embrace the complexity

We live in times awash in simplicity and simple-minded thinking.

But life is not simple. Nor are the challenges and issues facing us all, yet our culture seems to thirst for the false dichotomy of simple answers to complex problems.

We seek the simple. We want simplicity.

Thus, I feel that everyone misses the point.

Simplicity isn’t and nor should it be the goal.

Complexity, whether we like it or not, is the point.

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One way to change the way you eat is to be informed.

Everything You Need to Know About Fast Food
Via: Online Schools

While you’re at it … make sure you go off and watch Food, Inc.

Food Inc Flyer

I forgot how well compiled and powerful the message in this feature was put together.I think it should be required viewing for everyone.

But don’t make the mistake of thinking it’s a pro-vegan campaign – It’s not about scaremongering. It really is about understanding what is happening to the food and why. It’s understanding that you as a consumer must demand certain things – demand fresh food, demand gmo free food, demand that the provider of your food tells you what they are serving you.Oh, and you can do all of this at the arches or the southern gent’s or even at the hut. Demand it of ALL of your food providers, and they will change.

Finally, You should check out Pollan’s food books, In Defense of Food and The Omnivore’s Dilemma. where he seeks to explain why we eat the way we do, why the industrialized Western food system is the way it is and why that’s not necessarily the best thing for our health.

The Psychological Immune System : Why seeing me sneeze makes you healthier

So it appears that merely looking at people who look sick does help your immune system prevent you from getting sick yourself.

The researchers asked young adults to watch a 10-minute slide show containing a series of unpleasant photographs. Some of these participants looked at pictures of people who looked obviously sick in some way (people with pox and rashes, people coughing and sneezing and blowing mucus out of their noses).

The participants gave blood samples both before and after each slideshow. Next the researchers exposed these blood samples to a bacterial infection, and measured the extent to which white blood cells produced interleukin-6 (IL-6). IL-6 is a proinflammatory cytokine that white blood cells make when they detect microbial intruders. More IL-6 indicates a more aggressive immune response to infection. So, by measuring IL-6 before and after the slide show, the researchers were able to determine whether seeing pictures of disease-y people actually stimulated the immune system to fight infection more aggressively. And it did.

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