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World Statistics Updated In Real Time…

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This site is pretty amazing a plethora of statistics all in real time!

Some of them make you think!

Check them all out here .

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Not Depressed, Just British!

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A new take on mental health George Farthing, an expatriate British man living in America, was diagnosed as clinically depressed, tanked up on antidepressants, and scheduled for a controversial shock therapy when doctors realized he wasn’t depressed at all, he was just British!

Farthing, a man whose characteristic pessimism and gloomy perspective were interpreted as serious clinical depression, was led on a nightmare journey through the American psychiatric system. Doctors described Farthing as suffering from pervasive negative anticipation: a belief that everything will turn out for the worst, whether it’s trains arriving late, England’s chances of winning any national sports events, or his own prospects of getting ahead in life. The doctors reported that the satisfaction he seemed to get from his pessimism was particularly pathological.

‘They put me on everything — lithium, Prozac, St. John’s wort,’ Farthing says. ‘They even told me to sit in front of a big light for half an hour a day or I’d become suicidal. I kept telling them this was all pointless, and they said that was exactly the sort of attitude that got me here in the first place.’

Dr. Isaac Horney, a psychotherapist, explored Farthing’s family history and couldn’t believe his ears. Farthing spoke of growing up in a gray little town where it rained every day, of treeless streets lined with identical houses, and of passionately backing a football team that never won. Although Farthing had six months of therapy, he mainly wanted to talk about the weather. ‘I felt he wasn’t responding to therapy at all,’ says Horney, who recommended electroconvulsive therapy.

Farthing takes up the story: ‘Hopeless case? I was all strapped down on the table, and they were about to put the rubber bit in my mouth when the psychiatric nurse picked up on my accent and said, ‘Oh my God, I think we’re making a terrible mistake!” Identifying Farthing as British changed the diagnosis of clinical depression to rather quaint and charming. He was immediately discharged from the hospital with a selection of brightly colored leaflets and an I Love New York T-shirt.

[Via Drayton Bird]

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Business Eco Health Shopping Startups

Local Food… Local People… Online

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This a digital twist to the traditional farmers market. The site LocalFoodshop.co.uk helps customers find locally produced food and drink.

The site says:

The aim for Localfoodshop is to help you to identify your local suppliers of quality, fresh, seasonal produce. You buy direct, keeping your money in the local economy and supporting local farmers and artisan producers.

At Localfoodshop, 93% of the sale value goes straight to the producer. Compare this to the supermarkets! And the remaining 7% supports the social enterprise which runs the site, re-investing any profits back into the local food sector.

This looks like another step in the right direction whereby people can find things locally and so help local commerce and reduce the burden on the environment…

 

[Via PSFK]

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Return of Community Shops.. Where Products Are Locally-Grown & Packaging is Scarce…

 

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Brilliant post on the emergence of a store created to be at the heart of the community, and aiming to make environmentally-aware shopping mainstream, desirable and convenient.

This builds on the whole ethos of provinding services locally2u, forget the words ‘eco’ or ‘green’ and ‘plastic bags made from 33% recycled material’, how about going back to the good old days of community shops where products are locally-grown and packaging is provided by the customer or only used as a necessity…

At Unpackaged, we’re not in the business of ‘greenwashing’, we’ll tell you honestly what we are doing now, as a small organisation, and what we hope to do in the future.

  • Apart from the teas, all of the products we source are certified organic
  • We always source fair trade products where possible
  • We do not sell any products that are air freighted
  • We give preference to suppliers who are cooperatives or social enterprises
  • We apply the principles of the waste hierarchy: reduce, reuse and recycle
  • We plan efficiently to minimise any transportation by ourselves and our suppliers
  • The Future

    We are developing an extensive sustainability policy based on our triple bottom line which will be transparent, measurable and cover every aspect of our business. This will be published and we will provide regular updates on our progress, always striving to improve our performance and look for new and better ways to work. The policy will cover, in depth, the following elements of our business:

    • Products
    • Suppliers
    • Use of any packaging
    • Waste
    • Energy consumption
    • Transport
    • Community involvement

    More commentary can be found here at PSFK

    Via PSFK]

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    “Sent to you by someone who thinks you’re beautiful.” by Dove…

    Previous clips have focused on the effects of media on women’s self-esteem, this latest clip looks at the impact a distorted perception of self-worth affects external relationships with others…

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    Health Video

    A Good Reason to Quit Smoking…

    Never smoked myself but after watching this and seeing what 1 cigarette can do…Blimey maybe a good time for you to quit…

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