Study: You’d Rather Shock Yourself Than Be Alone and Think

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If you think that you’d rather be sitting at home, doing absolutely nothing, instead of sitting in work on this post-long-weekend Monday, think again. Turns out most people would rather be doing anything than nothing at all. According to TIME, a new study published in the journal Science found that many people prefer administering mild electric shocks to themselves to being left alone with nothing to do but think for six to 15 minutes.  Read more »

The Other Side to Mr. Gay Philadelphia: Acupuncturist

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“I’ve seen acupuncture change people’s lives,” says Lou Cutler, the newly-crowned Mr. Gay Philadelphia. “Acupuncture basically stimulates the body’s own innate ability to heal itself.”

The 33-year-old West Philadelphia resident, who graduated from the Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine, was practicing the art for several years at the Philadelphia Community Acupuncture clinic, and, despite several personal roadblocks, including a battle with Lyme disease, is looking to expand his private practice. Read more »

Local Yoga Studio Wants to Bring Mindfulness to 20 Philly Schools

verge logoVerge Inspire, a new nonprofit helmed by Verge Yoga founder Cara Bradley and instructor Cheryl Nichols, plans to teach yearlong mindfulness and yoga classes in Philadelphia schools. The idea is this: by teaching simple mindfulness techniques to kids, they’ll be better prepared to cope with the stress brought on by school and often-difficult home situations. Sounds awesome, right?

There’s a catch. They need to raise $25,000 to get their program into 20 schools in the city. So far, they’ve raised about $8,000 total (just over $3,000 online, the rest privately) , with just a couple months to go before the start of the school year. You can donate to their Indiegogo campaign here.

I chatted with Cara to find out what the program’s all about, and how it can help students in Philadelphia. Read more »

Study: Majority of Wikipedia’s Health Entries Are Terrifyingly Wrong

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You know how people say you should never EVER google your symptoms when you’re sick? You know, because they think the Internet is full of lies? Well, shocker: it turns out, the Internet really is full of lies, especially when it comes to health-related information. A recent study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found that, when it comes to the costliest medical conditions in the U.S., nine out of 10 Wikipedia entries are inaccurate. Yikes.

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Real Estate Website Ranks New Jersey Third Most Stressed Out State

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According to a new ranking released by Movoto, a real estate website, New Jersey is the third most stressed-out state in the county, beating out both California and New York. Pennsylvania scored pretty much smack in the middle, at 25 out of 48. So why so stressed, Jersey? Two reasons that shouldn’t shock you: population density and housing prices.

The analysis used data from the U.S. Census’ American Community Survey and scored each state based on six criteria that reflect some of the most common causes of stress, including unemployment, population density and commute time. These scores were then averaged together to determine where each state fell in the overall ranking. Jersey came in closely behind Florida and Georgia, at first and second, respectively. Read more »

WHAT?!: Science Ranks 41 Healthiest Superfoods, Kale Barely Cracks Top 15

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In today’s crazy, shocking, say-whaaaaa news: TIME just published a scientist’s ranking of 41 superfoods based on their nutritional value, and the results are totally surprising.

When we first saw this list, Be Well editor Emily and I looked for kale without even thinking. Because, well, duh. It’s kale. But the beloved leafy green clocks in at a kind-of-unimpressive #15. And you’ll never guess what took the number one spot. Read more »

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