Medical marijuana is legal in 37 states and recreational marijuana legal in 2. There's a lot of chatter about those numbers getting larger in the coming years. It's hard to consume information about marijuana use that's devoid of stereotypes. The people who use it are either stoners or sinners. The way it makes you feel are obvious but there's surprisingly few guides about what risks or benefits come from inhaling it regularly. The truth is a little surprising.
The Parasite Action Plan – Why Being Clean Makes You Sick
The arc of our daily lives has evolved to systematically remove pathogens of all sorts from our environment. It's resulted in the removal of many diseases that have been a blight on humanity. But their removal has created one gigantic curiosity. Autoimmune disorders started popping up right around the same time. Is that an accident?
3 Superfoods That Prolong Life and Improve Cognition
Everyone knows that being healthy in general helps you live longer, feel better, and stay sharp. But are there specific foods that target these same ends? Yes. For the most part. Here are three foods that target the basic mechanisms that cause us to grow old and senile, and help reverse the process. They've all served as the basis for billions of dollars of pharmaceuticals to varying success.
Why Aging is a Growth Disorder
Growing old is steeped in romance and mystery. Nothing could be further from the truth. The process has more or less been working the same way for a long time. Like 2 billion years. Our understanding of it has increased greatly over the last 4-5 decades, and it's shed light on a surprising truth: It almost looks like type 3 diabetes
Healing Arthritis Naturally: Causes and Potential Cures
Arthritis gives about 80 million Americans joint pain every day. It's a pernicious condition that also comes with an inconvenient secret: Nobody really knows how to treat it. There are a litany of expensive surgeries and procedures you can undergo, and I reckon many of them help, but there's anything but a one-size-fits-all solution. The bad news is that I don't know how to treat it either. Sorry. The good news is that I've drummed up an actionable list of diet changes anyone can take that'll probably improve the situation.
Echinacea: The (Almost) Cure For the Common Cold
Cold season is upon us. I personally dislike cough syrup and try to avoid medication when possible. Echinacea is touted as a cure for the common cold, but I'm sad to say......it doesn't really hold up when put under the microscope. It's useful as a general immune booster, but not as a targeted treatment for anyting....including the cold.
Naturally Treating Gout: Separating Myth From Reality
Anyone who's had gout or knows someone who's had it can attest to its discomfort. It's a total pain in the ass. And its incidence is rising. But unlike cancer, diabetes, and other manifestations of the metabolic syndrome, gout has a remarkable little truth about it: it's very straight forward to treat.
Forget Resolutions, Remember This: Whatever You Do, You Will Do More Of
A new years resolution is a flawed concept. Their failure ought to be an expectation, not an indictment on your character. They're based on laws of behavioral physics that simply don't exist. Instead, I'd suggest a better alternative to making improvements. You don't need goals, willpower, planning, or even a lot of time. Instead, all you need is a crucial little piece of information: feedback.
Hemp and Damiana Leaf: Not the Same Thing
Damiana is one of the most interesting but least understood natural remedies in the world. It's used as an aphrodisiac, a fertility booster and viagra substitute, and a remedy for headaches and fevers, among other things. It's also a little.....ahem.......psychoactive. And that of course just begs the question...........how does it stack up to hemp? (And no, I'm not a stoner!)
Eating For Longevity: The Bottom Line Among People Who Live A Long Time
The process of aging is more nuanced than meets the eye. Most people think it's monotonic and happens like clockwork, but the process is amazingly elastic. Your body has fast-forward and rewind buttons for its own lifespan. This of course raises the tantalizing question: how do we stop our body from killing itself? The answer is surprisingly simple.