When science is fiction

Both my husband and I enjoy reading science fiction although Olof’s preferred focus is outer space while mine involves beauty and weight loss articles in women’s magazines, which are especially bountiful this time of year. I love this stuff. The sheer creativity! The total illogic! The charming lunacy! All of the advice in these magazines is, of course, attributed vaguely to “science,” “research,” or “experts.”


After culling dozens of health and beauty “tips” from the January glossies, here are some of my favorites:

Bring the beach home. Ocean air is pumped with negative ions, which may amp up blood oxygenation leaving you calmer and happier. Create instant ocean air by investing in an ionic purifier and running it for 90 minutes before you wake up.

As someone who has lived 262 steps from the Pacific Ocean for decades, I can only imagine what a crabby nut job I’d be if I hadn’t been sucking up ions all this time. In fact, why aren’t all La Jollans, cocooned in ionic bliss as we are, deliriously happy? Are those scheming pinnipeds and crafty cormorants siphoning it all off before it gets to us? With every negative ion in me, I believe this needs to be investigated.

Exercise tip: Making photocopies at work? Do squats in front of the machine.

I am so trying to imagine this at my former workplace, which was 90 percent male and where the photocopier was in the main hallway. I’m not sure, but I think H.R. had a specific policy about flashing co-workers.

We recommend Sephora’s compact with 16 eye shadows made with antioxidant-packed cocoa.

So, are you supposed to eat them?

Write yourself a peppy note. Nurture your inner optimist by scribbling a sentence or two about your favorite moment (or hour) of the week on a kitchen chalkboard e.g. “Girls night out + doubled over with laughter + lobster mac n’ cheese = a memorable dinner! Must do it again soon!” When you choose to replay happy memories on a regular basis you adopt a more positive perspective on your whole life.

OK, so how are the kids going to feel when they pass by the chalkboard where mom has written “Did dad in the laundry room on top of the washer during spin cycle! Gave each other massages with fabric softener! MUCH better than Viagra!”

Eat garbanzo beans to fight gray hair. These beans, also known as chickpeas, provide tons of protein along with the trace mineral manganese. It’s known to prevent changing pigmentation, aka gray hair!

So how many truckloads would you have to eat per day to fire your colorist? Maybe stop by CVS and pick up some manganese instead?

Eat cilantro to prevent hair loss: It works as a purifying agent to rid the body of toxic metals, which can stop nutrients from getting to your scalp, resulting in hair loss.

Why isn’t every guy in America downing cilantro shakes?

Eat lentils for hair growth. They’re an ideal source of iron, which is so important for full, lustrous locks! This is especially key if you have thin hair.



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