Never too old for a blanket fort
Does sugar make kids hyperactive? NO. NO NO NO NO NO NO.
The persistence of this lie is fascinating, and in this video, Dr. Aaron Carroll breaks it all down and explains that not all medical studies were created equal, even though you usually don’t hear that in reporting about how, say, red wine cures cancer or scrambled eggs cause it.
Dr. Aaron Carroll, Stan, and Mark are working together on this new project Health Care Triage.
Given the massive amounts of misinformation out there, I think it’s a hugely important project. Congrats to all involved!
"The plural of anecdote is not data" - I love Healthcare Triage!!!
I want everybody to understand proper randomized control trials for testing hypotheses and statistical significance.
Anonymous asked: John, I have really really bad anxiety. I know in the past you've said that you have/had it too. How in the world are you able to do so much with it? (Like go on stage at vidcon or meet so many nerdfighters) Is there some secret I never received? Maybe a memo that skipped me?
1. Sorry. That sucks.
2. It’s not easy and I don’t always do it well, but I’ve been living with this for a long time and have a good medication regimen that works pretty well (at the moment at least) and also have a good therapist I’m able to work really closely with. None of that happened overnight, and it’s a difficult thing to live while you’re figuring out how to manage it. But it’s important to know that it can get better, and that you are not alone in this experience.
3. With public events: It’s not something I’m terrible comfortable with. Like a lot of people with anxiety problems, I spend immense blocks of time stuck in obsessive thought spirals that are difficult to pull myself out of. For a couple weeks before Vidcon, for instance, it will be basically impossible for me to think about anything other than Vidcon, and I will feel really scared and anxious and unable to work, which is why I can’t space public events out. (Like, if I did a reading once a month or whatever, I would basically be unable to work half the time. So when we do stuff, we usually do them back-to-back.)
3a. That acknowledged, for me at least things get easier the more you experience them. I’m a lot more comfortable in front of large crowds than I used to be. (It doesn’t really feel like a social experience to me, so it doesn’t usually engage my social anxiety. Book signings do feel like social experiences, though, so…yeah.)
4. I wish I could speak to you from some lofty mountain, having conquered the demons of mental health, but I cannot. This is an ongoing part of my life (I had a panic attack today, for instance). But I’m much better at managing it than I used to be. And I’m lucky to not have many of the disabilities associated with anxiety disorders (I can drive a car, for instance). But anxiety is part of my daily life, and it makes life harder for me and for people I love, and I still have a long way to go.
"However, we would work a great disservice by permitting the word ‘terrorism’ (in the absence of any other information or circumstance) to act as a skeleton key to the liberties guaranteed under the Constitution."
- Judge Greenaway
Now while Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, reclining at the table, a woman came with an alabaster jar of costly aromatic oil from pure nard. After breaking open the jar, she poured it on his head. But some who were present indignantly said to one another, “Why this waste of expensive ointment? It could have been sold for more than three hundred silver coins and the money given to the poor!” So they spoke angrily to her. But Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Why are you bothering her? She has done a good service for me. For you will always have the poor with you, and you can do good for them whenever you want. But you will not always have me! She did what she could.She anointed my body beforehand for burial. I tell you the truth, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.”
I often think about how effort might be made most effective. Today I was reminded that love is not measured. Love is extravagant.
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