Not fasting is killing us, but fasting can hurt us too. Here's what to do.

BY CHRIS TAYLOR There’s a switch inside every cell in your body. Flip it on and you’re in growth mode. Your cells start dividing — but in the process, they make a lot of junk like mis-folded proteins, which help create the conditions for our biggest diseases (including cardiovascular, Alzheimer’s and the big C). Flip the switch off, though, and your cells literally take out the trash — leaving them clean, renewed, effectively young.  We know how to flip the switch. The trick is figuring out when. Because leaving your body in cleanup mode for too long can also be extremely bad for your health, … Continue reading Not fasting is killing us, but fasting can hurt us too. Here's what to do.

Acupuncture: Everything you need to know before you try it

Find out the science behind it and the risks involved. by Mercey Livingston In the world of modern wellness, there’s a spectrum that most popular trends fall under — you have the “woo-woo” on one end and tried-and-true, science-backed practices on the other. There’s also a gray area in between, which is where acupuncture fits. Acupuncture is an ancient practice of inserting the end of a thin needle into your body to relieve pain, reduce stress and provide other health benefits. While there is mixed evidence on whether or not it works, even the most skeptical people may find relief from … Continue reading Acupuncture: Everything you need to know before you try it

Your brain waves could predict if an antidepressant will work for you

By Lucy Hicks – Live Science Contributor  A new study suggests a better way to match patients to medication. For patients seeking relief from depression, it can take months to pin down an effective treatment.  But brain wave patterns could potentially help to predict how individual patients would respond to an antidepressant before treatment even begins, according to a new study published Feb. 10 in the journal Nature Biotechnology.  The study addresses one of psychiatry’s fundamental challenges: a lack of tests that can help doctors decide the best treatment options for patients with depression, said study co-author Dr. Madhukar Trivedi, a psychiatry professor at UT Southwestern Medical … Continue reading Your brain waves could predict if an antidepressant will work for you

JORDAN PETERSON SHARES A POWERFUL PERSPECTIVE ON ALCOHOL ADDICTION AND HOW TO BEAT IT

by Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer Waking Times “If we had to make a bad drug legal, the worst choice was alcohol.” ~ Jordan Peterson The negative impact that alcohol has on society is staggering, but with growing demand for legal access to mind-expanding and therapeutic recreational drugs like cannabis and psychedelics, more people are exploring life without alcohol. But so many of us have an insanely difficult time walking away from it and not looking back. And it’s no wonder. Booze is deeply embedded into our culture and practically ubiquitous now. Not only that, we live in one of the most stressful, anxiety-inducing times in … Continue reading JORDAN PETERSON SHARES A POWERFUL PERSPECTIVE ON ALCOHOL ADDICTION AND HOW TO BEAT IT

Anti-climax

Coitus reservatus is an ancient technique promising bliss and longevity. Does orgasm data back up these tantric ideas? Peter von Ziegesar is an American writer and filmmaker. His writing has been published in The Huffington Post, The New York Times and The New York Times Magazine, among others. He is also the author of the memoir The Looking Glass Brother (2014). He lives in Brooklyn, New York.Listen here Edited by Sam Dresser Coitus reservatus, also known as ejaculation control, is the age-old practice of a man withholding ejaculation during intercourse, either through training or willpower. In our orgasm-obsessed culture, such an idea might seem counterintuitive and even … Continue reading Anti-climax

How to live a long, happy life, according to this 113-year-old man

Truthfully, there’s no secret to living longer. by Kyle Schnitzer Many studies will tell you that if you eat this or have a better outlook on life, you could increase the chances of living a longer life than others who don’t. If you’re an optimist, you might live past 85. If you play team sports, it could make you live longer. Oh, and even how fast you walk could even… you get the picture. Getting to 100 is a big milestone. Recently, Sport Obermeyer founder Klaus Obermeyer celebrated his 100th birthday and he hasn’t stopped working. Obermeyer said he’d tell those younger than him to set … Continue reading How to live a long, happy life, according to this 113-year-old man

How to coach your brain to increase your attention span

Our chronic sleep deficits play a big role in our difficulty focusing on one task. But—and no surprise here—so do our cellphones and constant stream of emails. BY ART MARKMAN The word “attention” in psychology is a catchall referring to any process that influences what information from the world breaks through and affects your thinking. The term “attention span” is the amount of time that you can spend working on a particular task, whether that is writing a report, reading a book or article, or listening to a talk. Many people feel like their attention span is too short. They … Continue reading How to coach your brain to increase your attention span