Can We Live Longer but Stay Younger? – The New Yorker, May 13, 2019
Aging, like bankruptcy in Hemingway’s description, happens two ways, slowly and then all at once; but even if aging at some speed is ultimately inevitable, what happens when we age is far from self-evident. With greater longevity, the quest to avoid the infirmities of aging is more urgent than ever; and it may be that the real trick is not how much we age but how much we don’t. Insightful and relevant to us all!
Humans Are Speeding Extinction and Altering the Natural World at an ‘Unprecedented’ Pace – The New York Times, May 6, 2019
The conclusions of a new UN report on the decline in biodiversity across the globe are stark. Compiled by hundreds of international experts and based on thousands of scientific studies, it concludes that, with the human population exceeding 7 billion, activities such as farming, logging, poaching, fishing and mining are altering the natural world at a rate “unprecedented in human history,” which is exacerbated by global warming—a major driver of wildlife decline. The report makes obvious the links between biodiversity and issues such as food security and clean water.
Workplace Burnout Is Now Officially a Recognized Mental Health Concern – ABC News, May 28, 2019
The World Health Organization has just put “burnout” in its International Classification of Diseases for the first time, a diagnostic tool for medical providers. Burnout, called an “occupational phenomenon” by WHO, is described as “resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed”—and, for the WHO, is only applicable related to work-induced stress.
The Wellness Industry Needs to Be Reclaimed From Celebrities – Adweek, May 21, 2019
Marketers have a responsibility to provide consumers with facts. Too many people have become the faces of health and wellness without having qualifications in these fields.
You Can’t ‘Starve’ Cancer, but You Might Help Treat It With Food – The Atlantic, May 20, 2019
Increasingly, doctors recognize that altered metabolism in cancer results from a complex interaction of environment and genes, with one of the major factors at play being nutrition. New research is investigating how what we eat affects how cancers grow—and whether there are ways to potentially “starve” cancer cells without leaving a person undernourished or even hungry. The bottom line is: There is no single “cancer diet.”
A Striking Stat:
A study of high-net-worth individuals in China, the UK, the US and France found that half had already taken a wellness holiday, and 80 percent want to. Younger people are leading the trend: 57 percent of 18- to 40-year-olds have taken a wellness trip versus 41 percent of those over 40.
Source: Alliant, April 2019