These two similar words can have vastly different meanings. A naturalist is one who studies or appreciates nature. A naturist can be nearly the same thing: One who appreciates beauty in nature. However a naturist can also be one who enjoys going without clothes whenever proper opportunities come up. There can be a sexual side to naturism, but more often it is practiced as a way to be more ‘natural.’ Naturism can be a very freeing experiece for one who has spent most of life covered in cloth. Many claim health benefits, feeling a reaonable amount of sunshine over one’s entire body is more beneficial than exposing only some portions of the body to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. A growing body of evidence suggests most of us don’t get enough vitamin D. However, some scientists are now saying as much exposure as one can get to sunlight will not give us optimum vitamin D. On the other hand, too much tanning can be bad for one’s health also. Go figure!
Prisoners in Texas may have face-lifts, liposuction, any kind of plastic surgery they want at taxpayers expense.
We blink one-half billion times in a lifetime.
Surgeons have found tooth fillings in inflamed appendices.
The reason humans walk upright might be because we learned not to drag our bodies in cold, wet snow.
Don’t try to beat this record: 13 minutes, 42 seconds is the longest anyone has been known to stay underwater without breathing apparatus.
There is one psychiatrist or psychologist for every 2,641 Americans.
Psychiatrists have completed medical school and can prescribe drugs. Psychologists do not have medical training.
Sigmund Freud, father of psychology
Try to say the alphabet without moving your lips or your tongue. Every letter will sound exactly the same.
Do you live near a crematorium? You might want to move. A very tiny amount of mercury vapor in the air in your neighborhood can cause permanent damage to your nervous system. As it turns out, when you burn dead people, the nearly inert mercury mixed into the fillings in their teeth vaporizes into toxic vapor. One scientist in England figured that a busy crematorium can put as much as 24 pounds (11 kg) of mercury into the air every year.
It costs an average of $231 million to follow all the procedures necessary to have a drug approved by the US FDA. It also averages 12 years from start to finish.
The FDA has to approve all drugs that enter the market, but experimental surgical techniques are allowed without testing. Anyone with a medical license can perform surgical experiments.