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Rhodiola shows antidepressant benefits in new study

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Rhodiola rosea, an herb deriving from Siberia and China, has shown benefits as an antidepressant agent in a recent study. Published in the March 15 edition of the journal Phytomedicine, Rhodiola was tested among 57 subjects suffering from mild to… Continue reading

African plant outlawed in US may offer treatment for addicts

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When news surfaced that Scott Disick, the father of Kourtney Kardashian’s children, was in Costa Rica reportedly undergoing treatment for his hard-partying ways, iboga, an African plant used to treat addictions, was thrown into the spotlight. It’s not the… Continue reading

Cyclone Pam takes heavy toll on remote island of Vanuatu

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South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, whose name means “land eternal.” (Chris Kilham)

In 1995, I made the first of dozens of trips to the remote South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, whose name means “land eternal.” At the time,… Continue reading

Psychedelics not linked to mental disorders, study finds

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In the ever-changing health landscape, sometimes methods and medicines are vilified for a time, only to emerge anew, bolstered by science. Such is the case with psychedelics, those potent mind-manifesting drugs that caused a furor in the 1960s… Continue reading

Cannabis moderately impairs driving

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FILE: Nov. 8, 2012: Marijuana plants flourish under the lights at a grow house in Denver. (AP)

With legalization of recreational cannabis now in three states and the District of Columbia, and with medical marijuana laws passed in 23 states,… Continue reading

Olive oil may prevent cancer, study finds

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Olive oil, a staple of the Mediterranean diet and long hailed as a cardiovascular health enhancer, is now showing promise as a cancer preventive. That’s the exciting news from a recently published study in the scientific journal Molecular & Cellular… Continue reading

The delicious, healthy hazelnut

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An unusual find in Scotland in 1995 gave insight into the role that nuts, specifically hazelnuts, have played in earlier civilizations. ;
On the island of Colonsay of Scotland’s Inner Hebrides, a midden pit, sometimes also known as a… Continue reading

House Passes $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

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The latest battle between Republicans and Democrats over the spending bill was anticlimactic in comparison to the past.
For starters, the drama really only lasted a week – a far shorter period of time than we’ve seen legislators go at… Continue reading

Oklahoma inmate’s botched execution: I don’t want to tell my son and daughter this is the best we can do with killers

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The Lord works in mysterious ways. When Clayton Lockett, a vicious killer who buried a woman alive, was executed in Oklahoma Tuesday, his tortured death exposed the sinfulness of the death penalty and the amoral reasoning of those who support… Continue reading

My dinner with the family of Justina Pelletier

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In case you’ve ever wondered, when you take a psychiatrist to dinner (especially a forensic psychiatrist, like me), he doesn’t leave the office 100 percent. No well-trained psychiatrist can. The “third ear” we develop during training – the one that… Continue reading