Editor’s Note – This is an archive of Issue #18 of the Quotacy Newsletter, which was sent out on 9/3/2017. The Quotacy Newsletter consists of articles that we hand-picked from across the web, and it’s all about keeping our readers physically and mentally healthy so their lives are as great as possible. We go over topics ranging from physical fitness and dietary advice to cyber security and financial planning – anything that can help make life easier.
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It is only the farmer who faithfully
plants his seeds in the spring
who reaps a harvest in the Autumn.
– B.C. forbes
Playing the Saxophone During Your Own Brain Surgery
Everyone knows that different parts of the brain do different things, and the same holds true for performing music. When saxophonist and music teacher Dan Fabbio learned that he had a growth in his brain in 2015, he was relieved to learn that it was benign, but concerned when doctors realized that it was located inside an area that was crucial to musical function. If doctors weren’t careful during the surgery, he could have lost his musical ability – and his livelihood.
This started Fabbio’s team of doctors on a years-long quest to better map the area of the brain that controls music. This all culminated in a musical brain surgery, in which Fabbio played a serenade while his doctors removed the tumor and a music analyst evaluated his performance to make sure that the musical part of his brain wasn’t affected. Luckily, there was nothing careless about the procedure. The surgery was successful, and Fabbio played a sax solo in the operating room, earning a standing ovation from his surgeons.
Fabbio’s ordeal has helped scientists test and create techniques for more accurately mapping the human brain, which should allow for more delicate brain surgeries to take place while reducing the risk of affecting the person being operated on.
FOCUS ON: Protecting What Matters
The Insurance Gap and Hurricane Harvey
Over the past week, Hurricane Harvey devastated the gulf coast, leaving most of southeastern Texas underwater. In addition to the pain of having to rebuild their lives after the flooding, many families will unfortunately have to do so without the benefit of flood insurance.
This is because most traditional homeowners’ insurance policies only protect against wind damage – not flooding. Most people who don’t live within known flooding zones don’t need to bother with flood insurance, but a wide-ranging catastrophe like Harvey can mean that some families are left high and dry.
An estimated 8/10 people affected by Hurricane Harvey will need to rebuild their lives without the benefit of homeowners’ insurance. Please consider donating to either the Central Texas Food Bank or the Greater Houston Community Foundation’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund to help the families affected by this disaster.
FOCUS ON: Healthy Eating
5 Nutrition “Facts” We Used to Believe
We’re constantly learning more about how our bodies work, and sometimes, that knowledge leads us to reconsider long-held beliefs about the way things are. Most people have stopped blowing on warts nine times in the light of the full moon to get rid of them, after all.
The same holds true for our diets. Even relatively recent thoughts about food have been proven wrong in the cold light of modern medicine. By looking at a few of your preconceived notions about food, you can make choices that will better suit your body.
1 – Not all fat is bad. Fats from nuts, seeds, and olive oil, for example, actually promote heart health.
2 – Fructose isn’t necessarily better for diabetics. While the natural fructose found in fruit is a small enough dose to be beneficial, fructose-based sweeteners contain too much, which can be just as bad as sugar.
3 – All calories aren’t equal. While they burn the same, calories from veggies and fruit come with essential vitamins and nutrients – candy bars can’t do that.
4 – Sugar doesn’t just cause cavities. Just because something is fat-free doesn’t mean it can’t contribute to obesity and heart disease.
5 – Calories In – Calories Out isn’t a perfect formula. Our genes, activity level, physiology, and even our economic status all impact how we burn calories.
FOCUS ON: Jet Setting
The Best Way to Redeem Award Points for Travel
Lots of credit cards offer reward incentives, and some of the most well-known ones promote free travel as one of the benefits you can cash out to receive. If you’ve ever used these points, however, you might have noticed that you don’t always get the same value out of your points.
This guide can help you get the most bang for your buck when you cash out reward points for travel – you might be surprised what you can get.
– Flights: International and first-class flights are the best value, but long domestic fligjts can also be wise investments.
– Hotels: Spending points on all-inclusive resorts will get you more value than a simple hotel stay.
– Rental Cars: Redeeming points for a car rental is a bad value – it’s wiser to use a credit card that offers primary car insurance, which protects all rental cars when you use it to buy.
– Cruises: spending points on the trip itself isn’t smart – you’ll often get more value by using points to get to your port and book a nice hotel while you’re there.
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