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How meditation improves the quality of life for people with HIV
When someone is diagnosed with any life-threatening disease, focus is taken off things they used to enjoy and the illness becomes an all-consuming part of their lives. Practicing mindfulness can help boost patients' mental health and wellbeing.
If you want a better quality of life, you might want to meditate on it, seriously. Mandy Oaklander of TIME recently wrote a report on Thomas Roth, an instructor of Transcendental Meditation, who took a group of HIV patients and supplemented their daily regimen with his 40-year-old brand of meditation.
It may be considered alternative medicine, but controlled studies have shown meditation helps ease anxiety, depression, and pain. The idea behind the study has promise: when someone is diagnosed with any life-threatening disease, focus is taken off things they used to enjoy and the illness becomes an all-consuming part of their lives.
Roth, who is also the director of the David Lynch Foundation HIV Initiative, prescribed 39 patients three months of Transcendental Meditation for 20 minutes twice a day. The study group is quite small, but the early findings are promising.
Roth reported that the patients' felt energized, less stressed and depressed, and got sick less frequently. However, the study didn't measure T-cell counts or look at blood biomarkers—instead relying on patients' own observations for how they felt.
Julie Corliss, Executive Editor of the Harvard Health Letter, would take issue with this light test group. She argues that there needs to be more controlled group studies if meditation is to succeed in the medical field.
His study is, at the moment, unpublished. But Roth feels quite confident with this early marker, stating: “My prediction two years ago was that this could improve the quality of life of people living with HIV.”
Transcendental Meditation has been applied and researched for over 40 years to help Veterans, victims of abuse, and students with reports of success from average Joes to Hugh Jackman.
In his Big Think interview, Yoga Master and co-founder of Jivamukti Yoga, David Life talks about the importance of meditation. His premise is that it sets the groundwork for how you'll interact and treat others throughout your day. So, rather than turning on the news and having the world's worries in your head first thing, meditation allows you to start with a clean slate:
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Construction of the $500 billion dollar tech city-state of the future is moving ahead.
- The futuristic megacity Neom is being built in Saudi Arabia.
- The city will be fully automated, leading in health, education and quality of life.
- It will feature an artificial moon, cloud seeding, robotic gladiators and flying taxis.
The Red Sea area where Neom will be built:
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Frequent shopping for single items adds to our carbon footprint.
- A new study shows e-commerce sites like Amazon leave larger greenhouse gas footprints than retail stores.
- Ordering online from retail stores has an even smaller footprint than going to the store yourself.
- Greening efforts by major e-commerce sites won't curb wasteful consumer habits. Consolidating online orders can make a difference.
A pile of recycled cardboard sits on the ground at Recology's Recycle Central on January 4, 2018 in San Francisco, California.
Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images<p>A large part of the reason is speed. In a competitive market, pure players use the equation, <em>speed + convenience</em>, to drive adoption. This is especially relevant to the "last mile" GHG footprint: the distance between the distribution center and the consumer.</p><p>Interestingly, the smallest GHG footprint occurs when you order directly from a physical store—even smaller than going there yourself. Pure players, such as Amazon, are the greatest offenders. Variables like geographic location matter; the team looked at shopping in the UK, the US, China, and the Netherlands. </p><p>Sadegh Shahmohammadi, a PhD student at the Netherlands' Radboud University and corresponding author of the paper, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/26/tech/greenhouse-gas-emissions-retail/index.html" target="_blank">says</a> the above "pattern holds true in countries where people mostly drive. It really depends on the country and consumer behavior there."</p><p>The researchers write that this year-and-a-half long study pushes back on previous research that claims online shopping to be better in terms of GHG footprints.</p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"They have, however, compared the GHG emissions per shopping event and did not consider the link between the retail channels and the basket size, which leads to a different conclusion than that of the current study."</p><p>Online retail is where convenience trumps environment: people tend to order one item at a time when shopping on pure player sites, whereas they stock up on multiple items when visiting a store. Consumers will sometimes order a number of separate items over the course of a week rather than making one trip to purchase everything they need. </p><p>While greening efforts by online retailers are important, until a shift in consumer attitude changes, the current carbon footprint will be a hard obstacle to overcome. Amazon is trying to have it both ways—carbon-free and convenience addicted—and the math isn't adding up. If you need to order things, do it online, but try to consolidate your purchases as much as possible.</p><p>--</p><p><em>Stay in touch with Derek on <a href="http://www.twitter.com/derekberes" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/DerekBeresdotcom" target="_blank">Facebook</a> and <a href="https://derekberes.substack.com/" target="_blank">Substack</a>. His next book is</em> "<em>Hero's Dose: The Case For Psychedelics in Ritual and Therapy."</em></p>
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