Meditation alleviates stress, lowers blood pressure and increases energy levels, among other benefits. And now, according to recent studies, meditation might provide another benefit: decreasing aging in the brain.
As people age, they are at increased risk for mental illness and neurogenerative disease. However, UCLA researchers conducted a study in which they found that meditation seems to help preserve gray matter in the brain, which contains neurons, and is a sign of decreased aging. After comparing 50 people who meditated for years with 50 people who did not, scientists found that those who meditated had more gray matter in the brain than those who did not.
Reefer Madness unskillfully detailed the gleeful descent into crime and insanity that would occur the instant any unsuspecting youth took their first puff of marijuana. That was 79 years ago. America’s view has changed a bit.
The use of marijuana for medical purposes is now legal in 32 states as well as the District of Columbia. Recreational use is legal in two, Colorado and Washington, with dozens more thinking it over. And without fanfare, as a small provision in last December’s federal spending bill, Congress quietly allowed those 32 states to sell it to patients without fear of federal drug agent raids, because on a federal level, marijuana is still technically [...]
Not a day goes by when there isn’t some sort of news related to the toxins in our environment and food.
Let’s see, there’s the heavy metals. There’s the pesticides. And just good old air pollution. Never mind a multitude of other chemicals and toxins we ingest or live with knowingly or unknowingly.
“It is estimated that more than 80,000 toxic chemicals are present in our environment,” says Tim Reihm, director of Communications & Outreach at the Alliance for Natural Health USA. “They are everywhere: in the water, the soil, air. These toxins vary in danger and degree, but their presence is pervasive. We have to isolate the most dangerous substances and find strategies [...]