Recommended Reading: Environmental Health Risks, the Mind-Pain Relationship, Life Choices and Alzheimer’s & More

Dr. Fortanasce Explains the Alzheimer’s Disease Crisis and a Protocol to Prevent or Delay It – at Any Age (ProHealth)
In this interview about his book The Anti-Alzheimer’s Prescription, Southern California neurologist Vincent Fortanasce, MD, describes important triggering factors for Alzheimer’s – sedentary, stressful lives and poor diets – and how diet, exercise, mental stimulation and rest/relaxation can “prevent Alzheimer’s disease in 70% [of the population] and delay it in the rest.”

Quiet, Please! How Noise Pollution Could Send You to the Hospital (AlterNet)
As Ursula Sautter and Mary Desmond Pinkowish write, “Noise isn’t just a nuisance; it’s positively bad for us.” And the problems aren’t limited to potential ear damage. There are stress factors and mental health effects. Children’s ability to learn may be compromised. This article reviews what we know about these and other effects, and describes how some people are addressing the issue.

Hang Up and Drive (Salon)
While California’s new law against using hand-held mobile phones while driving is a good step forward, its allowing headsets may well limit the effectiveness of the law in preventing accidents. The driver yakking on the phone is still distracted, as well illustrated in this recent article from Salon.

Is Pain All in the Mind? (Times)
An interesting, if cursory, article on the role of the brain in how much – or little – we experience pain, as well as the possible relationships between physical and mental pain.

What’s Lurking in Your Countertop? (NY Times)
As granite countertops have become more popular, some are finding elevated levels of radon in their homes – sometimes at levels far exceeding EPA safety guidelines. On the plus side, this problem appears to be restricted to more “exotic” granite materials. But even after noting the relatively small risk, David Brenner, director of the Center for Radiological Research at Columbia University, adds, “If you can choose another counter that doesn’t elevate your risk, however slightly, why wouldn’t you?”

Updated 3 September 2013 – Link to retracted article removed

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