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Category Archive for 'The Body Electric'

“Hear of experiences both miraculous and terrifying, humorous and adventurous, humbling and revelatory, about Westerners drinking ayahuasca,” promised an email I received, pitching an event to be held on Saturday called the “Ayahuasca Monologues.” “For centuries, shamans have drunk this powerful concoction,” the note continued, “to heal illness, obtain mystical insights, contact spirit guides, and […]

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Genes write the script of our lives, and the story of autism manifests within the body in unusual ways that science is still trying to unlock. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh have finally conducted the first definitive and comprehensive study for determining the intelligence level of those with autism-related genes. The findings, which were […]

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Hot sauce saved his life

Spicy food is good for lots of things, from helping with weight loss to simply tasting delicious. But for one man living in Orland Park, Ill., just outside of Chicago, it can be credited with saving his life. Thirty-year-old Randy Schmitz doesn’t believe he would have discovered a cancerous brain tumor in its early stages […]

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Psychedelicized

Yeah, I figured: The use of psychedelic drugs does not increase a person’s risk of developing mental health problems, according to new research published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. Norwegian clinical psychologist Pål-Ørjan Johansen and neuroscientist Teri Suzanne Krebs said the findings show that most of the claims about the harms from psychedelic drugs like […]

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A lot of the junkies in my neighborhood are people who got hooked on oxycontin after an injury. Pain is a big motivator — people will do almost anything to make it stop: For decades, the World Health Organization has designated pain treatment as afundamental human right. Nonetheless, about 75 percent of the global population […]

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Soda is the second most popular drink in the United States, and it’s because children and adults alike are gulping down copious amounts of bubbly artificial liquids without a realistic sense of health consequences. Research scientists at Consumer Reports teamed up with the Center for a Livable Future at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of […]

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I was reading before I went to sleep last night when I saw a migraine scotoma appear. (See above picture.) I thought, “Oh shit,” turned off the light and went to sleep. But it was hard to sleep, because the scotoma was so much brighter and more colorful than usual. I woke up two hours […]

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You gotta love online news features, especially when they come from TV. This is from Fox 8 News in Cleveland: It’s being called the exercise test that can predict your death. A physician in Brazil used something called the sit/rise test to show his aging patients the risk of losing strength and flexibility. The study […]

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By now, most of us have seen the shocking before and after pics of people addicted to methamphetamines. Exactly what is happening inside each cell to cause such striking changes to a person’s face and body? Meth, scientists from the Italian Institute of Technology and UC Irvine say, causes abnormalities in the fat metabolism of […]

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This is incredible news. I wonder how much they’ll rob people for it: Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online When used in combination with a currently-available antiviral medication, a new experimental hepatitis C drug eradicated all signs of the disease within six weeks – the highest response and shortest duration ever achieved by […]

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