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    Herbal medicine is the oldest form of medicine. When our early ancestors foraged for plants to eat, they encountered some that had benefits other than curbing hunger.

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    You would think it’s a Saturday Night Live skit. And it would be funny if it didn’t have a serious side.

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    “Get in here and sit your ass down!” Not exactly what you expect to hear when you are peacefully walking in San Francisco’s Chinatown.

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    Most people would like to keep their heads. But don’t count Thomas Donaldson among them. This mathematician and computer consultant wanted his cut off.

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    Vanilla is the most popular flavor in North America. But it is not that often that one gets the chance to taste the “real stuff”.

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    Now that we’ve got your attention, let’s talk about argan oil. Don’t worry, we will get around to the poop.

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Goat Poop in Your Hair?

Now that we’ve got your attention, let’s talk about argan oil. Don’t worry, we will get around to the poop. Surely you’ve heard of corn oil, sunflower oil, peanut oil and canola oil. But unless you’re familiar with Moroccan traditions, or are in the habit of frequenting trendy hair salons, chances are that argan oil has escaped your attention. So what is this oil that most people have never heard of? Read More.

The new meaning of natural vanilla flavor
Vanilla is the most popular flavor in North America. But it is not that often that one gets the chance to taste the “real stuff”. The flavor made from the beans of the vanilla orchid is expensive. This is why 99% of the time what is found in food comes from synthetic vanillin. The compound, which is also present in natural vanilla, can be prepared from wood pulp but today most of it comes from guaiacol a substance extracted from a petroleum derivative. Read More.

The Healing Code

You would think it’s a Saturday Night Live skit. And it would be funny if it didn’t have a serious side. Just picture this. Using different fingers, a man points at four specific parts of his body in a seemingly predetermined sequence. Looks like some bizarre ritual. Read More. 


Weighing the benefits of tea
“Get in here and sit your ass down!”Not exactly what you expect to hear when you are peacefully walking in San Francisco’s Chinatown. But the boisterous elderly Chinese gentleman seemed charismatic enough, and the establishment didn’t look like an opium den. Indeed it wasn’t. It was a tea house. But not your ordinary tea house. Read More.




Did You Know?

What makes us exchange saliva, sebum, bits of food and millions of bacteria with each other? In other words, why do we kiss?  This is not an innate activity.  South Pacific islanders, for example, were great lovers before the Europeans arrived but never kissed.  Even in Europe kissing was sometimes frowned upon.  In the Middle Ages the Catholic Church decreed that kissing with the intent to fornicate was a mortal sin!  But actually a kiss may be a scientific prelude to such activity.  Studies have shown that women subconsciously prefer the smell of men who have different immune system proteins than their own.  Mixing immune system proteins can result in healthier offspring!

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Light-Activated Memory Switch

Researchers have made mice enjoy spending time in a place they once feared using light-dependent manipulations of the animals’ neurons, according to a study published today (August 27) in Nature. Read More.



Do Antidepressants Work?

Antidepressants have been hailed as miracle drug rock stars and vilified as brain-changing happy pills.  All promotion aside—good or bad—are they effective?  The Savvy Psychologist Dr. Ellen Hendriksen digs though the data. Read More.



Grossed out by fecal transplants? Now there's a pill instead
Fecal microbiota transplants (FMTs) are exactly what they sound like. They involve taking feces from a healthy person and putting them into the body of a sick patient to strengthen the community of bacteria that live in the patient's gut. Read More.


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