linking heat

The temperatures are heading north of 30 degrees Celsius in the last few days. Life becomes more uncomfortable for me in the high twenties Celsius onwards so what can I do to combat the heat? Drinking more water, choices of clothing, can I find an office, cafe or out side space in the shade. Should I slow down my thinking rate?

I always feel we have time to prepare for such increases in heat. That is what weather forecast set out to achieve? Except they do not personalize that information to me, the online website are heading that way but none to date on TV have told me what to wear on a personalized manner. Maybe, wrap up warm, wear a mack or slap on the sun cream. But if I am spending the day in the office then suncream was not the best information to have been broad casting. Even if the information was right, could they give me a personalized recommendation on what sun factor to use?

Sunday, May 06, 2007

lifestyle linking energy

Each and every day we live we need energy. I am not thinking so much the ac variety the powers our light bulbs, laptops etc. but the human energy required to live the path through life.

Food and drink are our input energy. Water is core to life, but I see we are being told we can get 'smart' water and we need to eat. I haven't thought too much about whether the type of food we eat, affects the type of energy we give out? Regardless of what we eat, the energy looks the feels the same? My reading and education over the years tells me that some foods will provide quicker energy than others. I read science papers that speak of 'significant correlations' too. I am still of the mind that we are the very earliest of stages in matching up those cause and effects.

One thing I do know right now, is that I think, some times nil times to others hours of research to inform my eating choices. I/we are demanding those choices now.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

lifestyle linking hay fever

I am currently living through the worst health impact of my hay fever suffering years. The daily routine of eye drops and nasal steroid spray had been keeping the annoying symptoms at bay however, after a couple of days of rain the local environment became hostile with pollen. I persevered for a couple of days but it was time to start to take the antihistamines to dampen the symptoms.

I recall a similar period last year but not as acute. Even taking this cocktail of medication you are not yourself. The chest is tight and the eyes and nose still get effected.

In a lifestyle linking world, I should know such periods of allergy pain are ahead and thus I can prepare to avoid the worst of the pain or inconvenience. I try all these medications, eat local honey, tried pollen capsules but will nil benefit but I am sure there are things I could be doing to minimise the health downsides, others will have real experiences that could empower me better. It is just hard finding those people.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

lifestyle linking laptop

After 7 years of loyal and trusted service my laptop this week decided to step into retirement. A new purchase was on the cards, what to buy?

Two choices, I decided that, a or another vaio via Sony wins, based on 7 years of good service. I need to personalize the spec. I use my knowledge to select the feature/spec I want but for some I have know real rational of selecting, e.g. what graphics card? Spending more get you better? I know how I have used my PC, editing videos is key task and my PC should know all my attention data doing that. That data should be able to select the right customization option, or at least tell me the trade off, this will save you 3 seconds wait time doing the same tasks. I would call such a service, lifestyle linking products. Come on startups out there, provide that service for 'me'.

lifestyle linking travel

Living life is the best way to learn. It feels like at times that website are built without the founders have a core passion for their service, what could supersede that, a passion for pure money.

Within 48 hours I had gotten a lift in a car, used a bus, a train, an under ground, another train, boat and not to forget my own two feet all the way through the various forms of transport. One part of the journey I want to expand upon. I had to get from Reading to Heathrow airport. From my research I had decided that a train to paddington and then the heathrow express would work. However, when I went to Reading station I read about a bus service to heathrow. I know I was making a longer trip via my dog leg train trips. Wouldn't it be cheaper and save me time?

I was thinking that but because I had no previous experience of taking that option or any feel of how reliable the service was I opted for that I knew and that I was confident in achieving my goal of catching a flight at a certain time.

Lifestyle linking travel would work by no so much crunching a search that would logically figure out the time tables, ie. do the time maths but instead quizzing other attention data that had live the experience I proposed to pursue. Now, I want to poll how successful the outcomes were. My objective remains the same, catch a flight. The big difference in approach is that lifestyle linking travel is human centric, this actually happens, timetables are computer generated of what some one would like to happen but they do not account for the walk along the platform, the distance to the terminal, what things can go wrong out with their world e.g. bus fine but unforeseen road accident. If I could poll the wisdom of the individuals that had face the same travel plans as I then, those are the people that could provide the information that I would confidently act upon.

Friday, January 26, 2007

lifestyle linking mobile use

I was catching up with my Internet software RSS blog feeds and found a lifestyle linking health topic, mobile phone usage and brain tumors. Without scientific proof this whole technology has been released to the world. Nothing per say wrong with that as long as we individually have the information to hand we want before the purchase. But like most of this world, we assume the State, has set the rule to 'protect us' but this is more psychology than based on real life impact.

What I have been thinking a lot about over the last few year is, especially since I have my mobile and WIFI near me 24/7 these days, wouldn't it be great if I could use some tool that would visualise all the microwaves, analogue waves etc. that are present in my surroundings? I am sure this most be possible to do and may even exist today so if you know about such a service drop a link in to my comments.

How often do I get a cold in January?

Ideally, you would never want to get a cold. I read some where that the average person gets 5 colds (light to flu) a year. I thought that was a lot. So, you ask yourself how times have I had the cold last year? You would it would be easy too add up but you forget and time moves on. For me I recall being ill most January's, I joke to myself, I only get a cold when there are holidays around! So, the festive period is a holiday time.

My point is, do I have a significant correlation with a month and having a cold, if yes, then would I act differently on the lead up to that time of year? Or is the significant correlation when a know virus is in the population? Do, I usually get the virus at the start of the out break or in the middle or near the end? We can empower ourselves to know this information, it is know, just not to us at present. Armed with this information is our choice to make lifestyle choices that turn these significant correlation to false.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

social networks and health

I think a lot about the effect my lifestyle choices have on my health, the food you eat, the water you drink, the air you breathe, the stress you feel, the weather you experience, etc. etc. And this leaves out one big area, relationships.

Relationships are everywhere, with family, friends and with all the people you interactive with online and offline. The real thing I had under appreciated or not appreciated enough was the emotional impact of relationships. I listened and have read about this time and time again last year. It makes so much logic and sense. One example, food has an emotional impact as well as nutritional impact, just think of the reaction we may have to chocolate. But it's a two way emotional cause and effect, pre eating and post eating, our emotions come into play.

Relationships with your family. I was 8,000km from my family when a new member of the clan came into the world. I was in the middle of a cold at the time but for the day of the birth I felt no symptoms of the cold. I could not explain this to myself at the time but now with reflection I realise the power of the family relationship, it provides vast amounts of positive energy. We are social beings and a lack of social interaction leads to ill health. Friends provide a high level of relationship health. I recall hearing about the term 'friends syndrome' the 'friends' being from the TV sitcom. Someone had observed how modern friend networks modelled the size of the friend group on the series, more like they producers knew about this trend and created the format to appeal to the world. Friends are in the physical world and the online world. Are the relationship any less important online or over distances. My view is that just like the baby being born, relationship across great distance can be equally intense and beneficial. Sure, you can not wait to meet but the health power flows regardless.

multivitamin not a good decision

I said I would take a multi vitamin supplement for one bottle's worth and then take stock. Well, I did not finish the bottle, I left the last half dozen in the bottle and I do not plan to buy a new bottle. Why?

I believe my digestive health was upset by taking the supplement. I have stopped and with in a week I felt better. Also, I hoped the number and length of time I suffered from colds, bugs, viruses would be less but since the end of November it's been one bug after the other and now I seem to be going from one cold to the next. The question is, maybe if I had not taken the supplements then the colds etc would have been more accute?

I was telling one of my friends who runs a gene testing business, about my supplement experience and he was unsurprised by my experience. He said my thinking was too simplistic to think an 'average' supplement would be overall beneficial. My body may be real efficient at creating all the good stuff it requires and by overloading the goodness then it knocks thinks out of balance, or it may just be that one area is where the benefits could be gained. How do I find that out? Well, I expect some tests would give measurable feedback or I can use trail and error with my life. However, this take times, life is real time.

However, I am not the only person thinking and trying these supplements. If I could correlate myself to them then I may be able to find that right supplement in a short time period, avoid clear down sides and get long term benefits?

Also, it must be possible to see patterns when my number of colds are increasing. Last year there were quite a few, the year before I can maybe recall one. Is that just random or is the cause and effect results of the choices I may in 2005 and 2006?

teeth gone sonic

My teeth cleaning entered the electronic age with a gift of the latest 'sonic' electric toothbrush. I have written on this subject before. So ingrained in using a traditional toothbrush it took me a couple nights to remember to use it. My teeth feel great after brushing. I am still not sure I am using the right technique and the whole psychology of the experience is different. As you are not exerting any manual input, you don't feel you are cleaning.

Last time I concluded I felt my teeth's health was based upon my knowledge of what is best for looking after my teeth. I have changed toothpaste, brush and now gone electric. I think because I focus on healthy teeth, regardless of the equipment or paste I use, it is my application that is the critical difference, not the brand of manufacturer.

What we could know, but we don't as we don't share the information, is the outcomes your peers have achieved or are achieving. I am very positive about my teeth health but what about 10 years down the line? There must be people that have chosen a similar path in the past, this information exists, if we create an environment that is trusted, then this information will flow. Achieve this then we will have a world with better information.