I'm grateful to the Guardian for two recent stories.
1. The first is a fascinating confirmation of a conclusion that I came to a few years ago : News is Bad for you. Here's an extract:
News is toxic to your body. It constantly triggers the limbic system. Panicky stories spur the release of cascades of glucocorticoid (cortisol). This deregulates your immune system and inhibits the release of growth hormones. In other words, your body finds itself in a state of chronic stress. High glucocorticoid levels cause impaired digestion, lack of growth (cell, hair, bone), nervousness and susceptibility to infections. The other potential side-effects include fear, aggression, tunnel-vision and desensitisation.
News, the article explains, makes us passive and uncreative. It misleads, inhibits thinking and creativity and we'd all be better off if we didn't succumb to the daily "fixes" of the drug of news.
I'm very much in agreement with this analysis by Mr I now get most of my news via the prism of Private Eye and The News Quiz, both of which are analytical and funny. It's highly recommended.