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Unhealthy Eating Habits
05-19-16 Category: Health and Wellness, Recovery, Research

When people smoke marijuana, they often overeat high-calorie foods, a phenomenon commonly referred to as “the munchies.” Lack of sleep may cause the munchies as well, according to a new study. About the study The study examined healthy 18- to 30-year-olds during two four-day stays at a research center. During the first stay, the 14 […]

rich outlive poor

“I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor … and believe me, rich is better.” – Attributed to Sophie Tucker. Certainly, there’s advantages to being rich – something few people would contest. A wealthy person can simply afford a higher quality of life. Opportunities for travel, wider options for leisure and comfort, fewer worries – or […]

head injuries and mental disorders

After his accident, Phineas Gage was a changed man. Gage was a railroad worker in Vermont during the 19th century. One day, Gage was using a tamping iron to pack blasting powder into a hole for detonation. Unfortunately for Gage, the powder exploded, driving the 13-pound rod into his cheek, through his brain and out […]

Multiple sclerosis and the potential

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune inflammatory disease that is characterized by physical and sensory impairments due to the destruction of white-matter neurons in the brain. This disease is characterized by lesions in time and space meaning that clinical symptoms may occur months or years apart, and different areas (space) in the brain are affected […]

attitudes toward alternative medicine

  Something is wrong. Americans are spending far more on health care than other countries, yet have shorter life expectancies, more chronic illness and poor health outcomes. Seventy percent of Americans take at least one prescription drug and millions of them suffer adverse reactions from those drugs every year. Hospitals are apparently dangerous as well, […]

Plants as medicine
04-29-16 Category: Health, Health and Wellness

In the United States, plant-based remedies are discouraged or outlawed. What Americans consider to be alternative medicine is actually the oldest and most universal approach to wellness in the world. Even so, at least 25 to 40 percent of all prescription medications in the U.S. are derived from plants or fungi. However, the molecules used […]

Alternative wellness: Psychedelics as medicine

The United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the world drug problem met in New York from April 19 to 21, 2016, to discuss drug policy. Protestors stood outside the UNGASS this year, most of whom were against the “war on drugs.” Others demanded “freedom of consciousness” through access to psychedelic drugs without prosecution. […]

A proven therapy

Those who practice or benefit from acupuncture no longer question its safety or efficacy, nor do the teachers who have preserved its art and science since it began in China over 3,000 years ago. Acupuncture is now used all over the world, including countries with corporate-dominated health care. This endurance alone suggests that acupuncture has […]

Alternative methods of wellness and healing

Alternative methods of wellness and healing are often attributed to Eastern origins, primarily because the people of China reportedly have the longest recorded history, the oldest civilization, and the most enduring culture and traditions. While the Chinese civilization has not yet self-destructed, unlike many of its planetary counterparts, its characteristic beliefs about wellness and healing […]

Hiking benefits mental health

The interconnectedness of mind, body and soul is a universal truth, yet a truth that is often lost in today’s compartmentalized society. Hiking is an easy way to reconnect all aspects of the self with nature, and doing so simply feels good. Scientists have discovered ways to explain exactly how and why hiking feels so […]

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