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The Horrifying Links Between Cancer and Excessive Sitting

The Horrifying Links Between Cancer and Excessive Sitting


Cancer is a terrible, relentless disease.

However, we can often times wrap our brains behind the cause. When someone we know gets diagnosed with lung cancer and they were a heavy smoker, for example, the cause of the cancer is clear.

Unfortunately, there are increasingly more cases of perfectly healthy people being diagnosed with some form of cancer. These diagnoses have baffled friends, family members and researchers alike.

Thankfully, researchers have made progress. Prolonged sitting, it seems, can greatly increase your risk of cancer.

Did you know that 86% of people are sitting almost all day, everyday?

Ergotron ran a study in 2013 and found that even after spending the majority of their day sitting at work, most people spend their leisure hours being sedentary. After sitting on their office chair the whole day at work, 46% of people spend up to 2 hours either watching TV or gaming, 29% spend 1-2 hours computers, and 25% spend up to 2 hours sitting for other activities like reading.

The average American therefore spends 13 of their waking hours sitting, while another 8 hours is spent sleeping, resulting in a lifestyle where 21 hours a day is sedentary.

The British Journal of Cancer published an article stating that both men and women who spend the majority of their time sitting have an increased risk of developing colon cancer,

Women are particularly vulnerable. There is a significant increase in the risk of cancer for women who spend 25% of their day sitting compared to those who spend less than 13% of their day sitting. Women who sit more have a much higher chance of developing ovarian, breast, multiple myeloma and endometrial cancers.

While women can be affected more by sitting, men aren’t in the clear. The British Journal of Cancer also suggested that men who chose not to sit for most of the time during work were able to reduce their chances of developing prostate cancer.

Exercise is not enough.

Now, here’s the scarier thing.  Exercise alone does not negate the adverse impact of sitting.

While experts know that exercise strongly decreases numerous cancer risk, new research has determined that simply exercising isn’t enough – it needs to be combined with less time spent sitting.

Think of it as a two-pronged strategy: regular exercise plus avoiding extended periods of inactivity. “It seems highly likely that the longer you sit, the higher your risk,” says Neville Owen, PhD, of Australia’s Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute.

Other doctors seem to agree that excessive sitting could act as an independent mortality factor. This means that you could be the healthiest person in the world (don’t smoke, not obese, regular exercise), but if you sit for extended periods, your cancer risks will still increase.

Dr. Christine Friedenreich, an epidemiologist in Alberta, Canada, estimates that more activity could have eliminated over 100,000 cases of breast and colon cancer in the United States annually.

Cancer expert Dr. Graham Colditz (of Washington University School of Medicine) states that while obesity is a leading cause of several cancers, there is also a strong relationship between obesity and a sedentary lifestyle. For example, if you sit after a meal, your blood sugar levels could rise, which in turn could lead to colon cancer. Sedentary behavior itself, it seems, is a driver of several types of cancer.

The Journal of the National Cancer Institute determined that sedentary behaviour is associated with a 21 to 32% higher risk of lung, endometrial and colon cancers. In fact, the sole activity of watching TV could increase your chance of endometrial cancer by 66% and colon cancer by 54%. Worst still, for every 2 hours spent sitting daily, the chance of endometrial cancer rises by 10% and colon cancer by 8%.

Despite all these warnings, it seems that sedentary lifestyles is becoming the norm. The British Journal of Sports Medicine deduced if you’re above 25 years old, you stand to lose 22 minutes of your life expectancy for every hour of TV watched.

Excessive sitting can cause early death

That’s not all.

In additional to the clear link between sitting and cancer, studies are also finding

a strong relationship between sitting and dying early. Strategic director at the American Cancer Society, Alpa Patel, claims that this link between prolonged sitting and early death can exist even in those who exercise regularly.

Woman who sits for more than just 6 hours a day can increase their early mortality rate by 37%.  For men, sitting 6 hours a day increases their chances of early death by 17%. It is much bleaker for those who don’t exercise – their chance of early death shoots up by 48% for men and 94% for women.

An study conducted in 2012 found that if Americans spent 3 hours less per day sitting, the country’s average life expectancy would go up by 2 years. This sitting time includes any activities done while sitting, such as watching TV or working on the computer.

Alpa Patel reinforces the fact that sitting for too long every day could cause serious health risks, even to those who exercise regularly. Another researcher compares the belief that those who exercise could cancel out the risks caused by their time spent sitting with the belief that a heavy smoker could exercise at night and reverse the damage caused by his smoking. It just isn’t possible.

This is why the American Cancer Society encourages standing more and moving during the day. Even if you just stand up for 10-20mins every hour, it could make a huge difference to your health.




Damon Apr 13, 2019 Uncategorized 0 Comment Read More

Should you buy the Kindle Paperwhite (Jun 15) or Voyage (Updated)

There used to be a very pronounced difference between the Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Voyage.

The Gen 2 Kindle Paperwhite had a screen resolution of 212ppi vs Voyage’s 300ppi.
The main factor determining which to buy was clear; while Paperwhite is a more than adequate model,  get the Voyage if you want the best and a higher resolution screen.

However, with the release of the Gen 3 Paperwhite that also boasts a resolution of  300ppi, what then is the main reason to get the Voyage over it?

Difference between Paperwhite and Voyage:

While the Paperwhite now has the same screen resolution, the Voyage is a more premium device without par.
The main differences between the Paperwhite and Voyage is that essentially, the voyage is a higher end model with better screen and overall finish.

 Without overloading you with all the technical details, this is a summary of the main differences:
  • Built-in Lighting
    Paperwhite – Manual adjusting
    Voyage – Automatic (Adaptive lighting) Manual adjusting
  • Body
    Paperwhite – Plastic body with soft touch back

    Voyage – Magnesium body with Hardened Glass Screen
    Additionally, the Voyage’s glass screen sits flushed the body while the Paperwhite’s screen is recessed into the body.
  • Page Turn
    Paperwhite – Touchscreen
    Voyage – PagePress + Touchscreen
Ultimately, our take is that the Paperwhite is more than good enough for most reading needs. However, if you want the absolute best and have the budget, then the Voyage would be the model to go.
Damon Jan 08, 2016 Uncategorized 2 Comments Read More

Which Kindle to Buy in Singapore

Which Kindle to Buy in Singapore? Kindles Comparison

Kindle 7 Vs Kindle Paperwhite Vs Kindle Voyage

E-Ink Kindles Comparison


* Senses the light in your environment and changes the setting to the ideal brightness (as compared to choosing brightness manually in the Kindle Paperwhite)
** PagePress allows you to turn the page without lifting a finger. Simply apply pressure on the bezel to turn the page, a silent haptic response for consistent and immediate feedback will be provided. (as opposed to tapping/swiping on touchscreen to flip)

So, which one should I get?

Here, it really depends on your reading habit and we will distil it down to the main factors of consideration.

Do you read in the dark?

If yes, get the Paperwhite or Voyage as it has a built-in light that allows you to read in the dark.

If not, the Kindle 7/Basic will suffice.

Do you need a super HD screen?

The main difference between the Paperwhite and Voyage is that the Voyage has a super high resolution screen (300 vs 212 ppi).

This makes greyscale, images, and especially comics appear extremely clear on the Voyage. Therefore, get the Voyage if you intend to read comics or images.

If you are mostly doing normal reading, the Paperwhite’s screen is more than crisp and clear enough. You don’t really need a super HD screen for reading text.

Ultimately, consider whether it is worth playing another $130 for a higher resolution screen to read text. Our store would recommend the Paperwhite it provides the best compromise between features and price.

Damon Jun 07, 2015 Uncategorized 23 Comments Read More

Kindle Fire vs Paperwhite Comparison

Difference between Kindle paperwhite and Kindle Fire


Which Kindle to buy? Comparison between e-Ink Kindles and Kindle Fire

How are the E-ink Kindle and Kindle Fire different?

The main difference is that the E-Ink Kindle is a dedicated e-book reader while the Kindle Fire is essentially an Android tablet.

e-ink table 1

Which one should I get?

It ultimately depends on what you are using it for.

If you are buying a device just for reading, nothing beats E-ink Kindles (Basic/7, Paperwhite, and Voyage).

If you are getting a device for light reading, with the occasional multimedia usage of apps, movies or other content, then you should get the Kindle Fire – a more versatile tablet. It is essentially similar to getting an Ipad or a Samsung Galaxy Tab; it is a tablet, albeit a very affordable one

More detailed explanation of the differences:

Why E-Ink Kindles (i.e. Basic/7, Paperwhite, Voyage) rock as dedicated e-book readers

If you have ever read for an extended period off a monitor/tablet, you will be sure to experience discomfort in your eyes or even headache due to the bright light and glare of the LCD screen.

Rather than LCD screens, E-Ink Kindles use well, E-Ink screens that are designed specifically for comfort and ease on your eyes.

With no screen glare and sharp, dark text, they are meant to replicate the feel of reading a book. In that regard, it has succeeded; reading on the E-ink screen doesn’t feel very different from reading an actual book.

Thanks largely to the energy sipping E-ink screen technology, you can easily get a battery life of an astonishing 4-8 weeks on the E-Ink Kindles.

This means that you can lose yourself in the world of your book instead of fretting over the next charge, making it a perfect travelling companion.

Weight is an important factor if you want to read comfortably for prolonged periods.

The E-Ink Kindles are lighter than most paperback books and you can comfortably hold it in one hand for long reading sessions.

And finally…

Kindle is purposely designed as a dedicated e-reader. Indulge your love of reading without interruptions like email alerts or push notifications.

Why would I want to get a Kindle Fire?

With the Kindle Fire, you are getting more than just an e-book reader, you are also getting an Android* tablet.

This means you can install android apps from the Amazon Appstore. You can even install the Google Playstore** if prefer. With the Kindle Fire, you can use your favourite apps (Facebook, Youtube, Email etc) on top of reading.

More importantly, you now have access to more sources for reading; Flipboard, Zinio, Magzter, The Economist and so on.

* The Kindle Fire runs a skinned version of Android
** Rooting and a bit of digging around the Kindle required

Henceforth this is the comparison between your normal Kindle and Kindle Fire (which is similar to tablets like iPad). Which Kindle to get ultimately depends on if you need it more for reading or multimedia consumption.

Happy reading :)

Damon May 25, 2015 Kindle FAQs and Comparisons 0 Comment Read More

Buying books from Amazon Kindle Store in Singapore

Here’s how you can buy books from Amazon, even if you live in Singapore


First of all, change your country of origin in Amazon.

Under your account, click manage your Manage Your Content and Devices

Choose the Settings Tab on the most right.

Click on Country Settings option

Choose Change Country

At this point Amazon will request that you enter your US address.

Amazon will accept any address as long as the State and Postal Code matches.

Google any random US postal code or go, enter your matching postal code/state and have fun conjuring up other fictional details.

Enter ANY US address to buy books from Amazon

Enter ANY US address to buy books from Amazon

3 methods to purchase books from Amazon

Important to note:
DO NOT purchase books directly from your Kindle device. Always buy them from the Amazon website on a computer using the following methods.

There are essentially 3 methods you can use to buy books from Amazon. Amazon occasionally does random checks for non US users (through determining the origin of credit card), flags it, and prohibits future purchases.
The difference between the methods is how safe and unlikely it is to be tracked.

I’ll begin with the safest method, followed by the less safe methods. All methods can be used even with a local credit card!

My recommendation is to use at least method two (Gift card method) to prevent any complication. It is not worth it to save a few minutes of your time only to get your account flagged.

Impt: When buying books, always go on to in incognito mode (for Chrome) or private browsing (for Firefox).

1) 100% Secure: VPN plus Gift card

Install VPN

Install a free VPN such as HotSpotShield  or HideMyAss  (you can also google other free ones) which route you through a US IP. It essentially masks your IP as a US based one

Switch on your VPN before switching on your browser.

Buy Gift Card

On Black Navigation Bar>Gift Card

In same page, under Instant Delivery>E-mail.
Buy a gift card with your local credit card and email the gift card to yourself.

Redeem Gift Card

On White Navigation Bar>Redeem
Here, apply the gift card code that you have purchased and sent to your own email.

Go to your account>Manage Payment Options and DELETE ALL CREDIT CARD INFO that you have associated with Amazon. You can add back the credit card info when you are ready to make your next purchase.

Purchase books! YAY!

At the page of the book you want, click ‘buy now with 1-click‘, ‘deliver to your Kindle‘. If you choose to wirelessly send it to your Kindle, you should receive the book in less than a minute. You can also choose to download the file and transfer it to your Kindle using USB.

The price of the book will be deducted from your Amazon gift balance.

When buying the book, if asked for the billing address, use any US address, such as the one you entered earlier in country of origin.

Switch off the VPN when done purchasing the book. Switch it on again whenever you need to access Amazon.

**If you buy books regularly, it’s a good idea to get a gift card of large value (e.g. $50 or $100) at one go so you don’t have to repeatedly add and delete your credit card details.


2) 90% Secure: Gift card method

The main difference between this and the earlier method is the absence of using VPN. This should be 90% safe. Most users go for this method.

Buy Gift Card

On Black Navigation Bar>Gift Card

In same page, under Instant Delivery>E-mail.
Buy a gift card with your local credit card and email the gift card to yourself.

Redeem Gift Card

On White Navigation Bar>Redeem
Here, apply the gift card code that you have purchased and sent to your own email.

Purchase books! YAY!

At the page of the book you want, click ‘buy now with 1-click’, ‘deliver to your Kindle’. If you choose to wirelessly send it to your Kindle, you should receive the book in less than a minute. You can also choose to download the file and transfer it to your Kindle using USB.

The price of the book will be deducted from your Amazon gift balance.

When buying the book, if asked for the billing address, use any US address, such as the one you entered earlier in country of origin.

*If you buy books regularly, it’s a good idea to get a gift card of large value (e.g. $50 or $100) at one go so you don’t have to repeatedly add and delete your credit card details.

3) No Guarantees: Direct purchase method

Go to Your Account> 1-Click Settings

Click edit to add a payment method for your address

Your account is now linked to your credit card

Buying books is now as simple as find the book you want and click “buy with 1 click” and choosing to send to your device.

I have to repeat again that this method is highly NOT RECOMMENDED. While it is extremely convenient, I know already of a number of users who got flagged. Proceed at your own peril.

Buy books with one click

Buy books with one click


That’s it. You’ll now be able to get books from Amazon.

What’s next?

Now that you know how to purchase books to you Amazon account, all you need is a Kindle to start reading! Not sure which device to buy? Check out our which kindle device comparison here, though we highly recommend getting the Kindle Paperwhite to get started. If not, check out our blog if you have more queries.

Happy e-reading :)


Damon Apr 19, 2015 Kindle FAQs and Comparisons, Uncategorized 11 Comments Read More

Don’t get the Kindle 3g in Singapore

Kindle WIFI vs Kindle 3G. Do you need one the Kindle 3g in Singapore?

Do I need one?

Kindle Wifi or 3g?

So Amazon produces Kindles with 2 connectivity options. WIFI Only or 3g

The basic models (be they the kindle 7, paperwhite or voyage) all come with Wifi.
And then there is the 3G version, which typically cost $70USD more – around $105 SGD.

Then question then is, what the “Free 3G” do and is it worth it?
Let us look at the differences between the two models.

First thing first, this 3G is different from the 3G that you are accustomed on tablets.
i.e. there is no sim card slot – rather, the 3G is built into the device and provided by Amazon for free (through agreements with telcos. word wide).
No extra data cost needs to be incurred beyond the device cost.

WOW! Free data, sounds like a good deal doesn’t it?
Not really.

You can’t surf the internet on this free 3G.

This free data doesn’t include internet access to serve the net. Even if it does, I don’t recommend you do it on the Webkit browser.
The kindle is just not optimised for web serving. Keep to your phones/tablets for that guys.

So what can it do?

Well, it allows you to sync and purchase books on the go.

And that’s about it. Nothing else.

So to answer the question – NO it’s not worth it to get a Kindle with 3G.
You are essentially paying $100 for the ability to buy books from Amazon anywhere, which let’s be honest, doesn’t happen that often.
It makes much more sense to simply get the Wifi version and connect to a hotspot whenever you get a chance :)


Damon Apr 10, 2015 Uncategorized 0 Comment Read More


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