Emptiness and Filling Out Forms: A Practical Approach to Death

Photo by (Kirk) Lai Man Nung | https://tricy.cl/2GfksZT Dying with compassion means having a plan in place for those left behind. A practitioner recounts how she navigated the process with her dharma friends. By Rena Graham As a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner, I am constantly reminded that we never know when death might approach, but for years, I’d avoided dealing with one of the most practical aspects of death—the paperwork. I was not alone: Roughly half of all adults in North America do not have a living will. Then recently, I suffered a near-fatal illness that left me viscerally aware of how unprepared … Continue reading Emptiness and Filling Out Forms: A Practical Approach to Death

THE LONELINESS EPIDEMIC IS SO BAD, WORLD LEADERS HAVE BEEN FORCED TO INTERVENE

by Chris Bourn When politicians are staging national interventions to force us to connect with each other — and actually spending real money on the problem — you know it’s a genuine crisis There are many great things about being a human, but one of the most underappreciated is our need to bond with other humans. The urge to be sociable was hardwired into us long ago, say theevolutionary psychologists, and it’s led to many of our favorite pastimes: laughing at things, gossip, the ability to have face-to-face sex. But it also has a nasty side effect: When the bonding instinct is left hanging … Continue reading THE LONELINESS EPIDEMIC IS SO BAD, WORLD LEADERS HAVE BEEN FORCED TO INTERVENE

The Cognitive Psychology of Belief in the Supernatural

BY JESSE BERING Belief in a deity or an afterlife could be an evolutionarily advantageous by-product of people’s ability to reason about the minds of others One hot summer day several years ago, I lay holed up in a suffocating Fort Lauderdale hospital room—the result of an especially virulent bout of the flu. Having nothing but the buzzing of dying flies and the sound of muted television game-show applause to engage my interest, I turned my attention to the doleful lamentations of my elderly roommate, a handsome Navy veteran from World War II with a painfully defunct hip and, I gathered, … Continue reading The Cognitive Psychology of Belief in the Supernatural

Antidepressants linked to dementia: Mental meds may just trade one condition for another

by: Isabelle Z. (Natural News) Antidepressants and antihistamines are among the most common types of medications people take, and they belong to a class of drugs known as anticholinergics. These drugs can treat a variety of health problems, including COPD, asthma, depression, dizziness, gastrointestinal problems, overactive bladder, and the symptoms of Parkinson’s. Although they can be effective, a large new study has shown that if you take them, you might just be trading one problem for another, possibly bigger one: dementia. Although people who suffer from depression may be desperate to get relief from this illness that can have such a negative impact … Continue reading Antidepressants linked to dementia: Mental meds may just trade one condition for another

Undercover in a Hospital Bed

image CreditCreditCharlotte Mei By Tim Lahey, M.D. Secret shoppers pretend to be sick to help make hospitals safer for everyone else. A nurse walked in with a loaded syringe. “Can you lift your gown?” she asked. The woman on the gurney held the scratchy emergency room blanket closer to her chin. “What’s in the syringe?” she asked. The nurse frowned. “Don’t you want the medicine your doctor ordered?” The woman took a deep breath and kept asking questions. She had more than just self-interest on the line. She was a “secret shopper,” a consultant pretending to be a patient in order … Continue reading Undercover in a Hospital Bed

There’s a New Hidden Danger to Drinking Alcohol — and It Could Be Deadly

Carlos Estrada by Chelsea Szmania The news about the tragic deaths of several American tourists in the Dominican Republic in May 2019 has created an outcry and a media frenzy. As of June 30, there were at least nine deaths with similar circumstances in the past few months. The FBI and Dominican authorities are investigating, and one theory is that alcohol was the cause of these deaths. The FBI has reportedly taken samples of alcohol for testing, and the hotels where some tourists died have removed alcohol from the minibars in the hotel rooms. But the concerns are growing, and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on June 30, 2019, recommended that the Bureau of Alcohol, … Continue reading There’s a New Hidden Danger to Drinking Alcohol — and It Could Be Deadly

The Unbearable Smugness of Walking

OLIVER MUNDAY Glorified for its creative benefits, the pastime has become yet another goal-driven pursuit. by MICHAEL LAPOINTE Beneath My Feet: Writers On Walking BY DUNCAN MINSHULL, EDITOR NOTTING HILL EDITIONS Walking: One Step at a Time BY ERLING KAGGE PANTHEON Lifespan, a maker of fitness equipment, claims that a treadmill desk will boost my creativity. The company’s website, where I can purchase its basic model for $1,099, features an inspirational quote from Nietzsche: “All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.” Researchers agree on the connection between an acute mind and legs in motion. Studies have shown that we do better on tests of memory and attention … Continue reading The Unbearable Smugness of Walking