Skinny doesn't mean healthy [Weekly Roundup]
Weekly omnibus of important health news
Welcome to another week's roundup of hard-hitting health breakthroughs from around the world.
Before we dig in, I want to share a theme we've been exploring at the offices:
Skinny DOES NOT mean healthy.
In a world where obesity is an increasing health problem, it's easy to think a thin person is the model of health. But the fact is, nothing could be further from the truth.
And I'm not just talking about people who are pathologically thin and may be suffering from nutrient deficiencies. I'm talking about people who look to be quite healthy metabolically.
In fact, some of the least healthy habits, like smoking cigarettes, can actually lead to people being thin but still quite unhealthy. Here are the words of an expert:
Our society tends to focus on people who are overweight or obese.
However, those who are thin may also have cause to worry. That's because seemingly healthy people may actually lack muscle, and have high cholesterol or blood pressure, or be prediabetic.
— Angel Planells, Seattle-based dietitian and spokesman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics1
Now, of course, being overweight carries with it plenty of health issues as well, but as per usual, health isn't as simple as being skinny. And that complexity is why we have such a challenging but exciting job here at Clear Health Now.
And now, onto the roundup:
Lack of Sleep Triggers Weight Gain
One of the biggest culprits for unhealthy weight may be unhealthy sleeping habits. WebMD breaks down the science, but we break down the solution with our popular sleep protocol from senior contributor Annalise May!
Hallucinogenic Mushrooms Entering FDA Trials
Unfairly maligned by mainstream medicine, psilocybin, better known as magic mushrooms, seems to offer serious health benefits. Fortunately, research into this controversial field is booming again, and entrepreneur Peter Thiel is making real progress toward a practical offering for the public with a company he funds.
Clay Fights Bacteria in Wounds
In another great example of thousand-year-old wisdom being scientifically validated, the Mayo Clinic is reporting on clay-based cures. According to the fascinating article:
Mayo Clinic researchers and their collaborators at Arizona State University have found that at least one type of clay may help fight disease-causing bacteria in wounds, including some treatment-resistant bacteria.
Pay close attention to this story because pharmaceutical companies tend not to like ancient health solutions they can't put a patent on.
I hope you enjoy these stories and find them valuable. And as always, if you come across a great health story, post a link in the comments below.
To your health,
President, Clear Health Now
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