On The Virtues Of Sleeping Like A Sloth

On The Virtues Of Sleeping Like A Sloth
In the sixth century, Pope Gregory I compiled an infamous list of seven deadly sins. Of these seven, sloth is the only sin that shares its name in English with an animal. But are these curious animals truly guilty of vice?

The Rise Of The Conscious Carnivore

The Rise Of The Conscious CarnivoreAn increasing number of Canadians, especially those under 35, are cutting out meat from their diets – a trend that should be causing serious alarm for meat producers.

How Clean Is Your Desk? The Unwelcome Reality Of Office Hygiene

How Clean Is Your Desk? The Unwelcome Reality Of Office Hygiene

If you work in an office, the chances are there are some colleagues you would rather sit next to than others. But we’re not just talking personality likes or dislikes here – what can also be a factor is how clean they keep their desk.

What Happens When We Drink Alcohol

What Happens When We Drink Alcohol
Alcohol is a depressant, a diuretic, and a disinfectant. These generally aren’t pleasant attributes, but people have been drinking alcohol for thousands of years...

How Your Body Changes From Day One On A Vegan Diet

How Your Body Changes From Day One On A Vegan Diet
Veganism, the plant-based diet which shuns meat and dairy, is having its time in the sun. Since 2008, there has been a 350% increase in the number of self-described vegans in the UK alone. Where this motivation stems from is varied, but includes concerns about animal welfare, worries about the environment and religious reasons.

What You Need To Know About The Keto Diet

What You Need To Know About The Keto Diet
A diet developed in the 1920s to treat children with epilepsy is suddenly all the rage. The ketogenic diet, or “keto diet”, has reportedly been endorsed by celebrities and even athletes are giving it a go.

Is Organic, Grass Fed And Hormone-free Red Meat Any Healthier?

Is Organic, Grass Fed And Hormone-free Red Meat Any Healthier?
Red meat is an excellent source of protein and essential nutrients such as iron, zinc, vitamin B12 and omega-3 fats, which are are linked to heart and brain health. But while a small quantity of lean meat may be good for us, too much red or processed meat can increase our risk of some cancers.

Why After Cereal, Even Healthy People’s Blood Sugar Spikes

Why After Cereal, Even Healthy People’s Blood Sugar SpikesThe level of sugar in an individual’s blood—especially in individuals who are considered healthy—fluctuates more than traditional means of monitoring, like the one-and-done finger-prick method, would have us believe, according to a new study.

What Causes Brain Freeze When You Eat Ice Cream?

What Causes Brain Freeze When You Eat Ice Cream?Although ice-cold drinks and ice cream can cause sharp, shooting mouth pain and the occasional “brain freeze,” the two reactions are completely unrelated, says neurologist Roderick Spears.

Are Phone-Obsessed Teens At Greater Risk Of ADHD?

Are Phone-Obsessed Teens At Greater Risk Of ADHD?
The new JAMA study, from researchers at the University of Southern California, investigated the link between digital media use and the development of ADHD-related behaviours among 15- and 16-year-olds.

How Wanting To Live A Normal Perfect Life Is Making Women Unhealthy

How Wanting To Live A Normal Perfect Life Is Making Women Unhealthy

These days, the health of a woman seems to be less about the absence of illness and more about being someone who works on their body and mind in order to meet modern society’s expectations of looks and abilities.

A Brief History Of Ketchup

A Brief History Of Ketchup

Countries often propose tariffs not on the most valuable items in their trading relationships – since that would be painful to them as well – but rather products iconic of national character.

The Chemicals In Beef Jerky And Hot Dogs Are Linked To Mania

The Chemicals In Beef Jerky And Hot Dogs Are Linked To ManiaChemicals used to cure beef jerky, salami, hot dogs, and other processed meat snacks may contribute to mania, an abnormal mood state characterized by hyperactivity, euphoria, and insomnia, according to a new study.

A Brief History of the Feral Blackberry

A Brief History of the Feral Blackberry

The Himalayan blackberry was introduced to North America as a food crop. Like a Gremlin doused with water, it escaped its confinement and rampantly spread throughout the continent.

Do Omega 3 Supplements Protect Against Heart Disease?

Do Omega 3 Supplements Protect Against Heart Disease?

Many people take a daily omega 3 supplement in the belief that it is good for their heart. But our latest research, a systematic review of 79 clinical trials, found no evidence for this belief.

6 Ways To Safely Exercise In Extremely Hot Weather

6 Ways To Safely Exercise In Extremely Hot WeatherWhen temperatures spike in the summer, it’s important to make sure you temper your workouts to stay safe, says Sandeep Mannava, a sports medicine specialist at University of Rochester Medicine.

How Summer And Diet Damage Your DNA, And What You Can Do

How Summer And Diet Damage Your DNA, And What You Can DoToday, your body will accumulate quadrillions of new injuries in your DNA. The constant onslaught of many forms of damage, some of which permanently mutates your genes, could initiate cancer and prove fatal.

How To Protect Your Children From Wildfire Smoke

How To Protect Your Children From Wildfire Smoke
During recent summers, children living on the West Coast of Canada have been breathing some of the most polluted air on record. This is due to seasonal wildfires, which have burned through vast zones of North America and affected even larger areas with their smoke.

The Healing Power of the Hum of the Humming Bees

The Healing Power of the Hum of the Humming Bees
In ancient tradition (Egypt), the humming sound of the bee was said to stimulate the release of super hormones known as the “Elixirs of Metamorphosis.” Doctors Meredith McCord and Jill Schumacher told us that the humming sounds of the bee resonate and stimulate various structures of the brain, including the pineal gland, pituitary gland, hypothalamus, and amygdala.

This Amazonian Psychedelic May Ease Severe Depression

This Amazonian Psychedelic May Ease Severe Depression
The vine Banisteriopsis caapi is one ingredient in ayahuasca, a psychedelic brew that Amazonian indigenous populations have long used for spiritual purposes.

Why Your Summer Might Be Full Of Mosquitoes

Why Your Summer Might Be Full Of Mosquitoes
As you pack your bags for the cottage or campground this weekend, don’t forget to bring light clothes with long sleeves — and a truckload or two of insect repellent.

How Health Coaching Might Help You Reach Old Age

How Health Coaching Might Help You Reach Old Age
There are two ways of tackling chronic lifestyle diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes: discover new drugs and treatments or persuade people to make positive lifestyle changes to avoid developing them in the first place.

Good Vibes and Bad Vibes are Contagious

Contagious Love
Everything is contagious -- not just germs, but good vibes and bad vibes, too. When a person begins laughing hysterically, watch how others laugh or at least smile. When someone is expressing hatred, notice how those in the vicinity tighten their bodies, develop a defensive posture, and maybe clutch another's hand.

Does Acupuncture Work By Re-Mapping The Brain?

Does Acupuncture Work By Re-Mapping The Brain?
Acupuncture is a form of traditional medical therapy that originated in China several thousand years ago. Perhaps, they stumbled on an effective medical approach.

How to Treat Inflammation and Its Direct Link To Disease

How to Treat Inflammation and Its Direct Link To Disease
People are living longer and healthier lives all over the world, unencumbered by pain and many of the afflictions we have come to associate with aging. These people don’t have to take pain medications, cholesterol medication, high blood pressure medication, or...

Does Drinking Coffee Help You Live Longer?

Does Drinking Coffee Help You Live Longer?
There’s only one thing better than a hot cup of coffee in the morning: a new research paper telling you your daily habit is good for your health. Headlines presented the good news from the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

This Brain Blackout Starts A Migraine

Researchers have identified the electrical activity specific to the start of migraines and demonstrated a way to stop it in animal experiments.

I Nearly Died From Sepsis and Ignorance Of This Condition Is Killing Millions

I Nearly Died From Sepsis and Ignorance Of This Condition Is Killing Millions
A visit to family in Glasgow for Christmas in 2015 nearly had a tragic ending for me. Two days earlier I had been repairing the lock on my garden gate, when I scratched my hand on a nail. By the time I arrived in Glasgow I was feeling unwell. Twenty-four hours later I was in University Hospital Hairmyres in a coma.

Should You Weigh Yourself Regularly?

Should You Weigh Yourself Regularly?

For some, jumping on the scales is a daily or weekly ritual; while others haven’t seen a set of scales for years.

Should Healthy People Take Probiotic Supplements?

Should Healthy People Take Probiotic Supplements?
A visit to the supermarket these days can feel more like walking through a pharmacy, with an ever-expanding range of milks, yogurts, pills, powders and specialty foods promoting their “probiotic” prowess.

This Diet May Boost Heart Health, Even With Red Meat

This Diet May Boost Heart Health, Even With Red MeatAdopting a Mediterranean-style eating pattern improves heart health, with or without reducing red meat intake, as long as the meat is lean and unprocessed, according to a new study.

A Cardiologist Prescribes Bliss: The Bliss Rx

A Cardiologist's Healing Method: The Bliss RxI sat quietly, listening to her pain-filled words. She had just been diagnosed with breast cancer and was in my office for preoperative cardiac evaluation. She began to sob softly. Why had good health eluded her even though she did everything right?

How Stress Is Bad For Your Body

How Stress Is Bad For Your Body
Stress affects most of us to one degree or another, and that even includes animals. Pigs, whose GI tracts are extremely similar to those of humans, may be one of the clearest windows we have into researching stress, disease, and new therapies and preventatives – both in livestock and people.

When Does Hungry Become Hangry?

When Does Hungry Become Hangry?You’re ready to blow your top – but how much is due to your internal hunger and how much to external annoyances?

How You're Eating Microplastics In Ways You Don't Even Realize

How You're Eating Microplastics In Ways You Don't Even RealizeWe’re increasingly aware of how plastic is polluting our environment. Much recent attention has focused on how microplastics – tiny pieces ranging from 5 millimetres down to 100 nanometres in diameter – are filling the seas and working their way into the creatures that live in them

Does Eating At Night Make You Fat?

Does Eating At Night Make You Fat?

Some media reports say that eating at night makes you gain weight, others say that it has no effect on body weight. So who is right?

Can Sleeping Pills Change Your Behavior?

Can Sleeping Pills Change Your Behavior?
Roseanne Barr has claimed that she was under the influence of the drug Ambien when she posted her already infamous racist tweet (since removed). But what do we know about Ambien and its side effects?

What Causes Chronic Fatigue?

What Causes Chronic Fatigue?
Around 200,000 people in Australia suffer from a debilitating illness often branded with the unfortunate name of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). I say “unfortunate” because this implies patients are simply tired, run-down, burnt-out or overly stressed.

Do Obese People Enjoy Food Less Than Lean People?

Do Obese People Enjoy Food Less Than Lean People?
Global obesity rates have risen sharply over the past three decades, leading to spikes in diabetes, arthritis and heart disease. The more we understand the causes of obesity and how to prevent it, the better.

Healing Past Lives and Attaining Closure

Healing Past Lives and Attaining Closure
Our past lives are intended to be in the background. We are not intended to be aware of them. If we are, they are likely unhealed, meaning that there is something about that lifetime that is creating restriction in your current body and life.

Practical Reasons and Methods to Access Higher Consciousness

Practical Reasons and Methods to Access Higher Consciousness
Have you ever wondered what Jesus Christ really meant when he said that heaven is within you? Dante's epic The Divine Comedy also suggests levels of heaven and hell that could be explored in a state of higher consciousness. It is not a physical journey, but a journey of spirit.

Does Cannabis Cure Cancer?

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For thousands of years people have used cannabis for recreational, ritualistic and medicinal purposes.

How Moving Around Has Big Health Benefits

How Moving Around Has Big Health Benefits
Pretty much everyone knows that taking exercise helps people stay in good health. It staves off chronic ailments like type 2 diabetes and heart disease and – maybe – helps us live longer.

Healing with Color: Lupus, Liver, and Life

Healing with Color: Lupus, Liver, and Life
In my late twenties, I developed both forms of the autoimmune deficiency disease Lupus. My doctors advised me that, given the severity of both forms of Lupus, I would only live another six to eight years. After three years of suffering, yet functioning with my Lupus, I had an experience that changed my perception.

Working with Pain and Illness and Making It Go Away

Working with Pain and Illness and Making It Go Away
When we are in pain, it takes over our identity and clouds our perception until it is relieved. Some of this is a natural physiological response—pain is unpleasant and universally unwanted. Quite often, chronic pain becomes the story of our lives, where all our interactions with the world are colored by it.

I Go To The Gym Every Day. Why Can’t I Lose Weight?

I Go To The Gym Every Day. Why Can’t I Lose Weight?
Liz is a typical 50-something woman, fit, 70 kg, 30% body fat. She goes to the gym every day, and runs for 35 minutes on the treadmill at 10km/h. But, as she tells me rather often, she can’t lose weight. So what’s going on here: is it Liz, or is it the universe conspiring against her?

How Exercise Can Boost Your Brain Function

How Exercise Can Boost Your Brain Function
Research shows that regular exercise can dramatically reduce the risks of depression as well as boost cognition and memory.

Another Problem With China's Coal Is Mercury In Rice

Another Problem With China's Coal Is Mercury In Rice
Mercury pollution is a problem usually associated with fish consumption. But some people in China, the world’s largest mercury emitter, are exposed to more methylmercury from rice than they are from fish.

How Diet Soda May Be Hurting Your Diet

How Diet Soda May Be Hurting Your DietCoca-Cola is the world’s most popular carbonated soft drink. The original is made with sugar, but the others contain artificial sweeteners that are now linked to a rise in obesity and diabetes.

Preserving The Wisdom and Knowledge of Martial Arts as a Way of Life

The Wisdom and Knowledge of Martial Arts as a Way of Life
The wisdom and knowledge that the martial arts offer is something that should be preserved in modern society. The practitioner who views his training as merely a means of self-defense will eventually realize that his efforts are unrewarding. The martial Way is nothing less than self-cultivation and the promotion of virtuous conduct.

How Understanding Pain Could Curb Opioid Addiction

How Understanding Pain Could Curb Opioid Addiction
Helping people with pain, whether it be physical or emotional, could limit the need for opioids. Data indicate that opioid abuse is primarily a male problem, concentrated in working class and low-income white communities, and rapidly expanding to Hispanic communities.

How Schizophrenia Affects The Body, Not Just The Brain

How Schizophrenia Affects The Body, Not Just The Brain
Schizophrenia is considered a disorder of the mind, influencing the way a person thinks, feels and behaves. But our latest research shows that organs, other than the brain, also change at the onset of the disease.

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