This is your brains in nature
When we get closer to nature—be it untouched wilderness or a backyard tree—we do our overstressed brains a favor.
China study: cheat sheet. 10 things you need to know.
WELL & GOOD
The China Study is one of those weighty, important books that is perhaps more talked about than actually read. It’s easy to see why: At 417 pages packed with nutrition facts and research stats, it’s a lot to digest—not exactly a beach read.
Meat Consumption Contributing to Global Obesity
Should we be warning consumers about over-consumption of meat as well as sugar?
Fasting triggers stem cell regeneration of damaged, old immune system
Protection from chemotherapy immunosuppression indicates effect could be conserved in humans
- How to eliminate sugar & grains
The persistent myth that dietary fat causes obesity and promotes heart disease has undoubtedly ruined the health of millions of people. It's difficult to know just how many people have succumbed to chronic poor health from following conventional low-fat, high-carb recommendations, but I'm sure the number is significant.
International Consensus: Meat Does Not Do the Planet or Your Body Good
I’ve converted to veganism to reduce my impact on the living world
The world can cope with 7 or even 10 billion people. But only if we stop eating meat. Livestock farming is the most potent means by which we amplify our presence on the planet. It is the amount of land an animal-based diet needs that makes it so destructive.
Number of vegans in Britain rises by 360% in 10 years
The number of vegans in Britain has risen by more than 360 per cent over the past decade, according to a new survey that shows record numbers of people are avoiding food derived from animals.
Burnout: The Disease of Our Civilization
Since launching our Third Metric campaign — to redefine success beyond the first two metrics of money and power to include well-being, wisdom, and our ability to wonder and to give back — I’ve been seeing things through a Third Metric lens. And what I see is a split-screen world. On one side, we have endless examples of how the business world and the American workplace still haven’t changed and continue to glorify an approach to measuring success that leads to burnout and a culture enraptured with technology to the point that tools meant to give us greater control of our lives have, instead, taken control of our lives.
By now you have heard that on Monday of this week, the cancer agency of the World Health Organization, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), released a report that definitively stated that processed meat causes cancer, and that red meat, including beef, pork and lamb, probably causes cancer, too.
Rewilding human nature
Lucy Purdy explores how the concept of ‘rewilding’ could be applied not just to the natural world, but to ourselves
7 Reasons Vegetarians Live Longer
There's nothing wrong with eating meat if you're doing so in moderation (I for one, will never give up the occasional cheeseburger), but research does show that vegetarians tend to be healthier overall, and even live longer.
How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain
NEW YORK TIMES
A walk in the park may soothe the mind and, in the process, change the workings of our brains in ways that improve our mental health, according to an interesting new study of the physical effects on the brain of visiting nature.
Plant-Based Diets Best for Breast Cancer Survival
A plant-based diet may prove best following the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, according to a review published in The Permanente Journal. Researchers investigated long-term lifestyle choices and their impact on health risk factors such as heart disease, bone health, and obesity that influence overall survival. As the shift to chronic disease management for cancer develops, long-term therapies increasingly include lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise to increase adherence and effectiveness.
Nature Appreciation: 5 Ways To Be Happier, Healthier And More Innovative
WE ARE WILDNESS
You may have read the recent article by John Haltiwanger that points out how recent research has indicated that spending time in a natural setting provides a plethora of benefits; from lower blood pressure to strengthened immunity to an enhanced sense of well-being and happiness. I’m inclined to agree with the conclusion that “people who appreciate nature are happier, healthier and more innovative.”
12 Natural Antibiotics That Our Ancestors Used Instead of Pills
NATURAL NEWS BLOGS
Over the last several decades, over-use of antibiotics has reached an all-time high. The result has been drug-resistant bacteria and “superbugs” that evolve faster than scientists can figure out how to fight them. A future where bacteria are at the top of the food chain is not unheard of.
The Sugar and Cancer Connection: Why Sugar Is Called “The White Death”
THE TRUTH ABOUT CANCER
As good as it may taste, sugar is NOT your friend. It may “feel” like your friend when it comforts you (due to the beta-endorphin rush in your brain), but sugar is really your ENEMY.
5 Practices for Nurturing Happiness
The great Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh suffered a serious stroke in November of 2014. (You can contribute to his relief effort, here.) We join practitioners around the world in sending our prayers and good wishes for his continued recovery. Thich Nhat Hanh’s life is inspiring, his benefit great, and his teaching, like the dharma itself, profound and practical.
The anti-inflammatory effects of a sense of awe and wonder
I often talk about the deleterious effects of uncontrolled, chronic inflammation on our health and well-being – it underpins every long-standing condition, including many cancers, heart and cardio-vascular disease, type 2 diabetes (and the complications of poorly controlled type 1 diabetes), depression, neurological conditions including dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, kidney disease and more. In fact, chronic inflammation correlates with every illness that we associate with ageing.
10 Rules To Eat The Cleanest Foods Possible
When it comes to purchasing food, protecting our bodies often goes hand-in-hand with protecting the environment ... so if you follow a few simple rules, everyone wins!
More Milk, More Problems
This week, another study has illustrated that milk actually has a negative effect on bone health. Researchers in Sweden published findings in the British Medical Journal showing that women who drink milk have a higher incidence of bone fractures—and an increased risk of mortality from heart disease and cancer.