Photo by Larry Jackson, used with permission from Holistic Life Foundation.
Every day, we scour the Web looking for compelling wellness stories that provide the information — and inspiration — you need to make good choices. Here are this week’s must-read wellness articles.
What Happens When You Replace Detention with Meditation? Good Things.
Instead of punishing kids with detention or a trip to the principal’s office, an elementary school in Maryland is teaching children to meditate with the help of the non-profit Holistic Life Foundation (HLF). “We’ve had parents tell us, ‘I came home the other day stressed out, and my daughter said, “Hey, Mom, you need to sit down. I need to teach you how to breathe,’” says HLF co-founder Andres Gonzalez. (Upworthy)
Revolving Door Between FDA and Big Pharma
More than half of FDA medical reviewers who reviewed cancer drugs between 2001 and 2010 ultimately went on to work for the biopharmaceutical industry, according to a new study published in the journal BMJ. “I think it’s astonishingly high,” said senior study author Dr. Vinay Prasad. “When you are talking about cancer drugs, with high toxicity and sometimes small benefit, it’s a place where judgment really matters.” (STAT)
Happy Spouse, Healthy Life
If your spouse is happy, you’re more likely to be in good health. That’s the upshot of a new study from Michigan State University that studied about 2,000 older married couples over six years. “Participants with happy partners were significantly more likely to report better health, experience less physical impairment, and to exercise more frequently than participants with unhappy partners,” the study noted, “even accounting for the impact of their own happiness and other life circumstances.” (Time)
Ibuprofen Linked to Heart Failure
People who regularly use painkillers have an increased risk of heart failure, according to a new study published in the journal BMJ. Specifically, people who use non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including ibuprofen (think: Advil) and naproxen (think: Aleve), have a 19 percent higher risk of being hospitalized for heart failure. (Time)
Eat Less, Move More? Not So Fast
Why are so many Americans obese? Because they are relying on outdated weight-loss advice — namely, reduce calories and increase exercise — according to Dr. Jason Fung. We need to understand that obesity is a hormonal imbalance — not a caloric imbalance — and eat in a way that supports our hormones, notes Fung. “This includes adjusting what we eat, but also when we eat. Reducing dietary sugars, and refined carbohydrates helps to reduce insulin levels, as does adding fiber, vinegar and fermented foods to the diet,” he adds. (Fox News)
Solitude Is the Key to True Restfulness
Solo activities are the most restful — even for extroverts — according to a new study carried out by the BBC. In a survey filled out by 18,000 people, reading was cited as the most restful activity, followed by being in nature, being alone, listening to music, and “doing nothing in particular.” (Quartz)
Drug Side Effects Are Vastly Underreported
About two-thirds of harmful drug effects are left out of published studies, according to a recent paper published in the journal PLOS Medicine.“There is strong evidence that much of the information on adverse events remains unpublished and that the number and range of adverse events is higher in unpublished than in published versions of the same study,” the study authors wrote. (Wired)
Cities Consider Health Effects of LED Lights
Some cities are taking a closer look at their high-intensity LED streetlights after the American Medical Association warned in June that the blue light emitted by the LED lights can disturb sleep and increase the risk of chronic illness. Some people advocate for no LED lights, while Matt Coogan, the city planner for Gloucester, Massachusetts, is planning on installing less-intense LED lights. “I didn’t want to get 10 or 15 years down the road and find out we had exposed our people to a health risk,” Coogan said. (The Washington Post)