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Seeking Serenity: Chilling in the back-to-school chaos
August 10th, 2011
05:07 PM ET

Seeking Serenity: Chilling in the back-to-school chaos

Editor's note: CNN contributor Amanda Enayati ponders the theme of seeking serenity - the quest for well-being and life balance in stressful times.

It has become inevitable that each year, at some point in August, my husband will begin talking about new classes, new wardrobes, new gear and the very long list of things we need to do in preparation for the kids to go back to school.

And every year, this is all I hear him say: “Blah blah blah blah kids go back to school.”

My own early school years were spent in Iran and several Western European countries (after I fled the revolution), where back-to-school just meant you got up early one morning in the fall and went back to school.
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Mind and body: Worms to help depression? Could happen...
Scientists are studying whether organisms such as tapeworms, magnified above, might help treat disease
August 10th, 2011
04:23 PM ET

Mind and body: Worms to help depression? Could happen...

When was the last time you, your children or anyone you know was treated for worms? If you’re under the age of 40, your likely answer is “Never!”

This is no accident. As a society we have become cleaner and cleaner, more and more antiseptic, more and more hygienic over the last half century.

As we’ve done so, a huge array of microorganisms - worms among them - have silently, and with no fanfare, vanished from our daily environments. Some worms have even gone extinct inside our pets.

Industrialized countries such as the United States began making serious efforts to sanitize their environments in the 19th century. These public health efforts have done more to reduce disease and enhance longevity than any medical intervention before or since.

But scientific evidence increasingly suggests that the victories achieved by cleanliness have come at a significant health cost that is only now beginning to be fully appreciated.

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August 10th, 2011
03:54 PM ET

Human Factor: Getting fit as an example

In the Human Factor, we profile survivors who have overcome the odds. Confronting a life obstacle,  they tapped their inner strength and found resilience they didn’t know they possessed. This week Dr. Sanjay Gupta hears from  Dr. Scott Zahn, who completed the CNN Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge on Sunday at the Nautica New York City Triathlon. Zahn, a pediatrician, wanted to lose weight and be a better example to his patients. Watch how he succeeded.


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