2015: Why Reading and Writing on Paper Beat Digital Screens For Boosting Your Brain

Research shows that writing leads to an increase in conceptual understanding, application and retention. My son is 18 months old, and I’ve been reading books with him since he was born. I say “reading”, but I really mean “looking at” – not to mention grasping, dropping, throwing, cuddling, chewing, and everything else a tiny human being likes to do. Over the last six months, though, he has begun not simply to look but also to recognise a few letters and numbers. He calls a capital Y a “yak” after a picture on the door of his room; a capital H is “hedgehog”; a capital K, “kangaroo”; and so on. Reading, unlike speaking, is a young activity in evolutionary terms. Humans have been speaking in some form for hundreds of thousands of years; we are born with the ability to acquire speech etched into our neurones. The earliest writing, however, […] Read More

2014: CNN Promotes Microchip Brain Implants For Memory Loss

John Vibes February 16, 2014 (ANTIMEDIA) For years, the alternative media has been exploring the possibility of advanced surgical technology, like implantable microchips and their possible advantages and disadvantages. These legitimate possibilities have been overlooked and ignored by many, but now this type of technology is actually being promoted by the mainstream media. CNN reported that a team of US researchers is suggesting that implantable brain chips could help people restore their memory. The team expects to implant a “small number” of human volunteers with brain chips in the very near future. If the trials go well, the team hopes to start implanting microchips into the brains of their patients within a ten year time period. This research is nothing new though, it has been going on for nearly two decades. In fact, there are currently over 80,000 people who currently have microchips in their brains to treat epilepsy […] Read More

2014: Are Vapers Just the Latest Drug Users to Be Demonized?

Vapers and e-cig users need to join forces with the drug reform movement to fend off prohibitionist impulses. New Year’s Eve is around the corner and no doubt millions of smokers will make resolutions to quit. Many smokers would love to give up the habit. But smoking is an incredibly hard addiction to quit. Many heroin users say it is harder to quit smoking than quitting heroin. Thankfully, there is an exciting new tool that is helping millions give up on smoking: e-cigs and vaping. Stand on the streets of most major U.S. cities for five minutes and you will see people walking by with an e-cig instead of a cigarette hanging from their mouth. It is encouraging how fast e-cigs and vaping have taken off. Smokers aren’t stupid. When offered a safer alternative, millions have chosen it. The fact that e-cigs can be purchased at most delis and […] Read More

2014: EBOLA PATIENT ZERO

Over the weekend a very strange event happened at the Georgia Guidestones. A maintenance crew showed up at the monument and without fanfare leaned a ladder on the slab of granite that speaks of the reduction of the planet’s population to 500 million in order to keep it sustainable. A man climbed the ladder and removed the stone that had the numbers of 20 and 14 on it. He then climbed down the ladder, took out a large hammer and proceeded to break up the cube into pieces. He handed the pieces to onlookers without saying a word. There were other numbers on the cube and there were also letters. The other numbers were 8 and 16. Just out of plain curiosity I decided to add the numbers up. 8 + 20 = 28 14 + 16 = 30 Then I decided to reduce them down like a dime-store […] Read More

2014: Robin Williams Was a Powerful Voice on the Issue of Addiction

His death will broaden the national conversation about addiction. The following first appeared on Substance.com: Robin Williams died this week. He was 63. His death, reportedly a suicide by asphyxia, serves as a stark reminder of the insidiousness of addiction and mental illness. As an actor and comedian, Williams was both legendary and beloved. Among many other memorable roles, he was the goofy dad-in-drag in Mrs. Doubtfire>; he was the genie in Alladin; he was a lovable alien in Mork and Mindy; he was the empathetic therapist in Good Will Hunting, for which he won an Oscar. He could oscillate between gut-wrenchingly funny and heart-achingly sincere—both on-screen and off. Williams was also a powerful voice for the addiction community. A recovering cocaine addict and alcoholic who spent much of his life sober, his eloquence, honesty, and humor on the subject were unparalleled—both in his stand-up comedy and with the press. ”[Addiction is] not caused by anything, it’s just there,” he said […] Read More

2014: It Is Becoming Clear – We Are NOT Prepared For An Ebola Pandemic

The United States is woefully unprepared for an Ebola outbreak.  If a pandemic were to erupt, the very limited number of hospital labs and isolation units that we currently have would be rapidly overwhelmed.  Yes, we may be able to provide “state of the art care” for a handful of people, but if thousands (or millions) of Americans get the virus you can forget about it.  Our health industry is already stretched incredibly thin, and we simply do not have the resources to handle a tsunami of high-risk Ebola patients. And of course, conventional medicine does not have a cure for Ebola anyway.  The “experimental drug” that is being used on the two American health professionals with the disease seems to be helping them, but even if it does turn out to be safe and even if it is approved for the general public it will still be a […] Read More

2014: We Should Cheer E-Cigs and Vaping, Not Equate them with Smoking

From New York to California, we are seeing cities passing laws against vaping in public. Walking down the streets of New York I see more and more people using e-cigarettes. I see them enjoying their e-cigarette outside a bar or as they hustle down the street and it is easy to imagine that these e-cigs have replaced their previous form of tobacco intake, the cigarette. I instantly feel solidarity and connection with these folks. I have my own long and complicated relationship with cigarettes. I have tried everything to break my habit. I have tried the patch and the gum. I have tried hypnosis and Wellbutrin. And out of all of the replacements and strategies, I have been most excited and optimistic about e-cigarettes and vaping. It is encouraging how fast e-cigs and vaping have taken off. Smokers aren’t stupid. When offered a safer model to obtain their nicotine, […] Read More

2014: This 122 Year Old Woman Has The Most Important Secret To A Life Of Longevity

The primary determinant of health for the average person is thought. Not genetics, not exercise or nutrition, but the mind. This has been shown over and over again by the scientific fields of psychoneuroimmunology, psychoneurocardiology, psychoneuroendocrinology, not to mention cancer research and all the various psychosomatic disorders that have been studied. If you doubt that thought affects health then I will be happy to have a truckload of research evidence dumped at your doorstep (at your expense) that you can take the next few years perusing. On second thought, why don’t I just relate a story? The oldest documented person that ever lived was a French woman named Jeane Calment who made it to 122 years, 164 days on this earth. What was her secret? According to French researcher Jean-Marie Robine, “She never did anything special to stay in good health.” Jeane Calment smoked cigarettes (started at age 21), drank port wine and […] Read More