Tag: Big Think

What should you do when a mental health crisis strikes?

What should you do when a mental health crisis strikes?

By Bryan Wright 29 Comments December 23, 2019

If you’re experiencing a mental health crisis, I think the first thing to do is figure out what you need. Right? So, if you’re having trouble with your own safety, you’re really thinking about killing yourself, you need to get help. And you need to see a professional, or you need to go to an […]

Depression and anxiety: How inequality is driving the mental health crisis | Johann Hari

Depression and anxiety: How inequality is driving the mental health crisis | Johann Hari

By Bryan Wright 100 Comments December 21, 2019

When I feel depressed, like loads of people I say, “I feel down,” right? And as I was learning about the causes of depression and anxiety for my book ‘Lost Connections’ I started to realize—I don’t think that’s a metaphor. There’s this amazing professor at Stanford called Robert Sapolsky who, in his early twenties, went […]

How Big Pharma secures drug monopolies | Tahir Amin

How Big Pharma secures drug monopolies | Tahir Amin

By Bryan Wright 51 Comments November 23, 2019

So the patent system has been a great driver of medical inventions. We’ve seen some terrific discoveries and inventions in the medical space. But as we’ve evolved in the system, I think we’re starting to see– as a lawyer who’s practiced in this area, we’re starting to see a lot of strategies that are played […]

The Future of Medicine is Here. Now Let’s Start Using It.

The Future of Medicine is Here. Now Let’s Start Using It.

By Bryan Wright 36 Comments November 22, 2019

I think the cutting edge of medicine is really not always high-tech, it’s being more focused on prevention and being proactive, understanding your genetics. We’re at $1000 genome today, we’ll be at $100 or even a free genome in the next decade. We know that sitting is the new smoking. We now have wearables that […]

How health care quietly powers the U.S. economy | Michael Dowling

How health care quietly powers the U.S. economy | Michael Dowling

By Bryan Wright 86 Comments November 17, 2019

Health care is a humongous economic engine. It’s often forgotten about the fact that there is a real contribution to the economy by health care. If you’re running a large health care organization, you’re probably the place that is doing the most construction in the region. So for example, in our organization, we do more […]

How Your Gut Influences Your Mental Health: It’s Practically a Second Brain | Dr. Emeran Mayer

How Your Gut Influences Your Mental Health: It’s Practically a Second Brain | Dr. Emeran Mayer

By Bryan Wright 80 Comments October 28, 2019

The Mind-Gut Connection is something that people have intuitively known for a long time but science has only I would say in the last few years gotten a grasp and acceptance of this concept. It essentially means that your brain has intimate connections with the gut and another entity in our gut, the second brain, […]

The opioid crisis is profitable. Blockchain tech can end that. | Brian Behlendorf

The opioid crisis is profitable. Blockchain tech can end that. | Brian Behlendorf

By Bryan Wright 55 Comments October 11, 2019

So there’s a tremendous amount of fraud in the prescription drug marketplace. And just like with provenance tracking of diamonds or the food supply chain you can have provenance tracking for pharmaceuticals. You can have a system whereby the drugs—from the time they’re manufactured and the batch that they were made in and in the […]

Capitalism 2.0 Will Include a Healthy Dose of Socialism | Eric Weinstein

Capitalism 2.0 Will Include a Healthy Dose of Socialism | Eric Weinstein

By Bryan Wright 100 Comments September 14, 2019

I get asked a lot about the state of capitalism and I think that for those members of society of a certain age we think of capitalism as being locked in an ideological battle with socialism perhaps or even communism.But we never really saw that capitalism might be defeated by its own child – technology. […]

Antidepressants Make it Harder to Empathize, Harder to Climax, and Harder to Cry.

Antidepressants Make it Harder to Empathize, Harder to Climax, and Harder to Cry.

By Bryan Wright 100 Comments September 12, 2019

The main kind of antidepressant that is the most popularly prescribed are the SSRIs and these are medicines that increase serotonin transmission. And when you start to push on the doses of these SSRIs you start to lose some sort of quintessential feminine things. First of all it becomes much hard to climax and it […]

Black Mental Health Isn’t the Same as White Mental Health

Black Mental Health Isn’t the Same as White Mental Health

By Bryan Wright 100 Comments September 9, 2019

Michael Lindsey: When you look at the historical experience of African Americans in the United States you’d have to start with the experience of slavery and the vestiges of slavery in terms of the trauma associated with it. And I think that blacks continue to experience trauma in certain ways and certainly with respect to […]