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Category: Thrive

Your Cold and Flu Arsenal #5: Essential Oils

Reading Time: 5 minutesIn this installment of Your Cold and Flu Arsenal, you’ll learn about some of the most effective essential oils for the respiratory system and some easy ways to get them into your system. We’ll continue next week, to further expand on this subject.

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Nicotine to Help Treat Memory Loss?

Reading Time: 2 minutesAccording to the Alzheimer’s Association, approximately one in five people age 65 or older have mild memory loss or MCI and are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. Currently, there is no FDA-approved medication indicated to treat this condition; however, nicotine stimulates an area in the brain known to be important for thinking and memory, and scientists believe it could be an effective treatment for adults with MCI.

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Understanding and Coping with Systemic Inflammation

Reading Time: 3 minutesInflammation can be beneficial to the body by signaling to your immune system that your body needs to recover from infection or injury. Sometimes, however, things can go awry, and your body can experience inflammation where it is not needed. Systemic inflammation can be debilitating and cause other problems that affect your entire body. If you struggle with systemic inflammation, all hope is not lost. There are some steps you can take to alleviate your pain.

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Your Cold and Flu Arsenal #3: Fight it Off or Get Rid of it Fast!

Reading Time: 5 minutesIf a cold or flu virus is getting you down this winter, this series of tips is for you!

There are plenty of natural remedies—and lifestyle modifications—that will help you beat a cold that’s trying to get you before it takes hold. And if you stay on top of things even before you start feeling those symptoms, you’re much more likely to get through cold and flu season feeling healthy and energized…. even when you’re surrounded by people who are snuffling and sneezing into their hankies!

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The way we eat could doom us as a species. Here’s a new diet designed to save us.

Reading Time: 7 minutesFeeding everyone within planetary boundaries will also mean changing agricultural practices and reducing food loss. It’s a gargantuan task, and it’s clearly not a top priority yet for most leaders (ahem, Donald Trump). Yet it’s time to get moving, time to sift through the big ambitious ideas like those in the Lancet report and figure out how to eat in ways that won’t destroy the planet. Otherwise, we might be cooked.

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Your Cold and Flu Arsenal: Three More Tips for Fending Off the Cold and Flu

Reading Time: 5 minutesThere’s nothing like a nasty cold – or worse the flu – to derail your plans for a week (or more) and make life miserable.

However, I’m definitely not a fan of disrupting my natural immunity with a flu shot. Unless you have serious health issues, you are much better off using herbs, foods and simple lifestyle adjustments to nip an incipient cold or flu in the bud, before it can even grab hold.

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Your Cold and Flu Arsenal: 3 Tips to Stay Well During Cold Season

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe common cold (and its evil cousin, the respiratory flu) seem to be just facts of life for many of us. And, now that those of us north of the equator are deep into the winter season, it can seem like we’re surrounded by sniffles.

Unless you’re holed up on a mountain top you can’t escape the cacophony of coughs and sneezes that abound in public spaces, and it’s all made worse in cold climates where that space is firmly sealed up against the bitter temperatures.

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Vox: The extraordinary therapeutic potential of psychedelic drugs, explained

Reading Time: 20 minutesSupport for psychedelics is also one of those rare issues that can, in some cases, cut across conventional political lines. Rebekah Mercer, the billionaire Republican financier and co-owner of Breitbart, has donated a $1 million to MAPS to fund studies and legalization effort. As the research advances, we could see more bipartisan support like this.

One big remaining question has to do with access. If you spend any time at all in the psychedelic subculture, you can’t help but notice that it consists mostly of privileged white people. This is largely a product of who’s holding these spaces, how much they cost (anywhere from $600 to well over $1,000 per session), where they’re being held, and the networks of people propping them up. That many people simply don’t know about the therapeutic potential of psychedelics is yet another barrier. All of this has to change, and hopefully, it will when psychedelics aren’t relegated to the underground.

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Combatting Cold and Flu Season

Reading Time: 3 minutesWhile you may not be able to avoid illness entirely, you can take steps to protect yourself from the common cold and more serious bugs like the flu.

This cold and flu season, keep essentials on-hand from thermometers that can help you diagnose a fever quickly to humidifiers and heated blankets that can potentially help shorten your recovery time.

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Five Out-of-the-Box Tips to Lose That Extra Weight

Reading Time: 5 minutesI long ago gave up on the concept of ‘New Year’s Resolutions, but I’m a big fan of harnessing that brand new year energy to set solid intentions, get clear on priorities, and feel some real momentum toward the realization of my dreams and goals.

Turning the calendar page to January 1st can fill us with a surge of energy and the inspiration to really make headway on those changes we’ve been dreaming of. The potential seems infinite!

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