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The sickening business of wellness | The Outline

Yvette d’Entremont is known as and writes as Scibabe on Facebook.

Wellness is a scam

The term “wellness” – which seems to encompass everything from yoga to detox teas to crystals – is very hot right now. Earlier this year, New York magazine dedicated an entire, incredulous month to figuring out what wellness was, producing such articles as ” How Algae Went From Horse Food to Wellness Trend” and ” The Real Housewives Guide to Wellness” (Lisa Vanderpump regularly goes to the cryotherapy tank).

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Get off the treadmill: living well in the age of plenty | Books | The Guardian

Get off the treadmill: living well in the age of plenty

Do you ever learn about health from the media? I do. Here are some things I’ve seen recently. “How to engineer maximum deliciousness, pack in nutrients, increase sustainability, and build crazy food mashups.” But this is rather distant from my goal of eating when hungry. “More than 90% of us don’t get enough potassium.”

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45 Life Lessons I’ve Learned in 45 Years | Body for Wife

45 Life Lessons I’ve Learned in 45 Years

So because Facebook has a tendency to ram shit down my throat that I’d really rather not read, I was exposed to some hippie granola bullshit called “39 Life Lessons I’ve Learned in 39 Years.” I mean, it’s not all bullshit. There was some good stuff in there. There was…

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Exercise Is ADHD Medication – The Atlantic

To heck with this helping kids (just kidding) I hope this can help me.

Exercise Is ADHD Medication

Mental exercises to build (or rebuild)attention span have shown promise recently as adjuncts or alternatives to amphetamines in addressing symptoms common to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Building cognitive control, to be better able to focus on just one thing, or single-task, might involve regular practice with a specialized video game that reinforces “top-down” cognitive modulation, as was the case in a popular paper in Nature last year.

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Should you take Tylenol, Advil, or aspirin for pain? Here’s what the evidence says. – Vox

Should you take Tylenol, Advil, or aspirin for pain? Here’s what the evidence says.

Welcome to Dear Julia, a weekly column where readers can submit everyday health questions on anything from the science of hangovers to the mysteries of back pain. Julia Belluz will sift through the research and consult with experts in the field to figure out how science can help us live happier and healthier lives.

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How to Reverse Type 2 Diabetes, The Quick Start Guide – Intensive Dietary Management

How to Reverse Type 2 Diabetes, The Quick Start Guide – Intensive Dietary Management

Twenty years ago, when you bought a brand sparkly new VCR machine, you would also get a thick instruction manual. Read this thoroughly before you start, the manufacturer would implore. There would be detailed setup procedures and troubleshooting guides. Most of us ignored the manual, just plugged it in and tried to figure out the rest.

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A Study on Fats That Doesn’t Fit the Story Line – The New York Times

A Study on Fats That Doesn’t Fit the Story Line

The average follow-up for these participants was just under three years. In that time, the total serum cholesterol dropped significantly more in those on the intervention diet (-31.2 mg/dL) than in those on the control diet (-5 mg/dL). There was, however, no decreased risk of death.

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After ‘The Biggest Loser,’ Their Bodies Fought to Regain Weight – The New York Times

After ‘The Biggest Loser,’ Their Bodies Fought to Regain Weight

Danny Cahill stood, slightly dazed, in a blizzard of confetti as the audience screamed and his family ran on stage. He had won Season 8 of NBC’s reality television show ” The Biggest Loser,” shedding more weight than anyone ever had on the program – an astonishing 239 pounds in seven months.

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The antioxidant myth is too easy to swallow | Henry Scowcroft | Opinion | The Guardian

TheQuestionist…

“Antioxidants are a perfect example of the saying, “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” This is especially true when the “lie” is promising, but very preliminary scientific research that turns out to be mostly false, or at least much more complicated.

In the 1990s preliminary research increasingly showed that oxidative stress played an important role in cell damage. The resultant hypothesis was that if oxidative stress is causing disease and aging, then antioxidants would slow, or even stop, the progression of disease and aging.

The supplement industry, as it often does, jumped on these preliminary findings, making all manner of exaggerated claims, and the rest is history.

The narrative that antioxidant supplementation is good for us has become deeply engrained in our culture, when in fact balance is really the key factor. “If a little is good, more must be better,” is a good red flag that the claim is either false or greatly oversimplified.

With regard to antioxidants, the prevailing evidence shows that supplementation is unnecessary (unless there is a deficiency), and in some cases even harmful. There is strong new evidence that vitamin A, Vitamin E, and beta-carotene supplementation results in higher mortality among both healthy people and those with various diseases.”

The antioxidant myth is too easy to swallow | Henry Scowcroft

When the press release arrived in our inboxes, we knew what would happen next. A controversial Nobel laureate had stated, in a peer-reviewed paper he described as “among my most important work”, that antioxidant supplements “may have caused more cancers than they have prevented”.

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Stop wasting your money on dietary supplements – Vox

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