It's so embarrassing to see the myths we perpetuated as kids debunked on the Internet sometimes, isn't it? Some of us will fight to the death to proclaim Pluto's planetary status or that the Great Wall of China is visible from space but the fact remains that humans are proven wrong every day. We really shouldn't be embarrassed, though; instead, we should be open to learning from mistakes and moving forward.
Are you one of those people who scoff at putting up your Christmas tree well before Thanksgiving, demanding to wait until after the holiday to erect your tree? Me, too. I like to wait so I don't get sick of the decorations after they've been up for more than a month. A month, for me, is a good limit to all decorations, Halloween, Christmas or whatever.
There have been some really interesting developments in terms of stress on the brain lately. Not only have we learned that stress changes the actual cellular makeup of the brain, but in female rodents some social interaction will actually help reverse the effects of the stress. If true in humans, this confirms that friendship is an important part of health, although it did not appear to be the same for male mice.
Some of the best words in the world have no English translations. Take hygge, the Danish concept of comfort and coziness with loved ones. Don't you love it? In Japan, there is the concept of "forest medicine," which is simply healing yourself through the power of nature, wherever you are at.
Last week, news of the first 3-D printed tool in space circled the globe and anyone with any wonder left on this planet (yes, we've become pretty jaded and blase with our tech!) was mesmerized by the news. Imagine the savings, the possibilities! But what if you transferred this possibility into the hospital?
As a fairly crunchy mom, I do some pretty weird things that some people might find off the beaten path. I'll use a heating pad or an ice pack before I'll take any kind of medicine, and I'll definitely reuse or buy used before I will buy new. When it comes to essential oils, I totally believe that you can use them in some legit ways.
After witnessing the amazing solar eclipse on Monday, many people are left wondering what to do with their eclipse glasses. Many have tried to recycle their glasses while others have thrown them away or tossed them in a drawer. (Keep in mind that you are advised to get rid of them after three years because they may no longer work.) Did you know that you can give those glasses away to help kids see eclipses in other countries?
Scientists have made a huge breakthrough that may change the lives of millions of people soon. This year, they have announced that diabetes in mice has been cured! Not only does this mean a great deal for individuals with Type 1 diabetes, but scientists believe that it may lead to a cure for type 2 in the future as well.
"I want a new drug," so goes the song, but there is much promise in old drugs. Every few years, it seems like scientists discover a new use for an old drug--or a completely different use for a drug they developed for something else.
We have de-used antibiotics in our home for years now. Though I had to be put on the medicine when I had blood poisoning due to gallstones and my daughter was prescribed antibiotics a couple of years ago for an ear infection (which I thought was silly, since kids in Europe are rarely prescribed them for such things and they aren’t helpful in treating them), we otherwise do not use them if we can help it.
We buy milk that’s certified to not have antibiotics in it. We don’t even buy antibacterial soup or lotion that’s so popular (why do they even make it?). We do all we can to avoid using them when we don’t have to.