The hottest Health & Wellness Substack posts right now

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The Honest Broker β€’ 44184 implied HN points β€’ 04 Mar 24
  1. Minimize reliance on scrolling and swiping interfaces to avoid falling into addictive traps engineered by tech companies.
  2. Rediscover real-world applications like learning skills and connecting with the community, which provide personal empowerment and genuine experiences.
  3. Immerse yourself in longer, immersive experiences like listening to music or engaging in rituals to break free from the shallow stimuli of modern technology.
Ground Truths β€’ 15003 implied HN points β€’ 13 Mar 24
  1. The global excess mortality due to Covid has reached about 30 million lost lives, impacting life expectancy in 204 countries. Long Covid continues to affect tens of millions worldwide.
  2. Vaccination rates and political affiliation have shown stark differences in Covid death rates, with data indicating the protective benefits of boosters for older individuals.
  3. New variants of SARS-CoV-2, like BA.2.87.1, are being monitored for mutations, with the current consensus suggesting it is less immune-evasive. Vaccines have shown major protection against cardiovascular outcomes.
DrEricLevi’s Substack β€’ 499 HN points β€’ 13 Apr 24
  1. Loss of control over work schedule and healthcare system can lead to despair and burnout for doctors.
  2. Lack of support system due to demanding work hours and administrative pressure can exacerbate emotional and physical exhaustion for doctors.
  3. Diminished sense of meaning in medical practice, as administrative demands overshadow patient care, leading to frustration and disillusionment among doctors.
Experimental History β€’ 21278 implied HN points β€’ 27 Feb 24
  1. People tend to stay at the same level of happiness over time, despite major events happening around them.
  2. Research shows that individuals adjust to both good and bad situations, aiming to maintain a balance in their emotions like a thermostat.
  3. The mind has control systems like a furnace and an air conditioner that help modulate mood levels to prevent extreme states of sadness or euphoria.
Astral Codex Ten β€’ 9979 implied HN points β€’ 15 Mar 24
  1. Therapy culture emphasizes finding your true self and making changes if needed.
  2. Alexithymia can apply to emotions and preferences, making some individuals disconnected from themselves.
  3. Therapy culture may help individuals access their preferences, but it can also lead to false beliefs about a 'truer self'.
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BIG by Matt Stoller β€’ 32315 implied HN points β€’ 03 Feb 24
  1. Dialysis industry is controlled by two powerful corporations - DaVita and Fresenius - impacting over half a million lives. Non-compete agreements could potentially change this monopoly.
  2. Dialysis is a critical treatment provided under universal healthcare for end-stage renal disease patients, but monopolistic control has led to issues like patient coercion and quality concerns.
  3. The lack of competition and consolidation in the dialysis market has led to lower survival rates in the US compared to other countries. Eliminating non-compete agreements for healthcare professionals could foster innovation and improve patient care.
Freddie deBoer β€’ 5659 implied HN points β€’ 15 Mar 24
  1. The author started taking a medication called Rybelsus due to metabolic problems caused by long-term use of psychiatric medications and physical limitations.
  2. The author's struggles with weight management, loss of control due to inability to lift weights, and the significant cost of medication highlight the challenges they face in trying to maintain their health.
  3. Regular monitoring and support from professionals are essential for the author's well-being, despite concerns about societal judgment around medication use.
Noahpinion β€’ 10588 implied HN points β€’ 28 Feb 24
  1. AI might help restore the middle class by narrowing the productivity gap between high-skilled and low-skilled workers.
  2. Americans can still afford food, with spending on groceries remaining steady while restaurant spending has increased.
  3. Native Americans in Canada are involved in urban development and industry, showing a potential avenue for economic growth and modernity.
Ground Truths β€’ 10104 implied HN points β€’ 28 Feb 24
  1. Two new studies show cognitive deficits after Covid in large populations, with impacts on memory, executive function, and reasoning.
  2. The cognitive decline from Long Covid can range from 3 to 9 IQ points, showing significant impact even after symptoms resolve.
  3. Research indicates that cognitive decline from Covid can persist for up to 3 years, emphasizing the long-term effects of the virus on brain function.
Granted β€’ 16412 implied HN points β€’ 11 Feb 24
  1. In tough times, merely promoting positivity doesn't help people cope; it's important to acknowledge and support them through their pain.
  2. Strength comes from being genuinely supported, not from pretending everything is always okay.
  3. It's essential to strike a balance between recognizing difficult emotions and maintaining a sense of hope for the future.
Culture Study β€’ 4552 implied HN points β€’ 17 Mar 24
  1. Getting a colonoscopy is important, even at a younger age if there's a family history or other risk factors.
  2. Colonoscopies are crucial, especially for Black individuals who are more at risk of colorectal cancer.
  3. Preparing for a colonoscopy involves strict dietary restrictions, consuming prep solutions, and being mindful of the timing and scheduling for the procedure.
Ground Truths β€’ 10191 implied HN points β€’ 22 Feb 24
  1. Recent studies shed light on the disrupted blood-brain barrier in Long Covid, with implications for brain fog and inflammation.
  2. Persistent SARS-CoV-2 infections increase the risk of Long Covid, with viral loads indicating active replication.
  3. Interferon-gamma biomarker shows promise in diagnosing and treating Long Covid, potentially aiding in clinical trials.
RESCUE with Michael Capuzzo β€’ 15959 implied HN points β€’ 31 Jan 24
  1. Ivermectin and other generic drugs are being explored for cancer treatment by medical pioneers.
  2. Physicians are attempting to make cancer care more effective, affordable, and less painful using safe, off-patent drugs.
  3. Generic drugs like ivermectin and mebendazole are showing promise in inhibiting cancer cell growth and inducing cell death in various cancer types.
Are You Okay? β€’ 1917 implied HN points β€’ 25 Mar 24
  1. Cancer is a set of diseases with unique risk factors, treatments, and prognoses. Understanding this can help manage anxiety and ruminations about personal risk.
  2. Not all cancers are hereditary, and the absence of cancer in the family doesn't guarantee immunity. Knowing individual risk factors and getting appropriate screenings are important.
  3. Cancer is common, affects a large percentage of the population, and doesn't discriminate. Healthy habits, symptom awareness, and early detection play crucial roles in managing cancer risk.
Astral Codex Ten β€’ 13077 implied HN points β€’ 01 Feb 24
  1. Schizophrenia is likely mostly genetic but may not be described as a genetic disease based on heritability estimates.
  2. Genes play a crucial role in schizophrenia, serving as a risk factor and potentially a cause for the condition.
  3. Despite the complex interplay of genetic and environmental factors, schizophrenia can be colloquially referred to as genetic due to the significant genetic contribution in its development.
The Intrinsic Perspective β€’ 14053 implied HN points β€’ 25 Jan 24
  1. It's challenging to determine if our help is truly making a difference, like with sending aid to Africa.
  2. The effectiveness of interventions like distributing bed nets for malaria prevention in Africa is uncertain due to various factors like misuse.
  3. The academic literature on the impact of interventions like bed nets shows mixed results, making it difficult to confidently measure the lives saved.
Ground Truths β€’ 15222 implied HN points β€’ 19 Jan 24
  1. A new study on Long Covid analyzed 6,600 proteins to identify potential biomarkers like complement activation.
  2. Vaccination offers substantial protection against Long Covid, especially in those not at risk of severe illness.
  3. Recent reports highlight potential neurologic damage from Covid and call for more research on effective treatments.
The Intrinsic Perspective β€’ 6437 implied HN points β€’ 21 Feb 24
  1. Dancing is considered the number one treatment for depression.
  2. An over-intellectualized advice column is being hosted, encouraging engaging submissions on various topics.
  3. War spurs technological advancements in military weaponry, like the use of small drones in combat.
Are You Okay? β€’ 499 implied HN points β€’ 05 Apr 24
  1. Full body MRIs for health screening are not recommended due to uncertainties in results and potential anxiety from detecting non-significant abnormalities.
  2. The American College of Radiology advises against routine full-body MRI scans for asymptomatic individuals due to the risks outweighing the benefits.
  3. Full-body MRIs may miss conditions, be costly, time-consuming, and offer only a snapshot, not a holistic view of health; targeted screening based on individual factors is preferable.
Igor’s Newsletter β€’ 12618 implied HN points β€’ 21 Jan 24
  1. IgG4 antibodies caused by mRNA technology may lead to immune tolerance and reduced ability to fight infections.
  2. A study showed that mRNA vaccines resulted in much higher IgG4 levels compared to Novavax, indicating a dysfunctional immune response.
  3. The use of mRNA technology in vaccines has been linked to a faulty immune response, potentially worsening the pandemic.
Sasha's 'Newsletter' β€’ 2451 implied HN points β€’ 14 Mar 24
  1. Happiness is not a fixed state; significant increases in happiness are achievable through various factors like medication, career growth, physical activities, and personal growth.
  2. Factors contributing to increased happiness include therapy, meditation, improved social connections, financial stability, and positive life changes.
  3. Belief in static happiness levels may limit people from realizing their potential for significant happiness increases, preventing them from actively working towards a happier life.
Common Sense with Bari Weiss β€’ 4609 implied HN points β€’ 27 Feb 24
  1. American kids are facing increasing mental health challenges despite being considered the most privileged generation, with a significant percentage considering suicide, indicating a worrisome trend.
  2. The focus on mental health by parents and schools may be inadvertently contributing to the rise in anxiety and depression among children, highlighting a possible correlation between therapy culture and the decline in youth mental well-being.
  3. The prevalence of 'bad therapy' practices, such as excessive emotional check-ins and emphasizing social-emotional learning over traditional academic subjects, is suggested to be exacerbating emotional distress in kids, showing a need for reevaluation of current approaches in schools.
Tom Ryan, Author β€’ 11891 implied HN points β€’ 21 Jan 24
  1. Age affects dogs faster than humans, leading to a realization of limited time for trips and adventures.
  2. A dog's aging process can serve as a reminder to cherish the present moments and appreciate the time spent together.
  3. The bond between pets and their owners deepens with time, creating concern for the future and the inevitable challenges it may bring.
Culture Study β€’ 4372 implied HN points β€’ 28 Feb 24
  1. The majority of research studies focus on cis-gender men, leading to biased advice, knowledge, and healthcare.
  2. Women's bodies have historically been considered anomalies in sports and medical research, impacting areas like sports gear design and participation rules.
  3. Excluding women from research studies leads to gaps in knowledge, affecting areas like injury prevention, gear design, and understanding menstrual health.
Common Sense with Bari Weiss β€’ 4655 implied HN points β€’ 26 Feb 24
  1. Fentanyl, a potent and deadly drug, is causing a significant number of deaths among teenagers and young adults, often unknowingly consumed through counterfeit pills.
  2. Drug dealers are lacing various substances like pills, cocaine, and meth with fentanyl to increase their profits, leading to a rise in fatal overdoses.
  3. Children and teens need to be educated about the dangers of counterfeit drugs, as these fake pills can look identical to real medications, making it crucial to only take medications from doctors or pharmacists.
Ask Polly β€’ 7409 implied HN points β€’ 07 Feb 24
  1. Fentanyl poisoning deaths are preventable with a safe nasal spray called Narcan.
  2. Many young people are dying from fentanyl poisoning after consuming laced drugs like Adderall or pain killers.
  3. It's important to educate oneself and others about the dangers of fentanyl poisoning and have naloxone like Narcan on hand to prevent deaths.
Are You Okay? β€’ 1737 implied HN points β€’ 18 Mar 24
  1. Mental health is a crucial aspect of overall health, affecting our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, as well as our physical health. It is not just about happiness but about acknowledging and working on our fears, moods, habits, and relationships.
  2. Being aware of our mental health, accepting the things we cannot change, and taking action over the things we can control are important steps in managing mental health.
  3. Addressing mental health issues is a nuanced process that may involve a combination of medication, therapy, lifestyle changes, and self-discovery. It requires a holistic approach considering bio-psycho-social elements.
Cosmographia β€’ 898 implied HN points β€’ 28 Mar 24
  1. The woods evoke a childlike wonder, making us feel small and allowing our minds to wander freely in a peaceful environment.
  2. In today's society, humans spend very little time connecting with nature, emphasizing the importance of taking time to venture into the woods and away from modern distractions.
  3. Exploring the woods brings a sense of tranquility and a break from the busyness of daily life, encouraging us to disconnect from screens and immerse ourselves in the natural world.
Tom Ryan, Author β€’ 10672 implied HN points β€’ 18 Jan 24
  1. The author reflects on the impact of a veterinarian on their lives.
  2. Unexpected relationships can profoundly influence our experiences.
  3. Sometimes a change, like switching vets, can lead to positive outcomes.
Caitlin’s Newsletter β€’ 1685 implied HN points β€’ 18 Mar 24
  1. Be mindful of what you consume - from food to media - in a society driven by profit over wellbeing.
  2. Exercise caution and selectivity with what you let into your life and body, such as pharmaceuticals and products, in a profit-centered society.
  3. In a civilization filled with toxicity, prioritize critical examination to maintain health and sanity.
Erin In The Morning β€’ 6584 implied HN points β€’ 07 Feb 24
  1. A recent survey of over 90,000 transgender individuals shows high levels of satisfaction post-transition.
  2. The survey results challenge prevailing narratives of transgender regret prevalent in anti-trans media.
  3. The largest detrans survey had only 100 responses, highlighting the rarity of detransition and regret among transgender individuals.
Common Sense with Bari Weiss β€’ 6649 implied HN points β€’ 05 Feb 24
  1. Independent publications and individual testimonies have been instrumental in shedding light on the complexities of 'gender-affirming' care.
  2. The increase in lawsuits from young individuals highlights the significant consequences of life-altering treatments.
  3. Therapist Tamara Pietzke's experience reveals concerns about the current trend of 'affirmative care' for youth with gender dysphoria, urging a reevaluation of therapeutic approaches.
The Forgotten Side of Medicine β€’ 5975 implied HN points β€’ 07 Feb 24
  1. The bioweapons research industry poses a danger to society and has built a profitable industry around fear.
  2. Lab leaks from bioweapons research have caused harm and need to be addressed to prevent disasters.
  3. Public awareness and pushback against the bioweapons industry can help derail their plans and protect society.
Tom Ryan, Author β€’ 5640 implied HN points β€’ 10 Feb 24
  1. The author advocates for periodic breaks from electronics to enjoy solitude and reflection, touting the benefits of disconnecting and connecting with nature.
  2. There is a promotional subscription offer tied to the author's break from electronics, encouraging readers to subscribe and support Best Friends Animal Society.
  3. The author plans to use the time away from screens to focus on spiritual or reflective activities, such as fasting, pondering, and engaging in 'soul work.'