Of course, every showerhead microbiome will be different; they hope to assess what factors like the type of tap water supplied by your city, or what type of showerhead you use make it more or less hospitable to different bacterial colonies. Our ancestors lived for centuries with a host of ancient parasites, fungi, and bacteria including M. Many of these organisms evolved alongside humans, and likely the entire line of mammals we descended from, too. Take Helicobacter pylori , for example.
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Roughly half the population carries H. But after scientists found aggressive strains of the bacteria played a role in gastritis, ulcers, and stomach tumors in the s, eradication became a priority. Since the s, clean drinking water had already driven H.
But as Scientific American noted, researchers began noticing children without H. And in turn, scientists are finding more and more proof that depression and other mental health conditions are associated with prolonged inflammation—a sure sign of an immune system problem. Up until relatively recently, immune responses and brain activity were considered functions of separate systems. The portion of American adults taking antidepressants nearly doubled between and , rising from 6. Depression among teens , especially, is on the rise, by multiple measures: for example, teens in the s were twice as likely to see a professional about mental health issues and significantly more likely to experience classic depression symptoms than their s counterparts.
Could the trend in depression rates be related to the rise in immune conditions and the chronic inflammation that comes with them? The science is in its infancy, but when Christopher Lowry, the neuroscientist, injected mice with M. Will your desired date say yes or no?
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But the mice injected with M. The bacteria also reduced the colon inflammation typically seen in stressed-out mice. In another case, the researchers placed individual mice in the same enclosure as a dominant, alpha-male mouse, which usually triggers a classic dominant-subordinate relationship immediately.
But the mice treated with M. And they showed less submissive behaviors for weeks after treatment. Lowry wants to know if this humble soil bacteria be a key for treating PTSD, a sometimes treatment-resistant condition. For now, the research seems to at the very least to bolster what gardeners have been saying for centuries: Gardening is great therapy. Skip to navigation Skip to content. He was a younger Brian Chesky back then. He's still a pretty young guy today, but he was more like a student getting a rare opportunity to have a meal with the two gentlemen.
And Bezos said, "Well, I asked [this of Warren]. I said, 'Your investment thesis is so simple. You're the second richest guy in the world and it's so simple, why doesn't everyone just copy you? And what a beautiful and profound point. It's really true in this day and age. In every day and age, get rich quick will always sound great, and there are a lot of schemes promoting the idea that that is possible.
But the one thing that I think you and I know, as Foolish investors, is that we can, and we will, get rich, and by doing so slowly, that's the sure way to riches. Everything else is speculation. The more you try to compact your time frame and hit it big, the much lower your odds, and the much higher the chance that you'll end up very disappointed [maybe even alienated], and that's sad because you had a chance to do what Warren Buffett does, and what we, here, at The Motley Fool do [and throw out as a halo effect of our efforts as many places around the globe as possible], and that is to get rich slow.
Just do the math. What if you were, maybe, a Rule Breaker, and you had a habit of outperforming that percentage over time? That's the way to get rich. And when I think [before we go on to our next quote] of a recent conversation I had with an Uber driver, I started talking about what I do at The Motley Fool.
And it became clear to me that he only really understood investing in terms of saving money to put it into cryptocurrencies. Now, I'm not going to be here to bash cryptocurrencies. Again, I think the technology is interesting, and I did find out recently that for the last four or five months, the No. For several months now, the No. But, I would always want anybody, whether he or she is an Uber driver, a student, or a student of the game of life of any age, to understand, first of all, that getting rich slowly [is] by being a part owner of stocks, of corporations [of understanding that you're actually owning a part of that company and you're owning a part of Facebook when you buy a share of Facebook] as opposed to speculative cryptocurrencies.
You could even go higher than that if you're going with the safer, beefier ones and maybe not just investing in cryptocurrencies, but stocks of companies that are doing blockchain. But I would always want anybody of any age to make sure that they understood the stock market and what it is. It's a farmer's market, except rather than getting fruits and vegetables, you're getting parts of public companies. I would want to make sure everybody understood that and realized that's where you want to have almost all your money. You want to keep saving and be inspired by better and better returns you'll get over time with compounding in the stock market.
Back to Epictetus. Now, I should mention where I [found] these quotes. Where did I find Epictetus's quote? Well, at the Conscious Capitalism Conference earlier this month in Dallas, Texas, there was an area with several clotheslines. And one of the clothespins on the top clothesline had an eight and a half by 11 piece of paper pinned to it, and it said, "Spark quotes: Quips and quotes to spark an idea, ignite your passion, and keep you stoked.
So, I'm swiping the Spark Quotes from this conference to share with you and here's No. I'm a big T. I know I'm speaking to a lot of others. I hope you've enjoyed Candice Millard's wonderful book, The River of Doubt , which tells the remarkable story of Teddy Roosevelt's voyage into South America trying to find the source of a mysterious and very dangerous river after he was president in his 50s. A remarkable story.
Candice has been on this podcast. We talked a little bit about The River of Doubt. I'm looking forward to her next book, which will be about finding the source of the Nile. That's a few years hence, but excited about that. Teddy Roosevelt -- here's what he said. Now, I don't know what that spawns for you, but that spawns two thoughts for me.
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The first is that I want that for my life and I hope you want that for your life. I want that for your life. It's often been pointed out that not all of America's workforce is highly engaged. My brother Tom has a fun way of putting this. He said, "If we're all in a canoe together paddling, and we have 10 of us, and we're each representing one-tenth of the American workforce, there are three people in the front paddling hard forward.
The five people sitting behind them in the canoe are not paddling at all. They're just along for the ride. And then, unfortunately, there are one or two people in the back who are actively disengaged. That is, they're hostile to their own organization and, if you will, paddling backward. Now, just imagine how much faster our canoes could move if all of us, or at least the majority of us, were paddling forward, and if you're visualizing at least five people paddling forward and nobody paddling backward, you're starting to see the kinds of companies that we invest in as Rule Breakers, because we're looking into the hearts of the companies of the stocks that we pick, and we're looking for places that people want to work and feel great about the work that [they're] doing.
So, thought No. I sure hope that's true of your work, and if it's not, I would encourage you to make whatever changes you can as rapidly as possible to get into a place where the work that you're doing is worth doing and you want to work hard at it because selfishly, I'm going to be a lot better off if that's true of you, just like you will of me, because we're co-creating value together and, in fact, we're paying taxes together. We're only paying taxes out of profits and salaries if we're employed. Everything is better, worldwide, when people have found the right work for them. And then the second thought about that quote goes right back to the heart of Rule Breaker Investing.
We're looking for companies that are doing important things in this world. The stocks that I'm picking -- the ones that we talk about in our five-stock samplers on this podcast -- if you're a stock market investor [and I sure hope you are], I hope some of these companies are in your portfolio.
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Think about what the work is worth doing and make sure your dollars are there. Sometimes I've said, "Looking backward over the last 25 years are you able to say the big trends of my time -- the zeitgeists, the spirit of my age -- I had my money in those companies. It was an amazing stock for quite a while there. Or more recently as the whole world has shifted toward the internet, have you been invested in Netflix?
And let's not even look backwards. How about going forwards? Do you think this is a company that's going to get bigger and add more and more value to the world over the next 20 years? I sure do think so. This should be true of as many of the companies as you look down your brokerage statement as possible. Ask, "Are they working hard at work worth doing? Curing cancer. Making your home smarter.
Artificial intelligence making the products and services around us better and better. Is this work worth doing and are you invested in it? I sure hope you are. This is from the, well, mostly 20th century, although Warren Bennis did live pretty decently in the 21st century. Writer and thinker about leadership. His book -- On [Becoming] a Leader -- if that's something that sounds good to you and you've not read it, I would highly suggest you take a look at Warren Bennis's thoughts for you on being a leader.
I'm not quite sure which of his writings [and] many books this quote came from, but here's the Spark Quote I pulled from Dallas.