I’ve always wanted to do one of those fitness bootcamps where you rise before the crack of dawn and run around the park like a maniac with a trainer and a bunch of other maniacs in the pursuit of tighter buns. Alas, that fitness fantasy hasn’t come to fruition yet. But a bootcamp that doesn’t involve push-ups and instead requires me to eat delicious food? That, I can get behind. That’s why I’m going to do my darndest to try out the four-week Vegetarian Bootcamp that Vegetarian Times has put together on their web site. I’ve signed up for their 28-Day newsletter, I’ve checked out their four weeks of mix and match menus, and I’ve convinced VT‘s editors to let us feature four weeks of meatless Monday recipes on this very blog (starting next Monday). If you don’t plan on going vegetarian full-time, forever and ever, you can still embrace a “flexitarian diet,” which simply means eating more plant-based foods more often. And on those days when you choose fruits and veggies, legumes, and grains over meat, you can feel good about your environmental footprint and good about the health benefits, too.
Not Time to Panic about Bedbugs
Headlines have been flying around the media this week that add another layer of ick to the bedbug epidemic: Apparently they can harbor MRSA (or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcusaureus, a bacterial infection that is highly resistant to some antibiotics), which has ignited fears about the possibility that the tiny bugs can spread the infection. The Los Angeles Times has a great article that unpacks the evidence behind the headlines–and currently there is none. While it may be plausible that bedbugs could spread any number of blood-transmitted diseases, there is, as of yet, no evidence that it actually happens. They clarify that hypothetically, if you are bitten by bedbugs and scratch the bite, it could leave your skin open to infection by MRSA. So, take a deep breath and try not to scratch!
One Medical in the News
Finally, in a moment of shameless self-promotion, we’re excited about our latest bit of press on CBS San Francisco. Yes, that is our fearless leader, CEO Tom Lee, talking about his initial intention behind starting the practice. And, yep! That’s him again, showing off our very cozy and stylish flannel patient gowns.