5 Bad Habits That Could Save Your Life

Video games, Botox, coffee could all help more than they hurt
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 1, 2011 2:53 PM CDT
Five Bad Habits That Could Save Your Life
ARLINGTON, VA - JUNE 05: Recently laid off worker Lyn Talent receives a free Botox injection during an event called the 'The Botox Bailout' where the first 50 recently laid-off workers could exchange their resumes for free Botox injections June 5, 2009 in Arlington, Virginia. The event, which took...   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Bad habits are admittedly, well ... bad for you, unless you have an ailment that a bad habit might cure. Cracked sums up five:

  • Video Games That Cure PTSD. "No, this isn't taken from some press release from Activision"—it's the result of work by the Department of Defense. "It's called virtual reality exposure therapy, and it forces subjects to relive the traumatic experiences" by replaying them in a video game.

  • Coffee for Your ADD. Scientists say coffee is responsible for a "decrease in ADHD symptoms as people get older, since most of us develop a substantial coffee addiction in our adult lives or, at the very least, an aggressive soda habit." It's like treating ADD and ADHD with Adderall, which "is basically speed."
  • Botox to Cure Depression. "Take away your ability to furrow your brow with worry, and your mood improves." Scientists analyzed 10 depressed patients on Botox, "and nine saw their depression vanish completely."
  • Mary Jane for Alzheimer's. The compound THC, which is partly responsible for marijuana smokers' "forgetfulness" and "glassy stare," is "the very stuff Alzheimer's sufferers are lacking."
  • LSD and 'Shrooms for Headaches, Fear of Death. Studies of psyclobin mushrooms and LSD have found them useful in "treating not only cluster headaches, but also OCD clinical depression." In one study, elderly, terminally ill patients "reported a vast decrease in end-of-life anxiety" after dropping acid.
(Read more healthy habits stories.)

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