How You Know It’s Time to Give Up on a Marriage — Advice from a Marriage Counselor

Helping couples let go with dignity. By Tammy Nelson I’ve always made it my primary goal to save the marriage, if at all possible; however, I’ve often felt that I was working harder at it than either of the partners involved, especially with the couples who come to my office only to check off an imaginary box—“tried couples therapy”—before heading off to consult their respective lawyers. Of course, even among these last-ditch efforts, some unhappy couples do find new and better ways of relating to each other during therapy and decide to stick together. But what I’ve come to realize … Continue reading How You Know It’s Time to Give Up on a Marriage — Advice from a Marriage Counselor

How The Microbiome Destroyed the Ego, Vaccine Policy, and Patriarchy

by Sayer Ji, Green Med Info, Waking Times The relatively recent discovery of the microbiome is not only completely redefining what it means to be human, to have a body, to live on this earth, but is overturning belief systems and institutions that have enjoyed global penetrance for centuries. A paradigm shift has occurred, so immense in implication, that the entire frame of reference for our species’ self-definition, as well as how we relate fundamentally to concepts like “germs,” have been transformed beyond recognition. This shift is underway and yet, despite popular interest in our gut ecology, the true implications remain … Continue reading How The Microbiome Destroyed the Ego, Vaccine Policy, and Patriarchy

What the nose knows

cranberries (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by Emma Young Losing your sense of smell takes away more than scents and flavours – it can fundamentally change the way you relate to other people, writes Emma Young. Nick Johnson skims the lunch menu at the White Dog Cafe, a warren of little rooms and ante-rooms in Philadelphia’s university district. “Beef empanadas… I would have loved those. But all that braised beef would just get lost on me. Fish and chips I avoid: all fried foods taste the same. I’m looking at the fish tacos. I know I’ll get the spicy heat and a … Continue reading What the nose knows

Repulsed by Animal Cruelty, Attendance (and Profits) at SeaWorld Plummet

SeaWorld, which has been bombarded with negative publicity in the two years since a documentary exposed its abuse of orca whales, reported a steep drop in earnings on Thursday. (Photo: Greg Fischer/flickr/cc) “People don’t want to watch abused animals being forced to perform pointless circus tricks,” says animal rights group by Nadia Prupis, staff writer Since the 2013 release of Blackfish, a bombshell documentary exposing animal cruelty at SeaWorld, the aquatic theme park has lost increasing levels of both profits and visitors, reporting an 84 percent plunge in net income in just three months. SeaWorld announced its quarterly earnings on Thursday, … Continue reading Repulsed by Animal Cruelty, Attendance (and Profits) at SeaWorld Plummet

Marijuana helps heal broken bones, and even makes them stronger, scientists discover

By David Gutierrez | Natural News A marijuana chemical known as cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) helps fractures heal faster and even make the bones stronger than they were before, according to a study conducted by researchers from Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University and published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. CBD has no psychotropic effects. “We found that CBD alone makes bones stronger during healing, enhancing the maturation of the collagenous matrix, which provides the basis for new mineralization of bone tissue,” researcher Yankel Gabet said. “After being treated with CBD, the healed bone will be harder to … Continue reading Marijuana helps heal broken bones, and even makes them stronger, scientists discover