How do people deliberately cultivate unhealthy, scientific skepticism? How do they create debate when an issue is already settled? In Merchants of Doubt, historians Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway look at some of the techniques that are used to stir up scientific skepticism. These doubt-mongering tactics have been deployed in several important “debates” such as tobacco use, nuclear disarmament, acid rain, the ozone layer, climate change, and the pesticide DDT. Read on to learn how merchants of doubt sow seeds of detrimental scientific skepticism.
Did you know that your healthcare data privacy is compromised by big business? What factors propel the selling of patient data, and what factors counteract it? In Our Bodies, Our Data, Adam Tanner dives deep into the topic of healthcare data privacy. He identifies the forces for and against the selling of medical data and provides insight into what drives this big business. He also shares some aspects of the healthcare industry that frame their strategy. Read more to learn about important factors that impact healthcare data privacy.
What is an intellectual disorder? Why did psychologist Oliver Sacks find intellectual disorders especially interesting to study? What did he learn about concrete and abstract thought? In his book The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Oliver Sacks explains that working with intellectually disabled patients was special to him. He was interested in the differences between concrete and abstract thought and trying to help intellectually disabled patients live lives rich with creativity and joy. Here are a couple of Oliver Sacks’ stories about his experiences working with patients with intellectual disorders.
Did you know that the selling of healthcare data is big business? Where does the information come from, and how is it used? There’s a market for healthcare data. In Our Bodies, Our Data, Adam Tanner provides a fairly comprehensive list of who is selling the information. He also shares a surprisingly (perhaps disturbingly) long list of how different types of firms use medical data for their own purposes. Read more to learn the sources and uses of healthcare data—as well as the key players in the industry.
Did you know that personal medical data is sold? How and when did this practice start and why is it a problem? In Our Bodies, Our Data, Adam Tanner shares a useful history of how resold medical data became increasingly personal and detailed over time. He identifies some of the key players in the healthcare data industry and how they gather and share information. Read more for a history of resold medical data.
What does Our Bodies, Our Data say about your health information? Is your medical data being sold? Our Bodies, Our Data is a useful survey of the medical data industry and its current worrisome capabilities. You’ll learn how the industry progressively sold more and more data, how patient records are compiled, and why there’s a market for this data. Keep reading for an overview of Our Bodies, Our Data.
Looking for tips about how to improve your health? What can you do to become healthier? In The Chimp Paradox, Steve Peters advises that health issues can be caused by your inner Chimp. Your inner Chimp represents the emotional and impulsive part of your brain, which can sometimes get carried away. If you want to find out how to improve your health, the following article has some helpful advice. Read on to find out how to improve your health.
Why does thought suppression always fail? What methods can you use to strengthen willpower without trying to force yourself not to think about something? When you try to suppress your thoughts and desires, they come back stronger. This is why so many diets fail and one of the reasons it’s so hard to get out of an anxiety or depression spiral. Luckily, there are some hacks you can use to stop thinking about the elephant in the room. Continue below to learn more about thought suppression and willpower techniques.
What is the difference between acute vs chronic stress? Why is it important to understand the difference? How can you manage these two types of stress? Acute stress is short-term stress caused by immediate events like public speaking or a job interview. Chronic stress is long-term stress caused by repeated exposure to stressors over a long time. This article will show you how to tell the difference between these two types of stress and how to manage them. Learn about acute vs chronic stress below.
What is a dopamine high? What is the biological purpose of dopamine? How can a dopamine high undermine your self-control? Dopamine is the brain neurotransmitter that is at the root of every craving and desire. Dopamine can be dangerous because it causes a form of arousal when you want something, but does not release any sort of satisfaction when you receive that item. This cycle of want and disappointment can lead to anxiety and addiction. Here’s everything you need to know about dopamine highs and how to use dopamine in your favor.