Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Mosquitoes love Limburger

Mosquito Bait      (Photo by Billertl)
If the moon were indeed made of cheese, Earth’s mosquito population might have migrated there long ago.

Business Insider reports that mosquitoes are attracted to certain humans, but not to others. This has much to do with scent, which is highly influenced by the skin’s microbial colonies.

The more diverse the colonies, the better protected the skin is from mosquitoes.  Colonies that produce a lot of lactic acid particularly attract mosquitoes that transmit dengue and Zika. 

Lactic acid is “also found in milk and cheese.”  Zika-bearing mosquitoes are greatly attracted to Limburger cheese, “which tends to smell like [human] body odor.”


Copyright March 2, 2016 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Milk: Devil's in the details

Moo!      (Public Domain)
Back in 2007, agri-food professor Keith Woodford published a book called Devil in the Milk.  The “devil” in this case is A1 protein.

Approximately 5,000 years ago, northern European cows produced milk with mainly A2 protein.  A genetic mutation then occurred, and their milk began loading up on A1 also.

Woodford states that Holstein-Friesians today “typically produce milk that’s about 50 percent A1 protein.”  When digested, A1 can form “a fragment… that can trigger inflammation… potentially leading to ailments from irritable bowel syndrome and eczema to schizophrenia and autism.”

Not everyone agrees with Woodford’s dismal assessment of A1.  However, many swear by the benefits of milk from cows “that produce only the A2 type of beta-casein protein.”  Sales are soaring of A2 milk, especially in Australia and New Zealand. 


Copyright March 1, 2016 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

Monday, February 29, 2016

Hungary for Dentistry

Mini Implant  (Photo by Roderick Dailey)
If you’re hungry but have trouble chewing, perhaps it’s time for some expert dentistry.

If you’re hungry but can’t afford a fancy restaurant, then such dentistry could be cost prohibitive. In that case, you might wish to consider traveling to Hungary.

Certainly the trip there could be expensive, but the dentistry itself may be far cheaper than what you’re accustomed to.  In the end, you might save thousands by going Hungary.

Cheapism reports that “the cost of a dental implant in Hungary is as low as 500 euros (about $550)…”  Restorative dental surgery is also offered at bargain rates.  Europeans from other countries even travel to Hungary for minimal procedures such as cleanings.

Worried about the logistics?  Dental clinics are known to organize “flights, accommodation, and treatment all in one package.”


Copyright February 29, 2016 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved