June 12, 2007: Body tricks everyone should know!
1. If your throat tickles, scratch your ear!
When you were 9, playing your armpit was a cool trick. Now, as an adult, you can still appreciate a good body-based feat, but you're more discriminating. Take that tickle in your throat; it's not worth gagging over. Here's a better way to scratch your itch: "When the nerves in the ear are stimulated, it creates a reflex in the throat that can cause a muscle spasm," says Scott Schaffer, M.D., president of an ear, nose, and throat specialty center in Gibbsboro, New Jersey. "This spasm relieves the tickle."
2. Experience supersonic hearing!
If you're stuck chatting up a mumbler at a cocktail party, lean in with your right ear. It's better than your left at following the rapid rhythms of speech, according to researchers at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. If, on the other hand, you're trying to identify that song playing softly in the elevator, turn your left ear toward the sound. The left ear is better at picking up music tones.
3. Overcome your most primal urge!
Need to pee? No bathroom nearby? Fantasize about Jessica Simpson. Thinking about sex preoccupies your brain, so you won't feel as much discomfort, says Larry Lipshultz, M.D., chief of male reproductive medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine. For best results, try Simpson's "These Boots Are Made for Walking" video.
4. Feel no pain!
German researchers have discovered that coughing during an injection can lessen the pain of the needle stick. According to Taras Usichenko, author of a study on the phenomenon, the trick causes a sudden, temporary rise in pressure in the chest and spinal canal, inhibiting the pain-conducting structures of the spinal cord.
5. Clear your stuffed nose!
Forget Sudafed. An easier, quicker, and cheaper way to relieve sinus pressure is by alternately thrusting your tongue against the roof of your mouth, then pressing between your eyebrows with one finger. This causes the vomer bone, which runs through the nasal passages to the mouth, to rock back and forth, says Lisa DeStefano, D.O., an assistant professor at the Michigan State University college of osteopathic medicine. The motion loosens congestion; after 20 seconds, you'll feel your sinuses start to drain.
6. Fight fire without water!
Worried those wings will repeat on you tonight? "Sleep on your left side," says Anthony A. Starpoli, M.D., a New York City gastroenterologist and assistant professor of medicine at New York Medical College. Studies have shown that patients who sleep on their left sides are less likely to suffer from acid reflux. The esophagus and stomach connect at an angle. When you sleep on your right, the stomach is higher than the esophagus, allowing food and stomach acid to slide up your throat. When you're on your left, the stomach is lower than the esophagus, so gravity's in your favor.
7. Cure your toothache without opening your mouth!
Just rub ice on the back of your hand, on the V-shaped webbed area between your thumb and index finger. A Canadian study found that this technique reduces toothache pain by as much as 50 percent compared with using no ice. The nerve pathways at the base of that V stimulate an area of the brain that blocks pain signals from the face and hands.
8. Make burns disappear!
When you accidentally singe your finger on the stove, clean the skin and apply light pressure with the finger pads of your unmarred hand. Ice will relieve your pain more quickly, Dr. DeStefano says, but since the natual method brings the burned skin back to a normal temperature, the skin is less likely to blister.
9. Stop the world from spinning!
One too many drinks left you dizzy? Put your hand on something stable. The part of your ear responsible for balance -- the cupula -- floats in a fluid of the same density as blood. "As alcohol dilutes blood in the cupula, the cupula becomes less dense and rises," says Dr. Schaffer. This confuses your brain. The tactile input from a stable object gives the brain a second opinion, and you feel more in balance. Because the nerves in the hand are so sensitive, this works better than the conventional foot-on-the-floor wisdom.
10. Unstitch your side!
If you're like most people, when you run, you exhale as your right foot hits the ground. This puts downward pressure on your liver (which lives on your right side), which then tugs at the diaphragm and creates a side stitch, according to The Doctors Book of Home Remedies for Men. The fix: Exhale as your left foot strikes the ground.
11. Stanch blood with a single finger!
Pinching your nose and leaning back is a great way to stop a nosebleed -- if you don't mind choking on your own O positive. A more civil approach: Put some cotton on your upper gums -- just behind that small dent below your nose -- and press against it, hard. "Most bleeds come from the front of the septum, the cartilage wall that divides the nose," says Peter Desmarais, M.D., an ear, nose, and throat specialist at Entabeni Hospital, in Durban, South Africa. "Pressing here helps stop them."
12. Make your heart stand still!
Trying to quell first-date jitters? Blow on your thumb. The vagus nerve, which governs heart rate, can be controlled through breathing, says Ben Abo, an emergency medical- services specialist at the University of Pittsburgh. It'll get your heart rate back to normal.
13. Thaw your brain!
Too much Chipwich too fast will freeze the brains of lesser men. As for you, press your tongue flat against the roof of your mouth, covering as much as you can. "Since the nerves in the roof of your mouth get extremely cold, your body thinks your brain is freezing, too," says Abo. "In compensating, it overheats, causing an ice-cream headache." The more pressure you apply to the roof of your mouth, the faster your headache will subside.
14. Prevent near-sightedness!
Poor distance vision is rarely caused by genetics, says Anne Barber, O.D., an optometrist in Tacoma, Washington. "It's usually caused by near-point stress." In other words, staring at your computer screen for too long. So flex your way to 20/20 vision. Every few hours during the day, close your eyes, tense your body, take a deep breath, and, after a few seconds, release your breath and muscles at the same time. Tightening and releasing muscles such as the biceps and glutes can trick involuntary muscles -- like the eyes -- into relaxing as well.
15. Wake the dead!
If your hand falls asleep while you're driving or sitting in an odd position, rock your head from side to side. It'll painlessly banish your pins and needles in less than a minute, says Dr. DeStefano. A tingly hand or arm is often the result of compression in the bundle of nerves in your neck; loosening your neck muscles releases the pressure. Compressed nerves lower in the body govern the feet, so don't let your sleeping dogs lie. Stand up and walk around.
16. Impress your friends!
Next time you're at a party, try this trick: Have a person hold one arm straight out to the side, palm down, and instruct him to maintain this position. Then place two fingers on his wrist and push down. He'll resist. Now have him put one foot on a surface that's a half inch higher (a few magazines) and repeat. This time his arm will cave like the French. By misaligning his hips, you've offset his spine, says Rachel Cosgrove, C.S.C.S., co-owner of Results Fitness, in Santa Clarita, California. Your brain senses that the spine is vulnerable, so it shuts down the body's ability to resist.
18. Read minds!
Your own! "If you're giving a speech the next day, review it before falling asleep," says Candi Heimgartner, an instructor of biological sciences at the University of Idaho. Since most memory consolidation happens during sleep, anything you read right before bed is more likely to be encoded as long-term memory.
For the nosebleed/septum, do you push upwards towards your nose, or towards your gums?
Coughing during a needle stick might piss off the person sticking you.
Otherwise, very cool list!
heterosexual female wrote:
Mike Sabat wrote:
Something that isn't listed - if you need to stop a sneeze, push on your upper lip.
And inaccurate, that stereotype really needs to die.
Another Skeptic wrote:
Another Skeptic wrote: wrote:
"Dr" Lisa DeStefano (5)(8)(15)
The French resistance, bravest and toughest bunch of men and woman that ever lived.
USA born, great-grandma was French.
It's the stupid arrogance of Americans that leads them to think the French are ingrates and cowards. Hell, Napoleon conquered most of Europe right? He was French, so obviously they can fight, and therefore maybe the occupation of France in WWII was due to the fact that Germany had the world's most powerful military and had perfected the art of 3rd generation warfare. After all, it took just about the entire Commonwealth, European resistance forces, America and the USSR to defeat Germany didn't it! Besides, get over yourself, the USSR really did far more to defeat Nazi Germany, it's just that you're only aware of one side of history.
I love Camembert, Cabernet and Casablanca, Liberté, Égalité, and Fraternité, and I'm sure the French can take a joke, right?
P.S. Don't bother telling me that Casablanca is in Morocco, I'm talking about the movie, which if you've seen you'll understand how that constitutes a reference to occupied France.
FARTER-s cousin wrote:
Try opening your eyes really wide and focus your concentration on not closing them. You can't seeze with your eyes open.
seems to also work with COUGHING.
embedded sticker that you can't see or tweeze out of your foot? think about a single drop of super glue with cardboard over the spot. You can then yank the skin and sticker in one swoop. Or if it doesn't come off completely, the sticker discomfort at least stops and it eventually you can scrap the glue and sticker off in the shower.
I have others. Like making a ten minute orgasm. I'd rather not share it though. Ianfransico says this information is not up to the 'scientific community standards.' Douche bag.
MD's are not scientists and the scientific 'community' is rarely communal in it's views on anything.
Remember, any medical advise you don't spend $100 on and wait three hours for, is bad advise. Remember, IF it itsn't a new expensive pill, it's not a treatment.
And if your poor, get the hell out of here, you don't deserve treatment.
Seems Napoleon was Corsican, not really French. Add that his army was at least 50% non-French after 1804 into the equation. Finish off with a final defeat at the hands of an English shoe-maker and you have a recipe for quite the French hero!
Also, congrats on your excellent preparations pre-invasion in WWII, you built a cool border defense system that completely ignored the historical invasion route the Germans used every time they successfully invaded, Belgium.
Plus, you didn't even have your own language before the revolution, just those ridiculous accents.
We only poke fun because your reactions are so entertaining. ;)
let me start by i am a teenager.i talk in my sleep and i feel like im very connected with the unconscious mind also i experience dé vajü more than all my friends anyway i IM (msn) late at night just before i go to sleep. and i find when i dream i have psychedelic dream/nightmares about the randomest things.
eg. marrying my best friend(whos a girl by the way) in a synagogue(im not jewish). my bbf was wearing a fantasic white dress that i made and as we were walking down the isle we were holding uno cards i had a red one which i didnt like so i chucked it and got a new green uno card.
in the morning i remembered everything and couldnt get it out of my head. then i remebered that last night i was talking to my best friend about my 50's/60's poker birthday party i was having next week. so that explains everything.
friend= company and friends
wedding= celebration of my birthday
white dress= the party was a 60's dress up
uno card= poker cards
chucking out the card and getting a new one= the game of poker.
thats the dream i remember the most. but iv had weirder like liquid metal sharks chasing me up light houses and going to a magical perfect nirvana island then wild wolves chasing me down and eating me alive.
thanks for the information it really helped.
Tits McGee wrote:
Can't get it to work though...
Miss Lish wrote:
That aside, "American" - maybe you should take a look at yourself and your own country before you go insulting other nationalities. You have displayed yourself as a perfect example of the pompous american pricks that the rest of the world jokes about.
and quit the hypocritical chants of
British Bulldog wrote:
Seriously, grow some balls and learn something about the concept of absurdity for comedy's sake (and don't give me that "I didn't think it was funny so it must not be comedy" bullshit either). It was called for because the author called for it. Don't like it? Vote with your mouse, on the "close" button.
Real American wrote:
You really do have to hand it to the French...
After all, they won't fight for it.
--- General George S. Patton
Maybe I'm weird?
Fun page! Poor Comments, including this one!
Not Important wrote:
thats right b*tch stfu
Taiwan is full of people that hate Chinese
China is full of people that hate not being Taiwanese
Americans are pious people that dominate global warming
from space you see China's big wall & a river of burning coal
Germans did sex torture experiments and got beat up by everyone
Arabs hate Israel, Iraq hates Iran, Jews dont like jesus
China communists think they own own Taiwan and Dalai Lama
Bangladesh poor dying in the 100s of thousands is not newsworthy
africa is the richest poorest place in the universe
Big Macho hunter still kill leopard, cheetah, tigers, apes, elephants
UN closes its eyes to stop genocide
Taiwan's 26 million 5th in the world foreign reserves not in UN
Taiwan can't even get into WHO because China does not want it so
would you be happier if Iiran nukes Israel
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why does eBay sell 99% pirated goods
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do you cheat on your SOMEONE you love
DO YOU LIE TO LOOK TRUTHFUL
What is wrong with a totally drunk driver
the suggestions in this thread are parapsychobabel brain parasites
Whats a virgin hillbilly, A girl who can outrun her brothers.
YAH LIKE SPLELING AND PROPER GRAMMER THEY ARE MORE USFULL TO THE US BECAUSE IT IS WHAT MAKES US DIFFRENT FROM THE BEASTS PRAISE HIM PEASE
PS That anti-France remark was very uncool. Also some of the posters here should brush up on their history: the USA did not win WWII for Europe. Germany lost WWII in Stalingrad.
Im Australian i have nothing to do with France i just find all this ignorant French bashing a little much get a clue kids.
“The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.” JFK
Now that the USA and GW Bush have displaced 100s of thousands of civilians, started a civil war and created a giant training ground for Al Qaida, maybe it is time to move on kids, and stop repeating biased opinions when you have limited or no knowledge of facts.
It is like advicing to jump without parachute to go faster !
Please also specify your sources for each of the advice. We cannot take them for granted.
AGAIN, PLEASE REMOVE #17 !
sick of it wrote:
Fuck the French. Tits. wrote:
brother from another mother wrote:
brother from another mother wrote:
USA Rules wrote:
maddie and kitty ;D wrote:
your mom wrote:
all of you quit your f-ing WHINING.
get over that people are from different countries.
if you see it as a childish, we helped and they didnt even say thankyou, grow up.
infact pople who want war or create war are dumb!
ask urself what makes a country? A BLINKIN PIECE OF LAND THAT HAS BEEN PUSHED UP BY PLATES UNDER THAT EARTHS SKIN!
seriously people. think about someone else for a change
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Don't judge me because of my race, skin, religion, or gender. Listen to my words and respond appropriately. Everyone is different and should not be categorized before they get a chance to express themselves.
Weight Lifting Complete wrote:
Real True Bona Fide Authentic American wrote:
Soldiers fight for their country and die for Wall Street. Not even an idiot denies that.
9/11 turned the Republican Socialists and War Democrats of the public into a bunch of pussies. It's the cowards who want your children to go to war when they didn't. Enlist or shut up.
Personal Trainer wrote:
Acai Berry wrote:
Forign commie wrote:
I find it so hard to understand.
It is even stranger when Americans complain that people it other countries don't like them - the Americans think there is some thing wrong with those foreigners. Is it so hard for Americans to look in the mirror and reflect on the reasons the rest of the world dislikes them.
And then may be thinking about changing
Of course not. they lack of self awareness.
Just a silly brit wrote:
So why waste our time, when they as a nation “keep digging there holes” further and further. I agree completely that they lack self-awareness.