Tag: World Notes


Can we stop pretending the private sector is so efficient?

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Recently in New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed capping the salary of school superintendants at $175,000.  That’s still a lot of money, and it would certainly help school districts save $100,000 here and there annually.  But I’m confused:  why is it that, when private sector CEO’s are offered multi-million dollar incentive packages during the height… Read more »

Mindfullness training results in more ethical business decisions

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Recently the federal Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission concluded about the 2008 economic collapse:  “there was a systemic breakdown in accountability and ethics.” No kidding.  It goes on:  “Unfortunately – as has been the case in past speculative booms and busts – we witnessed an erosion of standards of responsibility and ethics that exacerbated the financial… Read more »

“Dreaming” isn’t just sleeping: it’s problem solving, meaning making, and a key to health

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We spend a third of our lives sleeping – and if you’re not sleeping enough, you could be in trouble. The National Sleep Foundation compiled research that shows lack of sufficient qualitysleep is linked to: Weight gain Risk of diabetes and heart problems Has a negative impact on mental health But the thing we miss… Read more »

How well does your body know your mind?

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The best way to understand what you’re feeling might be to ask what your body’s doing.  Anyone who’s been paying attention to research knows there’s a connection between the mind and the body … and anyone who’s been paying careful attention is at least a little aware on a visceral level of how that connection… Read more »

Drug companies are waging Pharmacological Warfare on us – and what the FDA doesn’t know can kill you

Recently the New York Times highlighted the story of a US soldier who returned home from war and then died from his healthcare.  It was tragic for him, and it happens all the time.   The soldier suffered from Multiple Pharmaceutical Toxicity – what happens when the multiple drugs prescribed by physicians interact in patients. … Read more »

Where you excercise can be as important as how much

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It’s tough for gym rats to get exercise outside right now, with most of the country buried in snow and ice.  But make no mistake:  getting non-industrialized in your lungs air can increase mental well-being.  A collaboration of researchers supported by two health research organizations reviewed the outcomes from research trials and outdoor exercise initiatives…. Read more »

Friends may really be the best medicine for depression

The news has been hard on anti-depressants – calling them little better than placebos with side-effects.  So, if you’re depressed, what can help? Find a group. A new review of research on depression shows that a peer group can help reduce symptoms of depression with similar if not better results than cognitive behavior therapy and… Read more »