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Weekly Health Quiz: Exercise, Hypnosis and Facebook

1 The following lifestyle factor has been scientifically shown to be as potent a risk factor for premature death as smoking:

  • Lack of grounding
  • Sun avoidance

    An estimated 12 percent of all U.S. deaths may be linked to inadequate sun exposure, and sun avoidance is as potent a risk factor for death as smoking. Learn more.

  • Electromagnetic field exposure
  • Having a body mass index below 35

2 These three factors have a far greater influence on your cardiovascular disease risk than high cholesterol:

  • Low insulin, low iron and high saturated fat intake
  • Vitamin D toxicity, magnesium deficiency and glyphosate insufficiency
  • Iron overload, insulin resistance and chronic inflammation

    High cholesterol is not a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Three factors that have a far greater influence on your CVD risk are iron overload, insulin resistance and chronic inflammation. Learn more.

  • Sedentary behavior, low wireless radiation exposure and high sun exposure

3 Two former Snopes employees reportedly quit after discovering Facebook was paying Snopes and pushing fact-checkers to:

  • Incite riots by tagging inflammatory articles as True
  • Influence political processes in the U.S. and elsewhere
  • Help sell confidential user data
  • Debunk information that might hurt its advertisers

    Two former Snopes employees quit after discovering Facebook was paying Snopes, and pushing fact-checkers to debunk information that might hurt its advertisers. Learn more.

4 The following has been established as the best available treatment for seasonal affective disorder (SAD) — a type of depression that strikes during winter months and resolve during spring and summer:

  • Light therapy

    Light therapy has been established as the best available treatment for SAD. Learn more.

  • Antidepressants
  • Placebo treatment
  • Sauna therapy

5 As you get older, the following form of exercise becomes increasingly important, as it promotes healthy bone strength and good posture, and helps normalize hormone production:

  • Aerobic exercise such as walking or jogging
  • Resistance training such as weightlifting

    Strength training only becomes more important with age. Working your muscles helps maintain healthy bone mass, prevents age-related muscle loss, improves perimenopausal symptoms in women and counteracts postural deficits that occur with age. Learn more.

  • Low-impact exercises such as yoga or Tai Chi
  • High-intensity exercises such as sprinting

6 How long does it take a plastic bottle to break down in the ocean?

  • 100 years
  • 15 years
  • 450 years

    It’s estimated that a plastic bottle can take 450 years to break down in a marine environment. But even then, it never goes away. It simply breaks down into smaller pieces that may persist in the environment forever. Learn more.

  • 250 years

7 Hypnosis puts you into a state of:

  • Hysteria
  • Ignorance
  • All-knowing
  • Suggestibility

    Most meditation takes you into alpha brainwaves. Hypnosis takes you into theta, an even slower brainwave and a state in which you become highly suggestible, yet fully awake and aware of what you’re doing. Learn more.