Last updated January 17, 2018 at 8:51 am
The Check Up is a weekly feature highlighting some of the best, most fascinating, most important, or simply unmissable health, medical, and human stories from around the web.
Raw water for cooked people
Let’s kick off 2018 with the story people have loved to hate – the raw water craze currently underway in the United States. Be careful you don’t roll your eyes too hard, you might hurt your neck. Basically, people with more money than sense are drinking untreated water from sources like natural springs. And they’re spending $10 a litre! There’s a reason we treat what we drink in the first place – water from the environment is most likely teeming with bacteria, parasites, and other nasty microorganisms. One of the most incredible things about living in a developed nation is that safe, clean water just comes out of our walls! Our WALLS! WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE!
Hot sauce in my bag, swag
I’m already on board – if it’s good enough for Beyonce and Hillary Clinton, it’s good enough for this bogan. Hot sauce on everything! And scientists agree that chili peppers (and by extension, chili sauce) are super good for you. Spicy food has been linked to lower mortality and to slower cancer development – all thanks to the compound capsaicin. They are still figuring out exactly how it works, but the evidence suggests that capsaicin actually breaks up cancer cells!
PTSD and making the best of things
It seems weird to say, which this article acknowledges immediately, but there could be a benefit to experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder. It’s obviously extremely complicated, but it has to do with how the event that causes PTSD creates a division in the life of the sufferer. With hard, active work, researchers think it’s possible this is an opportunity for betterment – both physiologically and psychologically.
Bottoms up for gut health
Before too long, when you need a snapshot of your gut health – like the health of your microbiome and your rate of digestion – all you’ll need to do is swallow a sensor. It’ll pass through your gut, measuring levels of carbon dioxide, oxygen, and hydrogen, send that data to a mobile app, and pass right through. Not only will this make investigating health concerns like colon cancer and gastrointestinal disorders easier and less invasive, but it offers scientists new research opportunities
And finally, a quick demo of an exoskeleton used by factory workers. FYI It’s not too late to get me a Christmas present.