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Heart disease isn't the only thing trying to kill me
By Edie Gross
ISTARTED wearing a pedometer this week to quantify how truly sedentary I am.
The answer is very.
I logged 6,000 steps the first day, about 4,000 shy of a healthy goal. And in the interest of full disclosure, half of those steps were earned by me flopping around like a crazy person trying to get a bug out of my hair.
The American Heart Association remains mum on the health benefits of a prolonged bug freak-out, but I'm here to tell you that it's quite an aerobic workout.
The pedometer was a gift from my employer, who would very much appreciate it if I didn't die of heart disease, at least while I'm under the company's health insurance plan.
The way I figure it, heart disease can get in line--there are plenty of other things waiting to kill me.
For starters, I inhaled a lot of chalk dust as a kid. For our younger readers, in the old days, before white boards and dry-erase markers, teachers wrote stuff on blackboards--oddly, these were usually green, not black--with chalk made of asbestos, phosphorus, arsenic, gun powder, attic insulation and other equally lung-friendly ingredients.
Every now and then,
Between that and the red M&M's they fed us during snack time, it's a wonder any of us survived to adulthood.
For those of us who did, it appears our days here are numbered. Try Googling "harmful to your health" and you'll see what I mean.
It's not just the obvious stuff that pops up, like telling "Yo Mama!" jokes to rodeo bulls or mixing up your scented candle collection with your scented dynamite collection.
Something as seemingly innocuous as accepting a receipt from a cashier can shorten your life span. Recent studies show that some receipts contain a chemical called bisphenol-A or BPA, which has been shown to cause cancer in the wallets of lab rats.
Worse yet, if that receipt was for the purchase of a soda, the brown coloring in the drink can contain
You might think that holing up in your house--assuming you live in a rodeo-bull-free environment--would keep you safe. But you'd be wrong.