Media mash: Talking plants, gravity suits, Obamacare & marijuana laws


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HellaWella’s media mash is a new 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.


  • Despite what many think, marijuana doesn’t increase the risk of lung cancer, mental illness or death. That’s only one of 10 reasons to revisit marijuana policy now, according to this article. [Time Healthland]


  • They soften fabric and prevent static electricity, but did you know dryer sheets also repel bees? Here are seven other uses for this laundry essential. [BrightNest]


  • Color us amazed! Find out how different colors can help you stop mindless eating. [Everyday Health]


  • Whether you think Obamacare would be a revolutionary improvement to our healthcare system or you fall into the category of people who cry socialism, chances are you’re not going to be happy about the Supreme Court’s upcoming decision on the healthcare law. A Pew Research Center survey found that fewer than half of Americans will be pleased with the decision, whether the law’s upheld, struck down, or kept intact except for its “individual mandate.” [Los Angeles Times]


  • We hate it when weird ingredients are added to our food. Here are 10 unhealthy food additives and where you’ll find them. [Gaiam]


  • Do you quit your workout after only 10 minutes? There’s a surprising reason why — and a potential solution. [Best Health Magazine]


  • Comedian and actress Sarah Silverman earlier this month admitted that, while she may choose to adopt one day, she has decided not to have biological children due to her family history of depression. The Week looks into the issue in its article titled “Is it irresponsible for the depressed to have children?” [The Week]


  • What do baseball scouts and the healthcare industry have in common? Neither are great at predicting the future. Reuters health editor Ivan Oransky explains. [TED]



  • The healthiest meal in the world, according to Leatherhead Food Research Group, contains salmon, chicken, lentils and walnuts. Oh, and something called yogurt blancmange. [Gizmodo]


  • Improved treatment for AIDS patients, and aggressive health initiatives from Mayor Bloomberg, have made New York City the highest life expectancy in the United States. [Washington Post]


  • When it comes to exercising on a hot day (or at a hot yoga class), some people can take the heat better than others. Here’s why. [Well + Good NYC]


  • Check out this 40-lb. gravity suit a former professional athlete created to hopefully improve the efficiency of your workout. We’re not totally convinced! [LA Times]


  • Does your city like to sweat? Find out if it made the list of cities with the most gyms and fitness centers. The top 10 may not be what you think. [Huffington Post]