Big Food, Big Pharma, Big Psych: Recent Articles Worth Checking Out

Posted on Friday, March 27th, 2009

How You Shop for Food Just about any advice column you see on the subject of shopping for a healthy diet includes some form of the dictum, “Make a list and keep to it. Have a plan!” The idea is, of course, to avoid impulse buys of attractive and tempting but highly processed, junky foods. […]


Cool to Be Kind, OK to Be Sad

Posted on Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Yet a lot of people seem to think otherwise. Kindness is considered lame. Sadness? Unnecessary. But why should they be – especially when both in fact do play important roles in our humanity, and in our mental health? Two recent articles – the first, a book excerpt that ran in the Guardian; the second, an […]


Living Well: A Few Tips for Dealing with Holiday Stress

Posted on Monday, December 22nd, 2008

We all feel stress in our daily lives. Indeed, it’s a part of being human, and some of it is good for us. It can motivate us and help us get things done, and helps protect us in times of danger. But excess stress has a negative effect on us – body, mind and spirit. […]


Pesticide/Parkinson’s Connection and Other News of Note

Posted on Friday, December 5th, 2008

Pesticide Linked to Disease in Valley (Modesto Bee) For years, researchers have suspected commercial pesticides put people at risk for Parkinson’s disease. Now evidence in the San Joaquin Valley suggests it’s true. Researchers have found a strong connection between the debilitating neurological disease and long-term exposure to pesticides, particularly to a fungicide that is sprayed […]


Stressed Out Decision-Making, Vaccines and CFS, and Other News of Note

Posted on Friday, November 21st, 2008

Stress Hinders Rats’ Decision-Making Abilities (Science Daily) A little bit of stress goes a long way and can have far-reaching effects. Neuroscientists from the University of Washington have found that a single exposure to uncontrollable stress impairs decision making in rats for several days, making them unable to reliably seek out the larger of two […]


News on Fibromyalgia, Epstein-Barr, Inflammation and More

Posted on Friday, November 14th, 2008

Fibromyalgia Can No Longer Be Called the “Invisible” Syndrome (Science Daily) Using single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), researchers in France were able to detect functional abnormalities in certain regions in the brains of patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia, reinforcing the idea that symptoms of the disorder are related to a dysfunction in those parts of […]


Sleep and Your Heart, Food and Your Health, and the Five-a-Day Sanity Plan

Posted on Friday, October 31st, 2008

Turning Your Clock Back Sunday May Help Your Heart (PhysOrg) Turning your clock back on Sunday may be good for your heart. Swedish researchers looked at 20 years of records and discovered that the number of heart attacks dipped on the Monday after clocks were set back an hour, possibly because people got an extra […]


Dental Stress, Stress About the Dentist and Other News of Note

Posted on Monday, October 20th, 2008

tvol/Flickr Worries About Money Can Take a Toll on Your Teeth (Daily Herald) Does the sinking stock market cause you to clench your teeth? Do you wake up with a headache, sore teeth or a sore jaw? Millions of people clench and grind their teeth without realizing it, particularly while they’re sleeping. Both habits can […]



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