In this short and sweet 8-minute exploration of the science of happiness, we discover that scientists are learning more than ever before about how emotions relate to the brain, and how we can rewire our brains for positive states…
The Cholesterol Myth Has Been Busted — Yet Again
By Dr. Mercola
For the past four decades, the U.S. government has warned that eating cholesterol-rich foods such as eggs would raise your LDL cholesterol (inappropriately referred to as “bad” cholesterol) and promote heart disease.
Alas, decades’ worth of research utterly failed to demonstrate this correlation, and the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans1,2,3,4,5 finally addressed this scientific shortcoming, announcing “cholesterol is not considered a nutrient of concern for overconsumption.”6
This is good news, since dietary cholesterol plays an important role in brain health and memory formation, and is indispensable for the building of cells and the production of stress and sex hormones, as well as vitamin D. (When sunlight strikes your bare skin, the cholesterol in your skin is converted into vitamin D.)
Unfortunately, the dietary guidelines still cling to outdated misinformation about saturated fat, wrongly accusing it of raising LDL and contributing to heart disease. Here, science has shown that saturated fat only raises the safe, fluffy LDL particles. It also increases HDL, which is beneficial for your heart.
The guidelines became and are still confusing because the basic premise was wrong. Dietary fat is indeed associated with heart disease, but it’s the processed vegetable oils, which are loaded with trans fats and oxidized omega-6 fats, that are the problem, not saturated fats.
The Best and Worst Things to Say to Someone Who Is Depressed
by MICHELLE VARTAN
When a good friend, family member or partner falls into a dark hole of depression, you may think you know just what to say or do to bring them out of their funk. After all, you understand them better than anyone. But there is a chance that your approach could be all wrong.
We address this in the latest episode of the Stronger podcast with Tiffany Lin, editor at LIVESTRONG.COM, who was diagnosed with depression and anxiety years ago. During the episode, she opens up about how depression impacts her relationships with the people closest to her and how she (and others with depression) wants to be treated.