Today we talk with Maura Davies about Pets and Fire, we talk with Dr. Mike Fenster about Obesity, and we talk with Shawn Wells about Saunas.
Maura Davies of the North Texas SPCA gives us a few tips on how to keep our pets safe from fires.
Just like humans, your pet needs a fire protection plan. Although animals are more likely to get out of a burning house before people, if all things are equal, it is a wise idea to fireproof your home in order to protect your pets and other animals from injury.
- Make sure appliances are unplugged if not being used. Some animals like to chew on electric cords and this can cause a short out that starts a fire or injure the animals. If you have a pet that likes to chew, it is a good idea to store appliances in a safe place when not in use.
- Make sure your pet cannot reach appliances, such as irons or hair dryers when not in use. Remember that cats like to jump and can get on top of an ironing board and if the iron is on, can start a fire.
- Never leave a burning candle unattended in a house with a pet.
- Watch barbeque grill, especially when the grilling is done. Romping dogs can knock over the grill and hot coals are capable of starting a fire quickly.
- It is a myth that animals do not like fire…the warmth appeals to animals.
- Keep updated stickers on your doors that let police and the fire department know that there are animals in the house in case you are out of the house when a fire starts, especially if your pets are confined to a crate during the day. With a bit of forethought, you can ensure that your pets will not cause a fire nor will get trapped in a burning house.
Dr. Mike Fenster talks about how We Are Programmed for Gluttony and Weight Gain, and about his book The Fallacy of The Calorie: Why The Modern Western Diet Is Killing Us & How To Stop It
Gluttony is the over-indulgence and over-consumption of food and drink, and it’s something pretty much all of us are guilty of from time to time. We all love to eat, and we especially crave rich, calorie-packed foods. Knowing that we “shouldn’t” often makes little difference. How often has your willpower collapsed at the sight of a scrumptious chocolate cake? Our drive to eat goes way beyond basic hunger.
I think I speak for pretty much everyone when I say that if there were a magic pill that would allow me to eat anything I wanted in unlimited quantities and not suffer any weight gain or health risks, I would eat six gigantic meals a day. And pecan pie. Lots of pecan pie.
Shawn Wells talks about saunas and the benefits of hyperthermic conditioning.
Here are the top 8 benefits:
1. Hyperthermic conditioning can lower heart disease risk
2. Hyperthermic conditioning can lower dementia and Alzheimer’s risk
3. Hyperthermic conditioning increases cardiovascular conditioning
4. Hyperthermic conditioning increases muscle mass
5. Hyperthermic conditioning increases human growth hormone
6. Hyperthermic conditioning increases insulin sensitivity
7. Hyperthermic conditioning makes your brain better
8. Hyperthermic conditioning increases longevity
“Heart disease is the leading cause of death, according to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, but regular roasting in a sauna can help keep your heart healthy and extend your life, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Though the exact reason is unknown, long term sauna bathing has been associated with better cardiovascular and circulatory functions, lower blood pressure, and enhanced function in the heart’s left ventricle.” – Men’s Health