Healthy Lifestyle Shopping

I decided rather than a lot of small posts about individual items I would write a list of some of the things I’ve been shopping for with some recommendations. I am still working on a larger buying guide to help people find healthier products. This list is not just new things, but also some things which I continue to find work well. I have no financial connection to any of these products of companies.

  • Countertop Water Filter: Multipure Aquadome
    • I’ve been using this in my home for years and continue to be pleased. I have not yet been convinced that anything else in this price range ($260 for the unit with filter, $75 for replacement filters once a year or so) is as good.
  • Shower Filter: Aquasana AQ-4105
    • I need the extra height provided by the one with the handheld wand but this is now only $60. Like the filter above I’ve been using this for years though I’ve actually tried a few other options but have not found anything I’ve liked as much.
  • Pillows: Organic kapok stuffed
    • A while back I did a lot of searching for reasonably priced healthy pillows. The downside of kapok is that it can compact easily. I have decided to remedy this by buying extra organic kapok fill, but that should be considered in the pricing. I believe this is still cheaper than organic wool but that would be another option.
  • Socks: Organic merino wool socks from Maggie’s Organics
    • This was a recent find. I decided it was important to take better care of my feet and thus worth $15 per pair of socks (Organic Wool Dress Crew). I started with 6 pairs, and after a 1 week trial I was so satisfied I bought another 9 pairs (in less expensive 3 packs). These are currently my everyday socks of choice.
  • Phone Headset – AIRCOM A1 Stereo Headset
    • I’ve tried a number of headsets and these are the best comfort and sound quality I have found so far. Although there are more expensive models, the basic model (which is what I have) is about $30 and a huge step up from the headsets that have come included with my phones and others I have tried.


Organic Sheets

I believe in buying high quality products, and linens are no exception. However, when recently searching for sheets I found a variety of options and a wide range of price points. I wanted to document this as a reference for my clients and others who are looking for some high quality sheets or other linens. The price points are based on a queen size sheet set. These are all organic cotton sheets.


Research Collected: Evidence for Skepticism of Research

I enjoy reading research and thinking about the implications of research. However, I often have to remind myself that there is reason to be skeptical about any individual study. Often I prefer to wait until a number of studies fit a particular narrative or hypothesis before gaining confidence in that research. When I share research here it’s usually from a “isn’t this interesting” perspective, not a “this is true” perspective. Ideally a lot more research would be replicated than is currently occurring. So far, examinations into reproducibility of research has shown low reproducibility, even on studies which have become actionable in health care fields. This collection is a set of papers examining some issues with the accuracy of scientific research.

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“Demonization and Deception in Cholesterol Research”

I am a fan of Dr. Diamond’s earlier talk but this new one is better. It is more concise and the viewer can see the presentation. This combines many important points on research into cholesterol into 1 informative hour. I recommend watching for anyone who wants a better understanding of the actual research into cholesterol and health.

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Ripples of Coca-Cola’s Recent Disclosures

“Last week Coca-Cola disclosed its practice of paying researchers and health professionals millions of dollars. It spent $21.8 million to fund pro-industry research and $96.8 million on partnerships with health organizations, including $2.1 million directly paying health experts…

I wanted to dig deeper into this network of influencers to learn more about the strategy. Why were they chosen? What do they have in common? Where are they most influential?”

 – The New Faces of Coke

Which health organizations have been terminating their sponsorship in the wake of Coca-Cola’s disclosures?

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Inside Out

Inside Out is the first movie I’ve recommended to my clients. It is definitely worth seeing, perhaps more than once. There are a lot of laughs, which are always health promoting, as well as some touching and important observations about the emotional lives of humans.