October 15, 2022

Conventional Wisdom?

In this newsletter, we’d like to highlight three new studies – one that confirms conventional wisdom, one that runs counter to conventional wisdom, and one that is simply unconventional. Confirming…

Revisiting Conventional Wisdom: Insights from Three New Studies

In this newsletter, we want to share with you three new studies that challenge or confirm our conventional wisdom about some important issues. Let’s start with the study that confirms conventional wisdom.

Confirming Conventional Wisdom: Exercise Boosts Brain Health

A new study from the University of Maryland School of Public Health confirms what many of us already knew: exercise is good for our brain health. The study found that regular exercise, particularly aerobic exercise, is associated with better cognitive function and a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. The study adds to the growing body of evidence that exercise is not only good for our physical health, but also for our brain health.

Challenging Conventional Wisdom: More Sleep Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Better Health

For years, we’ve been told that we need to get at least eight hours of sleep a night for optimal health. However, a new study from the University of California, San Francisco challenges that conventional wisdom. The study found that getting too much sleep, as well as too little, is associated with a higher risk of developing chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. The study suggests that the quality, rather than the quantity, of our sleep is what matters most for our health.

Unconventional Wisdom: Dogs Prefer Belly Rubs to Treats

In a lighthearted but interesting study, researchers at the University of Florida found that dogs prefer belly rubs to treats from their owners. The study involved 15 dogs who were given a choice between a treat and a belly rub from their owner. Surprisingly, all of the dogs chose the belly rub over the treat, even when the treat was a high-value food like sausage. The researchers suggest that the study highlights the importance of social interaction and physical touch for dogs.

In conclusion, these three studies challenge or confirm our conventional wisdom about exercise, sleep, and dogs. While we may not always be able to change our behavior or beliefs based on new findings, it’s important to stay open-minded and informed about the latest research.