Media Mash: Most Googled health issues, 2012 diet discoveries & Ecstasy for PTSD


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HellaWella’s Media Mash is a weekly feature listing the latest and most interesting health-and-wellness stories we’ve read in the past week, pulled from the Web and linked for your convenience.


  • It sounds gross enough that it might just work: Honey, lemon juice, hot water and Tabasco to naturally treat a cold. Can’t hurt to try it, right? [Huffington Post]


  • Is weight-loss hypnosis effective? Registered dietitian Katherine Zeratsky explains. [Mayo Clinic]


  • Time ranked the top 10 diet discoveries of 2012 — find out how Weight Watchers fits into the No. 1 spot. [Time]


  • Should Buddhist meditation make you happy? [Atlantic]


  • Once again, a psychedelic drug is being studied for its potential effects on treating mental illness. This time: Ecstasy for post-traumatic stress disorder. [Daily Beast]


  • This “no-excuses workout” is designed to torch calories and build some metabolism-boosting muscle — and can be done anywhere. (Hence the no-excuses part.) [FitSugar]


  • Astronomers are claiming that 2013 is the year we find a true alien Earth. [Slate]


  • Ever tried drinking some pickle juice to treat a nasty hangover? Find out what foods and beverages could help you the morning after an overindulgent night out and what might only make you feel worse. [Greatist]



  • Get started on that New Year’s resolution to get in shape with this running playlist of 2012′s best music. [Huffington Post]


  • Would you let strangers live in your home rent-free? One generous man did just that, letting less fortunate individuals take shelter in his house for a certain period of time. [Los Angeles Times]


  • Overweight? A new study suggests you may live longer than those who are of normal weight. [Time Healthland]


  • If you Googled your health problems this past year, you’re not alone. Find out if your ailment made the top search terms of 2012. [Health]


  • A new study found that some may pass on generic pills if they are a different color than brand-name drugs. [U.S. News & World Report]


  • The Food and Drug Administration is taking a serious look at energy drinks after reports of deaths and serious injuries that could be linked to their high caffeine levels. [New York Times]


  • If you’re a loyal fan of Dr. Oz, you might want to take a look at this story, which shines some light on how the celebrity doctor consistently offers health advice that conflicts with medical science. [Slate]