Reed Vierra, one of Dr. T’s Health Psychology students, guest blogs again!:
In this talk, AJ Jacobs, an editor at Esquire and author of “Drop Dead Healthy,” discusses the “extreme” methods he went through in order to become as healthy as possible. Many of these extreme methods include following typical medical advice that is more difficult to follow than he thought, such as dermatologists’ advice to apply a shotglass of sunscreen every 2 hours! One of the more interesting points he covers is that many individuals’ quest to optimize their health actually worsens their health in some regards–especially since they often reduce and neglect their social connections.