Beauty, drugs, and business

With my focus on women in yesterday’s blog, I’m continuing with the theme for Tuesday’s News and Culture update. Below are links with my comments to a few interesting stories on beauty and the brain, prescription drugs, and women in Uganda.

1. Beauty-brain research

How does a person’s looks define how they feel about themselves? There’s a lot of research on this, especially related to women. This article is the first in a series looking at beauty/brain research and a person’s self-concept.

Heather Patrick, researcher at the National Institutes of Health, says sometimes people connect their appearance with their self-worth. She says that making comparisons between our own and others’ looks can have negative emotional and psychological consequences.

As I pondered these ideas, I found myself thinking about one of my favorite beauty quotes, “The recipe for beauty is to have less illusion and more Soul . . . ” (Mary Baker Eddy).

2. Women prescribed more drugs than men but don’t always take them, research shows

Prescription drugs aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. And when it comes to women, apparently we’re onto this . . . The authors of a recent unpublished study “call for reevaluation of the way drugs are tested and prescribed, saying gender differences should be taken into account at every stage of the process.”

This shows how unpredictable the drug industry is. (Read Could the mind play a bigger role in healthcare for more on this.) It’s good to know that women are questioning their prescriptions and not just taking them because they’re told to. I have to ask–What if they were told there was a spiritual option that didn’t include the volatility of drugs and that took every fiber of their being into account when providing a cure? (And of course that applies to men, too!)

3. Another way to help Uganda

Last week I posted a guest blog that discussed the Kony 2012 movement. I recently found this article from the Ladies’ Home Journal that gives a different take on the situation and shares a practical way to help the women in Uganda, many of whom were victimized as girls and fought as child soldiers.

Now there are ways to help them rehabilitate and start safe, sustainable businesses so they can live and raise their children–and move beyond the stigma of victim to living a happy, productive life.