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Pregnant Physicians Less Likely to Get a C-Section

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An interesting article titled Physicians Treating Physicians: Information and Incentives in Childbirth explores the difference in patient care that physicians receive when pregnant.

From the paper:

We find that physicians are less likely to get C-sections and have better health outcomes than comparable non-physicians. In addition, non-physician-patients’ treatment intensity covaries with their providers’ financial incentives, while physician-patients appear unaffected. Our preferred explanation for these findings is that physician-patients are more informed about the appropriate level of care. Even among physicians, those in specialties with the most relevant medical knowledge receive the least intensive treatment.

Thought Prevents Insight

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It is astonishingly beautiful and interesting, how thought is absent when you have an insight. Thought cannot have an insight. It is only when the mind is not operating mechanically in the structure of thought that you have an insight. Having had an insight, thought draws a conclusion from that insight. And then thought acts and thought is mechanical. So I have to find out whether having an insight into myself, which means into the world, and not drawing a conclusion from it is possible. If I draw a conclusion, I act on an idea, on an image, on a symbol, which is the structure of thought, and so I am constantly preventing myself from having insight, from understanding things as they are.

– Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Higher Intelligence Predicts Longer Lifespan?

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A recent study in the International Journal of Epidemiology puts forward the proposal that: The association between intelligence and lifespan is mostly genetic

We are looking forward to more research in this area even though we are quick to be suspect of findings when genetics are put forward as the main or sole feature that accounts for the differences found.  Nonetheless, this is an interesting study.  They summarized their finding in plain language:

Key Messages

  • It has been reported that brighter people live longer; we asked ‘why?’.

  • We found, using data from three studies, that the small association between being brighter and living longer was mostly genetic in origin.

  • This is a key finding in cognitive epidemiology; it is a further indication that intelligence is not just ‘school-smarts’.

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As Long as We Believe That We Need Things to Make Us Happy…

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As long as we believe that we need things to make us happy, we shall also believe that in their absence we must be miserable. Mind always shapes itself according to its beliefs. Hence the importance of convincing oneself that one need not be prodded into happiness; that, on the contrary, pleasure is a distraction and a nuisance, for it merely increases the false conviction that one needs to have and do things to be happy when in reality it is just the opposite.

But why talk of happiness at all? You do not think of happiness except when you are unhappy. A man who says: ‘Now I am happy’, is between two sorrows — past and future. This happiness is mere excitement caused by relief from pain. Real happiness is utterly unselfconscious. It is best expressed negatively as: ‘there is nothing wrong with me. I have nothing to worry about’. After all, the ultimate purpose of all sadhana [spiritual practices] is to reach a point, when this conviction, instead of being only verbal, is based on the actual and ever-present experience.

Nisargadatta Maharaj

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Paul Stamets on the Question of Should you eat raw Mushrooms

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Paul Stamets, a well known and esteemed mycologist, answers the question of whether or not mushrooms should be eaten raw for nutritional or health benefits.

The crux of the answer is contained in the following quote but his article goes into more detail:

No, absolutely not! Raw mushrooms are largely indigestible because of their tough cell walls, mainly composed of chitin. Eating raw mushrooms can provide flavor, but not nutritional or health benefits. In some cases, eating raw mushrooms could be dangerous.