The male pregnancy hoax

By now, I guess lots of people had the chance to take a glimpse at the alleged pregnant man or at least read about this new urban legend.
Although I am not homophobic, I found the picture grotesque. Aside from that, my first reaction when I have read about it was somewhere along these lines ‘yep, and the pigs fly’, followed by ‘it’s a hoax’.
I just don’t believe it for many logical reasons.

First of all, even if the scientists are considering male pregnancy as theoretically possible, the risks associated with the pregnancy would outweigh any benefits.
Try to think about ectopic pregnancy in women, which are considered so hazardous (it’s the number one cause of first-trimester deaths) that they are normally terminated after an ultrasound confirming them.
A man, who would undergo such a risky procedure of having an embryo implanted into a part of his body, would face and run into the risk of hemorrhaging to death with the progress of the pregnancy

It was a case back in 2005, when a woman delivered at 33 weeks a baby that survived development outside the womb.
“We won’t see another case like this in my lifetime,” Dr. Victor Han, chairman of the division of neonatal-perinatal medicine at St. Joseph’s told the Medical Post.
“A case like this won’t happen in the lifetime of my colleagues either. Probably not even in Canada. It is so rare.”
So rare, in fact, there have only been four similar cases reported worldwide.
The baby did not have any amniotic fluid surrounding her, had dislocated hips and club feet and her skull was flattened due to the fact that she was squished beneath her mother’s liver and bowels during the pregnancy.

There are two artists behind the male pregnancy hoax: Virgil Wong and Lee Mingwei.
Go to Virgil’s website and check for yourself.
He owns both the domain names: and, according to Alexa and even more, the site is described as being “Documentary on “the first human male to ever birth a baby from his own body.” [Contains fictitious information].” Moving on to the next website, “This is a fictitious web site,” reads a disclaimer on the GenoChoice home page, “created to be an exploration of a very likely scenario that may one day result from new advances in biotechnology and infertility treatments.”

People think that this is art and because beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, I must conclude that I may be blind with regards to this concept.

Controversial as it was or maybe just because of that, the site got an Alexa rank of 344,000, which is not bad at all.

In conclusion: the news trolls are having fun.

Too much water could kill you

No, I am not talking about drowning, I am talking about the water we drink.
Everybody is familiar with the 8-glasses-of-water-a-day advice, right?
Actually it’s not an advice, it’s a dangerous medical myth.
A myth is a myth until it’s debunked; at that point it becomes a corollary of human stupidity.

One of my colleagues drinks about seven liters of water every day. That’s about 6 liters more than I do.
And he is totally convinced that it’s not only healthy, it also helps achieving his weight loss target by burning carbohydrates.

I have a feeling that this ‘water-burning-carbohydrates’ it’s just another myth, waiting to be debunked.

Now, let’s see what are the water functions in the body:

– Regulates body temperature
– Moisten tissues (mouth, eyes, nose)
– Protects body organs
– Lubricate joints
– Helps prevent constipation
– Flushes out waste products
– Carries nutrients and oxygen to cells
– Helps dissolve minerals and nutrients

Water makes about 60% of our weight. We are truly weird beings, made of 60 per cent water and 90 per cent bacteria.

We lose water every day through breath, perspiration, urine and feces. Therefore it makes sense to replenish the water supply by consuming foods and beverages that contain water.
If you exercise, you may need to drink more fluids, depending on how much you sweat. And by fluids, I mean sport drinks that contain sodium, to replace the sodium lost through sweating, and reduce the chances of developing hyponatremia, which can be life-threatening.
It makes sense that under various conditions (humid, hot environment, breast-feeding, some health conditions like vomiting and diarrhea) you should drink more water than you normally would do.
But there are no scientific studies to prove that drinking 8 glasses of water a day has any added benefits vs. drinking only 4, for example.
Even more, I found a very interesting data on daily fluid intake by American adults before and after the ‘8 x 8’ revolution.
It shows that after the adoption of 8-glasses-of-water-daily, the intake of soft drinks, alcohol and juices doubled!
No wonder the rate of obesity.

It’s better to listen to your body and your common sense.
When I tried to increase my water intake to meet the minimum 8 glasses a day, I felt sick and vomited. Probably it was my body response to too much water.

– Fluids come from various sources: soups, fruits, vegetables, tea, coffee, beer, wine, water
– Drink water when you feel thirsty
– Stop drinking water if you feel nauseous, it’s a sign you had too much

Bible “sayings” debunked

Common phrases known as sayings from the bible:

The yellow race will inherit the earth.
Actually it is from Nostradamus Prophecies.

The closest reference to the bible is a pretty convoluted interpretation:
“Revelation 9:13-16:The sixth angel sounded his trumpet, and I heard a voice coming from the horns of the golden altar that is before God. It said to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” And the four angels who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year were released to kill a third of mankind. The number of the mounted troops was two hundred million. I heard their number. “I guess at that time China had the biggest army.

“God helps them that help themselves”
It’s actually :
“The gods help those who help themselves” from Aesop’s fable “ Hercules and the Wagoner” written sometime in 550 BC

by Aesop
A wagoner was once driving a heavy load along a very muddy way. At last he came to a part of the road where the wheels sank halfway into the mire, and the more the horses pulled, the deeper sank the wheels. So the Wagoner threw down his whip, and knelt down and prayed to Hercules the Strong. “O Hercules, help me in this my hour of distress,” quoth he. But Hercules appeared to him, and said:
“Tut, man, don’t sprawl there. Get up and put your shoulder to the wheel.” –
The gods help those who help themselves.”

“Cleanliness is next to Godliness”
“The book of Leviticus frequently deals with the issue of cleanliness and impurity so that the Children of Israel would be clean as a sign of separation from the surrounding nations. Yet in the New Testament, cleanliness finds mention in relation to the cleansing of the believer’s life”

“Moderation in all things”
“Attributed to Aristotle (384-322 BC) who espoused the doctrine of the golden mean (shared independently by Confucius) that the best path in life was the one between two extremes. It has come down to us as ‘moderation in all things’.”
Source: Richard Sorabji

“Love the sinner and hate the sin”
It’s a quote from Augustine’s writings:
“Love the sinner and hate the sin” (Cum dilectione hominum et odio vitiorum) (Opera Omnia, vol II. col. 962, letter 211.), literally “With love for mankind and hatred of sins ”

“Money is the root of all evils”
“This expression stems from the biblical phrase that says, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils” (1 Timothy 6:10). There is a big difference between the two statements. Money is neutral and can be used either for the good or for the bad. Money of itself is not evil, yet the love of it is the root of all kinds evil”

“The lion shall lie down with the lamb”
“This is a popularly misquoted passage from Scripture. From filtering into pop culture to influencing Christian kitsch, the image of a lamb sweetly nestled into the side of a powerful lion is one that resonates. We are often asked from where comes this image.

The image has developed from a different juxtaposition of animals in a couple verses from the writings of Isaiah. In these verses, both lions and lambs appear but are paired with other animals.

Isaiah 11:6
The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them.

Isaiah 65:25
“The wolf and the lamb shall graze together; the lion shall eat straw like the ox, and dust shall be the serpent’s food. They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain,” says the Lord.”

10 Fitness Myths

1. More is better. In some things yes: in exercise, no. Your body will respond in a positive manner to an appropriate amount of stress (demand) placed upon it. Exceeding that amount is usually a waste of time (depending on your reasons for exercising), and quite possibly may be counterproductive.
2. Exercise can’t be fun. Fortunately, almost everyone can find an exercise activity that meets his or her particular needs and is well tolerated (emotionally, as well as physically). If you don’t find your conditioning regimen to be relatively enjoyable, it is very likely that you will give it up for ‘greener pastures.’
3. The more you sweat, the more fat you lose. If you exercise in extreme heat and/or humidity or in rubberized clothing, you certainly will sweat and lose weight. Any weight lost is this manner, however, represents lost water-not fat. When you replenish your body fluid stores by eating and drinking, those lost pounds will return.
4. Muscle will turn to fat when you stop lifting weights. Absolutely not possible. When you stop strength training: your muscles may lose some of their girth but will not be transformed into fat.
5. Performing aerobic-type exercise at a low-rather than a high-level of intensity promotes a greater loss of body fat. While it is true that the lower your exercise intensity level, the more your body prefers to use fats rather than carbohydrates as fuel, the absolute amount of fat calories burned during high intensity exercise tends to be equal to or greater than the number expended during low intensity activity. You lose weight and body fat when you expend more calories than you consume, not because you burn fat (or anything else) when you exercise.
6. During exercise you will become thirsty when your body needs water. Not true. Your thirst mechanism almost always tends to underestimate your fluid needs during exercise. As a result, you should consume a small amount of fluid at least every 15-20 minutes while exercising.
7. Strength training is a more appropriate activity for men than women. Absolutely not. Strength training can be just as beneficial (if not more so) for a woman as it is for a man. A higher level of muscular fitness has been shown to have numerous desirable consequences for women of all ages (e.g., better muscle tone, greater strength, and enhanced self-image)
8. Exercise is a contest. The word ‘contest’ usually connotes a natural dichotomy of ‘winners’ and ‘losers.’ Exercise, however, should not be viewed as a contest for several reasons, not the least of which is the fact that if you exercise properly, there are no losers-only winners.
9. Strength training will make you bigger. In reality, a number of factors influence the degree of muscle hypertrophy (growth) that an individual experiences as a result of engaging in strength-training program. Almost all of these factors are genetic. As a point in fact, a majority of men, and almost all women, lack the necessary level of male hormones requisite for a noticeable increase in muscular hypertrophy.
10. No pain, no gain. Wrong! Exercise should not be painful. A felling of discomfort (e.g., a ‘burning’ sensation in your muscles, muscular soreness, etc.) is generally a sign that you’re asking your body to do something that is not used to doing. Such a feeling often occurs when a previously sedentary individual initiates an exercise program. Pain is exercising to the point where you may be harming yourself. Keep in mind that the individual who first coined that popular phrase, ‘no pain equals no gain’ probably meant to say, ‘no pain equals no gain equals no sense.’
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