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News Fast?

I have been reading Weil's 8 Weeks to Optimum health. Lots of good ideas, lots of it basic common sense. But one jumped out at me-- his suggestion to go on a "News Fast" for a day. The idea is not to become uninformed, but by limiting exposure you limit the negative emotions associated with it. Ignorance is bliss indeed!

Sat. May 13, 11:03am

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i never listen to the news but am very imformed from my clients at my salon..i think that is right no the news is soooo negative

Saturday, May 13, 2006, 2:06 PM

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I think one day without news would hardly lead to ingnorance.

Saturday, May 13, 2006, 6:22 PM

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I recommend the news fast

I made this change a few years ago, and it really helped me. I don't watch TV either. I do listen to NPR and the BBC when I'm driving, so I have a basic idea what's going on.
When you take a break from CNN etc., you'll be shocked when you see it again. It's all either irrelevant bs or death and destruction from around the world. Although yes, we are part of a global community, I don't think it's healthy to be getting the gory details of all the strife and suffering from all 6 billion people in the world every day -- there is inevitably something awful somewhere. You can still care, and more importantly vote/act appropriately, without feeling terrible about it all every day. And BTW, before an election I read up on everything carefully anyway. I particularly don't miss the baby-eaten-by-an-alligator or gruesome-murder type of news. Maybe I'm too sensitive -- but maybe the usual 24-7 horror is DEsensitizing everybody else.
Moreover, since when does passively watching the news actually help fix anything? If anything, I often feel the govt uses the media to manipulate us into accepting the wrong things they do.
Anyway, I try to focus on learning about things that relate to what I actually have power over in my life -- there's plenty of that to keep me busy!

Saturday, May 13, 2006, 6:50 PM

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I've been all over the spectrum on news. I can remember being shocked at the local news after a particularly long hiatus out of the country. I have become very careful about where I get my information. I read the Christian Science Monitor and listen to NPR and BBC news on public radio. After years as a news junkie, I consider those sources to be as unbiased as you get. Whether someone is engaged in the world around them is a personal matter. I know some wonderful people who work hard to make the world a better place and don't know the names of the US senators from their state.

Saturday, May 13, 2006, 10:02 PM

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i'm on a permanent news fast. there's something wrong with me. i might be able to do the complete opposite and actually look at the news for once. what would that do for me? i live in a bubble. I'm not proud of it, but it's totally true@!

Saturday, May 13, 2006, 10:48 PM

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