Death by Blogging?

I’m an insomniac, but I never thought that my personal blog was the culprit. According to this article in the Times, professional bloggers are discovering the health concerns of a 24/7 “work from anywhere” lifestyle.

From the article:

“I haven’t died yet,” said Michael Arrington, the founder and co-editor of TechCrunch, a popular technology blog. The site has brought in millions in advertising revenue, but there has been a hefty cost. Mr. Arrington says he has gained 30 pounds in the last three years, developed a severe sleeping disorder and turned his home into an office for him and four employees. “At some point, I’ll have a nervous breakdown and be admitted to the hospital, or something else will happen. This is not sustainable.”

I’m reminded of a documentary on PBS of Best Buy corporate employees, who had been given the freedom to work from wherever they want, whenever they want, because of increasing stress levels. Oddly enough, their newfound freedom led them to work more and sleep less.

Airborne is busted!

I know people who swear by the supposed cure-all for the common cold. I’m all for natural remedies over drugs, but false advertising is never acceptable. New York Times is reporting that the makers of Airborne have made a $23 million dollar settlement in a class-action law suit.

The bigger problem here is that people will believe anything.

There’s a reason NyQuil is regulated by the FDA – it contains drugs that actually work. But, you can have your Airborne (if it still exists next week). If the placebo effect still works after a court settlement, by all means, you should feel empowered to continue in your sweet ignorant bliss. But if I were you, I’d try to cash in on your settlement refund first.

Link to Times article