Recommended Reading: EMF Safety, Homeopathy, New Depression Research, Probiotic Claims and More
Posted on Friday, July 18th, 2008
Live Safely and Thrive in the Wireless Age (Central Sierra Health Resource Guide)
An excellent overview of the health risks of Electro Magnetic Frequency (EMF) radiation from mobile phones, computers, microwaves and other technological conveniences – along with tips and resources for minimizing your exposure. To access the article, follow the above link and scroll to about 1/4 up from the bottom of the page. You can also access the article in PDF here. The article starts on page 14.
Homeopathic Alternatives to Antibiotics (Natural News)
What is homeopathy? How does it work? Has it been scientifically proven to work? How can homeopathic remedies be used to treat infections? This article by noted homeopath Dana Ullman answers these questions and more. It also provides an easily understandable explanation of the difference between how industrial medicine views disease and how homeopaths and other holistic practitioners understand it.
Head Fake: How Prozac Sent the Science of Depression in the Wrong Direction
First there were the drugs, the SSRIs, antidepressants. They affected serotonin levels. And so followed the hypothesis that depression resulted from low levels of the neurotransmitter. They were misguided. According to this fascinating article, current research suggests that depression may have more to do with damaged neurons. While SSRIs may have a mechanism that encourages their healing and growth, non-toxic therapies such as plain old exercise can also do the trick.
The Myth of Multitasking (The New Atlantis)
We multitask and think we’re accomplishing more, but really, as Christine Rosen writes, the more we multitask, the less efficient we become. What’s more, it appears to change the very way in which we think.
Gut Instinct (Slate)
While Jamie Lee Curtis assures us that Activia – a yogurt with added probiotics – can help with “digestive issues like occasional irregularity,” what does this really mean? Lauren Sandler explores the possibilities of this and other claims made by Dannon. (Learn more about the marketing of Activia and its global variants at this site.)
Hands Off that Childhood (Ottawa Citizen)
A wonderful essay on the need to stop over-managing children’s lives…to let them “explore the world on their own terms,” writes Carl Honore, while still providing the structure, support and discipline that “make them feel safe and equip them for life in a world built on rules and compromise.”