Although I generally avoid specifically political or religious topics here (to each their own), I am a strongly opinionated person who enjoys rationally presented evidence, pushing people’s buttons, and exploring boundaries and assumptions. Forewarned is forearmed!
- Physical warmth makes for “warmer” interpersonal interactions. So, next time you throw a party, hand everyone a hot cup of tea, coffee, or cider as they come through the door. Or, even better, make them hot toddies or Irish coffees, since….
- …It seems that moderate drinkers are happier than teetotalers, in general. Although regular exercise and not smoking also help with happiness.
- The interesting contradictions between attitudes toward sex and actual sexual behavior in teens. My takehome: as always, openness, honesty, and love are more important than stricture or structure.
- Pregnant women should avoid flaxseed oil (only the oil).
This was the inaugural “Articles of the Moment”—emails that I started sending to my close friends and family with links to interesting articles and studies lo those many eons ago, in 2008. Enjoy!
- Natural childbirth leads to stronger bonds between mother and child than C-section. Mother nature knew what she was doing with evolution.
- Turmeric lowers chances of cancer, Alzheimer’s, and stroke. It’s constantly fascinating how almost every natural foodstuff we study (e.g. spices, broccoli, beer, chocolate, teas, coffee, apples, and oh so much more) reveals “unexpected” health benefits. Eat naturally, be thankful to your food, and health will be yours.
- The lack of a feeling of personal control leads to belief in conspiracy theories, superstition, active deities, etc. This is why staying centered, and therefore naturally in control of oneself, is so important—it removes the blinders and distorted lenses from our eyes, allowing us to be more sensitive to the truths that are always around us.