Health Buzz: Is Work Stressing You Out? It Could Be Deadly

Are gluten-free cosmetics necessary; we're not fat because we're lazy

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Study: Stressed Workers More Likely to Have Heart Issues

Stressed at work? A new report indicates that this stress can be deadly. People with highly demanding jobs and little control over it are more likely to develop heart disease, showed the report, published today in The Lancet journal. In fact, people experiencing job strain are 23 percent more likely to have a heart attack or die from coronary heart disease than their more relaxed colleagues, University College London researchers found after analyzing 13 European studies covering about 200,000 people. The report also affirmed that while job stress can be dangerous, smoking and not exercising is far more demanding on your heart. Of the 200,000 people analyzed for the survey, 3.4 percent of heart attacks were caused by job strain, as opposed to 36 percent caused by smoking and 12 percent caused by lack of exercise. "Though stresses at work may be unavoidable, how you deal with these pressures is important, and lighting up a cigarette is bad news for your heart," Peter Weissberg, medical director at the British Heart Foundation, told Fox News. "Eating a balanced diet, taking regular exercise and quitting smoking will more than offset any risk associated with your job."

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  • Are Gluten-Free Cosmetics Necessary?

    Every time Afton Jones would wear eye makeup, her eyes would become swollen, heavy, and watery. One night, she sported a more natural look—and had no complaints. "Turns out, my mascara had gluten in it," says Jones, a Texas 20-something who has since founded glutenfreemakeupgal.com, which reviews gluten-free products. Jones has celiac disease, which is characterized by an overactive immune response to gluten. It leads to symptoms like stomach cramps, bloating, chronic diarrhea, and anemia, and can damage the small intestine, preventing proper nutrient absorption. "After that, it all fell into place and I went on a massive hunt for gluten-free cosmetics," she says. "A rash I'd had on my face went away, and my eyes didn't feel weighed down and exhausted anymore."

    There's no cure for celiac disease—it's typically managed by eliminating gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye, as well as many common food additives. But sufferers, like Jones, are discovering there may be more to a gluten-free lifestyle than making dietary changes: Gluten is sneaky. As Jones found, it may also be lurking in the makeup and toiletries you count as daily staples. It's used as a binder to help ingredients stick together, and to add moisture to products through gluten-derived oils.

    "Lipstick, lip-gloss, mouthwash, toothpaste—they can all trigger a reaction in people with celiac disease," says Alice Bast, founder and president of the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA). "If you're sensitive to gluten, you should be using gluten-free cosmetics and toiletries. Even if you don't experience any symptoms, you could be doing damage on the inside." Her thinking, though accepted by many, is yet to become mainstream. Experts are split over whether sufferers should avoid cosmetics that contain gluten. Some are adamant that gluten-free cosmetics prevent flare-ups, while others suspect that the amount of gluten in makeup is too small to trigger real problems. There's no standard protocol yet—and the question will remain murky until more research exists. [Read More: Are Gluten-Free Cosmetics Necessary?]

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    • We're Not Fat Because We're Lazy

      You, of course, know that obesity is epidemic in the United States among adults and children alike. You would have to be living under a rock not to know at this point!

      But why, exactly, are so many of us fat? Those who rant loudest and most emphatically about personal responsibility have an answer: It's your fault. We are fat because we are irresponsible.

      I have some trouble with that, as, apparently, do some of my Eat + Run colleagues, writes U.S. News blogger David Katz. For one thing, we have no scientific evidence—none—that the current generation of adults in the United States has less personal responsibility, self-control, or willpower than every prior generation. Since we DO have more obesity than every prior generation, if personal responsibility is the explanation, then we must have less than all other humans throughout history. It's possible, I suppose—but we have no evidence.