Category: Science & Health

Too Busy to Think

From “Being Busy Is Killing Our Ability to Think Creatively

Our constant state of busy is hurting our brains. Our phones, computers, and binge-watching all those television shows might be doing more harm than good.

The idea is to balance linear thinking—which requires intense focus—with creative thinking, which is borne out of idleness. Switching between the two modes seems to be the optimal way to do good, inventive work.

Over the past few decades we have consumed more and more information, making it harder for our brains to switch from being busy to being creative.

Spend enough time in a state of frenetic shallowness and you permanently reduce your capacity to perform deep work.

How the Anti-Vaxxers Are Winning

Measles is no joke and we could be on the verge of a major outbreak.

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Measles is one of the most contagious and most lethal of all human diseases. A single person infected with the virus can infect more than a dozen unvaccinated people, typically infants too young to have received their first measles shot. Such high levels of transmissibility mean that when the percentage of children in a community who have received the measles vaccine falls below 90 percent to 95 percent, we can start to see major outbreaks, as in the 1950s when four million Americans a year were infected and 450 died. Worldwide, measles still kills around 100,000 children each year.

Source: How the Anti-Vaxxers Are Winning – The New York Times

Is Elysium Health’s Basis the Fountain of Youth?

These drugs and supplements are aimed to be a hack of the heretofore most intractable condition of human existence, the invisible countdown clock with which evolution has equipped our bodies. They just might postpone the onset of the most common afflictions of our dotage, from cancer to heart disease to diabetes to Alzheimer’s. We won’t necessarily enjoy longer maximum life spans (though that’s a possibility), but we very well might enjoy longer health spans, meaning the vital, productive chunk of our lives before degeneration kicks in. — An MIT Scientist Claims That This Pill Is the Fountain of Youth

Last year I suddenly got very sick. It started as fatigue, in the spring, and by the end of the summer I could barely stay awake. Other issues popped up, making it difficult to do much of anything–I barely left the house and if I did it was only for short periods of time. I gained weight, my asthma became worse, and generally just felt like crap. My doctor began treating the symptoms while also looking for the cause. Severe anemia caused my fatigue and after months of taking three times the daily dose, my iron levels returned to the lower end of normal. I wasn’t as tired as I used to be but I definitely wasn’t as sharp. I worried that it was permanent.

I ran across Elysium Health’s Basis after reading about it on the internet. I did some research and figured it couldn’t hurt if I gave it shot. After taking Basis for a couple of weeks I began to feel more alert, have a bit more energy. While I don’t think Basis is the sole reason for it I definitely feel like it helped. It’s not a miracle, I’m not looking for a longer life, just a better one. I’ve been taking Basis for a few months now and I’m pleased with it so far.