On Unnecessary Medical Care

Also see these two interesting articles:

Overkill: An avalanche of unnecessary medical care is harming patients physically and financially. What can we do about it? (The New Yorker)

When Evidence Says No, but Doctors Say Yes: Long after research contradicts common medical practices, patients continue to demand them and physicians continue to deliver. The result is an epidemic of unnecessary and unhelpful treatments. (The Atlantic)

Magnesium for Depression

From the abstract:

Effects were observed regardless of age, gender, baseline magnesium levels, baseline severity of depression, or use of antidepressant treatments. It worked quickly, was well tolerated, and is much safer and less expensive than conventional treatments with medication.

This study found clinically significant results for the use of magnesium to improve both depression and anxiety.  More research will hopefully be done in this area, but here is just another good reason to ensure your dietary magnesium uptake is sufficient.

You can see the study here and an interview with the study’s author here.

The Tide is Turning: “Saturated Fat Does Not Clog the Arteries”