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

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

What to Do When a Stranger Annoys You

In every life, we are constantly confronted with situations where a stranger will do something acutely irritating or discomforting: perhaps they’ll turn up their music too loudly on the train, or they’ll be wiggling their leg maddeningly next to us on the plane. Maybe they’ll assign us a room in a hotel that has a strange musty smell or where a high pitched whine will be coming out of the air conditioning. In a restaurant, we may be given the worst table by the toilets, the bread may be stale and, proverbially, a fly may be found floating in the … Continue reading What to Do When a Stranger Annoys You

Hungry Ghosting, or the Hell Realm of the Dating World

A Buddhist couple discusses what the dharma has to say about dating today, and why it’s (usually) not OK to ghost people. Interview with Craig Hase and Devon Hase by Karen Jensen When it comes to dating apps, I suspect that most users tend to swipe through potential friends and lovers in a mostly mindless trance, swelling with hopefulness that can sink into hopelessness, often at the first instance of ghosting. As we dodge the aggressive come-ons of asuras [wrathful demigods] and cultivate the six perfections of profile pictures, we rarely pause to rest our thumbs and check in with what’s going on for us mentally. I … Continue reading Hungry Ghosting, or the Hell Realm of the Dating World

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

LIKE, WHAT DO DOGS THINK HUMANS ARE, MAN?

by Ian Lecklitner  Advice from a neuroscientist who studies the canine brain, an author who writes about how dogs see the world, a world-renowned dog trainer and a dog yoga teacher Parenting a pet, no matter what kind, can be a frustrating and bewildering experience. Animals can’t tell you what they want and need (directly, at least), so we’re here to help you answer any questions you have about your favorite companion — whether they be furry, slimy, feathered, scaly or anything in between — with insight from the experts. This is “Basic Bitch,” an advice column for pet parents … Continue reading LIKE, WHAT DO DOGS THINK HUMANS ARE, MAN?