In August 2016 I went to New York for the first time. On the second evening, as the sun slipped behind the building across the street, I was sitting on a long couch on the top floor of an old church. All around me instruments were scattered on the floor – singing bowls, tuning forks, rainsticks, Tibetan bells. At the foot of a wall carpeted completely in moss, dripping like the jungle in the baking heat, was a large bronze gong. On the table in front of me two small ceramic bowls contained a capsule of 125mg of pure MDMA and a chilli guacamole with three grams of powdered magic mushrooms stirred through it. I eyed them nervously. I was terrified that I was going to lose my mind but I was more scared that nothing would happen at all, that I was too broken for even this radical treatment. I’d left Australia to take psychedelics with a therapist. Almost a decade of regular talk therapies for depression had done little to explain why I still felt so numb, trapped and terrified. … [Read more...] about Psychedelic renaissance: could MDMA help with PTSD, depression and anxiety?
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A small blue flame, circulating in a vortex called a fire whirl, could become an important tool in oil spill cleanup, according to the scientists who created it. And they give bourbon credit for inspiring the research. Fire whirls, colloquially called firenadoes, look like tornadoes or wind devils, and they burn hotter than many other fires. The results can be devastating in a city or a forest. So researchers have studied fire whirls with an eye to stopping or preventing them. Three scientists from the University of Maryland had a different idea. Huahua Xiao, an assistant research scientist, who conducted experiments on fire whirls along with Michael J. Gollner and Elaine S. Oran, said, “We wanted to harness the power of fire whirls for good.” As for the bourbon, the research was prompted not by consumption of this particular kind of high-test, but by a video of flaming bourbon. A spill from the Jim Beam factory on a pond in Kentucky caught fire in 2003, and a fire … [Read more...] about New Form of Fire, Inspired by Bourbon, Might Help With Oil Spills
Story highlights Vinegar's main component may block starch uptake and control blood sugar Controlling blood sugar helps with weight loss (CNN)The claims are everywhere: If you add apple cider vinegar to your daily diet, it will help you lose weight. "Research supports the use for weight loss," declares one manufacturer. "A lot of this is marketing," nutritionist Lisa Drayer said, "and it's been around a long time. I remember, probably 15 years ago, covering the apple cider vinegar diet. When you looked closely, the diet paired apple cider vinegar pills with a low-calorie menu. It's no wonder people lost weight. "So I think there's been a lot of advertising about the benefits of apple cider vinegar for weight loss," she added, "and consumers get those messages, and they think, 'Oh, this must be the next magic bullet.' But whether it's based on science is another matter." What's the research say? A lot of the research on vinegar's relationship with weight loss is in animals, … [Read more...] about Can apple cider vinegar help with weight loss?
When she was younger, Josie Roth leaned on her mother as symptoms of anxiety and depression emerged from the shadows. Her family and friends were supportive, but their support wasn't enough on its own. They weren't trained to help her handle mental health issues that could feel all-consuming at times. So, at 14, she started seeing a therapist. After leaving the comfort of home for college at Vanderbilt University, Roth turned to the campus counseling center for therapy. Roth said her stress radiated from pressure to excel academically, participate in large social gatherings and deal with a tight budget. Turning to therapy, she developed coping strategies to address her needs, avoid panic attacks and fight off irrational worries. She isn't alone. According to a study released earlier this month, about 1 in 3 U.S. college students sought mental health treatment in 2017. That's up from 1 in 5 just 10 years ago. How to help: Three steps to help in … [Read more...] about 1 in 3 college students seek help with mental health. Here’s what schools are doing
Annie Krause moved into a nursing home in Detroit in 2015, when she was 98 years old. She had grown frail. Arthritis, recurrent infections and hypertension had made it difficult for her to manage on her own. When the facility’s doctor examined her, he found a mass in Ms. Krause’s breast and recommended a biopsy — standard procedure to determine what sort of tumor this was and, if it proved malignant, what treatment to pursue. Once diagnosed, breast cancer almost always leads to surgery, even in older women. “If she were a passive person, she would have had a lumpectomy,” said Ms. Krause’s granddaughter, Dr. Mara Schonberg, an That didn’t stop the doctor from recommending a biopsy, however. Having spent years studying how best to inform older women about breast cancer, Dr. Schonberg said that patients’ decisions — about screenings and treatments — have proved stubbornly resistant to change. She told me about her … [Read more...] about For Elderly Women With Breast Cancer, Surgery May Not Be the Best Option