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Curiosity and The Answer

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement on July 3, 2012 at 1:18 pm

I’m a curious kat who like to know what’s what.
Be it balding, fitness or itching – I’m curious as to what’s up.

I like a well-groomed man with a full head of hair, but then again, the Michael Jordan bald head is sexy too. I’m totally into the know”, thus I was quite attentive to the following inquirer when he said,

Q: My dad went bald at 27. As his son, can I expect to lose my hair at that age? I’m 24, and it’s already looking rather thin up there.

A: This may surprise you, but the most common type of hair loss, called androgenetic alopecia, is due to the variation on the X chromosome which males get from their moms. It turns out that 30-40 percent of both men and women have alopecia though women often hide it better than men.

Hair follicles go through 3 phases and, at any given time, the vast majority of our hair is in a growth phase. Normally the number of hair follicles entering a new growth phase is equal to those in the terminal shedding phase. You don’t really “lose” hair. Alopecia causes a shorter growth phase and varying degrees of hair thinning, usually at the top and frontal scalp areas. The hair follicle growth phase continues but over time, the hair miniaturizes.

Whether you’re an avid exerciser or thinking of becoming one. We could both learn from the following inquirer who posed this question,

Q: What’s the minimum amount of daily exercise I can do and still have a good impact on my health? I know 30 minutes a day is recommended but will 10 minutes doe the job?

A: In reality, there aren’t many acceptable reasons why you shouldn’t exercise every week. Some organizations, such as the American Heart Association and the American College of Sports Medicine, give an alternative recommendation of 20 minutes a day of aerobic exercise just 3 days a week. The difference is the intensity of exercise. Doing vigorous exercise for a shorter duration and fewer times a week can substantially reduce the risk of death and breast cancer, as does moderate exercise for longer durations, multiple times a week.

I would bet that if you have 10 minutes, you probably have 15. A popular form of exercise is high-intensity interval training (HIIT), which involves repeated, brief exercise sessions for very short periods. One example of HIIT includes 30 seconds of all-out effort running or biking separated by 3 minutes of recovery level exercise. Repeat 4 times for a total of 2 minutes intense in about 15 minutes of exercise! Do this more days of the week and you’re set. The downside of HIIT is the higher likelihood of injury.

And last but not least, did you ever have the chicken pox? I did and didn’t. I mean, at age 7 when my sister and brother broke out with the virus, mom pushed me in the room and said, “Go play”. So I did. Little did I know mom was trying to get me to have the chicken pox too, to get a 3-for-1 in treatment and time off from work and school. To her dismay, my body wanted no parts of the cheetah print my sister and brother sported, and I only got 1. I had 1 chicken pock. It was on my knee. Mom nursed it and sent me back to school with a warning from the doctor. The doctor said, because she didn’t express chicken pox, she may break out with shingles at an older age. Today I’m 40 and so far, the only cheetah print on my skin is the popular fashion print on my clothing. But shingles are still a real reality for so many. The following question yields more insight into what it’s all about…

Q: I recently developed shingles. What causes them and what’s the cure?

A: The Varicella-Zoster virus (VZV) that causes chicken pox also causes shingles known to doctors as Herpes Zoster or Zoster. The VZV is never completely cleared from the body; instead, it lies dormant in the special nerve centers along the spine. Shingles occur when the virus is reactivated. A characteristic painful or hypersensitive rash can form on one side of the trunk, or in a few cases lead to facial nerve irritation. The rash is contagious until it heals in about 7-10 days. Recurrence is unusual, and you should alert your physician to test for signs of immune compromise. Currently, there is no cure, per se, but antiviral medications help the rash heal faster.

I pray God there’s no more poxing or itching in my future at all.
I’m down with ‘groomed men’ and ‘working out’ but not the shingles fall.

Happy Tuesday curious kats and HAPPY 4th of July,
I’m Qui
Tomorrow I’ll be fireworks lighting & aiming for the sky.

[Ref. source: Ebony Magazine – June 2012]