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Shedding Light in the Darkness

Reminiscing About Positive Memories Buffers Acute Stress Responses

Happy-HandsAccording to a new study published in Nature Human Behaviour, you can mitigate stress and reduce cortisol levels by reminiscing about a positive experiences, thinking back over good times. Read more of this post

Britain Could Become a Biological Desert

shutterstock_515369695-e1480287688288“Britain will soon become a biological desert,” writes environmentalist Dr. Rosemary Mason in an open letter to Prof. William Cushley, chair of the UK’s Expert Committee on Pesticides (ECP). “Few can avoid the pollution of water, soil and air by genotoxic and teratogenic herbicides, insecticides and other industrial chemicals. Governments and regulators only measure a small fraction of them. Human health depends on biodiversity. Food depends on natural pollinators.”

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Life’s Lessons

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Anybody Can Become Liberated

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“Anybody can become liberated, at any moment. But this is because you are already liberated. If you were not liberated, you would never be able to become liberated.
“But because you’re already liberated, all you’re really doing is taking off the stuff that makes you think you’re not liberated, dark clouds, the layers and layers of nonsense, garbage, that you covered yourself with all of these years. The thought “I am important, I am somebody”. This is what keeps you in bondage.” ~ Robert Adams

Michael Franti – Shining Light in the Gloom

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Few artists today seem able to depict contemporary events in their songs while cushioning gloom with a ray of hope. For years Michael Franti  has been on kind of a mission to decry injustice and provide palliative uplift. “It’s Good to be Alive Today,” from his latest “Soulrocker” album is a prime example of this gifted artist’s approach. Read more of this post

Carlos Santana on Loving Maui & A Prescription for Fear

santana“You have to have a supreme karma to live on Maui, or even to visit it,” says Carlos Santana. “There are people who may never even see Maui in this lifetime. It’s like I’m replenishing when I come to Maui or the islands. I feel like I’m sucking up all kinds of glorious energy. There’s something extremely divine.” Read more of this post

Could Marijuana Prevent Memory Loss

mara1Researchers in Germany, who are set to begin human trials later this year, cured elderly mice of memory loss with cannabis – and say the drug may even help delay Alzheimer’s disease. Read more of this post

The Latest Smart Meter Blunder in the UK

764_-3According to The Daily Telegraph millions of smart meters installed in British households under the Government’s flagship scheme may need to be replaced due to an IT bungle. Last night consumer experts described the smart meter roll-out as a “cock up” while sources at major energy firms admitted the cost was “spiraling” despite customers receiving “sub-par experiences”. Read more of this post

Low-dose penicillin in early life induces long-term changes in behavior

PenicillinIn a landmark study, researchers at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and McMaster University have found that providing clinical (low) doses of penicillin to pregnant mice and their offspring results in long-term behavioral changes. These changes include elevated levels of aggression and lower levels of anxiety, accompanied by characteristic neurochemical changes in the brain and an imbalance in their gut microbes. Giving these mice a lactobacillus strain of bacteria helped to prevent these effects. Read more of this post

Syria: The Propaganda War

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There’s something odd about the timing of recent events in Syria. A little over a week ago President Trump’s U.S. ambassador to the UN, reported: “Our priority is no longer to sit and focus on getting Assad out.” Five days later Assad allegedly bombed civilians with sarin gas. The world reeled. On Thursday Hillary Clinton suggested the US should bomb Syria in retaliation to, “take out his airfields and prevent him from being able to use them to bomb innocent people and drop sarin gas on them.” Hours later the missiles were launched. That’s how the sequence of events unfolded, but maybe there’s another story besides the conventional narrative being promoted? So here’s one perspective with a little history. Read more of this post