In what could be the one of the most harebrained schemes by a federal organization since we planned to nuke the moon in 1958, the FDA is gearing up to release 1,000’s of genetically modified mosquitoes into the Florida Keys to destroy the native mosquito population.
These bugs were designed in a lab specifically to wipe out large mosquito populations. I don’t know if everyone remembers a nursery rhyme we all read as a child: There Was An Old Lady, in which said lady swallows an increasingly dangerous amount of animals to combat a single fly. I kind of feel like this is a little similar.
Are we going to be left with a swarm of super mosquitos?
Well, no actually. These ‘frankensquitos’ carry the Zika virus and are bred to pass on a fatal gene to any babies they have with wild female mosquitoes. Eventually, they’re all going to die. From what I can tell, this is kind of a nuclear option, since this Zika thing has gotten way out of hand.
The biotech company responsible, Oxitec, says they have did the same thing in Brazil, Panama, and the Caymen Islands with a 90% reduction in mosquito populations.
Regardless, people are iffy for some great reasons such as: there is no data to prove this actually works to combat a disease. We could be starting a mosquito genocide (not that many people would mind realistically) to little or no effect.
The FDA is down for it though, so it’s happening – they’re confident that there will be “no significant impact of the release of our mosquito on human health or the environment.”
Which is really good. Let’s just all hope we’re not watching the start of a really dumb made-for-tv SciFi movie.
Not only is ginger a questionable ingredient for a child-bearing woman to consume, the Flat Tummy tea fails to specify exactly how much ginger was used to make it.
Take Away: Please do not fall for the schemes of these “Fit Teas.” If you are pregnant, please be cautious of all ingredients you put in your body and discuss with your healthcare provider before starting any supplementations.
Being the best possible you is about more than just eating healthy and working out. It’s about mind, body, and spiritual fitness as well. Fortunately the city is home to a bevy of experts, practitioners, and spas to help you find your bliss and be the best possible you.
1. Tune Everything Out
Floatation therapy uses a pool of approximately 10 inches of heavily infused epsom salt water as a form of pseudo sensory deprivation to help you achieve complete peacefulness. The idea is to use floating to achieve the same state of mind as right before you fall asleep at night where your mind is at ease and your body has fully relaxed. You’re encouraged to focus on your breathing and meditate. For a fully immersive experience, float tanks can be encapsulated. Drifting away in an hour-long session, users have reported feeling calmer, getting a better night’s sleep, and feeling more in tune with their mind and body.
Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine in which sterile needles are placed on “meridians,” or lines of energy running along the body which correspond to organ systems. Acupuncture is used to treat a variety of conditions and provide pain relief, possibly by competing with pain signals to the brain. Cupping can be used as a complementary therapy to acupuncture and offers some effects of deep tissue massages by placing glass cups (often on the back) to create suction and increase blood flow, augmenting other benefits of acupressure practices.
Check out: Urban Acupuncture Center, urbanacupuncturecenter.org |12 Meridians Acupuncture, 12meridiansacupuncture.com
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3. Release Tension, Stretch, and Increase Flexibility
Thai yoga, also referred to as Thai body work, is not your traditional take on massages. Instead of lying still while a massage therapist works on your body, Thai yoga has specialists that move, stretch, and position your body in a multitude of positions to best help your troubled areas, which could be great for people who struggle with lower back pain or stress-caused conditions. The theory behind Thai yoga goes back to Ayurveda medicine, developed in India, where the practice was based on a balance of mind, body, and spirit through energies in the body. Thai yoga hopes to channel these energies through massage, compression, and stretching and allow them to flow more freely. The practice features various techniques dependent on how your body is feeling that day; this could mean the use of oils, or the use of voice with mantras. Beyond a more well-stretched and massaged feeling afterwards, many users said they feel rejuvenated mentally and spiritually.
Check out: Jai Center For Wellness, jaicenterforwellness.com |Reden Yoga, redenyoga.com
4. Breathe Better
Halotherapy is the therapeutic use of a room lined from ceiling to floor in large crystal salt to simulate the cool but dry atmosphere of a natural salt cave. A device (appropriately named the halogenerator) smashes salt into microscopic pieces, allowing them to be released in the air through ventilation systems.
In 45-minute sessions, users can relax and breathe in the salty air, which has been claimed to potentially alleviate breathing issues such as asthma or allergies. Additionally, the calm, quiet, and dark rooms are perfect for a moment of mediation. The salt has been also said to help with skin bacteria and impurities, similar to popular mud masks made with minerals from the Dead Sea.
Check out: Tranquility Salt Cave, tranquilitysaltcave.com |Philosophi Salon and Salt Spa, philosophisalon.com